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Extremists Blame Favorite Bogeymen for Boston Bombings

By Marilyn Elias on April 17, 2013 - 4:31 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Anti-LGBT, Anti-Muslim, Conspiracies

Editor’s Note: We’ve corrected the attribution of a quote below suggesting that if the attackers were antigovernment they would have attacked a government target, rather than random Americans. The quote actually came from Mike Lackomar of the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia. Hatewatch regrets the error, which was the result of an editing mistake.

Who was responsible for the deadly Boston terrorist attack?

The Muslims did it. No, it was an illegal immigrant. Think again – it was a gay guy. Wait, you missed the key signs: Our own government once again pulled off an act of covert terror to promote its nefarious aims.

Fingers have been pointed in all of these directions by conspiracy theory peddlers and professional hatemongers since the bombings Monday.

“It’s a pretty safe bet right now that this attack was carried out by an Islamist,” declared a post on the Tea Party Nation website Tuesday. The obvious cause for the violence? “We have a government that is not committed to protecting America.” Linking Islam with Ronald Reagan’s “evil empire” of Communism, the post warned that the Boston bombings are just another event presaging future violence in “an ideological war” that can only be won if we have tougher, more anti-Islam U.S. political leaders. That, of course, would be the Tea Party cabal.

Pamela Geller, the raging Islamophobic activist, immediately declared “case closed” in a Monday blog headlined “Jihadi Arrested in Horrific Boston Marathon Bombing.” Boston police released the Saudi Arabian college student whom she incorrectly referred to as “arrested” and said, after questioning him, that he was no longer a suspect.

But maybe the man foolishly released by police is not a Jihadi but rather planted the bombings because he’s gay. That’s the implication advanced by several right-wing web sites such as Free Republic and Gateway Pundit.  They took the initiative to post information from the Facebook page of the Saudi youth. They claimed he was “guarded by federal agents” and was surely either gay or bisexual because he expressed interest in “men and women,” had vacationed in Key West and “liked” the Ellen Degeneres Show.

Erik Rush, a periodic Fox News guest, set a more urgent tone, tweeting, “Everybody do the National Security Ankle Grab! Let’s bring more Saudis in without screening them! C’mon! #bostonmarathon.” When asked online if he was blaming Muslims for the bombings, Rush replied: “Yes, they’re evil. Kill them all.” Later, he claimed he was just joking and deleted the post. But Right Wing Watch captured it for posterity.

Anti-immigrant activists seized on the terrorism to fuel fears about pending immigration reform legislation. Right-wing talk show host Laura Ingraham tried Tuesday to goad Rep. Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, into blaming undocumented immigrants for the Boston attacks. When he didn’t bite, she advised closing our borders as the logical solution.

Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican and leading opponent of immigration reform, portrayed the terror acts as a clear indication that reform could threaten Americans. Before anyone had been arrested Tuesday, he told National Review Online, “If we can’t background-check people that are coming from Saudi Arabia, how do we think we are going to background-check the 11 to 20 million people that are here from who knows where?” He said the Boston violence should slow action on immigration reform.

Several leaders in the antigovernment militia movement told Buzzfeed their activists wouldn’t have done it. “(It) had nothing to do with militias – that’s a bunch of bullshit,” Dave Trochmann, co-founder of the Militia of Montana said. “It was probably a raghead.”

Mike Lackomar, a spokesman for the Southeast Michigan Volunteeer Militia, said that “somebody pissed off at the government” wouldn’t attack civilians but would rather choose a government target. John Levengood of the Kansas State Militia cast suspicion, however, on a “skinhead type of militia where it’s all about race – that’s those guys in Montana and Idaho – and they don’t like society integrating the way that it has been. They could have done it very easily.”

The most déjà vu explanation of all came from Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist and radio host. He suggested the bombings looked like a “false flag” operation by the government. Militia activists also widely voiced this “false flag” refrain after the Sept. 11 attacks and the Oklahoma City bombings. To folks like Jones, it makes perfect sense. In a webcast Monday, he said: “You saw them stage Fast and Furious. … They staged Aurora, they staged Sandy Hook. The evidence is just overwhelming. And that’s why I’m so desperate and freaked out. This is not fun you know, getting up here telling you this.”  But, alas, the burden falls on Jones. “Somebody’s got to tell you the truth.”

And, of course, Westboro Baptist Church, arguably the most hated hate group in America, had the answer: God sent the bombs in retaliation for Massachusetts’ decision to allow same-sex marriage. “Thank God, for his righteous judgment,” says Westboro’s Sam Phelps-Roper in seven-minute video posted Tuesday on the group’s GodHatesFags website.

  • concernedcitizen

    David, I really think it’s a bad idea to hope that any group takes over as a despotic ruler, and people have strange ideas of how to interpret the constitution.

    We’ve had some very unsavory fellows who are wearing military uniforms in this country try to organize groups of people who are nothing more than hate mongering criminals, and quite frankly I don’t want anyone like that trying to take over our country. But in doing so I don’t believe that they would gain the support of the American public as a whole.

    I would caution that you be very careful about what you wish for David.

  • Reynardine

    David, what the aitch are you going on about?

  • david

    I dont believe the official story…there is too much wrong too much photographic evidence we are obviously being railroaded. I pray our military takes over this country and, and restores the constitution

  • Gregory

    Presumably he was removing the offending organs rather than participating in yet another Vatican sex scandal.

  • concernedcitizen

    MRJ, your April 19th post is very interesting and yes I have seen some of those numbers that you have listed being displayed.

    The groups are using what the CIA would call basic sabotage against their targets.

    One way of combating this, I believe, is to get the general public more educated on laws of stalking and harassment and evidence gathering and getting them to the right people to turn in these useless pieces of….I will not say what I am thinking but I rest assured that you can very well guess many appropriate terms to finish that sentence.

    Some of the numbers I believe may even refer back to their tenets. The ones that Uncle Jed wrote on the big oak tree in the back yard when he was teaching Sunday bigot school and church.

    Mostly they are idiots and blind to laws that can be used against them and their fledglings. I don’t believe that any business or house of art should be completely void of minority solicitation and when I find a business that is racially hostile I believe it is our duties as citizens not to solicit them.

    We may not have legislation that outlaws these cow pie mined people, but we do not have to entertain their stupidity nor are we required to financially back their endeavors.

    If all of my fellow countrymen are not welcomed then it is my belief that they deserve to see nothing more from any of us other than our backsides turning away from them in disgust, because they are indeed disgusting human beings.

  • aadila

    Gregory, the difficulty with that approach is much like the example of Pope Pius IX. Legend has it he was so offended by the penises on the Vatican statuary that he began whacking them off.

  • Gregory

    I think the definition of evil is a bit like Potter Stewart’s definition of pornography. It is hard to define but I know it when I see it.

  • Reynardine

    Aron, not all Brussels sprouts are evil. I am old enough to remember locally-grown open pollinated strains whose sprouts, steamed and buttered, were tender and delicious and did not at all resemble the embossed billiard balls sold today.

  • Reynardine

    Aadila, Ruslan is a mortal, even if he is one of gargantuan stature and keeps a remuda of Elasmotheria to ride the steppes on. As to what kind of women form the harem of the Great (Big) Khan, I shan’t venture. Nonetheless, like all of us, he can benefit from coffee, ibuprofen, and even occasional philosophy.

  • aadila

    Ruslan is a shining being. As such he does not require philosophy. In fact, philosophy would be dangerous in his hands. It is best for everyone that Ruslan be kept peering blithely down upon us all, like a gargoyle to be summoned only as needed.

  • Reynardine

    Yes, Aron, but they make charming patio plants where you can’t grow palm trees.

  • Reynardine

    The love of power is the root of all evil, and, as Orwell said in 1984, power is defined as the ability to make people suffer. Money is only the tool.

    Somebody pass Ruslan the coffee pot and a couple of ibuprofen. Sorry, Ruslan.