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Arrest of Mahon Brothers a Reminder of 15-Year Fugitive

By Larry Keller on June 30, 2009 - 1:15 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime

The arrest on Thursday of Robert Joos in connection with a 2004 bomb incident in which three Scottsdale, Ariz., city employees were injured raises the question: Where is Timothy Thomas Coombs?

Coombs, 50, reputedly was a follower of the Sacerdotal Order of David Company, of which Joos, a white supremacist, was pastor. Coombs, also known as James Wilson and Cal Liberty, is accused of shooting and wounding a Missouri state trooper in September 1994 as he stood at his kitchen window. He is believed to have been enraged at the trooper’s role in arresting Joos earlier that year, after Joos had been a fugitive for several years. Coombs — who authorities say hides one pistol in an ankle holster and another in the center of his back — has now been a fugitive himself for nearly 15 years, despite a $100,000 reward offered by the FBI for information leading to his capture.

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“It’s still an open and ongoing investigation for the FBI,” says Bridget Patton, a spokeswoman in the FBI’s Kansas City bureau.

The same is true for the Missouri State Highway Patrol. “We’re following all leads, worldwide,” Sgt. Curtis Wirth tells Hatewatch. But, he adds, there haven’t been many leads, and none has been substantiated.

Here’s the background: Joos was arrested on the same day last week as Dennis and Daniel Mahon, who were accused of sending a package bomb in 2004 to the diversity office in Scottsdale. Diversity Director Don Logan was the most seriously injured in the ensuing explosion, requiring extensive surgery on his hands and arms. Dennis Mahon is a former Klansman and skinhead recruiter, as well as a longtime member of Tom Metzger’s White Aryan Resistance (WAR), authorities say. His twin brother, Daniel, also was involved in the Klan and in WAR. [ATF agents searched Metzger’s Indiana home the same day the Mahons and Joos were arrested, taking some items, but not charging Metzger with any crimes].

Joos was the first person Dennis Mahon called the day the package bomb was delivered, according to the indictment charging the Mahons. Undercover operatives were quoted in the indictment alleging that Joos is a longtime white supremacist associate and expert on weapons, explosives and bombmaking who taught an informant how to make napalm. Joos was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms when he was arrested last week. ( continue to full post… )

Arivaca Murders Stir Fears Of Rogue Minuteman Violence

By Hatewatch Staff on June 30, 2009 - 10:02 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Home invasion killings allegedly carried out by members of a rogue Minuteman faction have raised concerns in U.S. border towns about robberies and serious violence being carried out by nativist vigilantes.
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Utah Minutemen Dispute Immigrant Crime Data

By Hatewatch Staff on June 30, 2009 - 10:01 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Utah Minutemen president Eli Cawley sought to discredit a study finding that undocumented immigrants in Utah do not commit more crimes than other Utah residents by labeling the think tank that produced it a “liberal-biased organization.”
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Arizona Senator Advances Legislation Targeting Immigrants

By Hatewatch Staff on June 30, 2009 - 10:01 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce is pushing for new laws to require school districts to gather data on students who can’t prove legal residency and to require state and local officials to enforce federal immigration laws.
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Minuteman American Defense Members Indicted For Murder

By Hatewatch Staff on June 30, 2009 - 10:01 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Washington state-based Minuteman leader Shawna Forde and two associates were indicted on first-degree murder, robbery and aggravated assault charges stemming from a home invasion robbery in which a 9-year-old Latino girl and her father were shot to death.
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Mississippi Pol Said to be Governor’s Ally Speaks to Racist Group

By Heidi Beirich on June 29, 2009 - 4:21 pm, Posted in Anti-Black

This past weekend, the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) held its annual conference at the Cabot Lodge on the campus of Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. The “surprise guest,” Mississippi State Sen. Lydia Chassaniol (R-14th District), was introduced by emcee Bill Lord — the CCC’s field director who is known for his racist “Martin Luther Coon” jokes — as “the right hand to the Governor [Haley Barbour].” Lord also identified Chassaniol as a “member” of the CCC chapter in Carroll County, one of a handful of Central Mississippi counties she represents.

ChassaniolIn an E-mail, Chassaniol confirmed to Hatewatch that she is a member of the CCC, which she described as a “conservative organization.” She also wrote, “I do not consider myself racist,” adding that she believes “a person’s membership in any organization is a private matter.” She said that she had worked for years “with the children of the Mississippi Delta” and had spoken to the Greenwood Voters League even though, she said, it has “no members who are Caucasian.”

Gov. Barbour’s website shows that he has worked with Chassaniol in her capacity as chair of the Senate Tourism Committee. A May 12 press release from the governor’s office says Barbour “praised” Chassaniol for her contributions to a new slogan for the state’s highway signs, “Birthplace of America’s Music.” Ironically, the music the signs refer to — “from the blues, to country, to rock and roll, to gospel” — was largely produced by African Americans, who the CCC has described on its website as a “retrograde species of humanity.”

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Calls to Barbour’s office for comment were not returned. The Mississippi state GOP office said it was unable to comment on the matter because their press officer was out of the office. ( continue to full post… )

Feds Indict White Supremacists in Arizona Bombing

By Larry Keller on June 26, 2009 - 1:21 pm, Posted in White Supremacist

One of two brothers indicted this week in connection with the bombing of a Scottsdale, Ariz., diversity office was a former Klansman and leading skinhead recruiter with a predilection for explosives.

As part of a sweeping undercover investigation that led to the indictment, federal agents also raided the Indiana home of longtime white separatist Tom Metzger on Thursday, removing computers and other items, but not arresting him.

In another related move, a man described as a white supremacist with expertise in weapons and the making of napalm was arrested on his rural property in Missouri and charged with being a felon in possession of firearms.

Dennis Mahon, 58, and his twin brother, Daniel, were arrested Thursday following the search of a home in Davis Junction, Ill. A federal grand jury indictment in Arizona charges them with conspiring to damage and destroy buildings and property. “The object of the conspiracy was to promote racial discord on behalf of the ‘White Aryan Resistance,’” the indictment states. WAR is a white supremacist organization founded by Metzger more than a quarter century ago. ( continue to full post… )

Pastor Asks God to Smite President Obama

By Larry Keller on June 25, 2009 - 3:00 pm, Posted in Christian Right

Wiley DrakeAs if President Obama doesn’t have enough to deal with – what with civil unrest in Iran, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and economic malaise at home – now he’s also got a Southern Baptist minister praying for his death.

The Rev. Wiley Drake, pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif., told Fox News Radio earlier this month that he was practicing “imprecatory prayer” – a divine curse – that would bring about Obama’s death.

“So you’re praying for his death?” asked the show’s host, Alan Colmes.

“Yes.”

“So you’re praying for the death of the president of the United States?”

“Yes.”

The pugnacious pastor later elaborated: “If he does not turn to God and does not turn his life around, I am asking God to enforce imprecatory prayers that are throughout the Scripture that would cause him death, that’s correct.” ( continue to full post… )

Neo-Nazi Hal Turner Arrested Again

By Sonia Scherr on June 25, 2009 - 11:09 am, Posted in Neo-Nazi

Hal TurnerHal Turner, a neo-Nazi talk radio host known for his threats against public
figures, was denied bail during an appearance in federal court Thursday
afternoon on charges of threatening to assault and murder three federal
judges. Also at the hearing, FBI officials revealed that they’d found 200
rounds of ammunition and 150 illegal hollow point bullets in Turner’s home during a search on Wednesday, according to the Jersey Journal.

Turner’s arrest comes three weeks after he was taken into custody in New Jersey on charges that he incited violence against two Connecticut legislators. He had been freed on $25,000 bond and wasn’t scheduled to return to court until July.

But the FBI — an agency for which he once may have worked as a paid informant — arrested Turner on Wednesday after going to his home in North Bergen, N.J., to execute a search warrant. The charges stem from Internet postings earlier this month in which he blasted a June 2 decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago that essentially upheld local handgun bans.

The blog posts named Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook, who wrote the unanimous decision, along with Judges Richard Posner and William Bauer. “Let me be the first to say this plainly: These Judges deserve to be killed,” Turner allegedly wrote on June 2. He later posted the photographs, phone numbers, work address and room numbers of the three judges, as well as a modified photo of the Dirksen Federal Courthouse where they work that reveals the locations of “anti-truck bomb barriers.” He also posted a map showing how to get to the building, according to the FBI. ( continue to full post… )

The Odd Couple: Two Leading Holocaust Revisionists Profiled by New Jewish Magazine

By Larry Keller on June 24, 2009 - 4:26 pm, Posted in Anti-Semitic

Less than two weeks after Holocaust denier James von Brunn was arrested and charged with killing a security guard at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., an online magazine has begun publishing a four-part story on two of the leading figures among Holocaust revisionists.

Mark Oppenheimer’s story based on his interviews with Holocaust revisionists Bradley R. Smith and Mark Weber began on Tuesday and will run through Friday in “Tablet Magazine,” a daily online magazine about Jewish life that debuted this month.

Smith, 79, founded an online magazine called Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust, and he also blogs on the Holocaust and more mundane matters such as his medical travails. Weber, 57, is director of the Institute for Historical Review, which published the Holocaust-denying Journal of Historical Review until 2002. He incurred the wrath of fellow revisionists, including Smith, in January when he posted an article on his website arguing that Holocaust deniers have had little success in persuading people, and it was time to focus instead on the harmful impact of “Jewish-Zionist power” around the world. ( continue to full post… )