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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 9, 2014 25

Officers Down: Right-Wing Extremists Attacking Police At Growing Rate

In Las Vegas on June 8, a man and a woman entered a local pizza restau­rant and shot and killed two Las Vegas Metro Police offi­cers, Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo, who were eat­ing lunch there. The shoot­ers then crossed the street to a Wal­mart, where they killed another per­son, then com­mit­ted suicide.officers-killed-domestic-extremists-1965-2014

Though, as of this writ­ing, the names of the sus­pects have not yet been released, details of the shoot­ings and sus­pects released by police or uncov­ered by jour­nal­ists strongly sug­gest the shoot­ings may be the work of right-wing extremists.

If so, the two offi­cers who lost their lives this past Sun­day are only the lat­est in a series of casu­al­ties in a de facto war being waged against police by right-wing extrem­ists, includ­ing both anti-government extrem­ists and white suprema­cists. Some extrem­ists have delib­er­ately tar­geted police, while oth­ers have responded vio­lently when meet­ing police in unplanned encoun­ters. The killings are not the effort of a con­certed cam­paign but rather a series of inde­pen­dent attacks and clashes stem­ming from right-wing ideologies.

In the 1960s and 1970s it was left-wing groups like the Black Lib­er­a­tion Army which tar­geted police for killing. How­ever, by the 1980s, right-wing extrem­ists began to sur­pass left-wing extrem­ists in caus­ing police deaths. The num­ber of offi­cers killed by right-wing extrem­ists more than dou­bled in the 1990s, then increased by 50% more in the first decade of the 2000s. Five offi­cers have been killed by right-wing extrem­ists since 2011, not count­ing the Las Vegas incident.

In the past five years alone, from 2009 through 2013, ADL has tracked 43 sep­a­rate vio­lent inci­dents between domes­tic extrem­ists (of all types) and law enforce­ment in the United States. These inci­dents include sit­u­a­tions in which shots are exchanged between police and extrem­ists (shootouts), sit­u­a­tions in which extrem­ists have fired at police but police sub­dued the extrem­ists with­out hav­ing to return fire, and sit­u­a­tions in which offi­cers had to use their firearms to pro­tect them­selves against extremists.

Of these 43 inci­dents, fully 39 of them involved extrem­ists sport­ing some sort of extreme right-wing ide­ol­ogy. White suprema­cists took part in 21 inci­dents, while anti-government extrem­ists were involved in 17 more. An anti-Muslim extrem­ist was involved in one inci­dent (the other four inci­dents included one with a left-wing extrem­ist and three with domes­tic Islamic extrem­ists). In these shoot­ing inci­dents, the extrem­ists shot 30 offi­cers, 14 fatally. Many other offi­cers sus­tained non-gunfire injuries dur­ing some of these encounters.shooting-incidents-2009-2013-by-ideology

Extreme ide­olo­gies cause right-wing rad­i­cals directly to attack offi­cers. Anti-government extrem­ist such as mili­tia groups and sov­er­eign cit­i­zens believe that police are agents of the ille­git­i­mate gov­ern­ment, while white suprema­cists believe that police are tools of the “Jewish-controlled” gov­ern­ment. The same ide­olo­gies some­times cause extrem­ists to act out vio­lently when they ran­domly encounter police in rou­tine situations.

More­over, because right-wing extrem­ists fre­quently engage in crim­i­nal activity—both ide­o­log­i­cal and non-ideological, police respond­ing to reports of crim­i­nal activ­ity may encounter extrem­ists com­mit­ting a crime or who are fugi­tives from jus­tice. Such sit­u­a­tions can also fre­quently turn deadly.

Unfor­tu­nately, rel­a­tively few offi­cer safety courses incor­po­rate infor­ma­tion about the dan­gers to police from domes­tic extremists.

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September 13, 2013 0

Florida Cop-Killer Harbored Extremist Views

Social net­work­ing post­ings and links made by a Florida man who killed a Char­lotte County deputy reveal a vehe­ment loathing for Pres­i­dent Barack Obama as well as sym­pa­thy for a vari­ety of racist and anti-Muslim causes.jay-vanko

On Mon­day, August 2, Sergeant Mike Wil­son of the Char­lotte County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domes­tic dis­tur­bance call at an apart­ment build­ing in Port Char­lotte.  As he entered the stair­well of the build­ing, Jaroslav “Jay” Vanko, 49, fired at the deputy from the top of the stair­case, mor­tally wound­ing Wil­son in the chest above his bul­let­proof vest.  Vanko killed him­self soon after as police sur­rounded the building.

Why Vanko decided to resort to lethal vio­lence is not clear and may never be known.  How­ever, Vanko’s pro­file on the social net­work­ing web­site Face­book, as well as his post­ings else­where on that site, pro­vide con­sid­er­able insight into many of his views and opinions. 

Vanko’s on-line writ­ings clearly reveal that, in the years since his arrival in the United States from the Czech Repub­lic, he had devel­oped an attach­ment to a vari­ety of far right-wing causes that ranged from main­stream to extreme.  One of Vanko’s most cher­ished causes was the issue of gun rights, but he tended to be most emo­tional on the sub­ject of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, describ­ing Obama as a “snake” and a “scum­bag” who “lit­er­ally make me a sick” [lan­guage as in orig­i­nal post­ing].   Accord­ing to Vanko, Obama was seek­ing a rise in crim­i­nal activ­ity in order to jus­tify mass gun con­fis­ca­tion.  “That is exactly what Lenin did,” Vanko wrote, accus­ing Obama of seek­ing to “spark [a] social­ist revolution.”

As dis­turb­ing as such com­ments are, even more dis­turb­ing are some of the other causes that Vanko sup­ported.  Among Vanko’s Face­book “likes” were a vari­ety of racist, white suprema­cist, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim Face­book pages, includ­ing “Amer­i­can White His­tory Month,” the anti-Muslim “United States of Amer­ica Defence [sic] League,” “Islam Free Planet,” “The Counter Jihad Report,” “Boy­cott Halal,”  the anti-government extrem­ist “Three Per­centers III%” page,  the racist and anti-Muslim Eng­lish Defence League,  the page for con­spir­acy the­ory talk show host Alex Jones, and many sim­i­lar pages.

His “likes” also included sev­eral Face­book pages tied to white suprema­cist groups, includ­ing the page “Save the White Peo­ple in South Africa,” asso­ci­ated with the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations and other white suprema­cist groups, as well as the page for the Amer­i­can Renais­sance, a white suprema­cist mag­a­zine pub­lished by long­stand­ing racist Jared Tay­lor.  In a post­ing he made to the South Africa page, Vanko offered his own opin­ion of the white race:  “I love whites, most beau­ti­ful peo­ple on planet.  We need to fight it on daily basis, not deal with sav­ages on any level and ignore them every­where” [lan­guage as in orig­i­nal posting].

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