Friday, January 10, 2014

Is Harold Covington on the Terrorist Watchlist ?


Harold Covington has been claiming in his podcasts, not only that he is on the national Terrorist Watchlist, but that he was on that list before 11 September 2001.

Oh, by the way! As a point of interest -- and something of a point of pride for me -- one of the things I've been able to determine is that I am what you might call a terrorist O.G. I actually made it on the Watchlist almost a year before 9-11, when someone on Hillary Clinton's staff complained to the Secret Service about my novel Slow Coming Dark

Plus, I first got on the presidential list in 1973 when I handcuffed myself  to the White House fence as part of a Rudolf Hess protest. Now, I tried getting my Secret Service files under the Freedom of Information Act, and they just ignored me, which they're not supposed to be able to do, but since I can't afford an attorney they can pretty much do what they like.

I was especially interested in the Secret Service file on me, since I've been visited by them more often than any other agency down through the years, like when I annoyed Billy Boy after Waco by sending him back my old Army uniform with all two of my medals to him at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. A few days later a couple of them showed up at my job at First Union and of course convinced my employers that I was a homicidal maniac! [Harold Covington, Radio Free Northwest, 9 January 2014]

Covington exhibits a pattern of trying desperately to make himself appear more dangerous  and important than he is.

First, Covington's claim that he was on the Terrorist Watchlist before 9-11 could hardly be true, since the creation of such a watchlist was not even proposed until 2003 (by Senator Bob Graham).*

It is highly doubtful that Covington is on the Terrorist Watchlist even now. Covington's former collaborator Corinna Burt explains Covington's rationale for claiming that he is on the Terrorist Watchlist:

His "watch list" story comes from the time he tried to send some books to Canada and they were turned away due to hate speech laws. So he reasoned, "If my books are banned, I must be too!" But he also told me the last time he flew, it was without incident. [Corinna Burt, 30 September 2013]

Covington's speculation is beyond illogical, since Canadian censorship has nothing whatsoever to do with whether one is regarded as a terrorist by the U.S. Government. Since the Terrorist Watchlist is not published, difficulty in boarding a commercial airliner is the usual occasion for learning that one's name is on it, and Covington reputedly encounters no difficulty of that sort.

Covington also claims that he "annoyed" President Bill Clinton by returning his old Army uniform with two "medals" on it after the Waco Massacre in 1993. This seems unlikely for several reasons, most notably because Covington was probably not in the U.S. Army long enough to get any medals. Although Covington has at times claimed that he served in the Vietnam War, brother Ben Covington indicates that Harold was discharged from the U.S. Army on psychiatric grounds before he could be deployed.

Covington's claim of concern about what the files of  the Secret Service might say about him rings entirely false. If anything, he is hoping that the Secret Service considers him a threat. In 1981 Covington actually went to the Secret Service and claimed that would-be presidential assassin John Hinckley had been a member of the National Socialist Party of America, which Covington headed (as successor to Frank Collin). The FBI's subsequent investigation concluded that there was nothing to Covington's story. (Jack Taylor, The Oklahoman, 3 April 1981) Nonetheless, Covington still claims that John Hinckley was in the National Socialist Party of America, and even that he himself had signed a membership card that Hinckley had in his wallet at the time of the assassination-attempt (which is impossible, because in that case the FBI would have had to conclude that Covington's story was true).

Harold Covington, with his escapist novels of future violent rebellion, would like to appear, at least to his readers and listeners, to pose some kind of threat to the Federal Government of the United States. An image like that would perhaps generate
interest in his novels, if he could put it across convincingly. But it is not evident that anyone in any position of authority takes Covington that seriously.

One might add, given his flippant attitude toward something as grave as supposedly being officially suspected as a terrorist -- which is likely to be the ruin of any attempt at running a legal organization -- that Covington himself doesn't take what he is doing very seriously. It seems to be all a big game to him. This is what Dr. William Pierce meant when he pigeonholed Covington as a "hobbyist."
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* The Terrorist Watchlist is compiled by the Terrorist Screening Center, a division of the FBI created in 2004.
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2 comments:

  1. Oh, Sophie! If you want to follow somebody who tells ridiculous lies, far be it from me to try to stop you.

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