New York Islamophobe murders Hindu


This video from the USA says about itself:

The Sikh faith is the fifth-largest religion in the world, and there are as many as half a million members in the United States. Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Sikh Americans faced many of the same discriminatory conditions as Muslims and Arab Americans. Because of their distinct appearance, they were visible targets of violence and harassment. Democracy Now!’s Jaisal Noor filed this report, produced with Free Speech Radio News.

Post-2001 there is a wave of Islamophobia; basically: xenophobia.

It killed Sikhs, murdered by far Right extremists who know so much about Islam that they ignore the difference between Islam and Sikhism.

It meant a surge in prejudice against Italian Americans, many of whom have dark eyes and dark hair like Muslims supposedly have.

It meant a surge in prejudice against Sephardic Jewish immigrants in the USA.

It meant a surge in prejudice against the overwhelming majority of Muslims in the world, who had nothing to do with the 9/11 terrorist atrocities and who rejected them.

A non-Muslim Indian Dutch journalist got in trouble with United States police, as part of a witch hunt against what US extreme Rightist Ann Coulter called “swarthy males”.

And now, from the New York Times in the USA:

Woman Accused of Hate-Crime Murder in Subway Push

By MARC SANTORA

Published: December 29, 2012

A 31-year-old woman was arrested on Saturday and charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime in connection with the death of a man who was pushed onto the tracks of an elevated subway station in Queens and crushed by an oncoming train.

The woman, Erika Menendez, selected her victim because she believed him to be a Muslim or a Hindu, Richard A. Brown, the Queens district attorney, said.

“The defendant is accused of committing what is every subway commuter’s nightmare: Being suddenly and senselessly pushed into the path of an oncoming train,” Mr. Brown said in an interview.

In a statement, Mr. Brown quoted Ms. Menendez, “in sum and substance,” as having told the police: “I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers I’ve been beating them up.” Ms. Menendez conflated the Muslim and Hindu faiths in her comments to the police and in her target for attack, officials said.

The victim, Sunando Sen, was born in India and, according to a roommate, was raised Hindu.

Mr. Sen “was allegedly shoved from behind and had no chance to defend himself,” Mr. Brown said. “Beyond that, the hateful remarks allegedly made by the defendant and which precipitated the defendant’s actions should never be tolerated by a civilized society.” …

Mr. Sen, after years of saving money, had opened a small copying business on the Upper West Side this year.

Ar Suman, a Muslim, and one of three roommates who shared a small first-floor apartment with Mr. Sen in Elmhurst, said he and Mr. Sen often discussed religion.

Though they were of different faiths, Mr. Suman said, he admired the respect that Mr. Sen showed for those who saw the world differently than he did. Mr. Suman said he once asked Mr. Sen why he was not more active in his faith and it resulted in a long philosophical discussion.

“He was so gentle,” Mr. Suman said. “He said in this world a lot of people are dying, killing over religious things.”

In Britain, big uptick in anti-Muslim hate crimes: here.

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Nazis in United States armed forces


This video is called U.S. Military Recruits Neo-Nazis and Gangs to Fight in Iraq & Afghanistan 1/2.

This is Part 2/2.

By Eric London in the USA:

Wisconsin shooting reveals connections between US military and fascist groups

10 August 2012

A critical element, which has been virtually ignored in all the media coverage of last Sunday’s massacre at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin is the close connections between the US Armed Forces and various fascistic and white supremacist organizations. Wade Michael Page, a neo-Nazi and former US Army service member, murdered six people and critically wounded three others August 5 before reportedly turning the gun on himself after being shot by police.

US Armed Forces recruiters, officers and high-ranking executive branch officials have quietly provided fascist organizations with opportunities to recruit soldiers into the ranks of the National Socialist Movement, Hammerskins, White Military Men and National Alliance.

Page, a self-described member of the Hammerskins, first began to actively sympathize with neo-Nazism during his time in the US military, which lasted from 1992 to 1998. Afterwards, Page made his fascist sympathies clear in hundreds of posts on various neo-Nazi websites and also attempted to purchase goods from the National Alliance in 2000. Both the Hammerskins and the National Alliance advocate a genocidal “racial holy war” and the establishment of a government modeled on Hitler’s Nazi regime.

“He really started to identify with neo-Nazism during his time in the military,” said University of Nebraska criminologist Pete Simi, who met Page during a 2001 study on white power groups. “And specifically, what he told me at one point was that, if you join the military and you’re not a racist, then you certainly will be by the time you leave.”

The Hammerskins, National Alliance, and a variety of other neo-Nazi groups were continuously involved in recruitment efforts at numerous Armed Forces bases across the US during the time of Page’s military service, according to reports by the FBI and the Southern Poverty Law Center. The findings point to especially high levels of fascist activity at Fort Bragg Army Base in North Carolina, where Page was stationed between 1995 and 1998.

Around the time that Page arrived in Fort Bragg, three neo-Nazi members of the 82nd Airborne Division were arrested for the murder of a black couple in nearby Fayetteville. A subsequent investigation uncovered nearly two-dozen soldiers with connections to neo-Nazis at Fort Bragg.

In 1992, a group of Fort Bragg soldiers organized a white supremacy paramilitary cell called the Special Forces Underground, which was affiliated with the National Alliance. Over a decade later, a neo-Nazi intelligence officer stationed in Iraq was caught attempting to mail weapons back to the United States. In 2006, the Southern Poverty Law Center discovered online groups of neo-Nazis made up of Fort Bragg soldiers.

Currently, “outside every major military installation, you will have at least two or three active neo-Nazi organizations actively trying to recruit on-duty personnel,” explained TJ Leyden, a former neo-Nazi told the Christian Science Monitor.

Fascists “stretch across all branches of [military] service, they are linking up across the branches once they’re inside, and they are hard-core,” former Defense Department gang detective Scott Barfield told the SPLC in 2006, adding: “there’s plenty of evidence we’re talking numbers well into the thousands, just in the Army.”

Furthermore, “White supremacists have a natural attraction to the army,” says the Military Law Review, the Armed Forces main legal journal. “They often see themselves as warriors, superbly fit and well-trained in survivalist techniques and weapons and poised for the ultimate conflict with various races.”

As Jacob Berg, an active service soldier in Iraq and a member of the fascist Blood & Honour group, explained to Salon journalist Matt Kennard, “There are actually a lot more ‘skinheads,’ ‘Nazis,’ white supremacists now [in the military] than there has been in a long time.” Berg wrote in an E-mail exchange with Kennard, “Us racists are actually getting into the military a lot now because if we don’t every one who already is [in the military] will take pity on killing sand niggers…. I’m so proud of my kills [because] by killing a brown [person] many white people will live to see a new dawn.”

It is apparent that layers within the military value right-wing nationalist groups for adding to the culture of violence and genocide that coincides with the aims of the US military in its neo-colonial wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. With the lies about the “war on terror” in shatters—as the US allies itself with al Qaeda in Libya and Syria to achieve its geo-political aims—the American government and military must increasingly rely on the most reactionary ideological views to justify its imperialist wars, occupations and brutal subjugation of foreign populations.

Officers and administration officials either directly or tacitly support the recruitment of fascists. “Recruiters are knowingly allowing neo-Nazis and white supremacists to join the armed forces, and commanders don’t remove them… even after we positively identify them as extremists or gang members,” says former Defense Department detective Barfield.

TJ Leyden explained that officers often are ambivalent to open support for fascism within the Armed Forces. Leyden recalls that when he hung a Nazi flag in his barracks, “the only thing my commander would say was, ‘Hey, can you do me a favor? Can you take that flag down when the CG [commanding general] comes through?’”

In fact, the recruitment of open members of fascist groups is government policy. In response to declining enlistment numbers after the invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration removed gang-activity barriers to enlistment in 2005. Since the government does not make qualitative distinctions between fascist groups and street gangs, the decision amounted to an open-door policy for neo-Nazis.

The Obama Administration has upheld this policy decision. Kennard of Salon told Russia Today in June, 2010, that “the regulations that were changed during the war on terror haven’t been changed back. They still have the same legal framework or the same recruitment framework.”

Tom Metzger, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and current leader of the White Aryan Resistance, told Salon that the military was more tolerant of fascists. “Now they are letting everybody in,” Metzger said.

Forrest Fogarty, a neo-Nazi veteran of the Iraq War, told Salon in 2008 that the Army was well aware of his involvement with fascist groups but did nothing to punish him. When Fogarty’s ex-girlfriend mailed the Armed Forces a file of photographs showing him at fascist rallies and performing in a Nazi band, Fogarty explained that, “they hauled me before some sort of committee and showed me the pictures… They knew what I was about. But they let it go because I’m a great soldier.”

In 2005 after being honorably discharged, Fogarty was asked to reenlist.

US Armed Forces officers had a similar response when a photograph showing the I Marine Expeditionary Force in Afghanistan posing with the SS flag surfaced in early 2012. Local commanders had been aware of the photos for months and refused to discipline the soldiers outside of asking them to avoid further photographing sessions with the SS flag.

A military probe claimed that the photograph was not an homage to Hitler’s SS and was only meant to harmlessly identify the marines with the letters SS for “scout snipers”.

These facts provide ample evidence of the incestuous relationship between the US military and fascist organizations. As the murders in Wisconsin and previous experiences such as the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing show, the US military—with the tacit or open blessing of the Pentagon brass and representatives of both political parties—has become the incubator of the most politically reactionary elements. Under conditions of growing class struggle in America, such right-wing forces pose an enormous threat not only to those facing US wars and occupations but workers and young people in the US itself.

Hammerskins: Two American Terror Cases, One Brand of Hate: here.

US Sikh massacre, more than one nazi murderer?


This video from the USA is called Hate Groups – N[ational] S[ocialist] M[ovement] – (Report from NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams).

By Barry Grey in the USA:

US gunman alleged to have killed six at Sikh temple was a neo-Nazi

7 August 2012

Much remains murky in relation to the mass shooting Sunday at a Wisconsin Sikh temple that resulted in the death of seven people, including the gunman, and critical wounding of three others. One thing is clear, however: the alleged shooter had a long and deep involvement in white supremacist, neo-Nazi circles.

The ample information about Wade Michael Page’s fascist sympathies has been downplayed by the mass media and US officials, and the general theme of media commentary is “the search for a motive.” The evidence, however, strongly indicates that Page’s homicidal rampage against ethnic Indians was driven by a racist and fascist political agenda, defining his crime as an act of right-wing domestic terrorism.

The 40-year-old Army veteran used a 9 millimeter automatic handgun to fatally shoot six worshippers at the Wisconsin Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, a suburb of Milwaukee, and send two others, as well as a police officer, to the hospital with life-threatening wounds. Page was then killed in a shootout with police.

The deceased Sikhs, ranging in age from 39 to 84, included five men and one woman, identified as Sita Singh (41), Ranjit Singh (49), Satwant Singh Kaleka (65), Prakash Singh (39), Paramjit Kaur (41), and Suveg Singh (84).

The police and FBI claim that only one gunman was involved. However, there are reasons to treat this version of events with some skepticism. Initial news reports Sunday morning, based on statements from witnesses at the scene, spoke of multiple shooters. One witness reported that four white males opened fire. Others said there was more than one gunman.

Temple officials reported seeing suspicious persons and receiving suspicious phone calls in the days prior to the incident. The chairman of the temple said several suspicious men were seen on the premises on Saturday, the day before the shooting.

At a press conference in Oak Creek held Monday morning, authorities said they were attempting to identify another person, a white male, whom they described as “a person of interest.” Reporters for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said a man matching the photo officials had shown was seen at the scene of the temple on Sunday.

Yet the evening news programs on the three major broadcast networks and the Public Broadcasting System dropped any reference to the “person of interest.”

Page, born in 1971 in Colorado, joined the Army in 1992 and was given a “general discharge” in 1998. He was denied an “honorable” discharge and, in fact, was kicked out for repeated instances of being drunk on duty.

According to officials, Page received his basic training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma before being moved to Fort Bliss in Texas and ending up at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. He joined the psychological operations unit, a branch of the Special Forces. He was a parachutist and received a commendation medal, five achievement medals, two good conduct medals, the National Defense Service Medal and a Humanitarian Service Medal.

Wade Michael Page Identified As Sikh Temple Shooting Suspect (LIVE UPDATES): here.

The Sikh temple shooting suspect’s “body reads like a poster text for white nationalism”: here.

Sikhs mourn temple victims: here.

Sikh Temple Shooting: Why Do the Media Care Less About This Attack? Here.

The climate of racism after 9/11 is what helped spark this act of terrorism against the Sikh community of Wisconsin: here.

Sikh temple massacre: Gunman was convicted criminal who’d been ‘looked at’ by Federal authorities due to white supremacist links. Wade Michael Page was nonetheless able to legally purchase the 9mm handgun and ammunition used in Sunday’s attack: here.

When Wade Michael Page gunned down half a dozen Sikh worshippers and a police officer at a temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on August 5, 2012, only a handful of writers on the conspiracist fringe were shameless and/or ingenious enough to blame the left: here.

USA Antiwar Blog: Judge Expels Sikh From Courtroom, Orders Him to Remove ‘That Rag’ Or Go To Jail: here.

Hate crime against Sikh Community is not an isolated event: here.

Republicans Blasted Obama Administration For Warning About Right-Wing Domestic Terrorism: here.

America breeds terrorists. And they are white not brown: here.

‘Mass murderer of Sikhs a neonazi’


This video from the USA is called The Rise of the Modern Nazis White Power USA Part 1.

This is Part 2.

And this is Part 3.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Sikh shooting suspect a ‘frustrated neonazi

Monday 06 August 2012

A man suspected of killing six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek Wisconsin at the weekend was said to be a 40-year-old army veteran and “frustrated neonazi.”

Officials and witnesses said a gunman walked into the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin and opened fire as several dozen people prepared for Sunday morning services.

First Assistant US Attorney Greg Haanstad in Milwaukee named the suspect as Wade Michael Page and a US defence official who spoke on condition of anonymity said Mr Page joined the army in 1992 and was discharged in 1998.

Civil rights organisation the Southern Poverty Law Centre claimed that Mr Page was a “frustrated neonazi” who led a racist white supremacist band End Apathy.

Police called Sunday’s attack an act of domestic terrorism.

See also here.

Sikh Temple Shooter Part of Growing Trend of Anti-Sikh Violence. Annie-Rose Strasser, ThinkProgress: “Several reports out this morning indicate that Wade Michael Page, the army veteran who is suspected of killing six and injuring three at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, WI, over the weekend, was a white supremacist and a ‘skinhead.’ According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Page – who was killed in a firefight with police – even played in a white-power band that had ties to neo-Nazis”: here.

United States Islamophobes murder Sikhs


This video from the USA says about itself:

‘Skinhead’ Believed Behind Sikh Massacre in Wisconsin

7 Dead at Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis.; Officials Believe ‘White Supremacist’ Behind ‘Domestic Terrorism’: here.

By Niles Williamson in the USA:

At least seven dead in shooting at Sikh temple in Wisconsin

6 August 2012

At least seven people were killed on Sunday in a mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, a suburb of the city of Milwaukee.

The first officer to respond to the scene was wounded in a shootout in which the shooter was killed. Three men are in critical condition and are being treated at a nearby hospital. Witnesses described the shooter as a white male in his mid-30s.

The shooter’s motivations are not yet clear. However, Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka, a member of the temple who witnessed the shooting, reported that the shooter had a 9/11 tattoo and “obviously has some animosity about those incidents.”

While the number of casualties, killed and wounded is reported to be around 10, the exact number is not known at this time.

A neighborhood in the Milwaukee suburb of Cudahy was evacuated Sunday afternoon as police searched the suspected shooter’s home.

The president of the temple, Satwant Kaleka, who was shot in the back, was among those killed. In a statement to the media Ven Bobba Ri, a temple committee member, called the shooting a “hate crime” and characterized it as the work of someone from outside the Sikh community.

Oak Creek police are treating the incident as an act of “domestic terrorism.” The FBI will lead the criminal investigation.

In response to the Oak Creek shooting, security has been increased at a nearby Sikh temple in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield. In New York City and Chicago, security has been stepped up at Sikh temples, though there are no specific indications that they are targets.

The Oak Creek temple was opened in 2007 to better serve the Milwaukee metropolitan area’s Sikh community. The temple currently maintains a congregation of 400 members. There are approximately 3,000 Sikh families in southeastern Wisconsin.

Sikhism is a monotheistic religion which was founded in the Punjab region of India in the 15th century. It is currently the fifth largest religion in the world, with over 30 million adherents.

Though they are not Muslim, Sikhs in America are often mistaken as such due to their head coverings and long beards. Due to this they have borne a significant share of the post-9/11 anti-Muslim sentiment.

Since September 11, 2001, there have been hundreds of incidents throughout the country where Sikhs were threatened, assaulted, or killed. In the weeks following September 11 in Milwaukee, two Sikh-owned taxis were vandalized and two Sikh men were assaulted.

Last year two Sikh men, Surindur Singh and Gurmej Atwal, were gunned down in Elk Grove, California. In 2003 Dalvir Sangah, a postal carrier in West Sacramento, California, was shot by a high powered air rifle while delivering mail. Four days after September 11, 2001, Balbir Sodhir was murdered in front of his Mesa, Arizona gas station while planting flowers.

The shooting in Oak Creek comes a little more than two weeks after the killing of 12 people in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.

The shooting is the fifth mass murder in the state of Wisconsin since 2004. In 2004 Chai Soua Vang, a truck driver from Minnesota, killed eight people while deer hunting in northern Wisconsin. In 2005, Terry Michael Ratzmann killed seven people and committed suicide at a church service in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield. In 2007, Forest County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Tyler James Peterson killed six people and committed suicide in the northeastern Wisconsin city of Crandon, and in the same year Ambrosio Analco killed five people in Delevan before committing suicide.

Wisconsin Shooting: 7 People Killed At Sikh Temple, Including Shooter (LIVE UPDATES): here.

As A Sikh-American I Refuse To Live In Fear And Negativity: here.

Wisconsin Temple Fatalities: Targeted For Looking Different? Here.