When Wade Michael Page strode into a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., and began to murder people, it was the culmination of more than a decade in the neo-Nazi movement. The best evidence suggests that Page initially came to his beliefs while serving at a North Carolina Army base that was then a hotbed of white supremacist activity, but they were honed by a dozen years on the white power music scene.
The plot that authorities say developed on an Army base in Georgia this year might have been taken as a joke had not the conspirators allegedly murdered a young couple they feared might talk and acquired an $87,000 cache of weapons. At least 10 people are implicated in a group that appears motivated by far-right ideology.
Former Arizona sheriff Richard Mack, who was an iconic hero of the 1990s militia movement, is back in the saddle. As head of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, Mack is spreading antigovernment "Patriot" ideology to the Tea Parties, enthusiasts of the Second Amendment and, above all, law enforcement officials.
John Greschner, who is serving a life sentence for murder, spent 24 years in the Aryan Brotherhood, many of them as one of three "commissioners" overseeing the deadly gang's activities in federal prisons. Now, Greschner is going public about the racist group's murders, its banking and collection system, and a whole lot more.
He was our Anders Breivik. Like the Norwegian who last year massacred 77 of his countrymen — most of them teenagers associated with the Labor Party he blamed for enabling Muslim immigration — Wade Michael Page capped a life of seething rage with a grotesque and bloody act of terrorism.
The arrests last spring of 14 American Front (AF) members in Florida capped a year of tumultuous infighting that began with the killing of the organization’s national leader, David Lynch. Now, an earlier AF national leader has returned and is working to lead Lynch’s former followers to a bizarre new ideology that mixes ideas of the radical right with those of the extreme left.
One of the men behind a crude piece of anti-Muslim propaganda blamed for provoking deadly riots across the Middle East helped train a paramilitary militia at an extreme-right Christian church in California.
Paul Watson, the swashbuckling founder of the radical animal rights group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society who has become an international fugitive since Interpol issued a request for his arrest this summer, has no intention of giving up easily.
It has been a long and steady trip downhill for David Barton, the self-styled Christian writer who claims to debunk left-wing myths about America. His new book was yanked from shelves after its publisher learned of numerous egregious errors.