Pentagon Coming Down on Supremist Activity

(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Been allowed to fester and grow for to long, a number of reports have surfaced over these last years!

Pentagon Tightens Ban on Supremacist Activity After Years of Denying Problem

13 April 2010 Since the SPLC warned the U.S. military about extremist activity among active-duty personnel in 2006, the Pentagon brass has steadfastly denied that a problem existed and insisted that its “zero-tolerance” policy was sufficient to keep organized racists out of its ranks.

That changed this past November, when the Pentagon quietly tightened its policy on extremist activity, which formerly only banned “active participation” in extremist groups but did not define what that meant.

Under the new regulations, military personnel “must not actively advocate supremacist doctrine, ideology or causes” or “otherwise advance efforts to deprive individuals of their civil rights.” The new rules specify that “active participation” includes activities such as recruiting, fundraising, demonstrating or rallying, training, organizing and distributing supremacist material, including online posts.

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The policy change, which slipped under the radar for months, was reported  Friday by Michael Isikoff of Newsweek. In a blog post, Isikoff examined the military backgrounds of two members of the Hutaree Militia, the radical Michigan group whose members were indicted late last month in a plot to murder a law enforcement officer and then attack the funeral procession with homemade bombs and missiles.

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Two years later, in 2008, the SPLC reported new evidence that supported its initial findings. That report revealed that 46 members of the white supremacist social networking website Newsaxon.com had identified themselves as active-duty military personnel. The report quoted a racist skinhead who posted a comment to a neo-Nazi online forum, excitedly saying that he had joined the Army and specifically requested an assignment where he would learn how to make an explosive device. “I have my own reasons for wanting this training but in fear of the government tracing me and me loosing [sic] my clearance I can’t share them here,” wrote the poster, who called himself “Sobibor’s SS,” a reference to guards at a Nazi concentration camp. –>–>–>

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    • jimstaro on April 14, 2010 at 12:32 pm
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    • jimstaro on April 14, 2010 at 12:33 pm
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    Ex-Marine Provided Hutaree ‘Hit List’ of Judges and Elected Officials and Served as Group’s ‘Heavy Gunner’

    April 13, 2010 A former U.S. Marine rifle expert and veteran of the 1991 Persian Gulf War supplied the extremist Christian “Hutaree” militia with a “hit list” of federal judges and elected officials and served as the group’s “heavy gunner” who was responsible for providing a “significant volume of firepower” against designated law-enforcement targets, according to a court document released by federal prosecutors.

    In  a new court filing, federal prosecutors for the first time portray the former Marine, Michael David Meeks, 40, as a key figure in the Michigan-based Hutaree’s alleged conspiracy to trigger an “uprising” against the U.S. government by plotting to assassinate law-enforcement officers with improvised explosive devices. –>–>–>

    • jimstaro on April 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm
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    Hate and Fear

    Antigovernment extremists are on the rise-and on the march.

    Apr 9, 2010 Stewart Rhodes does not seem like an extremist. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and a former U.S. Army paratrooper and congressional staffer. He is not at all secretive. In February he was sitting at a table at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at a fancy downtown hotel in Washington, handing out fliers and selling T shirts for his organization, the Oath Keepers. Rhodes says he has 6,000 dues-paying members, active and retired police and military, who promise never to take orders to disarm U.S. citizens or herd them into concentration camps.

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    Economic distress and social change make for fear, and fear makes for anger, now and always. Night riders terrorized the defenseless after the Civil War.

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    Middle-aged guys sitting around their basements fantasizing are one thing; addled war veterans with weapons training are another. Timothy McVeigh was a Gulf War veteran who read white-supremacist literature and the sort of books that predict a takeover by one-world government agents flying black helicopters. He has, or had, some potential heirs apparent in a recently indicted group called the Hutaree, a Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio-based militia. According to the Hutaree Web site, the group ranked its followers with weird sci-fi titles like “Radok” and “Arkon.” The Hutaree militiamen speculate that the Antichrist is Javier Solana, a former NATO secretary-general and senior official of the European Union. The evidence? “There is a virtual media blackout on this man,” writes John Reynolds, author of a screed on Solana and the Antichrist on the Hutaree Web site. “I see Jacques Chirac and Silvio Burlusconi [sic], Tony Blair, and Prince Charles on the TV all of the time, yet not a word one regarding Solana. Why not?” (“Mr. Solana has now retired and is an elderly private gentleman. This is quite insane,” says a spokesman for the European Union’s Washington diplomatic mission.)

    The rambling rants of the Hutaree might seem funny, in a sick sort of way, but they are far from harmless. –>–>–>

    • jimstaro on April 14, 2010 at 3:33 pm
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    Especially related to the type of combat in Iraq

    Study: Law officers struggle to readjust after war

    March 10, 2010 Some law officers carry the war back with them

    Many law enforcement officers called up to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan are finding it difficult to readjust to their jobs once home, bringing back heightened survival instincts that may make them quicker to use force and showing less patience toward the people they serve.

    In interviews with The Associated Press and in dozens of anecdotes compiled in a survey by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance, officers described feeling compelled to use tactics they employed in war zones after they returned to work in the U.S.

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    In two high-profile cases, officers blamed their overzealous use of force on complications from their military service.

    Wayne Williamson, an Austin, Texas, police officer who served 18 months in Iraq, was fired in 2008 after he opened fire on a fleeing assault suspect in a crowded parking lot. A dispatcher had reported that the suspect was carrying a knife, but Williamson said he didn’t see a weapon when he fired.

    None of the rounds hit their mark, but one struck a minivan with two children inside. They were not injured.

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    On Friday, a former sheriff’s sergeant who served in the Gulf War before leaving the Army 17 years ago was sentenced to 18 months in prison for repeatedly punching a handcuffed suspect in the face in the back of his squad car. Scott Krause, 38, has post-traumatic stress disorder and doesn’t remember the incident, which was videotaped, Krause’s psychotherapist told the judge at the sentencing hearing.

    Krause’s former boss, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, said Krause never told his colleagues he was struggling.

    The survey was based on interviews with 53 law enforcement officers who had returned from serving in the National Guard or reserves, as well as written responses from 340 returned veterans and 112 police chiefs. –>–>–>

    The Study done in 2009, this is a 52page PDF download.

    Some of these same types of problems, or need for better reintegration, arose as to us returning from Vietnam and those who went into Law Enforcement, once again serving the people. They would be taken care of usually in house but still not on a national basis as to the needed research, just as the known, PTSD, studies were only taken up by a few civilians, rest ignored and didn’t want to fund research or care, and returned soldiers who sought out the professions to help their brothers!
     

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