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Ex-Skinhead Leyden on Supremacist Motivation, Threat

Ex-Skinhead Leyden on Supremacist Motivation, Threat

TJ Leyden, 43, spent 15 years as a leader in the white supremacist movement. He covered his body with Nazi tattoos and advocated violence against Jews and other minorities. And then the scales fell from his eyes, and Leyden realized he’d been living a lie and dragging others into it.

Since his transformation more than a decade ago, Leyden, who grew up in Fontana and wreaked havoc in Los Angeles, has promoted not hatred but tolerance. He wrote a book, “Skinhead Confessions” (Cedar Fort Inc., 2008), and worked at the Museum of Tolerance in West L.A. until moving last year to southern Utah, where he hopes to open a ranch for troubled youth. In the wake of last week’s fatal shooting of a museum guard by James von Brunn, an 88-year-old U.S. Navy veteran, at the United States Museum of the Holocaust, Leyden talked to The Journal about the thinking behind such actions.

Jewish Journal: How do white supremacists see the world?
TJ Leyden: It’s pretty much black and white. The white race and everybody else. Jewish people technically are white; Asians have light skin. But they say they technically are not white because of features and religion.

JJ: Why is there so much overlap between white supremacists, neo-Nazis and conspiracy theorists?
TL: If people start to buy them and believe them, conspiracies are a good recruitment school. The government was behind Sept. 11 and all this other stuff. Who’s really in control, and who really planned this whole thing was the government, who is controlled by Israel. And the person will say, ‘Wow, you know even more than most people.’

Beverly Eckert: the tragic death of a genuine truth-seeker

Beverly Eckert: the tragic death of a genuine truth-seeker

Last Thursday, 50 people were killed when a commercial airliner (Colgan Flight 3407) crashed in Clarence Center, a suburb of Buffalo, New York State. Through a savage twist of fate, one of the deceased was Beverly Eckert, who was widowed as a result of the 9/11 attacks.

Eckert’s grief over the loss of her husband, Sean, led her (along with other bereaved relatives) to demand an investigation into what was effectively the US government’s most catastrophic intelligence failure since Pearl Harbor. In spite of the Bush administration’s stone-walling, Ms Eckert and her peers won a major victory for accountability and open government in the form of the 9/11 Commission (whose papers have recently been placed online).

Beverly Eckert was a passionate critic of US foreign policy post-9/11, and opposed the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She was also a critic of the Bush administration – which (for party-political reasons) tried to block her calls for an open inquiry into 9/11. While a host of charlatans and hooks have appropriated for themselves the title of the ‘9/11 truth movement’, Ms Eckert was a genuine truth-seeker, who wanted the record of the 11th September 2001 attacks made public. She believed that al-Qaeda had succeeded in her husband and nearly 3,000 other victims because of bureaucratic incompetence and institutional in-fighting between US government agencies who were (in theory) supposed to be co-operating to protect America and its citizens from terrorist attacks. It was her hope that the Commission’s investigation would identify the failures within officialdom and the intelligence services which contributed to 9/11, so that they could be rectified. She also wanted to see the architect of the attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, put on trial.

A bona fide ‘truth movement’ would have had a similar agenda to Ms Eckert.

MMR doctor Andrew Wakefield fixed data on autism

MMR doctor Andrew Wakefield fixed data on autism

THE doctor who sparked the scare over the safety of the MMR vaccine for children changed and misreported results in his research, creating the appearance of a possible link with autism, a Sunday Times investigation has found.

Confidential medical documents and interviews with witnesses have established that Andrew Wakefield manipulated patients’ data, which triggered fears that the MMR triple vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella was linked to the condition.

The research was published in February 1998 in an article in The Lancet medical journal. It claimed that the families of eight out of 12 children attending a routine clinic at the hospital had blamed MMR for their autism, and said that problems came on within days of the jab. The team also claimed to have discovered a new inflammatory bowel disease underlying the children’s conditions.

However, our investigation, confirmed by evidence presented to the General Medical Council (GMC), reveals that: In most of the 12 cases, the children’s ailments as described in The Lancet were different from their hospital and GP records. Although the research paper claimed that problems came on within days of the jab, in only one case did medical records suggest this was true, and in many of the cases medical concerns had been raised before the children were vaccinated. Hospital pathologists, looking for inflammatory bowel disease, reported in the majority of cases that the gut was normal. This was then reviewed and the Lancet paper showed them as abnormal.

Harry Potter part of Zionist conspiracy, Iranian film claims

Harry Potter part of Zionist conspiracy, Iranian film claims

Harry Potter, part of a Zionist conspiracy? That’s the message that went out on Iranian news network IRINN. MCT

Not everybody has fallen under Harry Potter’s spell.

A short Iranian documentary recently translated by the Middle East Media Research Institue and published on the Jerusalem Post’s website claims that the teen wizard hero of J.K. Rowling’s best-selling books and movies is being used to promote Zionist propaganda.

The five-minute segment (video below), which aired on Iranian news channel IRINN on December 15, shows clips from 2002’s “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” while several commentators offer their explanations of the symbolism in the series.

“Now more than ever,” the Iranian film’s narrator says, “this tool serves to spread the dark and evil essence of Zionism and its goals.”

The commentators point to several different elements of the story as evidence of a Zionist agenda – pointing to the themes of witchcraft and wizardry, which the documentary ties to Kabbalah, the study of Jewish mysticism.

Boris Johnson: Gary McKinnon believes in little green men – but it doesn’t make him a terrorist

Boris Johnson: Gary McKinnon believes in little green men – but it doesn’t make him a terrorist

Way to go, Mr President. I think we can all agree that it has been a cracking first week. Apart from the swearing-in glitch – which was entirely the fault of that judge – I have supported just about everything that Barack Obama has done.

I liked the speech, and the promise that America is ready to lead again. It is good news that he is getting rid of Guantanamo and water-boarding and extraordinary rendition, all the dread apparatus of the Bush regime.

But before we all get too misty-eyed about the new era, and before Barack devotes himself entirely to the meltdown of the banks, there is one more thing in his diplomatic in-tray. There is one last piece of neocon lunacy that needs to be addressed, and Mr Obama could sort it out at the stroke of a pen.

In a legal nightmare that has lasted seven years, and cost untold millions to taxpayers both here and in America, the US Justice Department is persisting in its demented quest to extradite 43-year-old Londoner, Gary McKinnon.

To listen to the ravings of the US military, you would think that Mr McKinnon is a threat to national security on a par with Osama bin Laden. According to the Americans, this mild-mannered computer programmer has done more damage to their war-fighting capabilities than all the orange-pyjama-clad suspects of Guantanamo combined.

And how? He is a hacker.

More information on Gary McKinnon can be found at freegary.org.uk.

Tories ‘would publish UFO files’

Tories ‘would publish UFO files’

David Cameron has vowed to publish any secret files that may exist on UFOs if he becomes prime minister.

Speaking at one of his regular Cameron Direct public meetings, he pledged to be “open and frank” with any government knowledge about close encounters.

The Conservative leader was responding to a question about apparent government cover-ups of UFO activity.

Mr Cameron joked: “I’m convinced we’ve been visited by aliens – one of them is trade secretary Peter Mandelson.”

Anti-Semites take advantage of Indymedia UK

On Boxing Day morning an article appeared on the Indymedia UK newswire entitled Barack Obama: “America’s First Jewish President”. This nauseating piece of drivel attempts to tie support for Israel with “the Jews” as a whole, and contains worrying parallels with traditional anti-Semitic and fascist conspiracy theories. Some excerpts:

According to a nationally prominent Zionist spokesperson, former Congressman, Federal Judge, White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton and early backer of Obama, Abner Mikvner, “Barack Obama is the first Jewish President”. Mikvner’s affirmation reflects both Obama’s one-sided and longstanding commitment to the State of Israel and loyalty to the Zionist Power Configuration (ZPC) in the United States, as well as the long-term and successful effort of a network of financially and politically powerful Jewish Zionists to ‘embed’ Obama to their ‘Israel First’ political apparatus.

…Historically this has been mirrored in the continuous claims of some American Jews to have fought and won the battle of Civil Rights in the 60’s on behalf of African Americans – essentially denying black Americans any independent political role in their own struggle.

The ZPC offers positive inducements for the ‘recruitable’ and threats of retaliation and intimidation via media slanders and systematic public pillory through most Jewish communal organizations for the public political critics of Israel who remain recalcitrant and refuse to toe the Israel-First line.

Brzezinski was accused of advocating what he called “an even-handed Middle East policy”, something clearly ‘anti-Semitic’ in the eyes of the unconditional supporters of Israel who dominate the Presidents of the Major American Jewish Organizations (PMAJO). Worse still he praised the Walt-Mearsheimer book critical of the Israel Lobby, a capital offense in the eyes of most of the Jewish political spectrum.

Obama’s purge of any and all moderate voices on Middle East policy, his placement of fanatical Israel-Firsters in most key positions in his campaign and new Administration reflects his long-term, deep immersion into the Zionist Power Configuration. The result is a “Jewish President” – in the sense that most key White House, economic and security appointments reflect pre-election Zionist power in the making, indoctrination and scripting of the Obama candidacy.

The article makes a deliberate effort to blur the line between “Jewishness” and “Zionism.” In doing so it simply mirrors the agenda of those it claims to criticise by identifying Israel the nation state with the Jews as a politically, socially and geographically diverse group. That the author hijacks the Palestinian situation to do so simply makes the situation that bit more revolting.

Similarly, the dire warnings about the supposed Jewish political and financial elite orchestrating US politics behind the scenes, combined with terms such as “Zionist Power Configuration” (does ZOG ring any bells?), make the author’s agenda abundantly clear.

Why, then, is the article still visible on the newswire over thirty hours after it was first published – particularly given that other articles published later have been placed on the promoted newswire, showing that administrators are awake and active?

Israel is a nation state and it, and its supporter organisations around the world, are as legitimate targets for criticism as any other nation or group. However, attempts to tie this criticism to “The Jews” as a collective group are frankly despicable, and that this – rather than nationalism, religious fundamentalism and foreign policy – forms the focus of the article is a major cause for concern.

I should make one thing very clear. I am not, in any sense, accusing the IMC UK collective of promoting, supporting or harbouring anti-Semitic beliefs. I have been a regular reader and contributor of Indymedia for many years and see it as a valuable resource. It is for this very reason that the abuse of the site by anti-Semites and fascists is so troubling. More troubling is the apparent reluctance to deal with this problem.

Anti-Semites have, unfortunately, used Indymedia for their own ends in the past. Information can be found at:
http://www.socialistunity.com/?p=1707
http://geniza.wordpress.com/2007/12/28/atzmons-anti-semitism-part-v/
http://www.shiftmag.co.uk/3gohamasgo.html

I do not agree with all of the statements in the articles linked above. However, they demonstrate the concern which has risen in recent years over the use of Indymedia by anti-Semites and a variety of conspiracy theorists, cloaking their bigotry in progressive, humanitarian language.

Politics may make strange bedfellows, but some supposed comrades should be made to sleep on the couch.

Wood on Mars?

Photos released by NASA from the Mars Rover have got some of the conspiraloons in a bit of a tizzy. The pics, which can be found here, show a landscape on Mars. Present in the photos is an object which, it is claimed, is a log of plank of wood.

I find the pictures beautiful in their own stark, bizarre way. As for the plank, as yet I’m not worried. Yet. Rumour has it they are working on an upgrade – a plank of wood with a nail through it!.

Update: it’s a rock. Or so they say.

Britain releases UFO files, dispels some mysteries

Britain releases UFO files, dispels some mysteries

LONDON (AP) — Alitalia pilot Achille Zaghetti thought it was a missile.

Zaghetti was at the helm of a jet from Milan to London’s Heathrow Airport on the evening of April 21, 1991 when a flying object streaked across his field of vision.

“At once I said, ‘look out, look out,’ to my co-pilot, who looked out and saw what I had seen,” Zaghetti wrote in his report. “As soon as the object crossed us I asked to the ACC (area control center) operator if he saw something on his screen and he answered ‘I see an unknown target 10 nautical miles behind you.'”

An investigation later ruled out a missile — but never ruled anything in, either.

The close encounter is one of many reported UFO sightings among 19 files that Britain’s National Archives posted Monday to the Web. The new material covers UFO sightings between 1986 and 1992.