Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, known nationally for his anti-immigrant activism, is scheduled to share the stage with a long-time white nationalist leader Saturday at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Kobach is on a panel entitled "High Fences, Wide Gates: States vs. the Feds, the Rule of Law & American Identity" alongside Robert "Bob" Vandervoort. The organizational affiliation listed for Vandevoort at CPAC is executive director of ProEnglish. What Vandervoort left out of his bio is that during his time in Illinois he was also the organizer of the white nationalist group Chicagoland Friends of American Renaissance.
Bob Vandervoort is scheduled to moderate a Thursday afternoon panel at the CPAC 2012 conference, entitled, "The Failure of Multiculturalism: How the Pursuit of Diversity is Weakening the American Identity." Vandervoort listed his organizational affiliation as executive director of ProEnglish—an English-Only outfit founded by John Tanton. What he left out of his bio is that he was also the organizer of the white nationalist group, Chicagoland Friends of American Renaissance, while he lived in Illinois.
The National Policy Institute opened its Washington D.C. September conference with a direct invocation of Enoch Powell's infamous Rivers of Blood speech. Using video of recent riots in England with tape of Powell's 1968 speech, Richard Spencer, NPI's executive director, talked of the catastrophe that Latin, Asian and African immigrants have brought the white race. It is an avenue of thought that is well-trod in white nationalist circles. Nevertheless, the new prominence of National Policy Institute (NPI) is one more blot in a changing white nationalist landscape.
His YouTube channel has over 30 million views and over 200,000 subscribers. He's had cameo appearances in two Hollywood films. Yet he's hardly a household name. Nonetheless, over the last fifteen years, Austin, Texas-based radio talk-show host Alex Jones has made a career pumping out bigotry and conspiracies for profit.
Jones has also defended the same Tea Party movement whose leaders are attacking the Occupy movement today. He has indulged in vicious racist anti-immigrant rhetoric, promoted anti-Semitic con artists, defended Holocaust deniers, and attacked civil rights leaders. He is an equal opportunity bigot.
White nationalist Kevin Harpham pleaded guilty to planting a homemade bomb packed with rat-poison-laced projectiles along the route of the Spokane Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade.
In U.S. district court Harpham admitted to building a pipe bomb that was to be set off with a remote car-alarm trigger and putting it in a backpack along the route of the January 17 parade.
Harpham was active in white nationalist circles, including being a member of the National Alliance, a contributor to The Aryan Alternative magazine, and a regular commentator on neo-Nazi internet forums.
In court earlier in the year, prosecutors revealed that Harpham took photos of himself along the parade route, and even photographed young African-American children gathering along the route, and of a Jewish man wearing a yarmulke. Harpham had faced a hate crime charge in addition to the bomb counts in the original complaint and could have faced 30 years to life in prison. The plea agreement under which Harpham admitted to two counts of building and planting a bomb calls for a sentence of 27 to 32 years in prison, plus a lifetime of supervised release. Sentencing is scheduled for November 30 in Spokane.