domestic terrorism Urges FBI to Launch Criminal Investigation Into Chamber of Commerce Watergate-like Campaign

National Business Group Uses Illegal Tactics to Intimidate and Undermine Opposition

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two advocacy coalitions urged the FBI this week to launch a full-scale criminal investigation into unlawful activities committed by the Chamber of Commerce (COC) and those of its law firm, Hunton & Williams (H&W), and three military intelligence contractors hired by the law firm – HBGary Federal, Berico Technologies and Palantir Technologies, collectively called Team Themis. (STC) and (VR) sent letters to the FBI detailing how these organizations jointly conspired and conducted a proposed $12 million Watergate-like campaign against STC, VR and their staff, as well as other organizations and reporters.

Although this apparent criminal operation violated both federal laws and constitutional protections, neither the FBI nor the Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced any investigation.

Domestic Terror Attack On IRS Office In Utah

Breaking news from Utah -- FBI and Hazmat teams respond to a Utah IRS office; decontamination showers deployed.

Full story HERE.

According to initial reports, this is in relation to some white powder mailed to the office.

UPDATE 3: Small Plane Crashes Into Government Building in TX

Hat-tip to LordRag of DelphiForums

A small plane, overloaded with fuel, has crashed into a building that housed IRS, CIA and FBI offices, according to the MSNBC.

The "overloaded with fuel" part, when combined with the government building aspect, makes this a candidate for an act of terrorism, but if the act was intentional -- and initial indication by witnesses suggest that the pilot had full control -- the question this: is it an act of foreign, or domestic, terror?

At least one person has already started asking whether this might be a potential example of domestic teabagging terrorism, a.k.a. teabaggers gone over the edge and firmly establishing themselves as a dangerous and unstable new form of domestic terrorist.

More as the situation is updated throughout the day.

[UPDATE - CM1] He left a manifesto? Supposedly and below the fold. [update 2] And the crazy comments pile up:

"Here's What's Insane: LOTS Of People Are Defending Joseph Andrew Stack"

[update 3] And now Joseph Stack has a legion of insane "Don't Tread on Me!" facebook fans. Link and image capture in the comments.

"Christian" Leader Advocates Muslim Genocide -- How Christ-like is that?


I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

      -- Gandhi


Gandhi was on to something here. Not all Christians; not even all fundamentalist sects. But there are definitely some evangelical fundamentalist sects of "Christianity" that not only qualify for Gandhi's quote, they may also qualify as jihadist extremists and prove themselves worthy of derision as the "American Taliban" of Christianity.

The latest example comes from Media Matters, and concerns the American Family Association's "Christian" leader Bryan Fischer, who goes on-record to recommend genocide and provides biblical justification for it.

To see just how ignorant Fischer's screed is, I've substituted other words for "Muslim" and "Islam" and posted the result under the fold. It's pretty eye-opening (for those who have open hearts and minds, that is).

If you want to check it out, make a leap of faith and click on over the jump...

GOP Domestic Terrorism on the Senate Floor: A Cancer In the Heart of American Government

Hat-tip Lady SaraBeth of DelphiForums for calling this out.

Hypocrisy and domestic terrorism are key elements of today's GOP. Called out on the floor of the Senate by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on Sunday, the GOP remained true to form anyway with a hypocritical "prayer" request that prayed for at least one Democratic senator to be incapacitated so as not to make the final roll call on the healthcare bill.

An article by Dana Millbank in the Washington Post this morning provides the quotes below. First up, Senator Whitehouse:


"Too many colleagues are embarked on a desperate, no-holds-barred mission of propaganda, obstruction and fear," he said. "History cautions us of the excesses to which these malignant, vindictive passions can ultimately lead. Tumbrils have rolled through taunting crowds. Broken glass has sparkled in darkened streets. Strange fruit has hung from southern trees." Assuming the role of Old Testament prophet, Whitehouse promised a "day of judgment" and a "day of reckoning" for Republicans.

In his piece, Millbank refers to the words of Senator Whitehouse as extreme, but -- truth be told -- the description of the behavior and tactics of the GOP's antics since they lost control of Congress and the White House are dead-on accurate. As to whether they receive any sort of true accountability and "day of reckoning" for their actions, that remains to be seen.

Millbank's article was focused on the rather obscene actions of Tom Coburn, Senator from Oklahoma (R-terrorist), who got up on the Senate floor to propose the following:


"What the American people ought to pray is that somebody can't make the vote tonight," he said. "That's what they ought to pray."

That's not the wish nor comportment of any true citizen or statesman: that's the wholly inappropriate wish of harm to a member of the American government, and a wish for the interference with the continued operation of government, specifically for the sole purpose of advancing a self-serving political agenda that is contrary to the continued success of our nation. Coburn had made an equally malignant remark earlier on Saturday, when he stated the following:


"The crisis of confidence in this country is now at an apex that has not seen in over 150 years, and that lack of confidence undermines the ability of legitimate governance," he said. "There's a lot of people out there today who...will say, 'I give up on my government,' and rightly so."

This "crisis of confidence" is one being sparked and fanned into a flame by actions of Coburn and his colleagues, precisely as decried by Senator Whitehouse on Sunday. They are not the actions of a patriotic party, or a party of "family values" or "Christian" morality: these actions and statements, particularly when taken collectively, are the words and actions of a party with an agenda of domestic terrorism and sedition, acting with malicious intent while attempting to hide behind the mechanics and machinery of government.

The Republican Party "leadership" has become a cancer in the heart of American government -- a malignancy that threatens the growth and health of the nation, and one that must be removed or sent into remission if our nation is to have any chance of recovering from the damage that these very people and their party of "No" are responsible for.

As for whether Coburn's "prayer" worked? Back to Millbank's article:


Coburn was wearing blue jeans, an argyle sweater and a tweed jacket with elbow patches when he walked back into the chamber a few minutes before 1 a.m. He watched without expression when Byrd was wheeled in, dabbing his eyes and nose with tissues, his complexion pale. When his name was called, Byrd shot his right index finger into the air as he shouted "aye," then pumped his left fist in defiance.

If only the good senator could've rolled his wheelchair over Coburn's foot in the process.

Frank Schaeffer: Organizing to Stop Far Right Violence on HuffPo

Wow!  A couple of days ago, I asked the rhetorical question "...What's next, wholesale body bags?" to address the wave of terroristic violence that has overtaken the country since the last election.  In our society of mega-extreme-new-improved-more-bigger-better-faster-now provocation to consume, my fear is that there's only one direction that wave can go. Bigger.

Frank Schaeffer inspired my article and because, as he says today on HuffintonPost,

I started pondering the question of what we could do right after the assassination of Dr. Tiller by a religious extremist. I felt that it wasn't enough to call for boycotts of right wing commentators who spew their hate, because that did not really address the core problems.

In fact as a former right wing religious "pro-life" leader I felt compelled to publicly apologize (in the Huffington Post) for the "America-is-like-Nazi-Germany" rhetoric that my late Evangelical leader father and I helped create in the 1970s and 80s that inexorably led to justifying violence in the Tiller case. - Murdered MDs? Presidential assassination? Hangings? Military coups? What's next?



Wholesale Body Bags.



The voice of the radical right has driven 'the base' over the edge.  By the first weeks of the Obama Administration, they had cleared the ammo from shelves of gun shops around the country by fear-mongering popular demand. Ever since, and with a constituency that is lock-and-load ready, an endless list of action items has shifted the screams of radicalizers to shrill overdrive.

How many more times will Fox's Beck or Limbaugh fan the fanatical flames that burn inside of rightwing extremists to another violent climax, before sane America demands a stop be put to the incitement of domestic terror?

It's too late for some innocent victims whose killers responded to the voices of media and talking-head cheerleaders. But, if they stop even now, it may prove too late for others who will fall to the echoes of voices still resounding inside the heads of the independently rabid. 

Make no mistake, it is terrorism according to the Executive Order signed by President Bush in September of 2001 that was explicit in its definition:

Executive Order 13224

(d) the term "terrorism" means an activity that

-- (i) involves a violent act or an act dangerous to human life, property, or infrastructure; and

-- (ii) appears to be intended

---- (A) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;

---- (B) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or

---- (C) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, kidnapping, or hostage-taking.

It's not just for millenial religious warfare anymore: Terrorism for profit was born right here in the USA.

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: The Blood of Patriots and Tyrants, Part II


It's begun. The wackos have all begun to unwind and step out from behind their stately faux patriotism with their lunatic friends, fomenting rebellion and attempting to instigate violence. It's an insidious fifth column of propaganda and divisiveness, delivered through auspices of free speech yet fooling few in the rank desperation of their calls to incitement.

    -- GreyHawk, Inappropriate Political Discourse: The Blood of Patriots and Tyrants


Yes, I've just quoted myself. And now I'm going to quote a recent piece by David Neiwert of Crooks and Liars, which I strongly recommend you read and share: There's a reason the Obama-hating crazies are coming out of the woodwork --


When people become the subject of a relentless campaign of demonization -- especially by the use of grotesque smears that make them out to be monsters and provably false "facts" that have the concrete effect of unhinging people from reality -- it will only be a matter of time before the lethal violence breaks out.

And while the concern for Obama is well-placed -- he is, after all, the focus of all this hatred -- there is only a remote likelihood of anyone actually succeeding in harming him, since he is very well protected indeed. What's far more likely, in fact, is that some innocent bystanders in his vicinity will be harmed -- or, moreover, that the crazies will decide that instead of harming Obama, they will take out their hatred on his supporters.


Neiwert firmly hits the nail on the head and drives the point home by quoting an excerpt from the Knoxville church shooter's manifesto, which I'll repeat here. I've highlighted the bits that stand out for me:


This was a symbolic killing. Who I wanted to kill was every Democrat in the Senate & House, the 100 people in Bernard Goldberg's book. I'd like to kill everyone in the mainstream media. But I know those people were inaccessible to me. I couldn't get to the generals & high ranking officers of the Marxist movement so I went after the foot soldiers, the chickenshit liberals that vote in these traitorous people. Someone had to get the ball rolling. I volunteered. I hope others do the same. It's the only way we can rid America of this cancerous pestilence.

We cannot afford to forget the lessons of history. The piece I'd written and quoted from at the start is a piece that begins with an infamous and oft-quoted reference to an incident that is well known in history: the murder of Thomas Beckett, as incited by a King.

"The Wolf You Feed"

The title is a reference to a Native American parable -- the story exists in various forms. It's a story that has found significant resonance, particularly lately. Here it is:


The Wolf You Feed

An elder Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, "A fight is going on inside me.. it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith."

"This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too", he added.

The Grandchildren thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied... "The one you feed."

It's the first thing I thought of when I came across the Eugene Robinson piece Feeding the Lone Wolves (hat-tip Peter1a). Read the piece -- it's well worth it -- but here's a key excerpt:

Computer Theft At Los Alamos ... Another Agency Dumb Butt Fest

According to an article from the AP. the watchdog group The Project On Government Oversight, obtained an internal memo in which the Department Of Energy rebuked the Los Alamos National Labratory for its handling (or lack of) missing computers at the home of a lab employee.

Domestic Terrorists Strike Inside US Against Children and Mothers Engaged in Prayer

Hat-tip Chris Rodda for this story; his her piece is currently sitting at the top of the Recommended list over there. Please help get the traditional media to cover this story, and make sure they call it what it is: domestic terrorism.

Terrorists have struck on US soil again. All the bluff and bluster of "we're fighting them there so we won't have to fight them here" -- along with all the idiotic, illegal and unconstitutional surveillance, searches and seizures -- have finally been put to the test and found ridiculously wanting.

The attack was by domestic terrorists, the most insidious kind.

They struck, as if on some unholy jihad, against children.1

Man's Best Friend Victim of PA Teen Terror

A story by Kathy Matheson in today's edition of the Boston Herald caught my attention today: Teen faces extort rap over mutt. (Available online here.)

Edna, a ten-year-old beagle mix belonging to Bill Whiting of Philadelphia, PA, vanished during a Halloween walk. Whiting received a late-night phone call from kids demanding $600 for the safe return of the dog. A dog collar was jangled over the line, and in the background a dog yelped. Whiting didn't recognize the yelp, but the jangle of the collar sounded familiar.