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March 28, 2012 0

Jihadists Pay Tribute to French Shooter Mohammed Merah

Mem­bers of sev­eral online jihadist forums have praised Mohammed Merah for his attacks on French Jews and sol­diers. Com­ments on these forums include calls for sim­i­lar lone-wolf attacks and describe Merah’s shoot­ings as Allah’s revenge on France for its for­eign pol­icy and atti­tude toward Muslims.

Over the week­end, a video trib­ute to Merah enti­tled “The Lone Lion” also began cir­cu­lat­ing on the forums. The video begins with text com­mend­ing Merah for killing “three French sol­diers return­ing from Afghanistan” and “a Jew­ish rabbi and his chil­dren.” It also applauds him for fight­ing “the French spe­cial forces with courage until he was killed as a martyr.”

Funeral footage of Merah’s vic­tims in France and Israel is jux­ta­posed with images of bleed­ing Pales­tini­ans and videos of Israeli airstrikes car­ried out by “the ene­mies of Allah, the Jews.” This sec­tion sug­gests the type of moral equiv­a­lence that Merah claimed prompted him to under­take his attacks. 

The video also includes record­ings of Osama bin Laden speak­ing about a promised war “between us and the Jews” and of cur­rent Al Qaeda leader, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, describ­ing Eng­land and the U.S. as legit­i­mate tar­gets because of the civil­ian casu­al­ties in Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza. 

The video con­cludes with a warn­ing, appar­ently directed at French Pres­i­dent Nico­las Sarkozy, that Merah’s wave of ter­ror “is the beginning.”

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March 28, 2012 0

Radical English Defence League To Form Political Party

The Eng­lish Defence League (EDL), a UK-based right-wing, anti-Islamic and self-described “Counter Jihad move­ment,” announced plans to form a new polit­i­cal party in the com­ing months. EDL’s foray into pol­i­tics is influ­enced by the suc­cess of other sim­i­lar polit­i­cal par­ties in Europe, most notably the Dutch Free­dom Party, the polit­i­cal party led by rad­i­cal Dutch par­lia­men­tar­ian Geert Wilders.

An EDL spokesman stated that the organization’s party will be named the Free­dom Party, and its offi­cial launch will take place in May at the EDL Luton demon­stra­tion, an annual protest that began with the organization’s found­ing in 2009. In the past, EDL demon­stra­tions have been marked by vio­lence, with some bor­der­ing on full riots result­ing in numer­ous arrests, prop­erty dam­age and injuries to law enforcement.

Mem­bers of the Welsh Defense League rais­ing their hands in a Nazi salute
The group has also been accused of being a haven for right-wing racists, a charge the group denies. How­ever, EDL has been linked to var­i­ous racist Eng­lish groups, such as the Welsh Defence League, an EDL divi­sion that has many local white suprema­cists in its ranks.

Accord­ing to the organization’s mis­sion state­ment, EDL’s mis­sion is “to oppose what it con­sid­ers to be the spread of Islamism, Sharia law and Islamic extrem­ism in Eng­land.” Stephen Lennon, head of the EDL, said that the Free­dom Party will be an anti-Islamist polit­i­cal party “that gives every­one an option in a non-racist way.”

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March 28, 2012 2

Alleged Cop-Killer May Be Anti-Government Extremist

Source: Ogden Standard-Examiner
In the lat­est twist to a deadly shootout that stunned the res­i­dents of Ogden, Utah, a recently revealed search war­rant affi­davit pro­vides evi­dence that sug­gests the defen­dant, Matthew David Stew­art, 37, may have been an anti-government extremist.
The shootout began on Jan­u­ary 4, 2012, after police launched a raid on Stewart’s res­i­dence to exe­cute a search warrant—an infor­mant had alleged he was grow­ing mar­i­juana (16 plants were report­edly later found).  Accord­ing to police, Stew­art hid, open­ing fire on offi­cers as they searched his res­i­dence.  Six offi­cers were hit, some more than once, and Ogden police offi­cer Jared Fran­com was wounded fatally.  Stew­art allegedly con­tin­ued fir­ing as the offi­cers fled the res­i­dence.  Police even­tu­ally wounded and sub­dued him in a back­yard shed. 
Stew­art was charged with aggra­vated mur­der, seven counts of attempted aggra­vated mur­der, and pro­duc­tion of a con­trolled sub­stance in a “drug free zone,” along with a dan­ger­ous weapons enhancement.
In March, author­i­ties released an affi­davit explain­ing the results of the search.  Accord­ing to the affi­davit, Stewart’s for­mer girl­friend said that Stew­art was “into” con­spir­acy the­o­ries and that he believed the fed­eral gov­ern­ment had no right to col­lect taxes (the pri­mary belief of the anti-government extrem­ist tax protest move­ment).  She claimed that he had not paid his own fed­eral or state taxes since 2005 and that, if he were “forced” to pay taxes, he would “kill IRS employ­ees.”  Accord­ing to the girl­friend, Stew­art claimed that Okla­homa City bomber Tim­o­thy McVeigh was “misunderstood.”
The affi­davit fur­ther claimed that police recov­ered “computer-generated doc­u­ments” related to anti-government extrem­ism, anti-police Web sites, Okla­homa City bomb­ing Web sites, instruc­tions for mak­ing potas­sium chlo­ride (used in explo­sives), and a map to the clos­est IRS build­ing (where Stew­art once worked as a secu­rity guard), among other items.  Accord­ing to the affi­davit, police also dis­cov­ered “what appeared to be the mak­ings of a bomb,” which were later removed and det­o­nated by the bomb squad. 
Last sum­mer, accord­ing to police, Stew­art had allegedly told some­one that if police ever raided him, he would “go out in a blaze of glory and shoot to kill.”  After the release of the affi­davit, a neigh­bor of Stewart’s told a local tele­vi­sion sta­tion that Stew­art had allegedly talked about mov­ing to Mon­tana and “get[ting] myself a compound.”
Offi­cer Fran­com was the first police offi­cer to have been killed by a sus­pected domes­tic extrem­ist since May 2010, when two West Mem­phis, Arkansas, offi­cers were killed by anti-government “sov­er­eign cit­i­zens.”  Since 2000, 27 police offi­cers have been killed in the United States by domes­tic extremists. 

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