Skip to comments.West Point center cites dangers of ‘far right’ in U.S
Posted on 01/17/2013 7:44:48 PM PST by Jahoohio
A West Point think tank has issued a paper warning America about far right groups such as the anti-federalist movement, which supports civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government.
The report issued this week by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., is titled Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding Americas Violent Far-Right.
The center part of the institution where men and women are molded into Army officers posted the report Tuesday. It lumps limited government activists with three movements it identifies as a racist/white supremacy movement, an anti-federalist movement and a fundamentalist movement.
The West Point center typically focuses reports on al Qaeda and other Islamic extremists attempting to gain power in Asia, the Middle East and Africa through violence.
But its latest study turns inward and paints a broad brush of people it considers far right.
It says anti-federalists espouse strong convictions regarding the federal government, believing it to be corrupt and tyrannical, with a natural tendency to intrude on individuals civil and constitutional rights. Finally, they support civil activism, individual freedoms, and self government. Extremists in the anti-federalist movement direct most their violence against the federal government and its proxies in law enforcement.
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This is wrong! The far left has a history of violence.
Most assassinations and political violence emanates from the left, yet government agencies focus on a practically non existent 'threat' from the right.
...and, yet, it’s gangs that are destroying our cities and none of the cowards on the left want to confront them.
They ought to be looking at the Occupy, SEIU and Obama Administration thugs as potential terrorist groups.
The military brass is being quietly infiltrated by leftists to weaken it so it won’t pose a “problem” if the SHTF and the military tries to adhere to the Constitution.
"Look! Over there! A far right wing-nut!" The morons always look.
This is what happens when you let poofters run the military.
No mention of the far Left radical fringe pissing on the Military, Country, God, and Constitution???
From website: "An independent, privately funded research and education institute..."
I don't quite get how they are privately funded but operate under the aegis of the USMA. Some corrupt, inside baseball going on here.
Federalism is the notion of states retention of most powers, with few powers delegated by the states, to a central government. The Constitution is a "federalism" document.
Following historical precedent, those groups are the government Brown Shirts, and we've already had our very own Chrystalnacht.
Probably a member of the Pink brigade.
I always thought believing in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights made me a good American citizen. Only recently have I heard otherwise. /sarc
Where do they get some of these people from?
What Good Can a Handgun Do Against An Army?
Just unbelievable! You believe in freedom, liberty and limited-government and you are branded a terrorist by your own standing Army? And this crap is paid for with our tax dollars.
Meet the author, an Israeli who seems to lump us with Hezbollah, Hamas, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades and al-Qaida.
Dr. Arie Perliger
Class of 1977 Director of Terrorism Studies
Arie Perliger is the Director of Terrorism Studies at the Combating Terrorism Center and Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Sciences, US Military Academy at West Point. After completing his PhD in Political Science at the University of Haifa Israel (2007), where he was also a fellow at the National Security Studies Center (NSSC), Dr. Perliger became affiliated with the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as a Golda Meir Post-Doctoral Fellow (2007-2008). On August 2008 Dr. Perliger joined the Department of Political Science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he was a Schusterman Visiting Assistant Professor until the summer of 2010.
In the past decade Dr. Perliger has studied extensively issues related to Terrorism and Political Violence, Politics of Security, Politics of the Far Right in Israel, Europe and the US, Middle Eastern Politics and the applicability of Social Network Analysis to the study of social phenomena. His studies appeared in four books and more than 20 articles and book chapters by publishers such as Columbia University Press, Rutledge, Security Studies, Social Forces and others.
Dr. Perliger is the co-editor of the journal Democracy and Security and a regular reviewer for various publishers and Journals such as Political Psychology, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, Columbia University Press, Chicago University Press, Routledge and Polity Press.
We are being set up for a Reichstag fire / false flag moment. I thought Sandy Hook was it, but apparently there is somthing bigger coming. All these incidents so far can’t be blamed on us, so they are going to have to make something up.
Curse those who put darkness for light and light for darkness! The inmates are running the asylum!
You and I are funding this crap. Obama’s cash is allocated to his upcoming coronation.
Here's what was said..
The [public] fully respects . . . responsible criticism, and . . . the right of dissent . . . But we repudiate . . . irresponsible, extremist groups . . . [that] discredit our [nation] by their efforts to infiltrate positions of responsibility in the [government], or to attach themselves to its candidates [for office].
The time has come for [the public] . . . [to] take decisive action [against groups] which would subvert this [nation] to purposes alien to the very basic tenets which gave this [nation] birth . . . "The [public] is in real danger of subversion by a radical, well-financed and highly disciplined minority . . . [the purpose of this minority is] "wholly alien to the . . . honest conservatism [of] the [public] . . ., wholly alien to the sound and honest [American] liberalism . . . , wholly alien to . . . the mainstream . . . principles."
. . . These extremists feed on fear, hate and terror. They have no program for America . . . These extremists have no plan and no program to keep the peace and bring freedom to the world. On the contrary - they spread distrust. They engender suspicion. They encourage disunity. And they operate from the dark shadows of secrecy . . .
There is no place in this [nation] for such hawkers of hate, such purveyors of prejudice, such fabricators of fear . . . These people have nothing in common with Americans. The [public] must repudiate these people.
D'oh! Sorry. Wrong thread.
I was trying to post how the RNC Rockefeller Republicans view the Tea Party -- which kinda does match the West Point nut job.
This was Nelson Rockefeller speaking against Goldwater and supporters at the 1964 Republican convention.. and he was warning of the dangers to the Republican Party. I changed "Republican Party" to references to our Nation.
I wonder which West Point pantywaist wrote this?
If the democrats kill 3000 people, like on 9/11, and successfully blame it on us, we will have to fight mobs of deluded people. They will not try to calm people down to understand our feelings, like they did to muslim terrorists. It is the oldest trick in the book, and they are preparing the way for it.
Who is the far right?
—>>>A Republican congressional staffer who served in the military told The Washington Times: If [the Defense Department] is looking for places to cut spending, this junk study is ground zero.
->>Shouldnt the Combating Terrorism Center be combating radical Islam around the globe instead of perpetuating the lefts myth that right-wingers are terrorists? the staffer said. The $64,000 dollar question is when will the Combating Terrorism Center publish their study on real left-wing terrorists like the Animal Liberation Front, Earth Liberation Front, and the Weather Underground?
Amen to what the republican staffer was quoted to say.
What a bunch of lies/misinformation.
Clipped from Dear Mr. Security Agent
Then how about a paper in an approved and sanctioned semi-official U.S. military publication, written by a War College professor in good standing. Serious enough for you? Google the Small Wars Journal piece entitled Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A Vision of the Future, by Colonel Kevin Benson, USA (ret), 2012. The full spectrum operations envisaged for the Army in the homeland are not made against hypothetical hostile drug cartels in the Southwest, or urban gangs, or the traditionally ambiguous and vague Pineland Liberation Group, or Orangeland Peoples Front, hypothetical stand-ins named to offend no one, not even by accident.
This long-standing neutral naming protocol is tossed aside in Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland, where the new domestic enemy that the U.S. Army must crush is a neo-KKK, a white racist Tea Party terrorist organization, headquartered in, of all places, Darlington, South Carolina. Yes, the NASCAR Darlington. Anybody who has been in or near an actual Tea Party event or rally knows the crowd is made up mainly of an older white population, a quiet group that leaves no mess behind, not even a stray poster, and causes no fuss.
Yet Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland postulates that these white grandpas and grannies will be the very group that the U.S. Army will be called upon to crush in its first major battles on American soil since 1865. The message this paper sends throughout the upper ranks of the War-College-trained military, actually naming an ethnic groupSouthern whitesas the national enemy to hypothetically be crushed by the Army in the year 2016, is simply mind-boggling.
At least it was.
So this makes two?
What a stupid report. These people are fools.
Words fail me,.
We had many more nuclear weapons while we fought in Vietnam than we do now and I don’t remember us winning that one. Men and women hauling supplies on bicycles in the jungle kicked us out of their country but good.
At this point, I am FOR sequestration. I WANT our standing military to be degraded if they are being taught that civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government define THEIR enemy!
These are the same people who refuse to fly the American flag because they don't want of offend anyone.
To clarify: I have all the respect in the world for the people in our military at this time (well, except for a good chunk of the General Staff). That said, if this story is accurate, the good people will leave and the military will become a Chicago thugcop machine writ large. With lots of really powerful (but probably degrading) high tech weaponry. Defunding THAT would be GOOD.
(Maybe the good people in the military will do something to prevent that before retiring and/or just not re-upping, but the odds are against it IMHO.)
The left could have won the Vietnam war for the US if it only had Vietnamese gun registration and then confiscation. Johnson would have been saved!
With all due respect, civilian weaponry doesn’t match military firepower.
Civilians don’t have:
Carrier battle groups.
Predator drones w/Hellfire missiles.
Apache attack helicopters.
I wouldn’t count on the military siding with civilians. Some units may, but if push really came to shove, the bulk of the military will side with the government. And if that happens, and they turn full-on against the civilian population, civvies don’t stand a snowballs chance in Hell.
With all due respect, the British Army has all the hardware you list, but could not defeat a small band of its own subjects in Northern Ireland. Using the tactics pioneered by Michael Collins in the 20’s, civilians are not helpless against their government.
Yup. West Point is going int the crapper.
I’d really like a list of those “attacks” we allegedly initiated.
Dang, and I was saving up for a Howitzer.