Another Day, Another Act of Right-Wing Terrorism

Since 9/11, right wing terrorists have killed 34 people in the United States. Well, until this weekend. We can now add three more to the list after a married couple chased down and killed two police officers and a civilian in a deliberate attempt to spark a “revolution.”

Jerad and Amanda Miller were pretty much standard issue anti-government right wing extremists. They sold everything they had to move from their home in Lafayette, Indiana to Las Vegas in order to support Cliven Bundy, but were later kicked off the Bundy ranch because he had a felony on his record. They railed on social media and on right-wing websites about all sorts of popular right-wing conspiracies like UN takeovers and chemtrails.

Jerad Miller’s last Facebook post, made Saturday, hinted at the couple’s plans.

“The dawn of a new day. May all of our coming sacrifices be worth it,” he posted…

Jerad Miller outlined his political views, which were largely based on conspiracy theories promoted by Fox News and Alex Jones, in his social media postings, and he posted frequently about firearms and violent revolution.

“We can hope for peace,” he posted June 2. “We must, however, prepare for war. We face an enemy that is not only well funded, but who believe they fight for freedom and justice. Those of us who know the truth and dare speak it, know that the enemy we face are indeed our brothers. Even though they share the same masters as we all do. They fail to recognize the chains that bind them. To stop this oppression, I fear, can only be accomplished with bloodshed.”…

A May 28, 2012, post on Jones’ InfoWars site appears to have been made by Jerad Miller, who expressed frustration with his arrest on drug charges and vowed he would rather die than be labeled a criminal.

“I am like a wild coyote,” he wrote, using the user name “Jerad” and a Gadsden flag as his avatar. “You corner me, I will fight to the death.”

He goes on to say he’s “broken hearted” to see other Americans placated by materialism and celebrity worship as they submitted to tyranny.

“So, do I kill cops and make a stand when they come to get me?” the post continues. “I would prefer to die than sit in their jail, when I have done nothing to hurt anyone.”…

Neighbors said the couple spoke frequently about their guns and anti-government views, and they also made racist statements.

“They were handing out white-power propaganda and were talking about doing the next Columbine,” said neighbor Brandon Moore.

The Obama administration recently decided to reform a domestic terrorism task force in the wake of the shootings at a Jewish center by a former KKK leader in Kansas. It should never have been disbanded in the first place. But the right wing is freaking out over it, as usual.

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  • John Pieret

    I think this is one signal that it may be time to shut down the Bundy clown circus.

  • anubisprime

    “You corner me, I will fight to the death.”

    Don’t know about a wild coyote…sounds more like a shithouse rat!

  • http://teethofthebuzzsaw.blogspot.com Leo Buzalsky

    Since 9/11, right wing terrorists have killed 34 people in the United States. Well, until this weekend.

    One slight problem I have with this statement is with the way we (by which I mean society as a whole) treat the political spectrum as one-dimensional. It would seem he had some views that don’t necessarily fit with the right wing, and would probably be better described as libertarian…though that may be true for a lot of who we label right wing terrorists. (Some of his views seemed down right confused. I saw suggestions that he was for government assistance…as long as it wasn’t a “handout.” In other words, it seems he’d have been for or against something depending on what words are used…just like the people who like “Obamacare” as long as you don’t call it “Obamacare.”)

  • Alverant

    I think it’s far more than 34. But I consider hate crimes to be small scale terrorist attacks so they count in my total. There’s an article http://www.alternet.org/media/why-network-television-so-afraid-admitting-many-americas-terror-attacks-are-right-wing about this and some guy named A-train trying to separate the right wing terrorists from your every day right wing nut jobs. Can I get some help correcting him, please?

  • David Marjanović

    some views that don’t necessarily fit with the right wing, and would probably be better described as libertarian…

    Uh. Almost all libertarian views have been embraced by the Republican Party for years to decades now.

  • colnago80

    For those who say that if bystanders had been armed, the killing might have been avoided. Well, in the Nevada incident, we had two armed police officers were assassinated. Although one of them managed to get off a round or 2 before he died, obviously their guns did them little good.

  • dugglebogey

    As he was a convicted felon, I’d like to know how he got his hands on all those guns, and to see if those that provided them might be held accountable in some way.

  • raven

    It was appalling. And routine.

    Social media accounts paint chilling portrait of Las Vegas cop killers

    The ADL says in the past five years, there have been 43 separate incidences of violence between domestic extremists and U.S. law enforcement. All but four of the attacks were perpetrated by right-wing extremists, according to the ADL.

    1. 90% of the terrorist attacks in the last 5 years have been done by right wingnuts/christofascists.

    2. 9 cops have been killed by Sovereign Citizens. Police are one of their favorite targets.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “9 cops have been killed by Sovereign Citizens. Police are one of their favorite targets.”

    Were any of them not shot from ambush?

    @6:

    The third person killed, Joseph Robert Wilcox, was also armed:

    http://wonkette.com/551139/man-killed-in-wal-mart-by-rightwing-lunatics-was-good-guy-with-gun

    @1:

    Cliven was offering the police any and all assistance yesterday–ratting out his fellow revolutionaries, wottaguy!

  • Marie the Bookwyrm

    democommie @9, I was going to mention the ‘good guy with a gun’, but you beat me to it.

  • raven

    In the last week alone there were two. Some guy in Georgia tried to blow up a courthouse but didn’t get very far. And now Las Vegas.

    How long until the American people get fed up with rightwing domestic terrorist attacks?

    Got me. I have no idea. I was fed up when Timothy McVeigh destroyed the Oklahoma City federal building.

    You can bet if the Millers had been black, Moslem, or commies, the rightwing nutosphere would be screaming for months about it.

    Historically the US has had a low tolerance for extremist violence. But I don’t see all that many people getting fed up. Maybe we are all getting desensitized to frequent lethal violence.

  • Doug Little

    @9 and 10.

    Yep you both beat me to it. I’ll be using this as an example in the next discussion I have with a gun nut.

  • Nick Gotts

    Leo Buzalsky@3

    One slight problem I have with this statement is with the way we (by which I mean society as a whole) treat the political spectrum as one-dimensional.

    I don’t think “society as a whole” does this, but the main point is valid. However…

    It would seem he had some views that don’t necessarily fit with the right wing, and would probably be better described as libertarian

    Er, what? For at least the last decade, those described or self-described as libertarian without a qualifier such as “left” or “socialist” are always right-wing, usually far-right. The left/right axis concerns the attitude to socio-economic inequality. The left wishes to reduce it, the right regards it as the natural and inevitable result of differences in talent and industry, so the poor have no-one to blame but themselves, and government action to reduce inequality is “theft”.

  • dugglebogey

    Republicans don’t seem to be with the Libertarians on drug legalization, abortion and freedom from religion, not in the very least.

  • Dweller in Darkness

    @9 From what I’ve read, Bundy wouldn’t let him stay in the compound with the rest of them.

    So, yeah, too much of a nut for Cliven Bundy.

  • Al Dente

    While most libertarians claim to reject liberalism and conservatism equally, when election time comes they vote for the most radically conservative candidate available. Anyone who thinks the vast majority of American libertarians aren’t right wing isn’t paying attention.

  • Synfandel

    We had our own tragic cop killing this last week in Canada. A ‘survivalist’ in the smallish city of Moncton, New Brunswick, dressed up in camouflage, went Rambo, killed three RCMP officers, and put two more in hospital in critical condition.

    A suspect is in custody. He doesn’t appear at this point to be a right-wing ideologue—just someone with paranoia and a fascination with weapons.

    Today’s a prime day to break the law in Canada, because half the country’s police are in Moncton for the funeral.

  • Nick Gotts

    Al Dente@16,

    Indeed so. There is indeed more than one political dimension, and libertarians differ from conservatives on some forms of social authoritarianism, and on foreign policy, but market worship in theory, and support for corporate power in practice, unite them, and libertarians almost invariably give these economic issues priority. Even on social issues, the big libertarian hero Ron Paul (remember the “Ron Paul Revolution”? ) is quite happy for the states to outlaw drugs and abortion – it’s only the federal government that’s not allowed to do that.

  • grepo

    Thank you Ed!

    You’re the first website to state “terrorism” in the title and body of your post regarding the Vegas terrorists. I’ve been leaving comments on liberal websites telling them that they should use “TERRORIST” in their titles and to talk about it in the body of their posts, but they are only taking about gun control. This is not about gun control, though it contributes to it, but about white, christian terrorism.

  • lorn

    Alex Jones, Infowars, chemtrails, Beck are essentially a self-imposed Gish gallop of delusion and ignorance. The central plot of these sources is that they never actually establish any point before galloping on to conclusions, which are never shown to be reliable but which added to the mix and used to draw further conclusions.

    Chemtrails is a good example of this. Contrails kind of look like the airliners are spraying something so instead of doing the research and hammering it out among alternative conclusions based upon evidence they jump from simplistic observation to assumed fact and off into fantasy land. Contrails look like crop dusting —> mass government mind/birth control. Although there are literal thousands of pages of commentary and supposed supporting evidence the argument isn’t really any more sophisticated than that.

    This manner of sloppy thinking is really a playing out of emotional conclusions that then draw in biased logic to support the foregone conclusion established by emotion. Which is why racism, sexism, fear of intellectualism and government, religion, and love of guns are so common. They are all irrational biases that pluck deeply rooted emotional strings.

  • dingojack

    Perhaps this might be instructive for Americans.

    Dingo

    ——–

    PS: Libertarians have, as far as I can tell, only two reliable maxims:

    I’m all right Jack, fuck you! and No care, no responsibility, all else is just icing to sucker the rubes.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “@9 From what I’ve read, Bundy wouldn’t let him stay in the compound with the rest of them.”

    From what I’ve read we have Cliven Bundy’s word on that. One might excuse me for thinking that Cliven might be shading the truth just a tad.

  • http://mostlyrational.net tacitus

    I heard a little bit of Alex Jones’s show on the radio this afternoon. He started off by saying that real patriots don’t go around shooting police officers. Good start, but he just can’t help himself. Next thing he says is that the cops “could be good cops, or they could be bad cops” (with regard to supporting the New World Order), and then warns the US government that they are at risk of provoking more attacks to the point of starting an uprising.

    In other words, as puppets of the New World Order, it’s all the US government’s fault. Not only that, but it is a deliberate effort to provoke retaliation from patriots so they can clamp down on the entire population and bring their plans for world domination to fruition.

    So, within two minutes of calling for his fellow patriots to remain calm, he gives them more reasons to be angry and more reasons for the less stable to consider direct action.

  • sabrekgb

    @ 12 Doug Little

    I probably qualify (as a gun nut to you) for the purposes of that example. I’m curious as to what point you would use the incident to make. I’ve been “discussing” this with democommie on another thread and am curious to get another perspective on it.

    @ 3 Leo Buzalski

    “One slight problem I have with this statement is with the way we (by which I mean society as a whole) treat the political spectrum as one-dimensional.”

    Spot on! This one dimensional Left Right axis is impossibly simplistic. At a very minimum, we should be using 2 axes, similar to: this. Probably 3 to have a reasonable appreciation of a position. When i hear people bitch about “Left” this, or “Right” that, it’s like hearing nails on a chalkboard. The one dimensional axis is not enough to tell you someone’s politics, it’s just a convenient labeling system for “Us vs. Them” and because of that it does more harm than good.

  • Ichthyic

    The one dimensional axis is not enough to tell you someone’s politics,

    it’s a shame then that the US is a one dimensional political system.

    wank on though, wank on.

  • eric

    OT, but GOP majority leader Eric Cantor was defeated in his VA primary yesterday by a tea party guy who spent $200k on his campaign (which is probably at least 1 order of magnitude less than Cantor spent).

    Great googly moogly!

    Evidently, Cantor was perceived as being “soft” on immigration because he had the audacity to support the idea that if you were brought to this country as a little kid and had lived here all your life, there should be a pathway to citizenship for you that doesn’t involve being sent back to your parents’ country.

  • Doug Little

    sabrekgb @24,

    The point is that a lot of people that have guns watch movies and movies give an unrealistic expectation to the possible outcomes of situations involving guns, they think that they too can be the hero and stop the bad guys just like whomever is the action star du jour.

    A lot of the time we hear the mantra that more guns carried by more people would fix the gun violence problem, that people would think twice about committing gun violence. This event, both the armed police and the armed person in the Walmart were shot, clearly shows that this is not the case. I think that most people who are carrying think they can be Bruce Willis in Die hard and turnout to be woefully equipped for violent situations placing themselves as well as other innocent bystanders in more peril that they would otherwise have been in.

  • Doug Little

    sabrekgb @24,

    Furthermore I think that the concept of carrying a gun for safety is pretty much ass backwards. A gun, when you look at the statistics, actually makes you less safe not more for the majority of gun owners. Unless you have had specific training pertaining to possible violent situations I think that most gun owners are ill equipped to handle these situations in the safest possible way.

  • jesse

    You know, I get sick of libertarians saying that they aren’t really necessarily right wing people when shit like this happens.

    Look, here’s the thing: many libertarians claim they don’t like government intervention in people’s lives, and so support, for example, the right to an abortion. But that completely, utterly, big-elephant-in-the-room ignores that any of those rights are meaningless if, for example, you need a lot of money to exercise them, or if your employer can squelch them by threatening you with getting fired. Please look at how employers dealt with unions, for instance. The US has one of the most violent labor histories in the western world. You think the courts did any good for most workers, who couldn’t afford lawyers?

    Get it? If you allow basically complete economic freedom — I can hire and fire who I want whenever I want for any reason, and there’s no system in place to provide certain things that cost — then what you have is feudalism. Because your employer has all the power. Libertarians seem to live in a world where people have the ability to teleport, learn skills like they do in the Matrix, has telepathy and have no other ties in their lives (spouses, children, families, friends). In fact I’d say few libertarians I have met even consider the concept of transaction costs, or understands why we don’t use shiny bits of metal for currency anymore. (Hint: inflation can be bad, but deflation is a real bitch).

    And libertarians have not exactly covered themselves in glory whenever the discussion comes up as to how to keep people from doing stupid shit like walking through the streets with a goddamned machine gun.

    The problem is that libertarians basic assumption is that every transaction is one-to-one, that there’s no ripple effects, and that markets just magically converge on the correct solutions to a problem — they ignore that markets are made of humans who make can bad decisions. They also assume that history doesn’t exist — that racism and sexism are just a matter of intent, not institutionalized practices and norms.

    And all these assumptions are basically ones that right wing authoritarians share. So unless you’re predicating this with the left- or anarcho- or whatever, damned right I am going to call libertarians right wing people. Because that’s how libertarians have behaved.

    Yes, the left-right axis can be incomplete. And you know what? That’s really kind of irrelevant to any discussion of right-wing terrorism in the US. Which, unlike left-wing terrorism has proven a clear, present and deadly danger. (Shall we compare body counts? Left-wingers haven’t managed to kill even 100 over the past hundred freaking years. )

    The difference is that Timothy McVeigh could find friends who would shelter him — had he been able to make it to any number of militia groups scattered around the country, he might have stayed free long enough to precipitate another standoff. Bundy proved that, as does the existence of groups like the Minutemen in Arizona. How many ranches full of Leninists are there? Right wing terrorism is a problem precisely because there are large numbers of people who listen to right wing talk radio and tacitly think that shooting abortion doctors, for instance, is OK.

  • colnago80

    Re Doug Little @ #28

    In the Nevada incident, the two cops and the poor slob at Walmart were all armed. Didn’t do them much good against the two murdering assholes.

  • raven

    OT, but GOP majority leader Eric Cantor was defeated in his VA primary yesterday by a tea party guy who spent $200k on his campaign (which is probably at least 1 order of magnitude less than Cantor spent).

    Yeah, that is the big deal for today’s news.

    Cantor was a Tea Partyist himself. It was between an extremist and someone even more extreme.

    It’s now obvious what the Tea Party/fundies next hate target is now that the gay bashing is winding down. It’s going to be nonwhites in general, and Latinos and immigration from the south in particular.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    Perhaps the policemen would still be alive if they had been at a sushi or yakitori restaurant where their “samurai mindset” would be perfectly normal. Unfortunately they chose a pizza shop and we know, from “The Godfather-Part Two” just how deadly Italian eateries can be. I blame it on the carb-loading attendant to eating pizza and pasta (plus a few cannolis).

    The guy in the Walmart never had a chance, Walmart is all about Chinese, not Japanese, stuff and Confucianism is no match for Bushido!

    Yes, I know how ridiculous all of that sounds. It makes almost as little sense as the notion that people with hidden gunz are gonna get the drop on murderous thugs because they’re more aware of their surroundings and always at “Yellow” level of threat alert status or WTF they’re calling it today.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “It’s now obvious what the Tea Party/fundies next hate target is now that the gay bashing is winding down. It’s going to be nonwhites in general, and Latinos and immigration from the south in particular.”

    And that is after the hundreds of dollars and dozens of minutes they’ve spent on their effort to reach out to ILLEGALS and the coo, er, I mean, African-Americans since 2012.

  • Dweller in Darkness

    @22 Did some more reading on the subject last night (Bundy fascinates me, like a persistent scab) and it looks like it’s a little complicated – the couple was welcome initially, but reports from friends and family are that they were booted out at some point, although the reported reasons vary.

  • Doug Little

    colnago80 @30,

    Yep what I said in way less words.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    @34:

    So far all I’ve seen is Bundy’s side of the story, it will be interesting if somebody has video of him and the shooters tossin’ back a few and “joshin'” bout blowin’ shit the fuck up.

  • freehand

    democommie: It makes almost as little sense as the notion that people with hidden gunz are gonna get the drop on murderous thugs because they’re more aware of their surroundings and always at “Yellow” level of threat alert status or WTF they’re calling it today.

    .

    Well, no. The idea is that anyone carrying concealed will often be able to draw and perhaps return fire before the attacker sees he/she is armed. Open carry, of course, is a target, and such a person would be shot from behind or when the shooter walks through the door – like those cops eating at the pizzaria. *

    .

    And it is true that numerous crimes are stopped by the presence of firearms. If nobody is shot, you are unlikely to read about it.

    .

    Various gun laws, in various cultures, present a complex and unclear picture of laws and their consequences. There seems to be some evidence of lower homicide rates in Australia after their gun buy back and increased tracking, but that may have been largely a result of improved control of illegal guns. If so, we in the US might want to focus on issues of licensing to own, background check for all purchases, limits on types of firearms**, etc. The firearms manufacturing lobby division, the NRA, is not helping. If they continue to polarize this issue and dumb it down any more, they may find themselves losing.the war for winning all the battles.

    .

    * As a martial artist, I do not wear a tee shirt that says “I train, better hit me from behind with a two by four”

    .

    ** When the hell did full automatics become legal? They weren’t when I was a kid, and the adult gun culture I was in weren’t bothered by that. Who needs a machine gun for self-defense? Also, armor piercing bullets are of questionable sporting or defensive use, as are 30-round magazines.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    Fully automatic weapons have always been legal under US federal law. Restrictions were put on them by the 1934 National Firearms Act, and other restrictions were imposed subsequently. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Firearms_Act

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “The idea is that anyone carrying concealed will often be able to draw and perhaps return fire before the attacker sees he/she is armed.”

    The third murder at the Walmart was of a guy who was carrying a concealed weapon.

    “And it is true that numerous crimes are stopped by the presence of firearms. If nobody is shot, you are unlikely to read about it.”

    Estimates of private citizens using their personal weapons to thwart crime run from a low below 100K instances per year to a high of 2-3M per year. If the NRA could furnish credible reports of 2 or 3 such instances a week, they’d be thrilled.

    Semi-automatic weapons are what separates wannabe mass murderers from the real deal. Putting more gunz on the street will not solve the problem it’s created. Knowing that there might be people in a crowd with concealed carry weapons doesn’t make me feel the least bit safer.

  • sabrekgb

    @ 27 Doug Little

    Would you then say that because he was unable to stop the bad guy and in trying, got himself shot, that he should have been prohibited from having a weapon in public?

  • sabrekgb

    @ 28 Doug Little

    A violent situation seems pretty unsafe all around, so i’m not sure that handling it “in the safest possible way” is really the goal. The goal is to handle the situation in general and minimize the damage done. Something that is not the optimal outcome but is nevertheless better than complete inaction is still better than nothing at all. As someone once said: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

    It’d be nice if guns weren’t needed ever, and most of the time they aren’t. Neither is my multi-tool. I’ve seen a guy with lots of skill with a multi tool do some amazing repairs. I don’t have his level of skill with it, but i find that having it for situations, even when i can’t do as good a job as he can, is still better than not having it at all. If he’s around to help me, then i’d let him make the repair, but if he’s not (which he usually isn’t), then at least I can do a workable job…even if i may cut myself once in a blue moon.

  • sabrekgb

    @ 39 democommie

    “Knowing that there might be people in a crowd with concealed carry weapons doesn’t make me feel the least bit safer.”

    Does it make you feel less safe? If the answer is “Yes”, and considering that CCW permit holders commit crimes (including violent) at a lower rate than the general population [1], then why?

    1. An Analysis Of The Arrest Rate Of Texas Concealed Handgun License Holders As Compared To The Arrest Rate Of The Entire Texas Population (Specifically, Table 3, bottom row, p33)

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    @40,41&42:

    Nice little group of strawmen you have there, son. Too bad they all go up in flames when we apply anything like logic to them.

    This:

    “William E. Sturdevant, PE Navasota, Texas September 11, 1999

    Revised September 1, 2000”

    is on the cover page of your “Exhibit A”.

    TEXAS is not the country, much as they might like to think otherwise..

    You like to posit unprovable assertions as proof, it’s not the way that scientific inquiry works. Lobby the NRA and YOUR congressman to support the collection of ALL gun crime, shooting and arrest data and we’ll see what the numbers look like.

    You do realize that dropping a gun in a Walmart and having it stupidentally discharge is treated as a NON-CRIME in states that are all about 2nd Amendment RIGHTS trumping any others? I read about a fair number of such incidents on a DAILY basis.

    IF you’re one of the people who actually IS well trained in dealing with situations where people are shooting people and you’re NOT a cop, you’re in a VERY small minority. What you don’t accept that? PROVE that there are several million responsible, well trained, CCW folks out there. Show us the math or STFU.

  • sabrekgb

    @ 43 democommie

    If anyone is lining up straw men, it is you.

    You’ve not actually addressed the points i make on this issue (here or our back and forth on the other thread) and just construct mental strawmen who are gunzloonzzzzzzzzzzzZZZzzzz! Talk to me, not the dude in your head.

    We’re not talking about negligent discharges in walmart (which, yes, ought to be criminal). We’re talking about responsibly carrying weapons in public by people who don’t have badges. More specifically, we’re talking about the incident where Wilcox got shot while attempting to stop a bad guy. Several people seem to be latching on to this as a reason he shouldn’t have been armed in the first place, but i think that is incorrect thinking colored by lenses of ideology more than anything.

    To say that because he was shot from behind by a different person that he shouldn’t have been armed in the first place is a non-sequitur. If you’re going to say that his death proves that regular people can’t defend themselves, and so should be unarmed in public…then how does one explain the deaths of the two cops? They died too…but no one is suggesting that they should have been unarmed. What, then is the difference?

    Why do you not address this? Seriously…you keep ignoring it in favor of spouting some sanctimonious bullshit with extra “z”s at who you think i am.

    Wilcox is not an example for disarming lawful weapon carriers…he’s exactly the opposite.

    As for the several million responsible CCW (or open carriers, for that matter)…the above study does a good job toward that point. Texas ain’t the whole country, but one would think that if someplace would have a gun problem, it’d be there, no? Turns out…those who have CCWs are much LESS likely to commit crimes of all kinds. And Texas is a shall-issue state, not a may-issue. Address the point…got info that those with weapon permits are more dangerous?

    “STFU”

    No.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “As for the several million responsible CCW (or open carriers, for that matter)…the above study does a good job toward that point. Texas ain’t the whole country,”

    The study is 14 years old, douchebag.

    The study, like you, ignores the fact that crimes with gunz in Texas are not the same as crimes with gunz in other states.

    Go play with your gunzloonz palz, troll.