White Supremacists Are Joining Military to Get Weapons Training
White supremacists reportedly believe that ”rahowa” – racial holy war – is coming, and they plan on being prepared. Part of that preparation includes weapons training, so racist groups are encouraging their members to join the military. A 2008 report commissioned by the Justice Department found that half of all right-wing extremists in the United States had military experience.
….the Pentagon has launched three major pushes in recent decades to crack down on racist extremists. The first directive was issued in 1986, when Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger ordered military personnel to reject supremacist organizations.
That failed to stop former Marine T.J. Leyden, with two-inch SS bolts tattooed above his collar, from serving from 1988 to 1991 while openly supporting neo-n**i causes. A member of the Hammerskin Nation, a skinhead group, he said he hung a swastika from his locker, taking it down only when his commander politely asked him to ahead of inspections by the commanding general.
“I went into the Marine Corps for one specific reason: I would learn how shoot,” Leyden told Reuters. “I also learned how to use C-4 (explosives), blow things up.
The topic of white supremacists in the military reemerged after former Army soldier Wade Page gunned down worshipers at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, but he’s not alone. While serving in the Army, Page befriended James Burmeister, a skinhead paratrooper who killed a black Fayetteville couple in a racially motivated shooting.
To weed them out, the Army says it is now specifically looking for tattoos as indicators of white supremacist affiliations, among other things. No one knows whether the military’s screening will be successful in weeding out white supremacists because white supremacists groups teach their members how to avoid detection from military staff. Among other things, the group teaches young racist recruits to grow their hair and hide their tattoos.
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