Worldnutdaily Doesn’t Like West Point Terrorism Report


The West Point Combating Terrorism Center has released a new report called Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right, which catalogs the many threats posed by far right movements with a long history of domestic terrorism. The Worldnutdaily, predictably, is throwing a fit about it.

A new West Point study released by the U.S. Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center is linking opposition to abortion and other “fundamental” positions to terrorism, and pro-life leaders say it’s just a way to paint them in a negative way…

Author Arie Perliger cites “anti-abortionists” as an active threat for terrorist activity.

“The anti-abortionists have been extremely productive during the last two decades, amassing 227 attacks, many of them perpetrated without the responsible perpetrators identified or caught,” Perliger wrote. “And while, in both cases, the 1990s were more violent than the last decade, in the case of anti-abortion, the trend is much more extreme, as 90 percent of attacks were perpetrated before 2001.”

American Life League President Judie Brown believes this is a smear tactic.

“I can see exactly what is going on with reference to the pro-life movement. The use of two words expose the bias and hatred for what we stand for as a movement. Those words are ‘attacks’ and ‘violence’,” Brown said.

Yeah, how dare they use the words “attack” and “violence” when referring to “more than 80 successful arson attacks, 31 attacks with various explosive devices, almost 30 incidents of chemical vandalism, and approximately 10 assassination attempts.” Arson, assassination attempts and explosive devices? Those aren’t violent attacks! They’re Jesus sending them a post card!

Herb Titus, a constitutional law professor, former dean of the Regent University School of Law and distinguished fellow with the Inter-American Institute for Philosophy, Government, and Social Thought, says it’s an attempt to link conservative thought with violence.

“Professor Perliger has adopted the strategy of many left-wing members of the professoriate, concentrating on the behavior of a few in order to discredit many who hold similar views but who do not engage in any form of violence,” Titus said.

Nonsense. If I see a report about violent attacks on scientists by radical animal rights activists or environmentalists and they are referred to as “far left” groups, I don’t think for a moment that this is an attempt to link liberal thought with violence. Those groups should be, and are, condemned by both left and right. I certainly don’t think that the average person who opposes abortion is violent in the least, nor does this report ever imply that they are. But there is simply no question that the more reactionary elements of the anti-abortion movement have been a breeding ground for people to commit violence. More than 200 attacks in the last 35 years is hardly a limited data set.

Comments

  1. says

    “Conservative” “thought” is already inextricably linked with violence. Just for starters, which mianstream party coined the phrase “second-amendment remedy?”

  2. eric says

    It IS nice to know that the trend has been downward rather than upwards in the last decade (at least amongst anti-abortionists).

  3. fastlane says

    It’s not an ‘attempt’ to link conservative thought (sic) to violence. It simply points out the undeniable connection.

  4. anubisprime says

    At last someone has woken up…this has been, and is, brewing up to blow for quite a while!…

    Got to say…I nearly pissed myself with gaffawing in ‘an ironic manner’…not easy drinking coffee in one hand and typing with another!

  5. says

    It IS nice to know that the trend has been downward rather than upwards in the last decade (at least amongst anti-abortionists).

    If the trend is downward because the terrorists are winning and don’t have to work as hard as before, that’s not “nice” at all.

    And why is this sort of thing coming from a fucking military academy, and not from the FBI? Nothing against West Point, of course, but that’s disconcerting in itself.

  6. says

    I was tortured for almost 3 years by the FBI and their friends only
    because 85 years old man, Roland Sibens(chicago) convinced them that I
    am a terrorist. I was tortured for working on my prosthetic legs in
    the basement. I done absolutely nothing illegal or wrong. They thought
    that in theory it is possible to hide bomb in them. They saw an
    opportunity to get famous, so they were trying to torture me till I
    sign their insane story. They tortured me using more than 100
    different torturing methods and trust to me waterboarding is not how
    they torture nowadays. I dont know where to find justice.

    I think that after 9/11 things got out of control. Freedom fighters
    became tyrants. In 1945, most Germans had an opportunity to learn about Nazis death
    camps. I hope that one day American citizens will get chance to learn about people
    like me, who were tortured with no reason for years.

  7. sivivolk says

    “Professor Perliger has adopted the strategy of many left-wing members of the professoriate, concentrating on the behavior of a few in order to discredit many who hold similar views but who do not engage in any form of violence,” Titus said.”

    Yes, those noted leftists at a US-fucking-MA anti-terrorism research centre. I’m sure it’s a veritable hotbed of anti-American jihadists.

  8. oranje says

    Who keeps talking about the 2nd amendment being a means of protest against an unjust government? Oh, right. If they aren’t willing to acknowledge their implied threats, they’re more delusional than I expected.

  9. raven says

    approximately 10 assassination attempts

    Worse than that.

    There have been 8 MD’s assassinated and around 200 people wounded in various forced birther xian terrorism attacks.

  10. raven says

    Herb Titus, a constitutional law professor, former dean of the Regent University School of Law and distinguished fellow with the Inter-American Institute for Philosophy, Government, and Social Thought, says it’s an attempt to link conservative thought with violence

    Conservative thought is an oxymoron.

    These are the same people who are threatening to seccede now that Obama was elected President. Again.
    And praying that their Sky Monster god kills him.

    The terrorist attack closest to me was when xians firebombed the local Mosque. The next closest one was when some guy got into a gun battle with the police while on his way to shoot up an environmental group.

  11. jnorris says

    I bet all the members of these right-wingnut terrorists groups are sorry the report doesn’t award points for how dangerous and batshit crazy they are.

  12. dugglebogey says

    Here’s what it looks like to me:

    A liberal person hears about an animal rights extremist person who does something violent like throwing paint on someone for wearing fur and the liberal person says “that’s awful and that attacker is a lunatic.”

    A conservative person hears about a doctor being killed or an abortion clinic being bombed, and the conservative person says “that’s what they get.”

    I realize I’m setting up a straw man here, but it really is generally what I see when I talk to people around me.

    Also right-wingers hate of “terrorist” left wing groups is fucking hilarious. They treat “breaking into a research lab and freeing all the animals” and “shooing abortion doctors with a sniper rifle” as EXACTLY the same thing. They are both violent crimes, so 1 = 1.

  13. says

    I said this in an earlier thread today, but it fits here even better:

    With half the right wing nut jobs screaming about secession and revolution, it’s hard to imagine how anyone could get the impression that conservative thought was linked to violence.

  14. baal says

    @#3 & #6, that was more or less my thought. The States have fewer and fewer abortion providers and I have to think the right wing assassination program of providers has had an impact. Only the most dedicated providers are willing* to live the life necessary to the profession. Fewer providers means fewer targets. The right wing violent extremists have a smaller target base available.

    *literally flying in at odd hours and being driven in pre-screened cars for example.

  15. says

    “I certainly don’t think that the average person who opposes abortion is violent in the least, nor does this report ever imply that they are.”

    Maybe not… but they are just as complicit because they are supporting the terrorist elements of the Women-Are-Broodmares movement.

  16. Funny Diva says

    Raging Bee @6
    Actually, wasn’t there a Homeland Security white paper that got suppressed about four years ago? Same conclusion: domestic terrorism is far more likely to come from the militant Xtianist Right. But the “Nooooooo! White pipples can’t be Terrists! Only brown pipples is terrists!” shut it down.

    Off to google, I guess…

  17. Zugswang says

    former dean of the Regent University School of Law

    Whoa, hold on to your asses, ass-holders! This guy was the former dean of a fly-by-night evangelical degree mill! We’d better listen to what he has to say!

  18. dan4 says

    “The anti-abortionists…”

    Perliger would have been better off writing something along the lines of “the violent wing of the anti-abortionist movement…”. “The anti-abortionists” wording sounds somewhat like he is referring to people who oppose abortion rights IN GENERAL…and thus gives an opening to the WND’s and the Judie Brown’s of the world.

  19. dingojack says

    Dan – yes this would be the case if the reader hadn’t read the title of the report, and had a general reading comprehension level equivalent to that of an eight year old.
    So it holds pretty true for the average reader of WhirledNutsDaily I guess.

    Dingo

  20. dan4 says

    @24: “Why do our troops hate our troops?”

    Huh? Where does the report mention our troops? It certainly didn’t in the excerpt.

    @25: We’ll just have to agree to disagree on this point.

  21. bradleybetts says

    Notice how even the fucking Westpoint Academy can become a hotbed of Liberalism the second they say something the wingnuts disagree with?

    @Raging Bee

    “Conservative” “thought” is already inextricably linked with violence

    “Conservative thought” is an oxymoron.

  22. left0ver1under says

    James Kopp murdered Bernard Slepian in 1998 and fled the country. When the US sought to extradite him from France in 2001, John Ashcroft took the “death penalty” off the table immediately, no attempts made to strongarm an extradition and execution. Despite committing a crime that deserved execution, Kopp was given a sweetheart deal and a light sentence (eligible for parole in 25 years). Compare that to the following years, 2002-2003, when Ashcroft sought the “death penalty” for the Beltway snipers, no attempt to get confessions in exchange for life sentences. The crime was the same, but Ashcroft and others wanted blood.

    This is but one example of how prosecutions are handled by the far right. When they like the actions of the criminal, a deal is offered and a light sentence given (e.g. Scott Roeder, Eric Rudolph). When they don’t like the actions of the criminal (e.g. Timothy McVeigh), they sociopathically seek bloody vengeance.

  23. eric says

    Baal @17:

    @#3 & #6, that was more or less my thought. The States have fewer and fewer abortion providers and I have to think the right wing assassination program of providers has had an impact

    Yes in a few cases, but I would disagree with this as a general rule. Tiller’s clinic closed down after he was killed; that’s pretty clearly due to the assassination. But no other clinic did. The ones closing down now are probably doing so due to legislative action rather than extra-legal intimidation, because there hasn’t been such a murder since Tiller in 2009. Before that, the next previous one was 1998.
    Given that state legislatures are passing laws to make it more difficult to operate this session, I have to think that any clinic that closes down in the next several months is doing so because of those laws, not because they of a 4-year-old murder (which they didn’t close down for during the last 4 years).

    But, Bee is right and I hadn’t thought through the reason there are less killings; because they have succesfully used other methods to shut clinics down. That IS a bad thing.

  24. says

    Exactly, bradleybetts. They’re the patriotic band surrounded on all sides by hateful liberals. Kinda like the Wolverines in Red Dawn.
    But, when it fits their purposes, they’re the 80 percent Christianist majority who should get everything they want whenever they want it. Because Jesus.

  25. slc1 says

    Re @29

    Ashcroft took the death penalty off the table because the French Government will not extradite anyone eligible for the death penalty to a country like the US where it is still in play, unless it is taken off the table. There are a number of countries in the world with the same policy.

  26. erichoug says

    terrorism
    /ˈterəˌrizəm/
    Noun
    The use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.
    Synonyms
    terror

    Why is that so hard? One thing I am starting to notice is that once you strip the adjectives out of political discussion it becomes very simple.

    “All straight, white heterosexual, Christian people were created” equal doesn’t sound nearly as good “All people were created equal.”

    Yes I know that Men reads better but there again it introduces a certain prejudice.

  27. left0ver1under says

    Normally I ignore slc’s posts because I don’t like to encourage or respond to racists. But he’s displaying his ignorance so it requires a reply.

    US prosecutors fought tooth and nail for five years (1996-2001) to have Atif Rafay and Sebastian Burns extradited from Canada back to the US for their murder of Rafay’s parents in 1994. The prosecutors only gave up because of pressure to prosecute the case, not because they didn’t want to execute the two.

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