From [HERE] The US government seems determined to have the power to do away with due process and Americans' right to a trial.
I am one of the lead plaintiffs in the civil lawsuit against the National Defense Authorization Act, which gives the president the power to hold any US citizen anywhere for as long as he wants, without charge or trial. In May, following a March hearing, Judge Katherine Forrest issued an injunction against it; this week, in a final hearing in New York City, US government lawyers essentially asserted even more extreme powers - the power to entirely disregard the judge and the law. Indeed, on Monday, August 6, Obama's lawyers filed an appeal to the injunction - a profoundly important development that as of this writing has been scarcely reported.
In the March hearing, the US lawyers had confirmed that yes, the NDAA does give the president the power to lock up people like journalist Chris Hedges and peaceful activists like myself and other plaintiffs. Government attorneys have stated on record that even war correspondents could be locked up indefinitely under the NDAA. Judge Katherine Forrest had ruled for a temporary injunction against an unconstitutional provision in this law - after government attorneys refused to provide assurances to the court that plaintiffs and others would not be indefinitely detained for engaging in first amendment activities. Twice the government has refused to define what it means to be an "associated force", and it claimed the right to refrain from offering any clear definition of this term, or clear boundaries of power under this law. This past week's hearing was even more terrifying: incredibly, in this hearing, Obama's attorneys refused to assure the court, when questioned, that the NDAA's provision - one that permits reporters and others who have not committed crimes to be detained without trial - has not been applied by the US government anywhere in the world - after Judge Forrest's injunction. In other words, they were saying to a US judge that they could not or would not state whether Obama's government had complied with the legal injunction that she had lain down before them.
White Judge Gives White Teen Light Sentence in Racially Motivated Aggravated Assault on Black Man in Pittsburgh
In December 2010, 21-year-old Alonzo Fulton had just moved into his first apartment on his own in Millvale. He had held the same job for a year and a half and was doing well for himself. Sometimes, the young black man would call his mother and tell her that the people in the neighborhood kept yelling racial slurs at him, but Marjorie Gallagher told her son nothing would come of it.
But on the evening of Dec. 2, as Mr. Fulton walked down Grant Avenue, he was attacked. Two white males were yelling obscenities and using racial epithets. They threatened to kill him, and then one of them, Ian McPherson, who was 17, charged at him and stabbed him twice in the abdomen.
Mr. Fulton suffered a punctured lung and other injuries, but mentally he suffered more than that. He became angry. He lost his job. He lost his apartment, and because of his volatile personality, his family members couldn't allow him to live with them. On Friday, in an emotionally charged courtroom where he lifted his shirt and showed the judge his scars, he watched the man who stabbed him -- who pleaded guilty to both aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation -- be sentenced to 111/2 to 23 months at the Allegheny County Jail.
When the two were arrested, according to the criminal complaint, both defendants repeatedly used racial epithets when referring to Mr. Fulton and to black people, generally. Mr. Stiefel told police they started yelling at Mr. Fulton the night of the incident to show their "white power. This started over us showing our white pride."
"He tried to kill my son, and he got less time than it took for him to go trial," Ms. Gallagher shouted at Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge David R. Cashman as she and her son were led out of the courtroom.
From [HERE] The brutal beating of a man by a group of young teenagers who said they did it because they were bored has shaken the Cincinnati suburb of North College Hill and drawn unwanted attention in the form of a group of self-described white separatists.
Five members of the National Alliance, considered by the Southern Poverty Law Center to be a neo-Nazi group, had a "solidarity" rally on a main thoroughfare of the small, quiet, blue-collar community two weeks after the beating on Friday, causing traffic jams and drawing dozens of counter-protesters who derided the small group and yelled at them to get out of their city. "Go away! Take your hate and leave!" screamed Audrey Able, a 37-year-old mother of four who has lived in the city for about 19 years. "That would make people in this little community of North College Hill very happy."
On Aug. 11, six black teenagers attacked and beat Pat Mahaney, who is white, as the 45-year-old was returning home with a six-pack of beer, North College Hill Police Chief Gary Foust said. Mahaney was attacked from behind and had done nothing to provoke it, Foust said, adding that police consider the attack a random act by the group of 13- and 14-year-olds, who said in separate interviews they were bored and looking for something to do.
From [HERE] and [HERE] Several thousands of immigrants marched in Athens on Friday to protest police sweeps and a rash of racist attacks in Greece as the country struggles to pull itself out of a huge debt crisis.
Greece is a major gateway for mostly Asian and African migrants trying to enter the European Union. They face increased hostility as the country struggles through its deepest post- World War Two recession and record unemployment, propelling the ultra-nationalist Golden Dawn party to parliament for the first time since the fall of a military junta in 1974.
They called for an end to police raids on immigrants. Earlier this month 6,000 people were detained in an operation across Athens. “This is a first action against the racist pogroms of the police which encourage the neo-Nazis of Golden Dawn to come out in neighbourhoods and murder and attack people,” said Tasos Anastasiou of the “Expel Racism” movement. The ultra-nationalist party won 18 parliamentary seats in June’s elections. Its supporters have been accused of violent attacks on immigrants.
Twenty years ago, a neo-Nazi mob attacked a hostel for foreigners in Rostock, one of several similar crimes in the early 1990s. Today, however, Germany is still plagued by a significant level of racism and right-wing extremism in both the east and the west. For far too long, officials seemed content to ignore the problem.
Christian Berntsen is nothing if not enthusiastic. An activist with Bunt statt Braun, a group dedicated to combating right-wing extremism in the northern German city of Rostock, Berntsen has been instrumental in helping plan and stage events dedicated to commemorating the xenophobic, 1992 assault on an asylum-seekers home in the city quarter of Lichtenhagen. The list of activities is long: films, podium discussions, international cooking courses in local schools and presentations by local and regional politicians of all stripes.
"The city is working hand-in-hand with us when it comes to the remembrance programme," Berntsen says ardently. "And the events have been extremely well received and well attended."
The effort in Rostock is indeed impressive. The city has gone out of its way to ensure that the kind of hateful violence that flared up two decades ago does not make a reappearance. But elsewhere in Germany, particularly in the east, the situation offers decidedly less cause for optimism. There are, to be sure, myriad groups pursuing goals similar to Bunt statt Braun, but entire regions remain where foreigners are afraid to venture, towns dominated by neo-Nazi thugs and repeated attacks against those who look different. Twenty years after the despicable Rostock violence, Germany's xenophobia problem remains daunting.
From [HERE] and [HERE] Researchers say they their new study suggests a reason why African Americans are overrepresented in prison. Black defendants are more likely to be sentenced to prison than whites, on average, but the racial gap is even more pronounced among some judges, suggesting that race is influencing the decision, the study found. The researchers studied judicial variations in sentencing in felony cases from Cook County, Ill., which includes Chicago. “Race matters in the courtroom,” says the study posted as SSRN. Differences in sentencing by race across judges “suggests that courtroom outcomes may not be race blind. This may be one source of the substantial overrepresentation of African-Americans in the prison population.”
The researchers plotted incarceration rates and sentence lengths imposed for blacks and whites by each judge in the study. The average rate of incarceration is 51 percent for African Americans and 38 percent for whites—a racial gap of 13 percentage points. The study found that the gap in incarceration rates between black and white defendants increased by 18 percentage points between the 10th percentile and 90th percentile judges.
The study explains the difference in an example. A black defendant would have a 45 percent chance of incarceration before the 10th percentile judge and a 68 percent chance before the 90th percentile judge. A white defendant, on the other hand, would have a 35 percent chance of incarceration before the 10th percentile judge and a 40 percent chance before the 90th percentile judge. The racial gap in sentencing probability between the black and white defendants is 10 percentage points by the 10th percentile judge and 28 percentage points by the 90th percentile judge.
From [MORE] and [MORE] A 25-year-old Portland white woman has pleaded not guilty to federal charges in a Northwest crime spree that claimed four lives. The Oregonian reports that Holly Ann Grigsby was arraigned Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland. A grand jury indictment accuses Grigsby and 32-year-old David “Joey” Pedersen of Salem of promoting and funding a movement to “purify” and “preserve” the white race through murder.
They are charged in the killing, kidnapping and robbery of four people last fall: Pedersen’s father, David “Red” Pedersen, and stepmother, Leslie “DeeDee” Pedersen, on Sept. 26 in Everett, Wash.; Cody Myers, a 19-year-old from Oregon on Oct. 1; and Reginald Clark, 53, of Eureka, Calif., on Oct. 3. Pedersen is already serving life without parole at the Monroe, Wash., Correctional Complex after pleading guilty to the slayings of his father and his stepmother. He is expected to be arraigned on the federal charges next month.
The enterprise, according to the indictment, also targeted Jewish leaders and members of prominent Jewish organizations. Pedersen researched the names and addresses of Jewish organizations in Seattle, Portland and Sacramento to identify potential targets.
Series of Ramadan Terror Attacks Motivated by Racism: All the Terrorists are White, all the Victims are Non-white
In the series of recent attacks against Muslims - all the attackers are white and all the victims are non-white. Believe it or not 70% of the world is not Christian. 90% of the world is non-white. White supremacy is white people's fear of genetic annihilation through genetic assimilation with non-whites. Racism is behavior egaged in whites by in order to survive and maintain control of the non-white masses. Revealing fear towards Muslim non-whites has become acceptable to the media since 911. For instance today 'White Party' musician Hank Williams Jr, (in photo) felt comfortable enough to say Obama is Muslim "who hates the U.S." [MORE] See more below. Here are some more examples of white [presumacy] via ThinkProgress] Muslims recently concluded their holy month of Ramadan. However, this year’s Ramadan has been overshadowed by an uptick in Islamophobic attacks against American Muslims in their schools, homes, and places of worship. In the wake of the massacre in a Sikh temple in Wisconsin earlier this month, hate crimes threatening Muslims or members of other faiths who are mistakenly confused with Muslims have been on the rise:
- Mosque’s Welcome Sign Smashed: A North Smithfield, RI mosque was vandalized on August 5, when their welcome sign was smashed with a hammer. After appealing to local police for more protection, the mosque received increased security checks. [Source]
- Mosque Burned To Ground: Federal agents are investigating a suspicious fire that burned a Joplin, MO mosque to the ground on August 6. Just a month earlier, a small fire at the same mosque damaged part of its roof. [Source]
- Pig Legs Thrown Into Mosque Site: On August 7, pig parts were thrown onto the site of a proposed Islamic center in southern California. Since consuming pigs is forbidden under Islam, local advocates are asking federal officials to investigate it as a hate crime. [Source]
- Shots Fired On Mosque: On August 10, David Conrad fired two pellet-gun shots on the outer wall of a Morton Grove, IL mosque while about 500 people were inside observing evening prayers for Ramadan. No one was injured, but worshipers saw one of the bullets just narrowly miss a a security guard’s head. Conrad is now in police custody. [Source]
- Acid Bomb Attack At School: On August 12, an acid bomb was thrown into Muslim school in Lombard, IL, while the school was being used as a facility for evening Ramadan prayers. Worshipers heard a loud bang against the building and realized that someone had hurled a 7-Up bottle filled with acid and other unidentified materials at the school. [Source]
- Windows Smashed At Christian Arab Church: On August 13, a Christian church in Detroit reported that their building had been vandalized. The church’s pastor, Father Rani Abdulmasih, noted that his Middle Eastern congregation has been racially profiled before. [Source]
- Paintball Attack At Mosque: Vandals shot paintballs at the Grand Mosque of Oklahoma City on August 13. The attack was caught on the mosque’s surveillance camera, but the police were unable to identify the suspects. [Source]
- Molotov Cocktail Thrown Into Muslim Home: In the middle of the night on August 15, a firebomb was thrown at a Muslim home in Panama City, FL. The home’s residents believe that the Molotov cocktail was aimed at a bedroom window, but missed its target. The fire was put out with a hose. [Source]
- Hate Graffiti In Cemetery: On August 16, a visitor to a Muslim cemetery in Evergreen Park, IL discovered that several tombstones had been vandalized with hate graffiti, including racial epithets and insults against Mohammad. [Source]
Two weeks ago, Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) claimed that radical Muslims are “trying to kill Americans every week” at a town hall just 15 miles away from the Morton Grove mosque. Several of the other recent attacks — the acid bomb in Lombard, IL and the graffiti in Evergreen Park, IL — also took place in Walsh’s district.
Fanning the flames of white supremacy and all in the name of Obama? Folks this stuff is directed at you. In photo a Mosque set on fire and destroyed by whites in Joplin, Missouri on 8/4/12 [MORE] From [HERE] Hank Williams Jr. just made it pretty clear which presidential candidate he'll be voting for come November. The country singer took a political swing at President Barack Obama while performing for a crowd of 8,500 at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand Friday night.
After finishing the song, "We Don't Apologize For America," the audience started chanting "USA, USA..." According to the Des Moines Register, Williams then told the crowd, "We've got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the U.S. and we hate him!" According to the concert review, Williams' comments brought on cheers and applause.
This isn't the first time Williams has spoken out against Mr. Obama. In July, Williams told Rolling Stone that the president "hates America in the first place, forget about the flag."
His latest album, "Old School, New Rules," is riddled with political jabs against Mr. Obama, too. In the song, "Take Back Our Country," Williams sings, "Hey Barack, pack your bags, head to Chicago, take your teleprompter with you so you'll know where to go."
He also gets political in a new image posted Monday on his website that reads: "Taking Back the Country 2012," which can be found here. The caption notes: "Are y'all ready to help take back this great country?"
U.S. Army battling Racists within its own ranks - Neo Nazis Join Military to Learn to kill non-whites
From [HERE] They call it "rahowa" - short for racial holy war - and they are preparing for it by joining the ranks of the world's fiercest fighting machine, the U.S. military. White supremacists, neo-Nazis and skinhead groups encourage followers to enlist in the Army and Marine Corps to acquire the skills to overthrow what some call the ZOG - the Zionist Occupation Government. Get in, get trained and get out to brace for the coming race war.
If this scenario seems like fantasy or bluster, civil rights organizations take it as deadly serious, especially given recent events. Former U.S. Army soldier Wade Page (in photo) opened fire with a 9mm handgun at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on August 5, murdering six people and critically wounding three before killing himself during a shootout with police. The U.S. Defense Department as well has stepped up efforts to purge violent racists from its ranks, earning praise from organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has tracked and exposed hate groups since the 1970s.
Page, who was 40, was well known in the white supremacist music scene. In the early 2000s he told academic researcher Pete Simi that he became a neo-Nazi after joining the military in 1992. Fred Lucas, who served with him, said Page openly espoused his racist views until 1998, when he was demoted from sergeant to specialist, discharged and barred from re-enlistment.
Federal Court allows "show me your papers" laws to Stand in Alabama & Georgia, other provisions struck
From [HERE] A federal appeals court ruled on Monday that Alabama and Georgia could enforce key aspects of their laws against illegal immigration that allow police to check the status of criminal suspects. The Alabama opinion is [HERE] and the Georgia opinion is [HERE]. In partially lifting a lower-court injunction, the court acknowledged that the provision of the state's 2011 immigration law "invites ... racial profiling," but declared, "Reliance on race, color, or national origin that is constitutionally prohibited, however, is expressly forbidden by the Georgia statute."
The decision follows a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding parts of a similar law in Arizona. The Atlanta-based court referenced that decision in its opinion to lift the injunction on the verification section, also known as section 8. "In Arizona v. United States, the Supreme Court approved of a similar state provision, and in light of that holding we likewise conclude at this stage of litigation that Plaintiffs are not likely to succeed on the claim that section 8 is pre-empted by federal law," the panel wrote.
Circuit Judge Charles Wilson wrote in a 33-page decision that Georgia' section on checking immigration status "is less facially problematic than the provision" that the Supreme Court let stand in Arizona. That law requires authorities to investigate immigration status when a detainee cannot prove their legality. The Georgia law merely authorizes such action.
On Monday, some of the teenage suspects commented near the courthouse where they were remanded, adding to the shocking nature of the case. "For my part he can die," said one of the suspects, who admitted taking part in the assault. "He's an Arab," he told reporters outside the courtroom by way of explanation. "He cursed my mother. "If it was up to me, I'd have murdered him," he added. [MORE] Seven Israeli teenagers were in custody on Monday, accused of what a police official and several witnesses described as an attempted lynching of several Palestinian youths, laying bare the undercurrent of tension in this ethnically mixed but politically divided city.
The police said that scores of Jewish youths were involved in the attack late Thursday in West Jerusalem’s Zion Square, leaving one 17-year-old unconscious and hospitalized. Hundreds of bystanders watched the mob beating, the police said — and no one intervened.
Two of the suspects were girls, the youngest 13, adding to the soul-searching and acknowledgment that the poisoned political environment around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has affected the moral compass of youths growing up within it. The young man who was beaten unconscious, Jamal Julani, remained in the hospital.
The cousin, Muhammad Mujahid, 17, said he and four friends were walking in the square and suddenly found themselves being chased by a group of youths. “They were shouting ‘Arabs, death to Arabs,’ ” he said. “I saw about 50 people chasing us. We ran, but about 10 of them caught Jamal.”
The mob beating came on the same day that a Palestinian taxi on the West Bank was firebombed, apparently by Jewish extremists, though there have been no arrests. The two episodes, along with a new report by the United States State Department labeling attacks by Jews on Palestinians as terrorism, have opened a stark national conversation about racism, violence, and how Israeli society could have come to this point.
Whites in Ohio Suburb Upset at Blacks in Beating of White Man by Black Teens - Mayor says teens aren't human
From [HERE] and [HERE] People in the Cincinnati suburb of North College Hill are rallying for unity around a resident who was badly beaten by a group of teenagers. Organizers planned a public meeting Monday after racial fliers were circulated in the community. The fliers called the assault a hate crime, emphasizing that the suspects are black and the victim white.
Forty-five-year-old Pat Mahaney was hospitalized four days last week from injuries after being beaten. Six youths ages 13 and 14 are charged with felonious assault and aggravated rioting. Police say the youths said they were bored and looking for something to do.
People from all over North College Hill showed up to show their support for a man attacked by a group of teens who claimed they'd been bored. "We will not let this this incident define us," said Mayor Dan Brooks, who struggled to find words to describe the 13- and 14-year-olds. "Six totally irresponsible and, as far as I'm concerned irrelevant, human beings, if you want to call them that, attacked one of our fellow citizens."
Brooks said he would ask the county prosecutor to seek the maximum penalty for the teens accused of brutally beating Pat Mahaney last week as he walked along a street. "The police department is also working with the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority coordinating the eviction of these individuals out of our community," said Police Chief Gary Foust.
White Supremacist Plot alleged in Crime Spree: White Couple Went on Rampage to "Preserve the White Race"
From [HERE] A young couple accused of killing four people in a multistate crime spree last fall have been indicted on federal racketeering charges alleging the rampage was part of a campaign to "purify" and "preserve" the white race, the U.S. attorney for Oregon said Friday. A grand jury handed up the indictment Thursday against David "Joey" Pedersen, 32, and Holly Ann Grigsby, 25, prosecutor Amanda Marshall said in a statement. Grigsby will be arraigned Monday in Seattle. Pedersen's arraignment in Portland hasn't been scheduled.
"The indictment in this case alleges horrendous crimes were committed as part of defendants' white supremacist campaign to kidnap and murder targets on the basis of race, color, religion and perceived 'degenerate' conduct," Marshall said. They are charged in the killing, kidnapping and robbery of four people last fall: Pedersen's father, David "Red" Pedersen, and stepmother, Leslie "DeeDee" Pedersen, on Sept. 26 in Everett, Wash.; Cody Myers, a 19-year-old from Oregon on Oct. 1; and Reginald Clark, 53, of Eureka (Humboldt County) on Oct. 3.
Clark was black and Grigsby allegedly told investigators that Myers, a Christian, was killed because his name sounded Jewish. The 24-page indictment charges that Pedersen and Grigsby were members of a criminal enterprise whose aim was to promote a white supremacist movement. The pair robbed their victims to finance the campaign, stole their cars to escape and murdered them to eliminate witnesses and avoid capture.
Precondition to Genocide? Most Whites in NYC Support Stop & Frisk of Non-whites: 4th Amendment Vanishing
Prior to the Holocaust in Nazi Germany certain pre-conditions had to be established before such mass murder could have been possible. For one thing, people had to be ready to accept the identification of other members of their society as enemies. A substantial part of the population had to be ready to consider it desirable, acceptable or unavoidable that certain other people would be isolated, persecuted and killed.
Consider the fact that prior to the Holocaust, Jews thought they were German. That is, Jews had fully assimilated & integrated into German society. Are the pre-conditions to the genocide of non-whites being laid down in U.S.? This poll shows that most whites in NYC see nothing wrong with stopping, detaining and searching random Blacks & Latinos. What's next folks? The 4th Amendement is not even an afterthought here to the poll takers & givers or white media [HERE]- bw. From [HERE] New York City voters are divided along racial lines over the New York Police Department's "stop-and-frisk" strategy, according to a poll released Thursday.
The Quinnipiac University survey found that 57 percent of white city voters approve of the Police Department's practice of detaining and sometimes searching anyone officers deem suspicious. But only 25 percent of black voters surveyed said they approve of the policy, which affects many more minorities than white residents. Of those surveyed, 53 percent of Hispanics said they approve of the practice.
The NYPD stopped close to 700,000 people on the street last year. Nearly 87 percent were black or Hispanic, and about half were frisked. About 10 percent were arrested. According to NYPD data, even though, Blacks and Latinos were far more likely to be stopped, whites were almost twice as likely to be found carrying a weapon. [MORE] and [MORE].
Mayor Michael Bloomberg argues that the program is an indispensable tool in the fight against illegal guns.