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Anti-Defamation League Launches Online Database of Extremist and Racist Symbols and Tattoos

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Looking to get a better understanding of extremist and racist symbols and tattoos?

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a Jewish organization which often works with law enforcement,  is out to help.

The organization on Monday announced that it has launched a major new online database of extremist and racist symbols and tattoos.

A press release states:

 ADL’s Hate on Display features 175 hate symbols identified as the potential “calling cards” of extremists, racists and haters and is the most comprehensive online resource available devoted to symbols and iconography employed by domestic extremists in the United States.

ADL’s original hate symbols database debuted in October 2000 with a collection of more than 70 symbols. The newly revised database is more comprehensive and includes several new categories, reflecting the fact that hate groups continue to develop and popularize new symbols even as the hateful power of old symbols endures.

“Just like Nazi Germany placed a great emphasis on symbols such as the swastika, and just as the KKK used burning crosses, nooses and other symbols to intimidate, white supremacists today place a great reliance on visual symbols to intimidate others and to privately communicate with fellow racists,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “These symbols are often the first calling cards of racists and bigots.”

 

FBI Document Raises Questions About Authenticity Of Nazi ID in Demjanjuk Trial

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An FBI report is creating a major stir for the Ukranian-born John Demjanjuk, who is on trial in Germany for Nazi war crimes.

The Associated Press reported that a newly declassified FBI document from 1985 raises questions about the authenticity of a Nazi ID card that shows Demjanjuk, 90, served at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.  The ID is considered a key piece of evidence. Demjanjuk has denied the allegations of war crimes that center around murders at the camp.

The FBI report suggests the Soviets may have forged the ID.

AP reported that defense attorney Ulrich Busch gave the AP story on Tuesday to the judges in the Munich trial and said he wants them to suspend the trial to give him time to look into the matter. The judges made no immediate ruling.

The story shows “prosecutors did not introduce all the possibly exculpatory evidence from the United States here,” Busch told the court, according to AP.

Prosecutor Hans-Joachim Lutz told the court the card has been examined by several experts who insist it is genuine.

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FBI Impersonator Who Hired Assistant Gets Sentenced

fbi-badgeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The fun is over for Brenna Marie Reilly.

The Washington Examiner reports she was sentenced Friday in federal court in Alexandra, Va., to 30 days in prison and four months of house arrest for impersonating an FBI agent and hiring an assistant  to work for her as a fake agent.

U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga said she could serve her home confinement intermittently — on evenings and weekends — so she can work and go to school, the Examiner reported.

Authorities alleged that Reilly told neighbors, starting in August 2009, that she was a director of the FBI’s Forensic Division and an assistant director of the FBI., according to an affidavit from FBI agent Kari Alexa Parker.

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Suspected Nazi Demjanjuk Charged in Germany

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John Demjanjuk/msnbc

A new chapter begins in the tale of suspected Nazi John Demjanjuk after so many have already been written. Will prosecutors get it right this time?

By ROLAND LOSCH
Associated Press Writer
MUNICH — German prosecutors formally charged John Demjanjuk on Monday with 27,900 counts of being an accessory to murder at a Nazi death camp during World War II.

The charges against the 89-year-old retired auto worker, who was deported from the U.S. in May, were filed at a Munich state court, prosecutors in the city said in a brief statement.

Doctors cleared the way for formal charges earlier this month, determining that Demjanjuk (dem-YAHN’-yuk) was fit to stand trial so long as court hearings do not exceed two 90-minute sessions per day.

The court must now decide whether to accept the charges – usually a formality – and set a date for the trial. Court spokeswoman Margarete Noetzel said the trial was unlikely to start before the autumn.

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He’s Coming, He’s Going? The Latest: Suspected Nazi John Demjanjuk Due in Germany by Tuesday

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This guy has had more detours than a California freeway under construction. The latest is that he’s supposed to be in Germany by Tuesday. We’ll see.

By M.R. Kropko
Associated Press
SEVEN HILLS, Ohio — Suspected Nazi guard John Demjanjuk is expected to be deported to Germany by Tuesday, a German Justice Ministry spokesman said as the retired autoworker remained inside his suburban Cleveland home.

Reporters gathered outside the home Monday morning in anticipation that he could turn himself over to U.S. immigration authorities.

“According to our current information, we anticipate that he will arrive in Germany tomorrow during the course of the day,” Justice Ministry spokesman Ulrich Staudigl told The Associated Press on Monday.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials went to Demjanjuk’s home Friday to serve a government notice asking that he surrender. The move came one day after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Demjanjuk’s appeal to stop his deportation

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Suspected Nazi Death Camp Guard John Demjanjuk to be Deported to Germany By Monday

This has been an amazing and amazingly long battle.

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John Demjanjuk/msnbc

By John Caniglia
Cleveland Plain Dealer
SEVEN HILLS, Ohio – The U.S. government’s 32-year fight to deport John Demjanjuk appears nearly over, even as his family claims he is too feeble to travel.

Demjanjuk is expected to arrive in Germany on Monday to face charges that he helped kill 29,000 people at a Nazi death camp in 1943, his attorney in Munich, Guenther Maull, said in a phone interview Thursday. A doctor and a nurse will accompany him on the flight.

Ulrich Sante, a spokesman at the German Embassy in Washington, said U.S. authorities informed his office that Demjanjuk will be placed on a plane Sunday.

U.S. immigration officials refused to comment.
Demjanjuk, who turns 89 on Friday, is expected to meet with prosecutors about the charges when he arrives, Maull said. He will be held in a hospital or a jail until he goes to trial, a period that could take six months. The trial could take just as long, depending on Demjanjuk’s health, Maull said.

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