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Washington Bomb-Maker Who Tried to Help Jihadists Pleads Guilty

By Bill Morlin on September 26, 2012 - 10:26 am, Posted in Domestic Terrorism, Extremist Crime, Muslim Extremism

A terrorist sympathizer, a college dropout who idolized both American terrorist Timothy McVeigh and Islamic jihadists while learning the hard way how to build bombs, likely faces a lengthy prison sentence after confessing to two terrorism-related crimes.

Joseph Jefferey Brice, 22, who nearly died when one of his eight-pound homemade bombs exploded in April 2010, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Spokane to illegally making the device and later providing bomb-making instructions online to potential foreign terrorists.

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Co-Defendant in Alaska Militia Case Gets Five-Year Sentence

By Bill Morlin on September 25, 2012 - 3:46 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Extremist Crime, Militias

As he sits in jail awaiting sentencing in November, Alaska Peacemaker Militia leader Francis Schaeffer Cox may now be a bit more worried about his fate.

A co-defendant, Coleman Barney – found by an Alaska federal jury to be the least culpable in a murder-conspiracy plot hatched by Schaeffer and members of his militia – was sentenced Monday to five years in prison. ( continue to full post… )

Tattooed White Supremacist Arrested in Oregon Knife Slaying

By Bill Morlin on September 24, 2012 - 10:34 am, Posted in Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi

A white supremacist with a 10-state criminal record dating back to the 1980s was arrested in Oregon over the weekend and charged with the brutal knife killing of a recently retired man he had apparently never met. ( continue to full post… )

Misogyny on the Web: ‘How to Smack a Bitch’

By Arthur Goldwag on September 24, 2012 - 10:20 am, Posted in Anti-Woman

There’s war-of-the-sexes satire aplenty on the Internet, and much of it (including some that is very funny) borders on the offensive. The more effective satire is, the more likely it is to make you squirm. But then there’s just plain woman-hating.

The website Itsguycode.com was launched in 2008 as a “parody website for people who take their gender too seriously.” (It is not related to the MTV Reality Show Guy Code, which had its debut in 2011). Its impresarios describe themselves as “a group of men dedicated to preserving masculinity in a society trying to be pimped by feminism”; its name was inspired by a line spoken by Vince Vaughn in the 2003 movie “Old School”: “It’s guy code. Guys don’t tell on other guys. It’s something chicks do. You’re not a chick, are you?” ( continue to full post… )

Amish Leader, 15 Others Convicted of Hate Crimes in Beard-Cuttings

By Bill Morlin on September 20, 2012 - 4:45 pm, Posted in Hate Crime

The leader of an Amish splinter sect in Ohio and 15 of his followers were convicted of federal hate crimes today for forcibly shaving the beards and hair of breakaway members of the religious community.

Amish bishop Samuel Mullet, 66, faces a minimum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced, likely late this year.

The case marks the first convictions in Ohio under the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crime Prevention Act, enacted in 2009. ( continue to full post… )

Anti-LGBT Propagandist Published Again in Academic Journal

By Evelyn Schlatter on September 20, 2012 - 10:03 am, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Christian Right, Extremist Propaganda

Psychologist Paul Cameron has been bashing LGBT people for at least 30 years. His continued demonization of LGBT people and the shoddy and suspect research methods he uses to advance his claims have earned his Family Research Institute (FRI) a place on the SPLC’s anti-LGBT hate group list. They have also earned him censure from a number of professional organizations and harsh critiques of his work (try here, here, and here for starters). In spite of all that, Cameron’s pseudoscience is still widely used to disparage LGBT people, especially by the religious right, and he still finds venues for his articles, some of which aren’t pay-to-publish. ( continue to full post… )

SPLC Urges U.S. Government to Take Domestic Extremism Seriously

By Booth Gunter on September 19, 2012 - 12:48 pm, Posted in Domestic Terrorism, Extremist Crime, Hate Crime, Hate Groups

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is convening an important hearing in Washington today to examine the threat of domestic extremism and hate crime in the wake of the horrific attack on Sikh worshippers in Wisconsin last month.

If the hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights does nothing else but put additional pressure on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to take far-right extremism seriously, it will be worthwhile. ( continue to full post… )

Sovereign Citizen ‘President’ Indicted for Tax Crimes

By Ryan Lenz on September 18, 2012 - 4:33 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Extremist Crime, Patriot Groups, Sovereign Citizens, Tax Protesters

James Timothy Turner, the self-styled “president” of the Republic for the united States of America (RuSA), was indicted today on charges of conspiracy to defraud the federal government and several other tax charges, including attempting to pay taxes with a fictitious financial instrument and attempting to obstruct an Internal Revenue Service investigation.

Based in the southeast Alabama town of Ozark, Turner heads what is likely the largest and most organized group of antigovernment “sovereign citizens” in the country. ( continue to full post… )

Values Voter Speakers Mostly Avoid Incendiary Anti-Gay Rhetoric

By Heidi Beirich on September 14, 2012 - 4:33 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Christian Right, Extremist Propaganda

For the social conservatives who gathered in Washington, D.C., today for this year’s Values Voter Summit, the first day’s speeches must have been a bit disappointing. There was hardly a peep about the LGBT people who are so often the target of vicious rhetoric and false propaganda used by the summit’s host, the Family Research Council, and some of its co-sponsoring groups.

In fact, the star attraction, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, stuck mostly to foreign policy and the economy – as did House Majority leader Eric Cantor. ( continue to full post… )

Klein Cultivated Ties With Copts to Advance Anti-Muslim Crusade

By Leah Nelson on September 13, 2012 - 4:47 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim, Christian Right, Extremist Propaganda

Steve Klein, the California ex-marine identified as a consultant for the anti-Islam film that apparently triggered violent protests in northern Africa and the Middle East, is finally seeing the fruits of his labor.

For years, Klein has been cultivating relationships with Middle Eastern Christians in California – in particular, Joseph Nasralla, a California Coptic Christian who spoke at an anti-Muslim rally hosted by hate group leaders Pam Geller and Robert Spencer on Sept. 11, 2010. ( continue to full post… )