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FTR #856 Libertarianism, White Supremacy and Leaderless Resistance

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Dylann Roof flies the colors

Introduction: Crystallizing the political identity uniting the forces behind Eddie the Friendly Spook (Snowden) and the “libertarian” forces to be found behind the Charleston church massacre, an article by Mark Ames notes the neo-Confederate template that is to be found in this milieu:  . . .Beyond that, the Lib­er­tar­ian Party’s polit­i­cal solu­tion to African-American poverty and injus­tice was to abol­ish all wel­fare pro­grams, pub­lic schools, and anti-discrimination laws like the Civil Rights Act. This was the solu­tion pro­moted by an up-and-coming lib­er­tar­ian, Jacob Hornberger—who this week [May of 2015–D.E.] co-hosted an event with RON PAUL and GLENN GREENWALD. Horn­berger believes that 19th cen­tury ante­bel­lum slave-era Amer­ica was “the freest soci­ety in his­tory”. . . “

After reviewing Glenn Greenwald’s legal work running interference for the “leaderless resistance strategy” and Snowden political idol Ron Paul’s work fanning the racism underlying the Charleston massacre and the Trayvon Martin shooting, the program highlights Jeffrey Tucker.

A technocratic-libertarian, Tucker was also one of the editors of Ron Paul’s racist newsletters and deeply involved with the League of the South, a neo-Confederate organization that is joined at the hip with the Ludwig von Mises Institute and the “Paulistinian Libertarian Organization.” (Julian Assange is a big fan of Ron and Rand Paul.)

Next, the program highlights Harold Covington, an American Nazi leader whose Northwest Aryan republic propaganda and futuristic novels (intended as teaching tools) appear to have been an influence on Dylann Roof.

Ron Paul showing the colors

After the Charleston massacre, a number of African-American churches caught fire, many because of apparent arson attacks. The media are downplaying the incident.

Indeed, “officialdom” remains willfully ignorant (and complicitly silent) about some of the broader connections of Nazi and white-supremacist elements. One of the most famous attacks on an African American church was the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963, with evidentiary tributaries running in the direction of the assassinations of Martin Luther King and President Kennedy.

By the same token, a New York Times Op-ed piece that discussed “white supremacist” Bob Whitaker failed to mention that he had been a key official handling security clearances and other sensitive matters for the Reagan Administration.

Much of the rest of the program highlights the long-standing Nazi and white supremacist goal of gaining control of the Pacific Northwest as an “Aryan homeland,” a key strategic and philosophical element of Harold Covington’s political outlook.

Program Highlights Include: 

  • Lafayette, Louisiana suspect John Houser’s Nazi influences.
  • Portland (OR) police captain Mark Kruger’s honoring of Third Reich soldiers.
  • Alleged Nazi and white supremacist behavior at Daimler Truck’s Portland (OR) plant.
  • The German industrial capital apparently underlying Rick Boehlke, a key associate of Mohammed Atta.
  • German industrialist Folker’s buying up of huge amounts of property in the Pacific Northwest.
  • The significance of Boehlke’s Florida Air in Ruddi Dekkers’s recruitment of German and Arab pilots to train at Huffman Aviation.
  • Review of a very important piece of analysis on “technocratic fascism.”

1a. More details are emerg­ing on the shooter in the Lafayette, LA, the­ater shoot­ing: Sur­prise! He’s a neo-Nazi with a his­tory of advo­cat­ing lone-wolf style attacks. The reasons behind his selection of the movie theater target remain opaque.

“John Rus­sel Houser: What We Know about Louisiana Movie The­ater Shoot­ing Suspect” by Michael Walsh; Yahoo News; 7/24/2015.

A gun­man killed two peo­ple and wounded at least nine oth­ers dur­ing a show­ing of “Train­wreck” at a movie the­ater in Louisiana.

The 59-year-old “lone white male” opened fire about 20 min­utes into the film Thurs­day evening at the Grand 16 the­ater in Lafayette, roughly 60 miles west of Baton Rouge.

Author­i­ties iden­ti­fied the shoot­ing sus­pect as John Rus­sel Houser. It appears that he turned the gun on him­self after unsuc­cess­fully try­ing to flee by blend­ing in with the crowd, accord­ing to police.

Houser is orig­i­nally from Phenix City, Ala., but had bounced around before end­ing up at a local Motel 6, author­i­ties said.

Police searched the room they think he was stay­ing in and found wigs, glasses and other items that could be used as a dis­guise, they said.

A Colum­bus, Ga., woman, who wished to remain anony­mous, told Yahoo News that she had pur­chased a home that Houser once shared with his wife. The sus­pect even­tu­ally lived in the house alone for two years with­out mak­ing any pay­ments, she said.

“You don’t know crazy. You don’t know what we went through with that house,” she said to Yahoo News over the phone. “He had lots and lots of problems.”

The woman said Houser came from a “fine fam­ily in Colum­bus” — his mother was a school­teacher, and his father was tax com­mis­sioner for Colum­bus. He used to attend church ser­vices years ago, she said.

She added that Houser once attended law school but dropped out.

“We’ve been up all night with the FBI,” she said. “He was dan­ger­ous. I’m just so glad that no more peo­ple were hurt than was hurt. It’s sad. We’re sad.”

In 2008, Houser’s wife, Kel­lie Mad­dox Houser, and other fam­ily mem­bers requested a pro­tec­tive order from him.

Accord­ing to court doc­u­ments, obtained by the Asso­ci­ated Press, he “exhib­ited extreme erratic behav­ior and has made omi­nous as well as dis­turb­ing statements.”

The fil­ing said Houser had “a his­tory of men­tal health issues, i.e., manic depres­sion and/or bi-polar disorder.”

His wife also removed all weapons from their home because she feared his “volatile men­tal state,” accord­ing to the paperwork.

The pro­tec­tive order was at least tem­porar­ily granted. She later filed for divorce.

Houser had been arrested sev­eral times from 10 to 15 years ago on var­i­ous charges, includ­ing arson, sell­ing alco­hol to a minor and speed­ing, accord­ing to the AP.

Jim Mus­t­ian, a jour­nal­ist for the New Orleans Advo­cate, cit­ing a local sher­iff, said that Houser was denied a pis­tol per­mit in 2006 in Rus­sell County, Ala.

The suspect’s Linkedin pro­file describes him as an entre­pre­neur in “invest­ment man­age­ment.” He claimed to have owned two pubs in Geor­gia and to have tried his hand at real estate devel­op­ment in 2006.

He pur­sued a bach­e­lor of busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion at Colum­bus State Uni­ver­sity from 1985 until 1988 and a juris doc­tor­ate (law degree) at Faulkner Uni­ver­sity in Mont­gomery, Ala., his pro­file said.

Houser listed “God’s Busi­ness” as one of his skills.

He appeared on “Calvin Floyd Live,” pre­vi­ously called “Rise and Shine,” on WLTZ NBC 38 in more than 60 episodes, accord­ing to the LinkedIn page.

“Invited polit­i­cal con­tro­versy on every one of them, and loved every minute of it,” he said.

The show’s host, Floyd, told Yahoo News that he invited Houser on his show many times to dis­cuss his rad­i­cal views because it was enter­tain­ing and caused tremen­dous buzz.

“He was a guest because he was good TV enter­tain­ment, not because it was a respected opin­ion that he had to say. But he was very enter­tain­ing all the time,” Floyd said in a phone inter­view with Yahoo news. “He had Tea Party-radical Repub­li­can views on every­thing. I’d have a Demo­c­ra­tic spokesper­son on [for the oppos­ing per­spec­tive]. He gen­er­ated a lot of phone calls.”

Houser was a mem­ber of Tea Party Nation, accord­ing to the group’s web­site.

The Hate­watch Blog, which is run by the Intel­li­gence Project of the South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter, uncov­ered that Houser posted about his fond­ness for Hitler, neo-Nazis and lone wolves on sev­eral online forums.

“Do not mis­take your­selves for one minute, the enemy sees all posted on this web­site,” he wrote on a site ded­i­cated to the New York chap­ter of Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn, which espouses fas­cist and neo-Nazi ideologies.

“I do not want to dis­cour­age the last hope for the best, but you must real­ize the power of the lone wolf, is the power that can come forth in ALL situations.Look within your­selves,” he continued.

Else­where, on the U.S. Mes­sage Board, a polit­i­cal dis­cus­sion forum, he wrote, “Hitler accom­plished far more than any other through ‘prag­mat­i­cally forming.’”

Author­i­ties iden­ti­fied the young women he mur­dered as Macy Breaux, 21, and Jil­lian John­son, 33, and said another per­son is in crit­i­cal condition.

Houser’s appar­ent get­away vehi­cle had switched license plates on it and was parked near a cin­ema exit door, Craft said.

“It is appar­ent that he was intent on shoot­ing and then escap­ing,” he added.

1b.  . . .Beyond that, the Lib­er­tar­ian Party’s polit­i­cal solu­tion to African-American poverty and injus­tice was to abol­ish all wel­fare pro­grams, pub­lic schools, and anti-discrimination laws like the Civil Rights Act. This was the solu­tion pro­moted by an up-and-coming lib­er­tar­ian, Jacob Hornberger—who this week [May of 2015–D.E.] co-hosted an event with RON PAUL and GLENN GREENWALD. Horn­berger believes that 19th cen­tury ante­bel­lum slave-era Amer­ica was “the freest soci­ety in his­tory”. . . “

With the Bay Area still cross-eyed with delirium over the championship of the NBA Golden State Warriors, we might say “Assist, Greenwald, Paul” with regard to the Charleston shootings.

Recent news has offered up a grimly instructive juxtaposition. As Glenn Greenwald and his associates in the Snowden “op” continue to bask in the glow of professional awards granted them, Dylann Roof has put into action the type of behavior advocated by Greenwald’s legal clients.

(A big supporter of George W. Bush in the early part of the last decade, Greenwald became an attorney for, and a fellow-traveler of, some of the most murderous Nazis in the country.)

As we have seen in FTR #754 and several posts, Greenwald defended Matthew Hale against solicitation of murder charges. Greenwald ran interference for the “leaderless resistance strategy.”

In particular, Greenwald provided apposite legal assistance for the National Alliance. Leaderless resistance is an operational doctrine through which individual Nazis and white supremacists perform acts of violence against their perceived enemies, individually, or in very small groups. Acting in accordance with doctrine espoused by luminaries and leaders in their movement, they avoid infiltration by law enforcement by virtue of their “lone wolf” operational strategy.

What Roof [allegedly] did is pre­cisely the sort of thing advo­cated by the “Lead­er­less Resis­tance” strategy.The advo­cates of this sort of thing, such as Cit­i­zen Greenwald’s client The National Alliance (pub­lisher of  The Turner Diaries,” which pro­vided the oper­a­tional tem­plate for David Lane’s associates The Order) have been shielded (to an extent) from civil suits hold­ing them to account for their mur­der­ous advo­cacy.

National Alliance’s books are specifically intended as instructional vehicles. Hunter is dedicated to convicted murderer Joseph Paul Franklin and was specifically designed as a “How To” manual for lone-wolf, white supremacist killers like Roof.

Note, also, that the “fourteen words” of Order member David Lane are the inspiration for “Combat 14,” the paramilitary wing of the Ukrainian fascist group Svoboda, one of the OUN/B heirs that came to power as a result of the Maidan coup of 2014. Lane drove the getaway car when “The Order”–explicitly inspired by “The Turner Diaries”–murdered Denver talk show host Alan Berg.

The “fourteen words” were also an influence on Roof.

We should note that what Greenwald did is NOT a ques­tion of out­law­ing free speech, as he implied. When the ACLU defended the Amer­i­can Nazi Party against an injunc­tion against march­ing in Skokie, Illi­nois (a Chicago sub­urb with a con­sid­er­able Jew­ish pop­u­la­tion), it did so on the grounds of con­sti­tu­tion­ally pro­tected free speech.

Pre-Greenwald, advo­cat­ing vio­lence along the lines of what National Van­guard Books (the NA’s pub­lish­ing arm) does was still legal.

How­ever, IF some­one was advo­cat­ing vio­lence against minori­ties, “racial ene­mies,” etc. and some­one can be demon­strated to have acted on the basis of such exhor­ta­tions, the author of the exhor­ta­tion to vio­lence could be held respon­si­ble for the con­se­quences of their actions.

The con­se­quences were con­sid­er­able legal damages.

This is sound law. It doesn’t say you can’t say such things, how­ever if you do, and that causes harm or death to oth­ers, you ARE RESPONSIBLE.

If some­one leaves a rake on their prop­erty with the teeth fac­ing upward and some­one steps on it and is injured, the prop­erty owner bears civil lia­bil­ity for their actions.

That is the legal prin­ci­ple under which the National Ali­iance, et al were being sued.

In connection with “L’Affaire Snowden,” we noted that in the background of The Peachfuzz Fascist (Snowden), one finds elements that advocate slavery, including the League of the South and other elements of the neo-Confederate movement, which apparently inspired Dylann Roof.

Snowden was an admirer of Ron Paul, to whose campaign he contributed and whose views he parrots. Ron Paul is inextricably linked with the neo-Confederate movement. Jack Hunter–a former head of the League of the South and a current aide to his son Rand Paul–was the chief blogger for Ron Paul’s 2012 Presidential campaign.

Bruce Fein, the top legal counsel for Paul’s 2012 campaign was the first attorney for Eddie the Friendly Spook and is the attorney for the Snowden family.

In a 1992 edition of his newsletter, Snowden’s political idol Ron Paul advocated that whites arm themselves and shoot black men. In so doing, he helped to set the template for George Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin. That killing appears to have been a major influence on Dylann Roof.

The above political elements loom large in the apparent development of Dylann Roof’s motivational ideology.

“Bal­ti­more & The Walk­ing Dead” by Mark Ames; Pando Daily; 5/1/2015.

. . . . So when Rand Paul went on Laura Ingraham’s radio pro­gram to blame Bal­ti­more on black cul­ture and val­ues and “lack of fathers,” the lib­er­tar­ian whom Time called “the most inter­est­ing man in pol­i­tics” was merely rehash­ing 25-year-old main­stream Repub­l­i­crat big­otries, the very same big­oted, wrong assump­tions that led to all the dis­as­trous poli­cies we’re now pay­ing for today.

Which brings me to the Lib­er­tar­i­ans of 1992.

After Fer­gu­son exploded last year, Lib­er­tar­i­ans posi­tioned them­selves as the only polit­i­cal force that had no blood on their hands, the only polit­i­cal force that was “prin­ci­pled” enough through­out the past few decades to offer the right analy­ses — and the right solu­tions — to the prob­lems faced by peo­ple now ris­ing up in Baltimore.

In 1992, the most famous lib­er­tar­ian of all, Ron Paul, was still between Con­gres­sional stints when [the riots in] Los Ange­les erupted, but he did run a prof­itable lib­er­tar­ian newslet­ter, “The Ron Paul Polit­i­cal Report,” to keep his ideas alive. Shortly after the LA riots, Ron Paul put out a “Spe­cial Issue on Racial Ter­ror­ism”offer­ing his lib­er­tar­ian analy­sis of what he termed black “terrorism”:

“The crim­i­nals who ter­ror­ize our cities—in riots and on every non-riot day—are not exclu­sively young black males, but they largely are. As chil­dren, they are trained to hate whites, to believe that white oppres­sion is respon­si­ble for all black ills, to ‘fight the power,’ to steal and loot as much money from the white enemy as pos­si­ble.

“The cause of the riots is plain: bar­barism. If the bar­bar­ians can­not loot suf­fi­ciently through legal chan­nels (i.e., the riots being the welfare-state minus the middle-man), they resort to ille­gal ones, to ter­ror­ism. Trou­ble is, few seem will­ing to stop them. The cops have been handcuffed. . . .

. . . .“We are con­stantly told that it is evil to be afraid of black men, but it is hardly irra­tional. Black men com­mit mur­ders, rapes, rob­beries, mug­gings, and bur­glar­ies all out of pro­por­tion to their num­bers.”

“I think we can safely assume that 95% of the black males in [major U.S. cities] are semi-criminal or entirely crim­i­nal.”A few months later, in Octo­ber 1992, Dr. Paul explained how he taught his own family—presumably includ­ing his favorite son, Rand Paul—how to defend them­selves and even mur­der what Dr. Paul called “hip-hop” car­jack­ers, “the urban youth who play unsus­pect­ing whites like pianos”:

“What can you do? More and more Amer­i­cans are car­ry­ing a gun in the car. An ex-cop I know advises that if you have to use a gun on a youth, you should leave the scene imme­di­ately, dis­pos­ing of the wiped off gun as soon as pos­si­ble. Such a gun can­not, of course, be reg­is­tered to you, but one bought pri­vately (through the clas­si­fieds, for example.).

Beyond that, the Lib­er­tar­ian Party’s polit­i­cal solu­tion to African-American poverty and injus­tice was to abol­ish all wel­fare pro­grams, pub­lic schools, and anti-discrimination laws like the Civil Rights Act. This was the solu­tion pro­moted by an up-and-coming lib­er­tar­ian, Jacob Hornberger—who this week co-hosted an event with Ron Paul and Glenn Green­wald. Horn­berger believes that 19th cen­tury ante­bel­lum slave-era Amer­ica was “the freest soci­ety in his­tory”. . . and after the LA riots, he offered this solu­tion:

“the repeal of: (1) every law that takes money from some peo­ple and gives it to oth­ers; (2) all reg­u­la­tions that inter­fere with peace­ful exchanges between con­sent­ing adults; (3) all drug laws; and (4) all compulsory-attendance laws and school taxes.”

And then there’s lib­er­tar­ian philoso­pher Mur­ray Rothbard’s response to the LA riots. Rand Paul cred­its Roth­bard as “a great influ­ence on my think­ing”; and Roth­bard blamed the LA riots not on racism and black griev­ances, but rather on slow and insuf­fi­cient police response and “the moral and esthetic nihilism cre­ated by many decades of cul­tural liberalism.” . . . .

2a. Pando’s Paul Carr  gives us a closer peek at the indi­vid­ual, pub­lisher Jef­frey Tucker. Let’s just say Big Tech prob­a­bly doesn’t share Carr’s ter­ror about Tucker’s views on tech­nol­ogy and reg­u­la­tions, although they should prob­a­bly be a lit­tle con­cerned about almost every­thing else he says. In addition to being one of the authors of Ron Paul’s racist newsletters, Tucker is a founding member of The League of the South.

“Imag­ine If the “Uber Is a Good Start” Guy Turned out to Be a Crazy Racist Homophobe” by Paul Carr; Pando Daily; 7/16/2015.

Or don’t, because he is.

Ear­lier this week, I described the most ter­ri­fy­ing moment of my visit to the Free­dom­Fest lib­er­tar­ian conference.

It came dur­ing a panel about “hack­ing the state” where a pub­lisher named Jef­frey Tucker described his vision for a world where tech­nol­ogy has dis­rupted away all reg­u­la­tions and laws. Uber, argued Tucker, was a good “first step” down that road, but was held back by Travis Kalanick’s insis­tence on reg­u­lat­ing the behav­ior of his drivers.

Tucker also said that the only vic­tims he felt sorry for were those who had been jailed for cre­at­ing lib­er­tar­ian trad­ing plat­forms for drugs and other ille­gal prod­ucts and services:

“I cry about… my friend [Silk Road founder] Ross Ulbricht…. There is so much injus­tice in the world… If any of you want to min­is­ter to pris­on­ers, now is a good time.”

As I wrote, Tucker came across as a fully-fledged sociopath; some­one who would see the world burn and call it progress. I sug­gested that Tucker rep­re­sents a new breed of mod­ern tech-savvy lib­er­tar­i­ans, the old racist guard of lib­er­tar­i­ans hav­ing with­ered away.

It turns out I was wrong. Not about Tucker being a fuck­ing nut — in fact, as you’ll see, he’s far more crazy than I could pos­si­bly have imag­ined — but rather about him being a new breed.

In fact, Tucker allegedly had a star­ring role in the most vile, most racist, most infa­mous episode in the pre­vi­ous incar­na­tion of lib­er­tar­i­an­ism: Ron Paul’s racist newslet­ters.

You’ll likely already know the newslet­ters I’m refer­ring to. They were sent to Ron Paul sup­port­ers in the early 90s and, as the New Repub­lic put it:

What they reveal are decades worth of obses­sion with con­spir­a­cies, sym­pa­thy for the right-wing mili­tia move­ment, and deeply held big­otry against blacks, Jews, and gays. In short, they sug­gest that Ron Paul is not the plain-speaking anti­war activist his sup­port­ers believe they are backing–but rather a mem­ber in good stand­ing of some of the old­est and ugli­est tra­di­tions in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics.

Mark Ames has a clas­sic exam­ple here on Pando, in which African Amer­i­cans were described as “ter­ror­ists,” “ani­mals” and worse:

I think we can safely assume that 95% of the black males in [major U.S. cities] are semi-criminal or entirely criminal…

What can you do? More and more Amer­i­cans are car­ry­ing a gun in the car. An ex-cop I know advises that if you have to use a gun on a youth, you should leave the scene imme­di­ately, dis­pos­ing of the wiped off gun as soon as pos­si­ble. Such a gun can­not, of course, be reg­is­tered to you, but one bought pri­vately (through the clas­si­fieds, for example.).

I frankly don’t know what to make of such advice; but even in my lit­tle town of Lake Jack­son, Texas, I’ve urged every­one in my fam­ily to know how to use a gun in self defense. For the ani­mals are coming.

When the newslet­ters came to light dur­ing Ron Paul’s last unsuc­cess­ful pres­i­den­tial run, the lib­er­tar­ian hero was quick to insist that he hadn’t actu­ally writ­ten the words attrib­uted to him. Instead, he and his defend­ers said, the newslet­ters were mostly writ­ten by unnamed ghosts on his staff.

Accord­ing to none other than Rea­son Mag­a­zine— the house pub­li­ca­tion of mod­ern lib­er­tar­i­an­ism — one of those ghosts was… Jeff[rey] Tucker:

Tim­o­thy Wirk­man Virkkala, for­merly the man­ag­ing edi­tor of the lib­er­tar­ian mag­a­zine Lib­erty, told Rea­son that the names behind the Polit­i­cal Report were widely known in his magazine’s offices as well, because Liberty’s late editor-in-chief, Bill Brad­ford, had dis­cussed the newslet­ters with the prin­ci­pals, and then with his staff.

“I under­stood that Bur­ton S. Blumert was the mon­ey­bags that got all this started, that he was the pub­lisher,” Virkkala said. “Lew Rock­well, edi­tor and chief writer; Jeff Tucker, assis­tant, prob­a­bly a writer; Mur­ray Roth­bard, cheer­ing from the side­lines, prob­a­bly ghost­ing now and then.” (Virkkala has offered his own reac­tion to the con­tro­versy at his Web site.) Blumert, Paul’s 1988 cam­paign chair­man and a pri­vate sup­porter this year, did not respond to a request for an inter­view; Roth­bard died in 1995. We reached Tucker, now edi­to­r­ial vice pres­i­dent of Rockwell’s Mises.org, at his office, and were told: “I just really am not going to make a state­ment, I’m sorry. I’ll take all respon­si­bil­ity for being the edi­tor of Mises.org, OK?”

It gets worse. Accord­ing to the South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter, Tucker is a full-on neo-Confederate:

Both [Lew] Rock­well [the other alleged author of the racist Ron Paul newslet­ters] and insti­tute research direc­tor Jef­frey Tucker are listed on the racist League of the South’s Web page as found­ing mem­bers — and both men deny their mem­ber­ship. Tucker has writ­ten for League pub­li­ca­tions, and many League mem­bers have taught at the institute’s sem­i­nars and given pre­sen­ta­tions at its con­fer­ences.

If Tucker denies his mem­ber­ship then, of course, we have to take him at his word. Hope­fully Tucker was able to clear up the mis­un­der­stand­ing when he co-hosted a ses­sionat the Young Amer­i­cans for Lib­erty con­fer­ence with for­mer League of the South chair­man (and Ron Paul staffer) Jack “South­ern Avenger” Hunter.

Mean­while there’s no short­age of writ­ing that we know for cer­tain was pro­duced by Jef­frey Tucker, because he actu­ally had the, uh, courage to put his name on it.

For exam­ple, this essay about hate crime against gay Amer­i­cans called “The Love That Never Shuts Up” in which he argued that gay peo­ple should not be pro­tected by anti-hate crime laws:

[I]ncluding gays among those pro­tected by hate-crime laws is a way of grant­ing a statu­tory priv­i­lege that non-gays do not enjoy. It cod­i­fies the expe­ri­ence of vic­tim­hood and pro­vides an aura of sanc­tity that the present polit­i­cal cul­ture grants to offi­cial vic­tims. A law that pre­sumes that gays are con­stantly threat­ened with vio­lence makes them mar­tyrs to a cause even before they expe­ri­ence mar­tyr­dom.

And that’s just the stuff read­ily avail­able online. If the Ron Paul newslet­ters taught us any­thing — and, boy, did they — it’s that to find the really dark, dis­gust­ing shit you have to look back to before the Inter­net taught peo­ple like Tucker that you’re smarter not to put some things in writ­ing.

Take, for exam­ple, the 1995 “Let­ter From Alabama” (embed­ded below) in which Tucker expressed dis­may that fif­teen year old black chil­dren are inel­i­gi­ble for the death penalty:

Appar­ently, it’s con­sid­ered too sen­si­tive a sub­ject when a black boy (who is too young to be eli­gi­ble for the death penalty) kills three older white women. Peo­ple might get upset. Three days after the triple mur­der, even the local news­pa­per stopped report­ing the details.

Receiv­ing exten­sive cov­er­age instead, thanks to rov­ing reporters from the Asso­ci­ated Press, were the lat­est goings on in Wedowee, Alabama. A for­mer high school prin­ci­pal accused of being impo­lite to a mixed-race girl was hired for an admin­is­tra­tive job by the school dis­trict, over the objec­tions of out­siders demand­ing ever more minor­ity “rights.”

Or the follow-up arti­cle, a year later, in which Tucker was still furi­ous that the boy — who, he appar­ently had since dis­cov­ered was in fact four­teen — was still alive:

The jurors who tried the 14-year-old black boy who shot and killed three wid– ows last year, one of them my own dear neigh­bor, found him guilty and gave him sev­eral life terms. By law, he got the max­i­mum. He is too young for the death penalty. It is beyond me. If you are old enough to mur­der, you are old enough to pay the ulti­mate price.

Still, absent the elec­tric chair or per­haps the noose, Tucker, who you will remem­ber calls him­self a “Chief Lib­erty Offi­cer” and told the audi­ence at Free­dom­Fest that “I cry a lit­tle bit about the pris­on­ers” has another idea for pun­ish­ing the poor and the black: A return to chain gangs.

Instead of loung­ing around prison, crim­i­nals clean up the roads, linked with thick and unbreak­able cords. It keeps the high­ways clean, pro­vides prox­i­mate social resti­tu­tion, and the humil­i­at­ing sight itself deters future crim­i­nals. What’s wrong with that? Right on cue, lib­er­als denounced it as cruel, reac­tionary, unwork­able, and all the rest. But accord­ing to real peo­ple in Alabama, seri­ous crime deserves a swift and seri­ous response.

2b. Next, we re-examine one of the most important analytical articles in a long time, David Golumbia’s article in Uncomputing.org about technocrats and their fundamentally undemocratic outlook.

“Tor, Tech­noc­racy, Democracy” by David Golum­bia; Uncomputing.org; 4/23/2015.

” . . . . Such tech­no­cratic beliefs are wide­spread in our world today, espe­cially in the enclaves of dig­i­tal enthu­si­asts, whether or not they are part of the giant corporate-digital leviathanHack­ers (“civic,” “eth­i­cal,” “white” and “black” hat alike), hack­tivists, Wik­iLeaks fans [and Julian Assange et al–D. E.], Anony­mous “mem­bers,” even Edward Snow­den him­self walk hand-in-hand with Face­book and Google in telling us that coders don’t just have good things to con­tribute to the polit­i­cal world, but that the polit­i­cal world is theirs to do with what they want, and the rest of us should stay out of it: the polit­i­cal world is bro­ken, they appear to think (rightly, at least in part), and the solu­tion to that, they think (wrongly, at least for the most part), is for pro­gram­mers to take polit­i­cal mat­ters into their own hands. . . First, [Tor co-creator] Din­gle­dine claimed that Tor must be sup­ported because it fol­lows directly from a fun­da­men­tal “right to pri­vacy.” Yet when pressed—and not that hard—he admits that what he means by “right to pri­vacy” is not what any human rights body or “par­tic­u­lar legal regime” has meant by it. Instead of talk­ing about how human rights are pro­tected, he asserts that human rights are nat­ural rights and that these nat­ural rights cre­ate nat­ural law that is prop­erly enforced by enti­ties above and out­side of demo­c­ra­tic poli­tiesWhere the UN’s Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion on Human Rights of 1948 is very clear that states and bod­ies like the UN to which states belong are the exclu­sive guar­an­tors of human rights, what­ever the ori­gin of those rights, Din­gle­dine asserts that a small group of soft­ware devel­op­ers can assign to them­selves that role, and that mem­bers of demo­c­ra­tic poli­ties have no choice but to accept them hav­ing that role. . . Fur­ther, it is hard not to notice that the appeal to nat­ural rights is today most often asso­ci­ated with the polit­i­cal right, for a vari­ety of rea­sons (ur-neocon Leo Strauss was one of the most promi­nent 20th cen­tury pro­po­nents of these views). We aren’t sup­posed to endorse Tor because we endorse the right: it’s sup­posed to be above the left/right dis­tinc­tion. But it isn’t. . . .

 3. The Guardian has an inter­view of one of Dylann Roof’s inspi­ra­tions: Harold Cov­ing­ton, a neo-Nazi author of a string of fic­tional books about vio­lent white suprema­cist rev­o­lu­tions–books that Covington’s web­site char­ac­ter­izes as “not meant to be mere entertainment…They are meant to be self-fulfilling prophe­cies. The author wishes to inspire the cre­ation of a real North­west Amer­i­can Repub­lic, and his nov­els are filled with a great deal of sound prac­ti­cal advice about how to do it.”

This is precisely the type of endeavor for which Glenn Greenwald ran legal interference when he represented the National Alliance.

Note that, in addition to his involvement with the Greensboro shooting (discussed in AFA #13) Covington was a Nazi associate of John Hinckley, as discussed in FTR #244.

“White Suprema­cist Calls Charleston ‘a Pre­view of Com­ing Attractions’” by Sam Thiel­man; The Guardian; 6/28/2015.

Dylann Roof refers to Harold Covington’s white sep­a­ratist group, the North­west Front, in his alleged man­i­festo. The rightwing sci-fi writer dis­tances him­self from the shoot­ing, but his fol­low­ers spec­u­late if his work influ­enced Roof’s actions.

One of the shad­owy fig­ures who appears to have influ­enced alleged Charleston killer Dylann Roof is Harold Cov­ing­ton, the founder of a white sep­a­ratist move­ment and, within suprema­cist cir­cles, an influ­en­tial sci-fi author. Cov­ing­ton, the lat­est in a long line of rightwing sci-fi writ­ers, has been linked to racist crimes in the past and this week called the mas­sacre “a pre­view of com­ing attractions”.

The racist man­i­festo and pho­tos appar­ently posted by Roof makes men­tion of the North­west Front, cre­ated by Cov­ing­ton, a for­mer mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Nazi party who trav­eled to South Africa and Rhode­sia in order to agi­tate for white power. In the accom­pa­ny­ing pho­tos, Roof wore patches with Rhode­sian and apartheid-era South African flags on them.

Cov­ing­ton, if you believe his web­site, runs a grow­ing enclave of white suprema­cists near Seat­tle called the North­west Front. The non-profit group is reflected in a series of sci-fi nov­els, authored by Cov­ing­ton, about a dystopian future in which a white nation is the only answer to US eco­nomic and racial woes.

Amer­i­can sci­ence fic­tion has long had a right­ward tilt, from the con­tem­po­rary strain of small-press sci-fi Tea Party fan­tasias swarm­ing the Hugo Awards nom­i­na­tions all the way back to lib­er­tar­ian deity Ayn Rand. But Covington’s nov­els are a breed apart.

His fol­low­ers see con­spir­acy in Covington’s con­nec­tions to Roof. “And why did this young man have a flight jacket with flag patches from the old White ruled south­ern African coun­tries, which is where HAC spent part of his early days in the Cause, hmmm,” wrote a com­menter called Wingnut under a recent pod­cast on the North­west web­site. “Won­der if they’ll ‘find’ a pile of NF-HAC stuff in this young man’s home? Then they can pull one of those ‘the devil made me do it’ num­bers on HAC.”

Cov­ing­ton doesn’t advo­cate for ran­dom­ized vio­lence; he wants rev­o­lu­tion, to the extent that he calls his fol­low­ers “com­rades” and lec­tures them on “the pur­pose of rev­o­lu­tion” among other phrases more char­ac­ter­is­tic of the left than the right. While it was clear Roof knew about the North­west Front and seemed famil­iar with it, Cov­ing­ton con­demned Roof’s shoot­ing on his Tues­day pod­cast because “it doesn’t work.”

“Peo­ple, don’t do this shit, this flip­ping out with a gun lunacy,” he said. “No, this is not just rit­ual dis­claimer, Harold try­ing to cover is ass, this is what Harold really thinks.”

The Roof killings are not the first time Covington’s name has come up in con­nec­tion with an allegedly racist mur­der. Cov­ing­ton was part of a group of white suprema­cists in the 1970s who mas­sa­cred black peo­ple at a rally in Greens­boro (Cov­ing­ton didn’t kill any­one and wasn’t in atten­dance on the day of the vio­lence). He was also at one time close with Fra­zier Glenn Miller, who is charged with killing a woman, a 69-year-old man and that man’s 14-year-old grand­son near Jew­ish insti­tu­tions last year.

Eliz­a­beth Wheaton wrote about Cov­ing­ton in her book Code­name Greenkil: The 1979 Greens­boro Killings. “Cov­ing­ton was pretty much a minor player,” she told The Guardian. “He liked the Nazi image on the white power kinds of things, but he was kind of nerdy. Most of [the oth­ers] were coun­try peo­ple or ex-military.”

“For all of his lacks, he does not lack the abil­ity to turn a phrase,” said Wheaton. “He’s very artic­u­late in pre­sent­ing his message.”

Cov­ing­ton said he’d never heard of Roof before the mas­sacre and told The Guardian to “try Storm­front. That’s usu­ally where new­bies in the Move­ment end up leav­ing their first elec­tronic footprint.”

Much of Covington’s influ­ence on his fol­low­ers comes from his nov­els, which are writ­ten in a style that reads like some­one spilled a 50-gallon bar­rel of eth­nic slurs all over a stack of early-draft Robert Hein­lein nov­els. His choice of cul­tural icons dates his books con­sid­er­ably, even the recent ones, which are filled with up-to-the-minute ref­er­ences to Jane Fonda and Gilligan’s Island, but the author prob­a­bly doesn’t care about these crit­i­cisms. The books are not pri­mar­ily nov­els, anyway.

The North­west nov­els “are not meant to be mere enter­tain­ment”, accord­ing to Covington’s web­site Northwest.org. “They are meant to be self-fulfilling prophe­cies. The author wishes to inspire the cre­ation of a real North­west Amer­i­can Repub­lic, and his nov­els are filled with a great deal of sound prac­ti­cal advice about how to do it.”

There are five North­west nov­els are all pop­u­lated with sim­i­larly brave and heroic white men (“domes­tic terrorist-type dudes” in the words of Shane Ryan, the nar­ra­tor of Covington’s A Dis­tant Thun­der), cruel, DW Griffith-style black peo­ple whose speech is writ­ten in dialect, and hand-wringing lib­er­als who want noth­ing more than to sti­fle the right to free speech of (white) peo­ple who just want to secede from the US.

“As the NVA [North­west Vol­un­teer Army, Covington’s heroes] vise had slowly clamped down on the North­west over the past five years, Capi­tol Hill had lost much of its left-wing cachet, as those artsy-fartsy habitue´s who were dusky of skin or sex­u­ally inverted either fled to more hos­pitable climes or got well and truly wasted, shot dead on the pave­ment by the NVA gun­ners,” Cov­ing­ton explains in 2004’s A Mighty Fortress.

Shane Ryan, hero of the pur­ported oral-history-of-the-revolution vol­ume A Dis­tant Thun­der, recalls the hero­ism of his white broth­ers and sis­ters up to and includ­ing teams “spe­cialty snipers” who pick off inter­ra­cial cou­ples and, of course, Con­rad Baum­garten, who “came all the way from Ger­many with his SS offi­cer grandfather’s scoped ’98 Mauser to hunt Jews”.

Covington’s prophecy

In an email exchange with the Guardian, Cov­ing­ton said he was urg­ing fol­low­ers not to talk about Roof until “all the facts were out”.

What did he mean by that? “I mean that a lot of times these things are not as adver­tised and peo­ple like you have a ten­dency to try to use us as props and aids to sup­port the Offi­cial Ver­sion. Okla­homa City being a prime exam­ple; there is a com­pelling case to be made that was a gov­ern­ment sting oper­a­tion gone very wrong, but I long ago gave up any hope of ever get­ting any­body to lis­ten; any­thing we say is sim­ply shouted down or kicked aside, we are treated as cranks at best, and facts are never allowed to inter­fere with the Received Wis­dom from on high.

“For another exam­ple, I am well aware of the ide­o­log­i­cal ori­en­ta­tion of the Guardian (I lived in the British Isles for a num­ber of years [Cov­ing­ton spent time among skin­heads in the UK – “a lot of them were great guys,” he said on a recent pod­cast]) and I under­stand that I have not a snowball’s chance in hell of get­ting our view­point rep­re­sented hon­estly and fairly there.”

A few hours later, a new install­ment of his radio show went up on the Radio Free North­west web­site, in which he did not advo­cate for vio­lence, but did fan­ta­size for a lit­tle while, say­ing that lib­er­als were afraid of Charleston because it was “a pre­view of com­ing attractions”.

“They’ve been given a vision of a time in some imag­ined but pos­si­bly not too-far dis­tant future when all of a sud­den, on the street or in their office, or in some trendy fern bar, or Star­bucks, or wine-and-cheese bou­tique on the Upper East Side or in San Fran­cisco, they will look up, pos­si­bly from the lap­top, where they are typ­ing up their day’s quota of left­wing, lib­eral horse­shit, and they will see a young white man like Dylann Roof stand­ing in front of them with no steroid-pumped police­men in blue to pro­tect their lib­eral candy asses from the con­se­quences of years of their own behav­ior,” he said. “They will see in that young white man’s eyes, that he rec­og­nizes them. That he is now beyond decep­tion or bul­ly­ing or brow­beat­ing or Twitter-shaming or intim­i­da­tion, that he knows them for what they are. And they will look down and see that he has some­thing in his hand.”

5. A black church just burned down in Hous­ton. We can add one more to the list of sud­denly highly flam­ma­ble black churches.

Is this sud­den surge in black church burn­ings fol­low­ing the Charleston Mas­sacre part of a wave of racially moti­vated hate crimes?

Well, as the ol’ say­ing goes, where there’s smoke, there’s fire…unless it’s smoke asso­ci­ated with the burn­ing a black church, in which case it’s just a ran­dom tragedy.

“Black Church Burn­ings: Houston’s Fifth Ward Mis­sion­ary Bap­tist Lat­est To Catch Fire” by Julia Glum; Inter­na­tional Busi­ness Times; 7/15/2015.

Author­i­ties responded early Wednes­day morn­ing to a fire at Houston’s Fifth Ward Mis­sion­ary Bap­tist Church, the lat­est in a rash of burn­ings at pre­dom­i­nantly black reli­gious insti­tu­tions. Nobody was injured in Wednes­day fire, but the Texas church was “sig­nif­i­cantly dam­aged,” KHOU reported. It took fire­fight­ers about 30 min­utes to extin­guish the flames.

The Hous­ton Chron­i­cle reported that offi­cials were inves­ti­gat­ing what caused the fire, which was first reported at 7:34 a.m. News of the blaze came as police in other states were look­ing into sim­i­lar inci­dents at other churches across the South over the past month. The FBI and Bureau of Alco­hol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explo­sives were report­edly work­ing with local agen­cies to deter­mine whether the fires were connected.

At least six churches have been burned since a white shooter killed nine black peo­ple dur­ing a June 17 mas­sacre at the his­tor­i­cally black Emanuel African Methodist Epis­co­pal Church in Charleston, South Car­olina. The fatal shoot­ing set off a nation­wide dis­cus­sion about race rela­tions in the United States.

Recent church burn­ings include:
* On June 21, a per­son lit hay bales at Col­lege Hill Seventh-Day Adven­tist in Knoxville, Ten­nessee. The build­ing wasn’t harmed, but a van was destroyed.
* On June 23, a sus­pected arson­ist burned down God’s Power Church of Christ in Macon, Geor­gia. Author­i­ties said they hadn’t found evi­dence the fire was a hate crime.
* On June 24, Briar Creek Road Bap­tist Church in Char­lotte, North Car­olina, suf­fered more than $250,000 in dam­ages after a sus­pected arson­ist set fire to the build­ing. It was unclear whether the fire was racially moti­vated.
* On June 26, the Greater Mir­a­cle Tem­ple in Tal­la­has­see caught fire when a tree fell on elec­tric wires. Fire mar­shals ruled the inci­dent acci­den­tal.
* On June 26, Glover Grove Bap­tist Church in War­renville, South Car­olina burned down. State law enforce­ment were unable to deter­mine what caused the fire.
* On June 30, Mount Zion African Methodist Epis­co­pal Church in Gree­leyville, South Car­olina, caught fire likely due to light­ning strikes.

6. Ignoring the “Leaderless Resistance Strategy” for which Greenwald ran interference and which Dylan Roof (allegedly), Glenn Frazier Miller (allegedly) and John Houser (allegedly) manifested, mainstream media sources dismiss the notion that the burnings of black churches might be ideologically linked.

“Why ‘Unconnected’ Church Burnings Can Still Be Racist” by Jack Jenkins; Think Progress; 7/1/2015.

When news broke late Tuesday evening that yet another black church — Mount Zion A.M.E. Church in Greelyville, South Carolina — was on fire, the Internet erupted with outrage. People on Twitter noted that Mount Zion, which was also burned in the 1990s by members of the KKK, is the seventh predominantly African American church to burn to the ground in the past few weeks, and began venting their frustration using the hashtag #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches.

In response to the anger over church burnings that has been building for weeks, some media outlets, such as the Washington Post’s The Fix blog, have contended that attacks on black churches are not actually on the rise, suggesting the media is giving unwarranted coverage to the fires in aftermath of the recent shooting of nine black church goers in Charleston, South Carolina.

Along similar lines, the New York Times published a story on Tuesday purporting that there was no evidence that the arsons were hate crimes, citing investigators who said that even the intentional fires were merely acts of “vandalism.” The Times story also included quotes from inspectors claiming most of the fires are not believed to be “connected,” insofar as they aren’t thought to be part of a organized campaign of hate by one individual or group.

Granted, some of the fires do appear to be accidents, and the cause of the incident in Greelyville is still unclear. But the need to find an explicit “connection” between the fires may be misguided: When it comes to church burnings, many African Americans see the difference between an official hate crime and an act of “vandalism” as an issue of semantics, especially given the long, painful history of racists intentionally — and largely independently — setting fire to black churches all over the country. This context is the lived experience of many black Americans, and helps shed light on why — regardless of whether these fires are set accidentally or intentionally — so many are expressing dismay at the apparent rash of burnings, which prompted the NAACP to call on churches to beef up their security. . . .

7. Media have long neglected to cover violence used to terrorize African-Americans.

“Why the Media Refuse to Connect those Church Fires with Race” by Carolyn J. Davis; TPM Café: Opinion; 7/13/2015.

In recent weeks, investigators have been examining the circumstances surrounding a series of fires at predominantly black, southern churches. While some of the more recent fires were ruled accidental, authorities found evidence for arson in at least three cases. Burning black churches has a long, well-documented history as a white tactic for intimidation, particularly in the days of the Civil Rights Movement. More recently, a mid-1990s series of racially-motivated church burnings prompted the 1996 Church Arson Prevention Act.

And yet, the seeming reluctance of several media outlets—including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN.com—to seek a racial context for covering the fires has led some commentators to question what might be at stake in avoiding calling the church fires anything other than “isolated incidents” or “vandalism,” especially in light of the recent shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.

An abundance of caution in reporting should not be faulted, but the fact is that the mainstream has a long history and a short memory when it comes to reporting on anti-black violence. This might seem somewhat surprising, given the media’s proclivity for speculating about terror conspiracies. But our largely white media machine—in which I myself am an occasional participant—suffers not only from frequent bouts of paranoia, but also a tendency towards collective amnesia. If “the condition of black life is one of mourning,” as Claudia Rankine recently wrote for the New York Times, the condition of white life is one of forgetfulness.

The tendency to underreport racially-motivated violence against black communities has a long, troubling history. Along with church burnings, black Americans carry the collective memory of another kind of terror: lynchings. A horrific strategy of public, wanton violence meted out across the South, lynchings were a prominent part of the effort to suppress black social uprising and maintain white dominance. And the white press has a complicated history when it came to how lynchings and race-related murders were covered.

From Emancipation to the end of Jim Crow, lynchings erased the value of black lives by keeping the threat of violence perpetually in the air. Black men, women and children were lynched with a vicious impunity. Lynchings were generally public, with bodies stripped, hung, burned or mutilated and left on display. Postcards with pictures of the deceased were available for purchase and trading. However, as civil rights slowly advanced across the South, violence went underground, but it did not stop. In turn, the white press, particularly in the South, generally played down or ignored how the ongoing killings of black Americans helped to maintain the ethos of segregation, even as laws began to change. . . .

8. One of the signature incidents in the civil rights movement of the 1960’s was the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The bombing was one of the events depicted in the film “Selma.”

In AFA #8, we noted the evidentiary tributaries between that bombing and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.  Some points made about Dr. King’s slaying in our archives:

  • James Earl Ray–the patsy in the Martin Luther King assassination–was railroaded into prison.
  • His “defense” attorneys are noteworthy, in this context.
  • One of them was Arthur Hanes, Sr., a CIA contract agent in the Bay of Pigs and a former FBI special agent, who thought the civil rights movement was communist-inspired.
  • Hanes was the mayor of Birmingham, Alabama at the time of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing and many of the other incidents that took place under the supervision of “Bull” Connor–in charge of Birmingham law enforcement at the time.
  • Hanes was also the defense attorney for KKK member Robert Chambliss, convicted of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.
  • In The Guns of November, Part IV, we noted that Joseph Adams Milteer–a member of the fascist National States Rights Party–was taped by an undercover Miami police informer discussing impending plans to assassinate both JFK and Dr. King using high-powered rifles with telescopic sights. Milteer linked these plots with the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.
  • The head of the National States Rights Party–Jesse Stoner–was another of James Earl Ray’s “defense” attorneys.
  • Jerry Ray–James Earl Ray’s brother–was a member of the National States Rights Party.

8. A recent New York Times Op-ed piece mentioned that Robert (Bob) Whitaker was running for Vice President on a white supremacist platform in 2016. What the piece (predictably) failed to note was that Robert (Bob) Whitaker held a sensitive position in the Reagan White House.

This country’s Nazis are enabled by its “Not-Sees.”

. . . . In recent years, extremists have distilled the notion of white genocide to “the mantra,” parts of which show up on billboards throughout the South, as well as in Internet chat rooms. It proclaims “Diversity = White Genocide” and “Diversity Means Chasing Down the Last White Person,” blaming multiculturalism for undermining the “white race.” The white nationalist American Freedom Party has made the mantra’s author, a segregationist from South Carolina named Robert Whitaker, its vice-presidential candidate in 2016. . . . 

9. Again, what The New York Times does NOT tell us about Whitaker is that he was in charge of security clearances and other sensitive functions for the Reagan White House. 

“A White Future is Com­ing: an Inter­view with Bob Whitaker” by Kevin Alfred Strom; Amer­i­can Dis­si­dent Voices; 7/3/2004.

 . . . KAS: When we intro­duced you for the first time to our read­ers in National Van­guard, we gave a cap­sule biog­ra­phy of you as follows:

‘Mr. Whitaker was born and raised in South Car­olina, and attended the Uni­ver­sity of South Car­olina and the Uni­ver­sity of Vir­ginia Grad­u­ate School. He has been a col­lege pro­fes­sor, an inter­na­tional avi­a­tion nego­tia­tor, a Capi­tol Hill senior staffer, a Rea­gan Admin­is­tra­tion appointee, and a writer for the Voice of America.”

So you’re a Rea­gan admin­is­tra­tion appointee — what’s the story behind that?

BW: I was Spe­cial Assis­tant to the Direc­tor of the Office of Per­son­nel Man­age­ment, in charge of secu­rity clear­ances, staffing, and that sort of thing. . . .

10. A Portland police captain was disciplined for a number of things, including the public honoring of five Third Reich soldiers. Was Mark Kruger part of the Aryan Northwest project?

“Portland Police Capt. Mark Kruger’s Past Discipline to Be Erased–Including Tribute to Nazi-Era Soldiers–Under City Settlement” by Maxine Bernstein; The Portland Oregonian; 7/16/2014.

To settle a legal claim, the city of Portland has agreed to pay $5,000 to Portland police Capt. Mark Kruger and erase two disciplinary actions from his personnel record: a suspension for his public tribute to five Nazi-era German soldiers at a city park and a reprimand for retaliating against a female lieutenant.

The steps are part of a negotiated settlement reached after Kruger, now in charge of the Drugs and Vice Division, filed a notice of his intent to sue the city in January 2013.

Kruger, through his attorney, argued that the city and the police bureau’s Director of Services Mike Kuykendall slandered him in a series of text messages. Kuykendall repeatedly referred to Kruger as a Nazi in an exchange of texts with Lt. Kristy Galvan. . . . .

. . . . As part of the unusual settlement with Kruger, the city agreed to pay him back for the 80 hours suspension without pay he received in 2010 for nailing “memorial plaques” of five Nazi soldiers to a tree on the east side of Rocky Butte Park sometime between 1999 and 2001. Kruger was a Portland officer at the time, but wasn’t on duty when he erected the plaques as a shrine he called “Ehrenbaum” or “Honor Tree.” . . . .

11. Daimler’s truck plant in Portland was alleged to have been a hotbed of officially-sanctioned Nazi and white-supremacist activity.

“Daimler Under Investigation after Racist, Violent Allegations” by Sara Roth; KGW.com; 10/01/2014.

Daimler Trucks North America is under investigation after allegations of racist language and violent threats were made by at least five employees in North Portland, the Bureau of Labor and Industries announced Wednesday.

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian filed a complaint against Daimler September 25. It alleges that the company failed to take appropriate action after black and African American employees were called racist names including “nigger,” “boy,” “Toby” and “buckwheat.”

A white coworker is also accused of threatening an African American Daimler employee with a noose and saying he would drag the employee behind his car.

When the threatened employee reported the incident to Daimler, Avakian alleges the company “failed to take appropriate disciplinary action against the coworker prior to his retirement.”

In addition, a swastika displayed in a Daimler bathroom wasn’t taken down in a timely manner, the complaint said.

According to the BOLI spokesman Charlie Burr, five Daimler employees have said they experienced unlawful discrimination at the North Portland facility this year. Avakian said that included black, African American, Egyptian and Vietnamese employees. . . .

12. Returning to a subject covered in—among other programs—FTR#s 477, 761 the broadcast fleshes out Atta and company’s German connections. Throughout the milieu through which the 9/11 hijackers infiltrated, one finds Germans. Hilliard’s and Dekkers’ partner (in Florida Air) Rick Boehlke worked for a wealthy German industrialist who was buying large amounts of property in the Pacific Northwest. (It is worth noting in this regard that White Supremacists have long focused on the Pacific Northwest as an area that could be turned into “an Aryan homeland.” Is it possible that Boehlke’s German benefactor was involved with such a scheme?) Note, also, that an acquaintance of Dekkers alleged that he told her he was German, not Dutch.

Welcome to Terrorland: Mohammed Atta & the 9-11 Cover-Up in Florida by Daniel Hopsicker; Trine Day [HC]; pp. 233-234. 

. . . . Who had Rudi Dekkers and co. been working for? We didn’t know anyone you could just walk up to and ask. We maybe got a clue from Mike Pickett, the aviation executive who had watched Rick Boehlke with the same amazement with which aviation professionals in Florida watched Dekkers. ‘When Boehlke came in he was just a restaurateur at the Gig Harbor airport,’ he said. Then he became the General Manager for a German named Folker, a German industrialist buying up all the land in that area.’ [Emphasis added.] More Germans. Jessica Daley, an attractive airline professional in her late twenties, worked for Rick Boehlke at Harbor Air and later transferred and worked for Rudi Dekkers at Florida Air. While Harbor Air was going under, Boehlke told Jessica to fly down to Florida and see Rudi. ‘When I walked into his (Rudi’s) office he was yelling and screaming at people,’ she recalled. ‘He said, ‘People call me a bastard Nazi because I’m loud and I’m German. And I’m very demanding.’ Dekkers told her he was German, not Dutch, Jessica said. . . .

13. In FTR #483, we noted that Boehlke’s Airline was part of the infrastructure and marketing scheme of Rudi Dekkers’ operations in Florida. “Boehlke, Inc.” was linked to Florida Air (for which Katharine Harris flacked) and appears to have been part of how Dekkers attracted German and Arab pilots to his South Florida operation.

Note that, according to the BKA (the German Federal Police), key associates of Atta in Florida were the children of prominent German industrialists!

Welcome to Terrorland: Mohammed Atta & the 9-11 Cover-Up in Florida by Daniel Hopsicker; Trine Day [HC]; pp. 213-217. 

. . . .In the spring of 2001—while Mohamed Atta was at his school—Rudi Dekkers did something so incredible that we spent over a year examining it in befuddled amazement. At the same time he was receiving the most painful kind of humiliating coverage in the local press (‘Huffman Rent Is Late, Again’), Rudi Dekkers and Wally Hilliard blithely launched an airline. They called it Florida Air, or FLAIR. . . .

. . . . We were not surprised to discover no one in the local aviation community thought the move made any business sense. All agreed that FLAIR was a doomed venture from day one. Once again, the question was why were they doing it. If both had not had business with Mohamed Atta, it might not have mattered. But they had. They chose, as partner, a man named Rick Boehlke, who owned an air carrier called Harbor Air, in Gig Harbor, Washington. Boehlke was also, just then, a participant in Portland, OR., in the $340 million looting of pension funds of mostly Mob-led unions, like the Laborers Union. . . . .

. . . . What were the odds that Rudi Dekkers and Wally Hilliard would go looking for a business partner and come up with a guy with Mob ties [Bormann ties?–D.E.] who’s helping pull off a spectacular $300 million heist? . . . Florida Air, the new airline, used Rick Boehlke’s Harbor Air’s license to fly. Boehlke also ended up supplying the new airline with both planes and pilots. What Dekkers and Hilliard were bringing to the party was an open question. Meanwhile, Mohamed Atta was still at Huffman Aviation, doing no one knows quite what. Was it outside the realm of possibility that all three men—Dekkers, Boehlke, and Hilliard worked for the same company? A company, or network, specializing in ‘niches’ like looting pension funds and training terrorists to fly? Or . . . was this just another freak coincidence? What are the odds, that the men who helped terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta establish his American beachhead would be in business with a partner who robs banks . . . from the inside. . . .

. . . . However it played out, our understanding of what the terrorist conspiracy was doing in Florida would be shaped by what it was Rudi Dekkers and Wally Hilliard were discovered to have been doing—and with whom—while Mohamed Atta practiced touch and go’s at their facilities in Venice and Naples. Florida Air launched with great fanfare in the Spring of 2001. Dekkers and Hilliard had started another aviation business that did not make business sense. . . . .

. . . . During its brief two-month existence, Mohamed Atta may well have flown for the airline as a co-pilot. No one will admit it, but there were terrorists inside the cockpit of an American airline plane during the year 2001 who didn’t need box-cutters to get there. We discovered that the chance to fly as a commercial pilot with Florida Air, after taking flight training at ‘sister company’ Huffman Aviation, had been a big part of Rudi Dekkers European sales pitch, and was played up in the company’s advertising. . . .

. . . . ‘I kept ads from flying magazines from 2000,’ said Bill Bersch, a former manager at Huffman. ‘Come to Huffman to train, and then fly with our Florida Air airline.’ The flight school was advertised as a feed into Florida Air as future employer of Huffman’s flight school students. Florida Air put the ads in everywhere, but when it came down to it they couldn’t offer flying jobs, because there wasn’t an airline for very long.’ While this would seem to be a pretty serious crime, there had been no FAA investigation, which isn’t surprising. During the course of his ‘aviation career’ in Florida, Rudi Dekkers received so many free ‘passes’ from the FAA that they should enshrine it with an exhibit at the Air & Space Museum. . . .

. . . We needed to take a closer look at Rick Boehlke, at Florida Air, and at Rudi Dekkers and Wally Hilliard’s motivations for starting it. How many businessmen behind on their rent for six month in a row have the gall, or chutzpah, to at the same time start a new airline? Was it not enough for Rudi and Wally that they were already losing money hand-over-fist in their flight school venture, they decided they might as well be losing millions in an airline as well?. . . .

14. Among the capital-generating operations of Rick Boehlke was an apparent scheme to use retirement homes. Again, note the endorsement of Boehlke’s Florida Air by Katharine Harris.

Welcome to Terrorland: Mohammed Atta & the 9-11 Cover-Up in Florida by Daniel Hopsicker; Trine Day [HC]; p. 239. 

. . . . The chief and, indeed, only accomplishment of Boehlke and Dekkers’ unsuccessful airline was that it provided a rationale for the presence on the tarmac of the Venice Airport of a half dozen British Aerospace Jetstreams poised within easy reach of Caribbean hot spots. Well the airline did have one other accomplishment: it was publicly endorsed by then-Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris. . . .

15. More about Rick Boehlke:

Welcome to Terrorland: Mohammed Atta & the 9-11 Cover-Up in Florida by Daniel Hopsicker; Trine Day [HC]; pp. 225-241. 

. . . Boehlke and Dekkers seemed too similar for it to be just a coincidence.

For example, Boehlke’s aviation company was evicted from its terminal at Sea-Tac International for failure to pay back rent. And Boehlke’s aviation-related businesses didn’t make business sense, either. ‘Richard Boehlke’s former employees always wondered what the aviation business was really doing,’ reporter Mason told us. ‘From the beginning they felt that the finances flowed from the real estate holdings and the retirement home into this aviation company, and that there was really no way this aviation company was really making money. So the question about what this aviation company was really all about still remains to be seen.’ . . . .

. . . . Boehlke’s Harbor Air had invested $8 million in new planes to accommodate more passengers in 1999, for example, and company officials said 2000 was a profitable year. But the firm’s debts had already mounted to the point where management just cashed out and split. A Harbor Air employee could only speculate as to why the airline was going under. ‘Mismanagement of funds,’ said the employee. ‘[Passenger] loads have picked up tremendously. We have five or six flights in and out a day.’” . . . .

. . . .Was Rick Boehlke an innocent businessman having a horrible string of bad luck? Or had he been feathering a bank account in the Caymans? Like Rudi Dekkers, all his companies were losers. . . even his ‘flagship’ assisted living company. ‘Even Boehlke’s Alterra Health Care went sideways,’ said an aviation observer in Tacoma. ‘The stock went from $38 three years ago to 22 cents.’ The ‘cover’ story we heard was: Boehlke lost $40 million in the stock market. . . .

. . . ‘For the 53 year-old Boehlke, the sun-drenched parties aboard his personal Grumman Albatross with friends in the San Juan Islands were supposedly over,’ reported the local paper in the San Juan Islands. ‘His huge flying boat sits for sale at the Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor, along with other assets from his bankrupt aviation company. Observers in Washington noted that he was not, however, running noticeably short of cash.’ . . . .

. . . Eric Mason explained. ‘Richard Boehlke started in business creating freestanding retirement homes, and he at one point had the largest company, the largest holding of these freestanding retirement homes in the country. One of the retirement homes that belongs to the company that Richard Boehlke once held was just a stone’s throw from the airport where Mohamed Atta was trained. You have to ask yourself, there’s a lot of coincidences here. Are they just coincidences, or is there something more to it?’ . . . .

. . . But, just a few hundred feet down the block from Huffman Aviation in Venice, Boehlke’s company, Alterra, built a gleaming new assisted living facility during the 1990’s. Surely there couldn’t be any connection between the assisted living industry and covert operations? Could there? There could. We needed to look no further than a round-up of the usual suspects. A block away from the Venice Airport, on the opposite side of the street from Boehlke’s assisted living home facility, is a large and stately colonial building which looks eerily like the plush digs of the law firm in the Tom Cruise movie ‘The Firm.’ . . . .

 

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7 comments for “FTR #856 Libertarianism, White Supremacy and Leaderless Resistance”

  1. Three men from Rome Georgia who plead guilty in plotting “to attack critical infrastructure to motivate militia groups to rise up” were just sentenced:

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    3 Rome men sentenced for anti-government bomb conspiracy

    Steve Visser

    6:16 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 |

    Three north Georgia men have been sentenced to prison for conspiring to use “weapons of mass destruction” against federal government agencies, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

    Brian Cannon, Terry Peace and Cory Williamson, who were living in Rome, planned “to attack critical infrastructure to motivate militia groups to rise up,” against government officials, federal prosecutors said.

    Each man was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

    “In this case, anti-government ideology and rhetoric morphed into dangerous extremism and led these defendants to arm themselves and travel to a meeting to pick up pipe bombs and other explosives intended for attacks,” U.S. Attorney John Horn said in a news release. “The attacks planned by the defendants, while rare, posed a serious threat to not only the safety of our public servants, but also all other members of the community.”

    The scheme was unveiled in January and February 2014 when the three men participated in Internet chat rooms used by militia members and others with an anti-government ideology, Horn said. The men discussed attacks on the Transportation Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Horn said.

    One of the participants in the Internet chat informed the FBI and worked undercover in the investigation. Peace asked the cooperating witness to provide 12 pipe bombs and two thermite devices for the attack and took delivery of dummy devices Feb. 15, 2014 in Cartersville, Horn said.

    Peace said he wanted the pipe bombs designed for “maximum fragmentation,” Horn said.

    They pleaded guilty in May.

    And here’s a bit more how their plan for attacking critical infrastructure they were in order to rally people to their anti-government: It was going to be infrastructure like power stations and water treatment facilities which would cause so much havoc when damaged that martial law would have to imposed:

    Rome News-Tribune
    FBI: Men planned guerilla war against federal agencies

    Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014 4:57 pm

    Three Romans arrested on federal firearms charges over the weekend were allegedly trying to obtain pipe bombs and other explosives to carry out guerilla warfare-style attacks against government facilities, according to Federal Bureau of Investigations agents.

    Terry Eugene Peace, 45; Brian Edward Cannon, 36; and Cory Robertson Williamson, 28 — all of 22 Tumlin Drive — have each been charged under federal law with conspiracy to receive and possess a firearm.

    The three men were being held at Floyd County Jail for the U.S. Marshals Service on Wednesday, following their first appearance Tuesday in federal magistrate court.

    The group was arrested in Cartersville during an FBI-led operation that included FBI SWAT and the police departments of Rome, Floyd County and Bartow County.

    According to the affidavit and criminal complaint filed by FBI Agent Adam Roland:

    The three men participated in online chat discussions between Jan. 23 and Feb. 15 that were monitored by the FBI.

    During the online conversations they discussed using guerilla war tactics and planned to launch the attacks against the government this month. They specifically targeted several federal agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    Peace talked with an FBI “confidential human source” on Feb. 8 about getting several explosive devices, including a thermite-mix charge strong enough “to go through the engine block of a MRPA.”

    An MRPA — mine-resistant ambush protection vehicle — is an armored vehicle used in the military and law enforcement.

    Peace also told the FBI source he wanted pipe bombs constructed for “maximum fragmentation.”

    “If he can hook us up with, say, 12 pipe bombs, that will be sweet,” said Peace, according the report.

    That same day, Cannon had a conversation with another source and stated the group was planning to “start the fight” with the government by strategically sabotaging power grids, transfer stations, and water treatment facilities — in hopes of a declaration of martial law.

    “Cannon claimed this action would cause mass hysteria and if enough sabotage was successful, then martial law, therefore trigging other militias to join the fight,” Roland’s report stated.

    “Cannon claimed this action would cause mass hysteria and if enough sabotage was successful, then martial law, therefore trigging other militias to join the fight”
    That was the plan. It’s probably not a very exclusive plan.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | September 3, 2015, 12:21 pm
  2. Rand Paul just issued what is probably the harshest political attack on another opponent so far this campaign season. It was also probably the most delusional and laughably absurd attack of the season, the kind that makes even Donald Trump’s daily trolling seem tame, but it was certainly harsh:

    Mediaite
    Rand Paul: Bernie Sanders’ Socialism Could Lead to ‘Mass Genocide’
    by Alex Griswold | 3:52 pm, October 16th, 2015

    During an interview with South Carolina radio host Vince Coakley, Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul warned against Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ brand of socialism, arguing that socialist governments usually end up committing genocides.

    Paul said that Sanders’ socialism “scares me… I’ve been making and spending more time going after Bernie and socialism because I don’t want America to succumb to the notion that there’s anything good about socialism.”

    “I think it’s not an accident of history that most of the times when socialism has been tried, that attendant with that has been mass genocide of people or any of those who object to it,” he continued. “Stalin killed tens of millions of people, Mao killed tens of millions of people. Pol Pot killed millions of people.”

    “When you have a command economy, when everything is dictated from one authority, that’s socialism,” Paul said. “But it doesn’t come easily to those who resist it.”

    Listen above, via Right Wing Watch.

    Yes, according to Rand Paul, we should all keep in mind that Bernie “resistance is futile” Sanders is possibly planning on killing millions should they lack the financial resources required to survive resist his dictates. Where does Rand get such ideas? Well, he would obviously point to some sort of simpleton interpretation of history. But it’s also worth noting that Rand may have been inspired to make such a comment while recalling the genocidal ideations of one of his heroes:

    Salon
    Libertarian superstar Ayn Rand defended Native American genocide: “Racism didn’t exist in this country until the liberals brought it up”
    EXCLUSIVE: New transcript of Rand at West Point in ’74 enthusiastically defends extermination of Native Americans

    Ben Norton
    Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015 03:01 PM CST

    Ayn Rand is the patron saint of the libertarian Right. Her writings are quoted in a quasi-religious manner by American reactionaries, cited like Biblical codices that offer profound answers to all of life’s complex problems (namely, just “Free the Market”). Yet, despite her impeccable libertarian bona fides, Rand defended the colonization and genocide of what she called the “savage” Native Americans — one of the most authoritarian campaigns of death and suffering ever orchestrated.

    “Any white person who brings the elements of civilization had the right to take over this continent,” Ayn Rand proclaimed, “and it is great that some people did, and discovered here what they couldn’t do anywhere else in the world and what the Indians, if there are any racist Indians today, do not believe to this day: respect for individual rights.”

    Rand made these remarks before the graduating class of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on March 6, 1974, in a little-known Q&A session. Rand’s comments in this obscure Q&A are appearing in full for the first time, here in Salon.

    “Philosophy: Who Needs It” remains one of Ayn Rand’s most popular and influential speeches. The capitalist superstar delivered the talk at West Point 41 years ago. In the definitive collection of Rand’s thoughts on philosophy, Philosophy: Who Needs It, the lecture was chosen as the lead and eponymous essay. This was the last book Rand worked on before she died; that this piece, ergo, was selected as the title and premise of her final work attests to its significance as a cornerstone of her entire worldview.

    The Q&A session that followed this talk, however, has gone largely unremembered — and most conveniently for the fervent Rand aficionado, at that. For it is in this largely unknown Q&A that Rand enthusiastically defended the extermination of the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

    In the Q&A, a man asked Rand:

    At the risk of stating an unpopular view, when you were speaking of America, I couldn’t help but think of the cultural genocide of Native Americans, the enslavement of Black men in this country, and the relocation of Japanese-Americans during World War II. How do you account for all of this in your view of America?

    (A transcript of Ayn Rand’s full answer is included at the bottom of this article.)

    Rand replied insisting that “the issue of racism, or even the persecution of a particular race, is as important as the persecution of individuals.” “If you are concerned with minorities, the smallest minority on Earth is an individual,” she added, before proceeding to blame racism and the mass internment of Japanese-Americans on “liberals.” “Racism didn’t exist in this country until the liberals brought it up,” Rand maintained. And those who defend “racist” affirmative action, she insisted, “are the ones who are institutionalizing racism today.”

    Although the libertarian luminary expressed firm opposition to slavery, she rationalized it by saying “black slaves were sold into slavery, in many cases, by other black tribes.” She then, ahistorically, insisted that slavery “is something which only the United States of America abolished.”

    Massive applause followed Rand’s comments, which clearly strongly resonated with the graduating class of the U.S. military. Rand’s most extreme and opprobrious remarks, nevertheless, were saved for her subsequent discussion of Native Americans.

    “Savages” who deserved to be conquered

    In a logical sleight of hand that would even confound and bewilder even Lewis Carroll, Ayn Rand proclaimed in the 1974 Q&A that it was in fact indigenous Americans who were the racists, not the white settlers who were ethnically cleansing them. The laissez-faire leader declared that Native Americans did not “have any right to live in a country merely because they were born here and acted and lived like savages.”

    “Americans didn’t conquer” this land, Rand asserted, and “you are a racist if you object to that.” Since “the Indians did not have any property rights — they didn’t have the concept of property,” she said, “they didn’t have any rights to the land.”

    If “a country does not protect rights,” Rand asked — referring specifically to property rights — “why should you respect the rights they do not have?” She took the thought to its logical conclusion, contending that anyone “has the right to invade it, because rights are not recognized in this country.”

    Rand then blamed Native Americans for breaking the agreements they made with the Euro-American colonialists. The historical reality, though, was exactly the contrary: white settlers constantly broke the treaties they made with the indigenous, and regularly attacked them.

    “Let’s suppose they were all beautifully innocent savages, which they certainly were not,” Rand persisted. “What was it that they were fighting for, if they opposed white men on this continent? For their wish to continue a primitive existence, their right to keep part of the earth untouched, unused, and not even as property, but just keep everybody out so that you will live practically like an animal?” she asked.

    “Any white person who brings the elements of civilization had the right to take over this continent,” Rand said, “and it is great that some people did, and discovered here what they couldn’t do anywhere else in the world and what the Indians, if there are any racist Indians today, do not believe to this day: respect for individual rights.”

    Rand’s rosy portrayal of the colonization of the modern-day Americas is in direct conflict with historical reality. In his book American Holocaust: Columbus and the Conquest of the New World, American historian David Stannard estimates that approximately 95 percent of indigenous Americans died after the beginning of European settler colonialism. “The destruction of the Indians of the Americas was, far and away, the most massive act of genocide in the history of the world,” writes Prof. Stannard. “Within no more than a handful of generations following their first encounters with Europeans, the vast majority of the Western Hemisphere’s native peoples had been exterminated.”

    Tracking down the evidence

    The book Ayn Rand Answers: The Best of Her Q & A includes Rand’s Manifest Destiny-esque defense of settler colonialism among some of the “best of her” public statements. Ayn Rand Answers was edited by philosophy professor Robert Mayhew, whom the Ayn Rand Institute describes as an “Objectivist scholar,” referring to the libertarian ideology created by Rand. ARI lists Prof. Mayhew as one of its Ayn Rand experts, and notes that he serves on the board of the Anthem Foundation for Objectivist Scholarship. The transcript included in Prof. Mayhew’s collection is full of errors, however, and reorders her remarks.

    ARI created an entire course devoted to the single lecture in its online education program. ARI implores readers, “Come hear Rand enlighten and entertain the West Point cadets (laughter can be heard at various points in the audio).” The laughter often followed Rand’s most egregious remarks. Defending one of human history’s most horrific genocides can apparently be quite comical.

    Be afraid. Be very afraid.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | October 18, 2015, 5:54 pm
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAka-tA5Ojw

    Remarks about Native Americans, etc. begin at 9:27.

    Posted by Tom Hartley | October 22, 2015, 7:00 pm
  4. A seventh church in the last month was the victim of an arson attack today near Ferguson, MO today. This latest attack differs slightly from the previous six church attacks since it wasn’t a predominantly black church and the parishoners are mostly white. But as the article below notes, it also happened to be in a part of town that’s 90% black and appears to be a similar to the other attacks in terms of the methods and damage. So it looks like either the same racist arsonist or a copycat may have inadvertently tried to burn a mostly white church in a predominantly black neighborhood. It’s all a sad reminder that as the US society shambles its way towards a culture that isn’t fundamentally shaped by racialist ideologies, the unfortunate combination of mental illness, racism, and violent stupidity is going to be an increasingly volatile and pathetic mix:

    KFOR.com
    7th St. Louis-area church fire in recent weeks blamed on arson

    Posted 9:18 pm, October 22, 2015, by M.DeLaTorre and CNN Wire

    ST. LOUIS — After yet another suspected arson at a St. Louis-area church, authorities are continuing their hunt for those responsible while making a promise: “Whoever this person is, they’ve picked a fight they can’t win.”

    That’s what St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson told religious and civic leaders on Wednesday, hours before someone set fire to the Shrine of St. Joseph in the eastern Missouri city.

    While it occurred in a different neighborhood and wasn’t necessarily at a predominantly black church (though it is in a mostly African-American neighborhood), that predawn Thursday blaze is the seventh one to strike the general area in about two weeks.

    The arsons have gotten the attention of firefighters and police, not to mention local leaders determined to stay strong and stay together as a community.

    “We are sending a message … that you can burn down the building, but you cannot break our body,” the Rev. David Triggs, whose New Life Missionary Baptist Church was among those targeted, said at Wednesday’s gathering. “And we will not lose our voice.”

    Pointing to the absence of surveillance cameras, Dotson told reporters early Thursday that whoever set the Shrine of St. Joseph fire “did some research, scouted the area out and knew that they could get in and get out without possibly being seen.”

    Why they did it is another matter.

    Many have suggested a racial motivation. All the fires have occurred near Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb that saw massive protests and clashes with police following the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by police Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. A grand jury did not charge Wilson, but the U.S. Department of Justice did find a “pattern and practice of discrimination” against African-Americans by the police and municipal court in Ferguson, described in a report that’s spurred sweeping changes.

    Local authorities have been very vocal about their desire to catch the arsonist or arsonists, offering a reward and sending out special patrols around churches.

    But they have little to offer about a possible motive.

    “It can be everything,” St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson told reporters Thursday outside the Shrine of St. Joseph. “It can be somebody who has got a beef against the church, or somebody who might have had some mental issues. It runs the gamut (and we may not know) until we actually catch the person or persons.”

    Different neighborhood, but similar to 6 other fires

    Founded in the early 1840s by Jesuits in a neighborhood that then mostly consisted of German immigrants, the Shrine of St. Joseph has a special place in the history of St. Louis and especially the Catholic Church there. It’s open to tours showcasing intricate artwork, statues and other details, and also boasts “the only authenticated miracle in the Midwest” — the recovery of German immigrant Ignatius Strecker from a monthslong illness after his prayers to (future saint) Peter Claver and a blessing at the church.

    Today, the church sits in the Columbus Square neighborhood — an area that, according to 2010 Census findings, is about 90% African-American. The parishioners at the Shrine of St. Joseph, however, are mostly white, according to CNN affiliates KMOV and KTVI.

    As Jenkerson noted, it is in a different neighborhood from the other six churches — all of them predominantly black — that were targeted over a recent 11-day period. And this time, the fire occurred at the rectory building, not in the church itself.

    But there are also similarities between what happened at the Shrine of St. Joseph and the other churches.

    Jenkerson said Thursday’s fire occurred at a double-door entry, causing “very similar type of damage” to that of the other arsons. And, as in those other cases, no one else was there when this fire was set.

    “(The fire was) small, contained (and) didn’t take as much to put out,” the fire chief said. “But it’s very, very disturbing.”

    Priest: ‘Wake-up call’ about racism in St. Louis

    The fire came hours after the community gathering at New Northside Missionary Baptist Church, which also had its own front door recently scorched.

    “Our biggest concern is for whomever is doing this,” the Rev. Roderick Burton from that church told CNN. “We want them to get help. We want them to stop, absolutely, and I think people would like to know what is the motivation behind it.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | October 22, 2015, 8:48 pm
  5. There was some good news recently in the investigation of the string of predominantly black church burnings in the St. Louis area: a suspect was arrested and it doesn’t appear to be a race-based attack (the suspect is a 35 year old African American man with a long criminal history), although the motive is still a complete mystery. So those congregations are left with the highly unfortunate situation of knowing who tried to burn their churches down but still have having no idea why. Still, at least someone was arrested and that particular reign of terror is hopefully done.

    In other news, three white supremacists were recently arrested in Virginia over a domestic terror plot to get a bunch of weapons, attack black churches and synagogues, then rob jewelers and armored cars and use the proceeds to purchase land and a weapons stockpile to train for the coming race war:

    The Washington Post
    Feds: White supremacists plotted to attack synagogues, black churches

    By Matt Zapotosky
    November 10 at 3:58 PM

    The way authorities tell it, the Richmond area white supremacists got together at one of their homes in September with a sinister meeting agenda.

    They were supposed to discuss, authorities alleged in an affidavit, “shooting or bombing the occupants of black churches and Jewish synagogues” and “conducting acts of violence against persons of the Jewish faith.”

    The FBI, though, was watching the men and soon connected them with an undercover agent. Authorities say they brokered a deal with the agent, who was posing as an arms dealer, to buy weapons, and they were arrested earlier this week on charges that they conspired to possess guns after having been convicted of a felony.

    According to affidavits in the case, the relatively modest charges foiled a nefarious plot. The men, according to the affidavits, planned a reign of terror — shooting or bombing religious institutions, robbing jewelers and armored cars and doing some unspecified harm to gun store owners in Virginia and Oklahoma.

    One of the men said in a conversation apparently recorded by authorities that he wanted to use the proceeds to “purchase land, stockpile weapons and train for the coming race war.”

    Robert C. Doyle, 34, of Chester, Va., and Ronald B. Chaney III, 34, of Highland Springs, Va., were charged with gun conspiracy counts in the case, and the FBI alleged in an affidavit the men are part of a “white supremacy extremist version of the Asatru [neo-pagan] faith.” A third man — Charles D. Halderman, 30, of Richmond — was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, although it is unclear to what extent, if any, authorities think that race or religion motivated him.

    The arrests were reported previously by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

    Although it is unclear how federal authorities were first tipped off, FBI Special Agent James Rudisill alleged in an affidavit that the bureau received information in late September that Doyle and others were going to meet at Doyle’s house to discuss shooting or bombing churches and synagogues, among other violent topics. The FBI conducted surveillance on the meeting and identified Chaney’s vehicle as being there, according to the affidavit.

    The next month, the two men met with the undercover FBI agent posing as an arms dealer, and “placed an order for an automatic weapon, explosives, and a pistol with a silencer,” Rudisill wrote.

    Chaney, at least, was suspicious of the undercover agent, saying on some type of recording before the meeting that he feared the FBI was trying to “infiltrate” his group, according to the affidavit. Afterward, though, his concerns were apparently allayed. Doyle was caught on another recording saying Chaney “got a good feeling on the dude,” according to the affidavit.

    Doyle twice texted the undercover agent to confirm the purchase, and on Sunday, agents moved to arrest him and Chaney — who were both convicted felons and thus prohibited from purchasing firearms, according to the affidavit. Agents also searched Doyle’s house and recovered .45 caliber ammunition from a backpack in his vehicle, the affidavit says.

    Halderman was arrested on the same day, though his alleged role in the conspiracy is less clear. He was caught on some type of recording seeming to talk about robbing a jeweler, according to an FBI affidavit.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | November 10, 2015, 3:28 pm
  6. Well, it looks like Dylann Roof inspired at least one individual to follow in his footsteps: It turns out John Russell Houser, a fellow white supremacist, left a set of journals where he praised Dylann Roof for issuing the “wake up call”, although he critiqued Roof as “green but good,” and being too focused on blacks when he would have instead targeted his rage as liberals in general had “reached political maturity”. So it looks like Houser’s attack on the the movie theater was sort of a copy-cat of Roof’s slaughter at the church, but was also intended to be a post-racial attack by a white supremacist on a society he just loathed in general:

    Reuters
    Louisiana theater shooter thanked accused church attacker in journals

    BATON ROUGE, La. | By Bryn Stole

    Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:56pm EST

    The man who killed two moviegoers and wounded nine in a Louisiana theater shooting last summer left behind notebooks in which he ranted against the United States and thanked Dylann Roof, the man accused of a church shooting in South Carolina, according to records released on Wednesday.

    The rambling writings by John Russell Houser, 59, who shot himself to death moments after his deadly July 2015 rampage at a Lafayette, Louisiana, showing of “Trainwreck,” included references to the movie and his own death, according to records released by Lafayette police.

    Houser had frequently railed against the U.S. government online and expressed an affinity for white supremacist ideology.

    In the journals, Houser described Roof, who is charged with murder in the shooting deaths of nine people at a historically African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, as “green but good.”

    “Had Dylan (sic) Roof reached political maturity he would have seen the word is not n—-, but liberal,” Houser wrote. “But thank you for the wake up call Dylan.”

    One journal was found open next to a pair of glasses on an unmade bed in Room 129 at a Motel 6 in Lafayette, where Houser was staying, according to 80 photos released by police.

    The room was strewn with clutter, including disguises, an empty bottle of whisky and a box for a 40-caliber handgun, the same type used in the shooting.

    Houser opined against America the “filth farm,” affirmative action, media “slimeballs,” abortion, pornography and homosexuality.

    On a page titled “Signs of my radicalization,” Houser wrote that he had designed “a new logo for ISIS.”

    You have to wonder if he seriously redesigned the ISIS logo or that part was just in jest. He did reported write, “Yes, I am saluting the fundamentalist Muslims, They have stood against evil….They have my complete Christian respect,” in January of 2015, so he probably wasn’t joking about the ISIS logo.

    So if Dylann Roof had “reach political maturity”, he would have decided against shooting a historic African-American church and instead eventually shot up a bunch of random people regardless of their race. And also would have become an ISIS fan. Maturing from a far-right fanboy into a far-right fanman clearly isn’t easy. On anyone.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | January 13, 2016, 7:53 pm
  7. There are reports of a possible workplace massacre that was narrowly avoided earlier this month in Washington D.C. Specifically, in the Office of Intelligence Analysis, during a meeting a senior DHS officials:

    Raw Story

    Homeland Security worker who complained about Big Bird plotted workplace shooting: feds

    Travis Gettys
    22 Jun 2016 at 08:16 ET

    Federal authorities believe an employee may have been plotting a mass shooting at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security headquarters.

    The employee, Jonathan Wienke, was found with a knife and other items two weeks ago after he was chosen for a random security screening when he arrived for work June 9 at the federal agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., reported WRC-TV.

    In addition to the knife, Wienke had brought pepper spray, infrared camera, radio devices and handcuffs with him to work, authorities said.

    Security allowed Wienke to go on into the building, but a security team asked him to undergo another screening about 90 minutes later at his workspace, shortly before senior DHS officials met in a nearby conference room.

    The security team found a loaded revolver and five hollow-point bullets in the front pocket of his pants, and investigators said they heard Wienke “utter an audible expletive.”

    He has since pleaded not guilty to carrying a pistol without a license and was released on bond June 13.

    But federal investigators believe Wienke was conspiring with another person, who hasn’t been identified, to commit a mass shooting or some other type of workplace violence against the senior DHS officials directly across from his cubicle.

    Investigators said Wienke — who had top-secret clearance in the building — was aware of that meeting.

    The DHS said Wienke worked in a non-supervisory role in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, and he has been placed on administrative leave.

    A cached Facebook post apparently made by Wienke in 2012 suggested President Barack Obama and other Democrats were hypocrites for supporting taxpayer funding for PBS while criticizing the top 1 percent — who he said included “Sesame Street” icon Big Bird.

    “I find it incredibly ironic that Obama, who constantly rails against the evils of corporate welfare, is currently mocking Romney for wanting to stop giving your tax dollars to this international conglomerate that is obviously in the top 1% of the 1% income-wise, and would have no trouble surviving economically if its federal subsidies were cut off today,” Wienke said in the post.

    “I have no quibble with the educational value of Sesame Street, and it’s producers deserve the success they’ve obviously achieved,” he added. “But Big Bird is part of the 1% (and has been for years), and doesn’t need a taxpayer bailout.”

    “Security allowed Wienke to go on into the building, but a security team asked him to undergo another screening about 90 minutes later at his workspace, shortly before senior DHS officials met in a nearby conference room.

    The security team found a loaded revolver and five hollow-point bullets in the front pocket of his pants, and investigators said they heard Wienke “utter an audible expletive.””
    Considering that the guy had a loaded revolver in his front pocket 90 minutes after getting caught with pepper spray and handcuffs in a random screening, it does seem reasonable to suspect that guy had some sort of plot in mind. That or he has a really intense gun fetish.

    And considering that this random screen just randomly happened to catch the guy on the very day of this plot and authorities believe he had an unnamed co-conspirator, you have to wonder if that random screening was less than random.

    Also note that the agency Wienke works at, the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, happens to be one of the main federal agencies supporting the DHS “fusion centers” set up to facilitate DHS and local law enforcement. It was the Office of Intelligence Analysis that created the “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” 2009 document that generated a furious right-wing response and remains a source of DHS-related paranoia. So if Wienke was indeed a right-wing extremist intent on engaging in some sort of ‘lone wolf’ attack on the DHS, getting a job at the Office of Intelligence and Analysis was a logical place for him to seek employment. It will be interesting to learn when he first started working there.

    If this really was all caught by a truly random security screening, it looks like a number of top DHS officials may have gotten really lucky and metaphorically dodged a bullet. But perhaps not as lucky as the National Counterintelligence Executive who recently dodged a Humvee during lunch:

    Reuters

    U.S. counter-spy chief cuffs driver who rammed restaurant

    Fri May 6, 2016 12:19am EDT

    Maybe only in the Washington area could you find the U.S. counterintelligence chief handcuffing a suspect after his lunch is interrupted by a car ramming into his restaurant and bursting into flames.

    National Counterintelligence Executive Bill Evanina was eating in the Silver Diner in McLean, Virginia, on Wednesday when a Hummer crashed into the building and caught fire, said a U.S. intelligence official, who described the incident on condition of anonymity.

    A video posted to YouTube shows a suited Evanina and his two luncheon companions dragging the driver away from the Hummer.

    The man is flipped over and Evanina, a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, kneels on his back and handcuffs him as sirens wail and flames leap from the car.

    The intelligence official said on Thursday that Evanina’s two companions were a former FBI agent and an ex-CIA officer.

    Fairfax County police said four people were injured, including the driver. A police spokeswoman said the man was in the hospital and no charges had been filed.

    A spokesman for Silver Diner said in a statement the driver was a former employee. McLean, the site of the incident, is home to the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters.

    As the National Counterintelligence Executive, Evanina is the head of counterintelligence for the U.S. government and chief counterintelligence adviser to the director of National Intelligence.

    “National Counterintelligence Executive Bill Evanina was eating in the Silver Diner in McLean, Virginia, on Wednesday when a Hummer crashed into the building and caught fire, said a U.S. intelligence official, who described the incident on condition of anonymity.”
    Keep in mind that the man driving the Hummer, Samuel Ovie Abutoh, was a former employee of the restaurant and this was unambiguously a suicide attempt since he doused himself in a flammable liquid and tried to light himself on fire after crashing into the building.

    Thus far there’s no indication of Abutoh’s motivation was and no reports of him having an extremist background, although trying to light yourself on fire at the end of your suicide attack seems closer to the jihadi end of the crazy spectrum. Still, it’s certainly possible that this was a yet another workplace murder/suicide incident and the National Counterintelligence Executive just happened to be dining there at the time. Especially if this diner happened to be located in an area where you would expect US intelligence personnel to grab a bite to eat. But with no motive publicly available, it’s hard to ignore the obvious possibilities which makes this another investigation to watch.

    Abutoh presumably wasn’t driven by strong feelings about the US government and Sesame Street characters but you never know.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | June 22, 2016, 6:00 pm

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