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July 26, 2013 8

Frosty Wooldridge Blames Immigrants And Muslims For Detroit’s Decline

On July 19, Frosty Wooldridge, a long-time anti-immigrant activist and advi­sory board mem­ber of the extreme anti-immigrant group Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR) pub­lished an arti­cle for the right-wing news site, News With Views, blam­ing Mus­lims and immi­grants for Detroit’s decline into bankruptcy.frosty-wooldridge

Wooldridge began his arti­cle by talk­ing about work­ing in Detroit from the 1970s to the 1990s and watch­ing the city, “descend into the abyss of crime, debauch­ery, gun­play, drugs, school tru­ancy, car-jacking, gangs and human deprav­ity.” He went on to talk about the decline in Detroit’s pop­u­la­tion and claimed that at the same time immi­grants “con­verged on the city for free gov­ern­ment hand­outs.” He lamented that “unlaw­ful Mex­i­cans moved in at a tor­rid pace.”

Wooldridge then turned his atten­tion to Mus­lims, claim­ing, “Today, you hear Mus­lim calls to wor­ship over the city like a new Amer­i­can Bagh­dad with hun­dreds of Islamic mosques in Michi­gan, paid for by Saudi Ara­bian oil money.” Wooldridge later asserted in the piece, “Immi­gra­tion will keep pour­ing more and more une­d­u­cated third world immi­grants from the Mid­dle East into Detroit, thus cre­at­ing a beach­head for Islamic hege­mony in America.”

Wooldridge claimed that Detroit would turn into a new breed­ing ground for Islamic ter­ror­ists, stat­ing, “If 50 per­cent illit­er­acy con­tin­ues, we will see more home-grown ter­ror­ists spawned out of the Mus­lim ghet­tos of Detroit. Illit­er­acy plus Islam equals walk­ing human bombs.” Wooldridge con­cluded by pro­mot­ing the false claim that Shariah Law is “creep­ing” into Amer­i­can soci­ety. He alleged, “We will see more honor killings by upset hus­bands, fathers and broth­ers that demand sub­ju­ga­tion by their daugh­ters, sis­ters and wives. Mus­lims pre­fer behead­ings of women to scare the hell out of any other mem­bers of their sect from straying. “

Wooldridge fin­ished his tirade by attack­ing mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism in Amer­ica, stat­ing, “Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism: what a per­fect method to kill our lan­guage, cul­ture, coun­try and way of life,” before con­tin­u­ing to claim, “If you think Mex­i­cans and Mus­lims and other for­eign­ers will even­tu­ally fit right in then you are as big a part of the prob­lem as they are.”

This is not the first time Wooldridge has demo­nized immi­grants and Mus­lims in an arti­cle for News With Views. He often makes deroga­tory com­ments about these groups in his columns.

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June 20, 2013 0

FBI Arrest Two In Bizarre Alleged Radiation Plot

FBI agents arrested two upstate New York men on June 18, charg­ing them with con­spir­ing to pro­vide mate­r­ial sup­port to ter­ror­ists for an alleged plot to build a “mobile, remotely oper­ated, radiation-emitting device” to kill peo­ple at a dis­tance with X-ray radi­a­tion.  Arrested were Glen­don Scott Craw­ford, 49, from Prov­i­dence, and Eric Feight, 54, from Stockport.

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Selec­tion from crim­i­nal complaint

Accord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint filed by the FBI in court, Craw­ford, with help from Feight, spent more than a year attempt­ing to obtain the com­po­nents for con­struct­ing such a radi­a­tion device, which they allegedly hoped to sell. To obtain money for financ­ing the con­struc­tion, Craw­ford allegedly approached both Jew­ish insti­tu­tions in New York (they quickly con­tacted the author­i­ties) as well as the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina.

The crim­i­nal com­plaint alleges that Craw­ford him­self var­i­ously claimed to be or to have been a mem­ber of the United North­ern and South­ern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, a Midwest-based Klan group that does not have an orga­nized pres­ence in New York, though it may have iso­lated mem­bers in the region. In recent years, Klan activ­ity in New York has been min­i­mal at best. Pub­licly, Craw­ford tended to align him­self not with white suprema­cist groups but with con­ser­v­a­tive and Tea Party causes and groups.

It is very unusual that a pur­ported Klan mem­ber would approach Jew­ish orga­ni­za­tions for help (espe­cially with regard to ille­gal activ­ity), but Crawford’s ire seems to have been directed pri­mar­ily at Mus­lims. The crim­i­nal com­plaint pro­vides a num­ber of alleged instances of anti-Muslim sen­ti­ments on the part of Craw­ford, as well as sug­ges­tions that Mus­lims (includ­ing a “Mus­lim orga­ni­za­tion”) were one of the intended targets. 

Other tar­gets allegedly dis­cussed included a “polit­i­cal party” and “a polit­i­cal fig­ure.”  The lat­ter two seem to have been the Demo­c­ra­tic Party and Barack Obama. Accord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint, both Feight and Craw­ford inde­pen­dently made state­ments express­ing their unhap­pi­ness with the 2012 elec­tions. In April 2013, Craw­ford allegedly sent a text mes­sage to some­one in which he claimed that Obama (“your trea­so­nous bed­wet­ting mag­got in chief”) has been bring­ing Mus­lims (“muzzies”) into the United States with­out back­ground checks.  “This admin­is­tra­tion has done more to enable a gov­ern­ment spon­sored inva­sion than the press can cover up,” Craw­ford allegedly sent.

FBI agents were aware of Crawford’s alleged activ­i­ties from an early stage and brought in numer­ous under­cover agents and con­fi­den­tial informants—including allegedly a mem­ber of the Loyal White Knights—to act as pur­ported back­ers of Crawford’s plans.  At no point does it seem that Craw­ford and Feight had the means with which to con­struct a radi­a­tion weapon or use it.

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March 20, 2013 0

Ultra-Conservative Event to Feature Quran-Burning Pastor

Quran-burning Pas­tor Terry Jones of the Dove World Out­reach Cen­ter is sched­uled to join a lineup of ultra-conservatives, Tea Party and anti-Muslim activists at the “Con­ser­v­a­tive Call to Action” con­fer­ence. The event is planned for March 23 in Col­orado Springs, Colorado.

The con­fer­ence is intended to pro­mote and dis­cuss issues of impor­tance to ultra-conservatives. Top­ics include “oppos­ing abor­tion, fight­ing Islam, and defend­ing the First and Sec­ond Amend­ments.” Sched­uled speak­ers include polit­i­cal pun­dit Dinesh D’Souza, a once well-respected con­ser­v­a­tive author and polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor who has been increas­ingly wel­comed by ultra-conservative cir­cles and anti-Muslim con­spir­acy theorists.

D’Souza is the for­mer pres­i­dent of The King’s Col­lege in New York and, in 2012, he co-directed the conspiracy-laden doc­u­men­tary, “2016: Obama’s Amer­ica,” in the run-up to the U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tions. In the film, D’Souza con­spir­a­to­ri­ally alleges that Pres­i­dent Obama plans to imple­ment social­ist poli­cies that will result in the dimin­ish­ment of America’s global power, and sug­gests that Obama will more fully adopt harm­ful poli­cies in a sec­ond term.

Giv­ing the con­fer­ence a dis­tinctly anti-Muslim tone will be Pas­tor Terry Jones, the vir­u­lently anti-Muslim, anti-gay leader of an apos­tolic church in Gainesville, Florida. Jones sparked inter­na­tional out­rage in July 2010, when he announced his inten­tion to hold an “Inter­na­tional Burn a Koran Day” [sic] on the anniver­sary of the 9/11 attacks. Through his web­site Stand Up Amer­ica, Jones con­tin­ues to gal­va­nize Amer­i­cans with his anti-Muslim, anti-abortion and anti-homosexuality agenda.

In addi­tion to Jones and D’Souza, oth­ers sched­uled to speak at the event include Tea Party video blog­ger and Islam “expert” known as “Wild Bill for Amer­ica,” anti-abortion activist Melissa Ohden, for­mer Con­ser­v­a­tive Party USA mem­ber Seth Rig­gio, and local con­ser­v­a­tive activist Michelle Morin.

On his per­sonal web­site, Wild Bill claims to have had a career as a Duty Sher­iff and a Deputy U.S. Mar­shal, and is “one of the first Tea Party mem­bers.” Cit­ing his back­ground in law enforce­ment, Wild Bill claims that he has “seen how [Islam] oper­ates first hand,” and, “is well qual­i­fied to speak out about the dan­gers this reli­gion presents.

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