There is blood in the water.
In the aftermath of the identities of several high-profile racists being exposed on this blog (here and here), the most prominent Internet hate forums have become embroiled in bitter infighting and petty allegations of cooperating with the enemy.
Tension and fear has pitted racist against racist. One commenter on White Nations, a prolific racist who calls himself “Smoky,” claims to have investigated Hatewatch’s outing of Fred O’Malley, who runs White Nations.
O’Malley is really Stanley Diggs of Houma, La. He created White Nations after being booted from the anti-Semitic hate forum Vanguard News Network (VNN) for what he described as his attempt to get rid of an “SPLC mole.” Since that time, Diggs has been attacking VNN relentlessly, and his most devout followers have followed suit.
“I have conducted my own investigation over the past two weeks, talking with those affected by the personal information passed along to the SPLC through VNN,” Smoky wrote last month, referring to Alex Linder’s VNN. “I have enough information now to show that [Linder] himself, or with his approval, passed personal information from a PayPal account from a donation to VNN, to the SPLC.”
As it turns out, “Smoky” is the Internet sobriquet for a man named Randolph Dilloway, a longtime racist who claims to have discovered hate forums in 2000 when he was “becoming more aware of the jewish [sic] problem.” He has gone by many names since, including “Davey Crocket” and “ReverendRandolph,” a reference to his involvement in the neo-Nazi Church of the Creator. And for just as long, he has been a passionate provocateur. Several years ago, he was banned from Stormfront, the largest online racist forum, after getting into an argument over a solicitation to provide financial support to appeal the conviction of Ron Edwards, the imperial wizard, or national leader, of the Imperial Klans of America.
Online, Dilloway is incredibly loyal to Diggs (O’Malley), and the Hatewatch expose acted as a thorn in his side. “I personally know Fred O’Malley and know him to be a stand up guy,” Dilloway wrote on White Nations on Sept. 13. “Do not bother asking me for my information nor how I came to the above conclusions. Several individuals have agreed to talk with me as long as I keep their anonymity. But I will tell you this: no one should trust Alex Linder.”
Dilloway’s comments come as the animosity between Stormfront, VNN and White Nations grows – each accusing the other of leaking intelligence to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which publishes this blog.
For his part, Linder, the owner of VNN and hardly one to pass up on a fight, has repeatedly attacked the white supremacists on White Nations, calling them a “collection of paranoids, nutbags and sex deviants.” He warned that anyone posting at White Nations “will likely be banned” from VNN and recently excoriated his racist comrades for fearing the public light after Hatewatch identified the man posting under the pseudonym “General Lee” as Hattiesburg, Miss., lawyer Paul Bryant Caston.
For almost a decade, Caston posted vile racist messages on VNN, even offering financial support when he could. After he was outed by Hatewatch, Caston attempted to hide his previous posts under another online identity, a fact that infuriated Linder.
“What has he to run from? Nothing. Yet he runs. That hurts our cause,” Linder wrote Monday in a thread titled, “Anonymous Net Pussies.”
“It tells everyone looking on that, yes, we are guilty, shabby little creatures who don’t really believe what we say and will run away crying when exposed.” He continued, “For you who put career first, that’s your decision. Realize, it’s not my job to worry about your career, it’s my job to worry about our cause. The more good men with serious jobs, families, and respectable records we have joining us, saying the same things we say here anonymously openly here and in public, the better for our cause.”
Unfortunately for Linder, his forum of “shabby little creatures,” and the anonymity his fellow racists so desperately crave, it seems the game has changed. It’s every man for himself.