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June 9, 2014 2

“Dawn of a New Day”: Las Vegas Shooter’s Final Message

The most recent entry on Jerad Miller’s Face­book, left on Sat­ur­day, June 7, is chill­ing: “The dawn of a new day. May all of our com­ing sac­ri­fices be worth it.”jerad-amanda-miller

Jerad Miller, along with his wife Amanda, are the two sus­pects who com­mit­ted sui­cide in a Las Vegas Wal­mart on Sun­day, after allegedly fatally shoot­ing two Las Vegas police offi­cers in a nearby restau­rant and a third per­son at the Wal­mart itself.

Based on their Inter­net writ­ings, Jerad and Amanda Miller were both right-wing anti-government extrem­ists of the “Patriot” move­ment vari­ety, believ­ing in all the com­mon militia-type con­spir­acy the­o­ries about the “New World Order,” includ­ing con­cen­tra­tion camps for Amer­i­cans, com­ing mar­tial law, and chem­trails, among others.

Some of Jerad’s post­ings in the months before the Las Vegas inci­dent seem to reflect a grow­ing rad­i­cal­iza­tion. In March, Jerad declared that he had “com­pro­mised enough” and that he was “pre­pared to die” for his con­vic­tions about free­dom and tyranny. “The day of your judg­ment will come,” he wrote, “not from my hand, for you will make me a martyr…Come for me, free me from your slav­ery. Give me the death a hero deserves. Help wake the masses to your cor­rup­tion and trea­son. I f*****g dare you!”

In April, Jerad Miller trav­elled to the scene of the Cliven Bundy stand­off, hop­ing that it “could be the next Waco and start of [the] rev­o­lu­tion.”   In early May, Miller claimed that “there is no greater cause to die for than lib­erty” and that he would will­ingly do so. “Death, in a sense is free­dom from tyranny,” he posted. Miller claimed that he and his wife “will not sub­mit to fas­cist rule” and “are will­ing to sac­ri­fice everything.”

Amanda Miller also had anti-government and con­spir­a­to­r­ial beliefs. “Every day I real­ize how more and more peo­ple are asleep and only a few of us are awake,” she wrote in 2012. “The gov­ern­ment is try­ing to take away our rights…only the few of us are will­ing to fight back.” Miller stated that she was “proud to be awake to see what[‘]s really going on.”

The anger that the Millers felt at the gov­ern­ment and police may have increased in 2013, when Jerad Miller had to serve a period of home con­fine­ment fol­low­ing a crim­i­nal inci­dent appar­ently involv­ing mar­i­juana. “Here I am,” he wrote about the con­fine­ment, “because the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions of Amer­i­cans were a bunch of spine­less zom­bies.” Hope­fully, he wrote, “we can achieve free­dom with­out killing the older gen­er­a­tions off. It may come to that.”

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June 6, 2014 2

Canadian Officer Killings Reminiscent Of Deadly American Attack

Author­i­ties in Canada have arrested a sus­pected cop killer after an exten­sive man­hunt on June 4–5 in the New Brunswick town of Monc­ton, fol­low­ing a shootout in a res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hood that left three Royal Cana­dian Mounted Police offi­cers dead and two more injured.  justin-bourque

The sus­pected shooter, caught on cam­era wear­ing military-style cloth­ing and equip­ment and car­ry­ing two rifles, is thought to be Justin Bourque, 24.  Post­ings Bourque made to his Face­book pro­file sug­gest that police them­selves may pos­si­bly have been his intended tar­gets.  The postings—some months old but oth­ers made only hours before the shootings—are full of anti-police rhetoric and imagery. 

Other post­ings reveal aspects of Bourque’s mind­set and ide­ol­ogy.  Posts with stri­dent pro-gun rhetoric and imagery—more com­mon in the United States than Canada—are inter­spersed with anti-authoritarian and con­spir­a­to­r­ial state­ments and images from a mostly right-wing lib­er­tar­ian per­spec­tive, from sup­port of the mili­tia move­ment to sup­port of the hacker group Anonymous.

Other Face­book post­ings by Bourque sug­gest a resent­ment of the wealthy and priv­i­leged, as well as a con­vic­tion that such peo­ple were engag­ing in con­spir­acy.  These include a re-posting of a web graphic about the Roth­schilds, the Jew­ish bank­ing fam­ily that is fre­quently the tar­get of anti-Semitic and anti-banking con­spir­acy the­o­ries.  “Unless the peo­ple take notice, fight, and destroy the 1%,” Bourque wrote in Feb­ru­ary, “the bat­tle for the future is lost, because the new age of the tyrants is already upon us.”

The bru­tal killings in Monc­ton are in sev­eral ways eerily sim­i­lar to a tragic inci­dent in the United States five years ago.  In April 2009, 22-year-old Richard Poplawski ambushed and mur­dered three police offi­cers in Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­va­nia.  Dur­ing an ensu­ing stand­off, he shot and injured a fourth before police appre­hended him. 

Like Bourque, Poplawski was an ardent gun rights activist and believed in anti-government con­spir­acy the­o­ries.  Poplawski too had strong anti-police sen­ti­ments and had even con­ducted recon­nais­sance on the police.  Poplawski, how­ever, also had white suprema­cist views.  Fol­low­ing his con­vic­tion on cap­i­tal mur­der charges, Poplawski is cur­rently on death row in Pennsylvania.

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March 5, 2014 120

Farrakhan Continues His Anti-Semitic Saviours’ Day Message in Chicago

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan deliv­ered “Part 2” of his Sav­iours’ Day address on Sun­day in Chicago, empha­siz­ing his view that “Satanic Jews…control every­thing and mostly everybody.”

Dur­ing his speech at Mosque Maryam, Far­rakhan received a stand­ing ova­tion after telling his audi­ence that, “The Satanic Jews that con­trol every­thing and mostly every­body, if they are your enemy, then you must be some­body.” The “Satanic Jews,” he added, have “thrown every­thing at [him] includ­ing the kitchen sink, and maybe the toi­let too.”  

Far­rakhan also por­trayed Jews as the ene­mies of Chris­tian­ity. “Do you know that the ene­mies of Jesus were the Jews of his day and the Roman author­i­ties? That wasn’t 2000 years ago alone. That’s today!”

These anti-Semitic themes have been a sta­ple of Farrakhan’s weekly online ser­mons lead­ing up to Sav­iours’ Day. The speech came a week after his keynote address at the NOI’s Sav­iours Day con­ven­tion in Detroit.

Far­rakhan con­cluded his speech by not­ing that he may not be speak­ing pub­licly again for a while. He gave no reason.

In a sep­a­rate announce­ment on the Nation of Islam’s Face­book page, the NOI’s “web team” indi­cated that he “accepted an invi­ta­tion” to visit Iran

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