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December 3, 2015 0

Bonnie and Clydes Rare—But Not Unheard Of—In Violent Extremism

Syed Farook

Syed Farook

Back­ground infor­ma­tion on Syed Farook and Tash­feen Malik, the mar­ried per­pe­tra­tors of the tragic mass shoot­ing at the Inland Regional Cen­ter in San Bernardino, Cal­i­for­nia, is still sparse, as is clar­ity con­cern­ing the motive behind the vicious attack that left 14 dead and 21 wounded.

How­ever, accord­ing to media reports from the in-progress inves­ti­ga­tion, there is grow­ing con­cern among law enforce­ment offi­cials that the shoot­ings may have had a con­nec­tion to Islamic extrem­ism or that there might have been a mixed extremist/workplace motive behind them.  The FBI has said that it is now treat­ing its inves­ti­ga­tion of the killings as a counter-terrorism investigation.

One thing that is exceed­ingly rare in tra­di­tional work­place shoot­ings is for there to be mul­ti­ple per­pe­tra­tors, as there was in this case.  As one law enforce­ment offi­cial told The New York Times, “You don’t take your wife to a work­place shoot­ing, and espe­cially not as pre­pared as they were.  He could have been rad­i­cal­ized, ready to go with some type of attack, and then had a dis­pute at work and decided to do something.”

Mul­ti­ple per­pe­tra­tors are cer­tainly com­mon in extremist-related crimes, of course, despite the exis­tence of the “lone wolf” phe­nom­e­non.  Women are also fre­quently involved in extremist-related crim­i­nal activ­ity in almost every extrem­ist move­ment in the United States.

How­ever, when one exam­ines recent crim­i­nal cases in the U.S. involv­ing domes­tic Islamic extrem­ists, one finds that female part­ners of male perpetrators—even when them­selves involved in crim­i­nal activities—have not typ­i­cally engaged in vio­lence.  Over­seas, women have some­times taken on more vio­lent roles, includ­ing as sui­cide bombers.

If an Islamic extrem­ist motive is con­firmed in the San Bernardino shoot­ings, the fact of husband-and-wife shoot­ers would be a new wrin­kle in the his­tory of the vio­lent tac­tics of that move­ment in the United States.

Extremist-related vio­lence involv­ing hus­bands and wives—or non-married partners—is actu­ally not unheard of in the United States, but it tends to come from a very dif­fer­ent source:  right-wing extrem­ism.  Though not what one could call a com­mon phe­nom­e­non, such vio­lent “Bon­nie and Clyde” cou­ples do emerge with reg­u­lar­ity from within both the white suprema­cist and anti-government extrem­ist move­ments in the United States.

In fact, right-wing extrem­ism even pro­duced an exam­ple of the exceed­ingly rare phe­nom­e­non of a mar­ried cou­ple both of whom were on death row:  anti-government extrem­ists Linda Lyon Block and George Sib­ley.  In 1993, the two sov­er­eign cit­i­zens non-fatally stabbed Block’s ex-husband, then while on the run mur­dered an Alabama police offi­cer in a shootout.  Both were exe­cuted in the 2000s.

In more recent years, extrem­ist cou­ples have been involved with every­thing from stand­offs with police to hate crimes to ter­ror­ist con­spir­a­cies.  But some of the most shock­ing “Bon­nie and Clyde” inci­dents have involved mul­ti­ple homi­cides com­mit­ted by white suprema­cists and anti-government extremists:

  • Jerad and Amanda Miller, a young mar­ried cou­ple who adhered to the anti-government ide­ol­ogy of the mili­tia move­ment, tar­geted two Las Vegas police offi­cers for assas­si­na­tion in June 2014, killing them at a pizza restau­rant as they ate their Sun­day lunch.  The cou­ple crossed the street to a Wal-mart in antic­i­pa­tion of a final shootout with first respon­ders, where Amanda killed an armed civil­ian try­ing to stop them.  As they had intended, they did both die dur­ing a shootout with law enforce­ment at the store, with a wounded Amanda killing her­self after Jerad was shot.
  • Jeremy and Chris­tine Moody, white suprema­cists from Union County, South Car­olina, killed a nearby mar­ried cou­ple in July 2013 in a par­tic­u­larly grisly dou­ble homi­cide in which both vic­tims were shot and stabbed.  The Moodys had tar­geted the vic­tim because they wanted to kill a reg­is­tered sex offender and found the male victim’s name and address on the Inter­net.  They killed his wife because she had mar­ried a sex offender.  Both pleaded guilty to mur­der in 2014, receiv­ing life sen­tences with no parole, but were unre­pen­tant, with Chris­tine Moody call­ing the day of the mur­ders “the best day of my life.”
  • Holly Grigsby and David Ped­er­sen, a white suprema­cist cou­ple from Ore­gon, embarked upon a multi-state mur­der spree in 2011 that totaled four killed before police could find and stop them.  The pair trav­eled to Wash­ing­ton to mur­der Pederson’s father and step­mother, each killing one vic­tim, then killed a young man in Ore­gon to steal his car and because they thought he might be Jew­ish.  They killed an African-American man in north­ern Cal­i­for­nia in another car­jack­ing attempt, though they did not end up tak­ing the vehi­cle, then were finally appre­hended by the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Patrol.  Grigsby told the arrest­ing offi­cers that they were to Sacra­mento to “kill more Jews” when they were stopped.  Both pleaded guilty to a vari­ety of crimes and received life sentences.

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August 31, 2015 16

Farrakhan Promotes Million Man March with Anti-Semitism & Bigotry

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan once again expressed anti-Semitism and big­otry at an event to pro­mote the Octo­ber 10 “Justice…Or Else!” Mil­lion Man March (MMM) in Wash­ing­ton, DC.farrakhan-detroit-justice-or-else-million-man-march-2015

At the August 25 Detroit stop of his multi-city “Justice…Or Else!” tour, Far­rakhan told his audi­ence that “[Israeli Prime Min­is­ter] Netanyahu can make a call from Israel and sen­a­tors dance…Here’s a man, leave Israel and come to the U.S. Con­gress, and talk like he’s at home because he knows his peo­ple run the gov­ern­ment. You didn’t hear me! Well, if his peo­ple run the gov­ern­ment, they own the media, they own Hollywood.”

Dur­ing the event, which took place at Detroit’s Fel­low­ship Chapel, Far­rakhan was intro­duced by Rev. Wen­dell Anthony, who serves as the pas­tor of the church as well as the Pres­i­dent of the NAACP’s Detroit branch. Rev. Anthony praised the event as “mak­ing history.”

Addi­tion­ally, dur­ing Farrakhan’s visit to Detroit, he was pre­sented with a “state of Michi­gan seal com­mem­o­rat­ing the 20th Anniver­sary of the Mil­lion Man March” as well as a “procla­ma­tion” from the State of Michi­gan by Michi­gan State Sen­a­tor Bert John­son and Michi­gan State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sherry Gay-Dagnogo.

Far­rakhan also incor­po­rated homo­pho­bic sen­ti­ment into his anti-Jewish con­spir­acy the­o­ries, mak­ing the fol­low­ing claims: “Biden said that Hol­ly­wood mem­bers of the Jew­ish com­mu­nity sin­gle hand­edly made same sex mar­riage legal. Now to the Jew­ish com­mu­nity, if you’re here, how you going to tell me you have a covenant rela­tion­ship with God? No, lis­ten! I’m going to chal­lenge you on this!” He con­tin­ued, “You’re God’s cho­sen peo­ple?! And you pro­mote some­thing that God rejects? You’ve lost your covenant sta­tus! You are not the cho­sen of God, you are the cho­sen of Satan!…You’re pro­mot­ing homo­sex­u­al­ity. God doesn’t. You pro­mote fifth. God con­demns it!”

Far­rakhan stated that a man who “would want to have sex with another man and say that I’m in love, see, this is a sick soci­ety!” Far­rakhan also claimed Jews are respon­si­ble for the pornog­ra­phy indus­try, “Most of the 3X 4X 6X movies…most of it is run by mem­bers of the Jew­ish community.”

Far­rakhan chas­tised the trans­gen­der com­mu­nity as well, describ­ing Cait­lyn Jenner’s tran­si­tion as “sci­ence that is so wicked” claim­ing that trans­gen­der peo­ple are the work of Satan. He stated, “Satan wants to turn you so that God will reject you.”

Addi­tion­ally, in a crit­i­cism of U.S. mil­i­tary actions in the Mid­dle East, Far­rakhan min­i­mized the role of for­mer Al-Qaeda ide­o­logue Anwar al-Awlaki in encour­ag­ing attacks against Amer­ica and the West ask­ing, “What did al-Awlaki do!? Al-Awlaki dis­agreed with America’s poli­cies. If you had any sense you would dis­agree with them too…It’s very sad.” Al-Awlaki was killed in a U.S. airstrike in 2011.

This was not the first event in Farrakhan’s multi-city “Justice…Or Else!” tour to pro­mote hatred against Jews and others.

  • In his August 13 remarks at a church in Mil­wau­kee, Far­rakhan told the con­gre­ga­tion, “I’m talk­ing about the wicked ones in the Jew­ish com­mu­nity that run Amer­ica, run the gov­ern­ment, run the world, own the banks, own the means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. They are my ene­mies! But as sure as I’m alive, my ene­mies will be made my foot­stool and so will yours.”
  • Also in Mil­wau­kee, Far­rakhan said, “Would the Jew had lis­tened to Jesus…but you rebelled against him and killed him.”
  • Far­rakhan claimed in Mil­wau­kee that the media have mis­rep­re­sented him as vio­lent because “white peo­ple deserve to die, and they know, so they think it’s us com­ing to do it.”
  • In his July 30 remarks in Miami, Far­rakhan asserted, “A Jew is not a Jew by the cir­cum­ci­sion of the male organ but cir­cum­ci­sion of the heart.”
  • Also in Miami, Farrakhan’s remarks also took a par­tic­u­larly mil­i­tant tone. He stated, “If the fed­eral gov­ern­ment will not inter­cede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us! Stalk them! And kill them! And let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling!”

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August 18, 2015 6

Farrakhan Promotes Anti-Semitism & Violence In Lead Up To Oct. March

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan has invoked hate­ful anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries and called for vio­lence against white peo­ple dur­ing his multi-city tour to pro­mote the Octo­ber 10 “Justice…Or Else!” Mil­lion Man March (MMM) in Wash­ing­ton, DC.farrakhan-justice-or-else-miami-2015

In his August 13 remarks at a church in Mil­wau­kee, Far­rakhan accused Jews of con­trol­ling the media, gov­ern­ment and econ­omy. Far­rakhan told the con­gre­ga­tion, “I’m talk­ing about the wicked ones in the Jew­ish com­mu­nity that run Amer­ica, run the gov­ern­ment, run the world, own the banks, own the means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. They are my ene­mies! But as sure as I’m alive, my ene­mies will be made my foot­stool and so will yours.”

Far­rakhan also invoked the canard that Jews killed Jesus stat­ing, “Would the Jew had lis­tened to Jesus…but you rebelled against him and killed him.”

In his July 30 remarks in Miami, Far­rakhan asserted “A Jew is not a Jew by the cir­cum­ci­sion of the male organ but cir­cum­ci­sion of the heart.” Farrakhan’s Miami remarks also took a par­tic­u­larly mil­i­tant tone. He stated, “If the fed­eral gov­ern­ment will not inter­cede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us! Stalk them! And kill them! And let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling!”

Far­rakhan employed sim­i­lar rhetoric in Mil­wau­kee, say­ing that the media have mis­rep­re­sented him as vio­lent because “white peo­ple deserve to die, and they know, so they think it’s us com­ing to do it.” He con­tin­ued, “Allahu akbar! God is great! We have no weapon! We bother nobody! Then if you come to take our life, don’t’ be sur­prised if you lose your own!”

In an effort to build sup­port for the “Justice…Or Else!” MMM, Far­rakhan has spo­ken in Wash­ing­ton, Philadel­phia, New York, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Hous­ton, Los Ange­les, Mil­wau­kee, and Memphis.

Malik Zulu Shabazz, the racist and anti-Semitic for­mer leader of the New Black Pan­ther Party and cur­rent leader of Black Lawyers for Jus­tice, has also actively been pro­mot­ing the event for the NOI in var­i­ous parts of the country.

The NOI has also orga­nized other local events led by African-American reli­gious and com­mu­nity lead­ers. Some MMM events have fea­tured sup­port from national, state, and local elected offi­cials, celebri­ties, and others.

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