And quite possibly 2008. Captain Ed, faced with another outburst of right-wing domestic terrorism today after he spents weeks ridiculing the DHS report, gets the honors:
To that, I’d respond that our criticism was that the DHS report didn’t focus on known, specific threats, instead making generalized threats about abortion opponents and other vague and broad generalizations about conservative issues. In fact, it never mentioned Holocaust denial at all, nor did it mention anti-semitism at all, either; those terms don’t appear at all in the report. And despite being well-known as a threat since the 1980s, the DHS never bothered to identify von Brunn or his organization as a specific threat in the report — which, again, was the heart of our criticism.
Bolding is Ed’s.
Anyone want to explain some of the many reasons why they might not have released the names of people under investigation by various federal agencies in an openly published DHS report (notwithstanding the central fact that identifying specific threats was not the intent of the damned thing in the first place)?
*** Update ***
Ed still is not getting it, insisting that because several known terrorist groups were listed in the report on left-wing cybercrime, this report did not name specific names and thus was overly general. What Ed was asking of the report, however, is not what it was designed to do. It was not designed to identify von Brunn (Ed’s words), it was to give generalized information on what to look out for in the upcoming years.
For example, the DHS could issue a generic report for people to watch out for unattended packages or bags in airports.
Ed would then spend the next two weeks screaming that the DHS is stigmatizing anyone carrying a package or bag in an airport.
Then a bomb goes off. And considering we have had the shootings in Pittsburgh, the Tiller murder, and the shooting today, we could say several bombs have gone off.
People then point at Ed and say- “Gee. Maybe the DHS report was on to something.”
And Ed’s pithy reply? “Yeah, but they never said what exact moment and where the packages would be left, and who would leave them. So there. Wolverines!”
It’s that damned stupid. And the most frustrating thing about it is that Ed isn’t that damned stupid. He just plays the part for Hot Air.