Newsweek: DHS tried to warn us about attacks from right-wing extremists, didn’t they?

posted at 4:13 pm on January 11, 2011 by Allahpundit

The title of the piece, printed above a photo of Loughner’s home and the now famous crazy-eyes mugshot: “The Missed Warning Signs.”

Am I awake?

Two years before the Tucson massacre, the Department of Homeland Security warned in a report that right-wing extremism was on the rise and could prompt “lone wolves” to launch attacks. But the agency backed away from the report amid intense criticism from Republicans, including future House Speaker John Boehner.

The report, which warned that the crippled economy and the election of the first black president were “unique drivers for right-wing radicalization and recruitment,” described the rise of “lone wolves and small terrorist cells embracing violent right-wing extremist ideology [as] the most dangerous domestic terrorism threat in the United States,” according to a copy reviewed by The Center for Public Integrity.

In the wake of last weekend’s attempted assassination of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, which left six dead and 14 wounded, the report’s warning of a lone wolf attack from someone with extremist tendencies seems prescient.

That’s the opening passage to a story that runs for 20, count ‘em 20, paragraphs. The first inkling you get that Jared Loughner might not, in fact, be a “right-wing extremist” comes … in paragraph 19:

While discussion has swirled around possible ties between accused gunman Jared Loughner and right-wing extremists, DHS on Monday said department officials “have not established any such possible link.” [criminal justice professor Brian] Levin doesn’t believe extremism was the sole driving factor. “This guy is a mentally deranged person first,” he said, and noted that the mentally ill often latch on to conspiracy theories to layer over their already “obsessive and aggressive template.”

Was ideological extremism even a minor driving factor? As far as I know, there’s still no reason to believe so, which means the entire premise of the piece ends up being detonated before it’s over. But then, they’re not expecting you to read to the end; the important information in a news article is always placed up front, so if you happen to be a Newsweek reader — and if you are, you really should ask yourself why — who’s not following the coverage of the shootings closely, you’re sure to come away with the wrong impression of Loughner if you quit reading halfway through. Although if you do make it to the end, there’s a special surprise waiting for you: This story was written not by a Newsweek staffer but by a reporter from the “nonpartisan” Center for Public Integrity, which has been criticized for years for taking money from, among others, Soros’s Open Society Institute. I mention that fact reluctantly, only because at this point the Soros angle is a red herring. After all, there’s nothing in this piece that isn’t perfectly in keeping with the disinformation about Loughner being spread by various other media outlets over the past few days. They’re reporting from an alternate dimension in which this guy had some sort of blood shrine to Sarah Palin in his house, with black candles arrayed around a framed copy of her crosshairs map. Our dimension just happens to be intersecting with theirs right now to create the most inane “debate” in modern media history. But see, they’re the ones who are “reality-based.”

Here’s a valuable, succinct new clip from Reason TV listing five lessons about mass killings that it might be time to learn. Needless to say, it’ll be totally lost on the people who would most benefit from it.


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Did anyone tell News-weAk that Loughner’s favorite books were by Marx and Hitler? Didn’t Nazi stand for the National SOCIALIST Worker’s Party? Maybe he was the right wing of a bird flying backward…

But he had that sinister (“left” in Italian) look in those beady eyes…

Pity the guy who bought News-weAk. He didn’t get enough bang for his buck.

Steve Z on January 11, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Hey, hey…don’t call them socialists. That’s inflamatory!

stldave on January 11, 2011 at 5:50 PM

The Teaparty needs to focus some of their energy on the media next.

Shiny_Tiara on January 11, 2011 at 5:51 PM

For the first time in my adult life, I am truly scared of our media.

portlandon on January 11, 2011 at 4:18 PM

It isn’t our media, it’s their media. But I don’t fear it anymore. They (the left-leaning media) are writing and/or preaching to a diminishing choir. They are basically reaching the far-left base and those who aren’t paying attention, a total that perhaps is around 40% (guessing) of the voting population, but steadily approaching 20%.

Study their circulation. Look at their ratings. They are preaching/writing their way into oblivion. Watch the bankruptcies start to pile up soon in their areas.

Yoop on January 11, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Newsweek – you are the Worst Person In The World!

Oh, wait. Tea Partiers don’t go on MSNBC 5 nights a week and name someone WPITW. That would be leftist water-carrier Keith Olbermann.

My bad.

Branch Rickey on January 11, 2011 at 5:55 PM

amazing how the msm are still linking palin with this monster…focusing on that target ad and NEVER mentioning the many dem ads that have portrayed the same images…it’s like the dems have never seen the image before palin arrived…

my anger meter is rising again…

cmsinaz on January 11, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Also appearing on that same DHS list were veterans. You know, like 74yo Ret. Col. Bill Badger who, after being shot in the head himself, helped tackle this psycho and end the rampage.

Shiny_Tiara on January 11, 2011 at 5:58 PM

. . .

Once the self destruction is complete, I wouldn’t be surprised to see one or two of the dinosaur outlets reinvent themselves into a more balanced media outlet. It’s that or go the way of the dodo bird.

jdflorida on January 11, 2011 at 5:10 PM
Not so fast. Remember all the “journalists” out there saying newspapers and magazines were “too big to fail.”

BigAlSouth on January 11, 2011 at 6:00 PM

portlandon on January 11, 2011 at 4:18 PM

RedNewEnglander on January 11, 2011 at 4:17 PM

jdflorida on January 11, 2011 at 5:10 PM

If the MSM is so marginalized and not read as many of you claim… why are you so annoyed/afraid of what it reports/influences?

jdoubleu on January 11, 2011 at 6:04 PM

PS: Definitely NOT condoning the media’s characterization of this Loughner character or their unfair reporting….

jdoubleu on January 11, 2011 at 6:09 PM

So to clarify: a “right wing extremist” can be someone who hates Bush and is anti-war, except when there’s no tragedy to milk in which case a “right wing extremist” is anyone who opposes Obamacare, abortion or taxes.

Got it.

Sharke on January 11, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Facts…liberals don’t need no stinking facts…..
…it’s all about the narrative.

Baxter Greene on January 11, 2011 at 4:38 PM

This narrative has made me ponder something. The liberal reaction to blame Palin, and the Tea Party, and Conservatives in general, occurred so quickly after the event, and so well coordinated in timing and talking points that I have wondered about two things.

Was a detailed talking-points memo and plan of attack in the hands of the various media outlets and blogs before hand, and all were simply waiting for an appropriate event to occur that would trigger the coordinated responses we witnessed?

OR

Was there a number of sets of talking-points and plans of attack resting in the hands of a centralized group who immediately sent the proper “memo” to pre-selected media outlets and blogs, based on the type of “triggering” (sic) event and the ability to quickly coordinate the desired attack?

The quick timing and near identical narratives are too tight to be chance.

Yoop on January 11, 2011 at 6:16 PM

The MFM… *ptui*… hawk and spit when you mention them so as to put some value to their name.

ajacksonian on January 11, 2011 at 6:20 PM

It doesn’t make any difference the real truth in the Newsweek article about Jared was in paragraph 19. No one reads their drivel anyway. Maybe Mr. Murdoch can buy them out, return them to doing real journalism, and save them from extinction. Naw, let ‘em go out of business.

TulsAmerican on January 11, 2011 at 6:24 PM

The quick timing and near identical narratives are too tight to be chance.

Yoop on January 11, 2011 at 6:16 PM

I dunno, leftists really do have sort of a hive-mind thought process. It kind of reminds me of middle school goth kids. They all dress in black and walk around conforming in their non-conformity.

Lily on January 11, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Maybe someone already said this, there have been so many blogs and posts, but the lefties are doing exactly what they accuse the right of – escalating the rhetoric. They, pardon the pun, target Glenn Beck, Limbaugh, et al. and say “see, see how evil they are” then some little derranged wanker thinking (or not) that whatever they do is just because someone else is the great evil, not them. I found an article about when Sarah Palin’s church was torched. She apoligized for bringing this upon the church. A perfect illustration of someone with class and the chattering monkies on the left.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/13/AR2008121302503.html

Child In Time on January 11, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Dollar Tree journalism

darwin-t on January 11, 2011 at 6:27 PM

NewSpeak magazine – no big surprise there.

Had the shooter been tied directly to the Democratic Party you can bet he would have been portrayed as a VICTIM of health care cutbacks by unthinking, unfeeling Republicans.

GarandFan on January 11, 2011 at 6:36 PM

The quick timing and near identical narratives are too tight to be chance.

Yoop on January 11, 2011 at 6:16 PM

I dunno, leftists really do have sort of a hive-mind thought process. It kind of reminds me of middle school goth kids. They all dress in black and walk around conforming in their non-conformity.

Lily on January 11, 2011 at 6:25 PM

We don’t see what goes on behind the scenes. There are likely other Journolist-type email conversations going on among all these liberals, and last year we heard about a couple of regular conference calls held every day with journalists, bloggers and a rep from the White House to lay out talking points. One was run by Jane Hamster as I recall.

slickwillie2001 on January 11, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Does Laughner sound right wing or left wing here?:

On July 7, 2010, Loughner posted his assertion that the war(s) in Iraq and Afghanistan “is a war crime from the Geneva Convention articles of 1949”:

There was help with cleaning the uranium from the Iran and Iraq war in the 1980’s?

Article 33 of the Geneva Convention is the prohibit of pillage.

All military invasions with armed forces into a foreign country are war crimes in the Geneva Convention articles of 1949.

The Iraq and Afghanistan war of 2010 is a military invasion with armed forces into a foreign country.

Therefore, Iraq and Afghanistan war of 2010 is a war crime from the Geneva Convention articles of 1949.

Ouch! For the thoughts of war.

http://volokh.com/2011/01/10/jared-loughners-anti-war-views/

Django on January 11, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Hmmm

Flag burner

911 Truther

Anti-Christian

Anti-IRaq and Afghanistan

Enjoyed Marx and Hitler

Registered independent

Per a friend: liberal

He was called “left-wing pothead” by friends, like most Republicans I know
Also called a “political radical,” like most reactionary right-wingers I know
He’s a fan of the band “Anti-Flag,” a very conservative punk band I must say
Also a fan of the Communist Manifesto, like most Heritage Foundation contributors
An Army-rejected Internet junkie, like most of my slack-jawed Southern yocals friends
Had an occult shrine in his backyard, like most right-wing religious zealots I know
**from Axis of Right**

———————————————

Sounds like a right winger…oh wait a minute.

CWforFreedom on January 11, 2011 at 6:52 PM

AP, it’s tough sledding going up against the MSM spin machine with all their far-flung propaganda.

Thanks for keeping it real for us when it matters most and setting the record straight. The voice of reason is on our side.

Geochelone on January 11, 2011 at 8:00 PM

I’m convinced these people really want to start a blood war in the streets so they can impose martial law and collect guns, people and power. This onslaught by these wicked people is precisely why Drudge reports that guns sales have soared in AZ, but I suspect elsewhere too.

It makes me think that some people like Krugman, Matthews, etc have a death wish so their sick ideological agenda can flourish. I cannot explain their illogical rantings, writings and pundantry other than that they are mentally and spiritually twisted.

wepeople on January 11, 2011 at 10:00 PM

The Teaparty needs to focus some of their energy on the media next.

Shiny_Tiara on January 11, 2011 at 5:51 PM

How could this be done?

It needs to be some way so that the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, and the networks will never be trusted again, and even bankrupted if possible.

scotash on January 11, 2011 at 10:15 PM

It just gets more and more absurd every day how the left wants U.S. to believe that those who do not agree with their belief that the government is is only organization with the right answers.

Their response is antithetical to our country’s founding. We evolved from a distrust in the mandates that King George II levied against a group of people (our ancestors) who realized they were being deprived of certain inalienable rights such as taxation without representation, and not being able to speak our mind about abuses being levied on us, etc.

Those on the left of the political spectrum have assumed the role of King George the III and will give up the throne and let the people (U.S) make our own decisions about our joint future.

MSGTAS on January 12, 2011 at 9:29 AM

The quick timing and near identical narratives are too tight to be chance.

Yoop on January 11, 2011 at 6:16 PM

No coordination is necessary before the fact of such an event. The media knows perfectly well what the left wants it to print.

Under any circumstance, given any activity, no matter what the facts of the case, the media always knows what is expected of them.

Why? Because the media expect the leftists to do exactly the same thing. Neither is ever disappointed.

runawayyyy on January 12, 2011 at 4:17 PM

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