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
— Hate crimes against racial groups
The correct answer, according to the exam, is "Protests."
“Its part of a pattern of equating dissent and protest with terrorism," said Ann Brick, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, which obtained a copy of the question after a Defense Department employee who was taking the test printed the screen on his or her computer terminal.
"It undermines the core constitutional values the Department of Defense is supposed to be defending,” Brick said, referring to the First Amendment right to peaceably assemble.
I don’t usually agree with the ACLU but I must on this one. We see this attitude with local and federal police all the time. Frankly way too often money for departments is linked to results, not necessarily results of lower crime but rather bigger bust. What’s the saying, when you have a hammer everything looks like a nail. Homeland security in my humble opinion is mostly a mess. But if we see terrorist in every crowd how convenient could that be? Just saying…
This would however back-up Iran’s position on their protesters wouldn’t it?
Limited Government folks…..