Notes: Chapter Three

Chapter Three: Reaping the Whirlwind

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“Until his dog peed”: Jon Schmitz and Moriah Balingit, “Affidavit outlines shootings that left three Pittsburgh police officers dead,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 6, 2009; also, see Dennis B. Roddy, “Poplawski was ‘Braced for Fate’ in days leading to attack,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 6, 2009.

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“Perkovic told reporters”:Associated Press, “Gunman Kills Three Pittsburgh Police Officers,” KDKA, April 4, 2009.

“Poplawski, it turned out”: David Neiwert, “The emerging portrait of Richard Poplawski: a white-supremacist radical,”, April 5, 2009.

“Mark Pitcavage”: Mark Pitcavage, “Richard Poplawski: The Making of a Lone Wolf,” Anti-Defamation League, April 8, 2009.

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“However, an astonishing thing”: David Neiwert, “Poplawski’s neo-Nazi activism included posting Glenn Beck video, but media talk about dog pee,”, April 7, 2009.

“Far right blogger”: Robert Stacy McCain, “The ‘logic’ of gun control,” The Other McCain, April 6, 2009.

“Then there was Glenn Beck”: John Amato, “Glenn Beck blames CrooksandLiars and Kos for pointing out his role in the Pittsburgh shootings,”, April 6, 2009.

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“The account from”: Brian Maas, “Plot to Kill Obama: Shoot From High Vantage Point,” CBS4, August 25, 2008.

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“Federal court records”: Deborah Sherman, Jace Larson and Nicole Vap, “New details about plot to kill Obama,” KUSA-9 News, September 7, 2008.

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“Even more siginficant”: Ernest Luning, “Court docs: Suicide mission planned in plot to kill Obama at DNC,” Colorado Independent, Sept. 3, 2009.

“The day after news”: Transcript from video of Troy Eid press conference, August 26, 2008, Denver, CO, online at Truveo.

“When questioned further”: Kristen Wyatt and Lara Jakes Jordan, “US Attorney: Evidence Doesn’t Support Obama Threat,” Associated Press, August 26, 2008.

“This was an interesting choice”: Rupert Cornwell, “Tall stories: The plot to topple Chicago’s Sears Tower was not all that it seemed,” The Independent, June 25, 2006.

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“Another funny thing”: “Exclusive: Man Who Wrote McCain Letter Explains Actions,” ABC7 News, August 22, 2008.

“A number of legal experts”: See Brad Jacobson, “Special Report: Scant Coverage of Obama Assassination Plot — Irresponsible Or Cautious?,” Media Bloodhound, August 29, 2008. It’s worth noting that before he was named a U.S. attorney, Troy Eid and convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff worked together at Greenberg Traurig, the top Washington lobbying firm where Abramoff ran his brief K Street empire and its illegal dealings, including the multimillion-dollar defrauding of American Indian tribes. Eid – who specialized in environmental and federal tribal laws – in fact handled two of the clients enmeshed in Abramoff’s scams. He was appointed U.S. attorney for Colorado in 2007 after having been vetted by Monica Goodling, the notorious Karl Rove-directed political operative in the Justice Department who was at the center of the scandal over the politicization of the department in its selections of U.S. attorneys. And he was appointed over the explicit wishes of the state’s Republican Senator, Wayne Allard, who wanted the currently serving U.S. attorney, William Leone, to remain in the job. See also Brad Jacobson, “Legal experts question US Attorney’s decision not to prosecute Obama ‘assassination plot’,” Raw Story, October 31, 2008.

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“Nonetheless”: Laura Jakes Jordan, “Assassination plot targeting Obama disrupted,” Associated Press, October 27, 2008.

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“In his story”: Max Blumenthal, “Obama and the Neo-Nazis: Why white supremacists are looking forward to an Obama administration,” The Daily Beast, October 29, 2008.

“The ADL reported”: “Supreme White Alliance: An ADL Backgrounder,” Anti-Defamation League, October 28, 2008.

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“The Philadelphia”: “A New Way of Hate,” Philadelphia Daily News, October 29, 2008. (No longer available online. Excerpt at David Neiwert, “Neo-Nazis, Obama, and the real domestic terrorists,”, November 1, 2008.)

“Michael Ward”: Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff, “Fears for Obama: Neo-Nazi threats as great a worry as Al Qaeda?,” Newsweek, October 29, 2008.

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“In February 2009″: David Holthouse, “The Year in Hate: Number of Hate Groups Tops 900,” Intelligence Report (Southern Poverty Law Center), Spring 2009.

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“The case of James Cummings”: Walter Griffin, “Report: ‘Dirty bomb’ parts found in slain man’s home,” Bangor Daily News, January 3, 2010.

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“On February 27″: Alex Denis, “Early Morning Shooting Kills 2 Injures 3 in Miramar Beach,” WJHG-TV, February 27, 2009.

“However, when Baker”: Robbyn Brooks, “Dannie Baker a mystery, even to those who met him,” Northwest Florida Daily News, March 3, 2009.

“In one e-mail:” Associated Press report, March 13, 2009. No longer available online; cited at David Neiwert, “Florida killer’s motives become clearer,” Orcinus, April 27, 2009.

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“The Chilean Government”: “Florida man shoots 5 Chilean students, kills two,” Agencie-France Presse, February 27, 2009. Also, Robbyn Brooks, “Three still in hospital after Thursday morning shooting,” Northwest Florida Daily News, February 27, 2009.

“In the end”: Kimberly White, “Dannie Baker judged incompetent to stand trial,” Northwest Florida Daily News, November 19, 2009.

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“It’s a critical red flag”: “Common Officer Safety Situations Involving Extremists,” Anti-Defamation League, from “Officer Safety and Extremists: An Overview for Law Enforcement Officers.”

“In 2009″: Missouri Information Analysis Center, MIAC Strategic Report, 2/20/09, The Modern Militia Movement.

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“The report created”: “Missouri report on militias, terrorists draws criticism,” Kansas City Star, March 18, 2009.

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“On his March 19″: David Neiwert, “Yes, Glenn Beck, militias can be very ordinary-seeming. That’s their purpose,”, March 20, 2009.

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“Nonetheless”: David Neiwert, “Is Oakland somewhere near Missouri? Watching Glenn Beck, it’s hard to tell,”, March 24, 2009.

“For instance, take the case”: Missouri Highway Patrol Most Wanted, Timothy Thomas Coombs. See also “Unsolved: Man Who Shot Highway Patrol Trooper,” KSPR-33 TV, March 6, 2009.

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“For 2009 alone”: Archive of Extremist Events by State: 2009, Anti-Defamation League.
“Moreover, in recent years”: Anti-Defamation League, Extremism in the News, “Five Men Charged in Racially Motivated Attack in Missouri,” February 10, 2004; “Missouri White Supremacist Convicted of Stomping Murder,” September 22, 2004; “White Supremacist Stabs African-American Co-Worker in Missouri,” November 7, 2005.

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“Moved to action”: “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence and Analysis Assessment, April 7, 2009.

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“A week later”: Audrey Hudson and Eli Lake, “Federal agency warns of radicals on right,” Washington Times, April 14, 2009.

“The howls”: Michelle Malkin, “Confirmed: The Obama DHS hit job on conservatives is real,”, April 14, 2009.

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“In a July 2008 report”: “White Supremacist Recruitment of Military Personnel since 9/11,” Federal Bureau of Investigation Intelligence Assessment, July 7, 2009.

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“On Fox News”: The O’Reilly Factor, April 16, 2009. Transcript of video at David Neiwert, “Is the DHS watching returning veterans? Only when they join far-right hate groups,”, April 17, 2009.

“On his nightly”: Lou Dobbs Tonight, CNN, April 14, 2009. Transcript at

“Even televangelist”: David Neiwert, “Pat Robertson urges his callers to crash Homeland Security hotline,”, April 17, 2009.

“Virtually every Fox anchor”: David Neiwert, “Right wing homes in on first Obama-admin smears-and-lies target: Janet Napolitano,”, April 25, 2009.

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“There was one notable exception”: David Neiwert, “Shepard Smith blows the ‘DHS is picking on the Tea Parties’ meme out of the water,”, April 16, 2009.

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“Initially Napolitano defended”: David Neiwert, “Napolitano rebuts the fearmongering over DHS domestic-terror bulletin,”, April 19, 2009.

“However, the clamor”: Spencer S. Hsu, “Napolitano Apologizes to Veterans,” Washington Post, April 16, 2009.

“Napolitano later”: Michael O’Brien, “Napolitano: DHS memo based on past experience,” The Hill, April 16, 2009.

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“This time it took place”: Andrew Gant, “Shooting deaths: ‘None of it makes sense’,” Northwest Florida Daily News, April 26, 2009.

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