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May 31, 2012 Off

Virginia White Supremacist Arrested On Weapons Charge

Dou­glas Story at 2010 Aryan Nations
rally in Get­tys­burg, Pennsylvania

Agents from the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Joint Ter­ror­ism Task Force arrested a Vir­ginia white suprema­cist, Dou­glas Howard Story, 48, on May 29, 2012, on charges that he had ille­gally attempted to obtain an auto­matic AK-47.

Accord­ing to author­i­ties, Story met with under­cover infor­mants and requested them to con­vert an AK-47 assault rifle to full-auto for $125. Story report­edly said that he knew it was against the law, but that he could “claim men­tal issues because of a motor­cy­cle injury.” Law enforce­ment offi­cers arrested Story after he accepted deliv­ery of the osten­si­bly mod­i­fied gun.

Story, who used to work for the Vir­ginia Safety Ser­vice Patrol, a state agency that helps stranded motorists and removes debris from the high­ways, is a long-time white suprema­cist. “Now,” he wrote in 2007 on a white suprema­cist mes­sage forum, “if I see an acci­dent involv­ing a negro or other kind of brown filth, I just drive on by. Screw ‘em, let ‘em die.” Accord­ing to his Face­book page, Story is still employed by the Vir­ginia Depart­ment of Transportation.

In 2010, Story received a brief flurry of pub­lic­ity after Vir­ginia author­i­ties revoked his per­son­al­ized license plates, which read “14CV88.” While the “CV” stood for “Con­fed­er­ate Vet­er­ans,” the “14” stood for a white suprema­cist slo­gan, the so-called “14 Words” (“We must secure the exis­tence of our peo­ple and a future for white chil­dren”), and the 88 stood for “Heil Hitler” (H being the 8th let­ter of the alpha­bet). For sev­eral years, Story has been a mem­ber of the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations and he par­tic­i­pated in a 2010 Aryan Nations rally in Get­tys­burg, Pennsylvania.

Story has often com­bined his racist and anti-Semitic beliefs with con­spir­a­to­r­ial anti-government beliefs stem­ming from the anti-government “patriot” move­ment. In 2007, Story wrote that hous­ing sub­di­vi­sions existed so that the “pow­ers that be” could eas­ily herd peo­ple to “jew con­trolled con­cen­tra­tion camps.” These feel­ings inten­si­fied as it became clear that Barack Obama would be elected pres­i­dent. He urged other white suprema­cists to stock up on ammo, food, and sup­plies, and often referred to his AK-47 as his “home­land defense rifle.” Accord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint, Story believed that mar­tial law would be enacted in the United States, and that if this hap­pened, he would ambush any law enforce­ment offi­cer who stopped him on the street. His views were dis­turbingly close to those of another white suprema­cist and anti-government con­spir­acy the­o­rist, Richard Poplawski, who ambushed and killed three Pitts­burgh police offi­cers in April 2009.

Story also fre­quently wrote about Obama, whom he loathed, being assas­si­nated, often adopt­ing a coy tone, such as one Novem­ber 2008 post­ing in which he claimed that “I’m not advo­cat­ing vio­lence against him, I’m just say­ing there are White folks out there that are none to[o] happy with his ‘election.’”

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May 31, 2012 Off

FBI Arrests Chicago-Area White Supremacist For Hate-Motivated Arson

Photo credit:  Will County Sheriff’s Department

FBI agents on May 30, 2012, arrested long-time Chicago-area white suprema­cist Brian James Moudry, 35, for allegedly set­ting fire to the home of an African-American fam­ily in Joliet near Moudry’s own home in 2007. Nine peo­ple were in the house at the time, eight of them chil­dren, but they escaped the fire with­out injury.

Pros­e­cu­tors have charged Moudry with arson, using fire to inter­fere with hous­ing rights on the basis of race, and using fire to com­mit another felony. If con­victed, Moudry could face up to 40 years in fed­eral prison.

Moudry has a lengthy his­tory of both arrests and white supremacy. By his own admis­sion, he spent most of his teenage years in juve­nile insti­tu­tions. By the time he was 18 he was already a white suprema­cist. In 1996, he wrote a fan let­ter to the white power music mag­a­zine Resis­tance in which he talked about how much he and his father enjoyed the arti­cles and ended his mis­sive with the cry of “WHITE UNITY and WHITE POWER!!” Within a few years, he was arrested for aggra­vated assault and hate crimes for assault­ing two African-American men in a restau­rant park­ing lot and spent some months in the county jail for the assault.

At first, Moudry was pri­mar­ily active on the white power music scene, edit­ing a white power music fanzine dubbed Hate­mon­ger and play­ing in a white power band called Xeno­pho­bia while call­ing him­self “War­head von Jew­grinder.” Xeno­pho­bia per­formed songs such as “Vomit on the Rabbi” and “Delenda Est Judica,” and appeared on a com­pi­la­tion CD along with Flam­ma­ble Hebrews, with which Moudry also performed.

In the early 2000s, Moudry met Matt Hale, then leader of the Illinois-based World Church of the Cre­ator (WCOTC; now known as the Cre­ativ­ity Move­ment), and became an active mem­ber of the group, styling him­self a “Rev­erend” and orga­niz­ing WCOTC ral­lies and protests and pass­ing out white suprema­cist lit­er­a­ture in north­ern Illi­nois. Moudry quickly became the “state leader” of the WCOTC for Illi­nois. The WCOTC col­lapsed in 2004 fol­low­ing Hale’s arrest and sub­se­quent con­vic­tion for solic­it­ing the mur­der of a fed­eral judge; in sub­se­quent years Moudry was part of a small band of Hale loy­al­ists try­ing, largely unsuc­cess­fully, to keep the group alive fol­low­ing Hale’s arrest.

In July 2010, FBI agents paid Moudry a visit to ques­tion him about an alleged threat by Moudry to an African-American postal car­rier; no charges were filed, but accord­ing to author­i­ties he was “encour­aged to behave.” How­ever, not long after, in August 2010, local police arrested Moudry for allegedly threat­en­ing a youth with a weapon. That case is still pending.

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May 31, 2012 Off

University of Texas Rightly Refuses to Give in to Anti-Israel Boycott Effort

A project by the Uni­ver­sity of Texas to pub­lish an anthol­ogy of sto­ries by Mid­dle East­ern women has been can­celed after many of the Arab authors threat­ened to with­draw their con­tri­bu­tions if they would be pub­lished along­side sto­ries by two Israeli female writ­ers. UT rightly refused to exclude the Israeli writers.

Sev­eral of the Arab con­trib­u­tors to the book, Mem­ory of a Promise: Short Sto­ries by Mid­dle East­ern Women, specif­i­cally cited the boy­cott, divest­ment and sanc­tions (BDS) cam­paign as the rea­son for their deci­sion. They ini­tially requested that the project’s orga­nizer, the Cen­ter for Mid­dle East­ern Stud­ies, remove the sto­ries writ­ten by Israeli women. When the Cen­ter refused to do so, cit­ing a com­mit­ment to aca­d­e­mic free­dom and non-discrimination, many of the Arab authors threat­ened to with­draw their con­tri­bu­tions (“vir­tu­ally all,” accord­ing to an e-mail by the Center’s direc­tor, Kam­ran Scot Aghaie), that the Cen­ter was forced to kill the project completely.

The boy­cott effort was spear­headed by a Dubai-based Pales­tin­ian nov­el­ist named Huzama Habayeb. In an inter­view with the Gulf News, Habayeb declared that she is “so proud of hav­ing the book can­celled” and called it a form of “resis­tance” to the “Israeli occu­pa­tion of my home­land.” She had writ­ten a let­ter to other Arab con­trib­u­tors urg­ing them to join the boy­cott and refuse to share space with “writ­ers who reflect the voice of an obnox­ious occu­pier,” accord­ing to an op-ed she pub­lished in the Gulf News. In the op-ed, Habayeb describes Israel in bla­tantly hyper­bolic terms, accus­ing it of “‘geno­ci­dal’ prac­tices against Pales­tini­ans” and refer­ring to it as a “killer state.”

This inci­dent rep­re­sents a rad­i­cal and nefar­i­ous turn for sup­port­ers of the BDS cam­paign in that it is an out­right rejec­tion of the “Israeli.” Rea­son­able peo­ple may dis­agree about the effi­cacy and legit­i­macy of protests against Israeli gov­ern­ment offi­cials or a boy­cott of Israeli prod­ucts that are pro­duced in the set­tle­ments. This is way beyond that. The two Israeli women who had con­tributed to the book, Yehu­dit Hen­del and Orly Castel-Bloom, are both accom­plished authors who do not rep­re­sent Israeli pol­icy or the Israeli occu­pa­tion. Hen­del has won numer­ous prizes and acco­lades for her lit­er­ary prowess, includ­ing the Jerusalem Prize, The Bia­lik Prize and the Israel Prize for Life­time Achieve­ment. Refus­ing to share a pub­li­ca­tion with these illus­tri­ous women is extreme and extremely troubling.

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