As we predicted, the man who shot a Bureau of Land Management agent and a California State Highway Patrol officer is exactly what we thought he was: a terrified, paranoid right-wing nut job lashing out at a government he feels is oppressing him.
Brent Douglas Cole, 60, the man who injured the BLM agent and state highway patrol officer South Yuba River campground in Nevada County, California, along the Nevada state border on Tuesday, describes himself as a “sovereign American Citizen attempting to thwart the obvious conspiracy and subterfuges of powers inimical to the United States.”
“Sovereigns believe that they — not judges, juries, law enforcement or elected officials — get to decide which laws to obey and which to ignore, and they don’t think they should have to pay taxes,” writes the Southern Poverty Law Center in its description of sovereign citizens’ beliefs.
On Cole’s Facebook profile, he complains about Jews, police, the New World Order, and has posted a number of pro-(you guessed it)-Cliven Bundy news articles. Cole is a strong believer that the government is killing us with chemtrails, using fluoride to make the population compliant and complacent — oh, and nearly every shooting has been a false flag, according to the drivel that litters his profile.
Cole is a strong Second Amendment advocate–so strong, in fact, that he has a pending weapons charge for allegedly carrying a loaded firearm. He was charged on January 26, and is due in court on June 30.
The Union newspaper in Nevada City, CA, published an article that quoted from court documents in that case. Of course, as a rational, thinking person, Cole believes he is the target of a massive government conspiracy:
Officers acted without warrant or any probable cause to seize my person using a swat team style assault, and then started looking for something to charge me with. I was attacked and molested, unconstitutionally arrested, unlawfully incarcerated, repeatedly intimidated and coerced to plead guilty to having committed a crime, held in secret for five days, and my property and liberty taken from me since January 26, 2014. I am being persecuted for being a gun owner, and for exercising my inherent Right by unwitting or unknowing accomplices of a seditious conspiracy against rights instituted by foreign powers inimical to the United States of America.
According to the Union, the BLM agent requested the assistance of the California Highway Patrol officer in the investigation of vehicles at the Tahoe National Forest. There, the officers were confronted by Cole. They exchanged gunfire, and the two agents suffered non-life threatening injuries–the BLM agent a gunshot wound, and the state highway patrol officer a laceration on the leg. Cole was shot multiple times, but all are alive and recovering.
When Jerad and Amanda Miller murdered two police officers in cold blood, as they draped the Gadsden flag over their victims, they declared their short-lived murderous rampage to be the beginning of ‘the Revolution™.’ This, of course, was a result of their influences: namely, the fine sovereign folks at Bundy Ranch.
Not only have the militias protecting Welfare Cowboy and his Food Stamp Cattle (that would be an AWESOME band name. Welfare Cowboy and the Food Stamp Cattle….but I digress…) spawned an atmosphere of fear, but they have been training their fellow ammosexuals and gun fetishsists in the ways of war.
They have promised an uprising. This is now the third (if we include the right-wing Mormon extremist who, fueled by conservative media, a love of guns, and Jesus, shot and killed a classmate) instance within a week that proves their threats to be true.
As long as we tolerate the threats–as long as we allow their formation of what is essentially a network of domestic terrorist cells–as long as we do nothing, we will simply see more and more of these situations. The next time, we may not be so lucky as to have it end with only a minor gunshot wound and a cut.