U.S. white supremacist videotapes anti-Nazi rally in New Westminster
A significant figure in the American white-supremacist movement was videotaping people who attended a March 21 antiracism rally at the Braid SkyTrain station in New Westminster.
Craig Cobb posted the footage on the Podblanc video-sharing Web site, which is soliciting donations by mail to his address on East Pender Street in Vancouver.
According to a 2007 report by the U.S.-based Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, Cobb has been active in the World Church of the Creator, White Revolution, and other neo-Nazi groups. He has distributed copies of a racist tabloid called the Aryan Alternative and was “the first person to prominently post the home address of a federal judge whose husband and mother were later murdered there”. The SPLC stated that the killer was not connected to racist groups.
In a 2009 report, the SPLC maintained that Cobb had been deported from Estonia and Finland. He went abroad to create an "International Office of White Diaspora".
“He promotes violence on Podblanc, which he founded in April 2007,” the SPLC stated. “Keith Luke, a mentally disturbed young man in Brockton, Mass., who in January allegedly murdered two black immigrants and attempted to murder a third, told police he was inspired by white supremacist web sites such as Podblanc.”
The SPLC’s director of research, Heidi Beirich, told the Georgia Straight by phone that Cobb has been on her organization’s radar for a long time.
“Craig Cobb is a hard-core white supremacist who has been involved in the movement in multiple countries,” Beirich said. “Podblanc, which he runs, is one of the nastiest hate sites on the Web, hands down.”
Cobb, a Missouri native in his late 50s, is seen on one video on the Podblanc Web site condemning individual Jews by name, and acknowledging that he might go to prison for talking about them. In the same video, he states that members of the Tea Party—a right-wing anti-Obama movement—are willing to accept that Jews control their currency.
“Why do you allow your civilization to be destroyed and why do you make laws against those of us who dare to speak English words against our oppressors?” Cobb asks in the video. “Because you’re cowards, the great lot of you. There are a few exceptions.”
On the site, Cobb, who goes by the name Chain, has an avatar with a photo of Barack Obama. Underneath are the words “The Depression Prez”. Within the avatar, a huge revolver presses up and down against Obama’s head.
Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, a foreign national is inadmissible on security grounds for “being a danger to the security of Canada” and for “being a member of an organization that there are reasonable grounds to believe engages, has engaged or will engage” in espionage or subversion against a democratic government, institution or process.
Cobb is also visible on his video from Braid Station, as well as on a Straight video focusing on two young men who showed up to board the SkyTrain during the rally. Protesters demanded to know if the two men were racists. When one of them asked for police help, Cobb can be heard saying, “They’re not going to protect you, brother. Selected protection. That’s what they do. Selected prosecution. Selected protection.”
Cobb can also be heard on the Straight video at the SkyTrain station saying the proper term is racialist, but the term racist was coined by a translator who worked for “Lev Bronstein”. (Bronstein changed his name to Leon Trotsky, and became a famous revolutionary.) The March 21 protest was organized to confront a supposed neo-Nazi rally, which never took place.
Craig Cobb appears in this video shot by the Straight at the March 21 antiracism protest at the Braid SkyTrain station.