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20 Years Later: Hatewatch Looks Back at the Oklahoma City Bombing

By Hatewatch Staff on April 17, 2015 - 3:13 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Commentary, Patriot

oklahoma-city-bombing-20th-homepageOn April 19, 1995 – 20 years ago Sunday – a truck bomb brought down the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, including 19 children in a day care center.

The bombing by antigovernment zealot Timothy McVeigh and several co-conspirators shocked the nation, awakening it to the threat of terrorism from far-right extremists. It remains the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history.

Today, the threat from extremists like McVeigh remains very real.

The SPLC has documented a powerful resurgence of the extremist movement that motivated McVeigh. In fact, the movement has spawned numerous acts of terror and violence in recent years.

The SPLC today offers both a look at the movement’s history and an assessment of the current threat:

  • MSNBC: “20 years after Oklahoma City bombing, domestic terror threat remains,” by SPLC President Richard Cohen.
  • POLITICO: “Don’t Ignore the Homegrown Terror Threat,” by SPLC Senior Fellow Mark Potok.
  • An SPLC timeline of the militia movement.
  • Terror from the Right, a list of more than 100 domestic terrorist attacks, plots and racist rampages since Oklahoma City.

Also, here’s SPLC Senior Fellow Mark Potok discussing his personal experience as a reporter on the scene in Oklahoma City, as well as the current state of the militia movement:

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Don’t Ignore the Homegrown Terror Threat

By Mark Potok on April 17, 2015 - 1:40 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Domestic Terrorism

Editor’s Note: This essay by SPLC Senior Fellow Mark Potok was written for, and originally posted at, Politico.

Less than six hours after a 7,000-pound truck bomb ripped through the Oklahoma City federal building 20 years ago this Sunday, self-described terrorism “expert” Steve Emerson already was on CBS News, speculating.

“Oklahoma City, I can tell you, is probably considered one of the largest centers of Islamic radical activity outside the Middle East,” Emerson claimed, speaking while the building’s rubble still smoldered over the corpses of 168 men, women and children. The bombing, he declared, “was done with the intent to inflict as many casualties as possible. That is a Middle Eastern trait.” Emerson went on to instruct CBS’s audience not to believe Islamic groups’ denials of involvement.

The next day—still before any suspect was identified—an Iraqi refugee named Suhair Al Mosawi was at home a few miles from the city with her two-year-old daughter when a hail of bricks smashed her windows. Seven months pregnant, the terrified Muslim woman fled with her child to a bathroom, where she began to miscarry. Racing to the hospital a short while later, according to an account in The Boston Globe, her husband asked her to take off her veil, hoping to avoid still more abuse.

The next day, authorities fingered Timothy McVeigh, who had been arrested north of the city on unrelated charges 90 minutes after the bombing, as the primary suspect in the massacre. He was a white, native-born American, a U.S. Army veteran who had no connection to Islam. But for Suhair Al Mosawi and her stillborn baby boy, the revelation that Muslims had nothing to do with it arrived too late.

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Hatewatch Headlines 4/17/15

By Hatewatch Staff on April 17, 2015 - 7:34 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Media Matters: The powerhouse anti-LGBT extremists behind much of the ‘religious freedom’ legislation making the rounds.

Forbes: Where are the Cliven Bundy supporters now?

Associated Press: Suspect in North Carolina community college shooting tells court he’s a neo-Nazi who hates homosexuals.

Houston Chronicle: Teacher resigns after being called out for distributing anti-Muslim materials.

Right Wing Watch: ‘This is not Bundy Ranch,’ implores mine owner at center of latest Oath Keepers standoff.

Raw Story: Man accused of hate crime for burning gay neighbors’ pride flag says he only meant it as a ‘prank.’

USA Today: Looking back at the Oklahoma City bombing 20 years later, and its legacy of victims’ rights.


Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Member Given 25 Years for Fatally Stabbing Girlfriend

By Bill Morlin on April 16, 2015 - 7:36 pm, Posted in Racist Prison Gangs, White Supremacist
William Chet Stewart.

William Chet Stewart.

A man identified as a member of the violent, racist Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) gang will spend 25 years in prison after confessing to fatally stabbing his wife in the neck in a Texas bar last October.

William Chet Stewart, 35, of Ropesville, Texas, agreed to waive his right of appeal as part of the plea agreement to serve at least 25 years in prison, various media outlets have reported. He pleaded guilty to murdering his wife, Holly Combs, 24, who bled to death in the bar as friends and witnesses vainly tried to save her life after Stewart fled.

Stewart and Combs, who had lived together for two years, were married shortly before the murder. On the night of the stabbing, they drove to meet friends at the 6th Street Saloon in Amarillo, KVII-TV in Amarillo reported. The couple had been arguing for days prior to the stabbing, and investigators said Stewart believed Combs was going to leave him.

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Cliven Bundy Supporter Pleads Guilty to Threatening Federal Officials During Standoff

By Ryan Lenz on April 16, 2015 - 1:05 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Extremist Crime, Patriot
One year after the federal government abandoned a roundup to confiscate Cliven Bundy's cattle herd, flag poles topped with the words "We The People" now carry a banner with Bundy's message to the federal government. (Ryan Lenz/Hatewatch.)

One year after the federal government abandoned a roundup to confiscate Cliven Bundy’s cattle herd, flag poles topped with the words “We The People” now carry a banner with Bundy’s message to the federal government. (Ryan Lenz/Hatewatch.)

A Pennsylvania supporter of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has pleaded guilty in federal court to threatening a Bureau of Land Management enforcement official during Bundy’s armed standoff last year with federal officials.

Will Michael, 24, pleaded guilty this week to threatening a federal law enforcement official as well as making interstate communication threats, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday. He will be sentenced in July.

While Michael did not travel to Nevada during the April 12, 2014, standoff, he did leave a profanity-strewn telephone message with Mike Roop, the chief Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ranger for Washington and Oregon, in which he said, “We’re going to kill you,” according to federal court documents cited by The Times.

Bundy, who last weekend celebrated the anniversary of his standoff with BLM agents, seemed concerned that this would send a troubling message to his supporters. Michael is the first person arrested or charged in connection with the Bundy case, despite widespread calls across the nation for justice.

“I’m concerned,” Bundy told the Times. “It looks to me like they’re looking for someone easy to pick on. This guy was back in Pennsylvania. He wasn’t even out here in Nevada. I don’t even know what he said.” He added, “It sort of seems like this could be the government’s first move – I hope not.”

After the standoff, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a special report that, based on interviews with militia commanders on scene that day, documented a plan to coordinate the dozens of militias that responded to Bundy’s call for help, the Bundy family and other supporters to face off with the BLM.

Hatewatch Headlines 4/16/15

By Hatewatch Staff on April 16, 2015 - 6:53 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

The Daily Beast: Neo-Nazis come out of the woodwork to harass vigils for slain immigrant in Pasco, WA.

The Root: Americans are desperately in need of a history lesson about the meaning of the Confederate flag.

Media Matters: Anti-LGBT hate group Family Research Council will bring Fox News, GOP hopefuls on a trip to Israel.

Salon: The Orwellian police ‘trespassing’ tactic that targets black Americans simply for existing.

Right Wing Watch: On Bundy anniversary, Oath Keepers try to set stage for another anti-government showdown, this time in Oregon.

Miami Herald/Leonard Pitts Jr.: Twenty years after the Oklahoma City bombing, the far-right hatred is still out there festering.

Antigovernment Extremists Suspected In Leak Of Government Employee Information

By Keegan Hankes on April 15, 2015 - 4:03 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Conspiracies

A right-wing extremist group is believed to have leaked the home addresses of dozens of former and current employees of the CIA, FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), CBS is reporting.

The list, which was uploaded to QuickLeak, a website designed for content to be leaked anonymously, also included the addresses of political figures such as former DHS head Janet Napolitano, Arizona Gov. Douglas Ducey and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The group, which has not yet been identified, also published addresses it claims the CIA uses for field operations in the United States.

While the identity of the group is unknown, the language on the site is filled with conspiracy theories and rhetoric often employed by members of the antigovernment movement.


References to the “New World Order” and a secret government plan to intern American citizens in domestic prison camps are central tenants of the antigovernment movement, which believes that the federal government has become the enemy of the people. Several names, including Giuliani’s and an alleged CIA official named Richard Blee are labeled as “9-11 Traitors.”

According to CBS, the DHS has responded with concern.

“The safety of our workforce is always a primary concern,” the agency said in a written statement. “DHS has notified employees who were identified in the posting and encouraged them to be vigilant. DHS will adjust security measures, as appropriate, to protect our employees.”

Mother of Simcox’s Alleged Victim Recounts Nightmare Scenario in the Court System

By David Neiwert on April 15, 2015 - 2:22 pm, Posted in Nativist Extremist, Trial Updates
Chris Simcox.

Chris Simcox.

Ever since that night in May 2013 when her daughter told her that her friend’s daddy – the seemingly ordinary guy who hung out with the kids in the neighborhood, but who turned out to be former “Minutemen” leader Chris Simcox – had molested her the previous February, Michelle Lynch’s world has been an endless limbo of uncertainty while wrestling with her daughter’s pain.

It’s a feeling, she says, that has only been worsened by her experiences with the court system as she awaits the day when Simcox will stand trial more than two years after the event.

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Hatewatch Headlines 4/15/15

By Hatewatch Staff on April 15, 2015 - 8:41 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

KDRV-TV (Medford, OR): Oath Keepers set up camp in rural Oregon at site of dispute between BLM and mining operation.

Talking Points Memo: Bill O’Reilly worries that it’s now ‘open season’ on Christians and white men.

Associated Press: Fatal shooting of community-college supervisor investigated as possible anti-gay hate crime.

Right Wing Watch: After Marco Rubio announces his candidacy, the birth-certificate conspiracy theorists come out of the woodwork.

Towleroad: Oklahoma legislator wants to require businesses that discriminate against LGBT customers to put up signs.

AlterNet: Texas legislator Molly White won’t meet with LGBT constituents because they won’t change her mind.

Think Progress: NRA seminar warns that Islamic extremists have seized control of American cities.

NC Neo-Nazi Arrested in Murder of Former Supervisor

By Bill Morlin on April 14, 2015 - 12:49 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi

The shotgun killing of a print shop supervisor at Wayne Community College yesterday in Goldsboro, N.C., is now being investigated as a hate crime, with a 20-year-old neo-Nazi in custody in Florida.

Kenneth Stancil

Kenneth Stancil

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, of Goldsboro, was arrested early Tuesday while sleeping on the ocean beach in Daytona, Fla. – 540 miles from the community college print shop where Ron Lane was fatally shot as he arrived for work, authorities said.

Goldsboro police said today they are investigating the homicide as a hate crime, but are not publicly discussing a specific motive.

Police Sgt. Jeremy Sutton told reporters that the suspect had a calculated plan that he carried out with one blast from a 12-gauge pistol-grip shotgun before fleeing the Wayne County college campus on a motorcycle. The motorcycle was later found abandoned on Interstate 95 near Lumberton, N.C.

Brent Hood, who was the supervisor of the shooting victim, said Lane was gay, Greensboro, N.C., television station WITN reported.

The suspect has the number “88” — signifying “Heil Hitler” because the eighth letter of the alphabet is H — tattooed on his cheek. He also has a German Iron Cross tattoo on his neck, which can be a neo-Nazi signifier as well.

Police say they believe Stancil’s “88” facial tattoo was done as recently as last weekend — perhaps a symbolic act as he contemplated taking the life of another person in furtherance of his white supremacist beliefs.

Sutton, of the Goldsboro police department, said investigators are aware of the tattoo and its connection to white supremacy.

Lane had been employed in the college print shop for more than 16 years, and the suspect previously was a work-study student there.

Dr. Kay Albertson, the president of Wayne Community College, told media outlets that Stancil was fired from his work-study job on March 3 for “poor attendance.”

It’s not clear at this point how the suspect got from Lumberton, where he abandoned his motorcycle, to Daytona Beach, where Volusia County Beach Patrol found him sleeping on a beach around 1:20 a.m. this morning with a knife in his possession. They took him into custody for further investigation.