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El Supremo

Georgia white supremacist under FBI investigation after police find evidence of ricin in his car

08 Feb 2017 at 17:28 ET

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William Christopher Gibbs, a 27-year-old man from Fannin County, Georgia is under FBI investigation after driving himself to the hospital last week, claiming he came into contact with the deadly substance ricin.

Fannin County Sheriff Dane Kirby confirmed that Gibbs car tested positive for ricin, a deadly poison that is found in castor beans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the substance can come in the form of a powder, a mist, a pellet, or can be dissolved in liquid and just a small amount of it can kill. The CDC notes, It would take a deliberate act to make ricin and use it to poison people.

It is unclear how or for what reason Gibbs came into contact with the ricin. The FBI identified no evidence that any poisonous or toxic substances have been dispersed or that the public is at risk, according to prosecutors who spoke with Fox News.

Gibbs Facebook profile indicates the 27-year-old white man is a member of the Georgia Church Of Creativity C.A and is a self-identified White Racial Loyalist. A profile photo on his account writes as the caption, 100 years from now when someone finds one of these trees thay [sic] will know that there was once a White Race.

Creativity is a white supremacist, white separatist movement, originally known as the Church of the Creator. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the movement was founded in 1973 by Ben Klassen, a former one-time Florida state legislator, on the basis of promoting what it sees as the inherent superiority and creativity of the white race. The SPLC also categorized the Creativity Alliance as an active neo-Nazi group in Georgia.
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White supremacist organizations and movements have been active in Georgia in the year since now-President Donald Trump first announced his candidacy. On Jan. 28, 2017 white nationalist groups held an alt-right and white nationalist forum at Stone Mountain, Georgia, which anti-fascist organizers in the state planned to counter-organize. The alt-right movement has been described as a mix of racism, white nationalism and populism, according to the Associated Press.

According to local news reports, last Friday, residents of the Morganton neighborhood of Fannin County said nearly 100 officers in unmarked cars swarmed the area. Morganton Mayor Mike England told Fox 5 Atlanta, All of the sudden a whole host of law enforcement vehicles showed up in our parking lot, somewhere between 30 to 40 vehicles. And around 100 law enforcement individuals.

Gibbs is being held at the Fannin County Jail and faces charges of reckless conduct and probation violation. The FBI has opened an investigation into the incident.
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Homegrown Extremists Tied to Deadlier Toll Than Jihadists in U.S. ...
Jun 24, 2015 - 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than ...Homegrown Extremists Tied to Deadlier Toll Than Jihadists in U.S. Since 9/11


Police officers outside a Walmart in Las Vegas after a shooting last year involving suspects with antigovernment and neo-Nazi views. Since Sept. 11, 2001, 48 people in the United States have been killed by non-Muslim extremists, compared with 26 by self-proclaimed jihadists, according to the research center New America. Credit Steve Marcus/Reuters

WASHINGTON In the 14 years since Al Qaeda carried out attacks on New York and the Pentagon, extremists have regularly executed smaller lethal assaults in the United States, explaining their motives in online manifestoes or social media rants.

But the breakdown of extremist ideologies behind those attacks may come as a surprise. Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims: 48 have been killed by extremists who are not Muslim, including the recent mass killing in Charleston, S.C., compared with 26 by self-proclaimed jihadists, according to a count by New America, a Washington research center.

The slaying of nine African-Americans in a Charleston church last week, with an avowed white supremacist charged with their murders, was a particularly savage case.

But it is only the latest in a string of lethal attacks by people espousing racial hatred, hostility to government and theories such as those of the sovereign citizen movement, which denies the legitimacy of most statutory law. The assaults have taken the lives of police officers, members of racial or religious minorities and random civilians.
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Non-Muslim extremists have carried out 19 such attacks since Sept. 11, according to the latest count, compiled by David Sterman, a New America program associate, and overseen by Peter Bergen, a terrorism expert. By comparison, seven lethal attacks by Islamic militants have taken place in the same period.

If such numbers are new to the public, they are familiar to police officers. A survey to be published this week asked 382 police and sheriffs departments nationwide to rank the three biggest threats from violent extremism in their jurisdiction. About 74 percent listed antigovernment violence, while 39 percent listed Al Qaeda-inspired violence, according to the researchers, Charles Kurzman of the University of North Carolina and David Schanzer of Duke University.

Law enforcement agencies around the country have told us the threat from Muslim extremists is not as great as the threat from right-wing extremists, said Dr. Kurzman, whose study is to be published by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security and the Police Executive Research Forum.

John G. Horgan, who studies terrorism at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, said the mismatch between public perceptions and actual cases had become steadily more obvious to scholars.

Theres an acceptance now of the idea that the threat from jihadi terrorism in the United States has been overblown, Dr. Horgan said. And theres a belief that the threat of right-wing, antigovernment violence has been underestimated.

Counting terrorism cases is a subjective enterprise, relying on shifting definitions and judgment calls.

If terrorism is defined as ideological violence, for instance, should an attacker who has merely ranted about religion, politics or race be considered a terrorist? A man in Chapel Hill, N.C., who was charged with fatally shooting three young Muslim neighbors had posted angry critiques of religion, but he also had a history of outbursts over parking issues. (New America does not include this attack in its count.)
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In the United States since Sept. 11, terrorist attacks by antigovernment, racist and other nonjihadist extremists have killed nearly twice as many people as those by Islamic jihadists.

Likewise, what about mass killings in which no ideological motive is evident, such as those at a Colorado movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school in 2012? The criteria used by New America and most other research groups exclude such attacks, which have cost more lives than those clearly tied to ideology.

Some killings by non-Muslims that most experts would categorize as terrorism have drawn only fleeting news media coverage, never jelling in the public memory. But to revisit some of the episodes is to wonder why.

In 2012, a neo-Nazi named Wade Michael Page entered a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and opened fire, killing six people and seriously wounding three others. Mr. Page, who died at the scene, was a member of a white supremacist group called the Northern Hammerskins.

In another case, in June 2014, Jerad and Amanda Miller, a married couple with radical antigovernment views, entered a Las Vegas pizza restaurant and fatally shot two police officers who were eating lunch. On the bodies, they left a swastika, a flag inscribed with the slogan Dont tread on me and a note saying, This is the start of the revolution. Then they killed a third person in a nearby Walmart.

And, as in the case of jihadist plots, there have been sobering close calls. In November 2014 in Austin, Tex., a man named Larry McQuilliams fired more than 100 rounds at government buildings that included the Police Headquarters and the Mexican Consulate. Remarkably, his shooting spree hit no one, and he was killed by an officer before he could try to detonate propane cylinders he drove to the scene.

Some Muslim advocates complain that when the perpetrator of an attack is not Muslim, news media commentators quickly focus on the question of mental illness. With non-Muslims, the media bends over backward to identify some psychological traits that may have pushed them over the edge, said Abdul Cader Asmal, a retired physician and a longtime spokesman for Muslims in Boston. Whereas if its a Muslim, the assumption is that they must have done it because of their religion.

On several occasions since President Obama took office, efforts by government agencies to conduct research on right-wing extremism have run into resistance from Republicans, who suspected an attempt to smear conservatives.

A 2009 report by the Department of Homeland Security, which warned that an ailing economy and the election of the first black president might prompt a violent reaction from white supremacists, was withdrawn in the face of conservative criticism. Its main author, Daryl Johnson, later accused the department of gutting its staffing for such research.

William Braniff, the executive director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland, said the outsize fear of jihadist violence reflected memories of Sept. 11, the daunting scale of sectarian conflict overseas and wariness of a strain of Islam that seems alien to many Americans.

We understand white supremacists, he said. We dont really feel like we understand Al Qaeda, which seems too complex and foreign to grasp.

The contentious question of biased perceptions of terrorist threats dates back at least two decades, to the truck bombing that tore apart the federal building in Oklahoma City in April 1995. Some early news media speculation about the attack assumed that it had been carried out by Muslim militants. The arrest of Timothy J. McVeigh, an antigovernment extremist, quickly put an end to such theories.

The bombing, which killed 168 people, including 19 children, remains the second-deadliest terrorist attack in American history, though its toll was dwarfed by the roughly 3,000 killed on Sept 11.

If theres one lesson we seem to have forgotten 20 years after Oklahoma City, its that extremist violence comes in all shapes and sizes, said Dr. Horgan, the University of Massachusetts scholar. And very often, it comes from someplace youre least suspecting.
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'Trump is setting us free:' White supremacists celebrate reports...

5 days ago ... 'Trump is setting us free:' White supremacists celebrate reports that Trump ... It's now officially understood at the the highest levels that we are ...

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Trump is setting us free: White supremacists celebrate reports that Trump will dial down scrutiny
This is absolutely a signal of favor to us.

By Laurel Raymond and Alan Pyke

Online neo-Nazi and white supremacist forums have been unmistakably jubilant lately, as web chatter moved from celebrating President Donald Trumps electoral victory to celebrating individual cabinet appointments and policy proposals.

On Thursday, internet racists celebrated another perceived victory: Reports that President Trump will soon remove white nationalist groups from a federal effort to study and neutralize extremist radicalization, and rebrand the program to focus solely on groups associating themselves with Islam.

Yes, this is real life. Our memes are all real life. Donald Trump is setting us free.

The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program partners government agencies with community organizations in hopes of preventing people from being radicalized into various types of terror and hate groups. Its primary focus has always been in Muslim communities, but the Obama administration designed it to also encompass the American far-right groups that propagandize to people like Dylann Roof.

News of Trumps plan to reverse that symbolic recognition of right-wing threats prompted a wave of celebration in white nationalist circles.

Donald Trump wants to remove us from undue federal scrutiny by removing white supremacists from the definition of extremism, the founder and editor of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer (which takes its name from a Nazi propaganda publication) wrote in a post on the site. Yes, this is real life. Our memes are all real life. Donald Trump is setting us free.

This interpretation overstates the scope of Reuters report somewhat. The meme-filled Daily Stormer post alleges that changing the CVE program and renaming it to focus solely on Islamic extremism, as Trump puts it, would also extend to to calling off FBI scrutiny and taking white supremacists and neo-Nazis off of extremist databases. That would actually require separate action from Trump.
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But in Trumps move to take even some measure of scrutiny off of far-right extremism, The Daily Stormer sees a direct parroting of their own writing and a reward for the far-rights role in getting Trump elected.

Its fair to say that if the Trump team is not listening to us directly (I assume they are), they are thinking along very similar lines. We helped get Trump get [sic] elected, and the fact of the matter is, without Alt-Right meme magick, it simply wouldnt have happened, the post continues. This is absolutely a signal of favor to us.

Another neo-Nazi site that associates itself with the so-called alt-right, Infostormer, celebrated the news and took it as a sign of support. We may truly have underestimated President Trumps covert support of our Cause (at least in some form), but after this proposal, I am fully ready to offer myself in service of this glorious regime the post reads.

This celebratory coverage of the news spread widely through white nationalist forums and chat rooms.

Commenters at Stormfront rejoiced.

Amazing my government no longer targets me as an enemy, wrote one. Its now officially understood at the the highest levels that we are soooo much better than the kidnapper terrorist pedophile left, wrote another.

On the messaging service Gab, which has become a favorite of white nationalists after Twitter started closing some high-profile accounts for hate speech, users gleefully posted links to the Infowars coverage of the news, mainstream news coverage, and the Daily Stormer article, often tagging the posts #MAGA and editorializing their celebration of the news.

Trumps presidency has been met with widespread celebration by white supremacist groups, many of which recognized Trumps America first rhetoric as their own.

Civil liberties organizations and libertarian observers have long criticized the CVE program as a counterproductive whitewash of government surveillance of Muslim communities. A former official with the program told CNN that in practice, the controversial program has always focused on Muslim communities, and thus that Trumps most substantial proposed change is the renaming of the program. According to Reuters, Trump would rechristen it the Countering Islamic Extremism or the Countering Radical Islamic Extremism program.

Much of the white supremacist celebration seems to revolve around the proposed name change alone.
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Only one organization has thus far won a CVE grant for work focused on hate group de-radicalization. Life After Hate, founded in 2009 and run by a small staff of men and women who were once part of skinhead, Aryan, and other violent extremist organizations, has yet to receive the grant it was awarded last summer.

Life After Hate co-founder Christian Picciolini called Trumps reported plan extremely troubling, citing the signal it sends to hate groups.

It sends a message that white extremism does not exist, or is not a priority in our country, when in fact it is a statistically larger and more present terror threat than any by foreign or other domestic actors, LAHs Christian Picciolini told ThinkProgress. We have hundreds of thousands of homegrown sovereign citizens and militia members with ties to white nationalism training in paramilitary camps across the U.S. and standing armed in front of mosques to intimidate marginalized Americans.

It sends a message that white extremism does not exist.

With the proposed change, Picciolini worries Trump could even end up increasing the likehood of violence within our borders if he does alter the program to ignore white supremacists, militia groups, and so-called sovereign citizens. Since 9/11, attacks from right-wing organizations have killed far more Americans than groups claiming to be Islamic, according to data from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The move could bolster and legitimize violent white extremism while also potentially serving to radicalize disaffected fringe elements within Muslim communities, he said.

This decision, if true, would severely harm or destroy any community-led efforts to helping people disengage from violent extremism and potentially stop future terrorist acts.
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