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August 9, 2016

Oregon Police Save Woman Held Hostage by Armed White Supremacist

A SWAT team with the Gladstone Police Department in Northwestern Oregon rescued a woman being held hostage by a barricaded white supremacist following a shootout with police.jeffreygiddingstattoos

The incident began on August 8, 2016, when Jeffrey Carl Giddings, a convicted felon and career criminal, fled on a bicycle from an officer who was attempting to stop him for a traffic violation.

A short time later, Giddings allegedly opened fire on a police sergeant who had located him in the parking lot of a Subway restaurant.  The sergeant was struck in his ballistic vest and is reportedly in excellent condition.

Giddings then took a woman hostage and barricaded himself in the Subway.  A responding SWAT team tried to negotiate with Giddings, but he made demands and refused to give up.  Fearing for the hostage’s safety, the SWAT team shot Giddings and saved the woman. Giddings suffered a non-life threatening injury and was taken to the hospital.

Giddings’ face and body are covered in tattoos.  Many of them are symbols used by white supremacists including the words “Aryan Pride”, a Celtic Cross and “16/23,” a numerical code for PW or “peckerwood.”  Additionally, Giddings has IPS tattoos on both his neck and collarbone area which is the acronym for the Insane Peckerwood Syndicate, a white supremacist prison gang with members in Oregon and Washington.

This is the second shootout in the United States between police and domestic extremists this month, and the ninth so far this year.

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July 6, 2016

Extremists Make Plans For GOP Convention

Updated July 21, 2016

The GOP convention in Cleveland (July 18-21) is a key opportunity for a range of extremists and bigots who seek publicity to voice their support or opposition to Donald Trump – and their hatred for anyone who disagrees with them.

As the Anti-Defamation League has noted, the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign – and one candidate in particular – has elicited unprecedented levels of engagement and enthusiasm among anti-government and white supremacist extremist groups.

The Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism has been monitoring extremists’ plans to attend the Republican convention in Cleveland and has shared this information with federal law enforcement agents managing security for the event. We will share new information with those agents as it becomes available.

The following list of expected attendees is varied, ranging from individuals to organized groups. This reflects the support (and sometimes opposition) Donald Trump receives from a wide range of extremists. It should be noted, there is no indication that Trump  supports these groups.

  • Richard Spencer, who heads the National Policy, a small white supremacist think tank, traveled to Cleveland to promote his racist views. Spencer held up a sign saying “Wanna Talk to a ‘Racist’? and reportedly said he “wanted to demystify white separatism” for the people he encountered in the public square near the convention. Spencer also reportedly attended the “Wake Up!” party hosted by conservative activists, which included controversial speakers such as Milos Yiannopoulos and anti-Muslim activists Pamela Geller and Geert Wilders, a Dutch politician.
  • Members of the anti-refugee vigilante group Soldiers of Odin USA, spotted outside the convention hall in Cleveland, told a reporter they were there as a “community watch” organization and had no plans to confront anyone unless they sensed “imminent danger.” While they claim not to be racist, the Soldiers of Odin USA are in fact virulently anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant. The group originated in Finland, but has attracted thousands of members and admirers here in the United States, many of whom are either white supremacists or anti-government extremists.
  • Anti-government conspiracy theorist Alex Jones spoke at a rally for Trump near the convention hall hosting the RNC, where he accused “globalists” of trying to implement a “world government.” Jones runs the Infowars website where he promotes  conspiracy theories such as the idea that the government is behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks and  is trying to strip Americans of their rights, especially their rights to free speech and to own firearms.

  • The Traditionalist Worker Party is an anti-Semitic, white supremacist group run by Matthew Heimbach and Matt Parrott.  They report­edly filed per­mits to march in Cleve­land but later announced alternative plans. Heimbach showed up outside the convention anyway, voicing his disapproval for Trump, whose policies “don’t go far enough” in advancing white nationalism, and urging followers to write in George Lincoln Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party.

  • Westboro Baptist Church: Five members of the venomously anti-gayand anti-Semitic Kansas church plan to be in Cleveland to protest the Republican Party and to warn attendees of the “imminent judgment”
    Westboro Baptist Church members at a protest

    Westboro Baptist Church members at a protest

    facing the United States. WBC members are best known for picketing the funerals of fallen U.S. soldiers, carrying signs celebrating their deaths (because God hates America’s evil ways). Members of the church are equal opportunity bigots: They also plan to protest at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Expect to see them carrying their usual signs – expressing their boundless, unmoored hatred for everything from gay rights to Israel.

  • Blood and Honour USA: This racist skinhead group is the American chapter of a loose international confederation of hardcore racist skinheads.  Some members of Blood and Honour USA have in the past committed violent acts.  One of the group’s lead­ers announced on social media that he and a num­ber of other mem­bers would be in Cleve­land sup­port­ing Trump and wear­ing t-shirts bear­ing the Totenkopf (death’s head) – a sym­bol used by the SS in World War II.

    William Johnson of American Freedom Party

    William Johnson of American Freedom Party

  • American Freedom Party: This white supremacist group is headed by attorney William Johnson. Johnson made headlines in the spring of 2016 with his “robocalls” to voters in crucial primary states, entreating people to “defend the white race” by voting for Trump, and again in May when it was revealed that he was on the list of Trump delegates for California. Blaming a “database error,” the Trump campaign removed Johnson from its list, but AFP responded with this gleeful Facebook message:  “…here’s what they don’t know: we have more delegates!”
  • David Riden (Trump delegate from Tennessee): Member of the anti-government Patriot Movement. Riden has said he believes members of the current U.S. government deserve to be killed for “abusing the Constitution.”
  • Jim Stachowiak:  Member of the anti-government Patriot Movement. This right-wing, rabidly anti-Muslim extremist from Georgia will be in Cleveland to support Donald Trump, and has called upon “all military veterans, law enforcement veterans, followed by three-percenters, patriots,” to “come lawfully armed with lethal and non-lethal weaponry,” has advocated for Mecca to be bombed, and has made not particularly veiled threats against Black Lives Matter activists, whom he refers to as “terrorists.”  Stachowiak, a former university public safety officer turned militia fan boy and online radio host, has been arrested several times.

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    The New Black Panther Party at a protest in Charleston, South Carolina

  • The New Black Pan­ther Party: The NBPP will be in Cleve­land to protest against Don­ald Trump. In the days lead­ing up to the con­ven­tion, the pro­foundly anti-Semitic, black supremacy group will hold a series of protests and work­shops in part­ner­ship with Black Lawyers for Jus­tice, which is headed by for­mer NBPP leader (and cur­rent “spir­i­tual advi­sor”) Malik Zulu Shabazz. The NBPP, which is known for its calls for vio­lence against law enforce­ment, has announced plans to carry guns dur­ing its protests in Cleve­land. The New Black Pan­ther Party is not affil­i­ated with the orig­i­nal Black Pan­ther Party, whose mem­bers have harshly crit­i­cized the NBPP for “hijack­ing” the orig­i­nal group’s message.
  • Anti-Muslim activsts: Pro-LGBT conservative activists are hosting a party called “Wake Up“ at the Republican Convention in Cleveland on July 19. The event will feature anti-Muslim extremist Pamela Geller and Milo Yiannopoulos, a controversial figure who reportedly made anti-Semitic comments in the past about Jewish control of banks and the media. Other featured speakers include Geert Wilders, a well-known anti-Muslim Dutch politician, and Ann Coulter, a political commentator known for her extreme anti-immigrant position. According to a post on the personal blog of Pamela Geller, “The party is the outcome of discussions among a group of gay Republicans following the tragic massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando in June.” This appears to be an attempt to promote an anti-Muslim agenda among this group of pro-LGBT conservatives.
  • The Oath Keepers will be on the ground in Cleveland, ostensibly to “help” patrol the area, as they did with long guns during the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of Michael Brown. The anti-government extremist group’s website has denounced “radicals’” plans to protest at the convention, and calls for volunteers to participate in “Operation North Coast,” an “intelligence gathering” effort. This hyper-militarized language is typical of the Oath Keepers, who recruit from the military and law enforcement in their efforts to build a force capable of resisting “government overreach.”

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April 26, 2016

White Supremacists Feud Over the Racist Gender Gap

There is fighting and acrimony between supporters of the two most visible websites in the white supremacist movement—Stormfront and The Daily Stormer—over the role of white women. Andrew Anglin, the neo-Nazi who runs The Daily Stormer, has infuriated many white supremacist women by posting articles on his site that attack white women. When a fan of Anglin’s recently asked on Stormfront why that website seemed to be deleting posts referencing Daily Stormer articles, his question elicited a flood of responses and highlighted the love/hate relationship that some male white supremacists have with their female counterparts.Anglin column on feminsim and third worldization

While most of the women who post on Stormfront advocate for traditional roles for women, which is the dominant white supremacist position, they are nevertheless angry that Anglin actively attacks and belittles white women—whereas many other male white supremacists put white women on a pedestal as future saviors of the white race.

Anglin angers such women because he  not only attacks what he sees as “deviant” white women, but also posts articles depicting them in provocative sexual poses and having relations with non-white men.  In an April 2015 article, Anglin posted a video that showed white women on spring break making out with non-white men and wrote that the video proved “that your worst enemy is not Jews, White Man, but your own females.”  He added that women “should be thankful they don’t literally get locked in cages.” In addition, Anglin often refers to women as bitches and sluts and blames them for a variety of issues affecting white society.  From his many posts on the subject, it is clear that Anglin is every bit as misogynistic as he is racist and anti-Semitic, expressing a deep contempt for women, even the movement’s precious white women, at every turn.

The response to Anglin from women on Stormfront has been very vocal. In one thread, a woman using the screen name “Mirror Eyes” wrote that “all those anti-women types are the same. They share the white nationalist views in the fact that they claim to be traditionalists (yet have nothing but derogatory things to say about females…).” Stormfronter “Pinkysmom” added, “If people want to post Anglin’s emotional/butthurt/impotent rage against white women, fine. But I will continue to post my views of his posts and I will make SF policy visible to all who care to read it.” In fact, Stormfront has rules that bar people from posting derogatory comments about women.

Some male Stormfront members have come out in support of Anglin’s misogyny, even wholeheartedly praising him.  Male Stormfronter “Piltene” wrote, “I love Andrew Anglin. His opinions are pretty much right on the women… Feminism is a a cancer on the White race.”

Others, such as “Laidbackguy,” expressed support of women. He commented, “I don’t judge a person on gender. You are either pro white or anti- white to me.” Another male Stormfronter, “TSFH14,” wrote that “as long as [Anglin] continues to write venomous attacks against our sisters, he is my enemy.” Many people were also furious that Anglin himself has self-admittedly had sex with non-white women in the past and accused him of being a traitor and a hypocrite.

Anglin has gone beyond merely speaking out against women.  Saying that the purpose of The Daily Stormer is to educate men about the white nationalist movement, Anglin has actually banned women from producing content for his site. He also posted a manifesto of sorts presenting his views about limiting women’s involvement and input into the movement. According to Anglin, his reason for doing so is that women are naturally amoral and emotional and are incapable of feeling empathy because they can switch it on and off, depending on their needs. Anglin argues that women should not be allowed to vote and should be barred from male occupations and that women’s role should only be to support men. He also alleges that allowing equality between the sexes leads to the feminization of men.

It is apparent that Anglin’s views are influenced by the “manopshere,” a loose association of misogynistic men’s rights groups that rail against women and feminism. Not surprisingly, Anglin adds an anti-Semitic twist, blaming Jews for promoting feminism, declaring that it is “a mechanism of Judaism.”

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