Thursday, May 13, 2010
This, despite the highly publicized April arrest and indictment in which the government claimed the Hutaree were fomenting a dire plot to assassinate cops and judges and bring down the government with weapons of mass destruction.
Evidently U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts did not share the fears of the FBI and federal prosecutors who brought the case. Is the judge crazy? Suicidal? (Remember, these Hutarees allegedly were going to kill judges.) Or is it simply that the prosecution had no actual evidence for their lurid charges?
If you don't want the federal government mandating how you care for your health, and forcing you to subsidize the insurance industry, the president or his surrogates call you a bigot and a violent terrorist. The media will largely repeat it uncritically.
The same type of thing was done to a black "extremist" movement known as the Black Panther Party -- as folks who know history (or have lived it) will know. The black brothers and sisters of the religious commune MOVE suffered a similar violent fate, at the hands of Philadelphia police, to that suffered just a few years later by the racially mixed dwellers at the religious commune at Waco. Of all people, Black people should know that "dangerous radicals" is codespeak for all marginalized, oppressed people who stand up against the oppression, whether black, white, or other. And that racists historically have been identifiable as the ones yelling "No Guns For Negroes."
CLIFF KELLY KNOWS THIS. The other day I was shuffling through a box of old talk-radio tapes I recorded during the '90s. On one tape I rediscovered a cordial interview that Kelly, a former Chicago alderman turned radio host, did with a white militia member named Helen Johnson. This woman was married to a man named J.J. Johnson, who was the leader of the Ohio Unorganized Militia, and who also happened to be black. (Regrettably I didn't mark down the date of that program, but It must have been sometime in 1995.)
In the Jack Blood interview regarding Hutaree, you will hear how the motley crew that grew up around the Hutaree included a black lesbian dwarf. Of course, that doesn't fit the sensationalistic narrative of sinister white people out in the countryside plotting to .... do something to people who are not like them, so you've not heard about this. I'm unsure myself how a lesbian would find her way into an alleged fundamentalist Christian group. In any case, it kind of puts a wrinkle in the standard story line that the militia movement is a dark conspiracy of racists who'd like to kill blacks, and lesbians, and maybe dwarves too.
Back in the '90s when I heard that Cliff Kelly program, it was Bill Clinton trying to blame the bombing of the Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City on everyone he didn't like: on the growing patriot and militia movement, on talk radio, even on Rush Limbaugh. Clinton and company took swipes at my favorite, center-populist radio host of the '90s: a large, beard-stroking, professorial guy named Chuck Harder, who was known for featuring guests as politically diverse as Patrick Buchanan, Ross Perot, and Ralph Nader, and although I don't recall him interviewing any militia leaders, he may have had them on his show as well.
Now in 2010, the Obama team -- no doubt with the help of Hillary and Bill -- have taken this "racists and terrorists and hate radio" script down off the shelf, blown the dust off and promptly rerun it, with only a few minor updates.
It's as bullshit now as it was back then.
By the way, who really blew up OKC? I don't know for sure, but it wasn't the militias, who rejected the executed "bomber" Timothy McVeigh -- probably suspecting him of being a military intelligence agent trying to infiltrate them. According to McVeigh's Death Row cellmate David Hammer, McVeigh said as much to Hammer and other inmates prior to his execution. You also may want to read this Gore Vidal essay about McVeigh, which remarkably, was published in the September 2001 issue of Vanity Fair, before -- well, you know what.
What is definitely known about OKC is there were an awful lot of federally protected informants and agents -- some of them having rather exotic backgrounds -- swirling around that whole scene. When you read the above link, make sure to catch the part about the curious connection (actually not so curious to conspiracy realists) between the Ku Klux Klan and the Communist Party.
When the Clinton administration and its surrogates seized upon OKC to demonize the militia movement and ram the original "homeland security" legislation through Congress, some Alabama militiamen decided to retaliate by exposing some real racists -- many of them federal law enforcement officers. Down through history, criminals in power have always delighted in accusing other people of the very crimes they themselves are committing.
And how did our protectors at the SPLC respond to videotaped evidence exposing gross racism among law enforcement officials? Accordin to the militiamen, the "anti-racism watchdog" SPLC totally denied the evidence, and covered for the racists.
The history and purpose of the militia concept is a bit much to get into here, and there are better sources. The short answer is that "when the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." Think of it as a beefed-up Neighborhood Watch, looking out not only for the criminals on the street but those in the government.
Posted by the proprietor at 9:32 PM