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June 22, 2016 24

Arrested Homeland Security Analyst Had History of Anti-Government Opinions

JonathanWienkeAn ana­lyst with the Depart­ment of Home­land Security’s Office of Intel­li­gence and Analy­sis was arrested after a June 9 inci­dent at DHS head­quar­ters in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., when secu­rity per­son­nel per­form­ing ran­dom secu­rity checks allegedly dis­cov­ered that Jonathan Wienke was car­ry­ing a con­cealed hand­gun, as well as a knife, pep­per spray, hand­cuffs, and other items. Wienke was charged with car­ry­ing a pis­tol with­out a license.

How­ever, accord­ing to news reports, sub­se­quently filed court doc­u­ments indi­cate that inves­ti­ga­tors believe that Wienke may have been “con­spir­ing with another to com­mit work­place vio­lence, and more par­tic­u­larly may have been con­spir­ing or plan­ning to com­mit vio­lence against senior DHS offi­cials in the build­ing.” Wienke’s res­i­dence has been searched and an inves­ti­ga­tion is ongoing.

Wienke has worked as a “man­age­ment & pro­gram ana­lyst” for DHS since 2010; prior to that, he served in the U.S. Army as well as the U.S. Air Force, and worked as a pro­gram­mer and net­work admin­is­tra­tor. His hob­bies and inter­ests have included pho­tog­ra­phy, radios, elec­tron­ics, cryp­tog­ra­phy and, per­haps more than any­thing else, firearms.

A self-described “gun nut,” Wienke not only col­lected and shot firearms, but built, cus­tomized and re-built guns as well, offer­ing advice on the sub­ject on the many gun-related Inter­net dis­cus­sion forums he belonged to. In Feb­ru­ary 2016, Wienke claimed to have built “a double-digit num­ber of AR-15s” from parts.

Wienke’s attach­ment to firearms over the past 20+ years seems to have led him at times to some fairly hos­tile atti­tudes towards the fed­eral government—ironic, con­sid­er­ing his his­tory of employ­ment. In the 1990s, Wienke was a pro­lific poster to the Cypher­punks mail­ing list, which con­tained a num­ber of anti-government extrem­ists (many of them so-called “crypto-anarchists,” angry at 1990s-era gov­ern­ment restric­tions on cryp­tog­ra­phy), includ­ing James Bell, the sov­er­eign cit­i­zen and tax-protester author of the infa­mous essay “Assas­si­na­tion Pol­i­tics,” about killing gov­ern­ment employees.

On the Cypher­punks mail­ing list, Wienke fre­quently equated gun con­trol mea­sures with tyranny and total­i­tar­i­an­ism and seemed to sym­pa­thize with at least some anti-government con­spir­acy the­o­ries. In 1996, he repeated a fab­ri­cated quo­ta­tion pur­port­edly from Hitler about “full gun reg­is­tra­tion” being achieved in Nazi Ger­many in 1935 and asked “1935 Ger­many = 1996 U.S.?” In 1997, Wienke ref­er­enced Shirley Allen, an elderly woman from Illi­nois who became a cause célèbre for the mili­tia move­ment in the 1990s for her stand­off with local law enforce­ment who came to escort her to a court-ordered men­tal eval­u­a­tion. Wienke claimed that peo­ple who opposed the gov­ern­ment could be sub­jected to what he called “psy­chi­atric imbal­ance alle­ga­tion” attacks. In Jan­u­ary 2000, Wienke urged oth­ers to watch the movie “Waco: Rules of Engage­ment,” a con­spir­a­to­r­ial doc­u­men­tary about the 1993 Branch David­ian stand­off that puts forth the the­ory that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment delib­er­ately mas­sa­cred the Davidians.

When one Cypher­punk list sub­scriber asked in 1998 why so many peo­ple on the list focused on guns, Wienke replied in terms of using vio­lence against the government:

InfoWar has always been a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of Meat­War. Know­ing who your enemy is and where he is at makes it much eas­ier to do some­thing about him. Intel­li­gence (in the mil­i­tary sense) and the tools to deny it to your enemy (strong crypto) are of equal impor­tance to weapons. If you know that a homi­ci­dal Postal Ser­vice employee is stand­ing out­side your front door and is prepar­ing to blast it off its hinges and then kill you, this intel­li­gence will do noth­ing but raise your blood pres­sure if you have no weapons with which to deal with the sit­u­a­tion. (Call­ing 911 isn’t going to help you much.) If you own sev­eral “assault weapons”, but are asleep in the liv­ing room when the door comes crash­ing down, the lack of intel will greatly reduce the effec­tive­ness of said weapons.

I have an equa­tion for this: Effec­tive­ness = Intel­li­gence * Force * Will. I define force as the the­o­ret­i­cal abil­ity to inflict dam­age on an oppo­nent, whether via bad PR, pro­pa­ganda, lethal or non­lethal weapons, or any other means. Force has 2 com­po­nents: Materiel and Skill. Thus, Force = Materiel * Skill. (Exam­ple: If I own a riot shot­gun and appro­pri­ate ammu­ni­tion, and have taken it to the range and famil­iar­ized myself with its use, I have the the­o­ret­i­cal abil­ity to shoot the afore­men­tioned Homi­ci­dal Postal Employee, but mere own­er­ship of the weapon and skill in its use does not guar­an­tee that out­come.) Will is sim­ply the will to fight if nec­es­sary.

Although gov­ern­ment will always have a higher Force fac­tor than an indi­vid­ual or “the cypher­punks” or a mili­tia, it can be pos­si­ble to achieve a higher Effec­tive­ness score via higher Intel­li­gence and/or Will fac­tors. This is how we lost the war in Viet­nam. We had a much higher Force level than the VC, com­pa­ra­ble Intel­li­gence lev­els, but a much lower Will ratio (at least at the upper decision-making lev­els). Because of this, our Force assets were bound under all sorts of bizarre restric­tions which ham­pered their use­ful­ness, and we ulti­mately left in defeat.

In 1997, Wienke coun­seled another Cypher­punk against pro­vok­ing a con­fronta­tion with the “JBT’s” (“Jack Booted Thugs,” a ref­er­ence to law enforce­ment), because the gov­ern­ment could use such inci­dents against activists. On the other hand, Wienke wrote, if one has never threat­ened any­one before “and sev­eral armed indi­vid­u­als kick in your door and you shoot them, you can look much more right­eous in the media than if you are con­stantly call­ing for the deaths of thou­sands.” But if the sit­u­a­tion were not avoid­able, Wienke added, “then ‘Give me lib­erty or give me death!’ (In either case, pass the ammo.)”

In a sim­i­lar post, Wienke noted that “the peo­ple can still pro­tect them­selves from jack-booted thugs if they are suf­fi­ciently well-armed. This means own­ing assault weapons. Get them while you can, they’re going fast…and LOTS of ammunition.”

Some of Wienke’s posts to the Cypher­punks list also spoke about using vio­lence against “gang mem­bers” and “wel­fare leeches,” phrases that may have been racist euphemisms about non-whites. Many years later, in 2013, Wienke made a post to Face­book defend­ing George Zim­mer­man for killing Trayvon Mar­tin and claim­ing that the “real tragedy” was a “rush to judg­ment” by the media “and the pro­fes­sional insti­ga­tors of racial dis­cord,” by which Wienke meant peo­ple such as Jesse Jack­son and Al Sharp­ton, refer­ring to them as “racial hate­mon­gers” who stoked some­thing “just as ugly and vile as any cross burned in a front yard.”

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June 17, 2016 2

Alleged Triple Killer had Extreme Anti-Government Views

Erick ShuteOn June 14, Penn­syl­va­nia author­i­ties caught and arrested a fugi­tive accused of hav­ing shot and killed three of his neigh­bors in West Vir­ginia the pre­vi­ous day. Erick Shute, 29, who allegedly had a long-running series of dis­putes with the neigh­bors, report­edly attacked the three (and a fourth who escaped) over a con­flict about firewood.

Shute was a minor pub­lic fig­ure as the vocal­ist for the long­stand­ing death metal band Pyrexia, with which he had report­edly been involved since child­hood. He also worked as a fire and water dam­age restorer in New Jer­sey and was involved with a vari­ety of odd busi­ness ven­tures, involv­ing crowd­sourc­ing, dig­i­tal cur­ren­cies, and multi-level mar­ket­ing, among others.

After the slay­ings, a woman who described her­self as “one of his ex girl­friends” posted on-line that “he has never been [one] for the police or gov­ern­ment.” That seems to have been a seri­ous under­state­ment. West Vir­ginia author­i­ties claimed that Shute was an adher­ent of the extreme anti-government sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment and even sug­gested that he was build­ing a com­pound on the West Vir­ginia land report­edly pur­chased by his mother and used as a week­end home by Shute. Author­i­ties have said they found stock­piles of food, weapons and ammo on the prop­erty, as well as “bunkers.”

Actu­ally, Shute’s involve­ment with anti-government extrem­ism appears to have been more exten­sive than just the sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment. Rather, to vary­ing degrees, Shute iden­ti­fied with all three major wings of the anti-government “Patriot” move­ment: the sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment, the tax protest move­ment, and the mili­tia move­ment. Shute was also sup­port­ive to some degree of anar­chism, which is also anti-government, though from a more left-leaning perspective.

Shute’s old­est known extrem­ist ties do relate to the sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment. While liv­ing with his mother in New Jer­sey dur­ing the period 2009-11, he sub­scribed to sev­eral sov­er­eign cit­i­zen beliefs, espe­cially those reject­ing the legit­i­macy of motor vehi­cle laws. In 2011, he tried to get a local police depart­ment to sign a “peace treaty” with him that would some­how allow him not to have a license or reg­is­tra­tion. This visit led to his arrest for dri­ving a vehi­cle with no license plates as well as charges of aggra­vated assault on a police offi­cer, resist­ing arrest, and obstruc­tion. Based on a court­room video he uploaded to the Inter­net, Shute seems to have defended him­self in court—as many sov­er­eign cit­i­zens do—claiming that the judge in his case was not a judge but an “exec­u­tive admin­is­tra­tor” and that there had been no judi­cial courts in Amer­ica for cen­turies. Shute was con­victed and spent half a year in jail.

Shute also became involved to at least some degree with the tax protest move­ment, which claims that a con­spir­acy is hid­ing the “fact” that most Amer­i­cans don’t have to pay income taxes. He engaged in argu­men­ta­tive phone calls with IRS rep­re­sen­ta­tives and sent hos­tile let­ters to the IRS as late as 2015 claim­ing that he had been given no “proof” he was required to file an income tax return or that the IRS had juris­dic­tion over him. Judg­ing by some of his on-line remarks, he may not have been pay­ing income taxes for more than five years.

In recent years, how­ever, Shute seems to have iden­ti­fied most strongly with the ideas of the mili­tia move­ment. The mili­tia move­ment believes that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is col­lab­o­rat­ing with a “New World Order” glob­al­ist con­spir­acy to strip Amer­i­cans of their rights and enslave them. Sub­sidiary con­spir­acy the­o­ries ema­nat­ing from the move­ment include a belief that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is plan­ning to round up cit­i­zens and place them in intern­ment or con­cen­tra­tion camps; a belief that the gov­ern­ment is plot­ting to sus­pend the Con­sti­tu­tion and declare mar­tial law, per­haps on a pre­text such as a ter­ror­ist attack or pan­demic; and that the gov­ern­ment will engage in mass gun confiscations—among others.

Mili­tia move­ment adher­ents oppose this per­ceived gov­ern­ment con­spir­acy. Many, though by no means all, join para­mil­i­tary mili­tia groups. Though Shute “liked” a num­ber of mili­tia groups on his Face­book pages, he does not seem to have joined a for­mal group himself.

How­ever, Shute’s on-line state­ments clearly indi­cate an adher­ence to the movement’s ide­ol­ogy. Respond­ing to a con­spir­acy arti­cle about an employ­ment ad for a U.N. “dis­ar­ma­ment offi­cer,” Shute claimed in 2014 that any­one who took such a job “deserves to be killed” by some sort of “painful and hor­ri­fy­ing” man­ner such as being “eaten alive by dogs.” When the gov­er­nor of West Vir­ginia vetoed a per­mit­less carry firearms bill in 2015, Shute posted that “some­one needs to behead this mofo.”

In 2015, Shute expressed hap­pi­ness at the thought that police offi­cers might be among the first Amer­i­cans “to get put in intern­ment camps.” He also posted that he could not sup­port the troops “if the troops are train­ing to take you and me away into an intern­ment camp.” Like many other anti-government extrem­ists, Shute became out­raged at the mil­i­tary exer­cises held in the south­ern U.S. under the name “Oper­a­tion Jade Helm,” claim­ing that they were mar­tial law train­ing scenarios.

Shute, an avid fan of anti-government con­spir­acy web­sites such as InfoWars, believed in a wide array of stan­dard “Patriot” move­ment con­spir­acy the­o­ries, from air­planes using “chem­trails” to poi­son the Amer­i­can peo­ple to vac­ci­na­tion pro­grams being part of an agenda “to kill off mil­lions of peo­ple.” Shute even claimed to have tried to attend the 2012 Bilder­berg con­fer­ence in Chan­tilly, Vir­ginia, a mag­netic lure for con­spir­acy the­o­rists who believe that “Bilder­berg­ers” are part of an inter­na­tional conspiracy.

By 2015, it is clear that Shute had devel­oped extreme, and extremely para­noid, atti­tudes towards gov­ern­ment and law enforce­ment. In Feb­ru­ary, Shute stated that it was time “to pull the gov­ern­ment offi­cials out of their beds at night and hang them from the trees in their front yards.” Urg­ing peo­ple to “arm up,” Shute stated in March that every­body should have a gun in every room in their house and that they should even sleep with their guns, so that they would be ready to kill any police offi­cer who came through the door. “This is the time for war,” he wrote, “and if you don’t get pre­pared to fight, that’s your problem.”

In Jan­u­ary and Feb­ru­ary 2016, Erick Shute became a sup­porter of the anti-government extrem­ists who engaged in an armed takeover of the Mal­heur National Wildlife Refuge in Ore­gon and sub­se­quent stand­off, even lis­ten­ing to the live broad­casts by the final few occu­piers in the last hours of the stand­off, before they were arrested. After their arrest, Shute wrote that he “loved” the occu­piers and that “even though we never met, I feel so close to these peo­ple now.”

Inci­dents such as these increased the already extreme hos­til­ity that Shute felt for law enforce­ment. Respond­ing in Feb­ru­ary 2016 to a news report of one offi­cer who had killed a dog, Shute urged that the offi­cer be tor­tured and mur­dered, includ­ing being hung over a fire, whipped, teeth and nails pulled out, fin­gers cut out, among many other vio­lent and grue­some meth­ods. Indeed, so hos­tile was Shute to law enforce­ment that he may have well posed a risk to local law enforce­ment as well as to his neighbors.

Shute will be extra­dited back to West Vir­ginia to face mul­ti­ple homi­cide charges.


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February 29, 2016 224

Louis Farrakhan Joins List Of Extremists Praising Donald Trump

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan made anti-Semitic accu­sa­tions of Jew­ish gov­ern­men­tal con­trol while prais­ing pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump dur­ing the 2016 Sav­iours’ Day ser­mon at the NOI’s Mosque Maryam in Chicago on Feb­ru­ary 28.

Farrakhan delivering his Saviours' Day sermon (Part 1) at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit

Far­rakhan deliv­er­ing his Sav­iours’ Day ser­mon (Part 1) at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit

While Part 1 of Far­rakhan’s 2016 Sav­iours’ Day ser­mon last week at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena largely avoided the topic of Jews, in Part 2 of his ser­mon yes­ter­day, Far­rakhan stated that Trump “is the only man…that stood in front of some mem­bers of the Jew­ish com­mu­nity and told them ‘I don’t want your money’… Any time a man can say to those who con­trol the pol­i­tics of Amer­ica, ‘I don’t want your money,’ that means if I don’t take your money, you can’t con­trol me. And they can­not afford to give up con­trol of the pres­i­dents of the United States.” How­ever, Far­rakhan also dis­tanced him­self from a full endorse­ment of Trump stat­ing, “Not that I’m for Mr. Trump, but I like what I’m look­ing at.”

The NOI’s Sav­iours’ Day pro­vides Far­rakhan with an annual plat­form to dis­play his hatred for Jews. This year, in addi­tion to his com­ments about Trump rep­re­sent­ing a break from the sup­pos­edly other Jewish-controlled pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates, Far­rakhan also blamed Jews, which he refers to as the “Syn­a­gogue of Satan” for the Iraq War and 9/11.

While Far­rakhan tried to defend his use of the phrase “Syn­a­gogue of Satan” by dis­cussing its ori­gins from the Book of Rev­e­la­tions, his alle­ga­tions of nefar­i­ous Jew­ish con­trol over the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment and world events still very much con­sti­tute anti-Semitism. For exam­ple, Far­rakhan claimed, “[for­mer U.S. Deputy Sec­re­tary of Defense Paul] Wol­fowitz, so-called Jew, but a mem­ber of the Syn­a­gogue of Satan…Satan is a human being with­out human char­ac­ter­is­tics. That’s why the rev­e­la­tor called them beasts in human form. These are peo­ple sit­ting in the Pen­ta­gon, plan­ning the destruc­tion of Mus­lim nations.”

He added, “Wol­fowitz had 10 years now, to plan how they’re gonna clean out the Mid­dle East and take over those Mus­lim nations. They needed another Pearl Har­bor. They needed some event that was cat­a­clysmic, that would make the Amer­i­can peo­ple rise up, ready for war…they plot­ted a false flag oper­a­tion and when a gov­ern­ment is so rot­ten that they will kill inno­cent peo­ple to accom­plish a polit­i­cal objec­tive, you are not deal­ing with a human. You’re deal­ing with Satan him­self, the Syn­a­gogue of Satan.” He con­cluded, “Now they got into the Bush admin­is­tra­tion and on 9/11 the Twin Tow­ers went down…George Bush, and those dev­ils, Satans around him. They plot­ted 9/11. Ain’t no Mus­lim took con­trol of no plane.”

Promotional flyer for Part 2 of Farrakhan's Saviours' Day sermon in Chicago

Pro­mo­tional flyer for Part 2 of Farrakhan’s Sav­iours’ Day ser­mon in Chicago

The idea that Jews are to blame for 9/11 is noth­ing new for Far­rakhan, who told his Sav­iours’ Day audi­ence last year that “it is now becom­ing appar­ent that there were many Israelis and Zion­ist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks.”

Despite Farrakhan’s decades-long his­tory of racism and anti-Semitism, Far­rakhan con­tin­ues to receive sup­port from celebri­ties and elected offi­cials. Far­rakhan was also pro­vided with a plat­form to pro­mote anti-Semitism in Iran ear­lier this month as a spe­cial guest at mul­ti­ple high-level events, meet­ing with cur­rent and for­mer Iran­ian gov­ern­ment offi­cials.

Far­rakhan also announced that he does not intend to speak again any time soon, but did not elab­o­rate on the rea­son. Far­rakhan has been absent from some key NOI events recently due to his ail­ing health, but even at the age of 82, Far­rakhan con­tin­ues to avoid the topic of a suc­ces­sor. Dur­ing Sav­iours’ Day he said, “If you want to know who my suc­ces­sor is then you ask Allah because I’m not wise enough to make that choice and I have not made any such choice because it’s not in my pay grade.” Despite the NOI’s appar­ent pol­icy of avoid­ing this topic, the orga­ni­za­tion has at times spot­lighted Mosque Maryam’s Assis­tant Min­is­ter Ish­mael Muham­mad as a pos­si­ble successor.

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