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Racist Bikers Busted in Undercover Florida Probe

By Bill Morlin on March 30, 2012 - 3:12 pm, Posted in Christian Identity, Extremist Crime

Six members of a racist motorcycle gang in Florida face drug and bomb-related charges following a three-year undercover investigation, federal and state authorities announced Friday.

The suspects are affiliated with the Outlaws motorcycle club and the 1st SS Kavallerie Brigade Motorcycle Division, a racist gang formed by former Aryan Nations leader August Kreis III, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando.

“One of the goals of the organization was to blow up buildings and houses, as well as individuals associated with rival organizations,” sheriff’s spokesman Jeff Williamson told Hatewatch. ( continue to full post… )

Hutaree Case Ends as Two Plead to Weapons Charges

By Bill Morlin on March 29, 2012 - 1:59 pm, Posted in Militias

The two remaining defendants in the government’s case against members of Michigan’s Hutaree Militia pleaded guilty today to federal firearms charges, just two days after a judge dismissed antigovernment conspiracy charges against the pair and five others.

David Stone Sr., 47, and his son Joshua Stone, 23, pleaded guilty to possessing machine guns. They admitted to U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts in a Detroit courtroom that they had two .223-caliber rifles, knowing that the weapons would fire automatically with one trigger pull. Possession of such firearms without proper registration is a federal crime.

After the pleas were entered, the elder Stone – identified by authorities as the Hutaree leader – told the Detroit Free Press that he thinks the case “will only lead to more mistrust of the government by militias.” ( continue to full post… )

Faculty Adviser Quits, YWC Loses Official Status at Towson University

By Ryan Lenz on March 28, 2012 - 3:26 pm, Posted in White Nationalism

Nearly two weeks after members of the Towson University chapter of Youth for Western Civilization chalked messages on university sidewalks that included the words “white pride,” the group has lost its campus privileges.

The school’s official recognition of the YWC was pulled when the group’s faculty adviser informed chapter president Matthew Heimbach that he would no longer be associated with the group.

“They were using rhetoric in their arguments that I found were not appropriate,” said the adviser, communications professor Richard Vatz. ( continue to full post… )

Most Charges Dismissed Against Hutaree Militia Members

By Bill Morlin on March 27, 2012 - 3:39 pm, Posted in Militias

A federal judge in Detroit today dismissed charges against seven members of the Hutaree militia who have been on trial for allegedly plotting to kill police officers in hopes of igniting a revolution against the government.

“The government’s case is built largely of circumstantial evidence,” U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said in a 28-page order dismissing the charges before the case was sent to a jury.

“While this evidence could certainly lead a rational fact finder to conclude that ‘something fishy’ was going on, it does not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that defendants reached a concrete agreement to forcibly oppose the United States Government,” the judge  wrote. ( continue to full post… )

Calling All Black People: NOM Wants to Use You

By Mark Potok on March 27, 2012 - 1:58 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT

Black folks, this is a message for you: The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the country’s preeminent group fighting against same-sex marriage, really, really likes you. They even want to make some of you famous!

Have NOM’s principal leaders, former president Maggie Gallagher and current leader Brian S. Brown, stood up for African Americans before? Well, not so much. But it turns out that they’ve decided that you’re actually very important.

That unexpected revelation came out yesterday, when the pro-LGBT Human Rights Campaign publicized the contents of some previously confidential 2009 documents outlining NOM’s strategies for winning the national battle for “traditional marriage.” (The documents were just unsealed in a Maine court case over NOM’s refusal to identify its donors there, as required by state law.) “The strategic goal of this project,” NOM said, “is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks — two key Democratic constituencies. We aim to find, equip, energize and connect African-American spokespeople for marriage; to develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; and to provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots.” ( continue to full post… )

NOM Lets Others Do Their Dirty Work

By Mark Potok on March 27, 2012 - 1:55 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT

About the worst thing said about gay men, an allegation that is regularly dragged out by certain religious-right organizations, is that they molest children at rates vastly higher than their heterosexual counterparts. It is as devastating a charge as one can make in a country where jailed pedophiles, known in prison parlance as “short eyes,” are frequently murdered by self-righteous fellow inmates.

But it is also completely false, a demonizing construct long ago debunked and denounced by virtually all relevant scientific organizations and serious researchers. That’s why the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the leading opponent of same-sex marriage but also a group that prides itself on keeping its criticisms of homosexuality both civil and factual, does not employ the accusation.

Or does it? ( continue to full post… )

Trayvon Martin Case Evokes Reaction from Extremists, White and Black

By Ryan Lenz on March 26, 2012 - 5:25 pm, Posted in Black Separatist, White Nationalism

The killing of Trayvon Martin has aroused the passions of extremists on both sides of the racial divide, with some blaming civil rights leaders and the media for the controversy – and black separatist leaders suggesting vigilante justice for the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot the unarmed 17-year-old in Florida. ( continue to full post… )

California Mother Slain in Possible Anti-Muslim Hate Crime

By Bill Morlin on March 26, 2012 - 2:08 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim, Hate Crime

The weekend death in California of a 32-year-old Iraqi immigrant – a mother of five children — is drawing worldwide attention as the latest possible U.S. hate crime killing.

Shaima Alawadi died Saturday after she was taken off life support, three days after being found unconscious and brutally beaten in her family home in El Cajon, a suburb of San Diego, authorities said.

The victim’s 17-year-old daughter, Fatima Al Himidi, told San Diego’s KUSI-TV that her mother was beaten on the head with a tire iron and a threatening note was found nearby saying, “Go back to your country, you terrorist.” ( continue to full post… )

Faith and Freedom Coalition: Is Obama Greater Threat than Nazis?

By Hatewatch Staff on March 22, 2012 - 4:59 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

OK, time for a survey. First question: How much danger do you think liberty is in right now as a result of President Obama’s policies, actions and agenda for America’s future? ( continue to full post… )

Sentenced to Life, White Supremacist Faces More Charges in Murder Spree

By Bill Morlin on March 20, 2012 - 2:19 pm, Posted in White Supremacist

It now appears likely that confessed hate killer David “Joey” Pedersen will next face federal charges in connection with a West Coast killing spree that left his father, stepmother and two strangers dead.

The 31-year-old Pedersen, whose body is decorated with white supremacy tattoos,  was sentenced late last week in Everett, Wash., to life in prison after pleading guilty four days earlier to two counts of aggravated first-degree murder for the slayings of his father and stepmother.

Mark Roe, the prosecutor in Snohomish County, said he decided not to pursue the death penalty in Washington state because there was “significant and credible” evidence that Pedersen had been sexually abused as a child by his father. Against that backdrop, the prosecutor said it would be unlikely any jury would return a death penalty against Pedersen for killing his father. ( continue to full post… )