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14 Words / 1488

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14 Words is a code term to the white supremacist slogan "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children." Since their first appearance, the numbers 14 and 88, have had great symbolic importance to white supremacist groups. 1488 is a combination of the 14 words and 88, a numerical code for "HH" or "Heil Hitler," because "H" is the eighth letter in the English alphabet.

Origin

The "14 Words" were coined by David Lane, a white nationalist, Ku Klux Klan-member and the founder of the white-supremacy group, The Order. While serving 190 years for the assassination of Jewish radio host Alan Berg and other crimes with The Order, Lane wrote the articles "88 Precepts" and "14 Words." "14 Words" were adopted as the de facto mission statement for the white supremacy movement.[1] The "14 Words" are: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children."

White supremacists consider the numbers 14 and 88--sometimes combined as 1488--as significant amongst their cause. "88," referencing the eighth letter of the alphabet, "H." Together, 88 is code for "HH," or "Heil Hitler."

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During Lane's prison sentence in 1994, Lane married Katja Lane. The two founded 14 Word Press the following year as a means for publishing Lane's writings.

On August 4th, 2006, Urban Dictionary user Alana Dawn[6] posted a definition of "14/88." She writes, "a term recognized by white supremists. 14 representing 14 words written by David Lane, 'We must secure the existance of our people and a future for white children.' 88 representing David Lane's 88 precepts, or sometimes the eighth letter in the alphabet (H), to represent Heil Hitler." The post (shown below) received more than 2,400 positive votes.


14/88 a term recognized by white supremists. 14 representing 14 words written by David Lane, "We must secure the existance of our people and a future for white children." 88 representing David Lane's 88 precepts, or sometimes the eighth letter in the alphabet (H), to represent Heil Hitler. my father got '14/88' tattooed on his arm to advertize his white pride text font line

In October 2008, Law enforcement in Tennessee arrested two white supremacists who planned to assassinate Barack Obama days before his first presidential election win.[2] The New York Times reported that the men also planned on "killing 88 people and beheading 14 African-Americans."[3]

Ann Coulter's "14!" Tweet

On January 5th, 2017, writer and conservative political commentator Ann Coulter tweeted the number "14!" (shown below). Immediately after, Twitter user Mikel Jollett replied to the tweet with a screenshot of the Wikipedia page for "Fourteen Words."[4] As of July 2017, the tweet has received more than 1,400 retweets and 3,800 likes.


Ann Coulter @AnnCoulter 14! RETWEETS LIKES 1,078 3,052 10:00 AM-5 Jan 2017 わ980 1.1K 3.1K Reply to @AnnCoulter Mikel Jollett @Mikel_Jollett 7h @AnnCoulter Not that there was any doubt, but you're just admitting to be a white nationalist. Fourteen Words is a reference to a white supremacist and white nationalist slogan: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children."[1] It can be used to refer to a different 14-word slogan: "Because the beauty of the White Aryan woman must not perish from the earth."2 text web page font line

However, others pointed out at the time of posting it would be 14 days until Barack Obama would leave office, citing other tweets Coulter previously posted counting down the last days of Obama's presidency (shown below).[5]


Ann Coulter @AnnCoulter 364 RETWEETS LIKES 332 11:57 AM 21 Jan 2016 67 ロ £799 332 Washington, D.C. text font Ann Coulter @AnnCoulter 43! RETWEETs 173 1,030 泯鮠謊感釋艦@Od 11:20 AM-7 Dec 2016 わ134 173 VIK Niles text font product

Later that day, Coulter revealed that she was counting down the days using the Obama Countdown Clock (shown below).[6]


Ann Coulter @AnnCoulter 9m Inasmuch as today is Day 14 on the 15 Obama Countdown Clock, I tweeted "14." Δ Note: Countdown is to midnght an inauguration day, we also have the countdown to 1 2 noon the same day, when the inauguration actual y occurs. Tume left until Obama leaves office" 14 06 30 25 DAYS HOURS MINUTES SECONDS Time until Friday, January 20, 2017 (Washington DC, District of Columbia time わ63 £7124 315 blue text font product

Sarah Palin's "14 Words" Tweet

On July 7th, 2017, the former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin shared a video of President Donald Trump's July 2017 speech in Poland from the website YoungCons.com on Twitter. Along with the video, she captioned the tweet "Trump Gives Speech to the People of Poland, Says 14 Words That Leave Americans Stunned." The post received more than 1,000 retweets and 2,600 likes on Twitter[7]


Sarah Palin @SarahPalinUSA Trump Gives Speech to the People of Poland, Says 14 Words That Leave Americans Stunned While Overseas Trump Hails Populist Poland, Declares Wes.. Mutual Respect youngcons.com United States of America text

Shortly after Palin's tweet, people began commenting on the meaning of "14 words" (shown below). Additionally, several news outlets also began covering the tweet, including The Daily Beast[9] and Business Insider,[10] specifically whether or not Palin was using "dogwhistle" tactics.


"14 Words"- most popular white supremacist slogan in the world: "We must secure the existence of our people & a future 4 white children.'" Woman: An Anthology text font white black black and white handwriting line number Very clever Sarah. Totally slipped that one by us Sarah. Nobody will notice Sarah. WINK WINK oh by the way you still have your hood on Harry Potter Ponyboy Michael Curtis Darrel 'Darry' Curtis text font white black black and white line handwriting

As many pointed out, Palin did not explicitly write the caption as it appeared on Twitter. Palin's Twitter account is linked to her Facebook[8] page (shown below, left), so anything posted to Facebook automatically posts to Twitter. Twitter user @johnkirrane[11] posted the code from the article, which shows that when one shares the article to Twitter, the reference to "14 Words" automatically populates (shown below, right).


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DHS Press Release

On February 15th, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security[12] released a statement entitled "We Must Secure The Border And Build The Wall To Make America Safe Again."


We Must Secure The Border And Build The Wall To Make America Safe Again Release Date: February 15, 2018 Walls Work. When it comes to stopping drugs and illegal aliens across our borders, border walls have proven to be extremely effective. Border security relies on a combination of border infrastructure, technology, personnel and partnerships with law enforcement at the state, local, tribal, and federal level. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehendsover1,100 people a day crossing the border illegally. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) refuses entry to 7 known or suspected terrorists every day, 50 every week, and 2,500 every year .DHS has seen a 300 percent increase in unaccompanied alien children (UACs) in the last eight months of 2017- and a 600 percent increase in family units. In Fiscal Year 2017, Border Patrol saw a 73 percent increase in assaults on officers along the Southwest border Thousands of aliens illegally re-enter the United States each year, with approximately 15,700 sentenced for illegal reentry in fiscal year 2016. This does not even include the many thousands more who evade detection, or those who are not charged with illegal reentry as part of a plea agreement. The border jurisdictions bear the brunt of illegal alien crime, which is a large portion of the total crime in the United States. Of the 53,908 criminal cases filed by federal prosecutors in the 94 U.S. District Courts in fiscal year 2016,23,573 cases (43.7 percent) were located in just the five border districts (Arizona, Southern District of California, New Mexico, Southern District of Texas, and Western District of Texas). In the five border districts, noncitizens accounted for 73.5 percent of all federal offenders sentenced for felonies or Class A misdemeanors in fiscal year 2016, and 47 percent of all federal non-immigration felonies or Class A misdemeanors. Half of all federal criminal cases filed in U.S. District Courts in fiscal year 2016 (25,965 of 53,908 cases) were referred by the Department of Homeland Security . .Simply put-walls work. They have worked in Yuma, Arizona as a result of the 2006 Bipartisan Secure Border Act. They have also worked in San Diego. Both areas have seen 95 percent drops in attempted illegal border crossings. Only 3.5 percent of UACs apprehended are eventually removed from the United States. text font line


Months later, on June 28th, Twitter[13] user @seldo accused the DHS statement of being a dogwhistle to the 14 words. He wrote, "This is an actual story on an official government website with a 14-word headline starting with 'we must secure'. This is not an accident. There are actual Nazis-who-call-themselves-Nazis at DHS." The post (shown below, left) received more than 6,600 retweets and 8,500 likes in 24 hours. That day, Journalist Luke O'Neil also noticed a connection between the DHS statement and the 14 words and tweeted, "Look at the DHS with a fun little update on the 14 words very cool." The post (shown below, center) received more than 265 retweets and 800 likes in 24 hours.

Throughout the day, people continued to post about the statement on social media (example below, right).


This is an actual story on an official government website with a 14-word headline starting with "we must secure" This is not an accident. There are actual Nazis-who-call-themselves-Nazis at DHS. PART We Must Secure The Border And Build The Wall To Walls Work. When it comes to stopping drugs and illegal aliens across our borders, border walls have proven to be extremely effective. Border security relies on a c.. dhs.gov Homeland Security text font line Look at the DHS with a fun little update on the 14 words very cool dhs.gov/news/2018/02/1... Homeland Security Topics Newsn Focus How Do ?Get Inlved About DHS 管 News > PressReesses > We Must Secure The Border And Buld The Wall To Make America Safe Again Share Ema > We Must Secure The Border And Build The Wall To Make America Safe Again News Blog Data Events Fact Sheets Hnmeland Spruritu I IVF Release Dat: February 15, 2018 text font line Security General Hate Symbols Hate Slogans/Slang Terms "14 Words" is a reference to the most popular white supremacist slogan in the world: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children." The slogan was coined by David Lane, a member of the white supremacist terrorist group known as The Order (Lane died in prison in 2007). The term reflects the primary white supremacist worldview in the late 2oth and early 21st centuries: that unless immediate action is taken, the white race is doomed to extinction Menu Search We Must Secure The Border And Build The Wall To Make America Safe Again Release Date: February 15, 2018 Walls Work. When it comes to stopping drugs and illegal aliens across our borders, border walls have proven to be extremely effective. Border security relies on a combination of border infrastructure, technology, personnel and partnerships with law enforcement at the Web page text font product line

O'Neil reached out to DHS, who dismissed the claims as a "Twitter troll conspiracy theory that on its face is beneath any credible media outlet." They said, "Doing a little digging, it is pretty clear that 'We must secure our borders' is a pretty common political phrase used by all politicians." O'Neil tweeted[14] the full statement, in which they point out other politicians using the phrase (shown below).


Response from DHS. I certainly did not agree to anything being off the record before they replied so here you go. On background: this is a Twitter troll conspiracy theory that on its face is beneath any credible media outlet. Off the record: Doing a little digging, it is pretty clear that "We must secure our borders" is a pretty common political phrase used by all politicians. I would imagine if you did some more research basically any national politician has said this at some point in the last few years. If in the interest of being consistent, your argument is that Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer are white supremacists, good luck with that. And to inform your reporting not attributable: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)-"Our first responsibility to the American people is their safety. We must secure our borders and enforce our laws, while also protecting against discrimination and adhering faithfully to the rule of law." (Press Release, 3/22/07) Then-Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD)-" believe there is virtually unanimous agreement in the Congress that we must secure our borders and know who is entering our country." (Press Release, 5/25/06) CLAIRE MCCASKILL: "I also believe we must secure the borders. I have said that fencing is not the only option. I never said I was opposed to fencing. I never said I was opposed to securing the borders." (Claire McCaskill, Debate Remarks, 09/15/06) text font line


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