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Wonkette Viciously Mocks Stormfront Fundraising Efforts

By Hatewatch Staff on February 27, 2013 - 5:50 pm, Posted in Klan, White Supremacist

Don Black needs money – bad.

It’s gotten to the point that the former Ku Klux Klan leader and founder of Stormfront – the largest neo-Nazi web forum – is begging for pennies. To no avail, though. With February coming to a close, Black hasn’t raised even half of the $7,500 he needs to pay his monthly bill for server space to keep Stormfront up and running.

But his panhandling hasn’t gone unnoticed. ( continue to full post… )

Ohio Neo-Nazi Busted for Weapons Was Tracking Jewish, Black Leaders

By Don Terry on February 22, 2013 - 3:27 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Anti-Semitic, Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi

A convicted felon from Ohio with neo-Nazi sympathies and an illegal arsenal of assault rifles, semi-automatic pistols and other weapons was tracking Jewish and African-American community leaders in Detroit before his recent arrest by a federal anti-terrorism task force, according to a report by Michael Isikoff of NBC News.

“The FBI averted a catastrophe in this case, there’s no doubt about it,” Steven M. Dettelbach, the U.S. Attorney in Cleveland, told NBC News. ( continue to full post… )

Facebook Heterosexual Pride Page Compares LGBT People to Nazis

By Hatewatch Staff on February 22, 2013 - 10:01 am, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Extremist Propaganda

Proud heterosexuals — a small and nameless handful of them, anyway – are on the march. And they’re not being very nice about it.

Back in June 2012, the Facebook page “Heterosexual Awareness Month” (HAM) was created to “celebrate heterosexuality.” According to the page’s administrators, who are anonymous (though one goes by “Dr. HAM”), July is “Heterosexual Awareness Month.” The page’s mission is to “educate the world, commemorate our heritage, celebrate our culture, and liberate our people.” The site goes on to say that Heterosexual Awareness Month is meant to highlight straight people’s “growing struggle of the rights and related civil rights put in jeopardy.”

The page includes status updates, images and comment threads that range from mild to genuinely offensive. And though Dr. HAM told the Huffington Post in December that “I would like to say we are not about hate in any way,” the facts seem to pretty plainly belie him. HAM moderators have posted comments about “the gay agenda” and baselessly linked homosexuality to pedophilia. They have posted Photoshopped images like the one of a gay pride marcher whose sign has been altered to read, “My Butt Hurts.” One post compares the “fertile garden” of heterosexuality to the “toxic waste zone” of homosexuality. Another urges gay people to stop “acting like animals” and “evolve already.” HAM allows most anyone who agrees with it to post comments. But you will be banned, it says, if you post “accusations of racism” or if you call women derogatory names. Comments supportive of LGBT people do appear on the threads, but are typically followed by anti-gay responses. ( continue to full post… )

Klan Rally Planned for Memphis, But Threat of ‘Thousands’ is Baseless

By Mark Potok on February 21, 2013 - 4:12 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Extremist Propaganda, Klan

It began about two weeks ago, when a local television station in Memphis, Tenn., allowed a man with a hooded face, identifying himself only as “Edward” and speaking on what was apparently his own rear deck, to announce to the world that he would soon be bringing “thousands” of Klansmen to a protest with no date.

From there, the thin little tale morphed into something of a national story about what is being characterized as “one of the biggest KKK rallies of all time.” Articles have run in New York City newspapers and even abroad about the event, now planned for March 30 while officials weigh the Klan’s permit application, and national TV networks are considering covering it. Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong is asking for help from local and federal law enforcement agencies. The NAACP has decried the event, and a local university art professor created a 600-member Facebook page called “Challenging the Klan’s Message.”

But is the rally — which is a protest of an earlier decision to rename three Memphis parks that honored the Confederacy, including one named after the first national leader of the Ku Klux Klan — really going to be that big? Not even remotely likely. It would be a surprise if the event drew 40 Klansmen, and it will likely be considerably fewer than that. ( continue to full post… )

Neo-Nazi Threat-Maker Bill White Gets More Prison Time

By Mark Potok on February 21, 2013 - 11:45 am, Posted in Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi

Bill White, the imprisoned neo-Nazi leader who spent years pushing the boundaries of the First Amendment, has been sentenced to another 3½ years in federal prison — even as he awaits a trial in yet another of the cases in which he is accused of criminally threatening his enemies.

Two years after being convicted of threatening the foreman of a Chicago jury that sent another neo-Nazi to prison for soliciting the murder of a federal judge, White was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman after offering a half-hearted apology for “communicating in a way that was subject to misunderstanding,” the Chicago Tribune reported. ( continue to full post… )

Muslim-Bashing Former FBI Agent John Guandolo Goes One Further

By Ryan Lenz on February 12, 2013 - 4:08 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim, Extremist Propaganda

John Guandolo, the former FBI agent who has made a living calling out high-ranking government officials as secret plants working for the Muslim Brotherhood, may have finally crossed the Rubicon into total outrageousness.

Oh sure, he’s already gone after college professors who weren’t sufficiently anti-Muslim. He’s identified mosques that he says are bases of operation for militant Islam. He’s asserted that Muslims have no First Amendment rights in America and aim only to “subjugate” the nation. But it was just last week that he made what may be his most remarkable claim yet, insisting that John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, is secretly a Muslim convert working to undermine the Constitution. ( continue to full post… )

Amish Leader Gets 15 Years for Beard Cutting Hate Crime Case

By Ryan Lenz on February 8, 2013 - 3:49 pm, Posted in Hate Crime

The leader of a breakaway Amish sect in Ohio was sentenced to 15 year in prison today for orchestrating the cutting of hair and beards of Amish men and women, a form of religious degradation viewed as punishment, the New York Times reported.

Samuel Mullet Sr. was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Cleveland, along with 15 of his followers, including six women. Others were given lesser sentences ranging from one year and a day to seven years. All of them were convicted of hate crimes last fall, the first such convictions in Ohio under the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crime Prevention Act, which was enacted in 2009. ( continue to full post… )

Serial Threat-Maker and Neo-Nazi Bill White is Charged Yet Again

By Mark Potok on February 8, 2013 - 12:43 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi

Bill White, the wildly obnoxious neo-Nazi who has made a profession of lobbing criminal threats at his enemies, has apparently been at it again.

On Thursday, according to today’s edition of the Roanoke (Va.) Times, White was indicted for threatening to have his ex-wife beaten and “hospitalized” for declining to send him some $400 a month while he was a fugitive in Mexico last year. White was already being held in Chicago, where he is serving time for violating his parole by fleeing to Mexico and also awaiting sentencing for threatening a juror. ( continue to full post… )

Oath Keepers ‘Patriot’ Group Plans 50 Anti-Gun Control Rallies Tomorrow

By Ryan Lenz on February 7, 2013 - 3:50 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, New World Order, Patriot

In the wake of White House moves to implement some gun control by using executive orders, the antigovernment “Patriot” right has exploded with fury, claiming that virtually any regulation amounts to an infringement of the Constitution or even a prelude to a national “gun grab” by federal forces hoping to disarm citizens once and for all.

These and similar claims have come from nearly every corner of the radical right. But one of the most noteworthy recent responses comes from the Oath Keepers, a group of conspiracy-minded current and former members of law enforcement and the military who believe a tyrannical and gun-hating “New World Order” is planned by global elites. Vowing to fight any legislation to ban “assault weapons,” the Oath Keepers have announced rallies at state houses across the nation on Friday with the aim of sending a message to lawmakers that the “they will be held accountable if they choose to dishonor” their oath to the Constitution. ( continue to full post… )

Klan Leader Who Plotted to Murder NC Sheriff Gets 15 Years

By Bill Morlin on February 7, 2013 - 1:46 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Klan

A Ku Klux Klan leader in North Carolina, who once boasted about building a 50-pound bomb to kill a local sheriff, will spend 15 years in federal prison after a 12-year pursuit by prosecutors.

Charles Robert “Junior” Barefoot Jr., 50, of Benson, N.C., was sentenced Wednesday in Raleigh by U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle. Barefoot, who headed a klavern of the Church of the National Knights of the KKK, was convicted in September on six counts of weapons and explosives violations. ( continue to full post… )