The new issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report, released today, contains an in-depth look at the decades-long war between white supremacists and “anti-fascists” – highlighted by the bloody battle that erupted last year at suburban Chicago restaurant.
The May 19, 2012, incident in Tinley Park, Ill., involved as many as 18 anti-racists in a fast and furious attack that resulted in five men pleading guilty to armed violence and receiving prison sentences as long as six years. The long history of violence between white supremacists and self-described “anti-fascists” also includes the 1998 murder of two anti-racist skinheads in a neo-Nazi plot. The latest incident has some anti-racists asking how things could have been different. It also underscores the challenge law enforcement faces in preventing such violence.
The Summer 2013 issue of the Intelligence Report also includes:
- “The Aryan Accountant” exposes a well-known and respected certified public accountant – whose firm has audited many of Idaho’s public schools and government bodies – as a man who led a secret life as a neo-Nazi.
- “Battle Lines” examines how, in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shooting, more than 400 sheriffs are promising to “oppose and disallow” any new federal gun control measures. Much of their brazen talk about taking the law into their own hands is rooted in the ideology of the racist, anti-Semitic Posse Comitatus movement.
- In “Suspect Science,” an expert appointed to review a recent study of LGBT families that is being trumpeted by anti-gay groups says it was fatally flawed and calls its author “disgraced.”
- “Behind the Walls” looks at plans by far-right extremists to build a walled city complete with its own arms factory in northern Idaho. Ironically, this proposed city for “Patriots” who love the Constitution and hate “liberals, Marxists and blue voters” is being hyped at the same time that Idaho’s governor is urging arms and ammunition makers to relocate to his gun-friendly state.