facebookGovernment study will locate where “right wing extremists” live and engage in “countermessaging”

Obama’s Department of Homeland Security is launching a new offensive to stop extremists from using the Internet to spread their message.

Unfortunately, those “extremists” are Americans posting conservative material to Facebook.

“The Department of Justice is concentrating on ‘far-right’ groups in a new study of social media usage aimed at combatting violent extremism,” the Free Beacon reports. “The Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded Michigan State University $585,719 for the study, which was praised by Eric Holder, the former attorney general, earlier this year.”

The study will spend more time targeting “right wing” message forums like Facebook instead of investigating international terrorists.

“We will collect posts made in four active forums used by members of the far-right and three from the Islamic Extremist community, as well as posts made in Facebook, LiveJournal, Twitter, YouTube, and Pastebin accounts used by members of each movement,” the grant said.

The study will be used to determine where “right wing extremists” live.

The study reports it will “identify the hidden networks of individuals who engage in extremist movements based on geographic location and ideological similarities.”

The government will use its investigation to engage in “countermessaging.”

The grant does not list which “dangerous” groups will be investigated, but prior studies of the same material ignored al Qaeda to instead focus on Americans who believe drivers licenses and the income tax are unlawful.

Another previous study did not investigate “Islamic extremism” but did list American military veterans critical of Obama as potential terrorist threats.

The government stated that “rightwing violence” isn’t limited to militia groups, but includes “those that are mainly anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely.”

The Obama administration refused to back down from its orders to Homeland Security to consider veterans and conservative Internet users as terrorist threats.