German nazi terror witness’ mysterious death


This video is called German MPs condemn handling of neo-Nazi cell case.

By Sven Heymann in Germany:

Witness in German NSU investigation dies in car fire

22 October 2013

In the scandal surrounding a series of murders by Germany’s far-right terrorist group, the National Socialist Underground (NSU), there have been important developments in recent weeks that have gone largely unreported by the mainstream media.

In mid-September, there was a mysterious death in Stuttgart. The 21-year-old Florian H burned to death in his car. On the same evening, the state criminal investigation agency (LKA) in Baden-Württemberg had called him in for questioning. The young man from Eppingen in the Heilbronn region was to have given information on the extreme right scene, according to the newspaper Berliner Zeitung.

According to police sources, the young man committed suicide. Underlying the suicide, they added, were personal problems, suggesting that they stemmed from a break-up with his girlfriend. Although no suicide note was found, the police quickly ruled out the involvement of other people in his death. Therefore, there would be no further investigation, police spokesman Thomas Ulmer stated.

Despite this, witnesses have reported that shortly after Florian H got into his car, they heard an explosion. Only afterwards did the vehicle burst into flames, ending up burned out.

As the Schwäbische Tagblatt wrote, the mother of the victim also questions the suicide. In an Internet forum she described him as “a person who was full of life and critical” who had “dreams, desires and goals.” “Those who knew him do not think it was suicide,” she went on.

What was Florian H’s connection to the extreme right scene?

The police designated him as a hanger-on of the extreme right. The police questioned H for the first time in January 2012 about the murder of policewoman Michèle Kiesewetter, after they had received an anonymous tip about him. The crime, which took place in Heilbronn in April 2007, was blamed on the NSU. During questioning, H declared that he knew nothing about the murder of Kiesewetter.

Instead, Florian H reported that along with the NSU there was another dangerous right-wing group called neoschutzstaffel (NSS), named after Hitler’s SS. Activists from the NSU and NSS even met on one occasion in Uhrlingen near Heilbronn, although H was not sure when.

For its part, the LKA has not been able to verify this statement. But they obviously thought it was plausible enough to ask H to return for a second round of questioning. The information was first made public in August of this year, when it cropped up in the final report of the parliamentary investigative committee as a short note. It is also known that the members of the NSU had close ties to Baden-Württemberg. Personal visits took place with neo-Nazi members in Ludwigsburg and Heilbronn.

However, the connection between the murder of Kiesewetter and the series of murders of nine immigrants by the NSU remains unclear. The murder of the policewoman does not fit into the picture of racially motivated murders. It is also significant that the series of murders came to an abrupt end with the crime in Heilbronn in April 2007.

The surroundings in which the murdered police officer worked are noteworthy. Two officers worked in her unit who were members in the German section of the racist Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in the early 2000s. One of the pair was even a group leader of Kiesewetter’s unit.

The German KKK, as has since become known, was a creation of the domestic surveillance agency in Baden-Württemberg. According to statements by the chairman of the NSU parliamentary investigative committee, Sebastian Edathy of the Social Democrats (SPD), half of the organisation was made up of agents of the surveillance service. Thomas Richter, alias “Corelli,” who worked for the federal intelligence service for more than a decade, was also a member.

Michèle Kiesewetter’s uncle, who is also a police officer, speculated after the murder that it could have a connection to the “Döner murders.” In his opinion, there was still no official connection between these murders and the extreme right.

Did Michèle Kiesewetter know too much? Did she possibly intend to uncover something but ended up turning to the “wrong” colleagues?

It remains questionable whether the three NSU members, Mundlos, Böhnhardt and Zschäpe were directly behind the murder of Kiesewetter. The evidence proving their connection to this was the discovery of the officer’s service weapon in the burnt out caravan of Mundlos and Böhnhardt in November 2011.

However, there is evidence that the murder could have been carried out by others. Along with Kiesewetter, another police officer, Martin Arnold, was also a victim in the attack. He survived with gunshot wounds. Images of the suspects produced from his memory were concealed by the authorities, and only became visible several weeks ago. They show people who bear no likeness to the three NSU members.

The critical questions here are: what is the state trying to conceal and what methods are they using to do this?

According to media reports, it was Michael See, an intelligence agent, who developed the terrorist concept which the NSU based themselves on. The Berliner Zeitung reported that See worked out the theoretical conception of building autonomous cells. In his book devoted to the subject, entitled “Sonnenbanner,” he allegedly urged groups to go underground, according to Zeit Online.

In the early 1990s, See led the local cell in Leinefelde in Thüringen, where he led their paramilitary sports group and maintained good contact with the Thüringen homeland defence (THS) out of which the NSU emerged. In a report from the federal domestic intelligence services to the federal criminal investigation agency in February, it was stated that a “relationship” between See and Mundlos could “not be totally ruled out.”

As an agent for the domestic intelligence service, See, who has been charged with attempted manslaughter, earned at least 66,000 marks between 1995 and 2001.

His handlers in the domestic intelligence agency were well aware of the explosive nature of these events. Just one week after the exposure of the NSU in November 2011, the responsible department destroyed the file of agent “Tarif,” as See was known in the intelligence service. The files on six other agents were destroyed during the same period. The domestic intelligence service explained publicly that this concerned people who were merely hangers-on or peripheral figures within the extreme right milieu.

With every week that passes, it is becoming clearer that state authorities cooperated with criminals, covered this up and in so doing at least made possible a series of racist murders which cost the lives of nine immigrants and a police officer.

They also undermined the effective exposure of right-wing extremist criminals. As the LKA official Sven Wunderlich, who was commissioned to locate the three NSU members after they went underground in February 1998, stated before an NSU investigative committee in Erfurt, his work had been blocked by the intelligence services.

The state intelligence agency in Thüringen, with which the detectives from the federal criminal investigative agency cooperated, concealed information and the measures that it had taken. “Our work was sabotaged,” said Wunderlich. He had only two possible explanations for this: “Either we were not supposed to find the trio at that time, perhaps because one of them already had ties with the intelligence services. Or the intelligence agency wanted to find the trio before us, so that that they could clear up particular matters with them, without the police or judicial authorities.”

German Ku Klux Klan and secret service


This music video is by the Ramones, The KKK took my baby away, LIVE in Sweden.

By Sven Heymanns in Germany:

German Ku Klux Klan founded by state’s intelligence agency

1 November 2012

The German branch of the racist secret society, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), was set up and led by an undercover agent of the state of Baden-Württemberg’s secret service.

According to a report in the Tagesspiegel daily newspaper, an organisation called the “European White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan–Realm of Germany” was established by a white supremacist government spy in October 2000. A short time later, the man was appointed by a KKK group in the US to the position of national leader, a “Grand Dragon”. The German branch existed until early 2003.

But that was not all. The agent was not only working for the secret service of a German state; it appears he was also operating with the official protection of one of his colleagues. An employee of the intelligence agency is suspected of having passed on to him “anonymous confidential information” in 2002. In particular, this person allegedly warned him that his phone was being tapped.

The Ku Klux Klan is one of a long line of ultra right-wing organisations set up by German secret service agents with the help of state funds.

Investigations into the extreme right-wing National Democratic Party (NDP) associations in the states of Thuringia and North Rhine-Westphalia had already revealed they could not have developed as they did without funding provided by the secret service. Several neo-Nazis openly boasted they had drawn funds from the intelligence service for a number of years.

Baden-Württemberg’s Interior Minister Reinhold Gall (Social Democratic Party, SDP) would not confirm that the founder of Germany’s extreme right-wing KKK organisation was an undercover agent belonging to his state’s secret service agency. However, he also did not deny the allegation, instead drawing attention to the case’s highest level of secrecy that ostensibly made it impossible for him to comment on media reports.

Beate Bube, head of the state’s secret service agency, also refused to confirm whether an agent was associated with the founding of the local KKK. She said the identity of undercover agents had to be protected and added: “The issue could involve a criminal betrayal of state secrets, and that’s precisely what we want to avoid doing”.

Although Gall had confirmed before the domestic affairs select committee that a member of the secret service had cautioned the leader of the KKK about certain state surveillance measures, he avoided repeating this to the press.

As is now customary in such episodes, Gall and Bube asserted that the case was an “isolated” one. According to Die Welt, the daily newspaper, Bube said there is “no reason to doubt that agency employees fulfil their statutory duties correctly and irreproachably, and there is no reason to believe that they lack awareness of democratic procedures”.

The close links between the state and the Ku Klux Klan raises new questions about possible links between government agencies and the right-wing terrorists of the National Socialist Underground (NSU). Plenty of overlap has been discovered between the KKK and the NSU.

Two of the three members of the NSU, Uwe Böhnhardt and Beate Tschäpe, were spotted near Jena at a cross burning attended by 20 neo-Nazis in the mid-1990s. Tschäpe even had photos of the scene and personally informed the public prosecutor about their attendance. That was before Tschäpe, Böhnhardt and Uwe Mundlos went into hiding and began their killing spree.

The identity of another undercover agent, operating in the KKK’s ranks under the code name “Corelli”, was discovered by police in 1998 on an address list Mundlos had hidden in a garage. But the main cause of suspicion is the fact that two members of the relatively small KKK group in Baden-Württemberg were close colleagues of the NSU’s last murder victim, policewoman Michèle Kiesewetter. Kiesewetter was shot in April 2007 and the series of NSU killings then abruptly ceased.

The murder of a German policewoman is not commensurate with the criminal operations of the NSU. All the other murders had immigrants as their victims and were obviously racially motivated. To date, there is no plausible explanation why Kiesewetter became a target of the NSU. The question arises as to whether the former KKK memberships of her squad leader and another police colleague played a role.

A parliamentary committee of inquiry into the NSU is now dealing with the case. But no clarification can be expected from that quarter because the investigation is systematically blocked by the authorities and the committee itself has little interest in bringing the facts to light. Finally, all the parties represented on the committee are involved to some extent in government office and are therefore responsible for police and the intelligence service.

Only occasionally, when it is all too obvious they are being led around by the nose, do the committee members allow some measure of the truth to surface. Responding to the new revelations about the KKK, Free Democratic Party deputy Hartfrid Wolff groaned: “Were there then any members [of the KKK] who were not in the police or secret service?” A legitimate question!

The authorities are continuing their attempt to prevent any further unravelling of the events. They have stopped referring to undeniable revelations as “mishaps”, “slips” and “isolated cases”; they append the official designation of “secret” to files that could lead to further clarification, or they destroy huge numbers of them. It is now known that far more records relating to the NSU affair have been destroyed than was initially announced.

Heinz Fromm resigned in July from his post as president of the Federal Office of the Secret Service, following the official revelation that numerous files relevant to the case had been shredded immediately after the breaking up of the NSU cell last November.

A secret interior ministry report in possession of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper has now revealed that, between the discovery of the NSU gang and Fromm’s resignation, not only folders detailing 26 wiretappings of right-wing extremists were destroyed. The obliteration of evidence also extended to 94 personnel files, eight evaluation case files, 137 research and public relations records and 45 files on so-called “warranted persons” of the secret service.

During his appearance before the parliamentary committee, former vice president of the Constitutional Committee Klaus-Dieter Fritsche displayed an arrogance that infuriated even the normally meek parliamentary deputies. He pointedly told them they would be receiving only officially approved documents, and more or less declared them an outright security risk.

Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich (Christian Social Union, CSU) did assure the committee that it would be given the files of all the secret service authorities. But these will be heavily redacted. Friedrich also said the real names of undercover agents could not be disclosed to the deputies. Insight into the “inside operations” of the security agency will not be permitted, because “the life and death of people are concerned. And it’s a matter of public welfare”.

Nazi, KKK scandals in German police


This music video from Britain is called Steel Pulse – Ku Klux Klan 1978.

By Sebastian Brügge in Germany:

German police linked to neo-Nazi murders and Ku Klux Klan

16 August 2012

In 2001, an unusual ceremony took place near Schwäbisch Hall in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. A man was led blindfolded to a secret location, where he signed an oath in blood and was initiated into the Ku Klux Klan with a “knightly” dubbing.

The individual who described his admission into the organisation, the European White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, was a police officer. Another policeman was also a member of the fascist organization at the time.

Furthermore, both were colleagues of Michèle Kiesewetter, a policewoman murdered in Heilbronn in 2007. One of the men had been her squad leader. Kiesewetter’s killing was attributed to the extreme right-wing terrorist organization, the National Socialist Underground (NSU, Nationalsozialistischer Untergrund), responsible for the murder of nine immigrants between 2000 and 2006.

The membership of the two police in the Ku Klux Klan came to light during the recent review of files connected with the racist murders carried out by the NSU. This was confirmed by the state interior ministry in Stuttgart. The officers, now 32 and 42, are still serving in the police force.

Police investigations into the Ku Klux Klan unearthed the involvement of the two officers in 2003. The two officers claimed in their statements that they were initially unaware of the Klan’s racist outlook. Explaining the reasons for their membership, they mentioned the Klan’s “interesting” bible readings, the “nice and friendly” company, and the hope of meeting some women there. One of the officers was said to have left the group when “a real Nazi” started spouting slogans at one of the meetings.

This account is utterly implausible. The words Ku Klux Klan immediately bring to everyone’s mind images of white hoods, burning crosses and racial hatred against black people. The German branch of the Ku Klux Klan, which has allegedly once again disbanded, rarely showed itself in public. It operated in secret and predominantly in the violent far-right scene, the milieu that spawned the NSU and that is thoroughly penetrated by secret service undercover agents.

The Tageszeitung newspaper reported that internal documents of the Baden-Württemberg Office for the Protection of the Constitution (as the secret service is called) revealed the German branch of the US organization was founded in October 2000 by skinhead musician S. Achim, alias Ryan Davis. It consisted of about 20 members until around late 2002. The aim of the German branch of the Klan was the “preservation of the white race in a white Europe”. Only those who had white skin and no Jewish ancestry were accepted into the organization.

Photographs belonging to the musician showed the two policemen posing in front of Ku Klux Klan flags. It was apparent that they were at home in this environment. It remains to be seen whether the initial position of the federal prosecutor’s office—i.e., its claim that neither of the two police officers was connected with the NSU—will be maintained.

Many questions are raised by the murder of policewoman Michèle Kiesewetter, who came from the same state (Thuringia) as her alleged murderers. Unlike the NSU’s previous murders, there were no grounds for suspecting a racist motive behind the killing.

The Bild tabloid recently reported that the two NSU terrorists, Uwe Böhnhardt and Uwe Mundlos, had for days been lying in wait for the police officer in vain, because she had suddenly decided to spend a holiday with her mother. But on April 25, 2007, Kiesewetter telephoned the department where she worked in Heilbronn, asking to be placed on patrol. According to the duty roster, she should have been off.

Böhnhardt and Mundlos subsequently extended the lease on their caravan home. The newspaper asked: “Did they receive a tip-off?” Could it possibly have come from the two police officers with ties to the Ku Klux Klan, one of whom was Kiesewetter’s boss?

The Report aus München television program recently revealed that Kiesewetter’s godfather, who is also a policeman, made a remarkable statement in May 2007. Just eight days after the murder of his niece, he had concluded it was related to “the murder of the Turks”.

This raises the question of what the police officer knew at that time. The relationship between the immigrants’ and Kiesewetter’s murders was only made public when the NSU was uncovered in early November last year. It is also unclear why no one was prepared at the time to pursue such vital evidence. Kiesewetter’s uncle refused to be interviewed by the television reporters.

The truth is that the extreme right-wing, violent milieu was well acquainted with the racist murders. Could Kiesewetter possibly have learnt something from them? Did she know her killers? Böhnhardt had repeatedly visited her home town of Oberweissbach in Thuringia. An NSU supporter had even run a pub there. The question also remains: why did the NSU cease its racist killings after the murder of the police officer?

The testimony of witnesses to the murder has also proved to be contradictory. Two statements indicate that a single man with a bloodied arm fled into a waiting car. Other witnesses saw two men and a woman escaping the scene. The investigating authorities have now concluded that the accounts are not credible.

However, Clemens Binninger, a former police officer and conservative Christian Democratic Union member of the NSU parliamentary inquiry committee, says the statements are credible since they are in line with police records and assumptions.

Following analysis of the testimony in 2009, the Baden-Württemberg criminal investigation department proposed that, in fact, up to six people were involved.

All that can be said is that Michèle Kiesewetter was certainly not killed because the terrorists were “weapons fanatics” bent on stealing the weapons of Kiesewetter and her colleague, who survived with serious injuries. That is what the federal criminal police office (BKA) originally claimed.

After the summer break, the Heilbronn murder will be the central focus of the NSU parliamentary investigative committee, and additional relevant documents from Baden-Württemberg have already been requested. Some of the records were withheld from the initial inquiry because they were allegedly “irrelevant to the case”.

According to Binninger, the investigative committee then requested all the files. “I strongly suspect that the Baden-Württemberg interior ministry is behaving just as all the other ministries have behaved so far”, he said. However, he believes “that we will get all the files we need for our task”.

Binninger’s confidence that all files will be passed on to the investigation committee is seriously misplaced in view of the widely reported deliberate destruction of documents.

The intelligence services—the Secret Service and the Military Counterintelligence Service—and the police authorities have for months repeatedly destroyed records or withheld important files from the committee. Some files were even shredded by order of the interior ministry.

As a result, the precise details of the relationships between the intelligence agencies, the extreme right and the NSU remain hidden and the circumstances surrounding the murder of Kiesewetter unexplained.

German secret service paid undercover agent “Hitler’s birthday” premium: here.

Boston Police Newsletter Wracked With Racism, Sexism. Dan Massoglia, Truthout in the USA: “For the uninitiated, it is almost too fantastic to believe. A police department’s union, supremely tone-deaf in a city with a discriminatory history, puts out a newsletter that open-heartedly embraces racism, sexism and homophobia – the very things of which police departments constantly deny accusations of being guilty”: here.

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KKK in German police scandal


This music video is called Ramones – The KKK took my baby away LIVE in Sweden, in 1981.

From weekly Der Spiegel in Germany, with photos there [by the way, Der Spiegel misspells Klu Klux Klan; I have corrected that to Ku Klux Klan]:

8/02/2012

Racist ‘Scandal’ German Police Kept Jobs Despite KKK Involvement

By Florian Gathmann

Officials allowed two German police officers to keep their jobs even after it emerged they had been members of a Ku Klux Klan spin-off group. The men were also colleagues of a policewoman believed to have been murdered by a neo-Nazi terrorist cell discovered last year. Whether there was any direct connection or not, politicians are demanding answers.

A racism scandal is unfolding in Germany this week following the revelation that two police officers in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg had been members of a German spin-off group of the Ku Klux Klan. The two men are still serving in uniform — one on the normal police force and the other as a squad commander for the riot-control police. The state’s Interior Ministry on Wednesday confirmed reports that the men had been involved with a group that called itself the European White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (EWK).

The development has left many officials dumbfounded: How, they are asking, could public officers who swear an oath to protect the constitution have been members of a racist organization? Officials first uncovered the links during an ongoing investigation of the murderous National Socialist Underground (NSU) neo-Nazi terror cell. Between 2000 and 2007, the group allegedly murdered at least nine small businessmen of mainly Turkish descent, along with one policewoman, Michèle Kiesewetter. The two police officers with alleged Ku Klux Klan links also happened to be colleagues of Kiesewetter.

If not for neo-Nazi terror investigation, light might never have been cast on the fact that the Klan has been active in Germany. EWK operated in Baden-Württemberg between 2000 and 2002, with domestic intelligence counting some 20 members in the end, according to German daily Die Tageszeitung. But even more unbelievable than the group’s existence is that German police officers were involved, and that very little action was taken once they were exposed. While they were both reportedly subject to disciplinary action, they were still allowed to keep their jobs.

Sebastian Edathy, a member of the center-left Social Democratic Party who heads an investigative committee on the crimes of the NSU in Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, is calling the situation a scandal. “Civil servants who are or were members of a decidedly anti-democratic, extremist organization must be removed from the police force,” he said.

Hartfrid Wolff, a member of the business-friendly Free Democratic Party who is also a member of parliament’s domestic affairs committee, expressed similar shock over the revelations. “I never would have imagined this,” he said. Fellow domestic affairs committee member Wolfgang Wieland of the Green Party, spoke of “inexcusable behavior”.

Police Officers Claimed Ignorance

Internally, authorities have been aware of the case since 2003, when they uncovered evidence of the officers’ temporary membership during a search of the EWK leader’s apartment in the city of Schwäbisch Hall. During the ensuing disciplinary proceedings, the two officers justified their participation by saying they only become aware of the true character of the organization after they had been members for a while. After learning the truth about the group, they claim, the men left it. One of the police officers reported that it only dawned on him after an aggressive neo-Nazi from eastern Germany with tattoos of Adolf Hitler appeared at a meeting.

Membership for one of the officers lasted half a year, while the other quit the EWK even sooner. The men appear to have convinced their superiors of their naïveté, because they both kept their jobs.

But with the newly revealed connection to murdered policewoman Kiesewetter, their KKK past has come into question once again. One of the men had been Kiesewetter’s immediate superior in the riot police, leading a group of about 10 officers.

‘Connection Remains Uncertain’

But was there a connection between these two officers and Kiesewetter’s murder? There has been ample speculation that her alleged murderers, the NSU, were in possession of insider information.

See also here.

US religious Right teaches children Loch Ness monster is real


This video is called HOW TO SEE THE LOCH NESS MONSTER.

By Laura Hibbard in the USA:

Louisiana Private Schools Teach Loch Ness Monster Is Real In Effort To Disprove Evolution Theory

06/25/2012 3:39 pm

Some students at private schools in Louisiana are being taught that Scotland’s fabled Loch Ness monster is real, a claim that is then held as evidence disproving Charles Darwin‘s theory of evolution, the Scotsman reports.

Thousands of students across the state are eligible to receive publicly funded vouchers to allow them to attend private Christian schools where textbooks published by Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) claim the monster was actually a dinosaur that existed at the same time as man, an assertion which conflicts with the theory of evolution.

The Times Educational Supplement, a British publication for teachers, published an article in 2009 that included an excerpt from Accelerated Christian Education’s Biology 1099 textbook, which was published in 1995:

Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence. Have you heard of the `Loch Ness Monster‘ in Scotland? `Nessie,’ for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.

Could a fish have developed into a dinosaur? As astonishing as it may seem, many evolutionists theorize that fish evolved into amphibians and amphibians into reptiles. This gradual change from fish to reptiles has no scientific basis. No transitional fossils have been or ever will be discovered because God created each type of fish, amphibian, and reptile as separate, unique animals. Any similarities that exist among them are due to the fact that one Master Craftsmen fashioned them all.

Let us presume for the sake of argument that Nessie exists, is a plesiosaur, and still lives 65 million years after all other plesiosaurs became extinct (err … creationists don’t accept 65 miliion years) … If it is a plesiosaur, then it is not a dinosaur, as Accelerated Christian Education claims. Though dinosaurs and plesiosaurs lived at the same time, plesiosaurs were not dinosaurs.

Loch Ness monster tour guide Tony Drummond, 47, told the Scottish Sun the curriculum is “ridiculous propaganda.”

And Bruce Wilson, a researcher specializing in the American political religious right, told the Scotsman that one of the texts also claims “dinosaurs were fire-breathing dragons.”

“It has little to do with science as we currently understand. It’s more like medieval scholasticism,” Wilson told the paper.

According to Scotland’s the Herald, one of the textbooks also provides a somewhat controversial look at the Ku Klux Klan.

“The [Ku Klux] Klan in some areas of the country tried to be a means of reform, fighting the decline in morality and using the symbol of the cross … In some communities it achieved a certain respectability as it worked with politicians,” the textbook reads, according to the Herald.

United States Ku Klux Klan propaganda


This video from the USA is about the Ku Klux Klan and lynching.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Ku Klux Klan highway bid sparks fury

Tuesday 12 June 2012

US civil rights activists reacted with fury on Monday at attempts by a Ku Klux Klan group to join Georgia’s “Adopt-A-Highway” programme to clean up litter on roads.

Each group that volunteers is named on a sign on the road it adopts. The KKK group secretary claimed that she applied to keep the highway beautiful, not for publicity.

But State Representative Tyrone Brooks said he welcomed the opportunity to educate the group about the Klan’s legacy of violence and racism – which he experienced first-hand as a civil rights activist in the fight to end segregation.

“I’d like to sit down with this young lady and say: ‘Your organisation tried to kill me’,” Mr Brooks said.

He said that the notion of a highway sign identifying the Klan as a civic group was “insulting and insane.”

Mr Brooks, who is president of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials, said the group would pursue legal action should the KKK application be approved.

From TIME in the USA:

Perhaps Georgia will find another way to fight back, even while granting the KKK’s application. While it lost its legal battle over the KKK’s application, Missouri’s state legislature found another way to fight back: it renamed the KKK-adopted road after civil rights icon Rosa Parks in 2000. In 2009, after a different stretch of Missouri highway was adopted by a neo-Nazi group, the state voted to name it after Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a rabbi who fled Nazi Germany and led civil rights movements in the U.S., according to the New York Times.

If the Georgia state legislature wants to take a similar kiss-your-enemy move to thank the KKK for their service, they might consider naming the highway after W. W. Law — a Savannah, Ga., NAACP leader who led a successful campaign to desegregate the city in the 1960s.

Combat 18 nazi vandalism to Irish graves


This video from England says about itself:

MacIntyre Undercover – Chelsea Headhunters [a football hooligan gang in London]

Chelsea Headhunters were infiltrated by investigative reporter Donal MacIntyre for this documentary screened on the BBC on November 9, 1999, in which MacIntyre posed as a wannabe-member of the Chelsea Headhunters. He even had a Chelsea tattoo applied to himself for authenticity. He confirmed the racist elements to the Headhunters and their links to Combat 18, including one top-ranking member who had been imprisoned on one occasion for possession of material related to the Ku Klux Klan. In 2000, Jason Marriner, a member of the Chelsea Headhunters was sentenced to six years in prison for his part in organising a fight with supporters of a rival team, based on evidence captured by Donal MacIntyre and his team. This programme led to arrests and several convictions.

From the British Broadcasting Corporation:

Thursday, 18 June 2009 16:09 UK

Combat 18 slogans daubed on plot

A republican plot in Miltown cemetery in west Belfast has been desecrated with Combat 18 slogans, according to Sinn Féin MLA Paul Maskey.

“Overnight, racist and sectarian slogans, along with Combat 18 graffiti, were daubed on the republican plot in the cemetery,” said Mr Maskey.

“A considerable amount of damage has been done to the graves.”

A PSNI spokeswoman said officers were not aware of the attack, but added they would follow up any reports made.

See also here.

Romania’s ambassador has held talks with senior ministers at Stormont over a series of racist attacks that have forced more than 100 Roma people to flee their homes: here.

Attacks on Romanians in Belfast: here. And here.

Anti-fascist and human rights campaigners are to stage a demonstration in London tomorrow to condemn the sickening race attacks in Belfast which have forced over 100 Romanian immigrants to flee their homes: here.

One hundred Romanian Gypsies who have been subjected to a campaign of racist abuse and intimidation in Northern Ireland are quitting the six counties to return home: here.

Homophobia and racism on rise in Northern Ireland, survey shows: here.

British Labour Party in Northern Ireland? See here.

US nazi David Duke arrested in Prague


This music video is called Steel Pulse – Ku Klux Klan.

From Associated Press:

Apr 24, 3:57 PM EDT

Former KKK leader detained in Prague

PRAGUE — Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke was detained by police in the Czech Republic on Friday on suspicion of denying the Holocaust.

Police spokesman Jan Mikulovsky said the action was taken because Duke does that in his book “My Awakening,” which is punishable by up to three years in Czech prisons.

Duke traveled to the republic to promote the book’s Czech translation of the book at the invitation of neo-Nazis.

Mikulovsky declined to give any further details, citing an ongoing investigation.

Prague’s Charles University also banned a Duke lecture scheduled there Friday for students taking a course on extremism.

Duke, a resident of Louisiana and a former Republican state legislator there, also was to have given lectures over the weekend in Prague and the country’s second-largest city, Brno.

The KKK is a white supremacist group in the U.S. famous for its oppression of blacks, Jews and other minorities.

Czech news agency on this: here.

According to many people, the name is misspelled. It should be David Puke.

US pro civil rights artist Frank Cieciorka dies


This video from the USA says about itself:

Clinical Associate Professor Ralph Fertig of the USC School of Social Work talks to his class about being a Freedom Rider in the South, sharing a very graphic description of the time he spent in a Selma, Alabama jail.

From ART FOR A CHANGE blog in the USA:

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Frank Cieciorka: RIP

On November 24, 2008, artist Frank Cieciorka (che-CHOR-ka) died from emphysema at the age of 69. Starting in the 1980s he began to be recognized for his watercolor paintings of northern California landscapes, but it would be one of his early graphic art designs that assured him a place in history.

The iconic clenched fist has long been a symbol of the international left, its usage going back at least until 1917. But the symbol was transformed and revitalized in 1965 by Cieciorka, whose rendition of the pictogram struck a cord with a new generation of activists involved in the civil rights and antiwar struggles.

A New Yorker, Cieciorka came to California in 1957 to attend the arts program at San Jose State College. Upon graduation in 1964 he became a volunteer in Freedom Summer, the major civil rights campaign launched in ’64 to help African Americans register to vote in Mississippi. That same year the Ku Klux Klan kidnapped, tortured, and murdered three Freedom Summer volunteers – James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman. From 1964-65 Cieciorka also served as a field secretary in Mississippi and Arkansas for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC – pronounced “snick”), one of the primary civil rights organizations of the day.

Cieciorka returned to the San Francisco Bay area in 1965, and created a woodcut print inspired by his experiences as a civil rights activist in the deep South. His image, simply titled Hand, made its way onto posters and flyers, but according to the artist, “It wasn’t until we made it into a button and tossed thousands of them into crowds at rallies and demonstrations that it really became popular”. I wore one of Cieciorka’s buttons as a sixteen-year-old, and I still regard his woodcut print as one of the most striking symbols to have come out of the turbulent 60s.

For more on the life and times of Frank Cieciorka, visit Lincoln Cushing’s Docs Populi.

“Neshoba: the Price of Freedom”, the powerful documentary opening at the Cinema Village on Friday in NY and at the Laemmle Music Hall in LA on September 10th, gets its title from the Mississippi County where civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were slain in 1964. Chaney was an African-American from Mississippi while the other two men were New York Jews. There was evidence that Chaney was tortured and then buried alive in the earthen dam where all three were eventually discovered: here.

After Over Four Decades, Justice Still Eludes Family of 3 Civil Rights Workers Slain in Mississippi Burning Killings: here.