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Move over, Glenn Beck. The amusingly misnamed Accuracy in Media, a far-right organization that generally spends its time defaming gay people and all things on the political left, yesterday published an exhaustive, and exhausting, report that purports to unmask a Latino rights organization. And it makes the former Fox News host’s famous blackboard look downright simple.
The new “report” was written by James Simpson, identified as a former Office of Management and Budget analyst who also freelances for far-right publications like FrontPage Magazine and Soldier of Fortune. It purports to show that “the company associated with Gustavo Torres and CASA de Maryland comprises a who’s who of the radical left.” CASA, it says, is “of a piece with all other American organizations of the far, far Left.”
If you want to actually read it, you’ll have to wade through about 18 pages of mind-numbing accusations, insults and a blizzard of alleged links to people and organizations that Simpson and Accuracy in Media believe are scary indeed. We took the easy way out, just studying a spectacular spaghetti bowl of links and ties that Simpson diagrammed to make his point. It’s all there, the connections between George Soros and the Communist Party USA and the AFL-CIO and ACORN and the Obama Administration and… well, you get the picture.
And in the unlikely event that you still haven’t been fully illuminated on the threat posed by CASA, Simpson has some soothing words for you. In the next few weeks, he says, he’ll be releasing even more explosive materials “that could not be included due to space constraints.”
Apparently, some things are too much even for Accuracy in Media.
Deryl Paul Dedmon, 19, of Brandon, Miss., was charged with capital murder with a hate-crime enhancement in the death of an African-American man. The grand jury indictment alleges that the victim died after being beaten by a group of white teens and run over by a truck.
Police in Sacramento, Calif., report that a man was injured in a hate-motivated assault earlier this week. A male couple was walking, holding hands, when the suspect allegedly stopped his vehicle, yelled sexual epithets at the couple, and then struck one of the men with a heavy object before fleeing. Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.
New Hampshire authorities are stepping up a probe into racist graffiti scrawled on the homes of three Concord families who resettled there from Africa. The state’s attorney general’s office has become involved in the investigation and prosecutors say those responsible could face charges under the state’s hate crime statute.
An African pastor in Concord, N.H., said a hate-filled message was written on his home in black marker. Two other homes in the neighborhood, also occupied by African immigrants, were targeted. Each message referred to the families as “subhuman” and said the victims were getting a free ride. Concord is a major hub for the International Resettlement Program, which places refugees seeking political asylum in American communities.
Residents of a Sand Springs, Okla., neighborhood say they were shocked when they woke up Sunday morning to fliers in their yards from the United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The literature said the group does not burn crosses or lynch people and urged flier recipients to “Support your local Klan.”
The Harris County, Texas, District Attorney plans to prosecute the case of a self-proclaimed white supremacist accused of beating a black man at a downtown Houston bus stop last month as a hate crime. According to a local activist, this is the first time charges have been upgraded to a hate crime in Harris County.
Brooklyn, N.Y., police are investigating an alleged hate crime after discovering two swastikas in the lobby of a Williamsburg neighborhood apartment building earlier this week.
Hal Turner, an outspoken racist radio talk show host and blogger who became an FBI informant, has been acquitted by a Connecticut jury of threatening and inciting violence against three state officials in his online blog.
The 49-year-old white supremacist comments were “outrageous” and “distasteful,” but the prosecution failed to prove Turner had engaged in criminal conduct beyond a reasonable doubt, jurors said after the verdict. ( continue to full post… )
RENO, Nev. — Organizations in the conservative “liberty” and “freedom” movements seem to be sorting out bed partners, and there was new evidence of that at the Liberty Political Action Conference (LPAC) held here over the weekend.
For the ultra-conservative and conspiracy-oriented John Birch Society (JBS), which co-sponsored LPAC 2011, the timing of the event couldn’t have been worse. Word surfaced just before the Reno conference that JBS wouldn’t be invited back to next year’s rival Conservative Political Action Conference, which is one of the country’s most important annual gatherings of the political right. ( continue to full post… )
Two psychologists testified this week that a Santa Maria, Calif., parolee charged with trying to murder a local waiter a year ago is mentally incompetent to stand trial. Curtis Martin allegedly asked a waiter at a Denny’s Restaurant if he was gay and when the victim answered that he was, Martin stabbed him twice.
Anthony Weston, one of three men charged with hate crimes in the beating of two Mexican citizens, has pleaded guilty and is expected to receive probation in exchange for his testimony against the other two defendants. Prosecutors say the three men attacked their victims outside a bar in San Francisco last November while yelling “white power.”
Ricky L. Hawkins was indicted on aggravated assault and civil rights intimidation charges for allegedly hitting a black man with a baseball bat in Lake City, Tenn., in 2010. Authorities said Hawkins, who is white, was shouting racial epithets at his victim when he was arrested and later told them that he was angry because the victim had dated a woman Hawkins was going out with. Hawkins reportedly had tattoos associated with the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations group.
It wasn’t much of a surprise, after more than a year of heated anti-Muslim rhetoric, that the 10th anniversary of 9/11 last Sunday brought out some of the worst in American bigotry. Apparent hate crimes linked to the event have been reported in North Carolina, New York, Texas and California, and reports are still coming in. ( continue to full post… )
Marshall Home, a one-time Tucson mayoral candidate, and Margaret Elizabeth Broderick, a disciple of the 1990s Montana Freemen money scams, have been indicted by a federal grand jury on multiple counts of fraud for running a financial scam straight out of the antigovernment “sovereign citizens” playbook.
Home and Broderick allegedly posed as representatives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in a property acquisition scheme. They operated “The Individual Rights Party: Mortgage Rescue Service” in south Tucson. They advertised that, for $500 per case, they could help people whose mortgages were in foreclosure. The indictment alleges that Home and Broderick would fight foreclosure by filing paperwork that made ludicrous arguments to courts that did nothing to help the individuals who hired them. ( continue to full post… )
In spring 2009, a Caddo Parish, La., prosecutor struck Carl Staples from the pool of potential jurors in the capital murder trial of Felton Dejuan Dorsey.
Staples was not removed from the jury pool because he opposed the death penalty. Rather, the prosecutor dismissed Staples after he expressed reservations about serving as a juror in a building whose courtyard features a prominently displayed Confederate flag. ( continue to full post… )
The Department of Justice (DOJ) sent a letter (pdf) to officials yesterday suggesting non-mandatory improvements in the way that the Suffolk County, N.Y., Police Department (SFPD) investigates hate crimes and other practices. The preliminary findings letter was part of a DOJ investigation of the department’s “patterns and practices” in the wake of the 2008 murder of immigrant Marcelo Lucero by a gang of white toughs.
Lucero’s murder by teenagers who had regularly engaged in the ethnic hunting parties they termed “beaner-jumping” shone a light on a community of immigrants who felt they were under siege, subjected to anti-immigrant violence and largely ignored or shunted aside by the police department. It also brought out the way that leading officials in the county had regularly demonized Latino immigrants.
The DOJ’s preliminary findings comported closely with those of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which published a September 2009 report on the situation entitled “Climate of Fear: Latino Immigrants in Suffolk County, N.Y.” Our report described not only how large numbers of Latinos in Suffolk County were subjected to hate crimes and other abuse, but also how many Latinos felt that SFPD officers ignored or belittled them, often declining to take reports after complaints were made. It also discussed the role of hate groups in the country and, especially, high-level public officials in contributing to an atmosphere of anti-immigrant hate — but those areas were outside the scope of the DOJ investigation. ( continue to full post… )