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June 28, 2016 4

The Hate Group Behind the Sacramento White Supremacist Rally

A coterie of racist skin­heads and other white suprema­cists staged a rally at the state capi­tol in Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia, this past week­end, a rally that degen­er­ated into a bloody brawl when the racists were attacked by a larger group of left-wing counter-demonstrators. At least 10 peo­ple were report­edly injured.

Racist skinheads involved in Sacramento rally

White suprema­cists who par­tic­i­pated in Sacra­mento rally

Both sides came pre­pared for a fight, after a pre­vi­ous brawl in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia ear­lier in the year, and both sides declared “suc­cess” after the fra­cas, but it is the white suprema­cists who most ben­e­fit from the free pub­lic­ity that such vio­lent gen­er­ates “We stood our ground. We’ll be back,” promised one white suprema­cist after the Sacra­mento event. That was Matthew Heim­bach who, with fel­low racist Matt Par­rott, orga­nized the rally from afar.

Heim­bach and Par­rott are the lead­ers of a new hate group, The Tra­di­tion­al­ist Worker Party (TWP), which claims to be the “polit­i­cal arm” of their ear­lier white suprema­cist endeavor, the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), but seems to be sup­plant­ing it.

Their rally is part of a greater effort by Heim­bach and Par­rott to unite dif­fer­ent racist groups under their umbrella to pro­mote white nation­al­ism and a white ethno-state. TWP adver­tised the event as a rally “against glob­al­iza­tion and in defense of the right to free expres­sion.” Plans for the rally had been in motion since April and TWP secured a per­mit to hold the event at the Sacra­mento State Capitol.

Traditionalist Worker Party graphic publicizing Sacramento rally

Tra­di­tion­al­ist Worker Party graphic pub­li­ciz­ing Sacra­mento rally

The group also claimed the rally was, in part, a response to anti-racists, minori­ties and immi­grants who protested at events in Cal­i­for­nia held by pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump. TWP orga­nized the demon­stra­tion along with the Golden State Skin­heads, a racist skin­head group allied with TWP.

TWP was cre­ated after a largely unsuc­cess­ful effort by Heim­bach and Par­rott to attract young peo­ple to white nation­al­ism through the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work. Unable to recruit many col­lege stu­dents to his group, Heim­bach turned instead to build­ing alliances with neo-Nazis and racist skin­heads. In 2013, he attended a gath­er­ing in Ken­tucky fea­tur­ing the racist skin­head Aryan Ter­ror Brigade, the neo-Nazi National Social­ist Move­ment and sev­eral Ku Klux Klan groups.

Since then, Heim­bach has con­ducted more out­reach to racist skin­heads and neo-Nazis, par­tic­u­larly estab­lished groups like the Golden State Skin­heads in Cal­i­for­nia and the Key­stone State Skinheads/Keystone United in Pennsylvania.

The Golden State Skin­heads (GSS), founded in 2003, is a California-based racist skin­head group with mem­bers from through­out the state.  They claim to be “a social club of Cal­i­for­nia white nation­al­ists… banned [sic] together for the sur­vival of our peo­ple and our beliefs.”  How­ever, pre­vi­ous ver­sions of their web­site “about us” page stated that they “oppose multi-culturalism, glob­al­iza­tion and Zion­ism, adding “our ulti­mate goal is to estab­lish a state owned and inhab­ited exclu­sively by the white race where we may peace­fully exist and pros­per gov­ern­ing our­selves with­out alien influence.”

GSS has coor­di­nated a num­ber of white power con­certs and social events through­out the state, includ­ing join­ing other white suprema­cist groups such as Cal­i­for­nia Skin­heads, Blood and Honor, and Amer­i­can Free­dom Party in June 2015, in Bak­ers­field, for a white power gath­er­ing dubbed Camp Com­radery 2015 [sic].  Heim­bach, already tied to GSS, was a main speaker at the event.

TWP has also been active on the East Coast. In Feb­ru­ary 2016, TWP co-hosted an event with the Key­stone State Skinheads/Keystone United in Har­ris­burg. Two months later, the TWP’s first offi­cial mid-Atlantic chap­ter meet­ing, held in Philadel­phia brought in some 20 atten­dees and fea­tured Heim­bach and long-time Key­stone State Skin­head Steve Smith as speakers.

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June 27, 2016 0

New AQAP Publication Encourages Additional Attacks Following Orlando

AQAP Inspire pamphlet encourages attacks following Orlando

Cover of the AQAP pam­phlet, fea­tur­ing an image of Omar Mateen

Al Mala­hem media, Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula (AQAP)’s pro­pa­ganda wing, released a pam­phlet on June 23 that praised the Orlando shoot­ing and pro­vided sug­ges­tions for copy­ing it and mak­ing addi­tional attacks both more lethal and bet­ter suited to AQAP’s pro­pa­ganda aims.

The four-page PDF pam­phlet, which was released on Telegram, was titled “Inspire Guide: Orlando Oper­a­tion,” and included mul­ti­ple ref­er­ences to Inspire mag­a­zine, AQAP’s English-language pro­pa­ganda magazine.

The pam­phlet indi­cated that its goal was 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.”

This fol­lows in the path of recent issues of Inspire mag­a­zine, which have focused on small scale attacks that can be con­ducted by indi­vid­ual sup­port­ers of AQAP.

The pam­phlet praised the fact that the shoot­ing was against a large pub­lic gath­er­ing in an enclosed area, and that the per­pe­tra­tor, Omar Mateen, owned his gun and had prior firearms train­ing. It sug­gested as well that Mateen was able to cause more destruc­tion because, it claimed, “those present in the night­club were drunk.”

How­ever, the pam­phlet sug­gested that it would be best for future per­pe­tra­tors not to tar­get spe­cific groups in soci­ety, such as Lati­nos or the LGBT com­mu­nity, because the focus of news cov­er­age would then be on the group tar­geted, rather than on the over­all ter­ror­ist ele­ment of the attack.

Despite its sug­ges­tion to tar­get more het­ero­ge­neous groups for strate­gic pur­poses, the pam­phlet did not shy away from anti-LGBT incite­ment. Rather, its cri­tique was couched by the state­ment that “the killing of such peo­ple is the most bind­ing duty and closer to human nature, but bet­ter than this is to avoid tar­get­ing areas where minori­ties are found.” ADL recently pub­lished an analy­sis of anti-gay rhetoric in Inspire and in ISIS’s English-language mag­a­zine, Dabiq.

Inter­est­ingly, the pam­phlet nods to the fact that Mateen indi­cated sup­port for ISIS, not Al Qaeda, while con­duct­ing the attack, stat­ing, “Lone Jihad is not monop­o­lized by al-Qaida (sic) or any other group, there­fore we call upon all active Jihadi groups, to adopt and build upon the idea of Lone Jihad and call towards it.” How­ever, it encour­ages would-be future per­pe­tra­tors to refer to bomb-making instruc­tions in past issues of Inspire mag­a­zine to make their attacks more deadly. An attack with weapons clearly taken from Inspire magazine’s sug­ges­tions would enable AQAP to claim some degree of credit.

To date, the Boston Marathon bomb­ing is the only domes­tic attack that was fully car­ried out that uti­lized direc­tions from Inspire mag­a­zine. How­ever, the mag­a­zine has played a role in the rad­i­cal­iza­tion of mul­ti­ple domes­tic extrem­ists, includ­ing the Tsar­naev broth­ers of the Boston Marathon bomb­ing, Jose Pimentel, who attempted a bomb­ing in New York, and Abdel Daoud, who attempted a bomb­ing in Chicago.

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June 24, 2016 0

Extremist Candidates* Exploit Election Season to Spread Hate

A bill­board in Ten­nessee has got­ten a lot of atten­tion due to its con­tro­ver­sial slo­gan, “Make Amer­ica White Again.” The bill­board belongs to Rick Tyler, an inde­pen­dent can­di­date run­ning for a seat in Tennessee’s 3rd Con­gres­sional Dis­trict. Tyler, who has ties to both anti-government extrem­ism and white supremacy, is one of a num­ber of extrem­ists in recent years who has had no chance of win­ning but has used a polit­i­cal cam­paign to pro­mote racist and anti-Semitic views.

Tyler has run for office a num­ber of times—for Con­gres­sional seats in South Car­olina in 1983 and in Geor­gia in 1996, and for a U.S. Sen­ate seat in Florida in 2010. On his cur­rent cam­paign web­site, he openly pro­motes white supremacy:

What lib­er­al­ized, effem­i­nized utopi­anists sim­ply can­not com­pre­hend is the prob­lem pre­sented by the harsh real­ity of abject refusal on the part of non-whites to con­form to his­tor­i­cal under­stand­ing that casts them in the light of sub­servience and inequal­ity. In the real world, some­one inevitably emerges as a dom­i­nant force…and much to the cha­grin and dis­plea­sure of non-whites, it has always tended to be the Cau­casians who rise to the most influ­en­tial and pow­er­ful position.

On the web­site, he posted a poem called “The Sad­dest Story Ever Told,” about “when a white girl mar­ries a negro,” and com­mits “racial sui­cide.” He also asserts that the “brown­ing of Amer­ica has been under­way for half a cen­tury and we are now over­whelmed with alien hordes who share lit­tle in com­mon with the orig­i­nal Euro­pean stock who carved this once great nation from the rugged wilderness.”

Rick Tyler

Rick Tyler

His cam­paign web­site includes anti-Semitic state­ments as well as racist ones. In 2010, Tyler posted a let­ter on his sen­ate cam­paign web­site in which he argued that Jews were a prod­uct of Satan, writ­ing, “It is quite log­i­cal that Satan would have a coun­ter­feit ‘cho­sen peo­ple.’” He repeated this asser­tion on his cur­rent cam­paign site, mak­ing ref­er­ence to “a coun­ter­feit cho­sen people…who are in truth the syn­a­gogue of Satan.” These state­ments are in line with Chris­t­ian Iden­tity beliefs, which assert that Jews are Satanic in nature.

Tyler is not the only extrem­ist can­di­date to run for office this year. Jim Con­dit, Jr., a vir­u­lent anti-Semite, ran in a June 7th spe­cial elec­tion for the Con­gres­sional seat in Ohio vacated by John Boehner. Con­dit may also run for the U.S. Con­gress in Ohio in November.

Con­dit ran at least one anti-Semitic ad on a main­stream radio sta­tion in Feb­ru­ary, which adver­tised his radio show. The ad focused on Jews, say­ing, “Who’s behind the all-out war to make white peo­ple a minor­ity in the U.S.A and Europe? You won’t be able to believe in the 6 mil­lion fig­ure used for the World War II Holo­caust anymore.”

On his cam­paign web­site, Con­dit pro­motes anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries, assert­ing that “Tal­mu­dic Jews run the Inter­na­tional banks.” He alleges that “inter­na­tional Jew­ish Banksters basi­cally hired Hitler and the Nazis to first incen­tivize Jews to go from Europe to Pales­tine, and then later to round up pri­mar­ily Jews and put them in con­cen­tra­tion camps with a goal of get­ting as many Jews as pos­si­ble to Pales­tine for the Rothschild-Bankster directed takeover of Pales­tine by ‘Israel’.”

Jim Condit, Jr.

Jim Con­dit, Jr.

Condit’s real pur­pose is likely to to run these ads to pro­mote anti-Semitism and he has done so repeat­edly. In the year after the Sep­tem­ber 11, 2001 attacks, Con­dit ran 13 dif­fer­ent radio ads, many of them blam­ing Jews for the attacks, when run­ning for the U.S. Con­gress in Ohio. He was able run the ads by argu­ing that fed­eral law guar­an­teed fed­eral can­di­dates the right to run any ads they wanted on FCC-licensed tele­vi­sion or radio stations.

Other can­di­dates have also exploited elec­tions to show­case their big­oted views. In Sep­tem­ber 2014, neo-Nazi Robert Rans­dell pro­moted his write-in cam­paign for U.S. Sen­ate in Ken­tucky with the slo­gan, “With Jews We Lose.” He report­edly had plans to pur­chase air time on a main­stream radio sta­tion in Cincin­nati for seven hour-long radio programs/political ads to pub­li­cize his views. Accord­ing to a white suprema­cist source, the sta­tion refused to run the ads.

Fra­zier Glenn Miller, a white suprema­cist who received a death sen­tence for killing three peo­ple at Jew­ish sites in Over­land Park, Kansas, in April 2014, also ran for office a num­ber of times. In 2010, he was a write-in can­di­date for U.S. Sen­a­tor in Missouri.

After fil­ing his can­di­dacy, Miller bought air time on a Kansas City radio sta­tion and ran adver­tise­ments attack­ing Jews and minori­ties, while call­ing on white peo­ple to “take their coun­try back.”  He later expanded this cam­paign to other sta­tions across Mis­souri.  How­ever, Mis­souri broad­cast­ers protested this tac­tic and reached out to the Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion with their con­cerns.  In June 2010, the FCC ruled that Miller was not a “bona fide” can­di­date and thus not enti­tled to manda­tory access.  This rul­ing allowed radio sta­tions to reject Miller’s racist and anti-Semitic ads, thus ruin­ing Miller’s attempt to spread white suprema­cist pro­pa­ganda on the airwaves.

 

* As a 501(c )(3) non-profit orga­ni­za­tion, the Anti-Defamation League does not sup­port or oppose can­di­dates for polit­i­cal office.

 

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