I’ve got other things I need to be working on tonight, like the script for Friday’s Dreamland Tonight, but I’m obsessed with this local domestic terrorism story that I mentioned yesterday. If you aren’t familiar with the case, it revolves around a Christian militia group known as Hutaree. Early reports speculated that yesterday’s FBI raids agains the self-proclaimed “Christian warrior” group were instigated over threats made to Muslim organizations, but, according to the Grand Jury indictment (PDF), which was made public this morning, their real crime was the planning of attacks against local and state law enforcement officers (whom they supposedly refer to within their organization as “foot soldiers” of the federal government). Their plan, according to authorities, was to kill one or more police officers, and then, using bombs, wipe out several of their fellow officers when the came together for the funeral. It’s infinitely interesting stuff, from the made-up military ranks they organized under (being a Radock, it seems, is better than being a Zulif), to the fact that all seven of the indicted individuals – who have openly expressed hatred toward our government – have requested federal public defenders. And, of course, it’s all that more interesting because it’s unfolding right up the street… On that note, I’d like to share a comment that was left on Metafilter today by a fellow calling himself Huron Bob.
So, now I’m just sitting back, watching all the militia folks and tea partiers try to distance themselves at breakneck speeds from this reality that they’ve all helped to create. It’s amazing to me how fast everyone is trying to paint this as some kind of bizarre aberration that couldn’t possibly have been foreseen, as though FOX News, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and all the rest of them don’t exist. This, I would argue, was inevitable.
And, completely unrelated to this Hutaree episode, I was just reading a BBC opinion piece on how civil war in America is an almost certainty. Here’s how the piece begins:
There has been an outbreak of vandalism – bricks through politicians’ windows; there have been threats of violence and a lot of violent language. Democrats, in response have begun to accuse mainstream Republican commentators of stoking up the violence, and in turn they have accused the Democrats of trying to provoke a violent reaction.
All this has made me consider in a new light something said by an oil-man who consults for one of the biggest companies in the world. Last summer he told me:
“We run a mainframe computer simulation of the global political and economic situation, modelling various outcomes of the resource crunch that begins in the back half of the 2010s. And no matter which way we tweak it, it always comes out with the same result: civil war in America in 25 years’s time”…
Also, if you get a chance, check out U-M professor Juan Cole’s most recent blog post, in which he suggests that Hutaree isn’t all that dissimilar from the Mahdi Army of Muqtada al-Sadr in Iraq.