Big Brother Is Watching

In August of 2007 Johnny Logan Spencer Jr. posted a poem – well, it was semi-lyrical prose – entitled The Sniper on the neo-Nazi website, New Saxon. Last week federal law enforcement arrested the 27 year-old Kentuckian over the subject matter of that poem.

Johnny Logan Spencer Jr. aka pain1488

After 28 months of the poem being posted on the internet and 18 months of the Secret Service being aware of it Mr. Spencer has been charged, after an investigation that lasted under a week, with federal crimes pertaining to threatening President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Below is the poem, if one can truly call it that given its broken meter and piss-poor rhyme, in its entirety:

THE SNIPER

As the tyrant enters his cross hairs the breath he takes is deep
His focus is square on the target as he begins to release
A patriot for his people he knows this shot will cost his life
But for his race and their existence it is a small sacrifice

The bullet that he has chambered is one of the purest pride
And the inscription on the casing reads DIE negro DIE
He breathes out as he pulls the trigger releasing all his hate
And a smile appears upon his face as he seals that monkeys fate

The bullet screams toward its mark bringing with it death
And where there was once a face there is nothing left
Two blood covered agents stare in horror and dismay
Looking down toward the ground where their president now lay

Now the screams of one old negro broad pierces thru the air
Setting off panic from every eyewitness that was there
And among all the confusion the hero calmly slips away
Laughing for he knows there will be another negro holiday

Johnny Spencer

Much like the previous poll on Facebook about assassinating Obama I am maintaining and publishing this for the sake of posterity and the integrity of our 1st Amendment.

For anyone who is terrified of anyone who would post such material and who wishes to do something about it, my local US Secret Service Field Office can be contacted at (718) 840-1000.

Please feel free to report me. 😉

So what we have here is a very poorly crafted attempt a poetry that paints a racist’s fantasy about assassinating a Black POTUS – presumably, given the nature of New Saxon and the use of “tyrant” as a descriptor, one of authoritarian bent who is forcing the “Black Agenda” upon America by fiat.

What we do not have is a direct reference to the Obamas – though we have to assume they’re who he was writing about, a direct threat to their lives, or a direct call for violence against them. Some combination of these things have, until Obama’s regime, been required before such speech was criminalized and federal law enforcement sent out to arrest and imprison the people involved.

Even with some combination of direct reference and overt or explicit threat or call to violent and/or criminal action, in the past plenty of people were allowed to speak as they wished to without fear of reprisal from the White House or its federal law enforcement agents.

No, these people were not arrested by either local, state, or federal officers for threatening President Bush. But that was then and this is now, and apparently vastly different rules apply under President Obama.

Some will stridently claim that there is an inherent difference between the images displayed by the Liberal and Black protesters against President Bush and the poem by Spencer about presumably assassinating President Obama in front of his wife – and they’re right; there is a vast sea of difference between protesters gathering in large groups and calling for the murder of a POTUS – or anyone else for that matter – and the rancid masturbatory fantasies of a White Supremacist about assassinating a President who hadn’t even won his party’s nomination as of yet.

It is sadly ironic – and not in a remotely humorous way – that President Obama and his federal agents, upon identifying Spencer, acted in manner consistent with a Tyrant, which is exactly how Spencer described him in The Sniper.

One wonders if this is based upon an actual fear of Mr. Spencer, who had done nothing to realize his fantasy and was not found to have any weaponry or even links to weaponry, or if it is just more race-baiting for the sake of political expediency during the lead up to Obama’ healthcare summit and the November Congressional midterm elections.

Related Reading:

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
Pride and Prejudice
Kentucky: A Photographic Journey
Obama: An Intimate Portrait
The First Amendment: Cases and Theory (Aspen Select)

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15 Responses to “Big Brother Is Watching”

  1. zhann Says:

    Judging by your post alone, there definitely seems to be a bit of paranoia on the part of the Secret Service. How such a poorly written piece of poetry could possibly stir the Secret Service to action is beyond me, I would have thought that they would leave idiots alone.

    However, after doing some quick research online, I can’t find a source that points to the date of the poems authorship (aside from the link you provided). Likewise, I can’t really find any other news on this case. I have heard that the feds have been targeting white supremacists, so this may be a means of scaring them a bit, but I’m not sure. I just get the feeling that there is more to this, it can’t possibly be so simple.

    As for the Bush attacks … come one, he deserved to be shot 😉

  2. Ryan Mason Says:

    I had to dig deep in Google just to find an actual news source on this story. Buried, indeed.

    I’m not sure this can all be attributed to Obama. The paranoid state that suspends freedoms in the name of safety got started by the last administration with that glorious Patriot Act. If this arrest was just some federal strongarming to scare the hate groups then it looks like it could be an infringement upon the First Amendment. I don’t think any of us know all of the facts of the case – the story barely even exists.

    But, Jonoloan – you seem to cite this arrest as an egregious use of presidential power, using to support your notion that Obama is some tyrannical dictator – yet you’re relatively silent about the imprisonment and torture of innocent people and American citizens without trial at Gitmo during the Bush administration. It seems that you should be equally angry with both excessive and unconstitutional uses of power.

  3. Lara Says:

    Thanks for the post. Off the top of my head, seems like you’re finessing something a bit w/ the old “President Obama and his federal agents, upon identifying Spencer, acted in manner consistent with a Tyrant, which is exactly how Spencer described him in The Sniper” — bundling together Obama with “his” federal agents like that?

    Plus “a manner consistent with” is a very permissive way of linking things together. I’m acting in a way consistent with being Eichmann, if he were just sitting there having a lovely cup of tea . . . do you really think the Spencer thing constitutes a tyrannical-interventionist violation of Rule of Law? If you think that, why not say it? I don’t think you really do — you think it sort of *feels* like it could be one, that Spencer & his racist buddies no doubt feel like it is one. & because of their predictable misperception, choosing to prosecute Spencer is a potentially antagonistic move without a definite security rationale. So the critical perspective you’re adopting *is* one of expediency — of statecraft, pragmatism, a badly-compromised starting position, etc. The kind of orientation you’re authoritatively scoffing at in your final bit.

    Sorry if that’s a bit unclear or unfriendly, didn’t mean it like that —

  4. Paradigm Says:

    So that’s why it’s so easy to crash a White House party. The Secret Service if focusing on more important things – like poetry. This is really crazy, unless there is something more to it. The fact that the story is buried is also strange. It may be a bit premature to comment on this yet, although I seriously hope they have something more on this guy than just a lousy poem.

  5. jonolan Says:

    zhann,

    Yes – what little data we have shows a disturbing level of fear and/or paranoia on the government’s part in this, a level of fear that seems unwarranted and a response to that fear which is unsustainable.

    The only reports we have all link back to AP, which ran the story but few news outlets – Washington Post being the only National one – chose to run it. That AP story is the one that cites the arrest warrant saying the poem was posted in 2007, a claim that New Saxon doesn’t dispute.

    Mason,

    I can certainly blame Obama, especially since he claimed during his campaign he was going to change a lot that behavior.

    As for the Patriot Act – I was in favor of it, but only with the original “sunset clause” in place and an actual review of it after 6 or 12 months months. As it stands, it turned into a sad example of why you have to always look into how a law will be abused by the government.

    AS for the semi-myth of Americans being held at Gitmo – we’ve only captured three American citizens in the course fo the war against Islamic Terrorism: Yasser Hamdi, John Walker Lindh, and Jose Padilla.

    Of those three only Hamdi was ever detained at Gitmo and that was because nobody knew he was an American and he didn’t claimed to be one when captured.

    When it was found out that Hamdi had been mistakenly sent to Gitmo, he was released and repatriated – exiled really – to his longtime home of Saudi Arabia once he agreed to renounce his US citizenship and never return.

    Lara,

    Firstly, welcome and no apologies are needed. This is not a sugar-coated blog and I’m not particularly thin-skinned.

    My verbiage was “permissive” because Obama’s administration in the form of his federal law enforcement agents – purely executive branch in the chain of command – operated in a manner that gives the appearance of tyranny.

    I’m not subtle, Lara. If I believed that this definitively constituted a “tyrannical-interventionist violation of Rule of Law” I would say so in no uncertain terms.

    I cannot, however, with the limited data available to me go beyond speaking to those appearances, but those appearances are not good.

    I do find it sad and worrisome that they’ve chosen to act in this way though, and ironic that Spencer had already fantasized about Obama’s tyranny.

    Paradigm,

    Funny and oddly significant. You present an alternative hypothesis, perhaps without intending to.

    If – though, given the personal nature of the perceived threat, it’s a big if – Obama was unaware of the investigation this might be an overzealous response / reaction to the Secret Service’s failure at that White House party.

    All,

    Thanks for commenting. One question though – what do you find more worrisome: Spencer and New Saxon, the feds’ response to it, or the media’s silence about it?

  6. ichabod Says:

    Hi jonolan;

    They have been walking over the rights as defined by law for some time now, well before Obama’s time.

    As long as people cop an attitude “I have nothing to hide” and “it’s for our own good” and “they are doing it for our protection” they are helping big bro take over, much like George Orwell’s novel described.

    The problem is, most young people don’t what they have lost for they grew up with this system and their parents thought people like me, who were warning of this decades ago “extremists”

  7. Paradigm Says:

    White supremacists are not that active. They seem to be talkers rather than doers.

    The silence from the media bothers me the most. Are all these papers, networks and others just puppets on a string? And if so, who is pulling those strings?

  8. jonolan Says:

    ichabod,

    You’re fairly close to right in your assertion that “they’ve” been walking over the rights as defined by American law for some time – when “they” don’t just up and change the laws to suit “them” better.

    It’s been a generational slide into Statist country, with more authoritarian components of the Right vying with the nanny state of the Left for who can strip the most liberties from we, the People.

    Paradigm,

    The media’s silence bothers me, but it doesn’t surprise me. This is the sort of story that could make Obama look bad and that’s the last thing the media other than Fox News is going to do. Of course Fox has been silent on this as well…

  9. zhann Says:

    Paradigm, do you really need to ask that question? Of course the media are just puppets, and the string pullers are generally liberal magnates (except for Fox). Western free press is a joke, the rabble that is spewed is so biased that it absolutely astounds me at times.

    Whats more interesting to watch is how Western media criticize Russia’s interaction with her media. While tactics are different, the end result is the exact same.

  10. Aaron Says:

    Where have I read something like this before….

    Oh, yeah. http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=2973

  11. jonolan Says:

    Aaron,

    There’s a superficial resemblance between the two incidents, certainly. Ramirez, however, was investigated and, I believe, interviewed by the Secret Service; Spencer was summarily arrested on federal felony charges.

    But the secondary similarity of both occurrences happening relatively quickly after failures in Secret Service PPU security procedures does lend a bit more credence to Paradigm’s hypothesis – well, since there’s a bit of evidence now, I should probably call it a theory.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  12. Homer Kendziora Says:

    Interesting site dude Thanks

  13. scarbrtj Says:

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/07/online-call-to-shoot-obama-was-free-speech-not-a-crime-appeals-court-rules.html

  14. jonolan Says:

    ROFLMAO Yeah, but nobody in the same timezone as their right mind would include Obama in the “reasonable people” category. Thanks for the link.

  15. Andrew Stergiou Says:

    For all you know Johnny Logan Spencer Jr was recruited by the FEDS into some undercover scheme and that was his cover story though albeit a lame one or as it seems over zealous government in action in the hypocrisy they arrest Logan but declare the fellow in California within his rights:

    Generally Johnny Spencer Logan Jr. failed to standup for his rights and copped out and plea bargained and the attorney appointed him allowed it to occur for she should of screamed hollared and refused to go forward as was suggested but she did. america has became a bad rotten place without hope faith nor charity though a lot of fear and stupidity.

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