US Army Nazis are infiltrating the enlisted ranks of the military in order to obtain the skills needed for what they call “rahowa” — racial holy war — and, despite the military’s best efforts to stop them, many are slipping through the cracks.
The military has been fighting against racial extremists in its ranks for years, trying to ferret out the racists who enlist in order to acquire the skills they plan to use to overthrow what they call the Zionist Occupation Government, Reuters reported. But the problem is so large and military enlistment so low that many find their way in anyway.
The problem of US Army Nazis earned nationwide attention this month when former soldier Wade Page opened fire at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. It was revealed in the following days that Page, who was killed in a shootout at the temple, was an active ne0-Nazi who was actually recruited into the violent culture after joining the military.
Page was able to meet with violent US Army Nazis during his time in the service, including James Burmeister, a skinhead who killed a black couple in 1995 and was sentenced to life in prison.
The US Defense Department does its part to find these violent racists and remove them from the service, but it is fighting an uphill battle. A 2008 report from the US Justice Department found that half of all right-wing extremists in the United States have some kind of military experience.
The same type of infiltration occurs with gang members, military experts say. These members often join the military to gain the shooting and combat skills that will serve them well once they return home to their gangs.
T.J. Leyden, a Marine who served openly as a Nazi, said he used his time in the service to learn skills that he would then teach to other extremists.
“I went into the Marine Corps for one specific reason: I would learn how shoot,” Leyden told Reuters. “I also learned how to use C-4 (explosives), blow things up. I took all my military skills and said I could use these to train other people,” said Leyden, who has since renounced the white power movement and now serves as a consultant for the anti-Nazi Simon Wiesenthal Center.
But for all the efforts the military makes to find and remove US Army Nazis, many times recruiters turn a blind eye to racist affiliations. As Salon reported in 2009, a military hard-up for enlistees is often ignoring its own regulations against allowing right-wing extremists.