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Two Prominent National Alliance Websites Pulled Offline

By Ryan Lenz on October 19, 2012 - 4:45 pm, Posted in Hate Groups, Neo-Nazi

Two of the most influential websites associated with the National Alliance, a failing neo-Nazi group once considered a powerhouse of the racist radical right, have been pulled offline in what seems to be further evidence of organizational struggle and discord.

The sites, which went inactive on Oct. 17, offered news and commentary on white power issues before they disappeared. Visitors to the pages – a news site for the National Alliance and the primary website for the Sacramento, Calif., chapter – now find messages saying the sites were disabled after the webmaster resigned from the group. ( continue to full post… )

Suspect Ordered Held without Bail in Arson Attack on Toledo Mosque

By Bill Morlin on October 19, 2012 - 2:47 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim, Hate Groups

A federal judge has ordered Randolph T. Linn – who is charged with setting fire to a mosque outside of Toledo, Ohio, earlier this month – held without bail until he stands trial on two federal hate crime charges returned this week by a grand jury.

Linn, who has expressed obscenity-laced anti-Muslim comments, is a flight risk and “there is serious risk that the defendant will endanger the safety of another person or the community,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Vernelis K. Armstrong said in an order filed after a hearing Thursday.

After viewing evidence against Linn in a closed session, the grand jury panel voted this week to indict the 52-year-old St. Joe, Ind., truck driver on two federal charges – intentionally defacing, damaging and destroying religious real property because of the religious character of that property and using fire to commit a felony. ( continue to full post… )

Polarized Election Season Marked by Extremist Candidates

By Evelyn Schlatter on October 19, 2012 - 10:35 am, Posted in Extremist Propaganda

It’s well known that in recent years, this country has seen its electoral politics polarized to an extent that has only rarely been paralleled in American history. But that polarization in many cases goes far beyond anything resembling mainstream discourse, extending to men and women who are linked to hate groups and racial, ethnic, religious, anti-gay and antigovernment extremism, or who promote extremist propaganda. Their baseless claims typically include demonizing propaganda about certain minority groups, or conspiracy theories that have the same demonizing subtext. What follows is a look at 15 political candidates, including Democrats, Republicans, independents and members of extremist political parties, who are running for office this fall or ran earlier in the year. Research on these candidates was carried out by the SPLC Task Force on Hate in the Public Sphere. ( continue to full post… )

AFA’s Bryan Fischer Takes Knockout Punch on CNN

By Don Terry on October 16, 2012 - 4:42 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Christian Right, Extremist Propaganda, Hate Groups

Bryan Fischer, the gay-bashing, truth-challenged spokesman for the American Family Association, went one rant too far Tuesday for CNN anchor Carol Costello.

“And we know from the CDC and from the FDA, not part of the vast right-wing conspiracy, that homosexual behavior,” Fischer gushed excitedly, “has the same health risks associated with …”

“That’s just not true,” Costello said, cutting him off before he could insert his foot any further in his mouth. “I’m going to end this interview now, sir. I’m sorry because that’s just not true.” ( continue to full post… )

Second Suspect Pleads Guilty in FEAR Militia Murder

By Don Terry on October 15, 2012 - 4:25 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Extremist Crime, Extremists in the Military, Militias

FEAR was afraid.

Hours after four members of FEAR, an anti-government militia largely made up of active-duty and recently discharged American soldiers, shot to death two teenage sweethearts in the Georgia woods last December, the group gathered around a backyard bonfire, desperately trying to destroy evidence of the crime.

“That didn’t work out so well,” prosecutor Isabel Pauley told a Liberty County, Ga., Superior Court judge Monday morning as a former Army medic became the second member of the dysfunctional band of brothers to agree to testify against his erstwhile comrades in the murders. ( continue to full post… )

Feds: Teen Militia Leader in Nevada Planned ‘Mass Killings’

By Bill Morlin on October 12, 2012 - 3:13 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Hate Crime, Militias

Authorities in Nevada may have just aborted another mass shooting with the arrest of an 18-year-old, self-professed militia leader who authorities say planned to “conduct mass killings” and “bragged about plans to shoot people on the Las Vegas strip.”

Steven Matthew Fernandes, who claimed to be a member of the Southern Nevada Militia, was arrested by FBI agents last month after three separate informants provided information about the teenager building and exploding bombs, amassing “an arsenal of weapons” and boasting of his killing prowess. ( continue to full post… )

Neo-Nazi Jailed for Making Threats Released After Three Years

By Don Terry on October 9, 2012 - 1:19 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Extremist Crime

Harold C. “Hal” Turner, the right-wing Internet radio shock jock, racist, Holocaust denier, FBI snitch, lynching advocate and jailbird, is back home in his New Jersey condo after spending nearly three years in a prison cell in Indiana for threatening three federal judges on his blog who had upheld a handgun ban in Chicago.

You might add delusional to the Turner list. ( continue to full post… )

Minuteman Founder Must Pay Former Close Ally He Smeared

By Hatewatch Staff on October 9, 2012 - 9:38 am, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

Jim Gilchrist, co-founder of the border-watching Minuteman Project, has never been shy about expressing his opinions, especially when it comes to his many critics. But now his pugnaciousness has cost him dearly in a long-running feud with a former Minuteman ally.

Last month, an Orange County, Calif., Superior Court judge issued a summary ruling in a series of small-claims suits, declaring that Gilchrist had indulged in “Big Lie” tactics by publicly smearing a woman named Deborah Courtney — a former key member of the board of directors of Gilchrist’s organization — and ordered him to pay her $42,501. ( continue to full post… )

Suspect Charged in Toledo Mosque Arson

By Bill Morlin on October 5, 2012 - 5:12 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim, Hate Crime

Federal hate crime charges were filed today in Ohio against an Indiana man, Randolph Linn, who is a suspect in last weekend’s arson fire that heavily damaged the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo.

Linn was charged with intentionally defacing, damaging and destroying religious property, and with using fire and explosives to commit a felony, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced. ( continue to full post… )

Leading Race ‘Scientist’ Dies in Canada

By Don Terry on October 5, 2012 - 11:35 am, Posted in Academic Racism

Jean Philippe Rushton, a psychology professor and probably the most important race scientist in North America, died of cancer Tuesday night in Canada. The man who sparked a firestorm of controversy and protest in the late 1980s with his theories about the correlation between genital size and intelligence, and in later years was the head of a right-wing fund that has long supported the research projects of academic racists from around the world, was 68.

“He’s the end of an era of academic racists of his style and notoriety,” Barry Mehler, professor of history and director of the Institute for the Study of Academic Racism at Ferris State University in Michigan, said today. “I don’t think we’ll see that again.’’ ( continue to full post… )