BUZZFLASH (TRUTHOUT) – Homegrown Terrorists on the Rise

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  • In November of last year, The Combatting Terrorism Center at West Point produced a study of what it is calling far-right organizations. Released last week, the study found that “since 2007, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of attacks and violent plots originating from individuals and groups who self-identify with the far-right of American politics.”
  • Atlas Shrugs’ Pamela Geller, a major player within the Islamophobia Industry, wrote that instead of focusing on “increasing threats and acts of war from jihadists both here and aboard,” the West Point report was wrongly focused on “Americans who believe in individual rights.”
  • Conservatives are not the only ones dissatisfied with the West Point report. Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein, Esq., founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), provided a scathing criticism of the Center’s report in a recent post at AlterNet. Weinstein, who characterized the report as “flimsy” and “high-minded dithering about domestic terrorist groups,” believes the West Point Center has focused on the wrong reactionary targets. He argued that the report was a waste of taxpayers money in that it “obsesses on skinheads and the most extreme fundamentalist Bible-wavers …. [while] ignor[ing] the daily, relentless assault on freedom committed by those with stars on their chests and stripes on their shoulders.” Weinstein is referring to members of the military who are “given little choice in whether or not to take part in Christian events, and even many commanders [who are] … making participation in religious ceremonies outright mandatory!”

    According to Weinstein, “The skinheads, the sheet-wearers, and the cross-burners are easy to spot. But the more devastating injury, as MRFF has shown repeatedly, is the stark and severe NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT (his caps, italics & bold) wrought by those in suits, in vestments, and–most disgracefully of all–in the uniform of our nation’s armed forces.”

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