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News Roundup for July 26, 2011

By Hatewatch Staff on July 26, 2011 - 3:26 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Anti-LGBT

A man accused of sending several threatening letters to chapters of the NAACP and black churches was released to a mental health facility yesterday. Jeffery Smith, 46, was sent there as part of a plea bargain in which Smith was credited for time served and then moved to the facility in exchange for pleading guilty to charges of making threats to destroy property. Prosecutors say Smith threatened to burn down various offices.

Two Miami Beach police officers were fired for allegedly beating and falsely arresting a man as he reported the beating of another man. Officers Frankly Forte and Eliut Hazzi have been under investigation for a 2009 incident in which the victim called authorities over two policemen kicking and beating a suspect. The man, who did not know the policemen were undercover agents, was then beaten by the officers in retaliation for his call while they used anti-gay slurs. Prosecutors have declined to press charges against the officers.

Four California individuals pleaded not guilty in the case of a cross burning. The group stands accused of stealing a cross from a nearby church and then setting it ablaze in front of the house of a biracial family.

Wilmington, N.C., police are searching for suspects in the assault of a gay college student who was beaten by a group of men using a gay slur. The victim has alleged that he was beaten so severely he lost consciousness for nearly 20 minutes. Officers have been reprimanded for not following up more seriously on the case.

Dillian Joseph Cashman, 21, has been arrested in Portland, Ore., for assaulting a man after earlier hurling anti-gay slurs at him. The victim has alleged that Cashman and another man verbally harassed him as he walked with his partner in a park. The victim and his partner left the area, but later saw the suspect, who then allegedly beat the victim.

American Anti-Muslim Activists Throw Devoted Follower Breivik Under Bus

By Robert Steinback on July 26, 2011 - 9:28 am, Posted in Anti-Muslim

The irony is, had Anders Behring Breivik merely posted his manifesto without killing at least 76 innocent children and adults in Norway, he probably would have emerged as a rising star among the anti-Muslim activists he so admired.

As it happened, America’s most fanatical anti-Muslim activists quickly retreated behind walls of denial upon discovering that the perpetrator of Friday’s stunning act of terror was committed not in the name of Islam, but in response to their own mission: Whipping up paranoia about Islam.

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White Nationalists React to Norway Rampage

By Leah Nelson on July 25, 2011 - 6:39 pm, Posted in White Supremacist

As most of the world reeled in reaction to the tragic shooting of scores of Norwegians by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, anti-Semitic professor Kevin MacDonald, editor of the white nationalist website Occidental Observer, prepared his analysis of the pros and cons of Breivik’s deadly spree.

In a long piece posted Sunday night, MacDonald described Breivik as a “serious political thinker with a great many insights and some good practical ideas on strategy,” who “sees Christianity (correctly) as a historically powerful force for the preservation of Europe rather than mainly about religious faith.”

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News Roundup for July 25, 2011

By Hatewatch Staff on July 25, 2011 - 1:53 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Anti-LGBT, Neo-Nazi, Sovereign Citizens

A trial date has been set in the case of six members of the Alaska Peacemakers Militia and their plot to murder public officials and police in the state. The judge set a trial date in April 16, 2012, for the group, which was led by Schaeffer Cox. Lawyers for the defense are still attempting to get the charges thrown out based upon the prosecution’s behavior, but the judge has refused the request.

A Denver man was charged with a hate crime after confronting and assaulting two African-American men. Police are reporting that Christopher Bollnow, 40, confronted the two men, pulled a gun, made racial comments and attacked one man, causing lacerations to his head. ( continue to full post… )

Oslo Shooter A Frightening Reminder of Radical Right Terrorist Threat

By Heidi Beirich on July 24, 2011 - 12:27 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim, Domestic Terrorism, Europe, Hate Groups

The horrific events that took place in Norway this past Friday— a huge bombing in central Oslo closely followed by a bloody shooting rampage on nearby Utoya island that left 93 dead—are a sobering reminder of what extreme radical-right beliefs can drive some to do. And the threat is not confined to Norway or Europe. Exactly the same ideas that motivated the Oslo shooter to take up arms are popular in radical-right circles on this side of the Atlantic.

Anders Behring Breivik, 32, described by Norwegian police as a right-wing Christian fundamentalist, was apparently driven to act by hatred of Muslims and fears of multiculturalism. Breivik’s 1,500-page manifesto, 2083: A European Declaration of Independence, equates liberalism and multiculturalism with “cultural Marxism,” something Breivik says is destroying European Christian civilization. Posted online just before the attacks, the manifesto is described in The New York Times as a diary of Breivik’s months of planning.

Writing under the Anglicized name “Andrew Berwick,” Breivik predicted a massive war that would kill or injure more than a million people as he and his small group seize “political and military control of Western European countries and implement a cultural conservative political agenda.” Breivik’s manifesto also describes a secret April 2002 meeting in London to reconstitute the Knights Templar, a military order active in the medieval Crusades, that was attended by “representatives” of European countries and one “European-American.” The document does not name the attendees, and authorities are unclear the meeting actually occurred.

Fears of “cultural Marxism” have a long pedigree in this country. It’s a conspiratorial kind of “political correctness” on steroids — a covert assault on the American way of life that allegedly has been developed by the left over the course of the last 70 years. Those who use the term posit that a small group of German philosophers, all Jews who fled Germany and went to Columbia University in the 1930s to found the Frankfurt School, devised a cultural form of “Marxism” aimed at subverting Western civilization. The method involves manipulating the culture into supporting homosexuality, sex education, egalitarianism, and the like, to the point that traditional institutions and culture are ultimately wrecked. ( continue to full post… )

Black Pastor Who Thanked God for Slavery Hosts Anti-NAACP Rally

By Leah Nelson on July 22, 2011 - 12:52 pm, Posted in White Nationalism

Barbara Coe, head of the anti-immigrant hate group California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR) and a self-described member the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), which considers black people a “retrograde species of humanity,” will be speaking this Sunday at a tea party rally “to expose NAACP lies and their big government agenda.”

Ho hum, you say? Read on.

The rally, which is scheduled to coincide with the NAACP’s 102nd annual convention, is being sponsored by the South Central L.A. Tea Party. Its founder is Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a controversial black minister and radio personality who once thanked God for slavery; has said that most blacks “lack moral character;” and who in 2009 wrote an article headlined “Obama hates the white man,” for the far-right World Net Daily. ( continue to full post… )

News Roundup for July 22, 2011

By Hatewatch Staff on July 22, 2011 - 12:04 pm, Posted in Hate Crime, White Supremacist

Four suspects in Arroyo Grande, Calif., are in custody for burning a cross outside the home of an African-American woman. The group, led by Jason Kahn, 36, and three others stole a cross from a local Lutheran church and burned it in front of the house of a random black family.  The group, allegedly meth users and possible white supremacists, are claiming they burned the cross as a memorial to Kahn’s father, a meth addict shot by police in 1994.

The former leader of the reportedly white supremacist Invaders Motorcycle Club has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for conspiracy to manufacture narcotics. Timothy “Beefy” Bartruff was found guilty last year for conspiring with another man in a meth production operation that spanned several states.

A California man on trial for assaulting a gay man has been convicted of felony assault and committing a hate crime. Nicholas Klopp, who reportedly subscribed to white supremacist views, was accused of making derogatory sexually-oriented comments towards a man and then attacking him at a birthday party where some attendees were gay.

The anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church has announced that it will protest marriage equality in New York on Sunday. The group says it will picket several areas in New York City including marriage bureaus and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s local office.

An Oregon white supremacist was arrested for selling hashish to an undercover investigator. Michael Conway, 30, attempted to sell two pounds of hashish worth around $18,000 to the investigator.

‘Sovereign Citizen’ Shot in Exchange of Gunfire With Texas Cop

By Robert Steinback on July 22, 2011 - 11:51 am, Posted in Sovereign Citizens

“Sovereign citizens” – people who believe they are not subject to government or law enforcement authority – are serious and troubling annoyances to the courts, which often become bogged down with mountains of fraudulent, pseudo-legal paperwork they are known to file. But a police shootout in Hurst, Texas, this week is a reminder that “sovereign” defiance is capable of turning violent.

Self-described “Moorish national” Joseph M. Tesi was shot twice by an as-yet unidentified officer of the Colleyville Police Department during an exchange of gunfire on a residential street Thursday morning. The officer, a 26-year veteran of the force, was uninjured. Tesi, also known as James Michael Joseph, is expected to recover from bullet wounds to his face and foot. ( continue to full post… )

Neo-Nazi Webmaster May Testify in Trial of Alleged Spokane Bomber

By Bill Morlin on July 22, 2011 - 8:36 am, Posted in Domestic Terrorism, Neo-Nazi

Kevin HarphamAlex Linder, who operates a leading Internet hate forum called Vanguard News Network, is expected to be subpoenaed by the Justice Department as a prosecution witness in the trial of a man accused of planting a potentially deadly bomb on the route of a Martin Luther King Jr. “unity parade” in Spokane, Wash.

Linder may be subpoenaed to answer questions about email exchanges and 1,139 postings made on the VNN forum by Kevin William Harpham (right), who used the moniker “Joe Snuffy” on the Web site while posting racist comments and seeking bomb-building advice, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Rice said at a pretrial hearing Thursday.

Linder and Harpham both have past ties to the National Alliance, once regarded as the most-dangerous neo-Nazi organization in the United States. ( continue to full post… )

Anti-Muslim Activist Calls for HUAC Revival

By Leah Nelson on July 21, 2011 - 3:47 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim

Frank Gaffney, an anti-Muslim activist who in April told conservatives that “Shariah is communism with a God,” has called on Congress in a Washington Times column to bring back the McCarthy-era House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC). This time around, the infamous panel’s job will be to root out the Islamist operatives who, he claims, are well on their way to replacing America’s democracy with a Shariah-based caliphate.

Gaffney, who helms the Center for Security Policy, is fervent in his conviction that agents of the Muslim Brotherhood have infiltrated the government at all levels, intending to subvert U.S. institutions through “civilization jihad.” He laid out his “evidence” for infiltration into the U.S. government in April at “The Awakening 2011,” a conference at the late Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University that brought together economic conservatives, national security hawks and stars of the Religious right to discuss the future of America. ( continue to full post… )