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January 27, 2016

Oregon Standoff: Developments

  • On January 2, a loosely organized group of armed anti-government extremists led by Ammon Bundy seized control of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters buildings located near the town of Burns in remote southeastern Oregon.  They later named themselves Citizens for Constitutional Freedom.oregon-standoff-arrest
  • On Tuesday, January 26, Ammon Bundy and several others were arrested by federal and state law enforcement officers during a traffic stop near John Day, Oregon. LaVoy Finicum, who served as a spokesman for the group, was killed during the arrest; another occupier was slightly injured.  Two others were arrested in Burns, Oregon, while another occupier turned himself in to authorities in Arizona.
  • Those arrested so far include Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Shawna Cox, Brian Cavalier, Pete Santilli, Joseph O’Shaughnessy, Ryan Payne, and Jon Ritzheimer. For background information on all of the occupiers who were arrested or killed, as well as many of the other remaining occupiers and allies who has been at the wildlife refuge headquarters, see: The Occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters.
  • Although some occupiers have reportedly left the Malheur refuge headquarters, others remain.

LATEST UPDATES

4:15 PM (EST) oregon call to violenceOccupier Sean Anderson cradling an assault rifle and urging people to come to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge appeared on a YouTube live stream earlier today and said: “There are no laws in this United States now. This is a free for all Armageddon. Any leo, or military, or law enforcement, or feds, that stand up and fuck their oath, don’t abide by their oath are the enemy. If they stop you from getting here … KILL THEM!”

3:23 PM (EST) Dave Fry, an Ohio resident still occupying the wildlife refuge after the arrests of several cohorts yesterday made anti-Semitic comments in his live feed at the refuge. Fry spoke about “fake Jews,” a term used by a number of white supremacists and conspiracy theorists who believe that many people who call themselves Jews today are not truly Jewish but are descended from a race of people called the Khazars.  Drumming up anti-Semitic myths, Fry claimed that “fake Jews” believe “they’re superior to people,” are “evil” and “do a lot of evil things with their money.”

3:10 PM (EST) Occupier Victoria Sharp’s audio account claiming LaVoy Finicum was murdered has been shared nearly 3,500 times on Facebook alone, leaving aside other places, as extremists attempt to turn Finicum into a martyr for the anti-government causes.

1:31 PM (EST) Occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge have begun using heavy machinery – apparently either to dig a trench or to build an earthen barrier, presumably to impede entry.

1:26 PM (EST): The current leader of the Oregon standoff appears to be Jason Patrick, who took over the role from Blaine Cooper early Wednesday. Patrick, who was at the Bundy Ranch in 2014, is an anti-government extremist and Three Percenter known in his home state of Georgia for his outbursts against law enforcement and court personnel, and for his attempts to bring video cameras into courtrooms.

12:51 PM (EST): Reacting to the evolving situation in Oregon, the anti-government extremist Pacific Patriots Network issued a “Stand By” order to their members and followers. “Cooler heads must prevail,” they announced. “We do not wish to inflame the current situation and will engage in open dialogue until all the facts have been gathered.” Based on previous, similar incidents, this is the expected response from most organized groups, who tend to understand the futility of engaging the federal government’s firepower. Individuals tend to be more volatile (and less predictable) in these situations.

12:28 PM (EST): Right-wing talk show host Glenn Beck issued a statement on Facebook Wednesday morning, writing that he was “deeply saddened by the loss of life” in Oregon, but that the protesters at Malheur should not have been armed. Because they were so vocal about their commitment to using violence, as necessary, to defend their beliefs, Beck argues, “The[ir] cause was lost before it began.”

11:52 AM (EST): As tensions increase, so too does the apparent rhetoric by some of the standoff participants. During a live feed of the standoff on YouTube, a male can clearly be heard saying “There will be a shootout… None of them are safe. When I get outta here, I’m gonna hunt them down!”

11:45 AM (EST): Michele Fiore, a Nevada state assembly person, has taken to Twitter to repeat the extremist claim that LaVoy Finicum was murdered by the government. Fiore is an ally of Cliven Bundy, the anti-government extremist whose standoff with authorities in 2014 in Nevada inspired his sons to seize the wildlife refuge in Oregon.

11:31 AM (EST): Sup­port­ers of the siege at wildlife refuge in Ore­gon, includ­ing Twit­ter users as well as wlavoy memehite suprema­cists on Storm­front , are cir­cu­lat­ing an image of LaVoy Finicum in an attempt to turn the extremist into a right-wing martyr. Finicum allegedly was killed while charging law enforcement officers who were attempting to arrest Finicum and other occupiers. The meme repeats an extremist claim circulating on the Internet that Finicum was mur­dered while unarmed and with his hands in the air.

11:20 AM (EST): The remaining extremists at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge standoff are still defiant and  not ready to surrender to authorities. Duane Ehmer of Irrigon, Oregon, and off and on participant in the standoff, said on Facebook that “now the wolves are at the gate, Were [sic] are those Oath keepers.” He is referring to the anti-government extremist group that often injects itself into conflicts. More information on the Oath Keepers.

10:17 AM (EST): Some anti-government extremists are already attempting to portray Finicum as a martyr; the risk of retaliation by anti-government extremists, locally or elsewhere, against the federal government is fairly substantial.

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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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June 25, 2014

King Samir Shabazz Said To Be Arrested On “Gun Related Charges”

New Black Panther Party (NBPP) National Field Marshall King Samir Shabazz was arrested “on alleged probation violations and gun related charges” according to former NBPP leader Malik Zulu Shabazz.samir-shabazz-arrested-new-black-panther-malik

While the details of his reported arrest are still unclear, Samir Shabazz was previously arrested in June 2013 in New York for carrying a loaded, unlicensed firearm and illegally wearing body armor.

In an online radio interview on June 17, Shabazz, whose former name is Maruse Heath, announced that on July 5 he would be speaking in Charlotte, North Carolina, and that he intends to start a Charlotte chapter of the NBPP.

In the same interview, Shabazz ranted about the “damn lying bastard, the white man,” stating, “I don’t plan on committing no damn suicide. Damn it, I’m preparing for some homicide, on my enemy.”

Such violent rhetoric is nothing new for Shabazz, who pub­licly stated that NBPP mem­bers should press their uni­forms so the crease could “cut that cracker’s throat in half and watch his head roll down the street.”

In an August 2012 NBPP online radio broad­cast, he went on a vicious tirade describ­ing white nurs­eries and churches as legit­i­mate tar­gets for bombing stating “You’re going to have to go into the God damn nurs­ery and just throw a damn bomb in the damn nurs­ery and just kill every­thing white in sight that ain’t right,” and “Well we gonna throw a bomb in that God damn church, burn up the cracker, burn up the cracker Jesus, and burn up some cracker white supremacy.”

In 2009, Shabazz was impli­cated in a U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice suit after a voter intim­i­da­tion inci­dent while he was head of the NBPP’s Philadel­phia chapter. Additionally, he was arrested and released in 2008 for dis­or­derly con­duct after he and oth­ers inter­rupted a rally in Atlantic City.

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