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Saturday, August 24, 2013

DOD Documents Label Freedom-Seeking Colonists as Extremists

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Paul Lawrance

Department of Defense educational documents imply that US colonists who fought for freedom against British kingship are extremists.

Judicial Watch was able to obtain the documents through a Freedom of Information Act request asking for “any and all records concerning, regarding, or related to the preparation and presentation of training materials on hate groups or hate crimes distributed or used by the Air Force.”

The Documents were provided by the Air Force but originated in a DOD office.

The 133 pages given to the government watchdog put together a Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute student guide entitled “Extremism”.

The student guide defines extremists as “a person who advocates the use of force or violence; advocates supremacist causes based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or national origin; or otherwise engages to illegally deprive individuals or groups of their civil rights.”

Read Documents here.

On page 43, in the introduction to a section titled ‘Extremist Ideologies’, the student guide reads:

As noted, an ideology is a set of political beliefs about the nature of people and society. People who are committed to an ideology seek not only to persuade but to recruit others to their belief. In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples.
Page 45 states:
Nowadays, instead of dressing in sheets or publicly espousing hate messages, many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.
In a press release, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said, “The Obama administration has a nasty habit of equating basic conservative values with terrorism. And now, in a document full of claptrap, its Defense Department suggests that the Founding Fathers, and many conservative Americans, would not be welcome in today’s military,” [....] “And it is striking that some the language in this new document echoes the IRS targeting language of conservative and Tea Party investigations. After reviewing this document, one can’t help but worry for the future and morale of our nation’s armed forces.”

This is not the first ludicrous mislabeling of pro-freedom individuals or groups in US federal government papers. A 2012 study funded by the Department of Homeland Security characterizes Americans who are “reverent of individual liberty,” and “suspicious of centralized federal authority” as “extreme right-wing” terrorists.

Grave concern should be haunting the United States from coast to coast over these revelations.

Labeling those who espouse “making the world a better place,” as advocates of violence just shows the sick twist of reality that is potentially being pounded into the heads of those serving in the military.

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Paul Lawrance writes for Eyes Open Report where this article first appeared

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