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Why call Americans 'extremists?' DHS asked

The Thomas More Law Center of Ann Arbor, Mich., says it has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Homeland Security demanding why it calls Americans who oppose abortion, support 2nd Amendment gun rights and dislike lax immigration law enforcement “extremists.”

“This is not an intelligence report but a diatribe against those who oppose the policies of the Obama administration,” said Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel for the organization.

“It is a declaration of war against the American people and our constitution. It is a prelude to extreme gun control legislation and hate speech laws targeting Christian churches and others who oppose abortion and same sex marriage,” he continued. “The federal government should be focusing its attention on the 35 radical Muslim compounds in the U.S. training its followers on how to kidnap and kill Americans.”

The report had been unveiled earlier by talk-radio host and WND columnist Roger Hedgecock.

WND reported the DHS’s report had alerted police across the nation to watch out for those who may have anti-abortion bumper stickers, claim the 2nd Amendment right of personal possession of weapons or express loyalty to U.S. Rep. Ron Paul or third-party political candidates.

The Law Center’s request seeks the “basis” for the “assessment.”

The report, called “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” specifically singled out military veterans as vulnerable to rightwing extremism.

Thompson said perhaps this is another issue on which it can collaborate with Michael Savage, the talk radio icon whose show, “The Savage Nation,” recently teamed with the Law Center in order to protect free speech by opposing the so-called “Fairness Doctrine.”

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The Law Center said Michael Savage warned of the possibility of a document like this being produced by DHS when he raised the issue of “Fusion Cells.” Fusion Cells are a set of local intelligence centers across the country created by the Department of Homeland Security to combat terrorism and related criminal activity, which includes pro-life activity.

Savage is a longtime on-air supporter of the Thomas More Law Center. He used his radio show to marshal overwhelming support for one of the Law Center’s clients, Marine Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani. The lawyers said Chessani is being prosecuted by the government in the so-called Haditha massacre – a massacre that never happened.

A judge has dismissed the case and the government lost on appeal, but it may appeal again.