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Neo-Nazi Indicted for Bombs is Son of Movement Stalwart

By Evelyn Schlatter on January 28, 2011 - 4:24 pm, Posted in Neo-Nazi

A federal grand jury Wednesday indicted Jeffery Harbin, 28, of Apache Junction, Ariz., on three counts of possessing explosive devices. Harbin, who has ties to the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM) and was formerly a member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance, had in his possession 12 grenade-like improvised explosive devices. They were built with PVC pipe and filled with black powder, ball bearings, and an improvised fusing system.

The indictment alleges that Harbin unlawfully transported one of the devices. He was pulled over by law enforcement while driving his pickup truck on January 14 in Apache Junction. Dennis K. Burke, U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, told ABC15 News that “Jeffery Harbin built these IEDs in such a away as to maximize human carnage.” If found guilty, Harbin faces up to 10 years in prison for each count and the possibility of a $250,000 fine.

Neo-Nazi sympathizer and former NSM member J.T. Ready, currently one of Arizona’s most visible self-appointed border patrollers, claimed that he personally recruited Harbin into the NSM, but that he himself is no longer a member of the group. When asked by ABC15 News in Phoenix if he knew what Harbin was planning to do with the bombs, Ready replied that things are still under investigation, and that the reporter “would have to talk to the feds and see what their official statement is…but I will say that domestic terrorism is real.” An NSM spokesman contacted ABC15 News reporter Christopher Sign and informed him that Jeffery Harbin was “no longer with” the NSM.

Jeffery isn’t the only Harbin to be involved in the neo-Nazi movement. He is the son of Jerry Harbin, who has been active in white nationalist causes for years. In 1999, the senior Harbin was listed as the Phoenix contact for a new chapter of the racist Council of Conservative Citizens in the Citizen Informer, the group’s newspaper. The CofCC, which evolved directly from the pro-segregation White Citizens Councils of the Jim Crow South, has referred to African Americans as “a retrograde species of humanity.”

In 2001, Jerry Harbin became the coordinator for the Phoenix chapter of the National Alliance (NA), at that time one of the most dangerous and best-organized neo-Nazi groups in the country. Harbin’s chapter was active through 2005, when it switched to a chapter of National Vanguard (NV). In 2006, Harbin showed up at the neo-Nazi Winterfest in Phoenix, which was hosted by the wife of Jesse Curnow, Arizona Coordinator for the white supremacist Nationalist Coalition. By 2007, Harbin was no longer with NV, and instead turned his attention to other, perhaps more benign activities, like being the adjutant and choir director of the Phoenix camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Repeated calls to Jerry Harbin for comment were not answered.

  • Will

    Am I the only person amused by his last name?

  • greyeyedgirl

    @ Hates NSM Freaks said

    You are so right, these racist loons are nothing more than the highest representation of the LOWEST form of degradation.

    Why worry about foreign terrorist when we have TONS of them right HERE AMONGST us FELLOW CITIZENS?

  • Blind Man

    You’re so right Ruslan. After all, Muslims only managed to kill a few thousand in New York. And they’re the vast majority of people in the United States so it’s only to be expected that they’d be over represented in the murderous terror stakes.

  • Hates NSM Freaks

    I knew that the NSM was full of loonies and psychos but this really takes the cake. They have a history of being drunks, wife batterers, sexually repugnant toward any woman they cross paths with, and violent toward each other. They are full of thieves, wife beaters, rapists, pedophiles, and drunks. In fact, the guy who used to manage the NSM hotline got run out of town when his exwife got a restraining order against him last August & was awarded a divorce with mental cruelty grounds when he was too cowardly to give the court his address. He joins the ranks of other WN domestic violence perpetrators like Mark Martin and “Pastor” Drew Christopher Bostwick. And who could forget rapist/FBI fugitive John Snyder and convicted pedophile Steve Turpel? I could list more but you get the point.

    I highly doubt that Harbin was kicked out BEFORE he was arrested. Schoep & Ready are just covering their @sses. I hope that the FBI starts paying more attention to the NSM & shuts them down.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov@gmail.com

    Is it? Take a look at the record of domestic terrorists in the US, it far outweighs Muslim terrorists.

  • NEAL CASTELLO

    most of the time its is muslim

  • enemy2k

    More right wing domestic terrorists.

  • Difluoroethane

    Shaped pipe bombs, eh? Designed in such a way as to maximize human carnage? That sounds like the descriptions I’ve read of the bomb they recently discovered in Spokane. I wonder if this Harbin guy and the Spokane bomber know each other?

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Not a Muslim, not news.