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Now the press is agreeing with DHS
Holocaust Museum Shooting, Other Recent Attacks Prove Domestic Extremism a Threat
U.S. News & World Report
By Alex Kingsbury Alex Kingsbury – Thu Jun 11, 12:56 pm ET
A month before a suspected white supremacist walked into the Holocaust Memorial Museum in downtown Washington and opened fire, the Department of Homeland Security warned that domestic right-wing extremism was the most pressing domestic terrorist threat that the country faced. [See photos of the scene at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum]
Conservatives were outraged that the DHS analysts had singled out antiabortion and antitax radicals for scrutiny. But the report was part of a series that DHS compiles on domestic dangers from all sides of the political spectrum, an area that's taken a back seat to overseas threats.
A series of recent incidents shows the prescience of those reports and illustrates the worrying reality that terrorism often comes from inside the homeland. Worse still, the reports caution that such attacks are likely to happen again. In the past two weeks, the country has seen the bombing of a Starbucks coffee shop in New York City, the arrest of four men for allegedly plotting to blow up synagogues and shoot down planes, the shooting of two soldiers at an Army recruitment center in Arkansas, the assassination of a doctor inside a Kansas church, and the shooting at the Holocaust Museum. Although these are not all cases of right-wing extremism, each is an example of domestic terrorism. "We still face threats from al Qaeda," FBI chief Robert Mueller warned Congress in May during a briefing on threats facing the nation. "But we must also focus on less well-known terrorist groups, as well as homegrown terrorists."
The man authorities say was the shooter at the Holocaust Museum, James von Brunn, was a well-known white supremacist who had railed against blacks, Jews, and the power of the federal government. In 1981, Brunn walked into the Federal Reserve Board with a shotgun, according to news reports. In another incident in early April, three police officers in Pittsburgh were killed by another reported white supremacist. [Read The Holocaust Museum Shooting and the Right's Image]
In another recent high-profile incident, George Tiller, a Kansas doctor who performed legal abortions, was shot and killed last Sunday as he stood in the aisle of his church. Scott Roeder, the man charged in Tiller's murder, echoes the DHS report on right-wing extremism. Believed to have been a member of an antigovernment militia in Montana during the mid-1990s, Roeder had a history of railing against taxes and abortion, according to news reports. "We can see from these incidents that the U.S. is not immune from these types of attacks and that a lone gunman or cell can kill just as effectively," says Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at Georgetown University. "But it also shows that those operating outside an organized terrorist network lack the training and tradecraft to make their attacks either sustained or a systemic threat." After the killing, the U.S. Marshals Service was instructed to increase security at the country's abortion clinics. [Read A Leading Abortion Foe Reacts to Tiller's Murder]
There was no call to reinforce security at military recruiting stations, however, after Abdulhakim Muhammad allegedly shot two soldiers smoking cigarettes in the parking lot of an Army center in Arkansas. Pvt. William Long was killed and another soldier was wounded. Muhammad was reportedly angry over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. On Tuesday, he pleaded not guilty to murder charges.
Four Muslim men also pleaded their innocence before a judge in a White Plains, N.Y., courthouse after being accused of plotting to blow up a pair of synagogues and down military aircraft with a shoulder-fired missile. The feds had been keeping tabs on the men for a year and sold them the missile and explosives, which had been deactivated. The four were reportedly angered over the deaths of Muslims in Afghanistan at the hands of U.S. forces. [Read Five Top Fears (Other Than al Qaeda) of U.S. Spy Agencies]
The motives are less clear for a bizarre bomb attack early last week that hurt no one but blew out the windows of a Manhattan Starbucks. Police speculate that antiglobalization protesters, who've targeted the coffee chain in the past, may have been responsible. While these latest attacks are examples of more traditional violence, DHS is gearing up for yet another new type of threat: cyberattacks.
Well, now the "fair and impartial" mainstream media is jumping on the DHS bandwagon and spouting off the "dire warning" that all right-leaning Americans are potential "right-wing extremists." Notice that this "news" report is full of the DHS buzzwords, antiabortion, antitax, antiglobalization, antigovernment militia. So now the brainwashed sheeple are beginning to get their daily dose of "news" from the "free press" about how those of us that believe in the Constitution are "dangerous." This will only get worse. Soon, the liberals and brainwashed Kool-aid drinking minions will be turning us in to the feds everytime we open our mouths to speak the truth about The Hussein and his closet-commie cronies and socialist policies. I KNEW that Barry and his cronies were just waiting for whackjob a**holes like these guys to do something stupid so they could use the "free" press to paint us all in the vein. We're a threat to his plans, so he just lets the MSM brainwash the sheeple into thinking that we're just like these scumbags that go around and murder people. Get ready, it's only going to get worse. Much worse.
The only way to avoid it is to begin partaking of the tasty Barry-flavored Kenyan Kool-Aid and bowing down to King-Emperor Barack I His Great Awesomeness and All-Knowing Teleprompter. Let us pray, Comrades. O-BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-ma O-BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-ma O-BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-ma.
They might as well go ahead and put me on another watchlist because I WILL NOT bend knee to the Kenyan usurper that was "elected" by the morons of this country. Barry Hussein can take his socialist workers' paradise and stick it
Now that that's out of my system. I DO NOT condone in any way what these douchebags did. It it 100% WRONG to go into a public place and just start shooting people. The people that do this deserve to be executed for their crimes. But it's also wrong for the gov't to try and make the brainwashed sheeple think that all of us that own guns, dislike socialism, dislike big gov't, believe in states' rights, believe in the Constitution, etc. are the same as someone that would go on a shooting spree. Of course, we all know that the gov't has an ulterior motive in doing so. It will make it easier for them to disarm us and take total control for Barry's puppetmasters. One world socialist government is what they want and they are trying very hard to set it up. Anyone with more than two firing synapses can see it. Well, Barry's puppetmasters can take their one world gov't and cram it up their cramholes
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|06-13-2009, 11:08 AM||#2|
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Re: Now the press is agreeing with DHS
Below is the best response I could think of to what you have posted above.
This is from the "Best of the Web Today" column on the Wall Street Journal. It was released yesterday, and is written by James Taranto. I would highly recommend this daily column to anyone. You can see it here. Look for the "Best of the Web Today" section on the right.
Angry Right Dangerous, Warns Angry Left
Former Enron adviser Paul Krugman warns of the dangers of "right-wing extremists" in today's New York Times:
"Back in April, there was a huge fuss over an internal report by the Department of Homeland Security warning that current conditions resemble those in the early 1990s--a time marked by an upsurge of right-wing extremism that culminated in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Conservatives were outraged. The chairman of the Republican National Committee denounced the report as an attempt to "segment out conservatives in this country who have a different philosophy or view from this administration" and label them as terrorists.
But with the murder of Dr. George Tiller by an anti-abortion fanatic, closely followed by a shooting by a white supremacist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the analysis looks prescient.
There is, however, one important thing that the D.H.S. report didn't say: Today, as in the early years of the Clinton administration but to an even greater extent, right-wing extremism is being systematically fed by the conservative media and political establishment.
Now, for the most part, the likes of Fox News and the R.N.C. haven't directly incited violence . . ."
With that disclaimer, most of the air leaks out of Krugman's balloon.
There is a bit of truth to what Krugman is saying: The right is generally out of sorts these days, and crackpot conspiracy theories are more prominent than they used to be on the right, just as they were more prominent on the left--often promoted by Krugman himself--during the Bush years. Such crackpottery is baneful, but it is characteristic of parties and political movements when they are out of power.
It is also problematic to characterize a fringe character like Holocaust Museum suspect James von Brunn as a "right-wing extremist," as if his views were just a less moderate version of, say, The Weekly Standard's. In fact, as Politico's Ben Smith reports, FBI agents visited the Standard's offices Wednesday and "told staffers that they had found the address of the magazine on a piece of paper associated with the [alleged] shooter, James von Brunn, and asked whether the Standard had received any threats":
"The magazine is about a mile north of the Holocaust Museum, and there's no other indication that von Brunn had targeted it. Von Brunn's published rants included attacks on "neocons," and the Standard has been at the heart of the neoconservative movement."
We can think of someone else whose published rants included attacks on "neocons." We won't name names, but the guy is a former Enron adviser. The Washington Post quotes a von Brunn scribbling: "Obama does what his Jew owners tell him to do." That sounds a lot like left-wing extremist Jeremiah Wright the other day, although the Associated Press reports that Wright now says he meant to say "Zionists" rather than "Jews." (Had he consulted the Anti-Semitic Manual of Style, he would have known that "Zionist" is the preferred term when trying to sound respectable.)
Yes, there is a sense in which von Brunn appears to be a man of the "right." But as we've noted, political space is non-Euclidean, so that the extremes on one side tend to converge with the extremes on the other side. Linking von Brunn to mainstream conservatives--even to comparatively truculent ones--is a real stretch.
Knowing is half the battle...
Of course, the other half is violence.