("Quid coniuratio est?")
FOCUS ON FORTIER
With media attention beginning to turn again to the Oklahoma City bomb, and particularly the confessions of McVeigh friend Michael Fortier, Steamshovel Press would like to present again John Judge's comments about Fortier from SP14, which developed into a broader discussion about manipulation of the militia movement. As the author of Judge For Yourself and a research associate of the late Mae Brussell, Judge is well-known among conspiracy researchers. He works as one of the central organizers of the Committee on Political Assassinations, a non-profit group working for the release of government files on political assassinations (POB 772, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044-0772.) This excerpt comes from Steamshovel Press #14, now available as a back issue for $6 postpaid. The current issue of Steamshovel (#15), is also now available for $6. Steamshovel Press, POB 23715, St. Louis, MO 63121.
Q: You mentioned that you talked to Michael Fortier before his "confession."
There are a lot of disinformation rumors flying around. Michael McLure said years ago that even paranoids have enemies. That's true, but that doesn't mean that the paranoids know who their enemies are.
The militia want to see themselves as victims. They would say that the government did the Oklahoma bombing and are scapegoating them because they want to destroy the militia and take their guns away. I think all anybody has to do to put that claim in perspective is look at how the Panthers were treated in the 1960s, when black people picked up guns and how different their experience was. There weren't Panthers getting on Nightline. There weren't people being allowed to just espouse their philosophy without any political comeback. The militia people are basically being given a forum. "Are you a racist organization?" "Oh, no." But these are predominantly white organizations and their response to the situation that they believe is going on, which is partially racism and xenophobia coming out, that United Nations is bringing foreign troops and foreign weapons--this isn't going to be done with a good old American tank, they're going to have go import a Russian tank to do this to us. We're more than willing to be a conduit for foreign weapons and to ship them out as long as they are inferior to any other country on the dole. We certainly do bring foreign troops into this country and train them, as assassins and death squads, we train other foreign troops to be surrogate forces for us around the world, and it's us that's taking over the UN, not the other way around. The UN has clearly been used as an extension of US foreign policy for many years.
It's not that to that there haven't been victims of these federal police attacks, but you're comparing a few, the one Randy Weaver, even the hundred people at Waco, the underlying theme is that the people that the government is really after are these good white Christians.
Guns generally don't protect homes. It's more likely that it's going to end up with a gun fatality in the home. On the other hand, I'm not saying that therefore no one should own a gun. But what I am saying is that guns cannot be said to protect civil liberties. The fact that somebody armed themselves--as G. Gordon Liddy says, when BATF comes to break into the house, shoot for the head because of the vests they've got on--is not protecting the civil liberties of themselves and the broader rights of people. Most of the people that focus on the second amendment rights are not people that I have ever seen focussed on anybody else's rights in the United States. They aren't concerned about the violation of civil and human rights here and abroad by this government for many, many years. They are people who have a kind of reactionary response, a selfish response of "I'm going to protect what I have."
Going out and practicing with a 350 Magnum in the woods is the response of the last guy in a prison riot. In the last cell, back in there saying, "Come on in, you dirty screws! You'll never take me alive and I'm going to take a couple of you with me. Pry the gun out of my cold, dead hand." Well, so what? This isn't about changing the United States. It really isn't about realizing constitutional rights. It's about individual protection. It's the response of the guy who goes down to his fallout shelter as a response to the bomb and not only that, won't let you in. He takes the shotgun down there to make sure you try and come in.
There is another view. Yes, the government has conspired to take away your rights. But the thing to do about it is to expose it and to work for a democratic and public solution to it, not a private or little militia vigilante solution to it, because it doesn't rest there. You are not going to win a pop-gun war against the current US military. If the only game you understand how to play is the gun game, you've lost at this point in human history.
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