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June 5, 2012

May Not So Merry For White Supremacists

April ended with a shock to the racist world, as prominent Arizona white supremacist and border vigilante J.T. Ready fatally shot four people before turning his gun on himself.   White supremacists would not be given a chance to catch their breaths, however, as the month of May continued to serve them setback after setback.
Christopher Brooks of American Front
On the heels of the Ready murder-suicide came a high profile incident in Florida in early May, in which law enforcement officers rounded up almost the entire Florida contingent of the hardcore racist skinhead group American Front on weapons, paramilitary training, and hate crimes charges.  To date, authorities have made 14 arrests.  According to court documents, the group allegedly conducted paramilitary training to prepare for an “inevitable race war” and discussed possible acts of violence ranging from shooting at a house to attacking an anti-racist group.
This just set the stage for a wave of arrests and setbacks to the white supremacist movement in May, including:
  • In mid-May, Virginia neo-Nazi Bill White became a fugitive, announcing that he had “left the country,” though authorities think otherwise.  White, who had been released from prison in April, missed a re-sentencing court hearing and possibly feared he might be sent back to prison.
  • On May 19, anti-racist activists crashed a Chicago-area white supremacist event billed as an “economic summit,” attacking attendees and sending three to the hospital.  Police arrested five anti-racists on charges related to the attack.  Adding insult to injury, police also arrested two of the attendees of the white supremacist event—one for child pornography and the other for unlawful possession of weapons by a felon.
  • On May 30, Joliet resident Brian Moudry, a long-time Chicago-area white supremacist associated with the Creativity Movement, was arrested on federal arson and civil rights charges in connection with the 2007 arson of an African-American family’s house a few doors down from Moudry’s.
  • Also on May 30, agents from the Washington, D.C., Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Virginia white supremacist Douglas Howard Story for allegedly attempting to obtain a fully automatic AK-47.  Story had a track record of on-line comments about responding with violence to encounters with police and about how President Obama might be assassinated.

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May 31, 2012

FBI Arrests Chicago-Area White Supremacist For Hate-Motivated Arson

Photo credit:  Will County Sheriff’s Department

FBI agents on May 30, 2012, arrested long-time Chicago-area white supremacist Brian James Moudry, 35, for allegedly setting fire to the home of an African-American family in Joliet near Moudry’s own home in 2007. Nine people were in the house at the time, eight of them children, but they escaped the fire without injury.

Prosecutors have charged Moudry with arson, using fire to interfere with housing rights on the basis of race, and using fire to commit another felony. If convicted, Moudry could face up to 40 years in federal prison.

Moudry has a lengthy history of both arrests and white supremacy. By his own admission, he spent most of his teenage years in juvenile institutions. By the time he was 18 he was already a white supremacist. In 1996, he wrote a fan letter to the white power music magazine Resistance in which he talked about how much he and his father enjoyed the articles and ended his missive with the cry of “WHITE UNITY and WHITE POWER!!” Within a few years, he was arrested for aggravated assault and hate crimes for assaulting two African-American men in a restaurant parking lot and spent some months in the county jail for the assault.

At first, Moudry was primarily active on the white power music scene, editing a white power music fanzine dubbed Hatemonger and playing in a white power band called Xenophobia while calling himself “Warhead von Jewgrinder.” Xenophobia performed songs such as “Vomit on the Rabbi” and “Delenda Est Judica,” and appeared on a compilation CD along with Flammable Hebrews, with which Moudry also performed.

In the early 2000s, Moudry met Matt Hale, then leader of the Illinois-based World Church of the Creator (WCOTC; now known as the Creativity Movement), and became an active member of the group, styling himself a “Reverend” and organizing WCOTC rallies and protests and passing out white supremacist literature in northern Illinois. Moudry quickly became the “state leader” of the WCOTC for Illinois. The WCOTC collapsed in 2004 following Hale’s arrest and subsequent conviction for soliciting the murder of a federal judge; in subsequent years Moudry was part of a small band of Hale loyalists trying, largely unsuccessfully, to keep the group alive following Hale’s arrest.

In July 2010, FBI agents paid Moudry a visit to question him about an alleged threat by Moudry to an African-American postal carrier; no charges were filed, but according to authorities he was “encouraged to behave.” However, not long after, in August 2010, local police arrested Moudry for allegedly threatening a youth with a weapon. That case is still pending.

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