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Reaping the Whirlwind

"Now is not the time to promulgate propaganda intended to divide our people..." Gathered from Web pages, e-mail groups and other sources, are remarks from an array of right-wing groups and individuals from 2001. This second look highlights the tainted wellsprings of posionous rhetoric that continue to muddy the turbulent waters of today.
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Around the country, the far right reacts to September?s terror with anti-Semitic hatred, threats and conspiracy theories

The National Alliance has never been an organization to hold back its opinions. Hours after airplanes piloted by hijackers smashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the acting membership coordinator of America?s leading neo-Nazi group was hard at work, pecking away at his computer keyboard.

Billy Roper had a simple message for his underlings.

"Anyone who is willing to drive a plane into a building to kill Jews is alright by me," Roper wrote on a National Alliance Internet list as more than 6,000 people lay dying in the wreckage of the worst terrorist attack in American history.

"I wish our members had half as much testicular fortitude."

While the vast majority of Americans reacted to the September 11 attacks with horror, shock, dismay and anger, the response of the nation?s radical right ranged from hearty endorsements of the strikes against "Jew York City" to calls for the expulsion of all foreigners and outright threats. Among the softer-line "Patriot" groups, such as militias, some reacted with the anger and fear that characterized most Americans. Others, however, saw in the attacks a secret conspiracy by the government meant to pave the way to martial law and other horrors.

And some said that they could have protected Americans better.

The Republic of Texas (ROT), a militia-like group that claims Texas was never legally incorporated into the United States, used the slaughter to criticize the "inability or unwillingness" of what it calls "the unconstitutional government of Washington, D.C.," to protect its citizens. Then, in a missive signed by "Secretary of Defense" Charles Doreck, ROT issued a "call to all patriots" to join its "Defense Forces" in the "provisional capital" of Cuero, Texas (population 6,700).

"Inductions," Doreck announced, "will take place all day."

Around the country,the radical right reacted with denunciations of Arabs, expressions of slack-jawed admiration for the well-coordinated attack, and denunciations of Israel and American policy in the Middle East. There were calls for the expulsion of all immigrants and for a purely white society. The more religiously oriented ? including several "mainstream" preachers ? tended to blame American "sins" like abortion and homosexuality. The League of the South, a neo-Confederate white supremacist group, lost some key members who were angered by their leader?s essay saying "multiculturalism and diversity" led to the terrorist strikes.

Here, gathered from Web pages, e-mail groups and other sources, are remarks from an array of right-wing groups and individuals. Organizations listed as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center are denoted with an asterisk (*).

7th Missouri Militia

Martin Linstedt, Director of Political Warfare
Granby, Mo.

"I have no doubt that the Resistance may well have to carry out a policy of ?prion-poisoning? and other low-cost cheap effective biological warfare measuring making it in effect impossible to ever again have a social order capable of maintaining any form of Evil Empire.

? I?ve been wishing that the A-rabs had stolen a couple hundred jumbo-jets full of talmudic Khazar mamzers, criminal-regimeist whiggers, niggers, gooks, beaners, etc., and crashed them into the Supreme Kort, CONgress-Kapital, J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building, all 50 state capitals, TalmudVision stations and as many concentrations of baal-priests as possible.And do you know what I?d have called it? A DAMNED GOOD START!!!!!!"

American Nazi Party*

Rocky Suhayda, Chairman
Eastpointe, Mich.

"[W]hat?s wrong with just ACCEPTING the FACT that a HANDFUL of VERY BRAVE PEOPLE were WILLING TO DIE FOR ?WHATEVER? THEY BELIEVED IN ? and DID IT? All I can say is that it?s a DISGRACE that in a population of at least 150 MILLION ?White/Aryan? Americans ? we provide so FEW that are willing to do the same. ? [A] bunch of ?towel head/sand niggers? put our great ?White Movement? to SHAME. ?IF ?we? were ONE-TENTH as ?SERIOUS? ? WE JUST MIGHT START GETTING SOMEWHERE."

American Patrol/Voice of Citizens Together*

Glenn Spencer, Leader
Sherman Oaks, Calif.

"ALL NON CITIZENS OUT OF U.S. Contact your Congressman, Senators and the President. Demand that all non-citizens leave the United States IMMEDIATELY!!"

American Renaissance/New Century Foundation*

Jared Taylor, Editor
Oakton, Va.

"If we go to war, it will not be because we are the land of freedom and opportunity, but because we are the best friend and benefactor of Israel. ? If we fight Israel?s enemies, the United States will become like Israel: a garrison state and battleground."

Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church

Steve Wilkins, Pastor
Monroe, La.

"We have had a horrible judgment visited upon us this past week," Wilkins said in a Sunday sermon. After a list of American "law-breaking" including fornication, "perversion," abortion and idolatry, Wilkins added, "We have loved things and been worshippers of mammon. ? It was no accident that the terrorists chose to target the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Symbols of two of the great idols of our country: money and military power. We have sinned as a nation."

Aryan Nations*

Paul R. Mullet, Minnesota Leader
St. Paul, Minn.

"[T]he current events in Jew York city have caused me to activate my unit. We are preparing a strike here in Minnesota and other surrounding areas. Please be advised that the time for ALL ARYANS TO ATTACK IS NOW NOT LATER. Our opportunity may never be the same. The call to arms goes out to all true Aryans around the world. We will be ready next week for our revolution."

William Cooper

Author, conspiracy theorist
Eagar, Ariz.

Under the headline, "Somebody knew what was coming," Cooper posts on his Web site a reproduction of a rap music CD published before the attacks that has a picture of the World Trade Center exploding on its album cover ? a cover Cooper says "displays the Red Communist Star representing Socialism." "Expect Martial Law!" he adds. "Militia and Patriot leaders go underground immediately!"

Council of Conservative Citizens*

St. Louis, Mo.

Under the headline, "Dirty Rotten Arabs and Muslims," the Council?s main Web site posts photographs of Robert Khayat ("Syrian Chancellor of Ole Miss. Conducted a jihad against Southern Culture. Black Muslims and Arab Students Welcome!"), the former Republican senator from Michigan, Spencer Abraham ("This crosseyed Lebanese ex-Senator lost reelection in Michigan due to his support of lax immigration laws. Osama bin Laden says: ?Thanks, Spence!? ") and Michael Muhammed ("Allah?s Boy") of the black supremacist New Black Panther Party. Under the photographs, the site adds, "Arab treachery and deviousness have been a scourge since biblical times. Islam is a religion of hatred and vindictiveness."

Council of Conservative Citizens*

Sam Francis, Editor
Alexandria, Va.

"The blunt and ugly truth is that the United States ? started the war in the name of ?spreading democracy,? ?building nations,? ?waging peace,? ?stopping aggression,? ?enforcing human rights? and all the other pious lies? . What is new is merely that this week, for the first time, the war we started came home? ."

European-American Unity and Rights Organization*

David Duke, President
Mandeville, La.

"The Government and Media, who are in service of a supremacist state in the Middle East [Israel], rather than the American nation, have made millions across the world despise us. ? [O]ur country now reaps the whirlwind. ? Our masters already plan ? a war on our most basic freedoms? . In the days ahead, let us free ourselves from the foreign powers that dominate us and put our love for our America and our people first."

Federation for American Immigration Reform

Washington, D.C.

On its Web site, FAIR reran a highly controversial advertisement featuring side-by-side photographs of Osama bin Laden and former U.S. Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-Mich.) under the headline, "Why Is a U.S. Senator Trying to Make It Easy for Osama bin Laden to Export Terrorism to the U.S.?" FAIR originally ran the ad in 2000 because Abraham, the only Arab-American in the Senate, was backing legislation to allow more skilled workers visas to work in the United States. The ad was condemned nationally.

Institute for Historical Review*

Newport Beach, Calif.

"[T]he jolting impact of the September 11 attacks ? will also encourage growing numbers of thoughtful Americans to see through the lies propagated by our nation?s political and cultural elite, and its Zionist allies, to impose their will around the world. ? [R]age will grow against those who have subordinated American interests ? to Jewish-Zionist ambitions."

League of the South*

Michael Hill, President
Monroe, La.

"In part, these events spring from an ?open borders? policy that has for the past four decades encouraged massive Third World immigration and thus cultural destabilization. Hence, these acts of violence were also the natural fruits of a regime committed to multiculturalism and diversity, hallmarks of empire rather than of nation. ? [T]his is America?s wake-up call to forsake its idolatry and to return to its true Christian and Constitutional foundations."

Libertarian Socialist News

Bill White, Webmaster
Silver Spring, Md.

"The acts committed against the United States today were not ?evil? acts ? they were acts that proceeded naturally and organically from U.S. policy, and they were acts of justice? . My sense of righteousness and justice knows that these acts are good in an absolute sense ? because the natural and good result of evil policies is pain? ."

Richard F. Masker

Self-described "conspiratologist"
Hayden Lake, Idaho

"Our New World Order treasonous government for sure knew about the plans for the WTC attack several weeks in advance and the Zionists saw the opportunity they had been diligently waiting for. ? When the planes hit the building the Israeli Mossad operatives used radio controlled detonators to bring the building down? . No human being has the mental ability to comprehend the degree of abject hatred tht the Jew is capable of displaying toward all other non-Jews."

Michigan Militia Corps-Wolverines

Norm Olson, co-founder
Alanson, Mich.

Claiming large numbers of militia enthusiasts are being "reactivated," Olson said he was contacting President Bush to offer his group?s help. "The President knows that millions of patriots across America are equipped, armed and trained to guard and to defend our land. He is obliged and expected to recognize the citizen militia as its primary guardians. ? If America?s enemies are among us, we will find them? ."

Micetrap Distribution*

White power music firm
Maple Shade, N.J.

"[A]lthough it would be illegal for me to publicly call for violence against the Muslims, I know there are many angry people out there and I surely support those that decide (on their own) to strike against these internal enemies by physical violence and damage against their homes, shops and places of religious worship. It is my opinion that we must strike fear into their hearts? . I had originally planned to use all of my many resources to call for attacks against them, but later decided that this would cause me too many problems? . I believe it is up to us to cleanse our streets of their evil and plotting minds."

National Alliance*

William Pierce, Leader
Hillsboro, W.V.

"This time ? things didn?t go smoothly for the Jews and their U.S. bully boy. ? What happened this week is a direct consequence of the American people permitting the Jews to control their government and to use American strength to advance Jews? interests? . [T]he people who flew those planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon did it because they had been pushed into a corner by the U.S. government acting on behalf of the Jews? ."

National Alliance*

Billy Roper, Deputy Membership Coordinator
Hillsboro, W.V.

"The enemy of our enemy is, for now at least, our friends. We may not want them marrying our daughters, just as they would not want us marrying theirs. We may not want them in our societies, just as they would not want us in theirs. But anyone who is willing to drive a plane into a building to kill jews is alright by me. I wish our members had half as much testicular fortitude."

National Alliance*

Kevin Alfred Strom, member, former radio show host
Earlysville, Va.

"Men and Women of the West: For almost 50 years, ?evil? ?racists? and ?extremists? warned you that you were courting disaster by allowing almost unlimited numbers of racial aliens inside your borders ? by allowing the organized Jewish minority to control your media and government? . Will you now concede those who warned you were heroes -- and that the Pied Pipers of ?diversity? and Zionism were liars and murderers?"


Lincoln, Neb.

"The real reason the U.S. was attacked is because of the U.S. government support of Israel. ? [America must] stop acting like an empire by trying to be policemen of the world for robber-baron, monopolistic, international finance capitalism."

Posse Comitatus*

August Kreis, Webmaster
Ulysses, Penn.

"May the WAR be started," Kreis wrote even before the World Trade Center towers had collapsed. "DEATH to His enemies, may the World Trade Center BURN TO THE GROUND!" Elsewhere, Kreis claimed "4,000 Israelis" worked in the Center?s two towers but none were killed or wounded in the attacks. He suggested that this was because of "hints from the Israeli General Security Apparatus," and he referred to "unannounced suspicions on [the part of] American officials who wanted to know how the Israeli government learned about the incident before it occurred? ." He added, "We can blame no others than ourselves for our problems due to the fact that we allow ? Satan?s children, called jews today, to have dominion over our lives."

Republic of Texas

Charles Doreck, Secretary of Defense
Cuero, Texas

"The events of September 11 have proven that the unconstitutional government of Washington, D.C. ? cannot stop a well planned terrorist attack? . The Provisional Government of the Republic of Texas is issuing a call to all patriots to report to the provisional capital ? for the purpose of joining ? the Defense Forces."

Southern Oregon Militia

Carl Worden, Liaison Officer
Eagle Point, Ore.

"I am no fan of the our current government. ? But the attack that took place on 9/11/01 in New York and Washington, D.C., was an attack by foreign agents? . [W]e are all threatened by a group of people who make our own illegal government look mild by comparison. ? Now is not the time to promulgate propaganda intended to divide our people. If we are win against this vicious aggressor, we must all pull together."

Edgar Steele

Former attorney for neo-Nazi Aryan Nations
Sandpoint, Idaho

"To the Arabs, America and Israel are the same. In a very real sense, they are absolutely correct, of course.America is Jewish controlled now, at all levels. America IS the Jews. ? This happened because we have been taken over from within by people that see that the only way to remain in power is to conquer the rest of the world? ."

White Aryan Resistance*

Tom Metzger, Leader
Fallbrook, Calif.

"If the U.S. Criminal leaders had kept [their noses] out of the middle eastern feud thousands of Americans that are dead would still be alive. Intervention and international policing to protect transnational corporations, banking and Jew intrigue are the causes ? disaster is the effect."

Westboro Baptist Church*

Fred Phelps, Pastor
Topeka, Kansas

"The Rod of God hath smitten fag America! ? At left is the filthy face of fag evil. [Hijacked and murdered American Airlines pilot] David Charlebois. One of the hundreds of fags and dykes and fag-/dyke-enablers working for American Airlines? . If the fags have a secret funeral for David Charlebois ? in order to frustrate WBC?s plan to picket his funeral ? WBC will picket his house? . The multitudes slain Sept. 11, 2001, are in Hell ? forever!"

World Church of the Creator*

Matt Hale, Leader
East Peoria, Ill.

"The attacks ? are in need of a fervent and immediate response by White Racial Loyalists everywhere. The time is at hand to preach ? why these attacks: the control of the United States government by International Jewry? . We must NOT allow this opportunity to reach the people to be squandered."


Peter Brimelow, Activist
Warrenton, Va.

"It?s the immigration, Stupid."

One remarkable aspect of reaction to September?s terrorist attacks was the often highly intolerant commentary that came from "mainstream" politicians, preachers and columnists. Here is a brief sampling of some of the more egregious comments:

U.S. Rep. John Cooksey
Republican candidate for U.S. Senate

"If I see someone [who] comes in that?s got a diaper on his head and a fan belt wrapped around the diaper on his head, that guy needs to be pulled over." When a reporter noted that this implied illegal racial profiling, Cooksey said it was clear "that some people, that 100% of the people who were involved in this, met a certain profile. ? [W]e can and should scrutinize people that fit that profile."

Jerry Falwell

Television evangelist

"I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way ? all of them who have tried to secularize America ? I point the finger in their face and say, ?You helped this happen.?" Falwell went on to blame federal courts as well. He backed away from all these comments after the White House and many others criticized them.

National Review On-Line

Ann Coulter, Contributing Editor

"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity."

Operation Save America
(formerly Operation Rescue)
Rusty Lee Thomas, columnist

Blaming the attack on legalized abortion in America, an editorial on the group?s Web site said: "The astounding events of this morning are just another sign of the judgment of God upon our nation. We have turned our backs on God and we are now reaping the horrible consequences of our error. ?If we do not return to the God of our fathers we will continue to reap the whirlwind of our own foolishness."

Pat Robertson

Television evangelist, Christian Broadcasting Network

Responding to a statement from fellow evangelist Jerry Falwell partly blaming various liberal groups for the terrorist attacks, Robertson seemed to agree, telling his guest on the "700 Club," "Jerry, that?s my feeling." He also agreed with Falwell when he said the American Civil Liberties Union has "got to take a lot of blame for this." Later, after a barrage of criticism, Robertson softened his comments but still said that groups that "strip religious values from our public square" help to "take away the mantle of divine protection" that protects America from harm.

Intelligence Report
Winter 2001
Issue # 104


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