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New details: Killer of Edmonton Hate Crimes Investigator Was Anti-Semitic ‘Sovereign Citizen’

Posted in Extremist Crime, Sovereign Citizens by Bill Morlin on June 11, 2015 - 2:13 pm

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.

Norman Walter Raddatz

Norman Walter Raddatz

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… )

Accused Neo-Nazi Murderer Uses Hearing to Denounce Jews

Posted in Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi by Don Terry on June 11, 2015 - 11:06 am

Abraham Lincoln once said, “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.”

Well, ladies and gentlemen, meet a big one – Frazier Glenn Miller, the notorious neo-Nazi who is accused of gunning down three people last year in suburban Kansas City, apparently because he assumed they were Jewish.

They were not.

Frazier Glenn Miller

Frazier Glenn Miller

The 74-year-old Miller represented himself for the first time in court Wednesday in Kansas after firing his team of experienced defense lawyers last month in his capital murder case, because, as he said at the time, “It’s my life and I’ll do as I please. The death penalty don’t bother me.”

On Wednesday, Miller tried to turn what was supposed to be hearing about motions filed previously by his former lawyers into a platform for his racist and extremist views, according to The Kansas City Star. At one point, the Star reports, Miller attempted to ask a witness if the man was Jewish. When the judge refused to allow the question, Miller said, “This whole trial is predicated on my hatred of Jews.”

Miller also crossed-examined a woman he allegedly spared during the April 13, 2014, shooting spree at two Jewish community facilities in Overland Park, Kan. The woman, Maggie Hunker, told the court that she saw Miller kill someone in the parking lot of the Village Shalom care center.

Then Miller pointed a gun at her and asked if she was Jewish.

When she said no, Miller drove away.

“I’m glad I didn’t shoot you,” Miller told the woman in court on Wednesday, according to the Star.

“Me too,” she replied. “Thank you.”

Miller apparently asked no questions of the three people he is accused of killing that bloody Sunday in the spring of 2014.

William Corporon, 69, and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, were gunned down outside the Jewish Community Center, where an audition for a singing competition was being held. A few minutes later, Terri LaManno, 53, was killed outside the Village Shalom care center.

The Wednesday hearing in Johnson County District court was about defense motions filed to suppress witnesses’ testimony identifying Miller as the gunman, the Star said. Miller told the judge, Kelly Ryan, that he wanted to withdraw all the motions, which had been filed by his lawyers before he fired them last month.

“This is absolutely pointless,” Miller said.

The judge refused, saying the motions were a critical part of the case. The judge is expected to rule on the motions later. Miller’s capital murder trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 17.

During the hearing, prosecutors played a video of Miller sitting in a patrol car immediately after the murders, saying, “I’m an anti-Semite. I hate goddamn Jews.”

Gunman Who Shot Canadian Officers Under Investigation for Hate Crimes

Posted in Extremist Crime, Hate Crime, Sovereign Citizens by Bill Morlin on June 10, 2015 - 1:51 pm

Additional details are emerging about an unemployed man who was under investigation for hate crimes and refused to leave his foreclosed home when he fatally shot an Edmonton police officer Monday in that Canadian city.

Norman Walter Raddatz. Source: Edmonton Journal.

While authorities stopped short of describing Norman Walter Raddatz as a sovereign citizen, he is being characterized by neighbors and friends as a loner, facing foreclosure and eviction from his home, after experiencing a divorce and financial collapse.

Raddatz had refused to move from his residence, despite a court-sanctioned foreclosure and eviction process, and he ignored police knocks at his door Monday evening. When they began a court-authorized forcible entry to arrest him, Raddatz began firing multiple rounds from a large caliber rifle, authorities said.

Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said the two officers who were shot and backup officers who arrived didn’t return fire, while Raddatz fired more than 50 rounds from a large-bore rifle, the Edmonton Journal reported.

Neighbors told various media outlets that Raddatz refused to abide by local laws and bylaws, piling dog feces on a property line fence at one point. One neighbor described the shooter as a “deadbeat” and another called him a “terrible neighbor.”

Raddatz, a 42-year-old unemployed refrigeration mechanic, “had an extensive hate crimes file related to online bullying of a family” in Edmonton, the CBC reported.

Constable Daniel Woodall, 35, of the Edmonton Police Services’ hate crimes unit, died from multiple gunshots wounds as he attempted to enter the suspect’s residence, authorities said. A second officer, Sgt. Jason Harley, 38, was wounded, but is expected to recover. Both officers were wearing vests.

Many of the rounds were fired through doors and walls. A body, believed to be that of Raddatz, was found in the charred basement of the house which he apparently set on fire after shooting at the police officers.

Raddatz was known to police but didn’t have an extensive criminal record, the police chief told reporters.

The online hatred and bullying by Raddatz of the publicly unidentified Edmonton family “had become extreme and the family members were increasingly worried about their personal safety,” the police chief told the Edmonton newspaper.

Two Canadian Officers Shot, One Fatally, During Encounter with Antigovernment ‘Sovereign Citizen’

Posted in Extremist Crime, Sovereign Citizens by Bill Morlin on June 9, 2015 - 1:48 pm
(Source: Edmonton Journal)

(Source: Edmonton Journal)

One police officer was killed and a second wounded in a fiery standoff when officers tried to serve a criminal warrant at the Edmonton, Alberta, home of a man believed to be an antigovernment “sovereign citizen.”

After the Monday shooting, the home burst into flames and burned to the ground, apparently with the suspect, Norman Walter Raddatz, 42, still inside. Police found one body in the burned ruins.

Constable Daniel Woodall, 35, of the Edmonton Police Services’ hate crime unit, died at the scene from multiple gunshots wounds during a gunfight with the suspect, Police Chief Rod Knecht told reporters early Tuesday.

The second officer, who was wounded in the lower back, was patrol Sgt. Jason Harley, 38, a 15-year member of the EPS, the National Post reported. The police chief said Harley survived because of a bulletproof vest.

The two officers went to the residence in an apparent attempt to arrest Raddatz, whose age was not immediately available, on a criminal harassment warrant. Knecht said shots were fired from inside the home as the officers attempted to enter the residence.

The arrest warrant naming Raddatz stemmed from an investigation of “extreme” online hatred and bullying of an Edmonton family, but other details weren’t immediately available, according to media reports.

The home where the shooting occurred is in foreclosure, so the owner faced eviction, according to news reports. Real estate advertisements say the residence was occupied but with “no access” and being sold as-is.

The police chief didn’t elaborate when asked about the shooting suspect’s ties to the sovereign citizen movement, sometimes called “Freeman on the Land” in Canada. Knecht promised additional details at a later briefing.

Woodall, who joined the Edmonton police after immigrating from Great Britain, was married and the father of two children. He is the first Edmonton Police Service officer killed in the line of duty in Edmonton in 25 years, according to various media outlets. The last officer was Ezio Faraone, fatally shot while chasing bank robbery suspects

In the last 15 years, sovereign citizen extremists have killed seven law enforcement officers in the United States. Several other police officers have been injured in standoffs involving sovereign citizens, who generally believe that government has no control over them. On occasion, the antigovernment extremists file seemingly harmless paperwork and court documents, but their encounters with police and government officials can escalate into deadly violence very quickly.

The FBI has labeled the sovereign citizen movement a domestic terrorism threat in the United States.

In 2010, two West Memphis, Ark., police officers were fatally shot when they stopped sovereign citizen extremists Jerry Kane and his 16-year-old son Joseph. During the “routine traffic stop,” the teenager jumped out of his father’s vehicle with an AK-47 assault rifle, fatally shooting both officers.

Triple Murder Suspect Honed Firearms Skills with Eastern Washington Militia

Posted in Antigovernment, Extremist Crime, Militias by Bill Morlin on June 3, 2015 - 9:15 am
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Roy H. Murry. (Source: Facebook)

A decorated Iraq war veteran now in jail under a $3 million bail for allegedly torturing and fatally shooting three people before burning their bodies beyond recognition was a one-time candidate for political office with former ties to an Eastern Washington militia group.

Roy H. Murry, of Lewiston, Idaho, is an “apocalypse prepper” previously involved in firearms training at rural Stevens County, Wash., property owned by a man who ran in 2014 as a Republican candidate for sheriff, court documents say without identifying the land owner.

That unsuccessful candidate, Kenneth L. Barker, contacted Tuesday by Hatewatch, confirmed that the 30-year-old triple murder suspect and members of the 63rd Battalion, Light Foot Militia, once trained at rural property that Barker owns near Deer Lake, in Stevens County, Wash. Barker also confirmed he was a member of that militia group “but hasn’t seen Murry in years.”

Barker’s property where the militia trained and reportedly stored equipment is only about 10 miles north of the rural Chattaroy, Wash., home in Spokane County where Terry Canfield, a 59-year-old Spokane Fire Department lieutenant; his wife, Lisa Canfield, 52, and her son, John R. Constable, 23, were fatally shot multiple times on May 26.

Asked about the group described in the public court documents, Barker initially responded: “It was a group of guys who would come out here, you know, and shoot, practice for hunting, that kind of thing.”

Asked specifically if those involved were members of an antigovernment or militia group, Barker confirmed that they were members of the 63rd Light Foot Militia. He said he didn’t know specifically if Murry was a formal member of the militia, just that he showed up three or four times for tactical firearms training with members of the group.

The court documents filed in the murder case say during the training exercise, Murry “was in possession of a firearms sound suppressor for a pistol,” which would have been illegal if it wasn’t federally registered.

“I believe I recall seeing him with a pistol,” Barker said, adding that he didn’t see a silencer.

The 63rd Light Foot Militia’s mission statement says, “Under no circumstances will the militia of Washington tolerate those who advocate acts of criminal violence, terrorism, racism or a change away from our republican form of government; nor will it support any specific political party or candidate, nor espouse any particular religious denomination or doctrine.”

Murry is a decorated Iraq war veteran, earning the Bronze Star, and former member of the Washington Army National Guard, who reportedly suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, has been treated for opiate addiction and is receiving an estimated $1,500 a month in medical disability benefits. On his Facebook page, Murry lists the late Ed LeStage, one of the founders of the 63rd militia group, as one of his “friends.” LeStage died in January.

Public records show Murry once was the “chief acquisitions officer” of Patriot Enterprises LLC, described as a Washington state corporation doing research and development for “machined parts to serve the firearms industry.” It is now an inactive corporation.

Within hours of the fire on May 26 and the subsequent grim discovery of the three charred bodies, relatives and neighbors reportedly identified Murry as a prime suspect because of his increasingly bizarre behavior and preoccupation with firearms. He nearly always would carry a firearm – carefully wiping down his ammunition to eliminate fingerprints and DNA traces in case he needed to “shoot and scoot” – and frequently wore body armor, authorities say. Records show he owns at least 16 firearms.

After cancelling three interviews with investigators, Murry was arrested on Saturday by Spokane County sheriff’s detectives who found injuries on the suspect’s body and located in his car blood stains and a handgun believed to have been used in the killings. He told detectives “he had worked for the CIA” and suspected “the Russian Secret Police known as the FSB” was responsible for the homicides, the court documents say.

Murry is Lisa Canfield’s son-in-law who, court documents say, apparently blamed the victims for his pending divorce from Canfield’s daughter, Amanda. She was estranged from Murry and living at the Canfield home, but on the day of the killings she worked overtime as a nurse at a Spokane hospital.

When she arrived at the residence in the predawn hours of May 26, firefighters were battling a fire at the Canfield home and an outbuilding on East Chattaroy Road that investigators now say was set by an arsonist using gasoline and a road flare.

Just a week before the killings, the Bonner County, Idaho, sheriff’s office returned to Murry items that court documents say could be “materials and devices used to make improvised explosive devices,” including pressure switches and remote triggers.

Those items, which weren’t assembled in a device and therefore weren’t inherently illegal, were turned over to Idaho sheriff’s deputies in April by a woman who had broken off a “romantic relationship” with Murry and didn’t want to see him in person to return his property, the court documents say.

In 2011, Murry sought a Republican appointment to fill a vacancy in the Washington State Senate. During that selection process, it was disclosed that a year earlier he forfeited bail on a misdemeanor charge of illegally possessing a switchblade knife.

Just days after Murry was nominated by the Republican Party to fill the Senate vacancy, he was arrested in Las Vegas on a firearms charge, The Spokesman-Review reported on Sunday.

Las Vegas police arrested Murry after his car was parked at an angle on the side of the road, its motor running. “Officers said they saw tobacco juice drooling from Murry’s mouth and body armor in the car, and had trouble waking him up,” the newspaper reported.

When police asked Murry if he had any firearms, he said he did in the trunk of the vehicle. But when police patted him down, they found a semi-automatic handgun in his waistband, and two knives, two ammunition clips and some loose rounds in his pocket, the newspaper reported. Shortly after failing to get the legislative appointment, Murry was arrested after he allegedly carried a loaded gun into the veteran’s hospital in Walla Walla, Wash.

A grand jury indicted Murry on misdemeanor charges of possession of a firearm in a federal facility and possession of a dangerous weapon in a federal facility, the Spokane newspaper reported.

Murry entered a pretrial diversion program, agreeing to pay a $500 fine, perform 100 hours of community service, relinquish a concealed weapons permit for two years and complete a firearms safety course, court records show. In 2014, a judge ruled Murry complied with the agreement and dismissed the charge.

Neo-Nazi Frazier Glenn Miller Fires Attorneys in Upcoming Capital Murder Trial

Posted in Anti-Semitic, Extremist Crime by Don Terry on May 15, 2015 - 9:45 am
Frazier Glenn Miller.

Frazier Glenn Miller.

Frazier Glenn Miller, the longtime neo-Nazi accused of killing three people last spring at two Jewish facilities in suburban Kansas City, fired his team of experienced lawyers during a testy status hearing in the case on Thursday.

Miller, who is 74 and in poor health, told the presiding Johnson County, Kan., District Court judge that he thought representing himself was “the only damn way” he would be allowed to say what he wanted during his upcoming capital murder trial, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

Miller, who suffers from chronic emphysema, was seated in a wheel chair with an oxygen tank at his side in court Thursday, as the judge cautioned Miller against representing himself in such a complicated proceeding.

“It’s my life and I’ll do as I please,” Miller said, according to The Kansas City Star. “The death penalty don’t bother me.”

After he has his say at the trial scheduled to begin Aug. 17, Miller told the judge, he “might climb up on the gurney and stick the needle in, myself.”

Miller is accused of gunning down William Corporon, 69, and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kan., on April 13, 2014. Corporon had taken his grandson to the center to audition for a singing contest. Minutes later, prosecutors say, Miller shot and killed Terri LaManno, 53, outside of the Village Shalom care center, where she had gone to visit her mother.

Miller has said he drove from his home in Aurora, Mo., to Overland Park with one goal in mind: killing Jews. He told The Kansas City Star last November that he was convinced he was dying and wanted to “make damned sure I killed some Jews or attacked the Jews before I died.”

None of the three people killed that Sunday in April was Jewish.

The status hearing began with the Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe telling the judge that Miller’s court-appointed lawyers had twice told prosecutors that the elderly white supremacist would plead guilty in exchange for taking the death penalty off the table. The state declined both times, including the defense’s most recent offer on May 6, according to the Star. Moments later, Miller shouted that he was firing his attorneys and wished to represent himself. The judge, Kelly Ryan, called a recess to give Miller and his attorneys time to discuss the issue in private. When court resumed, Miller said he still wanted to represent himself.

Judge Ryan warned Miller that he would be held to the same standards and rules as a licensed attorney. He asked Miller if he thought he was competent to do so.

“My IQ is probably higher than yours,” Miller replied, according to the Star.

The judge asked Miller’s now fired attorney, Mark Manna, if he would remain in the case on a stand-by basis to assist Miller or if need be to take over again. Manna agreed to do so and the judge granted Miller’s request.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled on June 10.

It should be an interesting summer with Miller in charge of his own defense once his trial begins. According to the Star, Miller said one witness he intends to call is actor Mel Gibson.

Georgia Deputy Charged in House-Stealing Scheme

Posted in Extremist Crime by Don Terry on May 8, 2015 - 10:02 am

A veteran sheriff’s deputy who, until a couple of days ago, investigated property crimes in Bibb County, Ga., was arrested and fired Wednesday for allegedly trying to commit a property crime of his own that came straight out of the antigovernment “sovereign citizen” handbook of scams and schemes.

The deputy, Albert Gordon Murray, 53, was seen last week, according to The Telegraph, changing the locks on a vacant $140,000 house he did not own after allegedly filing false liens and possession affidavits for the property – standard operating procedure for sovereign citizen real estate hustles. Sovereigns generally believe the government has no authority over them, and they are given to a variety of financial schemes including the seizure of homes that don’t belong to them.

A real estate agent with a prospective buyer in tow arrived at the house while Murray was still there, fiddling with the locks. Murray showed the agent a document. He said it was an “affidavit of possession,” Bibb County Sheriff David Davis told Hatewatch Friday afternoon, adding the agent was immediately suspicious, saying to himself, “Wait a minute, this ain’t right.”

The sheriff said as the agent was studying the bogus document, Murray pulled the client to the side and brazenly offered to sell him the house for $60,000 – a real steal, in more ways than one. As Murray drove away, the agent jotted down the plate number on the deputy’s unmarked government vehicle and notified authorities. “He’s out there in an unmarked sheriff’s car, conducting this business,” Davis said. “It’s disheartening.”

A few days later, Murray and three associates – Dimitrious Brown, 33, Clifford Greene, 58 and Lemroyal James, 51 – were in handcuffs, charged with making false statements and writings. Murray was also charged with violating his oath as a lawman and was fired.

When they were arrested, the sheriff said, “they all professed these sovereign citizen ideals about they’re not part of this government, they’re not bound by our laws.”

One of the men even refused to sign his fingerprint card, declaring, “I don’t do this. I’m not part of your laws.”

Davis’ former deputy did not go nearly as far in his sovereign citizen pronouncements. “The other three were pretty resolute in what they were saying,” the sheriff said. “But I think they were all more in it for the scam and the houses than the ideology.”

Davis told The Telegraph that one of the men was arrested while “filing a lien at the courthouse” and authorities have reportedly found at least four other houses in the area that the men allegedly claimed as their own in a similar fraudulent fashion.

Investigators, Davis told Hatewatch, suspect the men may have filed phony liens on upward of two dozen properties in Bibb and in two adjoining counties. “It was sort of a big operation,” he said.

Murray had been in law enforcement for years before his colleagues locked him up. He joined the police force in Macon, Ga., in 2001 and became a Bibb County deputy sheriff in 2014, when the departments merged.

Davis said that during his days in the Macon police department, Murray had ties to the Nuwaubian Nation of Moors. That group was originally a putatively Muslim organization from Brooklyn, N.Y., that evolved into a cult, preaching not a “theology” but “factology,” mixing black supremacist ideas with worship of the Egyptians and their pyramids and a belief in UFOs.

In 1993, a large group of true believers moved from New York to a 476-acre spread in Putnam County, Ga., northeast of Bibb County. The Moors were led by an ex-con named Dwight York, who lived in a mansion on the property while his followers lived in cheap trailers. He charged them $25 a year for Nuwaubian “passports” that allowed them to get on and off the property.

As many as 400 other followers – also Nuwaubians – lived in the surrounding area. The group set up a network of chapters and bookstores called All Eyes on Egipt and members raised money through begging and holding jobs, including in the post office and in area fire and police departments.

The former deputy, the sheriff said, “was a member of the sect.”

In 2004, York was sentenced to 135 years in prison for molesting a huge number of children, among other crimes. That same year, according to The Telegraph, seven Macon police officers, supporters of York, resigned, saying police and government officials were ignoring new evidence of York’s innocence.

The police chief at the time, Rodney Monroe, told the paper that he did not want the officers to resign and each one had “served the department and city well.”

Davis said Murray and one other officer associated with the Moors refused to join the mass resignation and “the other guys got mad at them and kicked them out of the club so to speak.”

The year before, three suspected Nuwaubians were taken into custody after allegedly filing a bogus $283 million lien against U.S. Postal Service bank accounts and property. The police said the men then created fake checks – they called them “certified tender of payment certificates” – and tried to use them to buy two luxury houses in Decatur.

Authorities said the men, two of whom worked for the postal service, intended to sell the homes and use the cash to purchase land in Bibb County to establish a new home for the cult.

While their numbers have dwindled dramatically since the cult leader went to prison, Davis said there are still Nuwaubians in the area. “And,” he said, “they still believe in some of that ideology.”

Home Searched in Aftermath of Shooting at Anti-Muslim Event

Posted in Anti-Muslim, Extremist Crime by Don Terry on May 4, 2015 - 9:01 am

An Arizona man once charged with trying to travel overseas to wage violent jihad and his roommate have been identified as the gunmen killed Sunday evening in Texas after they opened fire outside a contest that was being held to crown the best cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad.

The event, which was attended by about 200 people in the Dallas suburb of Garland, was sponsored by Pamela Geller, the anti-Muslim movement’s most visible and flamboyant figurehead. When the gunfire erupted shortly before 7 p.m., security guards whisked Geller to safety in the inner reaches of the building.

Extra security, including several off-duty Garland police officers, had been hired for what the organizers must have known was a potentially incendiary event, the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest. Under most interpretations of Islamic law, it is expressly forbidden to depict the prophet visually, and Muslims have historically reacted with violence when newspapers and magazines have done so.

In January, two French Muslim brothers killed 12 people during an attack in Paris at the offices of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which had occasionally published cartoons depicting the prophet.

Before they were killed, the gunmen in Texas, who did not make it past the parking lot of the Curtis Culwell Center, shot and wounded a security guard. The guard was treated and released. No one else was injured in the short-lived attack.

One of the fallen suspects, according to ABC’s “Good Morning America” (GMA), was identified as Elton Simpson, 30, who had previously been the subject of an FBI terror investigation. GMA quoted a senior FBI official saying investigators believed Simpson, of North Phoenix, is the person who sent out several Twitter messages prior to the failed Sunday attack.

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Elton Simpson, suspect in the Garland Shooting

The last message, sent about half an hour before the shooting, the official said, used the hashtag #TexasAttack.

The Guardian described one tweet as saying that “the user and his ‘bro’ had pledged allegiance to Amirul Mu’mineen, Arabic for ‘commander of the faithful,’ and possibly a reference to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.”

The New York Times reports that in 2010 federal prosecutors charged Simpson with plotting to travel to Somalia “for the purpose of engaging in violent jihad” and then lying about his plans to federal agents. The Times said a judge found Simpson guilty of lying but ruled the government did not prove the rest of its case. Simpson was sentenced to three years’ probation.

Simpson’s 34-year-old roommate, Nadir Soofi, was identified as the second gunmen as FBI agents combed the Phoenix area apartment complex where it is believed the men lived, according to The Washington Post.

Appearing on CNN this morning, Geller said the attack “will wake up the American people” to the realization that the “war is here.”

Geller, the president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-Muslim group, also told CNN that her organization had to spend upwards of $50,000 for added security for the contest that offered a top prize of $10,000.

Weeks earlier, in justifying putting on the controversial cartoon competition, Geller said: “After the Charlie Hebdo massacre – and after the violent Muhammad cartoon riots a few years ago – there should have been cartoon exhibits all over the free world, to show jihadists and their stealth groups … that we will not kowtow to violent intimidation.”

Dutch politician Geert Wilders, best known for his criticism of Islam, delivered the keynote address. A cartoonist who calls himself “a recovered Muslim” won the $10,000 prize.

The event was almost over when the gunmen drove up to near the entrance of the parking lot, jumped out of their car and shot the security guard in the ankle.

That’s as far as they got. They were shot and killed by a police officer in a brief exchange of gunfire. Their bodies lay where they fell next to their car throughout the night and into Monday morning as police, using a robot, slowly examined the vehicle for booby-traps and bombs. None were found.

Geller has been a verbal bomber thrower for years, relentlessly shrill and coarse in her broad-brush denunciations of Islam. She also makes preposterous claims, such as the assertion that President Obama is the “love child” of Malcolm X.

Geller uses her website to publish insults of Muslims. She posted (and later removed) a video implying that Muslims practice bestiality with goats and a cartoon depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad with a pigs’ face (observant Muslims do not eat pork).

After the shooting at Geller’s event in Garland Sunday night, Alia Salem, head of the Dallas chapter of the Council on Islamic Relations, told The Daily Beast that she had for weeks “passionately urged” Muslims to ignore Geller and her provocative contest.

On her Facebook page on April 25, Salem said Geller’s goal was “to incite our community and rile us up and I do not want to give her the satisfaction or media attention she thrives on. Without our reaction she has no story at all and no draw for the media which is what keeps her going and allows her to get publicity.”

Salem asked, “Let’s not fall for it. Please.”

At least two men did not heed her plea.

Post updated at 4:07 pm CST, May 4, 2015. 

Arrest in Miami IRS Office Bomb Threat

Posted in Extremist Crime by Bill Morlin on April 28, 2015 - 1:53 pm

FBI terrorism task force agents investigating an antigovernment bomb threat in Miami last week went looking for a man named “Rabbit,” but ended up arresting “Squirrel,” instead.

Today, Morris R. “Squirrel” Whitehead sits in a jail without bond, accused in U.S. District Court of willfully making a telephone threat to damage or destroy an Internal Revenue Service office in Miami.

The threat was made on April 20 when someone called the FBI’s Miami Field Office and said — while being recorded — that “the IRS Building in Miami should be evacuated within two hours because it was going to go up in smoke.” ( continue to full post… )

Anti-Semitic Killer, Frazier Glenn Miller, to Plead Guilty

Posted in Anti-Semitic, Extremist Crime by Don Terry on April 28, 2015 - 1:44 pm

Old, sick and and behind bars for more than a year, neo-Nazi and accused triple-murderer Frazier Glenn Miller is apparently ready to officially confess at least some of his crimes and sins.

In a telephone call from jail on Monday, Miller, 74, reportedly told The Associated Press (AP) that he now intends to plead guilty to killing three people at two Jewish facilities in suburban Kansas City last spring. The rampage ended with the longtime white supremacist handcuffed in the back of a police car, screaming, “Heil Hitler.”

Miller, who suffers from chronic emphysema, told the AP he had wanted to go to trial quickly so he could explain in open court – more like rant and rave – the motive for his attack on three unarmed people, including an elderly man and his 14-year-old grandson. ( continue to full post… )