January 19, 2011
Rachel Maddow has yet to pin blame for a bomb left along a Martin Luther King parade route in Spokane, Washington, on the Tea Party, but NPR suggests white supremacists may be responsible.
“The Spokane region and adjacent northern Idaho have had numerous incidents of anti-government and white supremacist activity in the past three decades,” writes NPR. “The most visible was by the Aryan Nations, whose leader, Richard Butler, gathered racists and anti-Semites at his compound for two decades. Butler was bankrupted and lost the compound in a civil lawsuit in 2000 and died in 2004.”
As the case of Hal Turner demonstrates, the government and the FBI heavily infiltrated such groups and in many instances actually run them.
“The FBI budgeted at least $100,000 to pay for Turner’s performances, both on his radio program and in public speeches,” notes William Norman Grigg.
Grigg mentions David Gletty and his book Undercover Nazi: The FBI Infiltration of Extremist Groups in America. “Gletty says that many details of his work as a paid FBI snitch remain ‘classified.’ He claims to have been recruited in 2000 when, as the leader of a constitutional militia, he came across a plot by an Appalachian white supremacist to set off a string of radiological bombs in collaboration with al-Qaeda,” writes Grigg.
The Church Committee revealed that more than a quarter of all active Klan members in the 1960s were FBI agents or informants. Many were “active participants in beatings, bombings and murders that claimed the lives of some 50 civil rights activists by 1964,” according to research published in COINTELPRO, The Untold Story.
In Codename Greenkil: The 1979 Greensboro Killings, Elizabeth Wheaton documents the infiltration of the Klan by the FBI. The FBI “boasted that it had enough Klansmen on its payroll in North Carolina to elect that state’s Grand Dragon: At one point, 7 of the 8 members of a Charlotte Klan chapter reportedly were FBI assets informing on the klavern’s sole non-federal employee,” writes Grigg.
The American Nazis were also compromised by the FBI. George Lincoln Rockwell’s American Nazi Party was thoroughly compromised through the FBI’s COINTELPRO. According to Hate: George Lincoln Rockwell and the American Nazi Party, the late Nazi leader Rockwell was patsy for the FBI or some other intelligence agency.
“We’re certainly approaching it as a potential domestic terrorism event at this point,” said the FBI after the Spokane incident. “Whether the motive was racial or an individual was being targeted, it’s too soon to say.”
The corporate media continues to repeat unsubstantiated reports that the Tea Party movement is rife with racists. Last July, the NAACP adopted a resolution condemning “racist elements” in the Tea Party and called on leaders to disavow bigotry, despite claims from Tea Partiers that the measure is just a political ploy, Fox News reported.
“The time has come for them to accept the responsibility that comes with influence and make clear there is no place for racism and anti-Semitism, homophobia and other forms of bigotry in their movement.,” stated NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous, despite the fact there is no evidence the Tea Party movement is racist.
The NAACP had commissioned a report, Tea Party Nationalism: A Critical Examination of the Tea Party Movement and the Size, Scope, and Focus of Its National Factions, produced by the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights, claiming the Tea Party is chock full of racists.
Earlier this month, Rep. Anthony Miller, the only black district chairman for the Republican party in Arizona, resigned after citing threats issued against him by the Tea Party. “A lot of people told me ‘You’re not a conservative, you’re a RINO.’ In my mind, that’s just as bad as being called an n—–, honestly. When you call someone a n—–, it’s saying they’re less than, and RINO is the same thing,” said Miller.
Calling somebody a RINO – Republican In Name Only – and the n-word are two different things, but the incident reveals how well the stigma of racism produced by the establishment to discredit the Tea Party is working.
The corporate media has yet to blame the Spokane incident – readily characterized as domestic terrorism – on the Tea Party. The incident, however, adds fuel to the hysteria whipped up following the shooting of Rep. Giffords and the murder of Judge Rolls less than two weeks ago. Following the shooting, the corporate media immediately blamed the Tea Party and elements on the right side of the false right-left paradigm.
Constitutionalist and patriot groups may also be blamed for placing the backpack containing explosives, described by the media as an IED. The Department of Homeland Security, in its now infamous report on rightwing extremism, has characterized the movement as racist and opposed to Barry Obama primarily because he is a black man. It warns that racism on the so-called right may result in violence and terrorism.
This article was posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 10:17 am