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When Brian Kilmeade of Fox News declared Friday that "not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims," he revealed he knows little about terrorism and even less about recent American history.  If, as Adam Serwer defines it, "Terrorism is the deliberate murder of civilians or destruction of property in order to achieve a political objective," then the United States has experienced a large and growing body count at the hands of non-Muslim terrorists.  And as it turns out, many of them are devoted fans of Kilmeade's network.

So, Brian Kilmeade, meet the non-Muslim terrorists.

Meet Byron Williams.  In July, Williams planned an attack on the offices of the Tides Foundation, a group which Glenn Beck described as "bullies" and "thugs."  Williams' hoped-for bloodbath was averted only by a shoot-out with police in which two officers were wounded.  Williams claimed he wanted to "start a revolution" and explained, "I would have never started watching Fox News if it wasn't for the fact that Beck was on there. And it was the things that he did, it was the things he exposed that blew my mind."

Meet Richard Adkisson.  Adkisson, too, was no follower of Muhammad, but instead the prophets (or more aptly, profits) of Fox News.  He cited not the Koran but the writings of Fox News regular Bernard Goldberg as the inspiration for the July 2008 shootings which killed two at a Tennessee Unitarian church:

"This was a symbolic killing. Who I wanted to kill was every Democrat in the Senate & House, the 100 people in Bernard Goldberg's book. I'd like to kill everyone in the mainstream media. But I know those people were inaccessible to me. I couldn't get to the generals & high ranking officers of the Marxist movement so I went after the foot soldiers, the chickenshit liberals that vote in these traitorous people. Someone had to get the ball rolling. I volunteered. I hope others do the same. It's the only way we can rid America of this cancerous pestilence."

Of course, Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh needs no introduction.  The killer of 168 Americans in the worst act of domestic terrorism prior to 9/11 was no jihadist, but an anti-government extremist and militia member.

Say hello to Scott Roeder.  The assassin of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller made no secret of his political aims, which did not include the establishment of a global Islamic caliphate.  Roeder was inspired by Shelley Shannon, who in the 1990's torched abortion clinics across Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, and California. (In 1993, she shot Dr. George Tiller in both arms in a failed assassination attempt.) And as the New York Times recounted in 1995, Shannon was quite clear as to whether she considered her crimes terrorism:

Handcuffed and nondescript in jailhouse blues, Shelley Shannon, a housewife from rural Oregon, stood before a Federal judge here on June 7 and admitted waging a terrorism campaign against abortion clinics and doctors.

Please allow me to introduce you to Eric Rudolph.  Like Shannon, Roeder, James Kopp (who murdered Dr. Bernard Slepien), Paul Ross Evans (the would-be family planning bomber in Texas), Atlanta Olympic Park bomber Rudolph is a proud anti-abortion terrorist.  (His bomb blast at an Alabama clinic killed a security guard and severely wounded a nurse.)  Then Attorney General John Ashcroft was quite clear in using the "T-word" when Rudolph was finally captured in May 2003:

"Today, Eric Robert Rudolph, the most notorious American fugitive on the FBI's 'Most Wanted' list has been captured and will face American justice. American law enforcement's unyielding efforts to capture Eric Robert Rudolph have been rewarded. Working with law enforcement nationwide, the FBI always gets their man. This sends a clear message that we will never cease in our efforts to hunt down all terrorists, foreign or domestic, and stop them from harming the innocent...

The American people, most importantly the victims of these terrorist attacks, can rest easier knowing that another alleged killer is no longer a threat."

(Five years later, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin refused to label cold-blooded killers like Rudolph a "domestic terrorist."  When Brian Williams of NBC News asked Palin "Is an abortion clinic bomber a terrorist," the future half-term governor replied, "I don't know if you're going to use the word terrorist there.")

Meanwhile, get acquainted with Shelley Shannon's fellow Oregonians, Bruce and Joshua Turnidge.  The father and son team of right-wing terrorists killed two policemen and wounded two others in their botched December 2008 bombing of a Woodburn, Oregon bank.  But as their trial now underway revealed, that Wells Fargo explosion in the days just after the election of Barack Obama allegedly had a much more sinister motivation than mere cash:

Bruce and Joshua Turnidge had long harbored anti-government feelings, but the November 2008 presidential election of Barack Obama served as a "catalyst" for the father and son to plant a bomb at the West Coast Bank and plan a bank robbery, prosecutors said today.

The two men feared that the Obama administration would impose a slate of new restrictions on gun ownership, Marion County deputy district attorney Katie Suver said in opening statements in the aggravated murder trials for the two men. Bruce Turnidge, years ago during the Clinton administration, had similarly anticipated a crackdown on Second Amendment rights and sought funding to start his own militia, she said.

In the months since Barack Obama's inauguration, the Turnidges have been accompanied by fellow travelers, though not while making the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.  Another father and son act, Jerry and Joe Kane, featured supposed soverign citizens who killed two cops in West Memphis in May.  Holocaust Museum killer James Von Bruun declared, "Obama does what his Jew owners tell him to do." Richard Poplawski, who murdered three Pittsburgh policemen in April 2009 was said to have feared "the Obama gun ban that's on the way" and "didn't like our rights being infringed upon." And aspiring Maine dirty bomber James Trafton "had filled out an application to join the National Socialist Movement and declared an ambition to kill the President-elect."

And these decidedly non-Muslim terrorists fly planes into buildings, too.  Take the case of Joseph Stack, who piloted his small craft into an Austin IRS office, killing himself and an agency employee.  Stack's radical anti-tax rhetoric may have been shocking ("Well Mr. Big Brother IRS Man, let's try something different, take my pound of flesh and sleep well"), but little different from Republican leaders in the 1990's who charged "The IRS is out of control!" and decried its " Gestapo-like tactics."

Of course, not all recent domestic terrorists in America reside at the far right of the political spectrum.  But the likes of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, E.L.F. bombers and Discovery Channel gunman James Lee are the exceptions that prove the rule of growing right-wing terrorism in the United States.

And contrary to the hate mongering of Fox News and its dim-witted host Brian Kilmeade, what Time magazine just deemed "the secret world of extreme militias" is not populated by Muslims.

** Crossposted at Perrspectives **

UPDATE:  Hat tip to drsarazawa, who noted in the comments that the father and son sovereign citizens Jerry and Joseph Kane needed to be added to the list of decidedly non-Muslim domestic terrorists.

Originally posted to Jon Perr on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 10:51 AM PDT.

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  •  Brian Kilmeade glows like a dim bulb... (4+ / 0-)

    ... among FauxNews' forest of especially dim bulbs. How BK manages to stand out in that crowd of idiots is a remarkable feat in itself.

    "If you don't stick to your values when they're tested, they're not values. They're... hobbies." -- Jon Stewart, Jan. 22, 2009

    by pat208 on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 10:58:24 AM PDT

  •  And leaving out "lone wolves" (1+ / 0-)
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    Avenging Angel

    don't forget Organizations as well:

    Tamil Tigers.

    Ohm Shin Rikio (sp)

    Provisional Irish Republican Army

    Ulster Unionists


    The list goes on.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

    by zenbassoon on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 10:58:53 AM PDT

  •  Josiah Fornoff (3+ / 0-)
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    MikeTheLiberal, palantir, FiredUpInCA

    a "soveign extremist" who threatened to shoot two officers who were trying to serve a warrant.  

    "We are seeing a growth in the movement" Special Agent Michael McPherson told investigative reporter Doug Smith. "We are concerned with the sovereign citizen extremist."

    McPherson is a supervisor for the FBI's Domestic Terrorism Task Force who is based in Tampa and responsible for 18 counties in Florida. He told Smith the agency uses a three-prong test to define a sovereign citizen extremist.

    "The threat of force or violence, a violation of a federal law and a political, social agenda -- that's when we'd get involved."

    From Crooks & Liars on Right Wing extremists

    "We think the truth is bad enough. It obviously is." -- Fishgrease

    by gchaucer2 on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 11:07:30 AM PDT

  •  It's like they're all trying to (2+ / 0-)
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    out-asshole each other. No one knew who Kilmeade was before this, but now he'll (sadly) get more of an audience.

    Excellent diary. Thanks.

    •  Brian Kilmeade (1+ / 0-)
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      Brian Kilmeade used to host a show called Soccer Zone for youth soccer a few years ago on a cable channel. He does know youth soccer, as I got many tips from this show when I coached my daughters' teams. But Brian should have stayed with something he knows well, and away from something that he hasn't a clue about. That would be namely, but not limited to, religion, terrorism, journalism, politics, healthcare, etc., etc., and etc.

  •  Kilmeade forgot (0+ / 0-)

    the Weathermen (SDS).  Convenient.

    "A Canadian is merely an unarmed American with health care." John Wing

    by marigold on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 11:20:04 AM PDT

  •  Kilmeade just reading his script (2+ / 0-)
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    mint julep, JDsg

    Non-Muslim terrorists doesn't fit the philosphy at Faux News.  Kilmeade just another airhead there who has no thoughts of his own.

    So who do most of you think is the 'man behind the curtain' at Faux telling everyone what to say? Ailes or Murdoch or do they all just drink the kool-aid and actually believe this b.s. they spout every day?

    The Gentleman is out of order and is correct in sitting down.

    by Renie57 on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 11:23:42 AM PDT

  •  Definition of terrorism (1+ / 0-)
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    is more than: "the deliberate murder of civilians or destruction of property in order to achieve a political objective,"

    It includes ideology as well.


    the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes.
    the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
    a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

    Nothing need be destroyed, no one need be murdered. It just requires the terrorist to terrorize.

    Anti-abortion activists don't need to blow up an abortion clinic. They merely need to terrorize women enough to not utilize one if necessary, and end up with a ruined life because of it.

    - It's beyond ironic that ophthalmologist Rand Paul is so myopic

    by second gen on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 11:25:56 AM PDT

  •  With a surname of "Kilmeade" (2+ / 0-)
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    vacantlook, FiredUpInCA

    I'm not surprised he conveniently left out the IRA.  Because as we all know, everyone from Ireland is connected to "the Troubles"


    What an asshat.

    Just when you thought there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you're wrong. ~Molly Ivins

    by mydailydrunk on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 11:29:48 AM PDT

  •  You miss the point (0+ / 0-)

    Your collection of  anti tax, anti semitic,   anti abortion,   anti government and just plain psychotic miscreants  from over the years can easily be matched by a list of bombers,  murderers  and crazies from the extreme left.   Neither of these lists would share the commonality of purpose exhibited  by  the list of islamic murderers and  bombers,  you could put together for a similar time period.   And that list would be much, much longer.   They all do it for allah.

    •  Have to Disagree on That (0+ / 0-)

      Over the last roughly 20 years, right-wing terror is simply different in degree and number than anything produced by isolated outbreaks on the left.

      While, say, the Weathermen, are a thing of the now distant past, the militia movement of the 1990's has been reborn in th age of the Obama.  The dark nexus of anti-government, anti-tax, anti-abortion, pro-gun and other right-wing groups is also aided and abetted by the more extreme rhetoric of an entire media apparatus and voices within the Republican Party itself.  For examples, see Time ("The Secret World of Extreme Militias") and "From Republican Rhetoric to Right-Wing Terror."

      If ever there was a case of false equiavalence, comparing as equal threats right and left wing domestic terrorism in today's America is it.

      •  We could debate (0+ / 0-)

        your response on domestic terrorists and it may come out to a wash.  Different groups  rise up  as the ideological pendulum swings back and forth over the decades  in this country.    The death  cult wing of islam is very different in that it is a foreign source of terror, it is  world wide, and   has increased its planning  and attacks against US interests steadily over the last quarter century.    To deny this obvious fact  and try to obscure the islamic origins of  terror here and abroad is a dangerous failing  of those on the progressive side.

        •  I'm Denying Nothing (0+ / 0-)

          I'm not denying at all the global threat posed by Al Qaeda to the United States.  Far from it. I am highlighting that the U.S. also continues to faces a much lesser but nonetheless dangerous threat from right-wing domestic terrorism.

          Brian Kilmeade said "all terrorists are Muslims." He is obviously wrong.

    •  And Eric Rudolph (1+ / 0-)
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      did it for the "Army of God", a Christian anti-abortion terrorist group.

      Islamic bombers and murderers in the States?  Besides what happened on 9/11?

      The nuts and fanatics are few, no matter their origins.

      "A Canadian is merely an unarmed American with health care." John Wing

      by marigold on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 11:46:56 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Jerry and Joe Kane (1+ / 0-)
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    West Memphis--

  •  I was hoping to see a diary (0+ / 0-)

    like this one in which Kilmeade's illogical statement was destroyed by the facts.  Thanks AA!  Tipped and recommended.

  •  And more organizations: (1+ / 0-)
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    The KKK
    The Order
    Symbionese Liberation Army
    Aryan Nations
    Army of God

    There was a loose knit group

    "A Canadian is merely an unarmed American with health care." John Wing

    by marigold on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 11:44:25 AM PDT

  •  Typo in last post... (0+ / 0-)

    ignore the last line.

    "A Canadian is merely an unarmed American with health care." John Wing

    by marigold on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 11:47:35 AM PDT

  •  Jim Crow government was state sponsored (2+ / 0-)
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    VinBacchus, FiredUpInCA

    terrorism.  They sure weren't Muslims, but rather lily white Christianist bigots.  Fuck you, Kilmeade.  You've been pwned.

    ObamaCare because Obama Cares. Next time you're hospitalized you can thank him. Just remember he delivered it for you.

    by Atilla the Honey Bunny on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 11:51:42 AM PDT

  •  And it could be argued (2+ / 0-)
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    VinBacchus, FiredUpInCA

    that the violence, in both rhetoric and actions, towards the LBGT community, is terrorism.

    I believe it is.

    "A Canadian is merely an unarmed American with health care." John Wing

    by marigold on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 11:57:23 AM PDT

  •  Apples to Apples (0+ / 0-)

    Does anyone here know and play Apples to Apples? This diary reminded me of an occassion more than a few years ago of playing Apples to Apples.

    A quick review of the game is needed so you can understand the context. Players take turns playing the judge who draws an Adjective card and announces the word. Players then quickly place a Noun card from their hands face down so the judge won't know who played which card. The judge then determines which card best represents the Adective word.

    The best example I use, is the Adjective is Brilliant, and the choices are: The Sun, A Diamond, Fireworks, Albert Einstein.

    As you can see, the choices all match the Adjective, but the choice will differ depending on which player is playing the judge.

    So, onto an evening of Apples to Apples play that included the following Adjective: Evil

    I immediately played the "Dr. Evil" card from my hand and said, I've got this one nailed.

    I did not win that round... The judge chose the card with the name "Timothy McVeigh" on it...

    Yes, True Evil will always trump Fake Evil.

  •  JDL (0+ / 0-)

    Let's not forget the Jewish Defense League labeled by the FBI an a terrorist organization. I don't think we'd find many Muslims inn that group.

  •  Why is it so desperately important (1+ / 0-)
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    for the left to deny, obscure or minimize islamic terror?    

  •  when we have Domestic Terorists like this trying (0+ / 0-)

    to get someone else to do his dirty work.

    all three comments were posted on youtubes/videos that president Obama was making. do the google are email me


      Will somebody PLEASE! "Lee Harvey Oswald" this guy in his Head!! I can't take it anymore. Thanks.

      Would someone please put a Bullet in this Guys Head!!!

    A bigwig please Shoot-a-Bullet at this Huge eared Jackass!!

    "I want to be in Kentucky when the end of the world comes, because it's always 20 years behind" -Mark Twain

    by vet on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 02:06:57 PM PDT

  •  The Hutaree (1+ / 0-)
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    The group's Web site outlines the militia's philosophy: "Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment.

    The only thing on Earth to save the testimony and those who follow it are the members of the testimony, till the return of Christ in the clouds."

    The group's leader, David Brian Stone -- aka "Joe Stonewall" or "Captain Hutaree" -- allegedly planned to kill a law enforcement officer to instigate a war against the U.S. government.


    The indictment alleges that killing a law enforcement official would be just the beginning: "As a consequence of this act, law enforcement officers from throughout the nation would be drawn to and gather in the Eastern District of Michigan for the funeral," the indictment said.

    "According to the plan, the Hutaree would then attack law enforcement vehicles during the funeral procession with improvised explosive devices with explosively formed projectiles."

  •  It's no coincidence... (0+ / 0-)

    ...that so many people talk about terrorism like it never existed before 9/11.  It was something I noticed during Bush's tenure that whenever anyone talked about terrorism it was synonomous with radical islamic terrorism and had nothing to do with the actual tactic.

    Will vote for Pie.

    by DawnG on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 04:20:56 PM PDT

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