The Orange County-based white supremacist American Third Position Party finds itself in the headlines again as Anonymous defaced its website yesterday, with the flag of the Soviet Union serving as backdrop with superimposed images of the seal of the amorphous hackers and a rainbow-maned pony! The American TP homepage hasn't been patched up and redirects to the campaign site of its presidential candidate, Merlin Miller, in the meantime.
More importantly, the private emails of American TP webmaster Jamie Kelso were also exposed and published by the hackers detailing his attempts to cross-pollinate larger support for GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul with the marginalized American TP.
"In addition to finding the usual racist rants and interactions with other white power groups, we also found a disturbingly high amount of members who are also involved in campaigning for Ron Paul," the statement from Anonymous reads. "According to these messages, Ron Paul has regularly met with many A3P members, even engaging in conference calls with their board of directors."
Kelso became an American TP'er in January 2010 as noted by the Southern Poverty Law Center's profile of him that includes quotes of his opinion that Jews, mestizos, blacks and Asians constitute a "subspecies" unsuitable for inter-ethnic relationships with whites. A busy body racist, he had previously been the web moderator for Stormfront while living in the house of former Klansman David Duke and later started the website White News Now.
Kelso's affinity for Ron Paul grew with the congressman's 2008 presidential bid, as he saw recruiting potential at campaign events and rallies. "Let's appreciate this big audience that's overwhelmingly white. This is our audience, this is our public," he later told the SPLC in a 2010 interview. "These are the people. If we can't persuade these people of the rightness of our cause, then we're finished!" With Paul still in the race for 2012, the Anonymous hack details Kelso's involvement as in the following October 2011 exchange:
Hey Gordon! You made my day. This is great. Yes, definitely put Grand Forks on your route. Did you know that Ron Paul will be in Fargo sometime in the first ten days of November. I'll be meeting Ron there. I'll let you know the exact day. Thanks, Jamie
The amorphous Internet group's actions are currently capturing international headlines, but meetings with Paul was something the American TP webmaster bragged about on his January 11th, 2012 internet podcast show. "On August 11th, 2007, the current Chairman of the American Third Position William Johnson and I met Ron Paul for the first time in Ames, Iowa at the Iowa straw poll," he said. After mentioning his initial encounter, Kelso goes on to gab about the number of cities he's seen his political idol at since then, including the November 5th, 2011 Fargo, North Dakota date alluded to in the exposed email and noted by the host on his show as the "most recent."
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Rather than being solely suggestive of superficial encounters, the emails also speak of a phone conversation between Paul, Kelso and American TP Chairman William "Bill" Johnson ahead of CPAC. Before that, an older 2010 exchange mentions Johnson and Paul in the same breath recounting a gathering of American TP'ers in OC. "We had a great meeting in Orange County last night, at which I was asked by the Chairman of the American Third Position party to take on the work of his personal assistant," Kelso writes. "Bill Johnson is the Chairman, and a good friend. He has been Ron Paul's top man in Southern Calif. for the last 3 years. So this is a big deal, and will really help WNN."
Johnson, who himself was designated a year earlier as chairman of the American TP during its formation in Orange is no stranger to racism and the Texas congressman. The LA-based attorney, who ran for an open Los Angeles County Superior Court judge seat in 2008, was revealed as the pseudonym author of a book advocating for a proposed Pace Amendment which would limit citizenship to non-Jewish whites and Latinos who are indistinguishable "from Americans whose ancestral home is in the British Isles or Northwestern Europe" as well as standing for the repealing of the 14th and 15th amendment. Johnson's judicial bid was initially endorsed by the Paul campaign, only to be later retracted as a supposed oversight--you know, like those oh, so troublesome newsletters!
The exposed emails bring that public display of distancing between the two into question as Kelso speaks of a private continuation of the relationship. "I didn't buy a return ticket yet, because I'm going to go to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) with Bill Johnson the following weekend. So I'll be scouting out a ride from Charlotte to Wash. DC on one of the intervening days," he writes in a dated January 2011 exchange. "CPAC is Feb. 10-12 (T/F/Sat). Bill and I will be meeting with Ron and Rand Paul. I'm in a teleconference call with Bill (and Ron Paul) tonight. Much more later. Things are starting to happen (thanks to folks like you)." A follow-up email by Kelso the very next day mentions that he was, indeed, able to speak by phone with the Congressman.
Paulbots: you may now start your engines!