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May 21, 2015 5

Texas County Considers Adopting Militia Group

Update — 6/2/15: Orange County Judge Brint Carl­ton later told the Anti-Defamation League that he has no inten­tion of cre­at­ing a county militia.

A south­east Texas county has drawn atten­tion recently after it became known that county offi­cials were con­sid­er­ing adopt­ing a local anti-government mili­tia group as an offi­cial “county mili­tia.” Orange County Judge Brint Carl­ton endorsed the idea, call­ing it a “good thing.”

David W. Smith

David W. Smith

County com­mis­sion­ers decided at the last minute to post­pone the vote after a com­mis­sioner voiced reser­va­tions, say­ing he needed more information.

The mili­tia move­ment is an anti-government cause whose adher­ents believe that the U.S. gov­ern­ment is col­lab­o­rat­ing with a shad­owy “New World Order” con­spir­acy to strip Amer­i­cans of their free­doms, start­ing with their right to bear arms, in order to even­tu­ally enslave Amer­i­cans to the New World Order. The mili­tia move­ment has a long his­tory of vio­lence and crim­i­nal acts; the Anti-Defamation League has tracked at least eight vio­lent acts, con­spir­a­cies or major crimes linked to the mili­tia move­ment just since 2011.

How­ever, David W. Smith, the “com­man­der” of the Golden Tri­an­gle Mili­tia, a small south­east­ern Texas mili­tia group formed in 2014, has lob­bied county offi­cials to adopt his mili­tia group, even­tu­ally get­ting some support.

Though Smith has claimed to reporters that his Golden Tri­an­gle Mili­tia is not anti-government but rather a “civil defense force which works with law enforce­ment,” to his own group he has showed a more con­spir­a­to­r­ial side, argu­ing that “we must never let ourselves…be com­pla­cent to the schemes of the world elit­ists” and demand­ing that Amer­i­cans “rid our­selves of tyran­ni­cal government.”

Smith, a for­mer phle­botomist who now sells “mono­lithic domes,” has expressed sup­port for views that are far from the main­stream. Through his Face­book pro­file, he is linked to a wide vari­ety of extrem­ist groups and fig­ures, from anti-government con­spir­acy the­o­rist Alex Jones (who pop­u­lar­ized the recent notion that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment was plan­ning to invade Texas) to var­i­ous Three Per­center groups (anti-government extrem­ists who view them­selves fight­ing against the fed­eral gov­ern­ment as Amer­i­can colonists fought against the British). Smith ran for U.S. sen­ate in 2014 on a plat­form of oppos­ing “this uncon­sti­tu­tional de facto government.”

Iron­i­cally, Texas law has no pro­vi­sion to allow its coun­ties to cre­ate county mili­tias. Smith has argued that Texas law allows Orange County to “rec­og­nize” his unit as the “Orange County Ready Reserve Mili­tia.” How­ever, the Texas Reserve Mili­tia is only a statu­tory man­power pool that exists to con­form to an obso­lete fed­eral mili­tia law dat­ing back orig­i­nally to 1792. The­o­ret­i­cally, the gov­er­nor of Texas can call por­tions of the reserve mili­tia into ser­vice in times of emer­gency by hav­ing county emer­gency boards insti­tute a draft. Such boards have no power to call up the reserve mili­tia on their own, how­ever, much less “adopt” para­mil­i­tary groups. The self-styled “mili­tias” of today have no legal rela­tion­ship to the his­tor­i­cal and statu­tory militia.

Despite this, Smith has claimed that coun­ties have the author­ity to orga­nize the Texas Reserve Mili­tia. He has also asserted that the mili­tia could come into ser­vice “by gen­eral con­sen­sus of the pop­u­la­tion should the state fail in the exe­cu­tion of its con­sti­tu­tional duties.” Smith has even claimed that county com­mis­sion­ers could be jailed if they refused to autho­rize a militia—a seri­ous mis­read­ing of Texas law.

Smith will have to wait to see if Orange County offi­cials sched­ule another vote or aban­don his plan altogether.

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April 24, 2015 8

Kevin Barrett Promotes New Book Claiming Israel Behind Paris Attacks

Update — 5/27/15: Bar­rett is con­tin­u­ing his speak­ing tour with stops in Michi­gan, Ontario, Alberta, Cal­i­for­nia, Wash­ing­ton, and Geor­gia in May-August.

Kevin Bar­rett, anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist and fre­quent Press TV con­trib­u­tor, is on a speak­ing tour of the Mid­west from April 19–30 to pro­mote his new anti-Semitic and con­spir­a­to­r­ial book, We Are Not Char­lie Hebdo! Free Thinkers Ques­tion the French 9/11.

Cover of Barrett's new book

Cover of Barrett’s new book

Accord­ing to Bar­rett, his book tour includes stops at pub­lic libraries in Iowa, the Islamic Soci­ety of Greater Kansas City, the Islamic Foun­da­tion of Greater St. Louis, as well as stops in Peo­ria, Illi­nois and Mil­wau­kee and Madi­son, Wisconsin.

A photo posted on Face­book shows approx­i­mately 15 peo­ple in atten­dance for his talk in Fair­field, Iowa.

Barrett’s We Are Not Char­lie Hebdo! Free Thinkers Ques­tion the French 9/11 fea­tures essays by Bar­rett as well as from twenty-one oth­ers, most of which claim that the shoot­ings at the Char­lie Hebdo head­quar­ters and at a kosher mar­ket in Paris were a “false flag oper­a­tion” per­pe­trated by any num­ber of cul­prits includ­ing the Israeli gov­ern­ment, the United States gov­ern­ment, and/or the French government.

The major­ity of the inter­views and essays fea­tured in the anthol­ogy allege that Israel, with or with­out help from the United States, orches­trated the attacks. Bar­rett claims that these attacks were just one in a long his­tory of events – such as the 9/11 attacks and the 2001 anthrax poi­son­ings – per­pe­trated by Israel in order to “incite hatred of Mus­lims and sol­i­dar­ity with Israel.”

Such con­spir­acy the­o­ries are noth­ing new for Bar­rett, who recently appeared on Iran’s English-language pro­pa­ganda net­work, Press TV, where he claimed that Jews and/or Israel were behind the cre­ation of ISIS, the 2011 attacks in Nor­way that left 77 peo­ple dead, and the 9/11 ter­ror­ist attacks.

In his new book, Bar­rett invokes anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries about sup­posed Jew­ish manip­u­la­tion of world events, claim­ing that the West does not com­pre­hend Israel’s duplic­ity because of “the extent of clan­des­tine Zion­ist power; and the fact that the Holo­caust story has become the most sacred nar­ra­tive of the West, despite the ques­tion­able fac­tual basis of some of its most impor­tant details.”

Photo posted on Facebook of Barrett speaking in Fairfield, Iowa

Photo posted on Face­book of Bar­rett speak­ing in Fair­field, Iowa

This theme is echoed by anti-Semitic colum­nist Paul Craig Roberts, who writes that Israel com­mit­ted the Paris attacks to nefar­i­ously influ­ence the French government’s poli­cies on the Mid­dle East. The attacks, he alleges, “served Israel’s destruc­tion of Pales­tini­ans and sti­fled ris­ing Euro­pean oppo­si­tion to Israel’s theft of the West Bank and mil­i­tary assaults on Gaza.”

9/11 con­spir­acy the­o­rist Bar­bara Honeg­ger posited other moti­va­tions for Israel to have com­mit­ted the Paris attacks. Honeg­ger writes, “Israel was a secret hand behind the attacks designed to fan the fear of vio­lent anti-Semitism toward the goal of mit­i­gat­ing its grow­ing demo­graphic cri­sis by increas­ing Jew­ish emi­gra­tion to Israel.”

Asha­hed Muham­mad, assis­tant Edi­tor of the Nation of Islam’s Final Call news­pa­per and author of The Syn­a­gogue of Satan, does not state explic­itly that Israel is to blame for the Char­lie Hebdo shoot­ing, but does main­tain that “in media, pol­i­tics, acad­e­mia, or social activism, the world is bul­lied into com­pul­sory obe­di­ence by the mus­cu­lar Israel first lobby,” rais­ing anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries about sup­posed Jew­ish con­trol of a num­ber of sec­tors of society.

One notable excep­tion to the “false flag” nar­ra­tive pro­moted by Barrett’s book is an essay by Rabbi Michael Lerner. Lerner report­edly was “absolutely mis­led” by Bar­rett when Bar­rett asked the rabbi’s per­mis­sion to include his writ­ing in the book.

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March 3, 2015 1

Farrakhan’s Saviours’ Day Sermon (Part 2) Loaded With Anti-Semitism

While Part 1 of Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan’s 2015 Sav­iours’ Day ser­mon largely avoided the topic of Jews, in Part 2 of his ser­mon (March 1), Far­rakhan alleged that Jews com­mit­ted the 9/11 attacks and con­trol the U.S. government.

Part 2 of Farrakhan's 2015 Saviours' Day sermon in Chicago

Part 2 of Farrakhan’s 2015 Sav­iours’ Day ser­mon in Chicago

The NOI’s Sav­iours’ Day pro­vides Far­rakhan with an annual plat­form to dis­play his hatred for Jews. This year, pro­mul­gat­ing a num­ber of anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries about Jews and 9/11, Far­rakhan explained to the con­gre­ga­tion at Mosque Maryam in Chicago that  “thanks to the exem­plary work of schol­ars like Vic­tor Thorn and Christo­pher Bol­lyn, it is now becom­ing appar­ent that there were many Israelis and Zion­ist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks.”

Cit­ing “evi­dence” from anti-Semitic 9/11 con­spir­acy the­o­rists that Israelis were sup­pos­edly “arrested imme­di­ately after the attacks but quickly released and sent to Israel,” that the attacks were a plot for the Jew­ish owner of the World Trade Cen­ter to col­lect bil­lions of dol­lars in insur­ance money, that “Israelis had fore­knowl­edge of the attacks,” and that “we know that many Jews received a text mes­sage not to come to work on Sep­tem­ber 11,” Far­rakhan con­cluded that 9/11 was a “false flag oper­a­tion” to start a war between the West and the Mus­lim world. Blam­ing Jews for 9/11 is a com­mon NOI tac­tic for ril­ing up anti-Semitic hatred.

Far­rakhan also invoked anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries about sup­posed Jew­ish con­trol of the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment. He claimed that U.S. for­eign aid to Israel is given “with­out con­sult­ing the Amer­i­can peo­ple because they [Israel and Jews] have been work­ing for years to con­trol your rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Con­gress, in the Sen­ate, in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.” He also claimed that Israel con­stantly acts against America’s inter­ests, but “they don’t fear Amer­ica because they con­trol it from within.”

Addi­tion­ally, Far­rakhan referred to com­ments by for­mer Har­vard Law pro­fes­sor Alan Der­showitz in which Der­showitz listed Saudi Ara­bia, Egypt, and some U.S. Sen­a­tors and Rep­re­sen­ta­tives as sup­pos­edly oppos­ing aspects of Pres­i­dent Obama’s for­eign pol­icy. Con­tin­u­ing the theme of Jew­ish con­trol, Far­rakhan then adds, “You see what is hap­pen­ing is he is expos­ing those that he has con­trol over.”

Towards the end of his remarks, Far­rakhan men­tioned that he planned to talk more about “Jew­ish manip­u­la­tion of money prod­ucts and slav­ery,” but that he will need to get this mes­sage, among oth­ers, to his fol­low­ers at another time.

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