The Hatewatch blog is managed by the staff of the Intelligence Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based civil rights organization.

Gun Appreciation Day’s Sponsors Raise a Few Questions

By Hatewatch Staff on January 18, 2013 - 4:39 pm, Posted in Patriot, White Nationalism

The past few weeks have seen a plethora of over-the-top reactions and a flurry of right-wing freak-outs over new proposals regarding gun control in the wake of the horrific shooting deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in which a lone gunman armed with an semi-automatic rifle shot and killed 20 children and seven adults, including himself.

One of the reactions is the organization of Gun Appreciation Day (GAD), an event scheduled for tomorrow and organized by Political Media, which calls itself a “Republican New Media consulting firm.” GAD has been touted in conservative media outlets and across the extreme-right blogosphere, encouraging supporters to attend local gun shows and go to local shooting ranges and gun stores in support of the Second Amendment.  The website wants to “put the fear of God” into politicians who “infringe” on the Second Amendment and hopes that you’ll donate money to help combat “Big Media and the liberals’ dirty tricks.” ( continue to full post… )

Convicted Extortionist a Key Figure in Idaho Citadel ‘Patriot’ Project

By Bill Morlin on January 18, 2013 - 3:33 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Patriot Groups, Sovereign Citizens

If you’re a band of antigovernment “Patriots” pitching a plan to build a walled city in North Idaho and manufacture handguns and assault rifles there, you might expect raised eyebrows, a little criticism. But potshots from other Patriots?

Potshots, indeed, are flying at III Arms Co. and its sister land development company, Citadel Land Development, the firms behind a proposed 2,000- to 3,000-acre III Citadel complex for as many as 7,000 “Patriot” families near St. Maries, in Idaho’s sparsely populated Benewah County.

The criticism is sparked by the fact that one of the key players linked to the unlikely-sounding venture is three-time convicted felon Christian Allen Kerodin, a Maryland contractor who has apparently used various aliases and whose birth name was Christian Hyman. His wife or partner, Holly Ann Kerodin, has been involved in questionable charity, counseling, publishing and other ventures that have failed, various critics say. ( continue to full post… )

Latino Gang Leader Convicted in L.A. Ethnic Cleansing Campaign

By Don Terry on January 15, 2013 - 4:01 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Hate Crime

A Latino street gang leader and his son were sentenced in federal court Monday to lengthy prison terms for their role in a years-long campaign of racist terror and ethnic cleansing targeting African Americans in and around Los Angeles.

Since at least the mid-1990s, Latino street gangs across Los Angeles County have been targeting, beating and sometimes killing blacks in an attempt to drive them out of the region.

Just before Christmas 2006, Cheryl Green, 14, playing on her skateboard with a group of friends just south of 206th Street in Los Angeles, was shot dead in broad daylight by two men who approached the group and opened fire without saying a word. Two members of the 204th Street gang were later arrested in the killing. ( continue to full post… )

Illinois Politician Associated With Racist Sites, Radio

By Marilyn Elias on January 15, 2013 - 11:32 am, Posted in Extremist Propaganda

Michael Kleen, the Republican candidate for mayor of Rockford, Ill., is running on an innocuous “safer streets” platform, pledging “appreciation for commonsense and moderation” on a campaign website that sparkles with sweet reason, offering a profile of a trustworthy, public-spirited candidate.

But Hatewatch has discovered that there’s more to Kleen than the sanitized information his campaign offers. The citizens of Rockford — the third largest city in Illinois, with a population that is 20% African-American and 16% Latino — may not realize that Kleen has published his very controversial views on immigration, secession and education on hate-oriented sites such as VDARE.com and WorldNetDaily.com. He also participated in several interviews on The Voice of Reason Radio Network, a mouthpiece for the white nationalist movement that went offline last August. ( continue to full post… )

Boy, 12, Convicted of Killing Neo-Nazi Father

By Don Terry on January 14, 2013 - 1:38 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi

The tragedy of the racist and the son is now complete.

A California judge found a 12-year-old boy guilty today of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his father, Jeff Hall, a West Coast leader of one of the country’s largest neo-Nazi groups, the National Socialist Movement. The boy was just 10 when he shot his father in the head with a .357 Magnum at point-blank range as Hall lay sleeping on a sofa in the family’s living room in the early morning hours of May 1, 2011.

The fact that the son killed the father was not in dispute in the Riverside County, Calif., trial. Indeed, the case turned on the question of why the little boy pulled the trigger and whether he was able to know right from wrong. ( continue to full post… )

Anti-Gay Activist Lawyer Convicted of Child Pornography

By Evelyn Schlatter on January 11, 2013 - 2:24 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT

A New Hampshire lawyer who works with a virulently anti-gay Christian right organization has been found guilty of child pornography charges after videotaping a 14-year-old girl having sex with two men on multiple occasions.

Lisa Biron, 43, of Manchester faces a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison after a jury convicted her yesterday after deliberating for less than an hour.

Biron, arrested by the FBI last November, was accused of eight felony counts involving the videotaping of men having sex with the girl. She also allegedly made a cellphone video of herself having sex with the girl. ( continue to full post… )

DHS Reportedly Investigating Tennessee Weapons Instructor

By Bill Morlin on January 11, 2013 - 2:03 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Extremist Crime, Extremist Propaganda

Editor’s Update: The Tennessee Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security Friday suspended the handgun carry permit of James Yeager, who earlier threatened to “start killing people” if gun control advanced, according to WTVF-TV in Nashville. Commissioner Bill Gibbons said Yeager’s comments were “irresponsible, dangerous and deserved our immediate attention.” Department officials said that they had not certified Yeager or his Tactical Response school as instructors.

The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly investigating threats made this week by a Tennessee businessman — the same private security contractor who was at the center of a controversial shootout while working as a mercenary during the Iraq War.

James Yeager, who owns Tactical Response and Tactical Response Gear Inc., based in Camden, Tenn., said on a YouTube video posted Wednesday that if President Obama uses executive orders to ban assault rifles, “I’m going to start killing people.” Yeager’s firm provides training and equipment to police and military units, as well as the private sector, according to his website. ( continue to full post… )

Yeager Not Alone: Radical Right Reacts to Gun Control

By Mark Potok on January 11, 2013 - 10:58 am, Posted in Antigovernment, Extremist Propaganda

When Tennessee weapons instructor James Yeager threatened Wednesday to “start killing people” if President Obama moved ahead on gun control, his infuriated rant went national, with dozens of media outlets and blogs expressing amazement.

In thousands of comments about Yeager’s YouTube video and another video the unrepentant Tactical Response CEO posted yesterday, Americans wondered if Yeager was breaking the law, or mentally ill, or a perfect example of the need for gun control. “Amazing, really,” wrote a commenter on the Hatewatch blog. “Simply amazing. These people are certifiably insane.” Said another, “These are the words of a real terrorist.” And a third wondered, “Can’t he be arrested for this?”

But the truth is that the death threats from Yeager — a man who is a former police chief, protective services contractor in Iraq, and owner of two companies that provide tactical weapons and training to police and military units — are not unique. Although Yeager said it more clearly than most, and with more profanity, the far right in America generally is reacting to the prospect of gun control with hysteria. ( continue to full post… )

Tennessee Weapons Instructor Eases Up, Sort Of

By Mark Potok on January 10, 2013 - 5:16 pm, Posted in Extremist Propaganda

James Yeager, the furious tactical weapons trainer who yesterday threatened to “start killing people” if gun control advances, today put up a second video in which he said he had “probably allowed my mouth to overrun my logic” — but then immediately added that he did not retract any of his statements.

Yeager, who is CEO of Tactical Response and Tactical Response Gear Inc., said in his second video that he had been “overwhelmed” with sympathetic responses from alumni of his training programs and others. But he wasn’t too nice to them, either.

“People are saying stuff like, ‘Well, it needed to be said but you shouldn’t have said it.’ Well, look around. Who else is going to say it? Who else is going to say it?” Yeager demanded in another enraged rant. “And all you fucking fair-weather Second Amendment people that are telling me I’m doing a fucking disservice by saying that I’m not going to stand for the tyranny, fuck you. Our country wasn’t founded by a bunch of fair-weather pussies. Either you’re in or you’re out, and if you’re out, don’t call yourself a fucking Second Amendment advocate.” ( continue to full post… )

Weapons Instructor for Police Threatens to ‘Start Killing People’

By Mark Potok on January 10, 2013 - 2:13 pm, Posted in Extremist Propaganda

The CEO of two companies that provide tactical weapons training and supplies to the military and police — and who is a former Tennessee police chief — said yesterday that if President Obama uses executive orders to ban assault rifles, “I’m going to start killing people.”

James Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response and also of Tactical Response Gear Inc. of Camden, Tenn., made the statement as part of a furious, one-minute rant posted yesterday to YouTube. Today, after Yeager apparently thought better of his death threats, the video was pulled down. Hatewatch captured it, however, and it can be viewed here. ( continue to full post… )