That question occurred to me as I watched this clip at the Libertarian Republican's blog. The clip features Lt Col (USAR) Anthony Shaffer talking about how the Department of Homeland Security lists returning veterans, people who are concerned about government infringements on liberty, and people who think their way of life is under attack, as likely threats to the United States.
In other words, the DHS has decided that just about anybody who has read the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution lately and actually believes what they say, is a threat to our nation. Guess who isn't a threat -- those who are trying to advance an Islamic agenda. The Homeland Security report says nothing about the threat posed by those who feel called by Allah to subject the world to Shariah Law, despite the fact that just about every single terror attack faced by our nation and our allies has been due to Islamic aggression.
Here's where my question comes in; if the government came up with Operation Fast and Furious (Click here for the latest on this debacle.) not, as they claim, as a means of nabbing Mexican druglords, but as a means of bringing to life the administration's repeated (but disproven) claims that Mexican drug violence is caused by US gun rights, then what is to stop them from doing something similar to "prove" their assertions that patriotic, Constitution-defending Americans are a bigger terror threat than those who are killing in the name of Allah?
If a group of government agencies under the control of the executive branch is willing to break the law, force law-abiding gun-dealers to sell weapons to known criminals, and allow those weapons to enter a foreign country without the knowledge of its government, despite the fact that those weapons will be used against said government, and if that group of government agencies under the control of the executive branch is willing to allow hundreds of people to die, just to build the case against gun freedom in the US, to what lengths are they prepared to go against Americans who believe government must be brought back under the control of the Constitution?
If they are willing to allow blood to be spilled for an abstract idea (gun control) how much more motivated will they be in defense of their jobs, their power, and their freedom? When these people face being stripped of the priviledges of the ruling elite, and if they face even the remote possibility of prison terms, do you think they will hesitate to silence those who are trying to call them to account?