Racist planned to attack St. Paul's Mexican consulate, spur immigration debate, FBI says

Categories: Racism
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Jaime Hokanson, Indymedia
Thomas planned to drive an inferno-on-wheels into St. Paul's Mexican consulate.
Joseph Thomas, a 42-year-old Mendota Heights resident, had a sick notion of how he could get America talking about immigration issues.

According to a federal affidavit obtained yesterday by the Associated Press, Thomas told an undercover agent he wanted to steal a pickup truck, fill it with oil and gas, drive it into St. Paul's Mexican consulate, then set the inferno-on-wheels ablaze with a road flare. His hope was that the dramatic attack would get the country talking about immigration and amnesty issues ahead of November's presidential election.

Last month, Thomas and Sam Johnson, a 31-year-old Austin resident, were indicted on drugs and gun charges, respectively, and the FBI revealed that the two stockpiled weapons and ammunition while making plans to attack the government and minorities.

Thomas and Johnson have been under scrutiny for years as a result of their connection to white supremacist groups. Johnson used to be a member and the Minnesota leader of the National Socialist Movement, and started a group called the Aryan Liberation Movement. The FBI says he tried to round up and train others at bases in Illinois and Minnesota to commit acts of violence against the government and minorities. A good backgrounder on both of the men can be found in this post from Minnesota politics blog Bluestem Prairie.
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Johnson, above, and Thomas were trying to start a militant white supremacist group.

According to the federal affidavit obtained yesterday by the AP, Thomas told an undercover agent he considers himself a "domestic terrorist" rather than an American. He said he would risk his life for the white supremacist movement in the event of a "race war," adding that he expected such a war to break out within two years. He believed the group he and Johnson were trying to form would be able to prevent the military from coming into Minnesota by controlling an interstate highway and airports.

In addition to the plot against the Mexican consulate, Thomas also collected the license plate numbers of people with Barack Obama bumper stickers and asked a fellow racist to volunteer at a left-leaning bookstore to obtain customers' addresses, the FBI says.

FBI agents observed Thomas conducting surveillance on the consulate building in December, and the affidavit alleges he was tentatively planning his truck-inferno attack for May 1.

According to a Star Tribune report, at the time the initial affidavit was unsealed last month, FBI spokesman Kyle Loven said "the investigation was based on the fact that the FBI considered them to be legitimate threats and that they wanted to follow through with their plans."

Neither man has been charged with terrorism-related crimes. Instead, Thomas is charged with possession of and intent to distribute at least 50 grams of meth and with actually distributing five grams. He faces the possibility of life in prison just for the drug charges.

Johnson, meanwhile, has a history of firearm- and robbery-related crimes. He now faces new charges of possession of weapons, including a shotgun and a semi-automatic rifle, and more than a thousand rounds of ammo. He also could receive a life sentence.


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damebochiew
damebochiew

This is so sad. Can't believe these people call themselves human being. Wonder if they even have a brain because I cannot believe someone will actually thing about doing something like that. They are worst than dutch elm disease in Minnesota

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drvicki
drvicki

When oh when will these diluted losers learn the whole "starting a race war" A. Doesn't ever work and B. When you're life goals are inspired by Charles Manson it's likely you won't be very successful.

These guys are six degrees from deliverance

Jimchi
Jimchi

The portly Nazi looks like he could use a few meth binges to shed some pounds.

Lolololol
Lolololol

STAY CLASSY AUSTIN MINNESOTA LOL.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

This is no different from what our own government does to persuade popular opinion, be it to go to war, to stop citizens getting what they deserve, or to cover up large corruption involving corporations and financial institutions....

Al_Franken_Says
Al_Franken_Says

Aaron, great story I had no idea how racist the socialist movement was. 

Raphi Rechitsky
Raphi Rechitsky

if you're a neo-nazi seeking to blow up the Mexican consulate,no terrorism charges for you. you'll just get (reduced) drug charges (b/c you're white) and be out on parole in a few years. those terrorism statutes are marked for anti-war activists. thanks for protecting us, FBI and District Attorney!

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

...does this mean that Decievious Leroy Johnston Jr. won't be posting on the message boards anymore?

Rich Barber
Rich Barber

Me thinks these guys are strung out on SPAM!

william davis
william davis

These guys look like they keep their "pure Aryan blood line" clean by "keeping it in the family"

Sally Jo Sorensen
Sally Jo Sorensen

City Pages has failed to credit the place of publication for the Thomas photo.  It was published by Jamie Hokanson at Twin Cities Indymedia in 2009, one of two photos published after the author IDed Thomas at xenophobic rallies in Austin, MN and the State Capitol in St. Paul.

Here's the source:

http://twincities.indymedia.or...

Stay classy, Rupar.

Sally Jo Sorensen
Sally Jo Sorensen

Please credit the Thomas photo to Jaime Hokanson at Indymedia.

Jaime Hokanson, Anti-Racists Steal the Show at White Supremacist "Tea Party Against Amnesty", Twin Cities Indymedia.

http://twincities.indymedia.or...

 Completely classless ripoff of independent local writer who posted the shot in 2009, after witnessing Thomas in action at xenophobic rallies in Austin and the State Capitol in St. Paul.

Misslgx
Misslgx

Lol i would say hes the antichrist but isnt the antichrist suppose to be gay and come out of europe and suppose to be in power trying to remember the book of revelation

Bubba from Austin
Bubba from Austin

What is hilarious is how deluded these people are to think such things. Minnesota has hardly any population, everyone is spread out, people barely interact with each on a daily basis, and yet of all places in the nation, they think a societal war is going to happen? Really? Just sit down at a McDonalds and watch the fatsos pull up for some grub. The only war is with big macs.

green23
green23

 I suppose that you are referring to the word "socialist" in the National Socialist Movement (aka Nazi). I would further assume that you think that North Korea, known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is also democratic and a republic. Because the names that groups choose are always entirely accurate, right?

From the article: "Thomas also collected the license plate numbers of people with Barack Obama bumper stickers and asked a fellow racist to volunteer at a left-leaning bookstore to obtain customers' addresses, the FBI says."

Why would a "socialist" want to gather the licence plates of people with Obama bumper stickers, or the addresses of people who shop at a left-leaning bookstore?

I really doubt that it was to send them Christmas cards.

Still, you had better check with the people that tell you how to think. Let us know how that works out. Or not.

2soon
2soon

The NSM(National Socialist Movement) is a neo-nazi organization, not a socialist organization.  The individual in this article went on to claim his readiness to target leftist individuals. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N... 

S. Abdul Otherwise Himself
S. Abdul Otherwise Himself

I'm pretty sure that was a send-up of every 'that dark-skinned criminal will be back on the street in TEN MINUTES thanks to liberals--wait, he just walked past me!' post that litters this most prestigious board.

mn business
mn business

I'm sure it's because they're white and not because the Federal Government likely has a more secure case against them on the gun and drug charges... Not that I know the details of this story, but I'd rather see them in jail for life for whatever charge than see them tried for something they might not be convicted on. 

Calm Yourself
Calm Yourself

In case you didn't read the whole article, they could both face life sentences. The nature of the justice system is always straightforward. My guess is that it would be more difficult to find them guilty on terrorist charges, so they instead are trying to get them on drug charges, which they have hard evidence for. It's not that they don't think they're terrorists, but that they want to lock them up and they have a better chance of doing that with drug charges and weapons charges. Not everything is a government conspiracy.

h.s
h.s

Oh man that's gotta be him! 

Al_Franken_Says
Al_Franken_Says

Why Socialism Breeds RacismBy Ben Shapiro (Archive) · Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Aaron
Aaron

First, they *could* face life in prison. I highly doubt they will get that much time, but we'll see. Second, it's about more than just what potential sentences the charges might bring, especially to the government. The FBI has gone after numerous anti-war and animal rights protestors, and people who just happened to be Muslim, Arab, or South Asian, with dubious entrapment schemes and trumped up terrorism charges. They get charged with terrorism largely so the government can label their movements or cultures as "dangerous". Yet these white supremacists who openly incite for racial civil war, forced removal everyone who is not white, christian, and heterosexual, and genocide aren't dangerous? In the past few months, these two NSM members have been arrested, 9 white supremacists in Florida have been, and another NSM white supremacist in Arizona carried successfully carried out a terroristic mass murder in Arizona (and already was widely suspected of summary executions of Mexicans he has kidnapped in the desert). Yet none of these folks get charged with terrorism? And the Orlando Fox affiliate station called the NSM a civil rights group! If the government really cared about terrorism instead of harassing groups it considers an ideological threat, they would be busting down the door of every known NSM member for participating in a known terrorist organization.

green23
green23

 Agreed. There's a whole sleazy crew ready to make their move. And when it happens, the wingnuts will just wring their hands and blame the Left for "provoking" it.

Has anyone else noticed the glaring absence of our wingnuts-in-residence? Mn Voter is always 'deeply concerned' about racism, when he isn't plotting his avowed armed insurrection against Sharia Law, yet he has no words of condemnation for these two. And Kirk, the black evangelical geezer, also has no words of condemnation for those who wish to start a race war. Yet both are prominent commenters on racial issues here.

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