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February 28, 2012 0

White Supremacist Dennis Mahon Found Guilty in 2004 Bombing

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A jury in Ari­zona found Den­nis Mahon, 61, a long­time white suprema­cist and anti-Semite, guilty in the 2004 mail bomb­ing that severely injured Don Logan, an African-American who was direc­tor of Scottsdale’s Diver­sity and Dia­logue Office at the time. The jury, how­ever, stopped short of call­ing the inci­dent a hate crime.
The jury found Den­nis Mahon guilty on three charges: con­spir­acy to dam­age build­ings and prop­erty by means of explo­sives, mali­cious dam­age of a build­ing by means of explo­sives, and dis­tri­b­u­tion of infor­ma­tion related to explo­sives. Also charged in the case was Mahon’s twin brother Daniel, but the jury found Daniel not guilty of the one charge against him: con­spir­acy to dam­age build­ings and properties.
Police orig­i­nally arrested the Mahon broth­ers in June 2009. The arrests fol­lowed a lengthy inves­ti­ga­tion of the mail bomb­ing, which occurred on Feb­ru­ary 26, 2004, when a box addressed to Logan exploded when he tried to open it at his Scotts­dale office.

Both broth­ers have a long his­tory of involve­ment in the white suprema­cist move­ment. Den­nis Mahon held lead­er­ship posi­tions within var­i­ous white suprema­cist groups in the Mid­west in the 1980s and 1990s, includ­ing the Ku Klux Klan and White Aryan Resis­tance (WAR), a now-defunct group led by well-known racist Tom Met­zger. Met­zger has long advo­cated “lone wolf” activ­ity. Accord­ing to the lone wolf model, indi­vid­u­als and small cells engage in activ­ity that leave behind the fewest clues for law enforce­ment author­i­ties, decreas­ing the chances that activists will end up get­ting caught. 

Den­nis Mahon report­edly moved to Ari­zona from the Mid­west in 2001 to estab­lish WAR’s pres­ence in the area. His brother Daniel joined him in Arizona.

Daniel Mahon was also an active white suprema­cist. In May 1999, accord­ing to court papers, Amer­i­can Air­lines fired him after he vio­lated writ­ten work rules that “pro­hib­ited threat­en­ing and intim­i­dat­ing behav­ior toward other employ­ees and con­duct detri­men­tal to other employ­ees and Amer­i­can Air­lines.” Mahon was under inves­ti­ga­tion by the com­pany for his activ­i­ties related to his par­tic­i­pa­tion in a “Cau­casian Employee Resource Group.”

ADL pro­vided assis­tance to inves­ti­ga­tors through­out the lengthy case.

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February 21, 2012 0

Underwear Bomber Asserts Terror Attacks are Driven by Hatred of Israel

At his sen­tenc­ing last week, Umar Farouk Abdul­mu­tal­lab, also known as the under­wear bomber and Christ­mas Day bomber, threat­ened that ter­ror attacks would con­tinue “until the Jews are dri­ven out of Pales­tine.”
Abdul­mu­tal­lab pre­vi­ously linked his failed 2009 attack to Israel. When he pleaded guilty in Octo­ber 2011, Abdul­mu­tal­lab admit­ted that he planned the attack “in retal­i­a­tion for U.S. sup­port of Israel and in retal­i­a­tion of the killing of inno­cent and civil­ian Mus­lim pop­u­la­tions in Pales­tine, espe­cially in the block­age of Gaza” and “in retal­i­a­tion for… Israel [sic] mas­sacres of inno­cent Palestinians.”
In a video released by Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula in 2010, appar­ently made as a mar­tyr­dom video for the upcom­ing attack, Abdul­mu­tal­lab jus­ti­fied Al Qaeda’s actions against Jews and Chris­tians. “Broth­er­hood of Mus­lims in the Ara­bian Penin­sula have [sic] the right to wage Jihad,” Abdul­mu­tal­lab said, “because the enemy is in your land with their armies, the Jews and the Chris­tians and their agents.” Abdul­mu­tal­lab and other appar­ent Al Qaeda fight­ers are fea­tured in the video fir­ing auto­matic weapons at tar­gets bear­ing the Jew­ish star, the British Union Jack, and the let­ters “UN.”
Abdul­mu­tal­lab was sen­tenced to mul­ti­ple life sen­tences for attempt­ing to blow up an inter­na­tional flight from Ams­ter­dam to Detroit on Decem­ber 25, 2009.

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February 14, 2012 0

Israeli Diplomats in India and Georgia Latest Targets Abroad

Update: On Feb­ru­ary 21, the Azer­bai­jani National Secu­rity Min­istry announced it had arrested an unspec­i­fied num­ber of indi­vid­u­als work­ing for Iran’s Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards Corps and Hezbol­lah for plan­ning attacks against the Israeli Embassy and a Jew­ish cul­tural center.
A bomb­ing tar­get­ing Israeli embassy per­son­nel in India and a sim­i­lar attempt in Geor­gia yes­ter­day come on the heels of recent threats by Iran­ian offi­cials to attack Israeli inter­ests world-wide.
In New Delhi, a bomb­ing of an Israeli embassy vehi­cle injured the wife of the Israeli Defense Attaché to India and three oth­ers as she drove to pick up her chil­dren at school. Another bomb tar­get­ing an embassy car in Tbil­isi, Geor­gia, was found and defused before it could explode after a Geor­gian employee of the embassy noti­fied police of a sus­pi­cious object attached to the car.
Iran­ian For­eign Min­istry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast
Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu said that “Iran and its proxy Hezbol­lah are behind each of these attacks.” Iran’s ambas­sador to India called the accu­sa­tion “untrue and sheer lies, like pre­vi­ous times” and Iran­ian For­eign Min­istry spokesman report­edly said that “Israel per­pe­trated the ter­ror actions to launch psy­cho­log­i­cal war­fare against Iran.”
Yesterday’s bomb­ings appear to have been timed to coin­cide with the fourth anniver­sary of the assas­si­na­tion of Imad Mugh­niyah, Hezbollah’s for­mer Oper­a­tions Chief. They are the lat­est in a series of attacks tar­get­ing Israeli inter­ests in 2012. On Jan­u­ary 12, Thai author­i­ties arrested Artis Hus­sein, a Swedish-Lebanese man author­i­ties claim is a Hezbol­lah oper­a­tive, for allegedly tar­get­ing Israeli inter­ests in Asia. After his arrest, Hus­sein led author­i­ties to a ware­house near Bangkok where over four tons of bomb mak­ing sup­plies were seized. 
Less than two weeks later, Azer­bai­jani author­i­ties announced that they arrested at least two local men for plot­ting to attack the Israeli ambas­sador to Azer­bai­jan and a local rabbi. Azerbaijan’s National Secu­rity Min­istry indi­cated that the men are linked to Iran­ian intel­li­gence agen­cies and were sup­plied with a sniper rifle, explo­sives and money to carry out the attack.
Home­land Secu­rity Sec­re­tary Napoli­tano stressed last week that despite increased threats to Jew­ish and Israeli tar­gets world­wide, there are no spe­cific threats against tar­gets in the United States. 

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