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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!

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Feb 2nd, 2013
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Someone from Ilion, NY writes:
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Does anyone else see this line of thinking as totally INSANE!!! What are they so afraid of, that they keep making up LIES?
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Richard S. from Sault Sainte Marie, MI writes:
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A true communist.
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Dave F. from Gallipolis, OH writes:
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The Head of the dept. at West point,Arie Perliger, which published this baseless,assumptive report is in fact an Israeli liberal who never served a day in the military. There is not one specific incident in the report which backs up any assumptions this report makes with regard to violence on the part of "The Right". Nobody who loves what this country used to be prefers violence over processes laid out in the Constitution.I want to know how this guy got into this post and who made that decision.
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David D. from Tinley Park, IL writes:
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This is as disgusting as it gets. Having served our Great Country in two wars, Vietnam 67-68 and Irag 2004-2005. This is only something that would meet with the approval of a Congressman named Bobby Black Pee Stone Nation Rush. A true communist. CW4 AV Retired
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Someone from Greensburg, PA writes:
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Unbelievable, What's next? Defund them then arrest then for being unAmerican.
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Kathy S. from Windermere, FL writes:
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This is nothing but another blatant, unwarranted attack on anyone in this country who doesn't agree with the Obama Administration. From where I sit, that's more than half of the country right now and growing every day. This program, as well as many others (including Obamacare), clearly violates the constitutional rights of conservative taxpayers and has no business being funded by them.
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Absolutely investigate and defund all liberal programs and bodies that target conservative citizens.
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Duane R. from Minneapolis, MN writes:
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Investigate-----absolutely!!!!!