“An elderly gunman opened fire with a rifle inside the crowded U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday, gravely wounding a security guard before two other officers returned fire. The assailant and his victim were both hospitalized,” the Associated Press reports this afternoon. “The episode unfolded inside the museum, which maintains a heavy security presence, with guards positioned inside and out. All visitors are required to pass through metal detectors at the entrance, and bags are screened.”
The suspected gunman, James Von Brunn, is described as a white supremacist “whose Web site is full of anti-government and anti-Semitic rants,” according to the New York Daily News.
In 1981, von Brunn entered the Federal Reserve with a shotgun to make a citizens arrest, he later said, to protest high interest rates. He was sentenced to 11 years in jail. “Von Brunn attempted to place the treasonous Federal Reserve Board of Governors under legal, non-violent, citizens arrest,” is how Von Brunn later described his action in the third person.
“Brunn, a WWII veteran, also wrote a screed on President Obama’s citizenship that was re-posted to popular right-wing blog Free Republic,” the Soros-funded Think Progress reports. “A Department of Homeland Security report leaked earlier this year — and subsequently retracted — warned of right-wing extremists ‘that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups).’”
The DHS document — “Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” — states that “threats from white supremacist and violent anti-government groups during 2009 have been largely rhetorical and have not indicated plans to carry out violent acts.” The DHS made a point of conflating white supremacists with “anti-government” groups and individuals “rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.”
The report cited the April 4 shooting of three police officers in Pittsburgh as an example of “right-wing extremist” terrorism. In the wake of that incident, the corporate and the so-called progressive media attempted to link the deranged shooter to radio talk show host Alex Jones and the patriot movement.
On May 31, the late-term abortionist George Tiller was shot and killed in Wichita, Kansas. A mentally ill man, Scott Roeder, was arrested and charged for Tiller’s murder. Roeder had been a member of the “anti-government” Montana Freemen group and was convicted in 1996 on explosives charges after police discovered a fuse cord, a pound of gunpowder and nine-volt batteries in the trunk of his car.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, Roeder was a member of the Sovereign Citizen Movement, which believes that the United States government is illegitimate. ADL National Director Abraham Foxman stated that “Roeder’s attachment to extreme causes extended beyond anti-abortion extremism. His extremism cross-pollinated between anti-government extremism and anti-abortion activism and led to violence and murder.”
[efoods]In the wake of the Pittsburgh shooting, the ADL attempted to link Alex Jones to the accused shooter, Richard Poplawski. “One of Poplawski’s favorite places for such conspiracy theories was the Web site of the right-wing conspiracy radio talk show host Alex Jones. Poplawski visited the site, Infowars, frequently, shared links to it with others, and sometimes even posted to it,” an article dated April 8, 2009, on the ADL site states.
The DHS report and specifically a likewise report issued by MIAC (Missouri Information Analysis Center) leans heavily on ADL propaganda. “I believe we can also assume that the source of all of these reports is either Morris Dees and his Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) or the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), or both,” former presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin wrote on April 17, 2009. The MIAC report specifically describes supporters of presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and Bob Barr as “militia” influenced terrorists and instructs the Missouri police to be on the lookout for supporters displaying bumper stickers and other paraphernalia associated with the Constitutional, Campaign for Liberty, and Libertarian parties.
Sam Stein, writing for the Huffington Post this afternoon, states that the “heavily criticized Department of Homeland Security Report on right-wing extremism that was released in April warned precisely of the type of violent anti-Semitic activity that occurred at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.”
It’s been several months now since that DHS report was issues and, sadly, the study is proving increasingly prescient. In addition to the Von Brunn shootings, there has been the killing of abortion provider George Tiller, another type of ideologically-driven killing that Napolitano warned against.
Mr. Stein should take care. An earlier report issued by the DHS warned of the threat posed by “left-wing extremists,” including people who embrace “anticapitalist” and “antiglobalization” ideas. “Many leftwing extremists use the tactic of direct action to inflict economic damage on businesses and other targets to force the targeted organization to abandon what the extremists deem objectionable,” the DHS report reads. “Direct actions range from animal releases, property theft, vandalism, and cyber attacks — all of which extremists regard as nonviolent — to bombings and arson.”
As with the “rightwing extremism” report, the DHS’ assessment of “leftwing extremism” conflates legitimate anti-globalist activism with the bombings and arson of a radical — and possibly government-sponsored — fringe.
Liberals need to understand that the government holds no ideological bias and is determined to demonize and attack any political activity that challenges its authority, no matter what side of the false right-left construct that behavior hails from.
Addendum: Holocaust Museum Shooter “9/11 Truther”
A sampling of things to come in regard to Von Brunn can be sampled in a post on the Examiner website. Kathy Shaidle, a neocon follower of former Marxist David Horowitz, writes that the elderly James von Brunn was a “truther” and — here is the remarkable part — his avowed white supremacy is an attribute of the “left,” not the “right.”
Ms. Shaidle is determined to stretch the false right-left paradigm out of shape in order to dump the emerging image of Von Brunn on her ideological enemies. According to this poor deluded young woman, “James von Brunn’s advocacy of 9/11 conspiracy theories also gives him an additional commonality with individuals on the far-left.”
In fact, members of the so-called “far-left” dismiss out of hand the fact the attack launched on September 11, 2001, was an inside job, as evidenced by the public pronouncements of Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn. But then Horowitz and his minions are certainly not beyond twisting the facts in order to mischaracterize and slander their opponents. A rather obvious example of this twisting and delusional thinking can be witnessed in Horowitz’s assertion that the globalist George Soros is a Marxist.
It would seem Horowitz and his small stable of neocons have a lot in common with the Department of Homeland Security, not surprising really when you consider that Horowitz’s operation is funded and supported by the CIA operative Richard Mellon Scaife.
This article was posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 3:44 pm