U.S. Military White Supremacists Neo-Nazis And Skinhead Groups


FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina (Reuters) - They alarm it "rahowa" - abbreviate for ancestral angelic war - and they are advancing for it by abutting the ranks of the world's fiercest angry machine, the U.S. military.

White supremacists, neo-Nazis and baldheaded groups animate followers to admit in the Army and Marine Corps to access the abilities to abolish what some alarm the ZOG - the Zionist Occupation Government. Get in, get accomplished and get out to brace for the advancing chase war.

If this book seems like fantasy or bluster, civilian rights organizations booty it as baleful serious, abnormally
accustomed contempo events. Aloft U.S. Army soldier Wade Page opened blaze with a 9mm blaster at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on August 5, murdering six bodies and alarmingly acid three afore killing himself during a shootout with police.

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The U.S. Defense Department as able-bodied has stepped up efforts to abolition agitated racists from its ranks, earning acclaim from organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has tracked and apparent abhorrence groups back the 1970s.

Page, who was 40, was able-bodied accepted in the white abolitionist music scene. In the aboriginal 2000s he told bookish researcher Pete Simi that he became a neo-Nazi afterwards abutting the aggressive in 1992. Fred Lucas, who served with him, said Page aboveboard consort his racist angle until 1998, back he was demoted from baker to specialist, absolved and barred from re-enlistment.

While at Fort Bragg, in North Carolina, Page told Simi, he fabricated the associate of James Burmeister, a baldheaded paratrooper who in 1995 dead a atramentous Fayetteville brace in a racially motivated shooting. Burmeister was bedevilled to action in bastille and died in 2007.

No one knows how abounding white supremacists accept served back then. A 2008 address commissioned by the Amends Department begin bisected of all bourgeois extremists in the United States had aggressive experience.

"We don't absolutely anticipate this is a huge problem, at Bragg, and beyond the Army," said Colonel Kevin Arata, a agent for Fort Bragg.

"In my 26 years in the Army, I've never apparent it," the aloft aggregation administrator said.

Experts accept articular the attendance of artery assemblage associates as a added boundless problem. Even so, the Pentagon has launched three aloft pushes in contempo decades to able bottomward on racist extremists. The aboriginal charge was issued in 1986, back Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger ordered aggressive cadre to adios abolitionist organizations.

That bootless to stop aloft Marine T.J. Leyden, with two-inch SS bolts tattooed aloft his collar, from confined from 1988 to 1991 while aboveboard acknowledging neo-Nazi causes. A affiliate of the Hammerskin Nation, a baldheaded group, he said he afraid a swastika from his locker, demography it bottomward alone back his administrator affably asked him to advanced of inspections by the advantageous general.

"I went into the Marine Corps for one specific reason: I would apprentice how shoot," Leyden told Reuters. "I additionally abstruse how to use C-4 (explosives), draft things up. I took all my aggressive abilities and said I could use these to alternation added people," said Leyden, 46, who has back abandoned the white ability movement and is a adviser for the anti-Nazi Simon Wiesenthal Center.


In 1995, eight months afore the Fort Bragg murders, two aloft Army soldiers austere the Oklahoma City federal building, killing 168 people. With a growing acquaintance of the overextension militia movement, the Pentagon in 1996 banned aggressive cadre from accommodating in abolitionist causes and accustomed commanders to accountant cadre for rallying, recruiting or training racists.

"What's alarming about Page is that he served in the 1990s back putatively this was actuality advised absolutely actively by the military. There's affluence of added Pages who served during the war on terror, and we don't apperceive what they're action to be accomplishing over the abutting decade or so," said Matt Kennard, columnist of the accessible book "Irregular Army: How the U.S. Aggressive Recruited Neo-Nazis, Assemblage Associates and Criminals to Fight the War on Terror."

Kennard argues the U.S. aggressive was so atrocious for troops while angry accompanying wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that it accustomed extremists, felons and assemblage associates into the armed forces.

The aggressive can admission a "moral waiver" to acquiesce a bedevilled bent or contrarily disqualified actuality into the armed forces, and the allotment of recruits accepted such waivers grew from 16.7 percent in 2003 to 19.6 percent in 2006, according to Pentagon abstracts acquired by the Palm Center in a 2007 Abandon of Information Act request. But the Pentagon says no abandonment exists for accord in agitator organizations.

"Our standards accept not changed; accord in agitator activities has never been acceptable and is amiss beneath the Uniformed Code of Aggressive Justice," said Eileen Lainez, a Defense Department spokeswoman.

The Pentagon's third charge adjoin white supremacists was issued in 2009 afterwards a Department of Homeland Aegis address bidding affair that bourgeois extremists were recruiting veterans abiding from wars overseas.

The Pentagon's 2009 instruction, acclimatized in February 2012, directs commanders to abide active for signs of racist action and to arbitrate back they see it. It bans soldiers from blogging or chatting on racist websites while on duty.

"This is the best we've anytime seen," said Heidi Beirich, baton of the Southern Poverty Law Center's intelligence project, apropos to the Pentagon's attitude. "It was absolutely alarming beneath the Bush administering how agilely they took it, so this is a aloft advance."

Her accumulation monitors online babble amid self-described active-duty warriors confined across and letters it to aggressive officials. It additionally receives approved calls from aggressive board allurement about racists in the service.

The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), addition civilian rights monitor, accept helped alternation admiral on how to atom extremists, although Mark Pitcavage, administrator of analytic analysis at the ADL, says the aggressive lacks absolute training for recruiters and commanders. He alleged the military's acknowledgment back alerted to white supremacists "patchy."

"We've apparent a abundant ambit of response, from accepting a buzz alarm the abutting day saying, 'He's already out,' to not accomplishing annihilation at all," Pitcavage said.


The Army showed Reuters a one-hour presentation it says was advised to brainwash soldiers and Army leaders about its abandonment action and how to respond, including to white supremacy groups. Penalties for agitator credo may accommodate actuality removed from the military, accepting aegis clearances yanked or actuality demoted.

"The accepted abhorrent bulletin has not been replaced, aloof packaged abnormally with issues like abandon of speech, anti-gun ascendancy themes, tax ameliorate and oppression," the presentation says, acquainted that application may be difficult to detect, occurring agilely "in confined and breach areas" on bases.

The presentation instructs Army leaders to attending out for tattooed symbols of lightning bolts, skulls, swastikas, eagles and Nordic warriors. Skinheads may accept tattoos assuming acid wire, hobnailed boots and hammers.

In a abundant flowchart alleged a "Tattoo Decision Support Matrix," Army leaders are apparent how to acknowledge to assorted tattoos. At the time of publication, the Army was clumsy to analyze the locations area this advance was actuality taught.


"We're actual austere on the boom action actuality aural this recruiting station," said Baker Aaron Iskenderian, arch of the Army recruiting appointment in Fayetteville, the Army boondocks abutting to Fort Bragg.

With the United States aloof from Iraq, ambagious bottomward from Afghanistan and unemployment ashore aloft 8 percent, recruiters can be dainty again.

Iskenderian cited the archetype of a adolescent man who came in afresh with a boom of the Confederate flag.

"We're in the South here. It's advised Southern heritage. It's on the Accepted Lee," Iskenderian said, apropos to the car from the television appearance "The Dukes of Hazzard."

"Is it racist? I asked him, 'What does it beggarly to you?' and he said, 'Southern pride.'"

The abeyant recruit additionally told Iskenderian he had a atramentous girlfriend. Iskenderian beatific the affair up the alternation of command, and the adolescent man was rejected.

Academics who abstraction white supremacists say proponents of the "infiltration strategy" of abutting the U.S. aggressive accept adapted, cogent skinheads to deceive aggressive recruiters by absolution their beard grow, alienated or accoutrement tattoos, and suppressing their racist views.

"You accept to differentiate amid some of the affected fantasies of some of the leaders of the movement and what absolutely is action on," cautioned the ADL's Pitcavage.

For neo-Nazis who get accomplished the screeners, as with the assemblage members, the aggressive needs a absolute strategy, said Carter F. Smith, a aloft aggressive investigator who is now a assistant of bent amends at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee.

"They are some of the best acclimatized soldiers we have. They absolutely demand to apprentice to shoot those weapons," Smith said. "The botheration wasn't aloof that we were aperture the floodgates to let them in. We let them out afterwards case or back their time was up and we didn't let the badge know."

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