Domestic Terrorist Killed By FBI Before Setting Off Bomb at Coronavirus Hospital
White Supremacist Embraces COVID-19 — Refuses To ‘Social Distance’
Well, it had to happen . After all, this is America, right?
A homegrown, all-American, white supremacist terrorist has connected the dots between good old-fashioned white supremacy and the coronavirus (COVID-19). In the process, he has obliterated the “social distancing” space between the virulent, even deadly, germ and one of America’s oldest and persistent policies and practice.
A well known follower of racist terror groups has been killed in a shootout with the FBI even as he planned to bomb a hospital in the midst of this raging, ever-growing, coronavirus pandemic. According to the FBI, Timothy Wilson, 36, was thisclose to activating his plan to bomb a “critical medical care” hospital in Belton, Missouri.
Wilson had been the subject of a months-long larger FBI investigation into domestic terrorism. The shootout occurred as FBI agents tried to arrest him.
The FBI says that Wilson had considered other possible targets (including a black-majority school, Jewish synagogues and Muslim mosques), but settled on a hospital.
In the FBI’s words, Wilson was the,
“…subject of a months-long domestic terrorism investigation, which revealed him to be a potentially violent extremist, motivated by racial, religious, and anti-government animus. Wilson was actively planning to commit an act of domestic terrorism — a bombing — and over the course of several months considered several targets.”
Nick R. Martin is a researcher/reporter who covers hate groups and extremism on his website, The Informant. As per Martin, Wilson “was an admirer of the 1980s terrorist group The Order and had ties to two active neo-Nazi organizations”: the National Socialist Movement (NSM) and Vorherrschaft Division (VSD). And he was also active in public Telegram channels. Both groups have a long history of violence. Wilson’s online handle was “Werwolfe 84.”
He also was fond of The Order. According to CNN, The Order was a white supremacist group that for over 30 years terrorized Jewish, black and left-wing individuals and groups. The Order was known to even rob banks to fund itself. According to the FBI, it was also responsible for an attack on a Boise synagogue and the murder of Jewish radio host Alan Berg in Denver, both events occurring in 1984.
Encyclopedia Britannica explains how The Order used white Christian identity as its touchstone, exhorting its members that taxes were “a conspiracy by the federal government to take money from white Christian Americans and put it in the hands of Jews” and other undeserving types.
Also in ‘84, Robert Mathews, founder of The Order, engaged in a shootout with the FBI and died in a raging house fire when “agents fired flares into the house.” Thereafter, the federal government used the RICO Act to dismantle the the group by the end of the 1980s.
Our guy Timothy Wilson (“Werwolfe 84”), had accepted and subscribed to the 21st century version of this nostrum, specifically and most recently, that Jews are using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse and means to attack non-Jewish white people. Per his website:
“If you don’t think this whole thing [the pandemic] was engineered by Jews as a power grab, here is more proof of their plans. Jews have been playing the long game we are the only ones standing in their way.”
Naturally, “Werwolfe 84’s” mentor and “intellectual” inspiration was Robert Matthews. He reverentially referred to Matthews as “Uncle Bob.” And he offered this obsequious tidbit on his Facebook page: “Don’t be the cuck that gives up without a fight. Make uncle bob proud.”
Why A Hospital?
Wilson eventually targeted a hospital, hoping that such an attack would have more of an impact in the middle of a worldwide struggle against an unexpected and, at least initially, unstoppable novel coronavirus — COVID-19. Wilson understood, says the FBI, that hospitals are in desperate need of beds, supplies and equipment of all description, as well as health care workers. And so violent and deadly disruption of their efforts during such a universal and crushing crisis was bound to yield much more bang for his buck.
The FBI put it this way:
“Wilson considered various targets and ultimately settled on an area hospital in an attempt to harm many people — targeting a facility that is providing critical medical care in today’s environment.”
The Death of Timothy Wilson
The New York Times reported that Wilson finally felt “compelled” to act after the Belton, Missouri mayor issued a stay-at-home order relative to the COVID-19 outbreak.
On March 24, Wilson posted on Telegram that the government was using the coronavirus outbreak as an “excuse to destroy our people…Mark my words,” he wrote, “it’s coming I hope people are ready.”
The FBI issued a warrant for Wilson’s arrest the next day “at the conclusion of a long-running domestic terrorism investigation.”
When they showed up to arrest him, they found him armed. He was subsequently “injured and transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.”
Interestingly, the FBI’s statement does not indicate how he came to be “injured.”
The statement went on to describe Wilson’s proposed modus operandi:
“…with the current health crisis, Wilson decided to accelerate his plan to use a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) in an attempt to cause severe harm and mass casualties.”
As noted above, he had considered various targets but,
“Wilson had taken the necessary steps to acquire materials needed to build an explosive device. At all times during the investigation, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force kept close track of Wilson in order to protect public safety.”
Earlier, the FBI had been prepared to arrest Wilson when he arrived to pick up (unbeknownst to him) an inert explosive device from an undercover FBI agent. They do not describe why no arrest was made at that time.
‘Martial Law’ Was Tim Wilson’s ‘Last Straw’
On March 23, 2020, the Belton police publicly addressed rumors that COVID-19 was being used by “the government” to institute martial law.
“It has come to our attention that an individual has made a post on social media stating that her step-father was contacted by a Belton Police Officer in reference to the stay at home order,” they wrote. “This post claims that people will be stopped to check compliance with the order and that, if they are not in possession of documentation justifying them being in public, they will be ticketed. The stay at home order issued by the City of Belton and Cass County is not a curfew order and is certainly not martial law. Citizens will not be stopped without cause and made to justify their presence in public. There is no letter that citizens need to obtain from their employer to show the police. There is no documentation to obtain from the police department either. Our call center has been inundated with calls reference this erroneous post.”
On March 22, the Belton Police Department actually had announced:
“Please Be Aware: A Stay at Home Order for the City of Belton will be effective Tuesday, March 24 through Friday, April 24, 2020. Mayor Jeff Davis has issued a Stay at Home Order for the city of Belton…the order’s intent is to slow the rate of community spread of COVID-19 which, in turn, will help keep our health system and care providers from being overwhelmed. #StayHomeBelton.”
Cass County (Belton) had reported eight cases of COVID-19 as of March 25, 2020.
A Domestic Terrorist’s Domestic Problems
According to Missouri court records, Wilson’s wife filed for divorce just last year. That matter was still pending at the time of his arrest and death.
Nonetheless, Wilson’s Facebook page claims that he was already divorced and his cover picture shows four small children.
It was only a matter of time before America’s history of white supremacist violence caught up to and joined the worldwide pandemic that is COVID-19. There had already been any number of not-so-quiet lamentations and pronouncements and denunciations by many on the “religious right” that this disease is God’s judgment against one marginalized group or another — with gays and pro-choice and abortion providers leading the way as “the usual suspects.”
It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway): our guy Tim Wilson is more likely than not, an avid Trump supporter. And then there is Trump himself, leading the parade of race-soldiers with his insistence on calling this germ the Chinese virus. Recently, I have written about just such people who take Trump’s steady stream of racist vitriol as directives, and then act them out, often violently. Those essays may be found here and here.
The point is that Timothy Wilson is not some new or weird or even particularly interesting phenomenon who just magically appeared upon the American political stage. This man has been a constant, indeed often a driving and dominant force in this nation-state’s political, social, cultural and economic life since before its founding. Black people, especially, have been forced to deal with the Timothy Wilsons of the world since at least 1619. So we understand him intuitively. We understand his “ideology.” We understand and can articulate his “philosophy” better than he can.
We also understand his insecurities. That is, we understand why his insecurity and paranoia won’t allow either Trump or him to peaceably exist, or better, to co-exist, on a just and equal plane with people who do not necessarily believe what they believe, with people who do not absolutely think like they think, or with people who do not care to live exactly like they live, or, especially, with people who simply do not look like they look.
This is a sad and shallow way to be in the world. It is a stifled and limited “worldview” which wastes and squanders human potential and power. It is animalistic, even Darwinian. And it is so deeply ingrained within the white American psyche that even the most skilled social and political scientists find it virtually impossible to excise.
Finally, the late, great child psychiatrist, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, used to say that it is impossible for any so-called “white” person born and raised in America — it is impossible for any of them to escape its all-encompassing, suffocating, white racist/white supremacist ethos and ethic. That’s why, she argued, there has never been a majority of white people who not only, simply, or merely “supported,” but who actually fought on the side of black people for any reason.
Timothy Wilson, therefore, simply lives and functions on the “extreme” edge of that continuum, a white racist/white supremacist continuum.