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Geller Promises to ‘Save’ Non-Muslims in Muslim Countries

By Leah Nelson on June 30, 2011 - 4:51 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim

Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, co-heads of the anti-Muslim hate group Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), have truly outdone themselves.

In the wake of European authorities’ cancellation of a planned rally in Strasbourg, France, the pair has announced its most grandiose plan yet: On Sept. 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, SIOA plans to launch a “Freedom from Jihad aid flotilla” called The Audacity of the Infidel. The plan is, in part, meant to mock past and planned flotillas organized by leftists to bring aid to the Gaza Strip, which has been isolated by Israel.

Strasbourg officials put the kibosh on the planned summit, which was to have taken place this Saturday, due to security concerns over protests planned by antifascist groups and what SOIA characterized as “Islamic supremacist organizations.” ( continue to full post… )

Obama-Bashing WorldNetDaily Chief Sues Esquire Over ‘Birther’ Satire

By Ryan Lenz on June 30, 2011 - 4:18 pm, Posted in Extremist Propaganda

WorldNetDaily (WND) Editor-in-Chief Joseph Farah really wants the world to know he’s serious about President Obama’s birth certificate, even if most of the world seems to have completely lost interest. After exhaustively demanding that the president produce his long-form birth certificate and then claiming that the certificate Obama did release was fake, Farah has sued Esquire magazine for publishing an online article parodying his dog-with-a-bone mission.

A complaint filed in federal court in the District of Columbia this week accuses Esquire, reporter Mark Warren and parent company Hearst Communications Inc. of defaming WND . The Esquire article, which was tagged as “humor,” said that Farah had decided to pulp 200,000 brand-new copies of Jerome Corsi’s Where’s The Birth Certificate? The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President, published by WND. The book was about to go on sale when Obama released his birth certificate, in effect making Farah, WND, Corsi and the title of Corsi’s book all look ridiculous.

The lawsuit demands almost $300 million. ( continue to full post… )

News Roundup for June 30, 2011

By Hatewatch Staff on June 30, 2011 - 3:24 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Anti-LGBT, Extremist Crime, Sovereign Citizens

The FBI is reeling after it was discovered that Timothy Phelps of the notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church was invited to address agents at FBI headquarters in Quantico, Va. High-ranking FBI officials have said they didn’t know of Phelps’ presence until recently; Phelps, son of Westboro chief Fred Phelps, claims he was invited to speak to agents about how to deal with controversial groups. Since the brouhaha erupted, the FBI has barred the future use of Westboro members in training sessions.

Nine people have been charged with beating an openly gay man in Springfield, Mass. The assailants, ranging from ages 12 to 19, repeatedly kicked and punched the victim while they taunted him with gay slurs, according to officials.

A Boulder, Colo. man was sentenced to five years in prison for drunkenly assaulting a Nigerian college student while using racial slurs. Joseph Coy chased down and beat Oluyibi Ogundipe until he was unconscious.

Three Oklahoma suspects, including one adult and two juveniles, have been identified in the burning of cross outside of a black Baptist Church in Creek County. Officials say two of the suspects have admitted their involvement, while a third has yet to be questioned. Charges are pending.

The bankruptcy hearing of the Giordano’s Pizza chain in Chicago took a bizarre turn when a man was thrown out after making vague threats and interrupting the court proceedings. The man has been identified as Marshall Home, an Arizona “sovereign citizen” who had intervened in the case by attempting to file an unjustified $150 million property lien against Giordano’s, similar to filings former Giordano’s owner John Apostolou himself made to avoid bankruptcy.

ADL Report Details Pittsburgh Cop-Killer’s Extremism

By Bill Morlin on June 30, 2011 - 12:11 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Anti-Semitic, Extremist Crime

The Pennsylvania jury that recommended the death penalty for cop-killer Richard Poplawski earlier this week was kept from hearing about his racist, antigovernment beliefs as detailed in an expert’s report.

The report was authored by Mark Pitcavage, the director of investigative research for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), who began his detailed research into Poplawski’s background just hours after the April 4, 2009, shooting of three Pittsburgh police officers. ( continue to full post… )

Leak Reveals New Border Vigilante Group on Arizona Border

By Leah Nelson on June 29, 2011 - 3:57 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Nativist Extremist

A 2010 U.S. Department of Homeland Security memo warned that a new Minuteman-style border vigilante group had popped up in Arizona that posed “a possibility of violence between armed civilians and smugglers.”

The confidential memo — dated April 28, 2010, and leaked last Thursday by LulzSec, a group that hacked the Arizona Department of Public Safety — warned that an “unknown group” calling itself “A Concerned Citizen” was seeking recruits to help shut down a 30-mile section of Interstate 8. The idea was to create a roadblock, allegedly for the purpose of stopping any smugglers who might be traveling along the route.

“[I]t is not surprising that another contingent of Minuteman types has come to life. The tone of this information is quite unlike that of the MCDC Locked and Loaded Operation,” the memo’s author wrote, referring to Chris Simcox’s nativist extremist group Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) and appearing to suggest that the new group was even more militant. MCDC dissolved in March 2010 in part because it did not want to take legal responsibility for the potential actions of its fired-up volunteers after its leader announced a “locked and loaded” plan that encouraged volunteers to bring rifles with them to the border and “forcefully engage” the “criminals” who try to cross without documentation. ( continue to full post… )

News Roundup for June 29, 2011

By Hatewatch Staff on June 29, 2011 - 2:20 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Anti-Muslim, Antigovernment, Hate Crime, Neo-Nazi

A retired naval commander who headed the antigovernment “Patriot” group American Grand Jury reportedly was convicted of resisting arrest last week in connection with his attempt to arrest a country grand jury foreman in Madisonville, Tenn. Walter Fitzpatrick allegedly tried to carry out the citizen’s arrest because the grand jury declined his demand that it indict President Obama for not being a U.S. citizen.

Police are investigating the claims of a black Santa Monica, Calif., high school student who reported that members of his wrestling team bullied him over his race. The teen described being harassed with racist comments, chained to a locker, and finding a wrestling dummy with a noose tied around its neck.

The first overseas summit of Islamophobic groups, set for early July in Strasbourg, France, has been canceled over security issues, according to the sponsoring group, Pamela Geller’s Stop the Islamization of America. The group has also announced a “Freedom from Jihad Flotilla” which it claims will aid “persecuted non-Muslims” and which mocks the 2010 Freedom Flotilla that attempted to bring aid to Palestinians in Gaza.

A former Mafia hitman on the lam was found to have sought refuge as a white supremacist in a small Idaho town. Boston mobster Enrico Ponzo assumed a false identity while under investigation for murder, fled West, and was revealed to have had a bust of Adolf Hitler in his house as well as literature from the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations and several guns.

Racist Pittsburgh Triple Cop-Killer Gets Death

By Bill Morlin on June 29, 2011 - 8:28 am, Posted in Extremist Crime

Richard Poplawski, whose life was entwined with racism, firearms and violence before he fatally shot three police officers, should be executed for his crimes, a jury in Pittsburgh concluded last night.

It took the 12-member panel only two hours to unanimously choose between the death penalty or life in prison for 24-year-old Poplawski, who spent time on a neo-Nazi website a short time before his deadly 2009 gun battle.

On Saturday, the same jury found Poplawski guilty of first-degree murder in the April 4, 2009, shooting deaths of Pittsburgh police officers Eric Kelly, 41, Paul Sciullo II, 37, and Stephen Mayhle, 29. Poplawski also was convicted of 25 companion crimes, including firing at nine other officers, wounding one, and endangering neighbors. “There are some cases where life in prison is just not enough,” prosecutor Mark Tranquilli told the jury yesterday before it began the penalty-phase deliberations.

Poplawski was motivated to commit the murders by white supremacy beliefs and a hatred of police, the prosecutor told the jury. “I don’t have to prove motive,” the prosecutor said, “but you can find motive on his computer on what he was looking at just hours before – [the racist website] Stormfront, white nationalism, which is a nice way to say Nazism,” the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. ( continue to full post… )

News Roundup for June 28, 2011

By Hatewatch Staff on June 28, 2011 - 2:33 pm, Posted in Neo-Confederate, Racist Skinheads, Racist Street Gangs, Sovereign Citizens, White Supremacist

White supremacist Mark Stroman will be executed in Texas next month after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review his case.  Stroman was convicted for killing two people and shooting another in a post-9/11 revenge spree targeting people of Middle Eastern descent.

A “general” in the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas has been sentenced to life in prison for ordering the murder of a fellow gang member and his girlfriend in a dispute over a drug debt.

The state trial of sovereign citizens accused of plotting to kill several government officials may be delayed until federal charges are resolved. The defendants are members of the Alaska Peacemakers Militia, led by Schaeffer Cox. Militia members plotted a campaign of murder in the event Cox, a fugitive at the time, was captured. ( continue to full post… )

Authorities Find Bomb Apparently Targeting Immigrants in Arizona

By Leah Nelson on June 27, 2011 - 4:18 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Extremist Crime

Roadside bomb found near Tucson, ArizonaA U.S. Border Patrol agent found a live pipe bomb while patrolling a known smuggling route west of Tucson on May 30, 2009, a classified memo released by a group that hacked the Pima County, Ariz., sheriff’s department reveals.

The device, described in an intelligence bulletin issued by the department’s bomb squad as “moderately complex,” exploded during the course of the squad’s investigation. The memo does not say whether anyone was hurt or speculate about who was responsible. It does caution agents working remote roads near the border to “be vigilant” and look out for “suspect items.”

The memo, released by the hacker group known as LulzSec, states that the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the incident but does not describe the results of the investigation. ( continue to full post… )

Racist Prof Latest to Join Group That Seeks White Rule in America

By Heidi Beirich on June 27, 2011 - 2:42 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Anti-Semitic

Racist activist Jamie Kelso announced this past Friday that long-time professor Virginia Abernethy has joined the board of the white nationalist American Third Position (ATP) political party. Established in 2009, the ATP was originally created by racist Southern California skinheads and is now led by a man who once sought to deport any American with an “ascertainable trace of Negro blood.” Its chief aim, ATP says, is to “return our nation to its rightful owners” ­— that is, white people — and by “liberating” it from the “banksters,” a radical-right term meaning Jews.

Abernethy, a self-described “white separatist” and emeritus professor of psychiatry and anthropology at Vanderbilt Medical School, has a long history of working with racist groups. At one time, Abernethy was on the editorial advisory board of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), a racist hate group that describes black people as “a retrograde species of humanity.” But her addition to the board of ATP, with its open racism and anti-Semitism, is a further step to the extreme right.

With the addition of Abernethy, the ATP board is now populated by the top tier of American white nationalists. The chairman of the group is corporate lawyer William D. Johnson, and board members include virulent anti-Semite Kevin MacDonald — an academic like Abernethy — and white nationalist radio host James Edwards. Kelso, who for years ran former Klansman David Duke’s website and also helped moderate the white nationalist Stormfront.org, is the chief organizer for the party. ( continue to full post… )