The Daily Caller brought to light an article in Time magazine that was published a few years ago that warned of a rising threat to police in the form of extreme, right-wing militia groups. They said these groups have been on the rise, especially ever since Obama took office:
In a lengthy six-page article entitled “The Secret World of Extremist Militias,” then-Time Contributing Editor-at-Large Barton Gellman made the case that America should be deeply worried about private citizens forming militias.
“Scores of armed antigovernment groups, some of them far more radical, have formed or been revived during the Obama years, according to law-enforcement agencies and outside watchdogs. A six-month TIME investigation reveals that recruiting, planning, training and explicit calls for a shooting war are on the rise, as are criminal investigations by the FBI and state authorities. Readier for bloodshed than at any time since at least the confrontations in the 1990s in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and Waco, Texas, the radical right has raised the threat level against the President and other government targets,” the article says.
It even claimed that militia violence, whatever that constituted, was on the rise, and more bloodshed should be expected.
“With violence already up on a modest scale, FBI, Department of Homeland Security [DHS] and state agencies point to two main dangers of a mass-casualty attack: that a group of armed radicals will strike out in perceived self-defense, or that a lone wolf, trained and indoctrinated for war, will grow tired of waiting,” Gellman wrote.
Gellman goes on to claim that these groups have a “dangerous” ideology, which includes patriotism and a strong support for the Second Amendment. He spends most of the article trying to link unrelated acts of violence by white supremacists to “patriot” militia groups, and attempts to coax his interview subjects to say they are ready to commit acts of terrorism.
The author specifically warns that these groups pose an imminent threat to law enforcement officials and should be closely monitored.
I wonder what they’d say now that these apparently dangerous, white, right-wing extremist, racist militia groups haven’t done a whole lot. In fact, I haven’t seen that they’ve done anything to the police in spite of the feds trying desperately to radicalize them.
What we have seen however, are those protesting the incidents in Ferguson and New York kill a few cops in revenge. And no one in the media seem to care all that much. It’s almost as if they sort of approve of the killings. I’m not one to automatically give the police the benefit of the doubt, especially in cases involving the death of a civilian at the hands of a cop, but in these cop-killing cases, murder is murder. That goes for both sides.