Documents uncovered by Judicial Watch show the Pentagon needs intensive remedial classes in U.S. history, lest it continue labeling conservative organizations as “hate groups” and placing America's Founders among “extremist ideologies and movements.”
A Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute “student guide” titled “Extremism,” obtained by Judicial Watch from the Air Force via a Freedom of Information Act request, advises that today's extremists don't dress in sheets or espouse hate publicly. No, they “talk of individual liberties, states' rights, and how to make the world a better place.”
“The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule” are mentioned in an “Extremist Ideologies” section that outrageously equates the Founders with the secessionist Confederacy. Yet except for brief mentions of 9/11 and Sudan, the “student guide” omits Islamic extremism.
And it repeatedly cites the extreme-left Southern Poverty Law Center, which wrongly labels conservative organizations as “hate groups,” as a resource for identifying — you guessed it — hate groups.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton says it's “a document full of claptrap” that “echoes” language the IRS used in targeting conservative and tea party groups — another example of the Obama administration's “nasty habit of equating basic conservative values with terrorism.”
There must be no place in any government publications for such anti-American propaganda — and no government positions for those who put it there.
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