A New Anti-Terror Front? Yes, the Government Thinks It’s ‘Right-Wing Extremists’

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    By John Fund
    January 18, 2013


    The world is beset by terrorists — witness the American hostages taken in Algeria this week — but portions of our federal government continue to obsess about alleged home-grown threats from the “far right.”

    The Combating Terrorism Center, which is based at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, has issued a new report on its website entitled

    “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right.”

    Normally, the center’s activities are focused on al-Qaeda and other violent Islamic groups seeking to topple governments around the world. But the latest report looks inside America itself, and if the center is to be judged by the quality of its analysis in this report, it might be wise for all of us to be skeptical of its other work. The Center’s report lumps together entirely legitimate tea-party-style activists with three groups it says represent “a racist/white supremacy movement, an anti-federalist movement and a fundamentalist movement.” Together all these forces are said to have engaged in 350 “attacks initiated by far-right groups/individuals” in 2011, although the report never specifies what makes an attack a “far right” action.

    The report’s author is Arie Perliger, who directs the Center’s terrorism studies and teaches social sciences at West Point. I can only imagine what his classes are like as his report manages to lump together every known liberal stereotype about conservatives between its covers.

    As Rowan Scarborough of the Washington Times, who broke news of the report on Thursday, recounts:

    [The Center’s report] 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.”​

    The report also draws a link between the mainstream conservative movement and the violent “far right,” and describes liberals as “future oriented” and conservatives as living in the past.

    “While liberal worldviews are future- or progressive -oriented, conservative perspectives are more past-oriented, and in general, are interested in preserving the status quo,” the report says. “The far right represents a more extreme version of conservatism, as its political vision is usually justified by the aspiration to restore or preserve values and practices that are part of the idealized historical heritage of the nation or ethnic community.”​

    The report adds:
    “While far-right groups’ ideology is designed to exclude minorities and foreigners, the liberal-democratic system is designed to emphasize civil rights, minority rights and the balance of power.”​

    The Times quotes a congressional staffer who has served in the military calling the report a “junk study.” The staffer then asked: “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?”

    This is not the first time elements of the federal government have tried to smear conservatives with sloppy work and a broadbrush analysis.

    In 2009, liberals in the Department of Homeland Security prepared a report defining “rightwing extremism in the United States” as including not just hate groups, but also groups that reject federal authority in favor of federalism or local control. “It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration,” a footnote in the report warned.

    The DHS report bore the ominous title: “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.” Sent to hundreds of local law enforcement officials, the report claimed that “right wing extremists have capitalized on the election of the first African-American president, and are focusing their efforts to recruit new members, mobilize existing supporters, and broaden their scope and appeal through propaganda, but they have not yet turned to attack planning.”

    A casual reader might have concluded that “attack planning” by said groups is inevitable. But the report is silent on just how the groups will attack, and indeed since 2009 there has been precious little evidence any of them ever did.

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    A New Anti-Terror Front? Yes, the Government Thinks It's ?Right-Wing Extremists? - National Review Online
     
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    In the 17 year's since how many attacks against the U.S. have been committed by so called right wing extremist groups and how many by radical Islamic groups?
     
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    Very true.

    We see the proof if this on the rightist blogs, Fox ‘news,’ and on this very message board, where conservatives for the most part oppose due process rights for immigrants, oppose equal protection rights for same-sex couples’ with regard to access to marriage, and oppose citizens’ privacy rights with regard to abortion, to note but a few examples. They indeed seek to return this Nation to an idealize American past that never actually existed to begin with, a past blemished with ignorance, racism, discrimination, segregation, and hate.
     
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    "I can only imagine what his classes are like as his report manages to lump together every known liberal stereotype about conservatives between its covers."

    Good robot. :clap2:
     
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    The Black Panthers, the SLA, the anti-WTO groups, and ELF all had progressive worldviews. This report is inaccurate in assigning worldview with propensity be violent to influence policy.
     

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