Sunday, October 05, 2014

‘American Insurgent’ admits he sought to spray bullets, spill blood in Houston

From the Houston Chronicle:

A Houston-area man, who the FBI says was prepared to launch his nationwide “American Insurgent Movement” here by robbing an armored car, killing a trooper, and spraying a mosque with gunfire, pleaded guilty Friday.

“We must rebel. Blood and bullets are the only two things that will change this world, short of divine action,” Robert Talbot Jr. wrote online in an effort to attract recruits to join him.

Talbot, 38, admitted to his crimes during a Friday hearing as he stood before U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. Those include attempted interference with commerce by robbery and solicitation to commit a crime of violence. He faces up to 20 years when sentenced.

More here.

I think that as bedrock conservative views increasingly hit the wall known as reality, we're going to be seeing more and more of this sort of thing. I mean, combine cognitive dissonance with the arsenals right-wing gun enthusiasts have been putting together, you know, to save us all from a "tyrannical" government, and to shop in the baby section at Target, we necessarily have all the ingredients for a bloodbath.

Fortunately, the system appears to be working at the moment, and they caught this nut-job before he could do some serious damage. But when you have Fox News and other prominent conservatives doing their damnedest to make this a partisan issue, asserting that having law enforcement going after far-right extremists is tantamount to oppression, we have some potential problems that could get some people killed.

I mean, Timothy McVeigh, Randy Weaver, the reverend Paul Jennings Hill, Cliven Bundy's gun-toting supporters, this guy they just busted out in Katy, these people aren't even close to being heroes or upstanding citizens. They're criminals. These types shouldn't be celebrated or defended in the public discourse. They should be behind bars like other criminals, and law enforcement should be allowed to do its job without political interference.

Mark my words. Frightened and angry right-wing extremists in this country will kill again. They need to be stopped.