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Killer Klansman Was Federal Snitch

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White supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller, arrested in three killings Sunday, turned white opportunist when facing decades in prison, testifying against his fellow haters in two trials.

A quarter-century before he was charged with Sunday’s three hate murders outside Kansas City, Frazier Glenn Miller figured prominently in a triple hate homicide in North Carolina.People intimately familiar with the earlier case say Miller, founder of a Ku Klux Klan chapter and a white political party, should have been a prime suspect in those killings, as well.Instead Miller became a star witness in both that murder trial and in a sedition case against 13 fellow white supremacists.

Hated by Haters

White Supremacists Reject Miller

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Don Black, founder of the online hate forum Stormfront.org, says white nationalists have long shunned the alleged killer—and it’s people like him who give the movement a bad name.

Of all the people and organizations decrying the shootings Sunday that killed three people at two Jewish centers outside Kansas City, perhaps the most unlikely is Stormfront.org, one of the oldest and largest white nationalist forums on the internet.“We have enough of a problem with how we are portrayed without some homicidal whack job coming along and reinforcing that,” Stormfront founder Don Black told The Daily Beast.Black has known the alleged shooter, Frazier Glenn Miller, since the early 1980s, when they were both prominent leaders in the white nationalist movement.

TARGET

Frazier Glenn Miller Would Kill Me

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Growing up in the Jewish community that was attacked Sunday means I can’t pretend the alleged murderer was just some hick. This was terrorism.

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas — I was in the car, leaving a movie theater after seeing Captain America: The Winter Soldier, when a friend called to tell me that shots had been fired at the Jewish Community Center. I knew this was different from other mass shootings. I knew this was not a “random act” of violence but a targeted killing—and that my own seemingly safe community was the target. We hung up. I called my mom. She lives in Overland Park, barely a mile from where the shooting took place.

SNOWDEN

Guardian and WaPo Share Pulitzer

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For their work exposing the revelations of former CIA contractor Edward Snowden, the Guardian US and Washington Post share journalism’s top honor.

Two newspapers that uncovered the vast scope and sweep of the nation’s surveillance apparatus were awarded journalism’s highest honor today when they were named winners of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in public service journalism.The Guardian US and The Washington Post both received the award for the revelations provided by former CIA contractor Edward Snowden; those revelations, especially around the workings of the National Security Agency (NSA), sparked global outrage for much of the past year as it became apparent that the national security state was far more invasive than even many lawmakers in the U.

Ignore Antisemitism: Get Violence

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Sunday’s shooting reminds us that violence, genocide, and even the Holocaust, begins with words. We must respond powerfully to shouts of “Heil Hitler” in Kansas.

“Heil Hitler” was screamed by 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross, aka Frazier Glenn Miller, the former “grand dragon” of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, when he was being arrested on Sunday after targeting Jews with a shotgun, killing three innocent people at a Jewish community center and an assisted living facility for the elderly, in Overland Park, Kansas. Late Sunday, as his identity and the details of his heinous crime emerged, Miller might have been chagrined to learn that of the three people he shot dead, only one was Jewish, the elderly woman he killed at the Shalom Village, an assisted living facility.

No Choice

America’s Abortion-Free Zone Grows

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Montana was the only hope for women living 600 miles in any direction to obtain an abortion. Now there’s two clinics left thanks to vandalism. How long can they stay open?

MINNEAPOLIS—There is a nearly 1,200-mile-wide desert of abortion providers stretching from the western border of Idaho to the eastern borders of North and South Dakota. Across this five-state expanse, the total number of cities that offer any form of abortion access can be counted on just two hands. Montana used to be an oasis in that abortion desert, with four clinics in four different cities offering both surgical and medication abortion options, but not anymore.

K.C. Attack

Heartland Killer's Résumé of Hate

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The man accused of shooting three at Jewish centers in Kansas has a long résumé as a neo-Nazi and KKK grand wizard who once created a points system for murder.

The sole suspect in a shooting that left three dead at two Jewish community centers outside Kansas City on Sunday is a former Ku Klux Klan “grand dragon,” neo-Nazi, and ex-con named Frazier Glenn Miller.The 73-year-old was caught by TV cameras yelling “Heil Hitler” from the back seat of a police car after he was apprehended in the parking lot of a local elementary school. Rabbi Herbert Mandl, chaplain for the Overland Park Police Department, said the gunman asked people whether they were Jewish before he opened fire.

Again

Hate Crime in the Heartland?

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Yelling ‘Heil Hitler!’ after shooting three people to death on the eve of Passover would seem to say yes, but prosecutors still face a tough task.

UPDATE: Late Sunday night, authorities said they had arrested Frazier Glenn Miller, 73, of Aurora, Mo., a former Ku Klux Klan “grand dragon,” in the shootings. Male, white, bearded, in his 70s, and not from Kansas.That's all we know about the lone suspect in Sunday shootings outside Kansas City that left two people dead at a Jewish community center and one more at a Jewish retirement home.At a press conference Sunday evening, Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass would not release the suspect's name but told reporters that a shotgun was used in the shootings and possibly a handgun and assault rifle.

Foul Play

Little League’s Big Corruption

The Daily Beast

From manicures to motorcycles, four Little League crooks in three states used team funds for more than baseballs, bats and celebratory ice cream cones. Thanks to community kindness, it’s still game-on this spring.

With the start of a new baseball season comes a disheartening stat that makes you worry not just for the national pastime, but for the nation itself:In less than a year, four little league presidents have been charged with looting their organization's treasury.The thefts left three of the leagues in such sorry financial shape that it seemed the kids might not be able to play this spring.But nobler souls came to the rescue, and in each instance opening day saw a big win for goodness over greed.

Late Night Wars

The Silly Con War on Colbert

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Colbert’s rise to replace Letterman on ‘The Late Show’ has sparked hyperbolic outrage from the usual conservative suspects. But the right is wrong.

Will Stephen Colbert be a great network television host, or the greatest network television host?Honestly, it could go either way. Given all the of “can you believe this?” coverage he has received the last few days from the perpetual commotion machine that is cable news, you'd have thought Stephen Colbert was chosen to replace Kathleen Sebelius, not David Letterman. And given the talent Colbert wields, frankly I’d trust him with my medical and dental plan.

Who Is Frazier Glenn Miller?

Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon dissects the story of Miller, a 'nightmare image' of 'hate groups nestled in the heartland' who went on a Kansas killing spree on Sunday.

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