According to new Department of Defense education materials obtained by Judicial Watch, the word ‘extremist’ now applies to anyone who speaks of “individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.”
Forget terrorists... based on the DOD’s definition, ‘extremists’ now sound a lot like conservatives.
“I know that's the words of an extremist because what would we've done here, so far, is we have talked about individual liberties, we have talked about state rights, and today we're going to talk about making the word a better place,” Glenn quipped on radio this morning. “ “So you know, those three things are now classified by the Pentagon as signs that you are an extremist.”
This information is part of a larger lesson plan commissioned by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, a Defense Department-funded diversity-training center.
Judicial Watch, which obtained 133 pages of lesson plans and PowerPoint slides in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filed on April 8, 2013, complied a list of ‘highlights’:
• The document defines extremists 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.”
• “[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.”
• 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.
“Absolutely unbelievable,” Pat said. “If you talk about making the world a better place, you are probably an extremist.”
“They say 9/11 is a historic event. That's how it's been labeled: a historic event,” Glenn said. “And our founders are extremists. And if you talk about individual rights, state rights, or making the world a better place, you could be an extremist.”