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December 20, 2012 12

Mike Harris, Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorist, Has Neo-Nazi Ties

From white suprema­cists to con­spir­acy the­o­rists, extrem­ist cir­cles have been pro­mot­ing Mike Har­ris’ claim that Israel is behind the Sandy Hook Mas­sacre. Har­ris was given a plat­form to dis­sem­i­nate his hate­ful views on Press TV, the Iran­ian government’s English-language pro­pa­ganda network.

Har­ris has ties to mem­bers of the National Social­ist Move­ment (NSM), the country’s largest neo-Nazi group. Har­ris was an asso­ciate of J.T. Ready, a for­mer NSM mem­ber and an anti-immigrant activist who shot and killed five peo­ple in May 2012, before killing himself. 

In Octo­ber 2009, Har­ris attended an NSM rally in River­side, Cal­i­for­nia, along with Ready (see photo). Har­ris joined NSM mem­bers for a group shot at the River­side rally. He is in the back row, the fourth per­son from the left. Ready is the sec­ond per­son from the left in the same row, hold­ing his hand in a “Sieg Heil” salute.

Harris’s con­spir­a­to­r­ial ideas about Jews extend beyond the tragedy at Sandy Hook. In 2011, for exam­ple, he wrote an arti­cle in the anti-Semitic web­site Vet­er­ans Today that blamed “orga­nized Jewry, the Neo-Pharisees that com­prise the unelected crim­i­nal shadow gov­ern­ment” for the tragic shoot­ing in Tuc­son in which 19 peo­ple were shot.

He called Con­gress­woman Gif­fords a “pawn” in the Jews’ “big­ger agenda,” which included per­pe­trat­ing 9/11 and the Okla­homa City bomb­ing as false flag oper­a­tions to help bring about a total­i­tar­ian state in Amer­ica which would “impose hell” on Amer­i­can citizens.

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December 20, 2012 1

Hamas Media “Mouthpiece” Delivers Terrorist News Through iTunes App

The Pales­tin­ian Infor­ma­tion Cen­ter (PIC), which claims to serve as the media arm of Hamas, has a free appli­ca­tion on iTunes that pro­vides access to the lat­est news and state­ments by Hamas.

The app, released in Sept 2012, can be accessed by search­ing iTunes for the term “Hamas” only in Ara­bic. The app is avail­able for both the iPhone and iPad. The app pro­vides a selec­tion of news from the PIC and also acts as a gate­way to the PIC website.

PIC, estab­lished in Decem­ber 1997, states on its Eng­lish lan­guage pages that it is “an inde­pen­dent Pales­tin­ian orga­ni­za­tion.” The Ara­bic ver­sion of its web­site, how­ever, describes itself as “the mouth­piece of resis­tance, Hamasa and Jihad.”

The PIC web­site, which pro­vides links to var­i­ous Hamas affil­i­ated web­sites, fea­tures the lat­est issues of Qas­samy­oon, the mag­a­zine of Al-Qassam Brigades, the mil­i­tary arm of Hamas. The mag­a­zine glo­ri­fies ter­ror­ism and includes mil­i­tary instruc­tions on how to engage with “the enemy.”

One arti­cle on the web­site reads in part, “Why do Zion­ists exag­ger­ate in show­ing their hate towards Hitler? Is it because of their Holo­caust alle­ga­tion and their attempt to gain the sym­pa­thy of the world, or are there other rea­sons that fuel up this hatred?”

In July, ADL exposed a sim­i­lar smart­phone appli­ca­tion launched by Hezbol­lah. That appli­ca­tion, which pro­vided access to Hezbollah’s satel­lite tele­vi­sion sta­tion, al-Manar, was promptly removed by Apple and Google.

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December 19, 2012 0

Iranian Leader Embraces Social Media

There is now a Face­book page in Iran’s Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei’s name, likely mak­ing him the world’s most socially-networked auto­cratic leader. The account, cre­ated on Decem­ber 13, cur­rently boasts over 16,000 ‘Likes’ and pro­vides Khamenei with another plat­form to dis­sem­i­nate his regime’s anti-West, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic messages.

Pre­vi­ously, Khamenei described Face­book as a “Zion­ist” tool. Face­book has been blocked inside Iran since the 2009 mass protests after the reelec­tion of Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad.

Although Khamenei’s Face­book account is only days old, a video from his Youtube chan­nel fea­tur­ing images of the Star of David and destroyed Pales­tin­ian vil­lages was uploaded to the page on Decem­ber 18. The video, called “New Mid­dle East, Islamic Mid­dle East,” begins with a clip of for­mer Secu­rity of State Con­doleezza Rice super­im­posed with a Star of David. The video also con­tains footage of Hasidic Jews stand­ing in front of a screen with an image of a cry­ing child and a dead Pales­tin­ian, and a mon­tage from a 2006 speech by Hezbol­lah leader Has­san Nas­ral­lah.

The five-minute video ends with a clip of a 2010 Khamenei speech in which he is pre­sented as pre­dict­ing the for­ma­tion of a new Islamic Mid­dle East and then declar­ing, “Pales­tine will be lib­er­ated” and insists that “Resis­tance is necessary.”

Khamenei first made his social media debut in 2009 with a Twit­ter account, @Khamenei_ir. The account con­veys what appear to be offi­cially sanc­tioned mes­sages from the Supreme Leader in Farsi, Eng­lish, Ara­bic and French. The tweets often make use of the regime’s typ­i­cal vit­ri­olic lan­guage against the U.S. and Israel, while prais­ing ter­ror­ist organizations.

For exam­ple, fol­low­ing Israel’s Oper­a­tion Pil­lar of Defense in Novem­ber against Hamas rocket fire from Gaza, Khamenei tweeted a gloat­ing mes­sage in Farsi, “Who would have believed that in a war between a sec­tion of Pales­tine and Israel, the Pales­tini­ans would be the ones set­ting the con­di­tions for a ceasefire/ Bravo to Hamas and [Islamic] Jihad.” In an English-language mes­sage in Jan­u­ary, Khamenei tweeted, “The Zion­ists, Great Satan-#USA-& West­ern pow­ers are inca­pable in fac­ing Islamic awak­en­ing, & they’ll fail more & more.”

The use of social media has also been increas­ingly uti­lized by U.S. Gov­ern­ment des­ig­nated For­eign Ter­ror­ist Orga­ni­za­tions (FTOs).

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