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May 31, 2012 3

New Black Panther Samir Shabazz’s Latest Militant Rant

King Samir Shabazz, head of the New Black Pan­ther Party’s (NBPP) Philadel­phia chap­ter, has recently been the sub­ject of some atten­tion for vicious racist rants in which he sup­ports vio­lence against whites.

The tirade begins with Shabazz rec­om­mend­ing the 1986 film Quilombo which begins with black slaves killing their white slave own­ers. He describes the plea­sure he gets from this scene as such: “I’m in love already…go get some pop­corn and gin­ger beer…Any movie that starts off with the killing of peck­er­wood, I’m locked in and loaded.”

Shabazz later explains just how deep his hatred for white peo­ple runs:

“…I hate the god­damn white man, woman, and child, grandma, aunt, uncle, Pappa Billy Bob, and who­ever else. Red­neck Tom and Blue­neck Robert, and who­ever else you wanna name. I hate the white man. I hate the very look of white peo­ple. I hate the sound of white peo­ple. God­damn it, I hate the smell of white people…I hate the mur­der and the rape and the tor­ture and the tak­ing away of our names, our cul­ture, our god, our music and damn, I hate this cracker for every­thing he has done to us.”

In the rant, Shabazz also warns, “You should be thank­ful we’re not run­ning around here hang­ing crack­ers by nooses… yet…yet…yet.” He also claims he’s not “telling you to go out there and attack nobody” but that “[blacks] are taught to send this cracker to the ceme­tery; when he puts his hand on us, we send him to the ceme­tery in self-defense.”

Shabazz state­ments are sim­i­lar to com­ments he appar­ently made in Philadel­phia, accord­ing to a YouTube video from Jan­u­ary 2012. In the video, Shabazz is shown telling his audi­ence, “We are gonna have to kill some cracker babies…I believe in the death and destruc­tion of white peo­ple, each and every one of them. Don’t give a damn if the lit­tle bas­tard just came out of his mama’s womb 3 sec­onds ago. Kill ‘em all, every last one of them. Don’t spare one.”

Shabazz gar­nered some national atten­tion in Jan­u­ary 2009, when the U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment filed suit against him and the NBPP over alleged voter intim­i­da­tion in Philadel­phia on Elec­tion Day 2008.

Less than a week before the 2008 Elec­tion Day inci­dent, Samir Shabazz made a series of incen­di­ary state­ments about whites dur­ing an inter­view with a local news­pa­per, includ­ing “I’m about the total destruc­tion of white peo­ple. I’m about the total lib­er­a­tion of black peo­ple. I hate white peo­ple. I hate my enemy.”

Shabazz’s behav­ior on Elec­tion Day 2008 was reflec­tive of his long his­tory of con­fronta­tional behav­ior towards whites and law enforce­ment. Shabazz views the U.S. as hav­ing an “inher­ent racism” and his state­ments fre­quently advo­cate for vio­lence against white peo­ple in order to achieve racial and social jus­tice for blacks. “You want free­dom?,” Shabazz shouted through a micro­phone on a Philadel­phia street in 2008, “You’re gonna have to kill some crack­ers. You’re gonna have to kill some of they [sic] babies.”

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May 23, 2012 0

Alabama Jihadist Omar Hammami Resurfaces Online

Update: An audio lec­ture by Ham­mami posted online on May 25 may pro­vide insights into his appar­ent rift with Al Shabaab.  In the 45-minute lec­ture, orig­i­nally posted online in Jan­u­ary but quickly removed, he crit­i­cizes jihadist orga­ni­za­tions with a local focus, liken­ing them to a “can­cer­ous tumor.” He also calls for all Mus­lims to unite in a “jihad of the entire Ummah [Mus­lim nation]” under the ban­ner of restored Caliphate. 

Amid rumors of his death and his own dec­la­ra­tion that his “life may be endan­gered by” the ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion he joined in Soma­lia, Omar Ham­mami, an Alabama native who became the pub­lic face and voice of Al Shabaab, announced that he is still alive in part 1 of his autobiography.

In the auto­bi­og­ra­phy, dis­sem­i­nated online on May 16, Ham­mami describes his jour­ney from Alabama to his involve­ment in the cre­ation of Al Shabaab, the Al Qaeda-linked Somali ter­ror­ist group.

He calls join­ing jihad “the dream of any Mus­lim who has the love of the reli­gion burn­ing in his heart” and main­tains that it is “truly an indi­vid­ual oblig­a­tion upon all of us.” Ham­mami por­trays him­self as “a man with no regrets” despite his appar­ent falling out with Al Shabaab’s leadership.

In describ­ing his role as a ter­ror­ist pro­pa­gan­dist, Ham­mami advises that “being casual, when pos­si­ble, is a bet­ter approach when reach­ing out to those like myself in the West… my peers can smell a poser from a mile away.” He also stresses the impor­tance of media to the jihadist move­ment. “The war of nar­ra­tives has become even more impor­tant than the war of navies, napalms, and knives.

Ham­mami also dis­cusses his rela­tion­ship with Daniel Mal­don­ado, an Amer­i­can cur­rently serv­ing 10 years in prison for receiv­ing mil­i­tant train­ing in Soma­lia with him after they trav­eled together to the Mid­dle East.

Ham­mami con­cludes part 1 by urg­ing oth­ers to emu­late him. “Not that I’m extremely spe­cial, but then again I haven’t seen too many mid­dle class ‘white’ guys from Alabama in Jihaad these days. Hope­fully oth­ers will say to them­selves: ‘I can do that too!’”

On May 22, a photo of Ham­mami pos­ing with a com­puter dis­play­ing the auto­bi­og­ra­phy was released online, osten­si­bly to con­firm that he is indeed still alive and that the auto­bi­og­ra­phy is authentic.

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May 23, 2012 0

Anarchist Arrests Mark NATO Summit

Five indi­vid­u­als have been arrested by Chicago police in three sep­a­rate bomb-related cases dur­ing the lead-up to the recent NATO Summit.

Three men were arrested in a raid last Wednes­day in con­nec­tion to an alleged plot to attack Pres­i­dent Obama’s cam­paign head­quar­ters and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home, as well as police and finan­cial insti­tu­tions. The men were in pos­ses­sion of Molo­tov cock­tails and instruc­tions for mak­ing pipe bombs, accord­ing to court documents.

The sus­pects, who have been iden­ti­fied as Brian Church, 22 from Florida, Jared Chase, 27 from New Hamp­shire, and Brent Bet­terly, 24 from Mass­a­chu­setts, are all self-described anar­chists. The three trav­eled to Chicago together from Florida, where they were report­edly involved with the Occupy Movement.

Last month, five self-described anar­chists with ties to the Occupy Move­ment were arrested in Ohio after allegedly attempt­ing to blow up a Cleveland-area bridge “to send a mes­sage to cor­po­ra­tions and the United States government.”

Sebas­t­ian Senakiewicz, a 24-year-old self-described anar­chist, was also arrested in Chicago for mak­ing a false ter­ror­is­tic threat. Pros­e­cu­tors said Senakiewicz was unsat­is­fied with the relative-calm lead­ing up to the NATO Sum­mit and allegedly bragged he could blow up a down­town bridge. He report­edly claimed he had access to a vehi­cle packed with explo­sives and weapons.

In fifth man, Mark Nei­weem, 28, was charged with attempted pos­ses­sion of explo­sives. While charg­ing doc­u­ments do not men­tion tar­gets or his motives, the charges assert that he asked other pro­test­ers for mate­ri­als to con­struct a pipe bomb.

Nei­weem is report­edly a mem­ber of the Anar­chist Black Cross (ABC) and fre­quented their online chat rooms. ABC is a national col­lec­tive that aims to sup­port and defend polit­i­cal pris­on­ers and has indi­cated sup­port for class war (abol­ish­ing cap­i­tal­ism). Some ABC “col­lec­tives” merged into a fed­er­a­tion advo­cat­ing armed self-defense through its Tac­ti­cal Defense Cau­cus, which it hoped would orga­nize, recruit and train anar­chists in the tac­ti­cal use of firearms. In his tes­ti­mony before the Sen­ate Com­mit­tee on Intel­li­gence in Feb­ru­ary of 2005, Robert Mueller, Direc­tor of the FBI, iden­ti­fied the fed­er­a­tion as a poten­tial threat to national security.

Other anar­chists clashed with police at the end of an oth­er­wise peace­ful anti-war protest Sun­day, lead­ing to dozens more arrests.

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