If radical Muslims had carried out terrorist attacks in Kansas and Washington DC over the past five days, we might be trying to pass legislation giving the president the legal authority to place people in preventive detention, and Daniel Pipes would be implying that we need to round up Arab-Americans (correction: Muslims) and put them in relocation camps.
But it was only a couple of old white guys, so our civil liberties remain unthreatened.
Lets imagine the Right’s attempt to portray the murderers of doctors and Holocaust Museum guards is their version of a bad joke by a late night comedian. Sure it would be in bad taste, but it would also e part of that generally rderanged “alternate reality” which the Right prefers over the fact based world adults live in. Conservatives Blame Liberals and Muslims for Holocaust Museum Shooting
First off, Beck went on his show tonight and performed perhaps the most stunning feat of pulling one out of the old anus in the history of stunning pulling one out of the ole anus feats. Beck, with a straight face mind you, looked into the camera and said that America as it stands today is a “boiling pot” fueled by extremists groups like Al Qaeda and 9/11 truthers who are sowing the seeds of extremism and hatred in this country. Then, still with a straight face, Beck also warned his viewers that more violence is likely to come in the future, that “more nutjobs are going to coming out of the woodwork now,” that all of this is part of the “perfect storm” he’s been trying to warn everyone about, a “perfect storm” which will result in a “witchhunt” that will focus on two groups of people. Can you guess who they might be?
So in Beckworld a life long right-wing extremist murdering a guard in a Holocaust Museum in part of a wave of right-wingers that are going to kill each other, in between trying to kill Jews. Beck, along with Michelle Malkin are using the rumor that James von Brunn beloned to the 9-11 truthers as proof he was not a real Conservative, like they know for a fact that no one on the Right belongs to the 9-11 conspiracy crowd . I don’t kow if all these military officers are Republicans, but they tend to think there was some kind of cover-up. Malkin’s accusations only have the slighest chance of working if she can prove beyond a reasoanble doubt that all 9-11 truthers are liberals. One 9-11 truther was Stanley Hilton, who was a senior advisor to Sen Bob Dole (R) and State Sen. Karen Johnson, R-Mesa is also on record as doubting the government’s offical account of what happened on 9-11. Malkin, Beck and the cadre as usual try to avoid facts, hode behind unsubstantiated innuendo, their own conspiacy theories and iability to face up to the fringe nuts that populate their moverment. From Malkin, White supremacist kills guard at Holocaust Museum
To that, I’d respond that our criticism was that the DHS report didn’t focus on known, specific threats, instead making generalized threats about abortion opponents and other vague and broad generalizations about conservative issues. In fact, it never mentioned Holocaust denial at all, nor did it mention anti-semitism at all [see Update V below], either; those terms don’t appear at all in the report.(emphasis mine)
Malkin is factually wrong. From the DHS report,
(U) Exploiting Economic Downturn
(U//FOUO) Rightwing extremist chatter on the Internet continues to focus on the economy, the perceived loss of U.S. jobs in the manufacturing and construction sectors, and home foreclosures. Anti-Semitic extremists attribute these losses to a deliberate conspiracy conducted by a cabal of Jewish “financial elites.” These “accusatory” tactics are employed to draw new recruits into rightwing extremist groups and further radicalize those already subscribing to extremist beliefs. DHS/I&A assesses this trend is likely to accelerate if the economy is perceived to worsen.
Colleagues called Stephen T. Johns “Big John,” for he was well over 6 feet tall. But mostly friends recalled the security guard’s constant courtesy and friendliness.
“A soft-spoken, gentle giant,” said Milton Talley, a former employee of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where Johns was killed yesterday in the line of duty — shot, authorities said, by an avowed white supremacist who entered the museum with a rifle.