The two Ft. Richardson soldiers who captured Hopfinger - Sergeant Alexander Valdez, 31, and Army Specialist Tyler Ellingboe, 22 - did so in violation of the policies of their unit commander:
Valdez and Ellinboe are assigned to the 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade at Fort Richardson. A local Army spokesman said the two soldiers did not have permission from their superiors to moonlight for Drop Zone.
The guy who hired these two hapless soldiers has been fingered for his communications with, on the one hand, people who were at one time connected with the enablers of Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, and on the other hand, with both the Joe Miller campaign and Miller himself:
Joe Miller chose a security firm for his campaign event which is not only unlicensed, but also right at the heart of an extreme militia group, with the owner of the security firm being a local commander of the militia and also the main supplier. This Alaskan militia is headed by the notorious Norm Olson, who played a major role in the radical militia movement in the 1990's in Michigan, a movement which is at least partly to blame for the Oklahoma bombing.
After Sunday's incident, had Joe Miller been a Muslim mullah running for the U.S. Senate, and his lawbreaking henchmen members of Muslim groups he had been communicating with from time to time, all four of them - Miller, Drop Zone owner William Fulton, Valdez and Ellinboe, would be in indefinite detention by now. They'd probably be in a situation involving no sleep, glaring light, stress positions, and no access to an attorney.
Instead, what we've got is the Anchorage Police refusing to investigate, no word from the Feds, and one bullshit line after another coming from the State of Alaska Department of Public Safety.
Here's the Anchorage Press' Scott Christiansen describing his attempts to get some information out of the Parnell administration's people:
DPS spokeswoman Megan Peters released a statement via email Tuesday, two days after Hopfinger’s arrest at an event Miller hosted at Central Middle School.
“After DPS received multiple inquiries from reporters regarding the security detail at the Joe Miller town hall meeting a quick review of the statutes regarding security agencies, personal and bodyguards was done,” Peters wrote. “It has been decided that an investigation into the matter is prudent. With that being said, I can not [sic] give you details regarding the case until the investigation is completed”
The department would not release a list of licensed security firms. It would not report how many firms are on the list, or even confirm if such a list exists. Peters would not provide any details about the state’s licensing procedure, citing the investigation, but she did provide a citation to the state law that requires licensing.
The statute is vague. It does not mention bodyguards or personal security guards. (A bodyguard—the Joe Miller entourage notwithstanding—is an unusual sight in Alaska, although many people in the state are trained as bear guards—and no, they don’t guard bears from people, it’s quite the opposite.) This might be purposeful as a number of jobs involve protecting people—chaperones, bouncers, drivers and babysitters fit the role— and a poorly written definition would be cause for red tape. It could also infringe on Joe Miller’s babysitter’s rights.
So these Rambo wannabees, connected loosely to groups who helped spur the lunacy that led to the Oklahoma City bombing, are running around kidnapping reporters and editors illegally and it is OK with the authorities? It is beginning to look like it.
These far right, mostly fundamentalist Christianist nutcases like Dropzone Bill are making lists of people to round up after they get rid of the Muslim socialist Obama (they really have made these lists already). Anchorage, the state and the Feds could give a shit.
Don't believe me about how nutty these guys are? Here's the guy Joe the Teabagger hired to kidnap Hopfinger, in his own words:
All groups prepare in different ways and depending on what happens some will be better off than others those that rant as prepared will not just come and hand us there guns and then die they will find a way to survive, make no mistake as society brakes down the standard human being will revert quicker than you'll believe back to an animal some already have look at the inner city.
when theres nothing to loose then that person becomes more dangerous than you've ever imagined
Jesse Griffin at The Immoral Minority has another missive from Dropzone Bill, this one from the day before DZB worked with Teabagger Joe on Hopfinger's kidnapping:
Thats why I said we all should know our flanks if your in My AOR (Area of Ressponsibility) by all means say hi tell me what area your operating in and how I can identify you same goes for me I will be more than happy to provide that same information to all those on my flanks by doing that before hand we can fix a lot of these issues what I don't agree with is getting involved with what ifs, triggers, internal politics, or communicating tactical information with other groups/units the less technical details we know about each other before the ballon goes up the better that way if one goes down for being stupid or set-up or both, the rest of us are clean. I'm not saying we should hide in the shadows by any means I just think tactical planning should stay within individual groups.
Get to know the guys and groups around you cut up the land scape like a pie each group having its own AOR it is responsible for. If your a lone operator it may just be your house or block but disseminate that information to the group or groups that butt up against you. Get a map of your area draw boundary lines, but that is all that should be on it. I have no problem sitting down with you or any of the other guys operating out of the Anchorage bowl and hacking out areas that way we all know each other and where everybody will operate the larger issues come when we start sharing plans and other tactical information.
I also am very glad this conversation sprang out of our meeting this needs to be had better now then later and this bulletin board is a great resource allowing us all to develop our thoughts and really take the time to hammer this out we all owe Norm a thank you for making this venue available to us.
Bill needs to be prosecuted for kidnapping. ASAP! We need to start using resources to track these crazies, just like we track crazies from other religions with sub-sects gone bad.
And the lackadaisical Sean Parnell needs to go.