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Hate Groups and Nativist Extremists Crashing ‘Tea Parties’

By Larry Keller on April 14, 2009 - 3:49 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Hate Groups

All across the nation on April 15, protesters of various stripes will stage “tea parties” that are supposed to conjure up images of the American colonists’ iconic 1773 protest of British tax policy. Similarities between the events are few, however. While the colonists were objecting to an increase in the tax they had to pay on tea from England that they said amounted to taxation without representation, the modern-day protesters are taking issue with everything from the federal stimulus package to undocumented workers, as well as a federal income system they believe needs to be overhauled or eliminated.

Demonstrators won’t be doing anything so dramatic as dumping loads of tea in a harbor in Boston Harbor. In Livingston, Tex., for example, marchers are asked to bring a teabag to be dropped in a tub of water. Atlanta organizers are asking for canned food to be donated to a food bank.

There already were national tea party events in more than 40 cities on Feb. 27, and additional protests earlier this month. But April 15, the deadline for filing federal income tax returns, is the main event. One of the tea party organizers says that protests are scheduled in more than 2,000 cities. And April 15 may not be the end of them. A “cowboy tea party,” for example, is scheduled for July 4 in Cheyenne, Wyo. ( continue to full post… )

Illinois Minuteman Leader Defeated In Congressional Race

By Hatewatch Staff on April 14, 2009 - 1:42 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

GOP candidate Rosanna Pulido, director of the Illinois Minuteman Project, was trounced by Democrat Mike Quigley in a special congressional election.
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Neo-Nazis Distribute Anti-Immigration Fliers

By Hatewatch Staff on April 14, 2009 - 1:39 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

The National Socialist Movement sparked outrage by distributing about 300 immigrant-bashing fliers in the Old Town district of Fort Collins.
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Soccer Vendors Shut Down By Minutemen Complaints

By Hatewatch Staff on April 14, 2009 - 1:27 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Responding to complaints from a local chapter of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, Horry County officials expelled T-shirt and food vendors from Hispanic league soccer games held on county property.
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Tummy Trouble: Oklahoma Bomber Demands End to Refined Foods — and $4.5 million

By Sonia Scherr on April 10, 2009 - 7:28 am, Posted in Extremist Crime

Terry Nichols is distressed about his sins against God.

And no, he’s not talking about his role in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people, including 19 children. Rather, Nichols is referring to his diet at the federal Supermax prison in Florence, Colo., where he’s serving a life sentence for conspiring with Timothy McVeigh to carry out the worst act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history.

“The forced consumption of numerous refined foods daily is abhorrent to Mr. Nichols’ sincerely held religious beliefs, for it forces him to sin against God in that it (refined foods) destroys His holy temple (i.e. my body),” wrote Nichols, 54, in the handwritten lawsuit filed last month in U.S. District Court in Denver.

Among other culinary demands, Nichols wants 100% whole wheat breads, cereals and pastas, more raw vegetables (with peels intact), a variety of fresh fruits, no deep-fried foods, and brown or wild rice instead of white rice. Nichols, who’s asking for more than $4.5 million in damages, claims that the highly processed meals he’s served are adversely affecting his health — and he doesn’t shy away from the details. “Medically, Plaintiff can easily take in all those refined foods, but the problem lies in getting it out,” he explained in court documents.

Several other inmates concurred in affidavits filed with the court, including another antigovernment terrorist who’s imprisoned for life. “According to my sincerely held religious beliefs God has made us in his image and likeness,” wrote Eric Rudolph, who was responsible for four major bombings, including an explosion at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics that killed a woman and a 1998 Birmingham, Ala., attack on an abortion clinic that left a moonlighting police officer dead. “Our bodies are, therefore, sacred and should be treated as such. This includes eating whole foods and avoiding pollutants such as refined over-processed foods.” ( continue to full post… )

‘Official English’ Proposal Called Divisive, Mean-Spirited, Unnecessary

By Hatewatch Staff on April 7, 2009 - 7:59 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Sen. Judy Eason-McIntyre, D-Tulsa, accused Republican state lawmakers of “selling hate” with a resolution calling for a statewide vote on making English the official language of Oklahoma.
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Minutemen Join Anti-Obama ‘Tea Party’ Rally

By Hatewatch Staff on April 7, 2009 - 7:57 am, Posted in Uncategorized

About 65 members and supporters of a Kansas chapter of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps gathered to protest the federal economic stimulus package, which they claimed will unfairly benefit immigrants.
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Congressional 287(g) Hearings Focus On Racial Profiling

By Hatewatch Staff on April 7, 2009 - 7:02 am, Posted in Uncategorized

The House Judiciary Committee scrutinized the aggressive immigration enforcement tactics of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, which Mesa, Ariz. Police Chief George Gascón testified are counterproductive because they foster mistrust of police within Latino communities.
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Carnage in Pittsburgh: Deadliest Extremist Attack on Police Officers Since Oklahoma City

By Sonia Scherr on April 6, 2009 - 5:12 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime

More law enforcement officers were killed in Saturday’s shooting rampage in Pennsylvania than in any other single violent incident perpetrated by a domestic political extremist since the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Three Pittsburgh police officers were fatally shot when they responded to a domestic dispute at the home of the alleged killer, Richard Poplawski, who had posted numerous racist and anti-Semitic messages on the white supremacist website Stormfront and elsewhere. A fourth was wounded in the hand. The last time more than two police officers were murdered by a far-right extremist was in Oklahoma City, when five officers died in the attack that killed a total of 168 people, according to Mark Pitcavage, director of investigative research for the Anti-Defamation League.

In the 14 years since that bombing — which remains the worst act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history — 25 law enforcement officers have lost their lives to white supremacist violence. “We all know that white supremacists lash out violently against people of other races and religions and sexual orientations,” Pitcavage told Hatewatch. “We often forget that they also strike out against the people trying to protect us all. Sometimes spontaneously, sometimes planned, they regularly target law enforcement officers across the country.”

The officers who died in Pittsburgh were Paul Sciullo III, 37, Stephen Mayhle, 29, and Eric Kelly, 41. Sciullo and Mayhle were ambushed when they arrived at the house where Poplawski lived with his mother. Kelly was shot when he responded to help.

The Intelligence Report profiled the 15 officers killed by extremists between 1997 and 2004. With help from Pitcavage, Hatewatch compiled a list, presented here in reverse chronological order, of the seven law enforcement officers who died between 2005 and the tragedy in Pittsburgh: ( continue to full post… )

Alleged Cop-Killer in Pittsburgh Linked to White Supremacist Beliefs

By Mark Potok on April 5, 2009 - 2:01 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime

The man charged with murdering three Pittsburgh police officers Saturday posted messages to a racist Web forum, considered getting a white supremacist tattoo, used racial insults online, and reportedly believed that Jews control America.

Robert PoplawskiRichard Andrew Poplawski, who was arrested after a four-hour standoff that began when police intervened in a domestic dispute with his mother, said in a 2007 online profile that his “favorite cuss word[s]” included “you fucking nigger.” Around the same time, Hatewatch found, he posted a message to, the largest white supremacist forum in the world, with a photograph of an eagle tattoo that he has on his chest and a mention that he was thinking about adding more tattoos. “I was considering getting life runes on the outside of my calfs [sic], or just one on my penis maybe,” he said in the posting, referring to the symbol of the National Alliance, for decades America’s leading neo-Nazi group until nearly collapsing in recent years.

At the same time, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported today, Poplawski, 22, believed that the United States was run by a secret cabal of Jews, feared an attack on gun rights, thought that U.S. troops would be used against citizens, and concluded that 30 states had already declared their “sovereignty.” He also was said to be a fan of far-right websites run by antigovernment conspiracy-monger Alex Jones. Much of the Post-Gazette’s information came from Edward Perkovic, who told the paper — and numerous other media outlets — that he was Poplawski’s lifelong best friend. Perkovic said that his friend was opposed to “Zionist propaganda” and had told him that he would “defend himself” if anyone tried to take his guns away.

Perkovic appears to share those beliefs and then some. Until the MySpace profile belonging to “Eddie Perkovic” (which mentions his friend, Richard Poplawski) was scrubbed over the weekend, it contained a wealth of neo-Nazi material captured by Hatewatch. “I must point out the dangers of … our Zionist occupied government, and a slow, painstaking movement toward censorship, mixed bloodlines that will erase national identity … and the way the Zionist media controls everything you see and heard [sic] on your television and radio’s [sic].” Perkovic goes on to recommend The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the notorious anti-Semitic forgery; The Turner Diaries, the infamous race war novel by National Alliance founder William Pierce; Jewish Supremacy by former Klan leader David Duke; and Civil War II, a fictional portrayal by Thomas Chittum of a civil war that tears America apart. ( continue to full post… )