Author: Jay Taber

History and Industry

I sent this message today to the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle:
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In the 1990s, the Seattle-based Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment organized human rights groups in Washington, Oregon and Idaho to oppose the violent racism of the property rights militias. In 1997, seven militia members were convicted in U.S. District Court in Seattle, for making bombs to murder environmental and treaty rights activists.
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Part of this story was covered by Jane Kramer at The New Yorker, but the back story of how this tragedy happened reveals that it was funded by the real estate development industry. That back story is told in Wise Use in Northern Puget Sound by Paul de Armond, which is available at Bellingham Public Library, and soon as a Google doc.
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From 2013-2017, Wise Use terrorism in Whatcom County–directed at the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians–was organized by Tea Party-led PACS, funded by the Cherry Point coal export consortium, which included BNSF Railway. This story is currently available online as a six-part special report Anti-Indian Movement on the Salish Sea by the Center for World Indigenous Studies in Olympia.
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Sins of Commission

The mainstream media cover-up of corporate crime, which includes funding racist terrorism, is a scandal that only citizen journalists cover. Even public radio and television ignore this crime against humanity, that might taint their perceived purity as beneficiaries of corporate underwriting.

In the six-part series The Politics of Resentment, the Anti-Indian Movement in the US is revealed to be a corporate-sponsored betrayal of American values.

Rising Fascist Stars

As reported in this March 2017 expose by Sandy Robson, the Whatcom Tea Party changed its name to Common Threads Northwest. That marketing move mirrors the November 2017 deceptive campaign mailer sent out by Whatcom Republican candidates claiming to be non-partisan.

In the March story, Robson reveals two new players in Whatcom politics–the husband and wife team of James and Laura McKinney–who assumed key positions in the Anti-Indian, Tea Party network: James as Executive Director of Common Threads Northwest, and Laura as Director of Operations and Communications for the Whatcom Business Alliance–an advocacy organization in support of fossil fuel export at Cherry Point.

James McKinney is known for comparing environmentalists to communists. Laura was elected to the Blaine School Board in November 2017.

This is how the Tea Party became a powerhouse. They run candidates for school board, which makes their name familiar, then run them for state and county offices.
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It’s an apprenticeship program, that trains Christian Right candidates to avoid exposure.
Allied with real estate developers–that spend a lot of advertising money in local media–they essentially get a free ride for their racism.

Anti-Hirst Anti-Indian

Imagine your personal property–inherited from your ancestors–is acknowledged by the highest court in the land as belonging to you and your kin, and hordes of strangers move in and take it. That might tend to be upsetting, especially if you and your ancestors repeatedly–over the course of two centuries–attempted to resolve things amicably.

Water is one of those belongings of the Coast Salish and other indigenous peoples. It sustains all life.

With the theft of water by real estate developers, the life of the native salmon and the life-ways of the indigenous people who depend on them is stolen. As Jamestown S’Klallam tribal chairman Ron Allen remarks,

From our perspective, the conversation here is about how we can implement responsible stewardship over water resources to the benefit of everyone.

 

In an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of tribal sovereignty and cultural resource protection, the Seattle Times editorial board conflates treaty fishing rights of Northwest Indians with undue political influence. Rather than acknowledge the jurisdictional interest pertaining to land and water use affecting salmon reproduction–retained by the tribes in the treaties with the US–the Times board adopts the anti-Indian position promoted by former Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, himself known for his inflammatory, racist remarks.

 

The political muscle behind Anti-Hirst (the water wells decision) is the Washington Association of Realtors, the Building Industry Association of Washington, and the Washington Farm Bureau–which has little to do with small-time farmers, who are routinely used as sympathy mascots by the anti-Indian forces listed above.

 

People with real (or imagined) grievances are recruited by property rights groups—usually organized by the real estate industry–which funnel the fervent into the militias, until you end up with OK City.

 

The Indians and their treaties have always been in the way of the developers, more so than endangered species. The developers and mainstream media they support through advertising have gotten away with cultural genocide, and now they want to extinguish wild salmon.

 

To make sure they get their way, they corrupt both media and politics, organize vigilantes and fund racist terrorism. Anti-Hirst is Anti-Indian.

The LaRouche-Bakker Connection

Lyndon LaRouche began his jail sentence in 1989, serving it at the federal medical center in Rochester, Minnesota. For a time he shared a cell with televangelist Jim Bakker. According to Bakker, LaRouche believed their cell was bugged. In Bakker’s view, “to say LaRouche was a little paranoid would be like saying that the Titanic had a little leak.”

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J20 Trials

Crushing dissent isn’t new to the White House; Bush and Obama both had the FBI arrest innocent protesters and journalists in order to keep democracy down. The difference with Trump is that his Justice Department under U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions–a long-time opponent of civil rights–is out to imprison those it perceives as subversives under conspiracy to riot for merely being in proximity to people who commit vandalism. Like Reagan’s AG Ed Meese, Sessions appears fixated on destroying Constitutional guarantees of free speech and lawful dissent.