Daily Archives: August 8, 2012
Jared Lee Loughner: the white gunman, after being found fit to stand trial, will be imprisoned with no possibility of parole for the murder of six people and injuring of 13 others
Jared Lee Loughner on Tuesday pleaded guilty to the 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that killed six people and wounded 13 others including former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. The guilty plea was part of an agreement that prevents him from facing the death penalty.
With defense attorney Judy Clarke at his side, Loughner, wearing a khaki jail uniform, calmly answered questions from U.S. District Court Judge Larry A. Burns, saying that he understood the court rules and that he would plead guilty to 19 of the counts against him, with the other 30 counts to be dropped. Asked if he understood each charge as they were read, Loughner simply replied, “Yes, sir.”
The verdict came on Tuesday after Burns was convinced that Loughner, 23, was competent to enter a plea and could understand the court proceedings, what he was accused of and the ramifications of his actions. The plea, following Loughner’s long-anticipated competency hearing, forgoes what was expected to be a lengthy trial that would have been draining on survivors and victims’ family members, many of whom attended the proceedings. While Loughner’s sentencing won’t be held until Nov. 15, he will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars, serving multiple life sentences with no possibility of parole.
In court, he admitted to murdering a federal employee, attempted murder and causing death at a federally protected activity. “There’s no question in my mind Loughner understands what’s going on today,” Burns told the court.
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Loughner, who dropped out of a community college he attended for five years, has been held in a medical facility in Missouri since the shooting and was flown on Monday to Tucson to appear at the hearing. Experts have concluded that he suffers from schizophrenia, and they’ve kept him on psychotropic drugs for more than a year. The hearing, which began at 11 a.m. local time, started with testimony from Dr. Christina Pietz — a forensic psychologist who has been treating Loughner — who told the court that she felt Loughner was competent to stand trial. If he were sent to the general population in prison, she said, she has no concern that he would harm anyone else as long as he is given his medication.
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“My concern is someone will harm him,” she said. Pietz also testified that Loughner has a rational understanding of the proceedings and that he knows he will never leave prison.
On Jan. 8, 2011, Loughner opened fire with a legally purchased semiautomatic pistol on a crowd gathered to hear Giffords speak at a “Congress on Your Corner” event in the parking lot of a Tucson supermarket. Before bystanders tackled and disarmed him, he managed to kill six people — among them U.S. District Judge John Roll and Giffords staffer Gabe Zimmerman — and wound 13 others, including Giffords, who suffered a serious brain injury. Loughner was later charged with 49 counts of murder and attempted murder. The shooting deaths of Roll and Zimmerman would have made him eligible for the death penalty, had he not entered the plea deal.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Giffords supported the plea deal. “The pain and loss caused by the events of Jan. 8, 2011, are incalculable,” Giffords said in a joint statement with her husband Mark Kelly. “Avoiding a trial will allow us — and we hope the whole southern Arizona community — to continue with our recovery.”
Washington: A day after the tragic shooting incident at a gurdwara, a mosque in the US was burned to the ground in a suspected arson attack. This was the second attack on the mosque in Missouri in little more than a month. On July 4, unidentified persons had set the same mosque afire.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said the Islamic Centre of Joplin in Missouri was gutted down to the ground on Monday.
The center was vacant at the time of the fire and no one was injured.
The FBI, in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department, and the Missouri Department of Fire Safety are currently investigating and providing significant resources to determine the cause of the fire.
“We are currently in the preliminary stages of this investigation and are awaiting a determination as to the cause of this fire. If this fire is determined to be deliberate in nature, it will be investigated to the fullest extent possible,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael Kaste.
“Any act of violence to a house of worship is taken very seriously by law enforcement and threatens the very core of the safety and security that our communities enjoy,” he said.
Following the incident, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called for stepped-up police protection at Muslim institutions and other houses of worship nationwide.
Recently, a $15,000 reward was announced by the FBI and the ATF for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for the fire at the mosque on July 4.
On Monday, CAIR offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever may have caused yesterday’s fire.
Six Sikh worshippers were gunned down by a former US army man in the Milwaukee gurdwara, Wisconsin on Sunday.
Wade Michael Page, seen in this undated picture from the MySpace page for End Apathy, was a founder of that band.
The existence of this music subculture surprised many Americans, but law enforcement agencies and civil rights organizations that monitor hate groups have been paying attention to these groups and their followers since the genre began to emerge in the United States in the early 1980s. The Anti-Defamation League estimates that there are approximately 100 to 150 active or semi-active bands that perform and release such music in the United States.
Aiming to energize followers and intimidate others, many of these bands boast names that favor shock over subtlety — Jew Slaughter, Grinded Nig, Angry Aryans, Ethnic Cleansing. Page, a guitar player and singer, was once a member of 13 Knots, a name that refers to the number of knots in a noose.
“The main theme of these groups is to create anger and direct it toward perceived enemies: Jews, blacks, other minorities,” says Mark Pitcavage, director of investigative research at ADL, who has been tracking hate music since the early 1990s. The music, he adds, is also intended to “create a group sense, praising or glorifying skinheads or white supremacists like themselves.”
The music these bands play takes various styles, but the most prevalent are racist variations of some of rock’s most aggressive forms, such as Oi!, an early punk style that emerged in Britain in the 1970s; hard-core punk; and death metal, a particularly bludgeoning style of heavy metal punctuated by storming guitars and guttural howls.
Concerts and festivals are held periodically across the country, the most well-known of which is Hammerfest, a concert put on by the Hammerskins, a white supremacist skinhead organization that is actively involved with white power music. (Although many followers of white power bands are commonly called skinheads, there are also skinheads who are anti-racist. They are often referred to as SHARPs, which is short for skinheads against racial prejudice.)
End Apathy, a band that Page founded, had released songs on a Maryland-based record label, Label 56, that also distributed recordings by dozens of white power bands from the United States and Europe, including such groups as Bound for Glory, Luftwaffe Raid, Youngland, Skrewdriver, Definite Hate, Children of the Reich and Stormtroop 16.
Page may have been involved in organizing and promoting a white power concert in March in Richmond, according to postings on Stormfront.org, one of the most active white supremacist online forums, made by a person under the name End Apathy.
On its Web site Monday, Label 56 distanced itself from the Wisconsin shooting and removed all End Apathy content. One of the label’s owners, Clemie Richard Haught Jr., did not respond to multiple requests for comment. A statement on the label’s Web site said: “please do not take what Wade did as honorable or respectable and please do not think we are all like that.”
But many fans of white power music aren’t backing away from the genre.
“If my art form is responsible for this shooting, how come no other art form is responsible in all of the other shootings?” asks Byron Calvert, a white power music producer and supporter. “The n—— are always rapping about killing white people, but no one complains about that.”
Calvert owns Tightrope Records, a Melbourne, Ark.-based store and Web site that sells white power music and racist materials, including Hitler party balloons, white power T-shirts and stickers that say “Fight Crime Abort Black Babies.”
The music appeals to its followers, he says, because “they are tired of multiculturalism being shoved down their throats. They’re tired of the forced guilt trip about slavery. They’re tired of black people making money singing about beating up white hos.”
And while the scene is relatively small, he says that it has more support than most people think since most sales of the music take place online.
“It’s a niche market. You don’t go to Wal-Mart to buy white power music.”
Calvert also says that many fans of the music don’t stand out.
“The cartoon caricature of a white power music fan is someone who is tattooed and has a felony record,” Calvert says. “But that’s circus s—. Our customers, you couldn’t pick them out of a crowd. They are the captain of the football team, the cheerleaders, just regular suburban kids.”
Although some hate bands are more popular than others, the concern for people such as the ADL’s Pitcavage is that the scene exists at all.
“There is violence inside the scene itself and to some degree they seem to directly inspire violence after their concerts,” he says. “But many of these groups also condone violence as a solution to a wide variety of problems. They spread hate and violence across society.”
Frequently, white supremacist groups have used the music as a recruiting tool. At one point, Resistance Records, a label based in West Virginia, was reported to have $1 million in annual sales, although researchers say the distribution has fallen off in the past several years.
And James W. von Brunn, the white supremacist who killed a guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, once said he was “very, very interested in the potential for Resistance Records to bring in a new generation of supremacists who were a cut above the knuckle-dragger types,” Todd Blodgett, who was a Resistance Records co-owner, told The Washington Post in 2009.
In 2004, white power music label Panzerfaust Records of Minnesota organized Project Schoolyard, a project to get white supremacists to distribute free white power music compilation CDs to high school and middle school students. In subsequent years, after the demise of Panzerfaust Records, other white supremacists attempted several similar efforts under various names.
Project Schoolyard 2’s compilation disc included such songs as “White Pride, White Passion” by Brutal Attack, “White Revolution” by RAHOWA (Racial Holy War) and “Some Niggers Never Die” by Johnny Rebel.
Project Schoolyard was one of the attempts to use the music for recruiting purposes but generally those have been limited and not very successful, Pitcavage says. “The message is essentially one of hate,” he says, “and there’s not a lot of positive response to that.”
Jill Garvey, associate director of the Center for New Community, a Chicago-based civil rights organization, says she worries that the Wisconsin shooting may spark renewed interest in hate rock bands. In 1999, the center launched Turn It Down, a campaign to counter white power music and its growing influence by educating communities about how to respond to the music and its followers. The campaign has operated intermittently since then, but Garvey said Tuesday that the organization is considering reactivating it. One of the center’s biggest efforts, she said, has been to engage sites such as MySpace and Facebook to deactivate accounts that are promoting white power music.
“We’re seeing that this might reignite some interest, both from the public and from those involved with the music,” Garvey says. “Once the controversy in the press dies down, there may likely be a resurgence in using the music as a way to recruit new followers.”
Such music, however, is well within the tradition of protected free speech in America, says an expert in First Amendment law. The bar is high for finding hate speech unlawful, says Eugene Volokh, a law professor at the University of California at Los Angeles.
“That’s true whether it is extremist Islam or pro-anarchist literature or the communist manifesto or extremist animal rights groups,” he says. “And it’s true for extremist racists as well. Speech is protected unless it is intended to, and likely to, produce imminent violence or other illegal conduct.”
Two White Terroristic Cops Tasered A Deaf Innocent Black Female Who Called For Help And Is Jailed For Nearly 3 Days Without An Interpreter
This racist/terrorist/white supremacist law enforcer used force to arrest and handcuff an innocent deaf Afrikan female after she called 911 for their help.
Instead of an apology, she ended up bloody and in jail for nearly three days without an interpreter before a prosecutor declined to press charges.
Two White Terroristic Cops Tasered A Deaf Innocent Black Female Who Called For Help And Is Jailed For Nearly 3 Days Without An Interpreter
This 51-year-old "white" witch from New Hampshire was charged on August 3rd with sexually terrorizing an 11-year-old boy over a period of several years.
According to Farmington authorities, Laura Faas raped an 11-year-old boy over the span of several years - and on at least one occasion - held the boy down while sexually terrorizing him.
Investigators say the savage told the boy not to tell anyone about the rape "or she would go to jail."
Cavewoman Jailed For Repeatedly Raping An 11-Year-Old