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News Roundup for July 15, 2011

By Hatewatch Staff on July 15, 2011 - 2:47 pm, Posted in Hate Crime, Militias, Sovereign Citizens

An Illinois man who claimed to be a part of a militia sleeper cell has pleaded guilty to possession of illegal firearms and threatening his wife. Lowell Aughenbaugh, 48, had threatened to injure his wife, with whom he is in divorce proceedings. A search of the home of Aughenbaugh’s father revealed nearly 91 guns, including 15 classified as machine guns. Aughenbaugh is already under indictment for making a terrorist threat related to an ATF search of his business which prompted a 12-hour standoff with agents.

A New York woman was the victim of a hate crime according to Niagara Falls Police. Two women reportedly assaulted a woman of Pakistani origin while calling her ethnic and racial slurs. One woman has been arrested, while police are searching for the other.

The trial of a California man has revealed his possible links to white supremacists. Nicholas Klopp is on trial for allegedly punching a man after making derogatory slurs about gays at a birthday party for a man who is gay.  Klopp then left in the truck of a friend who is a well-known white supremacist. Police also seized from the Klopp’s house white supremacist literature and music, pictures of Hitler, and skinhead T-shirts, which Klopp’s wife claims belonged to her deceased brother.

A convicted hate crime murderer received a life sentence for the unsolved killing of an acquaintance. Dale Mardis, 57, admitted to killing Henry Ackerman in 1998 with a hammer after an argument, and burning his body. Mardis is currently serving a life sentence for the 2001 killing of Mickey Wright, a Shelby County, Tenn., code enforcement officer, which was ruled a hate crime.

A routine traffic violation turned into a constitutional debate in a Tennessee courtroom. Joseph Augustine Dattilo Jr. was taken into custody because of an improper vehicle tag and lack of proper identification. Dattilo responded to the charges claiming that he has a $10 million bond that he used instead of car insurance, that the court did not have jurisdiction over him, and he was not required to have a valid driver’s license or registration, all claims common to the sovereign citizen movement. Datitilo only needs to pay $382.25 to clear the charges.

  • Leslie

    It seems that the crazier the person is the more guns they own.

  • Chris McQueeny

    Jonas Rand: Interesting question. The SPLC intelligence files page on sovereign citizens says that their valuations of treasury direct accounts “[range] from $600,000 to $20 million”.

    Let’s do some math here. The latest M2 number from the Federal Reserve gives us a total money supply of 8.36 trillion USD in 2009. We’ll generously assume that it reached 10 trillion USD in 2010.

    Now the 2010 census gives us a population of 308,745,538 persons. If we divide the money supply by the population we get… $32,389.13. Logically that should be the highest _possible_ amount for my treasury direct account, and that’s assuming that 100% of all existing dollars are in said accounts.

    $32,389.13 < $600,000-$20 million

    Clearly there is some massive government conspiracy to explain this petty discrepancy.

  • skinnyminny

    Jonas Rand,
    LOL! I’m really laughing at these claims they make, because for real, these people sound like ‘enemy combatants’ to me! LOL!

  • Jonas Rand

    “Dattilo responded to the charges claiming that he has a $10 million bond that he used instead of car insurance, that the court did not have jurisdiction over him, and he was not required to have a valid driver’s license or registration, all claims common to the sovereign citizen movement.”

    This raises an interesting question. How do sovereign citizens calculate the amount of money stored in their treasury direct account? Do they use a magic 8 ball, or what?