Omaha slumlords, Sovereign Citizens and Christian Nationalists

A self-described “free inhabitant,” Paul John Hansen represents himself in court, signing legal documents “Lawyer / Counsel without the United States.” (2011 Photo by Bill Kelly, NET News)

 

 

PART ONE

“He doesn’t have a driver’s license. He lives in Omaha and owns his vehicle. Paul Hansen doesn’t register it with Douglas County. If stopped for a traffic violation he’ll explain to the police officer that he “doesn’t use one.” His next step is to ask if the officer has “any evidence this land is owned by the United States of America. Do you understand that if you issue me a ticket you will be on the witness stand and you will have to produce that evidence?”” writes KVNO News in 2011 on Paul Hansen’s rising prominence in Christian nationalist and anti-tax circles. Hansen was indicted on federal mail fraud in 2014 linked to a Florida man convicted in 2006 of tax evasion and fraud by means of concealing wealth in churches.

Hansen owns multiple rundown rental properties in north Omaha that he refuses to make basic repairs on, or pay the applicable property taxes. In the last decade at least two of his properties were condemned and torn down by order of the city of Omaha. Residents point out water heaters with thick rust, non-working toilets, and doors without locks which were jammed shut with steak knives as the only means of security. One former tenant signed over their Social Security Insurance checks to cover rent, a predatory act in which Hansen was later sued for in federal court. Hansen is a slumlord and a right-wing ideologue exploiting low-income people for profit. Hansen isn’t an anomaly either. In Atlanta, a wealthy group of well-known white nationalists run a “gentrification gang” as Atlanta anti-fascists call them.

In Omaha, Hansen is a familiar figure in the Douglas County courthouse because he routinely ignores or challenges citations for building code violations on his rental properties. The Nebraska Supreme Court issued an injunction in 2014 for him to stop practicing unlicensed law, and he’s been spotted at the courthouse twice already in 2018, according to tips sent to the antifaneb@riseup.net email.

Broadly, Hansen calls himself a “free inhabitant” or a sovereign citizen, a far-right movement often found overlapping with white separatist militia movements and Christian doomsday cults.

More specifically, Paul Hansen personally does not believe most U.S. laws apply to him based on his religion and interpretations of constitutional law, and obscure 18th-century Ordinances. Cops and court officials come into contact with these people most commonly in forms of protesting vehicle registration laws, traffic and permit citations, or the filing of civil suits and property liens.

It was a series of property liens Hansen fraudulently filed that eventually got him 18 months in federal prison on two accounts of contempt of court; the larger federal mail fraud charges resulted in a hung jury and the retrial was dismissed without prejudice. Hansen filed the false lien claims in an attempt to prevent the federal seizure of property held by Kent Hovind, the convicted Florida preacher that operated an anti-evolution theme park/church called Dinosaur Adventure Land, “a place where dinosaurs and the Bible meet.” Hovind made Hansen a trustee of his church, Creation Science Evangelism, that believes in a literal interpretation of the Bible which says Earth was made in seven days roughly 6000 years ago. The two of them exchanged letters while Hovind was incarcerated and conspired to obstruct the seizing of land by way of falsified document. The pair obviously did not understand jail mail is not confidential.

Hansen is not the first or only sovereign citizen in Nebraska. In fact, the 1980s were a boom time for the movement. Civic libertarian tax-protesters and heavily armed white separatist militias cropped up all over.

In Cairo, Nebraska in 1984, Arthur Kirk, a farmer with sympathies for a local sovereign militia was killed in a gun fight with SWAT after threatening county sheriffs trying to serve legal papers from a bank. He died behind a sandbag barricade with a modified fully automatic AR-15, wearing a gas mask, a steel helmet, and his face painted in night camouflage. The local bank alleged he made hundreds of thousands of dollars in unaccounted livestock sales.

The Posse Comitatus was a right-wing extremist group started by a neo-Nazi in Portland, Oregon with over two dozen chapters in the U.S., one being an 80-acre armed compound near Rulo, Nebraska that housed a doomsday prepper death-cult led by Michael Ryan. The Posse Comitatus supported Arthur Kirk’s fight against the tyranny of the banks and police. Posse Comitatus claimed the true intent of the country’s founders was to establish a Christian republic where the individual was sovereign, and that the Republic’s first duty was to promote, safeguard, and protect the Christian faith. They saw farmers as the victims of a Jewish-led, communist-supported conspiracy that had infiltrated the government. They thought the conspiracy would rob the farmer of his land through manipulation of land values, grain prices and credit. Once they controlled the land, Posse Comitatus thought it would control the food supply too. In Rulo, Michael Ryan proceeded over polygamist weddings, thefts of farm equipment, and carried out ritual torture, bestiality, and murder. He died in 2015 of natural causes while serving a commuted death row sentence for the grisly murders of a 5-year-old boy and 26-year-old man living on the farm. Michael Ryan was an embodiment of the white Sharia meme thirty years early.

In 2015, Donna Marie Kozak, a sovereign citizen living in the Omaha suburb of La Vista, Nebraska was convicted in federal court of tax evasion, tax fraud, and filing false liens on properties owned by a federal judge, U.S. district attorneys, IRS investigators, and for sending harassing messages to IRS agents. Kozak was essentially trolling federal agents in retaliation for her initial tax evasion arrest.

To authorities, this form of trolling protest –filing fraudulent tax returns or falsifying documents to obstruct the collection of property taxes or property seizure, or filing civil lawsuits for petty reasons– is called “paper terrorism” to add extra weight on what is otherwise just the gaming of a bureaucracy for fun and profit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sovereigns have manufactured their own license plates and identification cards indicating they are citizens of a self-proclaimed “republic,” and have even created otherwise fictional Native American tribes, or claimed non-existent enrollment with real tribes. One high profile example is the former Pussycat Dolls singer Kaya Jones, as she claimed generational Apache enrollment. The blonde Canadian pop singer claimed the “Indigenous” seat on the privately-funded National Diversity Coalition for Trump. These claims all fall apart under minimal scrutiny, but to the traffic cop’s first glance, the counterfeit plates and documents often appear legitimate.

The feds and the ADL consider the Sovereign Citizen movement as a potential source of “domestic terrorism.” The ADL lists sovereigns as an extremist group willing to use vigilante courts to “wage war against the government using ‘paper terrorism’ to intimidate government officials.”

Hansen says to KVNO News, “my view is there are no written laws in place to govern free inhabitants. There’s the jury of twelve and there’s God’s word,” he explained.

The ‘jury of twelve’ often referred to is a commonlaw jury convened by ‘free citizens’ rather than by a court system put in place by federal and state law.

Since the day before Hansen’s sentencing in 2015, and up to and beyond their release from prison, Hansen and Hovind have discussed on Youtube and on t heir respective blogs about convening such a court to hold their perceived enemies in the IRS responsible for putting them in jail. They want to exact revenge. By the power of whatever bizarre bureaucratic oversight god, Hansen and Hovind actually shared a cell for three months when their sentences overlapped.

Whenever he can get away with it, Hansen does not pay federal income or local property taxes. Sales taxes are trickier, since they are added to the cost of a purchase, but Hansen says he has convinced some retailers he qualifies as being exempt for paying them on some big ticket items.

Every one of his challenges to local, state and federal law rise from a set of complex political beliefs built on a complex interpretation of the Ordinance of the Northwest Territory of 1787 and the Articles of Confederation ratified by the original thirteen colonies in 1781.

“Article four in the Articles of the Confederation gives you two choices,” he explained during a lengthy conversation. “You can live your life as a free inhabitant or as a citizen. Now the word citizen means subject. So the moment I step on US land I become a US citizen, a US subject. The moment you step on my land you become my subject.” Hansen goes into much greater detail on his website. Hansen also consults and sells his self-developed legal philosophies, in spite of that Supreme Court injunction meant to stop him from doing so.

Sovereign citizens are the Boomer antecedent to Reddit “anarcho” capitalists. They take anarchist ideas against authority and add a self-excluding addendum that allows them to be exclusionary, coercive, abusive, patriarchal, violent, selfish children. “No gods, no masters” becomes “My way or the toll highway.”

 

Cooper Ward, Omaha white nationalist

On December 16th, 2016, we submitted a report to It’s Going Down on the once rising alt-right media darling Cooper Ward. At the time of the report, Cooper was enrolled at University of Nebraska-Omaha, was a regular guest on the podcast The Daily Shoah, deputy director of American Vanguard (aka Reaction America, aka Vanguard America, aka Patriot Front), and the content creator for the Counter-Signal Memes for Fashy Goys page on Facebook.

We had an eye on Cooper for months before his grand coming out party. It was in the comments of his meme page where he posted an obscured selfie but forgot to blur the Nebraska license plate of his car parked in his mom’s driveway. He made appearances at pre-election anti-Trump rallies in the Omaha metro in failed attempts to “trigger timid shitlibs” by using genius brain skills gained from his partial philosophy degree. His bearded, lumbering appearance and stammering lines of questioning at these rallies didn’t go unnoticed, but wasn’t the masterful trolling he considered it to be. It wasn’t until Cooper unmasked himself on his Youtube channel feeling emboldened by the election of Trump, and freshly shaved with a bleached combover, that he began airing his sick owns on The Bone Zone. It was then we realized the podcasting memelord and the tall awkward guy at rallies we already knew by name were one in the same.

On November 8, the Vanguard Nebraska account tweeted a photo of a group holding the flag. When a community radio dj reposted it, she says many people contacted her to say they were tricked into holding it by two guys claiming in was in support of U.S. troops. The photo was taken sometime in the late summer of 2016 while Jesse “SeventhSonTRS” Dunstan visited Cooper in Omaha. The local tv news quoted the false claim of 100 Vanguard members in Nebraska in a Twitter interview with the person running the Vanguard Nebraska account, and calling himself Sam Hyde, the name of a comedian attached to the alt-right famous for being named as a suspect after mass shootings.

Less than two weeks after we exposed what he already laid bare, Cooper began denying the claims made against him in emails to IGD, later proposing a quid pro quo that if they deleted the post, he would identify other hosts of The Daily Shoah and recede from public life faster than his hairline.

On January 9th, the new semester at UNO began and students were met with a flurry of flyers alerting them of the threat Ward’s racist, genocidal ideology posed on campus. The same day he dropped all his classes and retreated back to his mom’s McMansion in West Omaha.

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A full timeline of the month-long domino effect we caused in The Right Stuff podcasting empire is documented on the blog Angry White Men.

Below is the first statement originally posted to IGD, and the follow-up where Cooper Ward offered to snitch. If only more fascists believed in the noble creed of death before dishonor.

The response from the /pol/ chans lit up with fear, anger, and disgust that their heroes weren’t who they claimed to be, and had to find out from their ideological enemies. Natural to the environment of 4chan and 8chan, each dox let a thousand conspiracy theories bloom. Claims that Cooper used TRS and Vanguard America meet-ups as a way to groom underage boys for sex, to the idea that because Mike “Enoch” Peinovich was married to a Jewish woman and lived on the Upper East Side of New York City he couldn’t possibly be a “real” white nationalist, and must be a CIA ‘controlled opposition’ asset meant to cause rifts in their movement. Whether Peinovich actually separated with his wife isn’t much of anyone else’s concern, but it certainly made their professional lives harder. If Ward was really grooming children, we have not seen any reports of victims coming forward yet (and they might forever be silenced out of fear), but it was a serious enough concern for Vanguard America to set an 18 and over membership requirement shortly afterwards.

 

We have entered an era where the disgusting and vile approach of once-closeted fascists and racists has become an accepted norm on the American stage. The normalization has begun, with excuses by not only the right, but also the liberals who believe the hatred espoused by these “people” is “freedom of speech.” Are they so blind to not understand that the fascist calls from behind their podium of lies is a recruiting tool? Are they so blind to not understand that this hatred espoused by these Nazis rallies their forces, and influences other white nationalist individuals to partake in lone wolf direct action?

We believe in silencing the hate speech of these shadowy organizations as a defensive action for all marginalized people forced to hide in fear. We believe in direct action to defend all communities that may find themselves threatened.

As Antifascist Action-Nebraska, we have dedicated our work towards hunting down and exposing these Alt-Right Nazis.

We have chosen to expose the Deputy Leader of American Vanguard who is an Omaha resident. American Vanguard is a White Nationalist organization responsible for the poster/flyer campaigns at Purdue University, Florida Gulf Coast University, the University of Maryland as well as street corners across the country under their “Northern Propaganda Campaign”.

This is a war, they fired the first shots, now all people of conscience must join with us and fight the scourge of Nazism.

Cooper Ward is the co-host of the alt-right Nazi Podcast “The Daily Shoah”, as well as a member and deputy leader of the nationwide white nationalist group American Vanguard. It is believed that Cooper Ward acts as a recruiter for American Vanguard.

Ward operates out of his mom’s home in Omaha, Nebraska. Ward has been printing white nationalist posters and distributing them. We in Nebraska have begun to see these posters on our street corners, joining with a myriad of other cities and states who have been infected with American Vanguard propaganda.

In solidarity.
Antifascist Action-Nebraska

 

 

Daily Stormer Omaha & Council Bluffs Book Club

 

Back left; clockwise: Brent Fox with his hand on his hip, Kale Muffley in the Metallica shirt. Kale’s brother Kevin Muffley in the Jagermeister shirt trying to seig heil. There’s Holland Ludwick in the ‘Good Night Left Side’ shirt in the back with Pinochet all over his face. You’ll notice Bryan Curtis in the OOSH Helicopter Rides shirt, Matt Johnson in the red CIS SCUM shirt, Holland’s brother Dylan Ludwick with his hands on his knees, wearing his favorite Every Time I Die shirt.

These are just a few of the active fascists in the Omaha metro. There are more, such as the infamous Gerhard Lauck in Fairbury; the 50 year old lecher, William G Rempel of Hastings, NE; Daniel Kleve, a junior at University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Nathan Patterson at University of Nebraska-Omaha; Cooper Ward of Omaha; and more yet to be named. Do your part to keep fascism from spreading like a cancer.

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Brent Fox, white nationalist recruiter, Daily Stormer Book Club

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Brent Fox, an Omaha, Nebraska “book club” recruiter for the neo-Nazi forum Daily Stormer. Brent is active in the Millard & West Omaha area, but recruits online for the Greater Omaha and Council Bluffs area, and attempts to expand his little circle of fascists by hosting members of the Des Moines, Iowa Stormer book club.

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(screenshot of the Daily Stormer with the Algerian domain suffix, active as of 8/29/2017, where the forum landed after all major domain hosting companies refused service to the website owner Andrew Anglin, following the deadly end of the Unite the Right rally organized in part by Anglin.)

 

Brent Fox is known on Daily Stormer as Fashy_fox, on twitter as @Lycalopex, on the road as Nebraska plate TPN 540, and he posted his professional email civilianfox@yahoo in the Omaha book club. The same email Brent uses on his resume, which he also helpfully posted online, however it is not up-to-date as of this posting. Brent is fluent in Russian and is a former Network Administrator II for the US Air Force Department of Defense. Civilian IT contractors that can’t figure out how Google works are running the backend of your defense systems, America.

(screenshot from the briefly held PunishedStormer during the interim of all major domain hosting companies refusing service to the website owner Andrew Anglin.)

On the The Right Stuff he is lycalopex, but has let it sit dormant, because like many white nationalists of the post-Trump election era that want to take their online hate to irl, TRS doesn’t present as deep of a well considering it is less centered on small cell organizing and more centered on non-stop fundraising via podcasts.

On Daily Stormer, Brent appears to have also claimed a leadership role in the Alt-Right card distribution the Omaha Stormer Book Club took part in at the 2017 College World Series where a Black man had his car window broken and a card left behind in the window seal. Brent gives a “friendly reminder that we do not break laws” and suggests the man broke his own window, but does not however deny leaving the Alt-Right card. This is the same incident where Omaha Stormer Book Club member Matt “Oktoberfaust” Johnson was found to have made a similar claim in a Youtube comment on the 3 News Now video segment. Matt was subsequently kicked out of his band and fired from his job in the same week he was exposed to have traveled to the “race realist” American Renaissance conference as a member of the criminal group of white nationalists known as Identity Evropa.

brent ds window(screenshot from the briefly held PunishedStormer during the interim of all major domain hosting companies refusing service to the website owner Andrew Anglin.)

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Brent Fox, back left, and his Daily Stormer Book Club hate group, photographed the Thursday before smashing windows at CWS.

Here, Brent Fox says “I admire what you did” to ‘Ghoul’ just days after news that Ghoul is exposed as Cooper Ward, then-Deputy Director of Vanguard America, the same white nationalist group James Alex Fields belonged to on the day he drove his car into the back of anti-racist and anti-fascist marchers in Charlottesville, Virginia injuring dozens and killing Heather Heyer on August 12, 2017.

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Archived links:

Nathan “Fashy Mav” Patterson at UNO

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Nathan Patterson, a 20 year old Management of Information Systems student at University of Nebraska-Omaha, is the type of fascist that can fly under the radar by claiming his interest in National Socialism is purely an aesthetic one. Nate is a hobby vexillologist – a person that studies flags. Nate’s specific interest in flags leans so far to the hard right, he personally identifies himself on Voat as a “National Socialist, Midwest Secessionist, programmer”. His Iron Guard flag is so obscure it probably gets him called a hipster in vexillology circles.  The Iron Guard is the name most commonly given to a far-right movement and political party in Romania from 1927 into the early part of World War II. In 1940, the Iron Guard led an attempted genocide of Jewish Romanians.

Nate Patterson also wants to start a podcast about these topics, specifically on waging a war to secede Nebraska and create a white ethno-state. Any takers? He’s also on Facebook and Twitter as @n8patty

Nathan Patterson’s interest in fascism exceeds way beyond visual appreciation of flags when he’s submitting videos to v/Fascism of speeches by George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party. Another post submitted by Nate titled Fascists_irl shows a soldier with his head in his hands and the caption “When you realize Hitler was right” (archived link http://archive.is/alsDX) and another posted to v/SeriousDiscussion asked “Why is fascism so frowned upon here?” to which he replies:

I want a father figure to show me the ropes and guide me through life. Most people in the world would agree with me, considering about 53% follow some sort of Abrahamic religion.

Nate Patterson, to no surprise,  was active on the Daily Stormer where he shared his love of flags and fascism under the name Fashy_Mav, the Mavericks being UNO’s sports team. With the dissolution of the neo-Nazi forum and all of the cached posts, it is easier for all members to deny any connection, just like Nate thinks he can wrap his racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic desires of genocide in a cool looking flag.

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On his personal Github blog and Reddit, Nate goes by the name kypres where he shares more of his flag love. He redesigned the Nebraska state flag and used the same Imgur link each time he boasted his design skills, and it is how we linked his social media to his name by simply Googling the url.

Archived links:

Trump flag portrait: http://archive.is/e0QuU

Voat profile: http://archive.is/KraDl

Iron Guard flag: http://archive.is/exR9P

r/Omaha podcast request: http://archive.is/Z3FSv

Facebook: http://archive.is/iKhFH

Rockwell video submission: http://archive.is/io52x

Fascists_irl: http://archive.is/alsDX

v/SeriousDiscussion: http://archive.is/TndLT

Daily Stormer: http://archive.is/KT8Yq

Github blog: http://archive.is/8I6XE

r/Nebraska: http://archive.is/nI7qx

Imgur flag redesigns: https://imgur.com/q2D8kDv

Matt “Oktoberfaust” Johnson: a fascist in the Omaha metal scene

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UPDATE: Matt was kicked out his band, barred from multiple venues, and fired from his screenprinting job.

Matt Johnson, a well-known drummer in Omaha’s metal scene is also a “white identitarian” fascist associated with Identity Evropa. Currently, Matt Johnson played with the death metal band Autopsick (formerly known as Rotting Malignancy) and has also played drums in Byleth. Matt Johnson was working at Impact Merchandising screenprinting shop in the same Midtown Omaha neighborhood where white nationalist and neo-Nazi flyers keep appearing and keep being removed. Matt has since been fired from that job. Impact Merchandizing is a sister company to Drastic Plastic, which has published reissues for neo-Nazi band Death in June albums.

Identity Evropa focuses on recruiting college-aged, white students in order to discuss “race realism” and white interests such as racism and reverse racism. Targeting disaffected young men, IE brands itself as a fraternity and social club. Matt Johnson is in the backrow on the far right of this member photo aptly file-named on the IE website as “member photo” because why hide?

We first became aware of Matt Johnson by way of his comments on a Youtube video (live and archived comment links because he’s changed his name to Kraise Pek http://archive.is/fzR6L) from 3 News Now coverage of alt-right cards left behind on a Black man’s car with broken windows. The same cards now linked to a Hastings, NE man, William G Rempel aka Tiptiptopkek.

 

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Autopsick in the studio recording drums for their song ‘Await Your Demise‘  filmed by guitarist and band mate Spencer. Another comment of Oktoberfaust raised some flags, when he commented on a fan-made best-of video for The Daily Shoah, the once and final home of aspiring Vanguard America organizer and fellow Omahan, Cooper Ward.

Since the election of Trump, Matt Johnson has spent many hours on the now-deplatformed Daily Stormer and has sheared his head-banging mane in favor of the Nathan “woman puncher” Damingo-style fashy haircut. Matt is so starved for a sense of belonging and a confirmation of possessing intelligence and masculinity, like many of these up-and-coming fascists, they will fall into any trends that present themselves. This is how Matt Johnson found himself driving to Burns, Tennessee in that cute little car with the vanity plate GNOS1S (Greek for knowledge of spiritual mysteries) to attend the 15th annual American Renaissance conference, hosted by “race realist” Jared Taylor. Only things didn’t go as traditionally unnoticed as the many previous gatherings of these suit and tie educated racists. Antifa made a large showing, gathered plenty of mysterious intel, and Taylor himself questioned the viability of continuing his conference in 2018. Okay, so our intel wasn’t that mysterious. We saw you inside taking photos at the “antifa zoo” and we later wondered, what did Richard Spencer order for dinner when you sat with him that night?

Matt Johnson is a screenprinter by trade, a drummer by practice, and a fascist by design. The Omaha music scene must not allow racism or Johnson’s brand of “academic fascism” to take root.