January 18th, 2013

West Point center cites dangers of ‘far right’ in U.S.


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This article was written by Rowan Scarborough  for The Washington Times on January 17, 2013



A West Point think tank has issued a paper warning America about “far right” groups such as the “anti-federalist” movement, which supports “civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government.”

The report issued this week by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., is titled “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right.”

The center — part of the institution where men and women are molded into Army officers — posted the report Tuesday. It lumps limited government activists with three movements it identifies as “a racist/white supremacy movement, an anti-federalist movement and a fundamentalist movement.”

The West Point center typically focuses reports on al Qaeda and other Islamic extremists attempting to gain power in Asia, the Middle East and Africa through violence.

But its latest study turns inward and paints a broad brush of people it considers “far right.”

It 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 report says there were 350 “attacks initiated by far-right groups/individuals” in 2011.

Details about what makes an attack a “far right” action are not clear in the report, which was written by Arie Perliger, who directs the center’s terrorism studies and teaches social sciences at West Point.

A Republican congressional staffer who served in the military told The Washington Times: “If [the Defense Department] is looking for places to cut spending, this junk study is ground zero.

“Shouldn’t the Combating Terrorism Center be combating radical Islam around the globe instead of perpetuating the left’s myth that right-wingers are terrorists?” the staffer said. “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?”


See the intro at the “Combatting Terrorism Center”, where there is a link to the pdf of the study:


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81 Responses to “West Point center cites dangers of ‘far right’ in U.S.”

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    Austrian Economics is Color Blind Says:

    Here’s some links explaining the logic behind individual liberty and a distrust of government; We’re not trying to preserve individual liberty because long-dead people believed in it, but rather because it’s logical and just:

    The Law by by Frédéric Bastiat

    If every person has the right to defend—even by force—his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly. Thus the principle of collective right—its reason for existing, its lawfulness—is based on individual right. And the common force that protects this collective right cannot logically have any other purpose or any other mission than that for which it acts as a substitute. Thus, since an individual cannot lawfully use force against the person, liberty, or property of another individual, then the common force—for the same reason—cannot lawfully be used to destroy the person, liberty, or property of individuals or groups.

    Federalist paper #78

    There is no position which depends on clearer principles, than that every act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm, that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers, may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.

    The Philosophy of Liberty

    “Human Rights” as Property Rights

    The so-called “liberal” or “progressive” worldview, based on “collective rights”, in contrast, is the cause of many of the problems that liberals imagine to be combatting, such as Empire, Fascism, Crony Capitalism, poverty among so-called “minority groups”, etc:

    War and the Fed | Lew Rockwell

    Anti-Trust and Monopoly (with Ron Paul)

    How to Reach the Left | Roderick T. Long

    Good Intentions 1of3 Introduction and Public Schools with Walter Williams

    “Why Marxism?” An Evening at FEE with C. Bradley Thompson

    Our Founders didn’t get everything right; Conservatives certainly aren’t trying to preserve slavery. But to the extent they got private property rights issues correct, that’s what we are trying to preserve.

  2. 2
    Churchill Says:

    Indeed, the West Point, the kitchens grease pit inline previous to the septic tanks, obviously in line with the DHS’s SPLC, the Brookings Institute and other holding tanks with mutiple intakes from the Executive Branch of Gov. with their NGO’s. , DHS’s COG, and we have the DoD with their NGO’s. the stench takes me back further to the CFR, Bilderbergs and the United Nations. As, Hillary Clinton, upon failure of reaching a gun control agreement in the UN meetings previous to the elections in New York, did state that they would push for it right after elections…And, that they did.

  3. 3
    Trapper Says:

    Looks like BHO has infiltrated West Point!

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    GeorgeW. Says:

    CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America


    I guess we are as radical as our founders! Statist cannot fool or bully the informed! Not on our watch!

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    Lawrence B. Certa Says:

    The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of “liberalism,” they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.
    - Norman Thomas,
    U.S. Socialist Party Presidential Candidate 1944

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    Ken Says:

    This whole gradual erosion of American Liberties is being perpetuated by the Elitists of the World who are few in number, yet very powerful in wealth. People like Dadid Rockefeller and Zebigenew Brezinski and many others who are all members of the Tri Lateral Commission. People have to understand that time waits for no man and these men know that their destinies have been set by a much higher power. Unfortunately, for them, they don’t believe in a higher power and are determined to try to leave a legacy that will not be forgotten. They believe that they have been given a opportunity to mold the destinies of men for their own ideologies. I guess one would have to agree that the betterment of mankind has been enhanced by progress. The only question is, how much progress can man stand before he has to be eliminated because progress has caused too many people to linger on this planet, therefore causing many situation to evolve where those problems can and must be dealt with! These elitists know that “MASSES ARE ASSES” and if left to go on their own will bunch into groups of like kind, e.g. Blacks, Whites e.t.c. So, the question arises as to “HOW SHALL WE THEN LIVE” As for me and mine, “we will serve the Lord”

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    Francis Says:

    When the government publishes report and research like this, it only prove how desperate they are in convincing the American people they are on their side. Since when is it wrong to voice an individual’s opposition to something he/she feel is wrong? Only a government who intend to rule with an iron fist will spread lies about how the conservatives are out dated and are bias toward the rights of minorities. Remember the answer of the white house toward the petition to deport “Pier Morgan”? They protected him citing the 1st amendment. Protecting the 1st amendment right of a foreigner and yet if a citizen decided to hold a sign criticizing the illegal wars and other corruption happening in this administration, that individual will be arrested by the police and thrown in jail. The attack to the bill of rights specifically the 2nd amendment is just the beginning. I hope and pray that majority of the people will not turn their backs on the founding fathers sacrifices and that they will preserve the liberty and rights that only “God” has given to mankind. Live free or die!

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    Lee Says:

    Sounds like damage control to me. ;)

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    HDavid Hill Says:

    So now West Point’s joining in on the anti gun movement. Didn’t those want to be leaders have to take the Oath. Center city is far from Far Right. IDIOTS !

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    poptoy1949 Says:

    and I hope they have had a study of the far left as wll. The far left is right there in their face everyday in the DEMOCRAT PARTY. Just because it has the Label does not mean it is anything else but

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