“Unlikely Coalition” Rescues White Nationalist Gunsmith From Police State

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Welcome to the American

Police State
, my friends, where a law-abiding
citizen has his door broken down, is hauled off to jail
by a small army of some 60 officers, and is held without
bail for four months.

His crime: virtually nothing.

Of course this is science fiction, you say. Well, not
exactly. It happened last summer to a man named Lovell
A. Wheeler in Baltimore, who happens to be a "white
supremacist" or a "white
" or something.

Whatever his exact beliefs, they are beside the
point. Then again, it turns out

they were the point.

Mr. Wheeler, whose case the Washington Post
detailed this week, received a visit last June from
Baltimore police after complaints he was storing
gunpowder in his house. During the visit, Mr. Wheeler
told the cops, ""The war is going to start in the
city, and I am ready and need more troops to help in the
Case Unites Improbable Contingent
By Tim Craig,
Washington Post, October 26, 2003]

Two days after sharing his thoughts with Baltimore`s
Finest, the cops came back—this time in the form of what
the Post calls "a tactical team," which

heavily armed troopers
ready for combat—the kind
that might be used against really dangerous criminals
and terrorists like the

women and children at Waco
or the

Randy Weaver
family at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.

The "tactical team," as Mr. Wheeler`s wife
Elizabeth told the Post, "chopped down my
front door with an

, and 60 people came in."
Mrs. Wheeler is
reported to be a member of the National Alliance,
described by the Post as a "West

neo-Nazi group
Mr. Wheeler says he is not a
member but sympathizes with its views.

As for the gunpowder, yes, indeed. The "tactical
team" discovered "62 pounds of gunpowder, 16,000
rounds of ammunition, 22 guns, body armor and thousands
of weapons parts,"
according to court documents
cited by the Post.

Mr. Wheeler, say his lawyers, is "a machinist, a
gunsmith, and this is what he has done all his life."

He "makes and sells guns" and therefore has
entirely legitimate reasons for the arsenal in his

His defenders say the real reason he was arrested was
his beliefs. One Baltimore defense attorney, Warren A.
Brown, quoted by the Post, remarks, "If he was
an ordinary dope dealer with guns in his house, he would

have bail
, but because he is a white supremacist,

stick it to him."

University of Maryland law professor

Douglas Colbert
says, "A general statement of `I
expect there to be a race war
, and I am prepared for
it` falls far short of direct and imminent violence that
could result in bail being denied under similar
He also says "he does not recall
a case in which someone has been denied bail under
similar circumstances."

As it happens, Mr. Wheeler`s political views were
precisely the reason for his arrest. The Post
shows that after the first police visit, the Baltimore
cops asked the

FBI`s Joint Terrorism Task Force
about the National
Alliance and were told it "poses a risk for domestic
(not, note well, that it is a terrorist
group or has carried out terrorism, let alone that Mr.
Wheeler is a terrorist, but that it "poses a risk"
of terrorism—sort of like Iraq`s non-existent Weapons of
Mass Destruction posed a

"gathering threat"
rather than an "imminent

Only after hearing about the National Alliance did
the cops decide to take out Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler`s front
door. The couple, quite frankly, is

lucky to be alive.

As of this week, the charge against Mr. Wheeler—that
he "created a substantial risk of death or serious
injury to the citizens of Baltimore"
because of his
arsenal and his "connection" to the National
Alliance—has been dropped. What remained were three
misdemeanor charges: reckless endangerment, possession
of smokeless powder without a license, and improper
storage of smokeless powder.

This week he pled guilty to these heinous crimes and
got a five-year suspended sentence. He can

go home
but no more guns.

Mr. Wheeler`s case attracted the support of what the
Post calls "an unlikely coalition of

civil libertarians

gun enthusiasts
and African American lawyers"

that saw it as part of an emerging trend toward the

erosion of civil liberties
under the mask of

But not everyone agrees.

The Post also cites David Friedman of the

Anti-Defamation League
of B`nai B`rith that people
like Mr. Wheeler "need to be

watched closely."

"The combination of extremist ideology and weapons
is something that

law enforcement
has an obligation to make sure that
the person is just not wandering the streets,"
Friedman told the Post.

Mr. Friedman might want to work on his syntax. His
grasp of

is well beyond repair.



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