Was it not just a matter of time?
FOXNews.comBy Jennifer GriffinJanuary 9, 2011
According to a law enforcement memo based on information provided by DHS and obtained by Fox News, Jared Loughner, the alleged shooter of Congressman Gabrielle Giffords, may have been influenced by a pro-white racist organization that publishes an anti-immigration newsletter.
No direct connection, but strong suspicion is being direceted at American Renaissance, an organization that Loughner mentioned in some of his internet postings and federal law enforcement officials are investigating Loughner's possible links to the organization. The organization is a monthly publication that promotes a variety of white racial positions.
"The group's ideology is anti government, anti immigration, anti ZOG (Zionist Occupational Government), anti Semitic," according to the memo which goes on to point out that Congressman Giffords is the first Jewish female elected to high office in Arizona. A recent posting on American Renaissance's website on January 7 begins with an article entitled: "Exit poll: Whites are Different." The site goes on to list anti-immigration articles. Investigators are also pursuing Loughner's alleged anti-Semitism.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken command of the investigation.
According to the memo, Federal Judge John Roll's wife told law enforcement that he was not supposed to be at the rally but was called an hour beforehand and decided to attend at the last minute. Roll reportedly ruled on a controversial 32 million dollar civil rights lawsuit in February 2010 that elicited death threats for him and his family resulting in added security detail being assigned to him as a result.
Further, the suspect's mother works for the Pime County Board of Supervisors. The suspect reportedly has at least one arrest, but no criminal record, according to this internal memo based on information as of 6 pm Saturday night. Jared Loughner tried to enlist in the US Army in Dec 2008, according to Pentagon officials and Army records. He was rejected but the Army would not give the reason due to privacy laws. Loughner was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia in 2007.
In the broadcast of this story, FOX’s James Rosen reports that there’s no record of Loughner ever subscribing to American Renaissance or attending an AmRen conference, and he cites Jared Taylor’s condemnation of the murders. One can be sure, however, that much damage has been done.
The connection between Loughner and AmRen is obviously frivolous. But let’s take a step back and ask seriously why the Department of Homeland Security and FOX News would be interested in linking Jared Taylor to the attempted murder of a Congresswoman—and moreover, why government and the media so often think in this way.
1) FOX writes that DHS suspects Loughner “may have been influenced by a pro-white racist organization.” Note that the charge is not that Lougnher was actively involved in AmRen’s activities, but that Jared Taylor wrote something on, say, genetic differences or mass immigration that inspired Loughner to take bloody action. DHS is, essentially, making a “hate speech” accusation; Jared is accused of “inspiring racial hatred” by publishing things that the government, media, and academia have deemed out of bounds.
The factual accuracy and even specific nature of what Jared wrote is immaterial.
2) I suspect it’s no coincidence that FOX got out in front of this story. Left-liberals like to accuse Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin of “racism” to put Republicans on their heels and score political points. The conservative movement and Republican-oriented media typically respond that the REAL danger is the unauthorized Right—variously, racialists, conspiracy theorists, and the Ron Paul/anti-Fed movement—and not patriotic egalitarians like themselves.
Before the last election, Sarah Palin created a map with crosshairs honed on the districts of Democratic incumbents who were electorally vulnerable. The Left took no time to pounce on this now-discomforting imagery. FOX, no doubt, now wants to deflect all suspicion away from the presumptive Republican nominee and pitch it towards the “unpatriotic” Right.
FOX also likely wants to protect the Tea Party. (Though Tea Partiers should be warned—you are expendable.)
The irony of all this is that I seriously doubt Jared Taylor has ever typed the name “Gabrielle Giffords” before this morning. It's mainstream conservatives—not the unauthorized Right—who are obsessed with electioneering and defeating Democrats.
3) And let’s remember that FOX isn’t acting alone.
DHS is the product of the 9/11 aftermath—the days of the terror alert system, the PATRIOT Act, and national unity vis-à-vis foreign enemies. These are days conservatives look back upon with great fondness.
The “right-wing extremist” memo [PDF] from the spring of 2009 certainly woke many self-styled patriots up to the fact that “Homeland Security” is less about protecting the nation from Islamic terrorists and more about protecting the government from the internal threat of a radicalized population.
Conservatives frequently complain about the TSA, another 9/11 organization, searching and patting down little old ladies and giving thuggish-looking Muslims a pass. They seem oblivious to the reality that the TSA might be incompetent but its tactics are not irrational—the government’s perceived enemy is us.