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February 20, 2014 6

Sovereign Citizen Group Forms Vigilante “Grand Juries”

Mem­bers of a grow­ing anti-government extrem­ist group are form­ing their own “grand juries” around the United States.  Some bogus “juries” have already issued demands against local gov­ern­ment officials. sovereign-citizen-vigilante-grand-juries

The National Lib­erty Alliance (NLA) is a rel­a­tively new sov­er­eign cit­i­zen group formed in 2011 as the New York Lib­erty Alliance by sov­er­eign cit­i­zen guru John Darash of Pough­keep­sie.  In April 2013, Darash changed the group’s name and began efforts to spread nation­wide, recruit­ing sov­er­eign cit­i­zens to its ban­ner.   The sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment is an extreme anti-government move­ment whose adher­ents believe that they can ignore vir­tu­ally all laws and reg­u­la­tions because the gov­ern­ment is the prod­uct of a malev­o­lent conspiracy.

Darash and his fol­low­ers have spent most of their time cre­at­ing so-called “Com­mon Law Grand Juries” (CLGJ) in coun­ties across the coun­try.  Accord­ing to the NLA, these bogus grand juries have the author­ity to con­duct inves­ti­ga­tions, issue indict­ments, and remove offi­cials from office.  

The sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment has his­tor­i­cally cre­ated fic­ti­tious judi­cial or gov­ern­men­tal enti­ties, hav­ing formed var­i­ous “cit­i­zens’ grand juries” or “people’s grand juries” in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as hun­dreds of “com­mon law courts” in the 1990s.  The CLGJs are the lat­est vari­a­tions of this long-running theme.  The NLA claims to have formed more than 100 CLGJs in the past year, although many are still basi­cally notional.

Nev­er­the­less, those CLGJs that have formed have already begun harass­ing local gov­ern­ment offi­cials.  In Jan­u­ary 2014, CLGJs in Mar­ion and St. Johns coun­ties in Florida sent a “Writ of Man­damus” to county offi­cials demand­ing a bud­get of $1.5 mil­lion, office space and equip­ment, and a meet­ing room with a con­fer­ence table and com­fort­able chairs.  On Feb­ru­ary 4, the Mar­ion County CLGJ sent a “Notice of Demand” warn­ing county com­mis­sion­ers that the Jan­u­ary demands were not optional.

In New York, Darash’s CLGJs claim to have signed a “True Bill” charg­ing the chief court clerk in Greene County with numer­ous “crimes” related to her alleged fail­ure to file CLGJ paper­work.  They have also “fined” a Greene County judge the amount of 100 ounces of sil­ver, cit­ing 23 sep­a­rate “vio­la­tions” for fail­ing to pro­vide doc­u­ments to the CLGJ and for refus­ing to speak with a CLGJ “Board of Review.”  They have also pur­port­edly sent harass­ing doc­u­ments to a num­ber of judges.

How the CLGJ will enforce their alleged power remains murky.  Dur­ing an Inter­net radio inter­view, Darash said the NLA would con­tact county sher­iffs about mak­ing arrests; if a sher­iff refused to make an arrest, they would indict him and go to the under­sh­er­iff.  Darash con­cluded with a veiled threat: “Now there is another thing to do, if that doesn’t work.  I’m not ready to speak about that until we are ready to do it.  But it is an atomic bomb, it’s very strong.”

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January 23, 2014 0

White Supremacist Activists Form New Group In Michigan

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Dan Poole

Update:  On the day this blog was posted, the organization’s founders dis­solved the Cen­ter for the Advance­ment of Occi­den­tal Cul­ture as a lim­ited lia­bil­ity corporation.

Two white suprema­cists, Dan Poole and Kyle Bris­tow, have founded a new group, the Cen­ter for the Advance­ment of Occi­den­tal Cul­ture (CAOC) in Michi­gan.  Poole, a recent col­lege grad­u­ate, and Bris­tow, an attor­ney, have both pre­vi­ously been active in racist cir­cles.  Poole is the exec­u­tive direc­tor of CAOC and Bris­tow will be the organization’s chief legal officer.

The two are part of a grow­ing trend of younger, edu­cated white suprema­cists form­ing groups that pro­mote racism but use terms like “Occi­den­tal cul­ture,” “West­ern civ­i­liza­tion,”  or “tra­di­tion­al­ism” in place of more explic­itly racist ter­mi­nol­ogy.  This san­i­tized lan­guage can be more palat­able to peo­ple who would be turned off by overt racism.

In a state­ment released at the end of Decem­ber 2013, Poole wrote that the organization’s mis­sion is “to advance and defend West­ern civ­i­liza­tion” by pro­mot­ing European-themed art, cul­ture and events.  The group also wants to fight alleged “dis­crim­i­na­tion and harass­ment directed at European-Americans.” CAOC asserts that it will be dif­fer­ent from other orga­ni­za­tions by “being on the front lines as the van­guard of the Occi­dent in the cul­ture war.”

Poole, a recent grad­u­ate of Oak­land Uni­ver­sity in Michi­gan, has been active with the Amer­i­can Free­dom Party (AFP), a white suprema­cist polit­i­cal party.  AFP, for­merly known as Amer­i­can Third Posi­tion, has run white suprema­cist can­di­dates for var­i­ous offices. 

While attend­ing Michi­gan State Uni­ver­sity (MSU), Bris­tow was the con­tro­ver­sial head of the MSU Young Amer­i­cans for Free­dom. In 2007, the group invited British white nation­al­ist Nick Grif­fin to speak at the school. Bris­tow went on to write arti­cles for Cit­i­zens Informer, the pub­li­ca­tion of the white suprema­cist Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens and authored a novel White Apoc­a­lypse and a col­lec­tion of essays, The Con­science of a Right-Winger

White Apoc­a­lypse pro­motes the idea Euro­peans were the first to inhabit North Amer­ica and were the vic­tims of non-whites who later slaugh­tered them. The newest ver­sion of the book, pub­lished in Octo­ber 2013, con­tains an intro­duc­tion by Matthew Heim­bach, the co-founder of the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), a small white suprema­cist group.

Heim­bach is another exam­ple of a young, white, edu­cated racist who has embraced hard­core extrem­ism. Heim­bach was first active in Youth for West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion (YWC), a now defunct stu­dent group, with goals sim­i­lar to CAOC. Heim­bach claims that he sought Bristow’s advice when he ran the YWC chap­ter at Tow­son Uni­ver­sity in 2011. 

CAOC joins other orga­ni­za­tions such as TYN and the National Pol­icy Insti­tute, a white suprema­cist think tank, which are hop­ing to reach dis­af­fected younger whites.

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December 20, 2013 1

Virginia Neo-Nazi Indicted On Threat Charges

On Decem­ber 11, a fed­eral grand jury in Orlando, Florida, indicted Vir­ginia white suprema­cist William “Bill” White on charges of threat­en­ing a Florida judge, a for­mer state attor­ney, and a law enforce­ment offi­cer. The six count indict­ment includes five counts of mak­ing threats over the Inter­net and one count of unlaw­ful use of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion information.bill-white-threat

The charges stem from e-mails allegedly sent by White to the vic­tims and from posts allegedly made by White on the com­ments sec­tions of sev­eral web­pages, includ­ing one belong­ing to the Anti-Defamation League.  The com­mu­ni­ca­tions fol­lowed on the heels of the May 2012 arrests of 14 mem­bers of the racist skin­head group Amer­i­can Front on con­spir­acy and other charges—the vic­tims all had some involve­ment in that case.  Iron­i­cally, almost all of the charges against the Amer­i­can Front mem­bers would later be dropped.

The com­mu­ni­ca­tions alleged to have been sent by White threat­ened to kid­nap, tor­ture, rape, and kill the recip­i­ents, their spouses, and their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.  Some of the com­mu­ni­ca­tions made pub­lic the home addresses of the victim.

In the threat­en­ing com­ment made on the Anti-Defamation League’s Extrem­ism & Ter­ror­ism blog, the poster (iden­ti­fy­ing him­self as “Joe Tomassi, Charles Man­son and Son of Sam”) wrote that “we are at your house, we are at your kids houses we are at your grand­kids houses and we are sit­ting out­side their schools” (punc­tu­a­tion as in orig­i­nal).  The mes­sage then pro­vided the home addresses of the vic­tims.  It demanded that author­i­ties release the arrested white suprema­cists “or we will be send­ing you a mes­sage writ­ten in blood.”

White is cur­rently in cus­tody in Vir­ginia serv­ing a sen­tence for a 2011 fed­eral con­vic­tion on threat charges.  He also awaits sen­tenc­ing on a more recent con­vic­tion of threat­en­ing his estranged wife. White also pre­vi­ously served two years in fed­eral prison fol­low­ing a 2009 con­vic­tion on threat and wit­ness intim­i­da­tion charges.  In that case, White used his web­site to encour­age vio­lence against the fore­man of a jury in Chicago that con­victed Matt Hale, a promi­nent white suprema­cist, of solic­it­ing the mur­der of a fed­eral judge.

White, a long time white suprema­cist, is the for­mer head of the now-defunct Amer­i­can National Social­ist Work­ers Party, a small neo-Nazi group; prior to that, he was a mem­ber of the neo-Nazi National Social­ist Movement.

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