Posts Tagged ‘South Carolina’

Chester man charged with attempted rape, assaulting woman, 61, with hammer

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Samuel Markus Dye

Deputies say a 20-year-old Chester man attacked a 61-year-old woman with a hammer before he tried to sexually assault her in her home early Thursday morning.

Samuel Markus Dye is charged with attempted murder and attempted criminal sexual conduct, said Sheriff Richard Smith.

Officials say Dye went to the woman’s house around 4 a.m. Thursday. The woman’s son, 43, went to check on his mother when he heard her screaming, according to a Chester County Sheriff’s report.

When he went into the house, he found Dye on top of her, hitting her in the head with a hammer. He pulled Dye away from his mother, the report states.

The woman told police Dye showed up at her home with a hammer in his hand and began complaining about not having a girlfriend. He said he was going to “get some,” the report states.

That’s when, according to the report, he began attacking her. The woman asked Dye to stop and said they needed to pray. Dye then exposed himself to the woman and tried to rape her before hitting her in the head again and knocking her onto the ground, the report states.

He then struck her several more times in the head, the report states.

The woman’s son stopped the attack, the report states.

He caught Dye “in the act” of trying to rape his mother, Smith said.

Police arrested Dye on the scene. He is held at the Chester County Detention Center.

Records with the State Law Enforcement Division shows that Dye has no prior criminal history in South Carolina, aside from a seat belt violation that is still pending in court.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/08/09/3443834/chester-man-charged-with-attempted.html#storylink=cpy

 

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Extremist Who Once Led SCV Accused of Violating Securities Laws

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Ron G. Wilson, a former national commander of the Southern heritage group Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) whoappointed several extremists to the group’s governing boards andoversaw a purge of anti-racist members, has been accused by the South Carolina attorney general of defrauding investors in his company. A complaint made public Monday says Wilson and his Atlantic Bullion & Coin “have engaged in acts, practices, and transactions which violate the South Carolina Uniform Securities Act of 2005.”

Five violations of state’s security laws are alleged in the civil complaint, including making false claims under oath and the fraudulent sale of securities. The complaint says that Wilson’s business handled about $71 million, predominantly for silver investments, in the last four years. Wilson allegedly told securities investigators in South Carolina that he had some $16.9 million of his customers’ silver in a Delaware depository. But the attorney general’s complaint says that the depository has no records of Wilson, Wilson’s company or the silver. The complaint alleges that when customers asked to cash out, there was no silver in their accounts or the accounts had been altered.

Wilson is well known to Hatewatch, having overseen a campaign to oust from the SCV members of the group who wanted it to be actively anti-racist. Working closely with his white supremacist allyKirk Lyons, Wilson appointed racists and anti-Semites to key posts, purged some 300 SCV members who opposed racism, and worked to turn the SCV into an actively neo-Confederate organization. Wilson also served for a time on the board of Lyons’ legal outfit, the Southern Legal Resource Center, and Wilson’s daughter worked for Lyons.

Wilson’s extremist track record includes being the author of five essays about the evils of communism (one praising the legacy of disgraced Sen. Joseph McCarthy) in the tabloid of the racistCouncil of Conservative Citizens (CCC), which has called blacks “a retrograde species of humanity.” He also spoke at a 1997 CCC meeting. During the same period, Wilson led the South Carolina Heritage Coalition, a group whose vice chairman was Jerry Creech, state director for the CCC.

In the mid-2000s, besides selling investments in gold and silver, his company hawked the book Barbarians Inside the Gates, written by 1960s Defense Department official Donn de Grand Pré. The tome is viciously anti-Semitic and approvingly quotes The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the infamous Czarist forgery that purports to reveal a Jewish plot to take over the world.

The Anderson, S.C.Independent Mail reports that Wilson told state securities investigators under oath in February that he had about 500,000 to 600,000 ounces of silver bars in the Delaware depository. But the complaint lays out what looks like a Ponzi scheme, wherein Wilson pooled customer money and used proceeds from recent investors to pay off earlier investors. And Wilson was engaging in this business in South Carolina and several other states even though he agreed in writing in 1996 to stop selling securities because he was not a licensed broker or agent.

The complaint asks that a court appointed receiver handle Wilson’s company’s assets to determine what it owns. Civil penalties of $10,000 are requested from Wilson and his company for each violation.

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The Politics of Immigrant Scapegoating: Not Just an American Pastime

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Around the world, as long as people keep moving, politicians will continue to talk breathlessly about the immigration “crisis.” It’s a campaign trail standard in the U.S., but in Britain and Western Europe as well, political figures waste no opportunity to project voters’ deepest fears and wildest misperceptions onto whatever group of newcomers is most visible—whether they’re Egyptian, Roma or Polish.

Here in the U.S., all the GOP presidential hopefuls are racing to brandish their nativist street cred. But Mitt Romney has pulled ahead in the meme-fest coming out of South Carolina’s primary. Despite his own immigrant lineage (due to his Mormon missionary roots), Romney has checked off all the boxes: supporting E-Verify, promising to beef up border security, and smacking down the DREAM Act for undocumented students. Appealing to law-and-order types, Romney touts the endorsement of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helped craft Arizona’s SB1070 law. (South Carolina, too, boasts an SB1070 copycat bill.)

Not to be outdone, Rick Santorum has argued that once you’ve crossed the border illegally, regardless of what you do or the family you raise thereafter, “everything you’re doing while you’re here is against the law.”

The resurgent Newt Gingrich has touted a relatively “humane” reform plan based on a vaguely defined screening process that might legalize “about 1 million” undocumented immigrants. Though the plan would expel roughly “7 or 8 or 9 million” to their home countries before they can apply to return, even this proposal was immediately decried by rivals as “amnesty.”

But immigrant-bashing isn’t just an American pastime. Although Europe’s far-right movements have generally laid low since Anders Breivik’s murderous rampage against “multiculturalism” in Norway, the hard right remains a vocal minority in several countries.

France—the country the GOP vilifies as a bastion of wine-swilling egalitarian liberals—has stepped up deportations, according to the Washington Post. President Nicolas Sarkozy, himself a descendant of immigrants*, has pushed for more deportations as he approaches a tough election. Squeezing the president even further to the right is the hardline National Front party, trumpeting a fiercely anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant platform.

Sakorzy’s government sparked international outrage last year with the so-called “burqa ban.” The criminalization of veiled Muslim women reflects a general stereotype, promoted by the political class, that Muslims are unwilling to “assimilate.”

Racial hostility has also intensified against communities of ethnic Roma, who have been systematically expelled or displaced by the government’s bulldozers.

Revealing misplaced economic anxiety, Italian conservatives have proposed to kick out immigrants who have been unemployed for six months, and their families.

British politicians play a similar tune, the UK Independent reports:

Government ministers have implied a link between immigration and joblessness. “Controlling immigration is critical or we will risk losing another generation to dependency and hopelessness,” said Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in a speech last July.The Coalition has imposed a cap on immigration from outside the European Union and has pledged to reduce net migration to “the tens of thousands” a year by the end of this parliament in 2015.

Nevermind a recent study by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research that shows “no link between rising immigration and rising unemployment.” But the debate rages on with yet another controversial study suggesting some correlation between native-born unemployment and “non-European” immigration.

Such political tensions are kindling for violence. Germany’s Turkish immigrant community has been shaken by neo-Nazi murders, as well as incensed at the center-right government’s perceived failure to adequately investigate the crimes. Still, Peter Grossman at Public Affairscontends that politicians’ concerns about “right wing terrorism” is really a red herring that obscures extremist elements embedded within the state. Mainstream conservatives, Grossman suggests, might just be keeping Nazi-affiliated groups around on the margins to keep the public tense, which in turn strengthens the political centrists as guarantors of stability.

But there’s a fine line between containing the ultra-right and validating them. The far-right actually picked up 6 percent of the state parliamentary vote in Mecklenburg. According to Der Spiegel, strong support has come from economically depressed rural communities, where slogans like “Criminal Foreigners Out” resonate with disaffected voters.

Switzerland’s recent election saw a surge in votes for the Swiss People’s Party, which has deployed chillingly familiar propaganda tropes, such as, according to the Associated Press, “striking posters of black boots stomping on the Swiss flag with the message ‘Stop Mass Immigration’ ” and graphics of “white sheep kicking out a black sheep or dark hands grasping for Swiss passports.”

In a 2011 essay in The Nation, author Ian Buruma observed that, in contrast to the vintage image of “neo-Fascists pining for black shirts and military marches”:

Europe’s new populists are smartly dressed modern men and women who claim to be defending our freedoms. And they are persuasive because people are afraid and resentful, blaming economic and social anxieties on “liberal elites.” But if the fears are vague and various, the focal point is Islam.

On both sides of the Atlantic, political scapegoating attests both to prevailing ignorance as well as to the political establishment’s delusions of power. Politicians exploit social frustrations by peddling the belief that passing racist laws or building higher fences can turn back a demographic process set in motion by centuries of global capitalism, war and imperialism—and save their pension in the process.

Ordinary people, however, seem to be discovering that maintaining empire is the province of officialdom, not democracy. A recent Pew study of public opinion reveals that in today’s economic climate, “conflicts between rich and poor now rank ahead of three other potential sources of group tension—between immigrants and the native born; between blacks and whites; and between young and old.”

But no savvy politician would highlight the widening gulf between the masses of poorer people on one side, and the elite seeking their votes on the other. For the would-be rulers of prosperous advanced democracies, it’s always safer to stick to the traditional dividing line between Us and Them: the border.

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Longtime racist surrenders locally

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

OBION COUNTY, Tenn. —  It was 8:30 on Tuesday morning and surveillance cameras were rolling at the detention center.

The grainy video records a man in a wheelchair being wheeled in the front door and talking with federal authorities.  Next, he is handcuffed, led away and it is all over.

“There were no problems,” Sheriff Jerry Vastbinder said of August Kreis III.

Vastbinder said there could have been.

“This had potential.  It could have been a bad situation.”

Just last week, Kreis, 56, used a blog to make it clear he had no plans to cooperate.  Later, he told federal agents if they came to his home, then he would shoot.

Kreis is a white supremacist leader with ties to the KKK and the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations. The longtime racist was so controversial, even talk show host Jerry Springer had kicked him off his show.

But it is not his beliefs that have him in hot water. It is fraud.

He escaped charges by leaving South Carolina and starting over in South Fulton, Tennessee.  Authorities said he is facing felony charges for filing fraudulent statements in an effort to obtain veterans benefits.

No bond is set for Kreis.  He is being held in a federal detention center.  Kreis is due back in court next Tuesday in Jackson, Tennessee.  Prosecutors said it is likely he will return to South Carolina to be tried.

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