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August 25, 2016

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

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

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 Ken Zrallack (aka 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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