Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

October 15, 2011

Neo Nazis and militia show up armed at Occupy Phoenix

J.T. Ready stands armed at the Occupy Phoenix protest. Ready said
he was there with the U.S. Border Guard.
(Sara Steffan/Downtown Devil online media)
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

PHOENIX -- Heavily-armed white supremacists of the US Border Guard, who stalk migrants on the Arizona border with AK-47s, showed up at the Occupy Phoenix movement on Saturday, according to the Phoenix Class War Council.

The Phoenix Class War Council said, "Today at the first mass general assembly of the Occupy Phoenix Movement, neo-Nazi members of the National Socialist Movement (NSM) showed up, armed and in their 'Arizona Border Guard' militia fatigues, to counter protest. Sporting assault rifles, they posed flanked by dozens of cops. Recognizing key NSM organizers in their midst, several people confronted them and set about informing the generally ignorant crowd that before them stood actual fascists, armed to the teeth."

Several of the heavily-armed "Border Guards," were at the camp late Saturday night at Hance Park, and were no comfort to Native Americans and others in the movement.

The online Downtown Devil reported at 10 pm, "At least three members of the Arizona Border Guard are still present with sidearms and one has donned a gas mask and a ballistic helmet."

The US Border Guard made a statement about being there. "The U.S. Border Guard deployed an urban combat trained security squad to the Occupy Phoenix rally today as armed peace keepers and legal observers. Border Rangers who patrol the border took a non-political stance to defend peaceful assembly and free speech of all citizens by exercising our right to keep and bear arms. Phoenix Police units were on scene also keeping the peace. Our founding fathers and founding mothers knew full well that the 2nd Amendment is what protects all our other amendments from tyranny. The U.S.B.G. protected the rights of all parties involved."
The Phoenix Class War Council said the reaction to the armed white supremacists, was predictable at the gathering.

The Phoenix Class War Council said, "This attitude towards the NSM scum played out, quite predictably, along racial lines, with whites being the only ones to express attitudes of tolerance towards them. This points to the continuing importance of addressing racism and the continual appeal and relevance of racial privileges within the movement. Indeed, we can expand this argument to the whole attitude of the bulk of the white movement towards the police. Experiencing policing in quite different ways than people of color in general, white middle class liberals mistake their own experience for that of others, and routinely attack anyone who questions the alleged 99 percent status of the police, or points out their quite obvious tendencies towards violent action, as violent themselves. To question the violence of the police is to be violent, according to this backwards analysis.

"The presence of an armed fascist street-level opposition to our movement, in the form of the National Socialist Movement and it's 'Arizona Border Guard' front group, is one major reason to reject dogmatic pacifism and poorly thought-out nonviolence. Instead, what we heard from protesters speaking during the general assembly were declarations of the most naive nonviolence imaginable. Arizona is a right wing state and the forces of reaction are huge and easily overwhelming if they want to be," the Phoenix Class War Council said.

"Occupy Phoenix organizers should not kid themselves about their numbers or power. This movement clearly has capability to attract large numbers, as evidenced by the several thousand that showed up today for the general assembly and will march later to set up camp at Margaret T. Hance park. But we need to be honest about our political circumstances and the forces of reaction arrayed against us. Today is a reminder for those who are paying attention," the Phoenix Class War Council said.
Read more from the Phoenix Class War Council, at Fires Never Extinguished Blog of anarchists:

Militia member says they are not all NSM
One member of the militia at Occupy Phoenix told
Censored News that he is militia, but not a member
of the National Socialist Movement.
One member of the militia who came armed to Occupy Phoenix, photographed here, told Censored News that he is militia, but not a member of the National Socialist Movement (NSM.)

Greg Burleson asked to be referred to as "Wagonburner." He said the group of men in the photo are not NSM.

Buleson said, "I am militia, but I am NOT a Neo-Nazi or ever have been, I hate the NSM. There are a lot of people who go out and patrol with the US Border Guard that are not NSM or Neo-Nazi's, just a bunch of fed up Americans."

Burleson said, "There was a guy in a red t-shirt who had a pistol and shot gun out there also. I will only speak for myself, so, I am militia, I am also a 14th generation American Patriot. I carry open at all times for a couple of reasons, A) it is my right to do so under the second amendment. As one of our forefathers said, if you don't exercise your rights you will lose them. B) As I was out at the rally in support of the protesters and as a defender of our rights, I was insuring that our first amendment rights were protected. I will not tolerate any shenanigans like those going on in New York. You see our rights are all intertwined and they were meant to be, the first amendment assures representation, the second amendment assures that the first will not be plowed under."

Burleson said, "While you and I may not agree on some things, Political Ideology, religious views, what ever, I don't know what your views are, but I will defend your right to have your opinion as long as it is not detrimental to the Nation as a whole. For instance, National Socialism is detrimental to the Nation as a whole." He quoted Voltaire and Plato:
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
It is a just person who disobeys an unjust law.

Timeline on Saturday night, from Downtown Devil:
Phoenix Saturday, Oct. 15-16:
Phoenix Police arrested about 40 Occupy Phoenix demonstrators in Margaret T. Hance Park late Saturday night after negotiations to allow an overnight occupation between protest organizers and city officals failed. (Mauro Whiteman/DD)
12:58 a.m. — All Occupy Phoenix protesters remaining in Hance Park have been taken into custody by the Phoenix Police Department. In total, about 40 protesters may have been arrested.
At least one officer has used pepper spray on a protester.
12:16 a.m. — Police tore down a tent set out by protesters. No one appears to have been inside.
10:09 p.m. — Between 150 and 200 protesters remain in Hance Park. No arrests have been made but decisions are still pending. At least three members of the Arizona Border Guard are still present with sidearms and one has donned a gas mask and a ballistic helmet.Read more from 'Downtown Devil' online:
More on JT Ready and the US Border Guard on the US/Mexico border:


NegroFogey said...

Why don't National Socialist have a right to be out there?

SieMyst said...

If I was a woman I could picture myself crying from birth to death and filling up the ocean If I was a man I could picture myself fighting to fix all of this you listed above as you are. If I was god I would be setting on the furthest moon wondering when you would all see that I have let you do things your way. And hope one day you would all quit looking the other way so I can come take what good people that are left to eternity… far far away! So this will happen : There is going to be a huge earth quake soon a ten everywhere and it is your fault for not listening to me!Rich Sievert
Both of these Republicans and  Democrats should be stoned
Both of these parties are responsible equally for not defending the constitution they where sworn to defend I say stone them all for placing shame over our whole nation making our country into the most evilest places on earth setting their allegiance to "Themselves" and the criminal governance they have made over us the people which is a Levi of darkness! ' America is not the home of the brave or the land of the free they have breached our peoples trust had them robbed them with  themselves and of everything good and betrayed the principles of the foundation that the writers of the constitution had made for them to obey! I say place them all in the circle where 911 was orchestrated and stone them all...

People what I have said here is not based on any fact but “Faith” What I have seen with my eye's What I have heard with my ears and what I have tasted with my mouth As the things I have heard them say is Vomit and everything the writers of our constitution was against JFK said it best The one that stands against injustice to the point that he or she gives their life to stand against unjust people are the true authors of all law
They must find a no-body like myself that wants nothing more than a future for his child! And that has Insight and knowledge -backed by self determination and wisdom who can be given--->
'Absolute Power' to whom can fire any or all people who so much as whisper a bad word about them to anyone! To hand whit slips to these said officials with no pension either for being evil by nature and thinking of themselves over the people that place them into office! One that can use the resource given to them by the powers that be even above the president to replace said government people with people who place value in and over all life, for liberty, and above all will work for the people! Not the globalists , and the "lobbyist" either but the ' PEOPLE' who they where sworn to protect! One that can UN-do laws that oppress people in which know what the writers of the constitution had made 'THE ORIGINAL PAPER' but that which has been amended like for instance the war on drugs ---SLASHED and DE - Activated Like if it has been seen that this law or said laws many accumulated ones that where created from it! 'THAT' Imprison the people to be removed and anyone that objected to this new created 'OFFICIAL' Say it is me to be handed white slips also! Even if that person is a sheriff of any state! Although he is not capable of flying into space, his powers and form begin when law thinks they have the right to oppress the people 'HE OR SHE' will have the right to go in any building, in this country and hand each one a white slip! If the people within them are clearly defined as bad! When in the presence of toxic waste and pollution to the point that they can no longer be seen as JUSTUS I would go their and remove them all! And not even the federal government should be above this person whoever it may be decided!

Anonymous said...

They do, however, so does Occupy Phoenix. Here, in Denver we were attacked for one reason which was that we were "impeding the public right-of-way" but once an occupier here donned goggles and a respirator (a wise move given the Police force's hard-on for chemical warfare against peaceful protesters), the reason became that "dangerous anarchists" were present at the occupation.

While I will agree that the militia, NSM, and everyone has the right to bear arms and peaceably assemble and the whole 9 yards, these rights have not equitably been upheld.

When donning protective gear in the face of impending police violence is considered a threat, and camping is considered a threat, how is it that carrying assault rifles, is seen as okay?

Peace, has been shown in this American Autumn to be a greater threat than armed racist scum waltzing around with highly lethal assault weapons.

Something tells me that if Occupy Phoenix had any weapons, real or imagined, skulls would be cracked without hesitation on behalf of the police state.

Mycos said...

I tip my hat out of deep respect for the Occupiers willing to stand up to the Arizona establishment and the extremists who make up a high percentage of the state and local police there. Next to the New Orleans PD before the worst of NOLA PD went to jail after a spate of murders done by cops who thought the lack of orders, or any established command/coordination immediately after Katrina hit would be good for blaming anyone they shot as being a looter who was about to shoot back at cops. The Chief went along with, protecting killer cops until the Feds git involved and sent the lot of them to jail for numerous murders, falsely reporting them and conspiracy to hide them.
My point being that many Az. PDs are just as bad as NOLA PDs were. And the reason is that the authoritarian personality attracted to PDs, work in prisons, hired security are also very violent, fearful, hostile toward non-traditional races(read as "non-white" in US), sexual orientations, and liberal attitudes they conflate with evil, homsexuals, drug addicts, welfare cheats, "Commies" and terrorists who "hate America!". The problem with that attitude however is the research into violence by sociopolitical attitudes shows conservatives to have highly authoritarian personality traits associated with violence against subordinate individial, psycho-sexual deviance and rape justification. Inmates of high-security prisons score similarly to police officers, soldiers on measures of authoritarianism and tendencies for dominance-oriented criminality...the highest rates recorded among social subgroups of US population.
"Neither conceptually nor empirically does there appear to be any grounds for distinguishing authoritarianism and conservative personality - except that the former may be regarded as a somewhat more particular case of the latter" (Wilson, G. (1973). The Psychology of Conservatism. New York Academic Press)

"It appears that conservatism has pathological dimensions manifested in violence and distorted psycho-sexual development" (Boshier, 1983, p. 159). This is supported by a study conducted by Walker, Rowe, and Quincey (1993) in which there was a direct correlation between authoritarianism and sexual aggression. An investigation done by Muehlenhard (1988) revealed that rape justification and aggression toward subordinate individuals was much higher in the traditional conservative personality than others."
"Persons who had a dogmatic belief in religions tended to be more frequently and more intensely emotionally disturbed than those who followed less dogmatic religion (Ellis, 1986). Authoritarianism is significantly related to ethnic and racial prejudice, hostility and punitiveness (Wylie & Forest, 1992)."

"Conservatism is not the doctrine of the intellectual elite or of the more intelligent segments of the population, but the reverse. By every measure available to us, conservative beliefs are found most frequently among the uninformed, the poorly educated, and the less intelligent." (McClosky, H. Conservatism and Personality. American Political Science Review, 52, 27-45.).