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December 20, 2012

Mike Harris, Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorist, Has Neo-Nazi Ties

From white supremacists to conspiracy theorists, extremist circles have been promoting Mike Harris’ claim that Israel is behind the Sandy Hook Massacre. Harris was given a platform to disseminate his hateful views on Press TV, the Iranian government’s English-language propaganda network.

Harris has ties to members of the National Socialist Movement (NSM), the country’s largest neo-Nazi group. Harris was an associate of J.T. Ready, a former NSM member and an anti-immigrant activist who shot and killed five people in May 2012, before killing himself. 

In October 2009, Harris attended an NSM rally in Riverside, California, along with Ready (see photo). Harris joined NSM members for a group shot at the Riverside rally. He is in the back row, the fourth person from the left. Ready is the second person from the left in the same row, holding his hand in a “Sieg Heil” salute.

Harris’s conspiratorial ideas about Jews extend beyond the tragedy at Sandy Hook. In 2011, for example, he wrote an article in the anti-Semitic website Veterans Today that blamed “organized Jewry, the Neo-Pharisees that comprise the unelected criminal shadow government” for the tragic shooting in Tucson in which 19 people were shot.

He called Congresswoman Giffords a “pawn” in the Jews’ “bigger agenda,” which included perpetrating 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombing as false flag operations to help bring about a totalitarian state in America which would “impose hell” on American citizens.

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August 15, 2012

Neo-Nazi Leader Arrested for Alleged Rape of 13-Year-Old Girl

Las Vegas Metro Police arrested the Nevada state leader of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM), Josh Davenport, 24, on August 11 on charges of kidnapping and raping a 13-year-old girl.  Police investigating a missing child report were led to Davenport’s nearby apartment, but left when no one answered their knocks. However, members of the kidnapped girl’s family subsequently surveilled the apartment and later in the night allegedly saw the crying girl leaving his apartment. They called the police again, who returned and arrested Davenport without incident.

According to police, the victim said she had been sexually assaulted at gunpoint and the suspect had threatened to kill the girl and her family. Davenport reportedly told police that he saw the girl having an argument with another boy, then invited her into his apartment for a short time before telling her to leave. He denied kidnapping or having sex with the victim. A subsequent medical examination found signs of sexual trauma on the victim, while a search of Davenport’s apartment allegedly found items of the victim’s clothing in a bag in Davenport’s bedroom.

Davenport was charged with four counts of sexual assault on a victim under 14, four counts of sexual assault with a deadly weapon, lewdness with a minor, kidnapping, and battery with intent to commit sexual assault. He has had a previous history of violence towards women.  In 2010, following an incident with his then-girlfriend, he pleaded guilty to attempt to commit battery constituting domestic violence by strangulation. He received a suspended 12-month sentence and two years of probation. As recently as July 16, Davenport posted to his Facebook profile that “Half the time when i see a hot chick i wanna ask her out to dinner.  And the other half time i just want to see what their heads would look like on a stick.”

Davenport has been an active member of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement since 2007.  He has been the group’s Nevada state leader since 2011. During this time, Davenport organized or participated in numerous NSM events in Nevada, Arizona and California, including a number of anti-immigration events, such as a June 2011 NSM protest dubbed “Reclaim the Southwest” held outside a Las Vegas nursery to protest day laborers.

Davenport is heavily tattooed, with many tattoos depicting occult subjects or hate symbols.  Among his tattoos are several swastikas, the white supremacist version of the Celtic Cross, a Sturmabteilung symbol (the Sturmabteilung, or SA, were Hitler’s stormtroopers), a 14/88 (a white supremacist tattoo combining the number 14, which is code for a popular white supremacist slogan, with the number 88, which is code for “Heil Hitler”), SS bolts, the phrase “white power,” a Totenkopf skull, and the SS slogan “Meine Ehre Heisst Treue” (“My Honor Is Loyalty”), among others.

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June 12, 2012

Neo-Nazi Bill White Arrested in Mexico

Authorities arrested neo-Nazi Bill White in Mexico on June 8, after he allegedly spent nearly a month on the run.  He is reportedly back in the United States and being held in Miami, Florida.

A federal arrest warrant was issued for White after it was discovered that he was no longer in Virginia, where he was on probation.  A federal jury had convicted him in December 2009 on four counts, including making threats on the Internet and witness intimidation. White, who served over two years in prison, was released in April 2011.
 
White may have feared being sent back to prison. His appeal of his conviction on First Amendment grounds led a federal appeals court to uphold the conviction in March 2012. However, the court also ruled that White should have received a stiffer sentence on one of the counts involving intimidating letters he sent to the African-American residents of a Virginia Beach housing complex who were filing a discrimination suit against their white landlord. The U.S. government, which had originally indicted White, asserted that because at least one of the tenants had young children, White should have received an enhanced sentence for targeting an especially vulnerable population. The appeals court agreed with the government’s argument. White had been scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Roanoke, Virginia, in May for resentencing in the case.
 
Since his release from prison in April 2011, White had been writing for two anti-Semitic publications, the conspiracy-oriented American Free Press (AFP) and The Barnes Review (TBR), a Holocaust denial publication. Both are published by long-time anti-Semite Willis Carto.
 
More recently, in March 2012, AFP announced that it was hosting a book release dinner in honor of White’s new book, Centuries of Revolution: Democracy, Communism, Zionism. The event was co-hosted by TBR and the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens.
 
White is the former head of the now-defunct American National Socialist Workers Party, and a former leader in the National Socialist Movement.

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