Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Big Journalism Defends Hutaree Militia And Homegrown Terrorism

I was scanning Andrew Breitbart's other Big sites today, inspired by the "awesome" comment I had found on Big Government that praised Breitbart's ethics and reporting.  I figured what better place to start then Big Journalism.

A majority of the articles seem to focus on the Times Square Bomber Faisal Shahzad, focusing not on what he had done, but initial speculation that the terrorist may have been homegrown.  Because Shahzad is a naturalized citizen from the Middle East, he is a foreign terrorist, although considering he has lived in America, his decision to act may have been inspired by American events, such as the Tea Party rallies and the violent rhetoric of Fox News.  All of that is uncertain right now, and so all Big Journalism is doing is voicing their hatred for Islam.

What is interesting is in the mix of Shahzad articles was one about the Hutaree militia.  Remember them?  They were the group that planned on murdering police officers to spread terror.

Apparently, Big Journalism and author Archy Cary is now rushing to the defense of the Hutaree militia, claiming they are guilty of "shooting off their mouths," and that their arrest was politically motivated to paint right-wing extremism in a negative light.  What is their proof that the militia is just a group of fun loving Americans that happened to say the wrong thing?  Absolutely none other then a report that prosecutors were ill-prepared for a hearing and that the militia were allowed to be released on bond.

Here is another excerpt from the same article Cary cited for proof that the Hutaree were just exercising their free speech:
Prosecutors played a new recording today that was secretly made by an FBI undercover agent who infiltrated the Hutaree.

Recorded on Feb. 20, the recording features David Stone Sr., Joshua Stone, Joshua Clough, Meeks, Sickles and Ward and includes discussions about ways Hutaree members might kill police officers and the possible ramifications.

"Think how scared they would all be if people were just randomly killing cops," said one of the voices on the tape.

In cross-examining Larsen, James C. Thomas, the lawyer for Joshua Stone, suggested the recording featured plenty of joking and laughter and some degree of fantasy.

Larsen agreed she detected some elements of fantasy in the conversation. However, "they were talking about killing police officers," Larsen testified. "I don't think you can joke around about that."
The defense may have argued that it was all some sort of sick joke, but when you take into consideration what else members of the militia had said, it seems less like a sick joke and more like the militia joking about the sick acts they plan on doing.  Here is an excerpt from, that reviewed transcripts obtained from the Associated Press regarding a speech militia leader David Brian Stone was going to read:
Stone then reads the speech, in which he decries the "evil, greedy New World Order" and says that "as long as we let them terrorize any American through fear and intimidation, then they are winning this battle, and we should step up to the fight that they have started and finish it."

Prosecutors say the group planned to make a false 911 call, kill responding police officers, then set off a bomb at the funeral to kill many more. An indictment said that after the attacks, the group planned to retreat to "rally points" protected by trip-wired explosives for a violent standoff with law enforcement.

Defense attorneys argue their clients are protected by their right to free speech.
You gotta love Breitbart's ethics...

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