Friday, July 07, 2006

SPLC Exaggerates Neo-Nazi Activity, Ignores Street Gang Activity Among Troops In Iraq

Special Note: Re-posted May 12th, 2007 to remove expired photo links.

Today the New York Times posted an article claiming that "large numbers" of "racist hate" groups and "neo-Nazis" have "infiltrated" the military. Click here for full article.

Synopsis: A decade after the Pentagon declared a zero-tolerance policy for racist hate groups, recruiting shortfalls caused by the war in Iraq have allowed "large numbers of neo-Nazis and skinhead extremists" to infiltrate the military, according to a report published by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks racist and right-wing militia groups. According to the report, the numbers could run into the thousands, citing interviews with Defense Department
investigators and reports and postings on racist websites and magazines. "We've got Aryan Nations graffiti in Baghdad," according to one Department of Defense investigator quoted in the report. Of course, the report completely ignores the street gang graffitti popping up in Iraq. A Defense Department spokeswoman said officials there could not comment on the report because they had not yet seen it.

The center called on Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to appoint a task force to study the problem, declare a new zero tolerance policy and strictly enforce it. The report said that neo-Nazi groups like the National Alliance, whose founder, William Pierce, wrote "The Turner Diaries," the novel that was the inspiration and blueprint for Timothy J. McVeigh's bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building, sought to enroll followers in the Army to get training for a race war.

The report quotes Scott Barfield, a Defense Department investigator, saying, "Recruiters are knowingly allowing neo-Nazis and white supremacists to join the armed forces, and commanders don't remove them from the military even after we positively identify them as extremists or gang members."

Barfield said Army recruiters struggled last year to meet goals. "They don't want to make a big deal again about neo-Nazis in the military," he said, "because then parents who are already worried about their kids signing up and dying in Iraq are going to be even more reluctant about their kids enlisting if they feel they'll be exposed to gangs and white supremacists."

The 1996 crackdown on extremists came after revelations that McVeigh had espoused far-right ideas when he was in the Army and recruited two fellow soldiers to aid his bomb plot. Those revelations were followed by a furor that developed when three white paratroopers were convicted of the random slaying of a black couple in order to win tattoos and 19 others were discharged for participating in neo-Nazi activities.

The defense secretary at the time, William Perry, said the rules were meant to leave no room for racist and extremist activities within the military. But the report said Barfield, who is based at Fort Lewis, Wash., had said that he had provided evidence on 320 extremists there in the past year, but that only two had been discharged. He also said there was an online network of neo-Nazis. "They're communicating with each other about weapons, about recruiting, about keeping their identities secret, about organizing within the military," he said. "Several of these individuals have since been deployed to combat missions in Iraq."

The report cited accounts by neo-Nazis of their infiltration of the military, including a discussion on the white nationalist website Stormfront. "There are others among you in the forces," one participant wrote. "You are never alone." An article in the National Alliance magazine Resistance urged skinheads to join the Army and insist on being assigned to light infantry units. The Southern Poverty Law Center identified the author as Steven Barry, who it said was a former Special Forces officer who was the alliance's "military unit coordinator." "Light infantry is your branch of choice because the coming race war and the ethnic cleansing to follow will be very much an infantryman's war," he wrote. "It will be house-to-house, neighborhood-by-neighborhood until your town or city is cleared and the alien races are driven into the countryside where they can be hunted down and 'cleansed.' "

He concluded: "As a professional soldier, my goal is to fill the ranks of the United States Army with skinheads. As street brawlers, you will be useless in the coming race war. As trained infantrymen, you will join the ranks of the Aryan warrior brotherhood."

Analysis: Please note the New York Times, which is already discredited thanks to Jayson Blair and more recent scandals, cites the even more-discredited Southern Poverty Law Center as a source. One error, which I corrected, originally referred to Stormfront as a "white supremacist" website. It is more accurately described as a "white nationalist" website; the term "white nationalist" is an umbrella term inclusive of white supremacists, white separatists, and white preservationists.

In addition, DoD investigator Scott Barfield complains that commanders don't remove "white supremacists" even after he's "positively "identified them. First, investigators have no vested interested in exonerating anyone; they are judged by the number of cases made rather than the number of people exonerated. Second, investigators are partisan parties. Anyone falling within their purview is considered guilty; the presumption of innocence does not exist in the mind of a typical investigator. Finally, how do we know that commanders didn't act upon the information supplied to them. Perhaps when they interviewed their people, they found they information exaggerated or unsubstantiated. Perhaps they imposed non-judicial punishment. While the Hatch Act bars active-duty military personnel from taking part in partisan political campaigns, it does not bar them from expressing political views at other times and in other ways. It appears that Barfield believes that anyone who expresses pro-white views should be automatically separated from the military, regardless of their actions or track record. What's his attitude towards street gang members who also join to get training and network with each other?

Much of the information cited by the SPLC is actually several years old. The alleged article by Stephen Barry actually appeared in a magazine called "Resistor" published back in 2000, which had NO connection with the National Alliance. Now perhaps people understand more why former Alabama Attorney General Democratic candidate Larry Darby wanted to take the SPLC down.

Also note that back in May of this year, when reports of street gang graffitti and activity among troops in Iraq first surfaced, the SPLC took NO interest and issued NO report, even though the Chicago Sun-Times and others reported on this activity. . In the U.S., street gangs regularly commit crimes and do drive-by shootings; so-called "neo-Nazis" do neither. Crimes attributed to "neo-Nazis" are often actually committed
by "wannabes" like the Vinlanders Social Club, who use white nationalism as a cover for beer-swilling, womanizing, and general misbehavior. One picture of the Vinlanders (pictured at left), posted on Bill White's Overthrow88 blog (which is separate and different from his Overthrow website), shows one member with her arms totally vandalized by tattoos from shoulder to fingertip. They are no different in spirit from MS-13 scum who vandalize their entire bodies with tattoos.

Finally, Bill White, the longtime editor of Libertarian Socialist News, posted an article on his Overthrow website revealing than an individual named T.J. Leyden is the source for much of the information used by the SPLC. He identifies T.J. Leyden as an individual who customarily lies about his white nationalist activities in order to gain an advantage over his wife in various child custody and divorce proceedings.

No one's denying that WN activity might be occurring. However, the SPLC, identified as biased against the right in the NY Times article, has a vested interested in EXAGGERATING the "sins" of the right in order to prompt fund-raising. They minimize or outright DENY the "sins" of the left.

Related Previous Posts:

"SPLC Claims Another Victim", May 7th . This was a story about how the SPLC used the civil justice system to rip off former KKK Grand Dragon Jeff Berry's home. There's been more misfortune in Berry's life since that time. Report below:

Anthony Berry, the son of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon, Jeff Berry, had his first court appearance Wednesday after being arrested in connection with a Saturday night beating.
Anthony's accused of beating his father into critical condition, but Wednesday he pleaded not guilty to Aggravated Battery, a Class B Felony. Class B Felonies carry at least a 10-year prison sentence.

Also in court, Berry got a $10,000 bond to get out of jail issued; that is the state standard for Class B Felony bonds. Dekalb County Prosecutor ClaraMary Winebrenner asked for a higher bond, $20,000, because Berry had a prior misdemeanor battery conviction.

There were conditions to Berry's bond, however. He cannot have any contact, direct or indirect, with his father and he can't drink any alcohol. Hmmm, like father, like son.

"More SPLC Skullduggery", May 11th

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3 comments:

  1. You can correct all you want on the term "white supremacists" but clowns like Strom, Duke and yes even the drunken Gliebe believe their crap doesn't stink and it's everyone else's fault their life sucks big time!
    How it sucks I don't know considering Duke has enough bucks to take one trip after the other, Strom brags of his extensive "art" collection that he has in that split-level house he pretends is a mansion and Gliebe has enough money to keep his alcoholic problem fed.

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  2. Perhaps that's why the term "Dues Brothers" was coined for some of them. David Pringle's latest post refers to Shaun Walker as one of the "Dues Brothers".

    That's one of the reasons why I don't join any of those organizations. Not only do you have to pay dues, but you also become "hostage" to the organization's agenda even at the expense of the greater cause.

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  3. It doesn't matter, you consider yourselves supreme to everyone else. That is my point.
    Something you (collective you) constantly accuse everyone else of being.
    Like Duke's insane babble about Jews. He refers to Jews as supremacists. I'd like to know what that bonehead thinks he is preaching when it comes to his not so perfect "white" race.

    A good example is what you said about the SPLC, "cites the even more-discredited Southern Poverty Law Center as a source." when I can go back into comments you have made about the JDL, which I am not a member of, being listed as a terrorist organization on the SPLC website. That would mean the SPLC isn't exactly right on that notion either, huh? There is that umbrella effect you were talking about.
    When it comes to your white comrades though they are discredited, using old news, etc.

    What is good for the goose....

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