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Website: Accused Nativist Killer Set Up By Hispanic Guards

By David Holthouse on August 24, 2009 - 7:28 am, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

Last week, prosecutors in Pima County, Ariz., announced they’re seeking the death penalty for Minuteman American Defense leader Shawna Forde, who allegedly masterminded a May 30 home invasion robbery in which a Latino man and his 9-year-old daughter were shot to death.

But those prosecutors have it all wrong.

At least, that is, according to a new website proclaiming Forde’s innocence and portraying the border vigilante leader as the victim of a government conspiracy abetted by a racist, sexist media smear campaign.

“Shawna’s become the target of a socialist government’s clumsy attempts to marginalize and terrorize America’s patriots,” declares a recent post to The site also blames “the unholy government/Marxist-media alliance” and Latino corrections officers in almost the same breath: “The evidence is there: Shawna has been set-up to be punished for things she didn’t do by the (mostly Hispanic) Corrections Officers (CO’s) in the women’s side of the prison.” No evidence at all is offered to support this assertion.

The Arizona Daily Star identified the creator of the website as Laine Lawless, a militant feminist and hard-core border vigilante with a history of coordinating with neo-Nazis (although she denies corresponding with leaders of the National Socialist Movement, telling the Star that the E-mail in question was fabricated by unknown persons). “I’m tired of women getting screwed over by men in this movement,” Lawless told reporter Tim Steller. “Nobody in the Minuteman movement except for me is willing to talk to her [Forde].”

LawlessThe website for Border Guardians, the border vigilante group founded by Lawless in 2005, features a “Free Shawna” banner that links to the website. “Shawna is being targeted by design simply because she is a Caucasian woman who’s been doing a man’s job,” the site reads. “This case has politics, sexism and racism written all over it.”

Lawless’ site compares Forde to former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, “another white Christian woman [who] has been demonized in the press, just for being a woman who’s pretty and who’s also successful, and the vulnerability of her family has been shamelessly exploited.”

Pro-Forde website spokesman John Lyon is a member of the Phoenix-area nativist extremist group United for a Sovereign America. Members have harassed Latino immigrants outside day labor centers and carried pistols to anti-immigrant demonstrations.

“I’m not condoning any kind of criminal behavior, certainly not murder of a child or even of a drug dealer,” Lyon told The Arizona Daily Star. “I’m sensitive to the issue of racial exploitation. They exploited her [Forde] for her race, her sex and her political affiliations.”

In the news media, Lyon said, “everybody else is protected, but white people are fair game.”

  • Advocate54

    I agree the site should remain up, free speech issues aside.

    Every post they make. Every insinuation and whacked out conspiracy theory they put forth, proves our side of the argument.

    We’re keeping on top of it on our website, , and we are not restrained by political correctness. We tell it like it is!

    Kudos to the SPLC for not letting this matter die

  • jerilyn k miller

    in my opinion, Shawna Ford is guilty as charged and if she wants to claim, she does ‘a man’s job’, well, take your punishment like a man. Shawna Ford and her ‘crowd’ are treasonist criminals and should be held legally and morally responsible for their crimes.

  • Sam

    I agree with Mikie… Free speech. I’m sorry if you don’t like what is being said, but they have the right to say it. Remember, it works both ways. I’m sure they would love this site to be shut down. What if “they” got enough signatures, what if “they” say this site does nothing but slander people and it causes them to lose their jobs, then their money, and finally their homes. What if the government believed them? If you don’t like, don’t read it, don’t visit it, and don’t tell anyone about it. It only makes people curious, then the fence sitters read it and maybe just maybe, they like what they read. Then they’re not on the fence anymore are they?

  • Snorlax

    “Does the SPLC know the precise extent to which nativist extremist groups are affiliated with existing narcotics trafficking operations?”

    That would be ironic.

    Those “existing narcotics trafficking operations” are all run by Mexicans, not Tony Soprano.

    It would completely discredit the nativists if it was ever revealed they were in bed with Mexican drug cartels.

    And it would be a laugh riot.

  • Snorlax

    Don’t ban the website unless it advocates illegal acts.

    For example, a “pro-life” website was legally shut down because it advocated murdering abortion doctors. (Pro-lifers advocating murder? We really DO live in a sick society.)

    I always say that free speech is the best disinfectant. Expose their hate to the bright sunshine of full disclosure and it will wilt away.

    “I’m sensitive to the issue of racial exploitation.” LOL!!

    A racist like Forde cannot be racially exploited. That’s absurd on its face. Laughably stupid.

    Let them shoot off their mouth. Usually they shoot themselves in the foot anyway.

  • WMDKitty

    Is there anything they won’t do to try and weasel their way out of trouble?

    I’m guessing the answer is no.

  • Alan Aardman

    Does the SPLC know the precise extent to which nativist extremist groups are affiliated with existing narcotics trafficking operations? Could these groups be using narcotics to fund their operations or the operations of similar far-right groups?

  • Mikie Menkes

    Free speech man…

  • LaAmericana

    This Website needs to be shut down immediately! With the support of many, we can do it! Shawna Forde and the other 2 men are nothing more than domestic terrorists bent hell on destroying this country and certain people in it. Shawna Forde is a child murderer and will be put to death along with the other two white domestic terrorists males. The death penalty is the natural punishment that these demons deserve.

    After so many of their kin have committed hate and violent crimes which have resulted in the deaths of Hispanic Americans and Hispanic immigrants, their death penalty will ring the alarm accross the country to send white supremacists, domestic terrorists, hate groups, extreme anti-government groups, that this will be their fate should they continue with their hate crimes.