West Point Report: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right-Truth!

West Point Report: Understanding America’s Violent Far-RightTruth!

Summary of eRumor:

This is a forwarded article that alleged that a report by Professor Arie Perliger called “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right” had been introduced into the curriculum at the West Point Academy.   The report addressed the “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.”

The Truth:

The report was written on January 15, 2013 and can be found on the West Point Combating Terrorism Center website.

News of this report went viral on the Internet after a January 21, 2013 Washington Times article that said this report outraged critics of federalism and labeled conservatives as violent.  The article also said that the report belittled  “conservatives in general, saying they live in the past while liberals are future-oriented.”

The article in the forwarded email originated from the American Free Press, which was posted on their website on February 13, 2013.

updated 02/18/13