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Thursday, February 26, 2015

CNN Misleads About DHS Intelligence Assessment

Recently, CNN breathlessly reported that a new DHS intelligence assessment focused on right wing extremist groups as being a greater threat than ISIS. However, no one but CNN had seen the alleged report. Now Reason.com has reviewed the report (which it has made available to download) and found:
The document declares on its first page that most sovereign citizens are nonviolent, and that it will focus only on the violent fringe within a fringe—the people it calls "sovereign citizen extremists," or SCEs. It describes their violence as "sporadic," and it does not expect its rate to rise, predicting instead that the violence will stay "at the same sporadic level" in 2015. The author or authors add that most of the violence consists of "unplanned, reactive" clashes with police officers, not preplanned attacks.
In other words, based on Obama's lead, CNN ran a story to try and divert attention from Islamic terrorism.

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