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LATEST HATE KILLER ALLEGEDLY CONNECTED TO FAIR

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With all of the publicity recently received in the cases of the abortion clinic and Holocaust museum slayings, I'm surprised that this crime has not been getting a lot of publicity:

An outspoken anti-immigration activist who was
at the center of a series of violent crimes in Everett earlier this
year now stands accused of the home-invasion killings of an Arizona man
and his 9-year-old daughter.


Shawna Forde, 41, and two
associates in her Minuteman American Defense group are charged with two
counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree burglary and
one count of aggravated assault, according to the Pima County Sheriff's
Department in Arizona.


The May 30 killings were believed to be
premeditated and part of a plan to steal money and drugs to finance the
Minuteman group she leads. Forde's own family said that the woman weeks
ago had discussed using robberies to raise money for her cause.


Aside from Forde's connections to the Minutemen, she appears to be connected to FAIR - the Federation for American Immigration Reform. Two sources - the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups, and Huffington Post report on the connection.

The smoking gun appears to be this news special from KYVE the public television station in Yakima, Washington. Fast forward to about five minutes in to the one hour show and Ms. Forde is the first guest. She is introduced as a member of the Minuteman and a "representative of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a national group concerned about border security, illegal immigrants and our immigration policy."

You can see a brief clip of her her appearance here:





So did Forde really represent FAIR? According to the SPLC's Hatewatch blog, SPLC contacted the PBS station and learned this:

Contacted by Hatewatch, Enrique Cerna, the host of the show and an
executive producer, said it's difficult to remember all the production
details of a segment produced three years ago. Still, he said his
producers had contacted FAIR, asking for a representative to appear on
the show. That representative cancelled at the last minute and was
replaced by Forde, who identified herself as a FAIR official. "We
wouldn't have identified her with that organization if she hadn't said
she was speaking on their behalf," said Cerna.

SPLC also tried to contact FAIR, but was unable to get a response to the question of what kind of connection Forde has with the group.

[UPDATE: At least one anti-immigrant group is claiming it broke ties with Forde months ago]

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  1. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Aren't those people are praising the "rule of law" every time they open thier mouth? First degree murder... wow...
  2. Anonymous's Avatar
    Shawna Forde misrepresented herself as a spokesperson for FAIR. This unconfirmed characterization is being used to smear FAIR, and the entire immigration reform movement. The tactics are familiar - if you can't win the argument, you attack your opponent. In this instance unfortunately the attack involves exploiting a tragic murder to advance a political agenda. We can all agree or disagree on immigration policy but the retaliatory tactics of the SPLC have now hit a new low. The facts are this: According to FAIR's June 16 press release, "Shawna Forde "is not and never was an employee, member, activist, or donor of FAIR and most certainly has never been authorized to speak on behalf of the organization. Ms. Forde misrepresented herself as a spokesperson for FAIR in a 2006 appearance on KYVE-TV in Yakima, Washington, and the producers of the program were remiss in failing to authenticate her false claims. " Stories that accuse FAIR of having any association with these appalling individuals are completely false and should be disputed and the motives for these attacks should be called into question.
  3. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Yes, sure. FAIR is still a hate group, no matter how much they try to distance themselves from the alleged murderers. I take it, by "immigration reform movement" you mean "anti-immigration movement".
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