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July 24, 2015

Lafayette Shooting Suspect Fixated on Perceived Moral Decay

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John Russell Hauser (Louisiana State Police)

A preliminary examination of the on-line writings of John Russell Houser, who killed himself last night after a vicious shooting spree at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, that left two dead and nine others injured, reveals a twisted, angry man upset at a perceived moral decay that he thought was destroying the United States.

Houser, originally from Georgia but who had lived in various places across the South prior to the shooting, spent much of his free time in recent years making short, angry posts to on-line discussion forums and comment sections on various websites, often using the screen name “Rusty Houser.” In many of these posts, Houser discussed his belief that the United States was “about to fall.”

His discontent with the United States led him to make extreme anti-American statements, such as describing the United States as “the enemy of the world.” When, in the winter of 2015, some 200 cars piled up in a multi-vehicle snowstorm accident, Houser claimed that “the lack of moral Americans standing for anything makes me wish it were 200 747’s.”

In another posting, he wrote that he was “with all those who hate the filth farm known as the U.S.” In 2014, Houser claimed that “all countries that hate the U.S.” needed to unite.

As some of these statements indicate, Houser was obsessed with the notion of moral decay in the United States; this obsession fueled much of his anger.

Anti-black racism played an important role in Houser’s vision of decay and doom. He repeatedly argued that blacks should be deported because they, as he said in one 2013 posting, “WILL NOT WORK and have NO FAMILY VALUES.” This was language Houser used again and again, sometimes referring to blacks explicitly, at other times describing them in other ways, such as “another race, not Latinos.”

In 2014, Houser claimed that “failing to mention the role of Blacks in building and maintaining the alliance of evil that literally grips the globe” would slow the re-taking of America. “Elsewhere, this particular role is the Jew. Here in the U.S., it is the Black.” In another 2014 posting, Houser elaborated on the morality-hating people who allegedly controlled America, an alliance consisting of 1) upper class whites; 2) Blacks; and 3) “misfits,” which Houser listed as “homos, transvestites, people who will not work, people with no culture, etc.”

Other sources of decay for Houser included atheists, liberals, and gays—in the latter instance, Houser even supported the rabidly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church.

In contrast, Houser admired other ethnic or religious groups, such as Latinos or Muslims. This was because he viewed such groups as either hard working or with strong moral values, or both. “I will never understand,” he posted in 2013,” why the hard working, morally superior Latinos never bring up for discussion the other race which is known to be completely the opposite for the most part.”

Referring to Muslim immigrants, for example, he said, “those coming in are far more decent morally than the average American.” Iranians, he wrote in late 2013, were “far higher morally than this financially failing filth farm.”

Faced with this fantasy scenario of doom and decay, Hauser seemed to have hoped for a man on horseback who would sweep away all the perceived moral filth—a Travis Bickle writ large. “The one bright spot,” he wrote on one forum in 2013, “is that all matters in need of tidying up will be dealt with in summary fashion soon.”

One of his models for such a leader was Adolf Hitler, whom he repeatedly praised. In 2013, he wrote that “Hitler’s reaction to much would be invaluable now, if 98% weren’t brainwashed in the U.S.” In early 2015, he claimed that Hitler “accomplished far more” than any other leaders. Around the same time, he claimed that “decent people can retake the entire world, as Hitler proved.”

In a different 2015 posting, Houser wrote that “Hitler is loved for the results of his pragmatism” and that “the U.S. is no more than a financially failing filth farm. Soon the phrase ‘ruling with an iron hand’ will be palatable anew.”

In 2013, Houser had similar views on American white supremacist figure David Duke, writing that “at one time [Duke] appeared exactly what the U.S. needed.”

Houser also admired the Golden Dawn, a Greek neo-Nazi political party, describing them in 2014 as “composed of moral people.” Elsewhere, he described their ideas as “a legitimate effort to solve problems” and their leaders as “intelligent, well spoken, and exercising good faith.”

Houser had similarly admiring views of a variety of other extremist groups and movements, including radical Islamists. “Yes, I am saluting the fundamentalist Muslims,” he said in January 2015, “They have stood against evil.” He added, in a follow-up post, “They have my complete Christian respect.”

These attitudes and opinions, which reveal themselves so strikingly in Houser’s writings, raise the unsettling but real possibility that he deliberately chose a showing of the movie Trainwreck at which to launch a Taxi Driver-like spree of violence. The writer and star of the movie, talented young comedian Amy Schumer, has received considerable media attention thanks to the movie and her popular television show, and, given her chosen comedic persona of a sexually free-wheeling woman, as well as her liberal opinions, one could imagine how a disturbed mind like Houser’s could come to focus on the movie as a symbol for all of his dark fantasies about moral decay in America.

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March 26, 2015

American White Supremacists Attend Russian Nationalist Conference

On March 22, American white supremacists Jared Taylor and Sam Dickson addressed the International Russian Conservative Forum in St. Petersburg, which featured Russian nationalists and representatives from extreme-right parties in Europe. The extreme-right parties included Greece’s Golden Dawn, Germany’s National Democratic Party and Italy’s Forza Nuova. The visit to Russia is another example of American white supremacists trying to build ties with their European counterparts.

Jared Taylor at Russian conference

Jared Taylor at Russian conference

Taylor heads American Renaissance (AR), an online journal that hosts yearly conferences. He often speaks to audiences in Europe about white nationalism in America. Over the past three years, he has attended nationalist gatherings in France, England, Turkey and Hungary. The conference in Hungary in October 2014 was hosted by the National Policy, Institute, an American white supremacist think tank that also has close ties to nationalists in Europe.

Dickson is a regular speaker at conferences sponsored by AR and the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens. At the conference in Russia, Taylor and Dickson both talked about preserving the white race and battling “Third-World immigration” in the United States. Apparently, both men also lauded Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, who is seen as a promoter of traditionalist values in the West.

Other white supremacists in the U.S. have embraced Putin for encouraging nationalism and Orthodox Christianity in Russia. These extremists believe that Putin and Russia represent the antithesis of the global, multicultural, modern society represented by America and Western Europe.

In February, William Johnson of the American Freedom Party (AFP) posted an interview he gave to Nicholas Truschalov of the nationalist Russian Imperial Party, who reportedly attended the conference in St. Petersburg. Like Taylor and Dickson, Johnson talked about preserving the white race in America. When Truschalov asked Johnson about who was defending national identity and traditional values in the U.S. Johnson named Taylor and Dickson as two significant thinkers in the white nationalist movement. Johnson also declared that the AFP supports nationalists worldwide when Truschalov asked what Johnson would like to tell Russian nationalists.

Matthew Heimbach of the Traditionalist Youth Network has also promoted Russia. In a February article entitled, “The New Shining City on the Hill: Mother Russia,” Heimbach praised Russia as the “true defender of Traditionalism.” He added that Putin is “doing the exact opposite of what the Bush and Obama administrations are doing and that is why Traditionalists should look to Russia for inspiration.”

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October 29, 2014

Leaders Of Greek Neo-Nazi Party, Golden Dawn, Hold Meeting In New York

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Members of Golden Dawn New York with leaders of Greece’s Golden Dawn in Astoria, NY

Leaders of Golden Dawn, the neo-Nazi party of Greece, visited New York during the weekend of October 26 to meet with supporters. The Golden Dawn New York conference featured Georgios Epitideios, a former general and Golden Dawn member of the European Parliament, and Michalis Giannagkonas, head of the party’s West Attica Division. The gathering was held in Astoria, a historically Greek-American neighborhood of New York, where the New York offshoot of Golden Dawn was established in September 2012.

Golden Dawn New York posted several pictures of the event on their website, which depict Epitideios and Giannagkonas speaking at a meeting and then visiting various sites in Astoria, where they reportedly spoke to Greek-Americans about the political situation in Greece. Greek-American leaders and Greek-American civic organizations have strongly condemned Golden Dawn. The attendance at their New York events suggests little support in the Greek-American community for the extremist party, which is known for attacking immigrants in Greece and for its anti-Semitism.

More than a dozen of Golden Dawn’s leaders were arrested in Greece last year for participating in a criminal organization and are awaiting trial. Recent polls in Greece show Golden Dawn with about 6% support, in third place behind the far-left Syriza party (27%) and the governing conservative party, New Democracy (24%).

Golden Dawn New York’s website is filled with anti-Semitic propaganda. In a September 2014 article, the group claimed that the terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ) is a creation of the Israeli Mossad. Other articles talk about alleged Zionist control of the government in Greece.

White supremacists in the U.S. are ardent supporters of Golden Dawn in Greece, and one who attended the event was Matthew Heimbach of the Traditionalist Youth Network. American white supremacist websites, including the American Freedom Party and the Internet forum Stormfront, posted pictures of this past weekend’s event in New York.

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