Another vicious and duplicitous attack on April Gaede, the mother of the famed white nationalist pop duo Prussian Blue (pictured at left courtesy of KXLY, has been launched. The latest attack manifested itself in the form of a hit piece aired on KXLY Channel 4 in Spokane, last updated on November 17th, 2006. The story teems with distortions, innuendos, and outright lies.
This is just the latest round in a war between the local establishment and the Gaede family, triggered when the Gaedes moved into a neighborhood in Kalispell, MT. They left Bakersfield, CA because they grew tired of dealing with California's increasing environmental restrictions, decreasing quality of life, suffocating bureaucracy, and, by their own admission, the orchestrated and forcible change in the area's racial composition through a dramatic influx of non-whites, mostly foreign Latinos. Shortly after their arrival in Kalispell, a couple of self-appointed local cultural Talibans, Bill and Rebecca Matteer, discovered that the famed family lived in their midst. Without any provocation or local pro-white political activity on the Gaedes' part, and without attempting to express their concerns to the Gaedes privately in a mature one-on-one setting over coffee and cake or some other form of hospitality, the Mateers suddently decided the presence of the "racist" (OMG!) Gaedes posed a mortal threat to the security of their neighborhood. So they launched a vigilante campaign against them, passing out "NO HATE HERE" flyers door-to-door throughout their neighborhood. This sequence of events is further described in my post of September 6th, 2006, entitled "Local Vigilantes Harass April Gaede And Prussian Blue At Their Kalispell, MT Home".
The KXLY story is posted here, along with my analysis:
Montana dealing with new influx of white supremacists
Karina Shagren / News4 Reporter
Last updated: Friday, November 17th, 2006 11:33:47 AM
KALISPELL, MT. -- An alarming but familiar trend is being seen in the Inland Northwest as the Montana Human Rights Network says that state is seeing a new influx of white supremacists.
Comment: A persistent error and smear by antis and lemmings. The term "white nationalist" is more precise. The white nationalist lobby is an umbrella term encompassing a wide variety of white racial activists. It consists of supremacists, who believe the white race to be inherently superior to other races in all respects, separatists, who desire complete racial separation (and who may or may not believe in supremacy), and "preservationists", who believe that for the sake of demographic stability, America should remain a predominantly white nation, recognizing that the white community is the only community large enough to serve as the demographic glue holding the multicultural apparatus together.
In the Flathead Valley, the first snow is just one more excuse to get outdoors and the scenery and quaint towns attract thousands of visitors every year. “Montana is a great place to live, Travis McAdam of the Montana Human Rights Network said. “They come for the quality of living, they come for the hiking, the camping ..."
But in the middle of this beauty and recreation a battle is brewing. Over the past several years the network has noticed supremacists lead massive literature drops, run for state and local offices and are now attending local schools. The state noticed a similar trend in the early 1980s and as a result, formed the Montana Human Rights Network and for a while the group was declaring victory until recently.
Travis McAdam has kept a close eye on who's moving to the state and says the group, which was formed in the early 1980s because of a surge in white supremacist activity recently believed its mission, was met. "We were sitting there saying, ‘Hey, we won, we can declare victory and go home’" he said. The group's victory though was short-lived. "It was two months later, white supremacist literature drops started all across the state," he said.
McAdam says that was the first sign of a familiar trend and can now point to several white supremacy leaders currently recruiting in Montana. Known white supremacist Kevin McGuire recently used his candidacy for school board in Bozeman to spread his message. Last December the American Nazi Party – which on its website says is 'inspired by Hitler' and uses what it calls the 'sacred' swastika as its symbol – announced it was creating a Montana chapter and now has offices in Butte, Billings and Libby.
Comment: There is no "American Nazi Party". The correct name of the organization is the National Socialist Movement, which has declined rapidly in influence and effectiveness since expelling their chief organizer and spokesman Bill White, who subsequently organized a steadily-growing rival entity, the American National Socialist Workers Party (ANSWP). This "reporter" failed to do her homework.
One member, Shaun Stewart [sic], just ran and lost his bid for the state house of representatives. Another member – Daniel Benson – recently served time after police say he and a second man, yelled racial slurs at a woman in Libby. "They've already sort of went from talking about a race revolution and going out and putting it into action," McAdam said.
Comment: The candidate's name is actually Shawn Stuart. More sloppy "reporting".
Supremacists, like so many others are drawn to Montana's beauty, McAdam says, adding that the state's racial make-up is the primary reason why many are now returning to the state. “Here in Montana, when you're talking 95 - 96 percent white population, they know not every white person here is going to like their message but what it does say is hey, there's 96 percent of the population that might be open to it," he said.
Recently ABC’s Primetime featured Lamb and Lynx Gaede, 14-year old twin girls who make up the singing group Prussian Blue. The two, since birth, have been fed white nationalist beliefs, and now share them in their music. The twins, who look like the girls next door and are often compared to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson – have become the face and voice of the National Alliance, a white nationalist organization. Their lyrics are seen by many as a message of hate with some songs praising Adolf Hitler. The two girls spoke candidly about their admiration for Nazis and told ABC reporter Cynthia McFadden they want to preserve the white race. Their message is now found all over the internet, in their music, and the CDs and DVDs they sell on their website. During the interview the girls’ mom told ABC they would be moving from Bakersfield, California because the city wasn't white enough.
Bill Matteer and his wife Rebecca happened to be watching the segment from their Kalispell home, shocked to hear the girls' statements. More shocked though, when he realized why the girls, and their mother, looked so familiar. "I was like ‘Yeah … that's my neighbor, that's the lady," Matteer said.
Bill and his wife say it was incredibly unsettling to have an internationally-known family of white nationalists living just down the street. The couple, along with other neighbors decided to do what many white nationalists do: they distributed their own flyers with their own message, but they never expected the backlash which included phone-calls, letters and even death-threats, prompting a police investigation.
"Who would have ever thought that in the town of Kalispell something so heinous could be brewing,” Rebecca said. “It's frightening. It really is."
Comment: Frightening? Get real, lady! This is self-induced hysteria. No crosses were burned on the Matteer's lawn. No literature was dropped in their driveway. She worked herself into a frenzy over the Gaedes the same way that George W. Bush worked himself into a frenzy over Iraq.
With her sixth child on the way Rebecca and her husband bill thought this would be the perfect neighborhood to raise their family. Close to town, quiet streets, a lot of children, but within months their idea of a peaceful life had been shattered by that ABC Primetime story on the Gaede twins. After researching the Gaedes’ beliefs, after seeing the girls dance around a swastika in the documentary "Louis and the Nazis" the couple began the 'No Hate Here' campaign. The Matteers say they got the support of dozens of neighbors who displayed the 'No Hate Here' poster in their windows. "I felt compelled to speak out,” Rebecca said. “They're using international media to spread their message then how much more do we have a right to respond, and say, ‘That's not OK here,’”
Comment: Of course they have that right. The issue here isn't legality, but PROPRIETY.
At Kalispell's local museum is a true example of what the First Amendment protects as Rebecca Matteer helped lead a community meeting to discuss her outrage over her new neighbors’ beliefs. "I was just responding from as a parent,” Rebecca said. “I can't believe another parent would propagate that in their children."
The Matteers, who say their campaign was executed in the same way white nationalists hand out their literature and pamphlets, never expected the backlash but within days, their private information - their address and their telephone number – was smeared on white supremacist websites and they received threatening phone calls, letters and death threats. “Parties on both sides have received what I consider death threats," Kalispell Police Chief Frank Garner says. Most of the threats to both the Matteer and the Gaede family were made from people from out of the area, Chief Garner said, adding that regardless of where they came from all threats are being investigated. “In fact we've identified people, and we anticipate prosecutions related to that," he said. Comment: Threats of violence or death are always inappropriate, regardless of their source. Publishing home addresses or phone numbers is also improper. However, how much of this was done by honest people versus provocateurs and trolls? The SPLC has been alleged to have faked e-mails between immigration reform groups and white nationalist groups to create the appearance of collusion.
And while police investigate others in the community debate. Some argue the family should have been allowed to live anonymously while others say what's so wrong, with white pride. "There wouldn't be anything wrong with it if the National Alliance didn't have a history of violence attached to it," McAdam said.
Comment: While some like Robert Jay Matthews or Tim McVeigh may have been inspired and motivated by National Alliance material such as The Turner Diaries, there is no evidence that Dr. William Pierce ever ordered or authorized violence to be committed in the name of the National Alliance. In the weekly ADV broadcast delivered on June 17th, 2006, National Alliance Chairman Erich Gliebe stated that "...the National Alliance is a law-abiding organization that does NOT tolerate illegality among its members. We are not terrorists...We in the National Alliance insist that our individual members and our organization as a whole act in accord with the laws of the governments that hold power in our lands."
McAdam says when communities try to ignore the white supremacists living nearby, it can lead to more supremacists moving in. In fact, McAdam says the Gaedes are the latest in a string of white nationalists to move to Montana and they're using music, one of the most popular tools to recruit, and its aimed at a young demographic. The Matteers say the best, and most convenient audience is the girls' classmates. "They should not be putting their propaganda in schools,” Bill Matteer said. “They shouldn't be allowed to hand out their CDs in schools." That's why the Matteers are hesitant to allow their children to play alone with Lamb and Lynx though the couple believes the two are nice girls who don't fully comprehend the message they've been delivering.
Comment: There's no evidence showing that Lynx and Lamb have been recruiting or bringing their CDs to school.
Though this community recognizes it's a message protected by the First Amendment and the Matteers recognize they too, enjoy the same freedom of speech. "It's completely outrageous for it to be OK for her to go on national television and say the things she does, its OK to distribute flyers, its OK to go on Primetime but its not OK for us in a neighborhood to put a sing [sic] in our home that says, 'No Hate Here',” Rebecca said. The Matteers say they've never tried to force the Gaedes out of the neighborhood; they say they simply intended to spread their own counter-message.
Comment: No, they didn't "force" the Gaedes to move out of the neighborhood - they just merely stirred up the entire city against them, blackening their reputation. What if April Gaede or her husband wanted to get a job locally? Anyone hiring them would probably be targetted by the Matteers with a boycott.
Lamb and Lynx Gaede and their mother April were contacted for an interview for this story but April would only consent to it if we agreed to her requests. Those requests were not granted. In response, April Gaede posted our entire e-mail exchange on at least three different white supremacist websites which in turn ignited hundreds of responses.
Eight separate e-mails between Karina Shagren and April Gaede were exchanged during the period October 9th and October 26th. They can be viewed on the Stormfront White Nationalist Discussion Forum. The sticking point: Gaede wanted to record the interviews herself in order to protect herself and Prussian Blue against misrepresentation, since they believed they were misrepresented on the ABC Primetime Special. Shagren refused to allow it. The subsequent story on KXLY shows why Shagren didn't want the interview taped by Gaede - they never intended to present both sides.
After the hit piece aired on KXLY on November 17th, April Gaede fired back with this statement posted on the National Vanguard website:
Love and hate in the snow
By April Gaede
National Vanguard Montana
On the evening of October 30th the Gaede family of Prussian Blue was busy getting our costumes ready for Halloween. But while we carved pumpkins, the Kalispell Thought Police were busy creating drama and media coverage for themselves.
The Montana Human Rights Network (the Pacific Northwest’s version of the SPLC), along with a group of local weirdos known as No Hate Here held a "community meeting" to discuss our family and our recent move to town. Now since we have not distributed one flier, put up one sticker or written one letter to the editor since moving to Montana, you would think they wouldn’t have anything to complain about. But these local busybodies have been heard to remark to some of our neighbors that we should have “taken down our website” if we didn’t expect to be harassed.
This ragtag group led by the bedreadlocked Rebecca Kushner-Matteer have actually called the local police to complain when neighbors mocked them by wearing an “I survived No Hate Here” t-shirt. The Montana Human Rights "Nutwork" has actually gone so far as to write a letter to the principal of Lynx and Lamb’s school, telling him that though they realize it is violating the girls right to freedom of speech, he should still prevent the girls from sharing their cds with friends at school. The letter went on to falsely state, “what's more troubling is that the Gaede family is affiliated with a national neo-Nazi organization, The National Vanguard, which preaches a message of intolerance and condones the mistreatment of non-Whites.” (Any lawyers in the house?) The irony is that none of Lynx and Lamb’s classmates would have known they had a cd out and asked for a copy of it if these leftists hadn’t transformed their own insecurities into a media event.
About a month ago I was contacted by Karina Shagren, a weathergirl trying to make a name for herself with the KXLY news in Spokane, Washington. Karina wanted an interview with us so that she could present what she tried to portray as a “fair” story. Much to Karina’s chagrin, I required something she knew her media masters couldn’t deliver, a fair interview. I stated that I simply wanted to videotape the interview alongside hers to make sure that they didn’t selectively edit my words to fit their own agenda. Karina of course, declined, all the while acting as if she had no understanding of why I would make this request.
So tonight the two part story played as the lead on the KXLY news. As usual the facts and logic were put aside in favor of a sensationalized and mostly fictional story about Prussian Blue.
Curiously, no estimate was provided by the reporter of the number of people in attendance at the "meeting." I guess this sort of intentional ommission works the same way as the national story that falsely proclaimed that the "town of Kalispell" was upset about our residence.
The clownish neighbor Bill Matteer and his "Rasta" wife Rebecca commented that they "are hesitant to allow their children to play alone with Lamb and Lynx." As if the average 14-year-old-teenager would be caught dead hanging out with kids who appear to be about half their age. Or, I might add, that I would allow my daughters to consort with a family whose mother looks like she hasn’t bathed in months.
The whole issue of the "moral superiority" of these tattooed and pierced "radical militant activists" was rejected by many of the residents of Kalispell as well as by most neighbors and especially by those who actually know our family. In fact, one stated in an October letter to the editor that the "No Hate Here group is the real neighborhood threat."
Montanans resent being told what to think by such obvious outsiders and social deviants. The local paper, the Daily Interlake, recognized this and made sure to exclude the images of the adult homosexuals who make up much of the No Hate Here committee. Instead they used the photo of a local girl as a pawn to normalize the “event” and failed to mention that Kushner-Matteer has close ties to the paper as a recent employee.
And they wonder why we wanted to film the "interview"...
And Gaede fired this parting shot on Stormfront:
Well by the way.....the whiggers across the street who helped put out the fliers against us don't seem to be having too good a time lately, their couch from the rental place got repossessed a few weeks ago and the electric company has put a notice on their meter....also some guy from one of those meat delivery trucks came around asking the neighbors about them and complaining they had written him a bad check......Maybe they should have spent more time worrying about their own lives instead of sticking their noses in ours. These are the people in the picture of the Daily Interlake.
Yeah, they were so obsessed with the Gaedes that they lost control over their own lives. But wait - there's more. Prominent white nationalist lawyer Edgar Steele, who's admitted to practice law in all state and Federal courts in Washington State, got into the act and posted the following notice on Stormfront:
Please distribute copies of this email to your attorneys, Karina Shagren, Richard Brown, Robyn Nance and KXLY's executive officers.
I am an attorney admitted to practice before all state and Federal courts of Washington State (and others).
April, Lamb and Lynx Gaede, subjects of your Nov 16 broadcast and the related KXLY website article entitled "Montana dealing with new influx of white supremacists" have been clients of mine for some time.
Yours was exercise in yellow journalism at its most despicable, replete with intentionally false innuendo and outright lies.
You interviewed a number of biased individuals about the Gaedes but not a single person who could have provided anything resembling a rejoinder or, even, balance. I, for example, am well known in the immediate area and have even been interviewed on national television concerning the Gaedes (not to mention other White Nationalist groups and individuals through the years) more than once in your own studio.
Clearly, you have no desire to present anyone knowledgeable about the Gaedes, the relevant law or, even, the general White Nationalist scene in America.
Clearly, yours is an intentional mission of hatred, sowing community discord and garnering ratings through false sensationalism. You represent the worst in journalism and should be thoroughly ashamed of yourselves.
In particular, we demand retraction of the following false statements presented in the above-mentioned broadcasts and website, presented in the same manner, place and timing as the originals:
1. That the Gaedes are "White Supremacists," repeatedly stated by your reporter and the two anchors, as well as those individuals whom you bothered to interview - Not even close to the mark, though they will accept the term "White Separatists."
2. The impression that the Gaedes have any affiliation with the American Nazi Party, per visual images and inference.
3. That Prussian Blue's song lyrics "often praise Adolf Hitler," as stated by your anchors.
4. That "the National Alliance has a history of violence," as stated by one of your key interviewees.
5. That April Gaede "distributes flyers," as stated by one of your key interviewees.
6. The false impression that the Matteers, who started this brouhaha, somehow are the innocent victims despite their orchestrated campaign of harassment and hate, so ironically encapsulated by your repeated depiction of only their flyers that state, "No Hate Here." No hate here, indeed.
7. Your website article's statement that "The state noticed a similar trend in the early 1980s and as a result, formed the Montana Human Rights Network..." The State of Montana has no relation to the so-called Human Rights Task Force, which is tasked throughout America with shutting down politically-incorrect but legal free speech, literally destroying the lives and livelihoods of innocent Americans and providing false and misleading information to the media.
The Matteers' campaign has resulted in Mrs. Gaede losing her employment and her husband being denied any hope of securing anything in his area of expertise. Furthermore, the family has been held up to scorn and ridicule in their new home town for doing nothing except asking the same as any other American: the right to live and be left alone. KXLY's intentionally false and misleading "news" reporting has significantly facilitated and broadened the scope, reach and impact of the Mateers' campaign of hatred, harassment and defamation, resulting in both special and general damages in significant and quantifiable amounts.
Edgar J. Steele,
Attorney at Law
PO Box 1255
Sagle, Idaho 83860
tel: (208) 265-4153
fax: (208) 265-5329
Edgar Steele operates the ConspiracyPenPal website and authored the thought-provoking book "Defensive Racism". It looks like the Matteers blundered into a full-blown hornet's nest here, and they're about to get stung. About time the good guys won for a change.
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