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Leaked chats reveal 'National Guardsman' and White Lives Matter organizer is forming new fascist group that wants a race war

The organizer of the aborted White Lives Matter rally in Raleigh, NC claims to be a National Guard member who wants to launch an "aboveground fascist movement," according to recordings from an April 9 voice chat leaked to Raw Story.

Upon learning that anticipated support from Proud Boys would not materialize and the event was likely to draw significant opposition from anti-fascists, the host of the North Carolina White Lives Matter channel on Telegram — known as "Bolts " — abruptly canceled the event and changed the name of the channel to "American Union Fascist."

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Exclusive: Huntington Beach neo-Nazi who punched Asian man has a history of racist violence

Two men who were involved in a 2005 hate crime were among the dozen people arrested at a "White Lives Matter" rally held at the Huntington Beach Pier in southern California on Sunday.

A much larger group of counter-protesters gathered in Huntington Beach in response to the rally, which was organized on the social media app Telegram. Far-right activists showed up alone or in small groups over the course of the afternoon, and were almost immediately surrounded by counter-protesters.

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Fascists are bringing guns to 'White Lives Matter' rallies this Sunday -- but their plans are chaotic and dysfunctional

Anonymous neo-Nazis on Telegram attempting to organize simultaneous "White Lives Matter" rallies scheduled for Sunday in cities across the United States are pledging to bring weapons in an anticipated clash with antifascist counter-protesters.

"Always be prepared to defend yourself," the primary organizing channel for the nationwide project account advised in an "OpSec" guide posted on the social media app Telegram on Tuesday. "Preferably a sidearm but sometimes you'll have to settle for a knife, mace, taser."

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'White Boy Summer': How Tom Hanks' son is inspiring Neo-Nazis eager for the return of the Third Reich

Chet Hanks' Instagram communique promising a "white boy summer" is ill-advised, self-absorbed and head-scratching. But the social-media salvo has also, predictably, received a warm reception from white supremacists who gleefully embrace it as a rallying cry for racial exclusion, right-wing violence and the return of the Third Reich.

Best known as the son of Tom Hanks, Chet Hanks is an actor of a lesser stature, with roles on "Empire" and "NCIS: New Orleans" as well as an erstwhile rapper who performed under the name "Chet Haze." On March 26, he posted a video of himself seated behind the wheel of a parked car and chewing gum, casually announcing: "Hey guys. Look, I just wanted to tap in real quick. I just got this feeling, man, um, that this summer is, uh… it's about to be a white boy summer. You know, take it how you want."

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'Bloody civil war': Inside the heavily armed contingency force hovering over the Oath Keepers Jan. 6 prosecution

While the government builds a conspiracy case against a dozen Oath Keepers accused of storming the Capitol, court documents indicate investigators also remain interested in whether the far-right militia group was staging "quick reaction forces" with heavy weaponry as a contingency to escalate violence.

An unindicted co-conspirator referenced in government court filings as "Person Three" and "Paul" is at the heart of indicted Oath Keepers' discussions about a heavily armed "QRF," or quick reaction force, that was supposed to stage outside DC as backup during the assault on the Capitol. At least two of the Oath Keepers defendants were in direct communication with the QRF leader, according to government filings. Thomas Edward Caldwell, a Navy veteran and former FBI section chief, is one. Another is Jessica Watkins, the Army veteran from Ohio who breached the Capitol. The QRF leader reserved a room at a hotel where other Oath Keepers were staying in advance of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, so it's likely that federal investigators know his name.

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Activists score victory in North Carolina hotbed of racism -- thanks to a visiting judge

A North Carolina judge has dismissed a misdemeanor rioting charge against a 35-year-old Black man whose forcible arrest during a protest against COVID conditions at a local jail last September led to additional arrests as activists reacted in anger and astonishment.

The warrant alleged that by trespassing outside the Alamance County Detention Center and refusing the commands of officers, Nicholas Cassette incited "further unruly activity from a crowd of protestors who increasingly became disorderly."

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'The mask slips': Proud Boys joining white supremacists in 'White Lives Matter' rallies across the US

White supremacists on Telegram are organizing a series of simultaneous rallies under the banner of "White Lives Matter" in major American cities scheduled for April 11, with active participation and promotion in some locales by members of the Proud Boys.

The rallies mark a rare instance of overt white nationalists openly mobilizing in the streets since the constituent organizations of the violent 2017 Unite the Right rally were severely hobbled the following year by sustained opposition in the streets from antifascist counter-protesters, litigation, infighting and organizational dysfunction. For the Proud Boys, whose members are facing serious federal charges for conspiracy to disrupt the transfer of executive power during the assault on the US Capitol, participation in the "White Lives Matter" rallies reflects a brazen determination to maintain a street presence and an apparent diminishing concern about being branded as racists.

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White Supremacist rioter with 'secret' NAVY security clearance will remain in detention because of 'dangerous' ideology

A white supremacist involved in the Capitol insurrection who formerly held a top security clearance at a Naval weapons station in New Jersey has been ordered to remain in pre-trial detention.
US District Judge Trevor N. McFadden said in an order issued Tuesday that Timothy Hale-Cusanelli "must be detained pending trial because the government has shown by clear and convincing evidence that no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure the safety of any other person and the community."

Hale-Cusanelli is the host of the "Based Hermes" podcast, which promoted white supremacy by arguing for "minority control," blaming Jews for the 9/11 attacks and expressing sympathy for Adolf Hitler, according to the government. At the same time, the government said, Hale-Cusanelli was enlisted in the US Army Reserves and worked as a security contractor at Naval Weapons Station Earle in Colts Neck, NJ, where he maintained a 'secret' security clearance."

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DOJ investigating ‘sedition’ comments to media regarding Capitol riot defendants following scolding from judge

The US Justice Department is investigating disclosures from government sources to "60 Minutes" and the New York Times that raised the possibility of sedition charges against members of the Oath Keepers who were involved in the Capitol insurrection.

During a videoconference call with lawyers for the government and 10 Oath Keeper defendants, US District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta expressed concern about an interview given by former Acting US Attorney Michael Sherwin to "60 Minutes" and a story in the New York Times that ran on Monday. Sherwin, who was appointed to head the US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia by former Attorney General Bill Barr and led the investigation into the Capitol insurrection until his resignation on March 3 told "60 Minutes" that he believes the facts support charges of sedition, while specifically discussing the Oath Keepers' actions at the Capitol. The New York Times reported that Justice Department officials are weighing whether to charge the Oath Keepers with sedition, based on statements from "unnamed law enforcement officials briefed on the deliberations."

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Journalist claims FBI turned to Proud Boy Joe Biggs for information about antifascists

Correction: A previous version of this story referred to Cassandra Fairbanks as an "alt-right journalist." In a communication to Raw Story, Fairbanks said she was a "populist."

It's no secret that the Proud Boys have maintained a cozy relationship with local law enforcement across the country, with police turning a blind eye to the nationalist street gang's violence, exchanging handshakes, and even sometimes building cross-membership.

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EXCLUSIVE: Far-right Trump supporters hope to use RFK Jr.-backed protests to stage a comeback

Promoted on Facebook and Telegram, the "Worldwide Demonstration for Freedom" scheduled for Saturday promises that people around the world will rise up in unity against a nebulous enemy, using lofty phrases like "peace," "human rights," "democracy," "sovereignty" and "solidarity."

The soft framing and new age-y presentation belies a hard-edged message of protest against COVID restrictions that will be clearly understood by anti-lockdown stalwarts but vague enough to appeal to a wider audience. Launched by an obscure outfit in central Germany called Freie Bürger Kassel (translated as Free Citizens of Kassel), the Worldwide Demonstration has received a promotional boost from Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an anti-vaccination campaigner and nephew of the 35th US president, who has been building transatlantic links with the German anti-lockdown movement over the past six months.

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Here's what ‘antifa’ was really doing as Trump supporters attacked the US Capitol

When Fox News host Laura Ingraham introduced her show "from a chaotic Washington" on the day of the Capitol insurrection, she speculated, "Now, they were likely not all Trump supporters, and there are some reports that antifa sympathizers may have been sprinkled throughout the crowd."

Mitchell Fryer was at home in North Carolina that day monitoring right-wing livestreams and Twitter accounts, and then feeding information to fellow left-wing antifascists on the ground at the Capitol.

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'I'm not going to risk getting myself killed': Madison Cawthorn’s very bad week isn't enough to coax his 2020 challenger to run against him again

WASHINGTON — Rep. Madison Cawthorn was the subject of two ruinous exposés this week, one detailing numerous accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct against him from his college days and the other reporting he had lied about critical details of his back story.

None of that, however, is enough to draw his 2020 Democratic opponent into a rematch.

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