Over the weekend, a progressive organizer and friend was approached by members of Oath Keepers. Apparently, the organization is looking for allies in the peace movement by comparing Bradley Manning to Terry Lakin. From the Colorado Independent:
“What if Terry Lakin had been treated… just the same as Manning? Would the people who cheer the treatment of Manning have cheered that? Of course not! They’re judging the cause and whether the person is good or not, not judging due process. If this happened to Lakin, there’d be all this screaming from them about due process. They’d be right! But the same goes for Manning. It’s just a sad cycle of how human nature works.”
Human nature? No, it’s called criminal law. Lakin was convicted of disobeying lawful orders. Manning is accused of disobeying lawful orders. That is what they have in common, and nothing else. The people screaming at the supposed torture of Bradley Manning, however, feed right into the fringe narratives of Alex Jones and the so-called “patriot movement” — the latter being the origin of Oath Keepers.
No one in the progressive movement should have anything to do with them. Terry Lakin, you’ll recall, is the former Army doctor and colonel sentenced to six months for missing his deployment to Afghanistan. Lakin demanded the Commander-in-Chief show him a long-form birth certificate before obeying the Oath of Enlistment. He’s been a hero to Orly Taitz and the birthers ever since.
John Tomasic of the Colorado Independent calls Oath Keepers a “libertarian-constitutionalist rights group,” but in fact they are a hate group. Their boilerplate is ripped right out of the militia manuals. Their organization was identified with the right-wing militia movement early and often. The Oath Keepers’ world view rests on the tinfoil hat narrative of secret government FEMA death camps and United Nations occupation forces. Their nativism and hate speech have been documented at length by David Neiwart as well as the Southern Poverty law Center.
And then there are the members who actually get arrested:
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The man accused of storing a napalm bomb, assault rifles and other explosives in two rented homes often seemed paranoid, his landlord said.
Matthew Fairfield, 30, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to dozens of charges of storing explosives in a Cleveland home and the napalm bomb in his North Olmsted home. Fairfield’s bond was set at $1 million.
Walter Francis Fitzpatrick III stands charged with disorderly conduct, inciting to riot, disrupting a meeting, and resisting arrest.
Breeden said Fitzpatrick was trying to arrest grand jury foreman Gary Pettway. Fitzpatrick’s reasons for allegedly doing so are not clear.
He has previously tried to get the Monroe County grand jury to indict President Barack Obama for treason.
A Georgia man has been arrested in Tennessee–authorities say he headed to Madisonville, armed and prepared to take over the courthouse.
Darren Huff stands charged of traveling in interstate commerce with intent to incite a riot and transporting in commerce a firearm in furtherance of a civil disorder.
The FBI says Huff traveled to Tennessee armed with a pistol on his hip and an assault rifle in his truck, intent on carrying out citizen’s arrests of 24 federal, state, and local officials, and on seeing that another man did not face trial for trying to do the same.
“We come home and those bastards want to talk about how we’re domestic terrorists and a threat to this country. It makes me so angry,” said Charles Dyer, who has been accused of committing rape.
Dyer has been charged with first degree rape. When police searched Dyer’s home for evidence on that charge, they found a grenade launcher that matched the description of one of three that were reportedly stolen from an Army post in California.
More incriminating evidence against Dyer has surfaced in a YouTube video. The video shows Dyer, a former U.S. Marine, talking proudly about domestic terrorism. “Join the military?”, said Dyer. “Depends on what you want to do with it. Me? Im going to use my training and become one of those domestic terrorists that you’re so afraid of from the DHS reports.”
Such good friends for the Bradley Manning fan club, don’t you think? Not only do they have an ideology of violence, they boast the endorsement of Glenn Beck. Can’t you just see Glenn Greenwald and Jane Hamsher hanging out with these people?