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The leader of a white supremacist gang in a rural corner of Oregon will spend more than 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder-conspiracy and assault charges.
With Jeremiah Mauer headed to prison for a minimum of 160 months, authorities last week told the East Oregonian they have dismantled key elements of the United Aryan Empire, a white supremacist gang linked to a string of violent crimes last year in and near the community of Pendleton in Umatilla County, Ore.
Police aggressively pursued the gang with a series of arrests and obtained grand jury racketeering indictments against Mauer and two other members of the gang in January. The indictments were returned less than three weeks after Pendleton police seized illegal firearms and arrested the three felons on charges of shooting into occupied homes, detonating an explosive device and involvement in a large gang fight.
Mauer, 31, struck a plea deal that allowed him to avoid trial where he would have faced 14 additional charges, including racketeering, possession of a prohibited firearm and riot, the newspaper reported.
Mauer was sentenced Thursday to a mandatory minimum sentence of 90 months for the conspiracy charge, to be followed by two concurrent 70-month terms for his two assault convictions. He won’t be eligible for release until he serves the 160-month sentence, Umatilla District Attorney Dan Primus.
“He’s the linchpin, the head guy,” the prosecutor said.
Other identified members of the United Aryan Empire –– Gregory Tinnell, 44, and Steven Grangood, 22 –– also have struck plea bargains and await sentencing.
A fourth member, Warren Browning, 35, remains in jail awaiting trial. Tinnell and Grangood agreed to testify against Browning as part of their deals, but Mauer did not.
Mauer’s girlfriend, Sarah Frankford, also was sentenced Thursday to five years probation after being conficted of third-degree assault stemming from her role in the criminal enterprise.
Rancher Cliven Bundy, the tax scofflaw whose defiance of a federal court order invigorated the antigovernment movement last year, is becoming something of a political asset.
On Monday, Bundy met with Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul during a campaign swing through Nevada. The two met in Mesquite during a “Stand with Rand” question-and-answer session, where Paul discussed public land rights with Bundy and 50 other potential supporters and activists, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.
After the Q-and-A session, Paul’s aids found a private room where the presidential candidate met privately with Bundy, his wife and one of his sons for 45 minutes, according to a report in Politico.
“I think almost all land use issues and animal issues, endangered species issues, ought to be handled at the state level,” Rand told the Associated Press. “I think that the government shouldn’t interfere with state decisions, so if a state decides to have medical marijuana or something like that, it should be respected as a state decision.”
After the political rally, Bundy –– not so surprisingly –– told the AP he supported Paul’s position that the federal government should turn over ownership of its public lands to the states.
“In general, I think we’re in tune with each other,” Bundy told the wire service, adding, “I don’t think we need to ask Washington, D.C. for this land. It’s our land.”
Paul, only one of an ever-growing field of GOP contenders for the White House, didn’t however mention Bundy’s April 2014 standoff near Bunkerville, Nev.,with the Bureau of Land Management, an event that proved to be inspiring to the antigovernment movement.
Bundy has said the federal government, which controls 80 percent of the land in Nevada, has no authority there and he should be free to graze his cattle on public land without federal oversight.The BLM says Bundy still owes more than $1 million in back grazing fees for having his cattle herd roam on Nevada’s public lands in Nevada for the past two decades.
The BLM has refused requests for answers about how it intends to proceed against Bundy or the others involved in the standoff, including some armed militia members who pointed firearms at federal agents, though it has promised to seek justice for Bundy’s actions.
Despite the baggage that Bundy brings to any campaign, other political candidates have sought out his celebrity. Bundy has appeared at rallies and fundraisers for other candidates, mostly in Nevada and Arizona.
Last year he showed up at an Arizona picnic attended by Republicans Douglas A. “Doug” Ducey, who was elected governor of Arizona, and Mark Brnovich, who was elected at that state’s attorney general.
Bundy, who drew widespread criticism for talking about the “negro” in an interview with The New York Times, appeared in a campaign advertisement for Kamau Bakari, who was an unsuccessful Independent American Party candidate for Congress in last fall’s elections.
Inside the county jail where he awaits trial on three counts of capital murder in last year’s shooting spree at two Jewish community centers in Kansas, neo-Nazi Frazier Glenn Miller is also known as Frazier Glenn Cross.
The United States government gave him the name “Cross” more than 20 years ago when he went into the witness protection program after snitching on his fellow white nationalists at their sedition trial in the late 1980’s.
At 74, and suffering from emphysema, Miller is still running his mouth, this time in a series of letters and legal filings he has been sending from jail to white nationalist supporters to post on the racist web forum Vanguard News Network (VNN).
“The rednecks, at least, will be a bit inspired,” Miller boasted in a recent letter to a VNN member “Jimmy Marr.”
“My morale is super high, higher than ever before,” Miller added. “I’m totally at peace with myself. I struck violent blows against the GD jew [sic] menace – effective blows, too.”
None of the three people Miller is accused of murdering on April 13, 2014 – William Corporon, 69, Corporon’s14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, and Terri LaManno, 53 – were Jewish.
“I’ll die with a clear conscience,” Miller said in the letter, apparently mailed in early June, “knowing I did my best to secure the existence of ourt [sic] people, and a future for White children.”
If convicted, Miller could face the death penalty. He is representing himself in the case after firing his team of court-appointed lawyers in May. The trial is scheduled to begin August 17.
But in the letter he sent to “Marr,” Miller complained that “Hardly any jew-wies [sic], capable WNs [white nationalists] have stepped forward to help me gather hard hitting evidence against the jews [sic].”
“My defense will be COMPLELLING NECESSITY,” he wrote. “The jew-wise [sic] should easily figure out what evidences will be most effective in support of my defense, then mail them to me…”
In the letter, Miller seemed pleased with himself that he had received “a couple more citations” in jail. He asked that the citations be posted along with the letter for “the rednecks.”
The first citation is from May 14, according to what Miller had posted on VNN. The citation, which refers to Miller as “Inmate Cross,” says Miller called a jail employee “a yellow piece of shit who wouldn’t fight to protect his own mother.” Miller apparently got angry when the employee dismissed Miller’s talk about the “Jews running the media” and putting a “stranglehold on the United States.”
The next citation was dated May 24. Again Miller got angry, this time because a nurse did not arrive as quickly as he wanted to give him treatment for his emphysema. He started berating a guard.
“Inmate Cross responded by calling me ‘nigger’ several times and telling me to go sit my black ass down,” the citation says. “I then stated to Inmate Cross to hurry with his breathing treatment. Inmate Cross responded by telling me to ‘shut the fuck up, nigger” and telling me to Google him. Inmate Cross stated that he could get my black ass taken out a[t] anytime.”
In mid-June Miller sent two motions he filed on his own behalf to Alex Linder, the founder of VNN. One was a “motion for acquittal of all charges.”
Miller asked Linder to post it to his site.
Miller claimed in the motion that “The white race is dying out” and “This genocide is caused by jews[sic]” and his fellow white men “are spineless citizens who tolerate every outrage thrown in their faces and with smiling faces.”
He said he “used legal means, rather than violent means” for 48 years, fighting for the “rights and preservation of my people.” He ran for office, he spread his racist and anti-Semitic message as a guest “on well over 200 radio and TV talk shows, including Howard Stern and Alan Colmes…” But his efforts were “futile with no chance of stopping the jewish [sic] genocide of my people.”
So when he drove from his home in rural Missouri to Overland Park, Kan., and opened fire outside of two Jewish community centers on a spring Sunday afternoon last year, killing three people, “It was,” according to Miller’s motion, “homicide by necessity.”
“Roger Bannon,” a VNN member since 2013, responded to Miller’s correspondence.
“The guy is a delusional nutcase,” he wrote on the site in mid-June. “… He wants martyrdom but deserves nothing but scorn.”
The Aryan Nations, whose messages of hate and white superiority have fueled violent crimes and domestic terrorism for decades, is applauding the murderous acts of accused racist killer Dylann Storm Roof.
Only hours after the 21-year-old was arrested for brutally shooting nine people at Charleston, South Carolina’s Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., Aryan Nations leader Morris Gulett offered praise and urged others to follow Roof’s example.
“I, for one, am very glad to see young people like Dylan Roof acting like men instead of the old 60’s era hippies stoned on weed and interracial love,” Gulett posted on his web site.
“We had better see much more of this type of activism if we ever expect to see our America return to it’s [sic] rightful place in the world and our children grow up in a clean safe healthy enviroment [sic],” Gulett wrote.
Other racists individually have offered support or praise for Roof in comments posted on a forum hosted by Stormfront, the world’s largest hate site.
Gulett’s inflammatory comments came in response to a statement by Mark Pitcavage, the director of the ADL’s Center on Extremism. He was quoted in a slate.com piece as saying the idea idea of black on white crime “is one of the staples that white supremacists harp on over and over again.”
Pitcavage spoke of flags worn by Roof — the Rhodesian flag and the flag of Apartheid-era South Africa – which have become symbols for white supremacy in the United States and around the world.
“Whites actually were persecuted in Zimbabwe after the end of white rule and so white supremacists dating back all the way to the early 1970s have had a fascination with or concern over Rhodesia/Zimbabwe,” Pitcavage told Slate writer Jeremy Stahl.
Gulett responded with a headline reading: “Us Bad Ole White Supremacists and our Harps.”
“Oh really?” Gulett said of Pitcavage’s comments. “Maybe we ‘harp’ on black on white crime because it is a genuine and valid concern for our people.”
“I don’t see Mark Pitcavage saying these sort of things about Al Sharpton and the blacks in Baltimore, or Ferguson, or Trayvon Martin’s Florida or even Texas where Black Panthers are calling for a wholesale killing of Whites including our children,” Gulett said.
“We better be doing more than harping that’s for damn certain or we will end up like Rhodesia and South Africa, two places these people try to swipe under the rug in order to keep Whites from taking a genuine look at what takes place there,” Gutlett said.
Gulett has had his own brushes with the law and has done considerable prison time. His lengthy criminal record, public documents show, including aggravated assault, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, homicide, felonious assault, possession of drugs and receiving stolen property. His most-recent arrest on a charge of conspiracy to commit bank robbery sent him to prison for five years.
Released in 2010, Gulett set up shop in Converse, La., and declared himself “senior pastor” of the Aryan Nations which he described as “most-feared and revered white supremacist organization the world has ever known.”
It the past five years, Gulett has held annual “Aryan World Congress” gatherings of white supremacists – usually attracting a small number of followers – and he has continued to have a web presence with podcasts of his hate-filled sermons. His operation now appears to be the largest publicly visible remnant of the Aryan Nations and its so-called religious arm, the Church of Jesus Christ Christian, started by the late Richard Butler. He ran the operation out of North Idaho from the late 1970s until his death in 2004.
Many of the racists who met at the Aryan Nations, including more than two dozen members of a violent domestic terrorism group called The Order, formed in the mid-1980s, went on to commit assorted violent crimes, including the assassination of a Jewish radio personality and other murders.
Later Aryan Nations attendees, such as Buford Furrow Jr., carried out similar murderous rampages. In 1999, Furrow walked into a Jewish community center in Granada Hills, Calif., and opened fire with a semiautomatic firearm, wounding five, including three children. He then fatally shot a U.S. Postal Service worker because he was a person of color.
Militia, Assault-rifle Guru and Companion Face Murder, Assault Charges in House-Squatting Case in Washington State
A man with ties to militia organizations and nationwide assault rifle training program faces a murder charge in Washington state in a case that began with the attempted eviction of house squatters.
James J. “Strat” Faire, 55, and Angelina M. Nobilis, 51, were arrested late last week in Okanogan County after two people were struck and run over by a pickup truck while assisting a property owner evict squatters from his property, authorities said.
Debra Long, of Issaquah, Wash., was killed and George Abrantes, of Marysville, Wash., was seriously injured in the incident, the Okanogan County sheriff’s office reported. The ages of the victims weren’t released.
Faire and Nobilis were arrested on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree assault, jail booking records show.
Authorities say Faire and Nobilis are accused of moving into a home near Tonasket, Wash., owned by Richard Finegold and refusing to leave, resulting in an argument. At some point last Thursday, authorities say Faire is alleged to have pulled a firearm and jumped into a truck, striking the two victims.
Although it’s not known at this point if the pair are sovereign citizens, the practice of house squatting is a technique widely used by these antigovernment activists, who generally believe most laws and licensing requirements don’t apply to them.
A web site espousing the conservative views of the “ReaganWing” is racing to the defense of Faire and Nobilis.
The pro-gun, pro-Republican site claims Faire “is a nationally known, high-impact, open-carrying, Christian Liberty activist who has been in the crosshairs of the corrupt police-state factions of the Federal Government for years” because of his “stands for Liberty and … wide-ranging 2nd Amendment personal defense training he has spearheaded.”
Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the case.
Faire, Hatewatch has learned, served as an administrator for a militia web site and once operated what was described as a militia training site in Snohomish County, near the community of Monroe, in western Washington.
In 2010, Faire was identified as a trainer for the “Appleseed Project,” a militia-based training program that urged every citizen to own an AR-15 assault rifle with the goal of “teaching every American how to fire a bullet through a man-size target out to 500 yards.”
“The government has quite literally become tyrannical,” Faire told a writer for The New York Times who wrote a lengthy piece on the Appleseed Project.
Faire said the federal government “is fulfilling the principles outlined in ‘The Communist Manifesto. It’s completely out of control from city to state to federal to international law.”
“The only thing to do now is to organize citizens into a militia to abolish this government,” Faire told the Times.
It’s not clear when he moved from western Washington to a rural area near Tonasket, a community of about 1,000 people about 15 miles from the Canadian border.
The arrest of Faire is the second time in less than a month that a suspect with ties to militia groups or activities has been arrested and charged with murder in Eastern Washington.
Roy H. Murry, who had lived in Spokane and Lewiston, Idaho, was arrested in late May and charged with torturing and fatally shooting three people, including a Spokane Fire Department lieutenant, before setting fire to a home north of Spokane. Murry honed his shooting skills while practicing with members of the 63rd Light Foot Militia on Stevens County property in northeastern Washington owned by one-time Republican candidate for sheriff, Kenneth L. Barker, of Deer Lake, Wash.
It appears that the Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof may have been even more immersed in the online white supremacist movement than previously thought.
In an attempt to verify the authenticity of a manifesto that was uncovered Saturday morning on “The Last Rhodesian,” a website owned by Roof, Hatewatch ran the document’s full text through Grammarly, a piece of software with plagiarism detection capabilities.
Despite the fact that only 2% of the document was identified as “unoriginal” by the software, a key 18-word passage in the section labeled “Blacks” bemoaning the alleged appropriation of white culture by the rest of the world, was identified as almost identical to a comment left on an article titled “Former Swedish PM Fredrik Reinfeldt: Sweden Belongs to the Hordes, Not the “Uninteresting” Ethnic Swedes” by the user “AryanBlood1488” at The Daily Stormer.
The Daily Stormer is a neo-Nazi website run by Andrew Anglin that both generates original content and aggregates articles from other white supremacist sites across the Internet. Its comment section is much less moderated than its peer sites and hosts a diverse community of white supremacists from across the extremist spectrum.
In his alleged manifesto, Roof writes, “I mean that our culture has been adopted by everyone in the world. This makes us feel as though our culture isnt [sic] special or unique.”
In an almost verbatim statement at the Daily Stormer on January 31, 2015, “AryanBlood1488” writes, “White culture is World Culture, and by that I don’t mean that our culture is made up of ones from around the world, I mean that our culture has been adopted by everyone in the world. This makes us feel as if it isn’t special, because everyone has adopted it.”
Following last night’s horrific shooting at a historic African American church in Charleston, S.C., where at least nine people were killed, the racist right responded with expected vitriol. The two biggest white supremacist message boards, Stormfront and Vanguard News Network (VNN) were alight with talk about the murders and the suspected shooter, identified by authorities as Dylann Storm Roof.
Predictably, the sympathies of Stormfront’s constituents were not with the victims, but presumed to soon be victimized whites.
“I pray for all the whites in that area and elsewhere that will be killed and raped using this as an excuse,” wrote the user “Johnny Simcox X.”
Following rampant fear mongering concerning the future of the second amendment following another mass shooting, others took a more chilling course of action.
New York Times: Media focus on Islamists, but law enforcement fears right-wing extremists as sources of domestic terror.
Think Progress: Watch Donald Trump go full-on nativist in his announcement of presidential bid.
Talking Points Memo: Texas state government to ‘repatriate’ gold to new facility, responding to paranoid fears of fiscal Armageddon.
Topeka Capital-Journal (KS): Topeka residents receive recruitment letters from Ku Klux Klan.
Media Matters: Ann Coulter’s new book, ‘Adios, America,’ is just a collection of recycled old nativist talking points.
Right Wing Watch: David Lane warns conservatives that ‘homosexual fascism’ will destroy America.
South Bend Tribune (IN): Three people arrested in Warsaw in connection with alleged white-supremacist plot to kill local man.
Raw Story: Father of Dallas man who attacked police station claims ‘liberal people’ made his son do it.
DiversityInc: The FBI vastly undercounts police-related killings.
Federal and local authorities are reportedly investigating a nighttime shooting incident last week that chased a team of surveyors from their camp near the Nevada desert area where radical rancher Cliven Bundy continues to defy the might and will of the United States government.
On the day of the incident, June 5, the surveyors were working under a contract with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which has been locked in a years-long standoff with Bundy. The rancher from Bunkerville, who does not believe in the authority of the federal government, owes more than $1 million in grazing fees accumulated over the last two decades. But, backed up by sometimes hundreds of armed antigovernment zealots, Bundy has refused to pay or remove his cattle from environmentally sensitive federal land.
In the spring of 2014, matters came to a head when the BLM tried to enforce a court order to seize Bundy’s cattle. The ensuing standoff between Bundy and his gun-toting allies and the BLM nearly ended in bloodshed on April 12 of that year, as large numbers of Bundy supporters pointed their weapons at law enforcement officials. The government backed down and, as a result, Bundy has become a folk hero on the radical right.
This April, Bundy and about 100 followers gathered near the site of the “Battle of Bunkerville” for a victory celebration with music, dancing and fiery speeches. “We drove a line down the middle of this nation,” Bundy boasted.
This month, more than a year after the standoff and about eight weeks after Bundy’s party, a three-person surveyor team from the Great Basin Institute, an environmental research and conservation group, spent a day collecting data on water seeps and natural springs not far from where Bundy illegally grazes his cattle. According to the Review Journal, the team was scheduled to stay a week in the area, which is about 100 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
At one point during the day, two men, who identified themselves as ranchers, approached the surveyors and asked them what they were doing, the Review reported. The men, the institute’s executive director, Jerry Keir, told the paper, were “very cordial.”
But a few hours later, around 9 p.m., the surveyors were climbing into their tents for the night when they heard a vehicle on the road. Its headlights, the paper said, were shining on their camp.
Then three shots rang out from about a third of a mile away. No one was hit and it is unclear if the shots were directed at the camp. The surveyors apparently tried to settle down again for sleep.
About an hour later, three more shots rang out.
That’s when the team decided to hurriedly pack and leave in the desert darkness.
Shortly after the surveyors were chased away, according to the Review, BLM directed “all personnel and contractors” to stay away from the area.
Whether the June 5 incident is connected to the “Battle of Bunkerville” is uncertain. But what is clear is that Bundy’s “victory” has encouraged a number of similar defiant and potentially bloody stands against the federal government around land and mineral rights in the West.
As reported in the summer issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report, in the aftermath of the BLM’s stand-down, antigovernment radicals have roared into a closed archaeological site on all-terrain vehicles, fought over access to water for livestock and traveled to Josephine County, Ore., to “guard” a local miner’s claims.
After a judge’s order last month requiring the BLM to refrain from enforcing its regulations while the dispute over the mine is being adjudicated, the antigovernment “Patriots” who gathered to protect property again declared victory.
“Mission Accomplished,” the Oath Keepers of Josephine County declared on the group’s website, adding, “Our initial mission has been a success… however this is just the first of many missions we are still working on.”
Norman Walter Raddatz, the 42-year-old unemployed mechanic who fatally shot a Canadian hate crimes investigator this week, was not only an antigovernment “sovereign citizen,” but also a regular poster of anti-Semitic messages on the Internet.
For the past 18 months, the cop killer was involved in a “lengthy campaign of anti-Semitic hatred and violence” against a Jewish family in Edmonton, Alberta, bombarding them with escalating threats of violence, various media outlets reported today.
Raddatz also was homophobic, using Facebook accounts to call gay people “sodomites” alongside crude jokes about the film “Brokeback Mountain.”
He also spewed antigovernment venom and hated police, posting at one point: “They will have to drag me to court by force. I will not voluntarily enter a corrupt Admiralty court.”
Sovereign citizens — sometimes called “Freemen on the Land” in Canada — believe government and the court system have no control over them and they, therefore, don’t have to abide by licensing, zoning and other laws. Most sovereigns believe that they are only subject to “common law,” and that most courts today have replaced that with the law of the sea as part of a nefarious plot.
At one point, Raddatz was cited for illegally storing firewood, apparently fueling his antigovernment hatred as he went through a divorce and the financial collapse of his business, triggering foreclosure on his home and seizure of a motor home.
“This constant harassment by Edmonton bylaw ‘Officers,’” Raddatz said on a Facebook where he used the fictitious name “Dino Stomper.” “These people really only serve corporations by enforcing unlawful statute and generating revenue via fines. This is another ploy to unlawfully levy taxation by any means.”
All the while, he engaged in anti-Semitic Facebook postings with friends, using the term “f-bomb Jews” and blaming Jews “for everything from poor city snow removal to bad television programs.” ( continue to full post… )