WND Ratchets Up Anti-Obama Conspiracy Mongering

 A “special offer” from WorldNetDaily:

 WND Obama Flu

Clicking on the link takes one to www.wholecure.com/, where we learn that:

This coming pandemic isn’t a natural pathogen but rather a bio-engineered weaponized ‘flu’ designed for mass population reduction.  Mainstream doctors state the ‘fingerprint’ of this virus has never been seen, as it is a mix of Bird Flu, Swine Flu, Human and Spanish Flu.  They have concluded it must be man-made. The Globalists (people who run the world and have 90% of all wealth, influence and authority) have elected to create total chaos to undermine and finish breaking the world’s economy so they can complete implementing the “New World Order” a fascist regime of world domination, brutal controls and Martial Law…The politicians who did this answer to the Globalists and not to those who elected them to office. The average person knows little or nothing about who runs his life so has entrusted his future to a criminal cabal of politicians and bankers who systematically lie to him and rob him; then eventually kill him…The Globalists dug up frozen 1918 flu death cadavers in Siberia, extracted the DNA of the deadly Spanish flu and combined it with the very deadly Bird Flu (H5N1), mixed it with Swine Flu (H1N1) and merged it with a “carrier agent” of the highly contagious generic flu we all get to trigger certain and rapid human-to-human transmission. 

So what’s the “whole cure” that makes up WND‘s “special offer”?

MMS (Miracle Mineral Solution) is a germicidal agent capable of attacking and killing even early stage “flu” viruses. It operates without regard for the strain or variation that may evolve or be manufactured…If you would like to order by mail please send a check or money order for $24.95…

The site is run by Harold Williams, a Vietnam veteran who runs “SML”, or “Survive Martial Law”. It’s the usual story:

Months ago all the elements were in place for Martial Law in America. The secret FEMA army with Foreign troops were ready, (created with Trillions from an open ‘Black Operations’ checkbook) internment camps manned and all legal preparations made including the powerful Directive 51…I hear folks being optimistic about a ‘new’ president but really, nothing has changed at all. Just an articulate new puppet on the same strings. Our personal savings, retirements and worth is eroding to nothing. The Globalist’s are crashing our dollar to ZERO, setting the stage for world for WW3, the FEMA army is ready, the death camps are operational, massive numbers of foreign troops are here NOW and willing to do anything they are told, our borders are Militarized, people are disappearing and “the rule of law” is long gone!…The Globalist’s are creating three things… a One World Government, a One World Religion and a One World Currency.

WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah has turned this general crackpot theory into a specifically anti-Obama conspiracy – apparently Farah is willing to seize on any material that can be spun into a tale that makes Obama into a uniquely tyrannical and dangerous person, no matter how risible or distasteful.

Williams’s last point of course links him in with specifically Christian fundamentalist apocalypticism, and he warns us that “Our world is about to become one of great tribulation of Biblical portions.”

Williams claims to know his stuff because he

spent years (some in Central America and Africa ) instigating Martial Law and then teaching troops how to enforce it… some Military, some private. My experience with Martial Law is extensive and I’m a student of the History of oppression…I was young and stupid back then. I will use the experience I have to direct you to ways that could ease the enormous stresses of martial law and ways that will clearly help save your life and the lives of your family.

Someone who read Williams’ ebook Survive Martial Law gives their views here. Apparently Williams is controversial among those who go in for this kind of thing because he warns that stockpiling guns is not a good idea. Instead, he recommends “a Ka-Bar combat style knife”. He also advocates combining resources in communities, rather than heading for the hills.

UPDATE: Just hours after writing the above, an elderly far right racist has murdered a black security guard at the Washington Holocaust Museum. The killer, James W. von Brunn, is a vicious anti-semitic conspiracy theorist. Coming in the wake of the George Tiller murder, it seems to me that recent political changes in the USA are sending extremists off the deep end. As Chip Berlet notes today:

Apocalyptic aggression is fueled by right-wing pundits who demonize scapegoated groups and individuals in our society, implying that it is urgent to stop them from wrecking the nation. Some angry people in their audience already believe conspiracy theories in which the same scapegoats are portrayed as subversive, destructive, or evil. Add in aggressive apocalyptic ideas that suggest time is running out and quick action mandatory and you have a perfect storm of mobilized resentment threatening to rain bigotry and violence across the United States.

And just as the likes of Farah responded to the Tiller murder with complaints that anti-abortion activists would be smeared by association, are we now going to hear the complaint that those who promote paranoia through crackpot rhetoric about unnamed “Globalists” are being smeared in the same way? There is no indication that Williams is anti-Jewish, and Farah of course is a fervent Christian Zionist – but the origins of this discourse are in anti-Jewish conspiracy theories, as was noted after the publication of Pat Robertson’s book The New World Order. The Christian Century argued in 1995:

WHAT CONCLUSIONS can we draw from this journey into Pat Robertson’s political-economic worldview? First, in The New World Order Robertson has produced a volume whose conceptual scaffolding is irredeemably ugly and damns the preacher’s intellectual integrity. If Pat Robertson is not in his heart of hearts anti-Semitic, he has mingled in the circles of those who are.

Second, Robertson is driven by apocalyptic visions of shadowy conspirators who are reaching for world domination through economic means. It is the “bankers,” some of whom “happen” to be Jewish, that bear the whiff of sulfur. To say that Robertson is more concerned with a worldwide conspiracy than he is with its agents is a fine distinction; however, it does not deliver him from charges of anti-Semitic fellow traveling.

That’s a conclusion that bears wider application than just to Roberton’s ramblings.