House To Hold Hearing On White Supremacist Threat Amid Financial, Social Media Crackdown

Now that Trump's "Russian collusion" ties, and various assorted Congressional hearings on the topic have quietly moved away from the front pages, there is a new hot topic in the Hill, and as Reuters reports, the Homeland Security Committee of the House of Representatives will hold a hearing next month "about threats from extremist groups, including domestic terrorism", following a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.

In a letter to the panel's top Democrat, Representative Bennie Thompson, panel's chairman, Republican Representative Michael McCaul, announced that he will hold a hearing on Sept. 12.  "We must stand together and reject racism, bigotry, and prejudice, including the hateful ideologies promoted by neo-Nazis, the KKK, and all other white supremacy groups," McCaul said.

McCaul's letter was in response to a request from Thompson and the other Democrats on the committee to hold a hearing on the subject. "It is past time for this Committee on Homeland Security to act," the Democrats wrote to McCaul.

 

The committee will invite leaders of the Homeland Security Department, the FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center to discuss the most serious threats the United States faces, McCaul said.

Meanwhile, the financial crackdown against extremist organizations is picking up speed. According to Bloomberg, Discover Financial announced it was ending merchant agreements with extremist organizations that incite violence.

“In light of recent events, we are terminating merchant agreements with hate groups, given the violence incited by their extremist views,” the Riverwoods, Illinois-based credit-card company said Wednesday in an emailed statement. “The intolerant and racist views of hate groups are inconsistent with our beliefs and practices. While we do not share their opinions, we recognize their right to voice them, no matter how reprehensible we find them.”

Advocacy groups have been calling on major credit-card companies to stop providing financial services for groups such as white supremacists. Color of Change, a racial-justice advocacy group, said Monday that financial services provided by major credit-card companies have been enabling hate groups. Discover declined to say how many groups it’s ending agreements with, or name them.

Separately, Mastercard said it will continue to actively monitor the use of its network by websites that “unlawfully promote or incite violence,” according to a statement from spokesman Seth Eisen. If the network is made aware of activity that is illegal or violates its rules, then it will work with the merchant’s bank to ensure the activity stops, Eisen said. Still, Eisen said the company has consistently stated its belief that offensive speech “has and will be seen for what it is.” “For that reason, we generally do not prohibit the acceptance of Mastercard-branded payment cards by merchants based on our disagreement with specific views espoused or promoted,” Eisen said in the emailed statement.

Visa has also reviewed the list of hate sites, religious organizations, and political groups provided to it by “concerned organizations,” Amanda Pires, a spokeswoman, told Bloomberg. The company determined that a number of the sites weren’t adhering to the merchant acquirer’s acceptable-use policies or were engaging in illegal activities.

“For this reason, these sites are no longer able to accept Visa payments,” Pires said. “Visa does not, however, restrict transactions that are legal and involve free speech or lawful expression of views, even if we may find the organization or its positions to be offensive.”

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Finally, the crackdown is also taking place on social media, where Reuters reported that Twitter on Wednesday suspended accounts linked to the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, keeping up pressure from Silicon Valley. Twitter said it would not discuss individual accounts, but at least three accounts affiliated with the Daily Stormer led to pages saying "account suspended."

The San Francisco-based social network prohibits violent threats, harassment and hateful conduct and "will take action on accounts violating those policies," the company said in a statement. Facebook, which unlike Twitter explicitly prohibits hate speech, has taken down several pages from Facebook and Instagram in recent days that it said were associated with hate speech or hate organizations. 

The Daily Stormer has been accessible only intermittently the past few days after domain providers GoDaddy Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google Domains said they would not serve the website.

By Wednesday, Daily Stormer had moved to a Russia-based internet domain, with an address ending in .ru. Later in the day, though, the site was no longer accessible at that address.

 

Facebook confirmed on Monday that it took down the event page that was used to promote and organize the "Unite the Right" rally, saying it was "actively removing any posts that glorify the horrendous act committed in Charlottesville."

On Wednesday, Facebook said it had removed accounts belonging to Chris Cantwell, a web commentator who has described himself as a white nationalist and said on his site that he had attended the Charlottesville rally. Cantwell's YouTube account also appeared to have been terminated.

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DavidFL Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:30 Permalink

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How about the extremist groups who want to tear down the history and statues of the US! Lets launch an investigation of those terrorists. 

uno DavidFL Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:40 Permalink

KKK - democrats, NAZIs - socialists ie large government, other white groups - feds and/or mentally ill peopleHow about Albert Pikes bust in DC - founder of KKK, couple blocks from White House in Freemason house of temple.  Guess that one is not on the remove list.How about Bush family - funders of Hilter - guess that is not on the list either 

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esum DavidFL Thu, 08/17/2017 - 08:51 Permalink

A peaceful group GOT A PERMIT to protest the monument removal.....
A violent group ATTACKED THEM...

LETS GO AFTER THE peaceful group....

NOW THAT'S racist

But the real issue is the nazi jewboy collaborator georgi Schwartz who funds terrorism and violence....
LETS GO AFTER THIS COCKSUCKER AND PUT HIM AWAY FOR HIS CRIMES

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Dilluminati Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:29 Permalink

These assholes better know the difference between those who believe in American EXCEPTIONALISM.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_exceptionalismAnd don't like stupid people from Baltimore and illegal aliens and sanctuary cities and racists.Because my record is in stone here.. I don't fucking like racists, klucksters, and such either.I hope we get irritated well enough in 2018 to simply execute all the damn troublemakers far left and far right. 

tmosley Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:29 Permalink

Yeah, lets heap some more oppression on the white people in this country. The heavily armed white people who are seething with rage just below the surface.I'm sure that will turn out great for them.

adr Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:30 Permalink

Fine if they include the New Black Panthers, Antifa, animal rights activists, BLM, and all the other leftist hate groups. Otherwise these congresspeople deserve the rope. 

chunga Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:30 Permalink

Trump, go ahead and start another party right now and leave DC. Never go back. The reds and blues suck and they're out for blood. Yours and ours. Just do it. 

MEFOBILLS Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:33 Permalink

This is going to backfire.  The average white american, who sees his country slipping away, is going to become radicalized.  When somebody is backed into a corner and has lost everything, they lash out.  

Roger Rabbit MEFOBILLS Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:53 Permalink

That's precisely one of the biggest reasons for this setup. They want to turn the tide against these types first, for they are most likely going to be the first ones to rise up and revolt.So the elite class is preemptively going after them to nip it in the bud before there's a chance to restore normalcy to anything.

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swmnguy Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:34 Permalink

The banksters were perfectly willing to make money from these people and groups until people noticed and called attention to whom they were facilitating and making money from.My grandmother used to tell that character was how you acted when you didn't think anyone was watching.  Conversely, doing the right thing when you're in the spotlight is easy, doesn't require any particular integrity, and isn't especially praiseworthy.If nobody had highlighted these connections, these businesses would have happily continued making money off this crap.

Consuelo Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:34 Permalink

   Here it is - proof (the Craigslist/other online venues), of a totally 'set up' psy-op, and yet the House - knowing full well, proceeds with this circus...We are officially off the rails now.

jughead Consuelo Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:42 Permalink

Obviously the criminals in CONgress don't understand the words "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

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EuroPox Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:36 Permalink

Too late.  They should have cracked down on Soros, BLM, Antifa a long time ago.  The cat is now out of the bag and there is so much anger coming out, it is going to escalate from here.Time for cops and military to decide whose side they are on.

Mine Is Bigger Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:37 Permalink

It's so mind-boggling that a lot of people cannot see such a glaring hypocisy of hating and discriminating someone becaue those someones hate and disciminate someone. 

BeepBeepRichie Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:38 Permalink

They've been waiting for this. Its so obvious this thing is a psyop mixed with hagalian dialectic. In other news, i took a drive to the northeast as i usually do and caught unbelievable stink eye from pretty much every woman and minority. Thanks alt right for making me hated

jughead Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:40 Permalink

First they came for the Nazis, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Nazi.Then they came for the Nationalists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Nationalist.Then they came for the Conservatives, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Conservative.Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. History may not repeat, but it sure rhymes. 

TemporarySecurity jughead Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:54 Permalink

First the Nazi's came to protect God.Next the Nazi's came to protect the German statues and artwork.Next the Nazi's came to protect the German History.Next the Nazi's came to protect the best culture in the world, German culture. Next the Nazi's purged their society of the undesirables, the non Germans.etc.Then they tried to spread the goodness everywhere.History does repeat just not necessarily the way we want it to.  

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TemporarySecurity TemporarySecurity Wed, 08/16/2017 - 20:19 Permalink

 AntiFa = BLM = SJW  First the AntiFa had full control over education. Then the AntiFa came to ensure minorities had quotas because they were not capable of getting into university. Then the AntiFa sought food for all. Then the AntiFa made sure marriage was secular and included every possible scenario, gay, multiple, animal, self, etc. Then the AntiFa sought healthcare for all. Then the AntiFa sought equal outcomes not being born equal. Then the AntiFa sought to stop anybody who did not agree with them. Then the AntiFa sought to eliminate symbols they did not like. Then the AntiFa sought to change history etc. Then the AntiFa had full control over all of us. Then they tried to spread their goodness over everybody else in the world.

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UmbilicalMosqu… jughead Thu, 08/17/2017 - 14:25 Permalink

History IS repeating itself. Ask anyone who survived the Communist takeover of Rhodesia and South Africa. The traitors, brainwashed mud people, white Communist cucks, and the Globalist NWO bloodsuckers are almost finished their project of dismantling what is left of our constitutional republic. The next step is the civil war that will destroy millions of our countrymen, and the last of the patriots.

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Dumpster Elite Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:40 Permalink

Let me guess, "violent extremist groups" will only refer to white folk with a right-of-center bent. ANTIFA, BLM, Black Panthers...all are exempt from any investigation.

If ever there was a time for a third-party candidate to run for ANYTHING, this is the time. The Dems have their Socialist loon splinter groups that they will continue to appease with free shit until the end of time. The Republican Party will disappear within the next 6 years. They are absolutely, positively spineless. They continuously ask for their constituents vote, and then break every single promise...every single time. Back-stabbing fucks. They only cater to the MIC and uber-wealthy elites. Now is the time for a third-party to give those who voted "R" a hope for the future. Otherwise, this country will either split in two, or become Venezuela.