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The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which took place this past weekend in Maryland, is almost always stacked with white nationalists and extremists. And this year was no different, even though American Conservative Union has sought to shun far-right groups and individuals from its event.
From anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant extremists, to the anti-LGBT activists who paraded halls, a good number of groups and individuals still managed to share the spotlight.
Here are some highlights from CPAC 2015:
• As Little Green Footballs reported, the organizers at CPAC gave press credentials and free access to the Tennessee white supremacist radio show Political Cesspool, a radio program that has been nexus of hate in America. Its sponsors include the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) and the Holocaust-denying Institute for Historical Review.
• Nigel Farage, head of the anti-immigrant and right-wing populist United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) stated, “We have all in the West mistakenly and I think in a very cowardly manner, we have pursed a policy of multiculturalism. We have pursued a policy of actually encouraging division within our societies rather than pursuing a policy where we should all come together.” Farage went on to say, “We must stand firm and defend our Judeo-Christian culture. We must make it clear that we believe in common law and not Sharia law.”
• ProEnglish, an anti-immigrant group headed by white nationalist Robert Vandervoort, had an exhibitor’s booth. Vandervoort is the former head of the white nationalist group Chicagoland Friends of American Renaissance. The group was affiliated with the New Century Foundation and its publication American Renaissance, published by white nationalist ideologue Jared Taylor.
• A number of anti-immigrant activists attended an impromptu press conference held by Sen. Jeff Sessions, organized by Breitbart Media. Sessions used the press conference to attack President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Rosemary Jenks, Chris Chmielenski and Jim Edwards of the anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA and Bob Dane with the anti-immigrant hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) all attended the press conference.
• Frank Gaffney, one of the leading anti-Muslim voices in the country, also attended the Sessions press conference. Gaffney’s group, the Center for Security Policy (CSP) had a booth in the exhibitor’s hall of CAPC. CSP was also a sponsor of the conference. Clare Lopez, CSP’s vice president for research and analysis, also spoke on two panels.
• Sen. Ted Cruz called for IRS to be abolished and said if he was elected President he would instruct every IRS employee to be stationed on the U.S./Mexico border – remark which received a standing ovation.
• The devil is in the details, or in the case of CPAC, the fliers people hand out. One young person passed out a flier for the racist website VDARE.com founded by white nationalist Peter Brimelow that advertised his new book Alien Nation and talked about how “the national disaster of mass Third World immigration” would “spell the eventual doom of the American nation.” Another flier passed out to CPAC attendees warned “We cannot continue to help the world if we are brought to our economic knees by a flood of illegal aliens.” The bottom of the flier read, “Paid for by Chris Phillips. Not coordinated with any candidate or candidate’s committee.”
• Zuhdi Jasser, one of the few Muslim spokespersons within the anti-Muslim movement, called for America to stand up and defeat ISIS during a panel, claiming that the Muslim world is incapable of dealing with the threat. “Within Islam right now is a laboratory that only breeds cockroaches,” he said.
• White nationalists representing a number of groups participated in a protest outside of the CPAC hotel on Saturday afternoon voicing support for Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Matt Heimbach of the Traditionalist Youth Network organized the protest, which also included members of the Neo-Confederate group League of the South.
• The Convention of States, a project of the group Citizens for Self Government calling for a convention to propose amendments resulting the a reduction of federal powers, also had an exhibitor’s booth at CPAC. Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma recently signed on as a senior advisor for the project. Mathew Staver of the anti-LGBT Liberty Counsel is on the Convention of States legal board of reference.
• One U.S. governor, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, compared his state’s union protesters to ISIS, stating, “I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.” Another, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, used his speech to attack President Obama, claiming the Obama isn’t fit to run the United States as Commander in Chief.
After two days of often chilling testimony, a district court judge in Kansas ruled this week that white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller should stand trial for the murder last spring of three people at two Jewish facilities in suburban Kansas City.
Judge Kelly Ryan, the Associated Press reports, decided Tuesday on the second day of a preliminary hearing that there was enough evidence for the 74-year-old Miller, who has been in custody since the deadly shooting spree on April 13, to go to trial.
Miller told the Kansas City Star from jail in November that he drove from his home in Aurora, Mo., to Overland Park, Ks., where the murders took place, with one thing on his mind: killing Jews.
“I wanted to make damned sure I killed some Jews or attacked the Jews before I died,” he said.
As he was taken into custody that bloody Sunday, Miller allegedly asked the police, “How many f…… Jews did I kill?”
None of the three victims — Dr. William Corporon, 69, his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, and Terri LaManno, 53 — was Jewish.
Miller’s arraignment is scheduled for March 27, and Kansas state prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty.
At the time of the killings, Miller later told the Star he believed he was dying from lung disease.
On Monday, according to Courthouse News Service, Miller was rolled into court in a wheelchair, hooked to an oxygen tank. The news service also reported that during the two days of testimony, Miller made several loud outbursts, including shouting racial and anti-Semitic epithets “aimed at those he believed to be his victims’ families in the courtroom.” At one point, he raised a hand-cuffed hand a few inches from his thigh in what the News Service said, “appeared to be a shackled ‘Heil Hitler’ gesture.”
On the last day of the hearing, the news service said, Miller angrily told the judge that he did not want to participate in the trial if he was not allowed to speak about his request for Internet access.
“You just want to protect the Jews,” he said. “You don’t want me to tell the truth about the Jews.”
At one point, according to the AP, Miller turned the family of Terri LaManno, apparently thinking they were relatives of the 14-year-old, who died shortly after being shot in the head in the parking lot the Jewish Community Center, crowded with teenagers, auditioning for a singing competition.
“I very much regret the little boy,” Miller told the family.
The family said they did not accept Miller’s apology.
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The leader of an Amish splinter sect in Ohio had his prison sentence reduced by one-third Monday after a federal appeals court ruled a jury was given improper instructions before deciding it was a hate crime to forcibly shave the beards and hair of members who tried to leave.
Samuel Mullet, 69, was given a modified sentence of 10 years and nine-months by U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, who in February 2013 had originally sentenced Mullet to 15 years. The case was the first in Ohio under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crime Prevention Act enacted in 2009.
Pro-gun and Patriot activists say they are planning a demonstration next Friday at the U.S. Courthouse plaza in Spokane, where one of their leaders was arrested after brazenly carrying a loaded assault rifle and a semiautomatic pistol.
The arrest of one-time “constitutional sheriff” candidate Anthony Bosworth last Wednesday looked almost like a scripted event. Th 41-year-old Iraq war veteran, his wife and their two children showed up for a sparsely attended “10th Amendment” rally at the federal courthouse plaza. Bosworth was carrying an AK-47 assault rifle, his two children were carrying .22 rifles and his wife was shooting video with a cell phone.
Word of his arrest was posted immediately to various antigovernment, pro-gun blogs and social media sites, causing a frenzied reaction. Supporters were urged to call the Spokane Sheriff, asking the only “constitutional law enforcement official” recognized by the antigovernment movement to intervene with federal officials.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich did just that.
“I went down there to make sure this did not get out of hand,” Knezovich later told The Spokesman-Review.
Bosworth has been a leader of a group opposing Washington state’s voter-approved Initiative 594, which requires background checks on all gun sales. He and other pro-gun activists say they are planning an “Arms Expo” campout in central Washington in June.
Bosworth, who lives in Yakima, also was armed when he showed up earlier this month in Olympia, Wash., with antigovernment Patriot leader Mike Vanderboegh, of Alabama, at a pro-gun rally where locked doors prevented demonstrators from entering the state capitol.
As expected, Vanderboegh was among the antigovernment figures quick to support Bosworth. The leader of the “III percent” movement – a reference the alleged number of American colonists who stood up to the British – wrote on his website, “DHS thugs crap all over their jackboots – again. Another skirmish with the forces of the evil empire in Washington state.”
Vanderboegh also applauded “the critical support of local (that is to say, constitutional) law enforcement with the intervention of the Spokane County Sheriff.”
Vanderboegh said Bosworth supporters will show up March 6 at 11 a.m. at the U.S. Courthouse in Spokane for “Our State, Our Rights: The Patriots Answer” rally.
“Bring your side-arms. Bring your long guns. This is a peaceful rally. But it is an armed one,” Vanderboegh said. “This rally is the Patriots’ answer to a tyrannical and out of control government. Their abuses will not stand. But we will. We will not comply.”
There were only a handful of people on the courthouse plaza when Bosworth was arrested, and some of them were protesting a marijuana possession trial that was underway.
As though he was anticipating an encounter, Bosworth is heard on the video directing his wife to get the telephone number for the local sheriff. Antigovernment ideologues– quick to call federal agents “Gestapo” – frequently seek assistance or intervention from local sheriffs.
Uniformed Department of Homeland Security officers quickly approached Bosworth and told him he was violating federal law by carrying a firearm on the federal plaza. Bosworth engaged the officers, saying he only was prohibited from taking his rifle inside the courthouse.
“We’re exercising our rights,” Bosworth is heard telling the DHS officer.
“What do you hope to achieve by carrying a rifle?” DHS officer asked Bosworth.
“I ain’t achieving nothing, except for practicing my rights,” Bosworth responded.
The officer on the courthouse plaza asked Bosworth to leave federal property, directing him to stand on a nearby city sidewalk. Puffing a cigarette and drinking coffee, Bosworth didn’t immediately leave when a deputy U.S. marshal then intervened as Bosworth’s wife continued shooting video.
“This is federal property,” the deputy marshal told Bosworth. “You can’t bring guns here. You need to leave right now or we’re going to arrest you. It’s that simple. You are not protesting. You are violating the law.”
In short order, Bosworth was arrested and taken into custody. His wife almost immediately posted word and video of the event on various social media sites and antigovernment blogs, listing the phone number for the Spokane sheriff.
Knezovich, who said he just happened to be in the area, went to the courthouse and apparently attempted to intervene and mediate.
“This became an instantaneous social media event,” Knezovich told the Spokesman-Review, which also reported the sheriff’s office “was slammed with calls about the incident.”
Sam Wilson, a spokesman for a Washington state group called “Liberty for All,” also blogged about the arrest of Bosworth, who is a member. Bosworth was “only released after a furious storm of social media exposure erupted and the County Sheriff stepped in,” Wilson wrote.
Not to be left out of the hysteria, antigovernment activist Alex Jones contended the FBI tried “to flip” Bosworth and make him a federal informant after the incident.
“Feds tell military veteran to ‘be quiet’ for a year to avoid charges,” a headline on Jones’ blog said.
“Bosworth’s treatment, from the clearly unlawful arrest to the attempt to quell free speech, is standard operating procedure among federal agents tasked with surveying politically active conservative Americans,” Jones wrote.
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As police took Frazier Glenn Miller into custody minutes after three people – including a 14-year-old boy – were shot to death at two Jewish facilities in suburban Kansas City last April, the long-time neo-Nazi shouted “Heil Hitler.”
Then, according to The Kansas City Star, Miller asked the officers a chilling question. “How many f——- Jews did I kill?”
The bloody scene was recalled in a Kansas courtroom today by a veteran police officer, Sgt. Marty Ingram, as the first day of testimony began in an evidentiary hearing to determine whether Miller, a lifelong racist, should stand trial for the murderous shooting spree last April in Overland Park, Kan.
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