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Posted on 10/15/2001 5:44:48 PM PDT by Merovingian
Backwoods militias suspected of being behind biowar threat IAN BRUCE
THE FBI's domestic terrorism unit is investigating the possible role of illegal militia groups in the spate of anthrax outbreaks in Florida and New York.
Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma bomber who killed 168 people when he blew up a federal building in 1995, was a supporter of one such group, the National Alliance.
Others have threatened to use biological weapons, including anthrax, botulism, and ricin, in their struggle against what they see as a global conspiracy between the US administration and the United Nations to disarm and enslave them. Every state has its own "patriot" group of disaffected right-wing Christian radicals opposed to central government and federal regulations. Most are organised along paramilitary lines.
The FBI estimates their numbers at up to 40,000, with the larger militias in backwoods country areas. They claim they are mobilising to fight the "New World Order".
In places like Idaho, Texas, Montana and West Virginia, they wear army surplus camouflage uniforms and train with assault rifles and explosives against the day when they might have to defend themselves against direct interference from the federal authorities.
They range in outlook from Pat Robertson, a failed 1988 presidential candidate, with his vision of a "Christian America" to the sinister Posse Comitatus, Aryan Nations and Minnesota Patriots' Council, who favour armed insurrection.
All have links with the National Rifle Association, the influential lobby group which represents weapons' manufacturers, hunters and gun clubs and campaigns for the right of all Americans "to own and bear arms".
There is some doubt as to whether this right is enshrined legally in the American constitution but the NRA has powerful supporters in both senate and congress and no-one has yet managed successfully to challenge the all-pervasive nationwide gun culture.
Most of the militias' philosophy is based on white-supremacist principles, looking down on blacks as "mud people" and Jews as instigators of the global plot against them and manipulators of the world economy for their own benefit.
Despite their redneck reputation, they have developed a sophisticated communications network using computer e-mail, shortwave radio, and fax. The North American Patriots, a group with members from California to Kansas, publish a newsletter entitled Firearms and Freedom.
After the disastrous FBI storming of the Branch Davidian headquarters in Waco, Texas, and the Ruby Ridge stand-off fiasco, where an FBI sniper killed an unarmed woman in a mountain cabin, the militias have turned to the threat of biological weapons to up the ante.
In January 1999, police and security forces responded to 30 anthrax hoaxes in southern California alone. Since then, there have been thousands of false alarms across the country.
Many aimed at government buildings, including deliveries of envelopes containing suspicious white powder, were militia inspired. Others targeting schools, hospitals or newspapers were sent by disgruntled former employees or jilted lovers.
However, the FBI has never discounted the possibility someone might lay hands on lethal biological agents. In 1992, two members of the Minnesota Patriots' Council were arrested carrying vials of ricin, an extremely dangerous toxin. They intended to use the substance to kill police officers over a local feud.
Larry Wayne Harris of the Aryan Nations managed to buy samples of bubonic plague over the internet. Fortunately, the plague bacteria were inert.
Three members of the Republic of Texas bought what they thought was anthrax in 1998. It turned out to be anthrax serum, the liquid used to inoculate people against the infection.
An FBI source said yesterday that up to 80% of the weapons of mass destruction inquiries carried out in the last few years involved the threat of anthrax.
Before the death of a British-born newspaperman in Florida last week, only 28 people in the US had died from effects of the bacterium in the last 100 years.
Before biowar became a potentially popular hobby, anthrax was known as "wool-shearer's disease" because it had been contracted only by farmworkers in close contact with sheep, a prime carrier of the infection.
An FBI source said: "We can never rule out al Qaeda's possible role in the current deliberate spread of anthrax. It is causing more panic than anything else and has not, thankfully, been disseminated in a very efficient way if the object was to inflict casualties.
"But our own militias may also have a hand in some or all of the incidents. Copycats and hoaxers could also be having a field day. The problem is, we just can't afford to drop our guard."
I skimmed through this article as it was very quickly seen that it was utter b.s. Did the writer mention that they also were 100% from the "red" portion of the 2000 electoral map and rabid supporters of George W. Bush?
Actually, about 50% of the population might generally fit into this definition.
With nothing but innuendo.
I'm no fan of militias or "The Republic of Texas" type groups, but, frankly, most of these guys would rather target Arabs than their own countrymen.
Yes, you smarmy UK one world/royalists/socialists -- that right was DEFINITELY enshrined in the US Constitution because of the likes of YOU! There is no doubt!
No excuse to defend these scum like Aryan nations and this Harris fellow.
They are suspects. They have attemtped to get such bio-agents.
But I doubt they are mailing things from Malaysia.
Again, if you defend these people you are wrong.
The feds have infiltrated every milita group out there. So if milita groups are responsible, then the feds are either acting as provokers or have direct knowledge of what is going on.
My guess is that the militia is not involved, and this is an attempt to demonize them to garner support for more gun legislation and more infringiments on our rights.
These bastards would have tried to pin the Sept 11 attacks on the 'militias' if 100 million people weren't watching it live on television.
Anthrax spores have several characteristics suitable for a biologic weapon, such as low visibility, high potency, accessibility, and relatively easy delivery, and could be used not only in war but during terrorist activities. A millionth of a gram of anthrax spores constitutes a lethal inhalation dose; a kilogram, depending on meteorologic conditions and means of delivery, has the potential to kill hundreds of thousands of people in a metropolitan area. Concerns have been raised by recent reports from Russia that scientists were able to insert all the B. anthracis genes determining the pathogenicity of anthrax into other bacilli, such as Bacillus cereus, against which the present available vaccine is ineffective. In addition, the vaccine may not protect against some rare B. anthracis strains. It is also possible to produce B. anthracis strains that are resistant to antibiotics.
This sure as hell better be the drug-addled meanderings of a UK Socialist fantasy, and not any actual information from an investigative arm of the United States of America.
I really don't have the time or the patience for this crap right now.
the "Minnesota Patriot's Council?" Were they trying to preserve lefse and lutefisk from the New World Order?
I *think* they may be referring to the Mississippi White Citizen's Council, but after reading the article, truly, who the hell knows.
OH Crap! I do too so that means I am on their "list". I have nowhere to hide because I have to go to the office tomorrow and I have no vacation time left. Darn, that means they are going to find me either at work or in my apartment!
Wait! I know what I can do, burn my NRA membership card and throw out all my American Rifleman magazines! No, that isn't going to work because I saw a weird guy in a cheap dark suit with sunglasses last night going thru my dumpster......
Alas, there is no hope
The Al Queda Muslims don't know such fine distinctions. Or they sorta know but don't really care and are sending them out for maximum impact.
If this keeps up they can put a real crimp in the postal service with their next targets being UPS FedEx etc..... Suffice it to say the people who handle mail might start rebelling. They are fearful.
Domestic terrorism investigations are among the highest priorities of the FBIs National Security Division.
Domestic terrorist groups are those which are based and which operate entirely within the United States, or its territories, and whose activities are directed at elements of the U.S. Government or its civilian population. The threat posed by domestic terrorist groups has remained significant over the past several years. Domestic terrorist groups represent interests spanning the full political spectrum, as well as social issues and concerns. However, FBI investigations of domestic terrorist groups are not predicated upon social or political beliefs; rather, they are based upon planned or actual criminal activity.
The current domestic terrorist threat primarily comes from right-wing extremist groups, including radical paramilitary (militia) groups, Puerto Rican terrorist groups, and special interest groups.
From the FBI
This is quite a naively written piece. You can always note this naivete when the Brits try to write about some aspect of American society that they utterly don't comprehend.
I fear that things may get a lot worse (already seeing more Anthrax cases), and the full brunt of American anger would result in a total and complete annihilation of the sand goblins who are responsible. But diversity is good, and we can't have that, so the liberals need to find scapegoats so that the war overseas will not be fully prosecuted.
This is part of a transparent attempt to divide this nation against itself. It seems to be having some success, judging from the reaction right here in River City.
Free Republic is turning into Panic Town, USA. We need to cut this out. We're being silly.
Looks like the media is getting ready to go for the jugular