Friday, April 17, 2009

The Crusade for a Christian Military

Much has been stated, angrily, since a Homeland Security Department Intelligence Assessment {pdf} report was released the other day on Rightwing Extremism. The report gives a window into the "Possibilities" in one segment the Military Veterans, especially, who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, "May Be" Recruited by extremist groups, known to already exist and growing.

This report Does Not Label Military Veterans as Radical Rightwing Fanatics, as a security report it just points out the possibilities this country may be facing, and not only by the recruiting of a few of the tens os thousands who have served Honorably under orders of the CiC in these two occupations, Right or Wrong in policy they may be.

But that seems to be how the so called "Strong on National Security" political party wants to spin it, it is a security report, which was headed by a bush appointee, pointing out that there may be a few who, without the proper help they may need from their experiences in these Wars/Occupations may be easy prey to the fanatical side of this society, and having the training most of those that belong to these groups don't!

Republicans on Wednesday said a Homeland Security Department intelligence assessment unfairly characterizes military veterans as right-wing extremists.

House Republican leader John Boehner described the report as offensive and called on the agency to apologize to veterans.

The agency's intelligence assessment, sent to law enforcement officials last week, warns that right-wing extremists could use the bad state of the U.S. economy and the election of the country's first black president to recruit members.

The assessment also said that returning military veterans who have difficulties assimilating back into their home communities could be susceptible to extremist recruiters or might engage in lone acts of violence.

"To characterize men and women returning home after defending our country as potential terrorists is offensive and unacceptable," said Boehner, R-Ohio.

There's a report coming out in the May Issue of the Harpers Magazine which tells of what has already been well known and lobbied to stop, Religious Fanaticism, the extreme fringe of the evangelical christian movement here.

This is just a few cuts to point you to the announcement about this issue

Harper’s Magazine Cover Story: Evangelical Proselytization Still Rampant in U.S. Military

The May issue of Harper’s Magazine reveals the continued practice of Christian evangelical proselytization in the American military and a lack of recourse within the Obama administration, according to a leading civil rights watchdog group prominently featured in the magazine’s cover story.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation MRFF and its founder and president Mikey Weinstein were profiled by Jeff Sharlet in his piece for Harper’s Magazine, “Jesus Killed Mohammed: The Crusade for a Christian Military.” Mr. Weinstein is the nation's leading advocate for the protection of individual soldiers’ constitutional rights to religious freedom and a frequent critic of the U.S. military hierarchy’s blind eye to efforts to evolve the nation’s military into a modern day band of Christian crusaders. >>>>>Rest Here

We've already had an awful lot, finally coming out, about what the possibilities may be, from what's already going on within the military, and the possibilities of what the multiple tours and two theaters may do do to some.

Once again those especially who don't receive the proper care for what they've experienced. Add in a collapsed economy, a divided country that's lost it's moral compass and refuses to hold those that led it down that path to be accountable.

We already experienced what just a couple of fanatics can do in Oklahoma City Bombing long before what other fanatic's did on 9/11, the first from the inside the second from outside of the country.

The follow is another Intelligence Assessment this one from 12 January 2007:

Gang-Related Activity in the US Armed Forces Increasing - PDF UNCLASSIFIED//LAW ENFORCEMENT SENSITIVE, the link is from the Military Times.

(U) Scope Note
(U) This intelligence assessment addresses standing FBI gang intelligence requirements set Part I.B.1.2. The assessment also addresses the Military and Civilian Infrastructure (INFR) requirements of the National Intelligence Priorities Framework.
(U) This assessment explores the prevalence of US-based street gang members serving in the US military. Data for the report was obtained from FBI information, open-source documents, and the following law enforcement sources:

This report came out on June 30th 2008:

Gangs Increasing in Military, FBI Says

A group of nine gathered, ready for an initiation.

Juwan Johnson of Baltimore, Md., willingly took a savage beating to join the Chicago-based gang Gangster Disciples. He was punched, kicked and stomped until he was barely conscious. After the beating, his new brothers put Johnson back in bed where he later died from his injuries.

This did not happen in a back alley of a gang-infested urban city. It took place at Kaiserslautern Army Base in Germany.

In 2005, the decorated 25-year old Army sergeant was killed after completing a tour of Iraq because he wanted to join a gang -- one he found while in the military.

You can do searches yourself and research, what started slowly, on the reports of what war and occupation can do for some, even highly trained and disiplined military personal.

This Country cheered on these occupations with high percentages, than sat back as soldiers were sent for extended multiple tours in either just one or both theaters, than sits on it's collective hands, once again, not wanting to pony up the costs of what's needed to care for the results of these now long running occupations!

I'll leave you to actually think of what the Possibilities are now forth coming, and not only from within but the huge numbers of possible others, from outside our borders, seeking retaliation and retribution for what we've done and created!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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