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Local Neo-Nazis threaten reporters, openly place graffiti on campus. Police and FBI deny their existence.

Gerry Bello

Since the public outing of Neo-Nazi leader Andrew Anglin's mail drop on the 15th of last month, a great deal has been going on behind the scenes and in the back alleys of Columbus's white supremacist underground. Despite assurances from the FBI to people who have been threatened by Anglin and members of his neo-nazi website the Daily Stormer that he is overseas, likely in Germany, he has surfaced in Columbus Ohio on unknown business. The FBI, working in conjunction with detectives from the Columbus Police Department, seem more interested in investigating anti-racist activists than running down the location of a man making threats in public to local journalists.

The Mockingbird's competitor publication Columbus Alive, also covered the Anglin story in depth. Within hours of the release of their story on a demonstration outside Anglin's father's business and an extensive background on the young would be fuhrer, the press spokes person for the group calling the demonstration received a personal visit from Anglin himself at their work. The group made no public comment on their security measures after the revelation of Anglin's mysterious ability to teleport undetected by the FBI from Central or Eastern Europe.

Staff at the Columbus Alive, as well as the parents of minors threatened by Anglin, had been assured by the FBI of the latter's belief that the former was in Germany according to sources close to the Mockingbird. Either the FBI is lying, or they are too lazy to check flight records and Visa activity on the passport of one the nation's most notorious neo-nazi propagandists.

Late last week, Anglin's followers attempted to extend their campaign of intimidation by targeting the families of Columbus Alive staff members, posting pictures of their homes, cars, licenses plates, wives, children and even wedding photos to the popular Neo-Nazi website along with admonishments that the acts were not actually threats, and repetitions of the phrase that they were all “good boys.” Combined with the insults that were heaped on the families and the obvious first hand surveillance photos, those disclaimers fall on deaf ears in this newsroom.  Some screen shots from the Daily Stormer are included below:

The FBI reached out to the Alive as before the threats began and immediately injected the contact information for a known right-wing police officer into the mix, hoping the Alive would give up their sources or pressure them into contacting Detective Roger Dickenson. Dickenson has previously attacked another other special duty Columbus Police Officer who was contracted to guard a Women's health facility against pro-life activists. He is also a common sight a left of center demonstrations, often carrying a video camera to intimidate activists record their presence for police records.

While the FBI is busy investigating the targets of neo-nazi violence rather than the Neo-Nazis themselves, racist graffiti has sprung up in the windows of campus dorm rooms. A picture of the new alt-right mascot “Pepe the Frog”, along with slurs against transgendered women has been on display, clearly visible to passersby walking or driving on Lane Avenue.  The messaging is pictured below:

The neo-nazi messages have been up for over a week. With literally thousands of people passing everyday one is hard pressed to comprehend how the OSU Administration is completely unaware of the graffiti and it's implications.

Columbus Anti-Racist Action, the same group that drew public attention to the Daily Stormer's mail drop in Worthington, is planning demonstrations in the near future to pressure the OSU Administration to remove the graffiti and it's racist authors from campus. We will see how the OSU Administration responds to this and other Neo-Nazi organizing on it's flagship campus in the coming weeks.