Today the Senate approved Jefferson Sessions as the next Attorney General. I was against his nomination, and I am definitely against his approval. In my opinion, Jeff Sessions is a bigoted man who does not care about any minorities. He is even considered the most anti-immigrant Senator by his peers. He was refused an appointment as a Federal Judge because of his racist past, and while in the Senate he has done nothing to change that record.
Just in the past few years he voted against the ending of torture. He was one of about 5 Senators that voted against the bill that said the U.S. would never engage in torture. When the Voting Rights Bill was gutted by the Scalia led Supreme Court, he said it was “a great day for the south”.
Lastly, he voted against the renewal of the Violence Against Women’s Act. He gave a very scary reason for his denial of the bill. The renewal bill included a section that allowed Native American Tribal Courts to conduct trials of violence against Native American women even if they were victims of non Native Americans. In other word Sessions does not believe that Native American Tribal Courts have any right to prosecute white people.
Now, if you think none of this matters, let me tell you about two terrorist crimes that have not found the headlines, but Jeff Sessions might be required to prosecute in the future. They are also appropriate since trump wants to ban Muslims from seven countries from coming to our country but is ignoring white supremacist and Radical Christian Terrorists in our country..
The first took place in 2012. And, as it happens it took place in Bowling Green, OH. But, it wasn’t a massacre because the FBI who Sessions will be responsible for stopped it before it happened.
In that case, a federal raid had uncovered what the authorities feared were the makings of a massacre. There were 18 firearms, among them two AR–15 assault rifles, an AR–10 assault rifle and a Remington Model 700 sniper rifle. There was body armor, too, and the authorities counted some 40,000 rounds of ammunition. An extremist had been arrested, and prosecutors suspected that he had been aiming to carry out a wide assortment of killings.
In case you may be wondering why you haven’t heard a bunch about this it is because the suspect was a white supremacist named Richard Schmidt. Schmidt came to the attention of the federal government almost by accident. He had been suspected of trading in counterfeit NFL jerseys and while searching his home and store for those fake goods, the FB discovered the vast arsenal. There was a secret room attached to his shop that “contained nothing but rifles, ammunition, body armor, his writings and a cot” wrote prosecutors in a court document.
Schmidt had spent years in the Army as an active-duty soldier and a reservist. His military service ended in 1989 when he got into a fight and shot three people, killing one of them, a man named Anthony Torres. As a result, Schmidt spent 13 years in prison on a manslaughter conviction and was legally barred from owning firearms.
The FBI believed from his writings that he was associated with the National Alliance. Which is a long-standing white supremacist organization that was founded by the writer of the Turner Diaries which Timothy McVeigh said was his inspiration for the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
The prosecution presented into evidence Schmidt’s planned targets, such as African-Americans and Jews. They’d found a list with the names and addresses of those to be assassinated, including the leaders of NAACP chapters in Michigan and Ohio.
Yet the judge said prosecutors had failed to adequately establish that he was a political terrorist and sentenced him to six years in prison. He is due to be released sometime next year.
The second case is actually taking place right now. In this case, a radical religious cleric who allegedly planned to kill Americans of another religion to “prove his commitment to god”. Of course you haven’t heard about this one either because this radical religious cleric is a white Christian and not a Muslim. He was planning to kill Muslims. His name is Robert Doggart.
This case was brought because undercover FBI agents allege that Doggart was plotting to travel to upstate New York to kill Muslims there using explosives, an M-4 assault rifle and even a machete to cut the infidels to shreds. The FBI’s investigation also found that Doggart viewed himself as a religious “warrior” who wanted to kill Muslims to show to his commitment to his Christian God. Doggart even boasted that the attack on the Muslims “will be cruel. And we will burn down their buildings [Referring to their mosque and school.]… and if anybody attempts to harm us in any way… we will take them down.”
I did write about this some time ago when it first came to light. I had hoped that it might make the media before or at least at the time of his trial, but that has not happened.
Of course there have been other cases you have never heard about. In December white supremacist Glendon Scott Crawford was sentenced to 30 years to life for trying to build a radioactive weapon to kill Muslim Americans. Crawford served in the Navy and is a member of the Ku Klux Klan. He was an electrical engineer and carried out extensive research on his radiation dispersal device designed to target a Muslim community.
And in September three men known as “The Crusaders”—as in the Christian crusaders—were arrested for plotting to kill Muslim refugees in Kansas. According to the FBI, the three had been engaged in surveillance of the apartment complex where primarily Somalian Muslim refugees lived. The FBI also noted that the three spoke of dipping their bullets in pig’s blood before shooting the Muslims—which was reminiscent of a Trump’s campaign stump speech when he wrongly claimed that General Pershing had done the same when fighting in the Philippines.
These are all very real and recent episodes of domestic terrorism conducted by white supremacists and Radical Christian Terrorists. Why hasn’t our beloved leader made mention of any of these horrific incidents? Why isn’t he calling for wiping out Radical Christian Terrorists? Is it because these people are all white?
Additionally why, if the report from Reuters is correct is the Department of Homeland Security planning to retool its Countering Violent Extremism Program to focus solely on Islamic radicals. Why are they planning to rename it “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” and according to government sources “would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States?”
Which brings back full circle to Jefferson Sessions, our new Attorney General. If you look at his record, can you honestly say that any of these cases would even be brought to trial by the FBI? Can you really believe that Sessions would even allow the FBI to even investigate these domestic white supremacist and radical Christian Terrorists? I find it impossible to believe he would.
This is a man who supposedly joked “I thought the KKK was okay until I found out some of them smoked pot after their meetings”. What we don’t know is what part of this so-called joke is the funny part? The part he says the KKK was okay, or the part about smoking pot? Due to his ardent opposition to pot, I would suggest it is the latter.
Our beloved leader wants us to be terrified of Muslims. He wants to wage a cultural war against Islam all the while he is willing to turn his back on the white supremacists and Radical Christian Terrorists who live among us and have killed more Americans since 9/11 than any other groups including Extremist Muslims.
This is the reason he was willing to nominate Jefferson Sessions to be our Attorney General. He needed someone who approves of his plan to go after Muslims and let the domestic terrorists have their run at our people.
This whole mess is just another step in the trail of trump to undo our democracy, our constitution and our country. And it is just beginning.
And, the shirts keep marching along.