Well, I guess I got what I asked for in several more or less complete and informed briefs of the Huff case. This is what I am told:
1. The FBI charge of "inciting to riot" is surely bullshit that will evaporate at the first serious examination in front of a judge with competent counsel at his side.
2. He was certainly pulled over by the "authorities" (although exactly what agencies were represented at the traffic stop is still a little vague) for driving a pickup with Oath Keepers emblazoned across it.
3. Darren Huff is equally certainly a "Christian" Identity "minister." I put those in quotes because, as a Christian, I do not concede that they ARE Christians as I understand the faith. In the 90s I referred to them as "Mistaken" Identities because to me there is little Christian about them.
Identity, also called British Israelism, claims that today's Jews are not the chosen people of God, but rather they are -- that is white people of European origin. In their universe, Jews are "spawn of the devil" and blacks are "mud people."
I was once quoted in a Slate magazine article that Christian Identity was for pantywaists who had to explain to their wives that it was OK that they hated blacks and Jews because God & Jesus told them it was OK, whereas Nazis were past that. I mean, if you've got Adolf Hitler, a demented nancy-boy, for a standard bearer, what else have you got to be embarrassed about?
I despise and distrust anti-Semites and Nazis because, for one thing, they just love The Turner Diaries, which explains what they think of the Constitution and gun owners who believe in free men and free markets -- when they win (with our "useful idiot" help, they believe) -- they will execute us all. They are dyed-in-the-wool collectivists, freely ranking themselves with the worst enemies of liberty. I urinate upon their "sacred" cows.
One other not-so-minor point: the Oklahoma City bomb that destroyed the Murrah Building and killed 167 people including innocent babies was built at Elohim City, an Identity compound in eastern Oklahoma that also gave succor to the Aryan Republican Army.
Here's the crux of the matter: Because Identity adherents believe that Jews and blacks are evil and subhuman, THEY DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THE CONSTITUTION, OR EVEN THE NATURAL, GOD-GIVEN RIGHTS DELINEATED IN THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, EXTEND TO THEM. These "untermeschen" are eminently expendable in their universe.
Now, will someone explain to me how ANYBODY who believes that can be a true "oath keeper"? They are now, as they were in the 90s, attempting to infiltrate the liberty movement. They are certainly the most enterprising of opportunists, and they can pretend to be anybody's friend until challenged on their core beliefs. (Google my name and the Identity "minister" -- and convicted child molester -- Martin Lindstedt and see what pops up.)
Thus, looked at in that light, the decision of the Oath Keepers board, as much as it pains me to say it, is not so off base.
Even so, Identities have the right not to be railroaded by the FBI. For that reason, the Oath Keepers (and the rest of us) should insist that, like the Hutaree, Huff should be defended within the legal system with every tool. We can do this -- and should do this -- without compromising OUR principles, as long as we make it plain that he is NOT one of us.
Make no mistake: Identity adherents are not, CANNOT be, by definition, constitutionalists. Neither can they be oath keepers. If they tell you they are, they are lying through their teeth.