July 6, 2009
Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, may soon have the power to classify millions of Americans as domestic terrorists. An amendment to H.R. 2647 (the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010), introduced by Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida, would grant Holder absolute authority to decide who is a terrorist.
|Holder would have the ability to determine what groups and organizations are “of a violent, extremist nature.”|
Hastings’ amendment follows the template advanced by the Department of Homeland Security’s infamous “Rightwing Extremism” report. In the report, DHS argued that “white supremacists” and “antigovernment” activists are recruiting Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to engage in terrorist violence. Section 524, the amendment proposed by Hastings, prohibits the recruitment, enlistment, or retention of “persons associated or affiliated with groups associated with hate-related violence against groups or persons or the United States government” (see PDF of the amendment). The amendment would give Holder the authority to determine what persons are “associated or affiliated with hate groups.”
In addition to groups or organizations “that espouse or engage in acts of violence against other groups or minorities based on ideals of hate, ethnic supremacies, white supremacies, racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, or other bigotry ideologies,” the amendment specifies groups and individuals that “espouse an intention or expectation of armed revolutionary activity against the United States Government, or the violent overthrow of the United States Government.”
Holder would have the ability to determine what groups and organizations are “of a violent, extremist nature.”
After it was discovered the alleged cop killer Richard Poplawski posted comments on Infowars, the corporate media and a number of so-called progressive bloggers, led by the Anti-Defamation League, attempted to link radio talk show host Alex Jones and others associated with the patriot movement to the avowed white supremacist. James von Brunn, the accused Holocaust museum shooter said to be a virulent racist, also posted on Infowars.
Infowars has an open comment forum attached to articles. Only comments calling for murder and violence or linking to pornography are removed. Spam and obnoxious troll behavior are also moderated.
Mother Jones scribe David Corn wrote last month that Von Brunn “held numerous extremist views,” including a belief that “that 9/11 was the product of a Jewish conspiracy.”
The ADL and numerous corporate media commentators have conflated 9/11 truth with antisemitism.
Eric Boehlert, a writer for Rolling Stone and blogger at the Huffington Post and Media Matters, took the ADL accusation against Jones one step further. “More recently, Jones has been warning listeners like Poplawski about The Obama Deception (that’s the name of Jones’ new documentary DVD) and how President Obama is bound to destroy America,” Boehlert argued.
[efoods]The DHS report specifically mentions “white supremacist” hatred directed at Barack Obama.
On June 9, Fox News host Glenn Beck attempted to link Von Brunn to the 9/11 truth movement. “Our country is now vulnerable,” Beck declared. “Those people who would like to destroy us — our enemies like Al Qaeda. They’d like to destroy us, and they will work with anyone. There are also people like white supremacists or 9/11 truthers that would also like to destroy the country. They’ll work with anybody they can.”
As deputy attorney general under Janet Reno, Eric Holder said he was pleased that the Justice Department had been cleared of any wrongdoing in the 1993 premeditated assault on Mount Carmel outside of Waco, Texas, resulting in the incineration of seventy-six people, including more than 20 children and two pregnant women. The government and corporate media claim the assault on the Branch Davidians served as a motivation for the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995.
Holder had earlier recused himself after an initial investigation uncovered evidence of a coverup and other potential crimes by federal agents following the incident at Ruby Ridge. In that incident, government snipers had been given military style rules of engagement that contradicted standard FBI deadly force policy, resulting in the murder of former Green Beret Randy Weaver’s son and wife. The government refers to Weaver as a “separatist” and “white supremacist.”
Last month Holder testified on proposed federal hate crimes legislation during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. “The attorney general invoked the shootings at the Holocaust Memorial Museum earlier this month and other recent acts of violence as reasons to pass the legislation,” the Washington Blade reported.
Holder also has a track record of opposition the Second Amendment.