Saturday, April 18, 2009

Would Obama act against “right wing” with law enforcement violently?

According to the federal government, members of the suspect group of people include those who:

- Oppose restrictions on firearms
- Oppose lax immigration
- Oppose the policies of President Obama regarding immigration, citizenship and the expansion of social programs
- Oppose continuation of free trade agreements
- Oppose same-sex marriage
- Have paranoia of foreign regimes
- Fear Communist regimes
- Oppose one world government
- Bemoan the decline of U.S. stature in the world
- Are upset with the loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs to China and India

Those Americans who fall into the above categories of “belief or ideology” were labeled “right wing extremist” by our Department of Homeland Security and then this was communicated to every level of “law enforcement” across the land.

When we look at the report, it does not mention any specific “right wing group” by name, but did mention Timothy McVey because he was a military veteran who committed the single largest “homegrown terror act” in US history whereas McVey committed the terror act as retaliation for the Governments action at Ruby Ridge, ID in 1992. The overwhelming use of deadly force by government agents while serving an arrest warrant (for failure to appear in court and the only charge he was ultimately guilty of) should give those who oppose Obama something to think about. Weaver first came under scrutiny by government officials because of his affiliation with the Aryan Nation and attempted to get him to become an informant against the group, which he declined. He was then arrested and charged with manufacturing and possession of illegal weapons.

According to Wikipedia:

“The surviving members of the Weaver family filed a wrongful death suit and Randy Weaver received a $100,000 settlement while his daughters received $1 million each. Kevin Harris received a $380,000 settlement. Randy and Sara Weaver wrote a 1998 paperback book, The Federal Siege at Ruby Ridge, about the incident (the appendix of the book is a reprint of a US Senate investigation of the incident).

FBI director Louis Freeh disciplined or proposed discipline for twelve FBI employees over their handling of the incident and the later prosecution of Randy Weaver and Harris. He described it before the U.S. Senate hearing investigating the incident as "synonymous with the exaggerated application of federal law enforcement" and stated "law enforcement overreacted at Ruby Ridge."

Horiuchi, the sniper, was indicted for manslaughter in 1997 by the Boundary County, Idaho prosecutor just prior to the statute of limitations for the crime of manslaughter, but the trial was removed to federal court and was quickly dismissed on grounds of sovereign immunity by US District Court Judge Edward Lodge.”

It is interesting to note that in addition to dismissing the manslaughter charges against the FBI sniper that shot and killed Mrs. Weaver Judge Lodge also presided over the terror trial of Sami Omar Al-Hussayen that resulted in acquittal and “mistrial”.

The FBI sniper Horiuchi also participated in the WACO raid.

This is a must read on the mentality of the Government towards the Weavers when comparing it to the April 7, 2009 DHS memo. An excerpt from the article is disturbingly similar to the perception of the current Obama Administration and “right wing extremists”:

“Many believe the bureau's exaggerated perception of the threat from Weaver led to creation of unprecedented rules of engagement at Ruby Ridge. The FBI's standard rules permit agents to use deadly force to defend their own lives or the lives of others from what they believe to be the threat of death or grievous bodily harm. But the rules at Ruby Ridge instructed HRT snipers that they "can and should" shoot any armed adult males appearing outside the Weaver cabin, even before any announcement was made informing the Weavers they were surrounded and requesting their surrender. The Justice task force found that key parts of the rules "contravened the Constitution of the United States."

We know that the Ruby Ridge raid (in which Randy Weaver was subsequently found innocent of all of the charges that led up to the raid) was conducted under the elder George HW Bush administration and set the stage for Janet Reno to follow suit less than a year later (1993) at WACO, Texas against David Koresh and the Branch Dividians. During Ruby Ridge, Randy Weaver’s wife (who had her infant in her arms when she was shot), son and friend were killed by FBI and ATF agents.

Janet Reno and the WACO raid

The first chilling thing to say about WACO was the use of Soldiers and equipment from Ft. Hood whose Commanding Officer at the time was none other than Westley Clark (Democratic Presidential Candidate).

Between August 1992 and April 1994, Clark was commander of the 1st Cavalry Division of the Army's III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas.

According to a report by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the list of military personnel and equipment used at Waco included: 15 active-duty military personnel, 13 Texas National Guard personnel, nine Bradley fighting vehicles, five combat-engineer vehicles, one tank-retrieval vehicle and two M1A1 Abrams tanks. Additionally, Fort Hood reportedly was used for much of the training for the bloody attack on the Davidians and their children.”

The utilization of military equipment and personnel were in direct violation of the posse commitatas act.

The death toll against this “religious right wing” cult was 80 people including 25 children under the age of 15.

To this day the government has sidestepped the presence of the US military in the raid.

So, as you can see, the US government has the propensity to utilize violence against “perceived” right wing extremists. You can look at both instances and say, yes these people were radical in their belief that the US government was oppressive and you can also say that they defended their beliefs against an oppressive government. But one fact remains, the government will bring to bear its full arsenal of law enforcement and in the case of WACO, the US military.

So, do you think that the Obama administration is capable of doing the same? We know that the DHS memo that Janet Napalitano issued was vague and non-specific and more about political ideology than proof. Further, look at the recent honor that Janet Reno just received from Eric Holder (current Attorney General of the United States):

The warmth that the current Attorney General portraits in the photo says it all when it comes to the appreciation this administration feels towards a fellow traveler that has killed men, women and children utilizing US military troops when she labeled them “right wing extremists”.

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