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Hatewatch Headlines 7/3/15

By Hatewatch Staff on July 3, 2015 - 1:19 pm, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Yahoo News: How CofCC’s Earl Holt tapped into a Jewish family fortune to finance his white-supremacist organization.

Politico: A majority of Americans believe the Confederate flag is a symbol of regional pride, not racism.

Alabama News: NASCAR seeks to ban Confederate flags on cars racing in their events.

Raw Story: Militia goons mock combat veterans for displaying ‘faggoty ass yard signs’ seeking fireworks courtesy.

Right Wing Watch: Michael Savage warns that gays want to throw pastors in jail first, then into the Coliseum.

Associated Press: Montana man inspired by Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling applies for a polygamous second license.

The Daily Beast: Cleveland police officer comes under fire from Islamic groups for series of anti-Muslim tweets.

Reuters: Idaho refugee center is targeted by right-wing campaign to shutter operation over fears about ISIS extremists.

Washington Post: Why do people persist in believing long-debunked myths about the Confederacy?

 

Hatewatch Headlines 7-2-15

By Hatewatch Staff on July 2, 2015 - 9:39 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Al Jazeera America: Department of Homeland Security colluding with anti-immigrant groups.

Think Progress: Why ‘unconnected’ church burnings may still be acts of racist terror.

WBRC-TV (Birmingham, AL): Parks board votes to remove Confederate monument from Birmingham park.

Raw Story: Alabama court staffer references Nazis, kangaroos and more in plea to governor to resist ‘homosexual sodomy.’

Herald-Citizen (Cookeville, TN): Man charged with attempting to commit act of terrorism after dispute reveals he owned homemade bombs.

Capital Gazette (Annapolis, MD): Ethics board warns Michael Peroutka not to use his title as county councilman to promote extremist institute.

Media Matters: Associated Press omits controversy over racial remarks in reporting on meeting between Cliven Bundy and Rand Paul.

Right Wing Watch: Houston radio host Sam Malone says LGBT activists are just like terrorists.

CNC Report Details Collusion Between Anti-Immigrant Groups and Immigration Agents

By Hatewatch Staff on July 1, 2015 - 4:51 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

Blurring-Borders-FINAL-page-0-386x500An important new report by the Chicago-based civil rights organization Center for New Community (CNC), released yesterday, documents collusion between the leadership of U.S. Border Patrol Unions and the organized anti-immigrant movement in the United States.

The report, “Blurring Borders: Collusion between Anti-Immigrant Groups and Immigration Enforcement Agents” documents numerous examples of this collusion, and notes how extremely problematic it is when you consider the fact that Border Patrol agents are entrusted to carry out the country’s immigration policies as instructed by Congress and the Executive branch.

The report reveals that the anti-immigrant movement is actively engaged in developing sources within these agencies and unions who are willing to leak data directly to them, and cultivating spokespersons from within these unions who are willing to echo their messaging and to advocate for their policy goals.

One year ago today, anti-immigrant protesters in the town of Murrieta, Calif., blocked busses carrying some of the thousands of women and children who were fleeing violence in Central America. As the report notes, the activists would not have known about the busses coming to Murrieta if it were not for Border Patrol agents leaking the information to anti-immigrant leaders.

The report also notes that a close working relationship with Border Patrol and other government agencies is part of the broader anti-immigrant strategy, one developed over three decades ago by white nationalist John Tanton, the founder of the modern nativist movement. Today, the anti-immigrant groups rely heavily on these agencies to provide them with information.

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), a group founded by Tanton, is one of the groups that benefits the most from this collusion. Stephen Steinlight, senior policy analyst for CIS, acknowledged during a radio interview in 2014 that many CIS publications would not be possible “without our ongoing good connections with whistleblowers in agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

Commenting on the release of the report, Mark Potok, senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, said, “Do we really want law enforcement agents colluding with people who seek a European-American majority? Do we really want our law enforcement officers cooperating with people who are friends with hate groups who call all Latino people ‘dumb’ and circulate conspiracy theories about Jewish power?”

To read CNC’s report in full, click here

Hatewatch Headlines 7-1-15

By Hatewatch Staff on July 1, 2015 - 9:14 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

The Hill: Rep. Peter King, chair of Homeland Security Committee, says white-supremacist threat is overstated.

New York Times: No evidence yet of hate crimes in string of fires at black Southern churches.

Associated Press: Brawl breaks out in front of South Carolina statehouse between Confederate flag protesters, supporters.

New Civil Rights Movement: Anti-LGBT hate crimes reportedly rising in wake of Supreme Court’s gay-marriage ruling.

Post and Courier (Charleston, SC): Law enforcement finding ‘lone wolf’ type of attacks are increasingly tough to prevent.

Salon: Confessions of a recovering racist, who somehow was taught hate as a gift of love.

Raw Story: Pastors call for stonings, warn of God’s wrathful judgment in wake of marriage-equality ruling.

Mother Jones: The rise of violent right-wing extremism, explained.

Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy Meets with Rand Paul

By Bill Morlin on June 30, 2015 - 5:31 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Extremist Crime, Militias, Patriot

Rancher Cliven Bundy, the tax scofflaw whose defiance of a federal court order invigorated the antigovernment movement last year, is becoming something of a political asset.

On Monday, Bundy met with Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul during a campaign swing through Nevada. The two met in Mesquite during a “Stand with Rand” question-and-answer session, where Paul discussed public land rights with Bundy and 50 other potential supporters and activists, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.

After the Q-and-A session, Paul’s aids found a private room where the presidential candidate met privately with Bundy, his wife and one of his sons for 45 minutes, according to a report in Politico.

“I think almost all land use issues and animal issues, endangered species issues, ought to be handled at the state level,” Rand told the Associated Press. “I think that the government shouldn’t interfere with state decisions, so if a state decides to have medical marijuana or something like that, it should be respected as a state decision.”

After the political rally, Bundy –– not so surprisingly –– told the AP he supported Paul’s position that the federal government should turn over ownership of its public lands to the states.

“In general, I think we’re in tune with each other,” Bundy told the wire service, adding, “I don’t think we need to ask Washington, D.C. for this land. It’s our land.”

Paul, only one of an ever-growing field of GOP contenders for the White House, didn’t however mention Bundy’s April 2014 standoff near Bunkerville, Nev.,with the Bureau of Land Management, an event that proved to be inspiring to the antigovernment movement.

Bundy has said the federal government, which controls 80 percent of the land in Nevada, has no authority there and he should be free to graze his cattle on public land without federal oversight.The BLM says Bundy still owes more than $1 million in back grazing fees for having his cattle herd roam on Nevada’s public lands in Nevada for the past two decades.

The BLM has refused requests for answers about how it intends to proceed against Bundy or the others involved in the standoff, including some armed militia members who pointed firearms at federal agents, though it has promised to seek justice for Bundy’s actions.

Despite the baggage that Bundy brings to any campaign, other political candidates have sought out his celebrity. Bundy has appeared at rallies and fundraisers for other candidates, mostly in Nevada and Arizona.

Last year he showed up at an Arizona picnic attended by Republicans Douglas A. “Doug” Ducey, who was elected governor of Arizona, and Mark Brnovich, who was elected at that state’s attorney general.

Bundy, who drew widespread criticism for talking about the “negro” in an interview with The New York Times, appeared in a campaign advertisement for Kamau Bakari, who was an unsuccessful Independent American Party candidate for Congress in last fall’s elections.

Extremist Highlights from the 2015 Western Conservative Summit

By Hatewatch Staff on June 30, 2015 - 3:27 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Anti-LGBT

This past weekend, the annual Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colo., brought a number of the 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls to the battleground state, as well as a number of extremists and members of hate groups. Some of the major themes of the gathering included attacking the Supreme Court for its ruling on marriage equality and anti-immigrant sentiment.

Here is a rundown of some extremist highlights from the 2015 Western Conservative Summit:

  • A number of the 2016 Presidential nominees decried Friday’s decision by the Supreme Court granting marriage equality for same-sex couples. Mike Huckabee called the decision “disgusting” and an act of “judicial supremacy.” Rick Santorum said the decision was “based on a lie” and that the family unit “has further been assaulted.”
  • Tony Perkins, head of the anti-LGBT hate group Family Research Council (FRC) also used his speech to attack the Supreme Court decision, saying that he “rejects the notion that we must get on the right side of these causes.” Perkins and FRC often make false claims about the LGBT community such as claiming that gay men are pedophiles.
  • Later in his speech, Santorum referenced white nationalist Charles Murray, one of the most influential social scientists in America, who uses racist pseudoscience and misleading statistics to argue that social inequality is caused by the genetic inferiority of the black and Latino communities, women and the poor.
  • Santorum also called for a reduction to the number of immigrants entering the United States legally each year, a common argument voiced by the established anti-immigrant movement in the U.S.
  • The most prominent anti-immigrant group in Colorado, the Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform (CAIRCO), had an exhibitor’s booth at the event. Among the materials CAIRCO distributed was a pamphlet produced by the anti-immigrant hate group Federation for American immigration Reform (FAIR), founded by white nationalist John Tanton, the founder of the modern-day anti-immigrant movement.
  • Joyce Mucci, FAIR’s Southern Field Representative, manned the CAIRCO booth. Mucci’s presence at the booth further indicates the close relationship between FAIR and state-based groups such as CAIRCO.
  • Frank Gaffney, head of the anti-Muslim group Center for Security Policy (CSP) ran a workshop on day two of the conference. Gaffney’s speech was littered with anti-Muslim rhetoric, including an often repeated claim among Islamophobes that all Muslim Student Associations in the United States are a front for the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • During the Q&A session, an attendee asked Gaffney to comment on “Somali colonies” working in meatpacking plants in Colorado. Gaffney responded to the question by stating, “I don’t know about you, but it kind of creeps me out that they are getting jobs in the food supply of the United States.”

This conference, similar to the CPAC gathering in Washington, D.C., in February, demonstrates that conservatives are doing little to appeal to minority and LGBT voters. With the 2016 election just around the corner, hardline stances on topics such as same-sex marriage and immigration could turn out to be very damaging for the GOP at the polls.

Frazier Glenn Miller Hopes To Inspire With Jail Letters

By Don Terry on June 30, 2015 - 2:30 pm, Posted in Anti-Semitic, Crime, Extremist Crime, White Supremacist
Frazier Glenn Miller

Frazier Glenn Miller

Inside the county jail where he awaits trial on three counts of capital murder in last year’s shooting spree at two Jewish community centers in Kansas, neo-Nazi Frazier Glenn Miller is also known as Frazier Glenn Cross.

The United States government gave him the name “Cross” more than 20 years ago when he went into the witness protection program after snitching on his fellow white nationalists at their sedition trial in the late 1980’s.

At 74, and suffering from emphysema, Miller is still running his mouth, this time in a series of letters and legal filings he has been sending from jail to white nationalist supporters to post on the racist web forum Vanguard News Network (VNN).

“The rednecks, at least, will be a bit inspired,” Miller boasted in a recent letter to a VNN member “Jimmy Marr.”

“My morale is super high, higher than ever before,” Miller added. “I’m totally at peace with myself. I struck violent blows against the GD jew [sic] menace – effective blows, too.”

None of the three people Miller is accused of murdering on April 13, 2014 – William Corporon, 69, Corporon’s14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, and Terri LaManno, 53 – were Jewish.

“I’ll die with a clear conscience,” Miller said in the letter, apparently mailed in early June, “knowing I did my best to secure the existence of ourt [sic] people, and a future for White children.”

If convicted, Miller could face the death penalty. He is representing himself in the case after firing his team of court-appointed lawyers in May. The trial is scheduled to begin August 17.

But in the letter he sent to “Marr,” Miller complained that “Hardly any jew-wies [sic], capable WNs [white nationalists] have stepped forward to help me gather hard hitting evidence against the jews [sic].”

“My defense will be COMPLELLING NECESSITY,” he wrote. “The jew-wise [sic] should easily figure out what evidences will be most effective in support of my defense, then mail them to me…”

In the letter, Miller seemed pleased with himself that he had received “a couple more citations” in jail. He asked that the citations be posted along with the letter for “the rednecks.”

The first citation is from May 14, according to what Miller had posted on VNN. The citation, which refers to Miller as “Inmate Cross,” says Miller called a jail employee “a yellow piece of shit who wouldn’t fight to protect his own mother.” Miller apparently got angry when the employee dismissed Miller’s talk about the “Jews running the media” and putting a “stranglehold on the United States.”

The next citation was dated May 24. Again Miller got angry, this time because a nurse did not arrive as quickly as he wanted to give him treatment for his emphysema. He started berating a guard.

“Inmate Cross responded by calling me ‘nigger’ several times and telling me to go sit my black ass down,” the citation says. “I then stated to Inmate Cross to hurry with his breathing treatment. Inmate Cross responded by telling me to ‘shut the fuck up, nigger” and telling me to Google him. Inmate Cross stated that he could get my black ass taken out a[t] anytime.”

In mid-June Miller sent two motions he filed on his own behalf to Alex Linder, the founder of VNN. One was a “motion for acquittal of all charges.”

Miller asked Linder to post it to his site.

Miller claimed in the motion that “The white race is dying out” and “This genocide is caused by jews[sic]” and his fellow white men “are spineless citizens who tolerate every outrage thrown in their faces and with smiling faces.”

He said he “used legal means, rather than violent means” for 48 years, fighting for the “rights and preservation of my people.” He ran for office, he spread his racist and anti-Semitic message as a guest “on well over 200 radio and TV talk shows, including Howard Stern and Alan Colmes…” But his efforts were “futile with no chance of stopping the jewish [sic] genocide of my people.”

So when he drove from his home in rural Missouri to Overland Park, Kan., and opened fire outside of two Jewish community centers on a spring Sunday afternoon last year, killing three people, “It was,” according to Miller’s motion, “homicide by necessity.”

“Roger Bannon,” a VNN member since 2013, responded to Miller’s correspondence.

“The guy is a delusional nutcase,” he wrote on the site in mid-June. “… He wants martyrdom but deserves nothing but scorn.”

Ann Coulter Cites White Nationalists, Anti-Muslim Activists and Other Racists in New Book

By Hatewatch Staff on June 30, 2015 - 12:33 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

511nk5odwLL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Ann Coulter’s latest book, “¡Adios, America! – The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole” hit the shelves late last month and is currently sitting at the #18 spot on the New York Times best sellers list. Predictably, the radical right has lauded Coulter’s anti-immigrant screed, with many calling for the GOP to take up Coulter’s stance on immigration.

On June 16, Coulter did a live webcast hosted by the anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA. During the show, both Coulter and the NumbersUSA staff encouraged listeners to immerse themselves in the almost 100 pages of endnotes in Coulter’s book to get further educated on the immigration issue.

Hatewatch staff decided to take Coulter up on her offer. An investigation into the book’s 89 pages of endnotes reveals that she routinely cites white nationalists, anti-Muslim activists and anti-immigrant groups in her latest screed.

Here’s a rundown of the cast of extremist characters Coulter cites:

Jason Richwine – Disgraced Former Heritage Foundation Senior Policy Analyst

Jason Richwine came to prominence during the most recent major push for comprehensive immigration reform in 2013, when he co-authored a report for the Heritage Foundation on the “costs” of undocumented immigration. Coulter cited the report in her book. After the report was published, a number of immigrant and civil rights organizations discovered his racist ties. For example, he penned articles for the white nationalist blog Alternative Right, founded by Richard Spencer, a leading white nationalist ideologue.

Richwine’s 2009 doctoral dissertation at Harvard makes the standard white nationalist claim that there are deep differences in intelligence between races, and that there may be a genetic component to those differences, which, he argues, are persistent over time. He wrote that, “No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.” What does that mean with regard to immigration into the U.S.? Richwine argues for simply testing the IQ of those who want to immigrate, excluding those with lower scores. Coulter also cites Richwine’s dissertation in her publication.

That wasn’t the first time he has made statements like that. Five years ago, Hatewatch noted that when Richwine was a fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI) earlier in 2008, he also compared the intelligence of earlier, mainly white settlers favorably to later, mostly Latino ones. “The argument that immigrants themselves are no different from the ones that came 100 years ago I think is quite wrong,” Richwine said in a discussion at AEI that aired on C-SPAN, “and I think that the major difference here is ethnicity — or race, if you will. Races differ in all sorts of ways, and probably the most important way is in IQ.”

Peder Nøstvold Jensen aka “Fjordman” – Norwegian Anti-Muslim Blogger

In chapter 10 of her book, Coulter cites the Fjordman blog, founded by Peter Jensen, a prolific anti-Muslim blogger. The anti-fascist group HOPE not hate describes Jensen as “arguably the single most important influence on Anders Breivik.” In 2011, Breivik set off a bomb outside government buildings in Oslo, Norway, killing eight and injuring over 200 before he traveled to the island of Utøya and murdered 69 more, many of them teens participating in a summer camp organized by the ruling Norwegian Labour Party. Breivik’s reasons for committing this horrific act of domestic terrorism: blaming the government for allowing Norway to be “invaded” by Muslims.

After the Breivik murders, Jensen stopped writing and relocated to Denmark, but an archive of Jensen’s anti-Muslim articles is still online today. In it are pieces with titles such as “Does Global Warming Cause Rape Waves?,” “Creating a European Indigenous People’s Movement” and “Why Muslims Like Hitler, but Not Mozart.”

Robert Spencer – Co-founder of the anti-Muslim hate group Stop Islamization of America

In chapter seven of her book, Coulter cites an article on JihadWatch, a blog managed by Robert Spencer, one of the leading anti-Muslim activists in the country. Spencer insists, despite his lack of academic training, that Islam is inherently violent and that radical jihadists who commit acts of terror are simply following its dictates. Spencer argues that radical Muslims, like Osama bin Laden, are interpreting the Koran properly. Peaceful and moderate Muslims, according to Spencer, either do not understand their own holy book or are faking their moderate stances. Spencer’s writings on JihadWatch were cited dozens of times in a manifesto written by Anders Breivik. Spencer was banned from the United Kingdom as an extremist in July 2013.

Peter Brimelow – English White Nationalist – Founder of the Racist VDARE

In Chapter 16 of her book, Coulter cites a blog by white nationalist Peter Brimelow written on his racist website VDARE. In her NumbersUSA webcast earlier this month, Coulter praised Brimelow for his book, “Alien Nation,” published in 1995. Brimelow’s book argued that America is historically white-dominated and should stay that way and described the role of race as “elemental, absolute, fundamental.” Though most of the content on VDARE focuses on immigration, Brimelow also gives a platform to a number of other haters including Kevin MacDonald, one of the most important anti-Semites in America and Jared Taylor, thought of as one of the premier white nationalist ideologues of the past quarter century. Many of Coulter’s syndicated columns are also housed on the VDARE site.

Center for Immigration Studies– The Anti-immigrant Movement’s Think Tank

As Media Matters succinctly reported earlier this this month, Coulter’s book is chock full of talking points from the organized anti-immigrant movement in the United States. In fact, Coulter cites the anti-immigrant think tank Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) at least once in each of the first seven chapters of her book. CIS was created in 1985 by white nationalist John Tanton, the founder of the modern-day anti-immigrant movement. Tanton once wrote, “I’ve come to the point of view that for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that.” The longtime head of CIS is Mark Krikorian. After the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Krikorian wrote, “My guess is that Haiti’s so screwed up because it wasn’t colonized long enough.”

Last month, Hatewatch wrote about Coulter’s history of racist statements, many of which echo points made by a number of leading white nationalists. After examining the endnotes from her new book, it is clear that she has no issue citing these figures in an attempt to justify her positions.

Hatewatch Headlines 6/30/15

By Hatewatch Staff on June 30, 2015 - 10:18 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

The Daily Beast: How 4chan’s trolling culture helped give birth to the racist and neo-fascist sites where Dylann Roof lurked.

The Guardian (U.K.): A look at how white supremacists have infiltrated the U.S. military, and why that spells serious trouble.

Independent Mail (Anderson, S.C.): Ku Klux Klan plans to hold rally in defense of Confederate flag at South Carolina statehouse.

Salon: They’re still fighting the Civil War – and they’re still lying about the Confederate flag.

Talking Points Memo: FBI investigating string of arsons of black churches in the South in the wake of the Charleston shootings.

The New Civil Rights Movement: Alabama Supreme Court appears to try circumventing high court’s gay-marriage ruling by ordering judges cease issuing licenses.

Associated Press: Sen. Rand Paul meets with Cliven Bundy during Nevada campaign stop.

Raw Story: Bystanders laugh as parade of vehicles bearing Confederate flags in Georgia town ends in traffic wreck.

Media Matters: CNN demonstrates how not to interview an anti-LGBT hate group about marriage equality.

Hatewatch Headlines 6/29/15

By Hatewatch Staff on June 29, 2015 - 7:39 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Think Progress: After Charleston, black churches across the South are targeted by arsonists.

Right Wing Watch: The religious right reacts with predictable hysteria to the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

The Guardian (U.K.): PayPal appears to suspend donations to Council of Conservative Citizens in wake of ‘Dylann Roof manifesto.’

Raw Story: Missouri store owner who claimed Confederate flag is not about hate turns out to have longstanding ties to the KKK.

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Interior chief Sally Jewell promises that Cliven Bundy will be held accountable for standoff.

Talking Points Memo: How the South lost the Civil War but won the narrative.

Reuters: U.S. Supreme Court tosses out tougher sentencing for Minnesota white supremacist in weapons-possession case.

NPR: Former FBI agent discusses how the FBI tracks white supremacists and domestic extremists.

New York Post: Hate crimes against Jews and Muslims surge dramatically in New York City.

Freakout Nation: NASCAR’s most popular driver says it’s time to get rid of the Confederate flags.

Salon: Dylann Roof is the new face of the distinctly modern threat of white nationalism.