Nearly twelve years after the shock of 9/11, authoritarian political opportunists are heightening the perception of trauma to corral awakening Americans back into the box of fear.
(UPDATE) The official word is that a suspicious letter mailed to the White House has now tested positive for the deadly substance ricin, leaving the door wide open for a larger fear-based event to be purported upon the American people. The one-two punch of weaponized letters targeted to both members of Congress and the President, combined with the incendiary finish at the Boston Marathon have all the makings of a plot big enough to exploit emergency support for gun control, at a minimum, and a massive 9/11 style event that could once again embolden America’s security state at the worst.
In an exclusive interview on the Today show, President Obama remarked on his desperation to pass gun control, stating in jest that, “I’m willing to try anything. As I’ve said, I’m willing to wash folks’ cars and walk their dogs if I can get some legislation passed.” Despite the lighthearted nature of this remark on the surface, current events — and the strong indicators that they are staged for public conditioning — suggest a more sinister resolve to accomplish restrictions on firearms rights.
Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel famously quipped that, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is, it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
There is every reason to take seriously the idea that these people have intentionally put false flag events — even at the cost of human lives — ON the table in order to advance their agenda.
Earlier today it was confirmed that mail tainted with the deadly toxin ricin was sent to junior Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) at his Capitol Hill office. This weaponized letter with a Memphis, Tennessee postmark appeared just days after Wicker and 15 other senators cast a decisive vote to block a gun control filibuster in the Senate.
Ricin is a poisonous protein naturally occurring in the castor oil plant. When even a tiny amount is inhaled, it can kill an adult human, and there is no antidote. During both World War I (Gupta, 2009) and World War II (Rand Corporation, 2000), the U.S. government ran tests with the use of ricin as a potential biological warfare agent.
Included in the letter to Sen. Wicker was an eerie note bearing the menacing threat, “You haven’t listen to me before. Now you will, even if people have to die,” suggesting that further attacks could be planned and forthcoming.
The atmosphere of more threats after the Boston bombing has led to further panic, including an evacuation of staff at the White House over a ‘suspicious package’ that turned out to be nothing.
The event lends itself to a narrative that anti-gun advocates hope will shut down opposition to gun control and circumvent the now drawn out national debate.
National security experts have already speculated on the possibility that right-wing extremists might be to blame for the Boston Marathon bombing that killed at least three people and injured more than 170 the day before.
Even more incendiary is the likelihood that the ricin letter could be linked to a ‘crazed gun zealot’ or to the larger gun culture in general. Even if that turns out not to be the case, significant media suggestion of the possibility could be enough to silence Second Amendment advocates and prevent them from defeating gun control legislation.
CNN has already suggested this in the outlet’s article on the ricin letter’s discovery:
It can be produced easily and cheaply, and authorities in several countries have investigated links between suspect extremists and ricin.
Back in 2011, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) pre-scripted ricin’s use as a weapon by anti-government extremists:
“In the United States, domestic right-wing extremist groups (both anti-government extremists and white supremacists) have long had a fascination with ricin. At gun shows, survivalist expos, and in all sorts of places across the Internet, extremists can easily purchase manuals…written by or for right-wing extremists; all include ricin-making instructions and sometimes advice on its use.” (emphasis added)
The ADL suggested the likelihood of these groups using ricin in the future due to its inexpensive, easy manufacture, citing another Senate-bound ricin letter intercepted in 2004. The ADL erroneously claimed that right-wing extremists celebrated its deadly intentions by listing comments from their favorite scapegoat, notorious extremist media figure Hal Turner who later turned out to be a plant and National Security Agency intelligence asset and who formerly worked with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
A person unstable enough to attempt violence against Congress over firearms legislation would seemingly demonstrate that Americans in general are untrustworthy not only with weapons but influence over the political debate.
Examples of commentators (justifiably) labeling gun control efforts as treasonous to the guaranteed and inalienable right to bear arms will likely be conflated with the acts of this, or any, individual as evidence of a) the general malicious intent of gun rights advocates and b) the supposed irresponsibility of voicing such ‘extreme’ statements when, they will surely argue, it could trigger someone taking things too far by inflicting harm on opponents. [pullquote]The horror of the Marathon bombing combined with the audacity of a letter containing deadly ricin apparently targeting senators could well be framed as perhaps the greatest over-arching threat to homeland soil since 9/11. [/pullquote]
Ever since the December 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, gun control has dominated the national conversation. President Obama and his cohorts have repeatedly seized upon every example fathomable to support their attack on the Second Amendment, even rolling out parents of the slaughtered Sandy Hook children to stump for gun control. Obama went so far as to bring children on stage with him as he introduced his 23 executive orders addressing gun violence he considers to be a ‘common sense’ response.
Obama’s Justice Department appointees have been working on gun control legislation strategies ever since Senator Gabrielle Giffords was shot in 2011, while setting the tone to react to any event as a reason to reign in gun rights. Meanwhile, politicians and pundits have been using every available opportunity to link gun violence to the ‘right-wing’ agenda. The height of this was Pima County Sheriff Dupnik’s reaction to Jared Lee Loughner’s shooting spree that wounded Gifford and killed six other people, when Dupnik and others persisted in blaming ‘right-wing rhetoric’ for creating a dangerous atmosphere.
Though the ricin letter was found just a day after the Boston Marathon bombing, no link has yet been established between these events. However, the potential for these to be viewed as part of a larger, and potentially still emerging, terror threat that implicates pro-gun groups and/or ‘rightwing extremists’ is clear. Politico reports:
“I don’t know if that’s coincidence,” said Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said of the timing. “It’s too early to tell. We don’t know enough about Boston to even speculate.” [sic]
This all comes in the context of the undeclared ‘War on Homeland Extremism’ that has nonetheless been established.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the intelligence assessment report, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” demonizing returning U.S. veterans, pro-lifers and right-wing extremists as potential domestic terrorists in 2009. The Homeland Security report identified potential terrorists as not just belonging to these groups, but specifically holding “anti-government” beliefs, “rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely” (p. 2).
Following its release, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano was accused of not having any factual data to back up the report, and a lawsuit was filed against DHS claiming that the report violated civil liberties by unfairly targeting American citizens.
The President and Chief Council of the law center that filed suit said, “Janet Napolitano is lying to the American people when she says the report is not based on ideology or political beliefs.”
While there are obviously dangerous individuals in society, authoritarians in Washington have repeatedly attempted to use criminal actions and most any tragedy to take away power rightfully vested in the people. Moreover, they have set the stage for expectations of such actions and scripted a response that establishes a “need” for even more “security” measures and transfers even more power to the feds.
The results are staggeringly dangerous. There is every reason to see Homeland Security’s contingencies for civil unrest, establishment of FEMA emergency relocation centers and stockpiling billions of rounds ammunition, thousands of light-armored tank vehicles and other weaponry as an effort to occupy the homeland with a security blanket that becomes suffocating.
The horror of the Marathon bombing combined with the audacity of a letter containing deadly ricin apparently targeting senators could well be framed as perhaps the greatest over-arching threat to homeland soil since 9/11, when nearly 3,000 people were killed in coordinated attacks, anthrax letters were mailed to Capitol Hill and power-hungry agencies successfully argued their way into meddling with American life.
Over and over the deliberate use of the logical fallacy that rights can be traded away for security has been pushed upon the collective mind as a false choice to empower the shadow government at the expense of personal liberties, including those enumerated in the Bill of Rights as off-limits to government intrusion.
“Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” – Benjamin Franklin
(H/t to Charlie Nachtraub.)