Right-wing domestic terrorists who identify as patriotic Americans, are often protected by media.
Exhibit A: The self-radicalized, Barney Fraaken; whose Facebook posts reveal in part, how self-deluding radicals will blame others, before deciding to kill their family. As such, meet Barney Fraaken: Domestic terrorist.
From the Des Moines Register: “Barney Fraaken, 47, is being treated for self-inflicted injuries at a Des Moines hospital, according to a news release from Des Moines police. He is accused of killing his wife, 42-year-old Amy Fraaken, and their daughter, 16-year-old Amber Fraaken, Sunday at their home in the 4200 block of Hull Avenue.”
Barney Fraaken posted of his love for his wife and daughter. Also his self-radicalization.
That Barney Fraaken became a domestic terrorist is not the question. That men who kill their families represent America’s screwed up version of reality when it comes to the kind of domestic terrorism, media largely ignores; births many questions.
People forget the rampaging DC Sniper – whose 27 shootings and 17 murders put the nation on edge, began in Tacoma, Washington, after a failed child custody case.
And when you think Tacoma, think David Brame. Tacoma’s wife-killing, police chief.
And when you think of David Brame, think how media doesn’t cover why men killing their families lies in part due to city officials; think next to the City of Salinas, where Ray Corpuz, who could have acted to protect Crystald Brame, was next hired as City Manager.
Media doesn’t cover that.
No coverage; no change. Barney Fraaken’s series of Facebook posts reveal unfettered self-delusion, to the max. Weighing in between God, Islam, and love of family, Fraaken posted the below days before killing his wife Amy, and daughter Amber.
This is why Americans must practice vigilance when media chooses to define “domestic terrorism” as the phrase right-wing political groups continually attempt to hijack, then push for political gain in their fearful, “not in my back yard” (NIMBY) anti-immigrant, goals.
Vigilance is necessary given media seems a willing co-partner with the definition, while ignoring the vast numbers of home grown domestic terrorists who feel entitled to kill their family. Media doesn’t recognize men like Barney Fraaken, who as the family executioner, staged his own personal jihad.
But media will wrongly, and continually, refer to family assassinations in squishy meaningless terms, such as: “domestic violence.” And those squish men, often pose as patriotic, “love the Second Amendment” types. Which is why the below was on Barney Fraaken’s Facebook page.
Can we Break Denial
Reporters need only glance at Barney Fraaken’s Facebook postings to discover a treasure trove of delusion and self-radicalization. American values, run amok.
Hint: There’s no such thing as, “domestic violence.”
Also, readers would benefit from remembering American doesn’t suffer from a shortage of home-grown terrorists. Or that some terrorists work in law enforcement. Domestic terrorists with badges represent what’s known as, “Threat Multipliers” for women trying to escape the domestic terrorist at home.
This is necessary as media seldom covers government’s systemic bias against women. So the causal factors remain out-of-sight, but in plain view.
Reporters might want to address the kind of systemic bias that dictates women must call the police for help, when police officers have a 40% higher rate of “domestic violence” than other occupations. Making women call the police to report family related assaults and attempted murders is insane – yet unreported. More details here.
(Eventually women might realize it’s city mayors and council members who refuse to hold local police chiefs accountable, who are responsible for continuing family murders. What might end it? When women run for office, themselves.)
Meanwhile, women who pay taxes for police and court services, who are routinely refused those services, are dealing with another “threat multiplier” that continues to put them at risk.
Other threat multipliers? District Attorneys who “decline” a case, or who charge, then negotiate to lesser charges.
Media phones it in when covering family murders
The scene is repeated, daily. After a family murder, a reporter stands in front of the crime scene. Sometimes neighbors are quoted saying, “He was such a nice guy.” Ending on a high note, often reporters will mention a “Go Fund Me” page to help with funeral costs.
But the basics, why family murders continue? Nope. Not examined. Including when the cost-effective, high-tech solution, to end family murders, is available. This lack of media curiosity regarding solutions to family murders, also happens nationally. Daily.
However, media’s complete lack of curiosity also renders media a, threat multiplier. Reporters referring to murders as “Domestic Violence” and not “assault, attempted murder, and murder” is another threat multiplier. All out-of-reporting view, while in plain sight.
Men who feel entitled to kill their family is a decades long dynamic. Consider John Lizt, the failed New Jersey accountant and sometime Sunday School teacher, (who was stealing from his wife’s accounts). Media only reported the crime. Media never investigated the sense of entitlement in these family murders. Reporters simply reported Lizt felt entitled to kill all five members of his family because the world was getting to be “too evil”
The degree Barney Fraaken deluded himself and others is apparent from his Facebook postings, and likely something psychologists will debate at his trial.
From the mind of a domestic terrorist. Who killed his daughter the next day.
Below is another example how a self-radicalizing blow-hard, will eventually practice domestic terrorism.
The first time “domestic terrorism” was used in media was a 1999 quote from Marna Tucker, a family law attorney in Washington DC.
Tucker was describing what it was like to live under the thumb of a domestic terrorist; 24/7.
What’s the creepiest part of Fraaken’s post, below?
That Amber Fraaken and her mother, Amy, did not live three days after Barney Fraaken’s announcement.
The rest of Barney’s Facebook account is littered with self-pitying posts. Posts about trusting God, and his “unconventional” love for his wife. Who didn’t want him around.
Then when reality hit, Barney Fraaken decided if he was rejected, he was entitled to take out his family. And did. So the question becomes: When will mainstream media call this domestic terrorism for what it is?
Readers can help by calling out reporters who identify family murders as, “domestic violence.” Because until the language is accurate the story lacks accuracy and nothing will change.
Insist reporters identify crimes, accurately. It’s assault, attempted murder, and murder. It’s domestic terrorism. Often the terrorist is armed-to-the-teeth, and sitting across the dinner table.
But accuracy in a murder story is the very least a reporter can do for someone who can no longer speak.
These monsters should be identified by who they are; and what they did. They are domestic terrorists.
Refugees fleeing mass slaughter, are a whole ‘nother matter.