by Tami Jackson
It would appear the decay that began at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center has become systemic within DoD and the Military: intelligence briefings are warning soldiers of the threat posed by Evangelical Christians and Tea Party members.
Too far-fetched to believe?
In my March 2013 article, Expert at West Point Think Tank Warns of the “Violent Far-Right,” I noted:
West Point created the Combating Terrorism Center after the events of 9/11, in an effort to prepare cadets for the new and dangerous environment of suicidal enemies and thwart future attacks.
However, Dr. Arie Perliger, one of the Center’s experts, published a study in November titled Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right. There is something tremendously unsettling about seeing the words “America’s Violent Far-Right” in the title
Dr. Perliger paints those who wish to “restore or preserve values and practices” of our national heritage (could he possibly mean The Constitution?) as extreme and violent.
But this skewed reasoning and tainted theory has metastasized and is now informing the pre-deployment briefings of troops.
Soldiers attending a pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood say they were told that evangelical Christians and members of the Tea Party were a threat to the nation and that any soldier donating to those groups would be subjected to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
A soldier who attended the Oct. 17th briefing told me the counter-intelligence agent in charge of the meeting spent nearly a half hour discussing how evangelical Christians and groups like the American Family Association were “tearing the country apart.”
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