Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Pentagon Shooter Terrorist? Or Lone Wolf

UPDATE & EDIT 2:10 AM March 9

A suicide Bomber last week used his plane as a weapon To Attack The US Government
Yet media refuses to call him a terrorists-
And now history quickly repeats itself one week later
Pentagon Shooter -Crooks & Liars




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There has been no dearth of lone wolves in the years since Beam set the strategy for the radical right: Eric Rudolph. Buford Furrow. Benjamin Smith. James Kopp. Jim David Adkisson. In 2009, we added Scott Roeder and James von Brunn to the list.

That's quite a trail of "isolated incidents," isn't it?

As we saw in Austin, far-right extremist rhetoric plays no small role in inspiring these acts. And inevitably, it is ordinary Americans who pay the price.

All I know is that if this had been a Muslim man who had walked into the Pentagon and opened fire, all the talk this morning would be about an "act of terrorism". Instead, it's just another "isolated incident." Funny how that works, isn't it?


Above Quote From : 'Lone wolf' anti-government extremist opens fire at the Pentagon. But let's not call it terrorism. By David Neiwert Friday Mar 05, 2010



US Media refuses to call latest Shooter a Terrorist -It appears that they either don't believe there is such an animal as a Domestic Terrorist or that they must be part of a conspiracy or are at least a Muslim.
The Fort Hood murderer was a Muslim and is therefore by definition part of the Islamic World Wide Terrorists Conspiracy. Whereas Joe Stack who flew his plane into the IRS building in Austin was just a guy who couldn't take it anymore even though he was involved with various anti-government on line groups or chat rooms etc. Because he was white and Christian how could he be a terrorist. Besides as Glenn Beck said his grievances against the United States government were in fact justified and Beck and Fox news paint him almost as a hero though misguided.

'Lone wolf' anti-government extremist opens fire at the Pentagon. But let's not call it terrorism. By David Neiwert , at Crooks And Liars Mar 05, 2010

Yesterday we had another act of violence by a right-wing extremist intent on attacking and harming the government, inflamed by far-right conspiracy theories about 9/11 and other supposed instances of government "tyranny"

...Remember that DHS bulletin warning of a potential outbreak of right-wing domestic terrorism that so freaked out conservatives because they claimed it "smeared" conservatives? Let's recall what it actually said:

DHS/I&A assesses that lone wolves and small terrorist cells embracing violent rightwing extremist ideology are the most dangerous domestic terrorism threat in the United States.

[..] Similarly, recent state and municipal law enforcement reporting has warned of the dangers of rightwing extremists embracing the tactics of “leaderless resistance” and of lone wolves carrying out acts of violence.

As we explained after James Von Brunn engaged in a similar act in D.C.:

Now, here's the odd thing about "lone wolves": Right-wingers like to use the solitary nature of this kind of terrorist act to dismiss them as "isolated incidents." But in reality, the continuing existence of acts of this nature demonstrates primarily that the radical right in America is alive, well, and functioning better than it should. And the continuing -- and as we've seen this week, ultimately futile -- attempts by the right to whitewash their existence from the public consciousness have played no small part in helping that trend continue.

... A 2003 piece by Jessica Stern in Foreign Affairs described how even Al Qaeda was finding the concept useful. And she explains its origins:

The idea was popularized by Louis Beam, the self-described ambassador-at-large, staff propagandist, and "computer terrorist to the Chosen" for Aryan Nations, an American neo-Nazi group. Beam writes that hierarchical organization is extremely dangerous for insurgents, especially in "technologically advanced societies where electronic surveillance can often penetrate the structure, revealing its chain of command." In leaderless organizations, however, "individuals and groups operate independently of each other, and never report to a central headquarters or single leader for direction or instruction, as would those who belong to a typical pyramid organization." Leaders do not issue orders or pay operatives; instead, they inspire small cells or individuals to take action on their own initiative.

The strategy was also inspired by at least one "lone wolf" shooter: Joseph Paul Franklin, a racist sniper who in the late 1970s and early 1980s killed as many as 20 people -- mostly mixed-race couples -- on a serial-murder spree, and attempted to assassinate both Vernon Jordan and Larry Flynt. (Franklin was also the inspiration for William Pierce's Hunter, the follow-up novel to The Turner Diaries.)

There has been no dearth of lone wolves in the years since Beam set the strategy for the radical right: Eric Rudolph. Buford Furrow. Benjamin Smith. James Kopp. Jim David Adkisson. In 2009, we added Scott Roeder and James von Brunn to the list.

That's quite a trail of "isolated incidents," isn't it?

As we saw in Austin, far-right extremist rhetoric plays no small role in inspiring these acts. And inevitably, it is ordinary Americans who pay the price.

All I know is that if this had been a Muslim man who had walked into the Pentagon and opened fire, all the talk this morning would be about an "act of terrorism". Instead, it's just another "isolated incident." Funny how that works, isn't it?
Meanwhile Glenn Beck has added a new twist to his paranoid overarching applicable to all situations and events "Conspiracy Theory " blaming Liberals & Progressives for every thing that in Beck's view has gone wrong over the last century or so. Now he has added the notion of "Social Justice" as one of the great insidious and pernicious liberal concepts in American and Western Civilization.

and so it goes,
GORD.

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