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June 24, 2016 2

Law Enforcement: Standing in the Line of Fire

The recent attack on the les­bian, gay, bisex­ual and trans­gen­der (LGBT) com­mu­nity in Orlando that left 49 dead and more than 50 wounded is yet another exam­ple of law enforce­ment stand­ing in the line of fire in the fight against domes­tic extremism.

From 2009 to the present, at least 64 mem­bers of law enforce­ment have been shot by domes­tic extremists–including anti-government extrem­ists, white suprema­cists, domes­tic Mus­lim extrem­ists and oth­ers. Eigh­teen of those shoot­ings were fatal. Addi­tional offi­cers might have lost their lives had they not been wear­ing pro­tec­tive vests or, as in the case of the Orlando attack, a Kevlar helmet.

Since Jan­u­ary 2009, ADL has tracked 68 sep­a­rate inci­dents (includ­ing seven so far this year) in which shots have been fired between domes­tic extrem­ists and law enforce­ment in the United States. These inci­dents include sit­u­a­tions in which shots were exchanged between police and extrem­ists (shootouts), sit­u­a­tions in which extrem­ists have fired at police but police sub­dued the extrem­ists with­out hav­ing to return fire, and sit­u­a­tions in which offi­cers had to use their firearms to pro­tect them­selves against extremists.

The moti­va­tions that led the extrem­ists to vio­lence dur­ing these encoun­ters vary. Many were sim­ply try­ing to escape after police offi­cers caught them engaged in crim­i­nal behav­ior unre­lated to their extrem­ist ide­ol­ogy. For oth­ers the encounter with police became the cat­a­lyst for vio­lent ide­o­log­i­cal action. In some cases, vio­lence esca­lated to a “last stand” sit­u­a­tion in which the extremist(s) had to have known their actions would likely result in their own deaths. The most dis­turb­ing inci­dents, how­ever, are those (like the Orlando attack) in which the encounter occurred as police responded to and con­fronted extrem­ists who were in the midst of a directed and planned attack. TW-TargetsofAttacks

Fif­teen (22%) of the 68 extrem­ist encoun­ters with law enforce­ment were the result of direct attacks by the extrem­ists. In other words, these encoun­ters started purely due to the extremist’s ide­ol­ogy. In six of those cases, the extremist(s) con­ducted planned attacks on civilians–including the LGBT com­mu­nity in Florida, a Sikh tem­ple in Wis­con­sin, a Planned Par­ent­hood clinic in Col­orado, and employ­ees of the Trans­porta­tion Secu­rity Admin­is­tra­tion at the Los Ange­les air­port. In seven cases, the ini­tial attack was directed at law enforce­ment, and resulted in the assas­si­na­tions of three offi­cers. In Jan­u­ary of this year, an addi­tional offi­cer mirac­u­lously sur­vived an assas­si­na­tion attempt in Philadel­phia. In the remain­ing two cases, extrem­ists attacked mem­bers of the U.S. military.

Since 2009, offi­cers have encoun­tered domes­tic extrem­ists in 28 dif­fer­ent states. Sev­eral states have expe­ri­enced mul­ti­ple inci­dents. Texas law enforce­ment has endured 10 of the 68 encoun­ters (nearly 15%). In four of the Texas cases, the extremist(s) were linked to the Aryan Broth­er­hood of Texas or the Aryan Cir­cle, demon­strat­ing the state’s par­tic­u­lar prob­lem with large white suprema­cist prison gangs. In fact, mem­bers of racist prison gangs were involved in three of the seven shoot­ing inci­dents which have already occurred this year—including encoun­ters in Texas, Alabama and Colorado.

Florida has with­stood the sec­ond high­est num­ber of inci­dents, reach­ing eight encoun­ters with the addi­tion of the Orlando attack. Col­orado offi­cials have faced five inci­dents, and suf­fered through the loss of Col­orado Springs Offi­cer Gar­rett Swasey. Swasey, the most recent law enforce­ment casu­alty at the hand of domes­tic extrem­ists, died in the line of duty dur­ing a mass shoot­ing by an anti-abortion extrem­ist in Novem­ber 2015 at a Planned Par­ent­hood clinic.

Unfor­tu­nately ide­o­log­i­cal extrem­ists con­tinue to add to the dan­gers faced by law enforce­ment. An untold num­ber of lives were saved due to the efforts of the law enforce­ment offi­cers who con­fronted the 76 extrem­ists involved in these 68 inci­dents. These offi­cers put them­selves into dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions in order to pro­tect and serve the com­mu­ni­ties in which they live.

 

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September 25, 2015 5

Ann Coulter Admiration Grows Among White Supremacists

Ann Coulter

Ann Coul­ter

When polit­i­cal pun­dit Ann Coul­ter made dis­parag­ing com­ments on Twit­ter claim­ing that pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates were pan­der­ing to the Jew­ish com­mu­nity and ques­tioned some can­di­dates’ focus on Israel dur­ing the CNN Repub­li­can debate on Sep­tem­ber 16, white suprema­cists and anti-Semites were glee­ful that she took on what they call “the Jew­ish ques­tion.” Extrem­ists believe that Coul­ter was expos­ing alleged “Jew­ish power” in this country.

This is not the first time that extrem­ists have lauded Coul­ter for her views. Extrem­ists have been talk­ing about Coul­ter for a num­ber of years on Storm­front, the largest white suprema­cist Inter­net forum.

While there are myr­iad opin­ions about Coul­ter, she has become increas­ingly pop­u­lar among extrem­ists who see her as a voice for white nation­al­ism or at least some­one who might influ­ence con­ser­v­a­tives to move toward white nation­al­ist views.

Coul­ter does not have any ties to the white suprema­cists who sup­port her but what she says on issues such as immi­gra­tion or demo­graph­ics often res­onates with them.

There are gen­er­ally three extrem­ist per­spec­tives about Coul­ter: 1) that she is actu­ally a white nation­al­ist who is bring­ing that cause to the wider pub­lic; 2) that she has some good points but should not be embraced because she doesn’t deal with the “Jew­ish ques­tion” (at least until the debate took place), and 3) that she is a neo­con­ser­v­a­tive who is not to be trusted.

Read the full report here.

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August 11, 2015 7

White Supremacists Relish “Cuckservative” Controversy

The polit­i­cal pun­ditry over the use of the con­tro­ver­sial term “cuck­ser­v­a­tive” may have died down this week but the white suprema­cists who orig­i­nally pop­u­lar­ized the word’s use are still quite pleased about get­ting credit for bring­ing the term into main­stream consciousness.

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Andrew Anglin, the white suprema­cist who runs the pop­u­lar neo-Nazi web­site Daily Stormer, claimed recently that “We have been given a gift with the res­onat­ing #cuck­ser­v­a­tive meme, and we must make cer­tain to milk it for all it’s worth.”

The neol­o­gism “cuck­ser­v­a­tive,” a com­bi­na­tion of “con­ser­v­a­tive” and “cuck­old,” is used by white suprema­cists to describe a white Chris­t­ian con­ser­v­a­tive who pro­motes the inter­ests of Jews and non-whites over those of whites.

For white suprema­cists, the term is explic­itly about race and iden­tity and essen­tially describes what other white suprema­cists might term “race trai­tors.”   Who first coined the term is not clear, but what is clear is that white suprema­cists became its first early adopters.

Many white suprema­cists using the term “cuck­ser­v­a­tive” are from the “alter­na­tive right” a term used by white suprema­cists to refer to rene­gade con­ser­v­a­tives who have adopted white suprema­cist view­points and have essen­tially removed them­selves from main­stream conservatism.

The term “cuck­ser­v­a­tive” likely got its start on social media. In June, some­one began using the Twit­ter han­dle “The Cuck­ser­v­a­tive” and post­ing racist and big­oted tweets but the term may have been in use ear­lier. On July 15, a blog­ger named Alfred W. Clark wrote about the term “#cuck­ser­v­a­tive” in a blog called Occam’s Razor and com­mented that it was spread­ing through­out the alter­na­tive right.

Richard Spencer, who founded the white suprema­cist jour­nal Radix and runs the National Pol­icy Insti­tute, a white suprema­cist “think tank,” re-posted the arti­cle in Radix on July 16. One week later, con­ser­v­a­tive Red State blog­ger Erick Erick­son tweeted that the term was “a slur against Chris­t­ian vot­ers coined by white supremacists.”

From there, polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tors from both the left and right began writ­ing about the term cuck­ser­v­a­tive and argu­ing that it had made its way into main­stream con­ser­vatism when it appears that few peo­ple other than white suprema­cists were using the term. Some com­men­ta­tors made ref­er­ence to Rush Lim­baugh using it on his talk show radio pro­gram on July 22 but Lim­baugh actu­ally did not men­tion the word cuck­ser­v­a­tive but used sim­i­lar lan­guage say­ing that Don­ald Trump was dif­fer­ent from “your aver­age, ordi­nary, cuck­olded Republican.” cuckservative MLK

White suprema­cists rou­tinely seek to insert their slogans—and ideas—into the main­stream, try­ing to find a wider audi­ence for their views. From their so-called “14 words” slo­gan (“We must secure the exis­tence of our peo­ple and a future for white chil­dren”) to white suprema­cist Bob Whitaker’s numer­ous racist pro­pa­ganda mantras (e.g., “Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white”), white suprema­cists have tried many times—generally with­out success—to have their ideas become part of the pub­lic con­ver­sa­tion. For them, accep­tance of cuck­ser­v­a­tive into main­stream dis­course seems a rare “victory.”

White suprema­cists hope that the pub­lic­ity sur­round­ing cuck­ser­v­a­tive may attract dis­af­fected whites, angry at or dis­sat­is­fied with pop­u­lar main­stream con­ser­v­a­tives, to their own rad­i­cally racist move­ment instead.

In recent weeks, a range of white suprema­cists have writ­ten about the impor­tance of the cuck­ser­v­a­tive meme to the racist right. Kevin Mac­Don­ald, a retired anti-Semitic pro­fes­sor and a leader in the white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Free­dom Party, wrote in his online jour­nal Occi­den­tal Observer that the cuck­ser­v­a­tive meme is “brash, witty” and “a new art form.” He added that the meme is “a great exam­ple of the new intel­lec­tual and moral con­fi­dence among white advo­cates,” and that its pop­u­lar­ity shows that “internet-savvy and socially adept Whites” are attracted to the white suprema­cist cause.

Greg John­son, who founded the white suprema­cist online jour­nal Counter-Currents, said in a recent arti­cle on that site that the “cuck­ser­v­a­tive con­tro­versy is an impor­tant oppor­tu­nity for White Nation­al­ists.” He adds that it was an oppor­tu­nity for white Amer­i­cans to real­ize that “whites are being demo­graph­i­cally dis­placed because of polit­i­cal policies.”

In an arti­cle in the white suprema­cist jour­nal Radix, Gre­gory Hood, a writer for a num­ber of white suprema­cist online pub­li­ca­tions, asserted that the cuck­ser­v­a­tive meme shows that the “alt.Right is ironic, sub­ver­sive and cyn­i­cal. It’s about turn­ing the tac­tics of the Left back on itself, decon­struct­ing the tropes and nar­ra­tives forced upon us.”

Spencer claimed that “#Cuck­ser­v­a­tive is, put sim­ply, impor­tant: it has got­ten under the skin of our ene­mies and has become a har­bin­ger for some­thing beyond con­ser­vatism. Thus, it is impor­tant that we get it right—and not allow the meme to be turned into just another syn­onym for ‘liberal.’”

The term “cuck­ser­v­a­tive” like most neol­o­gisms, prob­a­bly will have a lim­ited shelf-life, but white suprema­cists hope its usage will con­tinue far into the future.

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