Military: We Need a Few Good Neo-Nazis, Gays Need Not Apply
July 10, 2009
(ChattahBox)—The Southern Poverty Law Center, a watchdog group that protects civil rights and monitors hate groups across the nation, is appearing on Friday before the armed forces Congressional committee, to warn Congressional members of the alarming rise in white supremacists and neo-Nazi hate groups that have infiltrated all branches of our military.
The SPLC prepared a report showing the growing problem of white supremacists enlisting in the military to receive military training, which would benefit the armed and violent extremist movement once they are discharged. The evidence gathered by the SPLC is supported by an unclassified FBI report released last year, sounding the alarm about the growing infiltration of members of extremists hate groups in our military.
The SPLC in 2005, called on then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to take the problem of white supremacist infiltration of our military more seriously and institute a zero-tolerance policy towards racist extremism, but Rumsfeld and Bush ignored the problem and took no action.
Since that time, racist extremism has soared in the military. Aryan Nations graffiti in the war torn City of Baghdad is not uncommon.
Ironically, as Military recruiters continue to enlist white supremacists and neo-Nazis into our armed forces, more than 12,500 service members have been discharged since 1994, because they are gay. Many of who are highly skilled and trained in fields that are in short supply by the military, such as linguists and Arabic translators.
How did our military standards fall so low to allow our armed forces to become overrun with neo-Nazi groups? The problem began during the start of the Iraq War. Military recruiters were desperate to make up for severe enlistment shortfalls, as the U.S. presence in both Iraq and Afghanistan intensified.
What’s even more alarming is that leaders of white supremacists and neo-Nazi organizations are actively engaging in their own recruiting of members within their ranks to encourage followers to join the military.
The 2008 FBI report found that leaders of extremist organizations choose followers, without tattoos evidencing their membership in hate groups, who have clean records showing no documented history of neo-Nazi activity.
The white supremacists in the military don’t seem too concerned about keeping their extreme beliefs hidden, despite military regulations prohibiting racist extremism.
As part of its report, the SPLC points to numerous instances of service members listed on the extremist hate website, newsaxon.org, which is a Facebook type of site formed by the white supremacists organization, the National Socialist Movement. The profiles on new saxon show displays of hate, such as Nazi and Confederate flags and racist diatribes.
The SPLC found that 130 members out of a total 7,906 users list their profession as “military.” One military member of new saxon boasted that he was due to be shipped overseas and was excited about the prospect of “killing all the bloody sand niggers.”
Another military member claims to be a 24-year-old staff sergeant, writing on his profile page, “I love and will do anything to keep our master race marching. I have been a skinhead forever.”
The SPLC is calling on the Pentagon to stem the tide now of the infiltration of our military by white supremacists, so the military does not develop into a training ground for the training of future domestic terrorists.
Homeland Security head, Janet Napolitano issued a report in the spring, warning that right-wing extremist groups pose a growing threat of domestic terrorism in our country. The report also stated that there was evidence that hate groups were recruiting returning veterans, because of their special training.
Conservatives lambasted Napolitano for the report, claiming it unfairly targeted our veterans as potential domestic terrorists. With the recent surge in right-wing domestic violence and now this new report released by the SPLC, her report is alarmingly prescient.