Department of Homeland Security boss Janet Napolitano addressed a joint session of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Major County Sheriffs’ Association winter meetings on Monday.
During remarks boasting about the wonderful job the federal government has done in violating and rendering irrelevant Posse Comitatus, Napolitano conflated “gun violence,” “active shooter incidents” and “violent extremism.”
From a press release on the DHS website:
Secretary Napolitano also underscored the Department’s collaboration with law enforcement on countering violent extremism. In September, the Department, in collaboration with the FBI, launched a new training resource webportal, which provides access to hundreds of countering violent extremism training materials, case studies, analytic products, and other resources. It also provides a platform for communication and information sharing about countering violent extremism among law enforcement agencies across the country.
Since the release of the DHS document on “rightwing extremism” that created a firestorm of criticism, the mega-agency has chosen its words more carefully. “Groups and individuals inspired by a range of religious, political, or other ideological beliefs have promoted and used violence against the homeland,” the Countering Violent Extremism DHS page states without naming specific groups or individuals.
In addition to the rightwing extremism document, the DHS created a “Homegrown Violent Extremism Lexicon” blurring the distinction between Second Amendment activists (under the catch-all phrase “Militia Extremists”) and “Sovereign Citizen Extremists,” “Racist Skinhead Extremists,” “Lone Offenders,” and oddly “Unwitting Co-optees” (the latter group is a favorite target of the FBI as it manufactures fake terrorism to bolster its mission and underwrite its existence and secure its place at the federal largess trough).
The DHS is eager to exploit “gun violence” after the Sandy Hook massacre and exploit it to further integrate itself with state and local “partners” – in other words, further trample Posse Comitatus and the principle of separation between local law enforcement and the federal government.
“DHS will expand ongoing efforts to prevent future mass casualty shootings, improve preparedness, and strengthen security and resilience in schools and other potential targets while working with partners at all levels of government,” the DHS press release dated January 28 states.
It is at best a dubious claim that the DHS in collusion with local law enforcement might “prevent future mass casualty shootings.” The agency more or less admitted this when it released its “Active Shooter: How to Respond” handbook following Sandy Hook. The booklet instructs potential active shooter victims to “find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you… behind large items” and “[b]lockade the door with heavy furniture.”