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September 30, 2014 0

Deceased Congressman Had Ties to Anti-Semitic, Anti-Government Groups

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James Traf­i­cant at Free­dom Palooza 2011. Source: Amer­i­can Third Party

Obit­u­ar­ies about for­mer Ohio Con­gress­man James Traf­i­cant, who died on Sep­tem­ber 27 from injuries sus­tained in an acci­dent on his farm near Youngstown, detail his life. How­ever, nearly all failed to men­tion that in the past five years Traf­i­cant was a promi­nent and active fig­ure on the extreme right, appeal­ing both to anti-government extrem­ists of the “Patriot” move­ment as well as to white suprema­cists and anti-Semites.

The obit­u­ar­ies did, how­ever, allude to Traficant’s past crim­i­nal activ­i­ties that cul­mi­nated in a 2002 con­vic­tion on charges of rack­e­teer­ing, bribery, tax eva­sion and obstruc­tion of jus­tice.  Traf­i­cant received an 8-year prison sen­tence and became one of the few rep­re­sen­ta­tives ever expelled from Congress.

Accord­ing to one obit­u­ary, after his release from prison, Traf­i­cant “lived a quiet life on his farm.”  In real­ity, how­ever, he was far from quiet. He was a reg­u­lar colum­nist for the Amer­i­can Free Press (AFP), a conspiracy-oriented anti-Semitic news­pa­per, attended extrem­ist events, and expressed anti-Semitic views. Traficant’s alliance with the extreme right began years earlier.

Traf­i­cant was a Demo­c­rat but by the 1990s had become pop­u­lar among the extreme right.   His strong sup­port of Nazi war crim­i­nal John Dem­jan­juk drew the approval of white suprema­cists and anti-Semites.  Later, dur­ing his trial, Traf­i­cant sought to remove Jew­ish jurors, say­ing that “I have con­cern about cer­tain polit­i­cal and reli­gious orga­ni­za­tions who have tar­geted me.”

Anti-government extrem­ists liked his grow­ing anti-government rhetoric, par­tic­u­larly in the late 1990s as his own crim­i­nal trou­bles inten­si­fied.  Traf­i­cant repeat­edly invoked the stand­offs at Ruby Ridge and Waco, called Attor­ney Gen­eral Janet Reno a “trai­tor,” attacked the Fed­eral Reserve, and stated that “we have a fed­eral gov­ern­ment that Amer­i­cans fear.”

Dur­ing his trial and impris­on­ment, white suprema­cists such as David Duke spoke out on his behalf and urged peo­ple to send him money.  In par­tic­u­lar, Traf­i­cant devel­oped a close rela­tion­ship with AFP, pub­lished by Willis Carto, one of the lead­ing Amer­i­can anti-Semites.  AFP vocally sup­ported Traf­i­cant, while one of its writ­ers even wrote a book about the for­mer Congressman.

After Traficant’s 2009 release, the rela­tion­ship became closer.  AFP announced an “appre­ci­a­tion din­ner” for him, while Traf­i­cant even became a colum­nist for the anti-Semitic publication—which he con­tin­ued until his death.  In his columns, as well as else­where, Traf­i­cant railed against Jew­ish orga­ni­za­tions like the American-Israeli Pub­lic Affairs Com­mit­tee and accused Israel of con­trol­ling the Amer­i­can media, the Amer­i­can econ­omy, and both houses of Con­gress.  Traf­i­cant appeared as a speaker at AFP events, some of which were orga­nized around him, such as a 2010 “Town Hall” with Traf­i­cant in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Dur­ing these years, Traf­i­cant also spoke at other extrem­ist events.  He spoke sev­eral times at “Free­dom Palooza,” an annual event in east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia run by Paul Topete, a long time anti-government extrem­ist and anti-Semite, which attracted anti-government extrem­ists and white suprema­cists.  At one such event, accord­ing to a white suprema­cist who attended, Traf­i­cant allegedly dis­cussed the “Jew­ish dom­i­nance of the press, money sup­ply, New York and Hol­ly­wood.”  Traf­i­cant also spoke at events such as Con­spir­acy Con and the Free­dom Law School, the lat­ter a group asso­ci­ated with the anti-government extrem­ist tax protest movement.

Shortly before his death, Traf­i­cant and AFP had begun a new joint ven­ture, “Project Free­dom USA,” intended to be an effort by “grass­roots patriots…to end the finan­cial tyranny that is stran­gling our nation.”  Among other things, the project intended to abol­ish the Fed­eral Reserve and “our com­mu­nist, pro­gres­sive income tax.”

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September 11, 2014 80

Anti-Semite Christopher Bollyn Scheduled to Attend 9–11 Events in California

Christo­pher Bol­lyn, an anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist who focuses on the 9–11 attacks, report­edly will be mak­ing sev­eral appear­ances at 9–11 events in Cal­i­for­nia. Bol­lyn was one of the ear­li­est pro­mot­ers of anti-Semitic 9–11 the­o­ries blam­ing Israel and Jews for the attacks.

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Christo­pher Bollyn

On Sep­tem­ber 11, Bol­lyn will have a table at the “9–11 Truth Film Fes­ti­val” in Oak­land. Two days later, on Sep­tem­ber 13, Cal­i­for­nia attor­ney Bruce Leichty will host Bol­lyn at an event in San Dimas. Bol­lyn will also speak on Sep­tem­ber 14 at an event hosted in San Diego, spon­sored by San Die­gans for 9/11 Truth.

The San Dimas event is par­tic­u­larly trou­bling due to the host behind the event. Leichty is a prob­lem­atic fig­ure who has defended a num­ber of Holo­caust deniers, includ­ing Ernst Zun­del, who is impris­oned in Ger­many for deny­ing the Holo­caust. Leichty also rep­re­sented 9–11 widow Ellen Mar­i­ani in law­suits against var­i­ous enti­ties she held account­able for her husband’s death. In motion papers, Leichty appar­ently used research from Bol­lyn to make spu­ri­ous accu­sa­tions against a Jew­ish judge on the case. In May 2012, the United States Court of Appeals sanc­tioned Leichty and Mar­i­ani for mak­ing friv­o­lous argu­ments before the court and also high­lighted the anti-Semitism reflected in the papers filed by Leichty.

In addi­tion to host­ing this event, Leichty and Bol­lyn have other con­nec­tions, as well. A Sep­tem­ber 7 press release about the San Dimas event states that Bol­lyn “served as chair of the Ellen Mar­i­ani Legal Defense Fund” and that Leichty believes that Bol­lyn is doing “ground-breaking work that no one else is doing” around the issue of 9–11.

Bol­lyn has focused most of his research on 9–11 and has con­tin­ued to make the claim that the ter­ror­ist attacks were orches­trated by Israel and the Jews. In Bollyn’s 2012 book, Solv­ing 9–11: The Decep­tion that Changed the World, he writes, “The ‘false flag’ ter­ror­ism of 9–11 is a mon­strous Jewish-Zionist crime of our time.  The true cul­prits of this heinous crime are clearly being pro­tected by a gang of like-minded Jew­ish Zion­ists in the high­est posi­tions of the U.S. government….”

Bol­lyn has also writ­ten numer­ous other arti­cles on his web­site that accuse Jews of con­trol­ling the media and gov­ern­ment. Bol­lyn has attended Holo­caust denial con­fer­ences in the U.S. and one in Rus­sia in 2002.  He is a for­mer writer for the anti-Semitic conspiracy-oriented news­pa­per Amer­i­can Free Press and its pre­de­ces­sor, The Spot­light, both pub­lished by anti-Semite and Holo­caust denier Willis Carto.  Amer­i­can Free Press fired Bol­lyn in 2006, after accus­ing him of sub­mit­ting false sto­ries and of dis­loy­alty to the paper.

In 2007, Bol­lyn was found guilty of mis­de­meanor aggra­vated assault and resist­ing arrest, after a con­fronta­tion with police offi­cers in front of his home in the Chicago area.  He never appeared for sen­tenc­ing and has since is pre­sumed to be liv­ing in Europe with his wife, a Swedish cit­i­zen, and children.

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May 23, 2014 0

CIS Promotes Widely Disputed Report on Far-Right Radio Show

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Jes­sica Vaughan

On May 20, Jes­sica Vaughan of the anti-immigrant think tank Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS) appeared as a guest on “Trunews,” a radio show hosted by far-right con­spir­acy the­o­rist Rick Wiles. Vaughan was on the show to dis­cuss a widely dis­puted new CIS report blam­ing the Obama admin­is­tra­tion for the release of over 36,000 “crim­i­nal aliens” by Immi­gra­tion and Cus­toms Enforce­ment (ICE) in 2013.

The report, authored by Vaughan, pro­vides a skewed analy­sis of the num­bers com­piled by ICE.  Her appar­ent inten­tion in the report was not only to pro­mote the nar­ra­tive that immi­grants are crim­i­nals but also to attack the Obama admin­is­tra­tion for its alleged fail­ure to enforce immi­gra­tion laws cur­rently on the books, both com­mon tac­tics of the anti-immigrant move­ment. In response to the CIS report, ICE spokesper­sons noted that immi­grants who have com­mit­ted crimes are only sent to ICE after they have served their sen­tences and that in some cases, the agency was required by law to release some of the immigrants.

After a few min­utes of allow­ing Vaughan to explain the major take­aways from the report, Wiles offered a sug­ges­tion as to what to do with the undoc­u­mented pop­u­la­tion cur­rently resid­ing in the United States. Wiles stated, “Hey, um, you put them on a C130 cargo plane and strap a para­chute to them and you fly over the home coun­try and you push them out the door!” Vaughan responded with a laugh and stated, “Some peo­ple have sug­gested that!”

Vaughan’s appear­ance on “Trunews” is another recent exam­ple of the anti-immigrant move­ment using far-right and extreme media to pro­mote their cause. In April of this year, Vaughan granted an inter­view to reporter from the anti-Semitic news­pa­per Amer­i­can Free Press (AFP), founded by Holo­caust denier Willis Carto. In March of 2014, Chris Chmie­len­ski of the anti-immigrant group Num­ber­sUSA, pro­vided an inter­view to AFP.

In 2014, Frosty Wooldridge, an advi­sory board mem­ber with the extreme anti-immigrant group Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR) appeared on more than one occa­sion on “The Jeff Rense Pro­gram.”  The pro­gram is a conspiracy-oriented Inter­net radio show broad­cast on Rense’s noto­ri­ously anti-Semitic web­site. In Decem­ber 2013, David North, a fel­low with CIS appeared on “The Real­ist Report,” an Inter­net radio show hosted by the vir­u­lent anti-Semite and Holo­caust denier, John Friend.

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