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As the White House prepares to host a major summit examining the threat of violent extremism next week, the Southern Poverty Law Center today released a study of domestic terrorism that found the vast majority of this violence over the last five years has come “lone wolves”or “leaderless resistance”groups composed of no more than two people.
The report, Age of the Wolf: A Study of the Rise of Lone Wolf and Leaderless Resistance Terrorism, examines more than 60 domestic terror incidents and covers a period between April 1, 2009, and Feb. 1, 2015, and was based on records maintained by Indiana State University and the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Database, along with the SPLC’s own tally of domestic terror incidents.
Among the study’s primary findings were that almost three-quarters of the incidents were carried out, or planned, by a lone wolf, a single person acting without accomplices. Ninety percent of the incidents were the work of no more than two persons. Using the data, the study also found that a violent attack from either the radical right or homegrown jihadists was foiled or carried out, on average, every 34 days.
A timeline included with the report details deadly attacks and plots across the country, including a 2014 rampage in Nevada by a husband and wife with antigovernment views that left two police officers and another man dead, a 2012 attack on a Wisconsin Sikh temple by a long-time neo-Nazi that killed six victims, and a 2010 attack that left an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) manager dead after a man who had attended radical anti-tax group meetings crashed his single-engine plane into an IRS office in Austin, Texas.
“Our study clearly shows the urgent need for federal agencies to reinvigorate their work studying and analyzing the radical right,”said Mark Potok, SPLC senior fellow and editor of the report. “And it’s important to recognize the trend away from organized groups committing acts of domestic terror. As Timothy McVeigh demonstrated with the Oklahoma City bombing, lone wolves and small cells of domestic terrorists can create massive carnage.”
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Scott Lively, the longtime anti-LGBT activist currently being sued for human rights violations because of his involvement in Uganda’s so-called “kill the gays” bill, has announced that he is considering a run for Congress.
With an eye on the seat occupied by Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.,), Lively switched his political affiliation from Independent to Republican the day after the November 2014 election, Lively said in a post on the anti-LGBT site barbwire.com. But this isn’t the first time he’s thrown his hand into the political ring.
Last year, Lively ran for governor in Massachusetts and garnered less then 1% of the vote, an outcome he was quick to label a victory. His argument for why he might be a good candidate this time around is to correct the record on Russia, where he has been tirelessly working to lobby for a laws that are punitive to the gay and lesbian community.
American and Russian conservatives, Lively says, could be cooperating together to “roll back liberalism around the world.” But instead, the “cultural Marxists of both major US political parties are trying to drive a wedge between us with the absurd lie that Russia is trying to revive the Soviet Union.”
After all, Lively continues, Russia is standing up against the “homosexual agenda.”
Based in Springfield, Mass., where he runs the anti-LGBT hate group Abiding Truth Ministries, the project Redemption Gate Mission Society and the Holy Grounds Coffee House, Lively has traveled extensively for years in Africa and Europe in support of criminalizing homosexuality, often linking it to pedophilia and in one instance, even the Rwandan genocide.
In an interview with NBC news in 2013, he claimed that gay people are “dangerous predators, even killers” (The NBC interview is no longer available online, but quoted here). He is also the author The Pink Swastika, in which he posits that gay men in the Nazi Party were architects of the Holocaust. The book has been roundly debunked by historians.
None of that has stopped his influence abroad, however. With Lively’s self-proclaimed influence, Russia has passed a number of draconian laws since 2012, including adoption bans of Russian orphans by same-sex couples in other countries; the banning of foreign non-governmental organizations that support civil rights and the criminalization of free speech with a ban of so-called “homosexual propaganda.”
In May 2014, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed another law into effect, this one banning profanity in films, television broadcasts, theaters, and the media. In the wake of the passage of that law, violence against LGBT people in Russia increased dramatically and more LGBT Russians have been seeking asylum abroad. Lively has proudly claimed responsibility for the anti-propaganda law in Russia.
Lively may have a difficult time persuading fellow conservatives to work with Russia, however. The U.S. leveled sanctions against specific Russian individuals and entities for violating Ukrainian sovereignty in the wake of Russia’s actions toward Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea in March 2014. Russia’s actions prompted the conservative Concerned Women for America to pull out of the massive gathering of the anti-LGBT hate group World Congress of Families 2014. Penny Nance, president of CWA, said that she didn’t want to appear to be “giving aid and comfort to Vladimir Putin.”
WCF later announced that it had suspended its conference in the wake of Russia’s actions, but members in September showed up in Moscow anyway for a conference that seemed remarkably similar to the original gathering.
In spite of all this, Lively is still giving a run for Congress. And he’s already fundraising through his old “Lively for Governor” site until he can “raise funds” to create a new site.
The last time we tuned into the real-life soap opera As the Nazis Turn, “White Will,” played by veteran racist William W. Williams, had, in a bloodless putsch, seized control of the National Alliance (NA), once upon a time the most dangerous and best organized neo-Nazi group in America.
Plotting for months with the Alliance’s besieged longtime chairman, Erich Gliebe, a former boxer known in his ring days as the “Aryan Barbarian,” Williams took over leadership of NA last October as Gliebe stepped down and happily returned, as he put it, “to civilian life.”
The changing of the guard, which was approved by NA’s board in a small-town motel room in Virginia, blindsided Williams’ neo-Nazi rivals, a small band of disgruntled former members, calling themselves the National Alliance Reform & Restoration Group, or NARRG.
At the time, NARRG had been in court for months, racking up tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees in a civil suit, seeking $2 million from the financially-strapped Gliebe and control of the once mighty Alliance, founded in 1970 by the late Dr. William Pierce, a former physics professor and the author of The Turner Dairies, the novel that inspired the Oklahoma City bombing.
Now comes a brand new episode of the NA soap opera.
The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security will hold yet another hearing this afternoon, and no surprise —members of the anti-immigrant right are once again itching to have their voices heard.
For the second time in just over a week, the Subcommittee has stacked the day with testimony from some of the most hardline immigration opponents in the debate. And if it’s anything like before, what they’ll say will be more of what we’ve come to expect from the anti-immigrant right: worries based more on fear than fact.
The published list of witnesses scheduled to be called for testimony include so-called immigration experts who have spent years demonizing immigrants, warning that they spread disease, take jobs from U.S. citizens and responsible for increases in crime, a dubious fact with little statistical support.
Among them is Sheriff Sam Page of Rockingham County, N.C., a longtime ally of some of the most established anti-immigrant groups in the country, including the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and the hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
This past summer, Page took part in a two day “fact-finding”trip to McAllen, Texas, compliments of FAIR. The trip took place as panic mounted on the right-wing over children escaping violence across Central America and showing up on the U.S. border. He also is a regular attendee at FAIR’s annual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire”event in Washington, D.C., an event that brings together anti-immigrant activists, right-wing radio hosts and politicians to bolster outrage over immigration.
Page has taken part in a number of events organized by the Constitutional Sheriff’s & Peace Officers Association (CSPOA), a group founded by former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack, a leading figure in the antigovernment movement. At a 2014 CSPOA event, Page was pictured shaking hands with Michael Peroutka, a former board member of the neo-Confederate League of the South (LOS).
Dan Cadman, a CIS senior fellow, and Frank Morris, a CIS board member, are also testifying this afternoon.
Morris has been involved in the anti-immigrant movement for decades, serving on the board of numerous groups including FAIR and Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR) — the group he is representing today. He was also led attempts to appeal to the African-American community through the creation of front groups such as the Black American Leadership Alliance (BALA) and its predecessor, Choose Black America (CBA). Both groups, now defunct, sought to divide communities of color over the issue of immigration by promoting the falsehood that immigrants are taking jobs from African Americans.
Though Morris and Cadman do not have a history of racist statements, the organization they both hold title with, CIS, most certainly does.
Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, CIS executive director Mark Krikorian wrote, “My guess is that Haiti’s so screwed up because it wasn’t colonized long enough.”In 2008, CIS published a report in which it called immigrants who marry U.S. citizens “Third-World gold-diggers.”And Jessica Vaughan a CIS staffer who spoke at last week’s immigration hearing on Capitol Hill, wrote in 2008 that one legacy of the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) program, “has been its contribution to the burgeoning street gang problem in the United States.”
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In a latest attempt to capitalize on political and racial controversy, a Ku Klux Klan faction from Mississippi has initiated a “Call to arms in Alabama” in response to federal courts ruling that an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
The post, which appeared on the United Dixie White Knights’ (UDWK) website and later on Stormfront — the largest online white supremacist forum — championed Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore for defying federal courts and called for Klansmen to leave their robes behind and take to the streets in protest.
“The Mississippi Klan salutes Alabama’s chief justice Roy Moore, for refusing to bow to the yoke of Federal tyranny,” Brent Waller, the UDKW’s imperial wizard, wrote in a Stormfront post. “The fudge packers from Hollywood and all major news networks are in shock that the good people from the heart of Dixie are resisting their Imperialist, Communist Homosexual agenda!”
Waller’s reason for his fellow Klansman to wear plain clothes is simple. “We have made the decision that we don’t want to distract attention away from the issue, as anytime the Klan rides, we are made the issue by the zionist controlled media,” he wrote. Not that wearing robes and hoods has been a consideration before.
Klan groups in recent months have sought to capitalize on already tense situations by appearing with a word of commentary and disappearing. Klan members have called for “corpses” on the Arizona-Mexico border, tried to raise money for the legal defense of the police officer who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and even distributed candy as a recruiting ploy in South Carolina. But their rush to the spotlight this time may be different.
Alabama on Monday became the 37th state in the country to recognize same-sex marriage after a federal judge struck down the “Sanctity of Marriage” amendment to the state’s constitution as unlawful. Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore responded by ordering Alabama probate judges not to comply with the federal ruling, throwing the state into a heated controversy involving states’ rights and federal reach.
In his post, and in subsequent email exchanges with Hatewatch, Waller speculated as to whether the federal government will send “Jack Booted thugs” — a comment meant to invoke Civil Rights era struggles and draw comparisons between the razing of Southern states during the Civil War and what the Imperial Wizard sees as the destruction of Southern values through marriage equality.
“We as White Christians intend to see that no outside agitators bully or intimidate the White Christian majority in the State of Alabama,” Waller told Hatewatch on Tuesday. “We salute those like the chief justice for standing against the Immoral, Ungodly and activist Federal Judges.”
A man who spent 26 years wearing a badge and enforcing the law in Florida now thinks he’s above the law as a self-described “natural, free-born sovereign citizen.”
James Michael Sims, 56, was arrested late last month and will be arraigned on Feb. 27 in Manatee County Circuit Court on three felony charges: two counts of grand theft and a third count of intimidating a public official.
Sims, a former deputy and detective for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, allegedly rented foreclosed properties, intimidated his former fellow law enforcement officials and attempted to file $100 million in bogus liens against judges — a common act among many sovereigns who believe they are immune from courts, judges and licensing requirements.
The judges who Sims targeted with liens previously had entered foreclosure orders on several homes he owned so banks could initiate legal actions to claim their full ownership when he failed to make timely payments.
Court documents say even though a bank had recovered ownership of one home and changed the locks, the locks and realty signs were removed and Sims continued renting the property, fraudulently collecting monthly payments.
Sims’ actions “forced the bank” to take its foreclosed property off the sale market because its officials “feel the situation is way too dangerous for realtors and the public to go view the property,” court document say. Meanwhile, the bank is losing money by not having the property on the market.
Sims worked as a commissioned officer for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office from 1985 until 2011, the Bradenton Herald reported. The following year, court documents say, Sims filed an affidavit with the county clerk “where he made it known that he [now] was a natural free-born Sovereign individual.’’
Dave Bristow and Randy Warren, public information officers for the sheriff’s office, did not immediately return phone calls for comment.
Court documents say when questioned by Detective Mark Franczyk of the Manatee Sheriff’s Office, Sims told the investigator “he was wrong” and that if charges were pursued Sims “was going to probably come after everybody.” The sheriff’s office subsequently received a “packet” of legal claims from Sims.
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The Liberty Counsel, an anti-LGBT hate group, has entered the already intense debate over same-sex marriages in Alabama by saying it will represent probate judges who refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The news, which came late last week, is only the latest development in a series of tense events regarding same-sex marriage in the state that began on Jan. 23, when U.S. District Judge Callie Granade struck down Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to extend the stay, and same-sex couples began applying for marriage licenses today.
“At this time, no Alabama probate judge is bound by Judge Granade’s order. This sole federal judge does not have jurisdiction to order all state probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples,” the Liberty Counsel wrote in a news release on Feb. 6.
Granade’s ruling has cleared the way for all judges who issue marriage licenses to start performing same-sex marriages, and because they are agents of the state, they have been ordered to comply with the Constitution, according to Harvard law professor Noah Feldman in a piece he wrote for Bloomberg News.
“They’re state functionaries,” Feldman wrote on the role of probate judges. “Refusal to comply with the federal court judgment would be illegitimate resistance — akin to the resistance of governor Orval Faubus in Little Rock,” who famously refused to comply with school desegregation.
Founded in 1989 and based in Orlando, Fla., the Liberty Counsel is well known for its strident anti-LGBT rhetoric. Mat Staver, the group’s president, co-founder and former dean at the Liberty University School of Law, has claimed that with full marriage equality, everyone will decide to be gay and society will “cease to exist.” (He also has linked homosexuality to rampant increases in disease, falsely linked homosexuality to pedophilia and claimed that homosexuality is the result of childhood sexual abuse.)
Such claims, naturally, have made him a darling of the anti-LGBT movement, which sides with Staver.
Matt Barber, the editor of the virulently anti-LGBT Barbwire.com, is a frequent host of the Liberty Counsel’s Faith and Freedom Radio. Barber has Tweeted that “Fake ‘gay marriage’ is fake ‘consummated’ through squalid and feculent abuse of the reproductive and digestive systems.” He has called same-sex parenting a form of child abuse, and aid that HIV is a punishment from God for homosexuality, stating that “it is never good, healthy, normal or natural.” He also expressed support for Russia’s draconian anti-LGBT laws, saying that he would like to see laws that “stop homosexual activist propaganda from corrupting children in our nation and we need to see that right here in the United States.”
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, meanwhile, is in the middle of the fray. He sent out a letter last Wednesday to Alabama governor Robert Bentley, demanding that state probate judges refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Moore has falsely claimed that state law trumps federal law, a belief he has held for years and that has gotten him in trouble in the past. He was removed from the bench by Alabama’s judicial ethics panel in 2003 for defying a federal order to remove a Ten Commandments monument he’d erected in the state court building. On Sunday, Moore ordered probate judges to refuse to marry same-sex couples.
A day earlier, though, a group calling itself Sanctity of Marriage Alabama rallied on the capitol steps in Montgomery. Among the featured speakers were theocrat John Eidsmoe, a former law school professor and chief counsel for the Foundation for Moral Law, an Alabama group founded by Roy Moore and currently run by his wife, Kayla Moore. Eidsmoe addressed a conference of the white nationalist Council of Conservative Citizens meeting in 2005, where he referred to Lester Maddox, the arch-segregationist former governor of Georgia as “Patriot of the Century.”
Already, Liberty Counsel is representing several probate judges, including Washington County Probate Judge Nick Williams, who has released a “declaration in support of marriage.”
In his declaration, Williams said he would “only issue marriage licenses and solemnize ceremonies consistent with Alabama law and the U.S. Constitution; namely, between one man and one woman only, so help me God.”