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October 30, 2015

American Anti-Semite and Holocaust Denier Willis Carto Dies

Willis Carto, one of the most virulent anti-Semitic propagandists in the United States, died this week at age 89, according to Counter-Currents, an online white supremacist journal. Carto had been active on the extreme right for over 60 years and was associated with various movements from neo-Nazism to Holocaust denial. He spread hatred against Jews through anti-Semitic conspiracy-oriented publications and by holding conferences that featured other well-known anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers.

Willis Carto

Willis Carto

Carto established an intricate network of bigotry and was most well-known for two outlets that had a lasting impact on the extreme right. He founded the Liberty Lobby, based in Washington, DC, in the 1950s, which became an important source of anti-Semitic propaganda. Liberty Lobby united various right-wing constituencies, from hard-right libertarians to conspiratorial anticommunists to racists, by using populist rhetoric to inflame their anti-government and nativist fears, while incorporating implicit anti-Semitic notions in many of its publications.

Liberty Lobby published The Spotlight, a weekly newspaper which promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. The Spotlight became the premiere publication of the extreme right from its inception in 1975 until it ceased publication in 2001.

In 1979, Carto took the lead in a growing area of anti-Semitism when he founded the Institute for Historical Review (IHR), to create and market Holocaust-denial propaganda. Based in California, IHR operated under a guise of scholarship and published “revisionist” studies laced with anti-Semitic themes in the Journal of Historical Review. It soon became the leading Holocaust denial organization in the U.S.

In the 1990s, Carto lost control of IHR in a legal dispute but went on to found another Holocaust denial publication, The Barnes Review, which is still in circulation. Carto filed for bankruptcy following his legal problems with IHR, which led to the end of Liberty Lobby and The Spotlight in 2001. However, Carto and the former staff of The Spotlight went on to found a new weekly publication, American Free Press, which continued Carto’s run of anti-Semitic propaganda.

American Free Press and  The Barnes Review, attract the most vitriolic anti-Semites. While it is unclear what will happen to Carto’s anti-Semitic propaganda empire, his death may disrupt or shut down the publications.

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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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