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February 28, 2012

Gilad Atzmon on U.S. Tour

Gilad Atzmon, an anti-Semite whose record and activity has previously been reported on this blog here and here, is currently touring the United States to promote his new book, “The Wandering Who?” The book is an exploration of Jewish identity politics (a topic frequently used by Atzmon to promote his anti-Semitic views) and the “tribal” aspects of Jewish discourse.

Following his first tour-related appearance in the U.S., a visit to the Islamic Cultural Center in downtown Oakland last Saturday, Atzmon is scheduled to stop in seven states and the District of Columbia between now and March 16.Some of Atzmon’s appearances will take place on university campuses, including the University of La Verne in California, University of Colorado, Boulder (which is an Israeli Apartheid Weekevent) and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. A fourth campus stop at Northeastern Illinois University is being sponsored by several university departments.

In numerous posts on his Twitter feed criticizing the Jewish community (and ADL) for labeling him an anti-Semite, Atzmon defends his positions and notes that he is just opposed to “Jewish supremacy.”

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February 28, 2012

White Supremacist Dennis Mahon Found Guilty in 2004 Bombing

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A jury in Arizona found Dennis Mahon, 61, a longtime white supremacist and anti-Semite, guilty in the 2004 mail bombing that severely injured Don Logan, an African-American who was director of Scottsdale’s Diversity and Dialogue Office at the time. The jury, however, stopped short of calling the incident a hate crime.
The jury found Dennis Mahon guilty on three charges: conspiracy to damage buildings and property by means of explosives, malicious damage of a building by means of explosives, and distribution of information related to explosives. Also charged in the case was Mahon’s twin brother Daniel, but the jury found Daniel not guilty of the one charge against him: conspiracy to damage buildings and properties.
Police originally arrested the Mahon brothers in June 2009. The arrests followed a lengthy investigation of the mail bombing, which occurred on February 26, 2004, when a box addressed to Logan exploded when he tried to open it at his Scottsdale office.

Both brothers have a long history of involvement in the white supremacist movement. Dennis Mahon held leadership positions within various white supremacist groups in the Midwest in the 1980s and 1990s, including the Ku Klux Klan and White Aryan Resistance (WAR), a now-defunct group led by well-known racist Tom Metzger. Metzger has long advocated “lone wolf” activity. According to the lone wolf model, individuals and small cells engage in activity that leave behind the fewest clues for law enforcement authorities, decreasing the chances that activists will end up getting caught. 

Dennis Mahon reportedly moved to Arizona from the Midwest in 2001 to establish WAR’s presence in the area. His brother Daniel joined him in Arizona.

Daniel Mahon was also an active white supremacist. In May 1999, according to court papers, American Airlines fired him after he violated written work rules that “prohibited threatening and intimidating behavior toward other employees and conduct detrimental to other employees and American Airlines.” Mahon was under investigation by the company for his activities related to his participation in a “Caucasian Employee Resource Group.”

ADL provided assistance to investigators throughout the lengthy case.

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February 24, 2012

Denver-area Shooting Latest in String of Extremist-Related Violent Confrontations with Police

Police investigating a stolen vehicle in the Denver suburb of Englewood on February 23, 2012, unexpectedly found themselves facing an armed white supremacist with a history of violence—an encounter that eventually turned fatal. 
Jeremiah Barnum’s Colorado Department of Corrections photo
Source: Denver Westword
Earlier that day, Englewood police took two suspects into custody in connection with an allegedly stolen vehicle. Two officers remained behind to finish up paperwork, when they allegedly spotted a vehicle parked nearby whose driver was a “known associate” of the arrested suspects. The driver, later identified as Jeremiah Barnum, a long-time white supremacist with a history of violence, allegedly threatened police, who reportedly noticed that he had a “weapon” in his waistband (a gun was later found in the car). According to officers, Barnum “made a move like he was reaching for a gun” and the officers opened fire, wounding Barnum fatally.  An investigation into the shooting is pending.
In 1997, Barnum had briefly been infamous in Denver, after he and another white supremacist, Nathan Thill, were arrested for the brutal hate crime murder of an African immigrant, Oumar Dia. Thill eventually pleaded guilty in return for a sentence of life without parole. Barnum was initially convicted of murder, but his conviction was overturned by a judge. He eventually pleaded guilty to accessory to murder and received a 12-year sentence. During his stint in prison, he frequently appeared on lists of “Aryan Prisoners of War” circulated by white supremacists to get support for imprisoned fellow racists. He also became a member of the 211 Crew, a Colorado-based racist prison gang (Thill also became a 211 Crew member).
This shooting incident was merely the latest in a long string of confrontations across the country in which shots were fired between police and adherents of extremist movements.  Since 2009, ADL has identified some 24 such incidents, most of them related to white supremacists or anti-government extremists. 
The bulk of the incidents involved actual shootouts or exchanges of fire between police and extremists, while a handful of incidents were officer-involved shootings—typically after extremists attempted to draw weapons on the officers (or, in one instance, actually attempted to fire at police, only to have the gun jam). Six police officers have died in such confrontations, as well as a number of extremists, while others have been wounded or injured.

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