Poker Face, an anti-government, anti-immigrant "Patriot" rock band based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, posted a press release to their Web site, questioning the government's motives in arresting members of the Hutaree Militia, an anti-government extremist group. The Hutaree Militia allegedly planned to carry out violent acts against law enforcement in order to spark a larger confrontation with the government. Hutaree had used one of Poker Face's songs in a training video on their Web site, and posted a link to the rock band.
While Poker Face claimed in the press release that they "do not condone the actions for which the nine members of Hutaree are being charged," the group alleged that the government has falsely charged individuals in previous incidents. They declared, "Entire libraries could be built to house the chronicles of misdeed perpetrated against American citizens by their own government."
It is no surprise that the Hutaree Militia would use a Poker Face song on their Web site. The band has written numerous songs with anti-government lyrics and has also promoted anti-government conspiracy theories. On its latest album Peace or War, released in late 2009, one song in particular "Losing My Mind" stands out for its violent tone. The first stanza proclaims that "its [sic] time to hunt" bankers, judges, lawyers and officials and then declares, "Now you know we've got our eyes on you, so you better do things right; or we'll hang you from the highest trees, while we party thru the night." The second stanza is equally disturbing. It announces that "now it's time to repatriate all the slave wagers invading our homeland," and adds, "Then lets [sic] execute traitors who've been setting up the Global plan; now they're trying to take our guns away, so we have no means to fight…." Another song on the album, "It's Not What You Say," begins with the lines, "Rise up! Rise Up! Militias throughout the world; it's time to end The Order's globalist plans."
Poke Face is led by anti-Semitic lead singer Paul Topete. Though Topete describes the band as "pro-American," and the band promotes an anti-immigrant, anti-government ideology, Topete also holds anti-Semitic views and maintains affiliations with anti-Semites, Holocaust deniers, militia figures, and conspiracy theorists.
In February 2006, he was a guest on The Piper Report, an Internet radio show hosted by Michael Collins Piper, an anti-Semitic writer for the virulently anti-Semitic and conspiratorial newspaper, American Free Press.
In June 2003, Poker Face members, including Topete, attended and sang at a conference sponsored by American Free Press, an anti-Semitic conspiracy-oriented newspaper and The Barnes Review, a Holocaust denial publication, both published by long-time anti-Semite Willis Carto. Speakers included anti-Semitic writer Christopher Bollyn, anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist Eustace Mullins, Holocaust denier Germar Rudolf, and Carto.
Topete has also given Internet radio interviews to anti-government militia figures Mark Koernke and John Stadtmiller and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Stadtmiller's Internet radio network, the Republic Broadcasting Network, regularly features programs hosted by anti-Semites.
In addition, Topete has appeared at anti-immigrant events, where he shared the stage with xenophobic leaders who demonize undocumented immigrants, particularly from Mexico. At one rally in June 2007, area white supremacists were in attendance. To promote an anti-immigrant event in Pennsylvania in 2007, two Poker Face members called in to the Hal Turner Show, a white supremacist radio program.
Under the moniker Pokerkid (aka pk), Paul Topete has posted several anti-Semitic comments to the Poker Face Online forum, some of which are included below [spelling and emphasis in original]: