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Reflections on the Charleston Church Shooting: “Assist, Greenwald, Paul”

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Dylann Roof flies the col­ors

[8]COMMENT: . . .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 [9] with RON PAUL and GLENN GREENWALD. Horn­berger believes that 19th cen­tury ante­bel­lum slave-era Amer­ica was “the freest soci­ety in his­tory” [10]. . . ”

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.)


Ron Paul

As we have seen in FTR #754 [12] and sev­er­al posts [13], Green­wald defend­ed Matthew Hale against solic­i­ta­tion of mur­der [14] charges. Green­wald ran inter­fer­ence [15] for the “lead­er­less resis­tance strat­e­gy.” [16] 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 [17] for “Com­bat 14,” the para­mil­i­tary wing of the Ukrain­ian fas­cist group Svo­bo­da [18], 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.

[19]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 [20] 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 Dylan 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. [21]

. . . . So when Rand Paul went on Lau­ra Ingraham’s radio pro­gram to blame Bal­ti­more on black cul­ture and val­ues and “lack of fathers,” [22]the lib­er­tar­ian whom Time [23] 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” [24]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 [25], 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 [9] with Ron Paul and Glenn Green­wald. Horn­berger believes that 19th cen­tury ante­bel­lum slave-era Amer­ica was “the freest soci­ety in his­tory” [10]. . . and after the LA riots, he offered this solu­tion [26]:

“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.” . . . .

“Charleston Sus­pect Dylan Roof’s Man­i­festo Dis­cov­ered Online” by Jason Sick­les, Liz Good­win and Michael Walsh; Yahoo News; 6/20/2015. [27]

A web­site sur­faced Sat­ur­day fea­tur­ing a racist and ram­bling man­i­festo and dozens of pho­tos of accused Charleston church shoot­er Dylann Roof pos­ing with white suprema­cy sym­bols and the Con­fed­er­ate flag.

Roof, 21, remains jailed on nine counts of mur­der [28] for alleged­ly open­ing fire in the his­tor­i­cal­ly African-Amer­i­can Emanuel African Methodist Epis­co­pal Church on Wednes­day.

Who authored the man­i­festo or post­ed the images is not offi­cial­ly known. But through online reg­is­tra­tion records, Yahoo News con­firmed the website’s domain, lastrhodesian.com, was start­ed by a Dylann Roof of Eas­t­over, S.C. on Feb. 9. The street address used is the same that Roof has giv­en author­i­ties since he was cap­tured in Shel­by, N.C. on Thurs­day. Of Feb. 10, the reg­is­tra­tion infor­ma­tion was pur­pose­ly obscured.

The web­page traces its author’s path toward strong beliefs in white suprema­cy and says the moment of “awak­en­ing” was the race debate ignit­ed after the shoot­ing of black teen Trayvon Mar­tin. The ram­bling text ends with the author’s state­ment that it’s time to take the beliefs expressed, “to the real world.”

“I have no choice. I am not in the posi­tion to, alone, go into the ghet­to and fight. I chose Charleston because it is most his­toric city in my state, and at one time had the high­est ratio of blacks to Whites in the coun­try. We have no skin­heads, no real KKK, no one doing any­thing but talk­ing on the inter­net.
Well some­one has to have the brav­ery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me,” it reads.

While they are rare, retired FBI pro­fil­er Mary Ellen O’Toole said killer man­i­festos are all about “the writ­ings of a very nar­cis­sis­tic, arro­gant indi­vid­ual.”

“They feel this need to tell the world how they were wronged,” O’Toole said. “It’s like they have to shove our nose into why they are enti­tled into what it is they are going to do.”

O’Toole, who has seen hun­dreds of man­i­festos dur­ing her career study­ing killers, read the doc­u­ment post­ed to Roof’s web­site at the request of Yahoo News.

While not vouch­ing for it’s authen­tic­i­ty, O’Toole described it as shal­low and like­ly pla­gia­rized.

“The themes don’t indi­cate that this per­son is spend­ing a lot of time to do research,” said O’Toole, who now directs the Foren­sic Sci­ence Pro­gram at George Mason Uni­ver­si­ty [29].

The 2,444-word man­i­festo jumps from top­ic to top­ic address­ing, among oth­er things, patri­o­tism, blacks, Jews, His­pan­ics and Asians.

“He’s try­ing to weave like a quilt of those themes that he went out in search of,” O’Toole said. “Which tells me that who­ev­er the author is had pre­ex­ist­ing opin­ions and ideas … and then you go to the Inter­net to get a lit­tle bit of this and a lit­tle bit of that to fuel what you already believe and already think.”

The New York Times, reports that accord­ing to web serv­er logs, the man­i­festo was last mod­i­fied at 4:44 p.m. ET on Wednes­day, about four hours before the Charleston shoot­ings.

“Unfor­tu­nate­ly at the time of writ­ing I am in a great hur­ry and some of my best thoughts, actu­al­ly many of them have been to be left out and lost for­ev­er. But I believe enough great White minds are out there already. Please for­give any typos, I did­nt have time to check it.”

Ben­jamin Crump, attor­ney for Trayvon Martin’s fam­i­ly and a lead­ing nation­al voice in civ­il rights issues, said he was trou­bled to learn the man­i­festo men­tioned Mar­tin case.

“Regard­less of how this dement­ed, racist indi­vid­ual attempts to shift the focus of his mur­der­ous actions, we will remain stead­fast in our defense of the voice­less around this coun­try,” Crump said in a state­ment. “They need it now more than ever. My thoughts and prayers remain with the vic­tims of this ter­ri­ble tragedy and the Charleston com­mu­ni­ty.”

Dozens of images post­ed to the site show Roof in his­toric loca­tions like a Con­fed­er­ate sol­dier ceme­tery and a slave bur­ial ground.

In one image, the sus­pect­ed gun­man is posed on the beach wear­ing the same clothes he is seen wear­ing on sur­veil­lance footage as he entered the chruch on Wednes­day. It was not imme­di­ate­ly clear if this image was tak­en the same day as the shoot­ing, but if so, it would show that Roof took time to vis­it the beach, scratch the racist sym­bol 1488 in the sand and pho­to­graph him­self before alleged­ly trav­el­ing to Charleston.

The sym­bol 1488, shown in Roof’s pho­tos, is a num­ber that has been adopt­ed by white suprema­cists, accord­ing to the South­ern [30]Pover­ty Law Cen­ter’s Racist Skin­head Glos­sary [30].

The “88” refers to H, the eighth let­ter of the alpha­bet and is a sym­bol for “Heil Hitler.” The “14” refers to a 14-word slo­gan pop­u­lar­ized by David Lane, a white suprema­cist serv­ing a 190-year sen­tence in the mur­der of a Jew­ish talk show host. The slo­gain is: “We must secure the exis­tence of our peo­ple and a future for white chil­dren.”

The man­i­festo web­site was first dis­cov­ered by two Twit­ter users – Emma Quan­gel [31] and Hen­ry Krin­kle [32] — who used a Reverse Whois search on domaintools.com to find the site reg­is­tered under Roof’s name.

Quan­gel, who iden­ti­fies as a Com­mu­nist, tweet­ed [33] that it is her “solemn duty and oblig­a­tion to hate and fight racism with every inch of [her] being!”

The site’s title is a ref­er­ence to an unrec­og­nized state in Africa, in a region that is now Zim­bab­we, dur­ing the 1960s and ’70s that was con­trolled by a white minor­i­ty.

White suprema­cists have ide­al­ized this era and the Rhode­sian flag has been used as a racist sym­bol.

One of the first pho­tos cir­cu­lat­ed of Roof shows the 21-yare-old sus­pect wear­ing a jack­et adorned with flag patch­es for both Apartheid-era South Africa and Rhode­sia.

Also includ­ed in the trove of images on the site are pho­tos of a Glock .45-cal­iber pis­tol, which has been iden­ti­fied as the same type of gun that was used in the shoot­ing. Roof report­ed­ly pur­chased the weapon in April for his 21st birth­day with mon­ey give to him as a gift by his father.

Some of the pic­tures were tak­en at the Sanko­fa Bur­ial Grounds [34] for slaves on the McLeod Plan­ta­tion in Charleston.

Oth­ers appear to have been tak­en at the Boone Hall plan­ta­tion [35] in Mt Pleas­ant, S.C., and the Muse­um and Library of Con­fed­er­ate His­to­ry in Greenville, S.C.

The author of the man­i­festo said that he did not grow up in a racist home or envi­ron­ment. Roof’s fam­i­ly broke their silence Fri­day by releas­ing a state­ment [36] extend­ing their sym­pa­thies vic­tims’ fam­i­lies.

“Words can­not express our shock, grief, and dis­be­lief as to what hap­pened that night,” it reads.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the fam­i­lies of those killed this week. We have all been touched by the mov­ing words from the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies offer­ing God’s for­give­ness and love in the face of such hor­ri­ble suf­fer­ing.”

“Charleston Shoot­ing Sus­pect Left Racist Man­i­festo on Web site, Author­i­ties Say” by Lenny Bern­stein, Sari Hor­witz and Peter Hol­ley; The Wash­ing­ton Post; 6/20/2015. [37]

. . . . . Pat Hines, the South Car­olina state chair­man of the League of the South, an orga­ni­za­tion that wants South­ern states to secede from the Unit­ed States, said Roof did not appear to belong to any white suprema­cist groups and could have been indoc­tri­nated on the Inter­net. . . .