Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Right-wing terrorist sentenced to death in Arizona

Forde's victims: Junior and Brisenia Flores

It was a rare sight yesterday in an Arizona court room: a right-wing terrorist was brought to justice for her crimes, including the vicious execution-style murder of a nine-year old girl. Rare because right-wing terrorists are rarely brought to trial in this country: they typically prefer to kill themselves or go down in a hail of gunfire.
Shawna Forde, whom a jury convicted last week of murdering nine-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father, Raul Flores, was sentenced to death by an Arizona jury on Tuesday. The unanimous jury ruling is binding.

The court found that Forde led a group of anti-immigrant vigilantes in a March 2009 raid on the Flores home, where they posed as immigration agents and pushed their way through the door.

She and her accomplices, Albert Robert Gaxiola and Jason Eugene Bush, allegedly shot Raul Flores before turning their guns on Brisenia, who begged not to be shot. Gina Gonzalez, Brisenia's mother, played dead and survived the attack.

The case was not designated as a hate crime, despite Forde's long history with anti-immigrant organizations. She once maintained a Tea Party blog, was a member of Minuteman Civil Defense Corps and has presented herself as a representative of Federation for American Immigration Reform. (All three have since distanced themselves from her.) After being cast out from the Minuteman group due to erratic behavior, she formed her own vigilante group, called Minutemen American Defense, which also patrolled the United States-Mexico border trying to detect illegal immigration.
Read the complete story here.

Of course all the right-wing organizations Forde was affiliated with--and often served in a leadership role--have since distanced themselves from her. Of course they have. What was it that the tape always said on Mission Impossible?
"As always, should you or any of your I.M. Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions."


James Young said...

This is a despicable crime, which you compound with a politically-ambulance chasing post.

I'd look forward to your guilt-by-association postings about various left-wing violence, but you probably lack the guts to approve this comment.

The Richmonder said...

Guilt by association?

James, she not only was in these right wing organizations, she was a leader within them.

So now they deny her, fine. Did they ever report her to the authorities saying, "hey, we're a little concerned that this lady might go too far, can you please watch her?" Oh no, of course not.

You've always got an excuse James, always.

James Young said...

Color me surprised: you posted it.

You asked whether they "ever report[ed] her to the authorities saying, 'hey, we're a little concerned that this lady might go too far, can you please watch her?'" yet you offer no evidence that they had any reason to believe that she would go so far.

And yes: that's guilt-by-association. Particularly that ridiculous analogy to "Mission: Impossible," implying that these groups put her up to murder. You know, except for the fact that she was no longer associated with such groups at the time of her crimes.

The Richmonder said...

Considering how often right wingers are caught in blatant lies, why should anyone believe anything you people say anymore?

Face it James, there's a pattern here. Right wing organization using violent rhetoric, then one or more of their members go on a shooting spree, and then deny, deny, deny . . .

It's happened before and it will happen again. A Republican Deputy Attorney General just got nailed for tweeting about wanting to use live ammunition against the Wisconsin protesters. Nothing to see here, move along.

But I'll hand it to you James, thanks to Fox, the right wing does manage to fool most of the people most of the time.