Monday, March 29, 2010

The Faces of Terror in America Today

I used to think the recipe for creating a Christian Taliban in America was simple: just eliminate the separation of church and state in this country and wait 20 years. Within a generation, you would see extremists pop out to take out what secular elements of American culture remained through violence.

But today, I was proved wrong. Looks like the recipe is even simpler: put a black man in the White House on the heels of an administration that drove the economy into the ground, and watch that black man try to give an additional 30 million Americans access to health care. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the faces of the first legally documented Christian terror cell:

Christian militia terrorists in U.S. charged in plot against police officers

March 29, 5:06 PMWorld News ExaminerRaymond Gellner
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Eight of the nine suspects charged in the Hutaree case: from top left, David Brian Stone Sr.,
Eight of the nine suspects charged in the Hutaree case: from top left, David Brian Stone Sr.; David Brian Stone Jr.; Jacob Ward; Tina Mae Stone; and bottom row from left, Michael David Meeks; Kristopher T. Sickles; Joshua John Clough; and Thomas William Piatek.
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Detroit, Michigan - On Monday, nine members of a Christian terrorist militant group were arraigned and charged by a grand jury with conspiring to attack and kill police officers including those attending a funeral in an attempt to expand their war against the group’s enemy, namely the United States.

The indictment charges the people involved with conspiracy to kill police officers, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, training on the use of explosive devices, seditious conspiracy, and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence.

The group, Hutaree, consists of several members in several states, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. The members were planning to kill a police officer, and then when other officers attended the funeral, they planned to detonate IED devices to kill police officers in attendance of the service. FBI officials stated that the attacks were being planned by the group to occur some time in April. IEDs (improvised explosive devices) are considered weapons of mass destruction, and are frequently used by al-Qaeda and other Islamic terrorist groups.

According to the Hutaree website, the word Hutaree means “Christian Warrior,” though no such term appears to exist in any standard dictionary.

Courtesy of CNN, here is a PDF link for the indictment. What scares me is the possibility that this may only be the first scare from the fringe. As author David Cay Johnston said to Chris Hedges recently:
"If we see the end of this country it will come from the right and our failure to provide people with the basic necessities of life," said Johnston. "Revolutions occur when young men see the present as worse than the unknown future. We are not there. But it will not take a lot to get there. The politicians running for office who are denigrating the government, who are saying there are traitors in Congress, who say we do not need the IRS, this when no government in the history of the world has existed without a tax enforcement agency, are sowing the seeds for the destruction of the country. A lot of the people on the right hate the United States of America. They would say they hate the people they are arrayed against. But the whole idea of the United States is that we criticize the government. We remake it to serve our interests. They do not want that kind of society. They reject, as Aristotle said, the idea that democracy is to rule and to be ruled in turns. They see a world where they are right and that is it. If we do not want to do it their way we should be vanquished. This is not the idea on which the United States was founded."
What is the solution to this problem? Well, there's the immediate reactive solution that is currently underway through our Department of Justice. But the more preventative answer lies deeper. It needs to be addressed on a cultural level as well as a political level. As I said in my previous blog entry, unless we switch from an economic paradigm based on permanent growth to an economic paradigm based on sustainable living for all citizens, our society will dissolve into an ideological fracas In Jesus' Name. When that happens, we won't have democracy, we'll have theocracy. Our more specifically, rule by men pretending to divine how God would rule through their twisted interpretation of the Bible transmitted into law.
Is that the direction this country should go? We already know the answer that the Hutaree have for this question. The real question for intelligent democracy-loving Americans is: What needs to be accomplished to ensure that we don't go in this direction?


Tanya @ TeenAutism said...

Guess what I was doing when I first heard this breaking news story today - I was at the airport picking up my children. Great place to hear about American-born terrorists. To hell in a handbasket, I tell you.

Robert Paulsen said...

I'm sorry about that, yesterday was not a good day to be at the airport like you were. Or the subway, like I was! I checked out the Hutaree website and there is some true psychopathology on display there. Who Would Jesus Terrorize? Apparently, the Hutaree believe He would terrorize cops. Sickening.