The Threat Within: Racists In The Ranks

White supremacists have infiltrated the U.S. military.

If you missed hearing about this , blame it on the mainstream media’s inability to walk and chew gum at the same time, but this is an incredibly scary story that has surprisingly been ignored by much of the press obsessing over the Republican coronation of Mitt Romney in Tampa this week.

Death threats against the life of the president are not unusual (and especially not this president), but when the threat to the Commander-In-Chief comes from U.S. soldiers that isn’t just news, it’s scary as hell.

Four Army soldiers based in southeast Georgia killed a former comrade and his girlfriend to protect an anarchist militia group they formed with the intention of overthrowing the U.S. government and killing the president, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors in a civilian court in Long County, near the sprawling Army post Fort Stewart, said the militia group of active and former U.S. military members spent at least $87,000 buying guns and bomb components. They allege the group was serious enough to kill two people — former soldier Michael Roark and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Tiffany York — by shooting them in the woods last December in order to keep its plans secret.

The prosecutor said the militia group had big plans. It plotted to take over Fort Stewart by seizing its ammunition control point and talked of bombing the Forsyth Park fountain in nearby Savannah, she said. In Washington state, she added, the group plotted to bomb a dam and poison the state’s apple crop. Ultimately, prosecutors said, the militia’s goal was to overthrow the government and assassinate the president.

“This domestic terrorist organization did not simply plan and talk,” prosecutor Isabel Pauley told a Superior Court judge. “Prior to the murders in this case, the group took action. Evidence shows the group possessed the knowledge, means and motive to carry out their plans.”

Prosecutors said the group called itself F.E.A.R., short for Forever Enduring Always Ready. Pauley said authorities don’t know how many members it had.

Prosecutors say Roark, 19, served with the four defendants in the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and became involved with the militia. Pauley said the group believed it had been betrayed by Roark, who left the Army two days before he was killed, and decided the ex-soldier and his girlfriend needed to be silenced.

Burnett testified that on the night of Dec. 4, he and the three other soldiers lured Roark and York to some woods a short distance from the Army post under the guise that they were going target shooting. He said Peden shot Roark’s girlfriend in the head while she was trying to get out of her car. Salmon, he said, made Roark get on his knees and shot him twice in the head. Burnett said Aguigui ordered the killings.

Pauley said Aguigui funded the militia using $500,000 in insurance and benefit payments from the death of his pregnant wife a year ago. Aguigui was not charged in his wife’s death, but Pauley told the judge her death was “highly suspicious.”

She said Aguigui used the money to buy $87,000 worth of semiautomatic assault rifles, other guns and bomb components that were recovered from the accused soldiers’ homes and from a storage locker. He also used the insurance payments to buy land for his militia group in Washington state, Pauley said.

The president was targeted, but so was America.

As alarming as the idea of domestic terrorism and murder carried out by active duty soldiers is, it is notable that the charges were filed by Georgia prosecutors and not the U.S. military which dropped charges against the four for the slayings of Roark and York.    Military officials need to explain why.

The arrests of these soldiers comes a few days after reports of how the the armed forces was slowly coming to realize they have been infiltrated by White supremacists looking not to serve their country, but receive military training in order to bring about RAHOWA (racial holy war).

They call it “rahowa” – short for racial holy war – and they are preparing for it by joining the ranks of the world’s fiercest fighting machine, the U.S. military.

White supremacists, neo-Nazis and skinhead groups encourage followers to enlist in the Army and Marine Corps to acquire the skills to overthrow what some call the ZOG – the Zionist Occupation Government. Get in, get trained and get out to brace for the coming race war.

If this scenario seems like fantasy or bluster, civil rights organizations take it as deadly serious, especially given recent events. Former U.S. Army soldier Wade Page opened fire with a 9mm handgun at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on August 5, murdering six people and critically wounding three before killing himself during a shootout with police.

Page, who was 40, was well known in the white supremacist music scene. In the early 2000s he told academic researcher Pete Simi that he became a neo-Nazi after joining the military in 1992. Fred Lucas, who served with him, said Page openly espoused his racist views until 1998, when he was demoted from sergeant to specialist, discharged and barred from re-enlistment.

While at Fort Bragg, in North Carolina, Page told Simi, he made the acquaintance of James Burmeister, a skinhead paratrooper who in 1995 killed a black Fayetteville couple in a racially motivated shooting. Burmeister was sentenced to life in prison and died in 2007.

No one knows how many white supremacists have served since then. A 2008 report commissioned by the Justice Department found half of all right-wing extremists in the United States had military experience.

Wade Michael Page: Neo-Nazi, ex-military, murderer.

In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security released a report documenting the looming threat of far-right extremism and the surge in violence over the past four years when the lunatic fringe of the Right lost their minds over the election of Barack Obama among other factors as the Southern Poverty Law Center noted in 2009 after the DHS report was issued.

A new intelligence assessment by the Department of Homeland Security warns of extremist recruitment fueled by the faltering economy, the election of Barack Obama and fears about Latino immigration — factors the Southern Poverty Law Center has previously cited as underpinning the growth of hate groups and extremist activity.

The report, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” also warns of the recruitment of military veterans to extremist groups — an issue that the SPLC has investigated and urged the Pentagon to address.

The department’s report, dated April 7, was distributed to law enforcement agencies across the country to aid them in combating potential rightwing terrorism. The SPLC cited the same factors as contributing to extremist activity in its “Year in Hate” report issued in February. That report found the number of hate groups in the United States had grown to 926 — a 54 percent increase since 2000.

“This Homeland Security report reinforces our view that the current political and economic climate in the United States is creating the right conditions for a rise in extremist activity,” said Mark Potok, director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project, which monitors hate groups. “As did the rise of the militia movement in the 1990s, this increases the threat of domestic terrorism.”

This is what domestic terror by extremists with military experience looks like.

The dead Sikhs murdered by Wade Page would agree right-wing domestic terrorism is real despite attempts by overly touchy Republicans to debunk the DHS report.  It has been proven to be scarily accurate in its forecasting.

What was Page besides a White supremacist bigot? Ex-military, and he’s not the only one.  We remember two others by name of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols and the madness they unleashed on Oklahoma City.

I can’t fathom why mainstream conservatives are playing hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil about the clear threat posed by the far right-wing fringe, but they need to expend less energy railing against the DHS report and more recognizing the genuine threat posed by the Neo-Nazis and White supremacists who have traded in their swastikas and hoods for military uniforms and combat boots.

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4 thoughts on “The Threat Within: Racists In The Ranks

  1. A good friend of mine who used to work for the Department of Homeland Security sent me this story when it hit Yahoo. Part of the reason he quit DHS was because of the frustration he felt with the politicos who refused to see that this was a real threat that needed to be dealt with…mostly because Republicans don’t seem to like putting their base in check.

    I wonder how many times this has to happen before someone realizes that the 2009 report wasn’t just some attempt on the part of the left to get rid of the Second Amendment, which is what these clowns always think. This report was a way of saying “Hey, assholes! You need to look at the guys you’re giving military training to. Some of them have evil deeds planned for later!”

    And I’m not even going to get into the whole “They’re going to assassinate President Obama” thing. I tell this particular friend all of the time that the folks he works with aren’t going to take a threat to this president seriously until one of these assholes puts a bullet in his head…and then it’ll be too late because the ensuing riot will make L.A. in 1992 look like a clambake.

  2. This is one of the more disturbing news stories I’ve seen/heard lately, yet it was just a blip on the national news. I’ve read more about it online than through major news outlets. Scary, scary people. I don’t know what to say. The thought that men serving in the military are choosing this path — I can’t even wrap my head around it.

    • There’s a whole Seven Days In May quality to this and the fact that the national media has largely ignored this story angers and frustrates me. It’s as if they won’t pay attention until another Timothy McVeigh pulls off some act of domestic terrorism that leaves hundreds of Americans dead or just one American President.

  3. Pingback: Daily Progressive | Hate groups, homegrown terrorism have increased since Obama became President

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