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Sheriff Arpaio Refuses To Cooperate With DOJ Investigation

By Hatewatch Staff on July 14, 2009 - 9:09 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced that his office will not cooperate with a Department of Justice investigation into allegations that his controversial immigration sweeps employ racial profiling.
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287(g) Approved For Guilford County, N.C.

By Hatewatch Staff on July 14, 2009 - 9:09 am, Posted in Uncategorized

The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department received federal approval to begin questioning detainees about their immigration status and processing suspected undocumented immigrants for deportation.
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Anti-Immigration Commentators Propagandize Swine-Flu

By Hatewatch Staff on July 14, 2009 - 9:09 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Despite the fact that it’s impossible to pinpoint the origin of the Swine-Flu pandemic, right-wing radio and television hotheads continue to blame Mexican immigrants for the outbreak.
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Minutemen Target Victor Valley

By Hatewatch Staff on July 14, 2009 - 9:08 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Minuteman Project national rally spokesman Raymond Herrera said his organization is setting its sights on his hometown with a series of rallies and presentations in Victorville, Calif.
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Confession Reported in Nativist Murder Case, Along With Another Round of Infighting

By Sonia Scherr on July 11, 2009 - 1:27 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Extremist Crime

A leader of Shawna Forde’s nativist extremist group acknowledged that he killed an Arizona man and his daughter, according to two Arizona newspapers.

Jason Eugene “Gunny” Bush confessed to the May 30 shootings shortly after his arrest two weeks later, according to reports this week in the Arizona Daily Star and the Green Valley News. He also reportedly named additional suspects besides Forde and Albert Gaxiola, who have also been charged in connection with the homicides. Despite his confession, Bush — along with Forde and Gaxiola — pleaded not guilty on June 30.

Forde is accused of masterminding the murders of Raul Flores, 29, and his 9-year-old daughter, Brisenia. Police say she wanted to steal money from the Flores family to help finance her border patrol group, Minutemen American Defense (MAD).

Her arrest sparked major infighting within nativist circles that has escalated in the past two weeks. In an effort to distance themselves from Forde, anti-immigrant leaders are lobbing numerous accusations and counter-accusations at each other that often devolve into harsh personal attacks.

In a July 2 advisory to his supporters, William Gheen, leader of the North Carolina-based Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, said he’d added Glenn Spencer’s American Patrol (which is listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group) to a list of organizations that activists should avoid. The list already included Jim Gilchrist’s Minuteman Project, which had defended Forde after she claimed to have been the victim of shootings and assaults in and near her home in Everett, Wash. “Both Gilchrist and Spencer have been highly negligent in who they have associated themselves and their organizations with by supporting and assisting Shawna Forde long after it was clear to many others that she should be cast out of our movement,” Gheen wrote. ( continue to full post… )

SPLC Finds New Evidence of Extremists in the Military, Urges Congress to Investigate

By Heidi Beirich on July 10, 2009 - 8:14 am, Posted in Extremists in the Military

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) today urged Congress to investigate growing evidence that racial extremists are infiltrating the U.S. military and take steps to ensure that the armed forces are not inadvertently training future domestic terrorists.

In a letter to committee chairmen with oversight over homeland security and the armed services, the SPLC said it recently found dozens of personal profiles on the neo-Nazi social networking site, NewSaxon.org, which listed “military” as the poster’s occupation. NewSaxon is run by the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement and serves as a sort of racist version of Facebook for “People of European Descent.” These profiles are just the latest in a string of evidence the SPLC has provided since 2006 to the Pentagon of extremist infiltration of the military (for SPLC’s reports, read here, here, and here).

The NewSaxon profiles include an individual who says he is about to be deployed with the Air Force overseas and is looking forward to “killing all the bloody sand niggers!” Another poster who claims to be currently serving in Iraq writes that he “hate[s] illegal immigrants with a passion and feel[s] every true red blooded, white American should do whatever it takes to stop the foreign invasion.” He lists Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf as one of his favorite books. Another poster currently serving in Afghanistan lists as his favorite book The Turner Diaries, which was written by neo-Nazi leader William Pierce and served as a blueprint for the Oklahoma City bombing. Many of the profiles include pictures of the posters in military uniform.

These profiles provide further evidence that current Department of Defense regulations prohibiting “active participation” in extremist groups are inadequate because they can be interpreted to allow members of the armed forces to be “mere members” of hate groups or to engage in unaffiliated extremist activities, such as posting racist and anti-Semitic messages to social networking websites and E-mail lists or maintaining online profiles filled with racist materials.

An article posted yesterday on Stars & Stripes’ website about SPLC’s call for congressional action reported that “military officials gave conflicting answers this week when asked how policies governing racist behavior are being enforced.” A spokesman for the Department of the Army told Stars & Stripes that allegations of racist behavior are dealt with “on a case-by-case basis at the unit disciplinary level or in the military justice system” and have not been “addressed as an Army-wide problem.”

Racial Extremists Discover Twitter

By Sonia Scherr on July 8, 2009 - 7:26 am, Posted in Hate Groups

Racial extremists aren’t known for their brevity, but hate in 140 characters or less is starting to flourish thanks to Twitter, the social messaging service that allows users to provide constant updates for friends, family and just about everyone else.

Hatewatch has counted more than a dozen Twitter accounts associated with hate groups ranging from the League of the South to the Jewish Defense League to the Federation for American Immigration Reform. For those unfamiliar with the Twitter fad, it allows users to send very brief messages (known as “tweets”) that others can opt to receive by cell phone, instant message or the Twitter website. According to its rules, Twitter does not censor users’ posts except in limited cases, such as when they include threats of violence or confidential information.

Here’s a sampling of tweets and partial tweets that Hatewatch found during a recent tour of Twitter:

•    From Stormfront: “Breaking News: Whites are really getting screwed these days.” (The tweet, which refers to affirmative action, also includes a link to a post on Stormfront, the world’s leading white supremacist Web forum.)

•    From the anti-immigrant group American Patrol: “William Gheen (ALIPAC) is an idiot.” (Glenn Spencer, the leader of American Patrol, is feuding with Gheen, head of another nativist group called Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, over accused double murderer Shawna Forde’s alleged links to Spencer’s group, which Spencer denies.)

•    From the anti-Arab and anti-Muslim Jewish Defense League: “We’ve decided not to take any vacations to Islam-loving Hawaii. There are 49 other states to visit. And we love to travel in Israel too!”

•    From the Traditional Values Coalition, a  virulently anti-gay group federation of churches based in Washington, D.C.: “Gay Agenda on Fast-Track in Congress.”

•     From “Life_of_a_Nazi,” also known as Kris Johnson, Wisconsin state leader for the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement: “Dinner time…Family time…important time for a National Socialist.”

Although white supremacists and other racial extremists haven’t yet rushed wholesale to use Twitter, they have been among the first to adopt all kinds of new technologies in recent years. They began using early computer bulletin boards long before the general population, and also were among the first to set up Web pages and interactive fora including dating pages. They also were early builders of video games, typically with a racist slant, that users can play via their computers.

Fox News Host Warns Against Demonizing Immigrants

By Hatewatch Staff on July 7, 2009 - 8:35 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Fox News host Geraldo Rivera said the tone of the immigration debate has “created a slanderous condition and environment in our country” for all Latinos, regardless of immigration status or citizenship.
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Anti-Immigration Initiative Fails To Make Ballot

By Hatewatch Staff on July 7, 2009 - 8:35 am, Posted in Uncategorized

For the second year in a row, activists in Washington failed to gather enough signatures to place on the state election ballot an initiative that would bar undocumented immigrants from obtaining driver’s licenses or public benefits.
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Minutemen Demonstrate In Support Of Immigration Raids

By Hatewatch Staff on July 7, 2009 - 8:35 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Minuteman Project counterprotesters shouted “Take your march to Mexico!” at community activists decrying a recent acceleration in Border Patrol round-ups of day laborers.
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