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    Weapon of Mass Destruction: U.S. Airport Worker Arrested With Pipe Bomb

    By Tom O'Connor - 11/11/17

    Paul George Dandan

    A North Carolina air traffic controller and his roommate were arrested Friday after authorities discovered a weapon of mass destruction in their apartment.

    Charlotte police officers were responding last week to a 911 call regarding a homemade explosive when they found a pipe bomb in the residence of Paul George Dandan, 30, and Derrick Fells, 39. The two men were then taken into custody.

    Fells was charged with three counts of manufacturing a weapon of mass destruction and one count of possession of a weapon of mass destruction. Dandan has been charged with possession of and transporting a weapon of mass destruction, local NBC affiliate WCNC reported Saturday.

    The Federal Aviation Administration told WBTV in a statement that Dandan "only had access to the offsite Air Traffic Control Tower and had no access to the restricted areas of the terminal or ramp. He did not have access to any aircraft at the Airport." The statement added that the administration had "terminated [Dandan's] access to the facility and is investigating."

    The FBI was involved in the investigation, but told local media it did not believe at this time that federal charges would be filed against Dandan. He's currently being held under a $45,000 bond in held in the Mecklenburg County Jail.

    Dandan was previously arrested in Charlotte for misdemeanor assault involving a female in March 2015 and for domestic battery by strangulation in Dayton Beach, Florida in January 2010, according to records surfaced by Heavy.

    http://www.newsweek.com/weapon-mass-...pe-bomb-708903


    White ChristianTerrorist Planning Mosque Massacre Shared Right-Wing Fake News About Muslim Rape

    The FBI says Bernandino Bolatete bought an illegal silencer for his AR-15 that he planned before committing ‘suicide by cops.’

    by KELLY WEILL & EMILIE PLESSET - 12.04.17

    Bernandino Bolatete

    The FBI said Monday it arrested a man in Jacksonville, Florida who was planning a mass shooting at a mosque. Bernandino Bolatete has been charged with illegally receiving and possessing an unregistered silencer.

    Law enforcement said they began investigating Bolatete last week after a concerned citizen reported to police that he had expressed hatred for Muslims and threatened to “shoot up” a mosque, according to a criminal complaint. Police said at a press conference Monday that Bolatete had five rifles, including at least one AR-15. On Facebook, Bolatete posted a fake article accusing Muslims of raping a woman and forcing her to recite the Quran.

    Bolatete told an undercover officer that he planned to climb up the tower of the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida and open fire on its congregants.

    “So we’ll try… we will try a Christian doing uh terroristic act this time to the Muslims,” he told the officer, according to the complaint. “They doing it all the time.”

    He told the officer he was willing to die during attack, calling it “suicide by cops.”

    Bolatete told the officer he already had a suppressor that wasn’t very “quiet” and that he was looking to buy a new silencer for his rifle because he “might need it,” but did not want to leave a paper trail. Bolatete was quoted as saying he wanted to attach it to his “pistolized AR,” which was also unregistered.

    “Altho the suppressor is not really that ‘quiet’ but it can be used on the 4th of July or New Year time, it can easily blend with the sound of fireworks,” he texted the officer. “I think that's the right time you can hit that asshole that you have there.”

    Bolatete told the officer he was concerned about an upcoming doctor appointment for his kidney, which was only 31 percent functioning. Bolatete said he lost his other kidney years ago when he was accidentally shot in the back at a shooting range in the Philippines.

    On Facebook, Bolatete called himself a “shooting sport enthusiast” and posted photos of himself holding semi-automatic weapons. He also shared an anti-Muslim article entitled: “EVIL: Radical Muslims Rape, Make Woman Quote Quran, But How They ‘Finish Her Off’ Is the Worst.” The story was aggregated from “Red Flag News,” a right wing website accused of publishing debunked or dubious articles.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/fbi-fl...p-local-mosque



    White Terrorist Hunted Muslims so That He Could Stab Them

    by Richard Hartley-Parkinson - 22 Nov 2017


    A man has been jailed for over two years after he went round a London area looking for Muslims so that he could stab them. Mickey Sage, 24, armed himself with a 10-ins knife and went round Camberwell Green where he threatened people in the early hours of June 7.

    Police were first called to Camberwell Green Court after threatening people at 1.43am.

    Less than 10 minutes later they were called again to Camberwell Green junction with Camberwell Church Street after reports of a man pulling a knife on people and asking if they were Muslim.

    While being taken into police custody he told an officer ‘it was my knife and I was out to kill a Muslim’.

    He then made a number of Islamophobic comments and once at the police station he admitted that he was out to find a Muslim to stab them.

    He said that he ‘would be a martyr for England and stab an imam in the neck.’

    Sage pleaded guilty to two counts of threatening a person with a knife an a public place, accepting the incident was religiously aggravated.

    He was jailed for two years and three months at Inner London Crown Court.

    DC Samuel Cafferty from Southwark CID said: ‘Sage set out with a large knife with the clear intention to find Muslims to stab. Hate crime like this has no place in any society.

    ‘Sage poses a very clear and present danger to members of the public, particularly the Muslim Community and I’m pleased that he now has plenty of time to consider his actions.

    ‘Members of public confronted by Sage were not harmed but shaken by their ordeal and managed to get away from what could have been a very different ending.’

    Scotland Yard added: ‘We would appeal to anyone who witnesses or suffers any hate of any type to immediately report it so that action can quickly be taken and catch those responsible.’

    Hate crime can be reported through 999 in an emergency, by dialling 101 in a non-emergency, directly at a police station, through the MOPAC Hate Crime app or through community reporting methods such as Tell MAMA, Galop, or the CST.

    http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/22/man-hu...b-them-7098336

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    Ex-US Marine charged with Christmas attack plot in San Francisco

    Everitt Aaron Jameson's lawyer denies allegations against his client and did not enter plea at court hearing

    Federal agents arrested a former US Marine on Friday for allegedly plotting a Christmas attack in San Francisco, inspired by the Islamic State (IS) group, according to court documents.

    Tow truck driver Everitt Aaron Jameson, 26, was planning to target the city's busy Pier 39 tourist spot, according to an affidavit submitted by FBI Special Agent Christopher McKinney.

    The suspect outlined to undercover agents how he wanted to use explosives to target crowds at the pier between 18 and 25 December because "Christmas was the perfect day to commit the attack".

    Jameson professed not to need an escape plan as he was "ready to die", according to the document.

    The suspect's home in Modesto, California, was raided by FBI agents on Wednesday, where they allegedly found his last will and testament along with several weapons and ammunition.

    Jameson was charged in the Eastern District Court of California with attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organisation and faces as many as 20 years in prison if convicted.

    His lawyer denied the allegations and did not enter a plea at a court hearing on Friday afternoon.

    Jameson attended basic training with the Marine Corps in 2009 and graduated with a "sharpshooter" rifle qualification, according to the FBI, but was later discharged after failing to disclose a history of asthma.

    According to McKinney, Jameson selected Pier 39 because "he had been there before and knew it was a heavily crowded area".

    "Jameson explained that he also desired to use explosives and described a plan in which explosives could 'tunnel' or 'funnel' people into a location where Jameson could inflict casualties," McKinney stated.

    The suspect inadvertently revealed his plans to an undercover FBI agent he believed to be a senior leader of the IS, according to the court document.

    Jameson allegedly said the US needed "another attack like New York or San Bernardino", adding that he also wanted to use vehicles and firearms to carry it out.

    "The threat from radical Islamic terrorism is real - and it is serious - but the American people can be assured that the Department of Justice remains vigilant in protecting our homeland," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

    According to the criminal complaint, Jameson "has espoused radical jihadi beliefs, including authoring social media posts that are supportive of terrorism".

    He was active on Facebook, "liking" pro-IS posts, said the FBI.

    He "loved" a post on 29 November of a propaganda image of Santa Claus standing in New York with a box of dynamite.

    "He was under surveillance by law enforcement, and the public was never in imminent danger," the FBI said in a statement.

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/ex...isco-101722600

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    Colorado shooting suspect was an Iraq War vet who posted alt-right ‘Pepe’ memes on social media

    Brad Reed | 01 Jan 2018 at 14:13 ET

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    Matthew Riehl, the man accused of killing a suburban Denver sheriff’s deputy and wounding four others, is a veteran of the Iraq War who is also fond of posting alt-right memes on his Facebook account.

    Forbes writer J.J. MacNab discovered Riehl’s Facebook page, in which he identifies himself as “Matt Gonzo,” and where he has posted multiple memes featuring Pepe the Frog, the cartoon that has been appropriated as a symbol for white nationalists.

    Other of Riehl’s Facebook posts include calling former President Barack Obama a “lying piece of sh*t” and shared posts from alt-right website Breitbart News.

    As the Associated Press has reported, Riehl seemed to have a grudge against local police officers, and posted multiple complaints about the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department on YouTube.

    Specifically, the AP notes that Riehl in a December video called for “the firing of Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock” and attacked him “in highly personal terms.” Riehl also said that during that video that he would be running as a “libertarian” candidate for Douglas County Sheriff.

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    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/col...-social-media/

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    White Terrorists Share Bomb-Making Materials in Online Chats

    Chat logs made available to ProPublica show talk of mass killings and the recipes that could be used to carry them out.

    by A.C. Thompson and Ali Winston - Nov. 2, 2017

    Right-wing extremists communicating in confidential online chats in recent months have shared scores of documents detailing the manufacture and use of bombs, grenades, mines and other incendiary devices.

    The documents, which range from instructions on detonating dynamite to U.S. military manuals for constructing improvised explosives and booby traps, were passed around during online conversations among members of Anticom, a secretive and militant group that has emerged during the past year.

    Records of the online chats were made available to ProPublica by Unicorn Riot, a leftist media collective that has reported critically on racist marches and right-wing political rallies in cities around the U.S.

    Anticom, or Anti-Communist Action, views itself as a guerilla army fighting against what it has called the radical elements of the country’s political left. On its social media channels, Anticom openly embraces fascist ideology and imagery, and the group’s members have engaged in hate-filled talk involving Jews, Muslims, immigrants and African Americans. In recent weeks Anticom has stepped out of the shadows as its members have provided security to so-called alt-right champion Richard Spencer at a speaking event in Florida. Anticom also helped to organize a “White Lives Matter” protest in Shelbyville, Tennessee, last weekend.

    It is unclear how seriously the documents shared in the chats were explored by any of Anticom’s members or followers, much less whether the documents were actually used to craft incendiary devices. But the transcripts of the chats include racist talk and open mentions of mass killings.

    The user who posted the bomb-making documents, for instance, said he or she wanted to overthrow the U.S. government. “Death to all non whites,” the user wrote in a chat forum post on April 26. Another Anticom member encouraged recruits to construct a bomb and use it to carry out an attack in the style of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

    The chatroom logs shared with ProPublica show that Anticom members were in communication with another extremist group, several members of which have surfaced in federal investigations.

    In May, federal agents searching the Tampa home of 21-year-old Brandon Russell discovered an array of explosives and bomb ingredients: fuses made from rifle shells, a white cake-like explosive substance called HMTD, more than one pound of ammonium nitrate and other explosive precursors, and two different kinds of radioactive material. The agents promptly arrested Russell, who was both a member of the Florida National Guard and a leader of Atomwaffen, a small fascist group calling for a “white revolution in the 21st century.”

    Federal authorities only uncovered Russell's bomb-making materials after his roommate and fellow Atomwaffen member Devon Arthurs killed two of their comrades. Arthurs later told law enforcement that he acted in order to prevent acts of domestic terrorism, and that Atomwaffen intended “to build a FourthReich.” Russell participated in “neo-Nazi internet chat rooms where he threatened to kill people and bomb infrastructure,” and was plotting to blow up a nuclear power plant near Miami, according to Arthurs.

    After pleading guilty in September to illegally possessing explosive material and an unregistered destructive device, Russell is currently awaiting sentencing, which is scheduled for early next year.

    Russell’s attorney, Ian Goldstein, cast doubt on any link between Anticom and his client’s explosives charges. Law enforcement didn’t find any manuals for building bombs in Russell’s home or on his computer, Goldstein said, adding Anticom and its online chats never came up during his research for the case.

    Federal prosecutors in Florida would not comment on the case, or any potential overlap between Anticom and Russell and his neo-Nazi cell.

    ProPublica asked the FBI whether it was looking into Anticom and the bomb plans. “The FBI does not confirm or deny specific investigations. However, any information regarding violent criminal activity or threats of terrorism should be reported promptly to the FBI,” said a national FBI spokesperson.

    Speaking broadly, the FBI representative noted that the bureau concerns itself with potential acts of terrorism, not unpopular political beliefs. “Our focus is not on membership in particular groups but on individuals who commit violence and other criminal acts. Furthermore, the FBI does not and will not police ideology.”

    Anticom, through a designated spokesperson, did not dispute the authenticity of the logs, but said the group had months ago taken steps to ban people threatening violence from the online chats.

    “Of course we denounce that kind of behavior,” the person said. “If an Anticom member built a bomb, he'd be banned as soon as we found out.” Despite the intensely hateful views expressed by many Anticom members, the spokesperson said “all races and ideologies are welcome” in the organization so long as they “are anti-communist.”

    The person dismissed any suggestion that Anticom had a connection with Atomwaffen.

    Anticom’s size is unknown, but it boasts chapters in at least 15 U.S. and Canadian cities, and members have shown up waving the black-and-yellow Anticom flag at events across the country. (One of the organization’s logos shows a person being hurled from a helicopter, a tactic used by right-wing death squads in Chile and Argentina.) Anticom’s confidential online chats, which were conducted on an encrypted server hosted by service called Discord, give some sense of the organization’s possible scale: people using more than 1,200 different usernames participated in the discussions.

    Peter Simi, director of the Earl Babbie Research Center at Chapman University, noted that violent and radical talk are part of the culture of white extremist groups — and that talk typically does not lead to action. Still, he said the material was worrisome.

    “All it takes is one person to do something with that information,” said Simi, who has interviewed dozens of white supremacists and co-authored the book “American Swastika.”

    Over the span of about seven months this year — from early February to late September — Anticom members posted more than 90,000 messages on the Discord server before being kicked off the service by company officials. The online discussions include plenty of profanity-laden racist and anti-Semitic banter by people with usernames like “Augusto Pinochet,” “deplorablepatriot,” and “Haupstürmfuhrer Pepe.” More worrisome, though, are the incitements towards violence.

    On April 26, one Anticom member posed a question to the rest of the group: “Anyone want access to my pdf library?” the person wrote. “137 pdfs of how to manufacture explosives.”

    Saved in the PDF format, the cache of documents includes recipes for making potent bombs from ammonium nitrate, scientific papers on the chemical composition of different explosive agents, an Army manual on deploying anti-personnel mines, and a guide to using radio frequencies to detonate explosives, a tactic frequently used by insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Some of the bomb documents are highly technical, likely to be of little use to anyone but a skilled chemist or engineer. Other documents are old, like a 1984 book showing how to build hand grenades. As a whole, however, the documents could easily provide a person with the tools to kill and wound scores of people.

    J.M. Berger, a fellow with the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in the Netherlands, said social media companies like Discord tend to downplay the dangers posed by racial extremists using their networks and are often slow to curb their activities. “White supremacists and antigovernment extremists have always collected and distributed this kind of content. The internet makes that process easier and cheaper and more anonymous.”

    Berger said Discord should consider contacting law enforcement, if only out of a sense of caution. “It’s probably not appropriate to freak out,” Berger said, “but a situation like this merits more scrutiny.”

    A spokesperson for Discord, which is primarily used by video game enthusiasts who want to communicate by voice or text, while playing games, said the Anticom chats were shut down in September once Discord was “alerted to activity in violation of our terms of service.” The company barred other white extremist groups off its servers in the aftermath of the lethal Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in August. According to the spokesperson, Discord had not been in contact with any authorities, but would cooperate in any investigation should one be undertaken.

    One Army manual shared by Anticom members offers step-by-step plans for creating fire bombs by adding chemicals to gasoline or other readily available fuels. But the documents go well beyond explosives. There are instructions on using military-type assault rifles and M249 machine guns, as well as hand-to-hand fighting techniques.

    The chat logs also describe plans for engaging in violence at political events during the past year. In the days before an April 15 rally in support of President Donald Trump in Berkeley, California, one Anticom member promised the event would turn into a “bloodbath.” After the rally, which was marked by a series of brutal street battles between right-wingers and leftists, another Anticom member boasted of breaking a rival’s jaw in the fighting.

    https://www.propublica.org/article/w...n-online-chats

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    New Mexico School Shooter Had Secret Life on Pro-Trump White-Supremacy Sites

    For years before William Edward Atchison killed two students and himself, he lived a shadow life online—one full of crude alt-right memes and praise for school shooters.

    In real life, William Edward Atchison—people called him Bill—lived in a little yellow house with his parents, about a mile away from the Giant gas station where he worked and from Aztec High School, where he shot and killed two students and then himself last Thursday.

    At the murder scene, police found a thumb drive with a note that read, “If things go according to plan, today would be when I die. I go somewhere and gear up, then hold a class hostage and go apeshit, then blow my brains out.”

    He wrote “work sucks, school sucks, life sucks. I just want out of this ****.”

    “It’s a shame he wasn’t on our radar,” San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen told Fox News last week. “I don’t think he had anything so much as a traffic ticket.”

    And yet online, the 21-year-old New Mexico resident lived a prolific life as a white supremacist, pro-Trump meme peddler who was most known for his obsession with school shooters. For a half-decade, Atchison spent most of his days online, repeatedly posting threats of violence and cries for help.

    When users saw posts from Atchison, who went by dozens of names like “Adam Lanza” and “Future Mass Shooter” on both larger platforms like YouTube and racist communities like The Daily Stormer, they would often ask how his manifesto was going.

    Despite local law enforcement’s claims that he wasn’t a known threat, and a visit from the FBI in 2016, Atchison spent most of the last half-decade glorifying school shooters on alt-right websites and posting plaintive appeals for help in fixing his life, according to hundreds of posts analyzed by The Daily Beast.

    At EncyclopediaDramatica, a Wikipedia-style site for fringe internet users to describe memes and in-jokes in detail, he volunteered as a SysOp, the site’s word for an administrator. Atchison’s page, now replete with his screen name @satanicdruggie and his real identity, is filed under the “An Heroes” section, reserved for people who have killed themselves.

    On the alt-right forums and hate groups he frequented, Atchison appears to have made many enemies. Despite later becoming a moderator of the site, one of Atchison’s most popular EncyclopediaDramatica accounts, AlGore, was banned from the site for two years when it was labeled as a “troll.”


    Ryan Lenz, who monitors hate groups and extremism for the Southern Poverty Law Center, said Atchison’s pattern is typical of white extremists—even if his years-long archive of school-shooting proclamations might be unprecedented.

    “Generally, mass shooters spend a period of time prior to their action steeped in studying previous shooters. They study the aftermath of these individuals. They have a great deal of esteem or respect for others who have done the same,” said Lenz.

    “Add in the ideology, in this case these forums—it compounds the severity and the rate of radicalization.”

    Lenz said the cocktail of violent rhetoric, mental illness, and economic despair is what leads to “mobilization,” the word experts use for the shift from radicalized online rhetoric to real-life behavior.

    Acting on a tip that Atchison had posted a comment on a gaming forum asking users where he could get “a cheap assault rifle” for a mass shooting, the FBI interviewed him and his family, and ultimately determined that no crime had been committed and closed the investigation.

    “He was cooperative,” Albuquerque FBI Special Agent Terry Wade said at a press conference last week. “He told us that he enjoyed trolling on the internet.

    Two years before the FBI visited his home, and three years before he killed two people in a New Mexico high school, Atchison pleaded for advice on how to fix his life.

    “Look, I’m sorry if I’m rude and hateful or anything, but I don’t know what to do. I’ve lived no life for nearly 19 years, most of which was in the miserable ass sun-belt. Did you know new mexico has the fourth highest suicide rate?” Atchison wrote.

    “Should I escape this dump or deal with it? How can I become polite and make some friends out there in this world?”

    Over 230 people viewed the post. No one responded.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/new-me...upremacy-sites

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    White Supremacist Terrorist murdered and bombed 3 mosques

    Maz Saleem's father was murdered by a far-right terrorist who bombed three mosques, but you’ve probably never heard of him.
    https://www.facebook.com/DoubleDownN...37187346366924


    White supremacists were responsible for most extremist killings in the US last year.

    https://www.facebook.com/Channel4New...5601609176939/


    Funding White hate


    As white nationalists protest across the country, we wanted to know who's funding their hate. And there's more money in it than you realize.

    https://www.facebook.com/ajplusengli...49285748546265


    Thousands of far-right supporters and Nazis marched on Warsaw

    Banners read:
    “Clean Blood"
    “Europe Will Be White"
    "Pray for Islamic Holocaust"

    https://www.facebook.com/iKhabr/vide...3996229383383/

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    Thousands of far-right supporters and Nazis marched

    Banners read: “Clean Blood", “Europe Will Be White", "Pray for Islamic Holocaust"

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    https://www.facebook.com/doamuslims/videos/1620363294677898/



    60,000 Polish Christians March “Praying for Islamic Holocaust”


    Independence march in Poland draws thousands of people some “praying for Islamic holocaust”

    13th November 2017


    Tens of thousands of right-wing protesters dominated Poland’s Independence Day celebrations with Islamophobic placards calling for a holocaust against Muslims.

    An estimated 60,000 people attended the march in the capital city of Warsaw, with protesters chanting “clean blood”, “pure Poland” and “white Poland”.

    President Andrzej Duda presided over state ceremonies, as well as the European Union’s president Donald Tusk, who is a former prime minister of Poland.

    The right-wing march was the largest Independence Day event in recent years, overshadowing official state observances and other patriotic events.

    Some participants expressed clear Islamophobic and white supremacist ideas, with some banners reading “White Europe of brotherly nations” and “Pray for Islamic holocaust”.

    Participants marched under the slogan “We Want God,”
    words from an old Polish religious song that President Donald Trump quoted during a visit to Warsaw earlier this year.

    Speakers spoke of standing against Islam and defending Christian values.


    Police estimated that out of the 60,000 people who took part, most were young white men and elderly Poles.

    The march has become one of Europe largest demonstrations, and Saturday drew far-right leaders from across Europe, including Britain’s Tommy Robinson and Roberto Fiore from Italy.

    State broadcaster TVP, which reflects the conservative government’s policies, called it a “great march of patriots,” and in its broadcasts described the event as one that drew mostly regular Poles expressing their love of Poland – not extremists. [defending their extremist publid]

    Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said: “It was a beautiful sight. We are proud that so many Poles have decided to take part in a celebration connected to the Independence Day holiday.”

    Independence Day marks Poland regaining its sovereignty at the end of World War I after being partitioned and ruled since the late eighteenth century by Russia, Prussia and the Hapsburg Empire.

    http://5pillarsuk.com/2017/11/13/independence-march-in-poland-draws-thousands-of-people-some-praying-for-islamic-holocaust/

    Five Polish-Muslim Facts Everyone Should Know

    15 November 2017

    This week, thousands of Polish nationalists and far-right supporters took to the streets of Warsaw, some of them holding anti-Muslim signs, including one that read “pray for Islamic holocaust”. Aired across the globe, the shocking scenes left many wondering if Poland has forgotten its considerable Muslim heritage.

    1. Muslims Have Been In Poland For Seven Centuries

    Muslim Tatars first came to Poland from the Crimea in the 14th century, when they were invited to help the Polish-Lithuanian alliance fight the Christian Knights of the Teutonic Order. They famously joined the alliance at the Battle of Grunwald in 1410 and saved both nations. As a reward, they were invited to stay and were given land around the borderlands of Poland, Lithuania and Belarus, where many families have resided ever since, making them one of Europe’s oldest Muslim communities.

    2. Poland Is Home To Europe’s Most Indigenous Mosques

    The historic mosques of Poland are found in two towns close to the northeastern border. The 18th-century Bohoniki Mosque and the 19th-century Kruszyniany mosque are often mistaken for local churches. Their square, wooden buildings and pitched roofs, where onion-domed turrets point skyward, are reminiscent of local, rural orthodox churches. The only clue that these are Muslim places of worship are the crescents on the top. Five more of these very European-looking mosques survive in Lithuania and Belarus.

    3. Muslims Have Fought For Poland For Over 600 Years

    Ever since the 1410 Battle of Grunwald, Polish Muslims have fought in every major war for Poland. This included going up against the Ottomans at the 1683 Battle of Vienna, led by Polish King John III Sobieski; the Napoleonic Wars; and the Second World War, in which a Polish Tatar Regiment fought against the German Nazis. To acknowledge their brave and loyal contribution, a statue of a mounted Tatar soldier was unveiled at Orunia Park in Gdansk in 2010.

    4. Poland’s Military Had Imams

    Polish-Muslim soldiers were so highly regarded that the Polish Army installed its very own imams at the start of the 20th century. The imams took Islamised oaths from new Muslim recruits and led soldiers in daily prayers. They oversaw funerals, marriages and nightly prayers during the month of Ramadan, when Polish-Muslim soldiers were allowed to fast. The last of these Imams, Ali Ismail Woronowicz, was posthumously awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta in 2011 after being killed by the Soviet Union in 1941.

    5. Poland Has Always Supported Its Muslim Communities

    Throughout the nation’s history, Polish nobles and leaders have supported the Polish-Muslim community even after periods of discontent. This began in the 14th century, when they were first granted nobility. After the Tatar Mutiny of the 17th century, when many switched allegiance because their religious and cultural rights had been denied, King John III Sobieski asked them to return and promised to reinstate them. During the 2005 Danish cartoons controversy, which upset many Polish-Muslims, the country’s Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz came out and said that he shared “the feelings of those who may feel offended”. The PM then reminded his nation that “Poland was and still remains a country of tolerance. This fact is confirmed by the 600-year presence of the Muslim Tatar community in the territory of the Republic of Poland.”

    https://www.mysalaam.com/en/story/fi...15112017080852


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    Florida school shooter belonged to white supremacist group, leader claims


    The 19-year-old accused of killing nearly 20 people at a high school in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday belonged to a white supremacist militia, the group's leader claimed Friday.

    The leader of the Republic of Florida white supremacist militia claimed in interviews with the Anti-Defamation League and The Associated Press that accused Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz belonged to the group and trained with other members in paramilitary drills.

    However, Florida law enforcement sources reportedly told the Tallahassee Democrat on Thursday that they had not confirmed a link between Cruz and the Republic of Florida group.

    Cruz was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday.

    The group describes itself as a “white civil rights organization fighting for white identitarian politics," according to the ADL. Militia leader Jordan Jereb told the AP that the group wants to create a "white ethno-state" in Florida.
    Several people claiming to be members of the militia posted on section of the 4chan forum popular with white supremacists, saying that Cruz was part of the group.

    Jereb told the ADL that group had not instructed or wanted Cruz to conduct a school shooting. Wednesday’s shooting, the 18th school shooting so far this year, left at least 17 dead and 14 injured.

    “He acted on his own behalf of what he just did and he’s solely responsible for what he just did," Jereb told the AP, adding that he thought Cruz had recently had "trouble with a girl," seeming to imply that the attack could have been timed to coincide with Valentine's Day.

    Cruz, who was arrested off of school property, was identified as a former student of the school who had been expelled after bringing ammunition to school in his backpack. He reportedly legally purchased the AR-15 rifle used in the shooting one year ago.

    President Trump said in a tweet Thursday morning that mental illness was responsible for the shooting and that community members could have prevented it by reporting Cruz's erratic behavior to authorities.

    “So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior," he tweeted.

    "Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!”

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    Hate groups in US grow for third straight year: SPLC



    The number of hate groups has grown by 20 percent since 2014, the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a new report.

    The number of hate groups operating in the United States grew by four percent in 2017, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an Alabama-based monitoring group.


    The SPLC identified 954 hate groups in the US last year, an increase from the 917 it had documented in 2016, the group said in a report released on Wednesday.


    The number of hate groups has risen 20 percent since 2014, the civil rights monitor noted in a conference call with members of the press.


    According to the SPLC, 2017 was the third straight year to witness a rise in the number of hate groups. It was also the first year since 2009 that hate groups were documented in all 50 states.
    'Racism sanctioned by highest office'

    Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLC's Intelligence Project, laid much of the blame for last year's increase on the administration of President Donald Trump, saying he has stoked the flames of white supremacy and anti-immigrant xenophobia.


    "President Trump in 2017 reflected what white supremacist groups want to see: a country where racism is sanctioned by the highest office, immigrants are given the boot and Muslims banned," she said.


    Since coming to office in January 2017, Trump has repeatedly come under fire for what critics say is dog whistling the far right, including white supremacist groups.


    Neo-Nazi groups, which the year before had numbered 99, saw the largest increase, growing by 22 percent and reaching 121 groups across the country.


    Neo-Nazi groups were among the more than 600 organisations the SPLC designated as a broader category, which also includes Ku Klux Klan (KKK) chapters, neo-Confederate groups and others.


    Anti-government groups grew from 623 in 2016 to 689 last year, the group explained, adding that 237 of those groups were armed militias.


    Anti-Muslim groups rose for the third year in a row.


    There were also 233 chapters of black nationalist hate groups, such as the Nation of Islam, in 2017, as compared to 193 the previous year.


    Beirich described black nationalist hate organisations, which grew by 22 percent last year, as "broadly anti-Semitic, anti-white and usually anti-LGBT".


    "The growth we've seen in this sector is a response to rising white supremacy, which isn't surprising given the environment we're in," she said in a conference call with members of the press on Wednesday.


    "I also want to say that these kinds of organisations have nothing in common with groups like Black Lives Matter and others who are fighting for civil rights, for minorities and for everyone - and that's a distinction that should be kept in mind."

    KKK shrinks

    Meanwhile, KKK chapters declined drastically, decreasing from 130 in 2016 to 72 last year.


    Beirich attributed the decrease in KKK chapters to the growing appeal of the alt-right, a loosely knit coalition of white supremacists, white nationalists and neo-Nazis who advocate a white ethnostate.


    In a recent report, the SPLC documented 100 people killed or injuredby affiliates of the alt-right throughout the last four years.

    Last month, the Anti-Defamation League published a report that found 18 people were killed by white supremacists in 2017.


    "Domestic terrorism committed by white supremacists … continues to be a problem," Beirich said, alluding to a string of far-right attacksthat resulted in deaths last year.


    In May 2017, 35-year-old Jeremy Christian was arrested and charged with stabbing to death two people and injuring a third when they attempted to prevent him from hurling Islamophobic insults at Muslim passengers.


    In August, white supremacists from across the country descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, for "Unite the Right", the largest rally of its kind in years.


    One of the participants, James Alex Fields, allegedly ploughed his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring several others.


    "It's as if our culture has been infused by these ideas," Beirich said.


    The SPLC's new report also included 51 anti-LGBT groups and two male supremacist organisations, a new category that was not included in the monitor's previous reports.


    The male supremacist movement "misrepresents all women as genetically inferior, manipulative and stupid and reduces them to their reproductive or sexual function", the SPLC said in its report.


    Beirich said these groups made it "glaringly apparent that it would be weird for us to leave them off of the list, given that they're doing the exact same as these other organisations are doing to other populations".

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/...192119355.html

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    One group they failed to mention opposite of 'male supremacist movement' is the 'feminism supremacist movement' that wants to kill of majority of the male population and save a few as sex slaves and labor servants.

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    “Thor: Ragnarok” is a hammer in the face to the alt-right

    The makers of the third “Thor” went out of their way to protect Norse mythos from the grip of white supremacy

    by John Semley - 11.04.2017

    It feels absurd to have to say this, but times are strange, the intermingling of politics and pop culture even stranger, and one, it seems, can never be too careful. So, here goes:
    I truly, deeply hope that “Thor: Ragnarok” does not embolden modern white nationalists.

    The latest in Marvel’s slate of Thor superhero fantasies — which is either the third or sixth entry, if “Avengers” movies count as “Thor” movies — is already garnering wild praise for its inventiveness, colorful explosiveness and sheer fun. Less “Captain America: The Winter Solider” and more “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Against the relative doom-and-gloom of 2013’s “Thor: The Dark World,” “Ragnarok” seems to embrace the inherent silliness of muscly Norse gods in complicated helmets smashing into each other, in their recurring bids to either execute or prevent the execution of one or another world-ending scheme. In Norse mythology, Ragnarök is itself an apocalyptic calamity, an enormous battle between gods, which sees the world submerged in water, to later resurface and be repopulated by human survivors. This makes it a consummate comic book, and comic book movie, event — a “Crisis”-style opportunity to simplify or reboot complicated canon continuity.

    In the contemporary moment, anything even vaguely Nordic-related also carries a weird, sinister charge.
    The revitalization of white supremacist movements in the West (under the guise of “white nationalism” or “White Lives Matter” or the “alt-right” or other euphemistically named movements) often proceeds from a white, European, Christian identity. Sure, they often seem to play it pretty fast and loose with the “Christian” stuff. And not just because the teachings of the actual New Testament tend to come down quite harshly on points like hating your fellow man. But because contemporary white supremacy is ideologically and aesthetically informed by the same sort of Euro-pagan, pseudo-heathen mythologies exploited by stuff like the “Thor” movies.

    * * *

    In 2015,
    three men in Virginia were arrested and charged for attempting to bomb black churches and Jewish synagogues, as part of a plan to initiate a race war. Beyond their whiteness, and their radical hatefulness, the culprits shared a belief in Odinism, a (sort of) old world European belief system. No burning crosses or biblical, fire-and-brimstone barking for these racists. They pledged themselves not to Christ, or to the traditional notion of God, but to Odin, an ancient Norse god.

    In the “Thor” films, Odin is played by Anthony Hopkins and depicted as Thor’s dad and the ruler of the magical realm of Asgard. On the premium cable fantasy series, a version of Odin, called “Mr. Wednesday,” folklore is played by Ian McShane (Wednesday itself derives from the Old English wōdnesdæg, in reference to Odin, or Wōtan, as he’s called in Germanic), and depicted as a wandering, omnipotent huckster. In Norse mythology, Odin is a key figure — if not the key figure, inspiring myths, poems, operas, the carvings of ancient archaeological runes and, indeed, even his own belief system.

    Despite its ties to ancient Germanic deities,
    Odinism is a form of Heathenry, and classified as a “new religious movement,” a term used to apply broadly to various pagan, occult or otherwise “alternative” religious groups and denominations, which range from Satanism to Christian Science to the Hare Krishna movement. While not all modern practitioners of Heathenry are racists or white supremacists, those who follow Odinism hew to a more folkish, or racialist, belief system: one that valorizes Odin as a god of Germanic-descended peoples and so privileges anyone of Northern European descent. More extreme Odinists explicitly believe that theirs is the true religion of the Aryan people, with even Christianity being mongrelized. Some incorporate the Nazi swastika — a rather obviously racist and white supremacist symbol — into more traditional Norse mythological iconography, like Thor’s Hammer (indeed: the Anti-Defamation League classifies Thor’s hammer as a “general hate symbol”).

    “Odinism is undergoing a renaissance,” Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, told Public Radio International earlier this year. “Now is a great time for Odinism because it fits into this historical narrative about European cultural greatness and a connection between whiteness and nationality.” International street thug hate organizations like the Soldiers of Odin explicitly borrow ideas and iconography from Norse myth.
    Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian far-right terrorist who took 77 lives in 2011, also self-identifies as an Odinist. And the cultural influence extends beyond the Marvel movies, from the benign (the appearance of the Norse god Loki as a green-faced, zoot-suited monster in the Jim Carrey comedy “The Mask”) to the more patently “problematic” (the neo-völkisch, racialist ideology undermining certain strains of black metal music).

    The Southern Poverty Law Center has also noted the trend, with a lengthy missive from earlier this year describing the renewed appeal in ancient European gods: “For many
    white supremacists, Norse mythology features folklore of revenge and battles between forces of good and evil which resonate with white supremacist views of today’s society.” Forget trumped-up talk of a new Crusade between the Christian and Islamic world. Odinism harkens back even further, to an imagined mythology believed to predate Christianity (which hardcore white supremacists reject on the basis that Christ surrendered to Jewish influence). One could (perhaps reasonably) argue that worshiping a one-eyed Germanic warrior-deity is no more or less reasonable than worshiping any other fictional prophet or Messiah figure, or some omniscient beardo in the sky. In pretty much every case, perfectly good gods are marshaled to nasty, malevolent ends. But in the context of contemporary white supremacism, this neopagan spiritual basis proves particularly baffling.

    One of the things that marks the modern
    “alt-right” — beyond its oft-cited use of memes, jokes, irony, etc. — is the way it justifies its galling racism by deferring to the regimes of science and reason. Instead of identifying as “racist,” they practice “race realism,” which attempts to use science (in the form of IQ charts or speciously sourced and decontextualized crime statistics) to justify racist ideology. Jared Taylor, founder and editor of the white supremacist magazine the “American Renaissance,” who stumped for Donald Trump because he believed “the effects of his policy would be to reduce the dispossession of Whites,” is a prominent American “race realist.”

    Such beliefs, however phony, are central to the presumed seriousness of contemporary, suit-and-tie white supremacy. This is a movement, after all, that desperately attempts to distinguish itself, both ideologically and aesthetically, from cliches of drooling, thick-necked, burning-cross-style KKK racism. The neopagan influence in modern white supremacy drastically undermines even this ersatz seriousness, revealing the utter incomprehensibility of the "alt-right" and associated ideological movements. It becomes difficult to square even the bad science of the buttoned-down race realists with berserker death cult beliefs in a final showdown between Odinist Aryans and the other races of the world — their own racialist Ragnarök.

    * * *

    I reserve no particular affection for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s to the credit of “Thor: Ragnarok” that it explicitly pushes back against the racialized, white supremacist co-opting of Norse-gods-cum-comic-book-heroes. The film’s titular winner-take-all melee casts Odin (Hopkins), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and even the mischievous Loki (Tom Hiddleston) against Cate Blanchett’s scowling Hela, a goddess of death and Odin’s first born daughter, bent on expanding the colonialist Asgard empire.

    In her wanton, giddy lust for violence, Hela challenges taken-for-granted notions of Asgardian exceptionalism, implicating Odin et. al in the nasty business of extra-dimensional empire building. Indeed,
    Hela’s plot is nothing short of spreading the Asgardian master race across the cosmos, exterminating “lesser” classes of life that stand in her way. The parallels to the similarly deluded endpoint of "alt-right" and modern white nationalists — who talk openly and with insane, straight-faced pride of an all-white ethnostate while judiciously avoiding the subject of the mass genocides required to create one — is pretty much self-evident.

    It is perhaps too much to ask that (re)casting burly Norse/Germanic/Aryan icons like Thor as protectors of the downtrodden will prove enough to turn back the nasty cultural appropriation of Norse mythology. Still, “Ragnarok,” in all its kaleidoscopic, candy-flipping colors and arch silliness and stupidity, underscores the sheer preposterousness of using such figures to justify something as stupid, preposterous and wildly immoral as the modern white nationalist agenda.

    Maybe it’s enough that in an age when the "alt-right" and radical white supremacist fringes co-opt all manner of various pop cultural signifiers, from “The Matrix” to Depeche Mode to Pepe The Frog, Hollywood went and made something that is defiantly not for them. At least in the trenches of the ongoing, increasingly ludicrous culture wars, the forces of progressivism have the God of Thunder on their side.


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    Notice all these white racists using Odin, a one-eye Norse god, as their God. When ad-Dajjal (anti-Christ) appears, he too will be blind in one eye. All of these white racists will follow the Dajjal, taking him as Odin.

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    Domestic Terrorist Bomber Targeting Black Families



    Austin Package Bombs Appear to Be Targeting Prominent Black Families


    Three package bombs have gone off in Austin, Texas, in the past two weeks, and they appear to have targeted members of prominent black families, the president of the local NAACP told NBC News Wednesday.

    The families of Stephen House, who was killed on March 2, and Draylen Mason, who was killed on Monday, have known each other for a long time “and go to the same church,” according to Nelson Linder. The Austin NAACP president said that a third bomb, which injured 75-year-old Esperanza Herrera, may have been intended for “another person who might be connected to the House and Mason families.”

    Though the Austin police agree that the bombings are related, they haven’t suggested a motive. They also haven’t said whether they think the victims were personally targeted. But interim Austin police chief Brian Manley did tell reporters this week that they’re not ruling out the possibly “that hate crime is at the core of this.”

    Mason, 17, was a musician who was set to enroll at the University of Texas Butler School of Music. His grandmother LaVonne Mason is a co-founder of the Austin Area Urban League. House, 39, was a father and founder of his own money-management firm. His stepfather, Freddie Dixon, who is close with Mason’s grandparents, was the longtime pastor at Wesley United Methodist Church, a historic black church that was founded by newly freed slaves.

    Dixon told the Washington Post that he doesn’t think the victims’ history is a coincidence. “Somebody’s done their homework on both of us, and they knew what they were doing,” he said. “My diagnosis: Number one, I think it’s a hate crime. Number two, somebody’s got some kind of vendetta here.”

    Investigators have begun looking into the connection between the Mason and House families, attempting to see if the victims’ relationships to “prominent members of Austin’s African-American community” is related to the bombings, the Austin American-Statesman reported on Wednesday.

    As for the third bomb, police have a theory that it was meant for a woman who is not related to the Mason family, but shares their last name.

    The bombs themselves provide some clue as to who may have delivered them. According to ABC News, the explosives “displayed a level of sophistication, indicating that the bomb-maker or bomb-makers were highly skilled.”

    The devices were set up to be detonated by motion like shaking or jostling, which is why they exploded when they were picked up. The devices also had some sort of safety switch, which enabled the bomber to move the devices without blowing themselves up, the sources briefed on the investigation told ABC News.

    As police continue their probe into the bombings, a sense of unease has come over the city as Austinites prepare for another potential bombing. And they remain vigilant. Since Monday, there have been nearly 500 reports of suspicious packages in the city. None of them have contained explosives.

    http://amp.nymag.com/daily/intellige...-families.html




    Texas White Authorities Don't want to Call White Christian bomber a "terrorist"


    Texas authorities waffle on 'terrorist' label for Austin bomber



    Austin bomber Mark Conditt stoked fear in Texas with a string of deadly explosions in the state’s capital — yet authorities are hesitating to call the 23-year-old white man a terrorist.

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott avoided the label in an interview with Fox News on Wednesday.

    “The definition of a terrorist is more the mindset of the person who committed the crime,” Abbott said.

    “Was his goal to terrorize or did he have some other type of agenda?"

    Abbott acknowledged the attacks brought “terror” to Austin
    , but he questioned whether Conditt was “trying to achieve more than terror.”

    “That we don’t know yet. But clearly there was terrorism that was felt,” Abbott said.

    Experts say a criminal act must be politically motivated to qualify as terrorism.

    Conditt’s actions do not yet meet that threshold — a motive hasn’t been revealed.

    “There are hazards in designating something an act of terrorism prematurely, so I think officials are appropriately cautious about jumping to designate somebody as a terrorist,” said Chuck Strozier, director of the Center on Terrorism at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

    “Obviously it’s a criminal act, but you want to be sure there is a larger political motive. You want to be sure the guy is not psychotic like Dylann Roof,” Strozier said, referring to the gunman who carried out mass murder at a Charleston church in 2015.

    Authorities have resisted using the label on Roof “because he is so clearly psychotic,” Strozier said.

    But critics are outraged that the terrorism label has quickly been applied to non-white criminals in what they see as a racial bias.

    “Let me get this straight, a suicide bomber murdered people then blew himself up but they’re not calling him a ‘terrorist’ because he’s white?” Airborne Toxic Event singer Mikel Jollett wrote on Twitter.

    “If the Austin bomber had been Muslim, the national guard would be on the streets of Texas by now,”
    he said.

    Public figures weighed in, too.

    “If this terrorist bomber was a brown guy, my mom wouldn’t be able to leave her house for a week,”
    said American-Pakistani comedian Kumail Nanjiani.

    A domestic terrorism statute requires that a crime be aimed at coercing a population, coercing a government, or attempting to bring about change in policy to qualify as terrorism.

    “It must be meant to achieve some objective beyond simply causing damage or death or harm,” said Brian Michael Jenkins of the Rand Corporation.

    “Cases where targets may be selected on the basis of race or gender or sexual orientation or ethnicity or religion, but where there is no further intent, no political agenda beyond that, those are referred to as hate crimes,” he said.

    The Austin bombings appear to have targeted specific people, not the general public.

    “Does it terrorize people? Yes. Is it terrorism? No. Because there’s a legal definition on terrorism. You’re not targeting any one person, you’re targeting groups of people,” said Gregory Vecchi, assistant professor of criminal justice at Missouri Western State University.

    Little is known about what led Conditt, 23, to plant at least six bombs across Austin, causing weeks of panic and fear.

    The first explosions targeted prominent African-American families, but two white men were injured by another explosive linked to Conditt.

    The bomber lived with two roommates who are not believed to have been involved in the attacks, according to authorities.

    “If it turns out from social media, websites he visited, things he downloaded that he sees himself as connected with a broad right-wing set of objectives, and killing blacks is part of a project, or meant to initiate race war, then that is political,” Strozier said. “But if he is a borderline personality who hates blacks and is setting up bombs in order to engage in some racial violence, then that is race hatred and criminal, but it's not domestic terrorism."

    The definition of terrorism is elastic and could evolve to include racially motivated crimes under the Trump administration, according to Strozier.

    “If it’s a white American and clearly right-wing and racist, then it’s something we may come to see as terrorism,” he said. “We have leadership that encourages right-wing thought and when you do that there are more radical, fanatical types that feel more legitimate. But it is not yet called domestic terrorism.”

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crim...icle-1.3888730

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    British soldier 'was collecting weapons and planning all-white strongholds for race war'

    Lance Corporal Mikko Vehvilainen allegedly collected alongside crossbows and other weapons, along with Nazi memorabilia

    A British Army soldier was stockpiling daggers, machetes and Nazi memorabilia, while planning to create all-white “strongholds” ahead of a race war, a court has heard.

    Lance Corporal Mikko Vehvilainen is one of two soldiers accused of joining the neo-Nazi group National Action, which has been banned as a terrorist organisation.

    Birmingham Crown Court heard that the 33-year-old had obtained a crude version of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) device and written a list of “security kit”.

    Counter-terror police who raided his accommodation at the Sennybridge Camp in Powys, in September, found the device alongside lists of weapons “that needed to be achieved” and a manifesto written by far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik.

    Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC told the jury: “In a notebook recovered from the defendant’s address, he had drafted a document headed ‘Extinction’. From its content it appears to be the first edition of a magazine in which he referred to the ‘extinction’ being the ‘genocide being forced upon whites’.”

    Part of the notebook entry allegedly read: “Be prepared to fight and die for your race in a possible last stand for our survival.”

    Mr Atkinson said: “The lists – and indeed the substantial quantity of weaponry recovered from his address – reveal and speak to his intention to stockpile weapons and other equipment in preparation for the ‘race war’ that he spoke of.”

    LCpl Vehvilainen, 33, is alleged to be a recruiter for National Action, bringing in 25-year-old Private Mark Barrett who was based at Kendrew Army Barracks in Rutland.

    The pair were arrested in coordinated raids alongside a 23-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons.

    The court heard that LCpl Vehvilainen answered his door to police, confirming his identity and telling his wife: “I’m being arrested for being a patriot.”

    Machetes, daggers, knuckle-dusters, a crossbow, arrows, circuit boards and a hammer were found at the property, along with several Nazi flags
    , the jury was told.

    CDs of music related to the Third Reich were found in a car, while a search of another address linked to LCpl Vehvilainen led to the recovery of swastika-emblazoned bunting, the court heard.

    “Not only were lists of weapons found, but there were stockpiles of weaponry which were recovered at the address,”
    Mr Atkinson said. “Those, the prosecution suggest, were Vehvilainen putting into effect his repeated call, quite literally a call to arms on the part of those who, like him, wanted to create a white-only society.”

    Pte Barrett, who served alongside his co-defendant in the Royal Anglian Regiment, was detained at an army base in Cyprus on the same day.

    After Pte Barrett was brought back to the UK, his personal effects were found to include two National Action cards – one labelled “White Jihad” – and a homemade cardboard swastika was found in his accommodation area.

    The pair are alleged to be active members of the “virulently racist” group both before and after it was banned in December 2016.

    The 23-year-old defendant received an email from a National Action leader assuring them that the group was merely “shedding one skin for another”, adding: “All genuinely revolutionary movements in the past have needed to exist partly underground. These are exciting times.”

    The group’s members were known for performing Hitler salutes at rallies, with prosecutors describing a “campaign of virulently racist, antisemitic, and homophobic propaganda, through which it sought to stir up a violent race war against ethnic minorities and others it perceived as ‘race traitors’”.

    National Action vocally supported the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox, taking on a statement shouted by her killer in court as its slogan.

    LCpl Vehvilainen has denied two charges of stirring up racial hatred, and one count of possession of a terrorism manual.

    The other male is facing three counts of possession of a terrorism manual – including a copy of Breivik’s pamphlet – and one count of distributing material likely to be useful to terrorists.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...-a8254376.html

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    This is their "patriotism" the call to create a "whites only" society? And they genocidal war mongers that are committing holocaust in other nations is always whinging about their "survival of the race" crap as if they are in any danger, such hypocrites.

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    White Extremists Preparing for “war against Islam”

    Far-right extremists are preparing for what they believe is a “war against Islam”, a report has warned in the wake of police alerts over attempted attacks.

    Hope Not Hate’s annual report forecast further violence emanating from various factions following the Finsbury Park terror attack on Muslims and neo-Nazi murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.

    Nick Lowles, chief executive of the campaign group, said that with the combination of “civil war” rhetoric and growing online hatred, “we must be prepared for more terrorist plots and use of extreme violence from the far-right for the foreseeable future”.

    “There is a huge spectrum of people but they all believe in this coming conflict,” he told The Independent.

    “Some say the only way to stop it is by people like themselves doing something about it, because they believe the state has allowed this to happen through multiculturalism and integration.”

    Mr Lowles said a smaller number of extremists believe a war against Muslims “needs to happen” so they can be expelled from Europe.

    He was speaking days after Mark Rowley, the outgoing head of UK counter-terror policing, revealed that four far-right terror plots had been foiled since the Westminster attack in March 2017.


    A record number of people are being arrested for suspected terror offences in the UK, with 28 suspects detained for far-right-inspired crimes in 2017
    according to Hope Not Hate’s count.

    The vast majority of terror suspects are alleged Islamists, but the number of white suspects has rocketed and far-right extremists make up more than a quarter of those going through the Government’s Channel counter-radicalisation programme.

    Hope Not Hate said that while anti-Semitism is still pervasive in the far-right, recent years have seen traditionally fractured groups rally around specifically anti-Muslim ideas in the wake of 9/11 and Isis terror attacks.

    Its report said that the view of Islam itself as a threat had spread into the mainstream and the general British population, with more than half of respondents in a public poll taking the position and 42 per cent saying their distrust of Muslims had grown after last-year’s Isis-inspired attacks.

    “With increasingly negative views towards British Muslims – and Islam more generally – there is a growing pool of possible recruits for the far right and, with some now having huge social media platforms, they now have ways to reach people that were unimaginable in the past,”
    researchers found.

    Prominent right-wing figures
    including American commentator Ann Coulter, ex-Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos, Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson, EDL founder Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Lennon), and former newspaper columnist Katie Hopkins are reaching millions of people through their social media posts and videos.

    All have seen followers and views spike in the wake of Isis-inspired massacres, with campaigners accusing the far-right of “exploiting terror attacks for its own benefit”.

    Because most of the material posted by high-profile figures cannot be proven to call for violence, it has mostly evaded criminal law and guidelines on social media sites.

    “While these people are not directly inciting violence, it is the logical conclusion of their rhetoric,” Mr Lowles said.

    “With the upsurge in terrorism coupled with the growth of far-right online and their ability to spread their poison to far larger numbers than ever before, we shouldn’t be surprised that people act on it.”

    One example is Darren Osborne, the far-right terrorist who was jailed for life after ploughing a van into Muslim worshippers in Finsbury Park, killing one victim and injuring several others.

    Records presented to the jury showed that the father-of-four started gorging on material from sources including the far-right party Britain First and Robinson after watching a BBC documentary on grooming gangs.

    Police said the 48-year-old became radicalised in just three to four weeks, as he read messages including an automated email from Robinson’s Rebel Media website claiming a “nation within a nation was forming just beneath the surface of the UK”.

    “The government and politicians refuse to take the necessary steps to keep us safe,” said the message, which was calling for supporters to join a march. It has now been left to us, the ordinary people of the United Kingdom to stand up to hate, to unite and in one voice say ‘no more’.”

    Osborne planned his attack after reading tweets from anonymous posters calling on people to “fight”
    , while a note left in the van claimed “Islam’s ideology doesn’t belong here”.

    Following previous warnings about online radicalisation by Isis and other Islamist groups, police said “individuals could look at material today and decide to go and do an attack later on this evening”.

    Last month, a Britain First supporter was jailed for trying to mow down the owner of an Indian restaurant after saying he was going to “kill a Muslim”,
    while a neo-Nazi was convicted of planning to attack a gay pride event and a Hitler-obsessive was imprisoned for threatening to petrol bomb mosques in revenge for the Manchester attack.

    Several terror cases involving suspected neo-Nazis are progressing through courts, including alleged plots to attack Downing Street and assassinate a Labour MP with a machete.

    The 2018 State of Hate report named numerous active groups of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, Holocaust deniers and figures on the so-called alt-right, which is based in America.

    The Government took action against the neo-Nazi group National Action by banning it as a terrorist organisation in 2016, sparking waves of arrests, but members split into renamed national factions to evade the law.

    While British street movements like the EDL, National Front and British National Party (BNP) have declined, Britain First enjoys more followers on Facebook than any mainstream political party and new movements have arrived in the UK.

    One is the pan-European Generation Identity, which claims it wants to preserve the “ethnocultural identity of Europe” – perceived to be white and Christian – and believes “indigenous” Europeans are being replaced by Muslims and migrants.


    A growing faction of the far-right is defined as “counter-jihaders”, who are not part of the wider movement but define themselves specifically against Islam and dominantly act online rather than as part of real-world groups.

    An exception is the failed Ukip leadership candidate Ann Marie Waters, who attempted to continue the momentum of her campaign by launching an anti-Islam party called For Britain.

    Researchers highlighted the risk of far-right influence shifting extremist ideas into the mainstream, warning: “We risk society being changed by thousands of people gnawing away at it.”

    “Something has to be done with people who deliberately incite hatred against a group because that clearly is going to end up inciting trouble and the Government has to do much more not just to take action but to speak out against it,” Mr Lowles said.

    “The concern is that we could see tit-for-tat violence, which can spiral out of control very quickly.”

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    White supremacists are using banners to get their messages across

    By Mallory Simon and Sara Sidner - March 15, 2018


    The banners, some of which are displayed above, have been hung in American cities by white supremacist groups.

    The banners have been
    hung from highway overpasses and rooftops in several states across the country.

    They're not discreet. And their creators -- usually
    white supremacist groups who proudly put their name and logo on the banners -- are not mincing words or using euphemisms, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

    "WHITE FAMILIES MATTER." "FOR RACE AND NATION." "'DIVERSITY' IS A CODE WORD FOR GENOCIDE." "UNjew HUMANITY."

    These are just some of the anti-immigration, racist or anti-Semitic statements displayed on the banners, and the underlying
    message is clear: If you're nonwhite and were not born in America, these groups don't want you here.

    The banners have appeared more frequently in the past year, according to a report released Thursday by the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism. It has counted
    at least 72 highly visible and disturbing messages deployed by mostly white supremacist groups since May 2017, a figure that "marks an unprecedented trend," the group said in a blog post labeled "New White Supremacist Tactic: Banners of Hate."

    "We do not have a banner count for 2016 because it was not a common form of activism that year," says Carla Hill, an investigative researcher for the Center on Extremism. "While we have seen white supremacists post banners in the past, we have never seen banners used to this degree or this widespread."


    The ADL says banners of this type have appeared more frequently in the last year.

    Another reason the
    banners may be increasing in number, the report says, is becausetheir messages of hate "can garner widespread attention with very little actual effort involved."

    The banners were
    hung in 21 states and on average seven times a month, the ADL says.

    One group, Identity Evropa, was responsible for 40% of all the banners, placing them in 13 states.

    Identity Evropa displays one of its biggest drops at the top of the group's homepage, and posts about it on the group's blog.

    Banner drops were
    most common in Oregon, California, Texas and Georgia, where the ADL says there are particularly active chapters of Identity Evropa and Patriot Front.

    Many of the banners from Identity Evropa contain language like: "America First," or statements about securing borders or anti-immigration sentiment.

    But the ADL warns that this organization is not like "mainstream" anti-immigration groups.

    "These phrases are a sanitized version of the group's true aim: the preservation of 'white American identity' and the promulgation of the idea that America was founded by white people for white people, and was not intended to be a multiracial or multicultural society," the ADL says in its report.


    Some of the banners targeted Muslims and African-Americans.

    The group placed an anti-Muslim banner across an overpass near Dearborn, Michigan -- a city with a large Muslim population -- that said: "Danger Sharia City Ahead," and featured images of women in burqas.

    The ADL says
    white supremacist group Vanguard America has targeted women, as well as Muslim and Jewish people, in brazen ways, "Feminists Deserve the Rope" was displayed at a women's march in Providence, Rhode Island, and the group hung a banner at a Holocaust memorial in Lakewood, New Jersey, that said: "(((Heebs))) Will Not Divide Us."



    The group Patriot Front capitalized on the debate over NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem in a banner it hung near the Dallas Cowboys football stadium that read: "Take a Knee Back in Africa."

    Patriot Front has proudly posted images of its banners on its Twitter account. A representative from Vanguard America confirms the group was responsible for the banner drops the ADL mentions, saying, "These banners were dropped in the name of white nationalism."


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    From Starbucks to Hashtags: We Need to Talk About Why White Americans Call the Police on Black People


    “Don’t you f*cking walk away! Don’t f*cking walk away from me!” the 20-something-year-old woman screamed as she followed after the 20-something-year-old guy who just got out of her car. It was 2 a.m.; only the streetlights were on, but the guy was clearly done with his girlfriend (probably ex-girlfriend at this point) and was just trying to get inside the building.

    “You f*cking asshole!” she screamed and ran after him, jumping onto his back for the angriest piggyback ride in history. He tussled with her for a bit, managing to slide her off his back with a thud. Then he kept walking to the apartment, cursing at her to leave him alone. This was several years ago—my friend Josh and I were awkwardly watching the whole thing. All we wanted to do was move a few final boxes into my first apartment in Laurel, Md., but this Real Housewives of Potomac cut scene was blocking our path to my second-floor unit.

    “I’m gonna call the cops! I’ll tell them you hit me!”
    the woman screamed, sitting on the grass and pointing at her ex. “I’ll tell them you beat me up. They’ll get your ass.”

    The man stopped dead in his tracks, turned around and gave her a look of shock, anger and then unmitigated fear. He was black. She was white. He knew exactly what she was saying and so did I, and most horrendously, so did she. When white people threaten to call the police on black people—out of anger, out of spite, out of pure vindictiveness—they are effectively saying, “I’ll kill you!” They’re just using a legal extension of white supremacy to do it. It’s high time we start considering these bigots just as much a threat as the police they summon to do their bidding.

    This week, black America added “sitting at Starbucks waiting for a white friend” to the list of things that we cannot safely do without fear of police violence. Previous entries included sitting in your car, sitting in someone else’s car, standing on your front porch, standing on your back porch, surviving a car accident, asking for directions to school and, of course, breathing.

    As a black man in America who has been harassed by police more times than I can count, I wasn’t surprised by the viral Starbucks video at all. However, my anger is directed not just at the cops but also at the cowardly Starbucks manager who made the call to the police to begin with. The men and women making these outrageous and unwarranted calls to police, which result in the harassment, unfair prosecution and even death of people of color, need to be found, publicly shamed and prosecuted to the full extent that the law allows.

    No, I’m not talking about Dave Reiling, the man who reported an actual crime in Sacramento, Calif., that the police used as an excuse to shoot Stephon Clark in his own backyard. Calling the police to report an actual crime that the police overact to is not the citizen’s fault, no matter what color he or she is. I’m talking about the hundreds of cases—that we know about—every year, where white Americans actively and knowingly use the police as an extension of their personal bigotry yet face no consequences.

    I’m talking about the white woman at the Red Roof Inn outside of Pittsburgh who called the cops on me because I disputed the charges on my bill and asked to speak to a manager. I’m talking about the white woman who called the cops on me last year even though she knew I was walking with political canvassers for Jon Ossoff’s congressional campaign in North Atlanta. I’m talking about the police officer who followed me behind my house in Hiram, Ohio, asking where I lived because he’d “gotten some calls about robberies.”
    In each and every single one of these instances, a white person used the cops as his or her personal racism valets, and I was the one getting served. In each of these instances, I could have been arrested, beaten up or worse based on nothing more than the word of a white person whom I made uncomfortable. As sick as this all is, I still consider myself lucky.

    Tamir Rice was killed at the tender age of 12 because a man who admitted to spending the afternoon drinking called 911 to report a “juvenile” who was probably carrying a “fake” gun. Constance Hollinger, the 911 dispatcher, who failed to deliver that information to the cops, got an eight-day suspension but kept her job, and there was no investigation into the caller. Tamir is still dead.

    Then there’s Ronald T. Ritchie, who told 911 that John Crawford III was running around Walmart “menacing children” with a shotgun. Crawford, holding a BB gun—sold at Walmart—in the open carry state of Ohio, was shot and killed by police. Despite clear evidence that Ritchie lied to the 911 dispatcher, which is a crime, no charges were filed against him.

    You can get arrested for pulling a fire alarm, making fake bomb threats and making false claims of an alien invasion—why not a false police report that results in death? We should be pushing for prosecution against these callers just as much as the cops who pull the trigger.

    That’s why I knew Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson’s statement on the Philadelphia incident was trash: “Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated the way it did ... ”

    Either Johnson is lying or hasn’t been white in America as long as I’ve been black in America. Calling the police is the epitome of escalation, and calling the police on black people for noncrimes is a step away from asking for a tax-funded beatdown, if not an execution. That Starbucks manager didn’t call the police in hopes that they’d politely ask two black customers to buy a latte or leave, just as the angry woman in front of my apartment wasn’t threatening to call the cops just to get her boyfriend to listen to her. The intent of these actions is to remind black people that the ultimate consequence of discomforting white people—let alone angering them—could be death.

    As horrible as the realities of American policing can be for black America, we can’t ever forget that there are even worse people out there. They’re peering out from the curtains of their house, information kiosks and “liberal” coffee counters, surreptitiously dialing their phones, whispering the exaggerations and Trumped-up fears that make America’s violent policing possible.


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    White Terrorist Caught Planting ISIS Bombs, one in a teddy bear

    by Peter Reid - April 12, 2018

    A man from South Carolina was charged with
    a dozen federal gun and explosives charges on Wednesday for allegedly planting bombs, WSPA-TV reported.

    The FBI executed a search warrant at Wesley Dallas Ayers’ home following an investigation into multiple explosive devices being found near his home in Anderson County.

    Ayers, 27, was charged in a
    12-count indictment with transportation of explosive materials with the intent to injure, possession and use of destructive devices during the commission of a crime of violence, use of a destructive device during the commission of a felony, and possession of an unregistered firearm.

    Seven planted devices were found by FBI agents, four of which were “destructive devices or bombs,” WYFF4 reported.

    Ayers’ fingerprints were found on several of the devices.

    Agents said Ayers has a tattoo of a teddy bear with glowing, red eyes on his left arm. On Feb. 15, a teddy bear matching the same description of Ayers’ tattoo was found on Little Mountain Road sitting in a basket.
    An Xray of the teddy bear found that there was a copper pipe with explosives inside.

    Along with some of the planted devices, written messages were found pledging allegiance to ISIS. One of the messages read “war has been declared.”

    On Jan. 30, a man and his 14-year-old daughter found a wicker basket making a hissing noise, possibly before the device might have exploded.

    Alongside the device was a picture of Osama Bin Laden standing in front of the White House with flames inside.

    Ayers has a history of using methamphetamines and once used a bat wrapped in barbed wire to beat his fiancée’s cat to death, WYFF reported.

    If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.



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    Cheddar Man: First Britons Had 'Dark to black' Skin as DNA Analysis Reveals


    The genome of Cheddar Man, who lived 10,000 years ago, suggests that he had blue eyes, dark skin and dark curly hair


    by Hannah Devlin - 2/7/2018



    The first modern Britons, who lived about 10,000 years ago, had “dark to black” skin, a groundbreaking DNA analysis of Britain’s oldest complete skeleton has revealed.

    video: https://www.facebook.com/ajplusengli...7812626360243/

    The fossil, known as Cheddar Man, was unearthed more than a century ago in Gough’s Cave in Somerset. Intense speculation has built up around Cheddar Man’s origins and appearance because
    he lived shortly after the first settlers crossed from continental Europe to Britain at the end of the last ice age. People of white British ancestry alive today are descendants of this population.

    It was initially assumed that Cheddar Man had pale skin and fair hair, but his DNA paints a different picture, strongly suggesting he had blue eyes,
    a very dark brown to black complexion and dark curly hair.

    The discovery shows that the genes for lighter skin became widespread in European populations far later than originally thought – and that skin colour was not always a proxy for geographic origin in the way it is often seen to be today.

    Tom Booth, an archaeologist at the Natural History Museum who worked on the project, said: “It really shows up that these
    imaginary racial categories that we have are really very modern constructions, or very recent constructions, that really are not applicable to the past at all.”

    Yoan Diekmann, a computational biologist at University College London and another member of the project’s team, agreed, saying the connection often drawn between Britishness and whiteness was “not an immutable truth. It has always changed and will change”.

    The findings were revealed ahead of a Channel 4 documentary, which tracked the ancient DNA project at the Natural History Museum in London as well as creating a new forensic reconstruction of Cheddar Man’s head.

    To perform the DNA analysis, museum scientists drilled a 2mm-diameter hole into the ancient skull to obtain a few milligrams of bone powder. From this,
    they were able to extract a full genome, which held clues about this ancient relative’s appearance and lifestyle.

    The results pointed to a
    Middle Eastern origin for Cheddar Man, suggesting that his ancestors would have left Africa, moved into the Middle East and later headed west into Europe, before eventually crossing the ancient land bridge called Doggerland which connected Britain to continental Europe. Today, about 10% of white British ancestry can be linked to this ancient population.

    The analysis also ruled out an ancestral link with individuals inhabiting Gough’s Cave 5,000 years earlier, who appear to have performed grisly cannibalistic rituals, including gnawing on human toes and fingers – possibly after boiling them – and drinking from polished skull cups.

    Britain was periodically settled and then cleared during ice ages until the end of the last glacial period about 11,700 years ago, since when it has been continuously inhabited.

    Until now, though, it hasn’t been clear whether each wave of migrants was seeded from the same population in mainland Europe; the latest results suggest this was not the case.

    The team homed in on genes known to be linked to skin colour, hair colour and texture, and eye colour. For skin tone, there are a handful of genetic variants linked to reduced pigmentation, including some that are very widespread in European populations today. However, Cheddar Man had “ancestral” versions of all these genes, strongly suggesting he would have had “dark to black” skin tone, but combined with blue eyes.

    Scientists believe that populations living in Europe became lighter-skinned over time because pale skin absorbs more sunlight, which is required to produce enough vitamin D. The latest findings suggest pale skin may have emerged later, possibly when the advent of farming meant people were obtaining less vitamin D though dietary sources like oily fish.

    Cheddar Man would have lived a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, making sharp blades from flints for butchering animals, using antlers to whittle harpoons for spear fishing and carving bows and arrows.


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    Why Is He Called "Cheddar Man"



    Cheddar Man's remains had been unearthed 115 years ago in Gough's Cave, located in Somerset's Cheddar Gorge. Subsequent examination has shown that the man was short by today's standards - about 5ft 5in - and probably died in his early 20s.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42939192



    Comments:

    So basically all these white people came from dark skinned people and yet they think they are the "master race" some how.

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    White Nazi Terrorist Kills Ten People at Texas High School

    Santa Fe shooting suspect is student Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, who had ‘Born to Kill’ t-shirt


    by Jimmy McCloskeyFriday 18 May 2018


    The
    Santa Fe High School shooter who killed between eight and ten people has been named as student Dimitrios ‘Dimitri’ Pagourtzis.

    Pagourtzis, 17, shared chilling photos on his – now removed – Facebook of a ‘Born to Kill’ t-shirt shortly before Friday morning’s massacre.

    An Instagram account that appears to belong the 11th-grader shows him following multiple gun-related accounts, including ‘sickguns,’ ‘gunspictures’, as well as others called Guns Fanatics, Guns Lovers and Guns Glory.

    Only three photos were uploaded to it – a toy rifle attached to an arcade video game, a photo of a frog, and a picture of a gun, knife as well as torch lying on a bed.

    His Facebook bio declared: ‘YouTube is a Comma Kazi. It’s the one with the kamikaze pilot.

    The killer, who was armed with his father’s shotgun and .38 revolver, also carried explosives including a Molotov cocktail and ‘CO2 device’.

    After, Governor Greg Abbott said the slaying were ‘one of the most heinous attacks that we’ve ever seen in the history of Texas schools.’

    He added: ‘It is impossible to describe the magnitude of evil of someone who would attack innocent children in school.’

    A chilling photo of a ‘Born to Kill’ t-shirt uploaded to Pagourtzis’s Facebook feed


    A photo of the long military jacket Pagourtzis is said to have worn to the massacre.


    ‘I’ve got a few playlists there.’

    It also instructed people on how to pronounce his name – di-MI-tree-oas pag-OR-cheez – and directed people to watch videos there.

    The page also appeared to display a photo of the black trench coat work by Pagourtzis during the massacre.

    It was adorned with various trinkets, which he explained. He wrote: ‘Duster Hammer and Sickle = Rebellion Rising Sun = Kamikaze Tactics Iron Cross = Bravery Baphomet = Evil Cthulhu = Power.’

    The black and white Iron Cross is the highest German military decoration for bravery. It was introduced in 1813, but was redesigned in 1957 after the German government banned the production of
    Nazi-associated emblems.

    After the massacre, police rushed to the trailer park were Pagourtzis lived amid reports it had been booby-trapped with explosives.

    He is said to have used improvised explosive devices and pipe bombs during the slaughter.


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    White Terrorists Guilty In Terror Plot Against Muslim Refugees

    Attorneys argued the Trump-backing trio were radicalized by “chaos news,” and wrongfully targeted by the feds for “locker room talk.”


    By Ryan J. Reilly and Christopher Mathias - Apr 18, 2018


    Three right-wing militiamen from rural Kansas were found guilty on Wednesday in a 2016 plot to slaughter Muslim refugees living in an apartment complex in Garden City.

    Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen were found guilty on charges of weapons of mass destruction and conspiracy against civil rights. Wright was also found guilty on a charge of lying to the FBI. The defendants will face a potential life sentence when they come back to court in late June.

    The jury decided the case after slightly less than a day of deliberations. The three defendants showed little outward emotion as the verdicts were read. Afterward, defense attorneys comforted the defendants’ family members, who did not wish to speak to members of the media.

    In closing arguments, attorneys for the defendants had accused the FBI of overstepping and targeting the group because of rhetoric that, while hateful, was protected by the First Amendment.

    The prosecution’s
    case depended largely on secret recordings made by Dan Day, an FBI informant who masqueraded as a militia member, infiltrating the three men’s group for months. An undercover officer working on behalf of the FBI had also met with Stein, posing as an arms dealer who shared the group’s anti-Muslim beliefs and was willing to build them a bomb.

    Jurors heard recording after recording of the men expressing a murderous hatred of Muslims, who
    they called “cockroaches.”

    “The fucking cockroaches in this country have to go, period,” said Stein, who went by the code name “Orkin Man” in text messages with other militia members. “They are the fucking problem in this country right now. They are the threat in this country right now.”

    In another recording, the men could be heard
    mapping out targets on Google Earth, dropping a “pin” labeled “cockroaches” over areas they knew to have a high concentration of Muslims. They eventually settled on a main target: a Garden City apartment complex that’s home to many Somali Muslim immigrants and the mosque where they worship.

    The prosecution presented evidence that the men had
    started to collect explosive materials. Per the recordings made by Day, their plan was to detonate bombs at the apartment complex in November 2016. They wanted the explosions to occur during Muslim prayer times when more potential victims would be there, “packed in like sardines,” as Stein put it. The bomb’s shock waves, he hoped, would make “Jello out of their insides.”

    Defense attorneys had attempted to characterize such comments as mere bluster. But prosecutors pre-empted this line of argument, in part, by calling another militia member to the stand.

    Brody Benson, part of the Kansas Security Forces militia, held anti-Muslim beliefs himself. “Fucking Islam,” he wrote in a Facebook post in June 2016.
    “I’m done. Kill them all. Bring on the DOJ.”

    But Benson testified that when he heard Stein talk about his plan to kill Somali immigrants in Garden City, he knew Stein was for real.

    “I actually thought it was not just talk — it was more of an actual action, action,” Benson said in testimony. “I had a gut feeling that what was just banter back and forth, ranting and everything else, was turning into something more serious and concrete.”

    “This isn’t a case about the thought police,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Mattivi said during closing arguments. “The defendants plotted to murder dozens of innocent men, women and children. They didn’t just talk. They’re not here because of their words.”

    In his final comments to the jury, Mattivi focused on a
    recording of a discussion the men had about what type of shrapnel to pack their bomb with to inflict the most damage. Stein suggested blades for drywall knives. Allen said ball bearings. “Anything that will kill and maim,” Wright said.

    The men were enthusiastic supporters of Donald Trump, who vilified Muslims during his presidential campaign and has continued to do so while in office. During the plotting, Stein reportedly referred to then-candidate Trump as “the Man.” The men had planned their attack for after the 2016 election, so as not to hurt Trump’s chances of winning. Delaying the attack until then would avoid giving “any ammunition” to their political opponents, Stein said.

    Trump had frequently spoken out against Muslim refugees in the runup to the 2016 election. Kansas’ top federal prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister, brushed aside a question from HuffPost about what effect the now-president’s words had.

    “I can’t say whether his rhetoric impacted the case or not,” McAllister, a Trump nominee, said. He later added that this case wasn’t about the rhetoric the defendants used, but about the bomb plot they agreed to participate in.

    “I don’t view this as a prosecution of speech at all. This was a prosecution of speech coupled with actions,” McAllister said. “Just because you have some words involved doesn’t mean this was about speech. This was about actions, and their speech was to some extent evidence of the actions they were taking.”

    The Justice Department’s national press office sent out a press release on the case featuring a quote from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling the jury verdict a “significant victory against domestic terrorism and hate crimes” and touting DOJ’s commitment to fighting both foreign and domestic terrorist threats.

    “The defendants in this case acted with clear premeditation in an attempt to kill people on the basis of their religion and national origin. That’s not just illegal ― it’s immoral and unacceptable, and we’re not going to stand for it,” Sessions said. “Law enforcement saved lives in this case.”

    Madihha Ahussain of the group Muslim Advocates praised Wednesday’s verdict, but said
    Americans must not ignore the “greater context” in which the plan unfolded.

    “We cannot dismiss the disgusting rhetoric of these militiamen as mere ‘locker room talk’ as the defendants’ counsel argued. The stakes are simply too high,” Ahussain said.
    “Anti-Muslim rhetoric has led to an unprecedented spike in hate violence and mosque attacks, intense radicalization of white supremacists, and a shocking disregard for the lives of American Muslims.”

    “This must not become the norm for American discourse,” Ahussain continued. “We must not be divided by hate, but, rather, stand together as a united nation to defend our ideals, values, and beliefs.”





 

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