In Pensacola, Fla., retired FBI agent Ted Gunderson tells a gathering of antigovernment “Patriots” that the federal government has set up 1,000 internment camps across the country and is storing 30,000 guillotines and a half-million caskets in Atlanta.
They’re there for the day the government finally declares martial law and moves in to round up or kill American dissenters, he says. “They’re going to keep track of all of us, folks,” Gunderson warns.
That’s just my state, are you paying attention in yours?
One law enforcement agency has found 50 new militia training groups — one of them made up of present and former police officers and soldiers. Authorities around the country are reporting a worrying uptick in Patriot activities and propaganda.
“This is the most significant growth we’ve seen in 10 to 12 years,” says one. “All it’s lacking is a spark. I think it’s only a matter of time before you see threats and violence.”
A key difference this time is that the federal government — the entity that almost the entire radical right views as its primary enemy — is headed by a black man. That, coupled with high levels of non-white immigration and a decline in the percentage of whites overall in America, has helped to racialize the Patriot movement, which in the past was not primarily motivated by race hate. One result has been a remarkable rash of domestic terror incidents since the presidential campaign, most of them related to anger over the election of Barack Obama.
At the same time, ostensibly mainstream politicians and media pundits have helped to spread Patriot and related propaganda, from conspiracy theories about a secret network of U.S. concentration camps to wholly unsubstantiated claims about the president’s country of birth. . .
To that last point, have you seen yet why the brother of Democratic party leader and medical doctor Howard Dean, is now petitioning mainstream news channel CNN to get Lou Dobb’s terrorist fringe hate speech expelled from our mainstream media? Hint: it’s not his tiresome anti-immigrant agitating or even his birth certificate conspiracy stoking. No, considering that loaded guns are showing up at health care town meetings after another doctor was murdered in cold blood by a domestic terrorist inflamed by just such mainstream media demonizing and targeting, any reasonable person would tend to agree, it’s getting worse.
That’s not just un-American, it’s irresponsible and dangerous.
. . .This isn’t just about my brother Howard; this is about the America we all want to live in. . .
Jim Dean, Chair
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