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April 7, 2015 115

Right-wing Terror Attacks in U.S. Approach 1990s Levels

Recent ter­ror­ist attacks, plots and con­spir­a­cies by right-wing extrem­ists in the United States are approach­ing the level of attacks in the mid-1990s when the Okla­homa City bomb­ing occurred, based on a chronol­ogy of such attacks com­piled by the Anti-Defamation League.  The chronol­ogy was released as part of ADL’s com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 20th anniver­sary of the April 19, 1995 Okla­homa City bombing.right-wing_plots_attacks_1995-2014

The list of right-wing attacks and attempted attacks chron­i­cles 120 dif­fer­ent inci­dents between Jan­u­ary 1995 and Decem­ber 2014, illus­trat­ing a steady stream of domes­tic ter­ror inci­dents in the United States stem­ming from extreme-right move­ments over the past two decades.  Tar­gets included eth­nic and reli­gious minori­ties, gov­ern­ment offi­cials and build­ings, law enforce­ment offi­cers, abor­tion clin­ics and their staff, and others.

Exam­ined over time, the attacks illus­trate the two major surges of right-wing extrem­ism that the United States has expe­ri­enced in the past 20 years.  The first began in the mid-1990s and lasted until the end of the decade.  The sec­ond surge began in the late 2000s and has not yet died down.

Dur­ing both surges, the num­ber of right-wing ter­ror attacks and con­spir­a­cies out­num­bered those in the inter­ven­ing period.  From 1995 through 2000, 47 inci­dents occurred, while from 2009 through 2014, 42 inci­dents took place.  The eight-year inter­ven­ing period of 2001-08 pro­duced 31 attacks.  The surge of recent years has not pro­duced a two-year period with as many inci­dents as the years 1995–1996, which had a high of 18 attacks, but it has come close, with 16 attacks for the years 2011-12.

When ana­lyzed on the basis of per­pe­tra­tor ide­ol­ogy, the list shows that the var­i­ous white suprema­cist and anti-government extrem­ist move­ments have pro­duced the vast major­ity of the right-wing ter­ror­ist inci­dents over the past 20 years, with 50 each.  Anti-abortion extrem­ists come in third place with 13 incidents.right-wing_terrorism_by_movement_1995-2014

Inci­dents on the list include ter­ror­ist acts and plots by white suprema­cists, anti-government extrem­ists, anti-abortion extrem­ists, anti-immigration extrem­ists, anti-Muslim extrem­ists, and oth­ers.  The list does not include spon­ta­neous acts of vio­lence by right-wing extrem­ists, such as killings com­mit­ted dur­ing traf­fic stops, nor does it include lesser inci­dents of extrem­ist vio­lence or non-ideological vio­lence com­mit­ted by extremists.

Some inci­dents had per­pe­tra­tors who adhered to more than one ide­o­log­i­cal move­ment; in such cases, the move­ment that seemed most impor­tant to the per­pe­tra­tor was used for cat­e­go­riza­tion.  Cat­e­go­riza­tion was by per­pe­tra­tor ide­ol­ogy rather than type of tar­get, a fact impor­tant to note, as dif­fer­ent move­ments some­times chose the same type of tar­get (white suprema­cists and anti-abortion extrem­ists both tar­geted abor­tion clin­ics, for exam­ple), while some per­pe­tra­tors chose tar­gets that did not closely tie in with their main ide­ol­ogy (such as anti-abortion extrem­ist Eric Rudolph tar­get­ing the 1996 Atlanta Olympics).  The 2001 plot by the Jew­ish Defense League to attack Muslim-related tar­gets in Cal­i­for­nia is not listed, as ADL includes such inci­dents under Jew­ish nation­al­ist extrem­ism rather than right-wing extremism.

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November 26, 2014 1

Arrested Black Panther Also Involved in Sovereign Citizen Movement

Update — 6/2/15: Ola­ju­won Davis and Bran­don Orlando Bald­win each pleaded guilty to four explo­sives and gun charges that will carry seven-year prison terms when they are sen­tenced Aug. 31.

Update — 4/2/15: Ola­ju­won Davis and Bran­don Orlando Bald­win were indicted on addi­tional charges involv­ing the con­spir­acy to use bombs to com­mit “vio­lent acts”  and the ille­gal pur­chase of firearms.

Fed­eral agents arrested two New Black Pan­ther Party mem­bers (NBPP) in St. Louis on Novem­ber 21, accus­ing Ola­ju­won Ali and Bran­don Bald­win of ille­gal straw pur­chases of hand­guns.  Some media have cited anony­mous sources alleg­ing that the pair also attempted to pur­chase pipe bombs.olajuwon-ali-document

One of the accused, Ola­ju­won Ali, 22, is the head of the NBPP’s St. Louis Chap­ter, but he also has been active in a very dif­fer­ent extrem­ist move­ment:  the anti-government “sov­er­eign cit­i­zen” movement.

The sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment has expe­ri­enced rapid recent growth, par­tic­u­larly in its Afro-centric “Moor­ish” off­shoot.  “Moor­ish” sov­er­eigns emerged in the mid-1990s when mem­bers of the Moor­ish Sci­ence Tem­ple (MST), a reli­gious sect, attempted to meld their beliefs with that of the sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment.  Sov­er­eign beliefs have since spread widely among MST adher­ents, and later to other African-Americans, bring­ing new adher­ents to what his­tor­i­cally has been con­sid­ered a right-wing extrem­ist movement.

Ali is typ­i­cal of many new recruits to the “Moor­ish” move­ment.  Although there is evi­dence that Ali may have encoun­tered sov­er­eign cit­i­zen ide­ol­ogy as early as 2010, when still a teenager, it was in April 2013 that he for­mally joined the move­ment, fil­ing an “Abju­ra­tion of Cit­i­zen­ship” doc­u­ment declar­ing him­self  an “aboriginal/indigenous, free Sov­er­eign Moor – Nat­ural Per­son of the Land.”

The doc­u­ment, as well as a Moor­ish iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card that Ali has used, appear to come from an influ­en­tial New Jersey-based Moor­ish group led by R. V. Bey.  One of the sig­na­tures on the doc­u­ment seems to be that of one of R. V. Bey’s promi­nent disciples.

Another sig­na­ture on Ali’s doc­u­ment belongs to Kusu ra Kush Bey, aka Chester Wil­son, a St. Louis-based Moor­ish sov­er­eign.  In the same month that Ali filed his “abju­ra­tion,” the FBI arrested Wil­son for his alleged involve­ment in a major multi-state car theft ring.

Ali him­self had a brush with the law only months after declar­ing his sov­er­eignty.  In June 2013, St. Louis police arrested Ali for tres­pass­ing, resist­ing arrest and dis­turb­ing the peace fol­low­ing an inci­dent in which Ali allegedly attempted to use a Moor­ish iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card at a con­ve­nience store to demand “tax-free” pur­chases.  Ali, tased dur­ing the inci­dent, later described his arrest as “unlaw­ful” and him­self as a “vic­tim of police brutality.”

Ali’s legal trou­bles took up much of his time, but he found a new source for activism fol­low­ing the fatal shoot­ing of Michael Brown in Fer­gu­son in August 2014.  That month, Ali, call­ing him­self a “Min­is­ter of Jus­tice and Law,” offered a “Lessons of Law Class (Post-Mike Brown)” to inform African-Americans of their “Con­sti­tu­tional, Uni­ver­sal Human, and Indige­nous Rights.”

The shoot­ing also gave Ali an oppor­tu­nity to join NBPP activism with Moor­ish activism.  On August 13, Ali com­posed a lengthy, sovereign-style “Affi­davit of Fact” directed to the mayor of Fer­gu­son  in which he asserted that claims the NBPP had encour­aged vio­lence were “false pro­pa­ganda [sic]” released by “Euro­pean owned” media sta­tions.  He also accused the city of Fer­gu­son with the “GENOCIDE AND MURDER OF Abo­rig­i­nal Indige­nous Amer­i­can Michael Brown Jr.”

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November 24, 2014 2

Members Of New Black Panther Party Arrested On Weapons Charges

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Ola­ju­won Ali, Chair­man of the New Black Pan­ther Party’s St. Louis Chapter

Update — 6/2/15: Ola­ju­won Davis and Bran­don Orlando Bald­win each pleaded guilty to four explo­sives and gun charges that will carry seven-year prison terms when they are sen­tenced Aug. 31.

Update — 4/2/15: Ola­ju­won Davis and Bran­don Orlando Bald­win were indicted on addi­tional charges involv­ing the con­spir­acy to use bombs to com­mit “vio­lent acts”  and the ille­gal pur­chase of firearms.

Two mem­bers of the New Black Pan­ther Party (NBPP), the largest orga­nized anti-Semitic and racist Black mil­i­tant group in Amer­ica, were arrested in Mis­souri on Fri­day and charged with fed­eral firearms offenses.

Ola­ju­won Ali, Chair­man of the NBPP St. Louis Chap­ter, and Bran­don Bald­win, were indicted on fed­eral weapons vio­la­tions for allegedly mak­ing straw pur­chases of two .45 cal­iber hand­guns at a sport­ing goods store in Hazel­wood, Mis­souri. Author­i­ties say that the two men claimed the guns were for Bald­win but that the weapons were actu­ally intended for some­one else.

After exe­cut­ing search war­rants, pros­e­cu­tors are report­edly con­sid­er­ing addi­tional charges against the two for attempt­ing to pur­chase pipe bombs with intent to cause dam­age to build­ings and land­marks in the St. Louis area.

A state­ment posted by Ali on his appar­ent Face­book page sug­gests that he may have antic­i­pated his arrest on Fri­day. On Novem­ber 19, Ali posted, “Fam­ily and Friends, every­day I got Cau­casians fol­low­ing me in SUV trucks. Please be advised that if you show any signs of non­com­pli­ance with this Devil they will try to assas­si­nate you. Lord smite my ene­mies and any­one who intends to bring me harm. Ashe! In the spirit of Ogun! Pro­tect me. Ashe!”

In another post, Ali described St. Louis as a “Slave Cap­i­tal in a Slave State!” and the iconic Arch as “the Shackle of Oppres­sion” and a “Sym­bol of Our destruc­tion and demise.”

Ali is also an actor and rap­per; he posted images of him­self in a new music video called “Right To Resist” on the day of his arrest. Ali appar­ently con­verted to Islam in col­lege, accord­ing to a YouTube video he posted in Octo­ber 2012, although it is unclear if he still con­sid­ers him­self a Mus­lim. In August, Ali and other mem­bers of the NBPP were present in Fer­gu­son dur­ing the protests fol­lowed the shoot­ing of Michael Brown. It is unclear when Ali, who has a back tat­too of a black pan­ther attack­ing a bald eagle, joined the NBPP.

In addi­tion to his con­nec­tion to the NBPP, Ali is also involved with another extrem­ist move­ment, the “Moor­ish” move­ment, an off­shoot of the anti-government sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment, which he joined in early 2013.  This involve­ment resulted in his arrest by St. Louis police in June 2013, when Ali, accord­ing to his own account of the inci­dent, was charged with tres­pass­ing, dis­turb­ing the peace and resist­ing arrest after attempt­ing to use a Moor­ish iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card to make a “tax free” pur­chase at a con­ve­nience store.

Source: Facebook

Source: Face­book

Ali, who was tased dur­ing the encounter, described him­self as a “vic­tim of police bru­tal­ity” and referred to police as “out­laws” and “mer­ce­nar­ies for hire.”  Ali claims to have reached out for help to other “abo­rig­i­nal indige­nous” peo­ple (i.e., other Moor­ish sov­er­eign cit­i­zens), but to have received only advice and good wishes.

Bran­don Muham­mad has a less exten­sive online foot­print. On his appar­ent Face­book page, he made cryp­tic com­ments on Novem­ber 17 such as “For every action there is a reaction…brother I can elab­o­rate on that trust me.” Many of his “likes” con­sist of var­i­ous pages related to Islam, the Nation of Islam, the New Black Pan­ther Party, the Black Rid­ers Lib­er­a­tion Party, the African-American Defense League, and other Black nation­al­ist indi­vid­u­als, causes, and groups.

The NBPP issued a state­ment on its blog on Fri­day describ­ing the alle­ga­tions against Ali and Bald­win as “a com­plete BOLF FACED LIE and FRAME UP attempt of the local St. Louis orga­ni­za­tion and mem­ber­ship, in an effort to stop the orga­niz­ing capa­bil­ity of the local party.”

The NBPP often attracts atten­tion for its threats against police, which the NBPP views as cul­pa­ble for Black suf­fer­ing in the U.S. In August, ADL expressed con­cern over the group’s efforts to por­tray itself as help­ing to keep the peace between pro­test­ers and law enforce­ment in the after­math of the shoot­ing of Michael Brown in Fer­gu­son, Mis­souri. The group made sev­eral threats against local law enforce­ment in response to the Michael Brown shoot­ing in Fer­gu­son, Mis­souri.

ADL’s com­pre­hen­sive report on New Black Pan­ther Party is avail­able on the ADL web­site at: New Black Pan­ther Party for Self Defense

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