More on Those Dangerous 'Right-Wing Extremists'
This individual opposes gun control measures and has been involved in the militia movement, radicalizing other individuals in his state by speaking out against our regular army forces. He asserts that a standing army is a "mercenary force" that is subversive and "dangerous" to the liberties of the people. He has stated publicly that "the militia is our ultimate safety ... we can have no security without it. The great object is that every man be armed. ... Everyone one who is able may have a gun."
It is clear that he could be involved in the recruitment of veterans to serve in his "militia" forces. While ERB recognizes the rights to free speech, this Virginian is inciting individuals to acts of violence. One of our agents at a public meeting heard him say that "if we wish to be free, we must fight! -- I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the god of Hosts is all that is left us." In fact, this Virginian has openly defied government authority, proclaiming in one of his speeches that "I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty -- or give me death!"
The second right-wing extremist is a resident of Fairfax County, extremely close to Washington, D.C., giving us great concern over his physical proximity to the government and particularly the president. He has written and spoken strongly against the federal government, even asserting the Constitution is "dangerous" and actually claiming that it should never have been signed.
As we discussed in our initial report, this individual is extremely anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favor of state authority. He regularly preaches that the federal government endangers the civil liberties of Americans. In fact, he has spoken out against our president because of the latter's support for the Constitution and a strong federal government. (We have notified the Secret Service, which is taking appropriate steps to also investigate the danger this extremist poses to the president.)
This individual has taken the radical view that the federal judiciary is dangerous and published a letter in the Virginia Journal claiming that its power will "absorb and destroy the judiciary of the several States." (The U.S. Marshals Service, which protects federal judges, has been notified.) He believes the president has "the unrestrained power of granting pardons for treason, which may be sometimes exercised to screen from punishment those whom he had secretly instigated to commit the crimes, and thereby prevent a discovery of his own guilt."
In fact, he makes the (clearly treasonous) assertions that Congress has so much power, when combined with that of the president, that it can "destroy any balance in the government, and enable them to accomplish what usurpations they please upon the rights and liberties of the people." Similar to his fellow Virginia radical, this individual has warned about Congress "disarming" citizens and he has spoken against our standing army, and is thus clearly involved in the right-wing militia movement.
Both of these right0wing extremists, as we said in our initial report, "are focusing their efforts to recruit new members, mobilize existing supporters, and broaden their scope and appeal through propaganda." It is clear, as we outlined on page 6 of the report, that these individuals "may attempt to co-opt the debate [about constitutional issues] and use the controversy as a radicalization tool," particularly with veterans of the regular Continental Army.
Therefore, based on our analysis, we are recommending that Secretary Napolitano approve asking the Justice Department to make an immediate, secret application to the FISA court for a warrant authorizing 24-hour surveillance, including wiretaps, on Patrick Henry and George Mason. We will shortly be forwarding a similar request to Secretary Napolitano regarding a third extremist in Virginia, a colleague of Henry and Mason. An informant named W.S. Smith forwarded to ERB a letter Smith received from this individual in which he was inciting right-wing violence, proclaiming that the "tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." He also asserted that "a little rebellion now and then is a good thing," an obvious ploy to recruit members for militia and other anti-government organizations.