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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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December 17, 2014 1

Apparent Extremist Threatens Police Officers and a City Employee


Bran­don D. Gibbs

Ear­lier this month, an appar­ent anti-government extrem­ist in Louisiana allegedly threat­ened to pep­per spray police offi­cers after they attempted to serve him with an arrest war­rant for pur­port­edly threat­en­ing a city employee.

On Decem­ber 2, Bran­don D. Gibbs, 29, of Gon­za­les, Louisiana, allegedly attempted to walk towards a police offi­cer with a pep­per spray can before offi­cers arrested Gibbs on aggra­vated assault, resist­ing an offi­cer, pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana, unlaw­ful use of or in pos­ses­sion of body armor, in pos­ses­sion of nar­cotics and improper tele­phone com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Wear­ing a face mask, a hel­met with pep­per spray attached and a knife strapped to his full body amour suit, Gibbs barely opened his door and asked police offi­cers to show their hands before he walked out of his house at the time of his arrest. This inci­dent pre­sum­ably stemmed from a dis­agree­ment regard­ing his city water service.

Prior to his arrest, Gibbs report­edly called the city’s util­ity depart­ment and threat­ened a clerk for the department’s deci­sion to turn off his water after he didn’t pay his bill. Dur­ing the call, Gibbs pur­port­edly claimed that “if you come back on my prop­erty, I’m going to put a bul­let in a tire or in somebody’s head.”

Accord­ing to state­ments Gibbs made to police offi­cers and to activ­ity on his Face­book account, his actions towards law enforce­ment and pub­lic offi­cials appear to be influ­enced by anti-government extrem­ist beliefs. After police offi­cers charged Gibbs with resist­ing arrest in May 2013, he allegedly told offi­cers that he trained every week­end in Mau­repas, Louisiana, with a 500-person mili­tia on shoot­ing and mil­i­tary tech­niques. In one of his Face­book posts, Gibbs claimed that he stud­ied abroad “in @ home” to learn “empro­vised [sic] weapons spe­cial­izm [sic] and “hand to hand com­bat” in order “to defend myself and my land against any treat [sic]” and to “make your entinc­tions [sic] abso­lutly [sic] clear shoot to kill.” The likes on his Face­book page include eight dif­fer­ent mili­tias and he is part of the “Three Per­centers for Con­sti­tu­tional Troops and Law Enforce­ment” Face­book group, which har­bors anti-government extrem­ist beliefs.

For­mer mili­tia move­ment adher­ent Mike Van­der­boegh of Pin­son, Alabama, cre­ated the Three Per­cent con­cept in 2008, based on the belief that only three per­cent of Amer­i­cans will not dis­arm dur­ing a future rev­o­lu­tion against the alleged tyranny of the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment. The con­cept itself is based on a his­tor­i­cally incor­rect myth that only three per­cent of the Amer­i­can pop­u­la­tion fought against the British dur­ing the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion. In 2012, Geor­gia mili­tia man Fred­er­ick Thomas claimed that Vanderboegh’s on-line novel Absolved, a “tech­ni­cal man­ual” to over­throw the so-called total­i­tar­ian gov­ern­ment, inspired him to plot to kill gov­ern­ment employ­ees and blow up gov­ern­ment buildings.

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