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Idaho Journal Recounts History and Lessons of Aryan Nations

Posted in Hate Groups, Neo-Nazi by Mark Potok on February 13, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Bill Morlin, a Hatewatch blogger and the journalist who covered the Aryan Nations longer and better than virtually anyone else, has a great piece up about that group in the Blue Review, a journal of popular scholarship published by the Boise (Idaho) State University College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs. Bill’s thought-provoking piece recounts the history of the neo-Nazi group that haunted northern Idaho for three decades, until founder Richard Butler’s death in 2004. In particular, it focuses on how Aryan Nations and kindred groups gave Idaho a reputation for white supremacy that it is still battling today.

Squabbling Aryan Nations Factions Descend Into Vicious Name-Calling

Posted in Anti-Black, Anti-Semitic, Hate Groups by Bill Morlin on January 27, 2014 - 3:34 pm

A Louisiana-based faction of the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations, headed by a man with his own checkered criminal past, has severed its ties in a rather public, name-calling way with an Illinois-based motorcycle club, the Sadistic Souls, headed by a former Ku Klux Klan leader.

Morris L. Gulett, the Louisiana man who calls himself “Aryan Nations World Leader,” accused the Sadistic Souls Motorcycle Club and its president, Dennis “SS Lightnin’” McGiffen, of being “drunks and race-mixers” who do little more than post pictures of themselves on social media with their middle fingers raised.

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Not one to hold back, McGiffen responded with his own Internet posting late last year, calling Gulett a “rabbi,” a “costume Nazi” and a “worthless welfare king” deserving of the “Sadistic Souls MC Asshole of the Year 2014” award. McGiffen’s posting comes complete with an obscene Photoshopped image of Gulett appearing in a body orifice of an African-American woman.

The tumultuous marriage between Gulett’s white supremacy organization and the equally racist Sadistic Souls MC lasted less than two years — yet another example of strife and infighting between various splinter remnants of the Aryan Nations that developed after the 2004 death of Aryan Nations founder Richard G. Butler.

In the 1990s, the Aryans Nations was perhaps America’s most visible neo-Nazi group, but it started to fall apart after the Southern Poverty Law Center sued it in 1999, winning a $6.3 million judgment the following year for its clients, who had been terrorized by Aryan Nations security guards. Since Butler’s death, a range of former members have claimed to be his rightful heir as Aryan Nations chieftain, but none has succeeded in bringing the group back to prominence, and most spend the bulk of their energies attacking one another as undeserving pretenders and worse. ( continue to full post… )

Former Army Special Operations Officer Attempting to Relaunch Notorious Neo-Nazi Group

Posted in Hate Groups, Neo-Nazi by Ryan Lenz on January 7, 2014 - 4:42 pm
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National Alliance (NA) Chairman Erich Gliebe has shut down his neo-Nazi group’s websites, ended recruiting of members, and moved to liquidate many of the embattled NA’s remaining assets, including 289 acres of its West Virginia headquarters compound, where founder William Pierce was buried almost a dozen years ago.

But now two former senior NA members have announced their intention to bring what was once America’s most influential hate group back to its glory days by relaunching it in another state under their own leadership. One of them is William (Will) W. Williams, 66, a retired Army Special Forces operator, and the other is broadcast engineer Kevin Alfred Strom, 57, a convicted child porn enthusiast with a long history on the racist right.

The men recently announced plans to rebuild the NA using a barn on Williams’ remote property in Mountain City, Tenn., as a base of operations.

The announcement comes at a time when Gliebe’s failed leadership seems to be driving the remnants of the NA into oblivion. But Williams, an outspoken and self-described “biological racist,” remains one of the most respected former NA officials in the history of the group, and he has high hopes of bringing it back. Williams has a reputation for being a fearless close quarters brawler on racist forums and an absolutist when it comes to Pierce’s unique brand of National Socialism. He also is known as someone ready and able to attack enemies both outside and inside the racist movement. ( continue to full post… )

Hatewatch Investigation: VNN Founder Alex Linder Laments the Panic Created By Outed Racists

Posted in Anti-Black, Hate Groups, Investigations, Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist by Ryan Lenz on October 9, 2013 - 5:08 pm
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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. ( continue to full post… )

Leader of Anti-Gay Hate Group to Run for Governor

Posted in Anti-LGBT, Hate Groups by Hatewatch Staff on October 1, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Scott Lively, leader of Abiding Truth Ministries and the co-author of a revisionist work that blames gay men for the Nazi Party who, ultimately, had a hand in the Holocaust, has decided to run for governor of the state of Massachusetts as an Independent. The election is slated for November 4, 2014.

Lively made an announcement about his decision yesterday on his blog, Scott Lively Ministries, stating that “a true conservative independent could win the governorship,” since, by his reasoning, the Massachusetts Republican party is “controlled by moderate to liberal ‘progressives’ and the Democrats are virtual communists.” Both parties, Lively asserts, “embrace and champion the culture of death.” ( continue to full post… )

In a Near-Final Collapse, the Neo-Nazi National Alliance Ends Membership

Posted in Hate Groups, Neo-Nazi by Mark Potok on September 25, 2013 - 3:04 pm

The National Alliance (NA), the faded organization that once was the powerhouse of the American neo-Nazi scene, seems to be giving off a final death rattle. Its leader says it will no longer function as a membership organization, a move that reflects the fact that it has now lost virtually all of its supporters.

In a letter sent to members earlier this month, NA Chairman Erich Gliebe said the group will now be “supporter-based,” rather than made up of active, dues-paying “members” divided into chapters around the country. Gliebe portrayed the change as a “step forward” and “the beginning of a new approach that will appeal to a broader range of people” and a way of avoiding members with “serious character flaws.”

Gliebe’s Sept. 6 letter was immediately mocked by former members and others who have seen the NA fall from a highly organized and financially stable group of some 1,400 members to a fractious club of fewer than 75 members, most of whom stopped paying their monthly dues long ago. Californian Jim Ring, who until he quit last year was the group’s most respected and influential member, savaged Gliebe on his own website. ( continue to full post… )

Canadian Court Temporarily Halts Money Going to U.S. Neo-Nazi Group

Posted in Hate Groups, Neo-Nazi by Mark Potok on July 24, 2013 - 1:52 pm

A Canadian judge has granted a temporary injunction that blocks distribution of a major bequest left to a notorious American neo-Nazi group. The move, won by lawyers for the sister of the deceased man on Monday, means the National Alliance (NA) cannot collect an estimated $160,000, after taxes, for another eight days.

Attorneys for Isabelle McCorkill are contesting the will of her brother, Robert McCorkill, also known as McCorkell, on the grounds that it violates Canadian public policy by providing funding to the NA, a group whose members have a long history of bombings, assassinations, arson attacks and other terrorist activities. Her lawyer, Marc-Antoine Chiasson, told the National Post newspaper that she acted because she was “disturbed” by who the gift was going to, not because she sought money. ( continue to full post… )

Struggling National Alliance Takes Another Hit as Key Member Quits

Posted in Hate Groups, Neo-Nazi by Don Terry on January 31, 2013 - 4:50 pm

In a growing campaign to embarrass and oust the chairman of the once influential National Alliance (NA), California member Jim Ring, widely seen as the real leader of the notorious neo-Nazi group, has resigned in order to “save the organization from going into complete obscurity.”

Ring quit last October but his self-described “drastic and surprising action” is only coming to light now with the posting by white supremacist bloggers and websites in recent days of his long and well-written combination resignation letter, call to arms and job application.

Ring, of Sacramento, puts himself up as “the necessary replacement’’ of the much-maligned chairman, Erich Gliebe, the successor to the group’s founder, William Pierce, who died in 2002. ( continue to full post… )

Far Right in Frenzy Over Possibility of Gun Legislation

Posted in Extremist Propaganda, Hate Groups by Don Terry on January 3, 2013 - 2:54 pm

Whether the massacre of 20 Connecticut first-graders and six educators by a madman armed with an assault rifle in December will lead to meaningful gun control legislation is far from certain.

But nearly three weeks after the Dec. 14 bloodbath, the American far right – from elements of the Tea Party to bigoted bloggers to conspiracy theorists – is working itself into an absolute frothy uproar at even the possibility that it may become more difficult to purchase a military-style assault rifle or a magazine that carries dozens of bullets. ( continue to full post… )

Two Prominent National Alliance Websites Pulled Offline

Posted in Hate Groups, Neo-Nazi by Ryan Lenz on October 19, 2012 - 4:45 pm

Two of the most influential websites associated with the National Alliance, a failing neo-Nazi group once considered a powerhouse of the racist radical right, have been pulled offline in what seems to be further evidence of organizational struggle and discord.

The sites, which went inactive on Oct. 17, offered news and commentary on white power issues before they disappeared. Visitors to the pages – a news site for the National Alliance and the primary website for the Sacramento, Calif., chapter – now find messages saying the sites were disabled after the webmaster resigned from the group. ( continue to full post… )