Homeland Security employee behind racist, homophobic website


WASHINGTON — A Homeland Security employee is the operator of a racist and homophobic website predicting and advocating a race war, a department official said Thursday.

Ayo Kimathi, who is an acquisitions officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, operates the site, War on the Horizon, which includes descriptions of an “unavoidable, inevitable clash with the white race.” Kimathi is black.

The website criticizes whites, gays and blacks who integrate with whites and those of mixed race. Many of the postings are signed with the phrase, “We’ll see you on the battlefield.”

Among the anti-gay entries on the website: “Afrikan Countries Fighting ‘Homosexual’ War,” “PanAfrikans Beware: The Faggits Are Coming!” and “Fags in ‘The Movement’: They’re Like Roaches in My Cereal!” [sic]

The DHS official spoke to the Associated Press condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the case publicly.

While many of the postings on Kimathi’s site are inflammatory, it was not immediately clear whether they cross the legal threshold into unprotected hate speech, and the posts may not violate DHS policies if he does not curate the website at work or espouse the ideologies in the office.

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Kimathi, who identifies himself online using a pseudonym, did not respond to phone calls and emails from The Associated Press to his home and office. According to the ICE acquisitions website, Kimathi is a small business specialist responsible for purchasing handcuffs, guns and other law enforcement equipment and services.

In a brief written statement, ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said the agency “does not condone any type of hateful rhetoric or advocacy of violence of any kind against anyone. Every ICE employee is held to the highest standard of professional and ethical conduct. Accusations of misconduct are investigated thoroughly and if substantiated, appropriate action is taken.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups, first reported on Kimathi on Wednesday.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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