Gadsden flags, and were reported by witnesses as shouting "This is the start of a revolution!" They then retreated to a nearby Wal Mart where they were involved in a short gun battle with police which soon ended in a murder/suicide after Amanda Miller shot Jerad and then herself.
There is a lot about this case that is very disturbing, but what disturbs me the most is how few people in the mainstream media (major cable and network outlets, national news papers) are calling this an act of domestic terrorism. Secondly very few outlets are paying attention to the fact that the Millers were obsessed with conspiracy theories, which likely helped them to rationalize their plans.
According to the FBI "'Domestic terrorism' means activities with the following three characteristics:
- Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
- Appear intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination. or kidnapping; and
- Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S."
Regarding the Millers' belief in conspiracy theories this has been mentioned, but not discussed. Among others the Millers' believed the following conspiracy theories:
- 9/11 was an inside job
- New World Order conspiracies
- Obama socialist agenda conspiracies
This is a story of domestic terrorism fueled by belief in many popular conspiracy theories. Conspiracy theories are not harmless, they are dangerous. Considering that this nation is armed to the hilt, paranoid, and polarized politically those spreading conspiracy theories are throwing gas on the fire. All of those purveyors of government conspiracy theories have blood on their hands.