Former Border Patrol Agent Pushes Bizarre Conspiracy Theories

Zack Taylor is the leader of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers and he is often cited by right wing media outlets as proof that our border patrol agents are opposed to Obama’s immigration policy. They might want to choose their sources a bit more carefully:

After one caller said President Obama is “planning on having major crises in this country” such as “pandemics and possible nuclear strikes,” Taylor floated fears about FEMA internment camps and coffins based on articles he read on the always-reliable internet:

“This is just stuff that’s been for years showing up on the internet about him trying to find large detention space that is available, about having — it’s not body bags — temporary or makeshift coffins to handle 200 million deaths. Two million is significant, but 200 million is catastrophic. These are all rumors that are persistent rumors and getting a straight answer out of this government is nearly impossible, it’s almost like you’re better off believing the opposite of what they tell you.”

When one caller told him about fears that Obama is using immigration “as a distraction to keep us busy” as he invites Belgian and Russian soldiers into America to help him “get ready for martial law,” Taylor said that he is indeed “aware of significant rumors that we are unable to verify.”…

Nonetheless, Taylor said United Nations planes are landing at a U.S. base in Arizona…

Taylor also said that unaccompanied minors crossing the border as part of “asymmetrical warfare to destroy the country from within” through “the ancient Asian idea of a death by a thousand cuts.”

“The strategy of asymmetrical warfare is exactly the opposite of conventional warfare, instead of by brute force defeating a nation, it defeats a nation from within by attacking and diminishing its own institutions,” he continued. “They are doing a Cloward-Piven overload of the immigration system.”

Of course, the fact that he promotes these ridiculous conspiracy theories is a feature, not a bug, from the perspective of the right wing media.

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  • blf

    Belgian soldiers?

    I know “Belgium” is one of the most offensive words ever — there’s even an award for the Most Gratuitous Use of the Word ‘Belgium’ in a Serious Screenplay — but still…

    Or is this the script for a (ahem!) “serious screenplay” and he’s deliberately trying for a Rory?

  • dingojack

    Gee – is Agatha Christie still in the running* ?

    Dingo

    ———

    *(despite being dead)

  • Chiroptera

    …as he invites Belgian and Russian soldiers into America….

    Yeah, nothing good ever happens when the Belgians and Russians get together!

  • blf

    despite being dead

    M. Poirot is on the case…

  • Trebuchet

    Fear the Belgians! They already own Budweiser, what’s next?

  • blf

    [N]othing good ever happens when the Belgians and Russians get together!

    Especially Belgian bier and moules, and Russian bread (and potatoes for the frites?). Cultural and gastronomic heathens.

  • blf

    They already own Budweiser, what’s next?

    Real beer?

  • dingojack

    blf – I suspect the vicar*, in the library, with a stinger….

    Dingo

    ———

    * as oversized wasp

  • sh3baproject

    whats wrong with belgium? they did nothing wrong except being invaded by germany twice. then again, the belgians do allow gay marriage.

  • blf

    I suspect the vicar, in the library, with a stinger

    No, no, Ms Christe was there for that one. Although investigating her own death would be an interesting mystery, a Mr Holmes of Baker Street, London, already did something like that. At the Reichenbach Falls, as I recall — albeit I don’t recall any battered blue British Police Boxes being seen…

  • Larry

    Belgians, and Russians, and FEMA, oh my!

  • sugarfrosted

    Oh, Belgium.

  • Abby Normal

    I’ve seen rumors on the internet about border agents using illegal immigrants to create a real world version of The Most Dangerous Game. I hear they make hundreds of thousands of dollars taking rich hunters on safari for brown people. They wouldn’t allow it on the internet if it wasn’t true, right?

  • tbrandt

    sh3baproject:

    whats wrong with belgium? they did nothing wrong except being invaded by germany twice. then again, the belgians do allow gay marriage.

    There was also the small matter of the brutal exploitation of the Congo, which funded the modernization of Brussels. It was so bad, with up to 10 million excess Congolese deaths, that it was an international disgrace even by the standards of the early 20th century.

  • coragyps

    “but 200 million is catastrophic”

    No shit? D’ya really think so? I would have thought at least a billion to get all the way to “catastrophic.”

  • busterggi

    Prepare to be forced into eating waffles, America!

  • illdoittomorrow

    Apropos of nothing, but don’t they have some kind of psychological screening for federal law enforcement/paramilitary types? I kind of doubt Zack Taylor came by his moonbat fuckwittery after leaving the Border Patrol- I shudder to think what such a paranoid delusional person would be capable of let loose on the border with no real supervision.

  • http://composer99.blogspot.ca composer99

    If I were embarked on a conspiratorial path to “take over” the US, this kind of nonsense (about “200 million” makeshift coffins or what-have-you) is exactly the kind of stuff I would want to see proliferating. Get everyone worked up about batshit stuff so they don’t pay any attention to any real signs.

  • blf

    Prepare to be forced into eating waffles, America!

    And drinking Russian tea! (And I don’t mean the stuff with orange peel, albeit I do rather like it myself.)

  • bushrat

    All of you may scoff at the power of the Belgian Military Machine, but remember when they invaded France twice last century and set off 2 world wars, then blamed it all on the Germans, those hard working industrious peaceniks. I’m watching you and your Dutch allies you bunch of waffle chugging fascists.

  • matty1

    As I understand it the UN leases planes from airlines and governments so if UN marked planes did land in Arizona there is a high chance they were giving them back.

  • raven

    …temporary or makeshift coffins to handle 200 million deaths.

    This is so wrong. Zack Taylor is an idiot.

    The 250 million coffins (not 200 million) are not makeshift. They are plastic and it says Made In China on them.

    And what is a temporary coffin good for? There is no such thing as a temporarily dead body!!! They are intended to be buried like any other coffin.

    PS And how and why is Obama and FEMA going to kill 2/3 of the US population without people noticing? When people are fired on, they have a well developed reflex to…fire back. It wouldn’t take too many people shot before the other 317 million start shooting back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    These are all rumors that are persistent rumors and getting a straight answer out of this government is nearly impossible,

    Maybe because after nearly six years, they’re sick of answering the same rumors being spread by internet trolls over and over again.

  • raven

    These are all rumors that are persistent rumors and getting a straight answer out of this government is nearly impossible,

    Or it is just too stupid to bother with.

    Q: Taylor: Mr President, do you intend to launch a nuclear strike on the USA and kill 200 million people?

    A: Obama: No, can’t say that I have any intention of launching nukes on the USA. You do realize, I live here?

    OTOH, If I was going to nuke the USA, you don’t really think I would announce it at a press conference, do you?

  • Moon Jaguar

    We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender to the Miserable Fat Belgian Bastards.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    I seem to remember the X millions of body bags idea was floating around fringe circles during the Reagan years.

  • howardhershey

    To paraphrase W.C. Fields, “Belgium. Belgium! Never trust the stuff. Hear they speak French in it.”

  • magistramarla

    I was talking to my daughter who is married to a redneck rwnj. She was insisting that the kids on the border were bringing in all kinds of diseases and that a border patrol officer was posting about it, so she trusted that it must be true. I wonder if this is the guy she was referring to?

  • vmanis1

    I am waiting for the next remake of Red Dawn, in which the United States is invaded by a crack team of paratroopers drawn from Luxembourg, Monaco, and Andorra.

    Seriously, calling this twerp a wingnut is an insult to wingnuts everywhere.

  • fmitchell

    Apparently President Obama has so many “distractions” in play that nobody can agree on what he’s distracting us from.

    Also, pardon my ignorance but I’d never heard of Saul Alinski or Cloward-Piven until wingnuts dredged up their names. I had to look them up (in Wikipedia, alas, but it’s more reliable than Fox News). Are there Tea Party strategists scouring political science papers for obscure publications they can tout as Obama’s blueprint for a communist fascist Muslim atheist nation run by the UN and the Antichrist? Do they have an old list compiled by the John Birch Society? Where do these names come from?

  • fmitchell

    @vmanis1

    You forgot the waves upon waves of Ebola-infected South American children sent in to soften us up.

  • John Pieret

    I am waiting for the next remake of Red Dawn, in which the United States is invaded by a crack team of paratroopers drawn from Luxembourg, Monaco, and Andorra.

    Me, I’m worried by Jim Garrow’s Canadian invasion myself. There is nothing worse than being politely lined up and shot.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    OK, so I’ve been incognito (or incontinent or something like that) since I told TWC to go fuck themselves but wtf? Is there nothing that is batshit KKKrazzeepantz enough to satisfy these idiots.

    InBev, btw, according to a guy who’s been a distributor for about 40 years, is actually run by a Brazilian, Carlos Brito.

  • caseloweraz

    Raven: And what is a temporary coffin good for?

    OMG — Zombies! Obama is preparing to start the Zombie Apocalypse!