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October 7, 2015 0

Alibaba Takes Stand Against Materials Promoting Hitler

AlibabaEar­lier this month, the Anti-Defamation League noti­fied Alibaba,the largest online sales ser­vice com­pany, about Hitler masks and other Hitler titled items avail­able through their service.

Sub­se­quently, Alibaba removed the prod­ucts and sus­pended the ven­dor in com­pli­ance with their pol­icy stip­u­lat­ing that “gen­er­ally pro­hibits mate­ri­als pro­mot­ing Nazism.”

They also indi­cated that they rely on the help of cus­tomers and groups like ADL to iden­tify list­ings that go against their poli­cies and, as a result, have included a new “Report Sus­pi­cious Activ­ity” link on every listing.

ADL appre­ci­ates Alibaba’s respon­sive­ness to this issue and has invited the com­pany join ADL’s Best Prac­tices and Cyber-Safety Action Guide initiatives.

Alibaba, based in China, has been in oper­a­tion since 1998 and is one of the largest online mar­ket­places with daily trans­ac­tions in excess of $30 million.

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July 24, 2015 4

Lafayette Shooting Suspect Fixated on Perceived Moral Decay


John Rus­sell Hauser (Louisiana State Police)

A pre­lim­i­nary exam­i­na­tion of the on-line writ­ings of John Rus­sell Houser, who killed him­self last night after a vicious shoot­ing spree at a movie the­ater in Lafayette, Louisiana, that left two dead and nine oth­ers injured, reveals a twisted, angry man upset at a per­ceived moral decay that he thought was destroy­ing the United States.

Houser, orig­i­nally from Geor­gia but who had lived in var­i­ous places across the South prior to the shoot­ing, spent much of his free time in recent years mak­ing short, angry posts to on-line dis­cus­sion forums and com­ment sec­tions on var­i­ous web­sites, often using the screen name “Rusty Houser.” In many of these posts, Houser dis­cussed his belief that the United States was “about to fall.”

His dis­con­tent with the United States led him to make extreme anti-American state­ments, such as describ­ing the United States as “the enemy of the world.” When, in the win­ter of 2015, some 200 cars piled up in a multi-vehicle snow­storm acci­dent, Houser claimed that “the lack of moral Amer­i­cans stand­ing for any­thing makes me wish it were 200 747’s.”

In another post­ing, he wrote that he was “with all those who hate the filth farm known as the U.S.” In 2014, Houser claimed that “all coun­tries that hate the U.S.” needed to unite.

As some of these state­ments indi­cate, Houser was obsessed with the notion of moral decay in the United States; this obses­sion fueled much of his anger.

Anti-black racism played an impor­tant role in Houser’s vision of decay and doom. He repeat­edly argued that blacks should be deported because they, as he said in one 2013 post­ing, “WILL NOT WORK and have NO FAMILY VALUES.” This was lan­guage Houser used again and again, some­times refer­ring to blacks explic­itly, at other times describ­ing them in other ways, such as “another race, not Latinos.”

In 2014, Houser claimed that “fail­ing to men­tion the role of Blacks in build­ing and main­tain­ing the alliance of evil that lit­er­ally grips the globe” would slow the re-taking of Amer­ica. “Else­where, this par­tic­u­lar role is the Jew. Here in the U.S., it is the Black.” In another 2014 post­ing, Houser elab­o­rated on the morality-hating peo­ple who allegedly con­trolled Amer­ica, an alliance con­sist­ing of 1) upper class whites; 2) Blacks; and 3) “mis­fits,” which Houser listed as “homos, trans­ves­tites, peo­ple who will not work, peo­ple with no cul­ture, etc.”

Other sources of decay for Houser included athe­ists, lib­er­als, and gays—in the lat­ter instance, Houser even sup­ported the rabidly homo­pho­bic West­boro Bap­tist Church.

In con­trast, Houser admired other eth­nic or reli­gious groups, such as Lati­nos or Mus­lims. This was because he viewed such groups as either hard work­ing or with strong moral val­ues, or both. “I will never under­stand,” he posted in 2013,” why the hard work­ing, morally supe­rior Lati­nos never bring up for dis­cus­sion the other race which is known to be com­pletely the oppo­site for the most part.”

Refer­ring to Mus­lim immi­grants, for exam­ple, he said, “those com­ing in are far more decent morally than the aver­age Amer­i­can.” Ira­ni­ans, he wrote in late 2013, were “far higher morally than this finan­cially fail­ing filth farm.”

Faced with this fan­tasy sce­nario of doom and decay, Hauser seemed to have hoped for a man on horse­back who would sweep away all the per­ceived moral filth—a Travis Bickle writ large. “The one bright spot,” he wrote on one forum in 2013, “is that all mat­ters in need of tidy­ing up will be dealt with in sum­mary fash­ion soon.”

One of his mod­els for such a leader was Adolf Hitler, whom he repeat­edly praised. In 2013, he wrote that “Hitler’s reac­tion to much would be invalu­able now, if 98% weren’t brain­washed in the U.S.” In early 2015, he claimed that Hitler “accom­plished far more” than any other lead­ers. Around the same time, he claimed that “decent peo­ple can retake the entire world, as Hitler proved.”

In a dif­fer­ent 2015 post­ing, Houser wrote that “Hitler is loved for the results of his prag­ma­tism” and that “the U.S. is no more than a finan­cially fail­ing filth farm. Soon the phrase ‘rul­ing with an iron hand’ will be palat­able anew.”

In 2013, Houser had sim­i­lar views on Amer­i­can white suprema­cist fig­ure David Duke, writ­ing that “at one time [Duke] appeared exactly what the U.S. needed.”

Houser also admired the Golden Dawn, a Greek neo-Nazi polit­i­cal party, describ­ing them in 2014 as “com­posed of moral peo­ple.” Else­where, he described their ideas as “a legit­i­mate effort to solve prob­lems” and their lead­ers as “intel­li­gent, well spo­ken, and exer­cis­ing good faith.”

Houser had sim­i­larly admir­ing views of a vari­ety of other extrem­ist groups and move­ments, includ­ing rad­i­cal Islamists. “Yes, I am salut­ing the fun­da­men­tal­ist Mus­lims,” he said in Jan­u­ary 2015, “They have stood against evil.” He added, in a follow-up post, “They have my com­plete Chris­t­ian respect.”

These atti­tudes and opin­ions, which reveal them­selves so strik­ingly in Houser’s writ­ings, raise the unset­tling but real pos­si­bil­ity that he delib­er­ately chose a show­ing of the movie Train­wreck at which to launch a Taxi Dri­ver–like spree of vio­lence. The writer and star of the movie, tal­ented young come­dian Amy Schumer, has received con­sid­er­able media atten­tion thanks to the movie and her pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion show, and, given her cho­sen comedic per­sona of a sex­u­ally free-wheeling woman, as well as her lib­eral opin­ions, one could imag­ine how a dis­turbed mind like Houser’s could come to focus on the movie as a sym­bol for all of his dark fan­tasies about moral decay in America.

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December 24, 2013 16

Anti-Semite John Friend Interviews Center for Immigration Fellow on His Radio Show


John Friend, host of “The Real­ist Report”

David North, a fel­low with the anti-immigrant group Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS) appeared on “The Real­ist Report,” a radio show hosted by the vir­u­lent anti-Semite and Holo­caust denier, John Friend. The show focused on immigration.

After the inter­view with North, Friend also pro­moted his white suprema­cist views regard­ing immi­gra­tion. He wrote in the com­ments sec­tion of his web­site that he wished he asked North the fol­low­ing ques­tion: “In your view, do tra­di­tion­ally White West­ern Euro­pean coun­tries have the right to main­tain and pro­tect their tra­di­tional racial, eth­nic, and cul­tural her­itage?” Also in the com­ments sec­tion, Friend pro­moted the anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­ory that Jews are respon­si­ble for non-white immi­gra­tion to the United States.

Though CIS claims to be a main­stream orga­ni­za­tion that is against ille­gal immi­gra­tion, this is not the first exam­ple of CIS asso­ci­at­ing itself with anti-Semites. In Novem­ber of 2012, CIS cir­cu­lated an arti­cle to its mem­bers authored by Vir­ginia Aber­nethy. Aber­nethy serves on the edi­to­r­ial board of the Occi­den­tal Quar­terly, an anti-Semitic pub­li­ca­tion edited by anti-Semitic pro­fes­sor Kevin Mac­Don­ald. In May 2012, CIS legal pol­icy ana­lyst, Jon Feere, pro­vided quotes for  arti­cle titled, “‘Big Ag’ Favors Ille­gal Immi­gra­tion” in Amer­i­can Free Press (AFP), a conspiracy-oriented anti-Semitic news­pa­per run by long-time anti-Semite and Holo­caust denier, Willis Carto.

It is not clear if North knew about Friend’s anti-Semitism but even a cur­sory look at Friend’s work would have revealed his extreme views. Friend has writ­ten numer­ous anti-Semitic arti­cles for AFP and on his per­sonal web­site. His home­page con­tains quotes from Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels. In a May 2013 arti­cle on his web­site, Friend wrote, “The arro­gance, deceit, and treach­ery of the orga­nized Jew­ish com­mu­nity knows no bounds.  Adolf Hitler was quite cor­rect when he described the Jews as hav­ing an ‘unqual­i­fied capac­ity for false­hood.’” In a March 2013, arti­cle, Friend called the Holo­caust a “fake narrative.”

In March 2013, Friend also announced the cre­ation of the Amer­i­can Nation­al­ist Asso­ci­a­tion (ANA), a group which “aims to develop and advance the inter­ests of tra­di­tional White Amer­ica.” ANA’s state­ment of prin­ci­ples also reveals Friend’s anti-Semitism. The state­ment urges peo­ples of Euro­pean ances­try to “Expose and reject all forms of Com­mu­nism, Cul­tural Marx­ism, Inter­na­tional Zion­ism, Glob­al­ism, Multi-Culturalism, and all Un-American rack­ets, frauds and orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing Usury and Inter­na­tional Finance Capitalism.”

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