Saturday, December 17, 2011

That describes pretty much everybody I know

Domestic Terrorism
Focus on Militia Extremism

9/2/11
Who they are. Like many domestic terrorism groups, militia extremists are anti-government. What sets them apart is that they’re often organized into paramilitary groups that follow a military-style rank hierarchy. They tend to stockpile illegal weapons and ammunition, trying illegally to get their hands on fully automatic firearms or attempting to convert weapons to fully automatic. They also try to buy or manufacture improvised explosive devices and typically engage in wilderness, survival, or other paramilitary training.

Who and what they target. They usually go after the government itself—including law enforcement personnel, representatives of the courts, and other public officials, along with government buildings. When caught, most militia extremists are charged with weapons, explosives, and/or conspiracy violations.

What they believe in. Many militia extremists view themselves as protecting the U.S. Constitution, other U.S. laws, or their own individual liberties. They believe that the Constitution grants citizens the power to take back the federal government by force or violence if they feel it’s necessary. They oppose gun control efforts and fear the widespread disarming of Americans by the federal government.

Militia extremists often subscribe to various conspiracy theories regarding government. One of their primary theories is that the United Nations—which they refer to as the New World Order, or NWO—has the right to use its military forces anywhere in the world (it doesn’t, of course). The extremists often train and prepare for what they foresee as an inevitable invasion of the U.S. by United Nations forces. Many militia extremists also wrongly believe that the federal government will relocate citizens to camps controlled by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or force them to undergo vaccinations.

One important note: simply espousing anti-government rhetoric is not against the law. However, seeking to advance that ideology through force or violence is illegal, and that’s when the FBI and law enforcement become involved.

What is the FBI doing to combat the militia extremism threat? In addition to our lawful use of sophisticated investigative techniques, we’ve expanded our work with other federal agencies such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and with our state and local partners. And we use intelligence and analysis to help identify gaps in our knowledge, emerging tactics and trends, and effective investigative strategies.

As always, the combination of intelligence, coordinated law enforcement efforts, and an informed public is the most effective way to counter the threats posed by domestic extremists.
FBI.gov

14 comments:

Brock Townsend said...

They believe that the Constitution grants citizens the power to take back the federal government by force or violence if they feel it’s necessary.

Well, that's another no shit, Sherlock. Read Jefferson.

wirecutter said...

I think we did our articles at about the same time. But I stole another one from you.....

wirecutter said...

They probably haven't read anything like that since high school Government class.

Brock Townsend said...

I think we did our articles at about the same time. But I stole another one from you.....

? Went over my head.:)

wirecutter said...

Mine too, evidently. I had 4 or 5 screens open and thought it was you I linked to for a post I'm working on.
Turns out I can't find the original post nor can I remember how I was going to tie it in anyways.
I need a beer.

Toaster 802 said...

Stockpiling illegal weapons...

You mean like fixing NCIC to allow weapons to be illegally sold to murderous Mexican drug gangs? Like hiding evidence? Like laundering drug money? Like burning little children to death to get at a cult leader? Like Elom city and Andre Strassmire? You Goddamn frauds are the terrorists.

Note to the Gmen; the SS lost the right to their retirement money at the end of the war. Since your over riding concern is yours at the expense of the oath YOU took to protect WE the PEOPLE from criminals now in power, plan on the same for yourselves.

If you want a civil war, your doing the best you can to start one. I suggest you read history to see how far all that fancy raid gear is going to take you when the common man gets sick of being called a terrorist by criminals with "credentials".

The term "terrorism" comes from French terrorisme, from Latin: 'terror', "great fear", "dread", related to the Latin verb terrere, "to frighten". The terror cimbricus was a panic and state of emergency in Rome in response to the approach of warriors of the Cimbri tribe in 105BC. The French National Convention declared in September 1793 that "terror is the order of the day". The period 1793–94 is referred to as La Terreur (Reign of Terror). Maximilien Robespierre, a leader in the French revolution proclaimed in 1794 that "Terror is nothing other than justice, prompt, severe, inflexible."[11]

The Committee of Public Safety agents that enforced the policies of "The Terror" were referred to as "Terrorists".[12] The word "terrorism" was first recorded in English-language dictionaries in 1798 as meaning "systematic use of terror as a policy".

There you go. Who are the "real" terrorists.

Brock Townsend said...

I need a beer.

Gotta' keep one in your hand at all times to ensure proper blogging......:)

Brock Townsend said...

Toaster 802

That's good!

wirecutter said...

Yeah it is. Glad he's on our side.

Brock Townsend said...

Think I'll post it.

Grumpyunk said...

They make themselves sound so, reasonable in that little screed don't they?

Might have to start making some bracelets with - WWSHD? on them.
What Would Simo Häyhä Do?

Blue said...

"simply espousing anti-government rhetoric is not against the law"

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Knowing that makes me feel much better...

Obviously, since "they" said it, "they" know it too...

Brock Townsend said...

"simply espousing anti-government rhetoric is not against the law"

Though I am sure they wish that it was.

IntoForever said...

Yet they allow criminal gangs to run rampant in our cities terrorizing the populace, stealing everything in sight and kill people at will.