Holy terrorism, Batman!
But this was not enough for the more whackier of the right wingers.
Charlie Sykes, with his White Wisconsin radio show, was not satisfied with just calling the protesters terrorists or eco-terrorists. Oh, no, he had to take it to a slightly higher level by saying that the protesters dressed like al Qaeda terrorists. Sykes kept repeating and stressing the phrase "al Qaeda terrorists."
This was not a coincidence. Sykes kept reinforcing the false comparison of a protester yelling at the mining company lackeys to a organized, murderous terrorist group to drive the people to fear and to anger. That way, when the people were all riled up, it would make it easier for them to justify any acts of violence from the mining company or their Pinkertons.
In a small piece of poetic justice, Scott Walker blew up all the hard work of fear, smear and propaganda the right was doing when he came out with this:
“The irony is,” Walker says, “the angst seems to be focused at the company and not at the people who came in masked like ninjas on personal property violating the law by trespassing in a place they have no right of being and physically accosting people.”So now the protesters are not merely eco-terrorists, nor are they more fearsome al Qaeda eco-terrorists, but they are the dreaded al Qaeda ninja eco-terrorists. All we need is MacIver or Media Trackers to claim that they are also from outer space.
The paper was quick to point out that while the land was private, it also was subject to public access as the mining company benefited from lower taxes.
At the end of the article, they again cite Walker as he further buried his own cause:
In a statement Friday afternoon, the governor says these extremists — who are disrupting work and causing harm to law-abiding employees — should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Walker says he spoke with the Iron County Sheriff to offer any assistance that may be needed. He adds, the laws of Wisconsin will be upheld.It's really odd, in a sarcastic way, that Walker would mention that the laws of Wisconsin will be upheld.
Because no where did Walker mention that the Penokee Pinkertons, up her all the way from Arizona, were illegally traipsing around the woods terrorizing people.
If Walker was really serious about want to enforce the law, he should start following the law himself.
But that's as likely as there being al Qaeda ninja terrorists from outer space.