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September 9, 2016

Anti-Semitic 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists Thrive 15 Years After Attacks

Fifteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, DC, anti-Semites continue to spread conspiracy theories blaming Jews and Israel for the events of that day. Anti-Semites Christopher Bollyn, Ken O’Keefe, and Kevin Barrett are three such conspiracy theorists who spread the theory that 9/11 was a “false flag” operation by Israel and the Jews to control world events and create wars for their benefit.

Christopher Bollyn

Christopher Bollyn

Christopher Bollyn was one of the earliest promoters of anti-Semitic 9/11 conspiracy theories blaming Jews and Israel for the attacks. He first began writing about the attacks soon after they occurred as a reporter for American Free Press, the anti-Semitic conspiracy oriented newspaper.  Since that time, Bollyn has doubled down on his arguments and promoted the view that the 9/11 attacks were a false flag operation by Israel and Jews which led to the “War on Terror.” He is now in the midst of a 2016 speaking tour across the U.S. at which he promotes these themes.

On his website, Bollyn asserts, “The terror attacks of 9/11 were an Israeli false-flag operation that was designed to be blamed on Arab Muslims for the sake of kick-starting the long-planned Zionist stratagem known as the ‘War on Terror,’ which is really an Israeli war agenda to be fought by the U.S.” Bollyn is not the only anti-Semitic 9/11 “truther” who is speaking to audiences in this country.

Ex-Marine Ken O’Keefe is another virulent anti-Semite who conducted a similar tour this past spring that promoted conspiracy theories about 9/11 and Jews. He ostensibly gave the tour to talk about security issues, but he focused on vilifying Jews and Israel. During the tour O’Keefe appeared in a video on YouTube in which he answers an interviewer’s questions about 9/11.

Ken O'Keefe

Ken O’Keefe

In the video, O’Keefe blames Israel and “traitors” in the U.S. government for carrying out the 9/11 attacks. He argues that Jewish neo-conservatives planned a Pearl Harbor-type event so that they and Israel could dominate the world. He describes Jews as “psychopaths” who are trying to carry out a war of aggression that he claims will lead to World War III.

While Bollyn and O’Keefe get their message out through their tours and YouTube, Kevin Barrett, a former professor, has promoted his anti-Semitic conspiracy theories through his blog, online radio show, books and appearances on Press TV, Iran’s English language news network and propaganda machine.  He is also an editor at Veterans Today, an anti-Semitic website. But Barrett has gone beyond the 9/11 attacks to blame “Zionists” and for other events that he considers false flags, such as the terrorist attacks in Paris and in San Bernardino in 2015.

Kevin Barrett

Kevin Barrett

In an article on the Veterans Today site this month, Barrett writes, “The same forces that orchestrated 9/11 – namely, Operation Gladio B [refers to a supposed secret operation to carry out false flag acts and blame them on Muslim extremists] which is essentially a joint NATO-Israeli project – continue to inflict trauma on the American people with their ongoing false flag operations.”

Barrett, who has said he was influenced by Bollyn’s work, has edited a number of books that feature an array of conspiracists and anti-Semites who blame “Zionists” for various terrorist acts that were carried out by Muslim extremists.

The fact that anti-Semites are promoting the idea that Israel and Jews are responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks 15 years after the event is not surprising. In 2003, ADL released a report that predicted that an industry would grow around these anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. In 2011, on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, ADL released another report that highlighted how anti-Semites are continue to promote these deceitful theories to further their agenda.

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September 7, 2016

Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theorist Christopher Bollyn Speaks In Brooklyn

Updated 9/9/16

For more information about this event, see:

http://forward.com/opinion/349545/that-time-i-came-face-to-face-with-an-anti-semite-in-brooklyn/

Well-known anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist Christopher Bollyn is scheduled to speak at 7pm on Wednesday, September 7, at the Brooklyn Commons in Brooklyn, New York. News of the event prompted an outcry from clients and patrons of the popular event and co-working space.

Bollyn, who spent his summer on a nationwide speaking tour touting his belief that the 9/11 terror attacks were orchestrated by Israel and “the Jews,” was also slated to appear on September 9 at the West Park Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, but the church cancelled the event following an outcry from the community, citing the “inconsistency” of Bollyn’s message with their “mission and standards.”

Christopher Bollyn

Christopher Bollyn

Bollyn’s website reflects a range of twisted theories, including well-worn anti-Semitic tropes – Jews control the media and the government, including all U.S. foreign policy – and a deep well of Holocaust denial. Bollyn is a former writer for the anti-Semitic conspiracy-oriented newspaper American Free Press and its predecessor, The Spotlight.  Both were published by the late anti-Semite and Holocaust denier Willis Carto.

But Bollyn’s current obsessions are 9/11 and the “War on Terror.”  In his 2012 book, “Solving 9/11: The Deception that Changed the World,” Bollyn 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.” The resulting “War on Terror” and its attendant massive government expenditures, Bollyn contends, were the real goal of the 9/11 instigators.

Since Bollyn’s talk was scheduled, The Brooklyn Commons’ Facebook page has been bombarded with angry messages protesting Bollyn’s appearance and calls for a boycott. Melissa Ennen, founder of The Commons, responded to the uproar with a statement reiterating her support for free speech, and essentially urging protesters to attend the event in order to counter Bollyn’s message.

“This morning,” Ennen wrote on September 6, “some of the people who rent co-working spaces at The Commons issued a statement denouncing the Bollyn event, declaring that ‘such [antisemitic] [sic] politics should have no place in leftist spaces.’ I agree that all forms of racism should have no place in leftist spaces, but in my opinion, to get to the root of racist thinking, confrontation works better than censorship.”

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June 22, 2016

Arrested Homeland Security Analyst Had History of Anti-Government Opinions

JonathanWienkeAn analyst with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis was arrested after a June 9 incident at DHS headquarters in Washington, D.C., when security personnel performing random security checks allegedly discovered that Jonathan Wienke was carrying a concealed handgun, as well as a knife, pepper spray, handcuffs, and other items. Wienke was charged with carrying a pistol without a license.

However, according to news reports, subsequently filed court documents indicate that investigators believe that Wienke may have been “conspiring with another to commit workplace violence, and more particularly may have been conspiring or planning to commit violence against senior DHS officials in the building.” Wienke’s residence has been searched and an investigation is ongoing.

Wienke has worked as a “management & program analyst” for DHS since 2010; prior to that, he served in the U.S. Army as well as the U.S. Air Force, and worked as a programmer and network administrator. His hobbies and interests have included photography, radios, electronics, cryptography and, perhaps more than anything else, firearms.

A self-described “gun nut,” Wienke not only collected and shot firearms, but built, customized and re-built guns as well, offering advice on the subject on the many gun-related Internet discussion forums he belonged to. In February 2016, Wienke claimed to have built “a double-digit number of AR-15s” from parts.

Wienke’s attachment to firearms over the past 20+ years seems to have led him at times to some fairly hostile attitudes towards the federal government—ironic, considering his history of employment. In the 1990s, Wienke was a prolific poster to the Cypherpunks mailing list, which contained a number of anti-government extremists (many of them so-called “crypto-anarchists,” angry at 1990s-era government restrictions on cryptography), including James Bell, the sovereign citizen and tax-protester author of the infamous essay “Assassination Politics,” about killing government employees.

On the Cypherpunks mailing list, Wienke frequently equated gun control measures with tyranny and totalitarianism and seemed to sympathize with at least some anti-government conspiracy theories. In 1996, he repeated a fabricated quotation purportedly from Hitler about “full gun registration” being achieved in Nazi Germany in 1935 and asked “1935 Germany = 1996 U.S.?” In 1997, Wienke referenced Shirley Allen, an elderly woman from Illinois who became a cause célèbre for the militia movement in the 1990s for her standoff with local law enforcement who came to escort her to a court-ordered mental evaluation. Wienke claimed that people who opposed the government could be subjected to what he called “psychiatric imbalance allegation” attacks. In January 2000, Wienke urged others to watch the movie “Waco: Rules of Engagement,” a conspiratorial documentary about the 1993 Branch Davidian standoff that puts forth the theory that the federal government deliberately massacred the Davidians.

When one Cypherpunk list subscriber asked in 1998 why so many people on the list focused on guns, Wienke replied in terms of using violence against the government:

InfoWar has always been a critical component of MeatWar. Knowing who your enemy is and where he is at makes it much easier to do something about him. Intelligence (in the military sense) and the tools to deny it to your enemy (strong crypto) are of equal importance to weapons. If you know that a homicidal Postal Service employee is standing outside your front door and is preparing to blast it off its hinges and then kill you, this intelligence will do nothing but raise your blood pressure if you have no weapons with which to deal with the situation. (Calling 911 isn’t going to help you much.) If you own several “assault weapons”, but are asleep in the living room when the door comes crashing down, the lack of intel will greatly reduce the effectiveness of said weapons.

I have an equation for this: Effectiveness = Intelligence * Force * Will. I define force as the theoretical ability to inflict damage on an opponent, whether via bad PR, propaganda, lethal or nonlethal weapons, or any other means. Force has 2 components: Materiel and Skill. Thus, Force = Materiel * Skill. (Example: If I own a riot shotgun and appropriate ammunition, and have taken it to the range and familiarized myself with its use, I have the theoretical ability to shoot the aforementioned Homicidal Postal Employee, but mere ownership of the weapon and skill in its use does not guarantee that outcome.) Will is simply the will to fight if necessary.

Although government will always have a higher Force factor than an individual or “the cypherpunks” or a militia, it can be possible to achieve a higher Effectiveness score via higher Intelligence and/or Will factors. This is how we lost the war in Vietnam. We had a much higher Force level than the VC, comparable Intelligence levels, but a much lower Will ratio (at least at the upper decision-making levels). Because of this, our Force assets were bound under all sorts of bizarre restrictions which hampered their usefulness, and we ultimately left in defeat.

In 1997, Wienke counseled another Cypherpunk against provoking a confrontation with the “JBT’s” (“Jack Booted Thugs,” a reference to law enforcement), because the government could use such incidents against activists. On the other hand, Wienke wrote, if one has never threatened anyone before “and several armed individuals kick in your door and you shoot them, you can look much more righteous in the media than if you are constantly calling for the deaths of thousands.” But if the situation were not avoidable, Wienke added, “then ‘Give me liberty or give me death!’ (In either case, pass the ammo.)”

In a similar post, Wienke noted that “the people can still protect themselves from jack-booted thugs if they are sufficiently well-armed. This means owning assault weapons. Get them while you can, they’re going fast…and LOTS of ammunition.”

Some of Wienke’s posts to the Cypherpunks list also spoke about using violence against “gang members” and “welfare leeches,” phrases that may have been racist euphemisms about non-whites. Many years later, in 2013, Wienke made a post to Facebook defending George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin and claiming that the “real tragedy” was a “rush to judgment” by the media “and the professional instigators of racial discord,” by which Wienke meant people such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, referring to them as “racial hatemongers” who stoked something “just as ugly and vile as any cross burned in a front yard.”

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