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July 21, 2016 Off

Leader of Aryan Circle Motorcycle Club Arrested

The leader of the Aryan Cir­cle Motor­cy­cle Club (MC), David Wayne Williams (aka Big Dave) of Mamou, Louisiana, has been arrested along with seven other Aryan Cir­cle mem­bers and asso­ciates for their alleged roles in the shoot­ing death of Clifton Hallmark.

Richard Smith and Leland Hamm

Richard Smith and Leland Hamm

The Evan­ge­line Parish Sheriff’s office has charged Anissa Hall­mark, Michael Aux­ilien, Eliz­a­beth Aux­ilien, David Wayne Williams, Christa Williams, Heather Tate, Jere­mey Wade Jor­den, and Brian Elliot Granger with acces­sory after the fact to 2nd degree mur­der.  Two addi­tional Aryan Cir­cle mem­bers, Richard Smith and Leland Hamm, are wanted on charges related to the murder.

On July 1, 2016, Anissa Hall­mark and another woman called 911 from a local gas sta­tion alleg­ing Clifton had been shot there dur­ing a rob­bery. Respond­ing deputies found Clifton Hall­mark out­side the gas sta­tion with a gun­shot wound to the head.  He was trans­ported the hos­pi­tal, but later died.  The fol­low­ing mur­der inves­ti­ga­tion found dis­crep­an­cies in the rob­bery story told by the women and revealed that Hall­mark was actu­ally shot dur­ing an alter­ca­tion at a nearby pre-July 4th party.

The Aryan Cir­cle MC, pre­vi­ously called the Iron Cir­cle, is a sub­group of the Aryan Cir­cle, a racist prison gang.

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July 21, 2016 Off

AQAP Releases Issue 2 of Inspire Guide After Nice Attack

Inspire Guide Nice Attack Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Cover image of the Inspire Guide

Al Mala­hem media, Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula (AQAP)’s pro­pa­ganda wing, released a new pam­phlet exam­in­ing the details of the July 14 attack in Nice, France, and encour­ag­ing copy-cat attacks.

The pam­phlet is the sec­ond in a series called “Inspire Guides,” which state that they are designed to  “[pro­vide] guid­ance to the Lone Mujahid (fighter)” and to “follow-up, guide, put right and cor­rect Lone Jihad oper­a­tions in order to real­ize the best mil­i­tary and polit­i­cal results that serve the gen­eral pol­icy of the Mujahidin (fight­ers) in our war with America.”

The first Inspire Guide was released in the after­math of the June 12 shoot­ing in Orlando, and pro­vided tips for ampli­fy­ing Al Qaeda’s mes­sage and increas­ing casu­al­ties in copy­cat attacks.

The new guide was released on Telegram on July 12. It pro­claimed that Muham­mad Lahouaiej Bouh­lel, who con­ducted the attack, “exe­cuted the oper­a­tion in its total­ity and per­fec­tion,” and sug­gested only that extrem­ists seek­ing to repli­cate it refer to Inspire mag­a­zine, AQAP’s English-language pro­pa­ganda mag­a­zine, for tips on increas­ing the lethal­ity of truck attacks.

The speed with which the Inspire Guide was released after the Orlando and Nice attacks stands in con­trast to the irreg­u­lar­ity of Inspire mag­a­zine, which has pro­duced a spo­radic 15 issues since it was first pub­lished online in 2010. Unlike the mag­a­zine, how­ever, both issues of Inspire Guide have con­sisted of only a few pages on one sub­ject, with­out any graph­ics or attempts at sophis­ti­cated design.

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July 21, 2016 Off

Arizona Arrest Reminder of Link between Terror and Anti-Semitism

Mahin Khan arizona terror plot

Mahin Khan

Court pro­ceed­ings have indi­cated that Ari­zona res­i­dent Mahin Khan, arrested on July 1 for allegedly plot­ting to bomb a DMV on behalf of ISIS and the Pak­istani Tal­iban, had con­sid­ered direct­ing his attack against a local Jew­ish Com­mu­nity Cen­ter (JCC) before choos­ing the DMV as his final tar­get. His plan­ning, as well as anti-Semitic state­ments he made, serve as a crit­i­cal reminder of the nexus between anti-Semitism and Islamic extremism.

Khan had allegedly indi­cated his inter­est in attack­ing the JCC in an Octo­ber 2015 con­ver­sa­tion with an under­cover FBI employee that was relayed in court on July 20, 2016. The crim­i­nal com­plaint filed against Khan also quoted him as request­ing ammu­ni­tion to tar­get Jews, say­ing, “Need AK and pis­tols can u do that wanna take out marines and jews (sic).”

News reports sug­gest addi­tional evi­dence of Khan’s anti-Semitism as well. A for­mer class­mate of his report­edly claimed that, “At one point he went as far as to say ‘what Hitler did was good.’ And he told me that he did not like the Jew­ish people.”

  • Khan is the 22nd U.S. res­i­dents moti­vated by Islamic extrem­ist ide­ol­ogy to plot or con­sider an attack against Jew­ish or Israeli tar­gets since 2002.
  • He is the 5th U.S. res­i­dent arrested in Ari­zona related to activ­ity moti­vated by Islamic extrem­ist ide­ol­ogy since 2002. Three addi­tional Ari­zona res­i­dents have also been linked, but were killed or arrested out­side the state.
  • Khan is the sec­ond U.S. res­i­dent to con­sider attack­ing a domes­tic Jew­ish tar­get in 2016. The other was James Gon­zalo Med­ina, a Florida res­i­dent arrested on April 29, 2016 accused of plot­ting to blow up a Florida syn­a­gogue dur­ing the Passover hol­i­day on behalf of ISIS.

ADL has writ­ten a report about the con­nec­tions between anti-Semitism and Islamic extrem­ist ide­ol­ogy, which also includes a list of U.S. res­i­dents linked to ter­ror­ism since 2012 who expressed anti-Semitic moti­va­tion and a list of plots against Jews and Jew­ish insti­tu­tions worldwide.

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