03/29/2010 (3:16 pm)
The ObamaBots are playing for keeps.
After a week of coordinated “news” reporting about how scary and violent those Tea Party inciters are, the FBI and ATF staged a raid on a fringe militia group — that is to say, the group was one that the militias consider a fringe group — in three states, indicting nine people on charges apparently related to a plot to lay pipe bombs along the route of a police funeral procession.
Take a gander at their explanation of the timing:
“Because the Hutaree had planned a covert reconnaissance operation for April, which had the potential of placing an unsuspecting member of the public at risk, the safety of the public and of the law enforcement community demanded intervention at this time,” said Barbara McQuade, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.
A “covert reconnaissance operation.” Meaning, they were going to sneak through the woods and spy on someone. In April. So it was absolutely essential to raid them the week after a bunch of alarmist propaganda. In March.
The raids took place in three states: Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. Indictments were turned in against 9 individuals, one of whom remains a fugitive. All were members of a group called the Hutaree, a quasi-Christian group preparing militarily for the return of Christ, apparently intending to be His bodyguards (got news for them: He won’t need them). The federal indictment contains five counts, all surrounding an alleged plot to kill an unnamed law officer, to be followed by planting pipe bombs along the funeral procession route.
A web site apparently visited regularly by serious members of other militia groups contains talk indicating that the Hutaree were considered fringe even by other militia groups. They confirm a report that shows up in one of the newspaper accounts that a Hutaree member called a group leader from the Michigan Militia looking for a place to hide and was turned down. They also regard the ATF/FBI action as a move to pick off “low-hanging fruit” and possibly hoping to spark a national incident.
There seems to me to be little doubt that Main Justice was eager to ping us back after the past week or so when a few broken windows on our part and other threats not of our making caused over a hundred congresscritters to call the FBI down on the capitol building carpet to verbally beat up the Fibbies for not doing their job and to demand that they do something about the threats they perceived to their imperial personages.
The Hutaree, who by their previous nuttery over the past two years set themselves up as low-hanging fruits — wannabe John Browns with a persecution complex — made a perfect target. Yet even moving on the Hutaree had many risks for the Feds. If, God forbid, shots had been exchanged, people killed, or buildings burned down a la Waco, we would be looking at a nationwide mobilization and civil war. There are analysts deep in the Hoover Building who understand that there are no more free Wacos. Yet the Feds, prodded by the Dems in Congress were willing to risk it.
They were willing to risk it — OR THEY WANTED IT.
We’ll learn more as time passes and more details emerge, but the upshot now is that they got lucky — very lucky for them indeed, for the Hutaree have long sworn they would die rather than surrender.
Yet there were apparently no shots, no innocent deaths, and thus no retaliatory spasm of an open source insurgency using 4th generation warfare to target the war-makers and war-leaders — and those are the stakes of the game they are clumsily playing. I doubt the Dem politicians who urged them to do SOMETHING had their own deaths in mind. Unintended consequences indeed.
The opening paragraph appears to admit that some of the window-breaking of the past week was carried out by organized militia. I seriously doubt that this reading is correct, however, as it would be inconsistent with their normal mode of operation. Most likely what he means is that he thinks conservatives may actually have been behind some of the broken windows. Nothing of the sort has been confirmed yet.
On the other hand, the last paragraph does contain a pretty serious threat against Democratic party leaders in Congress. The threat appears connected to the possibility of a Waco-style incident, with the message “If you leave us alone, we’ll leave you alone. But if you don’t…”
Talking Points Memo, a leftie blog with links to the White House, headlines that the Hutaree members were indicted for “seditious conspiracy” and “attempted use of WMD.” Yes, you read that correctly. Fox News reported, on the other hand, that the group was arrested for attempting to build pipe bombs. Both are correct: it turns out that the technical definition of a “weapon of mass destruction” in the US Code appears in section 2332a(c)(2), and in addition to chemical (subheading B), biological (subheading C), and nuclear (subheading D) weapons, are defined as
(A) any destructive device as defined in section 921 of this title;
Section 921 contains a list of definitions, including this one:
(4) The term “destructive device” means—
(A) any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas—
(iii) rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces,
(iv) missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce,
(v) mine, or
(vi) device similar to any of the devices described in the preceding clauses;
(B) any type of weapon (other than a shotgun or a shotgun shell which the Attorney General finds is generally recognized as particularly suitable for sporting purposes) by whatever name known which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than one-half inch in diameter; and
(C) any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into any destructive device described in subparagraph (A) or (B) and from which a destructive device may be readily assembled.
Short version, if you make a bomb of any kind in your basement, it’s a WMD. I suspect this was not the definition used when examining weapons caches in Iraq.
What we’re watching, folks, is an effort by the Obama administration to use US law enforcement agencies to add to the public fear of an irrational, violent, right-wing insurgency rising in the US. It is possible but not certain that they expected armed resistance from the Hutaree, which would have aided their public relations campaign immensely. Meanwhile, no public statement of any kind acknowledges federal awareness or concern regarding Muslim militia training going on on American soil. I wonder why? I’m sure they know they exist…
I spoke yesterday of the possible usefulness of organized violence, and of the Obama administration’s fear of same. Today’s news is an indication of how timely that warning is. Obama does, in fact, fear armed rebellion, and this effort to build a public relations case on a group nobody will defend makes it clear how much. There are real, serious militiamen out there, training in military tactics in anticipation of tyrannical government crackdowns; their sense is that the Waco incident in 1993 is the only one of its type that will occur for free, and that the next such incident will trigger a civil war.
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Comment by suek
Food for thought:
Comment by RM
Glad to see some of the Hutarees taken out of commission. They sound like a nasty bunch, for sure.
However, the timing does tie in with the template the media is laying down – that any critics of Obama such as the tea partiers (or even by extension, critics of Democrats) are motivated by racism and are violence prone goons.
Some quotes from a WaPo editorial piece this morning that was syndicated in our local paper. It was entitled “Roots of homegrown terrorism found in right-wing ‘hate speech’”
-”The arrests of members of a Michigan-based ‘Christian’ militia group should convince doubters that there is good reason to worry about right-wing, anti-government extremism – and political violence – in the age of Obama.”
-”It is dishonest for right-wing commentators to insist on an equivalence that does not exist. The danger of political violence in this country comes overwhelmingly from one direction – the right, not the left.”
-”The vitriolic, anti-government hate speech that is spewed on talk radio every day – and quite regularly, at tea party rallies – is calibrated not to inform but to incite.”
-”Demagogues scream at people that thier government is illegitimate, that their country has been ‘taken away’, that their elected officials are ‘traitors’ and that their freedom is at risk.”
I think of eight years of incessant whining, vitriol, and yes, the threat of violence, against President Bush.
When Sarah Palin clearly declares she is against violence, and then urges people not to be intimidated into silence – the leftists are up in arms. Books and movies are published about the assassination of Bush while he is in office – crickets.
Al Gore screams into a microphone about how George Bush “BETRAYED OUR COUNTRY! HE PLAYED ON OUR FEARS!”
Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi both call label George Bush a loser. She brags she can and will get away with calling him out because she is a woman and can say certain things others can’t.
Hilary insinuates General Petraeus is a liar. She rants into the mike that she is sick and tired of being told she can’t debate and disagree with the Bush administration and that she has a right to debate and disagree with any administration.
Howard Dean says of Republicans, “I hate them” and notes that Democrats, unlike Republicans, don’t want kids to go to bed starving.
John Kerry calls George Bush a moron after a debate, then brags he won’t take it back, that he plans to “keep on pounding”.
And the vitriol and rage come from the right…
Three of the left’s least attractive qualities (and that is truly butt ugly at its ugliest) are on blatant display: hypocrisy, projection, and demagoguery.
Problem is, a huge number of people read the WaPo and its syndicated outlets; and in all likelihood, take it at face value. Obama, Democrats good. Evil Republicans and conservatives, bad.