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June 26, 2012 0

Suspected Pipeline Bomber Has Anti-Government Extremist Ties, Admired Joseph Stack

Anson Chi on YouTube

Anson Chi, the north Texas man author­i­ties sus­pect bombed a nat­ural gas pipeline sta­tion in Plano, Texas, on June 18, is an anti-government extrem­ist active in the tax protest move­ment.

Chi, 32, a for­mer engi­neer who claimed to have “retired” but was liv­ing with his par­ents, sup­ported many causes, includ­ing envi­ron­men­tal and ani­mal rights causes, but the con­vic­tions he expressed most strongly in on-line writ­ings were anti-government ones. He rou­tinely posted anti-government com­ments to his Face­book Wall, col­lect­ing them from both the right and left.

How­ever, state­ments by Chi in recent years reveal a strong con­nec­tion with the right-wing “patriot move­ment,” espe­cially its tax protest branch. The tax protest move­ment claims Amer­i­cans aren’t required to pay fed­eral income taxes and a gov­ern­ment con­spir­acy is hid­ing this fact. “There is no law for the aver­age Amer­i­can to pay the income tax,” Chi claimed in 2010, “as stated over and over again by the Supreme Court—case closed!”

In 2010, after fel­low tax pro­tester Joseph Andrew Stack flew his plane into an IRS build­ing in Austin, Texas, in a sui­cide attack, Chi posted a link to Stack’s sui­cide note while pro­claim­ing, “Bring down the IRS!”

Chi’s post­ings reveal famil­iar­ity with the movement’s pseudo-legal argu­ments, as well as key fig­ures. Chi eas­ily rat­tled off the names of tax protest gurus and court cases involv­ing tax pro­test­ers. Say­ing he was a “para­le­gal,” Chi claimed to be friends with tax protest move­ment attor­neys Tom Cryer and Larry Becraft, and to have attended the trial of Sherry Jack­son, a for­mer IRS employee who joined the tax protest move­ment and was con­victed in 2007 of fail­ing to file income tax returns.

Chi was also famil­iar with the pseudo-legal argu­ments of the sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment, pro­claim­ing in late 2010 that he knew “all about admi­ralty mar­itime law and the straw­man the­ory.”

Chi’s other fix­a­tion was on the bank­ing sys­tem; like many anti-government extrem­ists, he was obsessed with “inter­na­tional bankers” and the Fed­eral Reserve. “Your life is under con­trol by greedy pri­vate bankers,” he told vis­i­tors to his Face­book page, “espe­cially since they print YOUR money based on noth­ing but thin air!”

Chi liked the movie Zeit­geist, as well as other recent pop­u­lar on-line movies that com­bined New World Order and Fed­eral Reserve con­spir­acy the­o­ries with New Age con­cepts. Chi’s post­ings reflected the the­o­ries advanced by such movies. “The pri­vate cen­tral bankers like the Rothschilds—changed from Jew­ish name Bauer, like Henry Kissinger changed from Heinz Loeb,” he wrote in 2010, “are…a bunch of con artists, work­ing as the finan­cial gatekeepers…for the Vatican.”

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June 21, 2012 0

David Duke Endorses Congressional Candidate Due to Shared Anti-Zionist Views

In a video posted to his Web site on June 20, for­mer Klan leader David Duke endorses Charles Bar­ron, an African-American Con­gres­sional can­di­date from New York. Duke says that he shares Barron’s anti-Zionist and anti-Israel views. Duke also calls Barron’s oppo­nent, Hakeem Jef­fries, a “bought and paid for Zion­ist Uncle Tom.” In the same video, Duke tries to paint him­self as a cham­pion of equal rights for blacks and whites while point­ing to Jews as the com­mon enemy of both.
Duke’s endorse­ment of Bar­ron gives Duke the oppor­tu­nity to expound on his own anti-Semitic views. Duke repeat­edly asserts that Jews con­trol the media, gov­ern­ment and bank­ing in the United States and calls Israel “the worst rogue ter­ror­ist state on earth.”
Duke, a long-time racist and anti-Semite, sug­gests that Barron’s anti-white views were foisted upon him by Jews who allegedly con­trol Hol­ly­wood and release movies with “vicious anti-white pro­pa­ganda.” In the video clip below, Duke argues that black lead­ers like Bar­ron “should work to lessen the enmity between blacks and whites and real­ize that the Jew­ish extrem­ists in Amer­ica keep whites and blacks from mutu­ally solv­ing our inter­ests and differences.”
                           

                       

While Duke crit­i­cizes Bar­ron for sup­port­ing affir­ma­tive action and for espous­ing “extreme racist, even vio­lently anti-white rhetoric,” he tells African-Americans that they have a lot in com­mon with European-Americans. He claims that they both want to have con­trol over their com­mu­ni­ties, schools and the peo­ple with whom they asso­ciate. Duke argues that African-Americans need to real­ize that Jews and “Zion­ist glob­al­ism” are the “ulti­mate real ene­mies of both our peoples.”
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June 19, 2012 1

Former Congressman Tom Tancredo to Speak at White Supremacist Conference

For­mer Con­gress­man Tom Tan­credo (R-CO) is sched­uled to speak at the national con­fer­ence of the white suprema­cist Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens (CofCC), accord­ing to a recent newslet­ter dis­trib­uted by the group. The con­fer­ence is sched­uled to take place July 6–7, 2012, in Nashville, Ten­nessee. Tancredo’s topic will be “Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism — the Death of America.”

If this announce­ment is cor­rect, Tan­credo, who is known for his anti-immigrant rhetoric and attacks on mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, has shown his true col­ors by agree­ing to appear before a group that pro­motes racism and white sep­a­ratism. The CofCC traces its roots directly to the racist, anti-integrationist White Cit­i­zens’ Coun­cils of the 1950s and 1960s. The group exploits hot-button issues such as immi­gra­tion and black-on-white crime to inflame fears about minori­ties and the destruc­tion of white cul­ture in America. 

Among the sched­uled speak­ers at the CofCC con­fer­ence are Don Black who runs Storm­front, the largest and most pop­u­lar white suprema­cist Inter­net forum; Derek Black, Don Black’s son, who runs a radio show with his father on Storm­front, and James Edwards, whose radio show, The Polit­i­cal Cesspool, reg­u­larly fea­tures racists and anti-Semites. 

In the last few years, Tan­credo has become increas­ingly stri­dent in his view that the influx of both legal and undoc­u­mented immi­grants is destroy­ing Amer­i­can cul­ture. At the Con­ser­v­a­tive Polit­i­cal Con­fer­ence (CPAC) in Feb­ru­ary 2011, at a panel titled, “Will Immi­gra­tion Kill the GOP?” Tan­credo alleged that the “cult of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism” had hurt the United States and the rest of the world, par­tic­u­larly West­ern Europe. He asserted that mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism was “the dag­ger point into the heart of west­ern civilization.”

The CPAC panel was spon­sored by Youth for West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion (YWC), a far-right stu­dent group, which made Tan­credo its hon­orary chair­man. YWC has also decried mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism for “destroy­ing and dis­pos­sess­ing the peo­ple and cul­ture of the West.” The term “West­ern civ­i­liza­tion” has become a euphemism in far-right and racist cir­cles to sig­nify white Euro­pean cul­ture. Dur­ing a Feb­ru­ary 2009 lec­ture at Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity that YWC orga­nized, Tan­credo sug­gested that “through­out his­tory, peo­ple who are not white Anglo-Saxon have become Amer­i­can by adopt­ing a white Anglo-Saxon culture.”

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