August 15, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in White Supremacist Movement

CHARLOTTESVILLE, [VA]--The man suspected of ramming his car into a crowd here, an attack that authorities said left one person dead and 19 more injured, was denied bail during his first court appearance in a downtown courtroom on Monday. A statement by city officials said Fields, 20, was the driver of the Dodge Challenger that drove into a group of counter-protesters Saturday, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, after a rally of white nationalists in a city park spun out of control, resulting in melees in the streets. Downer said he would not grant bond to Fields, at least until he met with a court-appointed lawyer, Charles Weber. Fields answered Downer’s questions simply, saying, “Yes, s  

August 14, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

OKLAHOMA CITY, [OK]--An Oklahoma man was arrested Saturday after allegedly attempting to detonate a car bomb in downtown Oklahoma City because “he was upset with the government,” a statement from the Department of Justice said. The suspect, Jerry Varnell, 23, of Sayre, Okla., initially planned on blowing up the Federal Reserve Building in Washington D.C., using a device that mirrored the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the report from the Western District of Oklahoma’s U.S. Attorney’s Office said. In 1995, a car bomb killed 168 people in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. Instead of heading to Washington, Varnell decided to target BancFirst, Oklahoma’s la  

August 13, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in White Supremacist Movement

CHARLOTTESVILLE, [VA]--Three people are dead and at least 33 injured after a series of violent clashes erupted at a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. In the most extreme incident, 20-year-old white nationalist James Alex Fields plowed his car into a group of counter-protesters, killing one person, 32-year-old Heather Heyer, and injuring 19. Fields has been charged with second-degree murder, and the Department of Justice announced a civil rights investigation into the incident. Two state troopers were also killed when their helicopter, which had been assisting with the police response to the rally, crashed outside the city later in the day. The violent clashe  

August 12, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in White Supremacist Movement

CHARLOTTESVILLE, [VA]--Two Virginia state troopers and a woman died on Saturday in the fallout of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that was canceled before it even started because of the violence it was provoking. Charlottesville police identified Heather Heyer, a local, as the 32-year-old who died at the hospital after a Dodge Challenger rammed into a crowd of anti-racist protesters. Nineteen others were injured. State police charged the alleged driver, 20-year-old James Alex Fields, Jr., with second-degree murder and the Department of Justice is also investigating whether he violated any civil rights, which could lead to federal hate crime charges. Fields is a registered   

August 12, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in White Supremacist Movement

CHARLOTTESVILLE, [VA]--A Virginia State Police helicopter helping law enforcement officers monitor the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville crashed in Albemarle County on Saturday, killing the two people on board. The pilot, Lt. H. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, and trooper-pilot Berke M.M. Bates of Quinton, flying a Bell 407 helicopter, died at the scene, according to state police. The cause of the crash, which was in a wooded area near a residence on Old Farm Road, is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board, but there is no indication of foul play, state police said Saturday night. The two victims were the only people on boa  

August 12, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Conspiracy Theories

ZANESVILLE, [OH]--A YouTube conspiracy theorist who federal authorities previously suspected was involved in reporting a dirty bomb at the Port of Charleston in South Carolina had an unrelated case dismissed in Zanesville Municipal Court. In June, George W. Sweigert, 56, was booked into the Zanesville City Jail for having physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated. At the time of his arrest, the FBI had alerted Zanesville police to be on the lookout for Sweigert, who agents believed was in the area. Sweigert was arrested at about 2 a.m. on June 15 on Playford Avenue, off of Hamline Avenue, in Zanesville. The call was reported to the Zanesville Police Department as a suspicious vehicle,   

August 11, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

UNITED STATES, [US]--We mapped 63 publicly reported incidents from January to July 2017, where mosques were targets of threats, vandalism or arson. On average, that comes down to nine every month and at least two a week. The incidents, tallied in a preliminary list of publicly reported occurrences by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, span 26 states from Florida to Hawaii. During the same time period in 2016, CAIR counted 46 incidents. CNN has compiled a list of all the cities where mosques have been targeted. In some cases, there was more than one incident in a particular city. View More>>  

August 10, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in White Supremacist Movement

NEW PORT RICHEY, [FL]--The five people arrested in New Port Richey on Tuesday called themselves neo-Nazis. To Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco, they’re plain criminals. Five members of a Nazi organization in New Port Richey were arrested Tuesday by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office after the execution of a search warrant uncovered drugs, guns and propaganda. Alexander Nowokunski, Gabrielle Price, Michael Baun, Melinda Zalneraitis and Steven Crumbley were taken into custody. A search warrant of a house in the 9200 block of Kiowa Drive, which Nocco called a “cesspool,” uncovered hundreds of pages of bank account and personal information, the military identification of a black man, 12 grams o  

August 9, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

MINNEAPOLIS, [MN]--Four years ago, FBI agents in Minnesota brought down an Army veteran and self-described militia leader named Keith Michael Novak, who pleaded guilty to identity theft after a federal investigation found he had sold personal details on dozens of former military colleagues. But as they scanned Novak’s encrypted hard drive, the agents found more than they had bargained for: A large cache of child pornography, which led prosecutors to seek a new indictment before Novak could be released from prison on the original charges. On Wednesday, a federal appellate panel upheld the 12-year sentence imposed on Novak last year after a federal jury found him guilty in the subsequent ch  

August 8, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

UNITED STATES, [US]--Energized by Donald Trump’s coarsely confrontational nationalism, the armed right-wing fringe is doing more than stepping out of the shadows in 2017. Detachments of armed men in fatigues have become fixtures at liberal protests, forming the vanguard of what’s become known in some quarters as the “counter-resistance.” Now, in a smattering of states with histories of right-wing extremism, chapters of groups like the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters may be emerging as even more direct political players, providing security for local pro-Trump politicians and Republican organizations. In one case, a Three Percenter was found to be employed on a state lawmaker’s sta