January 9, 2011
Fox News reported earlier today that according to Homeland Security Jared Loughner may be connected to a purported anti-semitic group known as American Renaissance.
The leader of the organization, Jared Taylor, has dismissed the accusation as nonsense. “Taylor says he also has no indication that Loughner ever attended any of AmRen’s events, all of which have been held on the East Coast,” Fox News reports.
“The group’s ideology is anti government, anti immigration, anti ZOG (Zionist Occupational Government), anti Semitic. Gabrielle Gifford is the first Jewish female elected to such a high position in the US government. She was also opposite this group’s ideology when it came to immigration debate,” writes Jennifer Griffin, a colleague of Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.
In 2009, a DHS report on “rightwing extremism” attempted to portray Second Amendment and anti-illegal immigrant activists as potentially violent. DHS secretary Janet Napolitano defended the report after it leaked to the media.
David Franke, writing for Lew Rockwell’s blog, notes that even the SPLC is having a difficult time connecting the accused shooter to white supremacist groups. “The Southern Poverty Law Center is a leftist organization, of course, that does its best to tie racists and extremists to conservatives at every opportunity. If they cannot find Loughner in their database, that’s a pretty good indication that he’s not a conservative activist,” he writes.
In fact, it appears Loughner is a liberal. “As I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal. & oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy,” Caitie Parker, a former classmate, wrote in a series of Twitter feeds Saturday according to the New York Times.
During a news conference on the shootings earlier today in Tucson, FBI director Robert Mueller sidestepped a question on American Renaissance and a possible connection to Loughner.
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The SPLC’s Mark Potok had a difficult time linking Loughner to anti-government groups. “He certainly sounds like he’s gone off the deep end, but at the same time, he is mouthing some rhetoric that is quite reminiscent of the anti-government movement… It’s hard to know what to make of his ideology,” Potok said.
The SPLC has a checkered past when it comes to white supremacist groups. In 2003, the McCurtain Daily Gazette reported that the SPLC had an informant inside Elohim City. “Exposed for the first time, the FBI acknowledged the SPLC was engaged in an undercover role where they monitored subjects for the FBI believed to be linked to executed bomber Timothy McVeigh, the white supremacist compound at Elohim City and the mysterious German national Andreas Carl Strassmeir,” the newspaper reported.
Strassmeier worked for German intelligence and is believed to have functioned as an informant and agent provocateur at Elohim City.
Salt Lake attorney Jesse Trentadue claims McVeigh was aided by a white supremacist group that had been infiltrated by the FBI. Trentadue obtained FBI documents in a Freedom of Information Act suit against the FBI. Trentadue’s brother Kenny was murdered in a federal penitentiary under mysterious circumstances after he was mistaken for Richard Guthrie, a member of the Aryan Republican Army and Midwest Bank Robbers. It was believed by authorities that Guthrie was involved in the Oklahoma City bombing.
The FBI is notorious for using white supremacists in its covert operations. The agency paid radio talk show host and blogger Hal Turner to make racist and antisemitic remarks. The Record of Bergen County reported in 2009 that the agency paid Turner thousands of dollars. According to Assistant Special Agent in Charge Amy Pickett, the third highest ranking FBI official in New York City, Turner was involved in “National Security Intelligence.”
In the 1970s, the Church Committee hearings and internal FBI documents revealed that more than one quarter of all active Klan members during the period were FBI agents or informants.
In other words, if Mr. Loughner is eventually connected to white supremacists, we can say with a fair degree of certainty that he is a useful idiot used by the government to create a toxic atmosphere designed to crack down on anti-government political activism.