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A father and his son who share extremist views, a dislike for the law and a love of illegal firearms were arraigned today in Phoenix on a seven-count federal indictment that could send them back to federal prison for 10 years.
Trial was set for Jan. 7 before U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow.
Kirby K. Kehoe, 65, and Cheyne C. Kehoe, 37, were arrested Oct. 14 after heavily armed federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) raided what they now describe as an “off-the-grid compound” 140 miles north of Phoenix. What they found, court documents disclose, was a commercial-grade marijuana operation.
Cheyne Kehoe was part of a major white supremacist group, the Aryan Peoples Republic, that his brother Chevie led and that worked in the 1990s to carve an all-white nation out of the United States. Cheyne, who was convicted of lesser charges in that plot, was released in 2008. Chevie is still serving a life sentence in connection with the murder of an entire Arkansas family, including an 8-year-old girl, the killing of a romantic rival, and other charges. Their father, Kirby Kehoe, was convicted of related weapons charges in the case. ( continue to full post… )
Welcome, Brother Cobb!
The newest addition to the Involuntary People of Color Club, revealed courtesy of NBC’s “The Trisha Goddard Show,” is Craig Paul Cobb — the epithet-spewing, violence-glorifying, black-hating neo-Nazi who’s been trying to take over a tiny town in North Dakota and transform it into an all-white homeland for “Aryans.”
It turns out that Cobb, 62, couldn’t live there himself if he succeeded. ( continue to full post… )
One of the distinct qualities that often qualifies organizations for designation by the SPLC as hate groups is that they specialize in spinning degrading narratives about members of their target groups. And the really vicious haters often give away their game by unleashing the most heinous accusations imaginable — especially so when those accusations turn out to be based on completely false fairy tales.
Recently, far-right Islamophobes Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer demonstrated once again why their organization, Stop Islamization of America, has earned the SPLC’s “hate group” designation for several years running: According to a story heavily promoted by their organization, heartless Islamist radicals are now lighting puppies aflame and hurling them at their enemies. ( continue to full post… )
If you plan on going to downtown Kansas City, Mo., tomorrow afternoon to protest the neo-Nazis coming to town, remember: no baby strollers or car seats. No coolers. No purses. No portable heaters. No water bottles. No bullhorns without a permit. No knives or guns, even with a permit.
The long list of “prohibited items” was issued this week by the Kansas City Police Department as the Midwest metropolis famous for barbeque and jazz gears up for a neo-Nazi invasion.
On Saturday, the 75th anniversary of Kristallnact, the National Socialist Movement (NSM), the largest neo-Nazi group in the United States, is scheduled to hold an anti-immigration rally at the Jackson County Courthouse in downtown Kansas City at 3 p.m.
Among the speakers is Matt Heimbach, the 22-year-old campus organizer who founded the White Student Union at Towson University and who runs the Traditionalist Youth Network. ( continue to full post… )
At 22, Matthew Heimbach is a rising white nationalist star, just as eager to get into bed with graying Southern secessionists as he is with steel-toe-boot-wearing neo-Nazis.
Over the past few months, he has rallied with the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan at the invitation of Thom Robb, a Christian Identity pastor who leads the group and for whom Heimbach claims to have “great respect.” He has stood side by side with the Aryan Terror Brigade, and he plans to attend a rally this weekend with the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM) in Kansas City on the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Nazi pogrom that left more than 90 Jews dead and some 30,000 imprisoned in concentration camps.
It has been a meteoric rise for someone so young, the likes of which have not really been seen since the anti-Semite David Duke appeared on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, dressed as a neo-Nazi and railing against the “Zionist Occupied Government.”
In fact, Heimbach’s profile on the radical right has risen so quickly that rumors have spread across online forums that he is privately working as a federal informant, or even as an agent of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency. None of that is true, Heimbach says with a wry grin. But what he is more than willing to admit is that in the years since forming the controversial White Student Union at Towson University in Maryland, where he graduated this year with a degree in history, he been thoroughly radicalized. ( continue to full post… )
Last night, the CBS Evening News featured Hatewatch’s Mark Potok in a segment examining the antigovernment views of suspected LAX shooter Paul Ciancia. According to CBS, the FBI executed a search warrant for material “relating to Ciancia’s views on the legitimacy or activities of the United States Government, including the existence of a plot to impose a New World Order.”
The FBI was pursuing the material based on a one-page “manifesto,” which included a reference to a “New World Order” and was found in Ciancia’s bag at the scene of the shooting. Hatewatch reported exclusive details about the document on Saturday, including Ciancia’s use of antigovernment “Patriot” terminology and attacks against TSA and former DHS head Janet Napolitano. CBS reported that Ciancia said his goal was to “instill fear in your traitorous minds,” speaking of the TSA.
Hatewatch’s Potok provided historical context for the ideology that appears to have motivated the shooter, saying that it “basically identifies the federal government as an evil malefactor that is involved in a conspiracy to force the United States into a so-called one world government known as the new world order.”
Last night, on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront,” I tried to explain how a note written by alleged LAX shooter Paul Ciancia contained several hallmarks of the antigovernment “Patriot” movement’s animating “New World Order” conspiracy theory. My remarks were based on references to the Federal Reserve and “fiat currency” that were exclusively reported by Hatewatch over the weekend.
My jousting partner in the exchange was Michael Medved, a conservative radio show host, frequent television commentator and columnist. Medved told the audience that my comments were “very dangerous” and “unforgiveable,” that I was “completely unfair” to use the word “Patriot” in describing a key sector of the radical right, and that I was “try[ing] to tar” the political right with the Nov. 1 shooting that left one TSA agent dead “when the clear problem is mental illness.”
Even as Medved spoke, the FBI was, in effect, backing me up with its own suspicions about Ciancia’s motives. The Associated Press reports the FBI obtained a warrant yesterday to search Ciancia’s cell phone for, in the words of its request, materials reflecting his “views on the legitimacy or activities of the United States government, including the existence of a plot to impose a New World Order.” ( continue to full post… )
The world of right-wing extremism produces people who so deeply believe in conspiracy theories woven out of fantasies that they stop being able to distinguish between reality and fantasy – or, in some cases, satire.
And in the case of Dearborn, Mich., this week, satire was mistaken for reality by a large number of such people. An article published at a satirical website mocking right-wing paranoia about Shariah law (Muslim religious law) being imposed in the United States – headlined “City in Michigan First to Fully Implement Sharia Law” and informing readers that Dearborn was now under Muslim control – was mistaken by a large number of people for the real thing.
Spread widely through social media, the story published at the National Report satire site – which publishes fake news in the manner of The Onion, though perhaps more obliquely – sparked an outpouring of outrage from conservatives who have been warned by a number of conspiracist anti-Muslim organizations that Islamic radicals intend to begin imposing “Sharia Law” in the United States. Thousands of phone calls and E-mails came pouring in to Dearborn City Hall. ( continue to full post… )
William A. White, a one-time Virginia real estate czar who had a second career as a rabid neo-Nazi specializing in making threats over the Internet, now faces the likelihood of another 16 years or more in a federal prison.
On Nov. 1, an anonymous jury in Roanoke, Va., found White guilty of four federal crimes — three counts of making a threat with the intent to extort and a fourth count of sending a threatening E-mail. The convictions are only White’s latest on similar charges and apparently will result in his designation as a “career offender,” meaning he will likely face a harsher prison term than he otherwise might have.
The newest convictions were related to threats White made via E-mail to his ex-wife in May and June 2012 after she stopped mailing him $400 a month payments while he was a federal fugitive living in Mexico. He fled there after being convicted of making threats related to his involvement in the now-defunct American National Socialist Workers Party, a neo-Nazi group he started in 2006. ( continue to full post… )
The 23-year-old man who allegedly killed a TSA official at Los Angeles International Airport yesterday was carrying a one-page “manifesto” that included references to the “New World Order,” the Federal Reserve and “fiat currency,” according to a knowledgeable source with ranking law enforcement contacts.
Paul Anthony Ciancia, who allegedly wounded three other people before being shot and critically wounded himself, also expressed antagonism toward the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its chief until she resigned in August, Janet Napolitano, the source said. Ciancia’s note called former Secretary Napolitano a “bull dyke” and contained the phrase “FU Janet Napolitano,” the source said.
Ciancia’s language and references seemed to put him squarely in the conspiracy-minded world of the antigovernment “Patriot” movement. The New World Order refers to a longstanding conspiracy theory that today, in its most popular iteration, claims that global elites are plotting to form a socialistic “one-world government” that would crush American freedoms. Often, the root of the alleged conspiracy is traced to the 1913 creation of the Federal Reserve and the adoption of fiat currency — paper money that is not backed by gold, as it was once was in the U.S.
So-called Patriots also increasingly see the DHS, which produces intelligence assessments of extremists that are distributed to other law enforcement agencies, as an enemy and even a collaborator in the New World Order conspiracy. Many believe DHS has targeted their movement and is somehow connected to the alleged construction of concentration camps by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The purported camps are thought to be meant for those Americans who resist a coming national seizure of all weapons from U.S. citizens. ( continue to full post… )