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In the Sandy Hook deposition videos, Alex Jones looks like a broken man. His normal red-faced screaming self is very subdued as he’s being sued for bringing misery to the parents of murdered children at Sandy Hook. He claimed the massacre was a hoax. This lie, he created, is a lot bigger than, say, declaring Obama is a secret Muslim or Glenn Beck is a CIA operative. Jones perpetuated, to his army of loyal followers, that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a staged “false flag“ operation, the grieving parents were paid actors, and the children who were killed simply did not exist.

You know, typical Alex Jones shit of sowing chaos in the world.

Virginia police sergeant fired after being linked to white supremacy | TheHill // BY JUSTIN WISE – 04/18/19 07:18 AM EDT
A Virginia Capitol Police sergeant was fired this week following an internal investigation into social media posts that apparently referenced white supremacist groups, according to The Washington Post.

The move comes months after the department first placed Robert A. Stamm, 36, on administrative leave. The Virginia Capitol Police took the next step and fired Stamm after it became aware of a blog post by Antifascists of Seven Hills titled, “VA Capitol Police Shows Affinity with White Nationalist Groups.”

The blog post included several pictures of Stamm with tattoos, flags and banners that the group said were symbols and images linked to Nazis and white supremacists.

Capitol Police Chief Anthony S. Pike told The Washington Post that the internal review was conducted “with the dual aims of being not only fair but thorough.”
“In several cases over a five-year span, Greenwald represented Matthew Hale, the head of the Illinois-based white-supremacist World Church of the Creator, which attracted a small core of violently inclined adherents. In one case, Greenwald defended Hale against charges that he had solicited the murder of a federal judge. Hale was eventually convicted when the federal prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, produced the FBI informant with whom Hale had arranged the killing. Greenwald’s other clients included the neo-Nazi National Alliance, who were implicated in an especially horrible crime. Two white supremacists on Long Island had picked up a pair of unsuspecting Mexican day laborers, lured them into an abandoned warehouse, and then clubbed them with a crowbar and stabbed them repeatedly. The day laborers managed to escape, and when they recovered from their injuries, they sued the National Alliance and other hate groups, alleging that they had inspired the attackers. Greenwald described the suit as a dangerous attempt to suppress free speech by making holders of “unconventional” views liable for the actions of others. His use of a euphemism like “unconventional” to describe white nationalists was troubling, but on First Amendment grounds, he had a strong case and he made it successfully.”
Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Julian Assange: What They Believe | The New Republic
We’re going to start the program today trying to better understand what was behind the mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday that left 50 people dead and more than 40 wounded. The alleged attacker, a white supremacist from Australia, broadcast part of his rampage on social media. And he’s also believed to have posted a document describing his motivation for the massacre, which included many of the same racist themes that have long circulated on all media frequented by white identity organizations.
What we wanted to know is, why are people drawn to these groups, and how are these ideologies spreading around the world? So we’ve called someone who used to be a part of that world. Christian Picciolini joined the Chicago Area Skinheads as a teenager. Eventually, he turned his back on the group and started working to counter the ideologies he once supported, co-founding the nonprofit Life After Hate and writing a book about his experiences. He joined us from WBEZ in Chicago earlier today to talk about how white supremacy has become a worldwide problem.” –

Former Neo-Nazi: White Supremacy ‘Is Certainly Not A Fringe Movement’ : NPR
Mark Follman // ““I’m thinking about doing my school the same way,” one commented online prior to opening fire at his former high school in Ocala, Florida, 19 years later to the day. “Everybody will know my name,” he added. The shooter in Parkland, Florida, also researched the Columbine attack, and recorded himself on video: “When you see me on the news, you’ll all know who I am.” The high school junior who went on a rampage last May in Santa Fe, Texas, wore a trench coat and insignia that echoed the Columbine perpetrators’ attire.
There have been many others like them: young men (and a few young women) who have plotted or carried out violent attacks that were influenced by the “Columbine effect.” When I first reported in 2015 about this phenomenon and the media’s growing role in motivating mass shooters, our Mother Jones investigation documented the Columbine effect in 74 plots and attacks spanning 30 states. The data, drawn from news coverage, public records, and interviews with mental health and law enforcement experts, revealed some stark behavioral patterns—all linked to the perpetrators’ desire for media attention and notoriety. Some planned to strike on the anniversary of the Columbine attack, like the shooter in Ocala last April. (There have been at least 18 anniversary-related plots and attacks.) Others aspired to outdo the Columbine body count. Many explicitly identified with the Columbine shooters, hailing them as “heroes,” “martyrs,” or “gods.” Some even took pilgrimage-style trips to suburban Denver, from as far away as North Carolina and Washington state, to visit Columbine High School before returning home to carry out shootings.” – <>
“By Brandy Zadrozny and Elizabeth ChuckAn 18-year-old who authorities say had an “infatuation” with the 1999 Columbine High School massacre appears to have kept a journal online in which she wrote about suicide and guns, and alluded to “plans” she was making.Officials said the teen, Sol Pais of Florida, flew from Miami to Colorado earlier this week, bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition upon arrival and then disappeared off of their radar, prompting a massive manhunt. On Wednesday, officials said she had been found dead.” – <>
“President Donald Trump is refusing to acknowledge the global rise of white nationalism in the wake of the hate-fueled New Zealand massacre that left 50 Muslim worshipers dead on Friday. Police have arrested and charged 28-year-old white supremacist Brenton Tarrant with the killings. Before the attacks, Tarrant published a manifesto in which he praised Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose” and described immigrants as “invaders.” On the same day, Trump claimed there was an “invasion” occurring on the southern border, signing his first presidential veto rejecting a resolution reversing his declaration of a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border. We speak with Christian Picciolini, the founder of Free Radicals Project, a nonprofit helping people disengage from hate and violent extremism. He was a leading neo-Nazi skinhead and far-right extremist in the 1980s and ’90s. He is the author of “White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement—and How I Got Out.” ” – <>
QAnon — whose adherents believe President Trump is locked in a mortal battle with a “deep state,” which they contend is running child sex trafficking rings (among other things). A photo from the arraignment shows that Comello had written the letter “Q” on his hand, along with “MAGA FOREVER” and “United We Stand.”

A mob boss, a cadillac, a murder, a town called Brick, New Jersey — all of those things make sense when itemized and grouped together. In 2019 it’s not even that surprising that a member of QAnon was involved. But, barring new information, what is surprising is the simplicity of the actual motive — Comello wanted to date Cali’s niece and Cali disapproved.

“Life is so much more random than we would like it to be,” Anna Merlan told me over the phone, when we were talking about Cali’s murder. “Everything is so much weirder and less meaningful than we would like it to be and I constantly see people that I talk to grappling with that idea — that maybe there isn’t a grand narrative under the surface animating everything.”

Merlan’s new book, Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power, which was released by Metropolitan Books on April 16, traces that frantic search for meaning from anti-vaccination activists to 9/11 truthers. (Read an excerpt on Longreads.) The United States, Merlan points out, has an unusual preoccupation with conspiracy theories
Wes Enzinna //

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