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March 18, 2015 9

Arizona Shooting Spree Suspect May Have White Supremacist Connections

After a man­hunt that lasted sev­eral hours and involved mul­ti­ple police depart­ments, author­i­ties in Mesa announced the appre­hen­sion of a sus­pect believed respon­si­ble for mul­ti­ple shoot­ings in Mesa on March 18 that killed one and injured at least five more.   The sus­pect in the shoot­ings has been iden­ti­fied by media reports as Ryan Elliott Giroux.

Ryan Elliott Giroux

Ryan Elliott Giroux

Giroux has a past crim­i­nal his­tory, includ­ing a stint in state prison.  A Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions mug shot from his time in prison reveals that Giroux likely is or was a white suprema­cist, based on his facial tat­toos.  Giroux had the words “skin” and “head” tat­tooed on his eye­brows, while next to his left eye is a promi­nent “88” tat­too.  The numer­i­cal sym­bol “88,” which stands for “Heil Hitler” (because H is the 8th let­ter of the alpha­bet), is one of the most popular white suprema­cist tat­toos in the United States.

Giroux also has a Celtic knot­work tat­too on his chin.  Such tat­toos are pop­u­lar with white suprema­cists, though also used by others.

The shoot­ings began at a motel in Mesa around 8:45am, where two peo­ple were shot, one fatally.  The shooter went to a nearby restau­rant, where he allegedly shot a woman and stole a car.  Other shoot­ings occurred as the sus­pect tried to evade appre­hen­sion.   Mesa police offi­cers even­tu­ally tracked down and appre­hended Giroux.

The motive for the shoot­ings is not yet known.

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March 12, 2015 4

David Duke Admits that “Protocols of Zion” Is Fiction

David Duke, vir­u­lent anti-Semite and for­mer Klan leader, is des­per­ately pro­mot­ing his yet-to be released book, The Illus­trated Pro­to­cols of Zion. Duke’s book is based on The Pro­to­cols of the Elders of Zion, a well-known 19th- cen­tury forgery that pur­ports to be a secret plan of Jews to take over the world. In a video about the book posted orig­i­nally on Duke’s YouTube chan­nel, Duke admits that the orig­i­nal Pro­to­cols is a work of fic­tion. He is tak­ing a dif­fer­ent tack than most anti-Semites who see the Pro­to­cols as an actual blue­print for world dom­i­na­tion by Jews. While Duke declares that the orig­i­nal Pro­to­cols is a work of “lit­er­ary fan­tasy,” he argues that his own ver­sion sur­passes the orig­i­nal in doc­u­ment­ing Jew­ish power.

Illustrated Protocols

David Duke’s The Illus­trated Pro­to­cols of Zion

Through­out the video used to pro­mote the Illus­trated Pro­to­cols, Duke claims that the elders of Zion are now known as the lead­ers of Zion­ism. He then goes on to assert that Jews con­trol the gov­ern­ment, bank­ing, the media and Hol­ly­wood. Though Duke tries to present Illus­trated Pro­to­cols of Zion as a ground-breaking work, the book merely rehashes the same anti-Semitic themes as Duke’s pre­vi­ous works. Like the orig­i­nal Pro­to­cols, the pur­pose of Duke’s book and video is to pro­mote hatred against the Jews.

Though Duke has been pro­mot­ing The Illus­trated Pro­to­cols for months on his web­site in an effort to get it printed, he sent an “emer­gency” appeal for money to sup­port­ers this week. In the appeal, he claims that the Illus­trated Pro­to­cols video posted on his YouTube chan­nel was removed due to a Jew­ish con­spir­acy against him. He also claims that YouTube is going to ter­mi­nate the “David Duke Chan­nel” in 10 days.

In this lat­est ploy to raise money, Duke blames “Jew­ish extrem­ists” for try­ing to pre­vent his books and videos from being seen, How­ever, in real­ity, many of Duke’s videos remain on YouTube. More­over, accord­ing to a sus­pen­sion notice dis­played on YouTube the orig­i­nal Illus­trated Pro­to­cols video was removed from Duke’s YouTube chan­nel due to copy­right vio­la­tions, not an alleged con­spir­acy. Duke uses numer­ous clips from movies and other media to exploit anti-Semitic themes in the video, which has since been reposted to YouTube by other users.

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February 17, 2015 1

New ADL Report: Homegrown Islamic Extremism In 2014

homegrown-terrorism-isis-imageThe rise of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its increas­ingly sophis­ti­cated social media com­mu­ni­ca­tion and recruit­ment strate­gies influ­enced a diverse group of peo­ple from around the world, includ­ing from the United States, through­out 2014.

The ADL’s new report, Home­grown Islamic Extrem­ism in 2014: The Rise of ISIS and Sus­tained Online Rad­i­cal­iza­tion, presents key find­ings and trends that result from ISIS’s increas­ing reach, and its ram­i­fi­ca­tions on domes­tic security.

The report describes how at least 17 Amer­i­can cit­i­zens and per­ma­nent res­i­dents moti­vated by the ide­ol­ogy prop­a­gated by ISIS and other Islamic ter­ror­ist groups over­seas were charged in 2014 with terror-related offenses.

Three oth­ers were iden­ti­fied as hav­ing died while fight­ing with ter­ror­ist groups abroad and an addi­tional five minors are believed to have attempted to join such groups but were not charged. Of these 25, nearly all engaged to some degree with online ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda and 19 are believed to have attempted to join or aid ISIS.

These indi­vid­u­als range in age from 15 to 44, with 11 in their twen­ties and 7 in their teens. At least one quar­ter were con­verts to Islam. 32% were women.

The report also draws on find­ings from pre­vi­ous years, not­ing for exam­ple that res­i­dents from 20 states have been charged in con­nec­tion with Islamic extrem­ism since 2012.

In addi­tion, the report describes the new phe­nom­e­non of crim­i­nal acts that have not been defined by author­i­ties as ter­ror­ism but that have been influ­enced by ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda – includ­ing mur­ders in New Jer­sey and Okla­homa and an attempted mur­der in New York in 2014.

Finally, it ana­lyzes cur­rent ter­ror­ist nar­ra­tives and recruit­ing tech­niques, includ­ing their use of social media to attract increas­ing num­bers of fol­low­ers and the way anti-Semitism is used to moti­vate recruits.

The full report is avail­able on the ADL web­site.

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