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SPLC Finds New Evidence of Extremists in the Military, Urges Congress to Investigate

By Heidi Beirich on July 10, 2009 - 8:14 am, Posted in Extremists in the Military

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) today urged Congress to investigate growing evidence that racial extremists are infiltrating the U.S. military and take steps to ensure that the armed forces are not inadvertently training future domestic terrorists.

In a letter to committee chairmen with oversight over homeland security and the armed services, the SPLC said it recently found dozens of personal profiles on the neo-Nazi social networking site, NewSaxon.org, which listed “military” as the poster’s occupation. NewSaxon is run by the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement and serves as a sort of racist version of Facebook for “People of European Descent.” These profiles are just the latest in a string of evidence the SPLC has provided since 2006 to the Pentagon of extremist infiltration of the military (for SPLC’s reports, read here, here, and here).

The NewSaxon profiles include an individual who says he is about to be deployed with the Air Force overseas and is looking forward to “killing all the bloody sand niggers!” Another poster who claims to be currently serving in Iraq writes that he “hate[s] illegal immigrants with a passion and feel[s] every true red blooded, white American should do whatever it takes to stop the foreign invasion.” He lists Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf as one of his favorite books. Another poster currently serving in Afghanistan lists as his favorite book The Turner Diaries, which was written by neo-Nazi leader William Pierce and served as a blueprint for the Oklahoma City bombing. Many of the profiles include pictures of the posters in military uniform.

These profiles provide further evidence that current Department of Defense regulations prohibiting “active participation” in extremist groups are inadequate because they can be interpreted to allow members of the armed forces to be “mere members” of hate groups or to engage in unaffiliated extremist activities, such as posting racist and anti-Semitic messages to social networking websites and E-mail lists or maintaining online profiles filled with racist materials.

An article posted yesterday on Stars & Stripes’ website about SPLC’s call for congressional action reported that “military officials gave conflicting answers this week when asked how policies governing racist behavior are being enforced.” A spokesman for the Department of the Army told Stars & Stripes that allegations of racist behavior are dealt with “on a case-by-case basis at the unit disciplinary level or in the military justice system” and have not been “addressed as an Army-wide problem.”

  • http://none Dave Fisherman.

    I think congress and the DOD,and MP’s should investigate
    more cases of Extremisim in the Military.Thats terrible.
    I’d not be suprised that rasist groups in the neo-militia-movement are invovoled.The military should have more power to assist
    Law-enforcement.And controll therse militias, so Racisim dosent desroy our great Military.

  • Marisa

    Ty, you need to learn how to spell – the word is “ludicrous.” So is your comment. And AM, you are absolutely correct that hispanic/latino is a “culture,” not a race. There are only 3 races. And Ms. Pitbull, your comment is RIGHT ON!!!! And – the mindset of the Marine Corps is perfect for white supremacists to infiltrate – and those bastards (white supremacists) are getting training paid for by ALL of us. The military needs to open its eyes and carefully check out those wanting to join up.

  • beholder

    AM said
    So, what do you want? Every white person in America to personally plant their lips on your posterior? How about a dollar from every one of those people in America who are deemed certified subliminal racists for the exclusive reason that they have light colored skin and yours is dark?
    ———————————-

    For starters we could have a scholarship fund for descendents of slaves.

    We could also see serious affirmative action legislation to end workforce and other forms of discrimination.

    Apologies are only the start.

  • Pam

    SPLC: Has congress investigated this report? Have you all received any feed back from the?

  • AM

    Beholder,

    I don’t know you, and perhaps if we in the flesh, we never would have had this discussion. However, I’m glad we did.

    I read in the paper today that the California legislature last July formulated an apology to the Chinese for the Chinese exclusion act of 1882.

    Ok, people whose ancestors might not have been in the US before 1900, or in California before 1910 or even the 1930′s are apologizing to people who are long dead. Maybe the apology even extended to Chinese people in mainland China.

    An apology doesn’t really matter to dead people. Particularly one from living people who are six to eight generations later.

    It doesn’t affect the living either way in any real manner, regardless if one is a San Francisco descendant of 19th century coolies or a child of 1980′s Chinese immigrants.

    Fairly recently the US Congress, one and a half centuries descended from a government which fought a bloody civil war to abolish slavery, likewise apologized for slavery in America. Did that put any money in your pocket? Did that vapid bit of political correctness sooth that chip on your shoulder?

    No to either one.

    So, what do you want? Every white person in America to personally plant their lips on your posterior? How about a dollar from every one of those people in America who are deemed certified subliminal racists for the exclusive reason that they have light colored skin and yours is dark?

    Once again, I’m not available.

    I’m not responsible for your angst, and it’s not my problem.

  • beholder

    Thank you for bringing out the white pass. But I think we’ve already seen it.