Right-Wing Terrorism

by lizard

It seems to me that the very real threat of right-wing terrorism continues to be downplayed by mainstream corporate media, despite claims by the right of its supposed “liberal” bias.

Maybe it’s just me, but I would assume a plot by US soldiers to bomb a park in Georgia, blow up a dam in Washington State, and assassinate the president would be getting a little more attention. From the link:

A group of four United States Army soldiers who stand accused of killing a former brother-in-arms and his girlfriend committed the crime to keep their secret militia group under wraps, prosecutors in a Georgia court said on Monday. The soldiers, who are all stationed at Georgia’s Fort Stewart, are all members of FEAR—Forever Enduring Always Ready—an armed group with ambitions that plotted domestic terror attacks and stockpiled weapons as part of an elaborate scheme to overthrow the government, prosecutors said.

And yet these guys are only being charged with murder, not terrorism-related charges, or treason. I guess they don’t have the right skin color or political ideology to be real terrorists.

Remember back in 2009, when the Department of Homeland Security distributed a threat assessment about the rise of right-wing extremism? Reactionaries on the right declared it a move by Obama’s Gestapo to intimidate his political adversaries. Yeah.

Turns out, there is a threat from right-wing extremists, and unlike scary eco-terrorists like Daniel McGowan, who did face charges of domestic terrorism for arson (and received a “terrorism enhancement” in his sentencing), right-wing terrorists actually kill people.

What is the Army doing about this particular plot to overthrow the government? This from the first link (which really should be read in full):

A military spokesman said that the Army mounted its own investigation into the killings of Roark and York, filing charges in March of this year that it then never acted on. “Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield does not have a gang or a militia problem,” Kevin Larson, a spokesman for the military base, said in a statement. He said that an Army investigation into the case does remain open, however. The four defendants stand charged in Georgia with murder, felony murder, criminal gang activity, using a firearm while committing a felony, and aggravated assault. The district attorney said that charges have not been filed so far in federal court.

Maybe we’ll be hearing more about this case. Or maybe the media is too obsessed with the dog and pony show to pay any attention to psychopaths in the Army allegedly recruiting and killing their fellow soldiers to conceal a plot to kill the president and overthrow the government.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming!


  1. In the summer of 2009, I attended the convention of the American Correctional Association. It had a panel on which the then-head of the Federal Bureau of Prisons participated.

    He was talking about terrorism and the federal prison system. All he talked about were radical Muslims. At the end there was a chance for the audience to put questions to the panel. I asked BOP Director Harley Lappin if it were not in fact true that the vast majority of those held in federal prison were neo-Nazis and similar white supremacists. He wouldn’t answer the question and said he had to leave to catch a plane and walked outside the room. I followed him and asked again and he said he had to rush. I said I’d be happy to ride with him to the airport to get my answer and take a cab back to the conference. He looked really freaked out and practically ran out of the hotel.

    Six months later he got busted in Maryland for DUI. Two weeks after that, he got stopped for going 20 over the speed limit. He resigned from the BOP and quickly got a job as the second in charge at Corrections Corporation of America, for whom he had been writing prodigiously lucrative contracts for the previous decade. For the previous six years, his former Deputy DIrector, Rick Seiter, had held the position but resigned the minute his former boss resigned his government position.

    Lappin was a Bush holdover, but Eric Holder held over a huge amount of these bureaucratic scoundrels and promoted more. Meanwhile he busied himself dismissing charges against military torture-murderers, chasing legal pot growers in Montana and California, and avoiding filing charges against Wall Street bankers.

    It’s all about politics. It’s all about money. It’s all about keeping the masses uninformed.

  2. I believe the Government Report, the right Wing fantasy majors bash Obama for was really initiated by George Bush as well. It was late in the making from what I understand and came out in the first year of Obama’s Presidency.

    So that’s another fallacy we have to endure of the Right!




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