2. Tea Party Terrorists: The rhetoric comparing the Tea Party to terrorism is rapidly escalating with constant comparisons to Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing. The Tea Party, a movement originally started by Texas Congressman Ron Paul, represents Americans who are waking up to the reality that their beloved nation has been hijacked by off-shore interests. Attempting to link American citizens to upcoming acts of terror shows that the establishment is losing control and is trying to blame the biggest political threat to their stranglehold on America: Ron Paul and the Tea Party.
OBAMACSI.COM: The Israeli Mossad, the CIA of Israel, was caught spying on peaceful American citizens at Tea Party events in Pennsylvania. Aside from the spying, Israel is keeping a spy database on American citizens. Even worse, Israel conducts the most espionage against America of any country on earth.
Title: Caught! [Israeli] Mossad Paid By U.S. To Spy On "Dissidents," Tea Party, Environmentalists
Date: September 17, 2010
Source: Veterans Today
Abstract: Taxpayers Funding Israeli Database Of American Citizens.
Did you know that attending a meeting to organize a bake sale for new
band uniforms can put you on a terrorist watch list? You don’t have to
join a peace group or protest oil drilling to be considered dangerous.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hired ITRR, the Institute of
Terrorism Research and Response, a Jerusalem based company owned by the
Mossad and tied directly to the Israeli Ministry of Defense to track
“dissidents” and “activists.” In the process, they managed to find the
most dangerous terrorist organization of all, the governor’s own
non-profit organization, one supporting school funding initiatives.
From ITTR’s website:
“All of the information ITRR’s staff creates is sent to its monitoring center in Jerusalem, where it is analyzed”
Never has a nation funded a foreign spy organization’s efforts to catalog potential intelligence assets, operatives and, at the same time, take over the job of watching themselves. This is one of the greatest intelligence coups in history. Combine this with control of America’s airport security and total control of America’s communications networks, everything, mobile, internet, even landlines….we might as well pull down the flag and roll over.
2. TEA PARTY TERRORISTS
OBAMACSI.COM: The rhetoric comparing the Tea Party to terrorism is rapidly escalating with constant comparisons to Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing. The Tea Party represents Americans who are waking up to the reality that their beloved nation has been hijacked by off shore interests. Attempting to associate American citizens to acts of terror shows that the establishment is losing control and is trying to blame the biggest political threat to their stranglehold on America: The Tea Party.
Title: Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic And Political Climate Fueling Resurgence In Radicalization and Recruitment
Date: April 7, 2009
Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Abstract: Rightwing extremists have capitalized on the election of the first African American president, and are focusing their efforts to recruit new members, mobilize existing supporters, and broaden their scope and appeal through propaganda, but they have not yet turned to attack planning.
Rightwing extremists are harnessing this historical election as a recruitment tool. Many rightwing extremists are antagonistic toward the new presidential administration and its perceived stance on a range of issues, including immigration and citizenship, the expansion of social programs to minorities, and restrictions on firearms ownership and use.
Rightwing extremists are increasingly galvanized by these concerns and leverage them as drivers for recruitment. From the 2008 election timeframe to the present, rightwing extremists have capitalized on related racial and political prejudices in expanded propaganda campaigns, thereby reaching out to a wider audience of potential sympathizers.
Most statements by rightwing extremists have been rhetorical, expressing concerns about the election of the first African American president, but stopping short of calls for violent action. In two instances in the run-up to the election, extremists appeared to be in the early planning stages of some threatening activity targeting the Democratic nominee, but law enforcement interceded (U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2009).
Date: April 29, 2009
Source: North County Times
Abstract: On April 15 dangerous homegrown terrorist types in hundreds of
cities around the country gathered to peacefully protest what they
see as an unprecedented expansion of government authority and
spending that promises to triple
the national debt in eight years.
In Oceanside, scores of these Timothy McVeigh wannabees were
cleverly disguised as mothers with kids or mature ladies tastefully
garbed in informal attire. Elderly, middle-aged and young males
were also present for this "hate-group" demonstration. Somehow
these ticking time-bombs managed to conceal their "cling(ing) to
guns and religion" rage while displaying signs that denounced high
taxes, generational theft and government bailouts (North County Times, 2009)
Date: April 29, 2009
Source: Prison Planet
Abstract: In a shocking development that outstrips even the infamous MIAC report, it has emerged via whistleblowers that the U.S. Military in Kentucky is training to confront Tea Party protesters and anti-government demonstrators, who in official intelligence advisories are described as bomb-making terrorists.
On April 17, the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, reported on a military exercise dubbed “Mangudai,” named after the special forces of Genghis Khan’s Mongol army who could fight for days without food or sleep. The Kentucky newspaper portrayed the exercise as an effort to train soldiers to battle the Taliban in Afghanistan.
“Designed to test the limits of officers’ physical, mental and emotional endurance, the emerging Army exercise offered a revealing window onto modern combat training in the era of Iraq and Afghanistan,” Chris Kenning wrote for the newspaper. “Over three days last week, participants had to crawl on their bellies under real machine-gun fire, shimmy commando-style over a single rope high in the air and march for more than 22 miles through forests.”
But according to information received by The Patriot Post blog, there is another aspect to the military exercises not reported by local media.
“This week, I was contacted by a number of military personnel, enlisted and officer ranks, who expressed concern about a military exercise underway at Ft. Knox, the U.S. Bullion Depository. As with most such exercises, the Ft. Knox alert occurred in stages, as if real time intelligence was being provided at various intervals,” writes Mark Alexander.
Alexander cites an intel advisory issued on Friday, April 23, 2010, that identifies terrorist threat adversaries as “Local Militia Groups / Anti-Government Protesters / TEA Party” (see image below).
In short, the military was training in Kentucky to take on mythical militias — no word if they were of the FBI-created variety — and remarkably the non-violent Tea Party movement.
“Anti-Government – Health Care Protesters have stated that they would join the TEA Party as a sign of solidarity” during a protest at Fort Knox. The Tea Party “groups are armed, have combative training and some are former Military Snipers. Some may have explosives training / experience,” according to the intel report.
An intel report update, dated Monday, 26 April 2010, noted that a “rally at the Militia compound occurred,” and “Viable threats … have been made… Many members were extremely agitated at what they referred to as Government intervention and over taxation in their lives. Alcohol use ‘fanned the flames.’ Many military grade firearms were openly carried. An ad hoc ’shoot the government agent’ event was held with prizes (alcohol) given for the best shot placement.”
In addition to being drunkards, the report describes the Tea Party as bomb-throwers. “Components of bomb making are reported to have been on the site. Some members have criminal records relating to explosive and weapons violations.”
In response to the this “immediate threat,” the military established concentration camps for “mass arrests.”
QRF, short for the Quick Reaction Force of the 16th Cavalry Regiment and the 194th Armored Brigade were placed on two hour recall. “The 26 April order gives specific instructions for the 5-15 CAV (a 16th Cavalry battalion) to have weapons, ammo, vehicles and communications at ready, and it places the other 2,200 members of the units on two-hour recall. In other words, these orders are to gear up for defending Ft. Knox against Tea Party folks and their co-conspirators who oppose nationalization of our health care sector,” writes Alexander.
Military officers and enlisted personnel told Alexander about their concerns:
As one put it, the exercise “misrepresents freedom loving Americans as drunken, violent racists — the opponents of Obama’s policies have been made the enemy of the U.S. Army.”
They were equally concerned that command staff at Ft. Knox had signed off on this exercise, noting, “it has been issued and owned by field grade officers who lead our battalions and brigades,” which is to say many Lieutenant Colonels saw this order before it was implemented.
In fact, we can assume this “exercise” was orchestrated at the highest levels in the Pentagon. Lieutenant Colonels merely carry out orders.
An Army document entitled “Army Continuity of Operations Program (COOP)” spells out the militarization of the U.S. “Homeland” under Northcom.
In July, 2009, Infowars reported on a Missouri National Guard unit out of Camp Crowder engaged in a training exercise designed to take on a fictitious militant group. An earlier exercise in the Black Hills of South Dakota trained soldiers to confront an “insurgent group” with “a reputation for harassing convoys with ambushes and improvised explosive devices.”
In September, 2008, the Pentagon announced the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team would be deployed in the United States under the control of Northcom. “They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack,” the Army Times reported. (Emphasis added.)
Since the end of the Civil War deployment of the U.S. military inside the U.S. has been prohibited under The Posse Comitatus Act.
In early 2006, the 109th Congress passed a bill containing controversial provisions granting the president the ability to use federal troops inside the United States in emergency situations. These changes (in Section 1076) were included in the John Warner Defense Appropriation Act for Fiscal Year 2007. In 2008, Congress restored many of the earlier limitations on the president’s ability to deploy troops within the United States, but Bush issued a signing statement indicating he was not bound by the changes. Obama has taken up with signing statements where Bush left off.
A report issued in 2008 by the U.S. Army War College discussed the use of American troops to quell civil unrest brought about by a worsening economic crisis. The report from the War College’s Strategic Studies Institute warned that the U.S. military must prepare for a “violent, strategic dislocation inside the United States” that could be provoked by “unforeseen economic collapse” or “loss of functioning political and legal order.”
For more than a decade the Pentagon has endeavored to acclimate Americans to the presence of troops on the streets. Instances of the Pentagon putting troops on the streets are numerous and have increased in frequency over the last few years.
In March of 2009, Infowars reported on U.S. Army soldiers dispatched in Samson, Alabama, supposedly in response to a rampaging gunman.
In December, 2008, the Marine Corps Air and Ground Combat Center and the local California Highway Patrol worked together “in a joint effort to reduce accidents and drinking and driving” in San Bernardino County, a blatant violation of Posse Comitatus.
The Iowa National Guard planned an exercise in the small town of Arcadia but rolled back the invasion after citizens complained about soldiers patrolling the streets of an American town.
Military police were positioned at the 2009 Kentucky Derby and in April of the same year 400 National Guard Combat Support Battalion troops were dispatched to “maintain public order” at the Boston Marathon.
In April of 2009, an Infowars reader sent a page taken from the Hardeman County, Tennessee, Bulletin Times announcing a seat belt checkpoint to be conducted on April 4 “in conjunction with a Homeland Security training exercise by the 251st Military Police in Bolivar who recently returned from Iraq.”
On April 15, 2009, we reported on how the Maryland National Guard was put on alert in anticipation of Tax Day nationwide Tea Party protests. A Force Protection Advisory issued on April 11 instructed the National Guard to be on alert during the Tea Party protests because Guardsmen and Guard facilities might become “targets of opportunity.” It was later learned that the Department of Homeland Security had put the protesters under surveillance.
Adding the Tea Party to the list of “insurgents” is a new and especially surreal development, but hardly an unexpected one considering the fear of the establishment to this growing political movement.
A poll conducted earlier this month found supporters of the Tea Party to be primarily white, male, married and older than 45.
“Of the 18 percent of Americans who identified themselves as supporters, 20 percent, or 4 percent of the general public, said they had given money or attended a Tea Party event, or both. These activists were more likely than supporters generally to describe themselves as very conservative and had more negative views about the economy and Mr. Obama. They were more angry with Washington and intense in their desires for a smaller federal government and deficit,” the New York Times reported.
They are not, as the DHS and the Southern Poverty Law Center would have it, disgruntled returning veterans, white supremacists, and violent militia members who hate Obama because of his skin color.
Over the last several months the government and corporate media have endeavored to portray this demographic as potentially violent and has fallaciously connected it to white supremacists and a mythical militia movement that is supposedly gearing up to attack the government.
If we are to believe the above report, the U.S. military is preparing
to attack Tea Party supporters. All that will be required is an
appropriate false flag event to set this act in motion (Prison Planet, 2009)
Date: February 23, 2010
Source: New York Times
Abstract: Joseph Stack had barely finished flying his airplane into a Texas office building when the battle over his legacy began.
Given the apparent momentum of the Tea Party movement, it would be nice to know if Stack’s kamikaze mission was a not-all-that-shocking emanation from it — whether, as some claim, more than a few Tea Partiers are unhinged.
In the end, the core unifying theme of the Tea Partiers is populist rage, and this is the core theme in Stack’s ramblings, whether the rage is directed at corporate titans (“plunderers”), the government (“totalitarian”) or individual politicians (“liars”)...You could, on the one hand, follow this logic to the conclusion that Joseph Stack was the first Tea Party terrorist (New York Times, 2010).
Title: Ron Paul And Glenn Beck Promote White Right Wing Terrorism
Date: March 12, 2010
Source: News One
Abstract: Since the election of Barack Obama there have been several instances of “lone wolf” terrorism. The media has focused a lot of attention on the cases of Nidal Hasan, the army psychiatrist who killed 13 men in a Fort Hood shooting rampage, and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian who brought explosives onto a plain destined for Detroit.
After their incidents, there was a mad rush to find out what there ideologies were, both politically and religiously. Though both clearly had mental issues, the incidents were treated as politically motivated terror attacks.Muslims and Africans aren’t the only people who have been involved in politically motivated attacks on the government. Since the election of Barack Obama, there has been a resurgence of white right wing politically motivated terrorism. Since Obama’s election we have had several white terrorists who were motivated by racism, hatred of the government and conspiracy theories.
Of the five major incidents of white terrorism, congressman Ron Paul directly influenced four of them. Paul’s promotion of conspiracies, paranoia and connections to racism has led to him being a magnet for lunatics, white supremacists and conspiracy theorists.
The first Ron Paul influenced terrorist is Richard Poplawki. Poplawski got in argument with his mother and she called the cops. When the cops arrived Poplawski was waiting for them with a bulletproof vest and shot five police officers with an AK-47, wounding two and killing three, including an African American.
Poplawski’s shooting of police officers seemingly had not motive until police looked into his background. Poplawski was a white supremacist who frequently posted on the Neo-Nazi, extremely Pro-Ron Paul site Stormfront. and Alex Jones’ New World Order conspiracy theory site, Infowars. Poplawski would post videos of Glenn Beck with Ron Paul talking about FEMA Concentration Camps onto Stormfront. In the video, Paul would speculate that while there was no evidence of FEMA concentration camps, he still believed they might come in the future.
Poplawski was a very big conspiracy theorist, who believed that the government was being secretly run by Jews and that Obama wanted to take away his rights, specifically his right to bare arms. Here is an online rant he wrote:
the federal government, mainstream media, and banking system in these United States are strongly under the influence of — if not completely controlled by — Zionist interest. An economic collapse of the financial system is inevitable, bringing with it some degree of civil unrest if not outright balkanization of the continental US, civil/revolutionary/racial war . . . This collapse is likely engineered by the elite Jewish powers that be in order to make for a power and asset grab.
Poplawski believed in the same New World order conspiracy that led to McVeigh blowing up the Alfred P. Murrah building. His paranoia was further fueled by Ron Paul’s conspiracy code words, a hatred for Jews and African Americans. His act of shooting five police officers was not an act of common criminality or plain insanity, but conspiracy driven, politically motivated terrorism.
While Ron Pal cannot be blamed for Poplawski actions, his promotion of the New World Order conspiracy theory and quiet acceptance of white supremacy, combined with pro Ron Paul sites like Stormfront and Info Wars certainly had a role in Poplawski’s mindset. This is not to say that mental insanity did not play a role in his killing, but that his insanity was fueled by racism, paranoia and conspiracy theories.
Another Ron Paul supporter who would commit an act of terror was James Von Brunn, the man who open fired at the Holocaust museum, killing an African American security guard, Stephen Johns. Von Brunn was part of Ron Paul meet up group and would send emails attacking the IRS and the ATF, while supporting Ron Paul. Von Brunn had previously been arrested for kidnapping members of the Federal Reserve Board, one of Ron Paul’s frequent targets. Von Brunn seemed to have a similar anti-Semitic conspiracy theory to Papalowski and believed in a Illuminati group.
Here are some of Von Brunn’s anti-Semitic conspiracy writings.
1. The Henrik Holappa atrocity is a metaphor for the ILLUMINATI conquest of America: The ILLUMINATI, has captured America illegally, and is incarcerating her NOW into a Global Zionist state.
2. Well informed patriots are ignoring the URGENCY, the extreme DANGER confronting them. There is sparse time remaining. You must ACT NOW. KILL THE ENEMY OR DIE IN THE GULAG !
3. You want my weapons—this is how you’ll get them. The Holocaust is a lie. Obama was created by Jews. Obama does what his Jew owners tell him to do. Jews captured America’s money. Jews control the mass media. The 1st Amendment is abrogated.
Another white terrorist, who was a fan of Ron Paul ideologies, is John Patrick Bedell. Bedell drove cross country from California to Washington D.C. with two semi-automatic weapons and wounded shooting two African American guards at the Pentagon in an act of anti government rage.
John Patrick Bedell was a Ron Paul style libertarian, who was a member of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, an institute credited as being the driving force for Ron Paul’s political and economic philosophies, which was founded and run by Ron Paul’s former chief of staff and long time friend and companion, Lew Rockwell. Bedell would post on the Ludwig von Mises site about how government was criminal. Rockwell refers to the Pentagon as the Pentagram (evil satanic symbol) and subscribes to the John Birch society New World Order conspiracy theory.
Bedell himself was a conspiracy theorist, who believed that 9/11 was set up by the government. We can see how the combination of conspiracy theories and anti-government sentiment led to Bedell taking out his anger on what his hero, Lew Rockwell called the “pentagram.”
Charles Dyer is a man who never committed a violent act against the government but proudly proclaimed himself a “domestic terrorist.” Dyer was instead arrested on a domestic charge for allegedly raping a 7-year-old girl. While Dyer may or may not be guilty of that charge, he was definitely guilty of possessing a grenade launcher stolen from an army base. Police also found residue that led them to believe that he had been storing explosives.
Dyer was a member of the Oathkeepers, are a paramilitary organization comprised of former and current military and law enforcement members. The SPLC has said the Oathkeepers are concerned about a coming dictatorship, concentration camps and a general New World Order. The Oathkeepers are headed by Stewart Rhodes, a former Ron Paul staffer. They have received support from Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs and conspiracy theorist radio host, Alex Jones.
To Dyer’s credit, he is not a white supremacist. He would engage the racists on the white supremacist site, Stormfront and criticize their racism. However, Dyer seemed to be a full believer in the John Birch Society “New World Order Conspiracy.” While Dyer was not a white supremacist, he seems motivated by the same paranoid conspiracy based ideology that motivated Bedell, Von Brunn and Poplowski.
While their is no evidence that Joe Stack, the man who flew a plane into an IRS building in Texas supported Ron Paul or his ideologies, some from Ron Paul’s camp have supported Joe Stack. After the incident, Chuck Baldwin, a long time Paul supporter and the man Paul endorsed to be President in 2008 wrote on the Daily Paul website:
Perhaps our friends at DHS will label Stack a “right-wing domestic terrorist.However, Mr. Stack apparently left behind a “suicide manifesto” explaining his actions. After carefully reading Stack’s manifesto, I am quite convinced that he was not crazy, and he was not a “terrorist.” However, he was angry.
A lot of us are angry–and for many of the same reasons that Mr. Stack was angry! While I would certainly take exception to some of the things Stack says in his manifesto, he said things that many of us are feeling.
The right wing must answer for the conspiracy theories and paranoia that drove Poplowski, Von Brunn and Bedell to violent acts against the and drove Dyer to purchase a stolen grenade launcher and explosives. The same combination of paranoia, conspiracy theories, mixed with a strong dash of racism led Timothy McVeigh to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah building.
When CPAC, the Think Tank credited with driving the Republican party, lets conspiracy minded organizations like the Oathkeepers and the John Birch Society sponsor their national convention, and declares conspiracy theory monger, Ron Paul their straw poll winner for the Presidential nomination, it is clear that these conspiracy theories are being tolerated by Republican party at the highest levels.
During a time of economic recession when many people are angry and scared already, the conspiracy theories are enough to make already unstable people filled with hated and paranoia; A hatred and paranoia that could easily turn to violence.
The media has been largely ignoring the New World Order, conspiracy Ron Paul connections to acts of terror, while focusing on Islamic terror. If James von Brunn was Jamil Val Bakar and posted anti-American and Israel sentiments on an Islamic Website before shooting up the Holocaust museum, surely Fox News and the mainstream media would make it a huge story.
Same with Paplowski. If he was posting on an radical Islamic site, not a white supremacist one, he would be branded a cop killing Islamic terrorist. If Bedell was fan of a radical Muslim cleric or belonged to a mosque that preached hatred against the American government, he would have been branded an Islamic terrorist and the White House would be blamed for not stopping him before he went to the Pentagon with automatic weapons.
Politicians like Ron Paul and media types like Alex Jones and Glenn Beck are as guilty of drumming up paranoia and anger at the American government as Islamic clerics who refer to America as the great Satan only to see their followers turn to terrorism. Fox News, CPAC, and the Tea Party movement must all be held accountable for the conspiracy theories and anti-government hatred and paranoia that leads people directly into violence (News One, 2010).Title: Dems Make Case Tea Party Movement Is Terrorist
Date: March 25, 2010
Source: Prison Planet
Abstract: The zombified Tea Party created by establishment Republicans and headed up by media darling Sarah Palin is taking heat for a spate of bad behavior around the country in response to the imposition of Obamacare.
It is not clear who is responsible for the foul language and threats directed against Democrats but this has not stopped them from blaming their ideological twin, the Republican Party.
Dems are demanding the Republicans denounce their creation — the hijacked and transmogrified Tea Party sworn to uphold the Republican platform of big government and endless war against phantom enemies (Prison Planet, 2010)
Title: Rage On The Right: The Year in Hate and Extremism
Source: Southern Poverty Law Center
The radical right caught fire last year, as broad-based populist anger at political, demographic and economic changes in America ignited an explosion of new extremist groups and activism across the nation.Hate groups stayed at record levels — almost 1,000 — despite the total collapse of the second largest neo-Nazi group in America. Furious anti-immigrant vigilante groups soared by nearly 80%, adding some 136 new groups during 2009. And, most remarkably of all, so-called "Patriot" groups — militias and other organizations that see the federal government as part of a plot to impose “one-world government” on liberty-loving Americans — came roaring back after years out of the limelight.
The anger seething across the American political landscape — over racial changes in the population, soaring public debt and the terrible economy, the bailouts of bankers and other elites, and an array of initiatives by the relatively liberal Obama Administration that are seen as "socialist" or even "fascist" — goes beyond the radical right. The "tea parties" and similar groups that have sprung up in recent months cannot fairly be considered extremist groups, but they are shot through with rich veins of radical ideas, conspiracy theories and racism.
“We are in the midst of one of the most significant right-wing populist rebellions in United States history,” Chip Berlet, a veteran analyst of the American radical right, wrote earlier this year. "We see around us a series of overlapping social and political movements populated by people [who are] angry, resentful, and full of anxiety. They are raging against the machinery of the federal bureaucracy and liberal government programs and policies including health care, reform of immigration and labor laws, abortion, and gay marriage."
Sixty-one percent of Americans believe the country is in decline, according to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Just a quarter think the government can be trusted. And the anti-tax tea party movement is viewed in much more positive terms than either the Democratic or Republican parties, the poll found.
The signs of growing radicalization are everywhere.
Armed men have come to Obama speeches bearing signs suggesting that the
"tree of liberty" needs to be "watered" with "the blood of tyrants." The
Conservative Political Action Conference held this February was
co-sponsored by groups like the John Birch Society, which believes
President Eisenhower was a Communist agent, and Oath Keepers,
a Patriot outfit formed last year that suggests, in thinly veiled
language, that the government has secret plans to declare martial law
and intern patriotic Americans in concentration camps. Politicians
pandering to the antigovernment right in 37 states have introduced
"Tenth Amendment Resolutions," based on the constitutional provision
keeping all powers not explicitly given to the federal government with
the states. And, at the "A Well Regulated Militia" website, a recent
discussion of how to build "clandestine safe houses" to stay clear of
the federal government included a conversation about how mass murderers
like Timothy McVeigh and Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph were supposedly
betrayed at such houses.
The number of hate groups in America has been going up for years, rising 54% between 2000 and 2008 and driven largely by an angry backlash against non-white immigration and, starting in the last year of that period, the economic meltdown and the climb to power of an African American president.
At the same time, the number of what the SPLC designates as "nativist extremist" groups — organizations that go beyond mere advocacy of restrictive immigration policy to actually confront or harass suspected immigrants — jumped from 173 groups in 2008 to 309 last year. Virtually all of these vigilante groups have appeared since the spring of 2005.
But the most dramatic story by far has been with the antigovernment Patriots.
The militias and the larger Patriot movement first came to Americans’ attention in the mid-1990s, when they appeared as an angry reaction to what was seen as a tyrannical government bent on crushing all dissent. Sparked most dramatically by the death of 76 Branch Davidians during a 1993 law enforcement siege in Waco, Texas, those who joined the militias also railed against the Democratic Clinton Administration and initiatives like gun control and environmental regulation. Although the Patriot movement included people formerly associated with racially based hate groups, it was above all animated by a view of the federal government as the primary enemy, along with a fondness for antigovernment conspiracy theories. By early this decade, the groups had largely disappeared from public view.
But last year, as noted in the SPLC’s August report, "The Second Wave: Return of the Militias," a dramatic resurgence in the Patriot movement and its paramilitary wing, the militias, began. Now, the latest SPLC count finds that an astonishing 363 new Patriot groups appeared in 2009, with the totals going from 149 groups (including 42 militias) to 512 (127 of them militias) — a 244% jump.
That is cause for grave concern. Individuals associated with the Patriot movement during its 1990s heyday produced an enormous amount of violence, most dramatically the Oklahoma City bombing that left 168 people dead.
Already there are signs of similar violence emanating from the radical right. Since the installation of Barack Obama, right-wing extremists have murdered six law enforcement officers. Racist skinheads and others have been arrested in alleged plots to assassinate the nation’s first black president. One man from Brockton, Mass. — who told police he had learned on white supremacist websites that a genocide was under way against whites — is charged with murdering two black people and planning to kill as many Jews as possible on the day after Obama’s inauguration. Most recently, a rash of individuals with antigovernment, survivalist or racist views have been arrested in a series of bomb cases.
As the movement has exploded, so has the reach of its ideas, aided and abetted by commentators and politicians in the ostensible mainstream. While in the 1990s, the movement got good reviews from a few lawmakers and talk-radio hosts, some of its central ideas today are being plugged by people with far larger audiences like FOX News’ Glenn Beck and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn). Beck, for instance, re-popularized a key Patriot conspiracy theory — the charge that FEMA is secretly running concentration camps — before finally “debunking” it.
Last year also experienced levels of cross-pollination between different sectors of the radical right not seen in years. Nativist activists increasingly adopted the ideas of the Patriots; racist rants against Obama and others coursed through the Patriot movement; and conspiracy theories involving the government appeared in all kinds of right-wing venues. A good example is the upcoming Second Amendment March in Washington, D.C. The website promoting the march is topped by a picture of a colonial militiaman, and key supporters include Larry Pratt, a long-time militia enthusiast with connections to white supremacists, and Richard Mack, a conspiracy-mongering former sheriff associated with the Patriot group Oath Keepers.What may be most noteworthy about the march, however, is its date — April 19. That is the date of the first shots fired at Lexington in the Revolutionary War. And it is also the anniversary of the fiery end of the government siege in Waco and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing (Southern Poverty Law Center, 2010).
Title: Will The Next Act Of Terrorism Be Domestic?
Date: March 25, 2010
Source: Huffington Post
Abstract: My fear -- that vitriol in the media was sparking more unstable individuals to view violence as a viable option for political change -- may have been realized here. My point is not that people like Glenn Beck or Team Party leaders seek violence, but that their words are creating the exogenous conditions that may lead a more unstable person to act. T
The Tea Party (if we can call it such) has entered into a series of loose alliances (of convenience or common purpose) with fringe groups like The Oath Keepers, the Committees of Safety, and the Three Percenter Movement (to name a few) While the rhetoric from Tea Party groups is vitriolic, its protests (to date) have been predominantly non-violent -- but while many Tea Party protesters may be peaceful, their rhetoric, and the rhetoric of fellow traveler politicians like Rep. Bachmann and former Gov. Sarah Palin, is echoing through the Tea Party to its fringe elements -- and the threat of domestic terror from these groups, or individuals who belong to them, has risen exponentially.
Tea Party connections with the Oath Keepers, Committees of Safety, and the Three Percenter Movement, place these politicians very few degrees from radical white supremacists (Huffington Post, 2010).
Title: Could Tea Party Rhetoric Lead To Another Oklahoma City?
Date: April 19, 2010
Source: CBS News
Abstract: It was fifteen years ago today that Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people by detonating an explosives-filled truck near the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in the nation's deadliest-ever homegrown terrorist attack. McVeigh was an anti-government extremist inspired by the 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian compound at Waco; he railed against taxes, gun control and federal interference in Americans' lives.
Thirty-eight percent of Americans now see domestic terrorism as a
serious threat than international terrorism, according to a new CBS News poll; that's up eight points from 2002. On Monday, MSNBC is airing a documentary called "The McVeigh Tapes"
detailing McVeigh's motivations and perspective on his crime -- and
raising questions about the dangers of the extreme rhetoric that
Some conservatives are unhappy with the broadcast; Colin Hanna of the group Let Freedom Ring complained that
the message is "that tea party fervor and an anti-Washington mood are
precursors to domestic terrorism akin to Oklahoma City bombing" (CBS News, 2010)
Title: McVay Plot To Assassinate Obama: Tea Party Cleared By Court Records
Date: July 9, 2011
Abstract: Saturday, additional details and the release of police records ended any speculation that 41-year-old James McVay confessed murderer on a mission, to assassinate President Obama, is a Tea Party supporter.
In the court records, McVay is quoted saying, he strolled through neighborhoods he considered affluent in order to target, "the high and mighty Christians of Sioux Falls." Christians are considered to be the foundation of the Tea Party movement.
Although KDLT reports that, " A Secret Service spokesperson says the agency had McVay on their radar for a while now, " McVay was obviously off-radar long enough to begin his plot to assassinate the president by the brutal murderof 75-year-old Maybelle Shein.
That senseless killing, says McVay, was only committed because he wanted "plenty of practice and blood on his hands" before moving on to his big plot of killing the president.
Hours after moving into a prison transition program, McVay set out to start his mission, walking away from authorities.
Entered bedroom, stood over the 75 year old woman as the nurse slept, until she awakened and then began to stab her. She fought back and at one point pulled off McVay's glasses and tried to yell for help. It was then, McVay says, that he slashed her throat to silence her screams. Afterwards, he cleaned himself up in her bathroom before grabbing her keys and leaving in her car.
Sitting in solitaire confinement, Vice President Biden was McVay's first target but he soon set his sights higher to focus on President Obama. His plot was simple, work his way to Washington, killing as he went until he had an opportunity to assassinate the president (Examiner, 2011).
Title: NY Times Columnist Compares Tea Party To Hezbollah
Date: July 28, 2011
Source: New York Times
Abstract: The Tea Party’s come under attack as pressure to get a debt deal done mounts. In an op-ed column, NY Times writer Tom Friedman compared the Tea Party to Hezbollah, saying: “If sane Republicans do not stand up to this Hezbollah faction in their midst, the Tea Party will take the G.O.P. on a suicide mission.”
Meanwhile, Senator Harry Reid tweeted last night: “Boehner’s plan is not a compromise. It was written for the tea party, not the American people. Ds will not vote for it”Why’s the Tea Party taking the brunt of the blame? (New York Times, 2011)
Title: Biden Accused Of Calling Tea Party 'Terrorists' Source: Newsmax
Abstract: Vice President Joe Biden was in his own firestorm Monday, accused of calling Tea Party Republicans terrorists in a private meeting with House Democrats, Fox News reports.
Biden denies making any such statement.
A senior Democratic official told Fox News that Biden made the comments as he reacted in a "heated conversation with liberal House members like Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., who were venting that Republicans got too much out of the debt ceiling deal unveiled the night before and ;acted like terrorists.' "
Sen. Rand Paul was the first to criticize the vice president. Paul happens to be on of the most outspoken tea party members in Congress.
“With the president holding the American economy hostage, I would prefer to think of myself as a Freedom Fighter,” Paul said in a statement, calling the remarks “insulting” (Newsmax, 2011).
Title: Tea Party Group Calls On Biden To Apologize For 'Terrorists' Remark
Date: August 2, 2011
Source: Fox News
Abstract: The Tea Party Patriots is the latest group to blast Vice President Biden over reports of a private meeting he had with House Democrats in which Tea Party Republicans were compared to “terrorists," though Biden denies he described Republicans that way.
The comments were made Monday during a heated conversation Biden had with liberal House members, like Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., who were venting that Republicans got too much out of the debt ceiling deal unveiled the night before and "acted like terrorists," a senior Democratic official told Fox News
The Tea Party Patriots are calling for Biden to apologize.
"It is offensive, false and shocking that the person one step away from the presidency calls members of Congress, who were elected on Tea Party principles, a term used for the attackers on 9/11," said Jenny Beth Martin, a co-founder of the group.
"For someone who's known for his gaffes, this one shows Joe Biden has a gross favoritism toward one group of people," said Mark Meckler, national coordinator of the group. "Vice President Biden, along with the president, was elected to serve all of the people in the United States, not just his liberal friends in Washington."
White House chief spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday that neither Obama nor Biden think calling political rivals "terrorists" is appropriate.
"And I think the vice president spoke to this and made clear that he didn't say those words," Carney said. "Any kind of comments like that are simply not conducive to the kind of political discourse that we hope of have."
A Democratic official stressed that Biden made the comment to move the conversation along. According to the official, Biden added that despite the Republicans’ behavior, “we got a lot out of this deal.”
The vice president's office also downplayed the quote.
"The word was used by several members of Congress. The vice president does not believe it's an appropriate term in political discourse," Biden spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff said.
And in an interview with CBS News, Biden said he did not assert in the meeting that he agreed with the sentiment.
“What happened was there were some people who said they felt like they were being held hostage by terrorists,” Biden said. “I never said that they were terrorists or weren’t terrorists, I just let them vent.”
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., one of the most outspoken Tea Party-aligned lawmakers in Congress,called the remarks “insulting.”
“With the president holding the American
economy hostage, I would prefer to think of myself as a Freedom
Fighter,” Paul said in a statement (Fox New, 2011).
Date: August 18, 2011
Abstract: Two new videos recently released by the Department of Homeland Security add to the mountain of evidence that proves Big Sis has now dispensed with all pretense of the war on terror being focused on Al-Qaeda Muslims, as tools that were designed to catch foreign terrorists are now being targeted against Americans who are opposed to big government.
The two recent PSAs (watch them below), part of Homeland Security’s “See Something Say Something snitch campaign, portray white middle class Americans as terrorists in almost all of the scenarios shown in the clips.Far from representing some superficial nod to political correctness, this is in fact a deliberate effort by the feds to characterize predominantly white, middle class, politically engaged Americans as domestic extremists. It’s all part of the agenda to frame dissent against big government as dangerous radicalism.
Contrary to claims by the DHS that it does not profile, the bulk of literature and other training tools issued by the federal government over the last decade clearly go to great lengths to demonize informed, middle class, and predominately white Americans as the most likely terrorists, despite the fact that the 126 people who were indictedon terrorist-related charges in the United States over the last two years were all Muslim.
In addition to recent rhetoric from the likes of Vice-President Biden that Tea Partiers are akin to “terrorists,” other legitimate grass roots activists such as End the Fed protesters have also been labeled as dangerous extremists by the federal government.
In March 2009 it came to light that the End the Fed protests, which took place at banks and regional Federal Reserve branches across the country the previous year on November 22, were being monitored closely by the United States Army Reserve Command, who implied that those protesting against the Fed and the bankster bailout were essentially terrorists.
On November 22, 2008, Alex Jones led a rally at the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas Texas. The Dallas protest is specifically mentioned in the official Army document. Ron Paul’s brother was also in attendance.
The FBI has also gone out of its way to characterize returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan as a major domestic terrorist threat. Additionally, Janet Napolitano said she stood by an April 2009 DHS intelligence assessment that listed returning vets as likely domestic terrorists.Just a month later, the New York Times reported on how Boy Scout Explorers were being trained by the DHS to kill “disgruntled Iraq war veterans” in terrorist drills.
In March 2009 we broke the story of the infamous MIAC report, leaked to us by two concerned Missouri police officers. The report listed Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, people who display bumper stickers, people who own gold, or even people who fly a U.S. flag and equates them with radical race hate groups and terrorists.
Indeed, the MIAC report is just one in a series of similar threat assessment documents released over the last decade that list average American citizens as dangerous extremists and potential terrorists.
We have highlighted previous training manuals issued by state and federal government bodies which identify whole swathes of the population as potential terrorists. A Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Law Enforcement pamphlet gives the public characteristics to identify terrorists that include buying baby formula, beer, wearing Levi jeans, carrying identifying documents like a drivers license and traveling with women or children.
A Virginia training manual used to help state employees recognize terrorists lists anti-government and property rights activists as terrorists and includes binoculars, video cameras, paper pads and notebooks in a compendium of terrorist tools.
Such training documents are manifesting real-life situations where people are being harassed, assaulted and arrested by law enforcement simply for owning material or discussing topics related to the Constitution and the bill of rights.In May 2008, a student of a large bible college in east Texas was accused by federal agents of committing an “act of terror and espionage” after he gave a talk to a group of Boy Scouts in which he encouraged them to educate themselves about the U.S. constitution.
In July 2007, the Kuhns, a North Carolina couple were terrorized by sheriff’s deputy Brian Scarborough, who broke into their house, assaulted them and then arrested the couple for the crime of flying an upside down U.S. flag.
The couple were handcuffed, arrested and bundled into a squad car, to the protests of numerous neighbors who demanded to know why the Kuhns were being incarcerated, but were told to leave by police.
As is supported by the United States Flag Code as well as a similar incident in 2001, flying the flag upside down is not a mark of disrespect, and in fact is considered by many to be the highest form of patriotism. Despite this fact, the upside down flag is equated in the MIAC report with terrorist paraphernalia.
Alex Jones’ 2001 documentary film 9/11: The Road to Tyranny featured footage from a FEMA symposium given to firefighters and other emergency personnel in Kansas City in which it was stated that the founding fathers, Christians and homeschoolers were terrorists and should be treated with the utmost suspicion and brutality in times of national emergency.
The lecturer identifies George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers as “terrorists”.
In 2004, Kelly Rushing was charged with making “terroristic threats” after he handed out Alex Jones videos and recordings of a Congressman Ron Paul speech on C-Span to Lyon County, Kentucky officials and Kentucky State Trooper Lewis Dobbs.
A jury later ruled in favor of Rushing but he continues to be harassed by authorities and local law enforcement.
In August 2008, a Las Vegas couple were stopped by police, detained and searched as cops demanded to know if there was anything illegal inside the vehicle. When the couple asked why they had been stopped, the police officer pointed at “Infowars” and “Ron Paul” bumper stickers on their car.
In 2001, housewife Abbey Newman was assaulted and arrested by police
at a checkpoint for exercising her 4th amendment rights. Cops looked
through literature which included a copy of a pocket constitution and
debated whether or not the material was illegal (Infowars, 2011).
Title: Actor Penn Says Tea Party Wants To Lynch Obama
Date: October 16, 2011
"I would love to see Barack Obama be Bulworth. I’d love
to see what I’ve always wanted to see, somebody run as a one term
President and show me that people aren’t stupid.
They do care about each other. And when he does the right things and takes on the controversies, he’s going to win the next election,” the actor rambled.
Bulworth is a 1998 Warren Beatty film. In the film, Beatty plays a washed-up and suicidal leftist senator running for president who contracts his own assassination.
Penn said the Tea Party wants to lynch Obama. He also threw his weight behind the amorphous Occupy Wall Street movement, which makes sense because it is almost as elusive in regard to what it wants as the actor is.
Penn’s performance reveals that he is essentially clueless unless he is reading from a script, an attribute he shares with Obama.CNN has provided outtakes from the interview, but has disabled the embed feature (Infowars, 2011).