First, Anarcho-Tyranny Comes For The Extreme Right
With terrorist bombings in Morocco and Saudi Arabia
and the closing of the American embassy in Riyadh, it
should now be obvious that the much ballyhooed "war
against terrorism" is a colossal, monumental, titanic
Since the 9/11 attacks, we have fought two wars,
conquered two countries and enacted laws that jeopardize
constitutional rights, and still terrorists seem able to
strike whenever and wherever they wish.
criminals aren`t punished (which is why it`s
anarchy), but the
innocent are (which is why it`s tyranny). The Bush
Administration seems determined to develop this insanity
to a state of perfection.
Unable to destroy real terrorists, the Administration
is inventing new ones, as the Washington Post
discussed this week.
The funny thing about the fake terrorists is that
they all seem to be on the extreme right.
Thus, in Northern Virginia, federal agents recently
nabbed a gentleman named Byron Calvert Cecchini, a
"self-described white supremacist," who runs a website
"rife with anti-Semitic and racist language," as the
Post describes it.[“Tracking
Hate Groups Aids Terrorism Fight |Federal Agents Turn to
Domestic Front,” By Maria Glod and Jerry Markon,
Washington Post, May 19, 2003]
But the feds seem to have had virtually no good
reason to arrest him. Their warrant alleged he had a
"violent criminal history" and "probably" owned weapons.
But after the feds threw him in jail and walked off with
his computer and files, all they could charge him with
was trademark violations. Mr. Cecchini sold T-shirts
that resembled those of another manufacturer.
"You prosecute what you can prosecute," a "law
enforcement source" smirked to the Post, in what
ought to be the motto of anarcho-tyranny.
You can`t or won`t prosecute the guilty and the
dangerous, so you prosecute political eccentrics who
have done nothing illegal or violent and call it a "war
Mr. Cecchini isn`t the only victim. In the last few
months far right activists all over the country have run
into legal problems from the federal government.
In February, Ernst Zündel, an immigrant from Canada
and "Holocaust denier" living legally in Tennessee with
his wife, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was
deported back to Canada where he was
denied bail and kept in a prison cell with the
lights on 24 hours a day. His offense: He missed a
single immigration hearing.
Some might even have broken a real law or two, but
the pattern discloses nothing less than a government
witch hunt against the far right, criminal or not. As
the Post describes it, "It is a tactic being
used with increasing success nationwide as authorities
step up efforts to curb domestic hate and terror groups:
prosecute any illegal activity by known extremists and,
at the same time, work to infiltrate potentially
dangerous groups to guard against future attacks."
Neither the Post nor the government specifies
any actual "terror" groups on the receiving end of the
witch hunt, and indeed it`s difficult to say that any of
the victims has broken any real law at all.
In Georgia, a neo-Nazi leader named Chester Doles was
federal firearms violations. His crime: an
undercover informant said he saw Mr. Doles with
firearms. Federal law forbids convicted felons from
owning firearms. But Mr. Doles is not a convicted felon
and says he didn`t own the guns. The government says he
has spent more than 12 months in jail for misdemeanor
convictions and that constitutes a felony conviction in
Others are being arrested simply for opinions
expressed — "In Pennsylvania," the Post reports,
"an Aryan Nation member who expressed anti-Semitic
beliefs on the Internet in an open letter of support to
Saddam Hussein was indicted on
weapons charges in March." Unable to muzzle him
for his beliefs, the government is simply concocting
charges to muzzle him for other reasons.
While the government silences the far right, it seems
to have done nothing against the far left — such as the
communist Workers World Party, whose
anti-American rallies against the war with Iraq were
allegedly financed by North Korea.
It`s the right the federal
leviathan hates and fears, not the country`s real
Anarcho-tyranny, of course, never lasts. Its natural
and logical destiny is tyranny pure and simple.
Conservatives may be indifferent to the wave of
repression against the far right over which their hero
George W. Bush is presiding, but they should remember
one thing: Once the current far right is silenced and
suppressed, conservatives themselves will then become
the far right that remains — and the next target of the
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
[Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,
America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture, is now available
Americans For Immigration Control.]