Leaked emails from Lisa Ritchie shows some of the inner workings of the Wichita, Kansas chapter of ACT for America days before the nationwide “March Against Sharia Law”
Ritchie is the head of the Wichita, Kansas chapter of ACT for America
Emails from Ritchie show ACT’s relationship with prominent and high up government people
ACT America plans on doing a nationwide “March Against Sharia” on Saturday June 10
On Saturday, June 10, the known anti-Muslim hate group ACT for America has organized a nationwide “March Against Sharia” that is appearing to bring white supremacists together all around the country.
To help organize the nationwide anti-Muslim protest, ACT called on the help of a long-time neo-Nazi Billy Roper. Roper has promoted the event on Stormfront, a neo-Nazi message board founded by former Klan leader Don Black.
In a podcast, Roper insinuated he was involved with a call for rally leaders, which was organized by ACT. Roper also said some anti-government figures were also on the call.
In Wichita, Kansas, ACT has planned a march in front of the Islamic Society of Wichita on Saturday evening. These nationwide marches will be occurring during Ramadan, which is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.
Lisa Ritchie is the head of the Wichita chapter of ACT, although a source close to her has said they believe her to be more involved on a national level. Ritchie has hosted controversial speaking events for ACT at venues around the city, namely the Crown Uptown, formerly owned by her and her husband, Scott Ritchie.
The Daily Haze has obtained leaked emails, which can be read in full below, from Ritchie to members of the hate group that gives a better idea of exactly who their allies and speakers have been over the years, some of which hold high positions throughout our government. The emails also show other venues that have hosted the hate group over the years.
In the first email, dated December 23, 2015, Ritchie talks about a campaign called “OpenEyesSavesLives.” In the email, Ritchie asks members to use the hashtag on social media sites. She also states that “It’s a fact that certain kinds of activities can indicate terrorist plans that are in the works.”
The email goes on to give a list of “Surveillance Tips” to look out for “terrorist activities.” One of those tips is to look for “Anyone who does not appear to belong in the workplace, neighborhood, business establishment, or near a key facility/event.” This tip stands to put someone who is merely lost or new to the area at risk of being dubbed a “terrorists” by members of ACT.
Ritchie ends the email touching on the San Bernardino shooting, stating that “Farook and Malik were radicalized years
before launching their attacks earlier this month.” Ritchie then asks for donations, as ACT is a non-profit organization. They do also charge a small fee to attend their events.
In the next email, Ritchie announces that former “Immigration and Naturalization Services” in New York City, Michael Cutler, will be speaking on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at the Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre.
Cutler is a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigration. In 2013, Cutler wrote an article in the Washington Times where he claims that “a significant percentage of the illegal-alien population includes those who know they could not be lawfully admitted via the inspections process that is designed to prevent the entry of aliens who have dangerous communicable diseases, severe mental illness, serious criminal histories, are fugitives from justice in other countries or have committed war crimes or human rights violations, or are spies or terrorists.”
His anti-immigrant views cannot help but raise the question, was he acting out of a predetermined racial bias during his time at the INC? Oddly enough, while Cutler claims to lead many of his views with the argument of possible terrorist activity, he also puts an overbearing amount of focus towards illegal immigrants from Mexico.
Kris “Tanto” Paronto
Another speaker named by Ritchie is Benghazi Security Team Member, Kris “Tanto” Paronto, who spoke on Friday, February 26, 2016, at the Crown Uptown. Paronto is viewed as a national hero for surviving the Benghazi attack and has publicly denounced Hillary Clinton for her lack of action.
Since Benghazi, Paronto formed a non-profit organization called Leading From the Front. He hopes the organization will blossom into a national movement to drive home the real threat Islamic extremists pose to America.
In an interview with the Washington Times, Paronto stated that “Radical Islam is at war with America, and we are slowly losing. From Benghazi to Orlando, we are seeing the deadly consequences of President Obama and Secretary [Hillary] Clinton’s ‘leading from behind’ and their willful blindness towards the threat of radical Islam.”
Paronto was a private security officer when he witnessed two of his battle mates die during the 13-hour firefight. During the attack, a U.S. ambassador and his aide also were killed.
Ritchie announced that Tom Trento, founder of United West, would be speaking on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the Crown Uptown. Trento is known for saying that “mosques are NOT primarily ‘houses of worship’ but more so, bases of operation to launch a ‘Cultural Jihad’ against America!”
In his June 17, 2014, newsletter, Trento wrote a letter mocking Muslims living in areas affected by ISIS. He said, “Dear Muslims of the Levant, We Americans know you enjoy your oil-drenched lives of crass debauchery and fake religiosity.”
The newsletter goes on to ask that Muslims “…agree that Jerusalem… has nothing to do with Islam” and “divest ownership in American gas stations, or at least clean the bathrooms.”
During a 9/11 memorial, Trento used his time to spew rhetoric aimed against the Muslim community. Trento told his audience, “I’m not talking about radical Islam or moderate Islam. I’m talking about all Islam. Their goal is to get every single one of us to convert to Islam. And they won’t stop until we do.”
Trento also stated during the 2012 Presidential Election that if Barack Obama was reelected as president, “The West—western Europe, Israel, those countries—will probably all start to tumble, morally, economically and militarily and Islam and its irresistible force and its control of oil worldwide within ten years will indeed control the world.”
Also in 2012, the Canadian Broadcasting Service determined Trento “considers himself a soldier battling the Muslim menace in the US,” going on to say that his group “opposes any project to build new mosques or expand existing ones.” Trento believes eighty percent of the mosques in the United States are teaching “sedition.”
On Sunday, May 22, 2016, self-claimed former Jihadist Kamal Saleem spoke for ACT at the Crown Uptown. Saleem claims to be a converted Christian after getting in a car crash and being nursed back to health by Christians. However, many doubt that Saleem’s story is true.
Mother Jones was one of the first outlets that began poking holes in Saleem’s story. Tim Murphy wrote in 2012, “Doug Howard, a professor of Middle Eastern history at Michigan’s Calvin College, first encountered Saleem in 2007, when he was invited to speak at the school. Howard quickly became suspicious: For starters, Saleem claimed to be a descendant of the “Grand Wazir of Islam,” a position that doesn’t exist. Howard dug deeper and discovered that Saleem’s original name was Khodor Shami—and that for more than a decade before outing himself as a former terrorist he had worked for Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network and James Dobson’s Focus on the Family. (CBN declined to comment. Focus on the Family confirmed Saleem was an employee but would not comment further.)”
Saleem had also been making anti-Islam videos for The Oak Initiative, a political project founded by Christian Right activists Rick Joyner of Morningstar Ministries and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. Another person making videos for The Oak Initiative was controversial retired Army General and Delta Force commander Jerry Boykin, also named as a speaker by Ritchie in the emails.
William G. “Jerry” Boykin
Ritchie updated the event scheduled for Sunday, May 22, 2016, at the Crown Uptown to include retired Lt Gen Jerry Boykin would be speaking with Saleem. The event was called, “NATIONAL SECURITY: THE THREAT TO AMERICA.”
William G. “Jerry” Boykin is known for his abrasive stance on sexual morality and criticism of Islam. In 2016, the Washington Times reported that Boykin was disinvited from an Army prayer breakfast due to his controversial views and past criticism of Islam.
Fort Riley, home of the 1st Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in Kansas, said the disinvitation from the base’s D-Day anniversary celebration for this upcoming Monday was the result of “scheduling conflicts.”
Boykin told the Washington Times that “They said there actually was a genuine scheduling conflict, but at the end of the day it was the result of a radical, leftist, anti-Christian group who objected to my being there.”
Boykin, who was formerly commander of the U.S. Army’s elite and secretive Delta Force, published a book in 2008 that detailed some of the Pentagon’s most sensitive operations during the 20th century. Retired military personnel normally enter their writings to the Pentagon for advance review to ensure classified information is not detailed. Boykin instead released his book.
In a 2013 memorandum obtained by the Washington Times, the Army determined that Boykin’s book had released “classified information concerning cover methods, counterterrorism/counter-proliferation operations, operational deployments, infiltration methods, pictures, and tactics, techniques and procedures that may compromise ongoing operations.”
While Boykin received a reprimand for his book, it was not the first problem the Army has had from him. Boykin has referred to military operations against Islamic extremist organizations such as al-Qaeda as a Christian fight against Satan.
In 2016, Boykin stated, “I will tell you what: the first man that walks in my daughter’s bathroom, he ain’t going to have to worry about surgery.” His statement was in regards to transgenders being able to use the bathroom of their sexual identity.
In the next email, Ritchie announces a private screening on July 24, 2016, at 7:00 pm at the Warren Theater on the east side of Wichita to watch Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary “Hillary’s America.”
In the email Ritchie says, “with the onset of #nevertrump, its looking like the Clinton machine has a chance of winning the White House in November. NOT ON OUR WATCH!!!!”
In the email, Ritchie thanks the owner of Warren Theater’s, Bill Warren, for “offering the theater.” She goes on to say that it is much appreciated.
Phillip Haney spoke at an event at the Crown Uptown on Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016. Haney is a retired Department of Homeland Security whistleblower who has become very well known in the anti-Muslim movement.
Haney accused President Obama of treason as he claimed that he shut down an investigation he was doing that could have prevented the San Bernardino shooting.
In an article from The Hill, Haney says, “Just before that Christmas Day attack, in early November 2009, I was ordered by my superiors at the Department of Homeland Security to delete or modify several hundred records of individuals tied to designated Islamist terror groups like Hamas from the important federal database, the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS). These types of records are the basis for any ability to “connect dots.” Every day, DHS Customs and Border Protection officers watch entering and exiting many individuals associated with known terrorist affiliations, then look for patterns. Enforcing a political scrubbing of records of Muslims greatly affected our ability to do that. Even worse, going forward, my colleagues and I were prohibited from entering pertinent information into the database.”
Representative Peggy Mast
In another email, Ritchie announced a “discussion on the topic of terrorism” that was happening on Saturday, Oct 8 at 10:00 am in the east room of the Wichita Country Club. Ritchie said they did not use the Crown Uptown because there was a “wedding that day.”
In the email, Ritchie states that Representative Peggy Mast will be joining the event “because she is full of knowledge on the subject.” Showing a clear past relationship between Ritchie and Mast that most likely involved anti-Muslim rhetoric.
In 2012, Mast gained national attention when she and Senator Susan Wagle sponsored an anti-Muslim bill under the guise of it being a women’s right bill. Senator Chris Steineger, R-Kansas City, said “a marketing campaign by supporters of the bill inundated him with materials that “explain why Sharia law is coming and Muslims are trying to take over America.” Now knowing Mast’s close ties to ACT, it is clear that her claims of it being a women’s rights bill were most likely a farce.
It was later stated in the email that around 30 people attended the October 8, event. Ritchie referred to it as a “helpful discussion.”
Disgraced FBI Agent John Guandolo was announced to be speaking “again” for ACT on February 23, 2017 at the Crown Uptown. Guandolo runs a “strategic and operational training & consulting” group named Understanding the Threat. Guandolo travels the country and provides training to LEO’s. His training has said to be comparable to anti-Muslim witch hunts, often targeting and vilifying local Muslim leaders.
At an event in 2011, Guandolo claimed mosques were fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood, and that mosques in general, “do not have a First Amendment right to do anything.” In 2016, on a radio show Guandolo stated that Americans would soon see “dozens of jihadis doing multiple operations in conjunction with the Marxist and socialist groups like Black Lives Matter, which will be, you know, burning and looting cities like they did in Ferguson and Baltimore.”
Guandolo was dismissed from the FBI for a number of ethical breaches and bizarre conduct. He admitted to having affairs with female FBI agents and a confidential source he was assigned to protect during the corruption case of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.). Guandolo would later solicit that witness for a $75,000 donation for an anti-terrorism group.
Lt. Col. Roy White
Ritchie announced that former head of the San Antonio chapter of ACT Lt. Col. Roy White would be speaking at the Crown Uptown Monday, December 5, 2016.
In February of this year, ACT fired White after he publicized a meeting about learning how to “shut down mosques.” ACT referred to White as “one of our best chapter leaders” after removing him from his position.
Ritchie announced Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff would be speaking at the Crown Uptown on Monday, March 6, 2017. Sabaditsch-Wolff is best known for being convicted for hate speech in Austria in 2011.
In 2009, Sabaditsch-Wolff spoke at an event organized by the Academy of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party. During her speech, she accused the Prophet Mohammad of being a pedophile, claiming he “enjoyed having something going on with kids,” according to the Austrian Independent.
On March 7 of this year, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach invited Sabaditsch-Wolff for a meeting in Topeka. Kobach is employed by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) which is the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) an anti-immigrant group founded by white nationalist John Tanton.
Kobach is known for drafting anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim legislation and government programs such as the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS). NSEERS required tens of thousands of Muslim and Middle Eastern visa holders to register with the government and be fingerprinted.
Kobach also drafted SB1070, better known as the extreme “papers please” law passed in Arizona and is currently helping shape Donald Trump’s most recent nativist executive orders. It would appear that through Kobach Sabaditsch-Wolff now has a direct link to Trump, and Kobach has a direct link to ACT.
FOX News Radio host Todd Starnes was announced to be speaking at the Crown Uptown on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Starnes recently released a book titled “The Deplorables Guide to Making America Great Again.”
Starnes began his career in journalism at Baptist Press, where he proved to be both unashamedly conservative and unreliable. Starnes spoke out about “the homosexual agenda” in America, warning of “pro-homosexual attitudes” at Baptist colleges, and even bemoaned the “profanity, anti-God lyrics” of the band Nine Inch Nails.
Starnes was fired from Baptist Press in 2003 after he stated that U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige said he “would prefer to have a child in a school that has a strong appreciation for the values of the Christian community, where a child is taught to have a strong faith.”
The profile sparked national outrage that led to Congress publicly calling on Paige to either apologize for the remarks or resign. However, the interview tapes showed that Starnes had misquoted Paige. Despite Starnes maintaining a job in journalism, his career has been plagued with stories that were later found to be false.
Warning About Protest
In another email, Ritchie states that a Facebook post was “asking for protestors to come to Wichita ACT for America’s event tonight hosting John Guandolo.” Ritchie said she just wanted to give people a “heads up.”
Ritchie goes on to say that members names must be on a list to enter the event. A policy that had been “loosy goosy” up to that point and that security would be both inside and outside of the Crown Uptown. Members were also instructed to not interact with protestors or the media.
The most disturbing part of the emails is whom the Wichita chapter of ACT alone is associating with and who is giving them aid. Prominent figures such as Mast and Warren show an underlining preconceived idea towards the Muslim community exists in areas of our society that poses a serious threat to that community.
While ACT claims not to be a hate group, the people that they are involved with tells a different story. The group has close ties to known members of discriminatory racial groups, such as neo-Nazis and the KKK, along with political figures who are apparently tied to these same hate groups. These emails are only the beginning when looking deep into ACT for America.