Sikh Temple Shooter Identified: The shooter in the deadly attack Sunday at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek was identified as Wade Michael Page, 40, sources familiar with the shooting investigation said Monday. He served in the Army for several years and was assigned to psychological operations or PsyOps, according to the sources. He is no longer in the Army. The Southern Law Poverty Center, a group that has studied hate crimes for decades, reported Monday that Page was a frustrated neo-Nazi who had been the leader of a racist white-power band known as End Apathy. (via: wisconsinforward)
On that shooting in Arizona (not surprisingly) yesterday which left five dead, TPM reports:
Longtime white supremacist and border vigilante JT Ready saw himself as part of a war that few others would fight. He amassed weapons. He donned a uniform. He formed his own brigade of volunteers to walk alongside him as he hunted what he described as “narco terrorists” flowing across the Arizona-Mexico border.
On Wednesday, reports out of Arizona said Ready died, not at the hands of drug runners, but with his own gun during a mad rampage inside a suburban home just east of Phoenix. Along the way, the reports said, he took the lives of four other people, including a toddler.
The Arizona Republic reported the victims were Ready’s girlfriend, her daughter, the daughter’s boyfriend and the daughter’s 18-month-old baby. Ready still somehow managed to use the event to blame immigrants even after his death. A posting on his Facebook page appeared hours after the massacre took place.
“Reports are unconfirmed that a cartel assassination squad murdered JT Ready and several of his friends and family this afternoon in Gilbert Arizona,” the posting said. “This page’s admin will keep you updated of the situation as soon as possible.”
TPM called Ready’s cell phone late Wednesday, but a message on the other end said the line had been disconnected or was no longer in service.
No one could have predicted. /sarcasm
Maybe if we as a country fought as hard for universal healthcare (to include mental health) as we do for our Second Amendment rights, these kinds of typically American acts of violence would someday be not so typically American.
“We are focusing our efforts because of the threat of violence,” said Stuart R. McArthur, a deputy assistant director in the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division.
In two recent unpublished studies, the Homeland Security Department and the National Counterterrorism Center ranked the sovereign citizen movement as a major threat, along with Islamic extremists and white supremacists. The FBI assigned a supervisor to coordinate investigations of the movement last year.
“This is a movement that has absolutely exploded,” said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit organization based in Montgomery, Ala., that tracks domestic terrorists and hate groups. More than 100,000 Americans have aligned themselves with the sovereign citizens, the center said.
Adherents cite a patchwork of beliefs, including that the U.S. is essentially under martial law, that some U.S. constitutional amendments are invalid, and that dollars have been illegitimate since the U.S. Treasury went off the gold standard during the Great Depression.
Most important, some followers believe they are entitled to use armed force to resist arrest and fight police.
The FBI also is investigating followers for alleged mail fraud and harassment of federal officials through nuisance lawsuits and property liens. Such cases are clogging courts in every state, said Casey Carty, who heads the FBI’s sovereign citizen unit.
Until recently, federal officials had steered clear of any extensive focus on right-wing extremist groups. In 2009, some members of Congress complained after a Homeland Security Department report warned that such groups might seek to recruit disaffected military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as others. The report highlighted several groups, including the sovereign citizen movement.
Bowing to the criticism, Homeland Security officials gutted the office that had focused on right-wing extremism. They also canceled planned presentations and shelved a reference guide that the office had produced to inform local police about the movement.
“The topic had become too politically charged,” said Daryl Johnson, who headed the team that wrote the 2009 report.
Remember back in 2009 when the DHS Report on Rightwing Extremism came out and all the headcases in the rightwing blogosphere like Michelle Malkin, Redstate, and Atlas Shrugs, along with such fine “news” organizations like WorldNetDaily and the Washington TImes, all came unglued about it? Unglued and unhinged. Then they started calling themselves rightwing terrorists, because it was cute to do that, bleating that the report was just so unfair, claiming that Janet Reno and the DHS / FBI were labeling HALF THE COUNTRY rightwing extremists for criticizing the Administration over the economy or something. All of which, of course, was a lie.
Here’s a link to that 2009 DHS Report on Rightwing Extremism, or click the image above (warning: PDF). It’s only 10 pages. Read if for yourself. The simple fact of the matter is that there are extremists on the right. Just as there are extremists on the left (ELF, ALF).
You know what the difference is though? The extremists on the left go after property, like houses being built in certain locations. Rightwing extremists kill law enforcement and blow up federal buildings and shoot up Holocaust museums and fly planes into IRS buildings and kill doctors who perform LEGAL abortions – rightwing extremists target and kill people. Big difference.
I suppose there’s no better time than now, election year 2012, for rightwing extremists to start coming out of the woodwork, with their manifestos and their personal armories, to do “God’s work” — or impress their favorite half-term governor, Fox “News” personality, or AM radio entertainer.
And if you read that DHS report and think they’re talking about “average” people like yourself, then here’s hoping that you’re coming up on someone’s radar too.
From Little Green Footballs:
More updates on the situation from LGF reader oslogin:
By the way, he has commented on the web site document.no, a Norwegian web site noted for criticism against the current immigration policies, but where the editorial team is rather moderate (well, in this context). All the people leaving comments on it are not. In this google-cached blog post he comments, recommending a post at [Pamela Geller’s] Atlas Shrugs.
And here he gives cred to a comment from Fjordman.
Here’s a Norwegian blog with some interesting but unverified information on Anders Behring Breivik… the Google Translated version:
Anders Behring Breivik has previously driven the blog Fjordman and later for many years been a writer for the anti-Muslim and Zionist bloggers Gates of Vienna and Jihad Watch, under the pseudonym Fjordman.
Here’s the shout out he gave to Pamela Geller’s Atlas Shrugs (original and translated):
And the latest news on the Utoya Island shootings:
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