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August 25, 2016 Off

Event in L.A. Features Who’s Who of Anti-Muslim Movement in U.S.

The Amer­i­can Free­dom Alliance (AFA) held a con­fer­ence on  “Islam and West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion: Can they Co-exist?”  in Los Ange­les on August 21.   The AFA claims to be “a non-political, non-partisan move­ment which pro­motes, defends and upholds West­ern val­ues and ideals,” and spe­cial­izes in  pro­mul­gat­ing an Islam­o­pho­bic world view.  The con­fer­ence included the who’s who of the anti-Muslim move­ment in the United States, with recy­cled con­spir­acy the­o­ries and offen­sive claims about immi­grants, Mus­lims, law enforce­ment offi­cers, var­i­ous US gov­ern­ment agen­cies and the Pope.

Fea­tured speak­ers included anti-Muslim extrem­ists Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer (the heads of the conspiracy-minded Stop Islamiza­tion of Amer­ica (SIOA), in addi­tion to other “experts” who  ped­dled base­less the­o­ries about a Mus­lim infil­tra­tion of the United States gov­ern­ment,  and advanced offen­sive anti-Muslim rhetoric such as brand­ing Mus­lims, and their reli­gious law [Sharia], as affronts to Amer­i­can freedom.



Amer­i­can Free­dom Alliance Anti-Muslim Event

Geller widened her usual net of con­spir­acy the­o­ries about Mus­lims, Islam and Sharia law, to include  alle­ga­tions against a long list of U.S. cities, social media com­pa­nies and other oppo­nents, who she claims have cen­sored her by refus­ing to allow her  anti-Muslim adver­tis­ing cam­paigns;  attacks on the FBI for the agency’s han­dling of the ter­ror­ist attack in Gar­land, Texas, when two armed men tar­geted the com­mu­nity cen­ter host­ing a SIOA event– and even  insin­u­ated that the FBI wants her dead; and she also  alleged that pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hillary Clin­ton is involved in an inti­mate rela­tion­ship with her Mus­lim female assis­tant, stat­ing they are “lit­er­ally and not fig­u­ra­tively in bed” with each other.

In addi­tion to Geller and Spencer, other speak­ers included: Frank Gaffney, founder and pres­i­dent of the Cen­ter for Secu­rity Pol­icy; Stephen Cough­lin, a senior fel­low at the Cen­ter for Secu­rity Pol­icy; Mor­ton Klein, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Zion­ist Orga­ni­za­tion of Amer­ica (ZOA); James Lyons, who pro­motes con­spir­a­cies about the infil­tra­tion of the US gov­ern­ment by Islamists; Elis­a­beth Sabaditsch-Wolff, an Aus­trian anti-Muslim activist;  and  Wafa Sul­tan, a Syrian-born anti-Muslim activist who exhorted,  “There is no such thing as Islam and rad­i­cal Islam; all Islam is radical.”

The event also high­lighted attacks on Khizr Khan, the father of Cap­tain Humayan Khan, who died in Iraq while serv­ing in the US Army. The attacks on Khan were based on alle­ga­tions made by anti-Muslim extrem­ist Walid Shoe­bat, who is known for pro­mot­ing mil­i­tant Christianity.




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August 25, 2016 Off

Hacker Andrew Auernheimer Behind New Batch Of Anti-Semitic Flyers

In a trans­par­ent ploy to gain atten­tion, white suprema­cist hacker Andrew Auern­heimer, also known as “Weev,” has been send­ing a new wave of anti-Semitic fly­ers to net­worked print­ers around the coun­try. He has claimed credit for at least one of the fly­ers on his Twit­ter account and on the web­site Storify.

Pre­vi­ously, Auern­heimer received con­sid­er­able media atten­tion in March of this year when he sent a flyer adver­tis­ing the neo-Nazi web­site, The Daily Stormer, to print­ers at cam­puses across the United States.

Andrew Auernheimer in t-shirt

Andrew Auern­heimer

Recently, it appears that Auern­heimer has cre­ated two new fly­ers with lan­guage and imagery delib­er­ately designed to shock read­ers. Both fly­ers glo­rify mass killings. The fly­ers con­tain swastikas and the head­ing “samiz.dat,” a ref­er­ence to the Russ­ian word “samiz­dat” which was a sys­tem in the for­mer Soviet Union “by which government-suppressed lit­er­a­ture was clan­des­tinely printed and distributed.”

The first flyer, which was signed “Weev,” cir­cu­lated in early August. It salutes Anders Bre­vik, the Nor­we­gian far-right ter­ror­ist who killed 77 peo­ple. It also calls for sup­port­ing and defend­ing supreme acts of vio­lence against any­one Auer­heimer per­ceives as anti-white. The flyer says, “So the hordes of our ene­mies from the blacks to the Jews to the fed­eral agents are deserv­ing of fates of vio­lence so extreme that there is no limit to the acts by which can be done upon them in defense of the white race.” It then goes on to men­tion rap­ing his ene­mies’ daugh­ters and goug­ing out the eyes of their sons.

The sec­ond flyer, which also appears to be the work of Auern­heimer, cir­cu­lated in mid-August. It depicts a mass shoot­ing at a syn­a­gogue where Jews are mur­dered by a Jew-hating killer named Tyler. The flyer sar­cas­ti­cally refers to Sam Hyde, a come­dian whom Inter­net trolls labeled a mass mur­derer as a joke because they believe that the media assumes that mass mur­der­ers are white men. In the graphic imagery of the flyer, Tyler declares that he is Sam Hyde as he sys­tem­at­i­cally kills Jews and bru­tally rapes a young Jew­ish woman.

Though Auern­heimer appar­ently sent these fly­ers out to net­worked print­ers, he did not reach as many print­ers as he had pre­vi­ously with the flyer in March. In an arti­cle on Storify, Auern­heimer explains that “a large body of enti­ties” have taken their print­ers offline or have fixed the secu­rity breach that allowed him to access their printers.

Auern­heimer has claimed that he is plan­ning on send­ing more “sophis­ti­cated” fly­ers under the “samiz.dat” ban­ner. What is cer­tain is that he will con­tinue to try and exploit any gap he can to access print­ers and gar­ner more attention.

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August 23, 2016 1

White Supremacist Group Behind Houston “White Lives Matter” Protest

A “white lives mat­ter” protest that tar­geted the Hous­ton offices of the NAACP was orga­nized by local lead­ers of Aryan Renais­sance Soci­ety (ARS), a small but long-standing white suprema­cist group.

Dur­ing the August 21 protest, the ARS sym­bol, a light­ning bolt and a runic sym­bol, was vis­i­ble on the group’s “white lives mat­ter” ban­ner and on white shirts worn by some of the dozen or so par­tic­i­pants. Their mes­sage also included a sign read­ing “14 words,” a ref­er­ence to the most pop­u­lar white suprema­cist slo­gan in the world: “We must secure the exis­tence of our peo­ple and a future for white children.”

Aryan Renaissance Society banner

Aryan Renais­sance Soci­ety banner

The “white lives mat­ter” mantra orig­i­nated with white suprema­cists Kevin Har­ris of Con­necti­cut and Rebecca Bar­nette of Ten­nessee and has since been taken on by other white suprema­cists. Much of Har­ris’ activism has been via the Inter­net while Bar­nette has attempted to unite the broader white suprema­cist move­ment by orga­niz­ing events such as the April march up Stone Moun­tain in Geor­gia and the July “white lives mat­ter” event in Buf­falo, New York. Both events were poorly attended, draw­ing only a hand­ful of par­tic­i­pants and hun­dreds of counter protestors.

The neo-Nazi National Social­ist Move­ment lists “white lives mat­ter” as an orga­ni­za­tion that is part of the Aryan Nation­al­ist Alliance (ANA), an umbrella group of small white suprema­cist groups (some with only one mem­ber), but the term has been used more broadly as a slogan.

Sev­eral Texas ANA-associated groups have announced they are orga­niz­ing a Sep­tem­ber 10–11 event in Quin­lan, Texas, includ­ing the Texas Rebel Knights (a small Quinlan-based Klan), the National Social­ist Move­ment, and a Texas rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Work­ers Party. Mem­bers of the Aryan Renais­sance Soci­ety and “white lives mat­ter” activists are expected to attend.

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