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Dylann Roof May Have Been A Regular Commenter At Neo-Nazi Website The Daily Stormer

Posted in Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist by Keegan Hankes on June 22, 2015 - 12:22 pm
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Dylann Roof

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.”

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Stormfront’s National Alliance “Soap Opera” Turns Ugly

Posted in Anti-Semitic, Extremist Propaganda, Neo-Nazi by Hatewatch Staff on June 17, 2015 - 9:58 am

In the hierarchy of cultural influence within America’s radical right, Stormfront.org is generally viewed as the dumpster out behind the Drudge Report drive-thru. Most people don’t even notice it.

Some people pay to eat out of it.

Last Thursday, June 11, neo-Nazi National Alliance (NA) chairman, Will Williams, 68, made a $250 donation to the worlds’ largest hate site. And he got his money’s worth. Within 24 hours, Williams broke the rules and cleverly outed a key NA member turned critic who had resigned from the Alliance less than a month ago and was questioning Williams’ “personal integrity” on the racist forum.

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Covert Outing: Within hours of making a $250 donation to Stormfront, NA chairman Will Williams cleverly outed critic Paul Parnitzke, AKA Paul Vogel, by pointing out his last name was false and that he had recently been in touch with former NA accountant Randolph Dilloway by email.

Even after the man advised he needed to remain anonymous on Stormfront because he had a sensitive job and a wife and child to support, Williams continued to attack him with hints and disclosures that eventually made it clear to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) who the Stormfront poster really was.

The attack was diabolical. First, Williams responded to the critic, Paul Vogel, by putting his last name in quotation marks, hinting that “Vogel” was not the man’s real name. Williams wrote:

“The ball is in my court, Mr. ‘Vogel,’ and you will remain on the sidelines, out of the game.”

Then, on Saturday, after attempting unsuccessfully to have Vogel’s critical comments removed from the thread by Stormfront moderators, Williams provided the SPLC a more useful clue when he accused Vogel of communicating with former NA accountant, Randolph Dilloway, after Williams had fired him. Williams wrote:

“Since Stormfront mods won’t curb your tedious, off-topic personal beef with me in this thread, I have just put you on Ignore. No more Paul ‘Vogel.’”

“Back on topic: Explain to the good folks at Stormfront why you were emailing Randolph Dilloway after I had fired the SOB.”

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Naked Little Colored Boys: An example of Will Williams’ behind-the-scenes actions attempting to have his critics removed from racist forums happened last year when Williams got into a conflict on Stormfront with “Mjodr,” AKA “Glacier,” over Kevin Strom’s child porn conviction. Williams broke Stormfront rules when he posted a Private Message (PM) exchange he had with SF moderator Jack Boot on the White Nations (WN) forum. In the above email, Williams asks WN owner, Stanley Diggs, to remove the PM exchange and joked his nemesis Mjodr was allowed to remain on Stormfront because he “must have compromising pictures of [Jack Boot] and Don Black with naked little colored boys.”

It took Dilloway less than a minute to look at his inbox for recent emails from someone named “Paul.” There were only two, both from a Paul Parnitzke. One announced his resignation from the National Alliance on May 20th and a second was in regards to Dilloway’s recent interview with the SPLC.

What remains unclear is why Williams compromised Paul Joseph Parnitzke, of Burnsville, NC, in the first place. Parnitzke, 53, AKA “Paul Vogel” online, has been among the most outspoken and active advocates of Cosmotheism on the Web for more than a decade. He had also been a good recruiter for the new NA. ( continue to full post… )

Hatewatch Headlines, 6-16-15

Posted in Anti-LGBT, Antigovernment, Neo-Nazi by Hatewatch Staff on June 16, 2015 - 7:37 am

AlterNet: Why Rachel Dolezal’s mimicry is a far cry from the solidarity needed to establish an anti-racist white identity.

Right Wing Watch: Tom DeLay urges Americans to defy the ‘ten’ justices of the Supreme Court.

Raw Story: White nationalists invite McKinney cop to help build a whites-only enclave in North Dakota.

Alaska Dispatch News: Weekend Alaska militia gathering aims to debunk the extremist stereotypes.

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement followers distribute fliers near Florida synagogue.

Think Progress: What religious people actually think about using ‘religious liberty’ to justify anti-LGBT discrimination.

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.

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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.”

“National Alliance Implodes:” Racist Leaders Reject NA Chairman Will Williams’ Excuses while Questioning His Judgment and Temperament

Posted in Anti-Semitic, Neo-Nazi by Hatewatch Staff on May 27, 2015 - 4:43 pm

“The National Alliance Implodes” was the title of a thread started on the racist Web forum, Stormfront, last Friday directing readers to the SPLC’s recent report on the financial problems facing the long-decaying neo-Nazi group. The provocative title and the fact that it was posted by former National Alliance (NA) member James Baker, AKA “Jackboot,” the chief of staff of the racist forum, probably guaranteed viewer interest over the Memorial Day weekend.

It’s been among the hottest, most-viewed threads on the hate forum for days. With more than 4,000 views within the first 24 hours and more than 10,000 by Sunday night, the majority of Stormfront users are probably now familiar with the allegations of embezzlement and tax fraud made by the NA’S accountant.

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Racists are drawn like flies to movement drama. The above chart illustrates the first 40 hours of traffic on a Stormfront thread discussing last week’s SPLC report. Views Per Hour (red line) spiked when Don Black replied, six hours into the discussion and again, when Will Williams responded, 18 hours in, at around midnight Friday night. The contentious thread now has more than 12,500 views.

Within hours, Stormfront founder and former Klansman, Don Black, chimed in on the thread and openly questioned self-proclaimed NA Chairman Will Williams’ judgment in giving accountant Randolph Dilloway access to the NA’s most sensitive financial documents for five months starting last winter.

“I’m surprised Will would have trusted him,” Black wrote. “Will had once tried to register Dilloway for our Stormfront Smoky Mountain Summit, but he was understanding when I told him why Dilloway wasn’t welcome.”

“But it looks like Will did trust him with the keys.”

The neo-Nazi Vanguard News Network (VNN) founder, Alex Linder, was even less sympathetic. His scathing remarks about Williams’ judgment and excuse making in the aftermath of the SPLC report were posted Saturday. He basically called Williams a liar.

“SPLC says he had unrestricted access to files. Perhaps SPLC is lying. But SPLC has also published an executive flow chart naming most of the top NA people. I don’t find Williams’ claim plausible,” Linder wrote. “The guy lives on site for months, is the only one Williams can find, but he doesn’t know anything about current or even recent NA members. How likely is it that what Williams says is true? In my estimation it’s unlikely.”

“Stromesque” Damage Control

It took more than 18 hours for Williams to reply on the Stormfront thread and when he did, Williams went with the Kevin Strom strategy and basically denied everything (Strom pleaded guilty to possession of child porn in 2008 but has spent years now denying his crime). Williams specifically denied Dilloway was hired to perform an audit of the NA’s books, though he published on Stormfront a section of Dilloway’s “Employment Contract” where he admitted Dilloway was hired for maintenance and “bookkeeping.” Williams wrote:

“The Employer [me] agrees to employ the Employee [Randolph Lynn Dilloway] as a maintenance/repair. The Employee will be expected to perform the following duties: Building repair, maintenance and cleaning, landscaping as required. Some bookkeeping.”

The reference to “some bookkeeping,” though minimized in Williams’ post, clarifies that Dilloway did indeed have legal access to the organization’s books. Williams’ denials on Stormfront and in his VNN reply that Dilloway never did any work as a “forensic accountant” for the Alliance also includes his legally foolish admission that there are, in fact, serious financial irregularities with the corporation Williams now heads.

“All of the ‘financial improprieties’ Dilloway ran to SPLC with were from Gliebe’s and Walker’s era, not mine,” wrote Williams. “I was charged as Alliance Chairman with sorting the mess out which is exactly what I was doing. Dilloway was not hired as a ‘Forensic Accountant’ to investigate anything, as SPLC claims.”

Regardless of Williams’ weak denials, the term “forensic accountant” was first used by Williams himself more than three months ago when he described Dilloway’s efforts on the compound as a “yeomanly job of forensic accounting.”

In a Feb. 11, 2015, email to Dilloway and to his attorney, Timothy Kalamaros, regarding making a criminal complaint against former Alliance business manager, Patrick Martin, Williams also made clear his willingness to inform on Martin to the Internal Revenue Service for “obvious embezzlement.”

Williams wrote:

“Tim, Randolph is doing a yeomanly job of tedious forensic accounting, digging through all that we were left (returns, statements, invoices, etc.). We can’t get the Pocahontas DA to go after Martin criminally, but we can make life uncomfortable for him, having to explain his obvious embezzlement of funds to the IRS.”

The notion that a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi “leader” would turn in a fellow racist to the IRS further supports the long-held maxim in federal law enforcement that most of the criminal cases made against white supremacists are based on information provided by the racists themselves.

In the same February email Williams clarified he was still using convicted swindler, Thomas Padgett, to do the NA’s taxes and would seek to put the blame for the alleged financial fraud on former NA Chairman Shaun Walker and Martin. Williams wrote: “I’ll talk again to Tom Padgett again [sic] who I feel will support our efforts to dig out of this IRS crater. He could only file returns from what Martin provided to him.

“We’ll try to shield Erich [Gliebe] as best we can and put the theft onto Walker and Martin. Though Erich was irresponsible in not supervising Martin for years.” ( continue to full post… )

New Report Details Allegations of Massive Financial Improprieties in the neo-Nazi National Alliance

Posted in Investigations, Neo-Nazi by Heidi Beirich on May 21, 2015 - 4:22 pm

Today, the Southern Poverty Law Center is releasing a report on the neo-Nazi National Alliance (NA) that details allegations of financial improprieties going back several years.

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The National Alliance Headquarters in Mill Point, W.V.

Randolph Dilloway, the accountant hired by NA Chairman Will Williams this past December to audit the organization’s books, has provided the SPLC with evidence of possible missing tax filings, suspicious wire transfers and other financial irregularities in the group. The report also examines in detail the leadership cadre of Williams’ newly revitalized NA based on information provided by Dilloway and others.

Dilloway, a longtime white supremacist, quit the NA in early May after fleeing the group’s Mill Point, W.V., compound following an ugly confrontation with Williams and other NA headquarters staff. He has spoken with the IRS about his allegations of tax fraud and is seeking whistleblower protection from the agency.

Fox-Driven Outrage Over ASU Professor’s Course on ‘Whiteness’ Drew Threats, Neo-Nazi Activists

Posted in Extremist Propaganda, Neo-Nazi by David Neiwert on May 11, 2015 - 10:19 am

English professor Lee Bebout intended to be thought-provoking when he offered a course at Arizona State University (ASU) titled “Race Theory and the Problem of Whiteness.” He had no idea that it would also provoke the wrath of, first, Fox News viewers, and then, white supremacists, sparking protests on campus, and yet ultimately drawing the explicit support of ASU administrators.

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English professor Lee Bebout

But that’s what happened after Bebout listed the course for ASU’s spring semester. Now, having survived a barrage of hate mail and protests, he can only say he’s relieved the ordeal appears to be over.

“I’ve been a lot less stressed lately,” he told Hatewatch. “There were moments of anxiety in the beginning of all this, but once I got support from folks, the anxiety subsided tremendously.”

The problem began a little while after the course was listed, when an ASU student named Lauren Clark wrote a blog post for Campus Reform, a right-wing organization founded by David Horowitz and Morton Blackwell’s Leadership Institute. The institute is devoted to policing American campuses for “the conduct and misconduct of university administrators, faculty, and students.”

The next day, Clark appeared on Fox News with host Elisabeth Hasselbeck to attack Bebout’s course in more explicit terms.

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Clark and Hasselbeck listed the texts — which included such titles as The Possessive Investment in Whiteness, Critical Race Theory, Everyday Language of White Racism, Playing in the Dark, and The Alchemy of Race and Rights — and Clark said they suggested a trend: “All of these books have a disturbing trend and that’s pointing to white people as a root cause of social injustices for this country.”

“Clearly we have a lot of work to go, as a society, in terms of racial tension,” Clark continued. “But having a class that suggests an entire race is the problem is inappropriate, wrong, and, frankly, counterproductive. I wonder what students like myself are taking out of this course when they learn all about all this negative racial tension out in society. There’s a lot of negative implications here.”

In reality, the course is a fairly standard academic study of race in modern society. As ASU administrators explained at the time the controversy erupted: “This course uses literature and rhetoric to look at how stories shape people’s understandings and experiences of race. It encourages students to examine how people talk about – or avoid talking about – race in the contemporary United States. This is an interdisciplinary course, so students will draw on history, literature, speeches and cultural changes – from scholarly texts to humor. The class is designed to empower students to confront the difficult and often thorny issues that surround us today and reach thoughtful conclusions rather than display gut reactions. A university is an academic environment where we discuss and debate a wide array of viewpoints.”

Within hours of the segment having aired, Bebout and ASU were barraged with hate mail from around the country. Some of the messages included threats; one of special note contained a cryptic religious message suggesting the professor deserved to be murdered.

But that was just the beginning. A short time later, members of a neo-Nazi youth organization called the National Youth Front (NYF), a youth-oriented arm of the white nationalist organization American Freedom Party, began plastering the ASU campus with fliers featuring Bebout’s portrait and the stark label “Anti-White.” They also went to Bebout’s neighborhood and distributed them there.

An NYF spokesman, Angelo John Gage, told Talking Points Memo that their “Operation Bad Teacher” program targeted Bebout because his course was “racist.” (Gage himself has a long history of racism and anti-Semitism, including stints on The White Voice, a white nationalist website, and Stormfront.) He also claimed none of his members had threatened Bebout.

“No longer will we have our identity destroyed and our people defamed,” declared NYF’s website. “This week, several of National Youth Front’s members went to ASU to raise awareness that we will no longer tolerate this antiwhite agenda. Over four hundred fliers were delivered over several days to both Lee Bebout’s neighborhood and ASU.” A local NYF member who called himself “John Hess” admitted to being the person seen in a video promoting the campaign.

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Early in March, when ASU students organized a protest in support of the embattled professor Bebout’s course, as well as the work of an associate professor at the school named Robert Poe, “Hess” and a cadre of like-minded right-wing extremists showed up on the ASU campus to counter-protest. While Bebout maintained a low profile throughout the ordeal, Poe went out and confronted his antagonists face to face. ( continue to full post… )

Rense Radio Network Apparently Kicked off its Satellite Provider

Posted in Anti-Semitic, Holocaust Denial, Neo-Nazi by Heidi Beirich on April 30, 2015 - 12:22 pm

It appears that Jeff Rense’s radio show has been pulled from the line up of the Global Star Radio Network (GSR), which provided Rense with access to the Galaxy 19 satellite. As of today, Rense’s program is no longer listed as being aired, according to the GSR schedule (SPLC will verify whether the program has stopped broadcasting by listening to the satellite feed). Also, none of the other programs that run on Rense Radio Network, such as The Pete Santilli Show, appear any longer on GSR’s schedule.

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Galaxy 19 Coverage Area

GSR’s satellite had streamed the programming across North America. Yesterday, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) contacted GSR to ask whether they were concerned about running Rense’s program on Galaxy 19. That satellite is owned by Intelsat, which is headquartered in Luxembourg. That country has a law against Holocaust denial, an activity that Rense regularly engages in. GSR did not respond to the SPLC’s emails. ( continue to full post… )

Putting The Cart Before The Courts: Robert Ransdell Announces Forthcoming Move to National Alliance Compound

Posted in Anti-Semitic, Neo-Nazi by Keegan Hankes on April 29, 2015 - 3:57 pm

Former National Alliance (NA) Cincinnati chapter coordinator and current National Alliance Reform & Restoration Group (NARRG) unit coordinator Robert Ransdell announced on Sunday that he would be the first member of NARRG to return to the NA compound in Mill Point, W. Va.

There’s just one problem though. The property doesn’t belong to NARRG, at least not yet.

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Robert Ransdell

NARRG is currently embroiled in a $2 million civil lawsuit against the NA’s last chairman, Erich Josef Gliebe, and has hopes to reclaim both the organization and the West Virginia compound. However, much to the chagrin of NARRG’s leadership, which continues to spend tens of thousands of dollars on legal fees, another former NA member, Will Williams, has already quietly negotiated Gliebe’s resignation and the transfer of the NA to himself.

Despite these revelations, NARRG’s lawsuit continues to target Gliebe and several other former and current NA board members. The group’s leadership, at least publicly, remains confident in its case despite the fact that Williams has initiated the restoration of the compound, which had fallen into disrepair during Gliebe’s tenure.

Ransdell made headlines last Fall in Ohio and Kentucky during a failed campaign for a United States Senate seat in Kentucky with the slogan, “With Jews, We Lose!” His campaign featured a stop at the University of Kentucky where he was removed from the stage at a Constitution Day event after delivering an impromptu white nationalist screed to an audience filled with high school and college students. ( continue to full post… )

NC Neo-Nazi Arrested in Murder of Former Supervisor

Posted in Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi by Bill Morlin on April 14, 2015 - 12:49 pm

The shotgun killing of a print shop supervisor at Wayne Community College yesterday in Goldsboro, N.C., is now being investigated as a hate crime, with a 20-year-old neo-Nazi in custody in Florida.

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Kenneth Stancil

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, of Goldsboro, was arrested early Tuesday while sleeping on the ocean beach in Daytona, Fla. – 540 miles from the community college print shop where Ron Lane was fatally shot as he arrived for work, authorities said.

Goldsboro police said today they are investigating the homicide as a hate crime, but are not publicly discussing a specific motive.

Police Sgt. Jeremy Sutton told reporters that the suspect had a calculated plan that he carried out with one blast from a 12-gauge pistol-grip shotgun before fleeing the Wayne County college campus on a motorcycle. The motorcycle was later found abandoned on Interstate 95 near Lumberton, N.C.

Brent Hood, who was the supervisor of the shooting victim, said Lane was gay, Greensboro, N.C., television station WITN reported.

The suspect has the number “88” — signifying “Heil Hitler” because the eighth letter of the alphabet is H — tattooed on his cheek. He also has a German Iron Cross tattoo on his neck, which can be a neo-Nazi signifier as well.

Police say they believe Stancil’s “88” facial tattoo was done as recently as last weekend — perhaps a symbolic act as he contemplated taking the life of another person in furtherance of his white supremacist beliefs.

Sutton, of the Goldsboro police department, said investigators are aware of the tattoo and its connection to white supremacy.

Lane had been employed in the college print shop for more than 16 years, and the suspect previously was a work-study student there.

Dr. Kay Albertson, the president of Wayne Community College, told media outlets that Stancil was fired from his work-study job on March 3 for “poor attendance.”

It’s not clear at this point how the suspect got from Lumberton, where he abandoned his motorcycle, to Daytona Beach, where Volusia County Beach Patrol found him sleeping on a beach around 1:20 a.m. this morning with a knife in his possession. They took him into custody for further investigation.