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White Supremacist Arrested by FBI Tied to Student Group Leader

By Bill Morlin on April 22, 2011 - 11:24 am, Posted in White Nationalism

A white supremacist just arrested on federal firearms charges in the state of Washington had ties to a university student leader of a new chapter of Youth for Western Civilization (YWC). Jeremiah Daniel “JD” Hop, previously convicted of child rape in California, is accused in a federal indictment of being a felon illegally possessing a shotgun. Arrested by FBI agents on Wednesday, Hop also likely faces state charges for possessing stolen property taken in burglaries near his home in Pullman and the campus of Washington State University, authorities say.

The 29-year-old suspect is linked to recent Aryan and extremist picketing outside Mexican taco stands near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, authorities say. Using the name “WhitePhoenix,” Hop has boasted of that involvement on the racist Stormfront Web site, The Spokesman-Review reported Thursday. On his Facebook page, Hop’s list of “inspirational people” included the late William Pierce, who founded the National Alliance and author of The Turner Diaries. The fictional account of a race war has been the blueprint for action for some extremists, including neo-Nazi members of The Order in the 1980s and Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in 1995. ( continue to full post… )

Wife of ‘Sovereign’ Who Killed Arkansas Police Officers Sues Police

By Ryan Lenz on April 21, 2011 - 2:34 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Sovereign Citizens

Since her common-law husband and his son died 11 months ago in a gunfight with police after killing two officers, Donna Lee Wray has issued angry threats, hurled epithets at reporters and accused police of a cover-up. She has even tried to charge Hatewatch millions of dollars for the use of her “copyrighted name” – a claim based on the bizarre ideology of the anti-government “sovereign citizen” movement.

Now, Wray is suing the police department in West Memphis, Ark., for what she says was the “torture killings” of Jerry and Joe Kane, father and son sovereign citizens who attacked police after they were pulled over on an interstate on May 20, 2010. Sgt. Brandon Paudert and Officer Bill Evans were shot and killed in the attack that was captured in tragic detail on the officers’ dashboard camera. The Kanes were later killed in a shootout with police after being cornered in a shopping center parking lot.

Working with West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert, father of one of the slain officers, the SPLC produced a training video designed to help other law enforcement officers recognize sovereign citizens when they encounter them. ( continue to full post… )

Koran-Burning Pastor to Protest Outside Michigan Mosque

By Ryan Lenz on April 20, 2011 - 5:29 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim

UPDATE: A report on the April 22 protest has been included at the end of this post.

Fresh on the heels of burning the Koran after staging a “trial” of Islam, an act that led to deadly protests in Afghanistan, Florida pastor Terry Jones is planning a rally outside a mosque in Dearborn, Mich., this week, despite pleas from city officials to abandon his efforts.

Jones told the Detroit Free Press that he plans to visit the Islamic Center of America, the largest mosque in North America, to protest Shariah law and widespread jihad. Dearborn police and Wayne County prosecutors have filed a complaint that asks a judge to stop the event.

“The greatest danger is the likelihood of a riot ensuing complete with the discharge of firearms,” prosecutors say in the court filing. Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly Jr. also has urged Jones to move his protest to one of the city’s “free speech” zones, including outside City Hall. ( continue to full post… )

Federal Judge Throws Out Neo-Nazi Bill White’s Conviction

By Heidi Beirich on April 20, 2011 - 4:11 pm, Posted in Neo-Nazi, Trial Updates

A federal judge ruled today that a jury was wrong when it convicted neo-Nazi Bill White for using his website to promote violence. CBS Chicago is reporting that U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman has ruled White was within his rights when he published information about a juror on his website in 2008.

In January, White was convicted of one count of solicitation for publishing the personal information of the jury foreman in the trial that convicted another neo-Nazi, Matthew Hale, of soliciting the murder of a federal judge. White, who once led the neo-Nazi group American National Socialist Workers Party, has been in prison nearly continuously since 2008. ( continue to full post… )

Far-Right Student Group Building Ties to Right-Wing European Extremists

By Evelyn Schlatter on April 20, 2011 - 1:44 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim, White Nationalism

Taylor Rose, with the Liberty University chapter of the far-right campus student organization Youth for Western Civilization, is slated to appear at an international anti-Islamic demonstration called the “March for Freedom” in Cologne, Germany, on May 7, where he has pledged to give a speech.

The Cologne march is a yearly event sponsored by Cities Against Islamization, a coalition of various far-right groups, some of whose members have been officially declared extremist by European governments. Its members regard Islam as a quasi-fascist ideology and claim that Europe is in danger of being overrun by Muslims. They argue that European civilization is in danger of extinction through mass immigration, multiculturalism, and Islamization. The march in Cologne has led to violent clashes in the past between marchers and protestors. The group has also held protests in European cities against the Park51 mosque project in Lower Manhattan.

In early April, Rose (above, far right) also met in Antwerp with members of the far-right Belgian political party Vlaams Belang at one of the party’s congresses. He was photographed there with members of PRO NRW (NRW means North Rhineland-Westphalia, a German state) and PRO Köln (City of Cologne), both of which are classified as “right-wing extremist” by German authorities. Members of the far-right anti-immigration and anti-Islamic German Pro-Bewegung (Pro-Motion) movement were also in attendance. ( continue to full post… )

White Nationalist Report Guesses That Immigrants Commit Tax Fraud

By Leah Nelson on April 19, 2011 - 4:16 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, White Nationalism

Just in time for tax day, the white nationalist Social Contract Press has released a special report claiming that immigrants — legal and undocumented alike — are manipulating the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to cheat taxpayers out of billions.

The report, “Defrauding the American Taxpayer — The Earned Income Tax Credit,” is packed with questionable assumptions and leaps of logic, undisguised racial and ethnic stereotypes, and some truly bizarre assertions, such as the suggestion that liberals have secretly colluded with Wal-Mart to undermine unions and the minimum wage. A thin veneer of economic argument against the EITC does nothing to hide that the report is typical Social Contract report fare, designed to stoke nativist and white nationalist fears about the day that the white majority is eclipsed. ( continue to full post… )

Oklahoma City Bombing Anniversary: Disturbing Parallels to Today’s Climate

By Heidi Beirich on April 19, 2011 - 12:28 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Extremist Crime

Today marks the 16th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, the terrorist attack that showed Americans how domestic extremism can lead to violence on a massive scale.

On this sad anniversary, there are disturbing parallels to the years leading up to the bombing, when the antigovernment militia movement first arose. That, too, was a time of economic peril, particularly in the West, where the movement got its start. It was also a time when a Democrat was elected to the presidency, setting off a wave of antigovernment furor much like we are seeing today.

As we first reported in August 2009, the antigovernment “Patriot” movement – encompassing militias and other conspiracy-minded groups that see the federal government as their primary enemy – has come roaring back since the election of President Obama. We’ve now documented 824 groups in the U.S. – more than five times the 149 we found in 2008, the year Obama was elected. This movement had been dormant in the late 1990s and early 2000s. ( continue to full post… )

FAIR Shares Founder’s Views

By Heidi Beirich on April 18, 2011 - 11:07 am, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

The New York Times ran a good front-page story yesterday that detailed the racism of John Tanton, the architect of the modern anti-immigration movement, something we have been writing about since 2002 (here, here and here). But the Times’ story gave the organizations Tanton founded, including the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a bit of a pass, implying that charges of racism against them turned almost entirely on their association with Tanton. The truth of the matter is that, particularly in the case of FAIR, the organizational apple has not fallen far from the founder’s tree.

Dan Stein, FAIR’s president, has his own notorious history of racism. He has repeatedly attacked the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 – enacted, in President Lyndon B. Johnson’s words, to end the “harsh injustice” of our country’s then-racist immigration quota system – as a disaster for Western civilization and Anglo-Saxon dominance. In a 1994 oral history, Stein told his interviewer, Tanton, that those who supported the 1965 reform wanted to “retaliate against Anglo-Saxon dominance” and that this “revengism” against whites had created a policy that is causing “chaos and will continue to create chaos.”

In a 1991 memo entitled “The Defenders of American Culture Rise to the Call to Arms,” Stein said he hoped that mounting criticism of multiculturalism would eventually lead to attacks on the 1965 Act, which he called “a key mistake in national policy” and a “source of error.”

Like Tanton, Stein takes a dim view of today’s immigrants. He has warned that immigrants are engaged in “competitive breeding” aimed at diminishing white power and that “[m]any of them hate America, hate everything the United States stands for.” Stein led FAIR’s efforts to win funding from the racist Pioneer Fund, which promotes the idea that whites are genetically superior, saying in 1993 that his “job [was] to get every dime of Pioneer’s money.” Bizarrely, FAIR describes the fund on its website as supporting “equal opportunity for all Americans.” ( continue to full post… )

Woman Sentenced for Harboring ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Who Shot at Police

By Ryan Lenz on April 12, 2011 - 3:00 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Sovereign Citizens

A Michigan woman has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for harboring a sovereign citizen who fired shots at Florida state troopers when they tried to stop him last year, an act that once again shows the danger faced by officers when they encounter extremists from the bizarre world of sovereign citizenry.

Yvonne Theresa Clark, 35, of Royal Oak, Mich., pleaded guilty on Friday to interfering with an officer and conspiracy to interfere with an officer. She was one of five people arrested for harboring Brody J. Whitaker, 37, a month after he opened fire on two troopers who pulled him over on Interstate 75 in Florida’s Sumter County. As part of a plea agreement, Clark will spend 90 days in jail.

According to news reports, Whitaker claimed to be a sovereign citizen almost immediately after his arrest, declaring during his April 2010 arraignment, as his public defender urged him not to speak: “I am a sovereign. I am not an American.” While his motives for firing on state troopers are unknown, Whitaker might have felt – as sovereign citizens do – that the police had no authority over him and he was resisting a tyrannical government. After firing four shots at the officers, Whitaker managed to escape on foot. U.S. marshals eventually tracked him to a residence in Winsted, Conn., where he was captured by SWAT teams and heavily armed state troopers. ( continue to full post… )

State Department Advertises Interpreting Services of White Nationalist

By Ryan Lenz on April 11, 2011 - 5:23 pm, Posted in White Nationalism

Among the white nationalist intellectual vanguard, few figures are as widely known as Jared Taylor, founder of the New Century Foundation and editor of its racist journal American Renaissance. Despite his infamy, the State Department advertises the polyglot’s language skills on the website of the U.S. embassy in Japan.

Taylor’s name, E-mail address and home address in Virginia appear on the Tokyo embassy’s Language Services webpage, intended for U.S. citizens who need such services while in Japan. He’s one of the few individual interpreters for hire who are listed along with more than a dozen companies that provide translation services. A State Department spokesman said Monday he was not aware of Taylor’s associations and had no immediate comment.

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