How much does the government fear its own citizens? So much so that guidelines for spotting potential terrorists include anyone who has more than a seven-day supply of food in his home, anyone who is missing fingers, and anyone who possesses multiple firearms or weather-proof ammunition. These criteria are so broad they put every hunter, sportsman, and extreme couponer in the United States on par with Osama bin Laden.
The Department of Homeland Security made waves in 2009, when its report on “Rightwing [sic.] Extremism” assessed, “lone wolves and small terrorist cells embracing violent rightwing [sic.] extremist ideology are the most dangerous domestic terrorism threat in the United States.” These terrorists would not be fundamentalist Muslims (perish the thought!) but “groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.”
Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, revealed the government’s newest definition of potential terrorist activity on the Senate floor: