Judicial Watch obtained a Department of Defense document as a result of a Freedom of Information request. The DOD 133-page document was used by the Air Force, and it contained a “student guide” to extremists and hate groups. It relied heavily on the very reliable Southern Poverty Law Center as a wealth of information in these matters. Here are some tidbits of the document taken from Judicial Watch:
- The document defines an extremist 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.”
- A statement that “Nowadays, instead of dressing in sheets or publically espousing hate messages, many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.” [Emphasis mine]
- “[W]hile not all extremist groups are hate groups, all hate groups are extremist groups.”
- Under a section labeled “Extremist Ideologies” the document states, “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.” [Emphasis mine]
- In this same section, the document lists the 9/11 attack under a category of “Historical events.”
- “[A]ctive participation…with regard to extremist organizations is incompatible with military service and, is therefore prohibited.” [Emphasis in original]
- The document details the “seven stages of hate” and sixteen “extremists’ traits.”
- The SPLC is listed as a resource for information on hate groups and referenced several times throughout the guide.
- Of the five organizations besides the SPLC listed as resources, one is an SPLC project (Teaching Tolerance) and one considers any politically or socially conservative movement to be a potential hate group (Political Research Associates).
- Other than a mention of 9/11 and the Sudan, there is no discussion of Islamic extremism.
I think the most egregious part in all of that is the part saying that the American colonists who tried to free themselves from British rule were extremists. How dare they try to fight for independence from a tyrannical government. They should have been compliant, and things would have been just fine. They fought against their own government, which constitutes treason and makes the founding fathers terrorists themselves.
It’s no surprise that the SPLC thinks that people who talk about “individual liberties, states’ rights” and “how to make the world a better place” are all extremists. It’s OK if Obama wants to “make the world a better place,” but if a conservative Christian says it, he’s an “extremist,” probably a member of a “hate” group and more than likely has “domestic terrorist” tendencies.