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Portland Mayor Calls For Shutdown Of ‘Trump Free Speech,’ Anti-Muslim Rallies – Jefferson Public Radio

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has urged the federal government to revoke a permit for a “free speech” rally and to refuse a permit for an anti-Muslim march planned for Portland in early June.

Wheeler made the request in light of a gruesome stabbing on a MAX light-rail train Friday, May 26. Two men died and another was seriously injured when they intervened to defend two teenage girls from a man’s bigoted tirade.

In a series of posts on Twitter, Wheeler said the events should be canceled.

“Our City is mourning,” the mayor wrote, “our community’s anger is real, and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already difficult situation.”

The “Trump Free Speech Rally” is scheduled for Sunday, June 4. It’s billed on Facebook as an “uplifting experience to bring back strength and courage to those who believe in freedom.”

The rally is set to be held at the Terry D. Schrunk Plaza directly across from Portland City Hall. The site is managed by the U.S. General Services Administration, which issues permits for its use.

The other event is called the “March Against Sharia,” a nationwide anti-Muslim demonstration organized by ACT For America, which calls itself “the NRA of national security.” It is scheduled for June 10, also at Schrunk Plaza.

In addition to requesting action from the federal government, Wheeler said his office is reaching out to event coordinators to cancel the demonstrations.

“I urge them to ask their supporters to stay away from Portland,” Wheeler wrote. “There is never a place for bigotry or hatred in our community, and especially not now.”

It was not immediately clear whether permits have been issued for the demonstrations.

Wheeler said the city of Portland will not issue permits for either event.

Jeremy Joseph Christian, the man accused of murder in the MAX stabbings, attended a similar far-right rally on April 29 called a “March for Free Speech” in East Portland. Police confiscated a baseball bat Christian took to the rally. He frequently used the n-word and saluted Hitler.

Christian has posted offensive material and anti-Muslim rhetoric on social media, said Heidi Beirich, with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

This guy was definitely expressing anti-Semitic and pro-Hitler material, anti-Muslim rants as well, Beirich told OPB. We have sadly seen far too much violence from people who espouse these ideas.

Wheeler also called on other state and local agencies to back him up in this request.

“I am calling on every elected leader in Oregon, every legal agency, every level of law enforcement to stand with me in preventing another tragedy,” he said.

The ACLU of Oregon responded to the mayor’s statement, saying in a series of tweets the city cannot “shut down speech we disagree with.”

“The government cannot revoke or deny a permit based on the viewpoint of the demonstrators. Period,” the ACLU wrote. It continued, “If we allow the government to shut down speech for some, we all will pay the price down the line.”

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Portland Mayor Calls For Shutdown Of ‘Trump Free Speech,’ Anti-Muslim Rallies – OPB News

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler speaks with citizens at the Hollywoodvigil.

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has urgedthe federal government to revoke a permit fora free speech rally and to refuse a permit for an anti-Muslim march planned for Portland nextweek.

Wheeler made the request in light of a gruesome stabbing on a MAX light-rail train Friday, May 26. Two men died and another was seriously injured when they intervened to defend two teenage girls from a mans bigotedtirade.

In a series of posts on Twitter, Wheeler said the events should becanceled.

Our City is mourning, the mayor wrote, our communitys anger is real, and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already difficultsituation.

TheTrump Free Speech Rally is scheduled for Sunday, June 4. Its billed on Facebook as an uplifting experienceto bring back strength and courage to those who believe infreedom.

The rally is set to be held at the Terry D. Schrunk Plaza directly across from Portland City Hall. The site is managed by the U.S. General Services Administration, which issues permits for its use.

The other event is called the March Against Sharia, a nationwide anti-Muslim demonstration organized by ACT For America, which calls itself the NRA of national security. It is scheduled for June 10, also at SchrunkPlaza.

In addition to requesting action from the federal government, Wheeler said his office is reaching out to event coordinators to cancel thedemonstrations.

I urge them to ask their supporters to stay away from Portland, Wheeler wrote. There is never a place for bigotry orhatred in our community, and especially notnow.

It was not immediately clear whether permits have been issued for thedemonstrations.

Wheeler said the city of Portland will not issue permits for eitherevent.

Jeremy Joseph Christian, the man accused of murder in the MAX stabbings, attended a similar far-right rally on April 29 called a March for Free Speech in East Portland. Police confiscated a baseball bat Christian took to the rally. He frequently used the n-word and salutedHitler.

Christian has posted offensive material and anti-Muslim rhetoric on social media, said Heidi Beirich, with the Southern Poverty LawCenter.

This guy was definitely expressing anti-Semitic and pro-Hitler material, anti-Muslim rants as well, Beirich told OPB. We have sadly seen far too much violence from people who espouse theseideas.

Wheeler also called on other state and local agencies to back him up in thisrequest.

I am calling on every elected leader in Oregon, every legal agency, every level of law enforcement to stand with me in preventing another tragedy, hesaid.

The ACLU of Oregon responded to the mayors statement, saying in a series of tweets the city cannot shut down speech we disagreewith.

The government cannot revoke or deny a permit based on the viewpoint of the demonstrators. Period, the ACLUwrote. It continued, If we allow the government to shut down speech for some, we all will pay the price down theline.

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Corps condemns Marines’ behavior during rally – StarNewsOnline.com

Natalie Allison Janicello Times-News @natalie_allison

GRAHAM They drove hours from their homes in Eastern North Carolina, hiding out on a roof last weekend to play a mysterious part in a pro-Confederate demonstration in Alamance County.

No one seems to know what activist organization the two men represented, or what they ultimately hoped to accomplish with the unfurling of a vague banner over the side of downtown building.

Whats clear, though, is that both men arrested for trespassing May 20 during a Confederate rally in Grahams Court Square are active members of the U.S. Marine Corps and were displaying a banner with symbolism associated with modern white nationalist movements.

Though the USMC hasnt yet taken action in connection with the incident involving Michael Joseph Chesny, 35, of Havelock and Joseph Warner Manning, 32, of Jacksonville, the military branch has publicly come out against the cause for which the two men apparently stood.

Of course we condemn this type of behavior, Maj. Clark Carpenter said. We condemn any type of behavior that is not congruent with our values or that is illegal.

Carpenter described the pairs actions and potential involvement with questionable activist organizations as not representative of the rest of the Marine Corps, a group of some 185,000 individuals.

This is two Marines that behaved inappropriately, Carpenter said. Thats going to be investigated, and ultimately its an isolated incident.

The two men, charged with misdemeanor first-degree trespassing, were released the same day from the Alamance County jail on $1,500 bonds.

Court documents provide conflicting information on whether the bonds were secured or unsecured, and the sheriffs office previously said the two men were released on a written promise to appear in court.

According to public affairs representatives with Chesnys and Mannings respective units, the incident is still being investigated by military personnel, who are awaiting more information from local authorities in Alamance County.

Manning, a staff sergeant stationed at the Marine Corps Combat Engineer School at Camp Lejeune, is an instructor in the program, said Capt. Joshua Pena, a public affairs officer in the training and education command.

Manning joined the USMC in 2002, and has been a staff sergeant since 2014, earning a number of awards including a Purple Heart as well as good conduct, Afghanistan campaign and Iraq campaign medals.

Chesny is a sergeant stationed at Cherry Point Air Station, where he serves as an explosive ordnance technician. He enlisted in November 2007 and became a sergeant in May 2013, said Michael Barton, director of public affairs at Cherry Point.

Chesny has received three Marine Corps good conduct medals, as well as multiple medals related to his deployment in Afghanistan.

The arrests have generated quite a bit of attention among personnel inside the fence, a USMC representative told the Times-News.

‘He who controls the past controls the future’

Manning and Chesny are accused of climbing on top of 101 N. Main St., a building adjacent to the historic courthouse, prior to Alamance County Taking Back Alamance Countys Confederate Memorial Day rally.

They allegedly brought a ladder, which they pulled up behind them after reaching the top of the building.

Graham police Capt. Steve McGilvray told the Times-News the men explained to officers they were at the rally to film protesters with the Industrial Workers of the World to show they werent peaceful.

At one point during the rally, the men let down a banner that read, He who controls the past controls the future, a quote from George Orwells novel 1984, and also featuring an Identitarian symbol and YWNRU on the side.

The acronym stands for You will not replace us, the slogan chanted by demonstrators carrying torches May 13 in Charlottesville, Va., at a protest surrounding the removal of a Confederate monument and, according to its leader, in affirmation of being white.

Its also a slogan used recently by white nationalist activist group Identity Evropa, an online application for which asks candidates to confirm they are of European, non-Semitic heritage.

Though investigators with the sheriffs office and Graham Police Department said they are unsure of which organization Chesny and Manning were representing or whether they were with a particular group at all Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Centers Intelligence Project, said the black and yellow Identitarian symbol on the banner goes hand in hand with the YWNRU slogan.

Beirich, who oversees the SPLCs tracking of extremist activity across the United States, said the Identitarian movement, which originated in Europe in response the immigration of Muslims and people from the Middle East, has gained traction in the United States recently.

In the last year, weve seen this Identitarian thinking go across the Atlantic into the U.S., Beirich said, adding that the spread of Identitarian literature has picked up. Its in the last year that its gotten really aggressive.

Though in Europe the Identitarian focus is the idea that Muslims are coming and replacing historic populations and Christianity, Beirich said, the emphasis may be even wider in the United States.

In the U.S., the immigration that most white supremacists are concerned about they dont like Muslims, but theyre really concerned about immigration from Latin America, which they see as the browning of America and the takeover of our culture and a demographic threat, literally. The census says in 2040, whites will become a minority.

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For its part, ACTBAC, which organized and obtained a city permit for the Confederate rally, posted on its Facebook page this week that they were still unsure from what organization or cause Manning and Chesny came.

As Graham police officers pulled up the banner, ACTBAC members cheered because we assumed it was another IWW banner, the group wrote in a Facebook post about the incident. We thought by the wording it was 110% some anti-everything slogan, the post continues, alleging that ACTBAC members had tried researching the signs meaning but still can’t figure out what these guys were there to express.

Either way who ever they are, they are not us. If anyone comes to a event of ours and breaks the law and shows disrespect, you will be escorted out just like these fools wearing a new pair of bracelets.

And the scary part is, they are both Marines, ACTBAC posted.

According to an SPLC report, after the organization put pressure on the Pentagon and Congress related to findings that a number of white supremacists were joining the U.S. military to receive training ultimately to support their own causes, in November 2009, the Pentagon clarified its policy on the issue.

Though the earlier policy prohibited only active participation in extremist activity, new regulations say military personnel must not actively advocate supremacist doctrine, ideology or causes or otherwise advance efforts to deprive individuals of their civil rights. The new rules specified that active participation includes activities such as recruiting, fundraising, demonstrating or rallying, training, organizing and distributing supremacist material, including online posts, according to the SPLC Intelligence Report story.

When asked by the Times-News whether he was concerned with U.S. Marines taking part in such a demonstration last Saturday, U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, R-6th, issued a statement condemning the two mens cause in general.

The Scriptures state, Anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness, Walkers statement said. They do not know where they are going because the darkness has blinded them. This darkness is saturated in ignorance, denying that God has created every man, woman, boy and girl uniquely with exceptional skills and talent.

Some discriminatory action may be constitutional, but that message is an affront to our core value that all people are created equal.

Beirich said the SPLC regularly reports to the military members of the armed forces they come across who are affiliated with extremist groups.

They are taking action on things, Beirich said. I know that. We report the stuff, and they say thank you.

The SPLC is unsure how many military personnel have been disciplined or removed from the service after military investigations into extremist activity.

Beirich said the activity demonstrated by Chesny and Manning at the rally in Graham should warrant severe punishment by the Marine Corps.

Those people should be tossed from the military immediately, Beirich said. Thats outrageous, and its scary.

When reached by phone Friday, Manning thanked the Times-News for the opportunity to speak about the incident, but said he wasnt allowed to comment.

Chesny didnt immediately respond to a voice message seeking comment.

Pena, echoing other USMC representatives statements, said straying from the organizations tenets could result in consequences.

Anyone who is a member of the Marine Corps that demonstrates a lack of good order and discipline and a lack of respect of our core values of honor, courage and commitment will be looked at and investigated, Pena said. Action will be taken on an individual, if necessary, if there are any sorts of allegations that substantiate failure to adhere to those things.

We dont know the outcome right now for the current situation. Were waiting on details to come in.

Carpenter maintained that Chesny and Mannings behavior was an exception.

This is only newsworthy because these are Marines doing something we dont expect military to do, he said.

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Four Florida Teenagers Held Neo-Nazi Beliefs And Bomber Attack Material – T4

FBI investigators discovered crucial evidence pointing to prospects of white supremacist practices and bomber attacks; the evidence included bomb-making materials and a photo of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and they were found in Florida apartment where a teenager fatally shot his two roommates.

Devon Arthurs, who is an 18-year-old teenager, killed his two roommates who shared his extreme Nazi beliefs before he converts to Islam. The reason behind the tragic murder is that 22-year-old Jeremy Himmelman and 18-year-old Andrew Oneschuk gravely offended Arthurss new faith.

In addition, a fourth roommate, who is a member of the Florida National Guard, was found accused of allegedly possessing bomb-making materials.

Police began carrying out investigations after Arthurs held two customers and an employee captive and threatened them with a gun at a Tampa smoke shop.

Arthurs opened up about the rage that stung him due to the arbitrariness of the American policy towards Muslim countries in the Middle East.

While Arthurs was keeping the three victims hostage, Arthurs admitted to the police that he had killed two people, then, led them to the apartment where the four roommates shared.

Entering the apartment, policemen found the fourth roommate Brandon Russell who admitted that he held neo-Nazis beliefs and sad that he was part of a group called atomic weapon, which is called Atomwaffen in German.

Firstly, Russell claimed that he made the bombs three years ago when he joined in an engineering club at the University of South Florida and he made those substances to develop homemade rockets. However, the investigators looked into the materials and proved them too energetic and volatile for these types of uses.

Director of the Southern Poverty Law Centers Intelligence Project Heidi Beirich, said there were neo-Nazi fliers being distributed on college campuses, promoting these violent people and a long string of bombers and murderers. However, the centre has not investigated into the memberships till Fridays attack burst.

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Corps condemns Marines’ behavior – Burlington Times News

Natalie Allison Janicello Times-News @natalie_allison

They drove hours from their homes in Eastern North Carolina, hiding out on a roof last weekend to play a mysterious part in a pro-Confederate demonstration in Alamance County.

No one seems to know what activist organization the two men represented, or what they ultimately hoped to accomplish with the unfurling of a vague banner over the side of downtown building.

Whats clear, though, is that both men arrested for trespassing May 20 during a Confederate rally in Grahams Court Square are active members of the U.S. Marine Corps and were displaying a banner with symbolism associated with modern white nationalist movements.

Though the USMC hasnt yet taken action in connection with the incident involving Michael Joseph Chesny, 35, of Havelock and Joseph Warner Manning, 32, of Jacksonville, the military branch has publicly come out against the cause for which the two men apparently stood.

Of course we condemn this type of behavior, Maj. Clark Carpenter said. We condemn any type of behavior that is not congruent with our values or that is illegal.

Carpenter described the pairs actions and potential involvement with questionable activist organizations as not representative of the rest of the Marine Corps, a group of some 185,000 individuals.

This is two Marines that behaved inappropriately, Carpenter said. Thats going to be investigated, and ultimately its an isolated incident.

The two men, charged with misdemeanor first-degree trespassing, were releasedthe same dayfrom the Alamance County jail on $1,500 bonds.

Court documents provide conflicting information on whether the bonds were secured or unsecured, and the Sheriffs Office previously said the two men were released on a written promise to appear in court.

According to public affairs representatives with Chesnys and Mannings respective units, the incident is still being investigated by military personnel, who are awaiting more information from local authorities in Alamance County.

Manning, a staff sergeant stationed at the Marine Corps Combat Engineer School at Camp Lejeune, is an instructor in the program, said Capt. Joshua Pena, a public affairs officer in the training and education command.

Manning joined the USMC in 2002, and has been a staff sergeant since 2014, earning a number of awards including a Purple Heart as well as good conduct, Afghanistan campaign and Iraq campaign medals.

Chesny is a sergeant stationed at Cherry Point Air Station, where he serves as an explosive ordnance technician. He enlisted in November 2007 and became a sergeant in May 2013, said Michael Barton, director of public affairs at Cherry Point.

Chesny has received three Marine Corps good conduct medals, as well as multiple medals related to his deployment in Afghanistan.

The arrests have generated quite a bit of attention among personnel inside the fence, a USMC representative told the Times-News.

MANNING AND CHESNY are accused of climbing on top of 101 N. Main St., a building adjacent to the historic courthouse, prior to Alamance County Taking Back Alamance Countys Confederate Memorial Day rally.

They allegedly brought a ladder, which they pulled up behind them after reaching the top of the building.

Graham police Capt. Steve McGilvray told the Times-News the men explained to officers they were at the rally to film protesters with the Industrial Workers of the World to show they werent peaceful.

At one point during the rally, the men let down a banner that read, He who controls the past controls the future, a quote from George Orwells novel 1984, and also featuring an Identitarian symbol and YWNRU on the side.

The acronym stands for You will not replace us, the slogan chanted by demonstrators carrying torches May 13 in Charlottesville, Va., at a protest surrounding the removal of a Confederate monument and, according to its leader, in affirmation of being white.

Its also a slogan used recently by white nationalist activist group Identity Evropa, an online application which asks candidates to confirm they are of European, non-Semitic heritage.

Though investigators with the sheriffs office and Graham Police Department said they are unsure of which organization Chesny and Manning were representing or whether they were with a particular group at all Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Centers Intelligence Project, said the black and yellow Identitarian symbol on the banner goes hand in hand with the YWNRU slogan.

Beirich, who oversees the SPLCs tracking of extremist activity across the United States, said the Identitarian movement, which originated in Europe in response the immigration of Muslims and people from the Middle East, has gained traction in the United States recently.

In the last year, weve seen this Identitarian thinking go across the Atlantic into the U.S., Beirich said, adding that the spread of Identitarian literature has picked up. Its in the last year that its gotten really aggressive.

Though in Europe the Identitarian focus is the idea that Muslims are coming and replacing historic populations and Christianity, Beirich said, the emphasis may be even wider in the United States.

In the U.S., the immigration that most white supremacists are concerned about they dont like Muslims, but theyre really concerned about immigration from Latin America, which they see as the browning of America and the takeover of our culture and a demographic threat, literally. The census says in 2040, whites will become a minority.

FOR ITS PART, ACTBAC, which organized and obtained a city permit for the Confederate rally, posted on its Facebook page this week that they were still unsure from what organization or cause Manning and Chesny came.

As Graham police officers pulled up the banner, ACTBAC members cheered because we assumed it was another IWW banner, the group wrote in a Facebook post about the incident. We thought by the wording it was 110% some anti-everything slogan, the post continues, alleging that ACTBAC members had tried researching the signs meaning but still can’t figure out what these guys were there to express.

Either way who ever they are, they are not us. If anyone comes to a event of ours and breaks the law and shows disrespect, you will be escorted out just like these fools wearing a new pair of bracelets.

And the scary part is, they are both Marines, ACTBAC posted.

According to a SPLC report, after the organization put pressure on the Pentagon and Congress related to findings that a number of white supremacists were joining the U.S. military to receive training ultimately to support their own causes, in November 2009, the Pentagon clarified its policy on the issue.

Though the earlier policy prohibited onlyactive participation in extremist activity, new regulationssay military personnel must not actively advocate supremacist doctrine, ideology or causes” or “otherwise advance efforts to deprive individuals of their civil rights.” The new rules specified that active participation includes activities such as recruiting, fundraising, demonstrating or rallying, training, organizing and distributing supremacist material, including online posts, according to the SPLC Intelligence Report story.

When asked by the Times-News whether he was concerned with U.S. Marines taking part in such a demonstration last Saturday, U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, R-6th, issued a statement condemning the two mens cause in general.

The Scriptures state, Anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness, Walkers statement said. They do not know where they are going because the darkness has blinded them. This darkness is saturated in ignorance, denying that God has created every man, woman, boy and girl uniquely with exceptional skills and talent.

Some discriminatory action may be constitutional, but that message is an affront to our core value that all people are created equal.

Beirich said the SPLC regularly reports to the military members of the armed forces they come across who are affiliated with extremist groups.

They are taking action on things, Beirich said. I know that. We report the stuff, and they say thank you.

The SPLC is unsure how many military personnel have been disciplined or removed from the serviceafter military investigations into extremist activity.

Beirich said the activity demonstrated by Chesny and Manning at the rally in Graham should warrant severe punishment by the Marine Corps.

Those people should be tossed from the military immediately, Beirich said. Thats outrageous, and its scary.

WHEN REACHED BY PHONE Friday, Manning thanked the Times-News for the opportunity to speak about the incident, but said he wasnt allowed to comment.

Chesny didnt immediately respond to a voice message seeking comment.

Pena, echoing other USMC representatives statements, said straying from the organizations tenets could result in consequences.

Anyone who is a member of the Marine Corps that demonstrates a lack of good order and discipline and a lack of respect of our core values of honor, courage and commitment will be looked at and investigated, Pena said. Action will be taken on an individual, if necessary, if there are any sorts of allegations that substantiate failure to adhere to those things.

We dont know the outcome right now for the current situation. Were waiting on details to come in.

Carpenter maintained that Chesny and Mannings behavior was an exception.

This is only newsworthy because these are Marines doing something we dont expect military to do, he said.

Reporter Natalie Allison Janicello can be reached at nallison@thetimesnews.com or 336-506-3078. Follow her on Twitter at @natalie_allison.

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Nazi items, explosives in apartment where 2 Mass. men found dead – Worcester Telegram

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Investigators found white supremacist propaganda, bomb-making materials and a framed photograph of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh at a Florida apartment where a teenager killed two Massachusetts men who had once shared his neo-Nazi beliefs before he converted to Islam, police and the FBI said.

Devon Arthurs, 18, led police to the two bodies inside his Tampa apartment last Friday, saying he killed them after they showed disrespect for his new faith, according to police and FBI reports released Monday.

A fourth roommate, a member of the Florida National Guard, was arrested on charges related to the alleged discovery of bomb-making materials.

The investigation began unfolding Friday, when Arthurs held two customers and an employee hostage at gunpoint at a Tampa smoke shop, police said.

Arthurs said he converted to Islam and was upset about American bombings in Muslim countries, among other issues, according to a Tampa police report. He is being charged with two counts of first-degree murder and other charges, and court records did not list an attorney for him.

Officers talked Arthurs into letting the hostages go and dropping his weapon, and took him into custody, according to officials. Police said Arthurs started talking about killing two people, and then he directed them to a condominium complex where the four roommates shared an apartment.

When they arrived at the apartment the fourth roommate, Brandon Russell, was crying and standing outside the apartment’s front door in his military uniform. He had just finished duty with the Florida National Guard.

Inside lay the bodies of 22-year-old Jeremy Himmelman, reportedly of Walpole, Mass., and 18-year-old Andrew Oneschuk, a Wakefield man who planned to stay in Florida for a while. Both had been shot.

Investigators also found a cooler filled with bomb-making material, two radioactive substances and the Nazi propaganda, according to the FBI. Federal agents arrested Russell, 21, on Saturday on charges related to the explosives.

The FBI said Russell “admitted to his neo-Nazi beliefs” and said he was a member of a group called Atomwaffen, which is German for “atomic weapon.”

At first, Russell told agents he kept the explosives from his days in an engineering club at the University of South Florida in 2013, and that he used the substances to boost homemade rockets. The agents wrote that the substance found was “too energetic and volatile for these types of uses.”

Russell has been charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device and unlawful storage of explosive material. Court records did not list an attorney for him.

Andrew Auernheimer, a notorious computer hacker and internet troll, wrote a post about the killings for The Daily Stormer, a leading neo-Nazi website.

Auernheimer, known online as “weev,” said in Sunday’s post that he knew the shooting suspect and both of the shooting victims. He said he banned Arthurs from The Daily Stormer’s Discord server, an online forum, for posting “Muslim terrorist propaganda” earlier this year.

“He came in to convert people to Islam,” Auernheimer said during a telephone interview Monday. “It didn’t work out very well for him.”

Auernheimer described Himmelman and Oneschuk as “friends of friends” and said they belonged to the Atomwaffen group.

“Atomwaffen are a bunch of good dudes. They’ve posted tons of fliers with absolutely killer graphics at tons of universities over the years. They generally have a lot of fun and party,” he wrote.

Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, said the law center had seen recent news reports on Atomwaffen members posting neo-Nazi fliers on college campuses. But the SPLC hadn’t examined the group’s membership or the “ins and outs” of the organization before Friday’s shooting.

“Once again, we see how violent these people are,” she said. “In the neo-Nazi movement, we’ve seen a long string of bombers and murderers.”

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FLORIDA: Walpole natives shot, police uncover neo-Nazi items – Wicked Local Walpole

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Editor’s note: Information from television partner WCVB was added to this report. Find their ongoing coverage here: http://bit.ly/2rUPw7B.

Investigators found white supremacist propaganda, bomb-making materials and a framed photograph of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh at a Florida apartment where a teenager killed two roommates who had once shared his neo-Nazi beliefs before he converted to Islam, police and the FBI said.

Devon Arthurs, 18, led police to the two bodies inside his Tampa apartment last Friday, saying he killed them after they showed disrespect for his new faith, according to police and FBI reports released Monday.

A fourth roommate, a member of the Florida National Guard, was arrested on charges related to the alleged discovery of bomb-making materials.

The investigation began unfolding Friday, when Arthurs held two customers and an employee hostage at gunpoint at a Tampa smoke shop, police said.

Arthurs said he converted to Islam and was upset about American bombings in Muslim countries, among other issues, according to a Tampa police report. He is being charged with two counts of first-degree murder and other charges, and court records did not list an attorney for him.

Officers talked Arthurs into letting the hostages go and dropping his weapon, and took him into custody, according to officials. Police said Arthurs started talking about killing two people, and then he directed them to a condominium complex where the four roommates shared an apartment.

When they arrived at the apartment the fourth roommate, Brandon Russell, was crying and standing outside the apartment’s front door in his military uniform. He had just finished duty with the Florida National Guard.

Inside lay the bodies of 22-year-old Jeremy Himmelman and 18-year-old Andrew Oneschuk. Both had been shot. According to television station WCVB, both Himmelman and Oneschuk are from Walpole.

Investigators also found a cooler filled with bomb-making material, two radioactive substances and the Nazi propaganda, according to the FBI. Federal agents arrested Russell, 21, on Saturday on charges related to the explosives.

The FBI said Russell “admitted to his neo-Nazi beliefs” and said he was a member of a group called Atomwaffen, which is German for “atomic weapon.”

At first, Russell told agents he kept the explosives from his days in an engineering club at the University of South Florida in 2013, and that he used the substances to boost homemade rockets. The agents wrote that the substance found was “too energetic and volatile for these types of uses.”

Russell has been charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device and unlawful storage of explosive material. Court records did not list an attorney for him.

Andrew Auernheimer, a notorious computer hacker and internet troll, wrote a post about the killings for The Daily Stormer, a leading neo-Nazi website.

Auernheimer, known online as “weev,” said in Sunday’s post that he knew the shooting suspect and both of the shooting victims. He said he banned Arthurs from The Daily Stormer’s Discord server, an online forum, for posting “Muslim terrorist propaganda” earlier this year.

“He came in to convert people to Islam,” Auernheimer said during a telephone interview Monday. “It didn’t work out very well for him.”

Auernheimer described Himmelman and Oneschuk as “friends of friends” and said they belonged to the Atomwaffen group.

“Atomwaffen are a bunch of good dudes. They’ve posted tons of fliers with absolutely killer graphics at tons of universities over the years. They generally have a lot of fun and party,” he wrote.

Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, said the law center had seen recent news reports on Atomwaffen members posting neo-Nazi fliers on college campuses. But the SPLC hadn’t examined the group’s membership or the “ins and outs” of the organization before Friday’s shooting.

“Once again, we see how violent these people are,” she said. “In the neo-Nazi movement, we’ve seen a long string of bombers and murderers.”

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Slain Maryland student gets degree on graduation day – St. Louis American

CNN) — Today should have been the day Richard Collins III walked across a stage in a cap and gown.

Instead, his gown lay draped over a chair in the front row at Bowie State University’s commencement ceremony.

Collins was three days away from graduating when he was stabbed to death at a bus stop while visiting friends at the University of Maryland.

The FBI is investigating whether Collins was killed in a hate crime. Police said the suspect was a member of a Facebook group that spewed hatred toward minorities.

But what the suspect didn’t know was that Collins had just been commissioned as a US Army lieutenant two days earlier. That he had served in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and planned to keep serving his country after graduation, his father told NBC News.

The young man “would go out of his way, sometimes to my chagrin, to go and help others — but you want to try to encourage that in your children,” Richard Collins Jr. said.

But now, “the parent’s worst nightmare has just reached my doorstep.”

Celebration and mourning

Incidentally, Tuesday’s Bowie State graduation ceremony took place on the University of Maryland’s campus.

As the Class of 2017 streamed in, their faces alternated from joyous to somber.

Collins’ relatives sat in the front row, near the gown he should have been wearing.

“We gather this morning with heavy hearts,” Bowie State University President Dr. Mickey L. Burnim said.

“One of our graduates, in the prime of his life, has fallen victim to an unprovoked assault in yet one more manifestation of the senseless violence permeating our society.”

The president called for a moment of silence and asked the graduates to contemplate “what each of us might do to promote greater peace, harmony and love that seems to be so lacking in our country, in our world today.”

Collins was later posthumously awarded his bachelor’s degree. His family accepted his diploma for him.

Bizarre commands end in stabbing

Around 3 a.m. Saturday, Collins and his friends were standing at a bus stop waiting for an Uber when suspect Sean Christopher Urbanski approached them, police said.

Witnesses reported Urbanski yelling bizarre commands at Collins, University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell said.

“He said to the victim, ‘Step left, step left if you know what’s good for you,'” the witnesses said, according to the police chief.

“The victim looked at him puzzled with the other friends of his and said ‘No,'” Mitchell said. “It was then that (the suspect) stabbed the victim in his chest.”

Urbanski has been charged with first- and second-degree murder as well as first-degree assault. His attorney, William C. Brennan Jr., said at a bond hearing Monday that his client was intoxicated at the time.

But Maryland District Judge Patrice E. Lewis denied bond for Urbanski, calling him “an absolute danger to the community.”

‘Alt-Reich’ group now offline

The police chief said Urbanski was a member of the “Alt-Reich” Facebook group.

“When I looked at the information that’s contained on that website … it’s despicable,” Mitchell said.

“It shows extreme bias against women, Latinos, members of the Jewish faith and especially African-Americans, which brings up questions as to the motive of this case.”

The Facebook page has since been taken offline.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate crimes and hate groups, said it had not heard of “Alt-Reich” before the Maryland killing.

In recent months, there has been a jump in racist groups naming themselves variations of the term “alt-right,” said Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project.

Maryland State Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks said authorities “need something probably more than just a Facebook posting” for the killing to be considered a hate crime.

While investigators try to determine whether Urbanski should be charged with a hate crime, one fact is already apparent, the prosecutor said: Collins was “a person who represented in every way possible the very best of this community.”

“He was already a person who had accomplished so much,” she said, “more than many of us will accomplish in a whole lifetime.”

— CNN’s Lauren del Valle, Aileen Graef and Darran Simon contributed to this report.

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Police find Nazi items, explosives during murder probe – Albany Times Union

Police find Nazi items, explosives during murder probe

Investigators found white supremacist propaganda, bomb-making materials and a framed photograph of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh at a Florida apartment where a teenager killed two roommates who had once shared his neo-Nazi beliefs before he converted to Islam, police and the FBI said.

Devon Arthurs, 18, led police to the two bodies inside his Tampa apartment last Friday, saying he killed them after they showed disrespect for his new faith, according to police and FBI reports released Monday.

A fourth roommate, a member of the Florida National Guard, was arrested on charges related to the alleged discovery of bomb-making materials.

The investigation began unfolding Friday, when Arthurs held two customers and an employee hostage at gunpoint at a Tampa smoke shop, police said.

Arthurs said he converted to Islam and was upset about American bombings in Muslim countries, among other issues, according to a Tampa police report. He is being charged with two counts of first-degree murder and other charges, and court records did not list an attorney for him.

Officers talked Arthurs into letting the hostages go and dropping his weapon, and took him into custody, according to officials. Police said Arthurs started talking about killing two people, and then he directed them to a condominium complex where the four roommates shared an apartment.

When they arrived at the apartment the fourth roommate, Brandon Russell, was crying and standing outside the apartment’s front door in his military uniform. He had just finished duty with the Florida National Guard.

Inside lay the bodies of 22-year-old Jeremy Himmelman and 18-year-old Andrew Oneschuk. Both had been shot.

Investigators also found a cooler filled with bomb-making material, two radioactive substances and the Nazi propaganda, according to the FBI. Federal agents arrested Russell, 21, on Saturday on charges related to the explosives.

The FBI said Russell “admitted to his neo-Nazi beliefs” and said he was a member of a group called Atomwaffen, which is German for “atomic weapon.”

At first, Russell told agents he kept the explosives from his days in an engineering club at the University of South Florida in 2013, and that he used the substances to boost homemade rockets. The agents wrote that the substance found was “too energetic and volatile for these types of uses.”

Russell has been charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device and unlawful storage of explosive material. Court records did not list an attorney for him.

Andrew Auernheimer, a notorious computer hacker and internet troll, wrote a post about the killings for The Daily Stormer, a leading neo-Nazi website.

Auernheimer, known online as “weev,” said in Sunday’s post that he knew the shooting suspect and both of the shooting victims. He said he banned Arthurs from The Daily Stormer’s Discord server, an online forum, for posting “Muslim terrorist propaganda” earlier this year.

“He came in to convert people to Islam,” Auernheimer said during a telephone interview Monday. “It didn’t work out very well for him.”

Auernheimer described Himmelman and Oneschuk as “friends of friends” and said they belonged to the Atomwaffen group.

“Atomwaffen are a bunch of good dudes. They’ve posted tons of fliers with absolutely killer graphics at tons of universities over the years. They generally have a lot of fun and party,” he wrote.

Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, said the law center had seen recent news reports on Atomwaffen members posting neo-Nazi fliers on college campuses. But the SPLC hadn’t examined the group’s membership or the “ins and outs” of the organization before Friday’s shooting.

“Once again, we see how violent these people are,” she said. “In the neo-Nazi movement, we’ve seen a long string of bombers and murderers.”

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Portland Mayor Calls For Shutdown Of ‘Trump Free Speech,’ Anti-Muslim Rallies – Jefferson Public Radio

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has urged the federal government to revoke a permit for a “free speech” rally and to refuse a permit for an anti-Muslim march planned for Portland in early June. Wheeler made the request in light of a gruesome stabbing on a MAX light-rail train Friday, May 26. Two men died and another was seriously injured when they intervened to defend two teenage girls from a man’s bigoted tirade. In a series of posts on Twitter, Wheeler said the events should be canceled. “Our City is mourning,” the mayor wrote, “our community’s anger is real, and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already difficult situation.” The “Trump Free Speech Rally” is scheduled for Sunday, June 4. It’s billed on Facebook as an “uplifting experience to bring back strength and courage to those who believe in freedom.” The rally is set to be held at the Terry D. Schrunk Plaza directly across from Portland City Hall. The site is managed by the U.S. General Services Administration, which issues permits for its use. The other event is called the “March Against Sharia,” a nationwide anti-Muslim demonstration organized by ACT For America, which calls itself “the NRA of national security.” It is scheduled for June 10, also at Schrunk Plaza. In addition to requesting action from the federal government, Wheeler said his office is reaching out to event coordinators to cancel the demonstrations. “I urge them to ask their supporters to stay away from Portland,” Wheeler wrote. “There is never a place for bigotry or hatred in our community, and especially not now.” It was not immediately clear whether permits have been issued for the demonstrations. Wheeler said the city of Portland will not issue permits for either event. Jeremy Joseph Christian, the man accused of murder in the MAX stabbings, attended a similar far-right rally on April 29 called a “March for Free Speech” in East Portland. Police confiscated a baseball bat Christian took to the rally. He frequently used the n-word and saluted Hitler. Christian has posted offensive material and anti-Muslim rhetoric on social media, said Heidi Beirich, with the Southern Poverty Law Center. This guy was definitely expressing anti-Semitic and pro-Hitler material, anti-Muslim rants as well, Beirich told OPB. We have sadly seen far too much violence from people who espouse these ideas. Wheeler also called on other state and local agencies to back him up in this request. “I am calling on every elected leader in Oregon, every legal agency, every level of law enforcement to stand with me in preventing another tragedy,” he said. The ACLU of Oregon responded to the mayor’s statement, saying in a series of tweets the city cannot “shut down speech we disagree with.” “The government cannot revoke or deny a permit based on the viewpoint of the demonstrators. Period,” the ACLU wrote. It continued, “If we allow the government to shut down speech for some, we all will pay the price down the line.”

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler speaks with citizens at the Hollywoodvigil. Bradley W.Parks/OPB Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has urgedthe federal government to revoke a permit fora free speech rally and to refuse a permit for an anti-Muslim march planned for Portland nextweek. Wheeler made the request in light of a gruesome stabbing on a MAX light-rail train Friday, May 26. Two men died and another was seriously injured when they intervened to defend two teenage girls from a mans bigotedtirade. In a series of posts on Twitter, Wheeler said the events should becanceled. Our City is mourning, the mayor wrote, our communitys anger is real, and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already difficultsituation. TheTrump Free Speech Rally is scheduled for Sunday, June 4. Its billed on Facebook as an uplifting experienceto bring back strength and courage to those who believe infreedom. The rally is set to be held at the Terry D. Schrunk Plaza directly across from Portland City Hall. The site is managed by the U.S. General Services Administration, which issues permits for its use. The other event is called the March Against Sharia, a nationwide anti-Muslim demonstration organized by ACT For America, which calls itself the NRA of national security. It is scheduled for June 10, also at SchrunkPlaza. In addition to requesting action from the federal government, Wheeler said his office is reaching out to event coordinators to cancel thedemonstrations. I urge them to ask their supporters to stay away from Portland, Wheeler wrote. There is never a place for bigotry orhatred in our community, and especially notnow. It was not immediately clear whether permits have been issued for thedemonstrations. Wheeler said the city of Portland will not issue permits for eitherevent. Jeremy Joseph Christian, the man accused of murder in the MAX stabbings, attended a similar far-right rally on April 29 called a March for Free Speech in East Portland. Police confiscated a baseball bat Christian took to the rally. He frequently used the n-word and salutedHitler. Christian has posted offensive material and anti-Muslim rhetoric on social media, said Heidi Beirich, with the Southern Poverty LawCenter. This guy was definitely expressing anti-Semitic and pro-Hitler material, anti-Muslim rants as well, Beirich told OPB. We have sadly seen far too much violence from people who espouse theseideas. Wheeler also called on other state and local agencies to back him up in thisrequest. I am calling on every elected leader in Oregon, every legal agency, every level of law enforcement to stand with me in preventing another tragedy, hesaid. The ACLU of Oregon responded to the mayors statement, saying in a series of tweets the city cannot shut down speech we disagreewith. The government cannot revoke or deny a permit based on the viewpoint of the demonstrators. Period, the ACLUwrote. It continued, If we allow the government to shut down speech for some, we all will pay the price down theline.

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Corps condemns Marines’ behavior during rally – StarNewsOnline.com

Natalie Allison Janicello Times-News @natalie_allison GRAHAM They drove hours from their homes in Eastern North Carolina, hiding out on a roof last weekend to play a mysterious part in a pro-Confederate demonstration in Alamance County. No one seems to know what activist organization the two men represented, or what they ultimately hoped to accomplish with the unfurling of a vague banner over the side of downtown building. Whats clear, though, is that both men arrested for trespassing May 20 during a Confederate rally in Grahams Court Square are active members of the U.S. Marine Corps and were displaying a banner with symbolism associated with modern white nationalist movements. Though the USMC hasnt yet taken action in connection with the incident involving Michael Joseph Chesny, 35, of Havelock and Joseph Warner Manning, 32, of Jacksonville, the military branch has publicly come out against the cause for which the two men apparently stood. Of course we condemn this type of behavior, Maj. Clark Carpenter said. We condemn any type of behavior that is not congruent with our values or that is illegal. Carpenter described the pairs actions and potential involvement with questionable activist organizations as not representative of the rest of the Marine Corps, a group of some 185,000 individuals. This is two Marines that behaved inappropriately, Carpenter said. Thats going to be investigated, and ultimately its an isolated incident. The two men, charged with misdemeanor first-degree trespassing, were released the same day from the Alamance County jail on $1,500 bonds. Court documents provide conflicting information on whether the bonds were secured or unsecured, and the sheriffs office previously said the two men were released on a written promise to appear in court. According to public affairs representatives with Chesnys and Mannings respective units, the incident is still being investigated by military personnel, who are awaiting more information from local authorities in Alamance County. Manning, a staff sergeant stationed at the Marine Corps Combat Engineer School at Camp Lejeune, is an instructor in the program, said Capt. Joshua Pena, a public affairs officer in the training and education command. Manning joined the USMC in 2002, and has been a staff sergeant since 2014, earning a number of awards including a Purple Heart as well as good conduct, Afghanistan campaign and Iraq campaign medals. Chesny is a sergeant stationed at Cherry Point Air Station, where he serves as an explosive ordnance technician. He enlisted in November 2007 and became a sergeant in May 2013, said Michael Barton, director of public affairs at Cherry Point. Chesny has received three Marine Corps good conduct medals, as well as multiple medals related to his deployment in Afghanistan. The arrests have generated quite a bit of attention among personnel inside the fence, a USMC representative told the Times-News. ‘He who controls the past controls the future’ Manning and Chesny are accused of climbing on top of 101 N. Main St., a building adjacent to the historic courthouse, prior to Alamance County Taking Back Alamance Countys Confederate Memorial Day rally. They allegedly brought a ladder, which they pulled up behind them after reaching the top of the building. Graham police Capt. Steve McGilvray told the Times-News the men explained to officers they were at the rally to film protesters with the Industrial Workers of the World to show they werent peaceful. At one point during the rally, the men let down a banner that read, He who controls the past controls the future, a quote from George Orwells novel 1984, and also featuring an Identitarian symbol and YWNRU on the side. The acronym stands for You will not replace us, the slogan chanted by demonstrators carrying torches May 13 in Charlottesville, Va., at a protest surrounding the removal of a Confederate monument and, according to its leader, in affirmation of being white. Its also a slogan used recently by white nationalist activist group Identity Evropa, an online application for which asks candidates to confirm they are of European, non-Semitic heritage. Though investigators with the sheriffs office and Graham Police Department said they are unsure of which organization Chesny and Manning were representing or whether they were with a particular group at all Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Centers Intelligence Project, said the black and yellow Identitarian symbol on the banner goes hand in hand with the YWNRU slogan. Beirich, who oversees the SPLCs tracking of extremist activity across the United States, said the Identitarian movement, which originated in Europe in response the immigration of Muslims and people from the Middle East, has gained traction in the United States recently. In the last year, weve seen this Identitarian thinking go across the Atlantic into the U.S., Beirich said, adding that the spread of Identitarian literature has picked up. Its in the last year that its gotten really aggressive. Though in Europe the Identitarian focus is the idea that Muslims are coming and replacing historic populations and Christianity, Beirich said, the emphasis may be even wider in the United States. In the U.S., the immigration that most white supremacists are concerned about they dont like Muslims, but theyre really concerned about immigration from Latin America, which they see as the browning of America and the takeover of our culture and a demographic threat, literally. The census says in 2040, whites will become a minority. Affiliation unknown For its part, ACTBAC, which organized and obtained a city permit for the Confederate rally, posted on its Facebook page this week that they were still unsure from what organization or cause Manning and Chesny came. As Graham police officers pulled up the banner, ACTBAC members cheered because we assumed it was another IWW banner, the group wrote in a Facebook post about the incident. We thought by the wording it was 110% some anti-everything slogan, the post continues, alleging that ACTBAC members had tried researching the signs meaning but still can’t figure out what these guys were there to express. Either way who ever they are, they are not us. If anyone comes to a event of ours and breaks the law and shows disrespect, you will be escorted out just like these fools wearing a new pair of bracelets. And the scary part is, they are both Marines, ACTBAC posted. According to an SPLC report, after the organization put pressure on the Pentagon and Congress related to findings that a number of white supremacists were joining the U.S. military to receive training ultimately to support their own causes, in November 2009, the Pentagon clarified its policy on the issue. Though the earlier policy prohibited only active participation in extremist activity, new regulations say military personnel must not actively advocate supremacist doctrine, ideology or causes or otherwise advance efforts to deprive individuals of their civil rights. The new rules specified that active participation includes activities such as recruiting, fundraising, demonstrating or rallying, training, organizing and distributing supremacist material, including online posts, according to the SPLC Intelligence Report story. When asked by the Times-News whether he was concerned with U.S. Marines taking part in such a demonstration last Saturday, U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, R-6th, issued a statement condemning the two mens cause in general. The Scriptures state, Anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness, Walkers statement said. They do not know where they are going because the darkness has blinded them. This darkness is saturated in ignorance, denying that God has created every man, woman, boy and girl uniquely with exceptional skills and talent. Some discriminatory action may be constitutional, but that message is an affront to our core value that all people are created equal. Beirich said the SPLC regularly reports to the military members of the armed forces they come across who are affiliated with extremist groups. They are taking action on things, Beirich said. I know that. We report the stuff, and they say thank you. The SPLC is unsure how many military personnel have been disciplined or removed from the service after military investigations into extremist activity. Beirich said the activity demonstrated by Chesny and Manning at the rally in Graham should warrant severe punishment by the Marine Corps. Those people should be tossed from the military immediately, Beirich said. Thats outrageous, and its scary. When reached by phone Friday, Manning thanked the Times-News for the opportunity to speak about the incident, but said he wasnt allowed to comment. Chesny didnt immediately respond to a voice message seeking comment. Pena, echoing other USMC representatives statements, said straying from the organizations tenets could result in consequences. Anyone who is a member of the Marine Corps that demonstrates a lack of good order and discipline and a lack of respect of our core values of honor, courage and commitment will be looked at and investigated, Pena said. Action will be taken on an individual, if necessary, if there are any sorts of allegations that substantiate failure to adhere to those things. We dont know the outcome right now for the current situation. Were waiting on details to come in. Carpenter maintained that Chesny and Mannings behavior was an exception. This is only newsworthy because these are Marines doing something we dont expect military to do, he said.

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Four Florida Teenagers Held Neo-Nazi Beliefs And Bomber Attack Material – T4

FBI investigators discovered crucial evidence pointing to prospects of white supremacist practices and bomber attacks; the evidence included bomb-making materials and a photo of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and they were found in Florida apartment where a teenager fatally shot his two roommates. Devon Arthurs, who is an 18-year-old teenager, killed his two roommates who shared his extreme Nazi beliefs before he converts to Islam. The reason behind the tragic murder is that 22-year-old Jeremy Himmelman and 18-year-old Andrew Oneschuk gravely offended Arthurss new faith. In addition, a fourth roommate, who is a member of the Florida National Guard, was found accused of allegedly possessing bomb-making materials. Police began carrying out investigations after Arthurs held two customers and an employee captive and threatened them with a gun at a Tampa smoke shop. Arthurs opened up about the rage that stung him due to the arbitrariness of the American policy towards Muslim countries in the Middle East. While Arthurs was keeping the three victims hostage, Arthurs admitted to the police that he had killed two people, then, led them to the apartment where the four roommates shared. Entering the apartment, policemen found the fourth roommate Brandon Russell who admitted that he held neo-Nazis beliefs and sad that he was part of a group called atomic weapon, which is called Atomwaffen in German. Firstly, Russell claimed that he made the bombs three years ago when he joined in an engineering club at the University of South Florida and he made those substances to develop homemade rockets. However, the investigators looked into the materials and proved them too energetic and volatile for these types of uses. Director of the Southern Poverty Law Centers Intelligence Project Heidi Beirich, said there were neo-Nazi fliers being distributed on college campuses, promoting these violent people and a long string of bombers and murderers. However, the centre has not investigated into the memberships till Fridays attack burst.

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Corps condemns Marines’ behavior – Burlington Times News

Natalie Allison Janicello Times-News @natalie_allison They drove hours from their homes in Eastern North Carolina, hiding out on a roof last weekend to play a mysterious part in a pro-Confederate demonstration in Alamance County. No one seems to know what activist organization the two men represented, or what they ultimately hoped to accomplish with the unfurling of a vague banner over the side of downtown building. Whats clear, though, is that both men arrested for trespassing May 20 during a Confederate rally in Grahams Court Square are active members of the U.S. Marine Corps and were displaying a banner with symbolism associated with modern white nationalist movements. Though the USMC hasnt yet taken action in connection with the incident involving Michael Joseph Chesny, 35, of Havelock and Joseph Warner Manning, 32, of Jacksonville, the military branch has publicly come out against the cause for which the two men apparently stood. Of course we condemn this type of behavior, Maj. Clark Carpenter said. We condemn any type of behavior that is not congruent with our values or that is illegal. Carpenter described the pairs actions and potential involvement with questionable activist organizations as not representative of the rest of the Marine Corps, a group of some 185,000 individuals. This is two Marines that behaved inappropriately, Carpenter said. Thats going to be investigated, and ultimately its an isolated incident. The two men, charged with misdemeanor first-degree trespassing, were releasedthe same dayfrom the Alamance County jail on $1,500 bonds. Court documents provide conflicting information on whether the bonds were secured or unsecured, and the Sheriffs Office previously said the two men were released on a written promise to appear in court. According to public affairs representatives with Chesnys and Mannings respective units, the incident is still being investigated by military personnel, who are awaiting more information from local authorities in Alamance County. Manning, a staff sergeant stationed at the Marine Corps Combat Engineer School at Camp Lejeune, is an instructor in the program, said Capt. Joshua Pena, a public affairs officer in the training and education command. Manning joined the USMC in 2002, and has been a staff sergeant since 2014, earning a number of awards including a Purple Heart as well as good conduct, Afghanistan campaign and Iraq campaign medals. Chesny is a sergeant stationed at Cherry Point Air Station, where he serves as an explosive ordnance technician. He enlisted in November 2007 and became a sergeant in May 2013, said Michael Barton, director of public affairs at Cherry Point. Chesny has received three Marine Corps good conduct medals, as well as multiple medals related to his deployment in Afghanistan. The arrests have generated quite a bit of attention among personnel inside the fence, a USMC representative told the Times-News. MANNING AND CHESNY are accused of climbing on top of 101 N. Main St., a building adjacent to the historic courthouse, prior to Alamance County Taking Back Alamance Countys Confederate Memorial Day rally. They allegedly brought a ladder, which they pulled up behind them after reaching the top of the building. Graham police Capt. Steve McGilvray told the Times-News the men explained to officers they were at the rally to film protesters with the Industrial Workers of the World to show they werent peaceful. At one point during the rally, the men let down a banner that read, He who controls the past controls the future, a quote from George Orwells novel 1984, and also featuring an Identitarian symbol and YWNRU on the side. The acronym stands for You will not replace us, the slogan chanted by demonstrators carrying torches May 13 in Charlottesville, Va., at a protest surrounding the removal of a Confederate monument and, according to its leader, in affirmation of being white. Its also a slogan used recently by white nationalist activist group Identity Evropa, an online application which asks candidates to confirm they are of European, non-Semitic heritage. Though investigators with the sheriffs office and Graham Police Department said they are unsure of which organization Chesny and Manning were representing or whether they were with a particular group at all Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Centers Intelligence Project, said the black and yellow Identitarian symbol on the banner goes hand in hand with the YWNRU slogan. Beirich, who oversees the SPLCs tracking of extremist activity across the United States, said the Identitarian movement, which originated in Europe in response the immigration of Muslims and people from the Middle East, has gained traction in the United States recently. In the last year, weve seen this Identitarian thinking go across the Atlantic into the U.S., Beirich said, adding that the spread of Identitarian literature has picked up. Its in the last year that its gotten really aggressive. Though in Europe the Identitarian focus is the idea that Muslims are coming and replacing historic populations and Christianity, Beirich said, the emphasis may be even wider in the United States. In the U.S., the immigration that most white supremacists are concerned about they dont like Muslims, but theyre really concerned about immigration from Latin America, which they see as the browning of America and the takeover of our culture and a demographic threat, literally. The census says in 2040, whites will become a minority. FOR ITS PART, ACTBAC, which organized and obtained a city permit for the Confederate rally, posted on its Facebook page this week that they were still unsure from what organization or cause Manning and Chesny came. As Graham police officers pulled up the banner, ACTBAC members cheered because we assumed it was another IWW banner, the group wrote in a Facebook post about the incident. We thought by the wording it was 110% some anti-everything slogan, the post continues, alleging that ACTBAC members had tried researching the signs meaning but still can’t figure out what these guys were there to express. Either way who ever they are, they are not us. If anyone comes to a event of ours and breaks the law and shows disrespect, you will be escorted out just like these fools wearing a new pair of bracelets. And the scary part is, they are both Marines, ACTBAC posted. According to a SPLC report, after the organization put pressure on the Pentagon and Congress related to findings that a number of white supremacists were joining the U.S. military to receive training ultimately to support their own causes, in November 2009, the Pentagon clarified its policy on the issue. Though the earlier policy prohibited onlyactive participation in extremist activity, new regulationssay military personnel must not actively advocate supremacist doctrine, ideology or causes” or “otherwise advance efforts to deprive individuals of their civil rights.” The new rules specified that active participation includes activities such as recruiting, fundraising, demonstrating or rallying, training, organizing and distributing supremacist material, including online posts, according to the SPLC Intelligence Report story. When asked by the Times-News whether he was concerned with U.S. Marines taking part in such a demonstration last Saturday, U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, R-6th, issued a statement condemning the two mens cause in general. The Scriptures state, Anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness, Walkers statement said. They do not know where they are going because the darkness has blinded them. This darkness is saturated in ignorance, denying that God has created every man, woman, boy and girl uniquely with exceptional skills and talent. Some discriminatory action may be constitutional, but that message is an affront to our core value that all people are created equal. Beirich said the SPLC regularly reports to the military members of the armed forces they come across who are affiliated with extremist groups. They are taking action on things, Beirich said. I know that. We report the stuff, and they say thank you. The SPLC is unsure how many military personnel have been disciplined or removed from the serviceafter military investigations into extremist activity. Beirich said the activity demonstrated by Chesny and Manning at the rally in Graham should warrant severe punishment by the Marine Corps. Those people should be tossed from the military immediately, Beirich said. Thats outrageous, and its scary. WHEN REACHED BY PHONE Friday, Manning thanked the Times-News for the opportunity to speak about the incident, but said he wasnt allowed to comment. Chesny didnt immediately respond to a voice message seeking comment. Pena, echoing other USMC representatives statements, said straying from the organizations tenets could result in consequences. Anyone who is a member of the Marine Corps that demonstrates a lack of good order and discipline and a lack of respect of our core values of honor, courage and commitment will be looked at and investigated, Pena said. Action will be taken on an individual, if necessary, if there are any sorts of allegations that substantiate failure to adhere to those things. We dont know the outcome right now for the current situation. Were waiting on details to come in. Carpenter maintained that Chesny and Mannings behavior was an exception. This is only newsworthy because these are Marines doing something we dont expect military to do, he said. Reporter Natalie Allison Janicello can be reached at nallison@thetimesnews.com or 336-506-3078. Follow her on Twitter at @natalie_allison.

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Nazi items, explosives in apartment where 2 Mass. men found dead – Worcester Telegram

The Associated Press Investigators found white supremacist propaganda, bomb-making materials and a framed photograph of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh at a Florida apartment where a teenager killed two Massachusetts men who had once shared his neo-Nazi beliefs before he converted to Islam, police and the FBI said. Devon Arthurs, 18, led police to the two bodies inside his Tampa apartment last Friday, saying he killed them after they showed disrespect for his new faith, according to police and FBI reports released Monday. A fourth roommate, a member of the Florida National Guard, was arrested on charges related to the alleged discovery of bomb-making materials. The investigation began unfolding Friday, when Arthurs held two customers and an employee hostage at gunpoint at a Tampa smoke shop, police said. Arthurs said he converted to Islam and was upset about American bombings in Muslim countries, among other issues, according to a Tampa police report. He is being charged with two counts of first-degree murder and other charges, and court records did not list an attorney for him. Officers talked Arthurs into letting the hostages go and dropping his weapon, and took him into custody, according to officials. Police said Arthurs started talking about killing two people, and then he directed them to a condominium complex where the four roommates shared an apartment. When they arrived at the apartment the fourth roommate, Brandon Russell, was crying and standing outside the apartment’s front door in his military uniform. He had just finished duty with the Florida National Guard. Inside lay the bodies of 22-year-old Jeremy Himmelman, reportedly of Walpole, Mass., and 18-year-old Andrew Oneschuk, a Wakefield man who planned to stay in Florida for a while. Both had been shot. Investigators also found a cooler filled with bomb-making material, two radioactive substances and the Nazi propaganda, according to the FBI. Federal agents arrested Russell, 21, on Saturday on charges related to the explosives. The FBI said Russell “admitted to his neo-Nazi beliefs” and said he was a member of a group called Atomwaffen, which is German for “atomic weapon.” At first, Russell told agents he kept the explosives from his days in an engineering club at the University of South Florida in 2013, and that he used the substances to boost homemade rockets. The agents wrote that the substance found was “too energetic and volatile for these types of uses.” Russell has been charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device and unlawful storage of explosive material. Court records did not list an attorney for him. Andrew Auernheimer, a notorious computer hacker and internet troll, wrote a post about the killings for The Daily Stormer, a leading neo-Nazi website. Auernheimer, known online as “weev,” said in Sunday’s post that he knew the shooting suspect and both of the shooting victims. He said he banned Arthurs from The Daily Stormer’s Discord server, an online forum, for posting “Muslim terrorist propaganda” earlier this year. “He came in to convert people to Islam,” Auernheimer said during a telephone interview Monday. “It didn’t work out very well for him.” Auernheimer described Himmelman and Oneschuk as “friends of friends” and said they belonged to the Atomwaffen group. “Atomwaffen are a bunch of good dudes. They’ve posted tons of fliers with absolutely killer graphics at tons of universities over the years. They generally have a lot of fun and party,” he wrote. Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, said the law center had seen recent news reports on Atomwaffen members posting neo-Nazi fliers on college campuses. But the SPLC hadn’t examined the group’s membership or the “ins and outs” of the organization before Friday’s shooting. “Once again, we see how violent these people are,” she said. “In the neo-Nazi movement, we’ve seen a long string of bombers and murderers.”

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FLORIDA: Walpole natives shot, police uncover neo-Nazi items – Wicked Local Walpole

Jason Dearen and Michael Kunzelman/Associated Press Editor’s note: Information from television partner WCVB was added to this report. Find their ongoing coverage here: http://bit.ly/2rUPw7B. Investigators found white supremacist propaganda, bomb-making materials and a framed photograph of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh at a Florida apartment where a teenager killed two roommates who had once shared his neo-Nazi beliefs before he converted to Islam, police and the FBI said. Devon Arthurs, 18, led police to the two bodies inside his Tampa apartment last Friday, saying he killed them after they showed disrespect for his new faith, according to police and FBI reports released Monday. A fourth roommate, a member of the Florida National Guard, was arrested on charges related to the alleged discovery of bomb-making materials. The investigation began unfolding Friday, when Arthurs held two customers and an employee hostage at gunpoint at a Tampa smoke shop, police said. Arthurs said he converted to Islam and was upset about American bombings in Muslim countries, among other issues, according to a Tampa police report. He is being charged with two counts of first-degree murder and other charges, and court records did not list an attorney for him. Officers talked Arthurs into letting the hostages go and dropping his weapon, and took him into custody, according to officials. Police said Arthurs started talking about killing two people, and then he directed them to a condominium complex where the four roommates shared an apartment. When they arrived at the apartment the fourth roommate, Brandon Russell, was crying and standing outside the apartment’s front door in his military uniform. He had just finished duty with the Florida National Guard. Inside lay the bodies of 22-year-old Jeremy Himmelman and 18-year-old Andrew Oneschuk. Both had been shot. According to television station WCVB, both Himmelman and Oneschuk are from Walpole. Investigators also found a cooler filled with bomb-making material, two radioactive substances and the Nazi propaganda, according to the FBI. Federal agents arrested Russell, 21, on Saturday on charges related to the explosives. The FBI said Russell “admitted to his neo-Nazi beliefs” and said he was a member of a group called Atomwaffen, which is German for “atomic weapon.” At first, Russell told agents he kept the explosives from his days in an engineering club at the University of South Florida in 2013, and that he used the substances to boost homemade rockets. The agents wrote that the substance found was “too energetic and volatile for these types of uses.” Russell has been charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device and unlawful storage of explosive material. Court records did not list an attorney for him. Andrew Auernheimer, a notorious computer hacker and internet troll, wrote a post about the killings for The Daily Stormer, a leading neo-Nazi website. Auernheimer, known online as “weev,” said in Sunday’s post that he knew the shooting suspect and both of the shooting victims. He said he banned Arthurs from The Daily Stormer’s Discord server, an online forum, for posting “Muslim terrorist propaganda” earlier this year. “He came in to convert people to Islam,” Auernheimer said during a telephone interview Monday. “It didn’t work out very well for him.” Auernheimer described Himmelman and Oneschuk as “friends of friends” and said they belonged to the Atomwaffen group. “Atomwaffen are a bunch of good dudes. They’ve posted tons of fliers with absolutely killer graphics at tons of universities over the years. They generally have a lot of fun and party,” he wrote. Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, said the law center had seen recent news reports on Atomwaffen members posting neo-Nazi fliers on college campuses. But the SPLC hadn’t examined the group’s membership or the “ins and outs” of the organization before Friday’s shooting. “Once again, we see how violent these people are,” she said. “In the neo-Nazi movement, we’ve seen a long string of bombers and murderers.” ___ Dearen reported from Gainesville, Florida. Kunzelman from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Slain Maryland student gets degree on graduation day – St. Louis American

CNN) — Today should have been the day Richard Collins III walked across a stage in a cap and gown. Instead, his gown lay draped over a chair in the front row at Bowie State University’s commencement ceremony. Collins was three days away from graduating when he was stabbed to death at a bus stop while visiting friends at the University of Maryland. The FBI is investigating whether Collins was killed in a hate crime. Police said the suspect was a member of a Facebook group that spewed hatred toward minorities. But what the suspect didn’t know was that Collins had just been commissioned as a US Army lieutenant two days earlier. That he had served in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and planned to keep serving his country after graduation, his father told NBC News. The young man “would go out of his way, sometimes to my chagrin, to go and help others — but you want to try to encourage that in your children,” Richard Collins Jr. said. But now, “the parent’s worst nightmare has just reached my doorstep.” Celebration and mourning Incidentally, Tuesday’s Bowie State graduation ceremony took place on the University of Maryland’s campus. As the Class of 2017 streamed in, their faces alternated from joyous to somber. Collins’ relatives sat in the front row, near the gown he should have been wearing. “We gather this morning with heavy hearts,” Bowie State University President Dr. Mickey L. Burnim said. “One of our graduates, in the prime of his life, has fallen victim to an unprovoked assault in yet one more manifestation of the senseless violence permeating our society.” The president called for a moment of silence and asked the graduates to contemplate “what each of us might do to promote greater peace, harmony and love that seems to be so lacking in our country, in our world today.” Collins was later posthumously awarded his bachelor’s degree. His family accepted his diploma for him. Bizarre commands end in stabbing Around 3 a.m. Saturday, Collins and his friends were standing at a bus stop waiting for an Uber when suspect Sean Christopher Urbanski approached them, police said. Witnesses reported Urbanski yelling bizarre commands at Collins, University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell said. “He said to the victim, ‘Step left, step left if you know what’s good for you,'” the witnesses said, according to the police chief. “The victim looked at him puzzled with the other friends of his and said ‘No,'” Mitchell said. “It was then that (the suspect) stabbed the victim in his chest.” Urbanski has been charged with first- and second-degree murder as well as first-degree assault. His attorney, William C. Brennan Jr., said at a bond hearing Monday that his client was intoxicated at the time. But Maryland District Judge Patrice E. Lewis denied bond for Urbanski, calling him “an absolute danger to the community.” ‘Alt-Reich’ group now offline The police chief said Urbanski was a member of the “Alt-Reich” Facebook group. “When I looked at the information that’s contained on that website … it’s despicable,” Mitchell said. “It shows extreme bias against women, Latinos, members of the Jewish faith and especially African-Americans, which brings up questions as to the motive of this case.” The Facebook page has since been taken offline. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate crimes and hate groups, said it had not heard of “Alt-Reich” before the Maryland killing. In recent months, there has been a jump in racist groups naming themselves variations of the term “alt-right,” said Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project. Maryland State Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks said authorities “need something probably more than just a Facebook posting” for the killing to be considered a hate crime. While investigators try to determine whether Urbanski should be charged with a hate crime, one fact is already apparent, the prosecutor said: Collins was “a person who represented in every way possible the very best of this community.” “He was already a person who had accomplished so much,” she said, “more than many of us will accomplish in a whole lifetime.” — CNN’s Lauren del Valle, Aileen Graef and Darran Simon contributed to this report. The-CNN-Wire & 2017 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

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Police find Nazi items, explosives during murder probe – Albany Times Union

Police find Nazi items, explosives during murder probe Investigators found white supremacist propaganda, bomb-making materials and a framed photograph of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh at a Florida apartment where a teenager killed two roommates who had once shared his neo-Nazi beliefs before he converted to Islam, police and the FBI said. Devon Arthurs, 18, led police to the two bodies inside his Tampa apartment last Friday, saying he killed them after they showed disrespect for his new faith, according to police and FBI reports released Monday. A fourth roommate, a member of the Florida National Guard, was arrested on charges related to the alleged discovery of bomb-making materials. The investigation began unfolding Friday, when Arthurs held two customers and an employee hostage at gunpoint at a Tampa smoke shop, police said. Arthurs said he converted to Islam and was upset about American bombings in Muslim countries, among other issues, according to a Tampa police report. He is being charged with two counts of first-degree murder and other charges, and court records did not list an attorney for him. Officers talked Arthurs into letting the hostages go and dropping his weapon, and took him into custody, according to officials. Police said Arthurs started talking about killing two people, and then he directed them to a condominium complex where the four roommates shared an apartment. When they arrived at the apartment the fourth roommate, Brandon Russell, was crying and standing outside the apartment’s front door in his military uniform. He had just finished duty with the Florida National Guard. Inside lay the bodies of 22-year-old Jeremy Himmelman and 18-year-old Andrew Oneschuk. Both had been shot. Investigators also found a cooler filled with bomb-making material, two radioactive substances and the Nazi propaganda, according to the FBI. Federal agents arrested Russell, 21, on Saturday on charges related to the explosives. The FBI said Russell “admitted to his neo-Nazi beliefs” and said he was a member of a group called Atomwaffen, which is German for “atomic weapon.” At first, Russell told agents he kept the explosives from his days in an engineering club at the University of South Florida in 2013, and that he used the substances to boost homemade rockets. The agents wrote that the substance found was “too energetic and volatile for these types of uses.” Russell has been charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device and unlawful storage of explosive material. Court records did not list an attorney for him. Andrew Auernheimer, a notorious computer hacker and internet troll, wrote a post about the killings for The Daily Stormer, a leading neo-Nazi website. Auernheimer, known online as “weev,” said in Sunday’s post that he knew the shooting suspect and both of the shooting victims. He said he banned Arthurs from The Daily Stormer’s Discord server, an online forum, for posting “Muslim terrorist propaganda” earlier this year. “He came in to convert people to Islam,” Auernheimer said during a telephone interview Monday. “It didn’t work out very well for him.” Auernheimer described Himmelman and Oneschuk as “friends of friends” and said they belonged to the Atomwaffen group. “Atomwaffen are a bunch of good dudes. They’ve posted tons of fliers with absolutely killer graphics at tons of universities over the years. They generally have a lot of fun and party,” he wrote. Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, said the law center had seen recent news reports on Atomwaffen members posting neo-Nazi fliers on college campuses. But the SPLC hadn’t examined the group’s membership or the “ins and outs” of the organization before Friday’s shooting. “Once again, we see how violent these people are,” she said. “In the neo-Nazi movement, we’ve seen a long string of bombers and murderers.” ___ Dearen reported from Gainesville, Florida. Kunzelman from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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