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Minuteman Lawmaker Targets Children of Undocumented Immigrants

By Hatewatch Staff on August 21, 2007 - 8:51 am, Posted in Uncategorized

What part of legal does state Sen. David Schultheis not understand?

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Patriots Border Alliance Begins Inaugural Operation

By Hatewatch Staff on August 21, 2007 - 8:48 am, Posted in Uncategorized

The Patriots’ Border Alliance, a spin-off of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, will have its first border operation beginning today at noon at the Palominas Trading Post.

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Nativist Leader Now Says Video is Fake

By Casey Sanchez on August 20, 2007 - 11:27 am, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

For the first time, Robert Crooks, leader of California’s nativist extremist Mountain Minutemen, has admitted to filming and posting videos (here and here) that seem to depict an undocumented immigrant being shot on the border. But Crooks now says the video was staged.

“Who in their right mind is going to shoot a smuggler, videotape it, then post it to YouTube?” Crooks asked KGTV 10News in San Diego.

That’s a change from last week, when Crooks, in an E-mail to the Intelligence Report, insisted he neither filmed the video nor posted it to a video-sharing site. A local police spokesman told 10News the video did appear to be fake. ( continue to full post… )

Anti-Semitic Leader Rebuked by Catholic Bishop

By Heidi Beirich on August 17, 2007 - 9:04 am, Posted in Anti-Semitic

A man who has run a virulently anti-Semitic “Catholic” group for 14 years has been told to clean up his act by church officials contacted by the Intelligence Report.

Robert Sungenis, who founded and heads Catholic Apologetics International (CAI), was profiled in the magazine edition released in January, along with other anti-Semitic individuals and institutions involved in the “radical traditionalist Catholic” movement, whose precepts are rejected by the Vatican. The Report later sent a letter to Sungenis’ bishop in Harrisburg, Pa., detailing Sungenis’ anti-Semitic activities. Many other concerned Catholics and organizations have done likewise.

The church responded with alacrity. According to a July 31 essay he posted on CAI’s website entitled “Catholic Apologetics International and its Teachings on the Jews”, Sungenis was contacted by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades and later met with Rhoades’ vicar general, the Very Rev. William J. King, and the Rev. James Massa, executive director for ecumenical and inter-religious affairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Afterward, Sungenis wrote that CAI’s “hard-line positions regarding the Jews” had been “often expressed in an ill-advised manner” and promised to change.

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San Diego Minutemen Chief Filmed in Migrant Camp Attack

By Casey Sanchez on August 16, 2007 - 10:10 am, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

Members of the San Diego Minutemen (SDMM), including leader Jeff Schwilk, were captured pulling down migrant workers’ tents and makeshift huts in a video apparently shot in McGonigle Canyon in San Diego. Earlier this week, the Voice of San Diego posted the video shot by Christie Czajkowski, a former member of SDMM who told the online newspaper it was filmed last November.

The video surfaced as police continue to investigate a similar attack on the migrant camp last winter. On Jan. 27, migrants returned to their shantytown to find their tarp homes sliced to ribbons and their clothes slashed. This spring, police searched the homes of Schwilk, Czajkowski and an anti-illegal immigration activist named Julie Adams in connection with that investigation. No arrests have been made. ( continue to full post… )

Talk Shows Inflame Immigration Debate

By Hatewatch Staff on August 14, 2007 - 9:01 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Depending on what side of the debate you’re on, conservative talk radio shows are either to thank or to blame for the collapse of the Senate’s most recent attempt at immigration reform.

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United Patriots of America Continues Surveillance

By Hatewatch Staff on August 14, 2007 - 8:59 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Activists on both sides of the immigration debate squared off Saturday on the street that divides Dumont and Bergenfield, rallying within shouting distance of the day laborers who are at the center of their battle.

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California Minuteman Leader Denounces All Immigration—Legal and Illegal

By Hatewatch Staff on August 14, 2007 - 8:56 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Carl Braun, executive director for the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps of California continued to invoke controversy Thursday night during a dinner hosted by the Southeastern Tulare County Republican Women. […]

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New Video Appears to Show Vigilante Border Murder

By Casey Sanchez on August 13, 2007 - 1:19 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

This morning, the Intelligence Report obtained a video that purports to show a vigilante murdering a Mexican immigrant just inside the U.S.-Mexico border.

It’s unclear at this point whether the video is authentic. It is strikingly similar to another video, posted on this blog late last week, that appears to show a nativist yelling threats and firing a shotgun at migrants crossing the U.S. border, but apparently hitting no one.

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The video, filmed with night-vision equipment and low in quality, is not always easy to understand. Here is a detailed description:

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Shooting at Mexicans: Chilling Video Exposed

By Casey Sanchez on August 10, 2007 - 2:54 pm, Posted in Nativist Extremist

The Intelligence Report has obtained a chilling video that Robert Crooks, the leader of the nativist extremist group Mountain Minutemen, recently E-mailed to several other prominent nativist leaders, including Jim Gilchrist, co-founder of the original Minuteman Project. In the E-mail, Crooks suggests that Gilchrist is a weakling who can “Talk the Talk” but not “Walk the Walk.”

robert-crooks2.jpg“This video shows how to keep a ‘Home Depot’ parking lot empty,” Crooks (right) wrote in his sneering July 26 E-mail, titled “Homeland Defence.” Gilchrist, whose organization had earlier provided Crooks’ group with supplies, responded by banning Crooks from contact with his own group.

Filmed through a night-vision scope, the four-minute video shows two or three men standing on a hill that appears to be on the Mexican side of the border, beyond a barbed-wire fence. “All right, come on across, motherfuckers,” a man says off camera in a quiet voice. “Yeah, go that way. I dare you to go that way. That’s my fucking trail, bitch!”

Then, after muttering about the distant figures being “cockroaches,” the man shouts out loud, “Hey putos [“faggots”], one, two, three!” Next comes the distinct sound of a shotgun shell being chambered, followed by a sudden flash of light and the sound of a shotgun blast. The direction of the gunfire is unclear.

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