U.S. Army Fights Racists Within Its Own Ranks

Daniel Trotta, Yahoo! News, August 21, 2012

They call it “rahowa”—short for racial holy war—and they are preparing for it by joining the ranks of the world’s fiercest fighting machine, the U.S. military.

White supremacists, neo-Nazis and skinhead groups encourage followers to enlist in the Army and Marine Corps to acquire the skills to overthrow what some call the ZOG—the Zionist Occupation Government. Get in, get trained and get out to brace for the coming race war.

If this scenario seems like fantasy or bluster, civil rights organizations take it as deadly serious, especially given recent events. Former U.S. Army soldier Wade Page opened fire with a 9mm handgun at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on August 5, murdering six people and critically wounding three before killing himself during a shootout with police.

The U.S. Defense Department as well has stepped up efforts to purge violent racists from its ranks, earning praise from organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has tracked and exposed hate groups since the 1970s.


{snip} A 2008 report commissioned by the Justice Department found half of all right-wing extremists in the United States had military experience.

“We don’t really think this is a huge problem, at Bragg, and across the Army,” said Colonel Kevin Arata, a spokesman for Fort Bragg.

“In my 26 years in the Army, I’ve never seen it,” the former company commander said.

Experts have identified the presence of street gang members as a more widespread problem. Even so, the Pentagon has launched three major pushes in recent decades to crack down on racist extremists. The first directive was issued in 1986, when Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger ordered military personnel to reject supremacist organizations.


In 1995, eight months before the Fort Bragg murders, two former Army soldiers bombed the Oklahoma City federal building, killing 168 people. With a growing awareness of the spreading militia movement, the Pentagon in 1996 banned military personnel from participating in supremacist causes and authorized commanders to cashier personnel for rallying, recruiting or training racists.

“What’s scary about Page is that he served in the 1990s when putatively this was being treated quite seriously by the military. There’s plenty of other Pages who served during the war on terror, and we don’t know what they’re going to be doing over the next decade or so,” said Matt Kennard, author of the forthcoming book “Irregular Army: How the U.S. Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members and Criminals to Fight the War on Terror.”

Kennard argues the U.S. military was so desperate for troops while fighting simultaneous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that it allowed extremists, felons and gang members into the armed forces.

The military can grant a “moral waiver” to allow a convicted criminal or otherwise ineligible person into the armed forces, and the percentage of recruits granted such waivers grew from 16.7 percent in 2003 to 19.6 percent in 2006, according to Pentagon data obtained by the Palm Center in a 2007 Freedom of Information Act request. But the Pentagon says no waiver exists for participation in extremist organizations.

“Our standards have not changed; participation in extremist activities has never been tolerated and is punishable under the Uniformed Code of Military Justice,” said Eileen Lainez, a Defense Department spokeswoman.

The Pentagon’s third directive against white supremacists was issued in 2009 after a Department of Homeland Security report expressed concern that right-wing extremists were recruiting veterans returning from wars overseas.

The Pentagon’s 2009 instruction, updated in February 2012, directs commanders to remain alert for signs of racist activity and to intervene when they see it. It bans soldiers from blogging or chatting on racist websites while on duty.


The Army showed Reuters a one-hour presentation it says was designed to educate soldiers and Army leaders about its extremism policy and how to respond, including to white supremacy groups. Penalties for extremist ideology may include being removed from the military, having security clearances yanked or being demoted.


“We’re very strict on the tattoo policy here within this recruiting station,” said Sergeant Aaron Iskenderian, head of the Army recruiting office in Fayetteville, the Army town next to Fort Bragg.


Iskenderian cited the example of a young man who came in recently with a tattoo of the Confederate flag.

“We’re in the South here. It’s considered Southern heritage. It’s on the General Lee,” Iskenderian said, referring to the car from the television show “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

“Is it racist? I asked him, ‘What does it mean to you?’ and he said, ‘Southern pride.’“

The potential recruit also told Iskenderian he had a black girlfriend. Iskenderian sent the issue up the chain of command, and the young man was rejected.


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  • The article admits that black and Hispanic gangs (in not so many words) are a far bigger problem.  That’s all you needed to read, they’re implicitly admitting that their own political propaganda and bias is the motivation for this screed.

    I gave up my lunch when I got to the paragraph that began with “The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League.”

    • The__Bobster


      New York, NY, August 22, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has submitted to the platform committees of both the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Republican National Committee (RNC) a statement of policy priorities on a range of international and domestic issues. The platform statement describes ADL’s positions on priority issues and outlines recommendations on policy directions that the League hopes the parties will adopt.

      Platform committees meet every four years in advance of the national conventions. The League has a longstanding practice of submitting its policy agenda and priorities to both parties prior to the nominating conventions. The following are highlights from ADL’s submission:

  • TomIron361

    The army is in a world of sh*t. The careerist brass want to do what the politicians want them to do, but know most of the fighting units are wholly White and most of the rear echelon bums are black and spanish. So the lousy generals are caught between a rock and a hard place.

    • Jed_Klamath

      For what the anecdote is worth, several years’ worth of observing IRQ and AFG veteran amputees at three military medical centers largely supports your observation of who is doing the fighting – the exception being NMCSD, where the wounded population of Marines appeared to include a fair number of Latinos.

  • The__Bobster

    And in the role of Big Brother: The usual suspects.


    “This is the best we’ve ever seen,” said Heidi Beirich, leader of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s intelligence project, referring to the Pentagon’s attitude. “It was really disheartening under the Bush administration how lightly they took it, so this is a major advance.

    “Her group monitors online chatter among self-described active-duty warriors serving overseas and reports it to military officials. It also receives regular calls from military investigators asking about racists in the service.

    The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), another civil rights monitor, have helped train officers on how to spot extremists, although Mark Pitcavage, director of investigative research at the ADL, says the military lacks comprehensive training for recruiters and commanders. He called the military’s reaction when alerted to white supremacists “patchy.”

    • Anyone discharged will come to know who the enemies really are.

  • anmpr1

    Soon the military will be comprised of primarily homosexual men, lesbians, blacks, meztizos, and Muslims. And very few or no whites.  Then it will finally be the way our elites want it.  It won’t be much good for fighting,  but the band will be probably be impressive during the annual LGBT Pride  ceremonies.

  • WhiteGuyInJapan

    “White supremacists, neo-Nazis and skinhead groups encourage followers to
    enlist in the Army and Marine Corps to acquire the skills to overthrow
    what some call the ZOG—the Zionist Occupation Government. Get in, get
    trained and get out to brace for the coming race war.”

    Nonsense.  Most of the white power types generally stay out of the military and often encourage their friends to do the same, precisely because it has become so diverse and anti-white. 

  • Who exactly does the army think is killing all of the camel jockeys, the “All American” Muslim units?

  • JackKrak

    So when a known Islamo-psycho who had repeatedly been brought to the attention of higher-ups shoots 42 people at Fort Hood, some idiot General will rush to express his worry that the incident may imperil the Army’s diversity, which, as you all know, is “our greatest stregth”. Needless to say, there is officially no racial or religious motivation to what happened.


    The same Army is praised by the SPLC of all people for its efforts to crack down on phantom white “hate groups”, even going so far as to deny enlistment to someone with a Conferderate flag tattoo.

    Oh, ok.

  • I was at Ft. Bragg back in the late 1980s. Fayetteville’s economy was mostly tattoo parlors, pawn shops, strip clubs, used car lots, and night clubs with ten single men for every one single woman. As much as I liked my couple of years in the 82nd, that area of North Carolina can be depressing for a young, single man.
    Don’t blame the commanders for the policy on race matters. They get their orders from above, and we all know who that is. Military officers have to be yes men or forced into retirement.

  • Detroit_WASP

    Concerning the Confederate flag in the last few paragraphs.

    1.  It is a source of southern pride, not a symbol of racism to most.
    2.  Had it been the ANC flag, the young man would NOT been rejected.
    3.  He was rejected because the black recruits would have assaulted him.
    4.  The left will not be happy until the rebel flag is banned.
    5.  I wear a shirt with a British flag, most people mistake it for the rebel flag..lol.
    6.  Would the Dukes of Hazard be banned today because of the flag being on the car?
    7.  I think leftist whites hate the flag more than blacks.  

    Crazy to try and ban a flag 150 years after the war ended. 

    • -I wear a shirt with a British flag, most people mistake it for the rebel flag..lol.

      Heh.  I’ve got a t-shirt with a picture of the pre-’94 South African flag (see my avatar) and text that says “Die herstel van Suid-Afrika!”, but I never get any comment on it aside from the occasional “what language is that?”.  I also have a Rhodesian flag sticker on my car that never gets any comment at all.  But I put that down to the general ignorance of recent history that most Americans (of all races mind you) sadly suffer from. 

      -I think leftist whites hate the flag more than blacks. 

      I think you are 100% correct.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    Actually this is not true. Blacks and Mexicans, and maybe even Middle Easterners join the Army to learn to kill and to steal weapons and explosives. Whites become White-Nationalists because of the was they are treated by Blacks and Browns. I never met a neo-nazi or white supremacist while I was in the Army.  I met several that became one after they were discharged.

    • Ulick

      “Blacks and Mexicans, and maybe even Middle Easterners join the Army to learn to kill and to steal weapons and explosives”

      I watched an episode of Gangland where they touched on this.  They mentioned how some black and Hispanic gang members join the military for the arms and strategy experience and when they return to the streets they teach these lessons to other gang members.  The same episode mentioned that many black and Hispanic gangs blossomed after the Vietnam War when black and Hispanic vets returned and looked for other avenues to satiate the bloodlust they just experienced.

  • IKantunderstand

    Wow, could this so-called “journalist” provide some proof? Leaders of “Little People International” have encouraged members to head butt tall people in the kness to incapacitate them, and take their jobs. So there. I don’t need no stinkin’ proof either.

  • Ulick

    “U.S. Army Fights Racists Within Its Own Ranks”

    They should start with the Commander in Chief.

  • Let’s be realistic (ignore the article’s thesis): which is the composition of Army, Navy; Marine… fighting units, racially ? Or various Special forces ?

    Do you think that these people, after they they leave the Armed forces, are indoctrinated by liberal PC claptrap ? I say: there is no huge conspiracy of White supremacists, of course, but it is a good thing to have overwhelmingly White militarily trained available men, in great part completely resistant to liberal lunacy.

  • Prostitution, too.  It’s that way around every major military base.  If you’re traveling through, don’t stay at a motel in a military town.

    And it’s as old as the history of powerful empires.  You had this in Ancient Rome.  Areas close to large military presences were wrought with the vices and the proletariat pastimes of the times, including the world’s oldest vice.

  • Chimp Master Rules

    The military IS a hotbed of white racialism . . . but not because of some devious skinhead plot.  It’s because most white kids have never suffered the wonders of multiculturalism 24/7.   They may have dealt with non-whites since kindergarten, but at some point the day ended and they went home to a clean, white environment.

    Not in the military.  There, they are subjected to other races from the moment they wake up.  Dealing with the drill sergeants helps white kids focus on something else, but that only lasts six weeks or so.  From then on things loosen up and the animals start taking over.

    Whites have rarely encountered the filth, odors, bad language, attitudes and insolence of coloreds.  It’s an eye-opening, shocking experience.  It’s a wonder they ALL don’t become racially aware.

  • BigDiv

    Service in the military provides a wonderful introduction to human bio-diversity awareness.

  • Just and excuse to kick whites out of the Military so Blacks, Tans, and Muslim terrorists can take over.  These are the people in the US Army who will follow orders and open fire on American citizens.

  • Every week in the military  there is a new celebrate this,celebrate that diversity  victim group lecture. Troops are fed up. The military is broken due to the mass dumping in minorites into it’s ranks, what you see on TV ain’t the real picture. I work with it and see it everyday.

    • Dr. X

      It’s not just minorities, either. Didn’t the Pentagon have it’s first-ever “Gay Pride” celebration last month???? 

    • MRemmler

      Oh man I hear ya and raise you one. I was in the Airborne back in ’85 and I can recall how during A.I.T. the blacks in the platoon who were not Airborne got all pissy over the fact that we wore berets and they couldn’t! In fact, one of them went so far as to circulate a petition for signatures to submit to our CO to force us to wear soft caps. I kid you not people! One drill sgt. there actually called a company formation to explain to all of us “blanketheads” that we were nothing special and that we had no right to consider ourselves “superior”.
      This, despite the fact that not ONE of us ever said anything like that. I can recall the absolute venom that the blacks directed towards us and how this same drill sgt. gleefully told all of us how he married a white woman, how he giggled whenever he saw the look of revulsion in the eyes of white men when they were together and how his wife no longer had any family because, “Those worthless crackers done kicked her out when they found out we were together.”
      However, once the petition was placed on our CO’s desk, (Yes they were stupid enough to submit it.) he wigged out! He called a formation and ordered the moron who started all of this to stand in front of the company while he went on to explain how the Airborne troops in the company got what they have because they EARNED IT. and that if anyone else in the crowd wanted to do the same, he would sign off on an order for them to go to jump school as well. But there was no way in hell he was going to order those who had earned the wings to change their headgear because some of their fellow soldiers feelings of inferiority might get rubbed the wrong way.
      He then went on to explain to them how one might feel a trememdous amount of pride in accomplishment for getting something of worth, the old fashioned way,  by working for it.
      This was when I realized that we truly were totaly different people. Watching their mouths agape, the completley befuddled expression on their faces as if the CO were speaking a foreign language to them. I thought, “they really are 40 IQ points behind us.”

  • KenelmDigby

    There you go.
    The flag of the Confederate States of America is now deemed a ‘hate symbol’ in itself.
     – Perhaps it’s a blessing in disguise that the most patriotic and loyal Americans are banned from the US  Military – an organisation that, at the end of the day, doesn’t have the interests of White Americans or indeed any Whites, at heart.

    • Michael C. Scott

      The military hasn’t done all that well weedng out the garden-variety pychopaths, perhaps because of its obsession with recruits’ politics.  The group respnsible for the 2006 Mahudiyah massacre in Iraq had no political motive for the brutal gang-rape of a young girl and the murder her and her family.  Ringleader Steven Green was even honorably dischaged for what the army presciently called “anti-social personality disorder” before being arrested in North Carolina and charged in the incident.  He has since been convicted and sentenced to life without parole

      On the other hand, a famous case of a former GI blowing up a federal courthouse involved a man who was not a radical when he enlisted.  Timothy McVeigh became radicalized by the Waco massacre, after he left the military.

      Where Presidential assassination attempts are concerned, the last major incident, which resulted in then-President Reagan being wounded, the shooter, John Hinckley had no prior military service.  He also had no political motive, but instead was obsessed with actress Jody Foster.

      Successful serial killers have acted under political motivation: Beltway sniper John Mohammad described what he was doing as a “jihad against the United States”, and Charles Manson his own bloody trail as a “war against the Establishment.”  Neither had any military background.

      I get the impression that the army is merely trying to show how hard it is working, rather than working to prevent domestic terrorist acts by ex-soldiers.

  • Now, US is confronted with entirely different situation. W.T. Sherman ? It was war & what could one expect. And it wasn’t a war against White race, as many here seem to think.

    • The__Bobster

      Do you perchance know where Sherman’s troops came from? If you did, you would know it was a war on Southern Whites, especially Southern White women.

  • SLCain

    “The U.S. Defense Department as well has stepped up efforts to purge
    violent racists from its ranks, earning praise from organizations such
    as the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has tracked and exposed hate
    groups since the 1970s. ”

    This paragraph should have read: “……… Southern Poverty Law Center, which has been a hate
    group since the 1970s.

    In a saner timer, the Army would have been spying on the SPLC, not the other way around.

  • SLCain

     By the way, I think the term “hate group” is stupid – it even sounds stupid.  But it was leftist culture-wreckers like the SPLC who invented it.

  • OPersephone

    This is nothing more than the persecution of white culture. Almost every one of those tattoos is a traditional symbol of ancient Northern European culture and spirituality. By specifying these symbols as “hate” symbols, they have basically instigated a pogrom against any racially-aware, heathen or proud white man in the US military. In other words, only deracinated and decultured whites are allowed. That is perilously close to declaring an all-out war on whites, period.

  • ed91

    there was plenty of racism when I was in.

    they called it affirmative action.