The Massachusetts man charged this week with stockpiling weapons after saying he feared an imminent "Armageddon" appears to have been active in the Tea Party movement, and saw Sarah Palin, who he said is on a "righteous 'Mission from God,'" as the only figure capable of averting the destruction of society.You really have to wonder how many of these potentially violent and paranoid people are out there. One side effect of the Tea Party movement seems to have been giving people like Gregory Girard validation and moral support for their deranged world view.
As we reported yesterday, Gregory Girard, a Manchester technology consultant, was found with a stash of military grade weapons, explosive devices including tear gas and pepper ball canisters, camouflage clothing, knives, handcuffs, bulletproof vests and helmets, and night vision goggles, say police. They believe Girard, who pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, was "preparing for domestic and political turmoil," and feared martial law would soon be imposed.
Like many Tea Partiers, Girard appears to have been a conspiracy theorist. Here's a quote from Girard on a Tea Party allied website:
I have studied the "National Security Force," which is Obama's name for the secret police force he is creating. I have read the new law that gives them the right to operate as an extension of the DoD, carrying firearms, and executing search warrants, executing arrest warrants, and the like. Needless to say, it's a secret police force of some kind, and it appears likely to be created from inner city youths.This conspiracy theory is straight out of the racist and violent Turner Diaries.
The Richmond Times Dispatch has an Op-Ed today that lauds the Tea Partiers. I wonder if they are talking about the same racist and potentially violent movement.
TPMMuckraker has more details about Gregory Girard.