Saturday, February 18, 2012

Meet the Invisible Terrorists

It is, however, pretty goddamn obvious.
By Dan Hagen
The American corporate media requires that "terrorists" be brown and have a funny name. Reality, however, does not.
Recent American terrorists include: Wade Michael Page: In August 2012, 40-year-old neo-Nazi Wade Michael Page shot six people to death at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.

The Hutaree: Nine members of the Christian militia group, which said it's preparing for the arrival of the Anti-Christ, plotted to mass-murder police officers in 2010.

Joe Stack: He flew a plane into the IRS building in Austin, Texas, killing himself and one IRS employee in February 2010. 

James Von Brunn: The 88-year-old neo-Nazi murdered an African-American guard at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC in June 2009. His writings expressed support for Birtherism and praised Sarah Palin.

Richard Poplawski: The Pittsburgh man shot and killed three police officers in April 2009, telling friends he feared that President Obama planned to confiscate weapons. He expressed fear about a supposed plan by FEMA to herd people into concentration camps, which he had seen discussed by Glenn Beck on Fox News.

John Patrick Bedell: He shot two Pentagon police officers before being mortally wounded himself. In an online video manifesto, Bedell had ranted about the government's ability to "confiscate the resources of their citizens to fund schemes that need only be justified by lies and deception."

Joshua Cartwright: This Florida man killed two sheriff's deputies at a gun range in April 2009 before police officers killed him. His wife told police he was "severely disturbed" by Obama's election.

John Gimbel: This California man was charged in October 2009 after sending a racist, profanity-filled email that called for the death of President Obama and for the murders of Michelle Obama and the couple's two children "in front of" the president.

Steven Anderson: The Phoenix pastor told his congregation during the summer of 2009 to "pray for Barack Obama to die and go to hell." The next day, one of his congregants showed up at an Obama event with an assault rifle and a handgun.

Greg Girard: This Tea Party activist was charged in February 2010 with stockpiling weapons, and possessing explosive devices including tear gas and pepper ball canisters. Girard had recently written online that Sarah Palin is on a "righteous mission from God."

Norman LeBoon: This Philadelphia man was charged in March 2010 with threatening to kill Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) in a profanity-strewn Youtube video. LeBoon also posted previous videos making threats against Obama, Nancy Pelosi and other leaders.

Larry North: An East Texas man whom federal prosecutors allege left explosive devices including pipe bombs in multiple area mail boxes was motivated in part by anger at the government, federal prosecutors said in April 2010. Authorities had identified the 52-year-old North as a person of interest in connection with a string of incidents in which explosive devices were placed in mailboxes in East Texas.

Jerry Kane: In May 2010, two police officers pulled over a white van in West Memphis, Arkansas, for a traffic stop, and the driver opened fire with an AK-47, killing the officers. The driver of the van was Jerry Kane, who traveled the country giving a debt-elimination seminar and had recently spoken of killing IRS agents and being stopped at a "Nazi checkpoint" in New Mexico. A sheriff in Kane's home state of Ohio told the AP that in 2004, angry at being sentenced to (or, in his words, "enslaved" in) community service for driving with an expired license plate, Kane "claimed he was a 'free man' and asked [the judge] for $100,000 per day in gold or silver."

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