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April 18, 2013 1

Extremists and Conspiracy Theorists React to Boston Marathon Terrorist Attack

Forty-eight hours after Monday’s hor­rific ter­ror­ist attack tar­get­ing the Boston Marathon, which left 3 peo­ple dead and close to 200 injured, extrem­ist and anti-government con­spir­acy the­o­ries about who was respon­si­ble are spread­ing across the Internet.

A screen­shot from the anti-Semitic con­spir­acy web­site “nodisinfo.com.”

The lack of infor­ma­tion cur­rently avail­able to the pub­lic about pos­si­ble per­pe­tra­tors has not kept extrem­ists from jump­ing to con­clu­sions.  Con­spir­acy the­o­rists span­ning the ide­o­log­i­cal spec­trum – from anti-Muslim big­ots to white suprema­cists – have accused dif­fer­ent groups and indi­vid­u­als of per­pe­trat­ing the bombing.

Here’s just a sam­pling of these accu­sa­tions. A com­pre­hen­sive overview of extrem­ist reac­tions to the Boston attack can be found here: Boston Bomb­ing Prompts Extrem­ist Con­spir­acy The­o­ries.

Con­spir­acy the­o­rist Mark Glenn claimed that the bomb­ing in Boston may have been orches­trated by Israel as a “way of not only rub­bing manure in Barack Obama’s face” but also to demon­strate what Israel is capa­ble of doing to the United States. He blamed the Jew­ish com­mu­nity and the State of Israel for a num­ber of attacks against Amer­i­cans, adding “You in the Jew­ish com­mu­nity and in the pro-Israel community…you have a crim­i­nal record.” Glenn con­cluded, “It is very pos­si­ble that this is an Israeli false flag event, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

Oth­ers claimed they were sure Mus­lims were behind the attack. Quran-burning Florida pas­tor Terry Jones released a state­ment that read, “Is it an Islamic attack? It looks like it. The bomb­ing came on Patri­ots Day. It has all of the ear­mark­ings (sic) of an Islamic attack but will there again be a great coverup by the Great Satan Obama? His Admin­is­tra­tion, the peo­ple he has sur­rounded him­self with, are all some type of closet Mus­lims, heav­ily influ­enced by Islam because of their background.”

Anti-government extrem­ists have described the attack as a “false flag” oper­a­tion orches­trated by the U.S. gov­ern­ment as a pre­text to cur­tail Amer­i­cans’ civil liberties. 

Other extreme orga­ni­za­tions seemed sat­is­fied with the attack and went so far as to describe it as a divine act. The vir­u­lently homo­pho­bic West­boro Bap­tist Church, for exam­ple, announced that it would picket the vic­tims’ funer­als and that the attack was a result of God’s anger about gay rights in America.

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March 15, 2013 0

Police Shoot Florida Sovereign Citizen During Standoff

A four-hour stand­off between police and an anti-government extrem­ist ended with the fatal shoot­ing of the extrem­ist in Navarre, Florida, on March 9.  Mem­bers of the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Depart­ment SWAT team killed Jef­fery Allen Wright, 55, while attempt­ing to serve felony arrest war­rants on mul­ti­ple charges related to counterfeiting.

After deputies first arrived at Wright’s home, Wright fled to the garage, then up the stairs to the sec­ond story of the garage, where he bar­ri­caded the stair­well and fired a shot from a hand­gun.  Refus­ing com­mands to sur­ren­der, Wright allegedly repeat­edly dared police to “come and get him” and warned deputies that if they came upstairs they would “not come back down.”   The offi­cers called the SWAT team to the scene.  Wright report­edly did not respond to the over­tures of inves­ti­ga­tors and an attempt by the police to use tear gas was unsuccessful.

Later, Wright allegedly moved some of the items bar­ri­cad­ing the stairs and sat down at the top of the stair­well, hold­ing a gun.  Accord­ing to police, Wright pointed the hand­gun at SWAT offi­cers at the bot­tom of the stairs, caus­ing sev­eral of them to fire at Wright, killing him.  

The arrest war­rants against Wright stemmed from a traf­fic stop inci­dent in Sep­tem­ber 2012 when a deputy pulled Wright over for speed­ing.  Wright, an adher­ent of the anti-government sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment, did not believe that the gov­ern­ment had any author­ity over him.  He was report­edly bel­liger­ent dur­ing the traf­fic stop, refus­ing to pro­vide a driver’s license or get out of his vehi­cle.  He pro­vided the arrest­ing offi­cer with an “Affi­davit of Reser­va­tion of Rights,” a phony sov­er­eign cit­i­zen doc­u­ment designed to warn offi­cers that actions against them are a vio­la­tion of the Uni­form Com­mer­cial Code (UCC) .  Wright was ulti­mately charged with resist­ing an offi­cer and obstruc­tion of jus­tice, and cited for not hav­ing a valid tag or vehi­cle reg­is­tra­tion.  He later attempted to use fraud­u­lent money orders (a com­mon sov­er­eign cit­i­zen tac­tic) to pay the Santa Rosa County Clerk’s office for the cita­tions he received dur­ing the traf­fic stop; this resulted in the coun­ter­feit­ing charges.

In 2010 and again in 2012, Wright filed UCC doc­u­ments  as part of a sov­er­eign cit­i­zen tac­tic known as “redemp­tion,” a com­pli­cated set of con­spir­acy the­o­ries that allege the gov­ern­ment cre­ated fic­ti­tious dupli­cates of all Amer­i­can cit­i­zens to use as col­lat­eral for its inter­na­tional debt.  In the 2012 doc­u­ment, Wright uses typ­i­cal sov­er­eign cit­i­zen phrase­ol­ogy and sym­bol­ogy, such as declar­ing that his address is “with­out the U.S.” and putting brack­ets around the zip code (sov­er­eign cit­i­zens have spe­cific con­spir­acy the­o­ries about zip codes).

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