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This week on CounterSpin: The Washington Post headlined a May 30 analysis piece Trumps Quick to Tweet on Terror and TV, Slower on Things Like the Attack in Portland. Meant to call out Trumps unwillingness to engage white supremacist violence, the paper unwittingly illustrates the problem of elite media, who continue to maintain separate spaces for extremist attacks based on who commits them. Heidi Beirich leads Southern Poverty Law Centers Intelligence Project, which publishes the Intelligence Report and the Hatewatch blog. Shell join us to talk about whats going on.

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Also on the show: Once again, Brazil has found itself in upheaval. Thus do elite media, in this case the New York Times, describe power struggles in other countries: almost natural, like earthquakes, more endemic to some areas than others. Every countrys different, but that there might be commonalities with a situation in which a right wing leadership fights to hold onto power many believe illegitimately attained in order to pursue unpopular austerity measures that hurt the most vulnerable in order to serve elites, doesnt seem something media are eager to underscore. Well get an update on Brazil from Maria Luisa Mendona, coordinator of the Network for Social Justice and Human Rights in Brazil and director of the Feminist Alliance for Rights at the Center for Womens Global Leadership at Rutgers University.

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Public Comment – Berkeley Daily Planet

Did Trumps campaign rhetoric of anti-immigrant rantings of Muslims precipitate the recent death of two good Samaritans, on a Portland train? Three men tried to rescue two teenage girls by a knife wielding white terrorist who was spewing anti-Muslim racial slurs. The attack came attack came just six days after 23-year-old Richard Collins III, an African-American student at Bowie State University was fatally stabbed by a white supremacist Facebook group called “Alt-Reich: Nation.”Heidi Beirich, the Intelligence Project director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, accuses Trump and his supporters of unleashing a barrage of neo-Nazi, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim hatred during the presidential campaign. This tragic event comes on the heels of discussions by top Republicans who are considering using militia groups as security for public events. Multnomah County GOP Chair, James Buchal, told The Guardian that Republicans would likely make their own security arrangements rather than relying on city or state police, including groups like the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters. A video has recently surfaced of Buchal lamenting what he called “open borders.” He has expressed his intense hatred of people from Third World countries who would destroy everything that is special about America. Clearly he is no shining example of what is so special about America.

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Suspect In Deadly Portland Hate Speech Attack Charged With Murder – OPB News

Community members have created a memorial for victims of Friday’s attack at the Hollywood MAX station. A candlelight vigil is planned for Saturdaynight.

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Portland Police say Christian is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, two counts of intimidation in the second degree and felon in possession of a restrictedweapon.

Police identified the deceased victims as Taliesin Namkai-Meche, 23, of Southeast Portland and Ricky John Best, 53, of Happy Valley. The surviving victim, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, of Southeast Portland, is being treated at a Portlandhospital.

The current political climate allows far too much room for those who spread bigotry, said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Saturdayafternoon.

Namkai-Meche graduated with a degree in economics from Reed College in 2016. In a public Facebook post, his mother Asha Deliverance said: He was a hero and will remain a hero on the other side of the veil. Shining bright star I love youforever.

Best was an Army veteran who worked for the city of Portland at the Bureau of DevelopmentsServices.

Micah David-Cole Fletcher is an alumni of Madison HighSchool.

In 2013 he won the Literary Arts poetry slam competition Verselandia. Along with the other finalists, he performed and reflected on his poetry on OPBs Think Out Loud. He said:

Its the other people that need to be heard now. The one thing I think all the negative experiences in my life have taught me, if anything, is that it is not about you. You are one person. On one planet in one galaxy in one universe, said David-ColeFletcher.

Trust me, you by yourself are not what makes everything so beautiful. Its the combination, the coming together of all these different people from different backgrounds with different beliefs coinciding with one another, the interactions between them and the different products of those interactions thats what makes society so great, hesaid.

The attack happened at the Hollywood Transit Center. Eyewitnesses say the three men approached Christian, who was yelling racial slurs at two women on the train who appeared to beMuslim.

Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, of North Portland was booked on charges of aggravatedmurder after the fatal stabbing of two men on a TriMet MAX train Friday, May 26,2017.

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The women have not been identified but one was described as wearing a hijab, according to authorities. Police say the women have come forward but are not being publiclyidentified.

The suspect was on the MAX train yelling various remarks that would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions, Sgt. Pete Simpson wrote in a pressrelease Fridayevening.

Christian, the man accused of the crimes, has posted offensive material and anti-Muslim rhetoric on social media, says Heidi Beirich, with the Southern Poverty LawCenter.

This guy was definitely expressing anti-Semitic and pro-Hitler material, anti-Muslim rants as well, saidBeirich.

We have sadly seen far too much violence from people who espouse theseideas.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has been tracking hate groups and extremist activity across the country, and has been inundated with reports during the first months of the Donald Trump presidency. Beirich said the center had received just under 900 responses within 10 days of the election, and reports had shot up to 1,800 by lateJanuary.

Were seeing a wave of hate, both hate speech and hate crimes, across this country that are unprecedented in recent years and require ultimately a forceful response, Beirich added. And thats certainly not something were getting out of the Trump administration rightnow.

Christian also attended the April 29 March for Free Speech, event on 82nd Avenue, a response to the canceled Rose Parade after organizers received a threatening email directed at the local Republican party. He wore an American flag as a cape and a chain around his neck. He frequently used the n-word and extended his arm in a hail Hitlersalute.

Jeremy Joseph Christian, the man accused of Friday night’s fatal stabbing on the MAX train, recently attended the April 29 “March for Free Speech” on 82ndAvenue.

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Fridays attack happened just hours before the Muslim holy month ofRamadanbegan. In Southwest Portland, families and worshipers left evening prayer atthe Islamic Center of Portland, or Masjed As-Saber, Oregonslargestmosque.

We are very sorry for the two men who tried to do the right thing, said Imtiaz Khan, President of the Islamic Center ofPortland.

Khan condemned the attack and believes similar acts of hate speech and harassment toward the Muslim community havegone up sincetheelection.

Of course peoplefrom the Muslim community are concerned. And unfortunately, the easy targets are women because of the headscarf,saidKhan.

There is too much hatred in our world right now, and far too much violence. Too much of it has arrived here in Portland, said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler in astatement.

My heart goes out to the families of those who lost their lives, and to those who witnessed what happened. Thank you to our first responders, who provided aid, and police who captured the suspected killer, saidWheeler.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown posted on Facebook that she was heartbroken by the loss of two brave, compassionate lives. Oregon is a welcoming place to all. Safety while traveling through our community is a basic human right that we need to be able to guarantee to everyone, regardless of where theyre from, or what they believe, saidBrown.

Evil struck the city of Portland last night and ripped a hole in the heart of Oregon and her people. The Oregonians who lost their lives standing up against hatred will be remembered by many as heroes, said Oregon House Republican leader MikeMcLane.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also aware of Fridays attacks and says it is offering any available resources to assist the PortlandPolice.

Its too early to say whether last nights violence was an act of domestic terrorism or a federal hate crime. However, in the coming days, the FBI, PPB and the prosecutors will work together to share information, leverage resources and make determinations about future criminal charges, said Loren Cannon, FBI Oregon special agent incharge.

Portland Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crime or has information about the incident to call the police non-emergency line at503-823-3333.

TriMet transit police commander Sara Westbrook says the transit division will increase the amount of officers riding light rail in the city and surroundingareas.

The community is organizing a candlelight vigil Saturday night to honor the victims of the attack. The vigil starts at 6:30 p.m.at the Hollywood MAXstation.

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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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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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Heidi Beirich on White Supremacist Violence, Maria Luisa Mendonca on Brazil’s Crisis – FAIR

MP3 Link Washington Post (5/30/17) This week on CounterSpin: The Washington Post headlined a May 30 analysis piece Trumps Quick to Tweet on Terror and TV, Slower on Things Like the Attack in Portland. Meant to call out Trumps unwillingness to engage white supremacist violence, the paper unwittingly illustrates the problem of elite media, who continue to maintain separate spaces for extremist attacks based on who commits them. Heidi Beirich leads Southern Poverty Law Centers Intelligence Project, which publishes the Intelligence Report and the Hatewatch blog. Shell join us to talk about whats going on. MP3 Link (cc photo: Pedro Ribeiro Simes) Also on the show: Once again, Brazil has found itself in upheaval. Thus do elite media, in this case the New York Times, describe power struggles in other countries: almost natural, like earthquakes, more endemic to some areas than others. Every countrys different, but that there might be commonalities with a situation in which a right wing leadership fights to hold onto power many believe illegitimately attained in order to pursue unpopular austerity measures that hurt the most vulnerable in order to serve elites, doesnt seem something media are eager to underscore. Well get an update on Brazil from Maria Luisa Mendona, coordinator of the Network for Social Justice and Human Rights in Brazil and director of the Feminist Alliance for Rights at the Center for Womens Global Leadership at Rutgers University. MP3 Link Plus a quick look back at recent pressnamely, a new FAIR study of coverage of Trumps cabinet nominees. MP3 Link Subscribe: iTunes | Android |

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Public Comment – Berkeley Daily Planet

Did Trumps campaign rhetoric of anti-immigrant rantings of Muslims precipitate the recent death of two good Samaritans, on a Portland train? Three men tried to rescue two teenage girls by a knife wielding white terrorist who was spewing anti-Muslim racial slurs. The attack came attack came just six days after 23-year-old Richard Collins III, an African-American student at Bowie State University was fatally stabbed by a white supremacist Facebook group called “Alt-Reich: Nation.”Heidi Beirich, the Intelligence Project director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, accuses Trump and his supporters of unleashing a barrage of neo-Nazi, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim hatred during the presidential campaign. This tragic event comes on the heels of discussions by top Republicans who are considering using militia groups as security for public events. Multnomah County GOP Chair, James Buchal, told The Guardian that Republicans would likely make their own security arrangements rather than relying on city or state police, including groups like the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters. A video has recently surfaced of Buchal lamenting what he called “open borders.” He has expressed his intense hatred of people from Third World countries who would destroy everything that is special about America. Clearly he is no shining example of what is so special about America.

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Suspect In Deadly Portland Hate Speech Attack Charged With Murder – OPB News

Community members have created a memorial for victims of Friday’s attack at the Hollywood MAX station. A candlelight vigil is planned for Saturdaynight. MollySolomon/OPB Portland Police say Christian is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, two counts of intimidation in the second degree and felon in possession of a restrictedweapon. Police identified the deceased victims as Taliesin Namkai-Meche, 23, of Southeast Portland and Ricky John Best, 53, of Happy Valley. The surviving victim, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, of Southeast Portland, is being treated at a Portlandhospital. The current political climate allows far too much room for those who spread bigotry, said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Saturdayafternoon. Namkai-Meche graduated with a degree in economics from Reed College in 2016. In a public Facebook post, his mother Asha Deliverance said: He was a hero and will remain a hero on the other side of the veil. Shining bright star I love youforever. Best was an Army veteran who worked for the city of Portland at the Bureau of DevelopmentsServices. Micah David-Cole Fletcher is an alumni of Madison HighSchool. In 2013 he won the Literary Arts poetry slam competition Verselandia. Along with the other finalists, he performed and reflected on his poetry on OPBs Think Out Loud. He said: Its the other people that need to be heard now. The one thing I think all the negative experiences in my life have taught me, if anything, is that it is not about you. You are one person. On one planet in one galaxy in one universe, said David-ColeFletcher. Trust me, you by yourself are not what makes everything so beautiful. Its the combination, the coming together of all these different people from different backgrounds with different beliefs coinciding with one another, the interactions between them and the different products of those interactions thats what makes society so great, hesaid. The attack happened at the Hollywood Transit Center. Eyewitnesses say the three men approached Christian, who was yelling racial slurs at two women on the train who appeared to beMuslim. Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, of North Portland was booked on charges of aggravatedmurder after the fatal stabbing of two men on a TriMet MAX train Friday, May 26,2017. Portland PoliceBureau The women have not been identified but one was described as wearing a hijab, according to authorities. Police say the women have come forward but are not being publiclyidentified. The suspect was on the MAX train yelling various remarks that would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions, Sgt. Pete Simpson wrote in a pressrelease Fridayevening. Christian, the man accused of the crimes, has posted offensive material and anti-Muslim rhetoric on social media, says Heidi Beirich, with the Southern Poverty LawCenter. This guy was definitely expressing anti-Semitic and pro-Hitler material, anti-Muslim rants as well, saidBeirich. We have sadly seen far too much violence from people who espouse theseideas. The Southern Poverty Law Center has been tracking hate groups and extremist activity across the country, and has been inundated with reports during the first months of the Donald Trump presidency. Beirich said the center had received just under 900 responses within 10 days of the election, and reports had shot up to 1,800 by lateJanuary. Were seeing a wave of hate, both hate speech and hate crimes, across this country that are unprecedented in recent years and require ultimately a forceful response, Beirich added. And thats certainly not something were getting out of the Trump administration rightnow. Christian also attended the April 29 March for Free Speech, event on 82nd Avenue, a response to the canceled Rose Parade after organizers received a threatening email directed at the local Republican party. He wore an American flag as a cape and a chain around his neck. He frequently used the n-word and extended his arm in a hail Hitlersalute. Jeremy Joseph Christian, the man accused of Friday night’s fatal stabbing on the MAX train, recently attended the April 29 “March for Free Speech” on 82ndAvenue. MollySolomon/OPB Fridays attack happened just hours before the Muslim holy month ofRamadanbegan. In Southwest Portland, families and worshipers left evening prayer atthe Islamic Center of Portland, or Masjed As-Saber, Oregonslargestmosque. We are very sorry for the two men who tried to do the right thing, said Imtiaz Khan, President of the Islamic Center ofPortland. Khan condemned the attack and believes similar acts of hate speech and harassment toward the Muslim community havegone up sincetheelection. Of course peoplefrom the Muslim community are concerned. And unfortunately, the easy targets are women because of the headscarf,saidKhan. There is too much hatred in our world right now, and far too much violence. Too much of it has arrived here in Portland, said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler in astatement. My heart goes out to the families of those who lost their lives, and to those who witnessed what happened. Thank you to our first responders, who provided aid, and police who captured the suspected killer, saidWheeler. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown posted on Facebook that she was heartbroken by the loss of two brave, compassionate lives. Oregon is a welcoming place to all. Safety while traveling through our community is a basic human right that we need to be able to guarantee to everyone, regardless of where theyre from, or what they believe, saidBrown. Evil struck the city of Portland last night and ripped a hole in the heart of Oregon and her people. The Oregonians who lost their lives standing up against hatred will be remembered by many as heroes, said Oregon House Republican leader MikeMcLane. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also aware of Fridays attacks and says it is offering any available resources to assist the PortlandPolice. Its too early to say whether last nights violence was an act of domestic terrorism or a federal hate crime. However, in the coming days, the FBI, PPB and the prosecutors will work together to share information, leverage resources and make determinations about future criminal charges, said Loren Cannon, FBI Oregon special agent incharge. Portland Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crime or has information about the incident to call the police non-emergency line at503-823-3333. TriMet transit police commander Sara Westbrook says the transit division will increase the amount of officers riding light rail in the city and surroundingareas. The community is organizing a candlelight vigil Saturday night to honor the victims of the attack. The vigil starts at 6:30 p.m.at the Hollywood MAXstation.

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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. 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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