POSTED BY DAVE EMORY NOVEMBER 18, 2008
Program Highlights Include: The AIP’s support for Tibetan secession, the AIP’s support for the Lakota secessionist movement; the AIP’s support for Hawaiian secession; the AIP’s support for Chechen secession; the endorsement of Constitution Party Presidential candidate Michael Peroutka; by Aryan Nations head Richard Butler; Sarah Palin’s origins in Sandpoint Idaho–an epicenter of the White Supremacist movement.
1. The secessionist party with which Sarah Palin is closely affiliated has a violently anti-American agenda.
“‘My government is my worst enemy. I’m going to fight them with any means at hand.’This was former revolutionary terrorist Bill Ayers back in his old Weather Underground days, right? Imagine what Sarah Palin is going to do with this incendiary quote as she tears into Barack Obama this week.Only one problem. The quote is from Joe Vogler, the raging anti-American who founded the Alaska Independence Party. Inconveniently for Palin, that’s the very same secessionist party that her husband, Todd, belonged to for seven years and that she sent a shout-out to as Alaska governor earlier this year. (‘Keep up the good work,’ Palin told AIP members. ‘And God bless you.’)AIP chairwoman Lynette Clark told me recently that Sarah Palin is her kind of gal. ‘She’s Alaskan to the bone ... she sounds just like Joe Vogler.’So who are these America-haters that the Palins are pallin’ around with? . . .”
2. Vogler has allied himself with Iran in order to generate international support for Alaskan secession. In that context, one should not lose sight of the networking between the Iranian regime and Nazi and fascist elements from the U.S. and Europe. By the same token, the networking between Islamists and fascists is a well documented phenomenon, manifesting itself in the 9/11 attacks, among other events.
” . . .Vogler wasn’t just a blowhard either. He put his secessionist ideas into action, working to build AIP membership to 20,000 — an impressive figure by Alaska standards — and to elect party member Walter Hickel as governor in 1990.Vogler’s greatest moment of glory was to be his 1993 appearance before the United Nations to denounce United States ‘tyranny’ before the entire world and to demand Alaska’s freedom. The Alaska secessionist had persuaded the government of Iran to sponsor his anti-American harangue.That’s right ... Iran. The Islamic dictatorship. The taker of American hostages. The rogue nation that McCain and Palin have excoriated Obama for suggesting we diplomatically engage. That Iran. . . .”
3. Although the mainstream media have ignored or downplayed the connection, the AIP is very close to Sarah Palin and has helped to shape her political agenda. AIP luminary Mark Chryson has helped to forge the link between Palin and his party.
” . . . Though Chryson belongs to a fringe political party, one that advocates the secession of Alaska from the Union, and that organizes with other like-minded secessionist movements from Canada to the Deep South, he is not without peculiar influence in state politics, especially the rise of Sarah Palin. An obscure figure outside of Alaska, Chryson has been a political fixture in the hometown of the Republican vice-presidential nominee for over a decade. During the 1990s, when Chryson directed the AIP, he and another radical right-winger, Steve Stoll, played a quiet but pivotal role in electing Palin as mayor of Wasilla and shaping her political agenda afterward. Both Stoll and Chryson not only contributed to Palin’s campaign financially, they played major behind-the-scenes roles in the Palin camp before, during and after her victory. . . .”
“Meet Sarah Palin’s Radical Right-Wing Pals” by Max Blumenthal and David Niewert; Salon.com; 10/10/2008.
4. Chryson and the AIP network with White Supremacist and neo-Confederate organizations. The AIP’s web site links to many of the site maintained by groups supported by the UNPO (as well as the UNPO’s website), such as the Tibetan, Hawaiian, Lakota and Mongolian independence movements. Note that the UNPO–represented as a progressive, egalitarian organization–supports the rights of minority peoples in order to weaken and breakup larger states that might prove a rival to the Underground Reich. The possibility that an economically and politically devastated U.S. might disintegrate is one to seriously consider. Certainly, having a major-party Vice-Presidential candidate affiliated with an organization such as the AIP is very disturbing. Note that the AIP’s website has a quote from Confederate President Jefferson Davis at the top of its front page. It is also significant that the Constitution Party, which counts the AIP as its Alaskan affiliate, ran Michael Peroutka for President. Peroutka is a member of the League of the South and his candidacy was endorsed by Richard Butler, the now-deceased head of the Aryan Nations.
” . . . Yet Chryson maintains that his party remains committed to full independence. “The Alaskan Independence Party has got links to almost every independence-minded movement in the world,” Chryson exclaimed. “And Alaska is not the only place that’s about separation. There’s at least 30 different states that are talking about some type of separation from the United States.”This has meant rubbing shoulders and forging alliances with outright white supremacists and far-right theocrats, particularly those who dominate the proceedings at such gatherings as the North American Secessionist conventions, which AIP delegates have attended in recent years. The AIP’s affiliation with neo-Confederate organizations is motivated as much by ideological affinity as by organizational convenience. Indeed, Chryson makes no secret of his sympathy for the Lost Cause. ‘Should the Confederate states have been allowed to separate and go their peaceful ways?’ Chryson asked rhetorically. “Yes. The War of Northern Aggression, or the Civil War, or the War Between the States — however you want to refer to it — was not about slavery, it was about states’ rights.”Another far-right organization with whom the AIP has long been aligned is Howard Phillips’ militia-minded Constitution Party. The AIP has been listed as the Constitution Party’s state affiliate since the late 1990s, and it has endorsed the Constitution Party’s presidential candidates (Michael Peroutka and Chuck Baldwin) in the past two elections.The Constitution Party boasts an openly theocratic platform that reads, “It is our goal to limit the federal government to its delegated, enumerated, Constitutional functions and to restore American jurisprudence to its original Biblical common-law foundations.” In its 1990s incarnation as the U.S. Taxpayers Party, it was on the front lines in promoting the “militia” movement, and a significant portion of its membership comprises former and current militia members.At its 1992 convention, the AIP hosted both Phillips — the USTP’s presidential candidate — and militia-movement leader Col. James ‘Bo’ Gritz, who was campaigning for president under the banner of the far-right Populist Party. According to Chryson, AIP regulars heavily supported Gritz, but the party deferred to Phillips’ presence and issued no official endorsements. . . .”
5. In her speech at the Republican convention, Palin quoted Westbrook Pegler, a reactionary columnist viewed as a fascist by many, including George Seldes. (See below)
” . . . ‘We grow good people in our small towns,’ Palin said, quoting someone identified only as a writer, ‘with honesty and sincerity and dignity.’ That ‘writer,’ Wall Street Journal columnist Thomas Frank notes, is a man namedWestbrook Pegler. You have probably never heard of him, but he was a very popular and very right-wing columnist from the first half of the 20th century. How right-wing? He openly wished for the assassination of Franklin Roosevelt, for one. . . .”
5. Author George Seldes devoted a chapter of his 1943 opus Facts and Fascism to Pegler.
“It is the opinion of many persons and organizations that one of the most widely known and read newspaper columnists, Westbrook Pegler, is aiding the Axis rather than the United States in this war; it is a fact that the New York Newspaper Guild, the organization of thousands of Pegler’s colleagues, so stated when it sent President Roosevelt a documentation of twelve instances out of Pegler’s writings.It is a fact that newspapers, columnists, radio orators and others who form public opinion have served the Axis propaganda. It is also true that too frequently those who know and who make these charges do not name names. They, therefore, emasculate their own words.For example, here is the director of the U.S. Conciliation Service, Dr. John S. Steelman, who states:‘Careless recital of the dramatic side of strikes in the press and on the screen and over the radio has given too many people the impression that our war efforts are being held up in a serious way because of willful strife in a major part of American industry. This is a dangerous lie that serves the purpose of the Axis, but serves no good end among us.’ Dr. Steelman knows the culprits, but he is not in a position to name them. He is aware that Kaltenborn on the radio, Pegler in the newspapers, the entire Hearst and Howard press are those guilty of careless recitals about strikes.On the other hand here is the statement issued by the conference directors of C.I.O. editors (Washington, April 11, 1942):‘Labor has been subjected to an infamous campaign of misrepresentation, for the purpose of cutting wages, destroying union organization, and in advancing the profits of special interest groups. Most of the daily press has joined in this campaign, together with such radio commentators as H.V. Kaltenborn and others of his type. This anti-labor propaganda campaign, if not directly inspired by Axis agents and American appeasers, at any rate plays their game by striking at national unity and undermining labor morale.’Again, the official organ of the National Maritime Union, The Pilot, states that ‘Pegler’s sales talk has the made-in-Berlin label.’ . . .”
7. Whether relevant or not, it is interesting (and possibly significant) that Palin is a native of Sandpoint, Idaho, an epicenter of the white supremacist community.
8. It is also worth contemplating what the Nazi elements in the Bush administration will do with an African-American President.
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POSTED BY DAVE EMORY MAY 12, 2009
MP3: 30-Minute Segment
The program begins with a statement by TV personality and martial artist Chuck Norris that comes very
close to a call for rebellion and/or secession by the state of Texas. Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachman (R-MN) also has been talking “revolution” in an interview with Sean Hannity. Her rationale for such action is her contention that Obama is taking us down the road to “economic Marxism.” And this while Obama is being savaged as a “tool of Wall Street” by the left. Bachmann is also among those sponsoring an amendment to block something the Democrats haven’t proposed-the use of foreign currency as legal tender in the United States! Norris and Bachmann have company.
Texas Governor Rick Perry has garnered attention for his suggestion that Texans might want to secede from the U.S.
Norris’ musings about secession have been featured on the website of the Council of Conservative Citizens, an organization that bridges the gap between “acceptable” conservatives and overt fascist/white supremacist types.”
Furthering exploring the Lone Star State’s “farther shores of politics,” 9/11 “truth” activist Alex Jones also has featured Norris’ secession chatter on his website. Jones has also inveighed against a warning by a law-enforcement think tank that the current social conditions are lending impetus to dangerous right-wing paramilitary elements.
Concluding with Richard Poplawski (the alleged kill of three Pittsburgh police officers), the program notes his affiliation with white supremacist elements and his belief that America was controlled by “Jews.” He, too, was a devotee of Alex Jones.
Program Highlights Include: The danger of lumping all “conspiracy theories” together–an ideological stance that plays into the hands of fascist elements; discussion of the Sovereign Citizens Movement, a populist/fascist ideology that has helped spawn the so-called tax protest milieu and that advocates Identity Christianity.
1. The program begins with a statement by TV personality and martial artist Chuck Norris that comes very close to a call for rebellion and/or secession by the state of Texas. Note that the Aryan-Nations affiliated Alaskan Independence Party holds similar views. Alaska Governor Sarah Palin fronts for this organization. Mr. Emory has voiced his fears about the breakup of the United States in previous programs covering various secessionist movements championed by the UNPO.
” . . . Anyone who has been around Texas for any length of time knows exactly what we’d do if the going got rough in America. Let there be no doubt about that. As Sam Houston once said, ‘Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may.’Just last Friday, the Alamo celebrated its 173rd commemoration, when on March 6, 1836, Texans under Col. William B. Travis were overcome by the Mexican army after a two-week siege at the Alamo in San Antonio. But they didn’t go down without a hell-of-a-fight, as those roughly 145 Texans fought to their dying breaths against more than 2,000 Mexican forces under Gen. Santa Anna. (Casualties in the battle were 189 Texans vs. about 1,600 Mexicans.) They lost that battle, but would provide the inspiration to win the war. Their fighting spirit rallied the new-found republic, and still does to this day. So when you think all is lost in America, remember the Alamo!For those losing hope, and others wanting to rekindle the patriotic fires of early America, I encourage you to joinFox News’ Glenn Beck, me and millions of people across the country in the live telecast, ‘We Surround Them,’ on Friday afternoon (March 13 at 5 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. CT and 2 p.m. PST). Thousands of cell groups will be united around the country in solidarity over the concerns for our nation. You can host or attend a viewing party by going to Glenn’s website. My wife Gena and I will be hosting one from our Texas ranch, in which we’ve invited many family members, friends and law enforcement to join us. It’s our way of saying ‘We’re united, we’re tired of the corruption, and we’re not going to take it anymore!’Again, Sam Houston put it well when he gave the marching orders, ‘We view ourselves on the eve of battle. We are nerved for the contest, and must conquer or perish. It is vain to look for present aid: None is at hand. We must now act or abandon all hope! Rally to the standard, and be no longer the scoff of mercenary tongues! Be men, be free men, that your children may bless their father’s name.’”
2. Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachman (R-MN) also has been talking “revolution” in an interview with Sean Hannity. Her rationale for such a call is her contention that Obama is taking us down the road to “economic Marxism.” And this while Obama is being savaged as a “tool of Wall Street” by the left.
” Wow. Just plain wow. This past Wednesday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared on Sean Hannity’s radio show, and sharply reiterated her calls for revolution in America, warning against the imminent dangers of tyranny under Barack Obama:‘We are headed down the lane of economic Marxism,’ said Bachmann. ‘More quickly, Sean, than anyone could have possibly imagined. It’s difficult for us to even keep up with it day to day.’ . . .”
“Bachmann Blasts Obama’s ‘Economic Marxism,’ Calls for ‘Orderly Revolution’ to Save Freedom” by Eric Kleefeld;talkingpointsmemo.com; 3/27/2009.
3. Bachmann is also among those sponsoring an amendment to block something the Democrats haven’t proposed–the use of foreign currency as legal tender in the United States! (Note that this article was not in the original program.)
“Here’s your daily dose of everyone’s favorite Republican House member, Michele Bachmann from Minnesota.Bachmann has now picked up some new cosponsors in her efforts to amend the Constitution to forbid the use of a foreign/global money as the legal tender of the United States: Trent Franks (R-AZ), Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), and Kenny Marchant (R-TX). She now has a total of 34 cosponsors, in addition to herself as the primary sponsor.Of course, there is no such threat to replace the dollar as America’s currency. Even if a global currency of some kind were adopted — and even that isn’t in any way a sure thing — it would be for international exchanges and reserves, not for domestic use.Check out the full list of cosponsors, after the jump.Todd Akin (R-MO)Spencer Bachus (R-AL)Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD)Judy Biggert (R-IL)Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)Paul Broun (R-GA)Henry Brown (R-SC)Dan Burton (R-IN)Michael Conaway (R-TX)John Culberson (R-TX)Mary Fallin (R-OK)John Fleming (R-LA)Virginia Foxx (R-NC)Trent Franks (R-AZ)Phil Gingrey (R-GA)Louie Gohmert (R-TX)Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)Peter Hoekstra (R-MI)Darrell Issa (R-CA)Walter Jones (R-NC)Steve King (R-IA)Mark Kirk (R-IL)Doug Lamborn (R-CO)Kenny Marchant (R-TX)Tom McClintock (R-CA)Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI)Ron Paul (R-TX)Joseph Pitts (R-PA)Bill Posey (R-FL)Tom Price (R-GA)David Roe (R-TN)John Shadegg (R-AZ)Glenn Thompson (R-PA)Zach Wamp (R-TN)”
“Bachmann Amendment Against non-Existent Plot to Replace Dollar Gaining Support” by Eric Kleefeld;talkingpointsmemo.com; 4/3/2009.
4. Another article not featured in the original broadcast highlights Texas Governor Rick Perry’s suggestion that Texans might want to secede from the U.S.
“In a state that once was its own nation, a Republican governor who talked about secession without completely dismissing the idea has Democratic lawmakers in an uproar.Gov. Rick Perry, in comments following an anti-tax ‘tea party’ Wednesday, never did advocate Texas breaking away from the United States but suggested that Texans might at some point get so fed up they would want to leave the union. That was enough to feed opinions for and against secession on Web sites, cable TV and talk radio across the nation.At the Texas Capitol on Thursday, Rep. of Waco, joined by several fellow Texas House Democrats, said some people associate talk of secession with racial division and the Civil War and that Perry should disavow any notion of seceding.‘Talk of secession is an attack on our country. It can be nothing else. It is the ultimate anti-American statement,’ Dunnam said at a news conference.State Sen. Rodney Ellis, a Houston Democrat, said that by not rejecting the possibility of secession out of hand, Perry ‘is taking a step down a very dangerous and divisive path encouraged by the fringe of Texas politics.’The Democrats are proposing a House resolution expressing ‘complete and total disagreement with any fringe element advocating the ‘secession’ of Texas or any other state from our one and indivisible Union.’Perry emphasized Thursday that he is not advocating secession but understands why Americans may have those feelings because of frustration with Washington, D.C. He said it’s fine to express the thought. He offered no apology and did not back away from his earlier comments. . . .”
“Democrats: Texas Governor Should Disavow Secession Talk” by Kelly Shannon [AP]; Yahoo News; 4/16/2009.
5. Norris’ musings about secession have been featured on the website of the Council of Conservative Citizens, an organization that bridges the gap between “acceptable” conservatives and overt fascist/white supremacist types.
6. Chuck Norris showed up on 9/11 “Truther” Alex Jones’s show to talk about his “I may run for President of Texas” statement.
7. On a related note, the show highlights another post of Alex Jones’s PrisonPlanet.com. The residents of “Jonestown” are fretting about a newsletter issued by the “Missouri Information Analysis Center” (MIAC), which appears to be a law enforcement affiliated think tank. That organization issued a recent report on the growing threat of the militia movement that highlighted some of the movement’s different strains, including the “Sovereign Citizen” movement. The last page features The Turner Diaries , along with two videos that are popular in right-wing conspiracy theory movements. The two videos are “America: Freedom to Facism” and “Zeitgeist: The Movie”. They’re both popular with the Alex Jones followers and so-called 9/11 “Truthers.” Both are, in essence, fascist. Containing elements of truth, they are mixed in with disinformation and it all comes back, of course, to the Jews.
8. Next, the program highlights four members of the “Sovereign Movement” were arrested for money laundering and unlicensed machine gun possession in Las Vegas. The group is charged with laundering $1.3 million given to them by undercover FBI agents that they were told came from a bank fraud scheme. The Sovereign Movement is one of the anti-tax groups that claims the federal government has no authority over them and wants to overthrow it. It’s apparently tied to the white supremacist Christian Identity wing of the militia movement. One of the articles about the arrest listed the ages for three of the members and they weren’t just a bunch of clueless angry youths (ages 46, 54, and 67). One of the guys, Shawn Rice, describes himself as a rabbi dedicated to anti-government teachings. Another one of the members, Jan Lindsey, is a retired FBI agent. Lindsay and another member, Harold Call, are both leaders of something called the Nevada Lawmen Group for Public Awareness, which is affiliated with the Sovereign Movement. NOTE: the Sovereign Citizens Movement and other right/populist/fascist groups ultimately are working to undermine the republic itself.
9. The program concludes with a look at the slayer of three Pittsburgh policemen. Richard Poplawski was a devotee of populist/fascist conspiracy theories and an affiliate of the white supremacist Stormfront website. In this context, it is important to grasp that, although this type of ideology can be extremely destructive, the Southern Poverty Law Center critic who lumped Poplawski’s Nazified views in with all “conspiracy theories” unwittingly plays into the hands of the fascists.
When all “conspiracy theories” are lumped together, it demeans serious research and the fact that President Kennedy was killed as the result of a high-level conspiracy is lumped in with “International Jewish Banker” conspiracies. The average citizen can be left in a relativistic political universe, saying, in effect; “Well, if Lee Harvey Oswald didn’t kill President Kennedy, maybe the Holocaust didn’t happen either.” CORRECTION: Mr. Emory identified Stormfront director Don Black as the inventor of the “leaderless resistance” strategy. It was actually Louis Beam. Both are white supremacists and former lieutenants of former Klan leader David Duke.
” . . . ‘He was really into politics and really into the First and Second amendment. One thing he feared was he feared the gun ban because he thought that was going to take away peoples’ right to defend themselves. He never spoke of going out to murder or to kill,’ said Edward Perkovic, who described himself as Mr. Poplawski’s lifelong best friend.Mr. Poplawski’s view of guns and personal freedom took a turn toward the fringes of American politics. With Mr. Perkovic, he appeared to share a belief that the government was controlled from unseen forces, that troops were being shipped home from the Mideast to police the citizenry here, and that Jews secretly ran the country.‘We recently discovered that 30 states had declared sovereignty,’ said Mr. Perkovic, who lives in Lawrenceville. ‘One of his concerns was why were these major events in America not being reported to the public.’Believing most media were covering up important events, Mr. Poplawski turned to a far-right conspiracy Web site run by Alex Jones, a self-described documentarian with roots going back to the extremist militia movement of the early 1990s.Around the same time, he joined Florida-based Stormfront, which has long been a clearinghouse Web site for far-right groups. He posted photographs of his tattoo, an eagle spread across his chest.‘I was considering gettin’ life runes on the outside of my calfs,’ he wrote. Life runes are a common symbol among white supremacists, notably followers of The National Alliance, a neo-Nazi group linked to an array of violent organizations.‘For some time now there has been a pretty good connection between being sucked into this conspiracy world and propagating violence,’ said Heidi Beirich, director of research at the Southern Poverty Law Center and an expert on political extremists. She called Mr. Poplawski’s act, ‘a classic example of what happens when you start buying all this conspiracy stuff.’ . . .”
“Suspect in Officers’ Shooting Was into Conspiracy Theories” by Dennis B. Roddy; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; 4/5/2009.
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