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The shooter arrested in the killing of three individuals outside the Jewish institutions in Overland Park, Kansas is a white supremacist with a long history of promoting anti-Semitism and racism, according to a backgrounder released by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
The suspect, identified by police as Frazier Cross, but who is also known as Frazier Glenn Miller (or simply Glenn Miller), is a white supremacist from southwest Missouri with a career in hatred and white supremacy that has spanned more than three decades. In the early 1980s, Glenn Miller
was one of the more notorious white supremacists in the U.S., but he
eventually ran afoul of both the federal government and members of his
own movement and has spent the last decade at the periphery of the white
shooting at the Kansas Jewish community centers is a sad and tragic
event which reminds us where the spread of anti-Semitism and racism can
lead," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "We recently issued a report which indicated that the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States
had fallen precipitously over the past few years. So the statistics
are good, and then you wake up in the morning and three people are dead
because someone believed them to be Jews."
ADL has reissued a security bulletin to synagogues and Jewish communal institutions across the United States urging them to review their security plans for the Passover holiday, which begins at sundown tonight.
Backgrounder: Frazier Glenn Miller
Originally from North Carolina, Frazier Glenn Miller
began his career as a neo-Nazi in the mid-1970s, but soon switched to
the Ku Klux Klan. He was present at an infamous shooting of left-wing
activists by white supremacists in Greensboro in 1979 that left five dead, but was never charged with a crime.
1980, Miller had formed his own Klan group, the Carolina Knights of the
Ku Klux Klan (later changed to the White Patriot Party), a large
regional Klan group that drew notoriety for its paramilitary training
exercises. Members of the group committed several hate crimes against
African-Americans during the decade, while its second-in-command was
convicted of a plot to purchase stolen weapons, ostensibly to target a
civil rights organization. During this period, Miller was one of the
more notorious white supremacists in the U.S.
activities of Miller and his group eventually led to a federal court
order prohibiting its paramilitary training. Rather than obey the
order, Miller went underground with several followers in 1987 after
issuing a "Declaration of War" that called for the "blood of our enemies
[to] flood the streets." Federal agents soon arrested Miller hiding
out in the Ozarks in Missouri on charges related to his "Declaration" and explosives violations.
eventually pleaded guilty to possession of a hand grenade and received a
five-year sentence. He also agreed to testify against other prominent
white supremacists in a sedition trial in Arkansas
in 1988—this latter decision earned him the enmity of the majority of
the white supremacist movement, which now considered him a traitor to
After getting out of prison in 1990, Miller moved to Iowa (later to Missouri)
and became a truck driver. Largely ostracized by white supremacists,
he laid low until the end of the decade, when he self-published his
autobiography (A White Man Speaks Out). This marked a return to activism; by the early 2000s, Miller began purchasing advertising space in local newspapers in Missouri for racist and anti-Semitic screeds, followed by his own attempts to publish a "white-friendly" newspaper called The European-American.
In 2004, Miller allied with fellow Missouri white supremacist Alex Linder to produce a more grandiose white supremacist newspaper that they dubbed The Aryan Alternative.
Only a couple of issues were published, but they were printed in large
numbers, which were distributed by various white supremacists for
years. Miller also tried running for office, receiving only two votes
in his 2010 attempt at a U.S. Senate seat in Missouri.
the 2000s, Miller actively promoted his racist and anti-Semitic views
online, but remained hampered by the hostility with which most of the
white supremacist movement continued to view him. In the years prior to
the Overland Park attacks, Miller was a perennial but peripheral figure within the world of white supremacy.
The Anti-Defamation League,
founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting
anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred,
prejudice and bigotry.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today said it has joined with concerned Muslims in Tennessee in welcoming cancellation of an anti-Muslim event scheduled for April 24 at a Knoxville high school.
school official today told CAIR: "I am happy to announce that our
Central Office has canceled the ACT event. Thank you for your concern
appreciate the prompt and appropriate response to concerns of Muslim
parents and others that hosting this event in a public school would send
an implicit message of endorsement for the bigoted views of the
speakers," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
"We welcome the decision by the superintendent of Knox County Schools to help ensure that they remain a safe place for all students," said American Center for Outreach Director of Policy Remziya Suleyman.
In a letter sent yesterday to Farragut High School Principal Michael Reynolds, Hooper wrote:
"I wish to bring to your attention our concerns about a program scheduled for April 24 at Farragut High School in which two anti-Muslim speakers are to appear to discuss 'Shariah Law.'
"'Bill Warner' (Bill French) is identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a member of the "anti-Muslim inner circle."
"The April 24 event in your school is sponsored by ACT! for American, another anti-Muslim hate group.
for America leader 'Brigitte Gabriel' claims that an American Muslim
'cannot be a loyal citizen' and that Islam is the 'real enemy.' She once
told the Australian Jewish News: 'Every practicing Muslim is a radical
Muslim.' She also claimed that 'Islamo-fascism is a politically-correct
word. . .it's the vehicle for Islam. . .Islam is the problem.'
CAIR Islamophobia Backgrounder: ACT! for America and 'Brigitte Gabriel'
believe this event will be viewed as having the endorsement of school
officials and has the potential to promote bullying and to create a
hostile learning environment for Muslim students. It may also serve to
create a negative impression of Islam and Muslims in the minds of
students of all faiths.
support the First Amendment right to free speech -- even the kind of
hate speech used by these speakers -- but believe, because of the need
for a safe and inclusive learning environment, that a school is not the
proper setting such an event.
therefore respectfully request that you review district policies to
determine whether you high school is an appropriate venue for a
potentially hate-filled program."
receiving the letter, a representative of the school told CAIR that
"Farragut High School does not support this event, nor do we share the
presenters' views" and that a review of the "use of facilities"
agreement was being reviewed by legal experts.
The Ohio Supreme Court Joint Task Force to Review the Administration of Ohio's
Death Penalty meets today to finalize its recommendations.
Concurrently, Ohioans to Stop Executions launched a new tool on its web
page. This new tool will allow Ohioans to search, sort, and understand
the more than 50 recommendations intended to help make Ohio's death penalty more fair. The OTSE/Task Force search tool may be used at www.OTSE.org
the Task Force is completing its work by releasing a report with 56
recommendations that attempt to address the failures of Ohio's death penalty system," said Kevin Werner,
executive director of the statewide anti-death penalty coalition. "I
personally watched these recommendations evolve from meeting to meeting
as the state's appointed experts decided how to solve the problems with
the death penalty. Ultimately, we know that there's only one problem—the
death penalty itself, which the Task Force was precluded from
considering as a whole. Anyone who really looks at this issue tends to
agree that the only way to fix the death penalty is to get rid of it.
Until that day comes, Ohioans to Stop Executions will work to ensure
that the reforms that will make the biggest impact are legislated. If we
have to have a death penalty, let's make it a fairer one."
Janos Ader, President of Hungary, will speak in Auschwitz to a group of over 10,000 people from around the world at March of the Living on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Monday, April 28, 2014.
March brings together a diverse group of students, young adults,
survivors and liberators, for a week of intensive education that
examines the roots of prejudice and hate while touring Holocaust sites
This year's March marks the 70th
anniversary of the destruction of Hungarian Jewry during the Holocaust.
It is estimated that between one third and one half of the 1.1 million
Jews murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau were Hungarian.
Today, Hungary remains plagued by intolerance and is ranked among the most anti-Semitic countries in Europe.
To commemorate the once thriving Hungarian community, hundreds of Jews from Budapest and around the world will gather in Hungary's capital to participate in a moving tribute on the Saturday night just prior to the March when they will travel to Auschwitz-Birkenau by train, mirroring the deportation of the over half-million Hungarian Jews.
will then join the rest of the participants for the three-kilometer
march from Auschwitz to Birkenau where special tribute will be extended
to the memory of Hungarian Jewry.
a Chilean philanthropist of Hungarian descent, will address the
participants, representing the legacy of Hungarian Jewry. He will be
dedicating a new Torah scroll – its final words being written at
Birkenau – in honor of those who perished.
Rabbi Elie Abadie of New York's Edmond J. Safra Synagogue, will speak about the Holocaust's impact on established Sephardic Jewish communities in France, the Netherlands, Yugoslavia and Greece, which almost disappeared.
This year's additional themes include:
Remembering the millions of other innocent human beings who perished in modern genocides, including the Rwandan Genocide
Honoring the Righteous among the Nations who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust
Highlighting Sephardic communities impacted by the Holocaust
A tribute to survivors who picked up the pieces of their shattered world
Honoring the creation of the State of Israel
The journey starts in Poland just prior to Yom HaShoah and continues in Israel where participants honor Israel's fallen soldiers on Yom Hazikaron—Israel's Memorial Day and celebrate Israel's Independence on Yom Ha'Atzmaut.
SOURCE The International March of the Living
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On Wednesday, NetChoice announced the 2014
Internet Advocates Watchlist of Ugly Laws (iAWFUL) list, a collection of
legislation that has the potential to undermine key elements of
Internet freedom and commerce.
year's list is full of legislative efforts run amok. As legislators and
regulators fall over themselves in a race to regulate Internet
services, many are doing more harm than good.
breaches and privacy concerns have whipped elected officials into
action, but as the 2014 iAWFUL list finds, elected officials are making
things worse," said Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice. "When consumers are harmed by misguided legislation it's time to sit up and take notice."
proposals that would eliminate free services and require businesses to
cry wolf over data breaches top the latest iAWFUL.
Eliminating Free Services
users are accustomed to free and easy access to a wide variety of
resources for everything from networking with friends, to booking travel
to checking the weather. Advertisers, who pay to show ads to
interested audiences, support all of these services.
Legislation introduced in California, Virginia and Missouri
intended to protect consumer privacy would instead make it much harder
for advertisers to pay for free online services and content. If these
proposals are enacted they will reduce the value of advertising for
online marketers and ultimately reduce resources for free online
services. With reduced funding, free services consumers take for granted
today may shut down or require consumers to pay out of their own
Requiring Businesses to Cry Wolf
Recent, high profile data breaches from large retailers have grabbed the attention of lawmakers.
is understandable that action should be taken to protect consumers from
harm, but once again, rushed legislation may be more harmful than the
status quo," said DelBianco.
legislators in ten states are considering legislation that would force
businesses to issue broad and rushed notices that will impede ongoing
investigations. Even worse, the increased quantity of notices will
desensitize consumers to situations that truly merit an immediate
consumers with notices of a potential risk before there is meaningful
action will derail the important conversations that must take place
after a serious data breach. Furthermore, the discrepancies among each
state's proposal will create a patchwork of conflicting rules that
invites lawsuits and missteps.
remainder of the iAWFUL list identifies a wide variety of misguided
efforts including attempts to tax the Internet, limit innovation in
education, and impose new taxes on online businesses everywhere.
The full iAWFUL list for Spring 2014 is available below and at www.iAWFUL.com
1. Making it harder to get advertisers to pay for free online services and content. States
are considering laws to restrict interest-based advertising that today
supports free online services and content. This would drive websites
into showing a higher volume of low quality ads to make up lost revenue.
If this trend continues, expect to see more pay walls in front of
previously free websites.
2. Data breach notification - Following
high profile hacking of data held by Target, states are rushing to pass
new data breach notice laws. However, forcing businesses to issue
broad and rushed notices could impede investigations. Increasing the
quantity of notices will also desensitize consumers to situations where a
notice truly does merit their immediate attention. Moreover, the
divergence among state laws is creating an impossible patchwork for
businesses that have customers in multiple states.
3. Discouraging teens from thinking before they post - So-called
'eraser button' bills may actually encourage teens to be careless about
posting inappropriate content because they mislead teens to think they
can erase what others have posted too.
4. Limiting innovation in education – Schools
should focus on safety, security and educational innovation
while protecting student privacy protection from actual threats. But
state legislation would make it harder for service providers to:
identify students having difficulty learning; inform parents and
teachers about bullying in school; and flag students that might pose
harm to themselves or others.
5. Internet Sales Tax -
The ongoing threat of federal legislation would give new tax and audit
powers to state tax collectors, threatening online businesses
6. Requiring teens to get parental permission to use online services like maps and weather - Proposed
bills would require parental consent before a seventeen-year old could
use basic resources like Google Maps or Yahoo Weather.
7. Empowering courts over consumers - Allowing
a court-appointed executor to counter your express wishes about how
your online accounts are handled when you die does not respect consumer
8. Scaring stores away from embracing pro-consumer mobile technologies. Some
state lawmakers want to mandate warning signs in stores that use new
technology do analyze shopping habits and deliver discounts. These
warning signs will alarm consumers and suppress adoption of new
technology that helps stores send deals to returning customers -- even
where the customer downloaded an app for that very purpose.
9. New limits on First Amendment rights - New
bills limiting digital photos of license plates would violate the first
amendment and impair law enforcement investigations that save lives and
10. Putting children's privacy at risk with email registries – Bills
creating a do-not-email registry jeopardizes the privacy of minors
while imposing new fees on markets and restaurants using email
is a public policy advocacy organization that promotes Internet
innovation and fights threats to online commerce at state, federal and
international level. See www.netchoice.org.
The iAWFUL reflects the editorial views of the Executive Director of
NetChoice and does not necessarily reflect the views of all NetChoice