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Tell Congress: Investigate and Defund West Point's Center for Combating Terrorism

West Point's Center for Combating Terrorism released a report claiming that conservatives, libertarians are a threat to society.

Are individuals interested in self-government and constitutional rights domestic enemies?

Are groups that stress conservative values or self-sufficiency a threat to national security?

According to a recent study, both of these questions would be answered “yes.”

The striking fact is this: this report wasn’t written by a typical liberal think-tank like the Southern Poverty Law Center. No; this “report” was written by the U.S. Military!

That’s right; the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. – a place that trains United States military officers – produced a 148-page study examining the dangers of the American “far right,” a group, the study says, made of individuals interested in “civil activism, individual freedom, and self-government.”  

The fact that West Point would devote resources to study the “dangers” of America’s “far right” – a sweeping term that includes non-violent, principled individuals who would fit in well at a Tea Party rally – is entirely absurd!

The report entitled “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right” was written by Arie Perliger of West Point’s Center for Combating Terror, a department that generally focuses on radical overseas terrorist organizations like al Qaeda.

This is to say that this report is a complete departure from what the Center should be focusing its energy on -- not to mention a complete waste of taxpayer dollars.

Perliger’s effort which lumps conservatives, libertarians, and Tea Party-type folks in with Skinhead and KKK groups is not scholarship, but propaganda.

The report identifies three major movements as threats: the racist/white supremacy movement, the anti-federalist movement, and the fundamentalist movement. As these are additionally broken-down throughout the report we find that Christian groups, anti-abortion groups, preparedness groups/militias, etc. are also identified.

Perhaps the most striking is Perliger’s criteria for identifying the “dangerous” ideology of the anti-federalist movement: those who 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.”

These ideas which Perliger vilifies were the very sentiments held by the American Founders which led them to secede from Britain, write the Constitution, and adopt the Bill of Rights!

Let’s not forget that America's Supreme Law was designed to limit government exactly because governments naturally are tyrannical and do “intrude” on individual rights!

We must demand Congress to investigate every department and program at West Point to defund any and all activity that targets American citizens!

Public Comments
Feb 19th, 2013
Richard N. from Fort Myers, FL signed.
Feb 19th, 2013
Junius G. from Greer, SC signed.
Feb 19th, 2013
Jackie O. from Spokane, WA writes:
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AGAIN WHEN YOU HAVE THE WORSE PRESIDENT THAT WE HAVE EVER HAD YOU GET THE WORSE DECISIONS AND DIRECTION FOR THE COUNTRY THAT WE HAVE EVER HAD!
Feb 19th, 2013
Robert G. from Jacksonville, NC signed.
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GEORGE B. from Louisville, KY signed.
Feb 19th, 2013
Steve S. from Hendersonville, TN signed.
Feb 19th, 2013
Edd & Joan B. from New Berlin, WI signed.
Feb 19th, 2013
Robert S. from Clarkston, WA writes:
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This is a campaign for war on the American people and must stop!!!
Feb 19th, 2013
barbara e. from Littleton, CO signed.
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Joseph M. from Winter Springs, FL signed.
Feb 19th, 2013
Barbara R. from Lucedale, MS writes:
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how can you people allow what is going on in our country??????????????????????????????
Feb 19th, 2013
Mario V. from Westbury, NY signed.
Feb 19th, 2013
Larry R. from Mankato, MN writes:
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This is not right, they say the far right are terrorist and say nothing about the far left. I say enough, this is a wast of our money, looking into activity, that target American citizens, by West Point and they should be defunded by Congress.
Feb 19th, 2013
Dom R. from Eau Claire, WI signed.
Feb 19th, 2013
Donald B. from Beaverton, OR signed.
Feb 19th, 2013
Someone from Saint Charles, MO writes:
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Are we now teaching these young future officers that patriots are Terrorist. We have a Commander in Chief who is a hugh Muslim sympathizer, and has called a killing of Americans ON a military base , a work related incident. Why because the muslim terrorist was just that. Never will Obama call the Muslims terrorist....he is Muslim. Do Not teach our Militaery Acadamys the garbage fro m the W.H.
Feb 18th, 2013
Jason K. from Fenton, MO signed.
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Tom S. from Woodstock, GA signed.
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rick r. from Fenton, MO signed.
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Beverly J. from Orange, CA signed.
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Raymond V. from Savannah, GA signed.
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Marg M. from Ashburn, VA signed.
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Harold P. from Blairstown, NJ signed.
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Someone from Corning, CA signed.
Feb 18th, 2013
Don M. from Elizabeth, AR writes:
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Any representative of W.P must be mindful of the fact that W.P. is a U.S. establishment and thus he is a U.S representative and is to act accordingly.
Feb 18th, 2013
George P. from Oroville, WA signed.
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Mary H. from Delaplane, VA signed.
Feb 18th, 2013
Daniel C. from Lincoln, MT signed.
Feb 17th, 2013
James T. from Floresville, TX writes:
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Our public schools are venues for leftist propaganda on our youngsters, now it is the military academies that are being taught that right-wing conservatives are considered terrorists, and can be shot at by our military? This program must be defunded and it's educators should be punished.
Feb 17th, 2013
Someone from Phoenix, AZ signed.
Feb 16th, 2013
Leonard R S. from Dallas, TX signed.
Feb 15th, 2013
S D. from Grapevine, TX signed.
Feb 14th, 2013
Marlohn Balas J. from Pasadena, CA signed.
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Frieda P. from West Palm Beach, FL signed.
Feb 13th, 2013
Beverly J S. from Payette, ID signed.
Feb 12th, 2013
Alan T. from Phoenix, AZ signed.
Feb 11th, 2013
Dr. Nicholas R. N. from Commack, NY writes:
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I don't want any of my tax dollars going to West Point's Center for Combating Terrorism! I believe Arie Perliger"s views are anti-American.
Feb 11th, 2013
Mary Ellen L. from Cherry Hill, NJ writes:
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this is even more reason to stand up and speak out!
Feb 11th, 2013
Someone from Sarasota, FL signed.
Feb 11th, 2013
Someone from Sarasota, FL signed.