Wednesday, June 10, 2009

James W. von Brun

NBC's Pete Williams is reporting that the Holocaust Museum shooting suspect is James W. von Brun, an 89-year-old man who has connections to white-supremacist, anti-government groups.

I wonder, is it still an outrage to suggest that law enforcement pay attention to threats of violence from right-wing extremists?

Just wondering.

UPDATE

Key findings from Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment:

Threats from white supremacist and violent antigovernment groups during 2009 have been largely rhetorical and have not indicated plans to carry out violent acts. Nevertheless, the consequences of a prolonged economic downturn—including real estate foreclosures, unemployment, and an inability to obtain credit—could create a fertile recruiting environment for rightwing extremists and even result in confrontations between such groups and government authorities similar to those in the past.

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Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.

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A recent example of the potential violence associated with a rise in rightwing extremism may be found in the shooting deaths of three police officers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 4 April 2009. The alleged gunman’s reaction reportedly was influenced by his racist ideology and belief in antigovernment conspiracy theories related to gun confiscations, citizen detention camps, and a Jewish-controlled “one world government.”

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

But that would be un-"Amur'can."

And so it goes.

Anonymous said...

He's a white nationalist not a right winger douchebag. Only in the mind of an idiot are those two terms synonymous.

Anonymous said...

Agree w/ anonymous: a white nationalist is not the same as a right winger. I am the latter but never the former.
I would blame Newsweek, though, for spreading (creating?) the rumor that the Koran had been desecrated in Guantanamo as the reason why an American soldier was shot in Arkansas...

Anonymous said...

Let's blame the "liberal media" for everything from WWII on. Then we'll all be pure as the driven snow and not perceived as hoping for the downfall of America to prove a black man can't be president.

Bob said...

I would put this man in with the extremist who murdered George Tiller just over a week ago. He just doesn't have the comfort of feeling he is being persecuted for Christ or someone else.

Anonymous said...

Not all Right Wing/Republicans are Racists. BUT 99% of all Racists are Republicans & Right Wingers.

Robochop said...

White Nationalists are Right Wing. Just as Che Guevara was Left Wing. White Nationalists are an extreme within the Right Wing. Right Wing is just a term that defines the Right Wing as the conservative side of something with the Left Wing being the liberal side. Don't take it personally that Neo-Nazi's are Right Wing, it doesn't mean that all Right Wingers are Nazi's.

Anonymous said...

Would you retards like Robochop stop saying Nazi's are right wing!

The NAZI's were by definition National SOCIALISTS and therefore LEFT wing not right. As are 99% of all racists and dictators. AGain, Von Brun, if he's a neo NAZI, then he admires Facist Socialism, and nothing about Conservative Republican governments.

Why not read history instead of making it up as you go along?