Thursday, March 13, 2008

The following information was sent to home-school state leaders from Chris Klicka of The National Center for Home Education. The information copied below will help you answer questions concerning the FBI's Megiddo Report. Ask yourself the question: Why isn't Eagle Forum, Paul Wyrick, and Concerned Women for America looking into this?

Analysis of the FBI Project Megiddo Report

What is Project Megiddo?

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently published a report entitled Project Megiddo. This report was sent to 20,000 police chiefs in early November. It is a strategic assessment of the potential for domestic terrorism in the United States undertaken in anticipation of or response to the arrival of the new millennium.1 Project Megiddo also targets specific groups that could be potential threats to national security.

Home School Legal Defense Association (Note: CDR does NOT endorse HSLDA!) has prepared an analysis of the report for any impact on home school families.

Focus of the Report

The Project Megiddo report focuses on extremist groups far from the mainstream home school movement. These are groups that home schoolers would typically distance themselves from, such as violent militias, apocalyptic cults, and radical white supremacists.

The single reference to home schooling in this report is an allusion to a fear that some groups have that "home schooling will be outlawed and all school curriculum will need to be approved by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)."2 There is no mention of home schooling in a negative way in this report.

What groups does the FBI think have this fear? Does the FBI include state home school associations or HSLDA? It is hard to know for sure. Thirty-two groups, including HSLDA, have submitted a letter to key congressional leaders requesting a congressional inquiry into Project Megiddo. Among other groups in this coalition are Eagle Forum, Paul Weyrich's Coalitions for America, and Concerned Women of America.

At this point the Megiddo report is not a cause for alarm. The FBI says it is specifically looking at terrorists. However HSLDA believes it is important to clarify the definitions, purpose and goals of this report.

The name "Megiddo" refers to a hill in northern Israel that has been the site of many battles. The Hebrew word "Armageddon" means, "hill of Megiddo." In English, the word has come to represent battle itself. The last book of the New Testament of the Bible designates Armageddon as the assembly point in the apocalyptic setting of God's final and conclusive battle against evil. It is an appropriate title for a project that analyzes those who believe the year 2000 will usher in the end of the world and who are willing to perpetrate acts of violence to bring that end about. Home schoolers typically do not fit in this category, and should not worry about being a specific target as a group.

FBI Concerned About Religious Motivation

The Megiddo report states, Religious motivation and NWO (New World Order) conspiracy theory are the two driving forces behind the potential for millennial violence. As the end of the millennium draws near, biblical prophecy and political philosophy may merge into acts of violence by the more extreme members of domestic terrorist groups that are motivated, in part, by religion. The volatile mix of apocalyptic religions and NWO conspiracy theories may produce violent acts aimed at precipitating the end of the world as prophesied in the Bible.3

When and how Christ's coming will occur is a critical point in the ideology of those motivated by extremist religious beliefs about the millennium. There is no consensus within Christianity regarding the specific date that the Apocalypse will occur. However, within many right-wing religious groups there is a uniform belief that the Apocalypse is approaching.4

The FBI also consulted a Catholic scholar for research on millennial views within Christianity and key dates and numbers. The FBI believes that "religious extremists interpret the symbolism portrayed in the Book of Revelation and mold it to predict that the endtime is now and that the Apocalypse is near. To understand many religious extremists, it is crucial to know the origin of the Book of Revelation and meanings of its words, numbers and characters."5

Project Megiddo has been listed publicly on the Internet. An internal classified version has been given to agents and local officials, discussing the need for local law enforcement to be prepared in the event of an emergency such as Y2K computer failures and further explains the groups that the FBI thinks may pose a threat to domestic security.

Many of the groups who signed the coalition letter believe that the classified version may contain additional home school information. The coalition's letter stated:

"We understand that the classified version of the same report given to
state and local law enforcement officials contains more specific targets on the
Right, such as homeschoolers. It would behoove the Leadership of Congress to
immediately obtain a copy of the classified version of this report in order to
more properly pursue the hearings we suggest you hold."6

At the time this analysis was being written, HSLDA had not been able to obtain a
copy of the classified Megiddo report in order to verify or disprove these
concerns. A definite answer may not be possible until a congressional inquiry

Meanwhile, home schoolers should take the public Megiddo report at face value. Most groups mentioned in this report are considered minimal security threats. The FBI says it is most concerned about proactive, not reactive groups. The security threat of most of these groups is considered minimal. The FBI says it is most concerned about proactive groups, not reactive. Most of the following groups listed below fit in the latter category. The FBI believes the problem is the combination of apocalyptic beliefs about the millennium, increased domestic tension, and the year 2000 computer bug that might set off problems in the United States.

Targeted Groups:

The report lists some of the following groups as potentially dangerous:

Black Hebrew Israelites
Odinism Groups
Christian Identity churches
Apocolyptic Cults
Aryan Nation
Ku Klux Klan
Church of the Creator
Nation of Yahweh
Islamic, Jewish, and Christian militant fundamentalists who believe in violence to accomplish theological goals and objectives.

Doublethink and What It Means...Or Doesn't Mean. What Is It?

Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.

Doublethink.....The prevailing mental condition is controlled insanity.

The rules of the Inner Party are held together by adherence to a common doctrine. In a Party member not even the smallest deviation of opinion on the most unimportant subject can be tolerated. But it is also necessary to remember that events happened in the desired manner. And if it is necessary to rearrange one's memories or to tamper with written records, then it is necessary to forget that one has done so. The trick of doing this can be learned like any other mental technique. It is learned by the majority of Party members, and certainly by all who are intelligent as well as orthodox. In Oldspeak it is called, quite frankly, "reality control." In Newspeak, it is called doublethink, though doublethink comprises much else as well.

Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. The Party intellectual knows in which direction his memories must be altered; he therefore knows that he is playing tricks with reality; but by the exercise of doublethink he also satisfies himself that reality is not violated. The process has to be conscious, or it would not be carried out with sufficient precision, but it also has to be unconscious, or it would bring with it a feeling of falsity and hence of guilt.

Doublethink lies at the very heart of Ingsoc, since the essential act of the Party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty. To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing them and to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies - all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth. Ultimately it is by means of doublethink that the Party has been able - and may, for all we know, continue to be able for thousands of years - to arrest the course of history...

But since in reality BIG BROTHER is not infallible, there is need for an unwearying, moment-to-moment flexibility in the treatment of facts. The key-word here is blackwhite. Like so many Newspeak words, this word has two mutually contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts. Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. But it means also the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary. This demands a continuous alteration of the past, made possible by the system of thought which really embraces all the rest, and which is known as doublethink.

The official ideology abounds with contradictions even when there is no reason for them. Simultaneously, true to the principles of doublethink, the Party rejects and vilifies every principle for which the Socialist movement originally stood, and it does this in the name of socialism. It systematically undermines the solidarity of the family all the while appealing to the sentiment of family. Even the names of the four Ministries by which Oceania is governed are a deliberate reversal of facts:

  • The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with War;
  • the Ministry of Truth with Lies;
  • the Ministry of Love with Torture;
  • the Ministry of Plenty with Starvation.
These contradictions are not accidental. They are a deliberate exercise of doublethink. If the High are to keep their places permanently - then the prevailing mental condition must be controlled insanity.

The subtlest practitioners of doublethink are those who invented doublethink and know that it is a vast system of mental cheating. In our society, those who have the best knowledge of what is happening are also those who are furthest from seeing the world as is. In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion: the more intelligent, the less sane.