A Department of Defense training guide describes American conservative groups – not Islamic terrorism – as the true face of extremism in the military ranks, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch.
Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, obtained the materials in response to a Freedom of Information Act request seeking “all records … related to the preparation and presentation of training materials on hate groups or hate crimes distributed or used by the Air Force,” according to examiner.com.
Believe it or not, they sound a lot like the tea party.
“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,” states the training guide, compiled by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, a diversity training center funded by the Defense Department.
“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.”
True enough. The American revolutionaries were pretty extreme in their day. But what of a modern extremism that actually poses a threat to the America they founded?
What about Muslim soldiers who roll grenades into officers’ tents (Camp Pennsylvania, Kuwait, March 23, 2003); Muslim civilians who kill soldiers outside Army recruitment centers (Little Rock, Ark., June 1, 2009); or Muslim majors who shoot up Army bases and kill soldiers preparing for deployment (Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 5, 2009)?
The training guide doesn’t mention Islamic terrorism, beyond the “historical event” of 9/11 and the civil war in Sudan, according to Judicial Watch.
The guide relies extensively on “facts” supplied by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a leftist entity that maintains a list of “hate groups” that include genuine extremists, such as black separatist groups and the Ku Klux Klan, but also the mainstream-conservative Family Research Center.
“[A]ctive participation … with regard to extremist organizations is incompatible with military service and, is therefore prohibited,” the guide states.
In other words, Islamic terrorism is an “over there and back then” kind of danger, while bedrock conservative beliefs like individual liberties and states’ rights are “here and now” kinds of dangers to the military’s order and discipline, according to the training guide.
According to Judicial Watch, it’s no coincidence that the traits the Defense Department materials describe as dangerous mirror those of the tea party and conservative groups the IRS put on its “be on the lookout” lists.
“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,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a news release.
“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.”