June 10th, 2009
06:12 PM ET

Active hate groups in the U.S.

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Program Note: The map shows different hate groups that are active across the country. It is part of the Intelligence Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Tune in to AC360° at 10 P.M. ET for more details on hate groups.

Southern Poverty Law Center

The Intelligence Project monitors hate groups and extremist activities throughout the U.S. and publishes the Center's award-winning Intelligence Report.

It also offers training to help law enforcement officials and human rights groups combat organized racism, including an online hate crime training course for law enforcement professionals.

Click here for more details...

Filed under: 360° Radar • Crime & Punishment
June 10th, 2009
05:37 PM ET

Website of museum shooting suspect

Editor's Note: A security guard shot by a lone gunman at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has died of his wounds, sources tell CNN. The gunman also was wounded and reported to be in critical condition. The suspect is James von Brunn, an 88-year-old white supremacist, two law enforcement officials said. Take a look at the suspect's website – here are some images taken from his site.

Filed under: Gun Violence
June 10th, 2009
04:51 PM ET

How to find a plane at the bottom of the ocean

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Jim Dawson and Devin Powell
Inside Science News Service

As search crews found debris fields Tuesday in the area where Air France flight 447 apparently crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, John Perry Fish was waiting for the phone to ring. Fish's company, American Underwater Search and Survey on Cape Cod, was involved recovering pieces of the 1996 TWA flight 800 crash in the Atlantic and the 2002 crash of China Airlines flight 611 over the Taiwan Strait. He described the difficulties and procedures needed to find the remains of Air France flight.

"The water is deep in that region," he said, “some 7000 meters deep in the deepest parts, but averaging about 4000 meters. It is near the mid-Atlantic ridge, [an undersea mountain range] which runs from Iceland to the south Atlantic."


The first problem in finding the debris and black boxes from the plane, he said, is that the aircraft was not being tracked on radar when it disappeared, "so you don't know exactly where to start. If you have a radar track, you can plot an area of a couple miles out from that point and start searching."  Without the radar, he said, the task is to find the floating debris and do "hindcasting," which traces the path of debris backwards as it floats on the ocean currents.


Filed under: 360º Follow
June 10th, 2009
04:33 PM ET

Holocaust Museum shooter had close ties to prominent neo-Nazis

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Program Note: For the latest on the shooting and the state of hate crimes in America, tune in to AC360° at 10 P.M. ET.

Heidi Beirich
Southern Poverty Law Center

Law enforcement officials have identified the suspect in the Holocaust Museum shootings as James Wenneker von Brunn, born in 1920, from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. D.C. Police Spokeswoman Traci Hughes reportedly said the suspect walked into the museum at about 1 p.m. ET with a rifle and shot a guard.

Von Brunn runs the website holywesternempire.org, which was listed in 2008 as a hate site by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Von Brunn has a long history of associations with prominent neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers. In the 1980s or early 1990s, von Brunn was employed by Noontide Press, a part of the Holocaust denying Institute of Historical Review, which was then run by Willis Carto, one of America’s most prominent anti-Semites.

Von Brunn is the author of the 1999 book, “Kill the Best Gentiles,” a racist and anti-Semitic tome that argues that whites are seeing “today on the world stage a tragedy of enormous proportions: the calculated destruction of the White Race and the incomparable culture it represents. Europe, former fortress of the West, is now over-run by hordes of non-Whites and mongrels.” A raging anti-Semite, von Brunn blames “The Jews” for the destruction of the West. The book is dedicated to prominent neo-Nazis and racists including Revilo Oliver and Wilmot Robertson.


Filed under: 360° Radar
June 10th, 2009
04:25 PM ET

Police detective – and murderer?

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

The Los Angeles Police Department is facing the possibility that one of its own is a murderer.

Veteran Detective Stephanie Lazarus is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend's wife and keeping it a secret for more than two decades. Prosecutors are calling it a crime of passion. They may seek the death penalty.

Lazarus, 49, was on duty Friday at LAPD Headquarters when she was arrested in the slaying of Sherri Rae Rasmussen. Investigators say DNA evidence connects Lazarus to the crime.

On February 24, 1986, Rasmussen's husband found his wife's body in the living room of their Van Nuys condominium. The 29-year-old hospital nursing director had been bitten, beaten and shot multiple times.. Her car had also been stolen.

Lazarus made her first court appearance Tuesday. She was wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, with handcuffs chained to her waist. Her arraignment will continue on July 6, at the request of her attorney. He's not commenting on the case. But details about his client and the murder case are emerging.

According to police, Lazarus had a long-term relationship with Rasmuseen's husband before his marriage. At the time of the murder she had been on the police force for two years.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Crime & Punishment • Maureen Miller
June 10th, 2009
04:10 PM ET

White House proposes new pay legislation

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Program Note: Tonight on AC 360º at 10 P.M. ET, Randi Kaye's "keepin' them honest" and tracking the government's efforts to hold banks and large corporations accountable. Have new regulations been effective? Tune in tonight.

David Ellis

The Obama administration moved forward Wednesday on curbing runaway corporate pay practices, proposing new legislation aimed at giving shareholders a greater voice on executive pay and appointing a new so-called "pay czar."

The White House's two-part proposal would give shareholders a voice on executive compensation, or a "say on pay" for senior management at all public companies.

The legislation, which would effectively be carried out by broadening the powers of the Securities and Exchange Commission, would also attempt to establish greater independence for board members responsible for setting executive pay packages.

"This financial crisis had many significant causes, but executive compensation practices were a contributing factor," Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said in a statement.

The White House also officially named Washington attorney Kenneth Feinberg as the administration's "pay czar" on Wednesday.

Keep reading...

June 10th, 2009
03:29 PM ET

Many faces of 'fake vet' Rick Strandlof exposed

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Program Note: Tune in to AC360º at 10 P.M. ET tonight to see Joe John's full story.

Kevin Simpson
The Denver Post

A tattoo of an angel illustrates his right leg. A devil decorates his left.

But a trail of deceit has stamped Richard Glen Strandlof with another indelible mark: fake military hero who misled veterans, politicians and voters. Many had bought into the story of Rick Duncan, the wounded soldier rallying opposition to the Iraq war and support for struggling vets.

Like the contradictory body art, Strandlof's story winds between malicious deception and actual good works. And it muddies the issue of whether his offense was simply that he fooled the people he purported to champion or that he broke the law.


June 10th, 2009
03:19 PM ET

Tonight: Text 360°

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A security guard shot by a lone gunman at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has died of his wounds, sources tell CNN. The gunman also was wounded and reported to be in critical condition. The suspect is James von Brunn, an 88-year-old white supremacist, two law enforcement officials said

We'll have Mark Potok, of the Southern Poverty Law Center, to talk about the shooting.

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Filed under: Text 360
June 10th, 2009
03:13 PM ET
June 10th, 2009
02:46 PM ET

'Seoul Train': The plight of North Korean refugees


Jim Butterworth decided to make the film, “Seoul Train,” after learning of the story of Seok Jae-hyun, a photographer for The New York Times who had gone to China in 2003 to document the plight of North Korean refugees and was later arrested by Chinese authorities.

Butterworth created the film in order to document the human rights crisis in North Korea and what happens when defectors try to escape. Escape to South Korea is virtually impossible, so North Koreans fleeing their country try to cross the Yalu or Tumen rivers into China. They risk getting shot or being sent back to North Korea where they are often executed.


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