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The Secret Plot to Overthrow the US Government – Video


30-08-2012 11:04 Mark Potok, Southern Poverty Law Center & Mr.Gary Berntsen, Concerned Veterans of America & led the “Jawbreaker” team into Afghanistan immediately after 9/11 join Thom Hartmann. Four US Army soldiers have been arrested on charges of murder and have also been accused of plotting to assassinate President Obama and overthrow the government. Is this just an isolated incident – or do other members of the military pose a threat of domestic terrorism?

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'Wade Michael Page certainly mistook Sikhs for Muslims'

Mark Potok, senior fellow at the US-based non-profit civil rights organisation Southern Poverty Law Centre which monitors white supremacist and other hate-groups in America, is convinced that Wade Michael Page targetted innocent Sikh worshippers in the Oak Creek,Wisconsin, believing they were Muslims.

In an interview withrediff.com’s Aziz Haniffa, Potok, who has described Page as a ‘white supremacist’ and ‘frustrated neo-Nazi’ in the calibre of Norwegian right wing mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, said in the decades of research the SPLC has conducted, Sikhs have never been a concern to these hate groups, who have always targeted Jews and Blacks and later gays and immigrants, and post-9/11, Muslims in a big way. Page, apparently, had been on the SPLC’s radar for the past decade, ever since he was a member of two racist skinhead bands.

Potok, undeniably one of the country’s leading experts on the world of domestic extremism, in a blog immediately following the Wisconsin gurdwara massacre, said Pagebelonged to the white power bands End Apathy and Definite Hate — a band whose album Violent Victory featured a gruesome drawing of a disembodied white arm punching a black man in the face.

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Why do you think Page, who clearly was a hate-filled white supremacist, targetted Sikhs, and that too innocent worshipers in a temple?

My educated guess is that this man almost certainly mistook Sikhs for Muslims. It is the same old story that we see every time — the same old story we saw with Balbir Singh (Sodhi) and those three murders after 9/11.

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Report calls Hillsboro-based National Alliance irrelevant

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Since William Luther Pierce died 10 years ago, on July 23, 2002, his National Alliance has collapsed from being one of the nation’s largest, most influential right-wing hate groups into increasing irrelevancy.

Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., is releasing Shipwreck, an analysis of the group’s recent history, Monday. His article is published in the group’s Intelligence Report, which he edits.

“The Alliance has been transformed from the nation’s radical-right powerhouse into a tiny band of small-time propagandists, criminal thugs and attention-seeking losers,” Potok writes.

Pierce, founder of the National Alliance, lived in Hillsboro in Pocahontas County on a compound larger than 300 acres, from which he ran his nationwide organization. The Alliance distributed neo-Nazi messages through books, music recordings, radio broadcasts and the Internet.

Resistance Records was the National Alliance’s main source of income when Pierce died. Membership dues and the income from selling records were bringing the group nearly $1 million a year.

Pierce’s books, written under the name Andrew Macdonald, include “The Turner Diaries” and “Hunter.” Both promote extreme anti-Semitism and racism, glorifying the killing of “inferior” Jews and non-white people.

White people who voluntarily associate with black people away from their jobs, Pierce adds, also deserve to be killed.

Pierce gained national publicity when Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City federal courthouse bomber, revealed “The Turner Diaries” had inspired him.

The April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing killed 168, including 19 children under than 6 years old. The bombing also injured more than 680 and damaged or destroyed 324 additional buildings within 16 blocks of the courthouse.

“The Turner Diaries,” published in 1978, includes a bombing scene eerily similar to what happened in Oklahoma City.

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July 23, 2012   Posted in: Mark Potok  Comments Closed

The Oatmeal fights back, snaps photo of cash, sends money to charity

Step 1? Check. Step 2? Check.

Matt Inman

Matt Inman, creator of The Oatmeal webcomic, has snapped his promised picture of a huge pile of cashbut he used his own money, not donated funds.

Regular readers will remember that Inman tried to raise $20,000 online after Charles Carreon, lawyer for now-implacable-Oatmeal-foe FunnyJunk, asked Inman to cut him a check for that amount to cover alleged “defamation.” Inman planned to photograph the cash and send the picture to Carreonbut the money itself would go to charity instead, to mock the initial demand. (The campaign actually raised more than $200,000.)

The whole case, now tangled in some truly bizarre litigation, threatened to put a stop to the picture taking. Carreon went so far as to file this weekend for a temporary restraining order that would halt any disbursement of the funds to Inman. Sunday night, Inman responded with his first legal broadside since the case began, his lawyers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Focal Law blasting Carreon with both barrels.

Mr. Carreon attempts to disguise his attack on free speech byfocusing on various (inapplicable) regulations. But his true intent is clear. For example, he rails against Mr. Inmans plan to take a photo of the money raised. Showing a photo of a huge pile of money going to charity in lieu of paying off a bogus threat was a key part of the expressive First Amendment protected activity that was a core part of the plan, and something that Mr. Inman made clear to all the funders. Yet if Mr. Carreon had his way, he would prevent the ‘publicity stunt,’ which Mr. Inman said he planned from the beginning of the campaign, from occurring.

(The response then adds, with obvious snark, “This is a curious thing to seek when purporting to act for the interests of the other funders,” who likely want the picture to be taken.)

Too late. As the lawyers note, Inman has already snapped the pic. Because of Carreon’s complaint, however, “Mr. Inman has decided to not withdraw the funds in order to photograph them. Instead (unwilling to allow Mr. Carreon to interfere further with his expressive activity) he decided to photograph his own funds.”

In a separate sworn statement, Inman himself says that “I still plan on sending a photograph of the money along with the satirical comic to FunnyJunk. However, in order to avoid having this lawsuit interfere with my expression and to avoid jeopardizing the funds from the campaign in any way, I withdrew funds from my own personal account and photographed those funds.”

As for the money itselfwell, that too has been distributed. Inman’s campaign raised $220,024 which was to be split between the National Wildlife Foundation and the American Cancer Society. After the fundraising site Indiegogo took its 4 percent cut ($8,000.96) and the credit card processors got their 3 percent ($6,600.72), Inman was left with $204,622.32.

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Modern Day Militias in the US Rising Part 2.mp4 – Video


20-06-2012 16:27 ABC News affiliate WCPO interviews Mark Potok, SPLC, and Daryl Johnson, DT Analytics, concerning the recent rise in modern day militias in the US over the past three years. Daryl Johnson appears in Part 2 of this two part news story.

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Homegrown Alone 8 Jun 2011 Ed Show (MSNBC).mp4 – Video


20-06-2012 15:40 This segment of the Ed Show, dated June 8, 2011, discusses the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to cut back on its domestic terrorism unit as a result of political criticism over the DHS right wing extremism report in 2009. The story features an interview with Mark Potok, Senior Editor at the Southern Poverty Law Center. It also references Daryl Johnson, the senior analyst who wrote the controversial DHS report, and his reasons for publicly disclosing what happened inside DHS as a result of the report being leaked.

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Thom Hartmann The Big Picture 9 June 2011 (Cable TV).mp4 – Video


20-06-2012 15:57 On June 9, 2011, Thom Hartmann interviews Mark Potok, Senior Editor at the Southern Poverty Law Center, to discuss why the Department of Homeland Security scaled back its intelligence unit that monitors domestic terrorism despite a recent rise in domestic terrorist attacks in the US The author of the report, Daryl Johnson, is also referenced. The story is entitled “Homeland Security’s Lax Protection.”

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Couple suspected in four slayings planned to 'kill more Jews'

Police recovered a backpack from a garbage can in Corvallis that contained bloody clothing, four credit cards belonging to the Everett victims and a “K-Bar” fighting knife

SEATTLE – A white supremacist and his girlfriend linked to four slayings in three states were driving to Sacramento, Calif., to “kill more Jews” when they were arrested by police, according to charging documents.

The documents filed in Snohomish County allege that David Joseph “Joey” Pedersen, 31, and his girlfriend, Holly Ann Grigsby, 24, had killed Pedersen’s father and stepmother in Everett, Wash., then drove to Oregon in the dead man’s car, where Grigsby said they shot and killed 19-year-old Cody Myers and stole his car.

Grigsby told police they shot Myers “because his last name made them think he was Jewish,” according to the charging documents. Prosecutors said Grigsby claimed that she and Pedersen then planned to drive to Sacramento to “kill more Jews.”

The couple are also suspected in the slaying of 53-year-old Reginald Alan Clark, an African-American man who was found shot to death Friday in the back seat of his pickup in Eureka, Calif.

Snohomish County prosecutors on Monday filed aggravated murder charges against Pedersen and Grigsby, accusing them of the Sept. 26 slayings of Pedersen’s father, David “Red” Jones Pedersen, 56, who was shot in the head while driving the couple to the bus station in Everett. Grigsby, in a five-hour video statement to police, says the couple then turned around and returned to the Pedersen home, where they taped the hands, feet and mouth of Leslie Pedersen, 69. The complaint says that Grigsby cut her throat, using two different knifes.

Conviction on the aggravated murder charges carries two possible penalties: life without parole, or death, although the prosecutor’s office has not indicated whether it will seek the death penalty.

The couple were arrested last Wednesday while driving Myers’ car in Yuba City, Calif., after a California Highway Patrol trooper encountered them parked along a road. The trooper inquired if they were OK, and left after the couple said they were just resting.

The trooper was driving away when he remembered a bulletin seeking Myers’ stolen car “and realized who he’d been dealing with.” He returned and executed a guns-drawn felony arrest on the pair after backup officers arrived, according to the complaint.

Police found two handguns and a rifle in the vehicle. Information developed following the arrest led officers Friday to the body of the elder Pedersen, which was left inside his Jeep and run off a logging road near the Yellowbottom Campground in east Linn County.

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Summer Reading

Jewish Ledger | June 22, 2012

Summertime is the perfect time to curl up with a good book. What to read? Here are some suggestions from people around the state.

Relax with a good book!

Dr. Vera Schwartz Director of the Freeman Center for East Asian Studies and chair of the East Asian Studies Program, Wesleyan University, Middletown

Right now I am reading: Muriel Barberys The Elegance of the Hedgehog,a witty, thought-provoking novel about a brainy concierge in Paris and a suicidal teenager. How often can difficult philosophical ideas about the nature of knowledge and the ultimate purpose of life and education come so fully alive? Since I grew tired of academic epistemology, I am more appreciative of Barberys narrative craft.

Jordan Papers The Theology of the Chinese Jews. Well researched reflections about a group of Jews gaining more and more attention in the West: Our cousins from Kaifeng, now starting a trickle, of aliya to Israel. We know so little about what Chinese Jews believed and did religiouslyin the eight centuries before their encounter with outsiders (from 1000 to 1850). Now we are learning that they were/are closer to Jewish mainstream than previously believed. After teaching the first undergraduate seminar on the Jews of China last spring, I find this argument very suggestive.

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Rabbi Andrea Cohen Kiener Congregation Pnai Or, West Hartford

I am reading Jacobs Return by a local writer (now in Israel) Andrew Tertes (the son of Elliot and Carolyn Tertes), about a Jewish man who is widowed of his Native American wife. It puts him on a journey. Good so far. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Josh Cohen Director -BBYO, Connecticut Valley Region, Woodbridge

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The Secret Plot to Overthrow the US Government – Video




30-08-2012 11:04 Mark Potok, Southern Poverty Law Center & Mr.Gary Berntsen, Concerned Veterans of America & led the “Jawbreaker” team into Afghanistan immediately after 9/11 join Thom Hartmann. Four US Army soldiers have been arrested on charges of murder and have also been accused of plotting to assassinate President Obama and overthrow the government

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'Wade Michael Page certainly mistook Sikhs for Muslims'

Mark Potok, senior fellow at the US-based non-profit civil rights organisation Southern Poverty Law Centre which monitors white supremacist and other hate-groups in America, is convinced that Wade Michael Page targetted innocent Sikh worshippers in the Oak Creek,Wisconsin, believing they were Muslims. In an interview withrediff.com’s Aziz Haniffa, Potok, who has described Page as a ‘white supremacist’ and ‘frustrated neo-Nazi’ in the calibre of Norwegian right wing mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, said in the decades of research the SPLC has conducted, Sikhs have never been a concern to these hate groups, who have always targeted Jews and Blacks and later gays and immigrants, and post-9/11, Muslims in a big way. Page, apparently, had been on the SPLC’s radar for the past decade, ever since he was a member of two racist skinhead bands

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Report calls Hillsboro-based National Alliance irrelevant

CHARLESTON, W.Va.

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The Oatmeal fights back, snaps photo of cash, sends money to charity

Step 1? Check. Step 2?

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Modern Day Militias in the US Rising Part 2.mp4 – Video




20-06-2012 16:27 ABC News affiliate WCPO interviews Mark Potok, SPLC, and Daryl Johnson, DT Analytics, concerning the recent rise in modern day militias in the US over the past three years. Daryl Johnson appears in Part 2 of this two part news story.

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June 22, 2012   Posted in: Mark Potok  Comments Closed

Homegrown Alone 8 Jun 2011 Ed Show (MSNBC).mp4 – Video




20-06-2012 15:40 This segment of the Ed Show, dated June 8, 2011, discusses the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to cut back on its domestic terrorism unit as a result of political criticism over the DHS right wing extremism report in 2009. The story features an interview with Mark Potok, Senior Editor at the Southern Poverty Law Center. It also references Daryl Johnson, the senior analyst who wrote the controversial DHS report, and his reasons for publicly disclosing what happened inside DHS as a result of the report being leaked.

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Thom Hartmann The Big Picture 9 June 2011 (Cable TV).mp4 – Video




20-06-2012 15:57 On June 9, 2011, Thom Hartmann interviews Mark Potok, Senior Editor at the Southern Poverty Law Center, to discuss why the Department of Homeland Security scaled back its intelligence unit that monitors domestic terrorism despite a recent rise in domestic terrorist attacks in the US The author of the report, Daryl Johnson, is also referenced.

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Couple suspected in four slayings planned to 'kill more Jews'

Police recovered a backpack from a garbage can in Corvallis that contained bloody clothing, four credit cards belonging to the Everett victims and a “K-Bar” fighting knife SEATTLE – A white supremacist and his girlfriend linked to four slayings in three states were driving to Sacramento, Calif., to “kill more Jews” when they were arrested by police, according to charging documents. The documents filed in Snohomish County allege that David Joseph “Joey” Pedersen, 31, and his girlfriend, Holly Ann Grigsby, 24, had killed Pedersen’s father and stepmother in Everett, Wash., then drove to Oregon in the dead man’s car, where Grigsby said they shot and killed 19-year-old Cody Myers and stole his car. Grigsby told police they shot Myers “because his last name made them think he was Jewish,” according to the charging documents.

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Summer Reading

Jewish Ledger | June 22, 2012 Summertime is the perfect time to curl up with a good book. What to read

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