Friday, October 15, 2010

Beck Creates A "Progressive Hunter" Media Matters Expose "Jailhouse Confession: Media drove Byron Williams To Become A Domestic Terrorist

Media Matters expose suggests Domestic terrorist Byron Williams says Glenn Beck and others including David Horowitz and Conspiracy theorists extraordinaire Alex Jones and his friend Andrew Napolitano of the right wing media made him angry enough that he felt he had to do something.

Media Matters expose of Glenn Beck & others on the right who have influenced Domestic Terrorist Byron Williams chose two his two would be bombing targets based on Beck's bizarre and dangerous anti-Obama, anti-Government and anti-Progressives and liberals, Beck's rhetoric is incendiary and should be investigated.

Progressiv Hunting
mediamatters4america | October 08, 2010

In exclusive jailhouse audio obtained by Media Matters, Byron Williams, the man who allegedly intended to violently assault the progressive Tides Foundation, lays out his thoughts on Glenn Beck. He recounts how he considered Beck to be like a "schoolteacher" for him, and he echoes many of Beck's most misinformed conspiracy theories.

"Progressive Hunter"
"Jailhouse Confession: How the right-wing media and Glenn Beck's chalkboard drove Byron Williams to plot assassination "by John Hamilton Media Matters October 11, 2010

"I would have never started watching Fox News if it wasn't for the fact that Beck was on there. And it was the things that he did, it was the things he exposed that blew my mind." - Byron Williams

Byron Williams, a 45-year-old ex-felon, exploded onto the national stage in the early morning hours of July 18.

According to a police investigation, Williams opened fire on California Highway Patrol officers who had stopped him on an Oakland freeway for driving erratically. For 12 frantic minutes, Williams traded shots with the police, employing three firearms and a small arsenal of ammunition, including armor-piercing rounds fired from a .308-caliber rifle.

When the smoke cleared, Williams surrendered; the ballistic body armor he was wearing had saved his life. Miraculously, only two of the 10 CHP officers involved in the shootout were injured.

In an affidavit, an Oakland police investigator reported that during an interview at the hospital, Williams "stated that his intention was to start a revolution by traveling to San Francisco and killing people of importance at the Tides Foundation and the ACLU."

Fifteen years after militia-movement-inspired bombers killed 168 people in the Oklahoma City federal building, right-wing domestic terror plots are a fact of life in America. Since 2008, violent extremists -- many of whom subscribe to the hate speech and conspiratorial fantasies of the conservative media -- have murdered churchgoers in Knoxville, police officers in Pittsburgh, and an abortion provider in Wichita.

Conspiracy theory-fueled extremism has long been a reaction to progressive government in the United States. Half a century ago, historian Richard Hofstadter wrote that right-wing thought had come to be dominated by the belief that Communist agents had infiltrated all levels of American government and society. The right, he explained, had identified a "sustained conspiracy, running over more than a generation, and reaching its climax in Roosevelt's New Deal, to undermine free capitalism, to bring the economy under the direction of the federal government, and to pave the way for socialism or communism."

In a 2009 report, the Southern Poverty Law Center found that the anti-government militia movement -- which had risen to prominence during the Clinton administration and faded away during the Bush years -- has returned. According to the SPLC, the anti-government resurgence has been buttressed by paranoid rhetoric from public officials like Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and media figures like Fox News' Glenn Beck.

Just last month, Gregory Giusti pleaded guilty to repeatedly threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- including threatening to destroy her California home -- because he was "upset with her passing the health care law." His mother told a local news station that he "frequently gets in with a group of people that have really radical ideas," adding, "I'd say Fox News or all of those that are really radical, and he -- that's where he comes from."

After the 2008 election, Fox News personalities filled the airwaves with increasingly violent rhetoric and apocalyptic language. On his Fox News show, Beck talked about "put[ting] poison" in Pelosi's wine.

Observers of this most recent act were mystified by one of Byron Williams' reported targets: the Tides Foundation, a low-profile charitable organization known for funding environmentalists, community groups, and other organizations.

Beck, it turned out, had attacked Tides 29 times on his Fox News show in the year-and-a-half leading up to the shooting.

Report: Would-Be Terrorist Inspired by ‘Schoolteacher’ Glenn Beck Media Extremism by Alexander Zaitchik on October 11, 2010

The media watchdog Media Matters for America today released audio of an interview conducted with Byron Williams, the would-be terrorist who last July was arrested after a shootout with cops on his way to San Francisco, where he allegedly planned to kill employees at the offices of the ACLU and the Tides Foundation.

The interview and the accompanying article, by Pacifica Radio producer John Hamilton, illuminates the role Fox News and specifically Fox host Glenn Beck played in turning Williams’ attention toward the groups and convincing him that they were at the center of a vast plot to destroy the country.

“I would have never started watching Fox News if it wasn’t for the fact that Beck was on there,” Williams tells Hamilton. “And it was the things that he did, it was the things he exposed that blew my mind.”

Beck’s influence seems especially salient with regards to Williams’ strange obsession with the Tides Foundation, a low-profile group that dispenses grants to liberal causes. According to Hamilton, Beck had attacked Tides 29 times on his Fox News show in the year-and-a-half leading up to the shooting, often placing it at the center of fantastical diagrams depicting liberal-socialist plots to wreck America.

In the interview from prison, Williams describes Beck as being “like a schoolteacher on TV.” This contradicts statements made by Williams in another interview with the Examiner, in which he claims he already knew everything Beck discussed on his show.

In his conversation with Hamilton, Williams also mentions the influence of David Horowitz, whose Discover The Networks website is the source of much of Beck’s material, and Alex Jones, the Austin-based radio conspiracist whose friend Andrew Napolitano will soon host a daily show on Fox Business.

Beck’s breathless demonization of Tides and other liberal groups has not occurred in a vacuum. The rhetoric that helped inspire Williams to pack his car with guns and ammo and head toward San Francisco finds echo throughout the rightwing media world. Media Matters has a compiled a useful archive of this material here.

also see: FBI concerns grow over 'citizen extremists' FOX 13 Investigates Updated: Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010 via Hatewatch

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What's worse a few lonegun men domestic terrorists or a government which sanctioned: abuse, torture and even a bit of scientific experimentation ala Dr. Joseph Mengele. And still the GOP and millions of their fellow travelers say so What and Who cares. Afterall these were mere detainees and not POWs and so they argued have no rights and can be abused kept in prison indefinitely and no one has the right to question their guilt. If we round em up they must be guilty of something. Perfect American logic.They think that their human rights abuses and crimes are legal and necessary.

Wolfowitz Directive Gave Legal Cover to Detainee Experimentation Program by: Jason Leopold and Jeffrey Kaye, t r u t h o u t | Investigative Report Oct.14,2010
To be discussed next time.

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