(1) Why is West Point in the business of studying the domestic activities of Americans?
(2) Why is such an effort spearheaded by an Israeli?
(3) Is it any wonder America’s good old boys do not trust their own government?
West Point Combatting Terrorism Centrer, January 15, 2013
In the last few years, and especially 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. These incidents cause many to wonder whether these are isolated attacks, an increasing trend, part of increasing societal violence, or attributable to some other condition. To date, however, there has been limited systematic documentation and analysis of incidents of American domestic violence.
This study provides a conceptual foundation for understanding different far-right groups and then presents the empirical analysis of violent incidents to identify those perpetrating attacks and their associated trends. Through a comprehensive look at the data, this study addresses three core questions:
(1) What are the main current characteristics of the violence produced by the far right?
(2) What type of far-right groups are more prone than others to engage in violence? How are characteristics of particular far-right groups correlated with their tendency to engage in violence?
(3) What are the social and political factors associated with the level of far-right violence? Are there political or social conditions that foster or discourage violence?
Backlash to a new West Point study on domestic extremism exposes the depths of conservatives’ denial
By David Sirota
Salon, Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013 10:45
There are four revealing stories to be gleaned from the Aggrieved Conservative Backlash™ to an exhaustive and sober new West Point Combatting Terrorism Center report on “Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right.” (For a more grassroots-y look at how hysterical and viral that backlash is, see some choice tweets here).
Phi Beta Iota: We note with interest that West Point and its Israeli study director accept without question the government cover-up on the Oklahoma City bombing, which was demonstrably an insider event with unexploded explosives found against surviving pillars, and exploded explosive charges clearly associated with with the columns that did collapse. It would appear that the West Point study is not just a waste of money, but it also lacks intelligence with integrity. When are we going to get an honest study of state-sponsored terrorism and financial terrorism, as now funded by the US Government both at home and abroad? We have no direct knowledge — what we do know is that direct knowledge is being withheld from the public.