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    The stage is being set to portray all of us that believe in the constitution and are concerned about the direction our country is headed as a bunch of right wing terrorists. Tell a lie often enough and some people will believe it.


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    Independent Report Claims Militia Groups on the Rise

    Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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    WASHINGTON Militia groups with gripes against the government are regrouping across the country and could grow rapidly, according to an organization that tracks such trends.

    The stress of a poor economy and a liberal administration led by a black president are among the causes for the recent rise, the report from the Southern Poverty Law Center says. Conspiracy theories about a secret Mexican plan to reclaim the Southwest are also growing amid the public debate about illegal immigration.

    Bart McEntire, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, told SPLC researchers that this is the most growth he's seen in more than a decade.

    "All it's lacking is a spark," McEntire said in the report.

    It's reminiscent of what was seen in the 1990s right-wing militias, people ideologically against paying taxes and so-called "sovereign citizens" are popping up in large numbers, according to the report to be released Wednesday. The SPLC is a nonprofit civil rights group that, among other activities, investigates hate groups.

    Last October, someone from the Ohio Militia posted a recruiting video on YouTube, billed as a "wake-up call" for America. It's been viewed more than 60,000 times.

    "Things are bad, things are real bad, and it's going to be a lot worse," said the man on the video, who did not give his name. "Our country is in peril."

    The man is holding an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, and he encourages viewers to buy one.

    While anti-government sentiment has been on the rise over the last two years, there aren't as many threats and violent acts at this point as there were in the 1990s, according to the report. That movement bore the likes of Timothy McVeigh, who in 1995 blew up a federal building in Oklahoma City and killed 168 people.

    But McEntire fears it's only a matter of time.

    These militias are concentrated in the Midwest, Pacific Northwest and the Deep South, according to Mark Potok, an SPLC staff director who co-wrote the report. Recruiting videos and other outreach on the Internet are on the rise, he said, and researchers from his center found at least 50 new groups in the last few months.

    The militia movement of the 1990s gained traction with growing concerns about gun control, environmental laws and anything perceived as liberal government meddling.

    The spark for that movement came in 1992 with an FBI standoff with white separatist Randall Weaver at Ruby Ridge, Idaho. Weaver's wife and son were killed by an FBI sniper. And in 1993, a 52-day standoff between federal agents and the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas, resulted in nearly 80 deaths. These events rallied more people who became convinced that the government would murder its own citizens to promote its liberal agenda.

    Now officials are seeing a new generation of activists, according to the report. The law center spotlights Edward Koernke, a Michigan man who hosts an Internet radio show about militias. His father, Mark, was a major figure in the 1990s militia movement and served six years in prison for charges including assaulting police.

    Last year, officials warned about an increase in activity from militias in a five-year threat projection by the Homeland Security Department.

    "White supremacists and militias are more violent and thus more likely to conduct mass-casualty attacks on the scale of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing," the threat projection said.

    A series of domestic terrorism incidents over the past year have not been directly tied to organized militias, but the rhetoric behind some of the crimes are similar with that of the militia movement. For instance, the man charged with the April killings of three Pittsburgh police officers posted some of his views online. Richard Andrew Poplawski wrote that U.S. troops could be used against American citizens, and he thinks a gun ban could be coming.

    The FBI's assistant director for counterterrorism, Michael Heimbach, said that law enforcement officials need to identify people who go beyond hateful rhetoric and decide to commit violent acts and crimes. Heimbach said one of the bigger challenges is identifying the lone-wolf offenders.

    One alleged example of a lone-wolf offender is the 88-year-old man charged in the June shooting death of a guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.
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    "Independent group" is hardly a term I'd apply to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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    There's SOOOOO much militia movement violence in America today, isn't there. There was James von Brunn, the Holocaust Museum shooter, he was a member of a militia, right? Well, no. He was a neo-Nazi lone-wolf.

    Richard Poplawski, the Pittsburgh police shooter, he was a member of a militia, right? Well, no. Again, loner who just happened to hold certain Right-Wing views.

    Well, what about Left-Wing groups using violence? ACORN is performing strong-arm take-overs of banks that hold mortgages of minorities, and is threatening these banks and their officers and their officers's families with violence if they foreclose.

    The Service Employee's International Union (SEIU) is acting as hired muscle by the sitting government officials to rough up anti-government protestors at town hall meetings and keep the government's opposition at bay so the official story captured by the government cameras don't include their chants of "You work for us!" and "Read the bill!"

    What about the Nation of Islam with whom the Dept. of Justice appears to be in a conspiracy, who is using strong-arm tactics to intimidate voters and getting off scott-free when they are really dead-to-rights.

    Well, surely there are some avowed home-grown domestic terrorists that are planning to directly attack and kill Americans on American soil. What about that group back in May the FBI interdicted planning to attack a synagogue, they were all Right-Wing white Christian males, right? Well, no. They were Islamofacists and jailhouse converts to Islam.

    The group Americans for Limited Government http://www.getliberty.org/ filed a FOIA request regarding the scientific methodology underpinning the DHS report to local law enforcement on right-wing extremism from April which Janet Napolitano defended. that FOIA request was satisfied this week, and we learned where they got all their of their undercover information on the militia threat. Soooooo... Yeah... Where's the militia threat again? It's on discussion boards just like USACarry.com. The FBI and the DHS is spending their time web surfing and focussing on open web discussion boards that cater to a certain segment of the American public that can best be described as Libertarian and can be read by everybody and his dog.

    I just heard about ALG from the last segment on today's Fred Thompson Show:
    http://fetch.noxsolutions.com/ft/mp3...090812_low.mp3

    Get a load of this thread from another forum I regularly post to, SteelSoldiers.com: Steel Soldiers::Military Vehicles Supersite And notice that that is not a brand new thread. It's a resurrection of a thread from March 2007, long before the economic collapse, long before the Second Great Depression, long before the Obama regime, the bailouts, Cash for Clunkers, and Obamacare. But this is a militia threat to the nation's first black president over current events.

    Yeah. This is something new. *cough* House Unamerican Activities Committee *cough*. We've never seen anything like this before. *cough* FBI Domestic Spying on Anti-Vietnam War Protestors *cough*. There's never been lies promulgated by an elected official to bolster a Socialized healthcare powergrab. *cough* **** Gephardt calling the Republican alternative to Clintoncare `97, "Medi-Scare" *cough*.

    Business as usual, folks. Nothing to see here. Move along. Move along.
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