This is not a report. This is an assemblage of links uncovered while reading about what was called the Re-Open movement.  Let's just say the emphasis on firearms puzzled me.   At best it is a work in progress.  Let's begin with an eye opening statement by Barbara McQuade, the former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan - where we live.

10/9/2020   Legal experts reveal one reason Gov. Whitmer kidnap case is strong, by Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press

Barbara McQuade served the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit as U.S. Attorney from 2010-17.

 

"When you have an area that’s known for it, people are attracted to it," McQuade said. "The same way you have a strong sports program, people gravitate to it, if you have a strong militia program, like-minded individuals are inclined to join."

Your future, as envisioned by the Billionaires who regulate the thought processes of your Local Libertarians:

Cowen prophesies lower-income parts of America “recreating a Mexico-like or Brazil-like environment” complete with “favelas” like those in Rio de Janeiro. The “quality of water” might not be what US citizens are used to, he admits, but “partial shantytowns” would satisfy the need for cheaper housing as “wage polarization” grows and government shrinks. Cowen says that “some version of Texas — and then some — is the future for a lot of us” and advises, “Get ready.”

 4/5/2021   Far-Right Reinforcements Swarm Judge’s House for Ammon Bundy, by Kelly Weill, Daily Beast

The far-right activist claims a nationwide army. Now he has support from a separate group tied to violent brawls, Amerikkka's SA, the Patriot Prayer

 

The protest outside Manweiler’s home, which was followed by a demonstration outside a Boise courthouse, was the latest development in Bundy’s escalating, and unusual, legal drama. The saga is testing the power of an alleged nationwide network of far-right activists Bundy calls People’s Rights, but also the ability of the legal system in a conservative state to hold even the most idolized far-right figures accountable.

 

One attendee told a live streamer that she’d become involved with Bundy’s movement last year when she heard he was organizing a maskless Easter service for 1,000 people. After that, she remained involved with People’s Rights and lost her job for what she described as religious and anti-mask reasons. “I got fired in August because God told me not to wear a mask,” she said.

 

On Saturday, Gibson was focused on what he implied was a conspiracy in Bundy’s case, falsely alleging that COVID-19 was a pretext for a “takeover,” possibly by China. “That’s what COVID is about,” he said. “That’s what they’re trying to do here in the United States of America.”

 

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1/10/2021   Far-right groups on the rise in New Brunswick and across Atlantic Canada, researcher says, CBC

Why the recent sudden growth in extremism?


According to Hofmann, 2016 was a watershed moment, "an absolutely pivotal moment for extremism across the globe."

 

That happens to be the year Trump was elected president of the United States. That was a key factor, Hofmann said, but not the only one.

 

"Trump's normalization and encouragement of far-right actors was part of it, but we also see in South America [President Jair] Bolsonaro in Brazil, members of far-right groups and neo-Nazi groups getting seats in Parliament in Europe and Greece," he said.

 

"This is a global phenomenon, where world leaders have legitimized these types of views. The climate for sharing these ideas has become more acceptable, which has caused these individuals to come out of the woodwork."

 

Where do these groups come from?


Most groups that have set up here are chapters of national or international groups.

 

A chapter of the international paramilitary group the Three Percenters, which is new to Canada, has established chapters in New Brunswick and in Nova Scotia.

 

The European-Finnish anti-immigration group Soldiers of Odin has set up a chapter here as well.

 

The Ku Klux Klan has also had a presence in New Brunswick since the 1920s and was actively attempting to recruit as recently as 2017, in Fredericton, Hofmann said.

 

Only two groups were "homegrown," formed in New Brunswick and run by New Brunswickers, Hofmann said.

 

They are the Northern Guard, with chapters in Saint John, Sussex and Moncton, and the all-female Northern Maidens in Saint John.

 

 

12/29/2020   A Far-Right Terrorism Suspect With a Refugee Disguise: The Tale of Franco A., by Katrin Bennhold, The New York Times

A German officer is facing trial on terrorism charges. At a volatile time for Western democracy, his story mirrors the story of Germany itself.

 

OFFENBACH, Germany — At the height of Europe’s migrant crisis, a bearded man in sweatpants walked into a police station. His pockets were empty except for an old cellphone and a few foreign coins.

 

In broken English, he presented himself as a Syrian refugee. He said he had crossed half the continent by foot and lost his papers along the way. The officers photographed and fingerprinted him. Over the next year, he would get shelter and an asylum hearing, and would qualify for monthly benefits.

 

His name, he offered, was David Benjamin.

 

In reality, he was a lieutenant in the German Army. He had darkened his face and hands with his mother’s makeup and applied shoe shine to his beard. Instead of walking across Europe, he had walked 10 minutes from his childhood home in the western city of Offenbach.

11/19/2020   Pennsylvania Governor Wolf to veto bills on carrying, selling guns amid disasters, by Marc Levy, AP

10/29/2020   First the black, white & blue anti-Black Lives Matter flag flew outside of Trump rallies, then on stage, next to the US flag; in Wisconsin last week it replaced the US flag behind Trump; now the American flag, with all its complications, is just gone, & a fascist banner waves. by Jeff Sharlet

Growing dominance of "Blue Lives Matter" flag w/in Trumpism suggests a formation close to but not identical w/ both white nationalism & police state: I'll call it "police nationalism." Identity founded on fetishization of an explicitly brutal & implicitly racist idea of policing.

October 23, 2020:   Texas member of Boogaloo Bois charged with opening fire on Minneapolis police precinct during protests over George Floyd,  Andy Mannix, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Feds say Texas adherent of far-right group fired on precinct building, conspired with cop killer to ignite civil war.

October 23, 2020:   Texas ‘boogaloo’ leader charged with firing AK-47 into Minneapolis police station, by Travis Gettys, Raw Story

Federal prosecutors charged Ivan Harrison Hunter of Boerne, Texas, on riot charges for allegedly firing 13 rounds from an AK-47 into the Third Precinct building May 28, reported KARE-TV.

 

The 26-year-old Hunter had been in contact with fellow “boogaloo” extremist Steven Carillo, an active-duty Air Force sergeant who was charged with killing two law enforcement officers in California on May 29 and June 6, according to an affidavit.

 

Investigators said Hunter drove to Minneapolis in late May to participate in a riot, and they said social media posts describe his activities there and identifies himself as the leader of the Boogaloo Bois in South Texas.

Sept 4, 2020:  2 'Boogaloo Bois' charged with conspiring with terrorist organization, by Zoe Jackson, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Two members of the Boogaloo Bois, including one from Minnesota, have been indicted on federal charges of attempting to provide material support to Hamas, a designated foreign terrorist organization, the U.S. Justice Department announced Friday.

 

The Boogaloo Bois is a loose-knit group of anti-government extremists. The heavily armed members often mobilize on social media and have garnered more prominence and law enforcement scrutiny this year. The term “Boogaloo” refers to a second civil war in the United States and is associated with violent anti-government uprisings, according to the complaint.

July 18, 2020:  Inside Minnesota's Boogaloo movement: Armed and eager for societal collapse, by Stephen Montemayor, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Both Solomon and experts who have tracked the movement add that it was initially miscast as an offshoot of far-right white power extremism.

“Our whole thing is, we believe in freedom and absolute liberty for everyone regardless of race, creed, sex, gender, whatever; we don’t care,” Solomon said.

J.J. MacNab, a fellow at the George Washington University Program on Extremism, said the confusion can distract from the movement’s true beliefs and plans, particularly “accelerationism,” which holds that the political order can be dismantled through increased civil disorder.

 

“Just because they’re not white supremacists doesn’t mean that they aren’t antigovernment extremists wanting to take down cops and the rest of the government,” MacNab said. “What they want to do is to kill cops, to kill politicians, to start chaos so that their anarcho-capitalist world can emerge. It’s accelerationism. It’s just not white supremacist accelerationism.”

 

“This movement has been carrying out paramilitary training, amassing arms, learning paramilitary tactics, appropriating military weapons and explosives and other materials,” Belew said.

 

In Minnesota, Solomon said, Boogaloo Bois rarely gather in groups of more than 20 or 30. More common are training exercises in smaller “squads.” That’s what Solomon said is happening now in anticipation of another looming wave of unrest. Solomon predicts one or more of the four fired officers charged in Floyd’s death will escape conviction, sparking fresh chaos.

 

“Round one is going to look like a trip to Disney World, and we’re just trying to get ready for that,” Boogaloo Boy Michael Robert Solomon said.

 July 7: Boogaloo informant reveals how he helped FBI infiltrate Las Vegas group, by Jeff German, Las Vegas Review-Journal

An FBI informant told a county grand jury that he secretly wore a body camera and a microphone to record meetings with suspected members of the boogaloo movement as they plotted firebombings and scouted potential targets, transcripts obtained by the Review-Journal show.

 

It took the Clark County grand jury just three minutes later that day to deliberate and approve an indictment against Andrew Lynam, 23; Stephen Parshall, 36; and William Loomis, 40.

 

All three suspected boogaloo members were indicted on terrorism and explosives charges in an alleged scheme to cause violence at Black Lives Matter protests and firebomb a power substation and a U.S. ranger station near Lake Mead. A federal grand jury indicted the trio on related charges the same day.

June 29:  Reddit, Acting Against Hate Speech, Bans ‘The_Donald’ Subreddit, by Mike Isaac, The New York Times

Reddit, one of the largest social networking and message board websites, on Monday banned its biggest community devoted to President Trump as part of an overhaul of its hate speech policies.

 

The community or “subreddit,” called “The_Donald,” is home to more than 790,000 users who post memes, viral videos and supportive messages about Mr. Trump. Reddit executives said the group, which has been highly influential in cultivating and stoking Mr. Trump’s online base, had consistently broken its rules by allowing people to target and harass others with hate speech.

June 29:  Twitch Suspends Trump’s Channel for ‘Hateful Conduct’, by Kellen Browning, The New York Times

The site said two recent streams on Mr. Trump’s channel violated its rules. One stream was of a rebroadcasted 2015 campaign event in which Mr. Trump made comments about Mexico sending drugs, crime and rapists over the border. The other was of his recent rally in Tulsa, Okla., where he talked about a “very tough hombre” breaking into a woman’s house at 1 a.m.

 

“Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch,” a Twitch spokeswoman said in a statement. “In line with our policies, President Trump’s channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed.”

 

The action appeared to be the first outright suspension of one of the president’s social media accounts.

 

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Olympia, Washington, ReOpen Protest, April 2020

June 29:  What Do You Do When Extremism Comes for the Hawaiian Shirt? By Nathan Taylor Pemberton, The New York Times

Worn by extremists toting assault rifles, the shirt has gone from dad symbol to battle flag.

June 29:  YouTube ​Bans Six Big White Nationalist Channels, by Jared Holt, Right Wing Watch

YouTube ​banned six accounts used by high-profile white nationalists on Monday. According to YouTube, the respective channels “repeatedly or egregiously violated our policies by alleging that members of protected groups were innately inferior to others, among other violations.”

 

The removed accounts include those ​owned by far-right political entertainer Stefan Molyneux, white nationalist outlets American Renaissance and Radix Journal, as well as longtime Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. YouTube also removed two associated channels: one belonging to alt-right poster boy Richard Spencer and another hosting American Renaissance podcasts.

 

“We have strict policies prohibiting hate speech on YouTube, and terminate any channel that repeatedly or egregiously violates those policies. After updating our guidelines to better address supremacist content, we saw a 5x spike in video removals and have terminated over 25,000 channels for violating our hate speech policies,” a YouTube spokesperson ​told Right Wing Watch in an email.

 

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Fenix Ammuntion's Instagram Post, December 19, 2019

June 28:  Is Novi Michigan ammunition manufacturer Fenix Ammunition marketing to Cops and Boogaloos?!!

Selling the Boogaloo, by Ian Karbel, The Informant, 6/29/2020

In mid March, Novi, Michigan ammunition manufacturer Fenix Ammunition saw its daily online sales rise from $4,000 to $40,000.  

 

The pandemic had boosted demand for guns and ammunition around the country, and Fenix was reaping the fruits of the national following it has cultivated since its 2016 launch. In addition to record high civilian demand, Fenix also counted at least three local police departments, [Dowagiac, Berkley, Grosse Isle] and the Schoolcraft law enforcement training center among its clients.

 

But Fenix’s March profits were also driven by an aggressive social media campaign led by its owner, Justin Nazaroff.

 

For months, Nazaroff had been posting memes to his company’s Facebook and Instagram pages referencing the “boogaloo,” slang for the armed uprising that a loose assortment of preppers, Second Amendment activists, and anti-government extremists is getting ready for — and in some cases trying to accelerate.

 

“I'll be honest, it drives sales,” Nazaroff said in April of his company’s marketing practices. “People think it's funny. People click on boogaloo memes. It’s something that gun people enjoy joking about.”

 

 Boogaloo is not a true movement in the sense that there is little — if any — structure or leadership. Adherents even seem to have different visions of what a civil war would accomplish. But to the extent that there is a central idea animating the boogaloo’s largely white, right-wing supporters, it’s that armed combatants will kick off a full-fledged rebellion to topple the federal government. “They don’t have a lot of beliefs other than they really like guns, they really hate cops, and they want some sort of revolution,” said Megan Squire, a computer scientist who researches online extremism at Elon University.

 

Nazaroff said he considers himself a liberal libertarian and boogaloo “prepper.” He believes in the possibility of civil war, but like other arms dealers interviewed for this story, stressed that the memes shouldn’t be taken seriously. But Cassie Miller, a researcher with the Southern Poverty Law Center, said, “They pretend that it’s a joke. In some ways that’s to conceal just how serious and dangerous the ideas that they’re pushing are.“

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June 28:  Boogaloo Pandering and Marketing and smirking at Fascism, A Tweet, Twitter

June 26:  Records don’t match Las Vegas Councilwoman Fiore’s claims of ‘intel’ to ‘kill whites’ during protests, by Jeff German, Las Vegas Review-Journal

June 21:  If You Want to Understand White Evangelicals, Tour a Hobby Lobby Store, by Kristin Kobes du Mez, Daily Beast

The merch illustrates a cultural identity that is clearly Christian but less about loving thy neighbor and more about loving thy guns and a militant white masculine ideal.

 

Scenes of President Donald Trump proclaiming himself the “president of law and order,” urging the deployment of the military to “dominate the streets,” and then having his path violently cleared of peaceful protesters so that he could hold a Bible in an awkward photo op have resurfaced the perennial question: How can “Bible-believing” white evangelicals condone the violence, racism, and cruelty at the heart of the president and his administration?

 

The apparent disconnect between theological beliefs and political allegiances invites charges of hypocrisy, but evangelicals themselves are able to hold in tension these conflicting values because for many, evangelicalism is first and foremost a cultural identity. Being evangelical means listening to Christian radio, reading Christian books, and purchasing Christian products that express who they are and what they believe. For “family values evangelicals,” gender is at the heart of this identity, and it is through their distinctive gender ideals that evangelicals are able to reconcile their “biblical values” with their political militancy.

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June 19:  Intel report warns that far-right extremists may target Washington, D.C., by Natasha Bertrand, Politico

The Trump administration is warning law enforcement and public safety officials that a far-right extremist movement known as “boogaloo” may be setting its sights on the nation’s capital.

 

On Monday, the National Capital Region Threat Intelligence Consortium (NTIC), a fusion center for Washington, D.C. that provides support to federal national security and law enforcement agencies, warned in an intelligence assessment that “the District is likely an attractive target for violent adherents of the boogaloo ideology due to the significant presence of US law enforcement entities, and the wide range of First Amendment-Protected events hosted here.” 

June 18:  Facebook removes Trump ads with symbol once used by Nazis to designate political prisoners, by Isaac Stanley-Becker The Washington Post

Facebook on Thursday deactivated dozens of ads placed by President Trump’s reelection campaign that included a symbol once used by the Nazis to designate political prisoners in concentration camps.

 

The marking appeared as part of the campaign’s online salvo against antifa and “far-left groups."

 

A red inverted triangle was used in the 1930s to identify Communists, and was applied as well to Social Democrats, liberals, Freemasons and other members of opposition parties incarcerated by the Nazis. The badge forced on Jewish political prisoners, by contrast, featured a yellow triangle overlaid by a red triangle so as to resemble a Star of David.

 

The red triangle appeared in paid posts sponsored by Trump and Vice President Pence, as well as by the “Team Trump” campaign page. It was featured alongside text warning of “Dangerous MOBS” and asking users to sign a petition about antifa, a loose collection of anti-fascist activists whom the Trump administration has sought to link to recent violence, despite arrest records that show their involvement is trivial.

June 18:  Facebook takes down Trump ads featuring symbol used by Nazis to mark political prisoners, by Chris Mills Rodrigo, The Hill

Facebook on Thursday took down Trump campaign ads against antifa that prominently featured a symbol used by Nazis to designate political prisoners, a spokesperson for the company confirmed to The Hill.

 

“We removed these posts and ads for violating our policy against organized hate," Facebook said in a statement. "Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group's symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol.”

 

The ads featured an inverted red triangle, which was used by Nazis to identify political opponents including communists, social democrats and liberals at concentration camps.

 

The symbol was included in 88 ads run by pages for President Trump, Vice President Pence and "Team Trump" alongside text warning readers of “Dangerous MOBS of far-left groups" and asking them to sign a petition against antifa, a loose group of radical activists that use direct action to fight against fascism.

 

Just the ads on Trump's page were seen as many 950,000 times before being taken down.

 

The Trump campaign is defending using the image, calling it a "common Antifa symbol" in a statement to The Hill.

 

The campaign directed The Hill toward shirts, stickers and posters on websites were users can upload whatever design they would like to.

 

The most common symbol used to identify antifa is a black and red flag or three arrows inside a circle.

 

Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, tweeted Thursday that "Nazis used red triangles to identify their political victims in concentration camps.

6/17/2020    Lawyers, prosecutors in Patrik Mathews white-supremacy case seek extension, by James McCarten, The Canadian Press

Prosecutors allege that Mathews videotaped himself advocating for killing people, poisoning water supplies and derailing trains to incite a civil war in the name of creating a white "ethno-state." They also allege that in order to do so, Mathews and Lemley had been planning to violently disrupt a massive gun-rights rally in Virginia.

 

The group is considered part of a wider spread of white nationalism and extremist ideology throughout the United States, with The Base following a model similar to that of al-Qaida, the Islamic State group and other violent organizations that rely on the internet and social media to mobilize independent cells or individuals who share their philosophies.

 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 17, 2020.

 

— Follow James McCarten on Twitter @CdnPressStyle 

June 17:  Suspected boogaloo trio indicted twice, accused of terrorism and violence, by Jeff German, Las Vegas Review-Journal

 

 

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June 16:  Suspect in killing of 2 Bay Area officers tied to right-wing ‘boogaloo’ group, prosecutors allege, by Maura Dolan, Richard Winton and Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times

OAKLAND — When sheriff‘s deputies searched a white van on June 6 in a wooded hamlet in Santa Cruz County, they found ammunition, firearms, bomb-making equipment — and a ballistic vest with a curious patch.


The patch contained an igloo and Hawaiian-style print, markings associated with a growing, extremist, anti-government movement aimed at fomenting unrest and another civil war.

 

On Tuesday, federal law enforcement officials announced they were charging Air Force Sgt. Steven Carrillo, 32, the alleged owner of that vest, and suspected accomplice Robert A. Justus Jr., 30, of Millbrae in the May 29 shooting death of a federal security officer in Oakland.

 

Officials said Carrillo, who also faces state charges in the June 6 killing of a Santa Cruz sheriff deputy, was a follower of the “boogaloo” movement, which a federal complaint said is not a fixed group but includes people who identify themselves as militia and target perceived government tyranny.

 

The security officers were shot while guarding a federal building in downtown Oakland during a protest over the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. The pair used the protest as a cover for their plans to attack law enforcement, said FBI Special Agent in Charge Jack Bennett.

 

“There is no evidence that these men had any intention to join the demonstration in Oakland,” Bennett said at a Tuesday news conference. “They came to Oakland to kill cops.”

June 15:  Suspected boogaloo trio planned violence like military operation, by Jeff German, Las Vegas Review-Journal

When Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Dickinson sought to persuade a federal judge to put three suspected members of the extremist boogaloo movement behind bars, he provided plenty of ammunition.

 

A key part of the veteran prosecutor’s argument last week was how the men had plotted to stir up violence at protests and destroy federal buildings as if they were conducting military operations.

 

They talked in code, wore tactical military gear, carried weapons, possessed explosive materials and conducted reconnaissance missions, Dickinson alleged.

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June 15:  Conservative Hate Takes a Hit as SCOTUS Rules Sexual Orientation Covered By Civil Rights Act. 6:3, by Frances Langum, Crooks and Liars

June 12:  Pinckney protest against racism draws some racist responses, many supporters, by Jennifer Timar, Livingston Daily

She estimated that more than half of responses from motorists and people walking were positive.

 

"It's been about 40% negative, because a lot of people drive by and scream something at us. There have been Confederate flags," Williams said.

 

"This town, Brighton and Howell are known as 'sundown towns,' where black people know you aren't supposed to go out after dark."  

6/12/2020:  Trump’s ugly appeal to white voters: Pick a side, by Greg Sargent, The Washington Post

Now that President Trump plans to hold his first rally of the coronavirus era on Juneteenth — in Tulsa, the site of one of the deadliest race massacres in U.S. history — it’s instructive to recall Trump’s thinking amid another, more recent episode of deadly white racial violence.

 

After Trump uttered his “many fine people” comment in the aftermath of white-supremacist violence and murder in Charlottesville, his advisers persuaded him to offer more conciliatory remarks. But after doing so, Trump privately raged that this course change made him look “weak.”

 

You can chalk that up to Trump’s long-held dictum — never apologize for anything. Or you can chalk it up to Trump’s other long-held M.O. — stoking race war is good for Trump, and conciliation does nothing for him. Indeed, at the time, adviser Stephen K. Bannon counseled that post-Charlottesville racial strife was good politics for him.

6/11/2020:  Four Years Embedded With the Alt-Right, by Daniel Lombroso, The Atlantic

6/11/2020:  White Nationalist Richard Spencer Can’t Afford To Pay Legal Fees In ‘Unite The Right’ Case, by Michael Kunzelman, AP

“This case has been financially crippling for a long time,” said Spencer, who popularized the term “alt-right” to describe a loosely connected fringe movement of white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other far-right extremists.

6/11/2020:  Public Map of all known monuments to the Confederacy, a google map. 

6/11/2020:  Whose Heritage: 1,747 Public Symbols of the Confederacy, by the Southern Poverty Law Center 

6/8/2020:  The Disturbing Appeal of Boogaloo Violence to Military Men, by Kelly Weill, Daily Beast

A decade ago, Stephen Parshall served in the Navy as an aviation mechanic. His four-year stateside stint earned him the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, standard fare for members of the Armed Forces supporting the sprawling conflict that began in September 2001.

 

On May 30, Parshall and two other men were arrested for allegedly plotting several attacks on protests, government facilities, and electrical infrastructure. His alleged accomplices were also current or former military members. According to prosecutors, the three were drawn together by the Boogaloo, an emerging, violent ideology that’s gaining popularity among some troops and veterans.

June 6:  Boogaloo arrests reveal new extremist agenda to hijack protests, by Jeff German, Las Vegas Review-Journal

The boogaloo arrests are the first in the country of far-right extremists accused of planning to disrupt and cause harm to Black Lives Matter protests, according to Joanna Mendelson, associate director of the Center on Extremism for the Anti-Defamation League.

June 2020:  The Prohecies of Q, by Adrienne LaFrance, The Atlantic

5/29/2020: When VDARE’s founder bought the 132-year-old Berkeley Springs Castle, it fueled a delicate split in the artsy mountain town, by Rachel Olding, Daily Beast

Earlier this month, VDARE was booted off Facebook for running a network of fake accounts and pages posting conspiracy theories about the coronavirus and hate speech about Asian-Americans. The group has been deplatformed and demonetized by Amazon, Google, Adsense, PayPal and MailChimp.

The group has boosted Sandy Hook conspiracy theories and published pieces defending racist manifestos written by the El Paso and Christchurch mass shooters. Brimelow said VDARE publishes some white nationalist writers but he denied he has white nationalist views himself, instead preferring the label "civic nationalist." He has filed a libel suit against The New York Times for calling him an "open white nationalist" and a "white supremacist."

5/28/2020:  Dominionist ‘Prophets’ Say Pentecost Sunday Will Bring Them More Power and Governing Authority, by Peter Montgomery, Right Wing Watch

5/28/2020:  Right-Wing ‘Race War’ Wannabes Could Make Police Protests Go Nuclear, by Kelly Weill, Daily Beast

Protesters in Minneapolis didn’t know the precise affiliation of a man who showed up on Tuesday at the first night of unrest over the death of 46-year-old George Floyd in police custody. What they did know was that he was white and heavily armed.

 

“There was what we think was a white supremacist who was fully armed with clips and everything, who some of the men in the crowd were able to identify and remove,” Nekima Levy-Armstrong, a civil rights attorney who attended the Tuesday protests, told The Daily Beast. “He [the armed white man] actually said, ‘You all just saved some lives tonight.’”

 

 “On the far other side of the spectrum, you have accelerationist and dyed-in-the-wool fascists and neo-Nazis,” The Daily Beast was told. “They want to see ‘Civil War 2: Electric Boogaloo’ happen, and make it a race war.”

 

“Boogaloo” is a reference to a far-right meme-turned-movement, in which white supremacists fantasize about a coming civil uprising that will lead to government overthrow and wholesale slaughter of their opponents, namely people of color. “Accelerationism” is a tactic in which extremists sow discord in the hopes of destabilizing society.

 

The Boogaloo movement has moved increasingly offline and into the real world in recent months, with members showing up at right-wing “re-open” protests, heavily armed and wearing Hawaiian shirts (a really tedious riff on a misspelling of “boogaloo” as “big luau”).

 

“We're witnessing the merging of internet troll cultures, irony cultures and the militia movement, via these online spaces,” Hughes said, adding that the movement appears to mirror a previous merger of trolls and real-life radicals “into what ultimately became the alt-right.”

5/28/2020:  Trump Spox Kayleigh McEnany Lies About Vote By Mail; She Voted By Mail Eleven Times, by John Amato, Crooks and Liars

McEnany With No Proof Claims 12% Of All Mail In Votes Are Subject To Fraud.

She cites no statistics to prove her claim, but you knew that already.

5/28/2020:  Jerry Falwell Jr. Says He'll Only Wear Mask If It Features 'Governor Blackface' And Klan Hood, by Walter Einenkel, Crooks and Liars

5/27/2020:  Man who hanged effigy of Kentucky governor fired from job, ABC News, AP

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5/27/2020:  The Boogaloo Movement Is Not What You Think, by Robert Evans and Jason Wilson, Bellingcat

The “Boogaloo Bois” expect, even hope, that the warmer weather will bring armed confrontations with law enforcement, and will build momentum towards a new civil war in the United States.

 

Mostly, they’re not even hiding it. And for the last several months, their platform of choice has been Facebook.

 

Like many other novel extremist movements, the loose network of pro-gun shitposters trace their origins to 4chan. What coherence the movement has comes from their reverence for their newly-minted martyrs and a constellation of in-jokes and memes.

 

For now, Facebook chooses to allow the Boogaloo movement to flourish on their platform.

 

Open source materials suggest that, for now, the apocalyptic, anti-government politics of the “Boogaloo Bois” are not monolithically racist/neo-Nazi. As we have observed, some members rail against police shootings of African Americans, and praise black nationalist self defense groups.

 

But the materials also demonstrate that however irony-drenched it may appear to be, this is a movement actively preparing for armed confrontation with law enforcement, and anyone else who would restrict their expansive understanding of the right to bear arms. In a divided, destabilized post-coronavirus landscape, they could well contribute to widespread violence in the streets of American cities.

5/20/2020:  Anti-Lockdown Protests Originated With Tight-Knit Group Who Share Bigger Goal: Trump 2020, by Alex Kasprak and Bethania Palma, Snopes.com

The driving force behind Michigan's anti-lockdown protests — and their connections to the family of Betsy DeVos — is even more complex than we initially thought.  

5/14/2020: Armed Right Wing Terrorists, Acting with the President's Encouragement, Shut Down the Michigan Legislature, by David Roberts, Bloomberg

5/13/2020:  The Atlantic:  The Conspiracy Theorists Are Winning, by Jeffrey Goldberg

America is losing its grip on Enlightenment values and reality itself. 

5/10/2020:   Media coverage has blown anti-lockdown protests out of proportion. By Erica Chenoweth, Lara Putnam, Tommy Leung, Jeremy Pressman, and Nathan Perkins, VOX

Recent anti-Trump rallies have been bigger than the anti-lockdown protests. Guess which ones got more media attention? 

5/6/2020:  How do you feel about the anti-lockdown protests happening across the US from the coronavirus/COVID-19? - by Savanah Gray, Quora

Look at them. After all of that bluster, after the threat of a storm, they're still just standing there and trying to hurt people. This is the apocalypse they've been dreaming of. They made books and weird pornographic comic strips about this day, right now. Their comics and fan fiction even include a pandemic almost identical to this one and here they are today:

 

Only this time, they hold dumber signs. The “what about my haircut” sign should spell this out for anyone 5 and older. How in the world can a prepper survive a pandemic when he can't bare to go another second without electronic clippers plowing through his unkempt and unwashed hair? If he can't go without a luxury, how is he going to manage foraging for food, planting so he has a chance by fall, medical care with only herbs and expired medication available, diplomacy to survive the rest of the survivors, one meal every two days, water purification, sponge baths for the sick, growing gourd vegetables for protein which are notoriously susceptible to pests without pesticides and raised planting beds, or have the wherewithal to bring his knowledge to his community to again reach our potential?

 

How is he going to get the lights back on? Can he make a candle? Can he start a fire? Can he fix a car? Can he refine fuel or build an alternative engine? He might have a gun to steal a car, but what is he going to put in the tank? Refined fuels don't last forever and we're already running out of crude oil! What chance does he have? None.

 

These guys? They can't survive without a $45 shampoo and clipper run. They can't live without getting “their hair did.” Seriously, they can't fight anyone. Why do we think they pick places for their “stand” wherever there are unarmed civilians and children? They have no intention of fighting an actual army.

5/1/2020:  Trump’s gun-toting supporters are firing blanks, by Dana Milbank, the Washington Post

At the American Patriot Rally at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich., on Thursday, many of the hundreds of protesters wore red “Make America Great Again” caps or flew “Trump 2020” banners and “Build the Wall” or “Drain the Swamp” signs. Others waved the yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” flags of the tea party. Demonstrators, several armed with military-style guns, then marched into the statehouse and stared down the police.

 

They didn’t seem to have a plan. They were there to rail against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s pandemic restrictions, though hers are not so different from those in other states, even those run by Republican governors. They howled about “tyranny” even though the country is now run by the man they helped elect. They fretted about losing their Second Amendment rights even as they carried guns, legally under Michigan law, into the Capitol. They complained about runaway government spending and money-printing even though Trump and the GOP have championed it.

4/30/2020:  Protesters, some armed, enter Michigan Capitol in rally against COVID-19 limits, by Craig Mauger, The Detroit News 

4/24/2020:  Exploitative self-anointed “Great Men” to fill a hole in themselves, by Nick Schager, Daily Beast

In virtually every episode of Deadly Cults, the basic story remains the same: men and women, susceptible to suggestion because of some misery or discontent, turn to exploitative self-anointed “Great Men” to fill a hole in themselves.  

4/20/2020:  The tea party is back — and endangering lives, by Karen Tumlty, The Washington Post

 The tea party is back. I was wondering where they had gone.

 

You remember them, right? When Barack Obama was in office, these self-styled defenders of limited government and individual liberty took to the streets to protest federal debt, corporate bailouts, government-sponsored health care and a president who they said governed like the king our forefathers rebelled against.

 

We haven’t heard from them much in the past 3½ years. Not that they shouldn’t have found plenty of fodder for outrage: record deficits and debt; an autocrat in the White House who regularly claims extra-constitutional authority; economic policies that tilt heavily in favor of the wealthy and big business.

 

Tea party activists have looked the other way on all of these things throughout the presidency of Donald Trump. But now they are appearing again in state capitals across the country, screaming and waving their “Don’t Tread on Me” banners to vent at the lifesaving measures that governors have taken in the face of an epidemic that has already caused upward of 40,000 deaths in the United States.

 

There is a legitimate — and reasonable — debate to be had about how much economic pain the country should be willing to bear to bring the epidemic under control.

 

But that is not what we are hearing in their nihilistic fury. Some of them carry Confederate flags and assault weapons as they protest. Theirs is a doctrine fueled not by high-minded principles, but by conspiracy theories and populist resentment.

 

Tea party 2.0 is proposing a tri-cornered suicide pact: Give them liberty from stay-at-home orders and give them death. And while they are at it, endanger the lives of everyone around them as well.

 

The sheer irresponsibility of gathering hundreds of people together for these protests at this moment is hard to fathom. If some of them pick up the novel coronavirus as a result of it, the price will be paid by overburdened health-care workers and by unsuspecting people with whom they come into contact.

 

It is perhaps overstating things to describe these protesters as a movement. Even as tens of millions are filing applications for unemployment compensation, polls show the vast majority of Americans want restrictive measures to remain in place to fight the virus.

 

Two-thirds of respondents in a poll that Pew Research Center released last week said they were more concerned that states would move too quickly to lift the measures, as opposed to only 32 percent who said they feared it would not happen fast enough. In an April 8 Quinnipiac University poll, 81 percent said they would support a national stay-at-home order, rather than leaving it up to the discretion of the states.

 

The Quinnipiac survey also showed that nearly three-quarters approve of their governors’ handling of the crisis; by comparison, only 46 percent felt positive about Trump’s performance.

 

But while the protesters are not representative of how most Americans view the difficult choices that their local leaders are making, they are getting a powerful signal boost from right-wing media and the president.

 

It does not seem to matter to Trump that his call to “liberate” Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia (all of which, not coincidentally, have Democratic governors and are potential battlegrounds in the fall election) flies in the face of guidelines that his own administration has issued with regard to when and how it will be safe for states to begin returning to normal life.

 

As Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) put it Sunday on CNN: “The president’s policy says you can’t start to reopen under his plan until you have declining numbers for 14 days, which those states and my state do not have. So, then to encourage people to go protest the plan that you just made recommendations on, on Thursday, it just doesn’t make any sense.”

 

Then again, coherence has not exactly been the hallmark of Trump’s response to the coronavirus. Scapegoating, blame-shifting and fomenting civil unrest are a smokescreen behind which the president can evade hard questions, such as why the capacity to test for coronavirus infection is still inadequate to what will be needed before states can start lifting their restrictions.

 

By encouraging the shortsighted demands of a loud but small slice of his base, the president is playing a dangerous game — one that Americans could end up paying for with their lives.

4/21/2020:  The protesters aren’t the only ones on the wrong side of lockdowns, by Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post: 

4/19/2020:  Tea Party president calls off local protest plans after threats of arrest, by Lori Comstock, New Jersey Herald

4/19/2020:  Pro-gun activists using Facebook groups to push anti-quarantine protests, by Isaac Stanley-Becker and Tony Romm, The Washington Post

The Dorr brothers manage a slew of pro-gun groups across a wide range of states, from Iowa to Minnesota to New York, and seek primarily to discredit organizations like the National Rifle Association as being too compromising on gun safety. Minnesota Gun Rights, for instance, describes itself as the state’s “no-compromise gun rights organization.”

 

“Wisconsinites Against Excessive Quarantine” was created on Wednesday by Ben Dorr. His brother Christopher is the creator of “Pennsylvanians Against Excessive Quarantine,” as well as “Ohioans Against Excessive Quarantine.” A third brother, Aaron, is the creator of “New Yorkers Against Excessive Quarantine.”

 

Zachary Elwood, a former professional poker player and now a Portland, Ore.-based writer for software companies who blogs about disinformation and tracked some of the activity by the Dorr brothers, urged Facebook to crack down on small clusters of users coordinating seemingly disparate activity, especially when the activity involves harmful untruths.

 

“It’s understandable that people are upset about the difficult situation we’re in, but they’re clearly being riled up by people with an obvious anti-government agenda,” Elwood said. “Facebook shouldn’t make it so easy to do that.”

4/16/2020:  Why Fox News and Republicans are promoting a social distancing backlash, by Paul Waldman, Washington Post 

 

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4/16/2020:  ‘You Have to Disobey’: Protesters Gather to Defy Stay-at-Home Orders, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Jeremy W. Peters, The New York Times

The rallies reflected both economic frustrations and political divides. At recent rallies in Ohio, New York and Michigan, many organizers and demonstrators, some who came armed, were aligned with anti-government activists on the right and libertarian groups. Some had affiliations with the Tea Party and displayed the “Don’t Tread on Me” logo that was an unofficial slogan for the movement. At least one protester in Michigan waved a Confederate flag with the image of a gun. Others waved banners in support of Mr. Trump and protested Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat who has been a target of Mr. Trump’s ire, by chanting, “Lock her up.”  

4/4/2020:  Jacksonville company offering machines to sterilize medical face masks, by Teresa Stepzinski, FHN

Michael Murphy never envisioned the coronavirus pandemic when he bought a pair of brand new industrial sterilization machines for Eco Relics, his Jacksonville business.

 

Murphy hopes a local hospital might want to rent the machines, which he says can safely and easily be adapted to sterilize n95 face masks needed by doctors, nurses and other health care professionals as well as first responders treating virus patients.

 

Murphy said he wants to lease the units — which cost $139,000 each.

 

Because Eco Relics has been hard hit economically by the coronavirus pandemic, Murphy said he just can’t afford to donate the units. 

3/2/2020:  The Second Amendment ‘sanctuary’ movement has arrived in NJ, by Ximena Conde, WHYY PBS radio

Last week, Finnical successfully lobbied Cumberland County Freeholders to pass a resolution in support of the Second Amendment. Cumberland County is the sixth in the state to do so and joins 30 other townships in what is a purely symbolic gesture in New Jersey — for now. People like Finnical, who had previously remained out of the gun discussion, want to pass resolutions in all 21 counties as a rebuttal to some of the strictest gun regulations in the country.

2/27/2020:  White Nationalist Site Thanks Fox's Tucker Carlson for Primetime Shoutout, PayPal Conspiracy Theory, by Justin Baragona, Daily Beast

2/1/2020:  Fully Armed Rally-Goers Enter Kentucky’s Capitol Building With Zero Resistance, by Peter Wade, Rolling Stone

“I’m not a Kentucky resident... I’m a complete stranger. I walked in [and security acted like] ‘Cool, come on in. Enjoy the capitol,’” one of the gun-toting men said 

1/20/2020:  Pro-gun rally by thousands in Virginia ends peacefully, by Alan Suderman and Sarah Rankin, Associated Press

“I love this. This is like the Super Bowl for the Second Amendment right here,” said P.J. Hudson, a truck driver from Richmond who carried an AR-15 rifle just outside Capitol Square. He was one of the few African-American rally-goers in a crowd that was overwhelmingly white and male, and was frequently stopped and asked to pose for pictures wearing his “Black Guns Matter” sweatshirt.

 

On Monday, Southern Poverty Law Center staff members attended the rally and identified members of extremist militia groups, including the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters, as well as the League of the South, according to outreach director Lecia Brooks. The League of the South, which the center designates a hate group, advocates for Southern secession.

 

In contrast to Charlottesville, there was little sign of counterprotesters challenging the gun-rights activists.

 

Monday’s rally was organized by an influential grassroots gun-rights group, the Virginia Citizens Defense League. The group holds a yearly rally at the Capitol, typically a low-key event with a few hundred gun enthusiasts listening to speeches from a handful of Republican lawmakers. But this year’s event was unprecedented. Second Amendment groups have identified the state as a rallying point for the fight against what they see as a national erosion of gun rights.

12/5/2019   Extremist U.S. neo-Nazi group harbouring missing Winnipeg ex-soldier: report, by Ryan Thorpe, Winnepeg Free Press

The former reservist is a trainer at Georgia 'hate camp,' VICE says.  In August, the Free Press exposed Patrik Mathews as a recruiter for a neo-Nazi paramilitary group called The Base and as a trained combat engineer with a leadership position as a master corporal in the Canadian Army Reserves.

10/25/2020   No sign of neo-Nazi former soldier, by Ryan Thorpe, Winnepeg Free Press

Investigation 'ongoing,' but RCMP not looking for Patrik Mathews, who vanished two months ago near U.S. border

9/5/2020   Border guards saw racist items in neo-Nazi truck, sparking probes: report, by Ryan Thorpe, Winnepeg Free Press

One week after being publicly identified, Mathews’ family reported him missing to the RCMP. Earlier this week, the Mounties revealed they had discovered his truck abandoned in the RM of Piney near the U.S.-Canada border.

8/28/2019   Neo-Nazi soldier disappears, by Ryan Thorpe, Winnepeg Free Press

There are now two distinct RCMP investigations: one into Mathews' disappearance, the other into his membership in a neo-Nazi paramilitary organization. The Canadian Armed Forces is also investigating his links to the hate group.

 

Earlier this week, the Forces confirmed it had stripped Mathews — a combat engineer with the rank of master corporal — of his uniforms and relieved him of his duties, and would formally release him from the military within weeks.

 

After an initial feature article on The Base entitled "Homegrown Hate" was published Aug. 16, the Free Press named Mathews as its local recruiter in a followup story Aug. 19.  Hours later, RCMP Mounties executed a search warrant at his Beausejour home and seized several firearms. He was taken into custody, but released a short while later without being charged.

8/27/2019   Military casts Winnipeg neo-Nazi soldier out, by Ryan Thorpe, Winnepeg Free Press

The Canadian Armed Forces has stripped Master Cpl. Patrik Mathews of his uniforms, relieved him from his duties, and will formally release him from the military in the coming weeks, the Free Press has learned.  "We have taken decisive action, and we will continue to exert full energy in removing those from our ranks who harbour extremist ideologies."

 

'Decisive action' amounts to a suspension until extremist recruiter formally released

8/27/2019:  YouTube Shutters Several White Nationalist Accounts, by Jared Holt, Right Wing Watch

 

8/21/2019   Homegrown hate, by Ryan Thorpe, The Winnepeg Free Press

A Free Press reporter posed as a white nationalist to gain inside access to a neo-Nazi paramilitary group attempting to gain a foothold in Winnipeg and across the country

In November 2018, a military report noted that during a four-and-a-half year period beginning in 2013, 53 members of the military were identified as belonging to a hate group or partaking in racist or discriminatory actions or statements.   Of the 53 members, 16 held official rank in a hate group, including militants from Atomwaffen Division, the Proud Boys, the Soldiers of Odin and the Three Percenters, among others.

 

"Canada recently took the step of naming Blood and Honour and Combat 18 as official terrorist organizations. Atomwaffen and The Base should be listed as terrorist organizations as well," Balgord said.

 

"It’s a death cult. That’s probably the best way to put this. They worship mass killers and Hitler and the apocalypse. It’s a neo-Nazi death cult that believes in using terrorism to achieve their aims. The implicit call within their talk of ‘accelerationism’ is terror attacks."

8/10/2019:  Charlottesville’s Confederate statues still stand — and still symbolize a racist legacy, by Paul Duggan

Two years ago, when white supremacists descended on Charlottesville, organizers of the Unite the Right rally said they were defending a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, which the city planned to remove from a public park.

 

The deadly street violence and outpouring of racist and anti-Semitic venom on Aug. 11 and 12, 2017, continue to haunt the national psyche.

7/15/2019:  Neo-Nazi gets second life sentence in murder of protester in Virginia, by Gary Robertson, Reuters

Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Richard Moore sentenced James Fields, 22, to life plus 419 years, as recommended by the jury that found him guilty last December of murder plus eight counts of malicious wounding and a hit-and-run offense.

 

Fields, a resident of Maumee, Ohio, who appeared in court on Monday in striped prison garb, had already received a separate life sentence without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty in March to federal hate-crime charges stemming from the violence in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017.

6/11/2019:  Young Americans for Liberty ‘Officer’ Identified as Member of Identity Evropa, by Jared Holt, Right Wing Watch

5/22/2019:  Leaked Proud Boys Chats Show Members Plotting Violence At Rallies, by Andy Campbell, HuffPost

The extremist gang claims it’s just a pro-Trump “drinking club.” But chat logs leaked to HuffPost reveal they plan weaponry and tactics months ahead. 

4/24/2019:  Infowars is Working to Sanitize the White Nationalist Group Formerly Known as Identity Evropa, by Jared Holt, 4/24/2019

Identity Evropa is the former name of the U.S.-based white nationalist group involved in the 2017 gathering of right-wing groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ended in murder and mayhem. Nathan Damigo, the group’s founder, is named in a federal civil lawsuit regarding the violence that occurred on the streets of the historic college town when white supremacist groups of all stripes met there on August 12, 2017, for a rally they called Unite the Right. As it did under its Identity Evropa moniker, the group aims to recruit college-aged white men to its ranks, constructing its messaging to resemble that of the European identitarian movement, with hopes that lofty allusions to European heritage and personal identity will act as a lure for its white nationalist movement organizing.

4/18/2019:  Here’s Everything The Mueller Report Says About How Russian Trolls Used Social Media, by Ryan Broderick, BuzzFeed News

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign provides one of the most detailed looks at how Russia’s Internet Research Agency — the infamous Kremlin-linked troll farm — tried to hijack the 2016 election and swing the vote in favor of Donald Trump.

 

The report, which concludes that Trump didn’t commit a crime but “also does not exonerate him [of obstruction],” gives us a clear and exhaustive look at the scope, focus, and results of the IRA’s efforts. The agency learned how to use platforms like Facebook and Twitter over the span of four years. By the end, it used analytical tools and the built-in network effect of massive social media platforms to create large artificial grassroots political organizations that were aggressively targeting both Republicans and Democrats.

4/12/2019:   Religious Right Activist Allegedly Named in Leaked White Nationalist Chatroom, by Jared Holt, Right Wing Watch

Yesterday, researchers at a site called “Panic in the Discord” published an article identifying an account in Identity Evropa’s leaked communications, a young man from Texas who turned up in Identity Evropa’s chat leaks using his real name, and noted that he claims elsewhere to be an activist in the Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) network. Hiss byline appears on the TFP Student Action website.

 

TFP is a right-wing Catholic group that can often be spotted at Religious Right events donning ornate caps and crimson capes. It is a vehemently anti-LGBTQ group that has encouraged Catholic colleges to disband organizations that “favor the homosexual agenda” and argued that debates about marriage equality are really about socialism.

 

Hannah Gais, a freelance writer and graduate student at Harvard Divinity School, told Right Wing Watch that although groups like TFP and Identity Evropa may not formally affiliate with one another, that they do share some of the same concerns and objectives—particularly concerning birthrates and immigration.

1/3/2019:  Identity Evropa Founder Nathan Damigo Files for Bankruptcy, by Jared Holt, Right Wing Watch 

2018:  Kathleen Belew:  Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramiltary America, Harvard University Press, 2018

10/29/2018:  Trump Is the Glue That Binds the Far Right, by J. M. Berger, The Atlantic

8/28/2018:  Trump’s Caravan Hysteria Led to This, by Adam Serwer, The Atlantic

Nevertheless, some took the claims of the president and his allies seriously. On Saturday morning, Shabbat, a gunman walked into the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11 people. The massacre capped off a week of terrorism, in which one man mailed bombs to nearly a dozen Trump critics and another killed two black people in a grocery store after failing to force his way into a black church.

 

Before committing the Tree of Life massacre, the shooter, who blamed Jews for the caravan of “invaders” and who raged about it on social media, made it clear that he was furious at hias, founded as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, a Jewish group that helps resettle refugees in the United States. He shared posts on Gab, a social-media site popular with the alt-right, expressing alarm at the sight of “massive human caravans of young men from Honduras and El Salvador invading America thru our unsecured southern border.” And then he wrote, “hias likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”

 

The apparent spark for the worst anti-Semitic massacre in American history was a racist hoax inflamed by a U.S. president seeking to help his party win a midterm election. There is no political gesture, no public statement, and no alteration in rhetoric or behavior that will change this fact. The shooter might have found a different reason to act on a different day. But he chose to act on Saturday, and he apparently chose to act in response to a political fiction that the president himself chose to spread and that his followers chose to amplify.

 

As for those who aided the president in his propaganda campaign, who enabled him to prey on racist fears to fabricate a national emergency, who said to themselves, “This is the play”? Every single one of them bears some responsibility for what followed. Their condemnations of anti-Semitism are meaningless. Their thoughts and prayers are worthless. Their condolences are irrelevant. They can never undo what they have done, and what they have done will never be forgotten.

8/26/2018:  A President Who Condones Political Violence, by David Frum, The Atlantic

Trump’s statements over the past 48 hours reveal a president willing to breach a core rule of democracy.

8/24/2018:  YouTube Axes White Nationalist Group, by Jared Holt, Right Wing Watch

The far-right white identitarian group Identity Evropa announced yesterday that its YouTube account had been suspended for “multiple or severe violations” of the site’s community guidelines on hate speech.

8/23/2018:  Trump’s White-Nationalist Pipeline, by Vann R. Newkirk II, The Atlantic

The most enduring scandal in and around the White House might not be corruption, but rather the administration’s constant embrace of bigotry from white-supremacist and far-right groups.  What is clear is that the Trump administration and its wing of the Republican Party are the chief launderers of white-supremacist and white-nationalist ideas in America today.

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8/10/2018:  The White Nationalists Are Winning, by Adam Serwer, The Atlantic

Fox News anchors and high-profile politicians are now openly pushing the racism of the alt-right. The fringe movement’s messages have permeated the mainstream Republican Party.  As long as the president believes racist demagoguery plays to his advantage, he will not retreat from it, and neither will his most loyal acolytes.

8/3/2018:  The Lasting Trauma of Alex Jones's Lies, by Megan Garber, The Atlantic

7/3/2018:  A short history of Alex Jones claiming that the left is about to start a second Civil War, by Abby Ohlheiser, Washington Post

Alex Jones named his website Infowars. Its slogan is, “There’s a war on for your mind!” His central, long-running thesis? That he and his conspiracy-believing followers are at war, or on the verge of war, with the “deep state,” liberals and the mainstream media. 

5/10/2018:  Grifter or Grafter: A new parlor game that explains Trumpworld, by Jacob Weisberg, Slate

5/8/2018:  Nick Fuentes Denies Being A White Nationalist By Explaining That He’s A White Nationalist, by Jared Holt,

Podcaster Nick Fuentes didn’t like that we described him as a “white nationalist” in an article we published last week and so he went on a white nationalist podcast alongside well-known white nationalist Richard Spencer, where he claimed that we were wrong to call him a white nationalist because he doesn’t self-identify as one, before conceding that “it might be descriptive” to call someone like him a white nationalist.

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4/3/2018    The richest American family hired terrorists to shoot machine guns at sleeping women and children, by Meagan Day, Timeline

The Rockefellers took on the striking miners of Ludlow, Colorado but didn’t expect them to fight back

 

When an inspector visited the site of a mine explosion that had killed 56 in a coal town called Starkville in 1910, he was startled to see not just how the miners and their families had died, but how they’d lived, writing:


The residences or houses and living quarters of the miners smack of the direst poverty. Practically all of the residences are huddled in the shadow of the coal washers and the smoke of the coke ovens making the surroundings smutty with coal dust and coke smoke. Not all of the houses are equipped with water, and practically none have sewerage; they depend for their water upon hydrants on the streets. The people reflect their surroundings; slatternly dressed women and unkempt children throng the dirty streets and alleys of the camp. One is forced to the conclusion that these people must be very poorly paid, else they would not be content to live in this fashion.

 

Outraged by the workers’ insubordination, Colorado Fuel & Iron (CF&I) gave its hired thugs — or “detectives,” working for a private security company called Baldwin-Felts — the liberty to try a new tactic: outright terrorism. The Baldwin-Felts detectives began to drive around at night and fire into the tents, terrifying, injuring, and on occasion killing the sleeping miners and their families. The miners organized armed patrols to ward off the detectives, but they were no match for the “Death Special.” That was the name Baldwin-Felts agents gave to the car, equipped with a machine gun, in which they roamed the coalfields at night.


In response to the terrorism of the agents, the miners and their families dug pits in the earth under their tents, in which they hid at night to avoid being sprayed by bullets. They endured this violence, living in their tents with their pits, all through the winter and spring. The few occasions they fired back at agents were used as justification for calling in the Colorado National Guard.

 

Seven men and a boy were killed in the Ludlow Massacre.  At least three of the men were apparently executed in cold blood by Colorado National Guardsmen who had taken them captive. As the sun set, the militia moved into the camp itself and an inferno lit up the darkening sky, reducing most of the makeshift village to ashes. It wasn’t until the next morning that the bodies of two mothers and eleven children were discovered where they had taken shelter in a dirt bunker beneath one of the tents. The raging fire had sucked the oxygen from the air below, suffocating the families as they hid from the gun battle.

 

The Rockefellers and the rest of CF&I sought to suppress the story when possible; when that was not possible, they painted the conflict as an insurrection of immigrant anarchists and radical troublemakers.

 

3/1/2008:  Profiles of 20 Nativist Leaders, Southern Poverty Law Center

This report was compiled by Heidi Beirich, Susy Buchanan, David Holthouse, Brentin Mock and Casey Sanchez.

Another generation of anti-immigrant activists joins the increasingly virulent nativist movement

They're 25 to 81 years old. Their homes are scattered from California to Connecticut. Their occupations include auto dealer, Web designer, Baptist preacher, documentary filmmaker and full-time border vigilante. They agitate on behalf of policies ranging from mining the U.S.-Mexico border and placing government sniper teams in the desert to the forced sterilization of Mexican women and the immediate deportation of all Latino immigrants and Muslims, regardless of legal status or citizenship.

 

 

 

December, 2017:  The Making of an American Nazi, by Luke O'Brien, The Atlantic

How did Andrew Anglin go from being an antiracist vegan to the alt-right’s most vicious troll and propagandist—and how might he be stopped?

 

“White Sharia” was one of the phrases members of the alt-right shouted in Charlottesville in August. It was what James Alex Fields Jr. chanted before he drove his car into the crowd of antiracist protesters and was charged with the murder of Heather Heyer.

 

Anglin was triumphant—here was his vision for the Whitefish march, come to fruition. He’d done as much as anyone to promote the rally, turning his site into a key organizing hub. “The Alt-Right has risen. There is no going back from this,” he wrote. “This was our Beer Hall Putsch.” And when Trump again refused to denounce the white nationalists, Anglin exulted. “No condemnation at all,” he wrote. “Really, really good. God bless him.”

11/22/2017:  Donald Trump’s Eternal Feud With Blackness, by Vann R. Newkirk II, The Atlantic

In a presidency defined by its unpredictability, one of the few constants is the president’s eagerness to attack black people for failing to show deference.

7/19/2017:  In the great ‘meme wars,’ Alex Jones doesn’t care if he makes them or is them, by Abby Ohlheiser,  The Washington Post

6/4/2017:  The Myth of the Kindly General Lee, by Adam Serwer, The Atlantic

The white supremacists who have protested on Lee’s behalf are not betraying his legacy. In fact, they have every reason to admire him. Lee, whose devotion to white supremacy outshone his loyalty to his country, is the embodiment of everything they stand for. Tribe and race over country is the core of white nationalism, and racists can embrace Lee in good conscience.

 

The question is why anyone else would.

June 2017:  His Kampf, Richard Spencer is a troll and an icon for white supremacists. He was also my high-school classmate. by Graeme Wood, The Atlantic

Spencer wasn’t exactly defending Christianity; he said that he, like Hitchens, was an atheist. But he longed for something as robust and binding as Christianity had once been in the West, before churches surrendered their power to folk-singing liberals and televangelists.

 

I think Spencer knew he had me at a loss, because he curled out a smile and let his point hang in the air. I was flummoxed by his argument, a more thoughtful Nietzschean critique than I was prepared to take on—and by the unnerving fact that the kid who’d once cribbed my chemistry notes now had something to say.

4/13/2017:  RNC 2016 Shows Off White Nationalist Tweet, by Gideo Resnick, Daily Beast

5/30/2013:  A Guide to the Very Best Radical Separatists in America, by Arit John, The Atlantic

2/19/2013:  Was Hatchet Wielder An Insane Clown Posse Fan? - ADL 

 

REMEMBERING THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING

By  April 18, 2015

 

This article is dedicated to the many victims of the Oklahoma City bombing, and to the reportorial genius of James Ridgeway

IREHR.ORG:  Twenty years ago, on April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh, an Army veteran of the first Iraq War, drove a rental truck packed with explosive fertilizer from a small park in central Kansas to Oklahoma City. At about 9:00 a.m., he parked it on the street outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. He lit the bomb and walked away to his car, parked safely nearby. The bomb went off minutes later, killing 168 people, including 19 children in the daycare center. A total of 500 were injured. The bombing in Oklahoma City was the worst incident of its kind on United States soil until September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. And in the immediate aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing, one response was a search for “Middle Eastern terrorists” thought to be the bombers.

 

wikipedia:   Oklahoma City bombing, April 19th, 1995

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McVeigh carried with him an envelope containing pages from The Turner Diaries – a fictional account of white supremacists who ignite a revolution by blowing up the FBI headquarters at 9:15 one morning using a truck bomb.[24] McVeigh wore a printed T-shirt with the motto of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Sic semper tyrannis ("Thus always to tyrants", according to legend what Brutus said as he assassinated Julius Caesar, also shouted by John Wilkes Booth immediately after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln) and "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants" (from Thomas Jefferson).[34] He also carried an envelope full of revolutionary materials that included a bumper sticker with the Thomas Jefferson slogan, "When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny." Underneath, McVeigh had written, "Maybe now, there will be liberty!" with a hand-copied quote by John Locke asserting that a man has a right to kill someone who takes away his liberty.[24][61]

1/9/2014:  Retired FBI Agent: My Encounters With Infamous Militia Figure 'Mark From Michigan', by Greg Stejskal, Deadline Detroit 

With Orange Hair

 

When I arrived at Barry County Sheriff’s Office, there sat Mark Koernke with orange hair and no mustache. I greeted Mark by name, but he acted like he didn’t know me and was talking in a terrible Irish brogue and said his name was Michael Kerns.

 

I told him that I needed to ask him a few questions, but first I had to advise him of his rights. After advising him, I passed him the acknowledgement form and asked him to sign it which he did. I looked at the form and asked him if he realized he had signed the form “Mark Koernke.” He looked totally crest fallen.

Wikipedia:  Mark Koernke 

June 7, 2002: [Texas Senator] John Cornyn, George Wallace, and Me, by Tim Shorrock, The Texas Observer

“With the continuing concentration of power in the hands of the inept Democratic and Republican parties, it is time for a change,” Cornyn wrote in our student newspaper just before the 1968 presidential election. “Cast your vote for a strong America. Vote for George C. Wallace on November 5.”

4/29/1995:  TERROR IN OKLAHOMA; Rightist Leader Is Off the Radio, NYT, AP

 

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