Neo-Nazis and Other Dangerous Extremists Infiltrating the Military

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Under pressure to meet wartime manpower goals, the U.S. military has relaxed standards designed to weed out racist extremists. Large numbers of potentially violent neo-Nazis, skinheads and other white supremacists are now learning the art of warfare in the armed forces.

Department of Defense investigators estimate thousands of soldiers in the Army alone are involved in extremist or gang activity. “We’ve got Aryan Nations graffiti in Baghdad,” said one investigator. “That’s a problem.”

So says a new report out from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which says these guys–whose numbers could run into the thousands–are “using their military training to fight wars at home.”

Just to give you some flavor…one neo-Nazi, quoted in the report, says, “Join only for the training, and to better defend yourself, our people, and our culture. We must have people to open doors from the inside when the time comes.” Another observes, “We have pride in our race, heritage, and culture, and we will do anything to prevent it from being destroyed. White man is the creator, the creator of civilizations.”

Via the New York Times.

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