World Church of the Creator leader, Pontifex Maximus, and all-around Grand Wazoo Matthew Hale was arrested last week on charges that he’d tried to convince a young disciple to knock off a federal judge. If convicted, Hale faces up to 30 years. A white supremacist leader, Hale, 31, has claimed in the past to advocate nonviolence, a claim many consider incredible, if not downright laughable.
The judge in question, Joan Humphrey Lefkow, presided over a copyright case regarding the name of Hale’s organization, The World Church of the Creator. Oregon’s Te-Ta-Ma Truth Foundation trademarked the name “Church of the Creator” before Hale, and Lefkow ruled that Hale couldn’t use the name, or even use the words “church” and “creator” in same phrase. Hale, whose tentacles reach far and wide over the Internet, was also forced to give up churchofthecreator.com.
Hale’s arrest came just five minutes after he denounced Lefkow as biased because she is married to a Jewish man. Hale said that the judge was bowing to “pressure from the Jews” and that her judgement was skewed by “the fact that she is a proud grandmother of three half-bred negroes.”
Back in 2001, Hale had planned to move to Missoula to practice law and champion his “white revolution.” But even after some kind words—Hale praised Missoula’s “liberal attitude” and said that Montana has “the image and reputation of being a freer state”—he was denied admission to the state bar of Montana. Hale’s organization still claims followers in Superior, where its national meeting has been held in years past. With any luck, Hale won’t be attending next year’s meeting, or any others for the next three decades.
Give a cop a badge and he’ll work for a day. Give him some riot gear and he’ll beat the living crap out of you forever. Recent reports from Genoa, Italy indicate that security forces may have been looking to pick a fight with anti-globalization demonstrators during the 2001 G8 Summit in Genoa, rather than simply keeping the peace. According to reports from the BBC and German wire service Deutsche Presse-Agentur, a senior Genoa police officer, Pietro Troiani, has now admitted that police fabricated evidence against protesters at the Summit protest. Pietro says that police planted two Molotov cocktails in a local school where activists from the Genoa Social Forum were staying, recounting the action as “silly.” Pietro indicated that the bombs were planted in order to justify the police force’s violent raid on the school. Amnesty International has reported that a majority of the 93 people arrested at the school were beaten—many had to leave on stretchers—while the rest were threatened with death or rape. All 93 were later released without charges. Italy’s parliamentary investigations into police conduct during the demonstrations have also yielded the information that another senior Genoa police official faked the stabbing of a fellow police officer in order to frame protesters, according to the BBC and Deutsche Presse-Agentur. The London Guardian reported that the notorious “black block” in Genoa—a group often offered as proof that the protesters were violent—were in fact provocateurs from European security forces. Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), one of the United States’ premiere media watchdog groups, raises concerns as to why details of police brutality and sabotage at the Genoa protests have not appeared in a single major U.S. newspaper, magazine, national television program or wire news service. FAIR cites a New York Times article from Dec. 15, 2002, in which the paper stated that, for over a year, “Italy has been haunted by the violent clashes between the police and anti-globalization protesters.” The article noted the prosecution of 11 people arrested for looting and property damage during the protest, but did not mention Italy’s ongoing parliamentary police brutality investigation, nor the 77 officers who have been investigated under brutality charges thus far.