Oh, my. Have you heard about this not-actually-Christian Christian group Hutaree that was planning to murder a bunch of cops? I'm sure that I'm supposed to be disturbed about this, but I'm not sure exactly what kind of disturbed I'm supposed to be. I mean, am I supposed to be no holds barred Muslim soldier shooting people on military base disturbed, or just mildly guy flying plane into IRS building disturbed?
Nine members of the Christian militia group Hutaree have been indicted on multiple charges involving an alleged plot to attack police, including seditious conspiracy and attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, the U.S. Attorney in Michigan announced this morning…
The Hutaree members allegedly "planned to kill an unidentified member of local law enforcement and then attack the law enforcement officers who gather in Michigan for the funeral."
The indictment continues: "According to the plan, the Hutaree would attack law enforcement vehicles during the funeral procession with Improvised Explosive Devices with Explosively Formed Projectiles, which, according to the indictment, constitute weapons of mass destruction."
Oh, this one's tough. It really is. On the one hand, this is a Christian group, not a Muslim one. So, that's a point towards Patriotic Protestation. But, on the other hand, Mike Vanderboegh — the former militia guy who was inciting conservatives to reenact Kristallnacht because health care reform passed Congress — thinks they're a little too crazy for his taste. So, that's a point towards Domestic Terrorism.
This is gonna be a squeaker. Make your call, and meet me after the jump to see if you were right…
Tags: Domestic Terrorism or Patriotic Protestation?, Hutaree, Michigan, Mike Vanderboegh, Police, Terrorism
It's time for another All American round of "Domestic Terrorism or Patriotic Protestation?"!
See if you can guess whether this news item is reporting on a genuinely disturbing incident of the use of violence, threats and destruction of property being used to intimidate and coerce for political overtly purposes, or if it's simply a case of concerned citizens showing their disappointment with their elected officials…
"So, if you wish to send a message that Pelosi and her party [that they] cannot fail to hear, break their windows," [57-year-old former militiaman from Alabama Mike] Vanderboegh wrote on the blog, Sipsey Street Irregulars. "Break them NOW. Break them and run to break again. Break them under cover of night. Break them in broad daylight. Break them and await arrest in willful, principled civil disobedience. Break them with rocks. Break them with slingshots. Break them with baseball bats. But BREAK THEM."
In the days that followed, glass windows and doors were shattered at local Democratic Party offices and the district offices of House Democrats from Arizona to Kansas to New York. At least 10 Democratic lawmakers reported death threats, incidents of harassment or vandalism at their offices over the past week, and the FBI and Capitol Police are offering lawmakers increased protection.
This is a little bit trickier than the last one, but give it a moment and see if you can solve it. Answer after the jump…
Tags: Alabama, Arizona, Domestic Terrorism or Patriotic Protestation?, Games and Challenges, Health Care, House of Representatives, Kansas, Mike Vanderboegh, New York, Protesters, Republicans, Tea Party, Terrorism
Okay, the rules are simple: I'll show you a clipping from a recent news story, and you try and guess if the incident you're reading about is an example of dangerous Domestic Terrorism or just plain ol' down home, apple pie and BBQ-lovin' Patriotic Protestation.
Easy enough, right? Okay, let's go!
Law enforcement authorities are investigating the discovery of a cut propane gas line at the Virginia home of Rep. Thomas Perriello's (D-Va.) brother, whose address was targeted by tea party activists angry at the congressman's vote for the health care bill.
Seems pretty cut and dry, right? So, make your guess and look for the correct answer after the jump…
Tags: Domestic Terrorism or Patriotic Protestation?, Games and Challenges, Health Care, House of Representatives, Protesters, Republicans, Tea Party, Terrorism, Virginia