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Justin Boyer, 24, the former boy wonder and Washington State Unit commander of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM), has announced that he’s forming a new militia-style paramilitary group called the United Globalist Movement. It’s apparently not the kind of militia group most of us remember from the 1990s.
Boyer, identifying himself as the “Commanding General of the Land Forces,” wrote in his April 23 post that “[p]arty members will have ranks and uniforms. … Party members will be trained like a political and Military machine in all walks of life.” Although Boyer claimed his new organization is a “peaceful movement,” he added that “I am a believer in training for everything and that includes war.” “Most of our members have Military back rounds [sic] and other things I cant [sic] go into right now,” Boyer concluded.
Boyer, who told a reporter earlier this year that he first read Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf when he was 10 years old, claimed to have renounced racism earlier this year after listening to Barack Obama’s Election Night victory speech.
“It was like something just went off in my mind. It was like, ‘Man, this guy’s right, you know.’ Time for a change,” Boyer was quoted in February as saying in the Wilmington News Journal. (By that time, Boyer had quit the NSM to become the Ohio state leader of another neo-Nazi group, the American National Socialist Workers Party, a post he also is said to have resigned).
The swine flu outbreak in Mexico and the frightening possibility of it becoming a global pandemic have provided a little something for just about everyone on the U.S. radical right.
Most predictable are the panic-stricken calls for the military to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border entirely. They’re coming from nativist extremist groups including the San Diego Minutemen and the California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR). CCIR head Barbara Coe, however, kicked the insanity up a notch by openly suggesting that God infect Barack Obama, members of his staff and their families with the deadly virus in retribution for Obama’s support of immigration reform.
“As many Christians have often spoken, ‘The Lord Works in Mysterious Ways,’” Coe began a mass E-mail to CCIR members. “Wouldn’t it be even MORE interesting if some of the anti-American-pro-illegal alien AMNESTY traitors (posing as U.S. elected officials) who just visited Mexico, also contracted this disease and shared it with THEIR loved ones? We wonder if they would still vote for ‘Open Borders’?”
William Gheen, head of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, a nativist group commonly known as ALI-PAC, slammed President Obama, too. “The Obama administration’s failure to secure our borders against a possible pandemic is putting American lives at risk at a time when days and hours matter,” he said. (On the ALI-PAC website, Gheen is less subtle about linking Mexican immigrants with infectious disease. “Call me old fashioned, but people should be able to shop at Wal-Mart without worrying about catching tuberculosis,” he wrote.)
As Media Matters reports, nationally syndicated right-wing talk radio blowhard Michael Savage floated the theory that Al Qaeda is using Mexican immigrants as carrier “mules” to bring the virus into the U.S.: “[C]ould this be a terrorist attack through Mexico? Could our dear friends in the radical Islamic countries have concocted this virus and planted it in Mexico knowing that you, [Homeland Security Secretary] Janet Napolitano, would do nothing to stop the flow of human traffic from Mexico?”
Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin got in on the action with a column last Saturday, announcing at the outset that she’d “blogged for years about the spread of contagious diseases from around the world into the U.S. as a result of uncontrolled immigration.” “We’ve heard for years from reckless open-borders ideologues who continue to insist there’s nothing to worry about,” Malkin wrote. “And we’ve heard for years that calling any attention to the dangers of allowing untold numbers of people to pass across our borders and through our other ports of entry without proper medical screening … is RAAAACIST.” ( continue to full post… )
Brandon Piekarsky, 17, and Derrick Donchak, 19, went on trial for beating to death Mexican immigrant Luis Ramirez last July in a case that captured national media attention.
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The owners of the Buca Buca di Beppo restaurant called off a scheduled appearance by Minuteman Project co-founder Jim Gilchrist at a meeting of the Mountain View Republican Club.
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A man convicted of phoning in a threat to blow up the headquarters of CASA de Maryland, a pro-immigrant organization, made a public apology and said, “Misrepresentative information from a Republican meeting I attended … led me to making the phone calls.”
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William Gheen, head of the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, said “The Obama administration’s failure to secure our borders against a possible pandemic is putting American lives at risk.”
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White supremacist leader David Duke was expelled from the Czech Republic less than 24 hours after Czech Republic police arrested him on charges of denying the Holocaust and promoting neo-Nazi ideology, his lawyer said.
A special operations police squad nabbed Duke last Friday shortly after he arrived in the Czech Republic at the invitation of Czech neo-Nazis. Duke was scheduled to give lectures in Prague and Brno.
A police spokesman told a Czech news agency that no charges would be brought against Duke, a former Klan leader and neo-Nazi. Denying the holocaust and promoting white supremacist ideology are crimes punishable by up to three years in prison in the Czech Republic.
Czech media reported that hundreds of right-wing extremists demonstrated in support of Duke in a northern Czech town last Saturday.
By that time, however, Duke was already out of the country, according to a post to his personal website, in which he denied that he’d traveled to the Czech Republic to deny the Holocaust or to promote neo-Nazism.
“I was going to lecture about the Israeli influence over American and European foreign policy and the International Zionist Banking firms that are leading America and the world to financial oblivion, globalist hegemony and unending war,” he wrote.
Despite the fact that he’s not actually facing criminal charges, Duke issued an urgent fundraising plea for his “legal defense fund.” In 2002, Duke pleaded guilty to felony mail and tax fraud charges for raising money for similar political purposes and using it for home improvement and gambling, among other things. He served 15 months in a federal prison and was fined $10,000.
A reported member of the Florida National Guard who allegedly killed two Okaloosa County, Fla., sheriff’s deputies in a shootout at a gun club last Saturday believed the U.S. government was conspiring against him and was “severely disturbed that Barack Obama had been elected president,” his wife told investigators.
The dead lawmen, Warren “Skip” York and Burt Lopez, both 45-year-old fathers, were gunned down by Joshua Cartwright (photo at right, from earlier arrest), 28, after they attempted to arrest Cartwright on domestic violence charges at the Shoal River Gun Club, officials said.
Cartwright fled the scene in his pickup. A short time later, he was himself shot to death during what witnesses described as “an intense firefight” that occurred after pursuing deputies rammed and overturned his truck during a high-speed chase. Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson later said 50 or 60 rounds were fired in the ensuing gun battle.
Okaloosa County Sheriff Edward Spooner said that Cartwright was interested in militia groups and training, and that investigators were looking into any weapons training he may have had.
Records show Cartwright was arrested in November 2008 on a previous domestic battery charge.
The murders of Deputies York and Lopez occurred less than a month after three Pittsburgh police officers were shot to death by right-wing extremist Richard Poplawski, who had posted numerous racist and conspiracy-theory messages to white supremacist websites.
In the 14 years since the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, at least 25 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty by white supremacists and anti-government extremists.
“We did lose two very fine men today,” interim Sheriff Ed Spooner told the Northwest Florida Daily News. “I don’t think anybody anticipated this would get to the level it did as quickly as it did.”
Czech Republic media outlets are reporting that infamous U.S. white supremacist leader David Duke was arrested in Prague earlier today on suspicion of denying the Holocaust and promoting the neo-Nazi movement, crimes punishable by up to three years in prison in the Czech Republic.
According to a Prague newspaper, Duke was taken into custody at the Black Eagle, a Prague restaurant, shortly after arriving in the country at the invitation of Czech neo-Nazis. The newspaper reported that 30 law enforcement officers wearing ski masks surrounded Duke, who was scheduled to deliver lectures in Prague and Brno. A third lecture scheduled at Prague’s Charles University was called off earlier this week because the university banned it.
According to an Internet post by the Czech Republic neo-Nazi group National Resistance, Duke was in Czech Republic to promote his book My Awakening.
“Mr. Duke was arrested after previous approval [from the] state deputy for suspicion for committing the crime of supporting and promoting movements which are trying to suppress human rights and freedoms,” read a translated statement from Prague police spokesperson Jan Mikulovsky.
News of Duke’s reported arrest spread rapidly throughout the right-wing extremist online community. A “Free David Duke” discussion thread on Stormfront, a major white nationalist discussion forum, was fast-approaching 300 posts at 5 p.m. EST.
Discussion at Vanguard News Network was equally intense. “Though in the past I have disagreed with David Duke as being too moderate, I must say that this arrest is outrageous and must be protested, vigorously,” wrote EireanGoddess. “Damn the jews.”
The self-identified leader of the Ohio Militia, a conspiracy-minded “Patriot” group, released a video earlier this week calling for 1 million heavily armed antigovernment demonstrators to march on Washington, D.C., this coming July 4.
“We need to do something,” he said. “We need to make a dent.”
Identifying himself as “Pale Horse,” apparently a reference to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and speaking through a creepy voice distorter, the Ohio militiaman detailed his brazen vision: “A peaceful demonstration of at least a million — hey, if we can get 10 million, even better — but at least one million armed militia men marching on Washington. A peaceful demonstration. No shooting, no one gets hurt. Just a demonstration. The only difference from any typical demonstration is we will all be armed.”
The Ohio Militia website contains apocalyptic language and imagery, along with references to various 9/11 and “North American Union” conspiracy theories. Videos show men said to be Ohio Militia members engaged in small-unit, live-fire combat training. One video is titled “America’s Wake Up Call: Buy Guns.” A different video slideshow depicts assault weapons, mushroom clouds, George Bush, Satan, Osama bin Laden and lots of men in camouflage on maneuvers. It’s set to “Goofy’s Concern,” a song by Butthole Surfers, a psychedelic rock band from Austin, Texas, that includes these lyrics: “I don’t give a fuck about the FBI! I don’t give a fuck about the CIA! I don’t give a fuck about LSD! I don’t give a fuck about anything!”
That video concludes with a message to the Michigan Militia, one of the largest and oldest militia groups in the country: “Thanks for letting us train at Camp Stasa with you guys.”
It isn’t clear that the Ohio Militia is capable of bringing a busload of protesters to Washington, let alone a million or more. But Pale Horse’s call for a gathering of gun-toting militia forces in the nation’s capital brings to mind a similar infamous call to arms issued in 1994 by Patriot movement attorney, filmmaker and conspiracy theorist Linda Thompson. Thompson — who once told the editor of this blog about being personally and repeatedly followed by black helicopters, shot at by mysterious attackers, and having a beloved dog zapped by a secret government ray gun — was probably best known for producing the pseudo-documentary “Waco: The Big Lie,” which alleged a government mass murder in the 1993 standoff in Texas. Although the video was widely circulated, its claims were soon debunked. ( continue to full post… )