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September 13, 2012

White Supremacist Student Leader Creates Web site for his “White Student Union”

Update 8/2/13: A new White Student Union has formed at Georgia State University by freshman Patrick Sharp.

Matthew Heimbach, a Towson University student who is trying to start a “White Student Union” on campus, created a website for the union that further reveals his white supremacist beliefs.

On the newly created site, Heimbach provides links to what he describes are “pro-white” websites.   Almost all of the sites listed, however, are actually openly white supremacist, such as those for the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), the American Third Position and American Renaissance.

The CCC is a direct descendant of the white supremacist White Citizens Councils that fought integration in the 1950s and 60s. American Third Position is a whites-only political party whose mission is “to represent the interests of White Americans.” American Renaissance is the racist website run by white supremacist Jared Taylor, who publishes a monthly journal by the same title and hosts an annual conference that brings together some of the leading white supremacists in the United States.

Heimbach recently announced that Taylor will speak at Towson on October 2, 2012.

Heimbach also lists “recommended readings” that include books authored by a variety of well-known white supremacists and racists, such as Francis Parker Yockey’s “Imperium,” considered one of the essential works of modern white supremacy. One book recommended by Heimbach is the novel “Camp of the Saints” by Frenchman Jean Raspail. This racist novel portrays a France being invaded by non-whites who are depicted as disease-carrying and sexually aggressive. The list also features two books authored by the late white supremacist Sam Francis: “Essential Writings on Race” and “Race and the American Prospect.” In the latter book, Francis bemoans the “absence of racial consciousness among whites.”

Prior to creating the Web site, the Towson student newspaper, The Towerlight, published a letter by Heimbach advocating for a white student union.   Flyers were also placed all over the Towson campus that proclaimed: “love your race, support a white student union.”

Heimbach is a former leader of the Youth for Western Civilization chapter at Towson, a group with racist ties whose motto is “defending the West on campus.”

Heimbach still needs the approval of the University to make the White Student Union an officially-sanctioned university group.  His Web site suggests that he will settle for an unsanctioned group if need be.  Either way, he has made clear his intention to impose his white supremacist views on Towson students, staff, and faculty.

ADL, right-wing extremism, white supremacist, white student union, hate group, jared taylor, council of conservative citizens, American renaissance, American third position, francis parker yockey, imperium, matthew heimbach, youth for western civilization

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September 11, 2012

Press TV: Zionists “Masterminded” the 9/11 Attacks

David Duke in a telephone interview on Press TV

As we commemorate the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, conspiracy theories surrounding the perpetrators and alleged cover-up still abound. These theories range from the idea that the destruction of the World Trade Center was a “false flag” operation in which the U.S. government attacked its citizens to provide an excuse for war, to the notion that Jews and/or Israelis perpetrated the attacks and then pointed the finger at Islamic extremists.

Press TV, the Iranian government’s platform to disseminate its ideology to the English-speaking world, exploited the anniversary to espouse anti-Semitic ”explanations” of what happened on 9/11 in three articles published on their website today.

The first, an interview with former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, served as an opportunity for Duke to flesh out his anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Israel was responsible for 9/11. When Duke was asked if he believes 9/11 was an “inside job,” he responded: “There are Israeli fingerprints all over the whole 9/11 aspect…Israel has a long record of terrorism against America…there are a lot of reasons that Israel wanted 9/11 to happen.” In addition to blaming Israel for perpetrating the attacks, Duke also claimed Jews and/or Israel are responsible for a number of American policies and world events. He stated, for example, that the Iraq war was merely the result of Zionist control. “The Zionists orchestrated and created this war in the media, the government, and international finance,” he said.

Press TV also interviewed Mark Dankof, a contributor to the virulently anti-Semitic newspaper American Free Press. In the interview, titled “Zionists masterminded, co-plotted 9/11 attacks,” Dankof explicitly accuses “Zionists” of perpetrating the attacks. When asked by the interviewer whether it’s likely the U.S. will reinvestigate the attacks, Dankof replies:

“It is not going to happen because the people who perpetrated [9/11] are the same people who control the news media and have a disproportionate influence in American foreign policy through various think tanks and so forth, that are aligned with the nation of Israel.”

Dankof also states that he agrees with the outspoken 9/11 conspiracy theorist Alan Sabrosky that “9/11 was an Israeli Mossad inside operation from start to finish — one hundred percent. Period.” Dankof adds that if others look into 9/11, they will find that:

“Israel had the motive, they had the means, they had the opportunity, they had the money, they had the resources, they had the inside contacts and they had the people in the American media and the American government to cover it up for them after the fact.”

A third article posted today, a reprinting of comments made by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about 9/11, was similarly conspiratorial. Ahmadinejad, according to the transcript provided by Press TV, stated that the sanctity of the media has been “destroyed” by Zionists and that the events surrounding 9/11 and the subsequent American-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were the result of a “media operation.” His comments, though somewhat vague and incoherent, seem to imply that the “Zionists” corrupted the media which in turn has led to U.S. policies in the Middle East that are perceived to benefit Israel.

Press TV has a history of promoting offensive and unsubstantiated theories on 9/11 behind the veneer of providing legitimate news coverage. In doing so, they also provide a platform for those who espouse such theories and lend legitimacy to them.

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September 5, 2012

Former Youth for Western Civilization Leader Promotes White Student Union at Towson

Matthew Heimbach

Update 8/2/13: A new White Student Union has formed at Georgia State University by freshman Patrick Sharp.

Matthew Heimbach, the former student leader of the now-defunct chapter of Youth for Western Civilization (YWC) at Towson University in Maryland, wants to establish a white student union at the school.

In a September 2 letter to Towson’s campus newspaper, The Towerlight, at the start of the school year, Heimbach claimed that “a White Student Union would represent the unique cultural heritage, folk customs and strong Christian traditions that define white civilization.”

At the end of his letter, Heimbach claimed that the identity of white “folk” has been “trampled and attacked for generations” and that it was time for white students to “stand up for our rights.”

He then focused on two issues that have become ardent causes for the white supremacist movement in the United States: alleged genocide against whites in South Africa, and alleged anti-white assaults and discrimination in the United States.

Heimbach ended his letter with a paraphrase of the “14 words,” the rallying cry of white supremacists worldwide: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” Instead, Heimbach, wrote another 14-word phrase, “We must protect the security of Europeans and a future for the next generation.”

Heimbach has become more openly white supremacist in his views since YWC was disbanded at Towson in March 2012.  At that time, YWC received negative media publicity when members of the group chalked “white pride” around the campus. Soon afterwards, the group’s student advisor resigned and YWC lost its standing as an official student organization.

In July 2012, Heimbach attended the national conference of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens. A year earlier, Heimbach also attended a conference of the League of the South, a neo-Confederate group that wants to preserve the South’s “Anglo-Celtic culture.”

In many ways, Heimbach was the model YWC member. He founded the YWC chapter at Towson in September 2011 and couched his language in non-racial terms to gain acceptance from fellow students. This was a strategy promoted by the national YWC when it began organizing student chapters at various universities.

YWC has been relatively inactive as a national organization since its founder Kevin DeAnna stepped down as president of the group in February 2012.

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