Anti-Trump? You’re a terrorist!

This 2009 video from the USA says about itself:

The rise of right-wing domestic terrorism (white supremacy) part 1

We interview domestic terrorism expert Sarah Robinson about a recent Homeland Security memo predicting some of the recent right-wing acts of violence.

That was 2009.

Now, when Donald Trump is president of the USA, it looks like white supremacist terrorism is not terrorism any more; that you are a terrorist only if you’re a Muslim.

Well, not quite only if you’re a Muslim. Also if you’re a Black Lives Matter activist?

Are you neither a Muslim nor a Black Lives Matter activist? But you are against Donald Trump? Then the government may still consider you a terrorist.

After journalism and photography considered to be ‘terrorism’ in the absolute monarchy Bahrainjournalism considered ‘terrorism’ by the Conservative government of the United Kingdom constitutional monarchy … now ‘terrorism’ in the USA, officially still a republic.

By Erin Corbett in the USA:

Homeland Security report likens anti-Trump protests to ‘domestic terrorist violence’

02 Mar 2017 at 22:08 ET

A new report from the Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence wing has likened certain types of political protests to “domestic terrorism”, and specifically outlined anger at President Donald Trump’s election as a driving force.

The document, obtained by the Intercept, was prepared by the North Carolina Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAAC) and DHS’s Office of Intelligence & Analysis (I&A) with a particular focus on North Carolina. The document comes as Republicans in at least 18 different states have proposed anti-protest bills that seek to criminalize protesters engaging in property destruction and blocking highways, among other forms of protest.

The analysis focuses on acts described as “election-related physical and cyber incidents against political institutions,” and cited incidents that occurred in North Carolina in response to the 2016 presidential election. It draws specifically on acts of dissent targeting the GOP. For example, the report cited an arson attack that targeted a Republican office in October, as well as spray paint on a building across from the GOP office that read, “Nazi Republicans leave town or else.”

As reported by the Intercept, the DHS analysis did not mention graffiti on a wall in Durham that read, “Black Lives Don’t Matter and Neither Does Your Votes,” and also made no mention of a Democratic office in Carrboro that was spray painted with the words “Death to Capitalism.”

The report argued that the political violence will likely “decrease through the first half of 2017,” noting this is likely due to the “lack of threat reporting and the completion of the Presidential election and the near completion of political transitions in federal and state governments.”

Strikingly, the report follows the mobilization of various resistance tactics in recent months, including property damage during inauguration day protests in Washington, D.C. as well as an anti-Trump protest in Portland in November, which law enforcement dubbed as a “riot.” The DHS report cited both as examples of “domestic terrorist violence” driven by “anger over the results of the 2016 Presidential election.”

“The issue of what is counted as political violence and what isn’t, this is a longstanding problem,” Mike German told the Intercept. German is a former FBI agent who is now a fellow at the New York University Brennan Center for Justice.

German explained, “Law enforcement agencies have long tended to view vandalism, civil disobedience, or even just protest against government institutions as more serious than actual violence against marginalized populations. That’s why crimes against government property are ‘terrorism’ but crimes against minorities are ‘hate crimes’ at best and ignored at worst.”

The report’s use of language like “domestic terrorism” in these cases is all the more alarming as anti-protest bills make waves in states across the country. The president himself has referred to acts of dissent as enacted by “paid protesters” and “professional anarchists.”

“For a fusion center to amplify disorderly conduct, vandalism, or civil disobedience into terrorism is inappropriate, factually wrong, and potentially misleading to law enforcement,” German said.

Trump Administration Considering Separating Women, Children At U.S.-Mexico Border. Children would be put into protective custody while their parents were held: here.

United States racist planned massacre of Jews

This video from the USA says about itself:

FBI Arrests Nazi Terrorist Planning Synagogue Mass Shooting

16 February 2017

The alleged would-be shooter was inspired by the Charleston church massacre. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“The FBI has arrested a white supremacist who allegedly planned to carry out a Dylann Roof-style massacre against a South Carolina synagogue.

Local news station WMBF reports that law enforcement officials on Wednesday apprehended a 29-year-old man named Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, who bought a gun from an undercover FBI agent that he allegedly planned to use in an attack against the Temple Emanu-El Conservative Synagogue in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

According to the FBI, McDowell telegraphed his intentions to attack the synagogue during a series of anti-Semitic Facebook posts in which he expressed his desire to carry out a massacre against it “in the spirit of Dylann Roof.”

In January, McDowell told the undercover FBI agent that he wanted to attack a synagogue, but worried that he didn’t have the proper training to handle it as efficiently as Roof did when he murdered nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

“I got the heart to do that sh*t, but I don’t have to the good training,” he allegedly said. “If I could do something on a f*cking big scale and write on the f*cking building or whatever, ‘In the spirit of Dylann Roof.’”

While McDowell didn’t tell the agent about any specific building that he wanted to attack, he did post a link to the synagogue’s website on Facebook in late December, which led officers to believe that it was a prime potential target.

On Wednesday, agents arrested McDowell after spotting him “holding a bag in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn in Myrtle Beach.” Agents found him in possession of the handgun and ammo sold to him by the undercover agent, as well as a marijuana cigarette and a cell phone.”

Read more here.


White supremacist arrested for planned attack ‘in the spirit of Dylann Roof’

16 Feb, 2017 22:09

A South Carolina man arrested after buying a gun from an undercover FBI agent wanted to execute a racially motivated attack in the spirit of the 2015 massacre at an African-American church in Charleston, authorities say.

Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, 29, was arrested Wednesday in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and charged with felony in possession of a firearm or ammunition. After a Thursday hearing in a federal courtroom, he is being held at the Florence County Detention Center.

McDowell has spent multiple years in prison for a variety of crimes, including assault and battery and second-degree burglary, WMBF reported. He became involved with white supremacists while serving time in a South Carolina prison, Horry County Police told the FBI.

McDowell first made contact with the undercover FBI agent after he posted on Facebook in early January an anti-Semitic rant that referenced Dylann Roof. Roof was sentenced to death in January for fatally shooting nine people in June 2015 at a South Carolina church targeted specifically for its African-American parishioners.

On January 5, McDowell wrote on Facebook that “they should be Feasting on the enemy that stole their Heritage and their bloodline and trying to run us off of this Earth you can post pictures of f****** Viking and swords all the s*** you want to post if you ain’t got the heart to fight for Yahweh like dylann roof did you need to shut the f*** up…,” WMBF reported, citing the federal complaint.

The undercover agent first met with McDowell on January 12, at a Myrtle Beach hotel, according to court documents, which stated that McDowell believed the agent “handled problems for the Aryan Nations.”

“McDowell indicated he sought a way to conduct an attack on non-whites without getting caught,” according to the complaint. A previous Facebook post identified his potential target as Temple Emanu-El, a conservative synagogue in Myrtle Beach.

During the meeting, McDowell discussed obtaining a gun that couldn’t be traced back to him. McDowell said he wanted to be “scot-free” and avoid further jail time.

“I seen what Dylann Roof did and in my heart I reckon I got a little bit of hatred and I..I want to do that s***. Like, I got desire, not for nobody else…it just…I want something where i can say, ‘I f****** did that’…me personally.”

He also told the agent about his hate for non-whites and his belief in white supremacy, the complaint states. “If I could do something on a f****** big scale and write on the f****** building or whatever, ‘In the spirit of Dylann Roof’.”

On February 15, McDowell met with the agent and purchased a .40 caliber Glock with hollow point ammunition, WMBF reported. He was arrested in a Myrtle Beach hotel shortly after the exchange, according to court documents. At the time of arrest, McDowell was carrying the gun, ammunition, a marijuana cigarette and a cell phone.

Following Thursday’s hearing, McDowell is scheduled to reappear in the federal courtroom in Florence on February 21. He has yet to hire an attorney.

A Twitter comment on this says:

Gee, I wonder which of those 7 (Muslim) banned countries [of Donald Trump’s ‘anti-terrorist’ Muslim ban] Benjamin McDowell comes from?

Will the Trump-supporting Rupert Murdoch media call Benjamin McDowell a ‘terrorist‘? Or would they only have done so if he would have been Muslim or African American? Or would they have falsely blamed a Muslim, as they did reporting on the recent massacre of Muslims in Quebec, Canada, by a supporter of Donald Trump and French racist fuehrer Marine Le Pen?

Man Arrested in South Carolina Has Ties to Many White Supremacist Groups: here.

‘They’re all terrorists’: Outrage in France after restaurant owner kicks out Muslim women: here.

Husbands, ladders, bathtubs more dangerous than terrorist Muslims

This video from Britain says about itself:

Trump: Now Will We Win The War On Terror? Russell Brand: The Trews

10 February 2017

In today’s Trews we look at Donald Trump’s recent interview with Fox‘s Bill O’Reilly.

From the New York Times in the USA, 11 February 2017:

Husbands Are Deadlier Than Terrorists

In the four decades between 1975 and 2015, terrorists born in the seven nations in Trump’s travel ban killed zero people in America, according to the Cato Institute. Zero. …

Last year Americans were less likely to be killed by Muslim terrorists than for being Muslim, according to Charles Kurzman of the University of North Carolina. The former is a risk of approximately one in 17 million; the latter, one in one million.

The bottom line is that most years in the U.S., ladders kill far more Americans than Muslim terrorists do. Same with bathtubs. Ditto for stairs. And lightning.

Above all, fear spouses: Husbands are incomparably more deadly in America than jihadist terrorists.

And husbands are so deadly in part because in America they have ready access to firearms, even when they have a history of violence. In other countries, brutish husbands put wives in hospitals; in America, they put them in graves.

Yet Trump is raging about a risk from refugees that seems manageable, even as he talks about relaxing rules on another threat, guns, that is infinitely more lethal.

“I will get rid of gun-free zones on schools,” Trump said last year. “My first day, it gets signed, O.K., my first day.” Trump hasn’t in fact signed such an order, but his education secretary, Betsy DeVos, backed him up at her confirmation hearing last month, saying that guns might be necessary in schools because of “potential grizzlies.”

Pentagon-Saudi war on Yemen helps al-Qaeda

This video from the USA says about itself:

Deaths in U.S. Raids Enable Al-Qaeda’s Rising Influence in Yemen

4 February 2017

CODEPINK‘s Medea Benjamin says Trump will continue U.S. policy that enables Saudi Arabia to commit atrocities in the region.

“[al-Quaeda] is on our side in Syria”–email from policy advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Feb 2012): here.

Nazi terrorism not terrorism, according to Trump?

This video about Canada says about itself:

Suspect in Quebec Mosque Shooting Known for Far-Right Views

31 January 2017

According to reports, the suspect in the recent deadly shooting at a mosque in Quebec City was known online for his far-right views. On Sunday night, 27-year-old Alexandre Bissonnette walked into the Quebec Islamic Cultural Center during evening prayers and shot and killed six men. According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Quebec, he currently faces six counts of first-degree murder and five attempted murder charges. According to the Canadian News Network CBC, Bissonnette followed several profiles that embrace right-wing ideologies on his Facebook page, including Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front party.

Alexandre Bissonnette is not only a fan of Marine Le Pen, but also of United States President Donald Trump.

The bloodbath of which Alexandre Bissonnette stands accused was called ‘terrorism‘ by the Canadian Prime Minister.

Now, if reports are correct, the government of Donald Trump will no longer consider mass murderers like Alexandre Bissonnette, Anders Breivik in Norway, or Dylann Roof in the USA, terrorists.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Donald Trump administration ‘wants to cut white supremacism from counter-extremism programme’

Plans reportedly underway to rename Countering Violent Extremism programme to ‘Countering Radical Islamic Extremism’

Lizzie Dearden

According to the European police organisation Europol, just 0.4% of terrorism in Europe was by Muslims in the years 2007-2009. Only 6% of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil from 1980 to 2005 were carried out by Islamic extremists. I don’t know about the most recent years, but very probably terrorism is still mostly non-Muslim, mainly extreme right. So, is Trump planning to let the majority of terrorists off the hook?

Donald Trump’s administration is reportedly pushing to erase neo-Nazis and white supremacists from the US government’s counter-extremism programme by moving it to focus exclusively on Islamist terrorism.

American officials briefed on the proposed changes told Reuters the Countering Violent Extremism (DVE) initiative could be renamed to “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism”.

If this report is true, then not only white supremacists will get off the hook; the word ‘violent’ would be scrapped as well. Which suggests that a Muslim who is not violent, but only speaks ‘radical’ *words* will NOT get off the hook. If that rule would apply not only to Muslims, then not only Alexandre Bissonnette, but also his inspirers like Ms Le Pen and President Trump might be prosecuted by the government. However, it looks like the Trump administration works according to the principle ‘One law for them, and quite another law for us’.

The reclassification would remove its work combating far-right attacks and mass shootings, such as the massacre of black churchgoers in Charleston, which are rarely classified as terrorism by American authorities.

“Violent extremist threats come from a range of groups and individuals, including domestic terrorists and homegrown violent extremists in the United States, as well as international terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and Isil (Isis),” reads the current description of CVE on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website.

But Mr Trump’s rhetoric has focused exclusively on the dangers of “radical Islam”, seeing him criticise Barack Obama for being “weak” on Isis.

The position sparked his executive order suspending the US refugee programme and immigration from seven predominantly Muslim “countries of concern”.

The President claimed the move would prevent “bad dudes” coming to the US, despite the fact that countries linked to previous terror attacks were not on the list, as well as warnings the “Muslim ban” would fuel propaganda efforts by Isis and other jihadi groups.

Proponents of the existing CVE programme fear any move to rebrand it would make it more difficult for the government to work with Muslim counter-extremism groups already unsettled by Mr Trump’s policies and divisive statements. …

Terrorism is defined in the US Code of Federal Regulations as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”.

The definition, used by the FBI and other American agencies, does not specify any groups and encapsulates all extremism from Islamism to anti-Semitism and neo-Nazism.

MI5, the UK’s domestic security agency, admits that there is “no agreed definition of terrorism internationally”, while the Terrorism Act 2000 defines it as violent threats or action “for the purposes of advancing a political, religious, racial or ideological cause”.

The DHS and White House did not respond to requests for comment.

Christian Picciolini began Life After Hate in 2009 to reach out to hate groups. Organization helps people leave the groups and acclimate to the wider world. Picciolini and his colleagues use their insider knowledge to provide support. It was given $400,000 in January by Barack Obama’s outgoing administration. That was out of a total of $10 million earmarked for anti-extremism groups. But the money is threatened by Donald Trump’s plans to redirect budgets. He wants to move all anti-extremism money to fight radical Islamists: here.

Trump’s Disregard For Islamophobic Hate Crimes Shows He Cares Little About Muslim American Lives: here.

One Type Of Terrorism Really Is Underreported — Right-Wing Terrorism. Many Of The Cases Trump Omitted Were Inspired By Conservative Misinformation And The American “Alt-Right”: here.

Behold, The ‘Alt-Right’ ‘Proud Boys’: Fedora-Wearing, Non-Masturbating Defenders Of ‘Western Culture’: here.

Dutch racist pro-terrorist sacked

This video says about itself:

Geert Wilders sparks racist chant storm

20 March 2014

A parliamentarian member of the Dutch far-right Freedom Party has resigned in protest against a speech made by party leader Geert Wilders.

During the meeting he encouraged supporters to chant racist slogans against Moroccans.

Wilders addressed the meeting:

“So I ask you what do you want in this city more or less Moroccans?”

The crowd chants, “Less. less.”

Wilders continues: “We will fix it.”

The crowd laughs.

Ronald van Vliet will keep his seat, but as an independent.

Read more here.

The Dutch mail service has dismissed an employee for racist sayings on the Internet.

The man from Zwolle had, eg, reacted to the recent bomb attack at the Besiktas football stadium in Turkey, which killed 44 people.

He wrote on Facebook:

What a pity there are only 29 deaths, there should have been many more, but at least these 29 [people from Turkey; the initial figure in media reports] won’t come here [to the Netherlands], great.