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Absurd White Male Militia Group Planned Kidnapping Of Governor, Overthrow Of Michigan Government

October 8, 2020

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast

It was only this week when I posted on this site’s Facebook page the latest federal report showing White Nationalists are the largest terrorist threat in this nation.

As we have known for years from federal reports, and just from the headlines of the day, White Nationalists and militia groups are terrorists and are a threat to our democracy. The dangers they pose to the nation are real and the story today from Michigan underscores that fact.

Six men were arrested and accused of plotting with a militia group to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan. These angry white men, who clearly never passed a civics course, were filled with virulent anti-government views. The FBI states this group had talked about taking the Governor hostage since this summer. In addition, they have been charged with terrorism crimes for allegedly planning the Capitol building attack and attempting to “instigate a Civil War.” They clearly didn’t learn from our history that attacks on our nation are met with a response that does not leave one guessing as to the outcome.

They had stalked the Governor’s vacation home and plotted to take her hostage prior to the November elections. There is evidence they also planned to buy explosives. Had they simply applied themselves in school, and been smarter with career decisions, and not wasted money on weapons they too could have relaxed in a vacation home this summer. Instead, they could only plot a most sinister and despicable attack on our democracy.

There is even reporting that these criminals had talked about creating a society in which they could be “self-sufficient” and one said he wanted 200 men to storm the Statehouse in Lansing. Given that a few of the men are good-looking means they might get their desire to have men storming–towards them in the prison showers.

It would have been far more productive for their futures had they just smoked pot and listened to some angry songs from the Vietnam era. As it is now they are looking at decades–perhaps even life–behind bars.

And that is certainly where they will be placed.

But let us not forget the news story from only two days ago concerning these types of white males who just fail to fit into normal society.

The Department of Homeland Security warned on Tuesday that violent white supremacy was the “most persistent and lethal threat in the homeland” in an annual assessment that a former intelligence chief had accused the agency of withholding in deference to President Trump.

The intelligence chief-turned-whistle-blower last month accused the department of blocking the report to play down the threat of violent white racism as well as Russian election interference and align the agency’s message with the president’s. But the final report appeared to do no such thing.

The threat assessment highlighted white supremacists as the most deadly among domestic terrorists in recent years and Russia as the primary threat to spreading disinformation.

I am particularly concerned about white supremacist violent extremists who have been exceptionally lethal in their abhorrent, targeted attacks in recent years,” Chad F. Wolf, the acting secretary of homeland security, wrote in the forward to the assessment. The threat report also stated that “Russia is the likely primary covert influence actor and purveyor of disinformation and misinformation within the homeland.”

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