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In New Book, Jerome Corsi, Conspiracy Theorist Extraordinaire, Explores Hitler’s Real Fate

Posted in Conspiracies, Extremist Propaganda by Leah Nelson on January 13, 2014 - 12:12 pm
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In a 2004 post on the right-wing political forum, Jerome Corsi wondered ungrammatically, “Let’s see exactly why it isn’t the case that Islam is a worthless, dangerous Satanic religion? Where’s the proof to the contrary?

Now, the Harvard-educated conspiracy theorist and “birther king” asks a similar question about the end of World War II: “Where is the proof that Hitler didn’t escape?”

In a new book titled Hunting Hitler: New Scientific Evidence that Hitler Escaped Nazi Germany, Corsi purports to answer that double negative with a bombshell: There is no proof that Hitler didn’t escape because, in fact, he did. ( continue to full post… )

Conspiracy-Mongering Organizer of DC Trucker Protest Believes Obama is Osama bin Laden

Posted in Antigovernment, Conspiracies, Patriot by David Neiwert on October 11, 2013 - 1:21 pm

Those angry right-wing truckers are still promising that at least 3,000 of their number will be showing up in Washington, D.C., this weekend to bring traffic along the Beltway to a grinding halt as part of a protest of what organizers call “the blatant disregard of our Constitution.”

It’s not so clear, however, whether the protest organizers will be able to deliver on those promises. Some participants appear to be backing out – or at least tempering their rhetoric – and the protest so far appears to be, as a conservative Washington Times columnist put it, “disorganized and confusing.”

Much of the confusion was spawned by a participant named Earl Conlon, a Georgia trucker who earlier told U.S. News and World Report that the protesters intended to arrest President Obama and members of Congress. A couple of days later, he told a Washington Post reporter that the whole thing was a hoax and that he wouldn’t be showing up after all. ( continue to full post… )

Right-Wing Truckers Threaten to Shut Down Washington

Posted in Antigovernment, Conspiracies, Patriot by David Neiwert on October 8, 2013 - 9:26 am

A group of politically right-oriented long-haul truckers is attempting to organize a three-day protest starting later this week in Washington, D.C. To make their point, they are planning to bring all traffic around the nation’s capital to a grinding halt by creating traffic jams on the Beltway of highways surrounding the city.

The only problem with the protest — scheduled for Oct. 11-13 — is that it isn’t exactly clear what the truckers are protesting, nor is it clear what will meet their demands. It appears, though, that they expect Congress to impeach President Obama, overturn the congressionally approved health care reforms, and disband the Department of Homeland Security.

The only aspect of the planned protest that is clear is that it is fueled by conspiracy theories regarding President Obama and fears about an imminent economic collapse. And it is being promoted by antigovernment “Patriots” and radio-show hosts with a history of far-right agitation. ( continue to full post… )

Speakers at Anti-Semite’s Texas Conference Go Light on the Jews

Posted in Anti-Semitic, Antigovernment, Conspiracies by Hatewatch Staff on July 8, 2013 - 11:42 am

At a day-long conference in Austin organized by anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist Texe Marrs, a series of speakers revealed who really killed JFK, explained the evils of Obamacare and ranted about the “New World Order,” but steered clear of spewing overt hatred against Jews. Sponsored by Power of Prophecy, Marrs’ Austin-based “end-times ministry,” the Liberty & Truth Conference hosted about 80 people at the Airport Hilton on Saturday. The audience was overwhelmingly white and over 40. Many of the attendees were from out of state. ( continue to full post… )

Extremists Blame Favorite Bogeymen for Boston Bombings

Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Anti-LGBT, Anti-Muslim, Conspiracies by Marilyn Elias on April 17, 2013 - 4:31 pm

Editor’s Note: We’ve corrected the attribution of a quote below suggesting that if the attackers were antigovernment they would have attacked a government target, rather than random Americans. The quote actually came from Mike Lackomar of the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia. Hatewatch regrets the error, which was the result of an editing mistake.

Who was responsible for the deadly Boston terrorist attack?

The Muslims did it. No, it was an illegal immigrant. Think again – it was a gay guy. Wait, you missed the key signs: Our own government once again pulled off an act of covert terror to promote its nefarious aims.

Fingers have been pointed in all of these directions by conspiracy theory peddlers and professional hatemongers since the bombings Monday.

“It’s a pretty safe bet right now that this attack was carried out by an Islamist,” declared a post on the Tea Party Nation website Tuesday. The obvious cause for the violence? “We have a government that is not committed to protecting America.” Linking Islam with Ronald Reagan’s “evil empire” of Communism, the post warned that the Boston bombings are just another event presaging future violence in “an ideological war” that can only be won if we have tougher, more anti-Islam U.S. political leaders. That, of course, would be the Tea Party cabal.

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‘Conservatives’ Who Gathered in Colorado a Different Breed

Posted in Anti-LGBT, Anti-Muslim, Conspiracies, Patriot Groups by Hatewatch Staff on March 25, 2013 - 11:25 am

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — You might have thought that a conference with the title “Conservative Call to Action” would feature lots of talk of small government, of Ronald Reagan, of the need to defend traditional values and a capitalist economy. But that would be yesterday’s conservatives.

Instead, at the event held Saturday in this famously conservative town that is home to the nation’s biggest concentration of Christian Right organizations, rabid Florida pastor Terry Jones, whose televised burning of Korans set off riots overseas that left several people dead, claimed that he didn’t hate Muslims at all — and then went on to rant that Islam “makes Nazism, fascism look like charity.” He was joined by other “conservatives” who warned that the universities are brimming with “commies,” that all liberals are evil, that President Obama only won re-election through “massive voter fraud,” and that the president’s health care plan is “Marxism to the core.”

Symptomatic of the shift of a broad swath of the conservative movement to outright paranoid fantasy was the appearance of Dinesh D’Souza, who was once a respected commentator on the right. D’Souza began to run off the rails with a 2010 Forbes magazine article that he expanded into a book and then into a 2012 film, “2016: Obama’s America.” The article was pilloried by more old-fashioned conservatives, including Daniel Larison, who described it in The American Conservative as “the most ridiculous piece of Obama analysis yet written.” The article, book and film argue that Obama is motivated by a dream of undermining Western power. ( continue to full post… )

In New Novel, Glenn Beck Warns of Squirrel-Worshipping Socialists

Posted in Conspiracies by Leah Nelson on November 27, 2012 - 8:10 am

America’s favorite far-right entertainer, Glenn Beck, has always got the scoop on the coming End of the World and how to protect yourself from it. When he’s not urging fans to buy guns and gold, he’s telling them to build bunkers and stock up on food.

Now, just in time for the holidays, the fear-mongering eschatologist is shilling for a new prophecy of doom – one that comes wrapped in a neat dust jacket, ready to stuff in your loved one’s stocking. ( continue to full post… )

Super-Storm Sandy Spawns Plethora of Conspiracy Theories

Posted in Anti-LGBT, Antigovernment, Conspiracies by Hatewatch Staff on October 30, 2012 - 3:48 pm

Even before the winds of Hurricane Sandy began to moderate, conspiracy theorists of a variety of bents got busy explaining the real meaning of the storm. Because, of course, a monster storm can’t just come from something like “weather” or “climate.” No, a storm like that just must be the product of nefarious or, perhaps, spiritual forces too big for most of us to understand. And so, while millions of Americans deal with the aftermath of what has become the largest Atlantic tropical storm in recorded history, lots more are busy explaining what’s behind all that wind.

Here, gathered over the last few days, is a sampling of their views. ( continue to full post… )

Conspiracy Theorists: Isaac Caused by God, Gov’t, or Maybe Chemtrails

Posted in Antigovernment, Conspiracies, Media Extremism by Leah Nelson on August 29, 2012 - 10:46 am

Hurricane Isaac has inconvenienced a lot of people.

Many thousands of Gulf Coast residents have boarded up windows and sought shelter inland. And many others are now facing the prospect of cleaning up and rebuilding flooded homes and businesses.

But the inconvenienced people we’ve been hearing about most are the pundits and politicians who gathered in Tampa this week for the Republican National Convention. ( continue to full post… )

Conspiracists Say Recent Shootings ‘False Flag’ Attacks by Government

Posted in Antigovernment, Conspiracies, Patriot Groups by Leah Nelson on August 27, 2012 - 2:27 pm

Kurt Nimmo says that there is no problem with violent white supremacists in the military.

His boss, Alex Jones, says that there is no problem with gun violence in America – at least, no problem that’s not a result of government-sponsored “mind-control” experiments.

Jones and Nimmo, who are among the biggest spinners of conspiracy theories in the United States, are revered within the antigovernment “Patriot” movement, which is always eager to ascribe malevolent plots to the government. Their fantastical allegations appeared recently on Infowars and PrisonPlanet, Jones-run websites that warn obsessively of a supposed government conspiracy to surrender national sovereignty to the forces of a fascistic “New World Order.” ( continue to full post… )