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White Nationalist Website VDARE in Trouble, Loses Big Funder

By Sonia Scherr on April 16, 2010 - 4:46 pm, Posted in White Nationalism

The white nationalist website VDARE.com is in financial trouble — and its founder says that more mainstream anti-immigration groups may be responsible.

“If VDARE.com is to survive [the] latest threat, it must have your help now,” writes the website’s founder, Peter Brimelow, in a lengthy letter published on its homepage.

The latest threat, according to Brimelow, is that a big benefactor recently cut off funding for the website, which regularly publishes articles by white supremacists and anti-Semites. The “major foundation,” which Brimelow doesn’t name, helped finance the website since its inception in 1999. “ We’ve lost close to a third of our budget and we’ve been plunged into an immediate cash crisis,” writes Brimelow, a leading anti-immigration activist and author of the best-selling Alien Nation. “Of course, I’m still trying to find out what happened. One explanation I’ve been given is that the Washington D.C. ‘Beltway immigration reform groups’ lobbied against us, claiming that they would be tainted through guilt by association if our donor gave to us as well as them, because of our willingness to take risks and push the Political Correctness envelope.” (Brimelow doesn’t identify the “Beltway immigration reform groups,” but an April 7 VDARE.com column by Alexander Hart states that the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the Center for Immigration Studies and NumbersUSA are the “best-funded and most visible Beltway organizations in the patriotic immigration reform movement.” The SPLC identifies FAIR as a hate group because of its ties to white supremacists.)

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April 19: A Schedule

By Heidi Beirich on April 15, 2010 - 11:08 am, Posted in Patriot Groups

April 19 is the most significant date on the antigovernment “Patriot” movement’s calendar. It marks the day that the first shots were fired against the British in 1775 at Lexington and Concord, but it’s also the anniversary of the end of the 1993 FBI siege at Waco, Texas, as well as the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

This year, the day will be marked by feverish activity from the fast-growing Patriot movement, whose ranks swelled from 149 groups in 2008 to 512 in 2009. Militias, which are the paramilitary arm of the Patriot movement, also grew quickly, rising from 42 in 2008 to 127 in 2009.

Here is what the Patriots have planned for April 19:

• Longtime Georgia militia organizer Jim Stachowiak reportedly has called on his fellow militiamen to discharge their weapons at midnight, thereby causing a flood of citizens to call 911 and overload emergency services. Stachowiak’s plans prompted the Alabama Fusion Center, which focuses on the prevention of terrorism, to issue an April 9 bulletin warning law enforcement agencies that “an individual with militia ties in Georgia” is “coordinating a plan” with the intent to “disrupt emergency services.”

• Patriot leaders, for whom the specter of gun restrictions is a recurring theme, will join gun rights advocates for a “Second Amendment March” in Washington, D.C. Speakers will include: Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers, a conspiracy-minded, antigovernment organization composed mostly of active-duty police and military officers and veterans; Richard Mack, a former Arizona sheriff who travels the country preaching about the evils of the federal government; Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, who advocated the formation of citizen militias in the United States in the early 1990s; and U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, a Georgia Republican who has questioned President Obama’s citizenship and suggested the administration might use a pandemic or natural disaster as an excuse to declare martial law.

• An open-carry rally to “Restore the Constitution” will be held at Ft. Hunt National Park near Mount Vernon, Va. Designated a “call to muster,” those rallying want the federal government to know that they “will not be ignored anymore.” Daniel Almond, who believes the federal government is “bringing totalitarian socialism to America” and is a member of the Georgia chapter of the Oath Keepers, organized the event. Speakers will include Richard Mack and Larry Pratt, who will also speak to the D.C. rally, as well as Bob Wright, who ran the New Mexico militia in the 1990s and has more recently participated in border vigilante operations with the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, and Mike Vanderboegh, a longtime Alabama militiaman who recently called for his supporters to throw bricks through the offices of representatives who voted for health care reform. This past Tuesday, the head of the Oath Keepers withdrew as a speaker due to “published statements by a few outspoken participants.” The group did not ask its members to stay away from the event.

• Members of the Patriot group We the People (WTP) plan to visit elected officials across the country as part of their 2010 “Plan to Restore our Constitution.” Led by radical tax protestor Bob Schulz, the group helped launch the militia movement in May when it held an organizing meeting in Jekyll Island, Ga., that included many leaders of the 1990s militia movement as well as several new recruits. The group is demanding that elected officials enact its radical “Articles of Freedom.” They call for the repeal of all social service spending, denounce “a cartel of private banks,” demand a currency alternative to the dollar, and insist on the end of taxation. Taking a page from the “sovereign citizens” movement, the document calls for an end to driver’s licenses, auto registration and insurance. And rejecting the existing legal system, it demands the creation of “randomly empanelled citizens’ common law grand juries” to determine when a trial will take place. Like the anti-Semitic hard-liners of Posse Comitatus in the 1980s, it also asks that Americans treat county sheriffs as the highest legitimate police authority.

Former Neo-Nazi Leader Sentenced to Prison for Threats

By Sonia Scherr on April 14, 2010 - 6:57 pm, Posted in Neo-Nazi

Former neo-Nazi leader Bill White will spend 2½ years in prison for threatening his perceived enemies.

U.S. District Judge James Turk sentenced White to 30 months on each of three counts, according to a federal court filing. The sentences will be served at the same time, with credit for time served. The judge also imposed three years of supervised release.

According to The Roanoke Times, Turk said he doesn’t often sentence defendants at the upper end of federal guidelines but thought White deserved the lengthier sentence for terrorizing some of his victims. The newspaper quoted Turk telling White that upon his release from prison, “You can have any thoughts you want to have, but you ought to keep them to yourself.”

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Fifteen Years Later: A Grim Anniversary in Oklahoma

By Mark Potok on April 14, 2010 - 2:05 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Patriot Groups

Next Monday, Americans will mark the 15th anniversary of the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City — the worst single act of domestic terrorism in our nation’s history and a grim reminder of the fruits of right-wing radicalism.

Although Timothy McVeigh and confederates Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier were not card-carrying members of militias, they unquestionably were deeply influenced by the ideas of these paramilitary groups and the larger antigovernment “Patriot” movement. Their murder of 168 people, including 19 children in a day-care center, was in many ways the culmination of the movement’s blind anger and conspiracy theories about evil elitists in the government intent on suppressing American freedoms and forcing the nation into a socialistic “New World Order.” They also believed they were exacting vengeance on the government for its role in the deaths exactly two years earlier of nearly 80 Branch Davidian religious cultists.

The anniversary comes as the nation witnesses a dramatic resurgence of militias and other Patriot groups — a comeback driven by widespread populist anger at racial changes in the population, soaring public debt and the terrible economy, the bailouts of bankers and other elites, and an array of initiatives by the Obama Administration that are seen as “socialist” or even “fascist.” The return of the Patriots was first documented last August in a Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) report entitled “The Second Wave: Return of the Militias” and quantified and analyzed in SPLC’s March report, “Rage on the Right.” Today, the SPLC is releasing another report profiling key leaders of the resurgent Patriot movement and their enablers — people like U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who has suggested that Obama is building political reeducation camps for our children, and Fox News host Glenn Beck, who helped refloat conspiracy theories about secret government concentration camps and has called Obama an anti-white racist who is comparable to Hitler. Along with these profiles, we are releasing a timeline of the Patriot movement detailing its origins, its heyday in the 1990s and current resurgence, and its long history of violence.

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Pentagon Tightens Ban on Supremacist Activity After Years of Denying Problem

By Booth Gunter on April 13, 2010 - 4:44 pm, Posted in Extremists in the Military, Hate Groups

Since the SPLC warned the U.S. military about extremist activity among active-duty personnel in 2006, the Pentagon brass has steadfastly denied that a problem existed and insisted that its “zero-tolerance” policy was sufficient to keep organized racists out of its ranks.

That changed this past November, when the Pentagon quietly tightened its policy on extremist activity, which formerly only banned “active participation” in extremist groups but did not define what that meant.

Under the new regulations, military personnel “must not actively advocate supremacist doctrine, ideology or causes” or “otherwise advance efforts to deprive individuals of their civil rights.” The new rules specify that “active participation” includes activities such as recruiting, fundraising, demonstrating or rallying, training, organizing and distributing supremacist material, including online posts.

The revision should give commanders ample new tools to root out racial extremists in their midst. The previous policy, in effect since the mid-1990s, could be interpreted to mean that military personnel were allowed to be “mere members” of hate groups or that they could 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. As the SPLC has repeatedly pointed out, the policy allowed numerous active-duty members to engage in a range of supremacist activities.
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Racist Radio Host Pines for All-White Golf, Segregated ‘Civilization’

By Larry Keller on April 12, 2010 - 3:17 pm, Posted in Anti-Black

Count James Edwards, host of the Memphis-based white nationalist, anti-Semitic radio show called “Political Cesspool”, as among those likely celebrating Phil Mickelson’s victory at the Masters golf tournament on Sunday. Not because Mickelson is a feel-good story, winning the green jacket as his cancer-stricken wife watched, but because Mickelson is not Tiger Woods. That is to say, Mickelson is not black.

Edwards, 29, continually pines for a return to the Confederate South he never knew. The Masters — held at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. — fanned those longings and Edwards’ racist rhetoric to depths unprecedented even for him. “Golf is the ultimate European sport,” he wrote on Friday, when the tournament outcome was in doubt. (By European, Edwards meant white, of course.) With its strict decorum, the Masters “is the closest picture we have of what the modern world might be like had the old South survived,” he gushed. (Part of that old South charm, apparently, is the fact that Augusta National still doesn’t allow women members and didn’t accept its first black member until 1990.)

Edwards, who normally couches his racism more carefully, was just getting started.

The Masters “is civilized. All civilization channels basic desires and instincts into something higher and nobler. Lincoln and the abolitionists did their best to put an end to it, and the Jews and liberals are trampling down what remnants are left.”

Edwards was still warming up.

Then along came Tiger Woods, a “mixed race Negro with the skills to break down the last sport of white refuge, golf, and its citadel, Augusta National,” Edwards lamented. “He was the black messiah of sports. The long awaited one who would tear down the last remnants of segregation.”

Most would see that as a good thing. Not Edwards, of course. He cited a litany of rancid racial stereotypes to explain why.

“He’s got the sexual mores of the most stereotypical ‘nigger’ that even the most hardened, bigoted cracker could imagine,” wrote Edwards, who opposes “primitivism,” homosexuality, loveless sex, feminism and abortion. “Oh, and he apparently only wants white women. From his Nordic model wife to the dumpiest diner waitress, all of his trysts are with white women.”

“Segregation in the old South was all about maintaining racial integrity and civilization,” Edwards continued. “About keeping our wives and daughters safe from sexual animals like Tiger. About building up and maintaining what is noble and good. If the ‘black messiahs’ like Tiger Woods and Martin Luther King Jr. are such animals, what about the mere mortals among them? Do we want to find out?”

Edwards doesn’t. In his ideal world, Tiger Woods might be permitted to be a clubhouse attendant, maybe even a caddie, but certainly not a player on a par with whites. Maybe it’s time for James Edwards to adopt a new sport. Arthur Ashe, another black athete, must have ruined tennis for him. Hockey, anyone?

Angels and Demons – Catholics in Conspiracy with Obama?

By Hatewatch Staff on April 9, 2010 - 5:28 pm, Posted in Patriot

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Whether it’s suggesting President Obama is a secret Muslim from Kenya or a dictator eager to pull the plug on grandma, it seems there’s no conspiracy theory too outrageous for the antigovernment “Patriot” movement.

That is, until Cliff Kincaid apparently crossed the line today.

Kincaid, who has built a reputation within the movement with conspiracy-mongering columns savaging liberals, gave a speech at a conference where he described Marxist and other radical-left elements within the Catholic Church that are apparently working to push forward a sinister Obama agenda.

Kincaid was careful to say he was not bashing the entire church, noting he was speaking as a Catholic. That caveat, however, was apparently not enough for his colleague and fellow speaker at the conference, Jerome Corsi.

Corsi, another big name in the Patriot movement, said he used Kincaid’s research in his book “The Obama Nation.” Nevertheless, Corsi had strong words for Kincaid when it was his turn to speak at the Jericho March & Conference, a gathering that mixed the religious right with some Patriot movement speakers. “I am a Catholic. I take exception with much of what he said,” Corsi said.

He stopped short of accusing Kincaid of bashing the church in the speech, which touched on Marxism in the church, the so-called “New World Order” and, apparently, Obama’s role in it. But Corsi certainly wasn’t pleased by what he heard. “It is unfair to represent the Catholic Church as communist. It is not,” Corsi said. “And Cliff, I take exception.”

As editor of Accuracy in Media’s “AIM Report” and founder and president of America’s Survival, Kincaid’s sights have been set on liberals and global institutions. But he has lately focused on elements within the Catholic Church. America’s Survival, which bills itself as a United Nations watchdog, has published reports about Marxism infiltrating the church, the Vatican’s “Quest for a World Political Authority” and yet another report looking at the Vatican’s role in the New World Order.

For Kincaid, it’s about accurately describing the progressive movement.

“The real danger in this movement is that it is not secular,” he said. “It is religiously based.”

The two men spoke at the Jericho March Conference, which brought about 75 to 100 attendees to an event whose stated goal includes “merging prayer and patriotism.” Insight USA, an organization headed by Christian activist Faye Hardin, hosted the event.

The attendees, who appeared to be mostly 55 or older and predominantly white and female, could pick up copies of the U.S. Constitution and religious paraphernalia at various tables. Free publications from Accuracy in Media and America’s Survival were also available.

But a copy of a report from America’s Survival about the Vatican’s role in the New World Order – including some 300 footnotes – could only be yours for $10.

Gay-Bashing Church Could Lose Tax Exemption

By Sonia Scherr on April 9, 2010 - 11:22 am, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Anti-Muslim

A Florida church known for its Muslim bashing is now taking aim at a gay mayoral candidate — and possibly endangering its tax exemption.

Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville has been attacking City Commissioner Craig Lowe, one of two candidates vying for mayor in an April 13 run-off election. The church erected a sign on its property last month that declared, “No Homo Mayor.” That was followed by a YouTube video in which Wayne Sapp, a pastor at the church, targets Lowe, whom he doesn’t identify by name. The video begins with Sapp proclaiming “No Homo Mayor” and asserting that Gainesville is the 11th gayest city in America. “We’re talking about the homos, the fags, the queers, and now we got one running for mayor of Gainesville, trying to convert Gainesville into Homoville,” he says. “We can’t have it.” In the video, Sapp complains that Dove World Outreach Center called more than 100 churches to ask that they join a protest against homosexuals running for office, but none would do so. Sapp lashes out at some ministers and churches by name and urges churchgoers to oust pastors who won’t take a stand. “Vote’em out of there,” he says. “They’re leading you to Hell, and you’re following.”

The video was removed from YouTube for violating its terms of use, according to the website of the Independent Florida Alligator, a student newspaper at the University of Florida, Gainesville, where the video can still be viewed. In a follow-up video posted on the church’s website, Sapp says that gays should not hold public office because they’re perverts. “Homosexuals are going to force themselves upon your children in schools,” he said. “You’re going to be forced to hire the homo to work for your church, to work in your office, to allow the devil himself to come into your office.” The anti-gay rants are somewhat new territory for Dove Outreach, which since last summer has been publicly defaming Muslims with its “Islam is of the Devil” signs and T-shirts.

Unlike its rhetoric attacking Muslims, the church’s latest campaign could lead to trouble with the Internal Revenue Service. In a March 19 story, The Gainesville Sun reported that the “No Homo Mayor” sign likely contravened the law banning tax-exempt organizations from advocating for or against political candidates. A week later, the Rev. Barry Lynn, director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, wrote a letter to the IRS asking the agency to investigate the church and ensure the law is enforced. “This is an open and shut case,” said Lynn in a statement. “The church freely admits that it intended to intervene in the election in violation of federal tax law.” ( continue to full post… )

Hal Turner to Face Third Trial for Online Threats

By Sonia Scherr on April 8, 2010 - 4:21 pm, Posted in Neo-Nazi

After two juries failed to decide whether he threatened federal judges, hate blogger Hal Turner will face yet another trial in Brooklyn this summer.

Turner’s third trial is scheduled for Aug. 9. When Turner’s second trial ended in a hung jury on March 10, the government left open the possibility that it would not try him again. Randall Samborn, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, declined to comment today on why prosecutors decided to proceed. Turner, 48, is charged with threatening to assault and murder three Chicago judges who essentially upheld a local handgun ban.

Prosecutors likely will have to contend once again with Turner’s past history as a confidential FBI informant, which allowed his defense lawyers to argue that the government encouraged Turner’s rhetoric. (Turner wrote on his blog that the judges “deserve to be killed” and published their exact work locations.) This time, however, Turner will be represented by the Brooklyn district’s head federal public defender, Peter Kirchheimer; Turner decided to change his legal team at the end of his last trial because he wanted “a new set of eyes” working on the case, according to his family’s blog. U.S. District Judge Donald Walter declared mistrials in December and March after juries said they were deadlocked. ( continue to full post… )

Questions on Climate Change? Stormfront Has an Answer

By Larry Keller on April 6, 2010 - 6:09 pm, Posted in Conspiracies

When the staff at Hatewatch wants to know about the weird weather out there, we know just where to turn: Stormfront.org. That’s right, the leading white supremacist Web forum in the world. Only there can you find a truly unique revelation about the causes of global warming, and it has nothing to do with carbon emissions.

It’s the Jews.

That the nefarious Jews are behind “climate change and carbon trading scams” comes from no less an authority than a Stormfront member of more than three years who posts under the moniker of ZOG.gov. (ZOG is a white supremacists’ acronym for Zionist Occupied Government.) He thoughtfully posted photos and biographical information of nine climate experts whom he identified as being Jewish. In a tiny oversight, however, ZOG.gov neglected to explain what the nefarious nine have said that is a climate change-related “scam.” At least two of the climate curmudgeons have been awarded lucrative “genius” grants from the MacArthur Foundation. (Not to worry, Stormfront readers: Businessman and philanthropist John D. MacArthur was the son of an itinerant Baptist preacher.) Among the men listed:

• Michael E. Mann, an internationally known Pennsylvania State University climate scientist whose E-mail correspondence with fellow climate researchers in which they ridiculed their critics was leaked by hackers last fall. The disclosures were dubbed “Climategate” by climate change skeptics. Mann denied any wrongdoing, and a Penn State panel found no credible evidence on three of four allegations made against him. The panel directed another committee to determine whether Mann “deviated from accepted practices within the academic community.”

• Joseph J. Romm, a physicist and climate blogger who last year was one of Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 People Who Are Changing America,” and was named by Time magazine as one of its “Heroes of the Environment.”

• Stephen H. Schneider, a professor of environmental biology and global change at Stanford University. Schneider has been a consultant to federal agencies and White House staff in Democratic and Republican administrations.

• Todd D. Stern, who served six years in the Clinton White House, the last two of them coordinating the administration’s initiative on global climate change. Last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appointed Stern as the department’s special envoy for climate change, entrusting him with a key role in developing U.S. policy.

Conspicuously absent from the list of global warming wonks is the best known of them all: Former U.S. senator, vice president and near-president Al Gore. Gore’s critically acclaimed and commercially successful 2006 documentary film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” was an impassioned appeal for the public and policymakers to take heed of climate change, and won an Academy Award. In 2007, Gore also won the Nobel Peace Prize with the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. So why isn’t Gore at the top of the list? He’s a Baptist — an inconvenient truth.