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American Renaissance Conference Draws Record Audience

By Hatewatch Staff on April 20, 2015 - 4:37 pm, Posted in White Nationalism

With a theme of being a “refuge from lies and delusions” about race in America, the annual American Renaissance (AmRen) conference last weekend in rural Tennessee drew the largest audience since 2008 – a benchmark cementing it as the premier annual white nationalist event in the United States.

Jared Taylor.

Jared Taylor.

Despite the larger audience of about 200 participants, the broader themes remained remarkably similar to previous years: IQ differences between the races, opposition to non-white immigration, a call for community among white nationalists and questioning whether the American political system can be used to a white nationalist advantage.

But let’s not forget the virulent anti-Semitism sitting deep at the heart of the conference. While American Renaissance founder Jared Taylor historically has avoided public criticism of Jews – a fact that has made him a polarizing figure among his fellow white nationalists – others at the conference have not been so careful.

For example, during his comments at the conference, held in Burns, Tenn., Peter Brimelow, founder of the racist website VDARE, remarked that nobody under the age of 40 remembers the Cold War. But he quipped that “surprisingly” most know about the Holocaust. Brimelow called those promoting criticism white nationalist position, “the Holocaust-haunted rich,” a claim he has made before.

There were others, too.

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Hatewatch Headlines 4/20/15

By Hatewatch Staff on April 20, 2015 - 9:12 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

ProPublica: Racist posts on New York police blog raise ire at a time of increasing tension.

Kansas City Star: Ex-police chief from Arkansas warns his fellow officers about the lethal threat of antigovernment ‘sovereign citizens.’

BuzzFeed: Iowa Rep. Steve King claims President Obama is ‘importing illegal aliens’ to create ‘massive electorate’ for Democrats.

Talking Points Memo: Bill O’Reilly insists that since he gives ‘big money’ to minorities, he has no complicity in white suppression.

BlackVoiceNews: Westboro Baptist protest at Howard University met with huge counter-protest.

Left In Alabama: Chief Justice Roy Moore hankers for the logic of segregation by praising Plessy v. Ferguson.

Des Moines Register: Speakers talk guns, immigration, and gas tax at Oath Keepers’ rally at Iowa Capitol.

Right Wing Watch: Alex Jones marks the anniversary of the Bundy Ranch standoff by promoting false-flag conspiracy theory.

20 Years Later: Hatewatch Looks Back at the Oklahoma City Bombing

By Hatewatch Staff on April 17, 2015 - 3:13 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Commentary, Patriot

oklahoma-city-bombing-20th-homepageOn April 19, 1995 – 20 years ago Sunday – a truck bomb brought down the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, including 19 children in a day care center.

The bombing by antigovernment zealot Timothy McVeigh and several co-conspirators shocked the nation, awakening it to the threat of terrorism from far-right extremists. It remains the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history.

Today, the threat from extremists like McVeigh remains very real.

The SPLC has documented a powerful resurgence of the extremist movement that motivated McVeigh. In fact, the movement has spawned numerous acts of terror and violence in recent years.

The SPLC today offers both a look at the movement’s history and an assessment of the current threat:

  • An SPLC timeline of the militia movement.
  • Terror from the Right, a list of more than 100 domestic terrorist attacks, plots and racist rampages since Oklahoma City.

Also, here’s SPLC Senior Fellow Mark Potok discussing his personal experience as a reporter on the scene in Oklahoma City, as well as the current state of the militia movement:

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Don’t Ignore the Homegrown Terror Threat

By Mark Potok on April 17, 2015 - 1:40 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Domestic Terrorism

Editor’s Note: This essay by SPLC Senior Fellow Mark Potok was written for, and originally posted at, Politico.

Less than six hours after a 7,000-pound truck bomb ripped through the Oklahoma City federal building 20 years ago this Sunday, self-described terrorism “expert” Steve Emerson already was on CBS News, speculating.

“Oklahoma City, I can tell you, is probably considered one of the largest centers of Islamic radical activity outside the Middle East,” Emerson claimed, speaking while the building’s rubble still smoldered over the corpses of 168 men, women and children. The bombing, he declared, “was done with the intent to inflict as many casualties as possible. That is a Middle Eastern trait.” Emerson went on to instruct CBS’s audience not to believe Islamic groups’ denials of involvement.

The next day—still before any suspect was identified—an Iraqi refugee named Suhair Al Mosawi was at home a few miles from the city with her two-year-old daughter when a hail of bricks smashed her windows. Seven months pregnant, the terrified Muslim woman fled with her child to a bathroom, where she began to miscarry. Racing to the hospital a short while later, according to an account in The Boston Globe, her husband asked her to take off her veil, hoping to avoid still more abuse.

The next day, authorities fingered Timothy McVeigh, who had been arrested north of the city on unrelated charges 90 minutes after the bombing, as the primary suspect in the massacre. He was a white, native-born American, a U.S. Army veteran who had no connection to Islam. But for Suhair Al Mosawi and her stillborn baby boy, the revelation that Muslims had nothing to do with it arrived too late.

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Hatewatch Headlines 4/17/15

By Hatewatch Staff on April 17, 2015 - 7:34 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Media Matters: The powerhouse anti-LGBT extremists behind much of the ‘religious freedom’ legislation making the rounds.

Forbes: Where are the Cliven Bundy supporters now?

Associated Press: Suspect in North Carolina community college shooting tells court he’s a neo-Nazi who hates homosexuals.

Houston Chronicle: Teacher resigns after being called out for distributing anti-Muslim materials.

Right Wing Watch: ‘This is not Bundy Ranch,’ implores mine owner at center of latest Oath Keepers standoff.

Raw Story: Man accused of hate crime for burning gay neighbors’ pride flag says he only meant it as a ‘prank.’

USA Today: Looking back at the Oklahoma City bombing 20 years later, and its legacy of victims’ rights.

 

Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Member Given 25 Years for Fatally Stabbing Girlfriend

By Bill Morlin on April 16, 2015 - 7:36 pm, Posted in Racist Prison Gangs, White Supremacist
William Chet Stewart.

William Chet Stewart.

A man identified as a member of the violent, racist Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) gang will spend 25 years in prison after confessing to fatally stabbing his wife in the neck in a Texas bar last October.

William Chet Stewart, 35, of Ropesville, Texas, agreed to waive his right of appeal as part of the plea agreement to serve at least 25 years in prison, various media outlets have reported. He pleaded guilty to murdering his wife, Holly Combs, 24, who bled to death in the bar as friends and witnesses vainly tried to save her life after Stewart fled.

Stewart and Combs, who had lived together for two years, were married shortly before the murder. On the night of the stabbing, they drove to meet friends at the 6th Street Saloon in Amarillo, KVII-TV in Amarillo reported. The couple had been arguing for days prior to the stabbing, and investigators said Stewart believed Combs was going to leave him.

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Cliven Bundy Supporter Pleads Guilty to Threatening Federal Officials During Standoff

By Ryan Lenz on April 16, 2015 - 1:05 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Extremist Crime, Patriot
One year after the federal government abandoned a roundup to confiscate Cliven Bundy's cattle herd, flag poles topped with the words "We The People" now carry a banner with Bundy's message to the federal government. (Ryan Lenz/Hatewatch.)

One year after the federal government abandoned a roundup to confiscate Cliven Bundy’s cattle herd, flag poles topped with the words “We The People” now carry a banner with Bundy’s message to the federal government. (Ryan Lenz/Hatewatch.)

A Pennsylvania supporter of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has pleaded guilty in federal court to threatening a Bureau of Land Management enforcement official during Bundy’s armed standoff last year with federal officials.

Will Michael, 24, pleaded guilty this week to threatening a federal law enforcement official as well as making interstate communication threats, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday. He will be sentenced in July.

While Michael did not travel to Nevada during the April 12, 2014, standoff, he did leave a profanity-strewn telephone message with Mike Roop, the chief Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ranger for Washington and Oregon, in which he said, “We’re going to kill you,” according to federal court documents cited by The Times.

Bundy, who last weekend celebrated the anniversary of his standoff with BLM agents, seemed concerned that this would send a troubling message to his supporters. Michael is the first person arrested or charged in connection with the Bundy case, despite widespread calls across the nation for justice.

“I’m concerned,” Bundy told the Times. “It looks to me like they’re looking for someone easy to pick on. This guy was back in Pennsylvania. He wasn’t even out here in Nevada. I don’t even know what he said.” He added, “It sort of seems like this could be the government’s first move – I hope not.”

After the standoff, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a special report that, based on interviews with militia commanders on scene that day, documented a plan to coordinate the dozens of militias that responded to Bundy’s call for help, the Bundy family and other supporters to face off with the BLM.

Hatewatch Headlines 4/16/15

By Hatewatch Staff on April 16, 2015 - 6:53 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

The Daily Beast: Neo-Nazis come out of the woodwork to harass vigils for slain immigrant in Pasco, WA.

The Root: Americans are desperately in need of a history lesson about the meaning of the Confederate flag.

Media Matters: Anti-LGBT hate group Family Research Council will bring Fox News, GOP hopefuls on a trip to Israel.

Salon: The Orwellian police ‘trespassing’ tactic that targets black Americans simply for existing.

Right Wing Watch: On Bundy anniversary, Oath Keepers try to set stage for another anti-government showdown, this time in Oregon.

Miami Herald/Leonard Pitts Jr.: Twenty years after the Oklahoma City bombing, the far-right hatred is still out there festering.

Antigovernment Extremists Suspected In Leak Of Government Employee Information

By Keegan Hankes on April 15, 2015 - 4:03 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Conspiracies

A right-wing extremist group is believed to have leaked the home addresses of dozens of former and current employees of the CIA, FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), CBS is reporting.

The list, which was uploaded to QuickLeak, a website designed for content to be leaked anonymously, also included the addresses of political figures such as former DHS head Janet Napolitano, Arizona Gov. Douglas Ducey and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The group, which has not yet been identified, also published addresses it claims the CIA uses for field operations in the United States.

While the identity of the group is unknown, the language on the site is filled with conspiracy theories and rhetoric often employed by members of the antigovernment movement.

“LET THESE EVIL NOW SATANISTS KNOW THAT THERE WILL BE HELL TO PAY FOR THEIR 911 TREASON, AND THEIR FUTURE FEMA CAMP PLANNED PUBLIC CRACKDOWN TREASON,” the first several lines of the document read. “ALSO JESUS IS LORD, AND THE PUBLIC IS IN CHARGE, NOT THESE SATANIC NWO [New World Order] STOOGES.”

References to the “New World Order” and a secret government plan to intern American citizens in domestic prison camps are central tenants of the antigovernment movement, which believes that the federal government has become the enemy of the people. Several names, including Giuliani’s and an alleged CIA official named Richard Blee are labeled as “9-11 Traitors.”

According to CBS, the DHS has responded with concern.

“The safety of our workforce is always a primary concern,” the agency said in a written statement. “DHS has notified employees who were identified in the posting and encouraged them to be vigilant. DHS will adjust security measures, as appropriate, to protect our employees.”

Mother of Simcox’s Alleged Victim Recounts Nightmare Scenario in the Court System

By David Neiwert on April 15, 2015 - 2:22 pm, Posted in Nativist Extremist, Trial Updates
Chris Simcox.

Chris Simcox.

Ever since that night in May 2013 when her daughter told her that her friend’s daddy – the seemingly ordinary guy who hung out with the kids in the neighborhood, but who turned out to be former “Minutemen” leader Chris Simcox – had molested her the previous February, Michelle Lynch’s world has been an endless limbo of uncertainty while wrestling with her daughter’s pain.

It’s a feeling, she says, that has only been worsened by her experiences with the court system as she awaits the day when Simcox will stand trial more than two years after the event.

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