Indeed, the DHS-FBI bulletin seems to suggest that the bombing from the mid-1990s is still the dominant case preoccupying federal law enforcement.
(U//FOUO) [Unclassified//For Official Use Only-ed.] This Joint Intelligence Bulletin (JIB) prepared by the FBI and DHS is intended to provide law enforcement with a summary of significant domestic extremist incidents occurring during the previous 15 months. This product highlights the breadth and frequency of current domestic extremist threats against Homeland targets, and places them in the context of the 20th anniversary of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This information is provided to support the activities of the FBI and DHS and to assist other federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial counterterrorism and law enforcement officials and private sector security officials in identifying existing or emerging threats to homeland security.Of even more concern, federal law enforcement specifically designates several categories of domestic terrorism that could be broadly grouped on the right of the political spectrum:
(U//FOUO) Militia Extremists: individuals who seek, wholly or in part, to engage in unlawful acts of force or violence in response to perceived abuses of power or authority by government, perceived threats to Constitutional rights by government, or bureaucratic incompetence in attending to critical tasks.While federal law enforcement obviously has to track security threats from whatever direction, radicals from non-white racial groups and extremists on the political Left seem to be ignored. Incredibly, Islamic terrorists, even those “radicalized” in the United States and not working with a foreign organization, are specifically excluded from the report’s definition of “homegrown violent extremism.”
(U//FOUO) Sovereign Citizen Extremists: individuals who openly reject their US citizenship status, believe that most forms of established government, authority, and institutions are illegitimate, and seek, wholly or in part, through unlawful acts of force or violence, to further their claim to be immune from government authority.
(U//FOUO) White Supremacist Extremists: individuals who seek, wholly or in part, through unlawful acts of force or violence, to support their belief in the intellectual and moral superiority of the white race over other races.
(U//FOUO) Domestic Extremists: individuals present in the United States who seek to further political or social goals, wholly or in part, through unlawful acts of force or violence. … This definition does not include or describe homegrown violent extremists, who are defined by the FBI as al-Qa‘ida-inspired individuals based in the United States and radicalized primarily in the United States, and are not directly collaborating with a foreign terrorist organization. [Emphasis added]Some of this is obviously driven by ideology, as the Minority Occupation Government of Barack Obama is more likely to direct federal law enforcement against its own perceived enemies than far-Left radicals, non-white racial separatists, and Islamic extremists with which whom it has some sympathy.
But some of this is also being driven by bureaucratic politics. Federal law enforcement bodies such as the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE, or simply the BATF before it was moved under the new Department of Homeland Security in 2002) have traditionally been composed mostly of whites. As far back as the 1990’s, the bulk of the BATF’s work was tracking mostly white criminals, particularly white motorcycle gangs (like those involved in Sunday’s Waco shooting) which supplied firearms to criminal organizations.
The BATF also worked closely with the Drug Enforcement Agency DEA as part of a strategy adopted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to “stack” additional charges on drug dealers, like gun crimes. The theory was that this would encourage testimony by drug cartel members against higher-ups, thus allowing cartels to be dismantled.
However, diversity within federal law enforcement beginning in the Clinton years led to problems. Politics forced federal law enforcement to hire more non-white and women officers. But BATF and other agencies ran into the awkward reality that the new “diverse” hires were essentially useless when it came to undercover work against mostly white arms traffickers. The Hispanic drug cartels had no women members whatsoever, and black street gangs were largely too small and unimportant to be worthy of federal law enforcement notice. And, although it is politically incorrect to say it, women generally were unwilling to undertake the dangerous and strenuous undercover jobs.
As an aside, the then-BATF had a reputation for hiring not the best women, but the prettiest. There was a saying at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Glynco, GA, where then the Treasury Department operated the main training center for Federal law enforcement, that Customs hired women by the pound and BATF by their looks. (Embarrassment over a 60 Minutes episode about sexual harassment of women agents was allegedly part of the motivation for the raid on Mount Carmel—see Gunning For Koresh, by Daniel Wattenberg, American Spectator, August 1993)
More importantly, as I can testify from personal experience, Affirmative Action gradually undermined the capabilities of law enforcement institutions as a whole. The result: federal law enforcement increasingly targeted the highly technical requirements surrounding firearms regulation. Competent undercover agents could only be used against other white males. And politically, it was far safer to target thrill-seeking whites who were trying to obtain automatic weapons than taking on cartels or foreign terrorists with unqualified or unsuitable staff.
After all, how could white males, generally the only federal law enforcement officers capable and willing to undertake dangerous undercover work, manage to infiltrate non-white organizations?
So federal law enforcement switched to enforcing regulatory fine print. Fully automatic firearms, machine guns, are not (and were not in the 1990s) illegal, but are severely restricted by the 1986 National Firearms Act. They exist in a nether region of partial legality and partial illegality that can be exploited by federal law enforcement agencies seeking out politically-safe criminals to convict, such as trigger-happy white males.
The results: tragedies and debacles like the siege at Ruby Ridge and the burning of the Branch Davidian compound at Waco. (It’s worth noting the sniper at Ruby Ridge, Lon Horiuchi, never was on the receiving end of the kind of media hate campaign experienced by the likes of Darren Wilson). The lesson was clear: you can’t go too far in pursuing white “extremists.”
The Branch Davidian "Compound", 1993Of course, the blowback to these efforts came in the form of the Oklahoma City Bombing. Yet from an institutional point of view, this one-off attack served to justify a larger anti-white agenda by federal law enforcement that continues to the present day.
Occasionally, this reaches ludicrous heights. Federal law enforcement has been especially active in promoting the idea that returning veterans and libertarians are a unique threat to American national security. In January 2011, the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (AzTAC), a DHS and FBI funded fusion center, launched a scurrilous attack on Jared Taylor and American Renaissance, claiming he had something to do with the shooting of an Arizona Congresswoman. DHS has even gone out of its way to warn of the dangers of pro-life protestors.
But while federal bureaucrats secure their careers by hunting the Great White Defendant, the real dangers are gathering. As we saw in Texas, multiculturalism has created the permanent possibility of Islamic terrorism at any time and at any place.
And even as the Main Stream Media and federal law enforcement obsess about the ghost of Timothy McVeigh, the rest of us have to live with the terrifying reality that multiculturalism has rendered our government all but impotent to protect the next act of American jihad.