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October 30, 2015 3

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 0

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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