Extremist Groups React to the 9/11 Attacks
The National Alliance has never been an organization to hold back its opinions. Hours after airplanes piloted by hijackers smashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the deputy membership coordinator of America's leading neo-Nazi group was hard at work, pecking away at his computer keyboard.
Billy Roper had a simple message for his underlings.
"Anyone who is willing to drive a plane into a building to kill Jews is alright by me," Roper wrote on a National Alliance Internet list as some 5,000 people lay dying in the wreckage of the worst terrorist attack in American history.
"I wish our members had half as much testicular fortitude."
While the vast majority of Americans reacted to the Sept. 11 attacks with horror, shock, dismay and anger, the response of the nation's radical right ranged from hearty endorsements of the strikes against "Jew York City" to calls for the expulsion of all foreigners and outright threats.
Among the softer-line "Patriot" groups, such as militias, some reacted with the anger and fear that characterized most Americans. Others, however, saw in the attacks a secret conspiracy by the government meant to pave the way to martial law and other horrors.
And some said that they could have protected Americans better.
The Republic of Texas (ROT), a militia-like group that claims Texas was never legally incorporated into the United States, used the slaughter to criticize the "inability or unwillingness" of what it calls "the unconstitutional government of Washington, D.C.," to protect its citizens.
Then, in a missive signed by "Secretary of Defense" Charles Doreck, ROT issued a "call to all patriots" to join its "Defense Forces" in the "provisional capital" of Cuero, Texas (population 6,700).
"Inductions," Doreck announced, "will take place all day."
Around the country, the radical right reacted with denunciations of Arabs, expressions of slack-jawed admiration for the well-coordinated attack, and denunciations of Israel and American policy in the Middle East. There were calls for the expulsion of all immigrants and for a purely white society.
The more religiously oriented — including several "mainstream" preachers — tended to blame American "sins" like abortion and homosexuality.
The League of the South, a neo-Confederate white supremacist group, lost some key members who were angered by their leader's essay suggesting "multiculturalism and diversity" led to the terrorist strikes.
On the following pages, gathered from World Wide Web pages, e-mail groups and other sources, are remarks from an array of right-wing groups and individuals. Organizations listed as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center (as of November 2001) are denoted with an asterisk (*).
Director of Political Warfare for the 7th Missouri Militia, Granby, Mo.
"I have no doubt that the Resistance may well have to carry out a policy of 'prion-poisoning' and other low-cost cheap effective biological warfare making it in effect impossible to ever again have a social order capable of maintaining any form of Evil Empire. ...
"I've been wishing that the A-rabs had stolen a couple hundred jumbo-jets full of Talmudic Khazar mamzers, criminal-regimeist whiggers, niggers, gooks, beaners, etc., and crashed them into the Supreme Kort, CONgress-Kapital, J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building, all 50 state capitals, TalmudVision stations and as many concentrations of baal-priests as possible.
"And do you know what I'd have called it? A DAMNED GOOD START!!!!!!"
Chairman of the American Nazi Party*, Eastpointe, Mich.
"[W]hat's wrong with just ACCEPTING the FACT that a HANDFUL of VERY BRAVE PEOPLE were WILLING TO DIE FOR 'WHATEVER' THEY BELIEVED IN ... and DID IT?
"All I can say is that it's a DISGRACE that in a population of at least 150 MILLION 'White/Aryan' Americans ... we provide so FEW that are willing to do the same. ... [A] bunch of 'towel head/sand niggers' put our great 'White Movement' to SHAME. ...
"IF 'we' were ONE-TENTH as 'SERIOUS' ... WE JUST MIGHT START GETTING SOMEWHERE."
"ALL NON CITIZENS OUT OF U.S. Contact your Congressman, Senators and the President. Demand that all non-citizens leave the United States IMMEDIATELY!!"
"If we go to war, it will not be because we are the land of freedom and opportunity, but because we are the best friend and benefactor of Israel. ... If we fight Israel's enemies, the United States will become like Israel: a garrison state and battleground."
Pastor of Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church, Monroe, La.
"We have had a horrible judgment visited upon us this past week," Wilkins said in a Sunday sermon. After a list of American "law-breaking" including fornication, "perversion," abortion and idolatry, Wilkins added, "We have loved things and been worshippers of mammon. ... It was no accident that the terrorists chose to target the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
"Symbols of two of the great idols of our country: money and military power. We have sinned as a nation."
Paul R. Mullet
Minnesota Leader of the Aryan Nations*, St. Paul, Minn.
"[T]he current events in Jew York city have caused me to activate my unit. We are preparing a strike here in Minnesota and other surrounding areas. Please be advised that the time for ALL ARYANS TO ATTACK IS NOW NOT LATER. Our opportunity may never be the same.
"The call to arms goes out to all true Aryans around the world. We will be ready next week for our revolution."
Author, conspiracy theorist, Eagar, Ariz.
Under the headline, "Somebody knew what was coming," Cooper posts on his Web site a reproduction of a rap music CD published before the attacks that has a picture of the World Trade Center exploding on its album cover — a cover Cooper says "displays the Red Communist Star representing Socialism."
"Expect Martial Law!" he adds. "Militia and Patriot leaders go underground immediately!"