An “American Dirty Bomber,” Yet Spencer Stays Silent

TIME Magazine has just released the results of a six-month journalistic investigation of the many extreme militias that have emerged in America. Conducted by veteran reporter Barton Gellman, it chronicles chilling stories of American militias that are armed to the teeth and ready for war. Check out this excerpt:

Camouflaged and silent, the assault team inched toward a walled stone compound for more than five hours, belly-crawling the last 200 yards. The target was an old state prison in eastern Ohio, and every handpicked member of Red Team 2 knew what was at stake: The year is 2014, and a new breed of neo-Islamic terrorism is rampant in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio … The current White House Administration is pro-Muslim and has ordered a stand-down against Islamic groups. The mission: Destroy the terrorist command post — or die trying. The fighters must go in “sterile” — without name tags or other identifying insignia — as a deniable covert force. “Anyone who is caught or captured cannot expect extraction,” the briefing officer said.

At nightfall the raiders launched their attack. Short, sharp bursts from their M-16s cut down the perimeter guards. Once past the rear gate, the raiders fanned out and emptied clip after clip in a barrage of diversionary fire. As defenders rushed to repel the small team, the main assault force struck from the opposite flank. Red Team 1 burst through a chain-link fence, enveloping the defense in lethal cross fire. The shooting was over in minutes. Thick grenade smoke bloomed over the command post. The defenders were routed, headquarters ablaze.

This was a training exercise conducted by the “Ohio Defense Force,” a private militia that claims 300 members. Notice how they talk about “neo-Islamic terrorism” and that the Administration is “pro-Muslim,” thus necessitating their attack. And according to the article:

As militias go, the Ohio Defense Force is on the moderate side. Scores of armed antigovernment groups, some of them far more radical, have formed or been revived during the Obama years, according to law-enforcement agencies and outside watchdogs. A six-month TIME investigation reveals that recruiting, planning, trainin and explicit calls for a shooting war are on the rise.

But wait, there’s more:

Some groups, though not many overtly, embrace the white-supremacist legacy of the Posse Comitatus, which invented the modern militia movement in the 1970s. Some are fueled by a violent stream of millennial Christianity. Some believe Washington is a secondary foe, the agent of a dystopian new world order.

A small but growing number of these extremist groups, according to the FBI, ATF and state investigators, are subjects of active criminal investigations. They include militias and other promoters of armed confrontation with government, among them “common-law jurors,” who try to make their own arrests and convene their own trials, and “sovereign citizens,” who respond with lethal force to routine encounters with the law. In April, for example, Navy veteran Walter Fitzpatrick, acting on behalf of a group called American Grand Jury, barged into a Tennessee courthouse and tried to arrest the real grand-jury foreman on the grounds that he refused to indict Obama for treason. In May, Georgia militia member Darren Huff was arrested by Tennessee state troopers after telling them that he and other armed men intended to “take over the Monroe County courthouse,” free Fitzpatrick and “conduct arrests” of other officials, according to Huff’s indictment and his own account in an interview posted online. Investigators are keeping a wary eye on a related trend, which has yet to progress beyond words, in which law officers and military service members vow to refuse or resist orders they deem unconstitutional. About a dozen county sheriffs and several candidates for sheriff in the midterm elections have threatened to arrest federal agents in their jurisdictions.

One of these “Patriots,” as many of them call themselves, was even a “Dirty Bomber,” like Jose Padilla. His name was James Cummings, and after he was shot to death by his wife, chilling details emerged about his deeds and intentions:

Amber Cummings, then 31, shot her husband James, 29, to death, dropped the Colt .45 revolver and walked to a neighbor’s to dial 911. Evidence of her torment at the dead man’s hands during years of domestic abuse would later persuade a judge to spare her a prison sentence.

On the day of the shooting, Dec. 9, 2008, the story she told and an initial search of the house brought an FBI forensic team running. James Cummings appeared to have accumulated explosive ingredients and radioactive samples. He had filled out an application to join the National Socialist Movement and declared an ambition to kill the President-elect.


A much more sobering picture emerged from the dead man’s handwritten notes and printed records, some of which were recently made available to TIME. Fresh interviews with principals in the case, together with the documents, depict a viciously angry and resourceful man who had procured most of the supplies for a crude radiological dispersal device and made some progress in sketching a workable design. In this he was far ahead of Jose Padilla, the accused al-Qaeda dirty-bomb plotter, and more advanced in his efforts than any previously known domestic threat involving a dirty bomb. Cummings spent many months winning the confidence of online suppliers, using a variety of cover stories, PayPal accounts and shipping addresses. He had a $2 million real estate inheritance and spent it freely on his plot.


Maine state police detective Michael McFadden, who participated in the investigation throughout, says he came to believe that James Cummings posed “a legitimate threat” of a major terrorist attack. “When you’re cooking thorium and uranium under your kitchen sink, when you have a couple million dollars sitting in the bank and you’re hell-bent on doing something, I think at that point you become someone we want to sit up and pay attention to,” he says. “If she didn’t do what she did, maybe we would know Mr. Cummings a lot better than we do right now.”

James Cummings

The article is a must read. It is a frightening look into the world of America’s other homegrown terrorists, who are just as – if not much, much more – dangerous than the Faisal Shahzads and Nidal Malik Hassans.

Yet, there is one person who, apparently, does not pay attention to such things: why, the “Scholar” Robert Spencer. A look at his website revealed no such mention of the TIME investigation, even though it made national news. I mean, he is so quick to jump on any news of potential terrorist plots, or criminal acts committed by Muslims all across the world. In fact, he even reports on terrorist plots by Muslims and then fails to mention that the perpetrators had no religious motivation.

But, this time, there is not one peep from Spencer about these militia groups, not even about America’s own “Dirty Bomber,” who was

far ahead of Jose Padilla, the accused al-Qaeda dirty-bomb plotter, and more advanced in his efforts than any previously known domestic threat involving a dirty bomb.

Why would this be? Why the silence, Mr. Spencer? (Psst: they’re not Muslims!)

31 thoughts on “An “American Dirty Bomber,” Yet Spencer Stays Silent

  1. It doesn’t make sense for Robert Spencer to post this as it is irrelevant to his web site just as are any posts about Paris Hilton. Spencer is focusing on the violent Islamic jihad movement. It is called Jihad Watch, after all.

    • Why does Spencer expect this of other people then? He always says something like “Muslims in Pakistan want Jihad…” then he says “Why doesn’t Honest Ibe Hooper or Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf go sort them out and holds them responsible for the actions of 1.5 billion Muslims as if that’s their official job.

      Jihadbob also insisted that Loonwatch mentions the attacks on Ahmadiyya mosques in Lahore.

      This article is to make a point. Of course we all know that Spencer would not put this news on his website.

    • Anhi probably thinks he is a secret Muslim, despite all the evidence proving the contrary.

      What he is for sure is a right wing nutter with bizarre fanasies: the same type of people that congregate on Jihadwatch.

    • Don’t tell me you’re back. What happened to the nonsense you were spewing in the other thread? You know, scoffing at the possibility that Muslims actually condemn terrorism, or the fact that Muslims are not the majority of terrorists. Oh, and how about your dishonesty in quoting the Qur’an. Couldn’t back it up is my best bet. Like I said, keep your bullshit over at JW where people actually care for it.

  2. “He was probably another Baptist suicide bomber.” Someone’s been reading jihadwatch. Spencer makes this joke every time a suspected terrorist is arrested — it’s getting boring.

    But here it doesn’t make sense. This guy was actually Christian and a Nationalist. He loved America and was ready to kill for it.

  3. If you can find as many terrorist attacks or threats of attacks of mass killings by Christians or whoever combined than you do of Muslims, then you have a case. For now, you don’t.

    • That isn’t the point of the article genius. And that does nothing to disprove the very real threat posed by people like him…all it does is prove that you buy into stereotypes to justify your unfounded fears.

      Now if you’ll stop being such a jerk, keep your ad hominem over at JW. kthnxbai

      • The death toll of the World Wars is higher than all battles that have ever happened on the Earth. The World Wars were not initiated by Muslims who wanted global jihad but the World Wars happened right in the middle of supposedly “enlightened” Europe. It is not in some remote Islamic Land but right here, civilised people who believed themselves to be superior to everyone else, who had adopted secular democracies allowed the World Wars to happen.

        Today these countries miserably hide the truth but anyone who reads history knows that Hitler was popularly elected in a democracy.

        In comparison with the World Wars and the Holocaust, nothing Muslims have done comes even close.

        • That’s only if you assume that everything a Muslim does, is because of Islam, even though in most cases, Islam is never really cited as a motive.

      • The military is not a “Christian” entity, despite your desperate attempts to portray this as the Crusades version 2.0.

        The only ones killing in the name of their religion today, on the whole, are Muslims. It’ll be hard for you to whitewash over that fact.

    • Actually it’s better transliterated as “Allahu-Akbar’ and Muslims say the phrase for many reasons–examples include during prayer, when they’re happy, distressed, etc.

      Also, I suggest looking up what terrorists actually say before jumping to conclusions about things you obviously know very little about.

    • Uh huh, you were there every time a Muslim blew his/herself up….right. Way to buy into every stereotype that every idiot and there dog does. And it’s Allahu Akbar dickwad. Reminds me of Pamela Geller’s Aloo Akbaar nonsense, lmfao.

        • At least you admit Muslims blow themselves up. That’s a start. Also, there are many eyewitness accounts from survivors of terrorist attacks like the London bombings that verify the above as well as 9/11 taped recordings of United 93.

          • That still doesn’t mean that 90% of murders commited by Muslims is because of Islam. It’s still a shallow number that you presented in order to cover up your gross ignorance.

            At least be honest about your bigotry. Don’t just go and throw around figures like you know wtf you’re talking about; especially when it’s quite obvious (even to you) that you don’t.

          • The phrase is not indicative of any religious motivation for the act itself, so the mentioning of it is a moot point.

  4. They may not be committing the murders in the name of Islam in your eyes but they are certainly doing it in their eyes. It doesn’t really matter whether Islam demands it or not. That’s irrelevant.

    • Certainly eh? So you can certainly read their minds I’m guessing.

      It doesn’t really matter whether Islam demands it or not. That’s irrelevant.

      Then wtf are you trying to prove here anyway? Why do you even give a shit what Muslims do, if you know that Islam doesn’t demand it? Bigotted much?

    • You have yet to demonstrate that most of them are doing it in the name of Islam, even in their eyes. You need more than the phrase “Allahu Akbar” to prove a “religious motivation”.

  5. @Marty
    I think it’s irrelevant whether or not terrorists say “Aloo Akbar” before blowing up.

    What is relevant is preventing such acts–and demonizing Muslims certainly won’t help.

    • The only to prevent such acts has to come from Muslims themselves but I can’t see any of them taking to the streets to protest against ISlamic extremists. They are more concerned with protesting against Israel. The ironic thing is that many of these extremists claim they are doing such acts to protest against the deaths of their own people at the hands of the allied forces. However, they remain deathly silent about suicide bombers who kill dozens of their own people.

      • This assertion that Muslims don’t condemn terrorism is completely false.

        Ever hear of Al-Azhar?
        Thought so.

        How about you Google “Muslims condemning terrorism”.

        Every Muslim nation, even countries as remote as Kazakhstan has condemned terrorism

        If you were familiar with a language associated with Muslims, such as Arabic or Turkish, you would find that Muslim leaders condemn terrorism quite frequently (unfortunately they have to).

      • *Sigh*. Why do you idiots believe every single stereotype vomitted at you by Spencer? Do you realize how riduculously ignorant you sound?

        Since comments with links are filtered, I’ll give these links in a slightly different format. I doubt you do any objective research for yourself, and rely solely on Robert Spencer to confirm what your bigotted mind is already inclined to believe. Good luck with that.




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