Rachel Maddow: Palin’s Secessionist Connection + Palin’s radical right-wing mentors

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Rachel talks to Max Blumenthal about his article which will go up at Salon tonight written with Dave Neiwart that breaks the Palin-secessionist connection wide open.

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Sarah Palin’s radical right-wing mentors

By Max Blumenthal and David Neiwert
Salon News
Oct. 10, 2008
PALMER, Alaska

On the afternoon of Sept. 24 in downtown Palmer, Alaska, as the sun began to sink behind the snowcapped mountains that flank the picturesque Mat-Su Valley, 51-year-old Mark Chryson sat for an hour on a park bench, reveling in tales of his days as chairman of the Alaska Independence Party. The stocky, gray-haired computer technician waxed nostalgic about quixotic battles to eliminate taxes, support the “traditional family” and secede from the United States.

So long as Alaska remained under the boot of the federal government, said Chryson, the AIP had to stand on guard to stymie a New World Order. He invited a Salon reporter to see a few items inside his pickup truck that were intended for his personal protection. “This here is my attack dog,” he said with a chuckle, handing the reporter an exuberant 8-pound papillon from his passenger seat. “Her name is Suzy.” Then he pulled a 9-millimeter Makarov PM pistol — once the standard-issue sidearm for Soviet cops — out of his glove compartment. “I’ve got enough weaponry to raise a small army in my basement,” he said, clutching the gun in his palm. “Then again, so do most Alaskans.” But Chryson added a message of reassurance to residents of that faraway place some Alaskans call “the 48.” “We want to go our separate ways,” he said, “but we are not going to kill you.”


via Sarah Palin’s radical right-wing mentors | Salon News


Video: Interview with former Alaskan Independence Party chairman Mark Chryson

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