According to an op-ed at the Los Angeles Times, conservative white men who support the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms are worse than international terrorists and need to be monitored by the federal government, Infowars reported Wednesday.
The op-ed, written after the Southern Poverty Law Center demanded the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security "crack down on Americans expressing opposition to an increasingly tyrannical federal government," claims there are "cells of angry men in the United States preparing for combat with the U.S. government."
"They are usually heavily armed, blinded by an intractable hatred, often motivated by religious zeal," the Times wrote.
Kurt Nimmo accused the paper of racism for singling out white men as the culprit that needs to be dealt with by the federal government.
"They are white, right-wing Americans, nearly all with an obsessive attachment to guns, who may represent a greater danger to the lives of American civilians than international terrorists," the Times said.
The op-ed then goes on to cite the study by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that views practically any organization to the right of center as a "hate" group.
"What can be done to reverse this tide of belligerent ignorance?" the Times asks.
"Not much. The typical patriot acts within his free-speech and 2nd Amendment rights, and in fact most patriot activity consists of venting steam by meeting with like-minded Neanderthals and firing off blog posts threatening civil war," the op-ed continues.
"Instead of a direct police state crack down and mass internment of white people in concentration camps, the editorial staff of the Los Angeles Times suggests a new COINTELPRO-like program designed to monitor Americans upset by continual government usurpations and attacks on the libertarian principles enshrined in the Constitution," Nimmo wrote.
The paper even suggested that Homeland Security shift resources away from the search for al-Qaeda and other foreign terrorists.
"These groups should be closely monitored, with resources adequate to the task, even if it means shifting some homeland security money from the hunt for foreign terrorists," the Times wrote.
A poll at the article asks if Americans should worry about "patriot" groups. Of those who responded, 96 percent said no, while only four percent said yes.
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