Posts Tagged: Nazi


1
Feb 11

Father Of ‘Nazi Jihadist’ Wants His Arsenal Of Guns Back

Shawn Begolly, the father of ‘Nazi jihadist’ Emerson Begolly (who allegedly bit two FBI agents when they tried to question him about extremist writings the feds say he posted online), wants the arsenal of weapons the government seized from his home back now that his son is behind bars.

Begolly argues through his lawyer that it is his son who the feds have accused of wrongdoing, not him.

“Since no criminal activity is alleged that involves Mr. Shawn Begolly’s property, Mr. Begolly seeks to have his property returned,” his lawyer R. Damien Schorr wrote in a motion filed last week. “He has suffered loss of income from the seizure of his computers and related equipment, and is deprived of the use and enjoyment of his remaining property.”

“The items seized include computers and related equipment used by Mr. Begolly to earn a living and firearms and other property owned by him,” Schorr writes.

The motion includes a copy of a five-page receipt of the property seized by the FBI. The weapons seized included: an AK-47 with folding stock; a magazine with ammo; two more AK-47s; two mags and 1 loose round; a Sleoneng model 77F Savage arms shotgun; four unknown rifles with bayonets; a SKS rifle with bayonet; Springfield model 6 series E; a double-barrel shotgun; a Revolver 5 shot; a gas mask; a single [unreadable] shot gun; four more magazines; miscellaneous ammo; 12 boxes of ammo cans with ammo; two canvass ammo pouch with ammo; a hand grenade; three mags with ammo; and a Ruger revolver.

The computer equipment seized included: an IBM thinkpad; a Gateway laptop; a CPU; seven USB drives; various CDs; an Mmega zip drive; 1 camera disc and CD-R; and zip disk. Agents also seized a political mail folder, a U.S. passport, a box containing various Arabic items, a Verizon cell phone, a cassette tape, various photos and writings, three ammo caps with ammo, various mugs w/ ammo, a poster and a headband in bag.

Separately, the federal government notified the court that they’d be using “information obtained or derived from electronic surveillance conducted pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978″ in Emerson Begolly’s case.

Additional reporting by Melissa Jeltsen.







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28
Jan 11

Facepalm: MSNBC’s New Host Criticizes Beck For ‘Nazi Rhetoric’ After Calling Beck a Nazi

Consider this your moment of facepalm. Honestly, Cenk Uygur makes me pine for the days of Keith Olbermann, because while he was a pretentiously shrieky socialist shill, he was a terrific broadcaster, even if he did take cues from Dramatic Chipmunk.

Now they have This Guy. A.K.A. Cenk Uygur cut his teeth on Youtube and the hysterical failure of Air America to MSNBC, filling in the hole left behind by Olbermann. His new show preceeds Lawrence O’Donnell’s who this week received attention after guest (as Iowahawk so graciously put it, the “poor man’s Shelley Winters” - my favorite was cable truck stop lot lizard) Meghan McCain siphoned more fame off of Sarah Palin (like her father did throughout the ‘08 campaign) by attacking Michele Bachmann.

Uygur gives a beautiful lesson on irony by criticizing Glenn Beck for using rhetoric he himself used earlier. Behold:

I get upset when anyone makes me miss Keith Olbermann.


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27
Jan 11

Rabbis Ask Fox News To “Sanction” Glenn Beck For Nazi References

A group of Rabbis took to the pages of Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal to criticize Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel:

A coalition of rabbis wants Fox News chief Roger Ailes and conservative host Glenn Beck to cut out all their talk about Nazis and the Holocaust, and it’s making its views known in an unusual place.

The rabbis have called on Fox News’s owner, Rupert Murdoch, to sanction his two famous employees via a full-page ad in Thursday’s editions of the Wall Street Journal - one of many other media properties controlled by Murdoch’s News Corp.

The ad is signed by the heads of the Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements as well as Orthodox rabbis.

“We share a belief that the Holocaust, of course, can and should be discussed appropriately in the media. But that is not what we have seen at Fox News,” says the ad, signed by hundreds of rabbis and placed by the Jewish Funds for Justice, a nonprofit advocacy group. Earlier this month, the group organized a letter-writing campaign asking Murdoch to remove Beck from the air.

The rabbis were prompted by Beck’s three-part program in November about liberal billionaire philanthropist George Soros, whom Beck described as a “Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps” during World War II.

Soros was a young teenager in Nazi-occupied Hungary during the war and hid with a Christian family to escape the Holocaust. He once described accompanying his surrogate father while he confiscated property from Jews deported by the Nazis.

The Jewish Funds group has received financial support from Soros’s Open Society Foundations.

Ailes, in a November interview with the Daily Beast Web site, called NPR executives “Nazis” for their decision to fire Juan Williams, also a Fox commentator. He later apologized to the Anti-Defamation League, but not to NPR, saying, “I was of course ad-libbing and should not have chosen that word, but I was angry at the time because of NPR’s willingness to censor Juan Williams for not being liberal enough.”

But Ailes, in the same interview, defended Beck’s frequent use of Nazi references to describe his political opponents by attributing outrage over such remarks to “left-wing rabbis who basically don’t think that anybody can ever use the word ‘Holocaust’ on the air.”

In the Journal ad, which is also appearing in the Jewish Daily Forward newspaper, the rabbis write that they are “deeply offended” by Ailes’s dismissal of those who object to such language.

“It is not appropriate to accuse a 14-year-old Jew hiding with a Christian family in Nazi-occupied Hungary of sending his people to death camps,” says the ad. “It is not appropriate to call executives of another news agency ‘Nazis.’ And it is not appropriate to make literally hundreds of on-air references to the Holocaust and Nazis when characterizing people with whom you disagree.

“We respectfully request that Glenn Beck be sanctioned by Fox News for his completely unacceptable attacks on a survivor of the Holocaust and that Roger Ailes apologize for his dismissive remarks about rabbis’ sensitivity to how the Holocaust is used on the air.”

Thursday is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, an observance established by the United Nations in 2005.

Don’t hold your breath for an action by Fox, or anything other than derision mixed with insults from Beck.

You can view the ad here.




Outside the Beltway


24
Jan 11

Jon Stewart on playing the Nazi card

Dude, it only took you a week to forget everything…

Speaks for itself, listen up.

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Jon Stewart says very near the end of the clip…

What I have a problem with is people using hyperbole to induce an irrational fear of a particular group with the goal of ultimately reducing their numbers.

I have a problem with that too.


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21
Jan 11

Dear Nazi

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21
Jan 11

Stewart blasts Cohen for Nazi comparison

“You said there’d be a pool!”


Jon Stewart gave Steve Cohen a lesson in rhetoric and in hyperbole last night in condemning the Tennessee Democrat’s use of a Nazi analogy to attack Republicans on the floor of the House this week. Stewart demolishes Cohen’s argument that lying somehow equates to Nazi propaganda, pointing out that lying isn’t what made the Nazis [...]

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21
Jan 11

Must Watch: Jon Stewart Eviscerates Congressman Steve Cohen and His Nazi Speech

While politically, I rarely agree with the Daily Show’s John Stewart, from the beginning of this “blame the conservatives for Tucson movement” he has been on the correct side, saying that Loughner went on his shooting rampage because he was a few fries short of a happy meal, not because of anyone’s political positions. Yesterday he ripped into Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen’s remarks earlier this week comparing Republicans to Nazis.

“I shouldn’t have to explain this, but sharing one attribute with Nazis doesn’t make you one!…Lying doesn’t make someone a Nazi…Lying isn’t even what made the Nazi’s…Nazi.”

 This video below is a must watch it is bitingly effective and hilarious.

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21
Jan 11

Must Watch: Jon Stewart Eviscerates Congressman Steve Cohen and His Nazi Speech

While politically, I rarely agree with the Daily Show’s John Stewart, from the beginning of this “blame the conservatives for Tucson movement” he has been on the correct side, saying that Loughner went on his shooting rampage because he was a few fries short of a happy meal, not because of anyone’s political positions. Yesterday he ripped into Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen’s remarks earlier this week comparing Republicans to Nazis.

“I shouldn’t have to explain this, but sharing one attribute with Nazis doesn’t make you one!…Lying doesn’t make someone a Nazi…Lying isn’t even what made the Nazi’s…Nazi.”

 This video below is a must watch it is bitingly effective and hilarious.

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20
Jan 11

Congressman Cohen (D-TN) And Nazi Comments

I am glad he was made to apologize (or sort of apologize) but I can’t help reflecting what would have happened if a Republican had made similar remarks.

He says he was not calling the GOP Nazis but he compares them to Goebbels ?

Just sayin….


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20
Jan 11

Dem stands by Nazi comparison

(CNN) - Rep. Steve Cohen, the Tennessee Democrat who compared Republican efforts to criticize health care to the works of a famous Nazi propagandist, is standing by his heated rhetoric on the House Floor Tuesday night.

But in an interview with CNN’s John King, Cohen said he was not directly comparing Republicans to Nazis, but rather merely suggesting they are employing the same techniques of that of infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

“I didn’t compare the Republicans to Nazis,” Cohen told CNN Wednesday. “Goebbels was the master of political propaganda. He said repeat it. Make it short. Make it simple and repeat it over and over. And that’s what they’ve done. It’s not a - you just heard [Minnesota Republican Rep.] Michele Bachmann call it socialistic. That’s just - they’re lies.”

The original comments came Tuesday night when Cohen, speaking to a virtually empty House Floor, said, “They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie, just like Goebbels. You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie and eventually people believe it.”

In his interview with CNN, Cohen insists the press has blown his comments out of proportion.

“Some have in the press…seem to want to jump on anything,” he said, adding later, “I think that people are looking for something. I think the press was hypersensitive. Certainly I didn’t intend to do that, but the way they lied has been the same way that the master political propagandist of all time Goebbels said to lie.”

Earlier Wednesday, Cohen told CNN that he has not heard from his party leadership about his remarks and no Democratic leaders have publicly condemned them despite President Obama’s call for civility in the wake of the Arizona shootings.

Few Republicans have weighed in either, though the Republican Jewish Coalition called the comments a “is a very disturbing development.”

“After leaders of both parties called upon their rank-and-file members to choose their words with more prudence and sensitivity in the aftermath of the horrible events in Tucson, Congressman Cohen’s outrageous use of Holocaust rhetoric should offend us all,” said Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matthew Brooks.

The Tennessee GOP has also demanded Cohen apologize for the remarks.


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19
Jan 11

House Democrat compares Republican ‘lies’ to Nazi propagandist

Washington (CNN) - A House Democrat compared Republicans to one of the most reviled Nazis during World War ll- ignoring efforts on both sides of the aisle to tone down the political rhetoric.

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, used a late night House floor speech Tuesday to hit Republicans for what he called “lies” about a government takeover of the health care system, and evoked Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

“They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie, just like Goebbels. You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie and eventually people believe it,” he said.

Cohen, who is Jewish, went on to compare that “lie” to the term “blood libel,” a phrase that historically was used to falsely accuse Jews of killing Christian children. In present times, the term has come to be understood by some as any false accusation of murder. Sarah Palin used the term last week, but Cohen did not mention her by name in his speech.

“Blood libel. That’s the same kind of thing. The Germans said enough about the Jews and people believed it and you had the Holocaust. We’ve heard it over and over again on this floor, government takeover of health care. Politifact, non-partisan, Pulitzer Prize winning 2009 St. Petersburg times said the biggest lie of 2010 was government takeover of health care because there is no government takeover,” said Cohen.

Cohen made his comments after the formal health care debate had concluded for the night Tuesday, during what is known as special orders. Members of the minority party traditionally use this time to come to the House floor to make speeches, generally to a nearly empty chamber.

In a telephone interview with Cohen Wednesday he stood by his comments.

“I didn’t see anything wrong with it. Goebbels was the great propagandist of probably the 20th century, and his whole theory was if you tell the lie over and over again people will believe it,” Cohen told CNN.

Still, Cohen said he didn’t believe he was comparing Republicans to Nazis.

“I wasn’t trying to say, never would say, haven’t said and wouldn’t say that the Republicans are akin to the party that he [Goebbels] was a part of, but they [Republicans] did lie and they’ve said the lie over and over again,” Cohen said.

“The fact is that the government takeover of health care is a lie,” he said.

“I don’t think I was comparing the Republicans to Goebbels. I was saying that lies are lies and Goebbels was the great perpetrator of lies and that’s a danger, and if you look at Goebbels you can see the lie that he told about Jews which he constantly did, became considered fact in Germany that the Jews were evil, and people got involved and didn’t stand up.”

Cohen also denied his comments ignored his party leadership’s pleas to tone down the rhetoric following the shooting of their colleague, Gabrielle Giffords.

“I think civility is not lying, and if you can’t come up and say that somebody is lying when they’re lying, then the lie becomes the truth. That’s not uncivil to say somebody lied,” he said.

But, after several questions about the appropriateness of evoking a Nazi to make that point, Cohen did say that “there are no Nazis in Congress, there are some liars, but no Nazis.”

Cohen said he has not heard from his party leadership about his remarks.


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17
Jan 11

Alleged Nazi Jihadist Blamed Pedophile Pastor For Hatred Of America

Instant messaging conversations allegedly written by Emerson Begolly reveal him as anti-Semitic, extreme, armed and dangerous. But they also reveal what he claimed was the genesis of his extremist views: an interaction with a Christian pastor who was a registered sex offender.

Begolly’s is a cautionary tale about the threat of homegrown terrorism: the radicalized 21-year-old college student reportedly obsessed over violence and martyrdom and said he was disgusted by a country where “homosexuality… abortion… assisted suicide, whores, and dru(g)s r all legal.”

But it’s also the strange story of a loner living on a farm in a small Pennsylvania town who had easy access to weapons and vented his frustrations with his family (a father who dressed him up in Nazi regalia and hit him as a child and an estranged mother with reported mental health issues of her own) in jihadist web forums.

In explaining his reaction when two FBI agents entered his vehicle in the parking lot of a Burger King earlier this month, his lawyer brought up his Asperger’s syndrome, characterized by difficulties with social interaction. But in the circles of online Islamic extremists — where conversations rapidly oscillated between beheadings, “Law and Order,” Muslim dating sites, family problems and hatred of Jews — Begolly seemingly fit right in.

Begolly confided in fellow jihadist enthusiast “Khalidabdalhakim” in an online conversation in November that he “really started to hate this society” after an encounter with a Christian minister at a young age.

“when i was like 13 or 14 some queer he tried to kidnap me,” Begolly wrote. “he came to me and put his hand on my le[g] and said…hey sweetie and i said who r u? he said he was a christian minister…he said the world would be a better place without women. he [g]ot closer and whisper in my ears… there would be just us men… but alhamdullah… i escaped.”

In Begolly’s retelling of the story, he contacted the police to report the incident. Police, he said, confirmed that the man was indeed a minister, but was also a registered sex offender who had raped a boy years ago. “i am still traumatized,” he wrote.

The 79 pages of instant messages allegedly written by Begolly were just part of the trove of new evidence federal prosecutors filed Thursday in the case, in which he faces charges of assaulting two FBI agents.

Many of Begolly’s alleged conversations centered around guns and violence, and, according to the Associated Press, prosecutors said in court that Begolly communicated online with Colleen LaRose, better known as “Jihad Jane,” as well as Zachary Chesser, who pleaded guilty to threatening the creators of “South Park.”

His ideology is an eccentric and disjointed mix of Islamic extremism, an admiration for Adolf Hitler, hatred for both Democrats and Republicans (the former for their support of “queers and abortions and anti firearms” and the latter because they “destory [sic] other countrys”), racism against African-Americans, admiration for the founding fathers and a militia mentality.

“when i wake up in the morning…the first thing i think about is killing…seriously… i think about killing all the time,” he wrote in one conversation. “as i type this…my AK is propped up next to me…mujahideen style.”

He was training, he wrote, to be killed as a martyr and believed he’d be rewarded in heaven, likely with 79 virgins.

When the cops found him, they’d find a “bulge in my pants…they know i see something when i am killed that make me realllllllllly happy.”

Fantasies about women played a big role in Begolly’s discussions. He recalled a dream he had where he was at a “really fancy dinner” with flowers, caviar and sterling silver ware, where he encountered “the most beautiful girl i ever see” who promised to marry him if he was martyred.

But in real life, he said he was ashamed to go on a date because of his poor manners.

In response to an online friend who asked him about his “planning for the american front,” he replied that “it is looooooooooong term” and stressed the importance of diligent planning.

Begolly was dedicated to what he called his ‘training.’ In a conversation with ‘Hassan,’ he described shooting a pumpkin with his AK47 from 1000 feet away, and boasted that he could ‘hit anything with a scope.’

One possible plan, he explained to Khalidabdalhakim, was to violently take over a school — like the 2004 Beslan school hostage crisis — in return for the release of high-profile Muslim prisoners. On the top of the list of people Begolly wanted to free was Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist who is serving a sentence of 86 years for trying to kill American soldiers and FBI agents in Afghanistan, and Omar Abdel-Rahman, the alleged leader of an Egyptian terrorist organization, who is serving a life sentence for “seditious conspiracy.”

Concerned about whether Khalidabdalhakim would approve of his tactics, Begolly asked if he would object to using a child or unarmed noncombatant as a target. “plz dont think im a psycho,” he wrote.

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Begolly also floated the idea of organizing a suicide terrorist attack by purchasing an old Buick, filling it with gas tanks and then lighting the car on fire. Desire to become a “shaheed” — the Arabic word for martyr — was a common thread in the conversations. “the shaheed feels no pain except like a bee sting,” he wrote.

Clues about Begolly’s unhappy home life are scattered through the transcript. In one IM conversation, Begolly says his father Sean Begolly physically abused his stepmother. “i heard my stepmoms overies burst…i think it was cause…my dad kicked her…” Begolly wrote that his father is verbally abusive and “used to hit me when i was small to make aman out of me.”

Evidence also brought into question whether the suspect’s father knew more about his son’s activity than he let on in court. “u know my father is aware of my being a admin on [a jihadist forum] and he doesnt care cause him own militia they think obama wants to kill white ppl,” Begolly wrote on Nov. 22.

At times, Begolly almost sounds like a typical — albeit depressed — Pennsylvania boy. He describes his love of hiking and walking in the snow. But statement like “i have no ambition in life… i don’t care if i do get married… or finish school… or anything… all i want to do is… please God…” show that Begolly was dangerously fixated on doing what he believed was a religious duty.

“i am a coward,” he wrote. “cause i have every means… but yet i am here… sitting on my ass.”

“Usama is just a man too u know… someday he will die… eitherfighting… or of his liver issues… but there is always someone,” Begolly allegedly wrote.

Begolly wondered why the “the man” hadn’t come to visit him yet. “i will never go to jail i am like the american forefathers whose ideals i do think were good i say live free or die,” he wrote.

If he ever was arrested, Begolly knew exactly the lawyer from “Law & Order” he’d pick.

“u know i met sam waterston… if i was ever arrested for terrorism id call him and get him to be my lawyer,” Begolly wrote. “i don’t think he’s jewish but either way id call up jewey jewstein and the judge would take one look at the size of his nose and throw the case out.”

But Begolly never thought that day would come.

“i think they r chicken,” he wrote. “if i had the choice between 12 jourors [sic] and 6 palbearers [sic] id choose the latter any day ;) .”

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review posted this video of some of the evidence the FBI showed at the detention hearing on Thursday.







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14
Jan 11

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NAZI AND ZIONIST WAR CRIMINALS? – BY ALAN HART

By Alan Hart

Efraim Zuroff,

Short answer: Great effort is made to hunt down and prosecute suspected Nazi war criminals, no effort is made to bring Zionist war criminals to justice.

On 13 January, the BBC’s World News web site had a lengthy story with the headline Global Nazi investigations rise for a second year. The writer of it was one Mario Cacciottolo who, quick research informed me, “Runs a photography website, plays poker, is a BBC journalist and grew up in Malta’s red-light district.” (His other 50 listed stories for the BBC include “Brilliant” news for lesbian couples and What sort of man wears mantyhose?)

Cacciottolo’s 13 January story was based on the latest report by the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC). According to it, the number of ongoing investigations into Nazi war criminals increased last year. From April 2009 to March 2010 there were 852 investigations being conducted worldwide, compared with 706 during the same period in 2008/09. The period 2009/10 was the second consecutive year that the number of investigations into suspected Nazis has risen - there were 608 in 2007/08.

Efraim Zuroff, the head of the SWC’s Jerusalem branch, was quoted as saying there were two reasons for the rise in the number of prosecutions. “It’s clear that we’re reaching the end of the period in which this work will be possible. (Because all suspects will be dead). This has motivated countries with the political will to make an effort to prosecute former Nazis… The other reason is that Germany in particular has changed its prosecution policy, to allow more suspects - particularly those who were not officer class and those of non-German origin - to be prosecuted.” The increase in the number of German prosecutions was the most dramatic, up from 27 in 2008/09 to 177 in 2009/10. And that was why the SWC awarded Germany an A-grade for its efforts to prosecute ex-Nazis. Previously only the United States had been given the SWC’s top marks.

The SWC report also gave nine countries failing grades for their investigative efforts -Norway, Sweden, Syria, Australia, Canada, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, and Ukraine. (I am surprised about Canada being on the list because its government has a well deserved reputation for doing Zionism’s bidding).

If there was an institution working to bring Zionist war criminals to justice, it would have to award failing grades to every country on Planet Earth.

As Efraim Zuroff said, it is a matter of political will, but President Obama’s burial of the Goldstone Report is surely proof that it does not exist for calling and holding Israel’s leaders (some of them) to account for their crimes.

Footnote

At the time of writing we are waiting to see if Britain’s coalition government will introduce legislation to prevent Israeli leaders being prosecuted. It is under pressure from Zionism to do so.

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Intifada- Palestine.com

Alan Hart is a former ITN and BBC Panorama foreign correspondent who covered wars and conflicts wherever they were taking place in the world and specialized in the Middle East.
His Latest book Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, is a three-volume epic in its American edition.  He blogs on www.alanhart.net and tweets on www.twitter.com/alanauthor.


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10
Jan 11

Nazi Dressing Alleged Jihadist Charged With Biting Two FBI Agents

Emerson Begolly, a 21-year-old Penn State student who allegedly expressed pro-jihad and anti-Semitic sentiments, was arrested in the parking lot of a Burger King in Pennsylvania last week after he allegedly went for a gun in his pocket and then bit two FBI agents when they tried to question him about his online activities.

But a closer look at Begolly’s case and his personal background suggests that the pro-jihad and anti-Semitic remarks which brought him to the attention of law enforcement may be the product of a troubled past. And while his personal political beliefs appear to have been radicalized following what his mother described as a “breakdown” last month, his lawyer argued that there’s no indication he had the intent — or the means — to wage any sort of attack.

Begolly, who posted photos of himself dressed up as a Nazi on his MySpace page and more recently uploaded a song praising a suicide bomber on a jihadist web forum, reportedly has Asperger’s syndrome, a disorder in the autism spectrum characterized by difficulties with social interaction, according to his lawyer and members of his family. Joan Kowalski, Begolly’s mother, told FBI agents that Begolly had been off his medication for two years and that he suffered what she called a meltdown in December and withdrew from classes, an FBI agent testified. Since then, she said, he’s spent most of his time online and on chat sites but also took long walks with a firearm according to an FBI agent’s testimony.

Kowalski tried to have Begolly committed to psychiatric hospitals earlier last week, but the staff said that there was no room, an FBI agent testified. The defendant’s younger brother also allegedly told FBI agents his brother talked about wanting to die as a martyr and talked about obtaining virgins after he died, an FBI agent testified in court on Thursday.

Kowalski — who lured Begolly to the Burger King so that the FBI agents could talk to him by telling him that his grandmother was dying, a revelation that prompted her son to dub her “Judas” — is an alcoholic who is under psychiatric treatment for excessive compulsive disorder, a federal defender for Begolly alleged in court last week.

His mother told FBI agents that Begolly’s father (shown here) sparked her son’s interest in Nazism, encouraged him not to take his medication and stocked up on weapons, and FBI agent testified. Photos of Begolly in a Nazi uniform were taken by his father, Shawn Begolly, when the younger Begolly was approximately 11 or 12 years old, his mother allegedly told FBI agents.

Kowalski also told FBI agents that her son had a passport and expressed an interest in traveling to Chechnya to become a martyr and had an AK-47, according to an FBI agent. Begolly’s stepmother reportedly told the FBI that he wrote poems about causing harm to Jews.

Little information can be found on on Begolly’s past political activity or whether he has a long history of radicalism. What can be found is unremarkable: A Jan. 1, 2009 story by the Penn State newspaper says Begolly attended a peaceful pro-Palestinian rally at Penn State’s main campus in State College (pictured above).

His arrest unfolded on Tuesday morning when Begolly was sitting in a car in the Burger King parking lot in New Bethlehem, a city north of Pittsburgh. According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, Begolly was the subject of a criminal investigation and “agents had reason to believe he might be armed.”

Kowalski (who according to Begolly’s lawyer told her son she was getting an iced tea) went inside the restaurant as Begolly sat in the front passenger seat wearing a military flack jacket, an FBI agent testified (according to a court transcript of a proceeding on Thursday obtained by TPM).

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Michael Christman testified that when two FBI agents opened both passenger side car doors and identified themselves, Begolly tried to reach in his pocket, which agents later found contained a gun. One of the FBI agents “physically entered the car with his back to the vehicle’s dashboard and, for lack of a better word proceeded to wrestle with the Defendant while to pin his right arm against his body to avoid access front jacket pocket,” Christman testified.

After handcuffing Begolly, the FBI agents patted him down and, in the pocket he was allegedly trying to access, found a fully loaded 9 millimeter Makarov handgun with the safety off according to the criminal complaint and testimony in court. They also discovered two fully loaded magazines in his pocket, the government said. The two FBI agents noticed they had bite wounds on their hands and were bleeding; they subsequently put Band-aids on their hands and received tetanus shots as a result of the bites, Christman testified.

Marketa Sims, a public defender appointed for Begolly, objected to the introduction of several pieces of evidence submitted into the record, including an militant chant allegedly authored by Begolly under the alleged alias Alshashedi (posted here). She argued that Begolly, who doesn’t have a driver’s license, has a “history of being an oddball” but is dependent upon the support of his father.

His father, who owns about 20 weapons that were seized by the FBI when they searched his home on his farm following Begolly’s arrest, testified on Thursday in favor of his son being released into his custody and said he would agree not to have weapons at the home if his son was there.

“I have mostly hunting rifles. I live in rural PA, ma’am, and we cling to Bibles and guns up there,” the elder Begolly, who said he teaches computer classes at Penn State’s continuing education division, testified.

“I have been hunting since I was 12 years old. So I have some shotguns, some rifles, and I also have some handguns,” Begolly said. “We have bear, coyotes, all kind of dangerous critters.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Margaret E. Picking argued that Begolly should be detained because he “is similar to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” — explosive one moment, and docile the next.

“Ms. Sims described the Defendant, Emerson Begolly, as just an oddball, an eccentric, a loner,” federal prosecutor Picking said in response. “Your Honor, on behalf of the Government, I am not prepared to stake my safety or the safety of the community on Ms. Sims’ representations to the Court that this Defendant is just an oddball, just a loner.”

The federal judge ruled Thursday that Begolly could be released on $ 25,000 bail on the condition he surrender his passport and stay at a halfway house in the city. But the government asked a judge not to release Begolly until Friday so they could file an appeal, and a judge agreed.

In a filing on Friday, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton requested that the district court “enter an emergency order staying the defendant’s release until the appeal of the release order can be considered by the District Court.”

The judge granted the government’s motion to hold him pending formal appeal of decision to release to halfway house on Friday.







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9
Jan 11

The Nazi Obsession About A Dog That Mocked Hitler

Papers reveal that the Nazis wanted to a man on trial whose dog was trained to give the Nazi salute:

HITLER’S henchmen were obsessed with a Finnish DOG trained to mock their deranged leader, newly discovered Nazi papers have revealed.

Dalmatian Jackie was taught by his mistress to raise his paw in a Nazi salute every time he heard the word “Hitler”.

And when they heard about the cheeky pup, officials in three German government ministries spent hundreds of hours plotting his downfall.

Historians have found THIRTY official files about the dog, written as the Nazis planned their colossal invasion of Russia.

Expert Klaus Hillenbrand said: “It’s completely bizarre. Just months before the invasion, they had nothing better to do than obsess about this dog.”

And just how badly did the Nazis obsess about the dog?

In March 1941, the foreign office asked the Chancellery if they wanted Borg put on trial.

But none of the witnesses against the pooch were prepared to testify and Jackie and his master were reprieved.

How could they get so upset about a dog with such cool shades!

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