Friday, July 07, 2006

Pentagon Turning Blind Eye To Neo-Nazis and Skinheads Who Enlist , Report Says

The U.S. military has been increasingly resourceful in finding recruits who are willing to go into combat to administer the policies of the Bush administration.

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 watchdog organization.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks racist and right-wing militia groups, estimated that the numbers could run into the thousands, citing interviews with Defense Department investigators and reports and postings on racist Web sites and magazines.

"We've got Aryan Nations graffiti in Baghdad," the group quoted a Defense Department investigator as saying in a report to be posted today on its Web site, www.splcenter.org. "That's a problem." ...

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 groups are being abetted, the report said, by pressure on recruiters, particularly for the Army, to meet quotas that are more difficult to reach because of the growing unpopularity of the war in Iraq.

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."

Mr. 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 Mr. 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...

(T)he report said Mr. 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...

An article in the National Alliance magazine Resistance urged skinheads to join the Army and insist on being assigned to light infantry units.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, hey, the bright side of all this is that the Law of Natural Selection can do its work...

Somehow I never thought the army was ever populated with Tom Hanks/Jimmy Stewart types... the boys I feel really sorry for are those that are looking for a ticket out of some hell hole of a life in the U.S. - free dental coverage, etc. -- only to find they've landed in another hell hole -- and while they have dental coverage - now they're missing a leg...

Dena

7/07/2006 11:14 AM  
Blogger Effwit said...

Dena:

The hate group types are bound to be having massively rude awakenings when they are forced to sink or swim in the most racially diverse workplace in America--the Army.

Ho ho ho.

7/07/2006 11:43 AM  
Blogger R. Rodgers said...

I added you to my Blogs of Interest, hope you do not mind. Thanks.

7/08/2006 4:19 AM  
Blogger Effwit said...

R. Rodgers:

I don't mind a bit.

Thanks.

7/08/2006 7:50 AM  
Blogger Jon said...

Effwit,

I might link you, would that be ok. :)

7/08/2006 1:27 PM  
Blogger Effwit said...

Jon:

ROFL

7/08/2006 1:33 PM  

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