Saturday, November 24, 2007
White Supremacist Sheriff Joe Arpaio was on Lou Dobbs 11/12/2997.
He describes his comparison to the Ku Klux Klan as "an honor."
DOBBS...how do you react to that?
ARPAIO: Well you know, they call you KKK. They did me. I think it's an honor. It means we're doing something.
DOBBS: Just so the right people are doing it. Right.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Texan kills burglars next door, citing 'castle doctrine' and 9/11
A Texas man shot and killed two men who were robbing his neighbor's house while on the phone with a 911 dispatcher. He claimed the shooting was legal due to a new Texas law that allows the use of deadly force to protect personal property.
The following video is from CBS's Early Show, broadcast on November 15, 2007.
Complete tape of 911 call:
Saturday, November 17, 2007
A ballyhooed US/Mexico border barrier envisioned by Minuteman founder Chris Simcox is, two years on, little more than a "cow fence," charge former Minuteman members.
The militia-style border patrol group's website had hyped a $55 million, 14-foot high, razor wire-topped barrier complete with security cameras and sensors. But donations which poured in for the ambitious plan have resulted in "little more than an invisible fence to nowhere," reports Abbie Boudreau for CNN.
Group leaders and members have questioned how donations were actually being spent by Simcox, Boudreau reports. "To this day, we still don't know how much the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps has raised," said one former Minuteman member. "We don't have a clue, not a clue."
For his part, Simcox says the allegations and CNN's investigation are "part of a smear campaign."
This can't be a plus for the upstart GOP candidate.
Stormfront.org, a white supremacy web site, as well as others, such as WhiteWorldNews.com, have actively supported Paul's bid for the presidency, including directing donors to his campaign. Stormfront has also endorsed Paul for president.
"Once in a great while a presidential candidate is presented to us. A candidate who not only speaks to us, but for us...I am supporting Ron Paul in his run for the presidency," the Stormfront endorsement says. The endorsement praises Paul's plans to reduce taxes, close the borders and eliminate trade deals, such as NAFTA.
"Whatever organization you belong to, remember first and foremost that you are a white nationalist," the endorsement continues. "Put your differences with one and other aside and work together. Work together to strive to get someone in the Oval Office who agrees with much of what we want for our future. Look at the man. Look at the issues. Look at our future. Vote for Ron Paul 2008."
...On the Vanguard News Network , convicted bomber and neo-Nazi Todd Vanbiber posted his support for Paul, saying, "I think I'm going to get in touch with the local Paul people and see if I can help. I am serious about this shit."; Vanbiber was convicted and spent 5 years in a Florida prison for planning to bomb over a dozen Orlando locations.
Ain't that America. Apparently the attraction to Paul of the supremacist set stems from a political newsletter from 1992 where Ron Paul made some comments that are, well, racist. It's after the jump.
I would hope the Paul campaign would explain this:
* "Opinion polls show that only about 5 percent of blacks have sensible political opinions, i.e. support the free market, individual liberty and the end of welfare and affirmative action."
* "We are constantly told it is evil to be afraid of black men, it is hardly irrational. Black men commit murders, rapes, robberies, muggings and burglaries all out of proportion to their numbers."
* "We don't think a child of 13 should be held responsible as a man of 23. That's true for most people, but black males who have been raised and who have joined criminal gangs are as big, strong, tough, scary and culpable as any adult and should be treated as such."
Ed Morrissey at Captain's Quarters actually posted on Paul's writings several months ago -- and there's more.
But, hey, Paul's paranoia isn't limited to African-Americans. He fears the Joooooooos, too:
Stating that lobbying groups who seek special favors and handouts are evil, Paul wrote, "By far the most powerful lobby in Washington of the bad sort is the Israeli government" and that the goal of the Zionist movement is to stifle criticism.
ARDMORE, Okla. - First-degree murder charges are being filed against a man in Ardmore who police say is a white supremacist and killed a fellow gang member.
Darrell Madden is charged with murder in the shooting death of Bradley Qualls and he faces five counts of assault and battery for trying to steal a car at gunpoint in an effort to escape.
Police Lieutenant Eric Hamblin says both Madden and Qualls were members of the United Aryan Brotherhood which recruits many of its members in prison. Both Madden and Qualls were recently released from prison.
Qualls was found shot to death last Wednesday afternoon and Madden was shot by a police officer and arrested a short time later while allegedly trying to carjack motorists at gunpoint.
Hamblin says police believe Qualls and Madden may have been involved in a homicide that began in Oklahoma City but he declined to provide details.
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Hey, look! Ron Paul’s true constituency is stepping forward to claim their boy!
Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul, whose long-shot campaign has been gaining media attention in recent days, apparently has the support of an unusual constituency — the white supremacist movement. Stormfront.org, a white supremacy web site, as well as others, such as WhiteWorldNews.com, have actively supported Paul’s bid for the presidency, including directing donors to his campaign. Stormfront has also endorsed Paul for president.
“Once in a great while a presidential candidate is presented to us. A candidate who not only speaks to us, but for us…I am supporting Ron Paul in his run for the presidency,” the Stormfront endorsement says.
“Whatever organization you belong to, remember first and foremost that you are a white nationalist,” the endorsement continues. “Put your differences with one and other aside and work together. Work together to strive to get someone in the Oval Office who agrees with much of what we want for our future. Look at the man. Look at the issues. Look at our future. Vote for Ron Paul 2008.”
We know who David Duke’s voting for, too.
Oh, and bonus! Here are some of the charming things Paul has said over the years:
“Opinion polls show that only about 5 percent of blacks have sensible political opinions, i.e. support the free market, individual liberty and the end of welfare and affirmative action.”
“We are constantly told it is evil to be afraid of black men, it is hardly irrational. Black men commit murders, rapes, robberies, muggings and burglaries all out of proportion to their numbers.”
“We don’t think a child of 13 should be held responsible as a man of 23. That’s true for most people, but black males who have been raised and who have joined criminal gangs are as big, strong, tough, scary and culpable as any adult and should be treated as such.”
“Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the ‘criminal justice system,’ I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.”
I just hope all those Seattle liberals who put “Ron Paul: Hope for America” signs in their windows because he’s, like, against the drug war and the war on terror or something at least learn a little more about the candidate they’re so wholeheartedly supporting.
Source: The Stranger
CHEYENNE (AP) -- People here say they're disturbed by white supremacist leaflets that were left on cars earlier this week.
Police Chief Bob Fecht said half a dozen people complained about the leaflets advertising a group called the Nationalist Coalition.
One leaflet read: "Immigration? or INVASION."
"LOVE YOUR RACE," proclaimed another with a picture of a white, blond-haired woman.
Fecht said city code bans leaving leaflets on cars.
"Technically, those are illegal," he said. "Normally, as long as they are taken down, there is no problem."
Gretchen McCarthy said three fliers were rolled up with a rubber band and placed on her car antenna. She said she has six adopted children of different races, and was worried -- especially because her neighbors to either side didn't get leaflets.
"I thought somebody had a problem with our family," she said.
But she soon found out that leaflets were left on cars parked on several blocks around her home. Also, leaflets were left on nearly every car at a Kohl's department store.
"It makes me sick," said another resident, Cherie Schlumpf. "This is trash, in my opinion."
But Linda Burt, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the leaflets are protected by the First Amendment.
"The speech that most needs to be protected sometimes is the speech that is the most upsetting," Burt said. "But nice speech doesn't need protection."
Oklahoma's new immigration law has thrust many Hispanics into a state of panic. They say, legal or not, they’ve become targets for harassment and hateful remarks. A new game circulating online takes things to a different level. The News On 6 anchor Jennifer Loren reports the game targets illegal Hispanics with violence.
The game is called Border Patrol. The characters are named the Mexican Nationalist, the Drug Smuggler and the Breeder. The game's objective is clearly stated, “keep them out at any cost.”
When you click play, the player becomes a crosshair and when you shoot you kill the characters as they run across the Rio Grande. The more you kill, the higher your score.
"This is a hate crime. It teaches people to hate,” said Rev. Leslie Penrose, an opponent of Oklahoma’s House Bill 1804.
Rev. Leslie Penrose has been outspoken against House Bill 1804, taking part in anti-immigration law rallies. She says the fact that this game is circulating in Oklahoman's e-mails makes things even worse.
"And now what this video does is to further dehumanize them. So now, they're just wetbacks and target practice. There's no longer a face or a human being behind how we talk about undocumented persons in this state anymore," said Rev. Penrose.
But the fact that people think it's funny, makes her think this is a bigger problem.
"That we have become so callous as a culture that we can laugh at killing people, killing women and children,” said Rev. Leslie Penrose.
But perhaps if people knew where the e-mail originated, they wouldn't think it's so funny.
It comes from a White Aryan Resistance website. They're a neo-Nazi white supremacist organization founded by the Ku Klux Klan. Border Patrol is one of many of their racist games they hope circulates their message of hate.
That's just one reason Rev. Penrose says people need to think about the message they're sending before they click send.
"We're learning that it’s okay and in fact that it's funny to kill one another. There's something deeply, deeply, spiritually wrong with that,” said Rev. Penrose.
Unfortunately, there are several other games circulating on the internet, many of them are racist, sexist and promoting violence. All you can do is delete them from your e-mail and tell the sender you don't want to receive any more.
For complete coverage of Oklahoma's new immigration reform law, click here.
Watch the video: Online Game Targets Illegals
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2007
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Fact Sheet: Hate Crimes and Prosecution of Civil Rights Violations
The U.S. Department of Justice has always been, and remains, deeply committed to the vigorous enforcement of our nation’s civil rights laws. In recent years, the Department has prosecuted a number of high-profile hate crime cases. As permitted by federal criminal law, the Department of Justice continues to aggressively prosecute those within our society who attack others because of the victims’ race, color, national origin, or religious beliefs.
Ongoing Commitment To Prosecuting Civil Rights Violations:
-In the last several years, the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division has set records and achieved notable successes in prosecuting defendants for civil rights violations.
-In fiscal year 2007, the Department convicted 189 defendants of civil rights violations, the largest number ever in the history of the Department.
-The fiscal year 2007 number broke the previous year’s record number of 181 defendants convicted.
-In fiscal year 2006, the Department charged 201 defendants with civil rights violations, the highest number ever recorded in the Criminal Section.
-From fiscal year 2001 to fiscal year 2007, the Department of Justice charged nearly 15 percent more defendants with civil rights violations than were charged from fiscal year 1994 through fiscal year 2000. (1159 vs. 1010)
-From fiscal year 2001 to fiscal year 2007, the Department of Justice charged 62 defendants in 41 cross-burning cases.
-In fiscal year 2007, the Department charged and convicted the second largest number of defendants for official misconduct, or color of law, violations in the history of the Department.
-From fiscal year 2001 to fiscal year 2007, the Department of Justice convicted over 50 percent more defendants with official misconduct, or color of law, violations than were convicted from fiscal year 1994 through fiscal year 2000. (391 vs. 256)
Response to Recent Noose-Hanging Incidents and Other Allegations:
In recent months, there have been reports from across the country of nooses appearing at schools, work places, and neighborhoods around the country. A noose is powerful symbol of hate and racially motivated violence, and it can constitute the basis of a prosecution under federal criminal civil rights laws in certain circumstances.
As part of the Justice Department’s racial threats initiative, the Department – including the Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Federal Bureau of Investigation – is working in partnership with state and local law enforcement and civil rights organizations to aggressively investigate dozens of noose-hangings and other recent racially motivated threats around the country. Where the facts and law warrant, these investigations will result in prosecution.
Recent Hate Crime and Race-Related Prosecutions:
-Some recent examples of cases prosecuted by the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section include:
-Conspiracy to threaten, assault, and murder African-Americans. United States v. Saldana: Four members of a violent Latino street gang in Los Angeles were convicted of participating in a conspiracy aimed at threatening, assaulting, and murdering African-Americans in a neighborhood claimed by the defendants’ gang. Three of the defendants were also charged with, and convicted of, a federal hate crime violation stemming from the murder of an African American who was killed because he was black and because he was using a public street claimed by the gang. All four defendants received life sentences. In recognition of the success in this case, the prosecution team was awarded the Anti-Defamation League’s 2007 Sherwood Prize for Combating Hate and the International Association of Chiefs of Police 2007 Civil Rights Award.
-Racial cross burnings outside homes. United States v. Shroyer and United States v. Youngblood: Individuals in Indianapolis and Detroit, respectively, were successfully prosecuted for burning crosses outside the homes of biracial families with the intent to interfere with victims’ housing rights.
-Racial intimidation of a biracial family. United States v. Fredericy and Kuzlik: Two men were convicted in Cleveland, Ohio, for their roles in pouring mercury, a highly toxic substance, on the front porch and driveway of a bi-racial couple and their young child. This racially-motivated act was done with the intent to force the victims out of their home.
-Assaults by members of national white supremacist organization. United States v. Walker: Three members of the National Alliance, a notorious white supremacist organization, were convicted for assaulting a Mexican-American bartender at his place of employment in Salt Lake City, Utah. These same defendants allegedly assaulted an individual of Native-American heritage outside another bar in Salt Lake City. The Anti-Defamation League praised the Division’s efforts in successfully prosecuting this important hate crimes case.
-Race-based murder of African-American. United States v. Eye and Sandstrom: The defendants in this pending death penalty case in Kansas City, Missouri, have been charged with shooting and killing an African-American man as he walked down the street. The government alleges that the defendants shot the victim because of his race and because he was walking on a public street. Trial is currently set for January 10, 2008. If the defendants are convicted, the Government will seek to have the death penalty imposed against them.
-Cold case against former Klansman for kidnapping and conspiracy in connection with murder of two African-Americans. United States v. Seale: This case stemmed from the 1964 murders of 19-year-old Charles Moore and Henry Dee in Franklin County, Mississippi. In June 2007, former Klansman James Seale, 71, was convicted of kidnapping and conspiracy in connection with the murders of Moore and Dee. The defendant received two life sentences. The Department continues to work with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Urban League, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, to identify additional unresolved civil rights era murders.
Key Federal Hate Crime Statutes:
Federally Protected Activities, 18 U.S.C. § 245. The portion of Section 245 of Title 18 which is primarily enforced by the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division makes it unlawful to willfully injure, intimidate or interfere with any person, or to attempt to do so, by force or threat of force, BECAUSE OF that other person’s race, color, religion or national origin AND BECAUSE he or she is, or has been, engaging in one of six specifically-enumerated activities:
-Enrolling in or attending a public school or public college; Participating in or enjoying a benefit, service, privilege, program, facility or activity provided or administered by a state or local government;
-Applying for or enjoying employment, or any perquisite thereof, by a private or state employer;
-Serving as a juror or prospective juror in state court;
-Traveling in or using any facility of interstate commerce or transportation;
-Enjoying the services of a place of public accommodation, including a hotel, motels, restaurant, bar, gas station, theater, concert hall, sports arena, or other place of entertainment.
A violation of this statute is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in prison, unless the offense involves an aggravating circumstance. If the crime results in bodily injury or involves a dangerous weapon or fire, the crime is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment; if the offense results in death or involves kidnapping or aggravated sexual abuse, the crime is punishable by any term up to life, or by the death penalty.
Criminal Interference with Right to Fair Housing, 42 U.S.C. § 3631. Section 3631 of Title 42 makes it unlawful for an individual to use force or threaten to use force to injure, intimidate, or interfere with, or attempt to injure, intimidate, or interfere with, any person’s BECAUSE OF that person’s race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin AND BECAUSE that person is exercising his or her housing rights.
Among the housing rights enumerated in the statute are the right to purchase, rent, or occupy a dwelling, and the right to contract for and finance those rights.
A violation of this statute is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in prison, unless the offense involves an aggravating circumstance. If the crime results in bodily injury or involves a dangerous weapon or fire, the crime is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment; if the offense results in death or involves kidnapping or aggravated sexual abuse, the crime is punishable by any term up to life, or by the death penalty.
Damage to Religious Property, 18 U.S.C. § 247. Section 247 of Title 18 prohibits anyone from intentionally defacing, damaging or destroying religious real property BECAUSE OF the religious nature of the property, SO LONG AS the crime is committed in or affects interstate commerce. The statute ALSO prohibits anyone from intentionally obstructing or attempting to obstruct, by force or threat of force, a person in the enjoyment of that person's religious beliefs, SO LONG AS the crime is committed in or affects interstate commerce. Finally, the statute ALSO prohibits anyone from intentionally defacing, damaging or destroying any religious real property BECAUSE OF the race, color, or ethnic characteristics of any individual associated with the property, regardless of any connection to interstate or foreign commerce. Section 247 also prohibits attempts to do any of the above.
A violation of this statute is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in prison, unless the offense involves an aggravating circumstance. If the crime results in bodily injury or involves the use, attempted use, or threatened use of dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, the crime is punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment; if the crime results in bodily injury and involves a dangerous weapon or fire, the crime is punishable by up to 40 years imprisonment; if the offense results in death or involves an attempt to kill, kidnapping or attempted kidnapping, or aggravated sexual abuse or attempted aggravated sexual abuse, the crime is punishable by any term up to life, or by the death penalty, depending upon the circumstances of the crime, and the resulting injury, if any.
Conspiracy Against Rights, 18 U.S.C. § 241. Section 241 of Title 18 is the civil rights conspiracy statute. Section 241 makes it unlawful for two or more persons to agree together to injure, threaten, or intimidate a person in any state, territory or district in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured by the Constitution or the laws of the Unites States. An offense under section 241 is the agreement itself; the statute does not require that one of the conspirators commit an overt act in furtherance of the agreement.
A violation of this statute is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, unless death results or the offense involves kidnapping, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to kill, in which case the offense is punishable by up to life in prison, or the death penalty, depending upon the circumstances of the crime, and the resulting injury, if any.
When I read this very well-documented story in the Lone Star Times about the $500 donation to Ron Paul from well-known white supremacist Don Black, I didn't really blame Paul for taking the money. After all, it's hard to screen out every kook in advance. I assumed Paul would immediately return the money (or donate it to a group like the Holocaust Museum), prevent a link on Black's Neo-Nazi website, Stormfront, from connecting to the campaign's donation page, and announce these moves on the official Ron Paul website. I assumed wrong.
Five days after the Lone Star Times story appeared, Paul spokesman Jesse Benton told the paper he was still unsure whether the campaign would return Black's money. "At this time, I cannot say that we will be rejecting Mr. Black’s contribution," he said, "but I will bring the matter to the attention of our campaign director again, and expect some sort of decision to be made in coming days." Would the campaign at least block fundraising links from Stormfront's IP address? Again, Benton said, he'd have to bring up the idea with the campaign director.
Since then, more than two weeks have passed without an update from the Paul campaign, so I sent Benton and email today asking what the campaign manager had decided. Would Paul be returning Black’s money and blocking further donations from Stormfront? A few minutes later he wrote back, and this is what he said:
Dr. Paul stands for freedom, peace, prosperity and the protection of inalienable individual rights for every American. All of our campaigns energy is dedicated to spreading the message of liberty and limited government, and we do not spend time screening donors or blocking websites. We don’t know who Don Black is, and pay him no attention. If a small number individuals who hold racist beliefs want to waste their money by giving to Dr. Paul, a man who stands firmly against their small minded ideologies, then the campaign will simply use those funds to protect freedom, peace and civil liberties across our Nation.
Frankly, I find the glibness of this response appalling, and I could not disagree more with its reasoning. Accepting Black's dirty money creates an implied obligation to these nut jobs and their priorities, which, even if rejected by Paul, is hard to deny. Are we to simply take Paul's word that these people aren't buying anything? How are we to know that Paul doesn't share their motives? Does Paul support tighter border controls because he fears a drain on social services, or because he doesn't like brown people? Now it's hard to know. I say this reluctantly, as someone who has a great deal of respect for Paul's courageous stands on issues such as the war in Iraq: I no longer believe that Paul is a man of principle. There is simply never any principle to taking cash tainted with the blood of Auschwitz and Jim Crow.
More thoughts: In the comments Paulites have echoed Benton's assertion that money from racists is better spent on the Paul campaign than on the active promotion of racism. This is true, but it doesn't make it right to accept the money. The fact remains that some people will view its acceptance as a legitimization of the racists who donated it, no matter what Paul says to the contrary. Racism in America has been a duplicitous endeavor. Why do you think members of the KKK wore masks? Actions speak louder than words here, and if Paul really cared about rebuking the Neo-Nazis, he would do so in the most direct way possible, which is to donate their money to a group that counters them, such as the Anti-Defamation League. (More on Paul and racism here, here, and here).
Ultimately, the Paulites might be correct that this incident isn't worth taking seriously. The Neo-Nazis are not a great threat to American society, and in the end, neither is Paul. He has made a buffoonish, politically tone deaf move, and it confirms, despite his great strides in recent months, that he is still a fringe candidate with no hope of winning the presidency. There's simply no way America will elect a candidate who knowingly takes money from Neo-Nazis.
On MSNBC's Hardball on 11/14/07, regular commentator Pat Buchanan calls for a return to President Eisenhower's anti-migrant campaign of 1954. Known as Operation Wetback, it caused terror in minority neighborhoods and sparked a police campaign based on race.
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER
Supporters of five Latino Hoboken police officers who have accused a commanding officer in court of being an "unabashed white supremacist" are calling for the state attorney general to intervene.
This call was issued even as one of the officers' attorneys traded accusations with the Hudson County prosecutor over a client's willingness to cooperate with the prosecutor's investigation.
In a bombshell lawsuit filed last month that seeks unspecified damages, the cops accuse their former SWAT team commander, Lt. Angelo Andriani, of using racial slurs, making a mock Ku Klux Klan hood out of a napkin, using the "n-word," and forcing them to do manual labor at his home.
At a rally held last week in front of City Hall, members of the New Jersey State National Latino Peace Officers Association, the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, and the Hoboken chapter of the NAACP called for Attorney General Anne Milgram "to conduct an independent review of the Hoboken Police Department and the underlying causes that has allowed such bigotry to exist unchallenged."
Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio is already looking into the allegation the police officers were coerced to work on Andriani's house when they should have been doing police work.
The call for the Attorney General's involvement was not a slap at DeFazio, said Richard Rivera, public relations officer for NJLPOA. It is intended to eliminate "all appearance of impropriety" since Hoboken Police Chief Carmen LaBruno once headed up the Prosecutor's Office detective unit, Rivera said.
DeFazio responded that LaBruno's stint at the office "20 years ago" had no bearing on his investigation.
Attorney General spokesman David Wald said his office is "in contact" with the Prosecutor's Office and plans to stay in contact."The allegations brought forth in the complaint are extremely disturbing and the city has taken this matter very seriously," said Mayor David Roberts. "We are independently investigating this matter thoroughly."
DeFazio said last week his office invited the first of the five officers in for a interview, but to his surprise the officer - identified by his attorney, Luis Zayas, as Detective Mario Novo - refused to cooperate.
But according to Zayas, Nova was willing to give a statement but wanted his attorney present.
Zayas said his clients remained skeptical of DeFazio's office, given LaBruno's past connection to the office.
"Every person has a right to counsel," Zayas said. "Even though my clients were not the targets, but rather the victims of a criminal act, they have a right to have their attorney present to insure the investigation is a not a sham."
The protocol for possible grand jury cases is not to have attorneys present, DeFazio said
"The bottom line is people either want to cooperate and be witnesses or they don't," he added. "If they don't, we have to figure out where we go from there."
Andriani couldn't be reached to comment. The other plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Detectives George Fonseca, James Perez, Cesar Olavarria, and Sgt. Edwin Pantoja.
By Laurence Hammack
A Roanoke white supremacist who used his Web site to advocate the lynching of the Jena Six defendants remains under investigation, a U.S. Justice Department spokesman said Friday.
While declining to elaborate, "I can say that it's an ongoing investigation," Erik Ablin wrote in an e-mail.
William White drew the scrutiny of federal authorities in September, when he posted on his Web site the names and addresses of six black teenagers charged with assaulting a white classmate in Jena, La., along with the words "Lynch the Jena 6."
Controversy over the Jena Six case continued to simmer Friday, as thousands of protestors surrounded the Justice Department headquarters in Washington to demand better enforcement of hate crimes.
Supporters of the six youths have criticized authorities for not prosecuting the white students who initiated racial unrest in Jena by hanging nooses from a tree on the high school campus. As the case gained national attention, the Justice Department came under increased fire for not bringing charges related to threats against blacks in Jena and elsewhere.
In a statement Friday, the Justice Department said it was investigating "dozens of noose-hangings and other recent racially-motivated threats around the country. Where the facts and the laws warrant, these investigations will result in prosecution."
Some legal scholars have said it appears White broke no laws when he made the addresses of the Jena Six available to anyone who, as he put it, might be "willing to deliver justice."
But Brian Levin, an attorney who heads the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, said authorities may have a case under a federal law that makes it illegal to interfere with someone's civil rights.
White has said he was simply "expressing my point of view" and that he does not expect to be charged.
Meanwhile, the neo-Nazi activist faces assault charges in Roanoke related to an encounter with a black couple in the West End neighborhood where he owns more than a dozen rental houses.
LaToria Minnis claims in court papers that White approached her Oct. 10 as she walked on Chapman Avenue, taunted her with a racial slur and hit her in the face. Aries Brown says he witnessed the attack and was also assaulted by White when he tried to intervene.
White has filed cross warrants alleging that Minnis and Brown assaulted him.
The cases are scheduled for trial Dec. 7. If a judge finds that White assaulted Minnis or Brown because of their race, he could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 days in jail.
A group of hardcore white supremacists have put a bounty on Duane 'Dog' Chapman's head after he publicly apologized for racial slurs he was caught using in a taped conversation.
The TV bounty hunter's son went public with the tape after Chapman lashed out at his Mexican girlfriend, calling her a "whore" and a "n----r", during a family argument.
The National Enquirer then broadcast the tape on the internet, prompting a shamed Chapman to appear on CNN's Larry King Live to apologize for his ill-advised rant.
And now it seems his apology has upset members of the Aryan Nation, who want to teach Chapman a lesson for bowing to pressure and apologizing to African-Americans.
Niger Innis, a spokesman for the Congress Of Racial Equality, tells The Globe that he has discovered the white supremacists want the bounty hunter dead - and they're offering $75,000 to anyone who'll carry out the job.
Innis tells the publication, "Chapman told me himself that there was a bounty on his head from the white Aryan Nations. They don't believe he is demonstrating enough white pride... Chapman's not only upset black America with his ugly taped talk, he's now drawn the wrath of the white supremacists too."
Police have spent the day checking on reports of graffiti that is usually associated with white supremacist groups. Police say they have received almost 20 reports of such markings.
Glenda Carroll and her husband woke Friday morning to find a giant swastika painted on their garage door.
"I was very surprised, because we had never had anything in our neighborhood like that," says Carroll.
All over town, houses, garages, cars and even businesses were tagged. Various places including Target, some furniture stores and other businesses such as Total Performance Golf on Route 250 were all tagged.
Total Performance Golf owner Todd Hall says he's not used to seeing crime.
"You see something like this and you always think about the crime element. Gangs, drugs, you wonder is this something that will lead to an eventual break-in? You can just never tell," says Hall
Waynesboro Police Sgt. Kelly Walker says it could be evidence of a white supremacist group or gang in the area, but they don't want to label that it yet.
"Certainly, we'll be looking at any possible gang affiliation, but we'll also be looking at other avenues to see if there's any hate groups involved, or to see if it’s just a vandalism, destruction of property in and of itself," says Walker.
Walker says businesses should concentrate, for now, on cleaning the markings up to prevent future problems.
"You want to give the person who painted the graffiti as little exposure as possible. That way the clean neighborhood atmosphere won't become an attractive spot," says Walker.
Augusta County had some of the same tagging in Stuarts Draft and Fishersville. Staunton has also seen similar vandalism problems within the last few days.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
CNN Anchor Lou Dobbs participated in the Revelle Forum to promote his new book "Independents Day" at the UCSD Neurosciences Institute on Sunday, Nov. 11. Before entering Atkinson Hall for his 7pm presentation, he debated with a crowd of about two dozen protesters about economic and immigration policy.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Scroll down to question 57.
The question reads:
“Have you, your spouse, any members of your family, or any members of your spouse’s family ever been associated with gangs or subversive groups (Minutemen, Aryan Brotherhood, etc.)"
Saturday, November 10, 2007
First Coast News
BRUNSWICK, GA -- First Coast News has been investigating allegations that a major local company is guilty of racial discrimination.
Lisa Woods contacted us almost a year ago. She worked at Georgia-Pacific near Brunswick at the scaling house where truckers come to weigh their logs.
She says for months the restroom had a sign saying, "OUT OF ORDER." She alleges her co-worker, Anthony Lee, believed the races shouldn't mix. Lee had no comment.
An independent trucker, Donald Jones, says when he went to the scaling house he saw the same "OUT OF ORDER" sign.
Jones says, "I had to go off in the woods and do what I had to do."
But Lisa Wagner, a former security guard at the scaling house, says if a white truck driver came through, "No problem, no problem at all." Whites were invited to use the toilet, Wagner says.
Was the toilet really broken? First Coast News Jeannie Blaylock went to the scale house with a photographer to find out. She flushed the toilet and it seemed to be working just fine.
Several hours after our news crew stopped at the job site, Georgia-Pacific fired Woods.
Woods is suing Georgia-Pacific for racial and sexual discrimination.
She also alleges Lee put up a cartoon at the job site showing a pregnant monkey. Woods was pregnant at the time but later miscarried.
That miscarriage, verified by medical records from Southeast Georgia Health Systems, is also part of Woods' complaints. She says the company would not let her off from work, even though medical experts recommended she "rest at home for the next several days."
Wagner says, "She worked all day. I seen truckers in and out..in and out...and her by herself working when she had a miscarriage the night before."
Woods alleges she sent numerous communications to the area human resource manager for Georgia-Pacific, but nothing changed.
Attorneys for Geogia-Pacific did not return our calls. But a company spokesperson sent us an email saying, "Georgia-Pacific had a legitimate basis for Ms. Wood's termination and we dispute all of her allegations. We will vigorously defend our position."
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Boyles' guest Gheen called Mexicans who contend racism is driving U.S. immigration debate "brown Nazis"
During his broadcast, Boyles referred to Fox's appearance on the October 8 edition of CNN's Larry King Live by saying that Fox did "exactly the same thing that these idiots are allowed to do in this country. He says it's the xenophobes, the racists, and those who feel that they are a superior race that are going to decide the future of the United States of America." Gheen responded by saying, "I'll take it further than that, Peter. Let me say somethin' about these brown Nazis, OK? They are equating a nation and a flag with a race that's not even technically a race." After Boyles said, "I agree," Gheen continued: "[T]he last time that that has really happened in modern history was Nazi Germany." After Boyles again agreed, Gheen added, "They equated the German homeland with a race of Aryan Caucasians, and that flag stood for 'the race.' " Gheen later claimed, "That's what these Mexicans are doing. And then they act so offended, saying, like, if you talk about Mexicans that's a new thing."
Contrary to Boyles' characterization of Fox's comments on Larry King Live -- which Boyles admitted he "didn't see" -- a transcript indicates that during the show Fox did not use the terms "xenophobes" or "racists." However, the Associated Press reported that in an October 8 interview with the news service, Fox said: "The xenophobics, the racists, those who feel they are a superior race ... they are deciding the future of this nation,'' but did not name anyone specifically.
As Colorado Media Matters has noted, during previous appearances on Boyles' show, Gheen has repeated anti-immigration falsehoods and claimed that "illegal aliens have shown a pattern of criminality" and that "when you put that on the backdrop of the resentment and the hate that many illegal aliens have for Americans, and ... the jealousy, the anger of what Americans have, and they don't have -- it creates a very unstable situation."
From the October 9 broadcast of 630 KHOW-AM's The Peter Boyles Show:
BOYLES: And also, I didn't see Larry King last night -- I have gone way past Larry King -- but apparently, Vicente Fox appears on Larry King, and he does exactly the same thing that these idiots are allowed to do in this country. He says it's the xenophobes, the racists, and those who feel that they are a superior race that are going to decide the future of the United States of America, letting racism dictate the policies of the United States of America. That could have been said by anybody in this country who can't discuss the argument. Who can't --
GHEEN: Oh, look, I'll take it further than that, Peter. Let me say somethin' about these brown Nazis, OK? They are equating a nation and a flag with a race that's not even technically a race.
BOYLES: I agree. I agree.
GHEEN: OK? And the last time that that has really happened in modern history was Nazi Germany.
BOYLES: I agree.
GHEEN: OK. They equated the German homeland with a race of Aryan Caucasians, and that flag stood for "the race." No one does that. The Canadian -- the maple leaf is not a -- you know, they, we don't do that with a maple, the Canadian flag, we don't do that with the American flag, we don't do that with the French flag, we don't do that with the British flag. It's rarely that you do that. That's what these Mexicans are doing. And then they act so offended, saying, like, if you talk about Mexicans that's a new thing. And I counted it. I was on CNN last night with The Rick Sanchez Show, and I enjoyed it, and I'm puttin' the video out today, 'cause I got a chance to get my message to the illegal aliens: Get out of my country -- now. Take a hint. Vamoose. I don't got to say, "Don't let the border gate hit you on the backside on the way out." And I mean it. I'm very serious about it. But the thing is, he tried the ploy with the, "Oh, I hear on talk radio all the time, these Mexicans are comin' in here." Like, as if we Americans talk about Mexicans --
GHEEN: -- we're racists.
BOYLES: Well, no, but see that's the game that's now been played. It's been played here by elected officials, by columnists, by idiot on-airs, by so-called activists. They start using, "We're the new Jews, you're the Nazis." I mean, the rest of this nonsense. I --
GHEEN: But see, that stuff, that's -- Americans are the Jews.
BOYLES: But William -- but Bill, that's -- right, of course. But, see, not how it's, the victimization of the illegal. And I have, always have one question, which is never answered: When did illegal become a race?
By ISABEL C. MORALES Al Día firstname.lastname@example.org
ARLINGTON – Latino residents of Arlington apartment complexes say they received letters threatening a visit from federal immigration agents if they didn't send $95 cash to a post office box.
"People have fear, and more than anything because of what is happening in Irving," said Ruby Valenzuela, assistant manager of the Las Lomas apartments, where at least four residents said they found the notices from the nonexistent "Immigration Citizenship Enforcement" agency taped to their doors.
Carl Rusnok, regional spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said that his agency did not send the bogus letters.
María Elena García Upson, spokeswoman for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Dallas, said people who receive such letters should contact government offices.
"We are living [in] very turbulent times in regards to immigration," she said.
The letters, written in English on official-looking letterhead, ask that the recipients send the money to a post office box in Dallas to help start the citizenship process.
"If the amount is not received in 14 days, you can get a visit from an ICE agent," the letter warns.
"When I saw it posted on the door and read it for the first time, I felt very scared," said one homemaker who spoke on the condition that her name not be used. "One cannot do anything with something like this."
Giovani Estrada, a tenant and employee of the Park Row apartments, said he also received a letter, and about 10 residents at the complex had asked him to translate the letters they received. Mr. Estrada, a permanent legal U.S. resident, said the letter looked real. "People were terrified," he said.
over immigration reached a fever pitch, some mainstream advocacy groups
"reached for the playbook of hate groups" -- resorting to hateful and
dehumanizing stereotypes and outright bigotry to demonize immigrants.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which monitors extremist groups and
their rhetoric with regard to the immigration debate, has exposed a new
development where some of the more mainstream anti-immigrant groups
increasingly are adopting the tactics and rhetoric of racist groups and
moving it into the mainstream.
"Under the guise of warning about the impact of illegal immigration in
the rush to thwart the immigration bill from becoming law, some
anti-immigrant groups reached for the playbook of hate groups," said
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "They have taken hateful and
racist rhetoric and brought it into the mainstream."
ADL's new online report, Immigrants Targeted: Extremist Rhetoric Moves
into the Mainstream documents the rhetoric employed by groups that
routinely position themselves as legitimate, mainstream advocates against
illegal immigration in America.
A closer look at the public record reveals that many ostensibly
mainstream anti-illegal immigration organizations -- including those who
testified before Congress or frequently appeared on news programs --
promote virulent anti- Hispanic and anti-immigrant rhetoric. Some groups
have fostered links with extremist groups. The groups highlighted in the
ADL report include Mothers Against Illegal Aliens (Phoenix, AZ), the
Federation for American Immigration Reform (Washington, DC), Choose Black
America, You Don't Speak for Me, Americans for Legal Immigration Political
Action Committee (Raleigh, NC), Grass Fire (Maxwell, IA) and The Dustin
Inman Society (Marietta, GA).
"The Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis were not the only ones who saw an
opportunity in the national debate over immigration to sow the seeds of
racism as a means to derail immigration reform," said Mr. Foxman. "While
reasonable people can disagree about border control and the appropriate
parameters for immigration reform, the debate has been tainted by the
virulent anti-immigrant message employed by a handful of groups. The real
victims in this are Hispanic-Americans and other immigrants who are being
unfairly targeted, demeaned and stereotyped."
The report cites several key tactics used by anti-immigrant groups,
-- Describing immigrants as "third world invaders," who come to America to
destroy our heritage, "colonize" the country and attack our "way of
life." This charge is used against Hispanics, Asians and other people
-- Using terminology that describes immigrants as part of "hordes" that
"swarm" over the border. This dehumanizing language has become common.
-- Portraying immigrants as carriers of diseases like leprosy,
tuberculosis, Chagas disease (a potentially fatal parasitic disease),
dengue fever, polio, malaria.
-- Depicting immigrants as criminals, murderers, rapists, terrorists, and
a danger to children and families.
-- Propagating conspiracy theories about an alleged secret "reconquista"
plot by Mexican immigrants to create a "greater Mexico" by seizing
seven states in the American Southwest that once belonged to Mexico.
ADL has written a number of reports documenting the impact of anti-
immigrant rhetoric and activities by extremist groups. The full report,
Immigrants Targeted, which includes video clips showing the rhetoric of
some of the groups, is available on the League's Web site at
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading
organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that
counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.
SOURCE Anti-Defamation League ADL | PRNewsWire
By DEON HAMPTON World Staff Writer Deon Hampton 581-8413
Police are accused of singling out immigrants.
Some police are profiling Hispanics in the wake of the state’s new anti-illegal immigration law, the Rev. Victor Orta said Friday.
A small number of rogue police officers are targeting undocumented immigrants in attempts to have them deported two days after House Bill 1804 went into effect, Tulsa Hispanic leaders said Friday.
Officers will always take the law into their own hands and cross the line, the Rev. Victor Orta said at a press conference.
Police officers recently pulled over a legal American Hispanic while he was driving with his girlfriend and later arrested him because he couldn't prove his identity, Orta said.
The police then told the girlfriend that she should feel lucky that the bill hadn't gone into effect yet, or she would have faced felony charges for "transporting" an illegal immigrant Orta said.
He also spoke of area Hispanics being asked for green cards upon entering their respective apartment complexes.
"The panic level is high," Orta said.
He declined to provide specific details on the incidents, including names.
"I want to protect their privacy," Orta said.
Russell Abbott, an attorney representing many illegal immigrants, also believes local law enforcement are racially profiling Hispanics.
Officers are looking to hand out nuisance traffic tickets in hopes of catching illegal aliens, he said.
"On the surface, it seems like discrimination," Abbott said.
Tulsa County Undersheriff Brian Edwards has said the sheriff's office is only checking the residency status of people who are arrested, not victims or witnesses.
The new law makes it a felony to knowingly transport illegal aliens; creates state barriers to hiring illegal immigrants; requires state contractors to check the immigration status of workers after July 1; and requires proof of citizenship to receive certain government benefits.
Tulsa resident LouAnn Beavers attended the news conference, held at the Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as a concerned citizen.
Beavers said she has many friends in fear of deportation, which would split their families.
"I know someone who may pack up her grandchildren and drive to Mexico to meet the children's father once he is arrested and deported by police," she said.
Orta said he believe that police aren't planning to raid homes or set up road blocks to capture Hispanics.
However, after learning the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office planned to conduct a routine roadside safety check Friday night, Orta warned Hispanics to stay home at all costs.
"There's a need to be cautious," Orta said.
The sheriff's office said the roadblock wasn't targeting illegal immigrants and was part of a continuing traffic safety effort.
Connection Clinic, a federally qualified health clinic, plans to offer help for Hispanic children traumatized by events.
"We have bilingual counselors and psychologists to help the children cope during this difficult time," said Laurie Paul, the executive director.
Orta said many children need counseling due to broken families and other reasons.