“I was very shocked and couldn’t believe what I was hearing.”
During a pre-deployment briefing, Fort Hood soldiers were told that Christians, Tea Party supporters and anti-abortion activists were a radical terror threat, enemies of America, and that anyone found to be supporting these groups would be subject to discipline under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
That’s the explosive claim from a soldier who attended the half-hour briefing which took place on October 17 and was devoted to how so-called “radical” groups were “tearing the country apart,” the soldier told Fox News, adding that the threat of Islamic terrorism was barely even mentioned.
Despite the fact that another soldier confirmed that threats of punishment were made during the meeting, an official Fort Hood representative denied the allegations.
“I was very shocked and couldn’t believe what I was hearing,” the soldier said. “I felt like my religious liberties, that I risk my life and sacrifice time away from family to fight for, were being taken away.”
According to the soldiers, the counter-intelligence agent who conducted the briefing also said that Christians who protest against abortion were planning to bomb family planning clinics and that the pro-life movement was an example of “radicalization.”
“The American public should be outraged that the U.S. Army is teaching our troops that evangelical Christians and tea party members are enemies of America and that they can be punished for supporting or participating in those groups,” Liberty Institute Attorney Mike Berry told Fox News. “These statements about evangelicals being domestic enemies are a serious charge.”
“Our community is still healing from the act of terrorism brought on by Nidal Hasan – who really is a terrorist,” the unnamed soldier added. “This is a slap in the face. “The military is supposed to defend freedom and to classify the vast majority of the military that claim to be Christian as terrorists is sick.”
This is by no means the first time that US Army top brass as well as sectors of the federal government have identified Christians and other conservatives as terrorists.
Earlier this month, it emerged that several dozen active duty and reserve troops at Camp Shelby in Mississippi were taught that the American Family Association, a well-respected Christian ministry, was a “domestic hate group.”
Alex Jones’ 2001 documentary film 9/11: The Road to Tyranny featured footage from a FEMA symposium given to firefighters and other emergency personnel in Kansas City in which it was stated that the founding fathers, Christians and homeschoolers were terrorists and should be treated with the utmost suspicion and brutality in times of national emergency.
A Department of Defense manual that was leaked in August revealed how the DoD was teaching that the founding fathers were “extremists” and would not have been welcome in today’s military.
A 2011 study funded by the Department of Homeland Security also characterized Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and “reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme right-wing” terrorists.
The recent firing of top military commanders Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina and Maj. Gen. Michael Carey has increased speculation that there are some very peculiar things happening within the U.S. military.
Earlier this week, former Navy SEAL Ben Smith warned that the Obama administration is asking top brass in the military if they would be comfortable with disarming U.S. citizens, a litmus test that includes gauging whether they would be prepared to order NCOs to fire on Americans.
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