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November 24, 2014

Members Of New Black Panther Party Arrested On Weapons Charges


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

Update — 9/3/15: Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Orlando Baldwin were each sentenced in a federal court to seven years in prison.

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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June 17, 2014

Murder Suspect Fan Of “Patriot” Movement Survivalist Guru


Gary Alan Lewis

After a manhunt that lasted several days, police in Portland, Oregon, have arrested Gary Alan Lewis on murder and unlawful use of a weapon charges for allegedly killing a female tenant and hiding her body in the wall of a shed.

The search for both Lewis and the victim was complicated by the fact that Lewis had built an underground bunker on his property.  Police also feared the possibility of booby traps as they searched the property.

The bunker, which Lewis built a number of years ago, was apparently a product of his “Patriot” movement anti-government and survivalist philosophy.  Lewis viewed the government as a “Total Mafia Organization run by the Elites who want us as Slaves.”  In 2013, Lewis claimed he wanted to move out of Portland and find a “safe place to escape to when the city becomes untenable,” a reference to the common survivalist belief of an imminent collapse of civilization.   A year earlier he posted to a survivalist “Meetup” group that “collapse is eminent [sic] if you have been watching long.”  People, he wrote, “need to prep for Martial law or UN law.”

Lewis, who also used the names Gary Allan Lewis and Gary Loomis, was in particular a devotee of survivalist guru James Wesley Rawles.  Rawles, a blogger, author and survivalist consultant, is most well-known for having written a series of novels popularizing the notion of a “coming global collapse.”  Rawles, though more well-known as a survivalist, has also been an adherent of the anti-government “sovereign citizen” movement.

Rawles’ best known book is a novel called Patriots, about a band of survivors of a global collapse who find a refuge in northern Idaho where they rebuild a society based on “true Constitutional law.”  Lewis described Patriots as “the book that tells it all” on one of his Facebook pages and repeatedly recommended it in on-line postings and comments.

Lewis is even listed on the Meetup group page as having attended a “Preppers Book Club” meeting in the Portland area in June 2012 to discuss another Rawles book, How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It.

Lewis also described Rawles’ Survival Blog as his favorite website.

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February 20, 2014

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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