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Why 4/20 is the absolute worst day of the year in Colorado

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This Sunday thousands of ganja enthusiasts will gather in Denver's Civic Center for what has become an annual rite of spring, the embrace of cannabis culture at 4:20 on 4/20. But this weekend also marks the peculiar collision of several more somber anniversaries, commemorating some of the worst days this part of the country has ever seen. "April is the cruellest month," T.S. Eliot wrote in the opening line of The Waste Land, "breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire." And some of the memories of April 20th in Colorado aren't exactly blissful.

Journalists are admittedly anniversary-obsessed, using any "today in history" quirk as an excuse to get all retrospective and haul out the clip files. But even folks who aren't quite so calendar-conscious have to be scratching their heads at the convergence of bad juju this weekend.

This Sunday isn't just Easter as well as 4/20. It's also the hundredth anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre, the subject of this week's cover story and one of the darkest episodes in Colorado history, a shootout between striking coal miners and state troops that claimed nineteen lives -- most of them women and children. It was the deadliest labor conflict in American history, one that transformed the American labor movement.

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April 21, 1914: The Ludlow tent colony the day after the attack.
Sunday also happens to be the fifteenth anniversary of the 1999 attack on Columbine High School by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold that killed fifteen -- a dozen students and a teacher, followed by the suicides of the two gunmen -- and injured two dozen more. The tragedy transformed the way law enforcement agencies across the country respond to active shooter situations -- and it remains, unfortunately, as noted in my 2012 article "The Columbine Effect," the touchstone for this type of mass shooting, "the standard by which other horrors are measured, the archetype for Harris-and-Klebold wannabes."

And Saturday, April 19? In 1993, that was the date of the federal raid on the Waco compound of the Branch Davidians that killed 76 men, women and children. Two years later, the Oklahoma City bombing killed 168 people and injured close to 700 others.

At least one of these random eruptions of terror and government ineptitude is related to another. It's clear that Timothy McVeigh timed the blasting of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City to coincide with the anniversary of Waco. There's evidence that Harris and Klebold had originally planned their attack for April 19, too -- not out of any particular allegiance to the Branch Davidians or McVeigh, but simply because it was the first school day after prom, and thus a good day for the apocalypse.

So why did Harris and Klebold pick April 20? Was it because that date also happens to be Hitler's birthday? It's an intriguing theory, given Harris's fascination with Nazism, but nothing in his journals indicates he was thinking along those lines. (Everybody has to be born sometime, and Hitler's birthday is shared by Harold Lloyd, Lionel Hampton, Ryan O'Neal, Jessica Lange, George Takei, and oh yes, Carmen Electra.) It appears more likely that the gunmen needed an extra day to get their gear and ammo assembled. That, at least, is the interpretation found in Jeff Kass's 2009 book Columbine: A True Story, now slightly updated and re-released.

There's a slew of speeches, symposia, readings and services scheduled around the Ludlow centenary, thanks largely to the work of the Ludlow Centennial Commemoration Commission.

The Columbine anniversary promises to be a more muted affair. Certainly more muted than the 4/20 events in Civic Center.

More from our News archive circa December 2012: "Columbine to Newtown: A tragic list of school shootings since 1999."

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graffix0
graffix0

This is something that I've been tracking since I was a teenager.  Around the date, or on the exact day of April 20, monumental things occur.  Hitler, perhaps a possible anti-christ, was born on April 20.  We have Waco, the Boston Marathon bombings, Columbine, the founding of the University of Alabama, Oklahoma City.  And than you have occurrences like the theorized birth date of Jesus, April 17.  The beginning of the American Revolution.  History is littered with mid-April events.

Todd Andres
Todd Andres

Don't forget how brave the cops were rushing into the building and saving the 13 kids ,,

Jorge Cornelious
Jorge Cornelious

Stacey Arellano thats fucked up them two fellas had a voice too!

Kendra Bell
Kendra Bell

The title is over dramatic. A bad day in history doesn't mean it has to be a bad day every year going forward, for all of Colorado.

Betel Eli Guese
Betel Eli Guese

I remember watching this as it happened. The news for the years reported the shooters where wearing black trench coats and ski masks. It took almost 10 years for photos to be shown. It was also reported that there where no security cams in the school at the time. I also know the cops that helped the teen get out of the window where all suspended for risking THERE lives. I also knew a student that was killed in a suposed cross fire between swat and the shooters. (apparently at the time no police entered the school till both shooters where already dead).

Jim Rosenbaugh
Jim Rosenbaugh

Ya, if this is what you choose to celebrate on this day, then ya it sucks.

Jared LoveInfinity Garcia
Jared LoveInfinity Garcia

Who the hell wants to dwell in the past and remember a bunch of horrible shit? Psssht...come on Westword, shock journalism? You could have found something positive to report on I am sure.

Doreen Rodaway
Doreen Rodaway

Such a sad day for so manyI can't believe how many awful anniversary's are this month!! I hope we learn to be a little kinder to all people and make mental health a priority !!!

Lance Kell
Lance Kell

Daniel J. King IV for president!

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

The one to feel sorry for is YOU who can't accept the REALITY that ALL these MASS Shooters are Democrats despite the BULLSHIT you feeble-minded Morons have been Spoonfed into believing that Mass shooters must be NRA Life Members or Republicans, when in reality NONE are !!!

Vanessa Lude
Vanessa Lude

^ I feel sorry for people like you. Get over it.

John Schilling
John Schilling

And frankly, who gives a damned about the pot celebration? Every word in this article is true. No wonder CO 20-something's are so...so...DUMB!!

John Schilling
John Schilling

Oh, grow up Daniel. To complain about name-calling when that is all you are doing is quite offensive. Much more offensive than showing the murderers' photos. They did it. Show who did it. Show what KEEPS DOING IT.

Heide Miller
Heide Miller

So very sad that today had to be this anniversary

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

Hate was done on me by Broncoboy Cameron, as I merely stated FACTS that all the mass shooters have been Dumbocrats, but as is so typical of you DEVOID of FACTS Dumbocraps, you have to CALL people names like Cameron does, or claim 'hate' via your lame-ass 'Alinsky 101' attack your opponent when you can't REFUTE him !!!

Kristen Hoff
Kristen Hoff

This image makes me sick to my stomach. Totally disrespectful to all of the victims and their families.

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

Disgusting disrespect to put up the murderers picture. We will not remember them

Kevin Shields
Kevin Shields

Whenever there's cause for excitement, fixate on the negative to have a good time.

Mark Leiby
Mark Leiby

Voodoo donuts takes your mind off of all the drama, enjoy!

Burton Bailey
Burton Bailey

Damn. This Is a damn good maple bacon doughnut. . .

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

Hey Negro, I guess your Obama Public Schooling FAILED to TEACH you the difference between a Black NAZI like Barack Obama who targets enemies (illegally) with his Crooked-Ass #IRS & SELLS AK-47's to Cartels & Al Qaeda Terrorists so he can DO NAZI-style Gun Control & someone who EXPOSES you for SKIN Color Voting !!!

Erik Chavez
Erik Chavez

The key word was Colorado Jason Michael Baumgartner

Jim Mayes
Jim Mayes

^Damn! and the days not over yet ^

sdevos68
sdevos68

It sucks more if the only thing you have to celebrate is a plant that makes you stupid...

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Wrong again, cultist.  Assault weapon carrying gun freaks, that's conservative.  Consider:

April 17, 2012
Joseph Benjamin Thomas and Samuel James Johnson of Mendota Heights, Minn., are indicted on federal weapons and drug charges after a probe of their alleged plans to create an “Aryan Liberation Movement” and attack minorities, leftists and government officials. Prosecutors say Thomas planned to attack the Mexican consulate in St. Paul with a truck loaded with flaming barrels of oil and gasoline. Johnson, a former leader of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement with prior convictions for armed crimes, was scouting for a training compound in Illinois or Minnesota and seeking to recruit others into his group, court papers say. In the end, Johnson pleads guilty in 2012 to being a felon in possession of weapons and is sentenced to 15 years in prison. Thomas pleads to intent to distribute 50 grams of methamphetamine. In April 2013, he is sentenced to 10 years in prison.

June 17, 2012
Anson Chi, 33, is seriously injured when he detonates a bomb in an effort to destroy an Atmos Energy natural gas pipeline in Plano, Texas. Chi is an avid tax protester who has posted numerous videos, statements and rants on the Internet about the alleged evils of the Federal Reserve, the IRS, President Obama and the government. He had been a fugitive since 2009, when he violated probation in California on a weapons charge. Chi pleads guilty in 2013 to possessing an unregistered explosive and malicious use of an explosive, and is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

August 5, 2012
Neo-Nazi skinhead Wade Michael Page, 40, opens fire with a 9 mm handgun at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., killing six and critically wounding three, including a police officer. Wounded by police, Page then shoots and kills himself at the scene. A U.S. Army veteran who was discharged in 1998 for “patterns of misconduct,” Page was a “patched” member of the Northern Hammerskins, a chapter of the Hammerskin Nation, a violent, racist skinhead group. He was also a fixture on the white power music scene who played in the band End Apathy and several others.

August 16, 2012
Seven people with ties to the antigovernment “sovereign citizens” movement allegedly ambush and murder Louisiana sheriff’s deputies Brandon Nielsen, 34, and Jeremy Triche, 27. The attack comes in a trailer park near New Orleans, where the deputies pursued suspects following the shooting and wounding of another deputy working as an off-duty security guard at an oil refinery. Those arrested include the group’s leader, Terry Lyn Smith, 44, Smith’s wife, Chanel Skains, and his sons, Derrik Smith and Brian Smith. Others are Brittany Keith, Kyle David Joekel and Teniecha Bright. Brian Smith is charged with first-degree murder and the others with related charges. The group, which traveled the country doing construction work, possess a stockpile of weapons. Its members have outstanding warrants in Nebraska, Tennessee and Louisiana.

September 4, 2012
Christopher Lacy, 36, shoots California Highway Patrol officer Kenyon Youngstrom at close range after the officer stops Lacy’s vehicle, which had an obstructed license plate, on I-680 near Alamo. Lacy is fatally shot by another trooper, and Youngstrom dies the next day. An investigation into Lacy’s background reveals a large amount of antigovernment “sovereign citizens” literature on several computers at his home.

December 21, 2012
FBI agents arrest Richard Schmidt, the owner of a sporting goods store in Bowling Green, Ohio, for trafficking in counterfeit goods and discover a cache of 18 weapons in his home and store, including AR-15 assault rifles, 9 mm and Sig Sauer pistols and shotguns, and more than 40,000 rounds of ammunition. Schmidt is unable to own the weapons legally because he is a felon who served 13 years for murdering a Latino man and wounding two others in a 1989 traffic dispute. Officials also find evidence of Schmidt’s neo-Nazi views, including video and Nazi paraphernalia, and the Anti-Defamation League identifies him as a longtime member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance. Authorities also discover a notebook they say Schmidt was using to track Detroit-area Jewish and African-American leaders, apparently as a prelude to some kind of attack. Schmidt is indicted in Toledo in January 2013 on three federal counts of possessing illegal firearms, body armor and ammunition, and one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods. He pleads guilty in July 2013 to violating federal firearms laws and is sentenced in December to nearly six years in prison.

June 18, 2013
Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, and Eric J. Feight, 54, are arrested in upstate New York after a yearlong investigation and charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists for use of a weapon of mass destruction. Crawford is a member of the United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and an industrial mechanic with General Electric; Feight is an outside contractor for GE with engineering skills. Officials say the two men, who call themselves “The Guild,” are well along the way toward building a truck-borne radiation weapon could be turned on remotely and that they hoped to use in the mass murder of Muslims and others. Crawford, who was said to be angry at President Obama, allegedly referred to the device as “Hiroshima on a light switch.” The men are arrested after unsuccessfully  seeking funding from Jewish groups and the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. In January 2014, Crawford is indicted for conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and related charges, while his alleged accomplice is reportedly in talks about a plea agreement that would involve testifying against Crawford.


michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, John. We're going to feature your post as an upcoming Comment of the Day. Much appreciated.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Yeah, people hate lying dumb asses.

Jan. 17, 2011
Bomb technicians defuse a sophisticated improvised explosive device (IED) found in a backpack along the Spokane, Wash., route of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade with 1,500 marchers. Using forensic clues found in the dismantled bomb, officials about two months later identify and arrest Kevin William Harpham, a longtime neo-Nazi. Harpham had posted more than 1,000 messages to the neo-Nazi Vanguard News Network since 2004, when he was a member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance. Harpham also had contributed to the white supremacist Aryan Alternative newspaper. He is indicted on one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and one count of possessing an IED. Later, federal hate crime charges are added. In December 2011, Harpham was sentenced to 32 years after pleading guilty to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and placing that bomb to carry out a hate crime.

March 10, 2011
Six members of the antigovernment Alaska Peacemakers Militia, including its leader, Francis Schaeffer Cox, 28, are arrested and charged with plotting to kill or kidnap state troopers and a Fairbanks judge. The group already has a large cache of weapons, including a .50-caliber machine gun, grenades and a grenade launcher. Cox earlier identified himself as a “sovereign citizen.” Cox is convicted in June 2012 on nine counts, including conspiring to kill a judge and law enforcement officials. He is sentenced in January 2013 to almost 26 years in federal prison. Lonnie Vernon, 56, and his wife, Karen, 66, plead guilty in August to charges they plotted to kill a federal judge and an IRS agent involved in a tax case against them. The Vernons are also sentenced in January 2013. Lonnie receives almost 25 years in federal prison while his wife receives 12 years. Another member, Coleman Barney, 38, is found guilty of weapons charges and sentenced in September 2012 to five years in federal prison.

May 14, 2011
Three masked men break into the Madrasah Islamiah, an Islamic center in Houston, and douse prayer rugs with gasoline in an apparent attempt to burn the center down. Images of the men are captured on surveillance cameras, but they are not identified. The fire is put out before doing major damage.

May 25, 2011
A man with a long history of menacing abortion clinics is arrested on weapons charges after he accidentally shoots a pistol through the door of a Madison, Wis., motel room. Ralph Lang, 63, tells police he planned to kill a doctor and workers at a nearby Planned Parenthood clinic. Lang is sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2013.

August 24, 2011
Cody Seth Crawford, 24, is arrested on federal charges accusing him of the Nov. 28, 2010, arson of the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center in Corvallis, Ore. The firebombing occurred two days after a former Oregon State University student was arrested in a plot to detonate a car bomb during Portland's annual tree-lighting. Crawford had ranted about Muslims and described himself as a Christian warrior after the arson. In early 2014, Crawford was still awaiting trial.

October 5, 2011
White supremacist ex-convict David "Joey" Pedersen, 31, and his girlfriend, Holly Ann Grigsby, 24, are arrested in California after a murderous rampage in three states. Grigsby tells police that she and Pedersen "were on their way to Sacramento to kill more Jews." The first killed were Pedersen's father and stepmother in Everett, Wash. Another man was killed in Lafayette, Ore., because the pair thought he was Jewish. An African-American man was found shot to death in Eureka, Calif. Pederson earlier served time for threatening to kill the federal judge who handled the Ruby Ridge case of white separatist Randy Weaver. Pederson pleads guilty in March 2012 to killing his father and stepmother, and receives two life sentences. He still faces federal charges in all four murders. Grigsby pleads not guilty and awaits trial.

November 1, 2011
Four members of an unnamed North Georgia militia are arrested in an alleged plot to bomb federal buildings, attack Atlanta and other cities with deadly ricin, and murder law enforcement officials. The men – Frederick Thomas, 73, Samuel J. Crump, 68, Dan Roberts, 67, and Ray H. Adams, 65 – allegedly discussed "taking out" a list of officials to "make the country right again" and scouted buildings in Atlanta to bomb. Authorities say the plot was inspired by an online novel, Absolved, written by longtime Alabama militiaman Mike Vanderboegh. Thomas, the accused ringleader, and Roberts plead guilty in April 2012 to charges of conspiring to possess explosives and firearms. Each is sentenced in August 2012 to five years in federal prison for conspiring to obtain an unregistered explosive device. Crump and Adams are convicted in January 2014 of conspiring to produce a toxic agent to poison government officials. 

December 10, 2011
Four Army soldiers at Fort Stewart, Ga., later identified as members of the terror group Forever Enduring, Always Ready (FEAR), are arrested in the murder of 19-year-old former soldier and FEAR member Michael Roark and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Tiffany York. The two were apparently killed because FEAR leader Isaac Aguigui, 22, feared Roark would talk about the group’s plans to take over the Army base, overthrow the government, assassinate a future president, and blow up a dam and poison the apple crop in the state of Washington. Pfc. Aguigui funded the group, buying $87,000 in weapons and a large amount of drugs with a $500,000 insurance payment he received after the death of his pregnant wife. Pfc. Michael Burnett pleads guilty and agrees to testify against his FEAR comrades. In 2012, seven more people are arrested in connection with FEAR’s activities. In April 2013, the Army charges Aguigui with killing his wife, whose death was initially ruled accidental, and their unborn child. In July 2013, Aguigui pleads guilty in the murders of York and Roark, and is sentenced to life in prison. Two other soldiers, Pvt. Christopher Salmon and Sgt. Anthony Peden, are expected to be tried in the double murder in 2014. A court martial for Aguigui in his family’s death was also expected.

April 17, 2012
Joseph Benjamin Thomas and Samuel James Johnson of Mendota Heights, Minn., are indicted on federal weapons and drug charges after a probe of their alleged plans to create an “Aryan Liberation Movement” and attack minorities, leftists and government officials. Prosecutors say Thomas planned to attack the Mexican consulate in St. Paul with a truck loaded with flaming barrels of oil and gasoline. Johnson, a former leader of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement with prior convictions for armed crimes, was scouting for a training compound in Illinois or Minnesota and seeking to recruit others into his group, court papers say. In the end, Johnson pleads guilty in 2012 to being a felon in possession of weapons and is sentenced to 15 years in prison. Thomas pleads to intent to distribute 50 grams of methamphetamine. In April 2013, he is sentenced to 10 years in prison.


muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Hopefully the schools wouldn't teach something so wrong.  For that kind of lie, go to fauKKKs "news" or to a variety of radical right wing liars quoted by right wing liars.


You sound VERY foolish calling the President a Nazi.  Nazis didn't much like black people.  Nazis were conservative.  Consider this article:

Before the election last November, a Frenchman (immigrant) who was canvassing for Barack Obama saw me in my yard working, and came over to ask me to vote for Obama. We got to talking about France, and I asked him if France had conservatives?

“Oh yes,” he said with a serious expression. “They are called Fascists.”

His candor was refreshing, to say the least. But there are indeed some similarities between the right wing of the GOP, and the most reprehensible regime ever inflicted on mankind, Hitler and his Nazi rat henchmen.

1.   The general feeling, whether spoken out right, or kept not-so-subtly-hidden, of being better than others. Nazis, like Republicans, and Republicans, like Nazis, think they’re better. They’re white. They don’t like, not necessarily in this order of dislike, niggers, spics, gooks, zips (Koreans), dinks (Chinese), wops, Jew kikes, Japs, wet-back greasers, camel-jockeys and sand niggers (A-rabs), Frogs, foreigners, immigrants, faggots and butch lesbians, and a host of others. Republicans often talk about (white) Americans as though they’re God’s chosen people, the only people who matter (in the war in Iraq, no mention has ever been made of the number of Iraqis killed because they don’t matter). The Nazis of course called themselves the Master Race.

2.   Religious Xenophobia. God is a Republican. The Republicans tie religious belief to their supposed superiority, and to politics and policy-setting. They know God. You don’t. God favors them, not you, if you disagree with them. The German Nazis had belt buckles that read, “Gott Mitt Uns” (God is with us).

3.   Patriotism as propaganda. Republicans consistently and improperly display the flag, often from car antennas, to demonstrate their patriotic resolve, when the flag was meant to be displayed properly, only in places where decorum would allow dignity. The flag was not meant to be a feckless political prop to back a right wing world viewpoint. For their part, the German Nazis had rallies with thousands of flags.

4.   Love of war. The Republicans used to pride themselves as the party that didn’t start wars, the Democrats did. No more. Today, they never saw a war they didn’t like (they won’t admit it), and view war not as a purely defensive measure as the Founding Fathers intended, but as a useful tool, an instrument of shaping foreign policy. The German Nazis use of war is well known to the world.

5.   Love of radio propaganda. Political talk radio is a largely right-wing creation, to counter what conservatives endlessly contend is the liberally biased mainstream media, and has mushroomed across the country, fed by angry white boys who like to listen to it. It is hosted by a host of American Joseph Goebbels (German minister of propaganda) imitators, who dispense false accusations, right-wing claptrap and mocking, thinly-disguised hate for those who disagree with them. Their most recognizable traits are smugness and the school-yard bully mean spirit.

6.   The cult of the leader (fuehrer). Democrats may praise the tough pluck of little Harry Truman, or the dignified wisdom of FDR, but mythologizing conservatives as some kind of gods brought down from on-high is a right-wing phenomenon that has recently grown in scope. Current deification efforts include among others, Ronald Reagan, John Wayne and the pre-posthumous Rush Limbaugh. The Germans of course had Hitler.

7.   Use of diversions. The Germans used the Reichstag fire of 1933 to suspend civil liberties under emergency decree. George W. Bush used 9-11 to invade Iraq under the guise of false weapons of mass destruction, and to re-make the Middle East. He did illegal wire taps of American citizens to make Americans supposedly safer. Both German and American citizens largely accepted these measures with docility and without debate or protest.

8.   Use of scapegoats. The Germans called people they didn’t like “sub-humans.” The right-wing Republicans call them “bad Americans.”

9.   Contempt for Democracy. Hitler said Democracy was corrupt, soft. Bush said being a dictator would be easier than being president.

10.   The blame game, or denial of bad news. Conservatives, in power for eight years, blame Obama for the country’s impending economic collapse. Hitler said his generals let him down.

sdevos68
sdevos68

@muhutdafuga Sovereign citizens are not Republican, much less conservative.  Also, anyone relating to the Aryan nation or neo-nazi's are Democratically motivated.  Klebold and Harris were both from staunch Democrat families.  Holmes?  Democrat.  Lanza?  Democrat.  Beltway snipers?  Democrats.  


So yes, the vast majority of mass killers are Democrats.  And nevermind the fact that roughly 68% of all firearm related homicides are carried out by gang members.  Let's see...poor, inner city, typically minorities of a group that voted 98% for Democrats (the same party that wanted them to remain slaves)...


History is not kind to those who are too ignorant to remember (or at least research) it.

sdevos68
sdevos68

@muhutdafuga Hey imbecile...congrats.  You took all that time to define...Democrats. 

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@sdevos68 @muhutdafugaThank you for sharing your feelings.  Everything you say is wrong, but someone convinced you that your feelings are true. 

Here's an idea, lets ban the sale of the weapons these right wing gun freaks use to kill children....oops, the CONSERVATIVES will have no part of that!


Let's see what the FBI wrote in their 2006 report on right wing extremists. Note how,like you, they try to keep their radical views hidden:


Neo-Nazis were also pioneering a strategy they called “ghost skins,” which are attempts by right-wing extremists to keep quiet about their hateful views so as to blend into society and covertly advance their causes. “One white supremacist group has reportedly encouraged ghost skins to seek positions in law enforcement for the capability of alerting skinhead crews of pending investigative action against them,” says the report.

Another report released the same month revealed more about what it calls this “fascist path of stealth.” A ghost skin deliberately avoids shaving his head, wearing boots or braces, or anything that identifies his Nazi origins. “We strive to blend into society to be unrecognizable to the Jewish enemy,” one white-supremacist website is helpfully quoted as explaining. Prospective ghost skins are encouraged to join the military and receive training that can be passed on to other Nazis.

With chilling prescience, a 2007 report argued that the threat posed from white supremacists came less from organized groups than from “individuals acting alone upon the messages of hate espoused by these groups.” According to Jeffrey T. Richelson, a senior fellow at the NSA, who edited the document collection, “From what we know about this Wisconsin shooter, this potentially fits exactly into the documents analyses.” The shooting was not very different from what was generally predicted in the FBI materials, says Richelson.

Still, despite the primary threat coming from “lone wolf” terrorists, white supremacists have evinced interest in broader campaigns of suicide terrorism, according to the FBI. “These provide the movement with an ideal of self-sacrifice and a context for individuals to put themselves into fatal situations on behalf of its causes.” Terrorist acts could unify the movement and inspire others to carry out similar acts.

Finally, a September 2007 FBI threat assessment argued that “in terms of their distribution across the United States, white supremacists are the most pervasive because the issues driving them exist throughout the country.” They maintained a ready capability to commit acts of terrorism and violence due simply to their sheer numbers. White supremacists, the FBI held, tend to commit random acts of violence against minorities rather than premeditated targets — as may be the case with the murderer at the Sikh temple.

The FBI has said that the Wisconsin shooter likely had ties to right-wing white supremacist groups. It would not be the first time the bureau has warned of the threats coming from the far right, as these declassified documents prove. And now will not be the first time conservatives deny the terrorists and extremists lying in their midst.

Jordan Michael Smith

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@sdevos68 @muhutdafugaThere is no cure for your kind of stupid.  It comes from the STD you caught at C-PAC, "Romnesia."  It is known to produce baffling symptoms including pathological lying, forgetting history, and being a dumb ass, otherwise known as a republican.


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