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Revealed: neo-Confederate group includes military officers and politicians

Revealed: neo-Confederate group includes military officers and politicians

Leaked data shows other high-profile members have overlapping membership in more explicitly racist or violent groupsMon 28 Jun 2021 11.06 EDTFirst published on Mon 28 Jun 2021 05.00 EDTLeaked membership data from the neo-Confederate Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) organization has revealed that the organization’s members include serving military officers, elected officials, public employees, and a national security expert whose CV boasts of “Department of Defense Secret Security Clearance”.But alongside these members are others who participated in and committed acts of violence at the...

Jun 28
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US police and public officials donated to Kyle Rittenhouse, data breach reveals

US police and public officials donated to Kyle Rittenhouse, data breach reveals

Officers and officials also donated to fundraisers for far-right activists and fellow officers accused of shooting black AmericansFri 16 Apr 2021 02.00 EDTLast modified on Fri 16 Apr 2021 10.46 EDTA data breach at a Christian crowdfunding website has revealed that serving police officers and public officials have donated money to fundraisers for accused vigilante murderers, far-right activists, and fellow officers accused of shooting black Americans.In many of these cases, the donations were attached to their official email addresses, raising questions about the use of public resources in...

Apr 16
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US militia group draws members from military and police, website leak shows

US militia group draws members from military and police, website leak shows

Analysis: Membership list of American Patriots Three Percent also shows widespread network of people from variety of occupationsWed 3 Mar 2021 05.00 ESTLast modified on Wed 3 Mar 2021 09.09 ESTA Guardian investigation of a website leak from the American Patriots Three Percent shows the anti-government militia group have recruited a network across the United States that includes current and former military members, police and border patrol agents.But the leak also demonstrates how the radical group has recruited from a broad swath of Americans, not just military and law enforcement. Members...

Mar 3
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How US police failed to stop the rise of the far right and the Capitol attack

How US police failed to stop the rise of the far right and the Capitol attack

Off-duty officers, firefighters and corrections workers from agencies around the US took part in the Capitol riotSun 17 Jan 2021 05.00 ESTLast modified on Sun 17 Jan 2021 05.02 ESTThe alleged complicity of some police officers in the attack on the US Capitol has led to fresh questions about how law enforcement and other public agencies around the US have approached a surging far-right street protest movement during the life of the Trump administration.The presence of off-duty officers, firefighters and corrections officers from other agencies around the country in the protest crowd was a...

Jan 17
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Loyal Trump outlets cry betrayal after Fox News calls election for Biden

Loyal Trump outlets cry betrayal after Fox News calls election for Biden

he announcement of a on Saturday morning exacerbated an internal conflict in conservative media, in which Fox News in particular has been singled out for criticism by a flotilla of smaller, angrier, pro-Trump outlets.Read moreThe conservative cable news channel, which by calling Arizona for Biden before any other network, has been subject to attacks from the president and his most fervent supporters, who have seen Fox’s refusal to distort the truth about the vote count as a betrayal.Reportedly, Trumpist dismay at the call was voiced at the highest levels, with to Rupert Murdoch, who stood...

November 7, 2020
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Portland: officers targeted medics with teargas and projectiles, report finds

Portland: officers targeted medics with teargas and projectiles, report finds

Physicians’ group describes ‘cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment’ by local police and federal agents in Portland, OregonThu 8 Oct 2020 11.00 EDTLast modified on Thu 8 Oct 2020 11.23 EDTLaw enforcement officers in Portland, Oregon, specifically targeted medics with teargas and projectiles during summer protests in “indiscriminate attacks”, according to a by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR).The study is based on interviews and medical examinations involving health professionals, volunteer medics and emergency services personnel. It also found police and fire personnel did not provide...

October 8, 2020
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Proud Boys are a dangerous 'white supremacist' group say US agencies

Proud Boys are a dangerous 'white supremacist' group say US agencies

The far-right Proud Boys group whom Donald Trump told to “stand by” during this week’s presidential debate is seen as a dangerous organization by law enforcement, according to leaked assessments of the organization from federal, state and local agencies.Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacists during the debate, and his suggestion that the Proud Boys “stand by” during the current 2020 election campaign sent shockwaves through American politics. The Southern Poverty Law Center calls the Proud Boys a hate group.Files from the Blueleaks trove of leaked law enforcement documents reveal...

October 1, 2020
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Armed civilian roadblocks in Oregon town fuel fears over vigilantism

Armed civilian roadblocks in Oregon town fuel fears over vigilantism

People driving in Corbett describe being stopped by militias and asked to identify themselves as fires burn in PortlandWed 16 Sep 2020 16.33 EDTLast modified on Thu 17 Sep 2020 10.41 EDTResidents of the unincorporated town of Corbett in Multnomah county met with law enforcement officials on Saturday evening, after several people complained of being subjected to illegal roadblocks the previous night.Vigilante groups had sprung up on Friday afternoon, after the detonation of a firecracker led to a brushfire on private property that was quickly extinguished.Civilian residents, some heavily...

September 16, 2020
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Social media disinformation on US west coast blazes ‘spreading faster than fire'

Social media disinformation on US west coast blazes ‘spreading faster than fire'

Rumors find fertile ground in Oregon, a state already divided after months of protests – and are complicating emergency responses in PortlandMon 14 Sep 2020 06.00 EDTLast modified on Mon 14 Sep 2020 10.44 EDTPhotojournalist Nathan Howard was on assignment for a picture agency south-east of the fire-menaced foothill town of Estacada, , on Thursday afternoon when a man angrily approached him on a rural roadside.The man insisted the photographer was a looter, Howard said, and despite his repeated attempts to identify himself as a journalist, the man began yelling and became so agitated that...

September 14, 2020
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'I've never been so afraid': Oregon fire evacuees face unrecognizable landscape

'I've never been so afraid': Oregon fire evacuees face unrecognizable landscape

At the grassy creekside park to the rear of the Elk’s Lodge in Milwaukie, , about 100 evacuees were quartered in an assortment of RVs, cars, and tents.Some, like Eric Sam, a lumber mill worker, had evacuated twice in recent days.“First we were in Oregon City, then they moved us here.”Sam said he, his wife and their three teenage children had first fled Molalla for the grounds of Clackamas Community College on Tuesday. Then, late on Thursday, the college, along with most of Oregon City, was elevated to a level two fire danger warning.Sam’s employer, also located near Molalla, had shut its...

September 12, 2020
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