Monday, April 27, 2009

Florida killer's motives become clearer

-- by Dave

Following up on the case of Dannie Baker, the Florida man who opened fire on a roomful of Chilean exchange students, killing two of them and wounding three others, after asking a neighbor "if I was ready for the revolution to begin and if I had any immigrants in my house to get them out."

As the earlier report noted, Baker had worked on Republican campaigns for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, but was cut off after he sent some disturbing e-mails that were forwarded to the sheriff's office. What was in them?

Well, I missed this when it was reported a couple of weeks ago (partly because, like all the news about this story, it quickly sinks to the bottom of the news pile), but in any event, an Associated Press report gives us some details about the e-mails:

Last summer, Walton County Republican officials forwarded to the sheriff's office several threatening e-mails Baker sent them, riddled with misspellings and mostly focused on illegal immigrants.

In an Aug. 6 e-mail, Baker wrote: "The Washington D.C. Dictators have already confessed to rigging elections in our States for their recruiting dictators to overthrow us with foreign illegals here, and have allowed them to kill and run for office in the States to extend their influence into our States."

In another e-mail, Baker claimed there is a plot to "give our homeland to foriegn states and their representatives here in America. Lets exacute them and reinstate a legal government that will do something for us."

Walton GOP head Michael Tim Norris said Baker volunteered during George W. Bush's presidential campaigns in 2000 and 2004. "He was a hard little worker. He showed up when you needed him to show up," he said.

Baker "just made people feel uncomfortable" when he returned this fall, however, and officials asked him to stop volunteering, Norris said.

This is, of course, a classic example of how eliminationist rhetoric operates: It creates permission for violent people to act on the underlying desire to expunge.

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