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July 15, 2014 3

Militia Activist Has History of Inciting Revolution

In a response to the on-going cri­sis involv­ing juve­nile undoc­u­mented migrants cross­ing the U.S. bor­der with Mex­ico, mem­bers of a small right-wing extrem­ist mili­tia group in Texas recently issued a call for mili­tia groups to “guard” the border.chris-davis-anti-government

Local media noticed the leader of the group, “Com­man­der” Christo­pher Davis of Poteet, had posted a YouTube video in which he seemed to instruct peo­ple to point weapons at migrants and threaten to shoot them.

In response, Davis removed his YouTube videos and Face­book pro­file and assured reporters that he was just going to “sup­ple­ment” law enforce­ment and “help them.” Said Davis, “There’s noth­ing mali­cious …We’re just here to serve free­dom, lib­erty, and national sov­er­eignty.” Davis even announced inten­tions to meet with law enforce­ment in the Laredo area.

Yet a closer look at Davis reveals a his­tory of atti­tudes towards gov­ern­ment that seems not nearly so help­ful and benign. In fact, until Davis started “Secure Our Bor­der – Laredo Sec­tor” in recent weeks, his anger and rhetoric were directed not at immi­gra­tion, but almost totally against the fed­eral government.

An analy­sis of Face­book and Twit­ter post­ings by Davis dat­ing back to 2012 reveals extreme antag­o­nism towards the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. Claim­ing not to rec­og­nize any law or author­ity that “goes against the Con­sti­tu­tion,” Davis has repeat­edly expressed his will­ing­ness to phys­i­cally con­front a “tyran­ni­cal” fed­eral government.

Wait­ing on the gov­ern­ment to make the first move, Davis claimed in Decem­ber 2012 on Twit­ter, “is like step­ping into a bear trap to dis­en­gage it.” Rather, as he explained the fol­low­ing April, “when tyranny becomes law, rev­o­lu­tion becomes duty.” In Jan­u­ary 2014, Davis swore an oath on Face­book to defend Amer­ica “against the cur­rent tyran­ni­cal government.”

Davis has repeat­edly claimed that peo­ple have only two options left: “mass civil dis­obe­di­ence or another 1776.” Some­times Davis has urged the for­mer, while at other times, as in a Feb­ru­ary 2014 twit­ter com­ment, he has warned peo­ple not to be con­tent “to merely march” when the gov­ern­ment is using “fear, force, and vio­lence as weapons of oppression.”

In March, Davis declared on Face­book that “we will attempt to arrest the tyrants” and that there was only “a min­i­mal chance of suc­cess with­out vio­lent con­fronta­tion.” But Davis said that he and oth­ers were “will­ing to lay down our lives, if needed.”

What­ever path Davis envi­sions, war with the gov­ern­ment seems to be at the end of it. In a June 2 tweet, Davis argued that there are only three options: 1) a “plan of action in a last ditch effort to take our coun­try back,” 2) “take up arms and phys­i­cally remove the tyrants,” and 3) “stay reac­tive, they drop the ham­mer down…pockets of resistance…try to fight back.” All three options “will lead to war.”

To date, Davis’s efforts to mobi­lize mili­tia groups at the bor­der have met with lit­tle suc­cess, rais­ing the ques­tion of whether he may once again turn his focus to his favorite per­ceived enemy: the fed­eral government.

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August 29, 2013 2

Traditionalist Youth Network Plans “Koran Barbeque” On September 11

 

Update: The Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work will not burn the Qur’an on Sep­tem­ber 11.  Instead, the group plans to hold an  event sup­port­ing Syria’s Pres­i­dent Assad.

The Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), a small youth group  founded by white suprema­cists Matt Par­rott and Matthew Heim­bach, announced plans to hold a “Koran Bar­be­cue” event on Sep­tem­ber 11 in Cen­tral Michi­gan. Par­tic­i­pants report­edly plan to burn Qur’ans and eat pork to demon­strate their anti-Muslim hatred. traditionalist-youth-network

The serv­ing of pork at the bar­be­cue is an exam­ple of the TYN copy­ing the tac­tics of the French far-right polit­i­cal party Bloc Iden­ti­taire (BI). BI focuses on tak­ing direct action to intim­i­date the Mus­lim com­mu­nity; for exam­ple BI hosts bar­be­ques in pre­dom­i­nately Mus­lim areas of French cities where the group serves pork and wine, both for­bid­den in the Islamic faith.  TYN is mod­eled after BI’s youth move­ment, Gen­er­a­tion Iden­ti­taire (GI). Heim­bach and Parrott’s aim is to attract white youth to their move­ment and to con­vince them to take part in direct action events.

Heim­bach also used Storm­front, the largest white suprema­cist Inter­net forum, to adver­tise the “Koran Bar­beque” event. He encour­aged peo­ple to join in the event, stat­ing, “this can go along with protest­ing a mosque or any activ­ity to let the Islamic invaders know that they are not welcome.”

TYN is not the only extrem­ist groups plan­ning to burn Qur’ans on Sep­tem­ber 11.  Terry Jones, the pas­tor of the Dove World Out­reach Cen­ter, a vir­u­lently anti-Muslim, anti-gay apos­tolic church for­merly based in Gainesville, Florida, has said that his group would burn copies of the Qur’an that day.

Aside from the “Koran Bar­be­cue,” Heim­bach and Par­rott recently passed out fly­ers in the town of Perry, Michi­gan, adver­tis­ing TYN. Perry is just 12 miles south of Owosso, where TYN has a P.O. Box. The fly­ers handed out by Heim­bach and Par­rott attack “con­ser­v­a­tives” for being sur­prised when “fem­i­nism, glob­al­ism, open bor­ders, rad­i­cal Islam, and anti-White racism always end up win­ning.” The fly­ers also allege that the left “hates us because we rep­re­sent a gen­uine threat to Culu­tral Marx­ists, to Orga­nized Jewry, and to Global Capitalism.”

On August 26, Par­rott, Heim­bach and Thomas Buhls, the white suprema­cist founder of the Indi­ana Uni­ver­sity chap­ter of TYN, protested out­side a left-leaning book­store in Bloom­ing­ton, Indi­ana, claim­ing it was a “Marx­ist organization.”

Heim­bach and Par­rott recently attended and addressed the third annual “Prac­ti­cal Pol­i­tics Sem­i­nar” hosted by white suprema­cist Don Black, founder of Storm­front, in Ten­nessee. Other atten­dees included white suprema­cists David Duke, Paul Fromm and Sam Dick­son. In the past, TYN’s few mem­bers lim­ited their activ­i­ties to net­work­ing on the Inter­net and attend­ing white suprema­cist events, but are try­ing to use the flyer cam­paign and planned Qur’an burn­ing event to draw more atten­tion and fol­low­ers to their cause.  

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August 29, 2013 6

Georgia Police Chief Accepts Award From Racists At Anti-Immigrant Rally

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Michael Hill hands award to Police Chief Lewis Smith in Uvalda

A Geor­gia police chief accepted an award from racists and anti-immigrant extrem­ists at an anti-immigrant protest.

Michael Hill, the pres­i­dent of the League of the South (LOS), an implic­itly racist neo-Confederate group, gave Police Chief Lewis Smith, chief of police of Uvalda, a small town in Geor­gia, the LOS’s “Robert E. Lee Award.” Hill report­edly gave Smith the award because of the chief’s sup­port of the rally and as “a small token of [their] appreciation.”

Hill, who has become increas­ingly rad­i­cal, was one of a num­ber of racist speak­ers at the rally. Other speak­ers at the event included lead­ers in LOS and Michael Cush­man, who heads the South­ern Nation­al­ist Net­work (SNN). Atten­dees, who included white suprema­cists Brad Grif­fin (also known as Hunter Wal­lace) and Kyle Rogers of the Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens, were also protest­ing Uvalda Mayor Paul Bridges’ sup­port of a law­suit against Georgia’s harsh immi­gra­tion laws. 

Despite the fact that the South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter informed Chief Smith of the pro­test­ers’ extrem­ism, Smith not only par­tic­i­pated in the event, he brought refresh­ments for the protesters.

In an effort to play down their extrem­ism, par­tic­i­pants at the protest did not openly dis­play white suprema­cist sym­bols or even the Con­fed­er­ate flag. They held up a flag from the SNN, a Geor­gia seces­sion flag, as well as an LOS ban­ner. Most of the par­tic­i­pants also fol­lowed a dress code of slacks and shirts, as requested in the event’s announce­ment on the LOS Face­book page.

Speak­ers at the event, how­ever, expressed racist, anti-immigrant views. Cush­man claimed that immi­gra­tion was “an inva­sion of our coun­try” and argued that it was “immoral” to replace “a unique peo­ple,” mean­ing South­ern whites, with immi­grants. Hill asserted that “demo­graph­ics is des­tiny” and argued, “This is our land. We set­tled it. We built it. And we own it. It’s ours.”

In addi­tion, par­tic­i­pants held hand­made signs that read, “Mayor Bridges wants to replace us,” and “It’s wrong to replace us.” After the rally in Uvalda, the par­tic­i­pants con­tin­ued their protest in nearby Vidalia.

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