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“Isolated” Incidents Becoming Not So “Isolated”

“Isolated” Incidents Becoming Not So “Isolated”

Every time violence strikes, people are eager to state that the this was simply one disturbed person, or one isolated incident.

But how “isolated” are these steadily increasing violent events?

Crooks and Liars looks at the upswing of “isolated” events, especially since President Obama has been in office, and finds a disturbing trend — these “one off” events of lone wolves are becoming more and more common place.  And they are undeniably targeting progressives.

[W]hat’s equally undeniable is that it comes amid a gradually mounting litany of violence directed against “liberal” and government targets, effectively suggesting a fresh onset of domestic terrorism from the extremist American Right.

Just in the past two and a half years, here’s the record of “isolated incidents” amassed so far:

July 2008: A gunman named Jim David Adkisson, agitated at how “liberals” are “destroying America,” walks into a Unitarian Church and opens fire, killing two churchgoers and wounding four others.

October 2008: Two neo-Nazis are arrested in Tennessee in a plot to murder dozens of African-Americans, culminating in the assassination of President Obama.

December 2008: A pair of “Patriot” movement radicals — the father-son team of Bruce and Joshua Turnidge, who wanted “to attack the political infrastructure” — threaten a bank in Woodburn, Oregon, with a bomb in the hopes of extorting money that would end their financial difficulties, for which they blamed the government. Instead, the bomb goes off and kills two police officers. The men eventually are convicted and sentenced to death for the crime.

December 2008: In Belfast, Maine, police discover the makings of a nuclear “dirty bomb” in the basement of a white supremacist shot dead by his wife. The man, who was independently wealthy, reportedly was agitated about the election of President Obama and was crafting a plan to set off the bomb.

January 2009: A white supremacist named Keith Luke embarks on a killing rampage in Brockton, Mass., raping and wounding a black woman and killing her sister, then killing a homeless man before being captured by police as he is en route to a Jewish community center.

February 2009: A Marine named Kody Brittingham is arrested and charged with plotting to assassinate President Obama. Brittingham also collected white-supremacist material.

April 2009: A white supremacist named Richard Poplawski opens fire on three Pittsburgh police officers who come to his house on a domestic-violence call and kills all three, because he believed President Obama intended to take away the guns of white citizens like himself. Poplawski is currently awaiting trial.

April 2009: Another gunman in Okaloosa County, Florida, similarly fearful of Obama’s purported gun-grabbing plans, kills two deputies when they come to arrest him in a domestic-violence matter, then is killed himself in a shootout with police.

May 2009: A “sovereign citizen” named Scott Roeder walks into a church in Wichita, Kansas, and assassinates abortion provider Dr. George Tiller.

June 2009: A Holocaust denier and right-wing tax protester named James Von Brunn opens fire at the Holocaust Museum, killing a security guard.

February 2010: An angry tax protester named Joseph Ray Stack flies an airplane into the building housing IRS offices in Austin, Texas. (Media are reluctant to label this one “domestic terrorism” too.)

March 2010: Seven militiamen from the Hutaree Militia in Michigan and Ohio are arrested and charged with plotting to assassinate local police officers with the intent of sparking a new civil war.

March 2010: An anti-government extremist named John Patrick Bedell walks into the Pentagon and opens fire, wounding two officers before he is himself shot dead.

May 2010: A “sovereign citizen” from Georgia is arrested in Tennessee and charged with plotting the violent takeover of a local county courthouse.

May 2010: A still-unidentified white man walks into a Jacksonville, Fla., mosque and sets it afire, simultaneously setting off a pipe bomb.

May 2010: Two “sovereign citizens” named Jerry and Joe Kane gun down two police officers who pull them over for a traffic violation, and then wound two more officers in a shootout in which both of them are eventually killed.

July 2010: An agitated right-winger and convict named Byron Williams loads up on weapons and drives to the Bay Area intent on attacking the offices of the Tides Foundation and the ACLU, but is intercepted by state patrolmen and engages them in a shootout and armed standoff in which two officers and Williams are wounded.

September 2010: A Concord, N.C., man is arrested and charged with plotting to blow up a North Carolina abortion clinic. The man, 26-year–old Justin Carl Moose, referred to himself as the “Christian counterpart to (Osama) bin Laden” in a taped undercover meeting with a federal informant.

The Giffords shooting brings the tally to 19 total cases of domestic-terrorism inspired by right-wing extremism in the past couple of years. Oh, excuse me: I meant to say “isolated incidents”. Because that is how each of these cases was treated — and how they continue to be reported by the mainstream media, particularly at Fox, which generally does not report on them at all.

Six events in 2009.  Eight in 2010.  And now we are only a few weeks into 2011 and we’ve already had one attempted assassination and two separate threats on Democratic congressmen or their staff.

How many “isolated events” do we have to see before they stop being called a rarity and start being seen as a pattern?

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11:07PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Interesting, thank you.

11:06PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Interesting, thank you.

9:25AM PST on Feb 5, 2011

Linda;
I'm not sure how to read what you wrote?

Help me out here a bit ok!

1:38AM PST on Feb 5, 2011

Oh, I'm sorry Duncan. It just looks like you are talking to yourself here but now I see Ed. Carry on.

1:32AM PST on Feb 5, 2011

Thank you! I'm glad.

10:13AM PST on Feb 4, 2011

"The other one that should be included, IMHO, is that of Major Nidal Malk Hasan who killed 13 and wounded 32 at Fort Hood in November 2009."

Hasan is deliberately not included as he does not meet the criteria of having some means for the poster to connect him to the political right.

5:54PM PST on Feb 3, 2011

There are two other multiple murders that were not included. The first was in Binghamton, NY, in April 2009 when Jiverly Wong, a Vietnamese immigrant, walked into the American Civic Association and fired 98 rounds in just over a minute. He killed 13 after which he took his own life.
The other one that should be included, IMHO, is that of Major Nidal Malk Hasan who killed 13 and wounded 32 at Fort Hood in November 2009.

1:37PM PST on Jan 25, 2011

Appears I was should have directed this to Linda H.

""Duncan O or O'neil or whoever you are today your identity is newly created here maybe you need to understand how people interact here. What you are doing is taking up space and it's kind of adorable and kind of bad manners. I can't wait to find out what you use all those points for. I'm blocking you however as you ffill my own mailbox with not just a difference of opinon but with off topic teabagger hilarity I have no time to spend reading and deleting. If I see that you intend to keep this up I will repost this until you get a life and stop spamming.""

First of all I am not new here! Something has prevented me from accessing my original login. And so far Support has not bothered to look into it.
Speaking my mind is bad manners? Points?
Differences of opinion are the lifeblood of humanity! It is when people refuse to listen that things go wrong. When I tell a joke you will know it, sarcasm is harder to identify, so I try to avoid it.
I do not spam! Were that the case I could never get off this sight!
Gee when I made a comment about some people that only ever seems to say "thanks" or "noted", I was told to live with it! Now I am being told that stating my opinion, or producing facts for people to consider is something that must be stopped?

8:11AM PST on Jan 25, 2011

Why is the media not covering an assassination attempt on Missouri’s Democratic governor Jay Nixon by 22-year-old Casey Brezik? Why has the limited coverage not prompted the same level of speculation as the attack perpetrated by Jared Lee Loughner? Could it be because he’s an anti-capitalist, anti-Christian, left wing crazy person?

8:09AM PST on Jan 25, 2011

Besides Patricia S. I have been a member here since 2005 and we are actually friends.
On your friend list I am the one with the bright yellow Crest!

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