DoD Paranoia: Why do the Quakers Hate America?

The dastardly Al Quaker terrorist organizationWe’ve blogged before that the Pentagon/DIA/DoD (pick your acronym flavor) was in a tizzy over their purported need to expand terrorism surveillance into domestic territory. Here’s what they promised:

“We’re not trying to do investigations of people inside the United States,” he said. “What we’re trying to do is follow leads about terrorist activities.”

Here’s the reality (via Boing Boing):

A year ago, at a Quaker Meeting House in Lake Worth, Fla., a small group of activists met to plan a protest of military recruiting at local high schools. What they didn’t know was that their meeting had come to the attention of the U.S. military.

A secret 400-page Defense Department document obtained by NBC News lists the Lake Worth meeting as a “threat” and one of more than 1,500 “suspicious incidents” across the country over a recent 10-month period.

Folks, this is the Quakers we’re talking about… the same people who live on farms and make wicker chairs. I don’t recall watching the news reports on September 11th 2001 and hearing anyone telling me about the second horse and buggy hitting the South tower. Ok, my bad… Quakers != Amish (thanks commenter Friend) This is what the Pentagon deems a national security threat so great that they have to spy on them?

Well, I’ll say it again: get the DoD out of the domestic spying business. They are obviously incompetent and too paranoid to be effective when all they are doing is duplicating the role of the FBI. But, with the shameful mentality that deems peaceful American citizens — exercising their Constitutional rights — as threats to national security.

9 Comments
  1. Wait a minute. Quakers are NOT the people who live on farms and make wicker chairs, nor do they drive around in horse and buggies. I am a member of the Religious Society of Friends (what other people call “Quakers”), and I can assure you that you are confusing us with other trational “Peace Churches,” such as the Amish or some sects of Mennonites. It is a common mistake, but a mistake nonetheless.

    Look at http://www.quaker.org

    Modern quakers come in all forms, but all them seek to be peace-makers. I wear jeans to meeting (as do most Friends). :)

    But as to your underlying point — you are absolutely right. DoD should gind something better to do than violate the rights of individuals. What ever happened to religious freedom? I think the fundies would flip their lids if the Pentagon was spying on them.

  2. This Quaker from NJ is pissed. I have been bending over backwards to be patient, to avoid lame Viet Nam analogies, to understand the Bush strategy and not demonize the administration (at times to the frustration of some of my Quaker peers).

    But this is bad stuff — oppressive and ignorant. Beware Presbyterians, I heard that anti-war sermon the other week. You may be next! And search all Volvo wagons on the NJ turnpike! Peace & Merry Christmas

  3. John…You’ve been “bending over backwards to understand the Bush strategy”. It’s no secret. Read the Project for the New American Century written by Wolfie, Kristol, and Rummy. They laid out the strategy before Bush stole the first election.
    Scratching my head…What’s not to understand about OIL.

  4. Hi, I’m also a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Personally, although DoD behavior is reprehensible here, I’m proud that we have been accused of “Conspyring to Topple Governments” since 1666.