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October 29, 2013
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Letter: Govermnent shouldn’t treat citizens like adversaries

Are you an extremist?

Whether you know it or not, according to the Department of Defense you’re probably an extremist. Of course, you’re in good company. The Judicial Watch organization, through a Freedom of Information Act, obtained Defense Department documents purporting to train U.S. soldiers. The document labeled the Founding Fathers as “extremists” and claimed “participation in extremism is inconsistent with the duties of military service.”

Documents compiled from a January 2013 lecture on “Extremism” by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute claims; “In U.S. history there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states were just two examples.” The training manual is entitled Extremism, and was presented at the DOD joint service school at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. It asserts: “Nowadays, 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.”

This language is not new; similar words were used in an April 2009 document by the Department of Homeland Security. Its document titled “Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic andPolitical Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” claimed many critics of big government were just one provocation away from rolling bombs into government buildings. “Rightwing extremism in the U.S. can broadly be divided into two groups ... that are hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those [thatI are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely.”

From these disingenuous documents, we can only conclude our government has become so mistrustful of its own people that it’s preparing to treat them as adversaries, rather than citizens.

Lannie Stevens

Myrtle Creek


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