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Conspiracist Alex Jones: ‘Whites are the New Al Qaeda’

By Leah Nelson on August 31, 2011 - 2:27 pm, Posted in Conspiracies, Extremist Propaganda, White Nationalism

Antigovernment conspiracy theorist Alex Jones seems finally to have crossed the Rubicon of race. Earlier this month, the man who may have done more than any other to popularize “truther” theories about government complicity in 9/11 declared that the U.S. government believes that “whites are the new Al Qaeda.”

The source of Jones’ race paranoia is the Department of Homeland Security’s year-old “If you see something, say something” terrorism awareness campaign. According to DHS’ website, the program is meant to encourage people to consider “behavior, rather than appearance” when considering whether to report apparently “suspicious activity” to authorities. “Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious,” it says. To drive that point home, DHS produced a series of public service announcements such as a 10-minute video released in July featuring mostly white “terrorists,” while the actors portraying citizens who report their suspicious activities are all minorities.

Jones sees this heavy-handedness as evidence of a racist conspiracy to demonize white people. “Far from representing some superficial nod to political correctness, this is in fact a deliberate effort by the feds to characterize predominantly white, middle class, politically engaged Americans as domestic extremists. It’s all part of the agenda to frame dissent against big government as dangerous radicalism,” reads a widely reposted July 18 article on his website, Infowars. ( continue to full post… )

FrontPage Magazine Compares Liberal Think Tank to Nazis

By Heidi Beirich on August 31, 2011 - 1:12 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim, Extremist Propaganda

FrontPage Magazine’s Daniel Greenfield reacted with total hysteria today to a report on anti-Muslim activists, “Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in the United States,” that was released by the Center for American Progress (CAP) last week. Greenfield alleges that the report, which named FrontPage Magazine and its head David Horowitz as key players in fomenting anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S., is part of an anti-Semitic conspiracy.

“If Americans view Islam badly, it can only be because a handful of Jewish experts financed by other rich Jews brainwashed them into it,” Greenfield writes, falsely implying that the CAP report makes the argument that the Jewish community writ large is maligning Muslims in the U.S. Rather, CAP’s report profiles a small handful of activists, some Jewish and some not, who have worked to demonize the Muslim community. ( continue to full post… )

News Roundup for August 31, 2011

By Janet Smith on August 31, 2011 - 10:37 am, Posted in Anti-Latino, Anti-LGBT, Klan

Jury deliberations resumed Monday in the trial of a California teen accused of murdering a gay classmate three years ago. Seventeen-year-old Brandon McInerney is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of 15-year-old Larry King at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard. McInerney has pleaded not guilty to one count each of murder and a hate crime.

A Stockton woman was arrested for allegedly assaulting her child’s principal over a dress code violation by punching her in the face. Police say Pami Gibbs also is accused of making references to ethnicity during the attack on Evangelina Ramos. Gibbs was booked on two felony charges of battery, criminal threats, and three misdemeanors, including hate crime.

Police in Staunton, Va., are investigating an incident where an expletive and “KKK” were burned into a person’s yard last week.  Police do not consider the incident a hate crime because the home is occupied by a white family. No arrests have been made.

Police are continuing to investigate an attack against a 21-year-old transgender woman who was beaten with a baseball bat in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Wash. According to police, who have stopped short of labeling the assault as a bias crime, the victim reported that she was attacked when a woman with a baseball bat, and a man, started following her and hit her. If an arrest is made, prosecutors will decide whether to pursue bias-crime charges against the attacker.

Anti-Muslim Groups Plan Events for 10th Anniversary of 9/11

By Evelyn Schlatter on August 30, 2011 - 4:31 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim

This year is the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in American history. Many somber commemorative events are planned, including one at Ground Zero at which the long-awaited memorial will open. Others will try to bring healing through art or encourage participation in a national day of service in honor of the nearly 3,000 people who perished. Several will hold memorial services or engage in some other charitable event to remember and honor those who died and to support those who lost loved ones in the attack.

And there are those who are not so charitable, people and groups who plan film screenings and rallies to bash Muslims and warn of the “Islamic threat” that is supposedly intent on trampling the Constitution and establishing a Shariah-guided caliphate in its place. Anti-Islamic hysteria has increased dramatically in the past two years, and its purveyors have managed to convince many others that an estimated 0.6% of the U.S. population is hell-bent on destroying American society and culture. The 10th anniversary provides these Islamophobes a sterling opportunity to draw attention to their bigoted views. Among their plans: ( continue to full post… )

Neo-Nazi Pleads in Firebombing of Interracial Couple’s Home

By Bill Morlin on August 30, 2011 - 1:34 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi

A neo-Nazi skinhead who once hung a black Ken doll with a noose around its neck on his porch has pleaded guilty to federal civil rights and firearms charges associated with the late-night firebombing of an interracial couple’s home in Arkansas.

Jason Walter Barnwell, described as the leader of a “combat division” of the skinhead gang Blood & Honour, faces 15 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on Dec. 20.

The 37-year-old skinhead from Evening Shade, Ark., said he didn’t make a very good “domestic terrorist” when he pleaded guilty on Friday in U.S. District Court in Little Rock to one count of federal civil rights conspiracy and companion charges of use of fire during a felony and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Barnwell and four other suspects were arrested by the FBI and indicted by a grand jury for Jan. 14 firebombing of the home of an interracial couple in Hardy, Ark.  The incident occurred during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. ( continue to full post… )

Yet Another Historian Refutes ‘Gay Nazi’ Claim

By Evelyn Schlatter on August 29, 2011 - 4:45 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT

Professor Jonathan Zimmerman is the latest historian to publicly refute the claim that gay men were largely responsible for the Nazi Party and the Holocaust. Zimmerman is chair of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Professions at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

The gay Nazi claim derives from the 1995 book The Pink Swastika, by Scott Lively and Kevin Abrams. (Lively’s routine defamation of the LGBT community led to his Abiding Truth Ministries being added to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate group list). In that book, the authors claim that “the Nazi party was entirely controlled by militaristic male homosexuals throughout its short history” and that those men largely orchestrated the Holocaust. Lively and Abrams also argue, in contravention of the historical record, that persecution of homosexuals by Nazi Germany is largely a myth. ( continue to full post… )

Oath Keepers Group Takes on ‘Pivot Point’ Arizona Town

By Ryan Lenz on August 29, 2011 - 2:51 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Extremist Propaganda, Patriot Groups

QUARTSZITE, Ariz. — In the heart of the Sonoran Desert, in a scruffy town populated by nomad retirees, inveterate rock hounds and a nearly 70-year-old nudist bookseller who claims to be the first male stripper in the country, the antigovernment “Patriot” group Oath Keepers has decided to take a stand.

Quartzsite has only 3,800 permanent residents in homes strung out along both sides of Interstate 10 as it cuts westward to California. But here, the Oath Keepers argue, the banner of tyranny has already been raised. “This is the start. We want to set an example here,” Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes said Saturday after a two-mile march scheduled as part of a “Liberty Festival” in Quartzsite. “If every community across the country simply did what’s being done right here – right here, right now – we would restore our republic.”

What’s being done in Quartzsite is a response to a complicated tale of alleged small-town corruption that pits the town’s police chief against many of his officers and a number of citizens — complicated enough that it’s hard to say at this stage who’s right. But the Oath Keepers says on its website that it “considers the Quartzsite saga to be a vital pivot point on which small-town America shall awaken to the encroachment of corruption and violation of rights from Federal levels downward into our local communities and our daily lives.” ( continue to full post… )

News Roundup for August 29, 2011

By Janet Smith on August 29, 2011 - 1:06 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim, Militias

Federal jurors convicted an alleged militia member from Parma, Ohio, of illegally possessing firearms and submitting false forms to the Internal Revenue Service. Karl Herrington, 59, was found guilty in a Detroit federal court of two counts of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the administration of the IRS, and one count each of filing false tax forms and being a felon in possession of firearms. Herrington’s wife, Jeanne, is currently in a Michigan prison and will do time in federal prison for similar offenses.

A Maryland teenager secretly arrested by the FBI for allegedly conspiring with the woman from the Philadelphia suburbs known as Jihad Jane also spoke of a Columbine-style plot with a Pittsburgh-area friend, Emerson Begolly, in a jihadist chat room. Begolly, a former neo-Nazi from New Bethlehem, Pa., has pleaded guilty to using the chat room to solicit terrorists to use explosives and propane tanks to target police stations and railways.

Former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV and associate Antoine Mackey were sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing journalist Chauncey Bailey and two other men in 2007. Bey IV is due back in court next month to set a trial date for a separate case in which he is charged with killing two women and torturing one of them in a failed attempt to learn where a drug dealer hid money.

Five teens were arrested and charged after a shot was fired outside of an Orleans County, N.Y. mosque Monday night as worshipers were leaving nightly Ramadan services. According to members of the mosque in Waterport, they had been repeatedly harassed since the mosque was founded in 1974. Things escalated last Monday night after prayer services, when a speeding vehicle allegedly swerved directly into a group of worshipers and a shot was allegedly fired from the vehicle before the car sped away.

News Roundup for August 26, 2011

By Hatewatch Staff on August 26, 2011 - 4:46 pm, Posted in Neo-Nazi

The neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement has announced that it will hold a rally in West Allis, Wis., in response to a series of recent attacks at the Wisconsin State Fair. Authorities have noted that many of the attackers have been black while many of the victims have been white. Police are still investigating whether the attacks were racially motivated. Many counter-protests are being planned in the aftermath of the NSM announcement.

Police in Lakeville, Minn., say they have solved a case of racist vandalism that terrorized a local African-American family. Five teens have been identified as suspects and confessed to spray-painting white supremacist graffiti in and on the family’s garage and car, even breaking into the car itself.

The fate of a 17-year-old California boy accused of shooting a gay student in class  now rests in the hands of the jury. Brandon McInerney is charged with murder as a hate crime. If convicted, the defendant faces more than 50 years in prison.

Alleged Mosque Firebomber Arrested in Oregon

By Bill Morlin on August 26, 2011 - 1:23 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim, Extremist Crime

In a distant echo of the mass murder last month in Norway, a young man who once described himself to police as a “Christian warrior” and talked about a jihad against Muslims is in federal custody in Oregon on federal hate crime and arson charges.

Cody Seth Crawford, 24, of Corvallis, Ore., was arrested Wednesday on a federal indictment accusing him of the Nov. 28 arson of the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center near his home.

The firebombing of the mosque came two days after Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a former Oregon State University student, was arrested in a terror plot to detonate a car bomb during at Portland’s annual holiday tree-lighting ceremony. Mohamud, now 20, who worshipped at the Corvallis mosque, is awaiting trial. ( continue to full post… )