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April 3, 2014

Houston Terror Suspect Allegedly Behind Conspiratorial Facebook Page

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Robert Talbot Jr.

Last week, the FBI arrested Robert Talbot Jr. on charges of planning a violent attack on a Houston-area mosque. A look into Talbot’s history reveals that he not only fosters a deep-seated hatred of Muslims and Islam, but also subscribes to conspiracy theories of an alleged Muslim Brotherhood takeover of the U.S. and the need to combat the so-called “New World Order.” Talbot’s plan to attack the mosque and Muslim institutions is the latest in a recent string of violence directed toward the Muslim-American community.

According to the FBI, Talbot’s plan was to recruit “like-minded” accomplices to “blow up government buildings, rob banks, and kill law enforcement officers.” In addition, Talbot targeted Islamic centers and mosques. Talbot allegedly planned to enter a mosque during Friday prayers and shoot worshippers during services. FBI officials have also stated that it was part of Talbot’s plan to rob an armored car and attack a mosque with a machine gun. To justify these acts of violence, Talbot said that he would be “doing the Will of God.”

Law enforcement officials state that Talbot is behind the conspiratorial anti-Muslim and anti-government Facebook page, American Insurgent Movement (AIM).  In posts attributed to him, Talbot expressed racist and anti-Muslim conspiratorial sentiments that the U.S. has been infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood and that he intended to send “that White House worthless piece of dirt and his Muslim Brotherhood a message they will never forget.”

In a November 23, 2013 post, Talbot claimed that he is “not a racist person, but I’m only racist to those cultures whom show it, and this is why I don’t like Chinks, Muslims and a few other…” Talbot has also made threats against Obama administration advisor Valerie Jarrett, who was born in Iran and who Talbot alleged is “a Muslim.”

The ‘About’ section of AIM’s Facebook page states that it is a group intended for individuals seeking to “restore America Pre-Constitutionally and look forward to stopping the Regime with action by bloodshed.” Additionally, many of Talbot’s postings allude to the need to fight “New World Order,” a conspiracy theory typically revolving around claims that the U.S. government is trying to enslave, coerce, intimidate, scare, poison, or kill U.S. citizens on a mass scale.

In a March 1, 2014 post on the Facebook page, Talbot claimed that the NWO seeks “to turn American [sic] into their Marxist Muslim dream,” and that the “NWO can be stop [sic] and will be stopped.” In an earlier post from February 7, Talbot wrote that AIM is “Looking ONLY for ex-military or self-trained men who trained in guerrilla warfare and understand war/battle to the fullest.”

Talbot’s alleged plot is the latest in a series of recent incidents targeting Muslims and Muslim institutions:

  • March 2014: The Prayer Center of Orland Park, located in a Chicago suburb, was fired at during early morning prayer services by an unknown attacker. A bullet allegedly struck the gold metal dome of the mosque.
  • March 2014: Several shots were fired at the Islamic Center of Hattiesburg, Mississippi in the middle of the night. Law enforcement stated that it is considering the incident as a “malicious mischief case.”
  • March 2014: An Iraqi immigrant was gunned down in a shopping center parking lot in Sacramento, California by an assailant who has expressed hatred for people of Middle Eastern descent. Law enforcement is treating the incident as a hate crime.

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June 26, 2012

Suspected Pipeline Bomber Has Anti-Government Extremist Ties, Admired Joseph Stack

Anson Chi on YouTube

Anson Chi, the north Texas man authorities suspect bombed a natural gas pipeline station in Plano, Texas, on June 18, is an anti-government extremist active in the tax protest movement.

Chi, 32, a former engineer who claimed to have “retired” but was living with his parents, supported many causes, including environmental and animal rights causes, but the convictions he expressed most strongly in on-line writings were anti-government ones. He routinely posted anti-government comments to his Facebook Wall, collecting them from both the right and left.

However, statements by Chi in recent years reveal a strong connection with the right-wing “patriot movement,” especially its tax protest branch. The tax protest movement claims Americans aren’t required to pay federal income taxes and a government conspiracy is hiding this fact. “There is no law for the average American to pay the income tax,” Chi claimed in 2010, “as stated over and over again by the Supreme Court—case closed!”

In 2010, after fellow tax protester Joseph Andrew Stack flew his plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas, in a suicide attack, Chi posted a link to Stack’s suicide note while proclaiming, “Bring down the IRS!”

Chi’s postings reveal familiarity with the movement’s pseudo-legal arguments, as well as key figures. Chi easily rattled off the names of tax protest gurus and court cases involving tax protesters. Saying he was a “paralegal,” Chi claimed to be friends with tax protest movement attorneys Tom Cryer and Larry Becraft, and to have attended the trial of Sherry Jackson, a former IRS employee who joined the tax protest movement and was convicted in 2007 of failing to file income tax returns.

Chi was also familiar with the pseudo-legal arguments of the sovereign citizen movement, proclaiming in late 2010 that he knew “all about admiralty maritime law and the strawman theory.”

Chi’s other fixation was on the banking system; like many anti-government extremists, he was obsessed with “international bankers” and the Federal Reserve. “Your life is under control by greedy private bankers,” he told visitors to his Facebook page, “especially since they print YOUR money based on nothing but thin air!”

Chi liked the movie Zeitgeist, as well as other recent popular on-line movies that combined New World Order and Federal Reserve conspiracy theories with New Age concepts. Chi’s postings reflected the theories advanced by such movies. “The private central bankers like the Rothschilds—changed from Jewish name Bauer, like Henry Kissinger changed from Heinz Loeb,” he wrote in 2010, “are…a bunch of con artists, working as the financial gatekeepers…for the Vatican.”

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