I have just been forwarded a pdf copy of a report by the Kansas City Regional Terrorism Early Warning Group. I suppose I should be interested in it for its subject is, well, me.
As I am too technologically unsophisticated to post the pdf, let me transcribe it for you here while waiting for other more talented folks to do so.
Novel by Mike Vanderboegh
(U/FOUO) Mike Vanderboegh, a militia enthusiast and co-founder of a gun rights organization, is authoring a novella titled, Absolved. Absolved is a fictional account of gun owners and militias resisting government attempts to confiscate firearms. The novella describes, in detail, numerous battles with law enforcement and attacks on government facilities. With 20 chapters, Absolved was started several years ago and new chapters are added periodically. Upon completion of a new chapter, Vanderboegh posts the work on his blog, which appears to have a large following of supporters. Several tactics used by the fictional groups in the book are suicide airplane attacks on government buildings, electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) attacks on law enforcement computer systems, acquisition of military equipment for assaults on government and police facilities, and assassinations of federal agents and police. Vanderboegh goes into great detail describing unprecedented attack methods and how they could be effective in thwarting a raid by law enforcement.
(MBV: Here they have a picture of me speaking at Guilford Court House NBP and the original cover of Absolved from the net.)
One chapter in particular, Vanderboegh details an assault on the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center (MIOC). The MIOC is a fusion center, like the KCTEW, which is attacked by militia members using an EMP, paratroopers and armored vehicles. Fusion centers are mistakenly believed by many to contain databases of gun owners and other non-criminal information for use in times of gun confiscation or martial law.
The following is a quote from the "Introduction" chapter of Absolved, where Vanderboegh justifies the harsh and graphic content of the novella.
"In this, I am frankly writing as much a cautionary tale for the out-of-control gun cops of the ATF as anyone. For that warning to be credible, I must also present what amounts to a combination field manual, technical manual and call to arms for my beloved gunnies of the armed citizenry. They need to know how powerful they could truly be if they were pushed into a corner."
Vanderboegh is a strong believer in a government lan to take away firearms. A group co-founded by Vanderboegh called the "Three Percenters", vow to reject any new gun laws introduced by the U.S. government. "Three Perenters" liken themselves to soldiers in the Revolutionary war. The name refers to the fact that only three percent of colonists took up arms against British tyranny. Vanderboegh has also been attributed to the incidents of vandalism to several Democratic Party headquarters in early 2010. Vanderboegh, via his blog, encouraged people upset at the passage of the health care reform bill to break windows of party headquarters buildings.
(MBV: Here they have illustrations of the Nyberg flag and the original III with the hand holding up three fingers.)
Vanderboegh's novella is very similar in nature to a 1978 novella, The Turner Diaries. In The Turner Diaries, an overthrow of the U.S. government and race war was depicted. The novella became, and is still considered, a staple of anti-government, racist rhetoric. Timothy McVeigh was an avid reader of The Turner Diaries and was possibly motivated by its content to conduct his attack on the Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building.
(MBV: Bastards. "Very similar"? Yeah, except the whole race war terrorism thing where the Nazis win in the end and fantasize about hanging "race traitors" like me. Yeah, all except for that. Here's the main difference. Pierce was trying to start a war, I'm trying to prevent one.)
KCTEW Analyst Note: The stories told by Vanderboegh show that many in the U.S. harbor a belief that the U.S. government is planning, or will plan, a confiscation of firearms from law-abiding citizens. The degree to which he glorifies the killing of law enforcement personnel involved in fictional gun raids also shows the extent many will go to spread their ideology. Vanderboegh's and other works of literature have the possibility to inspire those with extremist beliefs to carry out similar attacks depicted in the writings.
It should be noted that possession of, reading of, or espousing support for extremist forms of literature does not solely indicate an intention to conduct a terrorist act, nor is membership in the "Three Percenters" or similar organizations a sole indication of terrorist activity.
Of course, after I transcribed the above, Pete got back to me with this link for the pdf.