I Googled “Occupy Federal Reserve,” and the first result was a link to Infowars, a Web site run by Alex Jones, a Texas-based wingnut radio host. Jones, a longtime Ron Paul supporter, believes that the government staged both the World Trade Center attacks and the Oklahoma City bombings; that the Gates Foundation is a eugenics operation; and that the government has been taken over by agents of the New World Order who are planning to release a cancer-causing monkey virus.
TPM has been tracking the sovereign citizen movement as its disciples pop up in legal battles and contentious encounters with law enforcement officials across the country. Though all share the view that, for one reason or another, the government in the United States is illegitimate
In Tuesday’s first installment of his series on George Soros’ supposed quest for world domination, Glenn Beck accused the billionaire of – among many, many other things – following a five-point “formula” to gain control of the United States.
Their unit seal depicts a man with a musket and tricorn hat, over the motto “Today’s Minutemen.” The symbol invites a question, Who are today’s redcoats? On that point, the group takes no official position, but many of those interviewed over two days of recent training in and around the abandoned Roseville State Prison near Zanesville voiced grim suspicions about President Obama and the federal government in general. (See Obama’s troubled first year.) “I don’t know who the redcoats are,” says Brian Vandersall, 37, who designed the exercise and tried to tamp down talk of politics among the men. “It could be U.N. troops. It could be federal troops. It could be Blackwater, which was used in Katrina. It could be Mexican troops who are crossing the border.”
Amazing how much of the Clinton era nuttiness disappeared during the Bush years and then came back without missing a beat. All the same imagined villains with only one addition: Blackwater.
Louisiana state Rep. John LaBruzzo announced on Tuesday that he is “studying a plan to pay poor women $1,000 to have their Fallopian tubes tied.” Seriously. Because he’s worried that “people receiving government aid such as food stamps and publicly subsidized housing are reproducing at a faster rate than more affluent, better-educated people.”