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Michael Ryan, Leader of an Anti-Semitic Cult, Passed Away in Prison

By Bill Morlin on May 26, 2015 - 1:20 pm, Posted in Anti-Semitic, Christian Identity

A man who led a Christian Identity cult and was involved in two torture murders in 1985 died over the weekend of apparent natural causes while he waited on death row in the Nebraska state prison system.


Christian Identity cult leader Michael W. Ryan

Michael W. Ryan, 66, a one-time follower of Posse Comitatus leader James Wickstrom, died Sunday evening at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution where he had been since 2001 when death row inmates were moved there from the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

Ryan had been undergoing treatment for terminal brain cancer, the newspaper reported.

Ryan was sentenced to death for the 1985 sexual torture and mutilation murder of 27-year-old cult follower James Thimm and 5-year-old Luke Stice. Their bodies were discovered that same year in shallow graves by authorities during a raid of the cult’s compound, set up on a pig farm in Rulo, Neb. ( continue to full post… )

‘Patriots’ Declare Victory for Oregon Mine After Judge Issues Stay for BLM Enforcement

By David Neiwert on May 26, 2015 - 1:11 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Patriot


A judge’s order requiring the Bureau of Land Management to refrain from enforcing its regulations while the dispute over the Sugar Pine Mine in southwestern Oregon is being adjudicated appears to be enough for the assembled antigovernment “Patriots” who have shown up on the scene to declare victory and head for home.

“Mission Accomplished” now declares the header over the website of the Oath Keepers of Josephine County, the local organization that had made a national callout the month before for other Oath Keepers and likeminded antigovernment zealots to show up to defend the mine from the supposed plans of the BLM to destroy the mine and kick out its owners. The day before, the headline had read: “STAND DOWN.”

“Our initial mission has been a success… however this is just the first of many missions we are still working on,” the website proclaims.

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Hatewatch Headlines, 5-26-15

By Hatewatch Staff on May 26, 2015 - 8:15 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Daily News (Bowling Green, KY): Man who engaged multiple law-enforcement agencies in armed standoff says he part of white-supremacist group.

Think Progress: Alabama judge issues orders backing same-sex marriage, but then chickens out.

The Root: White supremacists interrupt Ohio ‘Black Live Matter’ press conference, create verbal brawl with pastors.

Raw Story: Artists, activists hold burnings of Confederate flags as protest of racism across the South.

Right Wing Watch: FRC’s Tony Perkins warns that gay rights encourages ISIS, so pastors will be dragged ‘kicking and screaming’ from churches.

Talking Points Memo: This Texas militia leader wants his outfit to be the ‘official military force’ of Orange County.

Hatewatch Headlines 5-22-15

By Hatewatch Staff on May 22, 2015 - 12:41 pm, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

BuzzFeed: Scott Walker tells crowd that Americans need to ‘wake up’ to ‘other motives’ besides work that bring immigrants to U.S.

Media Matters: Gun Owners of America – whose leader, Larry Pratt, has been linked to extremists – to host GOP candidate Ted Cruz.

Right Wing Watch: Pratt tells interviewer that Obama ‘has made it very clear he doesn’t like the United States.’

Think Progress: Anti-LGBT groups gear up to fight a 30-year-old Supreme Court victory over racism.

Salon: Extremist Milwaukee sheriff tells Fox’s Sean Hannity that liberals celebrate ‘subhuman’ black culture.

Talking Points Memo: Georgia school nurse allegedly yelled racial slur at black 11-year-old.

Raw Story: See how this Oregon teen turns the table on some hateful anti-LGBT protesters.

New Report Details Allegations of Massive Financial Improprieties in the neo-Nazi National Alliance

By Heidi Beirich on May 21, 2015 - 4:22 pm, Posted in Investigations, Neo-Nazi

Today, the Southern Poverty Law Center is releasing a report on the neo-Nazi National Alliance (NA) that details allegations of financial improprieties going back several years.


The National Alliance Headquarters in Mill Point, W.V.

Randolph Dilloway, the accountant hired by NA Chairman Will Williams this past December to audit the organization’s books, has provided the SPLC with evidence of possible missing tax filings, suspicious wire transfers and other financial irregularities in the group. The report also examines in detail the leadership cadre of Williams’ newly revitalized NA based on information provided by Dilloway and others.

Dilloway, a longtime white supremacist, quit the NA in early May after fleeing the group’s Mill Point, W.V., compound following an ugly confrontation with Williams and other NA headquarters staff. He has spoken with the IRS about his allegations of tax fraud and is seeking whistleblower protection from the agency.

Hatewatch Headlines 5/21/15

By Hatewatch Staff on May 21, 2015 - 8:35 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Reuters: Coalition of public-policy advocates warn that Oregon mine dispute threatens democratic institutions in region.

Salon: The shocking realities that white America’s Waco insanity ignores about racism and violence.

WLT-TV (Cincinnati): Google Maps says it’s sorry for result of racist search that takes readers to the White House site.

Media Matters: Why Fox News has refused to cover a recently revealed terror plot.

Right Wing Watch: Richard Spencer says whites need their own MLK, or Gandhi to save themselves from nonwhite domination.

Raw Story: Tucker Carlson and Alex Jones go there, claiming Obama is using ‘Nazi stuff’ to incite a massive race war.

Hatewatch Headlines 5/20/15

By Hatewatch Staff on May 20, 2015 - 8:09 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Media Matters: Fox News discussion of criminal investigation revolves around racial stereotypes.

Queerty: Anti-LGBT hate group forgets to renew domain name, now it clicks through to hardcore porn site.

12 News Now (Beaumont, TX): Orange County (TX) commissioners delay historic vote on establishing county-based militia.

IfYouOnlyKnews: President Obama opens Twitter account, haters welcome him with racist ugliness.

Mic: Artist creates stir by reversing racial roles in disturbing shots of early 20th century lynchings.

Raw Story: CNN’s ex-cop pundit defends not calling white bikers ‘thugs’ by claiming term originated with black behavior.

Hatewatch Headlines 5/19/15

By Hatewatch Staff on May 19, 2015 - 8:43 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Talking Points Memo: How a little Mississippi town on the Gulf Coast got caught up in the Jade Helm takeover paranoia.

Right Wing Watch: AFA’s Bryan Fischer says he believes ‘we are going to have violence’ if Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage.

Patch (Westwood-Hillsdale, N.J.): Alleged white-supremacist club, accompanied by swastikas and slurs, raises concerns at high school.

Huffington Post: Rush Limbaugh tells businesses to blame anti-LGBT bigotry on Muslims.

Rapid City Journal (SD): Secretive FLDS sect reduces local water request for its fenced, guarded compound.

Associated Press: Idaho lawmakers’ bizarre ‘Sharia law’ paranoia may endanger U.N.-negotiated international treaty on child-support payments.

NARTH Institute Affiliate Addresses Anti-LGBT Audience in Dublin

By Hatewatch Staff on May 18, 2015 - 2:15 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT

With a referendum that will decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage in Ireland scheduled later this week, anti-LGBT forces have been hard at work spreading all manner of conspiracy theories and junk science to sway public opinion.

Last week, anti-LGBT Dutch psychologist Gerard van den Aardweg, who has ties to the U.S.-based National Association for the Research and Treatment of Homosexuality (NARTH), addressed an event in Dublin, Ireland to encourage people to vote “no” on same-sex marriage.

The event was organized by the Irish anti-LGBT group, Catholic Alliance for the Defence of the Family and Marriage (ADFAM), which garnered press in February for distributing leaflets that included numerous false claims about homosexuality, including that it causes cancer, that LGBT people are promiscuous and that same-sex couples “don’t even live together.”

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Former Congressional Candidate Pleads in Plot to Murder Muslims

By Don Terry on May 18, 2015 - 1:24 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim, Domestic Terrorism

A group of Muslim school children in upstate New York has a heartbreaking question for a Tennessee man they have never met, but who haunts their dreams.

In big letters on a large banner, they ask, “Why Do You Want To Kill Us Robert Doggart?”

Doggart, an allegedly ordained Christian minister who came in third last year in a Tennessee congressional race, is awaiting sentencing in federal court after recently pleading guilty in a plot to destroy with fire and guns the small Muslim community where the children live, worship and attend school.

Courtesy The Muslims of America Inc.

Courtesy The Muslims of America Inc.

When the 63-year-old wannabe Tennessee terrorist was arrested by FBI agents in his home state this spring, he was trying to recruit via cellphone and Facebook a militia of “patriots” to attack the enclave of mostly African-American Muslims near Hancock, N.Y., known as “Islamberg.”

He planned to burn to the ground the mosque, school and cafeteria, according to a federal complaint. Anyone who fought back would be gunned down by Doggart and other snipers using M4 rifles or, as Doggart allegedly told a confidential informant, “we will cut them to shreds” with machetes.

For years, Islamberg has been dogged by radical-right conspiracy theories and claims, alleging that it is one of a string of secret jihadist training camps in the backwoods of America. There is at least one YouTube video making such a claim. According to one totally baseless rumor, Osama bin Laden went into hiding in Islamberg after the 9/11 attacks.

A local deputy sheriff in Delaware County told a radio show in January that he was “perplexed” about the Islamberg rumors, adding that he and other deputies had been on the property on a number of occasions and that “nothing that we have developed or had contact with has made us believe there is any credit to those videos.”

Doggart, according to the plea agreement, “justified his attack on Islamberg by claiming that the residents of Islamberg were planning a terrorist attack.” ( continue to full post… )