Terrorism

micahPictured above is Micah Xavier Johnson

On July 7th, 2016, Micah Xavier Johnson murdered five police officers and shot eleven more people (9 police and 2 citizens).  The last several days have a been a whirlwind of additional threats and a growing number of copy-cat attempts on officer lives.  Most disheartening is the current attempt at trying to paint Micah X as an unaffiliated lone wolf.  The goal is obviously to maintain the perceived legitimacy of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Unfortunately, as I have covered in some depth already, the Black Lives Matter movement has always maintained a convoluted structure of sub-organizations with little purpose other than to allow for plausible deniability when violence is committed in their name.

https://dissonantwinstonsmith.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/organizational-overlap/

In the latest media push to deny Micah X’s association to the New Black Panther Party is the statement of the former executive director, Malik Shabazz.  Shabazz alleges that due to a background investigation performed when Micah X sought membership, he was blacklisted from the NBPP and other associated black nationalist groups.  Besides the humorous notion that a “background investigation” in any objective sense was ever performed, is the admission that Micah X was in contact with the organization in the first place.

shabazzPictured above is Malik Shabazz during a Governor’s press conference in Ferguson during the riots.

Malik Shabazz is notable for his association to a number of Black Supremacy Groups during the Ferguson Riots including the New Black Panther Party (NBPP), Black Lawyers for Justice, and the African American Defense League (AADL).  Mr. Shabazz is a member of the board for the AADL, though he apparently founded it.  The current head of the AADL is a man named Mauricelm Millere.

millierePictured above is Mauricelm Millere outside of Ferguson Market as it was being looted during the Ferguson Riots.

When Mr. Millere came to Ferguson he identified himself as a member of the NBPP and called himself “Brother Maurice.”  He was the contact for a younger mentally ill man named Jamell Spann who regularly displayed a desire to sacrifice himself for the cause in some blaze of glory characterized by his death and the death of officers.  Fortunately, this never came to pass but the NBPP/AADL recruitment of those seeking out violent revolution wasn’t so much a side-effect as a desired purpose.

https://dissonantwinstonsmith.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/an-open-letter-to-protesters/

However, during this same period of time the NBPP was thwarted by the FBI attempting to obtain firearms and explosives prior to the Grand Jury decision in the Darren Wilson/Michael Brown case.  At the time, the Ferguson protesters who constituted what is now known as the Black Lives Matter movement, did everything in their power to deny this story to be legitimate.  Both men have since plead guilty in Federal Court.blackpanter-thumb--300x198

https://dissonantwinstonsmith.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/unraveling-responsibility/

The bottom line is that the NBPP and other black nationalist groups have been a staple of the Black Lives Matter movement since it largely exploded in Ferguson (recognizing that BLM began with Trayvon Martin).  Organizations piggy-backing off of other organizations, has been a tactic since the beginning to minimize culpability.  However, they are hardly above violence and their continued presence in the movement is evidence of their acceptance as opposed to lone wolf outliers.

Though the scope and tragedy of Dallas cannot and should not be discounted, it wasn’t the first time officers were attacked or shot during a Black Lives Matter protest.  It won’t be the last and as more copy-cat attempts on officer lives continue to mount, the threat is real.

A Ballwin Officer clings to life in St. Louis County after being shot in the neck by a Black Nationalist sympathizer.  Other such ambushes have occurred in numerous states including Georgia and Tennessee.  Numerous officers were injured in Minnesota during BLM protests over the weekend.

Calling out the Black Lives Matter movement for its involvement in radicalizing young men toward violence is essential toward stemming the darkest intentions of far too many people within the Black Lives Matter organization.  It is important to recognize that BLM doesn’t represent all or even a majority of Black People.  It is more than possible to oppose BLM and not oppose the struggles of Black men and women throughout this country.

The greatest reason this organization has been allowed to fester as long as it has is due to the narrative that opposing Black Lives Matter means you oppose Black Lives.  This is NOT true.  Police officers in Black communities know this better than most.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/formally-recognize-black-lives-matter-terrorist-organization

https://www.gofundme.com/2dj4rtnt

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-WS

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9 thoughts on “Terrorism

  1. It’s good to hear from you again, Winston Smith.
    A few weeks ago, on Washington Week (Gwen Ifill’s program), Pete Williams of NBC News mentioned that the legal definition of terrorism is the use of violent action to change government policy (I think I got that correctly).
    In December of 2014, Charles Brennan of Donnybrook made the comment that the looting and arson in Ferguson looked like terrorism. I always thought this was the case. In some of your earlier posts, you pointed out that most of the looters were likely local. I’m not sure about the arsonists.

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  2. Today I found a Facebook post about prejudice, and after I read it, I realized the basis of the argument it made may be significantly flawed. Given below is the post, and my comments about it:

    Tommy Granger Estlund

    A good friend tells a story of when she was in Law School, and a professor created an experience for the students in the class. The professor asked the students who had been pulled over for a basic traffic violation to stand up. They then asked for the students who had been pulled over two or three times to remain standing. A few sat down. The professor then asked for those who had been pulled over 4 times or more to remain standing. 5 times or more. Six. As more and more students sat down, it became apparent that the students sitting down were–for the most part, white men and women, and the students standing were almost entirely black men and women. The professor continued until both the number of traffic stops was ridiculously high and the only people standing were People of Color.

    My friend tells this story frequently when having conversations about race as it was a powerful and life changing experience for her. To see friends and classmates being singled out based on their color was a deeply moving experience, and one that she attempts to convey to those with whom she comes in contact regularly.

    But there’s a problem here.

    The problem is this: While many come away from this story shocked that black people–who are clearly innocent–can be singled out so blatantly, it is clear to me that there is another way to view this story. And this perception is subtle, quiet, and never ever uttered; just believed. That perception is this: those men and women must have been doing something to deserve being pulled over. We have a segment of our society who deep down believe that black people MUST be flawed in some way; they must deserve being pulled over, they must deserve being treated roughly and they must, must, must deserve to be shot and killed by those who do so.

    And this is further evidence to me that the change that must happen cannot be on the part of our brothers and sisters of color. The change MUST be in the white community. We cannot say we are colorblind, that we don’t see color, because that doesn’t help our brothers and sisters. We cannot say that “All Lives Matter” because THAT doesn’t help our brothers and sisters. We cannot allow our white brothers and sisters the quiet, subtle and brutally harmful assumption that our brothers and sisters are inherently guilty of something due to the color of their skin.

    We can, and we must, do better.

    With Claire Morris Clark.

    Kenneth Ciszewski
    I’m sure there is plenty of prejudice against People of Color. I feel we need to try to view others as people, without regard to the color of their skin, their country of origin, or their ethnic background. I would guess that stopping People of Color by police in some communities (like maybe, Ladue, Missouri–that’s a guess on my part, but I think I have heard accusations along this line) is fairly common. But this essay fails to close the loop on a particular point–how many of the People of Color were actually guilty of a traffic violation? The article states that these people were “clearly innocent”, and implies that all of them were innocent. How do we know that for sure? And of those who had actually committed violations, what were those violations–running stop signs, speeding caught on radar, tail light out, missing or expired license plates, DUI, failing to yield the right of way, driving in a reckless manner…..????? Also, in what municipalities did these violations occur? Details matter, and if we want to understand what is going on we need to get the whole story. Studying the details should help tell us about whatever police bias there may be and how it’s affecting these traffic stops. As we found out a couple of years ago, some traffic stops were motivated by the need for revenue as much as anything else. As I said, I have little doubt that at least some of these traffic stops are suspect, but I would be surprised if all of them are.

    Kenneth Ciszewski
    And what this essay seems to suggest, is that there is a belief in some segments on our society that the police never do anything right!!!!!!!! I don’t believe that–I believe that sometimes they get it right, and sometimes they get it wrong, but they are not always wrong.

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  3. The other day I made the following comment on Facebook:

    Nowadays, I have my own idea of what the “Ferguson Effect” actually became. I think that the failure of the police and the National Guard to protect property in Ferguson, Missouri from rioting, looting, and arson sent a message that our local and state government officials (especially Governor Nixon) were afraid to enforce the law because of “the optics” (read, fear of being called racist), so those who commit crimes after that think the police won’t be vigorously pursue them. It’s the idea that “perception is reality”, kind of an extension of the “broken windows” theory of policing. I think this has become a nationwide influence.

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  4. Good to hear from you again. I was really happy to see your post in my reader this morning.

    First off, stay safe! Even though you don’t work in my city, I am very grateful for everything that our police force does.

    Your thoughts are well founded. BLM is not, and never has been about peoples lives mattering. If that was really the case, they would be protesting black on black violence in Chicago. To date there have been 349 homicides in Chicago, with 2133 shot (that’s just in 2016). I am sorry, but police are not the issue. When our police are targeted for doing their job, it is tragic.It is simply a movement to try to disrupt the peace and safety that we enjoy, as a result of a well policed society.

    Keep up the good work!

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  5. They are all gangs, pure and simple, including ISIS/ISIL and all the others, and there are laws for what they are doing. It only takes three.

    https://www.nationalgangcenter.gov/Legislation/Minnesota

    Minnesota § 609.713. Terroristic Threats

    Subdivision 1. Threaten violence; intent to terrorize.

    Whoever threatens, directly or indirectly, to commit any crime of violence with purpose to terrorize another or to cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly, vehicle or facility of public transportation or otherwise to cause serious public inconvenience, or in a reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than five years or to payment of a fine of not more than $10,000, or both. As used in this subdivision, “crime of violence” has the meaning given “violent crime” in section 609.1095, subdivision 1, paragraph (d).

    Subd. 2. Communicates to terrorize.

    Whoever communicates to another with purpose to terrorize another or in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror, that explosives or an explosive device or any incendiary device is present at a named place or location, whether or not the same is in fact present, may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than three years or to payment of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both.

    Subd. 3. Display replica of firearm.

    (a) Whoever displays, exhibits, brandishes, or otherwise employs a replica firearm or a BB gun in a threatening manner, may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than one year and one day or to payment of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both, if, in doing so, the person either:
    (1) causes or attempts to cause terror in another person; or
    (2) acts in reckless disregard of the risk of causing terror in another person.

    (b) For purposes of this subdivision:
    (1) “BB gun” means a device that fires or ejects a shot measuring .18 of an inch or less in diameter; and
    (2) “replica firearm” means a device or object that is not defined as a dangerous weapon, and that is a facsimile or toy version of, and reasonably appears to be a pistol, revolver, shotgun, sawed-off shotgun, rifle, machine gun, rocket launcher, or any other firearm. The term replica firearm includes, but is not limited to, devices or objects that are designed to fire only blanks.

    BTW, did anyone hear about the roving gangs of 20-30 Somali men terrorizing Minneapolis neighborhoods?

    Minnesota ‘sharia law’ billboard causing a stir
    by Ann Corcoran
    13 Jul 2016

    https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/minnesota-sharia-law-billboard-causing-a-stir/

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  6. Last night Bill O’Reilly was on Seth Meyers Late Night Show, and the two had a discussion about the Black Lives Matter movement. O’Reilly pointed out that he didn’t like the group, partly because he doesn’t think anyone should be throwing concrete at police, or committing arson.
    The discussion is summarized at
    http://www.ibtimes.com/bill-oreilly-seth-meyers-spar-over-black-lives-matter-gretchen-carlson-lawsuit-video-2391602
    and I am posting from that here:

    “Bill O’Reilly left the safety of his “no spin zone” at Fox News Wednesday to pay a visit to Seth Meyers at NBC’s “Late Night.” But the “O’Reilly Factor” host brought his own spin to a candid discussion about the Black Lives Matter social justice movement and the high profile lawsuit his employer is facing.

    On “Late Night” Wednesday, O’Reilly and Meyers sparred over the legitimacy of the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of last week’s spate of violence between citizens and the police. While Meyers expressed his support of the movement’s goals, O’Reilly took issue with its methods, calling it a “destructive movement.”

    “I believe there are grievances in America that are valid and they should be protested and protested peacefully and they should be rational and they should say this is the problem, let’s find a solution,” O’Reilly said. “But if you look at the Black Lives Matter leadership, it is a movement based on that America is inherently an evil country based on white superiority. That’s what they believe. They don’t want to solve the problem they want to break the system down.”

    O’Reilly went on to say that civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. would not have supported the Black Lives Matter movement. Meyers pressed O’Reilly on the issue, arguing that African-Americans have been asked to have patience for centuries while they wait for the country to solve its problems with race relations. O’Reilly countered that he was not asking for patience, but “rationality.” “

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