Graduate Responds To West Point Terrorism Center Warning On The ‘Far Right’


Earlier this month The Washington Times broke the story of the West Point Terrorism Center’s study on “Understanding America’s Far Right.” According to this study and its author, Dr. Aurie Peliger, those of us who believe in upholding the Constitution of the United States of America are a threat to this republic. Those of us who believe in the rights of the individual, and that the federal government has been stomping on those rights, are extremists who are prone to 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 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?” (Read More)

The Republican staffer isn’t the only person who took issue with this study. So did West Point graduate Richard Kline, who wrote to the Superintendent to respond to Perliger’s outrageous accusations.

January 25, 2013

Lt. General Huntoon

Superintendant, USMA

West Point, NY 10996

Gen. Huntoon,

The recent publication by Arie Perliger as part of the West Point Combating Terrorism Center is a tragedy. For West Point to put its imprimatur on that piece of work, through the vehicle of the Combating Terrorism Center, is a sham.

If you can recall, this country was founded by people who believed the government was overstepping its authority and who believed in self sufficiency and in the protection of natural human rights from intrusion by government.

I am a graduate of West Point and, I guess, I am one of those of which Perliger writes. I do not consider myself violent, but I do adhere to many of the beliefs that Perliger uses to classify his villains.

It is a sad day in America when one of the bastions of individual freedom and preservation of this nation is giving a platform to such partisan rhetoric.

I love and cherish the 1st Amendment. But as my grandmother wisely counseled me, “Be wary of who you associate with as you will be judged often by their acts, too.”

West Point should be wary of the works that it publishes under the banner of an organization that claims to be part of West Point.

The United States Military Academy’s mission is to educate, train and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army.

It looks to me that the world of partisan rhetoric has now crept into that mission.

Richard Kline, USMA ’67

As always with the left, they project their true shortcomings, inadequacies, and downright diabolical tendencies on those they wish to defeat. Just look at the way President Obama accused the Republicans (who continue to cave to his wishes at every turn) of being “absolutists.” The fact that an institution like West Point is funding (with taxpayer dollars) and publishing these projections just shows how far the progressives have come in infiltrating all of our institutions. It’s just a shame that more Americans aren’t paying attention as their rights are being eroded right under their noses. If only the media would report it. Oh wait, never mind. Unless they go searching for it they’ll be in the dark until it’s too late.

At least we have people like Richard Kline who are willing to speak out, even if the national media ignores them.

On a related note, check out this post at American Power. By golly, by linking it I just might be considered to be a violent far right extremist.

(As for the source of the letter, it was forwarded by its author to one of my contacts who forwarded it to me and informed me I had permission to publish it.)