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Is there a pattern here?

Army recruiters killed Little Rock.

Abortion doctor killed Kansas.

James Wenneker von Brunn attacks the guards at the Holocaust Museum, DC.

What's scary is the National Public Radio reporter calling JWvonBrunn a "conspiracy theorist," which got my attention and got me to check this guy out a little further.

He's certainly a crazy, racist, anti-semitic, homicidal maniac and nazi, but I wouldn't classify him as a "conspiracy theorist." That's like calling him Caucasion. He's a lunatic, and any attempt to brand him a "conspiracy theorist" or "domestic radical" should be met with that fact that he's not - he's just plain crazy. He's an octogenarian nut case.

Just what we need Geriatric Terrorists.

He's an aritist whose hard up for beer money, who visited the US Naval Academy at Annapolis last week, ranted against Obama, and his weapon of choice was a classic Western Winchester, which can't be traced because it's an antique. Do you believe that?

Doug Horne and a couple other people who worked for the ARRB went to work at the Holocaust Muse when it first opened.

Now to check out who killed the military recruiters in Little Rock and the abortion doctor in Kansas; they can't be as interesting as von Brunn.


LA Times:

Reporting from Washington -- A self-described anti-Semitic ideologue was charged with murder Thursday in the shooting death of a black security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, as authorities provided new details of the allegedly unprovoked attack and the suspect's troubled life on society's right-wing extremist fringe.

James Wenneker von Brunn, 88, double-parked his 2002 Red Hyundai outside the crowded tourist attraction at lunchtime Wednesday and was approaching the entrance when security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns "was kind enough to open the door" for him, apparently in the belief that the elderly man wanted to visit the museum, Washington Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said

Von Brunn raised a 22-caliber rifle that he had been carrying at his side, aimed it at Jones and fired once, hitting him in the left upper chest and mortally wounding him, according to an affidavit filed in federal court by FBI Agent Ronald Farnsworth.

Von Brunn then "continued through the door and raised his firearm as if to fire again," when two other security guards shot back at him eight times with their .38-caliber service revolvers. Struck in the face, Von Brunn also fired twice more, the affidavit said.

He could face the death penalty if convicted, but acting U.S. Atty. Channing Phillips said no decision had been made as to whether prosecutors will seek it.

Information gathered in the investigation that was disclosed Thursday indicated that Von Brunn had come to the museum intent on making a deadly political extremist statement -- and possibly committing "suicide by cop," or provoking a deadly exchange of gunfire.

"You want my weapons -- this is how you'll get them," a notebook with handwritten notations left behind in Von Brunn's car stated, the affidavit said. " The Holocaust is a lie. Obama was created by Jews. Obama does what his Jew owners tell him to do. Jews captured America's money. Jews control the mass media. The 1st Amendment is abrogated -- henceforth."

Von Brunn's rifle contained 10 more rounds of ammunition, the affidavit said.

In his car, authorities found other names and locations, but there was no indication that he had complied a hit list of other potential targets, FBI Assistant Director Joseph Persichini Jr. said. Persichini and Lanier said the probe had expanded nationwide and involves hundreds of police officers and federal agents who are interviewing friends, relatives, acquaintances and other white supremacist sympathizers.

Officials also conducted a search of Von Brunn's apartment on the 600 block of Admiral Drive in Annapolis, where Brandy Teel told FBI agents that she lived with Von Brunn's son Erik, her fiance, and that the elder Von Brunn had moved in two years ago and paid $400 a month in rent, the affidavit said.

When Von Brunn moved in, he brought two weapons, a .30-30 rifle and a .22-caliber rifle, Teel told authorities. A search of the apartment found the .30-30 rifle, ammunition for the .22-caliber, and ledgers, journals and manuscripts, the affidavit said.

At a news conference, authorities urged the public to come forward with any information they might have about Von Brunn, including what might have set him off, who else might have known about it and whether he had any help or co-conspirators. He remains in critical condition and under heavy guard at the George Washington University Hospital, the nearby trauma center where he and Johns were taken immediately after the exchange of gunfire.

The FBI said Thursday that it was investigating the shootings as a potential hate crime, which could bring additional federal charges. Von Brunn was charged with murder and killing in a federal facility. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also has joined the investigation, in an effort to determine where Von Brunn got the rifle and possibly other weapons. He is prohibited by law from using or carrying a firearm due to a 1983 conviction on charges of trying to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve Board because he didn't like the country's economic policies.

Persichini said the FBI had long known about Von Brunn and his writings, but that it did not have the legal basis to open a formal investigation into him. "We were aware of him," Persichini said.

All indications were that Von Brunn acted alone, but many pieces of the puzzle had yet to fall into place, and U.S. intelligence agents were even reaching out to sources overseas in an effort to track Von Brunn's movements, both physical and in cyberspace, Persichini added.

He confirmed that authorities had seized mountains of potential evidence during searches of Von Brunn's car and home and that forensic experts were just beginning to comb through the vast amount of information from Von Brunn's virulently anti-Semitic website, Holy Western Empire, and other extremist websites that he frequented.

"We know what Mr. Von Brunn did yesterday at the Holocaust museum," Persichini said. "Now it's our responsibility to determine why he did it."


A white supremacist who killed a security guard at a Holocaust memorialin the US has links to the British National party, which gained two MEPs inlast week's European elections.

Thousands of visitors fled the museum in Washington yesterday after James Von Brunn opened fire, killing a security guard. In the gunfight that followed the 88-year-old was shot, and is now in a critical condition in hospital.

Yesterday it emerged that Von Brunn, a longtime antisemite, had attended meetings of the American Friends of the British National party (AFBNP), set up to raise funds from far-right activists in America.

Mark Cotterill, who ran the US-based organization before it folded in 2001, said: "He did attend meetings. I have just checked my database and he is down as 'meetings only' so he was not a major donor, although he may have put some money on the plate when it was passed round."

The AFBNP treasurer, Todd Blodgett, also told the Washington Post that he and Von Brunn had attended fundraising meetings together in Arlington County. The BNP leader, Nick Griffin, spoke to at least two AFBNP meetings and said the money raised by the organisation made a "significant contribution to the BNP's [2001] general election campaign".

Yesterday a spokesman for the party said: "You get a lot of people coming to meetings but I don't think you can blame us for that. Even if he did go to meetings it was nothing to do with us."

However, anti-racism campaigners said Von Brunn's links to the BNP underlined its extremist agenda.

"It is clear that Nick Griffin is at the centre of an international network of white supremacists," said Dan Hodges from Searchlight. "The BNP must explain the full extent of his organisation's links with this antisemitic gunman."

The far-right party gained its first two MEPs in last week's European elections – Griffin in the north-west and former National Front leader Andrew Brons in Yorkshire and the Humber.

During the campaign photographs emerged of Griffin alongside the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard Stephen "Don" Black, who was banned from the UK by the then home secretary, Jacqui Smith. He was also criticised for defending a BNP leaflet that said black and Asian Britons should be referred to as "racial foreigners".

US police said Von Brunn, who is in a critical condition in hospital, would be charged with murder and might also be charged with hate crimes and civil rights violations.

At a press conference, Cathy Lanier Washington's police chief, said security guard Stephen Johns was shot when he opened the door of the museum for Von Brunn. Other security guards opened fire, and Von Brunn slumped to the ground.

Joseph Persichini, assistant director of the Washington FBI field office, said Von Brunn was known to the police as an antisemite and a white supremacist, who had a website that espoused hatred against African Americans, Jews and others.

Von Brunn wrote an antisemitic treatise, Kill the Best Gentiles, decried "the browning of America" and claimed to have exposed a Jewish conspiracy "to destroy the white gene-pool".

In 1983 Von Brunn was convicted of attempting to kidnap members of the US federal reserve board.

At the time, police said that Von Brunn wanted to take the members hostage because of high interest rates and the nation's economic difficulties. On the website, Von Brunn blames his six-year imprisonment on "a Jew judge" and "Negro jury".

Civil rights groups said they had been monitoring Von Brunn for decades. Heidi Beirich, director of research for the Southern Poverty Law Centre's intelligence project, said: "He thinks the Jews control the Federal Reserve, the banking system, that basically all Jews are evil. He's an extreme antisemite."

His internet writings say the Holocaust was a hoax: "At Auschwitz the 'Holocaust' myth became Reality, and Germany, cultural gem of the West, became a pariah among world nations."

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The 88-year-old white supremacist charged with killing a guard at the Holocaust Memorial Museum left a note proclaiming President Obama a tool of "Jew owners," according to court records released Thursday.

James von Brunn remained in critical condition in a Washington hospital after being shot by other security guards at the museum Wednesday.

A notebook found in his car after the shooting declared, "You want my weapons -- this is how you'll get them," according to investigators.

"The Holocaust is a lie. Obama was created by Jews. Obama does what Jew owners tell him to do. Jews captured America's money. Jews control the mass media. The 1st Amendment is abrogated --henceforth," von Brunn wrote, according to an FBI agent's affidavit.

Previous online postings attributed to James von Brunn promoted the claim that Obama has no valid U.S. birth certificate, a debunked theory rejected by U.S. courts and refuted by a certified copy of his birth certificate from the Hawaii Department of Health.

A November 2008 post that appeared under von Brunn's name declared, "There is no Obama documentation -- no records -- no paper trail -- none -- this is no accident. It is being done on purpose with Media help -- but to serve whom & why???"

Von Brunn has been charged with murder in the shooting death of museum guard Stephen Tyrone Johns, 39, and could face the death penalty.

Von Brunn has been living with his son and his son's girlfriend in an apartment in Annapolis, Maryland. The FBI affidavit states he moved in about two years ago, bringing with him two rifles -- one a .22-caliber, the type used in Wednesday's shooting, and a .30-caliber. Watch more about who is James von Brunn »

Scott Aulbach, the son's former roommate, said von Brunn "didn't like anything about the government" and "was really prejudiced against blacks and Jews." But Aulbach said he was "floored" when he heard the elderly white supremacist was the suspect in the museum attack.

"I knew the guy, and I heard some of the things he had said and some of the things he did in his past, but I never would have expected this to happen," he said. "I mean, it's a tragedy."

But Jesse Demolli, who once exhibited some of von Brunn's paintings in his Maryland art gallery, said he was not surprised by the news.

"He was crazy. He was a lunatic. He was scary as hell," Demolli told CNN affiliate Bay News 9 in Tampa, Florida.

He said about eight years ago, another gallery referred von Brunn to him. Demolli said von Brunn's paintings consisted largely of portraits of Native Americans. He hung about a dozen of the works for about three days, and said von Brunn called every day to find out whether anything had sold.

After three days, he said, von Brunn accused him of not doing enough to sell the paintings, telling him he "really needed money." Demolli said he gave the man $20, which he immediately used to buy beer and cigarettes and returned to the gallery, where he quickly began to disparage residents of the surrounding neighborhood, which was largely African-American.

"Then he started talking about the gas chambers, and I said, 'Jim, that's it. That's it. Time out.' I told him to get out of my gallery, and I started taking his paintings down," Demolli said. As he removed the last painting, he said, von Brunn opened his jacket to show him a pistol.

"He said he really liked me and today is my lucky day, and he left," Demolli said. "He was a crazy, racist man."

Von Brunn's ex-wife said she was in a "state of shock" over the shootings. The woman, who asked not to be identified, said she did not know about her husband's anti-Semitic views until "a few years" into their marriage, and said she "was in total disagreement with his views."

She told Bay News 9 that his views were part of the reason their marriage broke up, which she said happened "over 30 years ago."

"I can't tell you what was in his mind. I have no idea," she said.

Von Brunn grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, attended Washington University there and graduated in 1943 with a degree in journalism. He joined the Navy the same year, became an officer and served in torpedo boats in both Europe and the Pacific, according to Navy records.

In July 1945, just before Japan's surrender, he became skipper of a PT boat. He worked in advertising after the war, and described himself as an artist before his arrest Wednesday.

But by the 1970s, he had become a "hardcore neo-Nazi," according to Heidi Beirich, a researcher for the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center. Watch more about the debate over free speech and hate crimes »

Von Brunn served a federal prison term for a 1981 attempt to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve's board of governors, triggered by anger at what he called the "treacherous and unconstitutional" acts of an institution he called Jewish-controlled.

David Gletty, who infiltrated white supremacist groups for the FBI, said younger members of the movement considered von Brunn "a POW" for his prison time.

"That's a badge of honor to these people," Gletty said. "They look up to that as if, you know, if you're military, you get the badges of honor, like the Medal of Honor and so on."

Von Brunn's Web site promoted his book, "Kill the Best Gentiles," in which he claimed the Jewish-led "Illuminati" and Jewish figures such as Sigmund Freud and Karl Marx worked "to destroy Western civilization and the Aryan nation that created it."

Postings attributed to him on other Web sites declared both Christianity and the Holocaust "hoaxes," and announced that "Hitler's worst mistake" was "he didn't gas the Jews."


By Carrie Johnson and Spencer S. Hsu

Washington Post Staff Writers

Friday, June 12, 2009

The FBI was "aware" of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting suspect and his history of hateful writings about religious and ethnic minorities, but authorities had not opened a criminal investigation of him before Wednesday's deadly attack, officials said yesterday.

The case of James W. von Brunn, who had a decades-old felony conviction for storming the Federal Reserve headquarters in a bid to kidnap board members and propagate his views against blacks and Jews, underscores the challenge that a rising tide of Web-based white supremacists poses to law enforcement, which walks a fine line between policing potential violence and respecting free speech, experts say.

Authorities including the Department of Homeland Security and police in New York and Los Angeles asked for help from Jewish leaders and maintained heightened patrols yesterday around synagogues and universities. In an e-mail alert to state and local agencies Wednesday after von Brunn allegedly shot and killed a Holocaust museum guard, Homeland Security and the FBI wrote that "this appears to be an isolated incident" involving a lone suspect that appeared to have no connection to terrorism. In a statement yesterday, the FBI called the shooting a case of "domestic terrorism," and Homeland Security said the earlier statement was premature.

In the past three months, lone men said to have political motivations have been arrested in shootings at a Little Rock armed services recruiting station, in a Kansas church attended by an abortion provider and against police in Pennsylvania -- attacks that killed five people and raised questions about the danger posed by domestic radicals.

Joseph Persichini Jr., assistant director in charge of the FBI's Washington field office, told reporters gathered yesterday outside the gray museum wrapped in yellow police tape that "law enforcement's challenge every day is to balance the civil liberties of the United States citizen against the need to investigate activities that might lead to criminal conduct. No matter how offensive to some, we are keenly aware expressing views is not a crime and the protection afforded under the Constitution cannot be compromised."

Elsewhere in Washington, activists and advocates for Jewish causes mostly praised the quick response Wednesday afternoon of agencies including the FBI, the D.C. police, the U.S. Park Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

David C. Friedman, the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, visited the museum yesterday to check in with friends and said he felt "overwhelmed" and "protected" by the police presence. Many of the lawmen who fanned out across the site were known to Friedman, who 10 years ago launched a training program there for local police and federal agents.

"All law enforcement in this day and age has to be a compromise," Friedman said. "We don't have an ocean separating us from the extremists who represent the kind of hatred unleashed yesterday. They live among us. They can pick their time for the most part, not having to worry about whether they have documentation. . . . People like von Brunn were not apparently acting in a way that would cause them to be the subject of a criminal investigation."

The shooting resounded within Justice Department headquarters. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. had been scheduled to attend a play with his wife, Sharon Malone, at the Holocaust museum on Wednesday evening. Another senior official, criminal division chief Lanny A. Breuer, who is the son of Holocaust survivors, once served on the museum's board of directors.

Law enforcement agencies last year stepped up efforts to track domestic extremists, a drive that intensified after the election of the first black president and the widening of economic troubles that can present recruiting opportunities for militia groups.

Jack Levin, a criminologist at Northeastern University who has written widely about hate crimes, said the white supremacist movement has changed in profound ways since the 1990s. Charismatic leaders of the largest groups have gone to prison or died in recent years, producing more lone wolves and splinter cells that recruit new members using the Internet.

"It has become more difficult for the FBI and other federal agents who want to infiltrate these groups or even keep an eye on them," Levin said.

Former homeland security secretary Michael Chertoff, who joined the board of the Holocaust museum in January, likened von Brunn to the assailants at Columbine High School in 1999 and at Virginia Tech in 2007 -- "cases of individuals pursuing their own political agenda, no matter how disturbed they are" -- in contrast with domestic groups across the political spectrum who pose a terrorist threat.

If von Brunn acted alone, Chertoff said, "we certainly need to make sure we deal with it from a security standpoint, but it's not the same thing as talking about international terrorism on the other end of the scale. These are all security issues, but it's important to . . . treat them as separate kinds of problems."



WASHINGTON (AP) — James von Brunn carried a lifetime of hatred and an aging rifle to the entrance of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, authorities say, and was met with a simple act of kindness: a security guard opening the door for him.

Critically injured in a hospital bed Thursday, the 88-year-old white supremacist was charged with murdering Steven T. Johns, the black guard. According to interviews with family, friends and civil rights groups, von Brunn spent decades spewing hate toward Jews and blacks — a hatred that was nearing a crescendo in the weeks before the shooting.

At least one acquaintance said he suspected that von Brunn was preparing for a violent end.

Von Brunn had talked about giving up "precious things" — even the computer from which he spread his angry diatribes against Jews, interracial dating and the government, said fellow white supremacist John de Nugent.

"He said he had gone offline," said de Nugent, who last spoke to von Brunn on the phone a few weeks ago.

De Nugent said von Brunn complained that his Social Security benefits had been reduced, and he suspected that his white supremacist views were the reason.

"He was unhappy with his living situation," de Nugent said.

Von Brunn lived in a condo in Annapolis, Md., with his 32-year-old son, Erik von Brunn, and his son's fiancee, according to charging documents. The couple charged him $400 a month and when he moved in two years ago, he brought two rifles with him, the fiancee, Brandy Teel, told FBI agents. No one answered the door Thursday at their condo.

When next-door neighbor Harold Olynnger, 82, invited von Brunn over for a drink about three months ago, it didn't go well.

Von Brunn sipped on a vodka tonic and talked about how he believed the media paid too much attention to the Holocaust, Olynnger said.

On his Web site, von Brunn said he is a descendant of German immigrants who became convinced Jews controlled the government.

He took his rants on May 29 to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis to complain about increased minority enrollment — which will be about 35 percent for the Class of 2013. He walked into the administration building and wanted a meeting with academy officials, said spokesman Cmdr. Joe Carpenter.

He never got the meeting and was not considered a safety threat, Carpenter said. However, staff quickly notified Navy investigators because of "the extreme views he expressed regarding minorities," Carpenter said.

"He made no threats," Carpenter said.

Von Brunn boasted of having spent a year in jail for fighting a sheriff's deputy in Maryland in 1968 and, a quarter-century later, of serving prison time for trying to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve board.

After he got out, he became a regular in white supremacist circles and soon had his own file with watch groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. He wrote an anti-Semitic text and maintained his conspiracy theories on the Web site.

The St. Louis native worked in advertising in New York City and moved to Maryland's Eastern Shore in the late 1960s, where he stayed in advertising and tried to make a mark as an artist.

Public records show that in 2004 and 2005 he lived briefly in Hayden, Idaho, for years home to the Aryan Nations, a racist group run by neo-Nazi Richard Butler.

When he lived in Easton, Md., von Brunn had a series of run-ins with local residents. He hired Robert E. Denney to create a Web site, then sued him when Denney realized the sort of material von Brunn wanted to publish and balked, said Harry M. Walsh Jr., Denney's former attorney.

In 1994, von Brunn was upset that The Star Democrat of Easton wouldn't run an advertisement for an anti-Semitic program on a public-access channel, recalled executive editor Denise Riley. Von Brunn spouted a series of racist and anti-Semitic comments before he was asked to leave the newsroom, Riley said.

"I was stunned to have met anyone who acted like that. I don't remember encountering anyone that bigoted before in my life," Riley said. "He was right out there for all to know and see and he was just so angry, it was kind of alarming to be around him."

Despite his tirades, his ex-wife was surprised by the charges against him. "He was a fine man and very much of an American," said Pat Sadowski, who lives in Florida and said von Brunn hasn't been a part of her life since their divorce more than 30 years ago. "He was like a John Wayne type."

On Wednesday, von Brunn parked his 2002 red Hyundai in the middle of traffic outside the museum, according to an FBI affidavit. He grabbed a .22-caliber rifle and walked toward the building. He is charged with first-degree murder and could face the death penalty if convicted, officials said.

The gun was a vintage Winchester rifle manufactured between 1908 and 1928, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case. The gun is too old to be traced to a purchaser, the official said.

Johns, the security guard, opened the door for von Brunn. Before von Brunn even got into the building, he pointed his gun at Johns' heart and pulled the trigger. Johns later died at a hospital.

Johns' mother described her 6-foot-6 son as a "my teddy bear." Jacqueline Carter said her only child was a thoughtful man who remembered special dates like anniversaries and birthdays.

"He was kind, he was gentle, he was loving," she said. "He loved people and he loved his job."

As von Brunn walked into the doorway and raised his rifle again, two security guards fired at him at least eight times. He was shot in the face and fell backward outside the door.

Investigators found 10 rounds in von Brunn's rifle and a signed, handwritten screed in his car. "You wanted my weapons — this is how you'll get them," von Brunn wrote.

"It was a desperate move," said de Nugent's girlfriend, Margaret Huffstickler, "by a man who thought he couldn't do any more."

Ben Nuckols reported from Baltimore. Associated Press writers Christine Armario in Homosassa, Fla., Kasey Jones in Baltimore, Brian Witte in Annapolis, Md., Gillian Gaynair in Temple Hills, Md., and Matt Apuzzo in Washington contributed to this report.

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Let's see, on June 1 Military recruiters William Long and Guinton Ezeagwula were shot and Long killed at their Little Rock, Ark. Army-Navy recruiting office by Mujahid Muhummad, 23, aka Carlos Bledsoe, son of Melvin Bledsoe of Memphis, Tenn.

He sprays the office with bullets, but nobody hears any gunshots, even people right next door, then drives away and is pulled over by cops before he can get home, a mile and a half away. Surrenders with no resistance.

Then Wichita, Kansas abortion doctor Dr. George Tiller, 67, is attacked and killed by Scott Roeder (what, no middle initial?), a former member of the Freeman Movement, who had been arrested in 1996 while driving with a rifle, ammo, gas mask and bomb making equipment.

Operation Rescue, an anti-abortion group who had targeted Tiller, denied Scott (NMI) Roeder was a member or connected with them, while Morris Wilson, of the Unorganized Citizens Militia, said Roeder was a conspiracy theorists too.

David Leach, of Prayer & Action, an anti-abortion newsletter, and is said to promote justifiable homicide, quoted Roeder as calling Dr. Tiller a nazi and "The Mengele of our day."

Maybe conspiracy theorists are more suscaptible to becoming assassins?

Prayer and Action News:


Army of God:


Bill Warner PI on AOG Bill Warner gives him a middle initial "P."


Here's a conviction, and a middle name Scott Phillip Roeder



Civil Rights Division National Task Force on Violence Against Health Care Providers:


August 1994, the Attorney General established the Task Force on Violence Against Abortion Providers (often referred to as "VAAPCON"). VAAPCON was charged with determining whether there was a nationwide conspiracy to commit acts of violence against reproductive health care providers. While the evidence gathered did not support a definitive conclusion as to the existence of a nationwide conspiracy, VAAPCON played an important role in the early implementation of FACE and also reinforced to law enforcement officials the availability of other federal criminal statutes to address clinic violence



Clinton's Other Domestic Spying Program

By: Lowell Ponte

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Bill and Hillary collected files on the group they considered the real terrorist threat: mainstream conservative Christians.

Leftist politicians, by criticizing President George W. Bush’s wiretapping of overseas telephone calls with al-Qaeda suspects, have left the impression that Democrats are too fastidious to ever use such methods to eavesdrop on terrorists. This impression is wrong. We should give Democratic leaders their due. President Bill Clinton used questionable government surveillance in ways more sweeping than any Republican president would even consider doing.

In 1993, the first Islamist terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City killed six, caused a billion dollars in damage, and had the potential to topple one of the World Trade Center, killing up to 20,000 people.

In 1993, the Federal Bureau of Investigation thwarted an al-Qaeda “Day of Terror” plan to attack New York City’s Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, George Washington Bridge, the Manhattan Federal Building, and the headquarters of the United Nations.

In 1994, Clinton administration Attorney General Janet Reno launched infiltrators, wiretaps, mail monitoring, and a wide range of other spying activities in a massive coordinated effort that included the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; U.S. Postal inspectors; the U.S. Marshalls Service; and other Federal and local law enforcement agencies.President Bill Clinton had acted decisively to fight what he and First Lady Hillary Clinton deemed the most dangerous terrorist threat facing America: conservative Christians.

This huge Clinton surveillance scheme was VAAPCON, the Violence Against Abortion Providers Task Force. According to the U.S. Justice Department, VAAPCON “was charged with determining whether there was a nationwide conspiracy to commit acts of violence against reproductive health care providers.” The more than 900 targets of all this surveillance included the Christian Coalition, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Women’s Coalition for Life, Feminists for Life, Americans United for Life, the 600,000-member Concerned Women for America, the National Rifle Association, the American Life League, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, and even then-Roman Catholic Cardinal of New York John O’Connor.

The Clintons, like other leftists, say they advocate “separation of church and state,” but a high percentage of the 900 groups and individuals targeted for state surveillance by the Clintons under VAAPCON were conservative – and especially Roman Catholic – religious organizations or leaders.

“What in the world are Janet Reno, Hillary, Bill, and their VAAPCON task force doing using law-enforcement personnel to infiltrate, collect, and assemble database information of this type?” asked then-Judicial Watch general counsel Larry Klayman, who had obtained VAAPCON documents through Freedom of Information Act requests. “We were told by one source that some in the FBI objected to the monitoring of these groups on legal and ethical grounds but were overruled by upper levels at Justice.”

“It wasn’t the inclusion of suspected criminals or the inclusion of old files on such activities that we objected to,” one senior FBI agent told Insight Magazine. “It was the collection of political and personal information on people such as the cardinal that many of us found objectionable…This is obviously political in nature and something we work hard to avoid.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Democratic leftists who today voice outrage at surveillance of foreign terrorist telephone calls by President Bush had nothing bad to say about VAAPCON, a program of Big Brother spying launched against Americans by President Clinton. Why?

President Clinton is a Democrat, not a Republican like Bush. And VAAPCON was aimed at conservative and religious groups whose leaders and members tend to vote for and support Republicans.

VAAPCON was also designed to help enforce FACE, the Clintons’ 1994 law called the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. FACE is a peculiarly anti-First Amendment law that denies the right to free speech to certain groups but not others. Union protestors could legally block an abortion clinic access with a picket line while carrying signs that read: “Abortion Workers on Strike for Higher Wages! Local 69, AFL-CIO.” But those same protestors could be arrested and imprisoned if their signs read, “Mothers, think twice before aborting your baby.”

Conspiracy statutes have long been used as heavy artillery to ratchet up penalties for offenses. If, for instance, a six-year-old boy steals a piece of chewing gum, he has committed a misdemeanor, but if he conspires with a second boy to steal the stick of gum, the conspiracy could become a felony.

A tiny handful of crazies such as Eric Robert Rudolph did, indeed, carry out a few bombings of abortion clinics and assassinations of abortion doctors. By 1994, however, that threat was magnitudes smaller than Islamist crazies who had almost toppled a World Trade Center tower into New York City, but against whom President Clinton was strangely reluctant to lift a finger.

The Clintons, however, were willing to stretch every legal power against those they regarded as politically incorrect. Anti-abortion protestors, for example, have been prosecuted under the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) statutes enacted to go after organized crime. Clinton’s power-grabbing RICO precedent could be used by other presidents to punish almost every kind of protest, from the Boston Tea Party to animal rights and environmental activism.

Before VAAPCON’s powers began being dispersed to other agencies in 1996, it reported that “the evidence gathered did not support a definitive conclusion as to the existence of a nationwide conspiracy” against abortion providers.

But merely to be under surveillance, as the ACLU is fond of saying, casts a chilling shadow of implied guilt or suspicion over its targets. Questioned by Congressman Charles Taylor, R-NC, the FBI told him the VAAPCON “database only contained information on groups known to be or suspected of being involved in criminal activities.” By letting the public know that belonging to a peaceful organization or church opposed to abortion could get you a government dossier, the Clintons apparently were also trying to chill free speech and anti-abortion activism.

So if you were close to the late Cardinal O’Connor, or called him to discuss personal or family problems – even personal sins – to him, you may have been wiretapped and recorded by the Clinton’s VAAPCON surveillance. In that sense, the Clinton administration may have literally bugged the confessional.

The ACLU has voiced no objection to this, nor has it demanded that VAAPCON tapes and dossiers be destroyed as unconstitutional invasions of religious privacy.

VAAPCON provided both intimidation and political surveillance of groups and individuals on the Clinton enemies list. When questioned, one FBI agent told Insight Magazine that this use of VAAPCON’s database gathering “is wrong and it ought to be exposed for what it is, a political witch-hunt.”

“To put VAAPCON in perspective,” wrote investigative reporter Jack Cashill, “imagine the Bush administration targeting the Sierra Club, Robert Kennedy Jr., and Al Gore to deal with the issue of the Unabomber or environmentalist violence in general.”

In fact, such Bush spying might be less outrageous. When the Unabomber was apprehended, authorities found Al Gore’s anti-capitalist book Earth In The Balance by his bedside, heavily underlined. Democratic Congressman Bob Filner of California in one radio interview was unable to distinguish quotes from the Unabomber Manifesto and Gore’s ideological writing.

The VAAPCON database information included much more than abortion issues and questions of potential protests and violence. Its dossiers also carried a wide array of information about the positions targeted groups and individuals took on such issues as homosexuality, school prayer, the Clinton administration, and other issues having nothing to do with terrorism. These were political dossiers, as Insight documented, that could be used to identify and target ideological opponents of the Clintons.

History records other attacks aimed against Christians. In 64 A.D., after a fire burned down three-quarters of the city of Rome, the Emperor Nero to deflect attention from tales that he had started the fire to clear space for a bigger palace and then “fiddled” while it burned, needed a scapegoat. Nero – whose name in Jewish numerology is 666 – blamed the fire on a small Jewish sect in Rome called the Christians. They were, Romans claimed, cannibals, eating flesh and drinking blood in their secret rites (as it turns out, a reference to taking communion). They also circulated apocalyptic texts advocating the end of the world.

A handful of Christian leaders were rounded up and tortured until they named others, who in turn were tortured. Within days Nero was martyring thousands of Christians as tar-smeared blazing torches or as food for wild beasts or by crucifixion in the Circus Maximus. “An immense multitude was convicted,” wrote the Roman historian Tacitus (Annals, 15:44) of these Christians killed by Nero, “not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind.”

As the government was further estranged from Christian principles, it hunted Christians. Two thousand years later, Bill Clinton revived the charge that devout Christians are ipso facto guilty of “hate.”

Until leftist leaders speak out against VAAPCON and the Clintons’ other government surveillance activities aimed mostly at Christian groups, it is hard to take seriously their alarmist statements about today’s purportedly excessive government monitoring of international telephone calls that include Islamofascist terrorists.

Edited by William Kelly
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I agree with Peter’s less sensationalistic analysis, economic downturn turns lots of people to despair and for people like Von Brunn the inauguration of a black president (whose father and step-father were Muslims) adding to their frustration.

He certainly qualifies as "conspiracy theorist" he is an “inside jobber”, “birther” (believes Obama was born in Kenya) and Holocaust denier. He believes that the “Jews” control Obama and are behind a conspiracy to bring on “the calculated destruction of the White Race and the incomparable culture it represents”. It certainly reasonable to make a connection between his extremist beliefs and his acts it's not like he shot up the local Wal-Mart or McDonald’s.

In the last year a number of CT’s have been involved in killings and threatened killings. There was

– the Alex Jones fan who killed three cops in Pittsburgh

– another AJ fan who was recently arrested for threatening to kill two cops who had killed people they were detaining

– Scott Fitzgerald. the We Are Change* – Colorado (WAC CO) member who killed his father.

* A truther organisation tied to Jones

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In the last year a number of CT’s have been involved in killings and threatened killings.

Too true. Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and now Pakistan - not to mention in the various manufactured resource wars in East Africa - have been killed by US, Israeli, and European military and spook believers in the whack job OCT of 9/11. And not one of them "a lone nut." Truly shocking.

What is to be done with these legions of brutal & deluded fanatics?

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