DoD training manual suggests Founding Fathers followed 'extremist ideology'

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A Department of Defense training manual obtained by a conservative watchdog group pointed to the original American colonists as examples of an extremist movement, comments that have sparked fear of a broader crackdown on dissent in America.

The training manual provides information that describes, among
other things, “common themes in extremist ideologies.”

Now, if the Department of Defense has its way, historical figures
who risked their lives to free America from British colonial rule
— names like Paul Revere, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin and
Samuel Adams — will be rebranded as dangerous extremists,
alongside the likes of skinheads and neo-Nazis.

The first paragraph of the section entitled ‘Extremist
Ideologies’ opens with a statement that has drawn heated
criticism: “In US 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.”

In America’s early colonial period, many colonists served in
state militias under the direction of the Continental Army in an
effort to free the Thirteen Colonies from British rule. Indeed,
the Second Amendment of the US Constitution clearly states: “A
well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free
state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be
infringed.”

The
document
, entitled Equal Opportunity and Treatment Incidents
(EOTI), was obtained on Thursday by Judicial Watch, a watchdog
group, through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The military manual defines extremism as a “term used to
describe the actions or ideologies of individuals or groups who
take a political idea to its limits, regardless of unfortunate
repercussions, and show intolerance toward all views other than
their own.”

Some would argue the military manual invokes a rather broad and
loose definition that may be applied to any number of persons and
organizations, including the Girl Scouts of America, for example,
selling cookies door-to-door. 

The manual warns military personnel that “the objectives of
extremist organizations is [are] viewed as detrimental to the
good order, discipline, or mission accomplishment of the unit and
is [are], therefore, subject to appropriate disciplinary
action.”

The manual goes on to discuss “Doomsday thinking” under
“traits or behaviors that tend to represent the extremist
style.”

Extremists often predict dire or catastrophic consequences
from a situation or from a failure to follow a specific course,
and they tend to exhibit a kind of crisis-mindedness. It can be a
Communist takeover, a Nazi revival, nuclear war, earthquakes,
floods, or the wrath of God. Whatever it is, it is just around
the corner unless we follow their program and listen to their
special insight and wisdom, to which only the truly enlightened
have access.
” 

Nowadays,” the manual continues, “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
.”

Many Americans and civil rights groups fear that in the event of
another national emergency, perhaps on the scale of a 9/11, the
US military will take over the role of ‘maintaining law and
order’ inside of American communities. These fears were increased
after US President Barack Obama signed into law on Dec. 31, 2011
the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which grants
sweeping powers to the US military.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) came out with a harsh
rebuke immediately following passage of the controversial
legislation.

President Obama’s action today is a blight on his legacy
because he will forever be known as the president who signed
indefinite detention without charge or trial into law,
” said
Anthony D. Romero, ACLU executive director.

The statute is particularly dangerous because it has no
temporal or geographic limitations, and can be used by this and
future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from
any battlefield. The ACLU will fight worldwide detention
authority wherever we can, be it in court, in Congress, or
internationally.

The signing of the NDAA nullifies the Posse Comitatus Act, which
worked to prevent the US military from taking over police
functions within local communities. 

The US Congress passed a bill (on Jan. 1, 2012, known as the
National Defense Authorization Act) that repeals Posse Comitatus,
which means that we have now institutionalized and codified
martial law,
” Congressman Ron Paul told a group of supporters
in June 2012, as reported by Live Leaks. “Right now the battle
against terrorism involves all of us. Everybody in this country
is a potential terrorist.
” 

If you happen to visit a website, or attend a meeting that
contains a particular viewpoint…you can be accused of being a
terrorist and the bill says you have no right to a lawyer,

Paul added.

In January 2012, a study funded by the Department of Homeland
Security (
“Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the
United States, 1970 to 2008”) characterizes Americans who are
“suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and
“reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme
right-wing”
terrorists.

Robert Bridge, RT

Bridge is the author of the book,
Midnight in the American Empire
, which examines the dangerous
consequences of extreme corporate power in the United States.

Republished from: RT