Five days ago the Southern Poverty Law Center reported on Attorney General Holder’s effort to check home-grown terrorists.
After letting a special unit devoted to monitoring domestic terrorism fall dormant following the Al Qaeda attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced this week that it was reviving the group. The Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee will focus on extremists motivated by antigovernment and racial hatred, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement Tuesday.
They noted the reaction to the news by many conservatives.
One far-right website, run by documentarian Pat Dollard, headlined the news story: “Holder Mobilizes Group To Wage War On The White Man.”
Over at conspiracist pundit Alex Jones’ Infowars website, there was little doubt about Holder’s intentions: “In reality, Holder’s task force will undoubtedly focus on the Obama administration’s political enemies, mainly returning military veterans, conservatives and those who identify with the Tea Party. Such groups have been increasingly linked to terrorism by multiple federal agencies. … Given the documented history of the federal government’s involvement in facilitating terrorism, the administration will likely do whatever it can to create the necessary scenario to bolster its executive power.”
Residents at an apartment complex where it appeared the two [suspects] lived together said they had a reputation for spouting racist, anti-government views, bragging about their gun collection and boasting that they’d spent time at Cliven Bundy’s ranch during a recent standoff there between armed militia members and federal government agents.
The duo also told people they planned to commit a mass shooting, said Brandon Moore, a resident of the complex.
“They were handing out white-power propaganda and were talking about doing the next Columbine,” Moore said.
These two told everybody they were going to go out and kill people, but nobody lifted a finger. Which is exactly why the government should be looking at them. They’re not just ‘Tea Partiers’ or ‘Patriots.’ They’re dangerous.
Residents who spoke about the assailants all mentioned the couple’s relationship with Bundy.
Oak Tree resident Sue Hale said the two told her they were in Bunkerville during the standoff, which occurred in April after federal authorities began conducting a roundup of Bundy’s cattle. Bundy had defied the government by grazing the cattle on public land without a permit.
I don’t give a damn about Republicans’ precious feelings.