Rachel Maddow started Friday night's show with the horrific details in the case of a U.S. Census worker's death and if anyone thinks they're going to be able to claim this wasn't triggered by anti-government sentiment -- possibly incited by the like the nutters such as Michele Bachmann and Glenn Beck - think again. This guys was not just killed, but by the shape he was in when he was discovered, it looks like he was humiliated or worse -- he might have even been tortured. It was also obvious by what was left at the scene that whoever killed him knew who he was, and who he was representing.
New details on hanged census workerUPDATE:
Sept. 25: Rachel Maddow is joined by Associated Press reporter Jeffrey McMurray and NBC News’ Ron Mott to talk about the latest in the case of Bill Sparkman, a federal census worker found dead in rural Kentucky.
From Think Progress:
From The Washington Post is worried:
Earlier this summer, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) waged a high-profile, wildly-dishonest campaign against the Census. The Minnesota congresswoman said she was so worried about the threat of the government asking “very intricate questions” and collecting information that she would illegally refuse to fill out the form. “They will be in charge of going door to door and collecting data from the American public,” she said. “This is very concerning.” She repeatedly used inflammatory and fear-mongering rhetoric against the Census:read more....
– “I think there is a point when you say enough is enough to government intrusion.” [6/25/09]
– “If we look at American history, between 1942 and 1947, the data that was collected by the census bureau was handed over to the FBI and other organizations, at the request of President Roosevelt, and that’s how the Japanese were rounded up and put into the internment camps.” [6/25/09]
“You will receive approximately six contacts from them [Census workers], either through phone calls or they will knock on your door. If you still do not give them the information, they said they’ll contact your neighbor to the left of you, to the right of you to get information.” [6/25/09]
Census takers who die on the job typically succumb to strokes, heart attacks and car accidents. But violence against field workers, while rare, is an ongoing concern.UPDATE I:
The 2000 Census was marked by a spate of violence. In Indiana, a pack of dogs mauled a census taker to death. A California census taker was grabbed and forced into her car after a homeowner ordered her to leave and she lingered, trying to explain the importance of the Census. A Denver census taker was hijacked and stabbed, and in Chicago, a census taker was thrown down a flight of stairs.
This year, a county manager in New Mexico warned that many people take their property rights seriously, and some might shoot at census takers who trespass.