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November 26, 2014

Arrested Black Panther Also Involved in Sovereign Citizen Movement

Update — 9/3/15: Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Orlando Baldwin were each sentenced in a federal court to seven years in prison.

Update — 6/2/15: Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Orlando Baldwin each pleaded guilty to four explosives and gun charges that will carry seven-year prison terms when they are sentenced Aug. 31.

Update — 4/2/15: Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Orlando Baldwin were indicted on additional charges involving the conspiracy to use bombs to commit “violent acts”  and the illegal purchase of firearms.

Federal agents arrested two New Black Panther Party members (NBPP) in St. Louis on November 21, accusing Olajuwon Ali and Brandon Baldwin of illegal straw purchases of handguns.  Some media have cited anonymous sources alleging that the pair also attempted to purchase pipe bombs.olajuwon-ali-document

One of the accused, Olajuwon Ali, 22, is the head of the NBPP’s St. Louis Chapter, but he also has been active in a very different extremist movement:  the anti-government “sovereign citizen” movement.

The sovereign citizen movement has experienced rapid recent growth, particularly in its Afro-centric “Moorish” offshoot.  “Moorish” sovereigns emerged in the mid-1990s when members of the Moorish Science Temple (MST), a religious sect, attempted to meld their beliefs with that of the sovereign citizen movement.  Sovereign beliefs have since spread widely among MST adherents, and later to other African-Americans, bringing new adherents to what historically has been considered a right-wing extremist movement.

Ali is typical of many new recruits to the “Moorish” movement.  Although there is evidence that Ali may have encountered sovereign citizen ideology as early as 2010, when still a teenager, it was in April 2013 that he formally joined the movement, filing an “Abjuration of Citizenship” document declaring himself  an “aboriginal/indigenous, free Sovereign Moor – Natural Person of the Land.”

The document, as well as a Moorish identification card that Ali has used, appear to come from an influential New Jersey-based Moorish group led by R. V. Bey.  One of the signatures on the document seems to be that of one of R. V. Bey’s prominent disciples.

Another signature on Ali’s document belongs to Kusu ra Kush Bey, aka Chester Wilson, a St. Louis-based Moorish sovereign.  In the same month that Ali filed his “abjuration,” the FBI arrested Wilson for his alleged involvement in a major multi-state car theft ring.

Ali himself had a brush with the law only months after declaring his sovereignty.  In June 2013, St. Louis police arrested Ali for trespassing, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace following an incident in which Ali allegedly attempted to use a Moorish identification card at a convenience store to demand “tax-free” purchases.  Ali, tased during the incident, later described his arrest as “unlawful” and himself as a “victim of police brutality.”

Ali’s legal troubles took up much of his time, but he found a new source for activism following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson in August 2014.  That month, Ali, calling himself a “Minister of Justice and Law,” offered a “Lessons of Law Class (Post-Mike Brown)” to inform African-Americans of their “Constitutional, Universal Human, and Indigenous Rights.”

The shooting also gave Ali an opportunity to join NBPP activism with Moorish activism.  On August 13, Ali composed a lengthy, sovereign-style “Affidavit of Fact” directed to the mayor of Ferguson  in which he asserted that claims the NBPP had encouraged violence were “false propaganda [sic]” released by “European owned” media stations.  He also accused the city of Ferguson with the “GENOCIDE AND MURDER OF Aboriginal Indigenous American Michael Brown Jr.”

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November 24, 2014

Members Of New Black Panther Party Arrested On Weapons Charges

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Olajuwon Ali, Chairman of the New Black Panther Party’s St. Louis Chapter

Update — 9/3/15: Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Orlando Baldwin were each sentenced in a federal court to seven years in prison.

Update — 6/2/15: Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Orlando Baldwin each pleaded guilty to four explosives and gun charges that will carry seven-year prison terms when they are sentenced Aug. 31.

Update — 4/2/15: Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Orlando Baldwin were indicted on additional charges involving the conspiracy to use bombs to commit “violent acts”  and the illegal purchase of firearms.

Two members of the New Black Panther Party (NBPP), the largest organized anti-Semitic and racist Black militant group in America, were arrested in Missouri on Friday and charged with federal firearms offenses.

Olajuwon Ali, Chairman of the NBPP St. Louis Chapter, and Brandon Baldwin, were indicted on federal weapons violations for allegedly making straw purchases of two .45 caliber handguns at a sporting goods store in Hazelwood, Missouri. Authorities say that the two men claimed the guns were for Baldwin but that the weapons were actually intended for someone else.

After executing search warrants, prosecutors are reportedly considering additional charges against the two for attempting to purchase pipe bombs with intent to cause damage to buildings and landmarks in the St. Louis area.

A statement posted by Ali on his apparent Facebook page suggests that he may have anticipated his arrest on Friday. On November 19, Ali posted, “Family and Friends, everyday I got Caucasians following me in SUV trucks. Please be advised that if you show any signs of noncompliance with this Devil they will try to assassinate you. Lord smite my enemies and anyone who intends to bring me harm. Ashe! In the spirit of Ogun! Protect me. Ashe!”

In another post, Ali described St. Louis as a “Slave Capital in a Slave State!” and the iconic Arch as “the Shackle of Oppression” and a “Symbol of Our destruction and demise.”

Ali is also an actor and rapper; he posted images of himself in a new music video called “Right To Resist” on the day of his arrest. Ali apparently converted to Islam in college, according to a YouTube video he posted in October 2012, although it is unclear if he still considers himself a Muslim. In August, Ali and other members of the NBPP were present in Ferguson during the protests followed the shooting of Michael Brown. It is unclear when Ali, who has a back tattoo of a black panther attacking a bald eagle, joined the NBPP.

In addition to his connection to the NBPP, Ali is also involved with another extremist movement, the “Moorish” movement, an offshoot of the anti-government sovereign citizen movement, which he joined in early 2013.  This involvement resulted in his arrest by St. Louis police in June 2013, when Ali, according to his own account of the incident, was charged with trespassing, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest after attempting to use a Moorish identification card to make a “tax free” purchase at a convenience store.

Source: Facebook

Source: Facebook

Ali, who was tased during the encounter, described himself as a “victim of police brutality” and referred to police as “outlaws” and “mercenaries for hire.”  Ali claims to have reached out for help to other “aboriginal indigenous” people (i.e., other Moorish sovereign citizens), but to have received only advice and good wishes.

Brandon Muhammad has a less extensive online footprint. On his apparent Facebook page, he made cryptic comments on November 17 such as “For every action there is a reaction…brother I can elaborate on that trust me.” Many of his “likes” consist of various pages related to Islam, the Nation of Islam, the New Black Panther Party, the Black Riders Liberation Party, the African-American Defense League, and other Black nationalist individuals, causes, and groups.

The NBPP issued a statement on its blog on Friday describing the allegations against Ali and Baldwin as “a complete BOLF FACED LIE and FRAME UP attempt of the local St. Louis organization and membership, in an effort to stop the organizing capability of the local party.”

The NBPP often attracts attention for its threats against police, which the NBPP views as culpable for Black suffering in the U.S. In August, ADL expressed concern over the group’s efforts to portray itself as helping to keep the peace between protesters and law enforcement in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The group made several threats against local law enforcement in response to the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

ADL’s comprehensive report on New Black Panther Party is available on the ADL website at: New Black Panther Party for Self Defense

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April 3, 2014

Houston Terror Suspect Allegedly Behind Conspiratorial Facebook Page

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Robert Talbot Jr.

Last week, the FBI arrested Robert Talbot Jr. on charges of planning a violent attack on a Houston-area mosque. A look into Talbot’s history reveals that he not only fosters a deep-seated hatred of Muslims and Islam, but also subscribes to conspiracy theories of an alleged Muslim Brotherhood takeover of the U.S. and the need to combat the so-called “New World Order.” Talbot’s plan to attack the mosque and Muslim institutions is the latest in a recent string of violence directed toward the Muslim-American community.

According to the FBI, Talbot’s plan was to recruit “like-minded” accomplices to “blow up government buildings, rob banks, and kill law enforcement officers.” In addition, Talbot targeted Islamic centers and mosques. Talbot allegedly planned to enter a mosque during Friday prayers and shoot worshippers during services. FBI officials have also stated that it was part of Talbot’s plan to rob an armored car and attack a mosque with a machine gun. To justify these acts of violence, Talbot said that he would be “doing the Will of God.”

Law enforcement officials state that Talbot is behind the conspiratorial anti-Muslim and anti-government Facebook page, American Insurgent Movement (AIM).  In posts attributed to him, Talbot expressed racist and anti-Muslim conspiratorial sentiments that the U.S. has been infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood and that he intended to send “that White House worthless piece of dirt and his Muslim Brotherhood a message they will never forget.”

In a November 23, 2013 post, Talbot claimed that he is “not a racist person, but I’m only racist to those cultures whom show it, and this is why I don’t like Chinks, Muslims and a few other…” Talbot has also made threats against Obama administration advisor Valerie Jarrett, who was born in Iran and who Talbot alleged is “a Muslim.”

The ‘About’ section of AIM’s Facebook page states that it is a group intended for individuals seeking to “restore America Pre-Constitutionally and look forward to stopping the Regime with action by bloodshed.” Additionally, many of Talbot’s postings allude to the need to fight “New World Order,” a conspiracy theory typically revolving around claims that the U.S. government is trying to enslave, coerce, intimidate, scare, poison, or kill U.S. citizens on a mass scale.

In a March 1, 2014 post on the Facebook page, Talbot claimed that the NWO seeks “to turn American [sic] into their Marxist Muslim dream,” and that the “NWO can be stop [sic] and will be stopped.” In an earlier post from February 7, Talbot wrote that AIM is “Looking ONLY for ex-military or self-trained men who trained in guerrilla warfare and understand war/battle to the fullest.”

Talbot’s alleged plot is the latest in a series of recent incidents targeting Muslims and Muslim institutions:

  • March 2014: The Prayer Center of Orland Park, located in a Chicago suburb, was fired at during early morning prayer services by an unknown attacker. A bullet allegedly struck the gold metal dome of the mosque.
  • March 2014: Several shots were fired at the Islamic Center of Hattiesburg, Mississippi in the middle of the night. Law enforcement stated that it is considering the incident as a “malicious mischief case.”
  • March 2014: An Iraqi immigrant was gunned down in a shopping center parking lot in Sacramento, California by an assailant who has expressed hatred for people of Middle Eastern descent. Law enforcement is treating the incident as a hate crime.

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