05.31.2009 0

ALG in the News: FOX News

  • On: 06/19/2009 09:56:04
  • In: First Amendment
  • ALG Editor’s Note: In the following featured story, FOX News’ James Osborne writes of the Pentagon defining protests as “low-level terrorism,” which sparked the outrage of ALG President Bill Wilson:


    Pentagon Exam Calls Protests ‘Low-Level Terrorism,’ Angering Activists

    By James Osborne

    A written exam administered by the Pentagon labels “protests” as a form of “low-level terrorism” — enraging civil liberties advocates and activist groups who say it shows blatant disregard of the First Amendment.

    The written exam, given as part of Department of Defense employees’ routine training, includes a multiple-choice question that asks:

    “Which of the following is an example of low-level terrorism?”

    — Attacking the Pentagon

    — IEDs

    — Hate crimes against racial groups

    — Protests

    The correct answer, according to the exam, is “Protests.”

    Bill Wilson, president of the Americans for Limited Government, which supported the Tea Party demonstrations earlier this year, agreed.

    “Groups like Al Qaeda and Hezbollah, paramilitary orgainzations that are striking at out at something they oppose or hate, that’s terrorism,” Wilson said.

    “To equate that in any degree with citizens being able to express themselves seems to me to be headed down a road where all dissent is suspect and questionable.”

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