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In Defense of Anthony Hall, Canadian 9/11 Skeptic

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Anthony Hall is like many other 9/11 skeptics. At some point, after examining the events of 9/11 and the international consequences of that foul deed, (particularly the consequences that befell countries with a predominantly Arab/Muslim population), Mr. Hall decided to speak out. The difference between Hall and most 9/11 skeptics, is that Mr. Hall is a sitting academic at a university in Lethbridge, Alberta, in Canada.

Hall joined a growing list of Canadian academics who have chosen to speak out publicly; John McMurtry, Graeme MacQueen, Michael Keefer, and of course, Michel Chossudovsky, a pioneer in 9/11 skepticism.

He made his debut as a skeptic of the 9/11 Official Conspiracy Theory (OCT) on September 6, 2008 in Edmonton, Alberta, with a reading of his paper, The+Lies+and+Crimes+of+911. The paper is an excellent introduction to a series of complex, related studies, that encompass globalization, US imperial tendencies, and false-flag terrorism. Hall is well-versed in these issues, and won an Alberta Book Award for his volume, The+American+Empire+and+the+Fourth+World;

The cover features provocative imagery; Apache-like helicopters in place of stars on the American flag, giving no doubt as to Hall's intent. The image is a very un-subtle, ironic reinterpretation of one of the prime symbols of the American dream; the very banner of Liberty itself is subverted to shock the viewer into a reevaluation of the iconic Red, White and Blue. Just as effectively, the book's publisher could have used an eagle... while once the American eagle flew with arrows in one taloned claw, and an olive branch in the other, increasingly, the olive branch has been discarded for the "smart" bomb, especially under the last eight years of Bush rule.

So, if Hall's critics had a beef with him, his conscious decision to be weighed down so heavily with such an intentionally provocative design like the radically redesigned American flag would be fair game. It would be a slippery slope for the critics in light of the never-ending wave of revelations concerning torture, and the body count in Iraq, but I'm sure some idiot would step up for a public flogging, all the same.

When in Doubt, Play the Anti-Semitism Card!

Shortly after the web publication of Hall's "Lies and Crimes" speech, it was picked up by a number of websites, including the "Facts not Fairies" blogspot, which Hall publicly distanced himself from, after reading some of the content on the site. (That particular blogspot also promotes the film "9/11 Missing Links", a Trojan horse documentary laden with misinformation, disinformation, and racist rhetoric.) Hall very clearly segregated his message from those who use ethnicity as a base point for 9/11 investigation, and specifically, from those eager to scapegoat people of Jewish heritage, merely because of their ancestry.

A couple of weeks later, Hall on one hand criticized the Canadian Jewish Congress for their part in the firing of Canadian politician Lesley Hughes from the Liberal Party, and re-emphasized the importance of clarity, careful language, and avoiding the pitfalls of scapegoating entire ethnic groups through myths like The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. In part, Hall said;

"There can be no honest escape for our civic duty to confront the substance of conspiracy and as well as layer upon layer of public mythology adhering to the real or imagined causes of 911. The stakes are immense in determining the outcome in this clash of conspiracy theories. Both extremes in this clash of conspiracy theories divert our attention away from rational debate on the events that have plunged the world into the weird nether zone of privatized espionage, torture and militarization that goes by the name of the War on Terror. What are the economics of this conflict? To extend basic questions presently being pressed on politicians during this period of worsening financial crisis, who is reaping the economic rewards of the new terror economy and who is being asked to pay the price? These are the kinds of questions that do not get posed, much less addressed, as long as public perceptions of the meaning of 911 are confined within the framework of competing conspiracy theories emphasizing religion and ethnicity."

However, despite all of these caveats, yellow-journalist smear-blog, "The Black Rod" coughed up a hit-piece on Hall, in reprisal for Hall's defense of Lesley Hughes. This is the same blog that initiated and inspired the series of attacks on Lesley Hughes that led to her sacking.

"The Black Rod" displays a knee-jerk reaction to any notion that there was any Israeli foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks, let alone the possibility that Israeli intelligence assets played any sort of operational role on 9/11, writing, "Those sneaky Jews with their advance knowledge of everything is an integral part of the 911 Truth movement."

Please note: it is "The Black Rod" which injects this venomous rhetoric into the equation, not Anthony Hall, and not 911blogger.com. By immediately reaching for the emotional reaction that a charge of bigotry will inspire in his/her readers, "The Black Rod" reaches for what retired CIA man Michael Scheuer recently called, "The Excalibur of American politics," at the Doha+Debates+episode,+filmed+at+Georgetown+University. He is referring to the accusation of bigotry, to stifle fair debate.

In this manner, "The Black Rod" fails anyone who reads the blog.

Israeli Advance Knowledge

In fact, it is absolutely not racist to list the facts that show Israeli advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks.

Shortly after 9/11, the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported;

"According to this newspaper, more than six months ago, western and near eastern news media received information and hints regarding planned attacks on “American and Israeli symbols, which stand out” by hijacked airplanes, not only in the United States.

According to the German secret service, the American, Israeli and apparently also the British secret services had adequate warnings. The American services had taken these warning seriously and increased the secret service measurements for the investigation."

In May, 2002, Paul Haven of the Associated Press reported;

"Israeli intelligence services were aware several months before Sept. 11 that bin Laden was planning a large-scale terror attack, but did not know what his targets would be, Israeli officials have said.

An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press shortly after the attacks that ''everybody knew about a heightened alert, and knew that bin Laden was preparing a big attack.''

He said information was passed on to Washington, but denied Israel had any concrete intelligence that could have been used to prevent the Sept. 11 attacks.

Boaz Ganor, head of the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Israel, said the type of warning described by the Israeli official would have been too abstract for U.S. officials to act on.

''I don't think it would have helped American intelligence,'' Ganor said. ''That's not enough information to make a difference. The number of warnings that Western security services get in a day are in the hundreds and at the end of the day most do not pan out. Intelligence services need concrete warnings such as a date, the names of the perpetrators or their methods.''

On September 15, 2001, London's Telegraph reported;

"ISRAELI intelligence officials say that they warned their counterparts in the United States last month that large-scale terrorist attacks on highly visible targets on the American mainland were imminent.

The attacks on the World Trade Centre's twin towers and the Pentagon were humiliating blows to the intelligence services, which failed to foresee them, and to the defence forces of the most powerful nation in the world, which failed to deflect them.

The Telegraph has learnt that two senior experts with Mossad, the Israeli military intelligence service, were sent to Washington in August to alert the CIA and FBI to the existence of a cell of as many of 200 terrorists said to be preparing a big operation."

On October 2, 2002, the German Die+Zeit reported;

"Langley, August 23, 2001. The Israeli Mossad intelligence agency handed its American counterpart a list of names of terrorists who were staying in the US and were presumably planning to launch an attack in the foreseeable future. According to documents obtained by Die ZEIT, Mossad agents in the US were in all probability surveilling at least four of the 19 hijackers, among them al-Midhar. The CIA now does what it should have done 18 months earlier. It informs the State Dept., the FBI and the INS."

These mainstream media reports begin very generally, but by the last of them, we learn that Mossad was even supplying the very names of the alleged hijackers in their warnings! And how would Mossad get this information? Well, thanks primarily to reporting by James Bamford, we know that the NSA subcontracted its domestic wiretapping and surveillance to Israeli firms. An arrangement that is still in effect. These wiretappers are heavily staffed with "former" members of Israeli intelligence agencies as well as Israeli military intelligence.

We can also say, with some degree of certainty, that the wiretapping program was launched several months before 9/11.

Employees of two firms identified by Bamford were listed in the DEA report that was leaked to the press in 2002. "The Black Rod" cites this 2002 report from The Washington Post as evidence that the DEA report has been "officially debunked". However, "The Black Rod" as well as the Post won't recognize the evidence that the DEA report is genuine.

When the report was covered for the first time in the US by John Sugg's Creative Loafing, Sugg noted that a DEA+representative+confirmed that the DEA had received many reports like the ones cited in the leaked report. Further, in the wake of the Post "official debunking", Sugg confirmed+with+serving+DEA+agents+and+a+serving+DEA+supervisor+that+the+report+was+accurate.

Three years later, Keith Phucas of the Norristown, PA Times New Herald got the DEA to acknowledge the reports, but says that they would not elaborate.

The firms were Amdocs and NICE Systems, and the employees were Tomer Ben Dor and Michal Gal.

Of course, "The Black Rod" does not mention the two Mossad agents that were picked up on 9/11, that had been celebrating and high-fiving in the wake of the first WTC plane crash. But that's okay, we'll get it from Marc Perelman, (reporter from The Forward, a Jewish Daily), and Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!;

We can understand technically how they could have obtained this information. We could speculate that the NSA put Israeli companies on specific targets, but even this does not comport with the OCT of "surprise" terrorist attacks on 9/11. The truth of the matter will have to be dragged out of the respective intelligence agencies. Broadly speaking, it seems like every intelligence agency on the planet knew that 9/11 was coming, including Egyptian intelligence, Russian intelligence, and French intelligence. Saudi intelligence was hard-wired into the operation, according to author Joseph Trento, and the CIA/FBI/US Army man-on-the-scene, Ali Mohammed, apparently had complete foreknowledge, so the notion that 9/11 was a surprise to anyone except for out-of-the-loop civilians is getting pretty hard to sustain.

(Lest we forget, we also have the Haaretz report on the Odigo+warning.)

Kicking It Up a Notch

On March 6, 2009, Hall was invited to speak at the University of Winnipeg as their annual distinguished lecturer. There, he delivered his paper, Bush League Justice, calling for the arrest and international trial of George Walker Bush for War Crimes. Following the lecture he was accosted;

"After his lecture, Hall was confronted by a group including Rhonda Spivak, editor of local publication The Jewish Post and News, and U of W psychology professor Evelyn Schaefer.

The group accused Hall of anti-Semitism based on an unrelated article, in which he suggested Israeli intelligence services, among many others, had prior knowledge of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. The article appears on mtl911truth.org, a website that also features a swastika.

The 9-11 Truth movement believes the infamous terrorist attacks were an inside job orchestrated by the American government, possibly in conjunction with other nations.

“It was almost like they were conducting a trial,” Hall said of the confrontation.

Hall said the group physically blocked his exit from the classroom.

“It was very clear that the intention was to hurt me professionally,” he said."

Inspired by the yellow-journalism of "The Black Rod", Rhonda Spivak's Jewish Post dedicated the front-page of the publication to a National Enquirer style smear-job, along with a total of three articles dedicated to attacking Hall and Hughes (PDF - 8mb). The front-page article is titled; "Prof. who Alleges Advance Israeli Knowledge of 9/11 Invited by U of W’s Dept. of Sociology to speak", and prominently situates a swastika made by someone that Hall does not even know, and has no control over, right smack-dab in the middle of the headlined article.

This is really cheap, sensationalist "journalism"; the conflation of Hall with imagery intended to spark outrage from a very specific target audience, the Winnipeg Jewish community that supports Spivak's yellow rag (only $41.04 CDN per year! Mailed!).

Not only does Spivak's Jewish Post fail journalistically, it does a gross dis-service to its readers, by misrepresenting the mainstream media reports of Israeli spies on 9/11 as "urban myth". In certain circles, this could be called "Historical Revisionism".

Unlike the ironic display of the US flag on the cover of Hall's book, Hall had no input or control over this situation. The format of the Montréal 9/11 Truth site at the time of the appearance of Hall's article was a standard running scroll of news items. Many, many articles scrolled past the swastika image, but I doubt that spunky Spivak wrote to every single author of every article posted on the Montréal website to demand (!) that they in turn demand that their articles be removed from the site.

I think that the choice of a swastika to transmit the message of Montréal 9/11 Truth's concern of a hypothetical false-flag attack is a poor one. It's just too loaded with the horror of the atrocities of World War II to get people past their emotional responses to the image. My uncle fought in WWII against Hitler's army in Europe, and I doubt that he would have appreciated this use of the swastika. Add to that how easy it was for Spivak to cheaply associate Hall with the image, and you might as well be bending over and asking for abuse from critics like "The Black Rod" and Spivak & Co.

Use your damn heads, Truthers.

In Conclusion: Is somebody getting a little trigger-happy up North?

Of course, Anthony Hall is only one example. It does indeed seem that when Israel's atrocious foreign policy is thrust into the spotlight, charges of anti-semitism against any and all critics shortly follow, and Canada is no exception. In Calgary, Alberta, student Regan Boychuk details the extraordinary trouble he has had to endure as an activist for Palestinian human rights;

"Support for Israeli crimes by the Canadian government is reflected in our ideological institutions, universities and the media. In recent years, both have increased considerably.

To draw on personal experience as an undergraduate, organizing events and hosting speakers during the Second Intifada met obstacles from university administration and attacks in the media.

Though there had never been anything resembling an incident, our group was required to have security guards posted outside even the smallest events – at our expense.

When we brought in a major expert on the Israel-Palestine conflict in April 2004, we and our guest were viciously smeared in the media, who lamented that our group might somehow be tax-subsidized.

At the last minute, we were also forced to pay the costs of having a number of city police perform security for our guest speaker’s talk. The bill came to over a $1000 – enough to cripple the average student group, no doubt the objective.

Such tactics have long been familiar but, as Ottawa’s apologetics for Israel have risen to new heights, so has university repression and media demonization of Palestine activism."

As an example of the media harassment directed at his group, he cites the publication of an article by Ezra Levant, “Anti-Semites+evolving”, by the Calgary Sun, in which Levant writes;

"I speak, in particular, of the Palestinian-Canadian Student Society at the University of Calgary. Their name is a misnomer, not just because many of their members are Canadian leftists or Arabs from everywhere except for "Palestine," but because their major events don't seem to be about Palestinians.

They're about Jews. More specifically, they're about discrediting Jews, Judaism, and Judaism's claim to the Holy Land. And last weekend, they were about discrediting the Holocaust, too...

...The first PCSS event I attended was stunning.

It was about how true Jews couldn't be Zionists. As I wrote in the Sun last February, the crowd cheered when an Arab student said "Jews planted bombs in synagogues. Do you think the same thing was done on Sept. 11?"

So Jews aren't victims of terror -- they bomb themselves and blame the Arabs. 9/11 was a Jewish conspiracy.

No talk of "Palestine." No talk of Israel. Just talk about those damn Jews, Jews, Jews, and how they lie, lie, lie."

Ironically, Levant goes on to repeat the lie that the infamous critic of Israel, Norman Finkelstein, is a Holocaust Denier;

Last week, the same club brought in Norman Finkelstein to speak. His greatest asset is that he has a Jewish last name, and that his parents survived the Holocaust. What a perfect deodorant for his toxic views.

Like Keegstra, Finkelstein denies that six-million Jews died in the Holocaust. He calls it The Holocaust Industry -- indeed, that's the title of his book -- and he claims that Jews trump up the Holocaust for profit, and as moral cover to be Nazi-like themselves. Again, this has very little to do with "Palestine." But if you find someone with a Jewish last name who is willing to do your anti-Semitic work for you, why not?

Finkelstein does not deny the Holocaust. His parents were survivors of the Holocaust, and beyond his parents, his entire family was wiped out in the genocide. Finkelstein is a critic of the use of the Holocaust (and anti-semitism) as a political (and economic) tool. He makes his views on the Holocaust clear in this video.

Last month, a group of Jewish Canadians (including Noami Klein) expressed their concern at this growing trend;

Statement: Jewish Canadians Concerned about Suppression of Criticism of Israel

We are Jewish Canadians concerned about all expressions of racism, anti-Semitism, and social injustice. We believe that the Holocaust legacy "Never again" means never again for all peoples. It is a tragic turn of history that the State of Israel, with its ideals of democracy and its dream of being a safe haven for Jewish people, causes immeasurable suffering and injustice to the Palestinian people.

We are appalled by recent attempts of prominent Jewish organizations and leading Canadian politicians to silence protest against the State of Israel. We are alarmed by the escalation of fear tactics. Charges that those organizing Israel Apartheid Week or supporting an academic boycott of Israel are anti-Semites promoting hatred bring the anti-Communist terror of the 1950s vividly to mind. We believe this serves to deflect attention from Israel's flagrant violations of international humanitarian law.

B'nai Brith and the Canadian Jewish Congress have pressured university presidents and administrations to silence debate and discussion specifically regarding Palestine/Israel. In a full-page ad in a national newspaper, B'nai Brith urged donors to withhold funds from universities because "anti-Semitic hate fests" were being allowed on campuses. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff have echoed these arguments. While university administrators have resisted demands to shut down Israel Apartheid week, some Ontario university presidents have bowed to this disinformation campaign by suspending and fining students, confiscating posters, and infringing on free speech.

We do not believe that Israel acts in self-defense. Israel is the largest recipient of US foreign aid, receiving $3 million/day. It has the fourth strongest army in the world. Before the invasion of Gaza on 27 December 2008, Israel's siege had already created a humanitarian catastrophe there, with severe impoverishment, malnutrition, and destroyed infrastructure. It is crucial that forums for discussion of Israel's accountability to the international community for what many have called war crimes be allowed to proceed unrestricted by specious claims of anti-Semitism.

We recognize that anti-Semitism is a reality in Canada as elsewhere, and we are fully committed to resisting any act of hatred against Jews. At the same time, we condemn false charges of anti-Semitism against student organizations, unions, and other groups and people exercising their democratic right to freedom of speech and association regarding legitimate criticism of the State of Israel.

Just over a week after the release of the Jewish Canadians' statement, British MP George Galloway was barred entry from Canada by the Conservative Stephen Harper government, spurred by an open letter from Canada's Jewish Defense League.

http://www.911blogger.com/node/19654

The attacks on Anthony Hall are symptoms of a broader reactionary complex running amok in Canadian political society. The trigger-happy reactionaries breathing that cool Canadian air should take a deep breath, and recognize what they are doing. They are unfairly dragging the names of well-meaning people through the mud. They are also distorting the actual historical record of events leading up to, and taking place on, 9/11.

I have no use for Holocaust Revisionists, and I will not support or defend them... and the same rules apply to "9/11 Revisionists" like "The Black Rod" and The Jewish Post.

Defaming in the name of 'anti-defamation'

And of course, the point of such defaming is to distract from the substance of his arguments, seemingly unable to confront them directly.

Yes, indeed, let's stand up for Professor Michael Anthony Hall. If anyone missed the text of the excellent speech he delivered at the University of Winnipeg that was posted here on March 6, here's a link:

http://www.911blogger.com/node/19540#comment

Whoops

Sorry, don't know why I inserted the 'Michael' in his name.

Thank you REP

A well constructed history (Rep) of the tasteless events that transpired since Anthony J. Hall made his personal commitment at stepping up to the plate by challenging the 9/11 mythology and following the path for 9/11 truth as so many other brave academics across Canada, United States, and around the world have.
All this in 7 months, what a weight Anthony has carried in such short time.

Last week I was able to get through on the phone with one of Anthony's critics in Winnipeg, A Dr Bob Friedman of the Winnipeg Jewish Federation. He was a bit surprised my call was not so much about me having to defend Anthony as much as I wanted to bridge an understanding between 9/11 truth movement and the Jewish community. I told him how we in Edmonton abhor racism and hate and do what we can to stop it.

Anthony is quite capable of defending himself and suggested the two coming together in the future to better understand each other's position.Find common ground (Put these tasteless unfounded attacks behind us all)

He was surprised by Anthony's stand against "Facts not Fairies" when I shared that story how I was there with Anthony when we combined our efforts to have his paper "THE LIES AND CRIMES OF 9/11" removed from this known hate web site.

I suggested to Bob the 9/11 truth community could work together with our Jewish community in battling hate and racism.
He stated we would never find a Jew willing to work with the 9/11 truth movement in this regard..(I didn't debate his point, his mind was made up...) But he is so very very wrong I thought to myself , there are many Jewish people wanting the truth about 9/11just as much as anyone else. And with out a doubt we can team up our efforts fighting hate and racism while searching out that truth.

We ended our telephone call by his saying " Call me back when you find out 9/11 was an inside job"

I wish both Bob and Anthony well, and will continue to support Anthony's work for 9/11 truth and justice.
Anthony is an inspiration and I'm honored to work with him.

Excellent article,

and an excellent short summary of Israeli foreknowledge. There is a world of difference between that line of inquiry and claiming "No Jews died on 9/11" and/or "Jews did 9/11", which is ofcourse racist, absurd and demonstrably false. Israel is a land, Jew an ethnicity. We don't have criticism of Jews, we have criticism of Israel's involvement in false flag operations. Nobody has the right to label such justified criticisms anti-semitic; but they'll attempt it for as long as it remains an effective weapon in deconstructing political activism.

There are people

of Jewish ethnicity involved and active in the 911 Truth Movement.

That should lay to rest all these claims of anti-semitism.
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More smear tactics are on the way

We are going to see an increasing ferocity of attacks on 9/11 truth and the 9/11 truth movement beginning immediately.

Attempts will be made to tie 9/11 truth and the 9/11 truth movement to everything from anti-Semitism to "dangerous, right-wing militias" and smear the movement at every opportunity.

Our adversaries have learned that they cannot fight us with the facts, because the facts are on our side and we are collecting more every day. So they have to resort to ridicule and unfounded accusations in order to dissuade anyone who hasn't looked at the issues from doing so. More importantly, this tactic frames 9/11 truth as a subject not worthy of mainstream media attention, thus providing a convenient excuse for the on-going media cover-up.

I think the main reasons for this increase in rhetorical attacks are:

1) The realization that a plurality of Americans now accept that the WTC was destroyed by controlled demolitions and that a clear majority reject the ongoing cover-up (and how this reality undermines the msm propaganda machine they depend on for control).

2) The upcoming NYC CAN ballot initiative (flawed as it may be, they don't want it on the ballot).

3) Richard Gage's and ae911truth.org's AIA convention presence. They obviously want to discourage any more architects and engineers from signing on. I wouldn't be surprised if they get an architect or engineer to publicly refute 9/11 truth due to its "fringe and dangerous" nature (ignoring the facts, as always).

It's interesting to see the media try to re-frame 9/11 truth as right-wing conspiracy nuts, after the previous attempts to portray it as a fringe left-wing issue. Don't be surprised if Cockburn, Monbiot and their ilk chime in again soon with more of their intellectually bankrupt hit pieces.

The more noise they make, the more obvious it is how truly desperate they are.

We're on the verge of a tipping point, brothers and sisters, hold fast to the truth!

The truth shall set us free. Love is the only way forward.

DHS issued report on extremism despite concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) Tuesday, April 21, 2009

— Civil liberties officials at the Homeland Security Department did not agree with some of the language in a controversial report on right-wing extremists, but the agency issued the report anyway.

The intelligence assessment issued to law enforcement last week said some military veterans could be susceptible to extremist recruiters or commit lone acts of violence. That prompted angry reactions from some lawmakers and veterans’ groups.

Homeland Security spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said the report was issued before officials resolved problems raised by the agency’s civil rights division. Kudwa would not specify what language raised the concerns.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano defended the report Thursday, but she said the definition of right-wing extremism that was included in a footnote should be changed.

In the report, right-wing extremism was defined as hate-motivated groups and movements, such as hatred of certain religions, racial or ethnic groups. “It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration,” the report said.

“If there’s one part of that report I would rewrite, in the word-smithing, Washington-ese that goes on after the fact, it would be that footnote,” Napolitano said Thursday on Fox News.

The same definition was included in the agency’s March 26 draft report on domestic extremism. Both reports were marked “For Official Use Only.” The department said the draft has been recalled and is being edited before it is sent to state and local law enforcement officials.

The report on right-wing extremists cites the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by military veteran Timothy McVeigh as one instance of a veteran becoming a domestic terrorist.

Several lawmakers, the American Legion and Vets for Freedom took offense to the intelligence review. The Veterans of Foreign Wars defended it as an assessment, not an accusation.

Napolitano said, “We do not mean to suggest that veterans as a whole are at risk of becoming violent extremists.”

She also said: “I apologize for that offense. It was certainly not intended.”

The top Republican on the House intelligence committee, Michigan’s Pete Hoekstra, has asked the director of national intelligence’s ombudsman to investigate the Homeland Security report for “unsubstantiated conclusions and political bias.”

The senior Democrat of the House committee with oversight of the department said the report raises privacy and civil liberty issues. “This report appears to have blurred the line between violent belief, which is constitutionally protected, and violent action, which is not,” Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., wrote in a letter to Napolitano.

The department’s definition of left-wing extremism in the March 26 draft report includes a reference to violence, stating these groups that embrace anticapitalist, communist or socialist beliefs seek “to bring about change through violent revolution rather than through established political processes.”

These reports are part of the department’s routine analysis of intelligence information to give to law enforcement agencies guidance on possible security threats.

In February, the department issued a similar warning about possible cyber attacks from left wing extremists. In September, the agency reported that right-wing extremists over the past five years had used the immigration debate as a recruiting tool.

Since September, the agency issued several reports on individual foreign and domestic extremist groups such as al-Qaida and Hammerskin Nation, a skinhead organization. The Hammerskin assessment said many of the group’s members received military training and fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The latest report has turned into a “political football,” said Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif. Harman, who chairs a House subcommittee on intelligence and information sharing, said the report could have been written more artfully, but added that “it was a well-intended effort to describe to law enforcement what things to look for.”

“If the result is to dumb down intelligence products that could prevent the next attack to the homeland, we will all lose,” she said.

Awesome

Thorough, in the manner professional "journalists" mentioned in the article often were not. The truly unfortunate outcome of hyperbolic censorship (of any kind) is that it often ultimately provokes extreme reactions, in the absence of a medium for moderate discussions.

Great Article Rep...

Keep it up brother.