Thursday, February 19, 2015

why don't we profile, stop, and frisk right-wing extremists?

mintpressnews |  “We’re currently in one of the hottest periods of extremist activity in the United States that I’ve seen in my 20-year career. This blows what we saw pre-Oklahoma City out of the water and makes it look like a kindergarten picnic,” Daryl Johnson, a domestic terrorism expert and founder of DT Analytics, a private consulting firm for law enforcement and Homeland Security professionals, says during an interview for the recent Vice News documentary. Johnson was also the main author of the intelligence assessment issued by DHS in 2009.

Yet, rather than acting on the information gathered in the assessment, the government cancelled all of its domestic terrorism reporting and law enforcement training after the report was leaked and politicized by conservative media outlets and politicians.

One such publication described “the piece of crap report” as “a sweeping indictment of conservatives.”  It continues, “In Obama land, there are no coincidences. It is no coincidence that this report echoes Tea Party-bashing left-wing blogs … and demonizes the very Americans who will be protesting in the thousands on Wednesday for the nationwide Tax Day Tea Party.”

Conservative news organizations interpreted the publication of the report as a political power play by Obama to demonize the right, rather than an impartial analysis of domestic terrorism that could help law enforcement.

In 2011, two years after the report was released, Johnson said he was deeply disheartened by how the report was characterized. Johnson told Joe Hamilton at the Muskegon Chronicle that he was “a former intelligence analyst and counterterrorism expert for the U.S. Army, an Eagle Scout, Mormon, one-time church missionary, an anti-abortion gun owner, and third-generation lifetime registered Republican.” In short, he said he is a conservative. Johnson added that the report could not have been a political move on the part of Obama, since he was hired in 2004 by the George W. Bush administration.

Following Hamilton’s opinion piece, Johnson penned his own article for Salon, “Daryl Johnson: I tried to warn them.” In it, he makes a damning indictment of the DHS decision not to follow through on recommendations made in his report.

splcenter |  At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, a 7,000-pound truck bomb, constructed of ammonium nitrate fertilizer and nitromethane racing fuel and packed into 13 plastic barrels, ripped through the heart of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The explosion wrecked much of downtown Oklahoma City and killed 168 people, including 19 children in a day-care center. Another 500 were injured. Although many Americans initially suspected an attack by Middle Eastern radicals, it quickly became clear that the mass murder had actually been carried out by domestic, right-wing terrorists.

The slaughter engineered by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, men steeped in the conspiracy theories and white-hot fury of the American radical right, marked the opening shot in a new kind of domestic political extremism — a revolutionary ideology whose practitioners do not hesitate to carry out attacks directed at entirely innocent victims, people selected essentially at random to make a political point. After Oklahoma, it was no longer sufficient for many American right-wing terrorists to strike at a target of political significance — instead, they reached for higher and higher body counts, reasoning that they had to eclipse McVeigh's attack to win attention.

What follows is a detailed listing of major terrorist plots and racist rampages that have emerged from the American radical right in the years since Oklahoma City. These have included plans to bomb government buildings, banks, refineries, utilities, clinics, synagogues, mosques, memorials and bridges; to assassinate police officers, judges, politicians, civil rights figures and others; to rob banks, armored cars and other criminals; and to amass illegal machine guns, missiles, explosives and biological and chemical weapons. [Each of these plots aimed to make changes in America through the use of political violence.] Most contemplated the deaths of large numbers of people — in one case, as many as 30,000, or 10 times the number murdered on Sept. 11, 2001.

Here are the stories of plots, conspiracies and racist rampages since 1995 — plots and violence waged against a democratic America.


CNu said...

Say it isn't so..., please share a link with those details? (these unsolicited disclosures coming off of elderly and demented GOP brainstems are priceless. "he don't love me or you" and why do you suppose old cabbage for brains that that might be the case?)

Tom said...

Lol yeah I admit I don't love Rudy either.

Vic78 said...

I hope he wins the nomination.

CNu said...

Unfuckingbelievable...., only in uhmurkah

Ed Dunn said...

At least the HK mayor was brutally more honest this the Leung that was handpicked by mainland China to run for office? Celebrating the Year of the Sheep brings me to my favorite video..1:44 is the one that keeps me rolling in stiches..

CNu said...

is this the Leung?
Yup, that's the wolf...,

ken said...

Great points on Obama's performance. With this we can finally put to sleep the idea that you are above partisanship. I have been around long enough to know that if someone posted a little bulletin like that for a republican president, you would have not let that go without noting. various issues with the proclamations.

First off. 10.3 million jobs is nice, and its better than losing jobs however, low wage jobs is accounting for around 45% of those jobs; and temporary employment is another 10% of those jobs. The labor market has 2.5 million more people working part time than in 2007. If this was a republican job bragging post about job creation you would have easily noted the same things. Now with that great increase, 10 million jobs, and with the population increase in that time, the economy has been able to get the work force participation for the age group 25-54 up to 76.8%, its still down from the 80% pre recession but better than the 75.2% participation rate at its lowest point in late 2010 (about 1.5 years after passing the stimulus) and the lowest since both men and women have been fully in the work force.

Whatever the claim is for how many jobs Obama created, it is managing to keep people floating, they are exchanging there medium and high paying jobs for low paying jobs or not getting a job. And when we include the whole work force the participation fell below 63% in late 2013 had one little peak above 63% in early 2014 and has remained below 63% since then. It had been as high as 66% in 2008, the additional 10 million jobs still watched the total participation rate fall, but possibly when talking about the whole force compared to the 25-54 age group there could be population aging demographics involved.

Its great to see the deficit go down, and some of that has to do with less cost of the war, and economic growth of course increases government income, along with not paying out stimulus package money and TARP. And finally of course was the sequester. When all those factors are combined we get a deficit that is cut in half from Obama's highest deficits and just a couple hundred billion more than when he took office, which again is moving in the right direction. Again pretty good news.

Finally, accomplishment of 10 million people enrolling in insurance is good news, and its true the republicans wanted to accomplish this other ways. So they were dragged along to this plan which claimed it was going to insure the 40 million who are uninsured. So its positive it has insured 10 million I guess, the hesitation to proclaim this as a success is that it is probably pretty clear we could have insured 10 million by less expensive methods than this one which has a projected cost of 2 trillion for the government over the next 10 years, plus whatever the premium increases will finally be for each person after Obamacare is fully implemented.

Tom said...

Bush's submitted budgets grew 6.3% per year. Obama's submitted budgets so far have grown 4.0% per year.

Post-1980 "conservatives" are nothing but spend-and-pretend fiscal liberals. With an religious agenda seriously biased against established Christian denominations and biased towards big-money television Christianity.

CNu said...

With this we can finally put to sleep the idea that you are above
partisanship. I have been around long enough to know that if someone
posted a little bulletin like that for a republican president, you would
have not let that go without noting. various issues with the, preach on it sistah!!! I might ha'been born at night CNu, but twasn't last night!!!,

Calm your culo Ken. The ONLY reason I put that picture up there was because it featured a smug-mugging Obama in a black cowboy hat.

The maestro is marinating a gestalt in which we compare and contrast the smug-mugging Obama with that white cowboy hat wearing zip coon Sheriff David Clarke from Milwaukee County. I'm just waiting for some (any) video of Eric Holder putting him in check last month because of that cowboy hat coonery to hit these interwebs.

As for the rest, please - by all means carry on to your heart's content.

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