Justice Department awards $585,719 to study internet habits of “far right”

Somewhere Andrew Breitbart is rolling over in his grave. 

from Free Beacon:

The Department of Justice is concentrating on “far-right” groups in a new study of social media usage aimed at combatting violent extremism.

The Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded Michigan State University $585,719 for the study, which was praised by Eric Holder, the former attorney general, earlier this year.

“There is currently limited knowledge of the role of technology and computer mediated communications (CMCs), such as Facebook and Twitter, in the dissemination of messages that promote extremist agendas and radicalize individuals to violence,” according to the NIJ grant. “The proposed study will address this gap through a series of qualitative and quantitative analyses of posts from various forms of CMC used by members of both the far-right and Islamic extremist movements.”

The study draws more upon right-wing forums than upon the corners of the web inhabited by Islamist extremists.

“We will collect posts made in four active forums used by members of the far-right and three from the Islamic Extremist community, as well as posts made in Facebook, LiveJournal, Twitter, YouTube, and Pastebin accounts used by members of each movement,” the grant said.

“The findings will be used to document both the prevalence and variation in the ideological content of posts from members of each movement,” the grant continued. “In addition, we will assess the value of these messages in the social status of the individual posting the message and the function of radical messages in the larger on-line identity of participants in extremist communities generally.”

The project will also “identify the hidden networks of individuals who engage in extremist movements based on geographic location and ideological similarities.”

The results will be used for a public webinar, and for presentations for counterterrorism experts in the United States.

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You got that, Conservatives reading this blog?  Your government is lumping you in with the Islamofacists. 

So here's what I've found about the NAACP bombing today

-NAACP office in Colorado Springs was bombed at 11am today
-no one was hurt, but part of the building is burned
-no mainstream news has covered this, even though suspect is still missing
-here’s the official description of the suspect:

“The FBI said it is looking for a person of interest, described as a balding white man in his 40s who may be driving a dirty, 2000 or older model, white pick-up truck with paneling, an open tailgate, and a missing or covered license plate.”

Consider these acts of white domestic terrorism and intimidation used against black people to maintain Jim Crow and the white power structure:

The murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner in Mississippi.

The bombing murders of four little black girls, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Carol Denise McNair in Alabama.

The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in Tennessee.

The brutal harassment of would-be black patrons at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in North Carolina.

The murder of Jonathan Ferrell, again, in North Carolina.

The violent murder of Emmett Till in Mississippi.

The decapitation of James Byrd in Texas.

The murder of Walter Scott in South Carolina.

The murders of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis in Florida.

The disproportionately white jury that set George Zimmerman free, again, in Florida.

The Southern states that, even today, unashamedly proclaim their ‘southern pride’ by celebrating Confederate History month and Robert E. Lee day on the Martin Luther King holiday (if not on King’s birthday), and still honor the confederate flag - and all that it represents - by flying it on or near their State House Capitols, and on their public school grounds.

The grossly disproportionate prosecution and subsequent executions of black people in states like Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The all volunteer, all white ‘poll-watchers' who challenged the votes of black people at polling places in Florida and other Republican controlled states during the 2012 presidential elections.

And if you compare a map of the former Confederacy to a map of the states that voted overwhelmingly for John McCain in 2008, and Mitt Romney in 2012, you will see that those maps are near perfect matches. That is not a coincidence. There is a reason for that. 

There is a reason why the Civil Rights movement was born in the South, in the cradle of the Confederacy.

There is a reason why, virtually overnight, black voters exited the Republican Party in droves, and remain largely absent from it until this day.

There is a reason why, from post-Reconstruction right up until the 1970s, America witnessed a great migration wherein entire generations of black people moved to northern states, fleeing the former slave states - to escape endemic racism, Jim Crow and constant lynchings. No one, under any circumstances, should ever ignore, minimize or forget the history behind those reasons.

American history, from slavery, to the Civil War, to the Civil Rights movement, continuing through today, is the history of violent anti-blackness, repeatedly centered in, but not limited to, the American South.

Contrary to any suggestions that those ‘poor’ old southerners may have somehow been unfairly maligned, I would remind people that the confederate-flag-waving racists of the south (college educated or otherwise) still exist today, and they have thoroughly earned their reputation, and that reputation does not merit any diminution via class or political comparisons.
—  We can have discussions about the differences between overtly “southern” racism and the more covert “liberal” racism. We can (and should) also have discussions about how American anti-blackness is hardly a unique southern phenomenon. We can even have completely separate discussions about classism, but make no mistakeSouthern racists haven’t disappeared, they haven’t gone away and they deserve their racist reputations. (x) (x)
Three Young Muslims Executed by White Man in Act of Domestic Terrorism

Early Tuesday evening, a middle-aged white man shot andkilled three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Deah Barakat (23), his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha (21), and her sister Razan Abu-Salha (19) were shot in the head, execution-style, in the couple’s apartment by their neighbor, Craig Stephen Hicks.

According to friends and family, Hicks had been harassing them for weeks beforehand. Mohammad Abu-Salha, father of the two women killed, said that Yusor had previously spoken with him about her neighbor’s behavior. “This man had picked on my daughter and her husband a couple of times before, and he talked with them with his gun in his belt,” he said. “And they were uncomfortable with him, but they did not know he would go this far.” His daughter told him she felt their neighbor “hates us for who we are and how we look.”

The families are asking that the deaths be investigated as a hate crime. “When the police tell you that the three of them were shot in the head in a very small space- no struggle, no defense- that’s execution,” said Mr. Abu-Salha.

Hicks, who turned himself in to the police, claims that his actions were not motivated by Islamophobia or religious bias, but…parking spaces.

According to the police, Hicks found one of the victim’s cars in his parking spot that night. “Then [he] went to the victim’s condo and shot all three people in a confrontation.”

Keep reading

Fifty-six percent of domestic terrorist attacks and plots in the U.S. since 1995 have been perpetrated by right-wing extremists, as compared to 30 percent by ecoterrorists and 12 percent by Islamic extremists. Right-wing extremism has been responsible for the greatest number of terrorist incidents in the U.S. in 13 of the 17 years since the Oklahoma City bombing.

After DHS withdrew the report, the department cut the number of analysts studying non-Islamic domestic terrorism. Daryl Johnson, the primary author of the report and a self-described Republican, soon left his post at DHS and said in July, 2011 that DHS has “just one person” dealing with domestic terrorism. The Department has largely been silent on domestic terrorist threats ever since.

Although current statistics show that right-wing extremism is on the rise through groups like the Sovereign Citizen and Patriot movements, domestic counterterrorism continues to receive few resources and little public attention. Though Islamic extremism remains a significant domestic security threat, current statistics and incidents such as Oklahoma City show that it is far from the only threat. In order to protect American citizens, we need to match our resources to the reality of our threats, not just the politically expedient narratives we have formed.

Another great piece over at Think Progress by my good friend and colleague, Ken Sofer.

Norway killer on trial: “I would have done it again”

The Norwegian anti-Islamic gunman who killed 77 people said at his trial on Tuesday his shooting spree and bomb attack were “sophisticated and spectacular” and that he would do the same thing again.

Anders Behring Breivik, 33, has pleaded not guilty and said he was defending his country by setting off a car bomb that killed eight people at government headquarters in Oslo last July, then killing another 69 people in a shooting spree at a youth summer camp organized by the ruling Labour Party.

“I have carried out the most sophisticated and spectacular political attack committed in Europe since the Second World War,” Breivik told the court in a prepared statement.

“They (Norwegians) risk being a minority in their own capital in their own country in the future.”

“Yes, I would have done it again, because offences against my people … are many times as bad,” he said, taking to the stand for the first time.

While he has admitted the killings and will likely be kept behind bars for the rest of his life, Breivik’s main objective is to prove he is sane, a court judgment that he sees as vindicating his anti-Muslim and anti-immigration cause.

READ MORE: Norway killer on trial says he would do it again

It was a Tuesday, two days after our mother was killed, that my brother Kamal and I ate the leftovers of the last meal she had made for us. We ate her last rotis - which are a type of South Asian flatbread. She had made the rotis from scratch the night before she died. Along with the last bite of our food that Tuesday came the realization that this was the last meal made by the hands of our mother that we will ever eat in our lifetime. Senators, my mother was our biggest fan, our biggest supporter. She was always there for us. She always had a smile on her face. But, now she’s gone. Because of a man who hated her because she wasn’t his color? His religion?… She was an American. And this was not our American dream.
—  Harpreet Singh Saini, who lost his mother, Paramjit Kaur Saini, when a white supremacist opened fire at a Sikh Gurudwara in Wisconsin, testifying in a hearing on hate crimes and the threat of domestic extremism in the U.S. Senate. (via melanist:silentlydrawn)

But that was then [20 years ago Sunday when Timothy McVeigh exploded a bomb destroying the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and killing 168]. Twenty years ago, the idea of anti-government resistance seemed confined to a lunatic fringe operating in the shadows beyond the mainstream. Twenty years later, it is the mainstream, the beating heart of the Republican Party. And while certainly no responsible figure on the right advocates or condones what he did, it is just as certain that McVeigh’s violent antipathy toward Washington, his conviction that America’s government is America’s enemy, has bound itself to the very DNA of modern conservatism.

It lives in Grover Norquist’s pledge to shrink government down until “we can drown it in the bathtub,” in Chuck Norris’ musing about the need for “a second American revolution,” in Michele Bachmann’s fear that the census is an evil conspiracy. It lives in dozens of right-wing terror plots documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center since the 1995 bombing, including last year’s murder of two police officers and a Walmart shopper by two anti-government activists in Las Vegas. It lives in Cliven Bundy’s armed standoff with federal officials.

These days, it is an article of faith on the political right that “government” is a faceless, amorphous Other. But this government brought itself into being with three words — “We the people” — and they are neither incidental nor insignificant. Our government may be good, may be bad, may be something in between, but as long as we are a free society, the one thing it always is, is us. Meaning: a manifestation of our common will, a decision a majority of us made. We are allowed to be furious at it, but even in fury, we always have peaceful tools for its overthrow. So there is never a reason to do what McVeigh did.

We all know that, of course. But 20 years after the day they brought babies out of the rubble in pieces would be an excellent time to pause and remind ourselves, just the same.

I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro. I recall driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do? They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.

USARK - United States Association of Reptile Keepers

Educate yourself today or suffer tomorrow! You need to understand the animal rights (AR) movement. You should understand it’s a serious threat to Americans (the FBI has) and you should educate others. There is a basic principle to the animal rights ideology: a goal to end all interactions between animals and humans which benefit humans. This trickles all the way down to petting a dog because the person is benefiting (happiness, mood enhancement, stress relief, etc.) from this interaction. In essence, the AR movement is a belief that all animals are slaves.

There are extremists, but there are also many who wear suits and push this AR agenda through government lobbying, manipulative propaganda and sensationalized campaigning. While the extremists distract our attention, the “professional” AR activists are removing your freedoms in multiple arenas, not just pets.

The animal rights movement has been called the “most serious domestic terrorism threat” by the FBI. John Lewis of the FBI stated the following in reference to the AR movement, “There’s been no other movement that has brought as much violence and destruction and vandalism.”

Are all AR groups extremists? No. However, the problem lies in the fact that many high-ranking officials with so-called “animal welfare” groups have beginnings in radical AR groups such as the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and like-minded groups. Do a simple internet search for “animal rights” along with any of the following names: John Goodwin, Michael W. Fox, Bruce Friedrich, Ingrid Newkirk, Rodney Coronado and Wayne Pacelle. These are just a few examples of people who now have well-paying careers with, or have received substantial money from national “animal welfare” groups and PeTA. They all have ties to noted AR extremist groups. They may wear suits now, but their hands have been dirty in the past.

The clean and manicured side of the AR movement consists of lawyers, doctors, scientists, lobbyists, and many other accredited professionals. They can use their titles an influence to push the AR agenda through scientific papers, medical research, government influence, etc. To be blunt, it’s scary.

While many groups were once legitimate animal welfare organizations concerned with the humane treatment of animals, many have strayed down the path of animals rights while posing as animal welfare groups. This allows them to bring in hundreds of millions of dollars annually through fraudulent fundraising. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), who runs NO local humane societies brought in $170,000,000+ last year with less than 1% going to local shelters. The ASPCA, who only runs one shelter in New York City and NO local SPCAs, brought in $160,000,000+ last year with less than 3% going to local rescues. Hundreds of other groups bring in additional millions while doing only enough actual animal welfare work to keep the money rolling in to push their AR agenda in our government.

For a bit more information, read the article below. While this article discusses PeTA, who fully claims to be an animal rights group, parallels can easily be drawn and similar articles written for the most financially lucrative of national “animal welfare” groups.

Animal rights is animal rights. It doesn’t matter if you are setting fires or lobbying politicians. The agenda is the same.

Pet owners are animal welfare advocates, not animal rights activists.

Note: Promoting and advocating for veganism/vegetarianism is much different than removing the choice and freedom of Americans through illegitimate lobbying practices, sensationalized propaganda and “junk science.”

Before reading the article, also realize that these groups are 501©3 tax-exempt organizations. They receive substantial tax benefits and can easily receive funds through sources not accessible to other groups. Even PeTA is a 501©3 “charitable” association. Here is an example of where their tax-exempt money goes:

Rodney Coronado: long-time chieftain of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF); jailed over 5 years for torching a university research lab; known to flee jurisdictions after warrants are issued for his arrest; confessed serial arsonist. Coronado received over $70,000 from PeTA in “grants” which included giving talks at universities pushing a radical AR agenda.

FBI Anti-Terror Unit Investigated PETA

We previously reported on the bipartisan condemnation PETA received from Virginia lawmakers with the passage of legislation targeting its “animal shelter.” But PETA’s “shelter” that kills over 90% of the animals in its care is far from the organization’s only black eye—PETA was also the subject of an FBI investigation, according to documents published by the Department of Justice [DOJ].

In 2001, the FBI Domestic Terrorism Operations Unit wrote a report on the findings from various investigations into PETA’s operations. The report claims PETA provided, “what can be considered at least tacit support for the [Animal Liberation Front] and its illegal activity.”A summary of the FBI’s findings said that PETA had “financed or contributed to the legal defense funds of some of animal’s rights extremists charged with crimes.” Notably, that included $70,000 to the defense of Rodney Coronado, who was convicted of arson.

The Animal Liberation Front (ALF), to which PETA provided “tacit support,” is classified by the FBI as a domestic terrorist group. According to FBI testimony, the organization, along with its environmental counterpart the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), has carried out “more than 600 criminal acts in the United States since 1996.” News outlets are currently speculating as to the organization’s involvement in a recent firebombing at a Nevada KFC, because the initials “ALF” were spray-painted on the drive-thru menu. In 2002 the FBI estimated that criminal acts from the ALF/ELF had caused 43 million dollars in damages.

The FBI’s investigation revealed that PETA donated $1,500 to the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) in order to pay the legal fees of its press officer. But not only is the organization’s contribution to the ELF troubling, so are PETA’s statements regarding the ALF. On its website PETA states, “we realize that [the ALF] have different methods and we try not to condemn any efforts in behalf of animals in which no one is harmed,” while Ingrid Newkirk has said, “I will be the last person to condemn ALF.”

PETA also trivializes the consequences of ALF’s terror attacks by claiming, “ALF ‘raids’ have provided proof of horrific cruelty that would not have been discovered or believed otherwise.” Not exactly the kind of swift denunciation one would hope for when talking about a terrorist organization, but unsurprising given PETA’s financial support of an ALF press officer.

The DOJ report also contains details about the FBI’s investigation of Greenpeace, a group with a history of law-breaking. Read the full report to learn some things you might not know. Animal activists complain that tough anti-terrorism laws hurt free speech, but the report shows there’s procedure and oversight involved in making sure only legitimate cases are pursued.

PeTA article via


Present day conservatism – be it in the form of Republicans, Libertarians or the Tea Party – operates on three levels: White grievance, fear-mongering, and irrational hatred of “the other”  

A provision of the National Defense Authorization Act would put the U.S. into a permanent state of martial law, allowing military policing of American citizens.

Without any formal hearing or charge, the military would be able to detain and indefinitely intern U.S. citizens simply for allegations of terrorist activity.

White House administration issued a statement criticizing the measure on November 17, and stands by it’s right to exercise veto should the Act go through.

Let’s please not forget the arson and bombings of clinics, the threats of anthrax, the shootings and - of course - the multiple murders of abortion providers and clinic employees. Abortion clinics are not safe places - anti-choicers have ensured that - and if women are truly to have the right to seek abortions free from violence and harassment, they need to be.

I am so fucking furious right now. There was a toxic air attack on MFF (MidWest FurFest). SOMEONE TRIED TO POISON THE AIR AT THAT HOTEL TO KILL FURRIES. It has been proven that there was malicious intent. Some poor bastard had a seizure and had to be cut out of their several thousand dollar fursuit. Nineteen people were taken to the hospital.

I’m angry because people I loved were there. I’m angry because the media has such a negative opinion on furries that some would say they deserved it. But most of all I am OUTRAGED because this act of domestic terrorism will never get the attention it deserves because the people it affected were furries.

Read up and educate yourself because there are people out there that will say that whoever did this was justified to do so. I can’t even express how wrong that is.

Article 1 Article 2 Video Article 3

Why aren’t people talking about this? Brendan Tevlin, a boy who went to an all boys’ private school with a very close relationship to my school in New Jersey, was killed in an act of domestic terrorism. He was only 19 years old and driving home from his friends house. While stopped at an intersection, Ali Muhammad Brown murdered him. He murdered him for absolutely no reason — except for the fact that he was an American. Brown claims that it was a “just kill” and that he did it in the name of all Muslims killed in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. This is domestic terrorism, people. A boy who did nothing wrong was killed in a fairly safe neighborhood while driving home from playing video games with his friend. Doesn’t this seem like sometime that people should be informed of? What if I told you that this man had killed other people before Brendan? Obama might say that the global war on terror is lower (dare I say over), but clearly this isn’t the case. Like the article says, if we ignore this, it will continue to happen again and again. No one wants to be afraid while walking down the street or even while sitting at a red light. Brendan did nothing wrong and domestic terrorism is happening. 

Please spread this. This needs to be shared.