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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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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