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January 18, 2005

A WARNING ABOUT DAVID ICKE

Without my permission, David Icke has appropriated for his website my L.A. Weekly article on Mike Chertoff. As a result, my blog has been inundated with hundreds of visits from Icke's readers (an alarming 720 so far)--including David Duke, the Louisiana racist, who e-mailed me today, and who is apparently laboring under the misapprehension that I must have some sympathy with the views he shares with Icke.  I have e-mailed Icke demanding that he withdraw my article from his website. Here's why:

Icke_ii  David Icke (photo left, on the cover of one of his books) is a dangerous madman. A thorough expose of Icke and of the malign brand of New Age racialist fascism he peddles is to be found on Public Eye, the website of the very reliable Political Research Associates (it is funded by the U.S. labor movement and foundations), and which--under the tutelage of the excellent Chip Berlet--monitors extremist, racist, anti-democratic, violent, and cult-like sects and movements. Here is an excerpt from their profile of Icke:

"On the face of it, few people would credit a retired soccer player who rants about a world takeover by blood-drinking lizards from outer space as being much of a threat to democracy. And as a general rule, they would probably be right.

"David Icke, however, is an exception to that rule.

"Icke, 48, is a native of Leicester, England. For five years he played professionally for the Coventry City and Hereford United soccer teams until forced to retire by arthritis. He subsequently went on to become a sports announcer for BBC-TV. For three years from 1988 to 1991 he was national spokesperson for the British Green Party, until he began a political evolution that was to begin with his expulsion from the Greens and wind up with his current involvement with anti-Semitism, neofascism, and lizards from Mars.1

"At first this evolution seemed relatively harmless. Icke began to flirt seriously with New Age theories, and then began to act on them. He dressed in turquoise, and began to call himself the 'son of godhead'. But by the time his book 'The Robot's Rebellion' was printed in 1994, his trajectory had begun to take quite a different course. In 1996, the British magazine 'Left Green Perspectives' wrote that this book 'indicated a convergence of New Age thinking with Nazi philosophy. Casting aside his pat concerns about the environment, Icke enthusiastically embraced the classic Nazi conspiracy theory, alleging that the world is controlled by a secret cadre of 'The Elite.' He openly endorsed The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the Tsarist anti-Semitic forgery that informed Hitler's notion of a global Jewish conspiracy.'

"The following year Icke brought out another book, '..and the truth shall set you free.' This one, however, was self-published, as its content was so objectionable that his publisher refused to have it printed. And small wonder. The book repeated Icke's previous claims that the Protocols were true, and went on to state: 'I strongly believe that a small Jewish clique which has contempt for the mass of Jewish people worked with non-Jews to create the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the Second World War....They then dominated the Versailles Peace Conference and created the circumstances which made the Second World War inevitable. They financed Hitler to power in 1933 and made the funds available for his rearmament.'

"In this book, Icke went even further. He began to flirt explicitly with Holocaust denial, saying 'why do we play a part in suppressing alternative information to the official line of the Second World War? How is it right that while this fierce suppression goes on, free copies of the Spielberg film, Schindler's List, are given to schools to indoctrinate children with the unchallenged version of events. And why do we, who say we oppose tyranny and demand freedom of speech, allow people to go to prison and be vilified, and magazines to be closed down on the spot, for suggesting another version of history.' He also denounced the Nuremberg Trials as 'a farce' and 'a calculated exercise in revenge and manipulation.' "

There's a great deal more to Public Eye's carefully documented profile of Icke and his networks and book distributors, which are apparently successful in sucking into his orbit a goodly number of incautious New Agers and fans of his pseudo-leftist imprecations who bloody well ought to know better. And my own paper, the L.A. Weekly, has also exposed one corner of Icke's feverish, brown-shirted brain--mad theories about 9/11.

I want to make it clear that I completely disassociate myself from Icke's misappropriation of my work for his nefarious purposes, and want nothing to do with him or with his fans. I warn his disciples that you're wasting your time if you continue to try to post comments on this blog that echo Icke's obscene drivel--because I will remove them to the garbage bin as soon as they are received. Read the entire Public Eye profile of Icke by clicking here.

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Icke has been criticized for linking his ideas to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a 1903 Russian forgery purporting to be a plan by the Jewish people to achieve world domination. Icke argues that the Protocols was written by the reptilians. He strongly denies that this idea is antisemitic, but the linkage has nevertheless attracted the attention of the far right and the suspicion of Jewish groups.

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David Duke was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to David H. Duke and Alice Maxine Crick. As the son of an engineer for Shell Oil, Duke frequently moved with his family around the world. They lived a short time in the Netherlands before settling in Louisiana. In the late 1960s, Duke met the leader of the white separatist National Alliance, William Pierce, who would remain a life-long influence. Duke joined the Ku Klux Klan in 1967.

Duke studied at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and in 1970, he formed a white student group called the White Youth Alliance; it was affiliated with the National Socialist White People's Party. The same year, to protest William Kunstler's appearance at Tulane University in New Orleans, Duke appeared at a demonstration in Nazi uniform. Picketing and holding parties on the anniversary of Adolf Hitler's birth, he became notorious on campus for wearing a Nazi uniform.

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I dont know much about Icke, but I would love to hear anyone to go point for point with Icke, mabe I can learn from you. I'm wide open to all Ideas see I think , Thinking is a Idea whose time has come. Courage is what the world needs and I say if you dont have it thats ok, but get out of the way while someone attempts to fight for humanity. You cant serve both God and money. Identify yourself all the villiage idiots and whores, cowards of humanity. The darker it gets the brighter the light will be. Do what u came to do. I just Produced Polanski Unauthorized (The pedaphile rapest) now Madoff, Made off with America the drug cartel money launderer and get death threats all the time, so why dont you cowards meet me out back ill add you to the list. When will you learn, If you truley believe in Good the result will be courage to stand against evil, not cowardness. I believe I am eternal untill I say Im not. What do u believe?

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