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Minnesota Neo-Nazis Indicted After Undercover Terror Investigation

By Bill Morlin on April 30, 2012 - 2:34 pm, Posted in Neo-Nazi

Two Minnesota men who talked of starting a new white supremacy group, to be called the “Aryan Liberation Movement,” have been arrested by terrorism task force agents on federal firearms and drug charges after a three-year undercover investigation into alleged plans to commit violence against minorities and the government.

Samuel James Johnson, 31, of Austin, Minn., and Joseph Benjamin Thomas, 42, of Mendota Heights, Minn., were arrested last week.

Thomas, a former Neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM). leader, was indicted on one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and four counts of distribution of the drug between Feb. 1 and March 13. ( continue to full post… )

‘Survivalist’ Suspected of Killing Family Found Dead in Bunker

By Bill Morlin on April 30, 2012 - 10:11 am, Posted in Antigovernment

A double-murder suspect described as having a “survivalist mentality” was found dead – an apparent suicide – over the weekend in a heavily fortified bunker he built on a hillside in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle.

Peter A. Keller, a 41-year-old gun enthusiast and computer repairman, was charged Wednesday in the deaths of his wife, Lynnettee, and their 18-year-old daughter, Kaylene. The victims, along with the couple’s dog and cat, were found fatally shot April 22 in their North Bend, Wash., home, which had been deliberately set afire.

With that discovery, authorities began looking for Keller. They were aided by pictures of a survivalist bunker they found in his arson-charred family home. ( continue to full post… )

The Russians are Coming! ‘Patriot’ Paranoia Run Amok

By Ryan Lenz on April 27, 2012 - 2:30 pm, Posted in Antigovernment

In our time, no foreign army has ever occupied American soil. Until now.

So says the trailer for “Red Dawn,” a Cold War-era movie about a group of American teenagers who resist a Russian invasion, calling themselves Wolverines. Now, some 28 years after the film was released, the antigovernment “Patriot” crowd is having a bad case of deja vu.

This week, Oath Keepers has begun warning that a joint U.S.-Russian training exercise scheduled next month at Fort Carson, Colo., is undeniable proof that the “New World Order” is real and that the federal government is working hand-in-glove with the Russians to usher in a regime of global tyranny. ( continue to full post… )

Neo-Nazi Newspapers Distributed Near Scene of Racially Charged Attack

By Hatewatch Staff on April 27, 2012 - 7:32 am, Posted in White Supremacist

Some residents in a Mobile, Ala. neighborhood found white supremacist newspapers on their front lawns Thursday morning, five days after the racially charged beating of a white man by a group of about 20 African Americans.

According to witnesses, the attack on Matthew Owens, 40, came after Owens confronted and displayed knives to children who had chased a loose basketball into his yard. But witnesses also said one of the attackers said, “Now that’s justice for Trayvon,” a reference to Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teen who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida. ( continue to full post… )

CNN Gives Racist Immigrant Basher a Platform

By Ryan Lenz on April 26, 2012 - 4:10 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

As the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week concerning Arizona’s controversial immigration law, a racist patriarch of the anti-immigrant movement once again found a mainstream platform for his hate-filled, conspiracy-mongering extremism.

CNN posted a report that contrasted two perspectives on the hot-button issue: that of Phoenix police officer David Salgado, and that of Glenn Spencer, who heads the hate group American Border Patrol.

“No better symbol of the deep political and social divide over illegal immigration exists than here on the Mexico-U.S. border, along Glenn Spencer’s rural desert property,” CNN reported. “And no better symbol exists of the contradictions and conundrums from an unresolved government enforcement policy.” ( continue to full post… )

North Dakota Weather Helps Convict Aryan Wannabe

By Bill Morlin on April 26, 2012 - 2:56 pm, Posted in Hate Crime, Hate Groups

A would-be Aryan warrior who apparently thought he’d committed the perfect murder forgot one thing: There’s no mud in North Dakota in the middle of the winter.

It was a pair of muddy boots and coveralls, along with a mud stain on a basement wall, that led investigators to discover the buried, decapitated head of a missing state university researcher in January 2011 in Cooperstown, N.D., Griggs County Sheriff Robert S. Hook told Hatewatch today.

Daniel Evan Wacht, a 31-year-racist from California with a lengthy criminal record, was convicted Tuesday in Griggs County District Court of felony murder in the death of Kurt Johnson, 54, of Cooperstown. ( continue to full post… )

Antigovernment ‘Patriot’ Movement Takes Up Delaware Sheriff’s Crusade

By Leah Nelson on April 26, 2012 - 7:31 am, Posted in Patriot Groups

Update: Proposed legislation clarifying that Delaware sheriffs do not have powers of arrest was withdrawn yesterday by its sponsor, WGMD News reports. State Rep. Daniel Short, who sponsored the bill, said he struck it over concerns that the issue had become too politicized. As an alternative, he is reportedly working on a House resolution to ask the state Supreme Court for a ruling on whether the state constitution grants sheriffs the authority to make arrests.

Sheriff Jeff Christopher of Sussex County, Del., believes county sheriffs are the last defense against lawmakers who plan to bulldoze the Constitution, establish a police state, and implement a dark “agenda” (whose details are not entirely clear).

That’s why, in defiance of longstanding state laws that allocate powers of arrest and most other law enforcement duties to state and city police officers – and not to county sheriffs – he’s launched a crusade to turn back the clock to a time when the local sheriff was the county’s top law enforcement official. ( continue to full post… )

Suspect in Mobile, Ala., Beating Had Ongoing Feud with Victim

By Hatewatch Staff on April 25, 2012 - 2:47 pm, Posted in Anti-White, Extremist Crime

Police arrested a suspect today in the racially charged beating of a white man who was left in critical condition after being attacked on his porch by what witnesses said was a group of about 20 African Americans, one of whom reportedly said, “Now that’s justice for Trayvon.”

The suspect, Terry Rawls, 44, has a lengthy criminal record, including convictions for assault, burglary, theft and firing a weapon into a building or vehicle, according to the Mobile Press-Register. Police said more arrests are possible.

Local officials appear to be attempting to tamp down speculation that the attack on Matthew Owens was some form of retaliation for the killing of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed African-American teen who was shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla., in February. ( continue to full post… )

Two Charged in New Cases of Alleged ‘Sovereign’ House Theft in Georgia

By Bill Morlin on April 24, 2012 - 2:05 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Sovereign Citizens

Buying a home can cause big headaches and quickly empty your wallet. Just ask an estimated 20 buyers in Atlanta who purchased vacant homes from two antigovernment “sovereign citizens” who are now accused of selling residences they didn’t own.

Edgar Lee Rodgers and Diana Rowe were arrested last week on charges of racketeering and theft-by-deception charges, authorities say. ( continue to full post… )

Attacks May be Racially Motivated, Tied to Anger Over Trayvon Martin

By Hatewatch Staff on April 24, 2012 - 1:28 pm, Posted in Anti-White

Police in Mobile, Ala., are investigating the beating of a white man who is in critical condition after being attacked by a group of African Americans.

The victim, Matthew Owens, had earlier argued with kids who were playing basketball in the street last Saturday night, police said. The youngsters left, but a group of adults returned and beat Owens with brass knuckles, paint cans, pipes and chairs.

Owens’ sister, who witnessed the attack, said that about 20 people attacked Owens  on the front porch of his house. She said that as they left, one said, “Now that’s justice for Trayvon.” ( continue to full post… )