Paul Babeu's PIO and Neo-Nazi Harry Hughes Have At It Over BFF Photos

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Seems Paul Babeu doesn't like this photograph of him and NSM member Harry Hughes (right, in black)

A couple of weeks back, I blogged about how Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's spokesman Tim Gaffney had apparently borrowed some stills of desert barricades taken by National Socialist Movement member Harry Hughes, otherwise known as the world's "nicest neo-Nazi." Or so I've dubbed him.

Well, hell hath no fury like a schutzstaffel-wannabe scorned. See, Hughes also had posted a pic of himself and Sheriff Babeu taken at a Tea Party event in the town of Maricopa, and that photo had gotten around both Pinal County and the Internet, with folks claiming Hughes and Babeu were BFFs.

Initially, Babeu and Gaffney alleged that the image in question had been "photoshopped," but it soon became obvious that this was not the case. The way Hughes tells it, he was at the event, handed his camera to a pal, and voila, history was made. 

You'd think Gaffney'd leave well enough alone at this point, but instead, he e-mailed Hughes asking that he take the offending photos down. (There was another of a PCSO vehicle in the mix, too, it seems.)

"The images have given certain members of the public the impression that Sheriff Babeu and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office support your groups activities," Gaffney wrote Hughes. "Neither the Pinal County Sheriff's Office [nor] Sheriff Babeu have ever nor will they support the efforts of any hate groups... We do not profile individuals based on race, color, religion but rather profile `criminal behavior' and take action on those individuals. I appreciate your anticipated assistance with my request."

Gaffney pretty much spit into the hornets nest there. Hughes, normally a mild-mannered fella despite his fondness for the swastika, replied as only a ticked off NSM member can.

Hughes' missive reads in part,

"Mr. Gaffney,

"I'm afraid that's not going to happen as I'm exercising my First Amendment Constitutional rights by speaking my mind on my blog. I will NOT be CENSORED under any circumstances. I will also be posting the text of this email in a future post. Stupid people always get false impressions no matter what they say or do. This is no different. If you have an image problem, don't come blaming me. Maybe I should just CC this to Steve Lemons of the Phoenix New Times. I'm sure that would go over nicely.

"I'm seriously considering posting the pictures of me shaking Sheriff Babeu's hand. He offered to pose for the picture and it was taken. How would you like that? I have some other interesting photographs, too. I intended to keep them out of the public light, but, if this is the way you want to play, I'll be happy to take off my gloves."

Hughes continues on, taking offense at the "hate group" label for the NSM, instead referring to it as a "non profit white civil rights organization." He suggests that his civil rights are in "extreme danger" and hints that an NSM rally in Pinal County may be in order.

I called Gaffney to make sure the e-mail posted was legit. Gaffney told me it was, and insisted that he was not trying to censor Hughes or otherwise curtail his rights under the U.S. Constitution.

Thing is, considering the fact that Gaffney seems to have used a photo from Hughes of a steel barricade out in the desert somewhere without Hughes' permission, Gaffney was on shaky ground from jump. Also, Hughes warning about a handshake photo must've put the fear of Yahweh into Babeu & Co.

Hopefully, Hughes will post it, so we can all take a gander.

When I typed up the last blog item about the Hughes-Babeu interaction, Hughes himself averred that he and Babeu didn't know each other, so I don't know what the big deal was for the sheriff.

On the other hand, Babeu is likely readying himself for a run for some higher political office in the near future. (Congress, perhaps?)So maybe he figures, the less to explain, the better.

Now, alas, he has even more to explain. Add to it the controversy over ex-PCSO Deputy Louie Puroll, Babeu's imaginative descriptions of illegal immigrant-caused crime, his appearances on a white supremacist radio program (as well as conspiracy nut Alex Jones' radio show), and the pile just gets higher, and easier to exploit in campaign ads for anyone Babeu happens to run against from here on out.

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mike.
mike.

hello coz.thanks for being so nice to kelley,i would like to talk to you about her one day,,ill leave my number soon.

Coz
Coz

...and in the mean time, Arizona is being flushed down the toilet by all these so called leaders.

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

When Babeu went on the White Supremacist radio show he invited the listeners to come down and "volunteer" in his fight against all the violence in his little desert. Babeu has yet to prove how dangerous his small part of the desert is. He relies more on reports from JT Ready and Harry Huges then he will admit so he can collect Federal and State Tax dollars. This reminds me of the fake kidnapping stats only Babeu hasn't Chief Harris to blame. Babeu helped push 1070 by exploiting the questionable shooting of Deputy Purrel. If the desert is so dangerous, why is one deputy out by himself? Only a fool or a crooked cop would go out looking for Cartels in the Desert by himself and only a scum or con-man would exploit it for political and personal gain.

jtready
jtready

A bald-headed homo in basket weave leather waistband and his keystone lackey cop just couldn't learn to do a better job and focus on improving themselves in the public eye instead of amplifying their own dismal failures. Their unconstitutional edicts and publicity stunts are becoming more blatant as the days go by. They just had to stir up the hornet's nest. As the plot thickens, the noose around Tim Gaffney's career tightens.

http://vandal49588.blogspot.co...

He just couldn't leave well enough alone. Of all critters in the desert, the laughing stock Gaffney should have known that Nazis bite back. Ouch! Wait until it is revealed he has several deputies who he is close to feeding us information about his foolish shenanigans...

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Gaffney seems to have been mentored for his role by D. Hendershott. He seems to be taking a certain amount of pleasure from being thrown under the proverbial bus by the sheriff. In this case, however, he seems to have dived there to show the sheriff how tough he is.

I will suggest that Mr. Gaffney take a remedial course in English Composition, as well. For someone in the role of Public Information Officer he doesn't represent P.C.S.O. very well.

Speaking of Babeu, I still am wondering how the Munnell Memo investigation results are going to make the Flaccid Fool a "stronger" sheriff. I guess having the heft around 1022 pages of page, along with boxes of files, etc, will build his biceps and triceps, perhaps making at least his upper arms less flaccid.

Babeu sure seems to live in a bubble. Maybe he should spend some time out at Oracle.

Harry L. Hughes
Harry L. Hughes

If they take the First Amendment away from us. . .Steve Lemons, myself and J.T. Ready will probably get stuck in the same F.E.M.A. camp.

NorthAdamsReruns
NorthAdamsReruns

Gaffney is not a cop. Gaffney is not a journalist. Gaffney and Babeu probably learned constitutional law studying from the same comic books while sitting on the crapper at PCSO.

Don't forget, several weeks ago Babeu announced he was going to have lots of deputies from other states sent here under "mutual aid" agreements so he could supplement his manpower needs. A neat announcement for him to make in the news, but where are these out-of-state deputies the sheriff promised were coming? And who iwas going to pay the bill. Yeah, flush that idea, too.

Wasn't the intended purpose of the incoming deputies to allow Babeu to be able to eliminate any need for the well-meaning local border enforcement activist groups? Was that what he was trying to accomplish? Flush.

While you are at it, sheriff, we are still waiting for your proclaimed upcoming battle of international stature in the Vekol desert with the cartels. Did you forget to invite them? C'mon, we got the cameras ready. Get out of the makeup room.

Harry Hughes and JT Ready make far more sense on this spat (started by simple men) than Team Babeu.

Why should Hughes and Ready need to defend something that is already their right?

caroline
caroline

Once again, I praise my non-white parents for having the sense to raise me in Pima County.

jtready
jtready

Letter sent to Gaffney regarding the subject 22, April 2011.

Sir,

I fully understand the extreme political pressure you are under to appease hate groups such as the ADL, JDL, SPLC, ACLU and other anti-American/anti-Law Enforcement special interest groups who are very vocal and use tremendous media pressure to sway officials from their sworn Constitutional oath to defend all citizen's rights. Instead of upholding the Rule of Law, these subversive hate groups manipulate others into making prejudicial statements against certain targeted people, regardless whether you personally agree or disagree with them or not. Indeed, I am not writing you to tell you how to do your job as a public safety officer. I am sure that you are fully capable in that regard. The men and women of your department are true heroes sacrificing daily for the community's safety and security. However, being bigoted about people whom you have never bothered to even have any dialogue with (if for no other reason than public safety concerns), taking the side of our mutual enemies to appease these hate groups, and refusing to establish basic communication links with various groups legally patrolling the desert, is less than professional and quite biased conduct in my estimation.

I am not writing to grovel to you. Nor to dictate to you your personal decisions. Rather, I am being the bigger man here by offering the olive branch once again. The contact information of the US Border Guard may be found on our website: www.USBorderGuard.com Along with updated information on the Intel page. Please feel free to browse the site as much as you would like. Or share the information with fellow public safety officials. Also, please feel free to contact my office anytime in order to establish S.O.P.'s as far as interface with your law enforcement department and our lawful patrols. However, infringing upon our First Amendment rights such as you have done with Mr. Hughes in leveraging your public position in an attempt to deny him from posting pictures of public figures and public safety equipment, bought and paid for with taxpayer's monies, will not be tolerated. I have already won a landmark decision against another law enforcement department in the 9th Circuit Court appeals for overstepping their boundaries and violating my rights along with those whom I choose to associate with. And I would gladly receive more monetary compensation for any misguided official who wishes to violate our rights again. So in the interest of public safety alone, not to be confused as a friendship with you, I retain an open-door policy of communication between your office and mine. Respectfully,

JT ReadyPatrol Leader USBG

http://www.azcentral.com/news/...

"Ready, 38, left the NSM earlier this year. The U.S. Border Guard, he said, welcomes members of all races and religions."

"Had it not been for me and other people out in the desert this summer, dozens of people would have died," Ready said. "I mean, literally, life was poured into them with water and medical equipment and getting Border Patrol to them and rescue operations."

"If they don't like the way I'm doing it, if they don't like me as a person doing it, if they don't like the groups that are coming out, good," Ready said. "Then let's change it. Let's secure the border, and I'll go home."

-- USBGP.O. Box 571Mesa, AZ 85211-0571480-255-5266www.USBorderGuard.com

"Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct."-- Alexander Hamilton(1757-1804)Source: The Federalist

david saint
david saint

lol yes mr hughes, and the taliban is just an arab civil rights movement...

XSoldier
XSoldier

Shurf Buffoon learned from his good buddies the MCSO shurf and Senate President Pearce on how to conceal his actions. Buffoon must be as blind as a bat if he couldn't see that Mr. Hughes was a member of the NSM. I doubt Buffoon wears glasses.

Thank God I don't live in Pinal County and have to put up with this fool. Then again, we have a fool all our own.......

jtready
jtready

Baboon is a shill of a peace officer. He only plays a tough cop on T.V. He is a mediocre spokesman for real deputies at best. He does rather well hanging out with the pretty ladies in the air-conditioned studio and putting make-up on his taunt mug for the lights and cameras. But when the television audience goes to sleep, he is at home playing chase the cock in the bedroom. Not hunting the drug cartel with men and guns like he would have the sheeple believe. There are a few good PCSO men staunchly standing the line with us. Indeed. These men are the true heroes. We know who they are. And they know us. Not their boss. When the cartels wage their covert warfare in the inhospitable desert in some of the most dangerous turf contested by Americans, you can bet your wet balloon Baboon is far away from the shooting. Unless the news crews are shooting film of the after event, you will not see his shiny dome anywhere near the action.

jtready
jtready

Mistalee, stop projecting you hate upon others. We are not despicable and racist like you. Our actions speak louder than your blog posts. However, the way the racist nativists threw Gilman, Lemons, Harry, and me together in front of the AZ Capital, now that's Mobacracy at its finest!

I think Dennis would look kinda cool with a Hitler mustache. Haha.

Marcy
Marcy

I think you are a kook but I support your right to both be a kook and express your kooky opinions. Ditto for JT Ready.

jtready
jtready

Have you not seceded back to Mexico yet?

Mistalee
Mistalee

Afghanis are not Arab.

Apart from that, point made.

jtready
jtready

ADL = Hate group. JDL = Domestic terrorists.

jtready
jtready

We think you are a kook too "Marcy". But the difference is we are armed kooks. So we will defend your kooky rights as well ours.

jtready
jtready

Meanwhile, Sheriff Baboon is ignoring Latino women getting raped in his county by human smugglers. The grid coordinates of this rape tree are available to him but nothing is being done.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/u...

Gilbert P.D. is currently covering up the double rape of two immigrant females that occurred right in downtown Gilbert, Arizona. 660 N. Gilbert Road. DR # 11-000006736 Russell's son Colton works for the department. So I guess since it was not Anglo women who got raped then it is quite Kosher by them.

CBS 5 sent Donna Rossi out on location today to the scene. I will be on Carlos Galindo's show discussing this sick cover-up by authorities. Gilman has been contacted.

http://www.latinalista.net/pal...

I sincerely ask all Latino victims of these horrific crimes to please step forward. Myself or Stephen Lemons will not compromise your identity. I vouch for my nemesis in that regard. There are a few in our community who actually care more about these rape victims than do these stiff shirted mini-tyrants currently walking around with badges pinned to their chests. Including, Mr. Harry Hughes who has personally saved more immigrant lives than all these blowhard politicians put together.

http://www.latina.com/lifestyl...

"Now, a new method of marking territory has crossed over into the United States. "Rape trees" are popping up in Southern Arizona and their significance is horrific. These "rape trees" are places where cartel members and coyotes rape female border crossers and hang their clothes, specifically undergarments, to mark their conquest."

Sen. Jonathan Paton (R-Tucson), recently invited officials to describe the problems being faced in his home state to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which he chairs. Paton said violence along the border has escalated dramatically in the past year, "We want to go after these crimes," he insisted, "It’s an unbelievable situation, and we can’t allow that to go on in this country."

Local law enforcement is particularly clueless about these continued crimes. Perhaps, gangs are picking up on this cartel inspired trend. Either way, women should be warned about the danger and what to be aware of. Our sympathy has to go out to rape victims, regardless whether they are illegal aliens or not. And the cartel members/smugglers responsible for these crimes should be brought to justice.

JT Ready

www.USBorderGuard.com

Mistalee
Mistalee

Have you not seceded to Dumbfuckistan yet?

Mistalee
Mistalee

White supremacists= fetid pond scum on the gene pool, trying desparately to convince themselves that they are the "master race."

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

And the NSM? What do you consider them, just a group of clean-cut, law-abiding "aw shucks" white people standing up for themselves, right?

Mistalee
Mistalee

No you won't.

You will defend the rights of others to agree with you. In fact, if you were in power, which you will never be, you would REQUIRE everyone to agree with you, just as your lame-ass Fuhrer did.

Nazis carping about the first amendment are the ultimate hypocrites, hiding behind the very rights they would immediately do away with if they were in power.

Piss on 'em.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

["Russell's son Colton works for the department."]

JT, I'm curious what substance there is to any correlation between the criminal event and Colton Pearce. How could HE influence the investigation?

Marcy
Marcy

Yes JT, in the meantime there are some self-absorbed people in public office. But that doesn't change who you are or who Harry is. In your case you are just as self-absorbed as Sheriff Babyboo.

jtready
jtready

Can you not wrap your mind around the fact that the ADL peddles hate and fear? And that the JDL uses violence and illegal acts to perpetrate its agenda as documented countless times?

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