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Neo-Nazis explain why they like Donald Trump

Four days before the US presidential election, white supremacists gathered for a rally in Pennsylvania.

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On November 4, 2016, the National Socialist Movement gathered for a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The event was four days before the US presidential election and featured speeches given by NSM commander Jeff Schoep and National commander of the America First Committee, Arthur J. Jones Jr. At the rally, leaders discussed how Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has brought white supremacism into the mainstream and legitimized their beliefs. Mark Potok from the Southern Poverty Law Center contextualizes the event with his discussion of how Trump has created political space for extremists by courting the support and validating the beliefs of groups on the alt-right. The rally closed with discussion of how the neo-Nazi groups plan to organize a show of force on Election Day.

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Oklahoma Police Chief Resigns Over Neo-Nazi Ties, Gets Job in …

Bart Alsbrook resigned as interim police chief of an Oklahoma town late last August, after he was revealed as the former leader of a neo-Nazi group. One year later, he has a job at a different police department 15 miles away.

Alsbrook, 50, is the former Texas coordinator of Blood & Honour USA, a racist skinhead group with neo-Nazi ties. He also ran a pair of neo-Nazi video and music companies and a skinhead website glorifying pictures of racist beatdowns, and was charged with the attempted murder of another skinheadbut had his case dropped when the alleged victim refused to testify. Those ties came to light when Alsbrook was named interim police chief of Colbert, Oklahoma last year, leading him to resign under pressure. Now hes landed another job in a nearby police department. And this town says hes there to stay.

Alsbrook did not return a request for comment.

Alsbrook was named Colberts interim police chief on August 22, 2017. The appointment was unfortunately timed for him. Just 10 days earlier, white supremacists had held a deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, prompting the hate-tracking group the Southern Poverty Law Center to release a map of known hate groups in America. Colberts local TV KXII found one local hate group: a neo-Nazi record label registered to the area.

Calling itself the voice of the skinhead hate group Blood & Honor USA, the site sells openly neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan music, as well as Nazi and Confederate paraphernalia. The company was registered to Alsbrook, KXII found.

Whats more, in 2005, the SPLC reported that Alsbrook had attended a gathering of racist skinhead groups. At the time, he was Blood & Honour USA’s Texas coordinator, and ran the skinhead video production company NS88 Videos. The company name is neo-Nazi code, with NS often referring to national socialism and 88 symbolizing heil Hitler.

Calling itself the voice of the skinhead hate group Blood & Honor USA, the site sells openly neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan music, as well as Nazi and Confederate paraphernalia.

Web registries also revealed Alsbrooks Nazi ties dating back to at least 1996, when the Dallas Morning News reported that Alsbrook had registered a gruesome Skinheads USA website.

“This page is designed to correspond with other White Nationalists on the Internet and to provide links, addresses and phone numbers of other Pro White groups,” the skinhead website read, above pictures of skinheads attacking black and Latino men. “It’s directly mainly toward Skinheads and the more ‘in your face’ crowd.

Alsbrook also appeared in multiple pictures with hate groups, including a picture from Blood & Honors manifesto, and appears to have posed in a balaclava with a semi-automatic rifle and a T-shirt reading terror machine in pictures published by the SPLC.

When Alsbrooks Nazi ties were first revealed last year, the Sherman Herald Democrat watched two mid-2000s skinhead documentaries (White Terror and Skinhead Attitude) in which Alsbrook openly described his involvement in the violent groups.

We have a saying that C18 is basically the militant wing of Blood & Honour, Alsbrook told documentarians of one of his skinhead groups. The C, of course, stands for combat. The number 18 is the first letter of the alphabetone being A and the eighth letter being H. AH, which stands for Adolf Hitler. So when you draw it out, it is Combat Adolf Hitler, which represents a fighting force, combat in the name of national socialism and Adolf Hitler.

In 1995, Alsbrook was charged with attempted murder, after a fellow skinhead was stabbed 24 times.

In 1995, Alsbrook was charged with attempted murder, after a fellow skinhead was stabbed 24 times. The case went nowhere after the victim refused to testify. Alsbrook maintained that the victim had falsely identified him. When KXII began digging into his past, Alsbrook blamed the website registries on identity theft, claiming skinheads stole his wallet and started using his name in the 1990s. He did not attempt to explain his appearance in the documentaries. Public records searches suggest he is the only person of that name living in the U.S.

Alsbrook resigned from the Colbert department shortly after his past was made public.

But Alsbrooks new employer says thats all water under the bridge. Alsbrook started a new job as a reserve officer in the police department of Achille, Oklahoma, KXII reported this week. The police chief there told KXII that hed known of Alsbrooks neo-Nazi past, but that hed since moved on, and was no longer racist.

Members of hate groups can leave their organizations and become de-radicalized. Some, like Derek Black, whose father founded the oldest hate forum in America, have gone on to pursue anti-racist work. But law enforcement also has a long history of attracting members of hate groups, or people who are sympathetic to hate groups. Participation in a hate group is grounds for firing in some departments, and officers across the country have variously been fired, suspended, or have voluntarily resigned over their hate-group membership in the past month.

Achilles city government said theyre standing behind Alsbrook.

We dont consider something from 20 years ago, Achille City Clerk Laura Stanley told the Herald Democrat this week of Alsbrooks hiring.

Alsbrook gave the Herald Democrat a similar comment last year before his resignation. Left all that racist stuff behind me 15 years ago, Albrook texted them in 2017. Been helping people ever since. I have a clean record so I volunteered to be an unpaid police office a few years back.

A decade earlier, hed been repping Blood & Honor at the skinhead conference.

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Why Didn’t Marine Corps Expel A Violent Neo-Nazi?

It was Oct. 29, 2017, when Ed Beck decided he had to contact the military police.

For weeks, Beck had been tracking the online life of a 21-year-old lance corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. He said he had concluded the young man, a North Carolina native named Vasillios Pistolis, was deeply involved in neo-Nazi and white supremacist activities.

Beck said he had compiled an exhaustive dossier on the young Marine, tracing the evolution of Pistolis racist worldview over recent years and linking him to violent altercations at the bloody white power rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August. The most recent piece of evidence, Beck said, was a fresh video that appeared to show Pistolis standing alongside a leader of the Traditionalist Worker Party, a fascist group, during a confrontation with an interracial couple at a restaurant in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee.

Beck was well-positioned both to be offended by Pistolis alleged conduct and to report it: Beck had served in the Marines from 2002 through 2006, including a tour in Iraq. In fact, hed been assigned to the 2nd Marine Logistics Unit, the same unit in which Pistolis was serving.

Beck said he contacted the authorities at the units headquarters, Camp Lejeune, a large Marine installation on the North Carolina coast, and spoke briefly with an investigator for the posts military police.

I told them what I had seen him do, the evidence I had, recalled Beck.

Beck said he offered to share his dossier with Marine detectives, but they didnt take him up on the offer.

After the phone conversation, he said, I never heard a thing.

Becks phone bill, which he provided to ProPublica and Frontline, shows that he spoke multiple times with personnel at Camp Lejeune on Oct. 29. The records indicate that he received a brief six-minute call from military police at 9:24 that night.

More than six months later, Pistolis is still serving in the Marines.

At this juncture, its unclear precisely what steps if any the Marines took after Beck alerted them to Pistolis. What is certain is that in May, after ProPublica and Frontline featured Pistolis in a joint report about his violent involvement in the white power movement, the Marines said they were investigating Pistolis.

Contacted last week about Becks claim of having alerted the military authorities about Pistolis last fall, officials offered varying accounts.

Onemilitaryofficial indicated that police at Camp Lejeune and detectives with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the unit that handles felony-level offenses in the Navy and Marines, had been diligently investigating Pistolis since receiving the information about him from Beck. Another person with knowledge of the matter, an officer with the Marine Corps,indicated that Pistolis had been questioned by NCIS, but that detectives found no connection to any organized groups or evidence that he posed a threat.

In the end, NCIS acknowledged that Pistolis is today the subject of a criminal probe, but added little detail.

We do not discuss ongoing investigations, said Adam Stump, an NCIS spokesman. Regarding the service member you have asked about, the investigation is still ongoing.We cannot discuss further.

A spokesman for Pistolis unit, Samir Glenn-Roundtree, said, Marines accused of activity counter to our standards and core values are entitled to a thorough and impartial review. We have no further information to provide as the investigation is still ongoing.

ProPublica and Frontlines reporting on Pistolis made clear the Marine has spent years in the white power movement, including a stint as a cell leader for the Atomwaffen Division, an armed white supremacist group that espouses political terrorism and the overthrow of the U.S. government. In confidential chats, Pistolis, who received expert rifleman certification during his basic training in 2016 and currently works as a water support technician, claimed to have assaulted four people at last summers rally in Charlottesville.

Today cracked 3 skulls open with virtually no damage to myself, Pistolis wrote on Aug. 12, 2017.

The young mans double life came as a shock to Rep. Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat, who shortly after the ProPublica and Frontline report asked the Pentagon to explain what it was doing to keep neo-Nazis out of the armed forces.

Marine Corps regulations forbid the participation in supremacist or extremist organizations or activities and violations can lead to a court martial or an ouster from the service. The Department of Defense has also issued rules barring all service members from joining white supremacist rallies or demonstrations.

In interviews last month with ProPublica and Frontline, Pistolis asked the news organizations not to publicize his involvement in the neo-Nazi movement. He denied being in Charlottesville, and said he had not been a member of Atomwaffen, but instead had infiltrated on behalf of another neo-Nazi group. He said he had come under suspicion by NCIS months ago, but believed that investigators had backed off.

As for Beck, his interest in Pistolis started last August when a friend pointed him to a comment Pistolis had made on Facebook. In it, Pistolis seemed to glorify one of the men who had attended the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, the biggest white power event in a generation.

Beck said he began scrolling through Pistolis social media channels and quickly realized that Pistolis was an active-duty Marine and that he was fairly open about his love of Nazism. Beck, who now works at a New York nonprofit organization, became alarmed. He said he feared that Pistolis could be radicalizing people around him in the Marine Corps, or that he might be part of a larger network of white supremacists within the service. Through his research he said he began to worry that Pistolis might get more violent unless someone intervened.

In one Facebook post identified by Beck, Pistolis encouraged people to watch a revisionist documentary called The Greatest Story Never Told, which praises Hitler. This should be watched by all, he enthused. In other posts, Beck says he uncovered Pistolis praised the Golden Dawn, a Greek fascist organization, derided gays and lesbians, and uploaded a snapshot of his AK-47-style assault rifle.

Pistolis used the handle Vasillios88 on Instagram and was known as billythegreek88 on Snapchat; 88 is a widely used white supremacist code meaning Heil Hitler.

Beck was shocked that the young Marine would be so public with his views. It was stunning. It was absolutely astonishing, he recalled.

Beck had no contact with ProPublica or Frontline prior to our report in May. He later reached out to the news organizations to alert them to the action he said hed taken last fall.

For Beck, Pistolis seemed both an embarrassment and a threat. Pistolis had been a member of Junior ROTC throughout high school before enlisting in the service. As Beck put it in his dossier, Pistolis online self-revelations showed him to be a hateful and well-armed boy, then man, reveling in white supremacy, white nationalism, and outright Nazismfor years.

Combing through photos and shaky phone-camera video of the Charlottesville melees, Beck found Pistolis popping up over and over. There were shots of Pistolis carrying a custom-made flag featuring the Sonnenrad, a circular Nazi emblem, blended together with the Confederate battle banner. There were images of him swinging the wooden flagpole at people, and others of him holding a torch during a nighttime melee with counter-protesters at the University of Virginia.

Becks findings support some of the reporting by ProPublica and Frontline, which placed Pistolis in the center of several altercations in Charlottesville. Through interviews, photos and confidential chat logs, the news organizations concluded that Pistolis had been a leader in the Atomwaffen Division at the time of the rally and had traveled to Virginia intent on violence. In private online discussions, he boasted repeatedly about attacking Emily Gorcenski, a Charlottesville local who came out to demonstrate against the white supremacists.

Pistolis is at least the third Marine to face discipline in recent months for involvement with racial extremist groups.

Last year, two Marines were arrested by local police after they climbed a building in Graham, North Carolina, and unfurled a banner with a white power slogan and a symbol associated with European extremist movements. The banner drop came during a demonstration in support of Confederate monuments. Both Marines have since been administratively separated from the service. One of the men, Staff Sgt. Joseph Manning, was also stationed at Camp Lejeune, while the other, Sgt. Michael Chesny, was based nearby at Cherry Point Air Station.

At the Southern Poverty Law Center, Heidi Beirich has been monitoring the overlap between the military and the white power movement for more than a decade. Beirich said she is concerned by the recent reports on Pistolis and his fellow Marines and noted that Camp Lejeune has had problems with racial extremists in the past, including a lance corporal who was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison in 2010 for threatening the life of then-President Barack Obama and for committing an armed robbery.

Beirich said she was disturbed that the Marine Corps hadnt acted more swiftly to expel Pistolis and wondered how aggressively the military was dealing with the broader issue of white supremacist infiltration.

I wish I could get a clear take on the enforcement, said Beirich, director of the centers Intelligence Project. Its one thing to have a regulation on the books, its another thing to actually enforce it.

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Its Time for Taylor Swift to Denounce Her Neo-Nazi Admirers

In a world overrun by the idiotic and underqualified, its tempting to credit public figures with nonexistent cunning or forethought.

As nice as it is to imagine that the president of the United States isnt just ad-libbing on North Korea, the facts maintain that there isnt any sort of political chess at play hereeveryone and everything really is as dumb as it seems.

With one exception. In an era of unbridled ids, impetuous boys, and impromptu boasts, there is one woman who is consistently 10 steps ahead: a pop music Machiavelli and Svengali of mutually beneficial relationships who also happens to be a pretty talented EDM scribe.

Naturally were talking about Taylor Alison Swift (alias: Nils Sjoberg), a 27-year-old singer-songwriter with a rare talent for self-preservation. Taylor Swift famously maintains strict control over her brand, and has been criticized in the past for her superficiality and attention to detail. From drafting an A-list squad of giraffe-legged pals to threatening to take legal action against some ardent fans on Etsy, Swift seems like a woman who knows exactly what she wants. Taylor Swift might look like a harmless, sugary-sweet pop princess, but make no mistake: This woman keeps Ryan Reynolds soul in a calligraphy-labeled Mason jar on her Rhode Island estate. She is not fucking around.

Somehow, through sheer strength of will, Taylor Swift convinced her millions of fans that she was a very sweet and chill girl next door. She realized that feminism was in and began marketing herself as a proponent of girl power, a victim of narcissistic and entitled dudes who would, nevertheless and against all odds, persist. But Swifts delicate house of vaguely feminist aphorisms and carefully posed lady-Instagrams came tumbling down last summer, when Kim Kardashian outed Swift on Snapchat. The details of that social media checkmateSwift condemned Kanyes lyrics, harnessed this victimhood for her public image, was thwarted by leaked footage of Kanye running the track by her in the studio and then reduced to a Notes app statementare already the stuff of legend. It was the Kim youre doing amazing sweetie heard round the world. Unexpectedly pushed into an abyss of unlikability and overexposure, Swift quickly went into crisis/self-imposed exile mode: R.I.P. Hiddleswift, highly publicized squad parties, post-workout crab walks, and the days of underestimating Mrs. Kim Kardashian West.

Luckily for those of us with an appetite for drama and Tracy Flick-style anti-heroines, Taylor Swift plays a long game. Last week, Swift made her first major move since the summer of her Snapchat discontent, testifying in court against former radio DJ David Mueller. The jury ultimately sided with Swift, who alleged that Mueller had intentionally reached under [Swifts] skirt, and groped with his hand an intimate part of her body in an inappropriate manner, against her will, and without her permission during a 2013 meet-and-greet. What happened to Swift was horrible and, as her suit stresses, against her will. But how the pop star chose to present herself in court worked completely to her advantage. When asked about her knowledge of police procedurals, Swift joked about her love of Law & Order: SVUrelatable! When pressed on why no one else witnessed the groping, Swift countered, Because my ass is located in the back of my body. Humor, wit, poise, just enough venom and an anatomy lesson to boot? Is it just me, or is 2017 taking the stand Taylor Swift actually likable?

At a time when many of us are just barely surviving off a steady diet of revenge fantasies and rage, it makes perfect sense for Swift to rebrand herself a pretty blonde vengeance demon. Why be a saccharine singer-songwriter when you can be an Arya Stark? Likability is so close that TayTay can probably taste it, and I think Ive come up with a way to finally put her over the edge: All Taylor Swift has to do is denounce neo-Nazis.

Denouncing neo-Nazis might sound like a low bar or a meaningless declarationif you dont happen to be rocking a Fred Perry polo and holding a tiki torch your buddy Cole picked up for you at Party City and/or the president of the United States, you should have no problem condemning Nazism. And why should a pop singer have to personally clarify her position on white supremacy? This question would be perfectly valid if we were talking about Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Beyonc, or any other major female celebrity who hasnt been heralded in certain dark corners of the internet as an Aryan princess/secret neo-Nazi. Unfortunately, Taylor Swift has long taken on a starring role in some pretty sick Nazi fan fiction.

In an in-depth 2016 Broadly article, neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin of The Daily Stormer explained Swifts fashy appeal: Firstly, Taylor Swift is a pure Aryan goddess, like something out of classical Greek poetry. Athena reborn. Thats the most important thing, Anglin insisted. It is also an established fact that Taylor Swift is secretly a Nazi and is simply waiting for the time when Donald Trump makes it safe for her to come out and announce her Aryan agenda to the world. Probably, she will be betrothed to Trumps son, and they will be crowned American royalty.

Now, it follows that Swift wouldnt want to dignify these lunatic ravings with a response, or spend any more time than absolutely necessary contemplating a relationship with either of Donald Trumps large adult sons. But at a certain pointpreferably before a white supremacist website publishes dozens of posts praising her Aryan bloodlineit might behoove a celebrity to publicly condemn the racist anti-Semites who are claiming her as their queen. People like Anglin seem to genuinely believe that Swift will be on their side come race war Armageddon. And now that Nazis and counter-protestors are actually fighting in the streets, theres no time like the present for Taylor Swift to finally come out as anti-Nazi.

After an act of domestic terrorism in Charlottesville left one woman dead, The Daily Stormeraka Taylor Swifts unofficial fan sitemocked the victim of the white nationalist attack. For GoDaddy, The Daily Stormers obscene and disturbing language was enough to convince them to finally dump the neo-Nazi website. Taylor Swift needs to get in on all this Nazi condemnation action. Why should Jennifer Lawrence get all the likes?

Now, in the past, Swift has scrupulously avoided any sort of political statement. She expresses her feminism through sanitized non-statements like, Im proud to be a woman today, and every day. Not only did she refuse to endorse a presidential candidateshe wouldnt even denounce the candidate who was accused of serial sexual assault. Given Swifts history of failing to do the bare minimum, and her past swastika mini-scandal, its unlikely that shell make an anti-Nazi statement. Then again, the bar has never been so low. No one is expecting Taylor Swift to go on the campaign trail for Kamala Harris or exhibit a working knowledge of intersectionalityjust to condemn the neo-Nazi community thats already claimed her as one of their own.

Say it after me, TayTay: I, Taylor Swift, denounce Nazis. And I am not attracted to Eric Trump.

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Neo-Nazi extremists need help leaving the movement. I was …

By Brad Galloway

I spent years of my life as a leading member of a Canadian neo-Nazi organization. But then I became a husband and a father. The life Id chosen to live was dangerous, and I wanted out. Escape wasnt easy, but for me, it was vital.The cycle had to end. I didnt want to be responsible for carrying this weight into another generation, for teaching my kids views that I no longer really believed, and exposing them to several more years of violence and hate.

Theres a moment when the fuse just gives out. You can sense it. I ran on hateful energy for over a decade. For 13 years, I was entrenched in the far-right movement in Canada. I spent six of those years as a leader within the Canadian branch of Volksfront, an Oregon-based neo-Nazi movement with separatist leanings and links to organized crime. It is a decade of my life I need to atone for, but one I would love to readily forget. World events are such, however, that we former members need to step up to the plate and speak out.

This weekend was the one year anniversary of the tragic events in Charlottesville, when we were again reminded of the pain and recoil of a nation seemingly in conflict with itself and its history. Some may say there are fine people on both sides, but I tend to disagree. One of the main things that sticks out to me when I reflect on my time in the neo-Nazi movement is the sheer exhaustion of hate, of constantly monitoring members of the movement to ensure that they were living up to some manufactured ideal, and of constantly monitoring others and their behaviour for evidence that our grievances were legitimate. After years of this, your spirit is left drained.

This exhaustion is not exclusive to me. There are many within these movements whose hate is weighing on their psyches. They need resources, and they need support to disengage. They may be disillusioned, but they also dont have a family outside of the movement. We were utterly convinced that there was no life outside of the group, that we made a wrong turn somewhere in our past we made our bed, as the saying goes. Any other life seems impossible.

Today, there are groups like the Against Violent Extremism Network, a community of former extremists and survivors of extremist attacks, and Life After Hate, with its cadre of former extremists who counsel and support individuals who want to disengage. This is a step in the right direction. But many of us stay so long in these movements that we get married and build families. For me, it was this very thing, the terrifying thought that I was bequeathing hate onto my children, that saved me. Living this double life the happy home with my beautiful children and the slow realization that the tenets of the movement werent actually true versus the constant need to perform for the group was utterly exhausting.

Since leaving the movement, I have become increasingly involved in community engagement. Im trying my best to rebuild the resiliency I was once actively attempting to tear apart. I now educate mainstream communities about violent hate movements, I actively support and guide others out of the movements that have consumed their life, and I continue to mentor the newly disengaged about the struggles they are likely to experience. Involvement in these movements propels you into an isolated brotherhood you may lose your job, you may bring shame to your family, you will lose your old friends, and as the illusory nature of group bonding becomes readily apparent, you are left alone navigating your way back to society. This is when these individuals need a helping hand.

Luckily, Im not the only one there has developed over time a network of formers worldwide, all worried about societal divisions they are continuing to witness, and guilt-ridden that they played a part in bringing it about. A year after Charlottesville, individuals who gave their lives to these movements, and managed to find their way back out, can and will play an active role in breaking the ongoing cycle of hate in our communities.

Brad Galloway was a member of the Toronto skinhead movement and was later the national leader of Volksfront in British Columbia. Since leaving the movement, he has been studying criminology and criminal justice at the University of the Fraser Valley, working with the Organization for the Prevention of Violence (OPV), and is a regional co-ordinator with the Against Violent Extremism Network (AVE).

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Life in prison for German neo-Nazi for 10 murders – CNN

Beate Zschaepe, 43, was a member of the National Socialist Underground (NSU), a right-wing terror group responsible for the murders of eight ethnic Turks and one Greek citizen (known as the Ceska murders) and a German policewoman between 2000 and 2007, as well as two bombings in the city of Cologne and 15 bank robberies.

The verdict was announced at a court in Munich in Bavaria, southern Germany, where Judge Manfred Goetzl noted the “particular severity” of Zschaepe’s guilt as he handed down the sentence.

Zschaepe was convicted on all charges, including the 10 murders, 32 counts of attempted murder related to the Cologne bombings, robberies and membership of a terrorist group, according to the verdict. The defendant was driven by a clear ideology and her crimes were “politically motivated,” the judgment reads.

The trial was one of the longest in German history, lasting more than five years, and one of the most scandalous, as evidence emerged that police had failed to investigate right-wing motives in several of the murder cases. The revelations led to an inquiry into how police had neglected to follow key leads.

It was only after two members of the NSU — Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Boehnhardt — died following a botched bank robbery in an apparent suicide pact and left behind a video confessing their crimes that police began investigating the group in connection with the murders.

Following their deaths, Zschaepe set fire to the apartment in Zwickau where the three lived before handing herself in to police. During the trial, she confessed to arson but claimed not to know about the murders until after they happened.

The judgment alleges however that, along with Mundlos and Boehnhardt, Zschaepe was the third founder — and key member — of the NSU, and that she burned the apartment with the intention of destroying evidence of their crimes.

The trial had gripped the German nation since it began in 2013, but acquired new significance as hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees entered the country in 2015 and 2016, triggering a spike in racially motivated attacks and a shift to the right by several political parties as they sought to counter the rise of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD).

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann welcomed Wednesday’s announcement, calling the sentence “a just punishment” for “the cold-blooded and unprecedented series of crimes by the NSU.”

Zschaepe’s lawyer, Mathis Grasel, pledged to appeal the verdict, which he described as “legally untenable.”

‘Wholly criminally responsible’

In her final speech in court last week, Zschaepe spoke of her “sincere regret” and repeated her claim that she did not know about the murders until after they happened, German media reported.

Zschaepe’s current lawyers were calling for a maximum sentence of 10 years, while her first legal team, dropped partway through the trial, were seeking her immediate release, according to media reports of the trial.

The federal prosecutor had called for a life sentence, arguing that Zschaepe “is wholly criminally responsible for her actions” and describing her as an “ice-cold, calculating person,” reports said.

Prison sentences were also handed down for four accomplices, according to the verdict.

Ralf W., convicted of being an accessory in the nine Ceska murders, was sentenced to 10 years in prison; Holger G. received a three-year sentence for supporting a terrorist organization; and Andre A. was sentenced to two years and six months for the same crime. Adolescent Carsten S. received a three-year sentence in a youth facility for aiding and abetting the Ceska murders.

Kevin Tschierse reported from Berlin and Judith Vonberg wrote in London. CNN’s Nadine Schmidt and Stephanie Halasz contributed to this report.

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Israel Is Arming Ukraine’s Blatantly Neo-Nazi Militia the …

BEN NORTON: Western media outlets have finally begun reporting on the neo-Nazi threat that is growing inside Ukraine, which is a close Western ally against Russia. Well, one of the most scandalous reports now shows that another key U.S. ally, Israel, is in fact arming some of these neo-Nazi groups in Ukraine who have carried out attacks on ethnic or religious minority groups, including the Roma, and also Jews inside Ukraine. Journalist Asa Winstanley wrote about this for the website The Electronic Intifada in an article titled Israel Is Arming Neo-Nazis in Ukraine. Asa Winstanleys report reveals that the neo-Nazi militia the Azov Battalion, which is part of the Ukrainian National Guard, posted online propaganda, including video showing it using Israeli Tavor rifles.

As I said, the Azov Battalion, which began as a neo-Nazi militia, is now incorporated into the Ukrainian National Guard and is fighting pro-Russian separatists. And in Asa Winstanleys report, he also quotes a letter from the Israeli Defense Ministry that it wrote in response to a lawyer who had requested an end to Israeli military aid to Ukraine, citing the reports of Nazis attacking Ukrainian Jews, and also Roma in Ukraine.

Joining us to discuss this is Max Blumenthal. Max is an award-winning journalist and the editor and founder of the website The Grayzone Project, where he has reported extensively on the neo-Nazis in Ukraine. Max previously here at The Real News reported on how the United States has directly armed Nazis in Ukraine by arming the Azov battalion, and in fact, the Azov battalion has posted photos on its website showing it meeting with American military officials. So today were going to talk about how Israel, which claims to defend international Jewry, is in fact arming Nazis in Ukraine. Thanks for joining us, Max.

MAX BLUMENTHAL: Great to be on.

BEN NORTON: So can you just respond to this shocking report from Asa Winstanley that Israel, which, again, claims to speak on behalf of international Jewry, is arming anti-Semitic, violent neo-Nazis in Ukraine?

MAX BLUMENTHAL: Yeah. It would be shocking to those who didnt know Israels history. This actually didnt shock me at all, especially given the fact that U.S. Congress has enacted a prohibition on selling arms to the Azov Battalion this year thanks to the efforts of representative Ro Khanna. Ill explain why a little bit later. But just to summarize this really excellent report by Asa Winstanley, which is really authoritative in explaining the origins and ideology of Azov and the danger they present to Ukraine and to Europe as a whole.

The Defense Ministry of Israel has confirmed several shipments of arms and tenders for weapons sales to Ukraine, to the Ukrainian military. The Azov Battalion has posted photos of its soldiers on its own YouTube channel and social media channels with the Tavor rifle. And the Tavor rifle is one of the most distinctive weapons in the Israeli arsenal. It is the standard issue rifle for Israeli soldiers, and it was recently used in some of the atrocities committed on the border of Gaza. And it replaced the Uzi, which is another really distinctive Israeli weapon. So theres no mistake here. This is clearly an Israeli weapon, and it reflects what was seen in the Israeli Defense Ministry documents which were turned up by Israeli human rights lawyers and were obtained by Asa and the Electronic Intifada. And basically, the Israeli Defense Ministry has refused to deny shipping weapons to the Azov Battalion.

The reason that they have kind of some plausible deniability about directing weapons to neo-Nazis is that the Azov Battalion has been incorporated into Ukraines National Guard through the Interior Ministry, which is run by an ultra-right nationalist named Arsen Avakov. So Israel is basically just sending weapons to the Ukrainian military, which is now filled with hardcore neo-Nazi ideologues. But theres no disputing the truth of the headline to Asa Winstanleys article. Israel is arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine. The self-proclaimed Jewish state is literally arming neo-Nazis. And that should shock everyone, but at the same time its not shocking given Israels history, which I can kind of briefly explain.

BEN NORTON: Yeah, well talk more about that in a moment. But first lets talk more about the Azov Battalion. We mentioned that this is a neo-Nazi, an avowedly neo-Nazi militia. It uses the [wolfsangel], which is a Nazi symbol, and many of its members have SS tattoos and white supremacist tattoos. Can you talk more about what the Azov Battalion is, and also specifically its founder, Andriy Biletsky?

MAX BLUMENTHAL: Well, the Azov Battalion grows out of the Patriot of Ukraine, which was a violent racist militia. That was sort of the street wing of the, or the military wing of the Social National Party, founded after the end of the Cold War by Andriy Parubiy and Oleh Tyahnybok, two politicians who remain extremely influential in Ukraine. Azov has been the shock troops, function as the shock troops of the Ukrainian military in eastern Ukraine in the fight against pro-Russian separatists around the Donbass. They operate training camps in the country not just for potential soldiers but for children, and they function as fascist indoctrination centers.

Theyve been visited by Western media, and USA Today sent a reporter to one of these camps, spoke to a drill sergeant who said, kind of laughingly, that no more than half of his men are hardcore neo-Nazis. There are Nazi symbols all over their uniforms. Another sort of spokesman, someone more higher up, someone higher up in the eyes of the Battalion, told the Guardian that actually only 10 to 20 percent of the Battalion consists of ideologically hardcore neo-Nazis. Gregor Monteux is one of the foreign fighters who has come to assist the Azov Battalion, and was arrested on his way to attack mosques and synagogues in France with an incredible arsenal of explosives and advanced weapons after training with Azov. And they believe in this ideology of the Reconquista, or the reconquest of Europe.

Their leader Andriy Biletsky has sworn, after he was elected to Parliament, that he would eventually dissolve Parliament and that his ultranationalist forces would take power. And they started to kind of make some moves in that direction. Besides attacking Roma camps all over the country and menacing religious minorities, they have deployed a national corps to Kiev to supposedly restore order. And as part of their ideologic-. As part of their, you know, sort of their, one of their ideological goals or political goals is to discredit what they see as a corrupt technocratic government thats foreign-run and initiate the Reconquista from Ukraine, and spread it outwards to the, and restore order in the other white nations. So their mission extends well beyond Ukraine.

So this is the group that Israel is now arming. And I should also mention that, you know, we had reported earlier that the U.S. was arming the Azov Battalion. They sent us officers to meet with Azov officers in the field to discuss logistics. Thats probably, possibly no longer taking place because of the congressional prohibition. But Canada recently sent its military attache Colonel Brian Irwin to meet with Azov officers. And Canada has had to actually defend this meeting in an official statement to Asa Winstanley. And they said that, I mean, this is absolutely pathetic. They said-. Im not quoting directly, Im paraphrasing. That they aim to encourage diversity and tolerance in Ukraine through these person to person contacts. So you know, theres nothing like arming neo-Nazis to encourage tolerance, is there. It actually speaks to the ideological tendencies of the foreign minister of Ukraine, Im sorry, of Canada, who is a Canadian Ukranian, Chrystia Freeland, whose grandfather was a Nazi. Grandfather was a Ukrainian Nazi collaborator, a hardcore Nazi ideologue, who was welcomed into the West as so many other former Ukrainian Nazi collaborators were. And when he was exposed as such by Russian diplomats in Canada, Justin Trudeau responded by expelling those diplomats rather than, you know, punishing Freeland for lying publicly lying about this fact.

So whats going on here is that the U.S., this is what I think is going on, the U.S. is unable to arm Azov, and it makes it harder for them to arm the Ukrainian military, because Azov is incorporated into the National Guard. So they are turning to their allies. And one of the allies that the U.S. has always relied on is kind of this back channel to arm fascist death squads during the Cold War, was Israel.

BEN NORTON: Yeah. And we saw this in the war in Guatemala. The Guatemalan civil war, where Israel, along with the U.S., helped arm Rios Montt, who was a genocidal dictator; carried out [inaudible]. But really quickly getting back to Israel and Ukraine here, Ill just note that Andriy Biletsky, who is the founder of the Azov Battalion, hes now a lawmaker in the Ukrainian Parliament. And Asa Winstanley quotes him in his article, and notes that Biletsky has, quote, pledged to restore the honor of the white race. And he has also proposed laws forbidding so-called race mixing. But before we [inaudible] here, Max, Im wondering if you could briefly talk about why you werent surprised to hear that, that Israel today is arming Nazis in Ukraine, given its history.

MAX BLUMENTHAL: Because of what you just explained, which is Israels history of working as a kind of proxy for the U.S. to arm forces that are committing human rights abuses, or that are fascistic. And, you know, to give the U.S. some kind of distance. During the 1980s, I think it was in 84, in one of the rare periods where there was intelligence reform and Congress actually put the brakes on some of the excesses of the so-called intelligence community, the Congress passed the Boland amendment, which required the executive, the president, to put his signature on any covert action that took place. And this was to slow down the arms to the, to the Contras in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and the fascist forces in Guatemala. And so the U.S. turned to Israel and Guatemala. Efraim Rios Montt, this right-wing dictator, genocidal dictator, who you mentioned actually said that our soldiers are, you know, reflect the Israeli spirit. And he openly praised Israel for not just supplying them with weapons, but training them. So I think this scenario is in play again. And the U.S. can easily turn to Canada, as well. It doesnt seem like Canada has particularly ashamed of the fact that it just held these high-level military meetings with a neo-Nazi battalion.

BEN NORTON: Well have to end our discussion there. I was joined by the journalist Max Blumenthal, who has reported extensively on the neo-Nazis who have embedded themselves in different government institutions in Ukraine, which is a close Western ally, and an ally of NATO. And we were discussing a shocking recent report by Asa Winstanley in The Electronic Intifada about how Israel is arming the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion in Ukraine. As always, Max, thanks for joining us.

MAX BLUMENTHAL: Thanks for having me.

BEN NORTON: For The Real News, Im Ben Norton.

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Neo-Nazi charged with terrorism in attempt to wreck Amtrak …

Taylor Michael Wilson, 26, of St. Charles, Missouri, was first arrested back in October on state charges after he entered a secure area of an Amtrak passenger train in rural Nebraska, the complaint states.

He allegedly played with the controls and applied the emergency brakes, causing the train to stop with intent to harm those aboard, the complaint states. Wilson, who had a fully loaded weapon on him, was charged with use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and felony criminal mischief, both state charges.

He was released on a partially secured bond on December 11, court documents state. But a further search warrant and investigation from the FBI led to the discovery of a stash of firearms at his residence and several connections to what the complaint describes as white supremacist groups. He was arrested again on December 23 and he was ordered detained on January 2, according to the complaint.

Investigators found an arsenal of weapons, ammunition and a hand-made shield at his residence and learned that he had told his roommate he was interested in killing black people, according to the criminal complaint.

Investigators also learned that Wilson had been involved in neo-Nazi groups, and that he was once suspected of pointing a firearm at a black woman in a road rage incident, the complaint states.

Jerry Sena, Wilson’s attorney, said Wilson plans to plead not guilty to the charges. Sena added that Wilson does not have any history of mental illness, no history of drug abuse and little or no criminal history.

Wilson faces up to life in prison if convicted on the terrorism charges.

Attempted train takeover

Wilson boarded the Amtrak train in Sacramento, California, and was traveling to Missouri when he entered a secure area and triggered an emergency stop on October 22, according to the complaint.

Two Amtrak conductors told the FBI that Wilson continually egged them on as they attempted to detain him, saying “What are you going to do, shoot me?”

Wilson also went through drastic mood swings and “would start saying crazy things about going to the moon,” one conductor said.

The train engineer and Amtrak personnel detained him, and he was arrested when police arrived, the complaint states. A deputy with the Furnas County Sheriff’s Office found a fully loaded handgun in his waistband and a fully loaded speed-loader, the complaint states.

In addition, a backpack belonging to Wilson contained three more loaded speed-loaders, a box of ammo, a fixed blade knife, a gas mask and other items.

Connections to white supremacy

When he was booked at the Furnas County Sheriff’s Office, Wilson was in possession of a business card for the National Socialist Movement, a neo-Nazi party, according to the complaint. He also had a card for the Alabama preacher William Davidson of The Covenant Nation Church, a church based on the belief that “White people are part of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel,” according to the complaint.

A search warrant for his cell phone showed that he had a banner with the annotation “‘Hands up don’t shoot’ is Anti-white fake news — Altright'” over an unknown highway, the complaint states.

Later, the FBI interviewed Wilson’s cousin and roommate, who said Wilson had joined an “alt-right” group that Wilson had found researching white supremacy forums online, the complaint states.

Wilson also traveled with what the complaint describes as a neo-Nazi group to the “Unite the Right” protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, that became violent, according to his cousin. The cousin said he wasn’t sure if Wilson brought anything other than a shield and a bulletproof vest, but he said that Wilson had about 20 to 25 firearms and normally carried a firearm on him.

Wilson also made statements that the cousin interpreted to mean that Wilson and his group were behind “Whites Only” signs that were placed on businesses, the complaint states.

The “alt-right” generally refers to the right-wing movement that strictly opposes immigration and argues that white people are under attack in society. White supremacist groups believe that the white race is better than other races and should therefore dominate society, while the term neo-Nazis generally refers to white supremacists who support genocide or ethnic cleansing.

The complaint states that investigators conducted a search warrant of his residence and located a hidden compartment behind his fridge that contained a large amount of weaponry: a tactical vest, scores of ammunition magazines and a handmade shield as well as white supremacy documents and paperwork.

Wilson’s father, Michael Wilson, provided investigators with his son’s firearms, ammo and tactical body armor. One of the firearms was a fully automatic rifle, and another was converted to a short rifle, both possible federal crimes, the complaint states.

Road rage

Wilson had no evident criminal history, but investigators discovered that he was a suspect in a road rage incident in which he allegedly pointed a handgun at a black woman in St. Charles, the complaint states.

The woman told police the license plate number of the man’s vehicle, which was then traced to Wilson. But police were later unable to locate her, so the case was placed in inactive status, the complaint says.

Wilson told his cousin about an incident in which he pointed a gun at somebody while driving, according to the complaint, a story that the complaint says fits the description of the road rage incident in St. Charles.

CNN’s Carma Hassan, Deanna Hackney and Pierre Meilhan contributed to this report.

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Neo-Nazis explain why they like Donald Trump

Four days before the US presidential election, white supremacists gathered for a rally in Pennsylvania. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app. Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5HOr on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o On November 4, 2016, the National Socialist Movement gathered for a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The event was four days before the US presidential election and featured speeches given by NSM commander Jeff Schoep and National commander of the America First Committee, Arthur J. Jones Jr. At the rally, leaders discussed how Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has brought white supremacism into the mainstream and legitimized their beliefs. Mark Potok from the Southern Poverty Law Center contextualizes the event with his discussion of how Trump has created political space for extremists by courting the support and validating the beliefs of groups on the alt-right. The rally closed with discussion of how the neo-Nazi groups plan to organize a show of force on Election Day.

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Oklahoma Police Chief Resigns Over Neo-Nazi Ties, Gets Job in …

Bart Alsbrook resigned as interim police chief of an Oklahoma town late last August, after he was revealed as the former leader of a neo-Nazi group. One year later, he has a job at a different police department 15 miles away. Alsbrook, 50, is the former Texas coordinator of Blood & Honour USA, a racist skinhead group with neo-Nazi ties. He also ran a pair of neo-Nazi video and music companies and a skinhead website glorifying pictures of racist beatdowns, and was charged with the attempted murder of another skinheadbut had his case dropped when the alleged victim refused to testify. Those ties came to light when Alsbrook was named interim police chief of Colbert, Oklahoma last year, leading him to resign under pressure. Now hes landed another job in a nearby police department. And this town says hes there to stay. Alsbrook did not return a request for comment. Alsbrook was named Colberts interim police chief on August 22, 2017. The appointment was unfortunately timed for him. Just 10 days earlier, white supremacists had held a deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, prompting the hate-tracking group the Southern Poverty Law Center to release a map of known hate groups in America. Colberts local TV KXII found one local hate group: a neo-Nazi record label registered to the area. Calling itself the voice of the skinhead hate group Blood & Honor USA, the site sells openly neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan music, as well as Nazi and Confederate paraphernalia. The company was registered to Alsbrook, KXII found. Whats more, in 2005, the SPLC reported that Alsbrook had attended a gathering of racist skinhead groups. At the time, he was Blood & Honour USA’s Texas coordinator, and ran the skinhead video production company NS88 Videos. The company name is neo-Nazi code, with NS often referring to national socialism and 88 symbolizing heil Hitler. Calling itself the voice of the skinhead hate group Blood & Honor USA, the site sells openly neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan music, as well as Nazi and Confederate paraphernalia. Web registries also revealed Alsbrooks Nazi ties dating back to at least 1996, when the Dallas Morning News reported that Alsbrook had registered a gruesome Skinheads USA website. “This page is designed to correspond with other White Nationalists on the Internet and to provide links, addresses and phone numbers of other Pro White groups,” the skinhead website read, above pictures of skinheads attacking black and Latino men. “It’s directly mainly toward Skinheads and the more ‘in your face’ crowd. Alsbrook also appeared in multiple pictures with hate groups, including a picture from Blood & Honors manifesto, and appears to have posed in a balaclava with a semi-automatic rifle and a T-shirt reading terror machine in pictures published by the SPLC. When Alsbrooks Nazi ties were first revealed last year, the Sherman Herald Democrat watched two mid-2000s skinhead documentaries (White Terror and Skinhead Attitude) in which Alsbrook openly described his involvement in the violent groups. We have a saying that C18 is basically the militant wing of Blood & Honour, Alsbrook told documentarians of one of his skinhead groups. The C, of course, stands for combat. The number 18 is the first letter of the alphabetone being A and the eighth letter being H. AH, which stands for Adolf Hitler. So when you draw it out, it is Combat Adolf Hitler, which represents a fighting force, combat in the name of national socialism and Adolf Hitler. In 1995, Alsbrook was charged with attempted murder, after a fellow skinhead was stabbed 24 times. In 1995, Alsbrook was charged with attempted murder, after a fellow skinhead was stabbed 24 times. The case went nowhere after the victim refused to testify. Alsbrook maintained that the victim had falsely identified him. When KXII began digging into his past, Alsbrook blamed the website registries on identity theft, claiming skinheads stole his wallet and started using his name in the 1990s. He did not attempt to explain his appearance in the documentaries. Public records searches suggest he is the only person of that name living in the U.S. Alsbrook resigned from the Colbert department shortly after his past was made public. But Alsbrooks new employer says thats all water under the bridge. Alsbrook started a new job as a reserve officer in the police department of Achille, Oklahoma, KXII reported this week. The police chief there told KXII that hed known of Alsbrooks neo-Nazi past, but that hed since moved on, and was no longer racist. Members of hate groups can leave their organizations and become de-radicalized. Some, like Derek Black, whose father founded the oldest hate forum in America, have gone on to pursue anti-racist work. But law enforcement also has a long history of attracting members of hate groups, or people who are sympathetic to hate groups. Participation in a hate group is grounds for firing in some departments, and officers across the country have variously been fired, suspended, or have voluntarily resigned over their hate-group membership in the past month. Achilles city government said theyre standing behind Alsbrook. We dont consider something from 20 years ago, Achille City Clerk Laura Stanley told the Herald Democrat this week of Alsbrooks hiring. Alsbrook gave the Herald Democrat a similar comment last year before his resignation. Left all that racist stuff behind me 15 years ago, Albrook texted them in 2017. Been helping people ever since. I have a clean record so I volunteered to be an unpaid police office a few years back. A decade earlier, hed been repping Blood & Honor at the skinhead conference.

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Why Didn’t Marine Corps Expel A Violent Neo-Nazi?

It was Oct. 29, 2017, when Ed Beck decided he had to contact the military police. For weeks, Beck had been tracking the online life of a 21-year-old lance corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. He said he had concluded the young man, a North Carolina native named Vasillios Pistolis, was deeply involved in neo-Nazi and white supremacist activities. Beck said he had compiled an exhaustive dossier on the young Marine, tracing the evolution of Pistolis racist worldview over recent years and linking him to violent altercations at the bloody white power rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August. The most recent piece of evidence, Beck said, was a fresh video that appeared to show Pistolis standing alongside a leader of the Traditionalist Worker Party, a fascist group, during a confrontation with an interracial couple at a restaurant in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee. Beck was well-positioned both to be offended by Pistolis alleged conduct and to report it: Beck had served in the Marines from 2002 through 2006, including a tour in Iraq. In fact, hed been assigned to the 2nd Marine Logistics Unit, the same unit in which Pistolis was serving. Beck said he contacted the authorities at the units headquarters, Camp Lejeune, a large Marine installation on the North Carolina coast, and spoke briefly with an investigator for the posts military police. I told them what I had seen him do, the evidence I had, recalled Beck. Beck said he offered to share his dossier with Marine detectives, but they didnt take him up on the offer. After the phone conversation, he said, I never heard a thing. Becks phone bill, which he provided to ProPublica and Frontline, shows that he spoke multiple times with personnel at Camp Lejeune on Oct. 29. The records indicate that he received a brief six-minute call from military police at 9:24 that night. More than six months later, Pistolis is still serving in the Marines. At this juncture, its unclear precisely what steps if any the Marines took after Beck alerted them to Pistolis. What is certain is that in May, after ProPublica and Frontline featured Pistolis in a joint report about his violent involvement in the white power movement, the Marines said they were investigating Pistolis. Contacted last week about Becks claim of having alerted the military authorities about Pistolis last fall, officials offered varying accounts. Onemilitaryofficial indicated that police at Camp Lejeune and detectives with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the unit that handles felony-level offenses in the Navy and Marines, had been diligently investigating Pistolis since receiving the information about him from Beck. Another person with knowledge of the matter, an officer with the Marine Corps,indicated that Pistolis had been questioned by NCIS, but that detectives found no connection to any organized groups or evidence that he posed a threat. In the end, NCIS acknowledged that Pistolis is today the subject of a criminal probe, but added little detail. We do not discuss ongoing investigations, said Adam Stump, an NCIS spokesman. Regarding the service member you have asked about, the investigation is still ongoing.We cannot discuss further. A spokesman for Pistolis unit, Samir Glenn-Roundtree, said, Marines accused of activity counter to our standards and core values are entitled to a thorough and impartial review. We have no further information to provide as the investigation is still ongoing. ProPublica and Frontlines reporting on Pistolis made clear the Marine has spent years in the white power movement, including a stint as a cell leader for the Atomwaffen Division, an armed white supremacist group that espouses political terrorism and the overthrow of the U.S. government. In confidential chats, Pistolis, who received expert rifleman certification during his basic training in 2016 and currently works as a water support technician, claimed to have assaulted four people at last summers rally in Charlottesville. Today cracked 3 skulls open with virtually no damage to myself, Pistolis wrote on Aug. 12, 2017. The young mans double life came as a shock to Rep. Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat, who shortly after the ProPublica and Frontline report asked the Pentagon to explain what it was doing to keep neo-Nazis out of the armed forces. Marine Corps regulations forbid the participation in supremacist or extremist organizations or activities and violations can lead to a court martial or an ouster from the service. The Department of Defense has also issued rules barring all service members from joining white supremacist rallies or demonstrations. In interviews last month with ProPublica and Frontline, Pistolis asked the news organizations not to publicize his involvement in the neo-Nazi movement. He denied being in Charlottesville, and said he had not been a member of Atomwaffen, but instead had infiltrated on behalf of another neo-Nazi group. He said he had come under suspicion by NCIS months ago, but believed that investigators had backed off. As for Beck, his interest in Pistolis started last August when a friend pointed him to a comment Pistolis had made on Facebook. In it, Pistolis seemed to glorify one of the men who had attended the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, the biggest white power event in a generation. Beck said he began scrolling through Pistolis social media channels and quickly realized that Pistolis was an active-duty Marine and that he was fairly open about his love of Nazism. Beck, who now works at a New York nonprofit organization, became alarmed. He said he feared that Pistolis could be radicalizing people around him in the Marine Corps, or that he might be part of a larger network of white supremacists within the service. Through his research he said he began to worry that Pistolis might get more violent unless someone intervened. In one Facebook post identified by Beck, Pistolis encouraged people to watch a revisionist documentary called The Greatest Story Never Told, which praises Hitler. This should be watched by all, he enthused. In other posts, Beck says he uncovered Pistolis praised the Golden Dawn, a Greek fascist organization, derided gays and lesbians, and uploaded a snapshot of his AK-47-style assault rifle. Pistolis used the handle Vasillios88 on Instagram and was known as billythegreek88 on Snapchat; 88 is a widely used white supremacist code meaning Heil Hitler. Beck was shocked that the young Marine would be so public with his views. It was stunning. It was absolutely astonishing, he recalled. Beck had no contact with ProPublica or Frontline prior to our report in May. He later reached out to the news organizations to alert them to the action he said hed taken last fall. For Beck, Pistolis seemed both an embarrassment and a threat. Pistolis had been a member of Junior ROTC throughout high school before enlisting in the service. As Beck put it in his dossier, Pistolis online self-revelations showed him to be a hateful and well-armed boy, then man, reveling in white supremacy, white nationalism, and outright Nazismfor years. Combing through photos and shaky phone-camera video of the Charlottesville melees, Beck found Pistolis popping up over and over. There were shots of Pistolis carrying a custom-made flag featuring the Sonnenrad, a circular Nazi emblem, blended together with the Confederate battle banner. There were images of him swinging the wooden flagpole at people, and others of him holding a torch during a nighttime melee with counter-protesters at the University of Virginia. Becks findings support some of the reporting by ProPublica and Frontline, which placed Pistolis in the center of several altercations in Charlottesville. Through interviews, photos and confidential chat logs, the news organizations concluded that Pistolis had been a leader in the Atomwaffen Division at the time of the rally and had traveled to Virginia intent on violence. In private online discussions, he boasted repeatedly about attacking Emily Gorcenski, a Charlottesville local who came out to demonstrate against the white supremacists. Pistolis is at least the third Marine to face discipline in recent months for involvement with racial extremist groups. Last year, two Marines were arrested by local police after they climbed a building in Graham, North Carolina, and unfurled a banner with a white power slogan and a symbol associated with European extremist movements. The banner drop came during a demonstration in support of Confederate monuments. Both Marines have since been administratively separated from the service. One of the men, Staff Sgt. Joseph Manning, was also stationed at Camp Lejeune, while the other, Sgt. Michael Chesny, was based nearby at Cherry Point Air Station. At the Southern Poverty Law Center, Heidi Beirich has been monitoring the overlap between the military and the white power movement for more than a decade. Beirich said she is concerned by the recent reports on Pistolis and his fellow Marines and noted that Camp Lejeune has had problems with racial extremists in the past, including a lance corporal who was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison in 2010 for threatening the life of then-President Barack Obama and for committing an armed robbery. Beirich said she was disturbed that the Marine Corps hadnt acted more swiftly to expel Pistolis and wondered how aggressively the military was dealing with the broader issue of white supremacist infiltration. I wish I could get a clear take on the enforcement, said Beirich, director of the centers Intelligence Project. Its one thing to have a regulation on the books, its another thing to actually enforce it. 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Its Time for Taylor Swift to Denounce Her Neo-Nazi Admirers

In a world overrun by the idiotic and underqualified, its tempting to credit public figures with nonexistent cunning or forethought. As nice as it is to imagine that the president of the United States isnt just ad-libbing on North Korea, the facts maintain that there isnt any sort of political chess at play hereeveryone and everything really is as dumb as it seems. With one exception. In an era of unbridled ids, impetuous boys, and impromptu boasts, there is one woman who is consistently 10 steps ahead: a pop music Machiavelli and Svengali of mutually beneficial relationships who also happens to be a pretty talented EDM scribe. Naturally were talking about Taylor Alison Swift (alias: Nils Sjoberg), a 27-year-old singer-songwriter with a rare talent for self-preservation. Taylor Swift famously maintains strict control over her brand, and has been criticized in the past for her superficiality and attention to detail. From drafting an A-list squad of giraffe-legged pals to threatening to take legal action against some ardent fans on Etsy, Swift seems like a woman who knows exactly what she wants. Taylor Swift might look like a harmless, sugary-sweet pop princess, but make no mistake: This woman keeps Ryan Reynolds soul in a calligraphy-labeled Mason jar on her Rhode Island estate. She is not fucking around. Somehow, through sheer strength of will, Taylor Swift convinced her millions of fans that she was a very sweet and chill girl next door. She realized that feminism was in and began marketing herself as a proponent of girl power, a victim of narcissistic and entitled dudes who would, nevertheless and against all odds, persist. But Swifts delicate house of vaguely feminist aphorisms and carefully posed lady-Instagrams came tumbling down last summer, when Kim Kardashian outed Swift on Snapchat. The details of that social media checkmateSwift condemned Kanyes lyrics, harnessed this victimhood for her public image, was thwarted by leaked footage of Kanye running the track by her in the studio and then reduced to a Notes app statementare already the stuff of legend. It was the Kim youre doing amazing sweetie heard round the world. Unexpectedly pushed into an abyss of unlikability and overexposure, Swift quickly went into crisis/self-imposed exile mode: R.I.P. Hiddleswift, highly publicized squad parties, post-workout crab walks, and the days of underestimating Mrs. Kim Kardashian West. Luckily for those of us with an appetite for drama and Tracy Flick-style anti-heroines, Taylor Swift plays a long game. Last week, Swift made her first major move since the summer of her Snapchat discontent, testifying in court against former radio DJ David Mueller. The jury ultimately sided with Swift, who alleged that Mueller had intentionally reached under [Swifts] skirt, and groped with his hand an intimate part of her body in an inappropriate manner, against her will, and without her permission during a 2013 meet-and-greet. What happened to Swift was horrible and, as her suit stresses, against her will. But how the pop star chose to present herself in court worked completely to her advantage. When asked about her knowledge of police procedurals, Swift joked about her love of Law & Order: SVUrelatable! When pressed on why no one else witnessed the groping, Swift countered, Because my ass is located in the back of my body. Humor, wit, poise, just enough venom and an anatomy lesson to boot? Is it just me, or is 2017 taking the stand Taylor Swift actually likable? At a time when many of us are just barely surviving off a steady diet of revenge fantasies and rage, it makes perfect sense for Swift to rebrand herself a pretty blonde vengeance demon. Why be a saccharine singer-songwriter when you can be an Arya Stark? Likability is so close that TayTay can probably taste it, and I think Ive come up with a way to finally put her over the edge: All Taylor Swift has to do is denounce neo-Nazis. Denouncing neo-Nazis might sound like a low bar or a meaningless declarationif you dont happen to be rocking a Fred Perry polo and holding a tiki torch your buddy Cole picked up for you at Party City and/or the president of the United States, you should have no problem condemning Nazism. And why should a pop singer have to personally clarify her position on white supremacy? This question would be perfectly valid if we were talking about Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Beyonc, or any other major female celebrity who hasnt been heralded in certain dark corners of the internet as an Aryan princess/secret neo-Nazi. Unfortunately, Taylor Swift has long taken on a starring role in some pretty sick Nazi fan fiction. In an in-depth 2016 Broadly article, neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin of The Daily Stormer explained Swifts fashy appeal: Firstly, Taylor Swift is a pure Aryan goddess, like something out of classical Greek poetry. Athena reborn. Thats the most important thing, Anglin insisted. It is also an established fact that Taylor Swift is secretly a Nazi and is simply waiting for the time when Donald Trump makes it safe for her to come out and announce her Aryan agenda to the world. Probably, she will be betrothed to Trumps son, and they will be crowned American royalty. Now, it follows that Swift wouldnt want to dignify these lunatic ravings with a response, or spend any more time than absolutely necessary contemplating a relationship with either of Donald Trumps large adult sons. But at a certain pointpreferably before a white supremacist website publishes dozens of posts praising her Aryan bloodlineit might behoove a celebrity to publicly condemn the racist anti-Semites who are claiming her as their queen. People like Anglin seem to genuinely believe that Swift will be on their side come race war Armageddon. And now that Nazis and counter-protestors are actually fighting in the streets, theres no time like the present for Taylor Swift to finally come out as anti-Nazi. After an act of domestic terrorism in Charlottesville left one woman dead, The Daily Stormeraka Taylor Swifts unofficial fan sitemocked the victim of the white nationalist attack. For GoDaddy, The Daily Stormers obscene and disturbing language was enough to convince them to finally dump the neo-Nazi website. Taylor Swift needs to get in on all this Nazi condemnation action. Why should Jennifer Lawrence get all the likes? Now, in the past, Swift has scrupulously avoided any sort of political statement. She expresses her feminism through sanitized non-statements like, Im proud to be a woman today, and every day. Not only did she refuse to endorse a presidential candidateshe wouldnt even denounce the candidate who was accused of serial sexual assault. Given Swifts history of failing to do the bare minimum, and her past swastika mini-scandal, its unlikely that shell make an anti-Nazi statement. Then again, the bar has never been so low. No one is expecting Taylor Swift to go on the campaign trail for Kamala Harris or exhibit a working knowledge of intersectionalityjust to condemn the neo-Nazi community thats already claimed her as one of their own. Say it after me, TayTay: I, Taylor Swift, denounce Nazis. And I am not attracted to Eric Trump.

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Neo-Nazi extremists need help leaving the movement. I was …

By Brad Galloway I spent years of my life as a leading member of a Canadian neo-Nazi organization. But then I became a husband and a father. The life Id chosen to live was dangerous, and I wanted out. Escape wasnt easy, but for me, it was vital.The cycle had to end. I didnt want to be responsible for carrying this weight into another generation, for teaching my kids views that I no longer really believed, and exposing them to several more years of violence and hate. Theres a moment when the fuse just gives out. You can sense it. I ran on hateful energy for over a decade. For 13 years, I was entrenched in the far-right movement in Canada. I spent six of those years as a leader within the Canadian branch of Volksfront, an Oregon-based neo-Nazi movement with separatist leanings and links to organized crime. It is a decade of my life I need to atone for, but one I would love to readily forget. World events are such, however, that we former members need to step up to the plate and speak out. This weekend was the one year anniversary of the tragic events in Charlottesville, when we were again reminded of the pain and recoil of a nation seemingly in conflict with itself and its history. Some may say there are fine people on both sides, but I tend to disagree. One of the main things that sticks out to me when I reflect on my time in the neo-Nazi movement is the sheer exhaustion of hate, of constantly monitoring members of the movement to ensure that they were living up to some manufactured ideal, and of constantly monitoring others and their behaviour for evidence that our grievances were legitimate. After years of this, your spirit is left drained. This exhaustion is not exclusive to me. There are many within these movements whose hate is weighing on their psyches. They need resources, and they need support to disengage. They may be disillusioned, but they also dont have a family outside of the movement. We were utterly convinced that there was no life outside of the group, that we made a wrong turn somewhere in our past we made our bed, as the saying goes. Any other life seems impossible. Today, there are groups like the Against Violent Extremism Network, a community of former extremists and survivors of extremist attacks, and Life After Hate, with its cadre of former extremists who counsel and support individuals who want to disengage. This is a step in the right direction. But many of us stay so long in these movements that we get married and build families. For me, it was this very thing, the terrifying thought that I was bequeathing hate onto my children, that saved me. Living this double life the happy home with my beautiful children and the slow realization that the tenets of the movement werent actually true versus the constant need to perform for the group was utterly exhausting. Since leaving the movement, I have become increasingly involved in community engagement. Im trying my best to rebuild the resiliency I was once actively attempting to tear apart. I now educate mainstream communities about violent hate movements, I actively support and guide others out of the movements that have consumed their life, and I continue to mentor the newly disengaged about the struggles they are likely to experience. Involvement in these movements propels you into an isolated brotherhood you may lose your job, you may bring shame to your family, you will lose your old friends, and as the illusory nature of group bonding becomes readily apparent, you are left alone navigating your way back to society. This is when these individuals need a helping hand. Luckily, Im not the only one there has developed over time a network of formers worldwide, all worried about societal divisions they are continuing to witness, and guilt-ridden that they played a part in bringing it about. A year after Charlottesville, individuals who gave their lives to these movements, and managed to find their way back out, can and will play an active role in breaking the ongoing cycle of hate in our communities. Brad Galloway was a member of the Toronto skinhead movement and was later the national leader of Volksfront in British Columbia. Since leaving the movement, he has been studying criminology and criminal justice at the University of the Fraser Valley, working with the Organization for the Prevention of Violence (OPV), and is a regional co-ordinator with the Against Violent Extremism Network (AVE).

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Life in prison for German neo-Nazi for 10 murders – CNN

Beate Zschaepe, 43, was a member of the National Socialist Underground (NSU), a right-wing terror group responsible for the murders of eight ethnic Turks and one Greek citizen (known as the Ceska murders) and a German policewoman between 2000 and 2007, as well as two bombings in the city of Cologne and 15 bank robberies. The verdict was announced at a court in Munich in Bavaria, southern Germany, where Judge Manfred Goetzl noted the “particular severity” of Zschaepe’s guilt as he handed down the sentence. Zschaepe was convicted on all charges, including the 10 murders, 32 counts of attempted murder related to the Cologne bombings, robberies and membership of a terrorist group, according to the verdict. The defendant was driven by a clear ideology and her crimes were “politically motivated,” the judgment reads. The trial was one of the longest in German history, lasting more than five years, and one of the most scandalous, as evidence emerged that police had failed to investigate right-wing motives in several of the murder cases. The revelations led to an inquiry into how police had neglected to follow key leads. It was only after two members of the NSU — Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Boehnhardt — died following a botched bank robbery in an apparent suicide pact and left behind a video confessing their crimes that police began investigating the group in connection with the murders. Following their deaths, Zschaepe set fire to the apartment in Zwickau where the three lived before handing herself in to police. During the trial, she confessed to arson but claimed not to know about the murders until after they happened. The judgment alleges however that, along with Mundlos and Boehnhardt, Zschaepe was the third founder — and key member — of the NSU, and that she burned the apartment with the intention of destroying evidence of their crimes. The trial had gripped the German nation since it began in 2013, but acquired new significance as hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees entered the country in 2015 and 2016, triggering a spike in racially motivated attacks and a shift to the right by several political parties as they sought to counter the rise of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD). Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann welcomed Wednesday’s announcement, calling the sentence “a just punishment” for “the cold-blooded and unprecedented series of crimes by the NSU.” Zschaepe’s lawyer, Mathis Grasel, pledged to appeal the verdict, which he described as “legally untenable.” ‘Wholly criminally responsible’ In her final speech in court last week, Zschaepe spoke of her “sincere regret” and repeated her claim that she did not know about the murders until after they happened, German media reported. Zschaepe’s current lawyers were calling for a maximum sentence of 10 years, while her first legal team, dropped partway through the trial, were seeking her immediate release, according to media reports of the trial. The federal prosecutor had called for a life sentence, arguing that Zschaepe “is wholly criminally responsible for her actions” and describing her as an “ice-cold, calculating person,” reports said. Prison sentences were also handed down for four accomplices, according to the verdict. Ralf W., convicted of being an accessory in the nine Ceska murders, was sentenced to 10 years in prison; Holger G. received a three-year sentence for supporting a terrorist organization; and Andre A. was sentenced to two years and six months for the same crime. Adolescent Carsten S. received a three-year sentence in a youth facility for aiding and abetting the Ceska murders. Kevin Tschierse reported from Berlin and Judith Vonberg wrote in London. CNN’s Nadine Schmidt and Stephanie Halasz contributed to this report.

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Israel Is Arming Ukraine’s Blatantly Neo-Nazi Militia the …

BEN NORTON: Western media outlets have finally begun reporting on the neo-Nazi threat that is growing inside Ukraine, which is a close Western ally against Russia. Well, one of the most scandalous reports now shows that another key U.S. ally, Israel, is in fact arming some of these neo-Nazi groups in Ukraine who have carried out attacks on ethnic or religious minority groups, including the Roma, and also Jews inside Ukraine. Journalist Asa Winstanley wrote about this for the website The Electronic Intifada in an article titled Israel Is Arming Neo-Nazis in Ukraine. Asa Winstanleys report reveals that the neo-Nazi militia the Azov Battalion, which is part of the Ukrainian National Guard, posted online propaganda, including video showing it using Israeli Tavor rifles. As I said, the Azov Battalion, which began as a neo-Nazi militia, is now incorporated into the Ukrainian National Guard and is fighting pro-Russian separatists. And in Asa Winstanleys report, he also quotes a letter from the Israeli Defense Ministry that it wrote in response to a lawyer who had requested an end to Israeli military aid to Ukraine, citing the reports of Nazis attacking Ukrainian Jews, and also Roma in Ukraine. Joining us to discuss this is Max Blumenthal. Max is an award-winning journalist and the editor and founder of the website The Grayzone Project, where he has reported extensively on the neo-Nazis in Ukraine. Max previously here at The Real News reported on how the United States has directly armed Nazis in Ukraine by arming the Azov battalion, and in fact, the Azov battalion has posted photos on its website showing it meeting with American military officials. So today were going to talk about how Israel, which claims to defend international Jewry, is in fact arming Nazis in Ukraine. Thanks for joining us, Max. MAX BLUMENTHAL: Great to be on. BEN NORTON: So can you just respond to this shocking report from Asa Winstanley that Israel, which, again, claims to speak on behalf of international Jewry, is arming anti-Semitic, violent neo-Nazis in Ukraine? MAX BLUMENTHAL: Yeah. It would be shocking to those who didnt know Israels history. This actually didnt shock me at all, especially given the fact that U.S. Congress has enacted a prohibition on selling arms to the Azov Battalion this year thanks to the efforts of representative Ro Khanna. Ill explain why a little bit later. But just to summarize this really excellent report by Asa Winstanley, which is really authoritative in explaining the origins and ideology of Azov and the danger they present to Ukraine and to Europe as a whole. The Defense Ministry of Israel has confirmed several shipments of arms and tenders for weapons sales to Ukraine, to the Ukrainian military. The Azov Battalion has posted photos of its soldiers on its own YouTube channel and social media channels with the Tavor rifle. And the Tavor rifle is one of the most distinctive weapons in the Israeli arsenal. It is the standard issue rifle for Israeli soldiers, and it was recently used in some of the atrocities committed on the border of Gaza. And it replaced the Uzi, which is another really distinctive Israeli weapon. So theres no mistake here. This is clearly an Israeli weapon, and it reflects what was seen in the Israeli Defense Ministry documents which were turned up by Israeli human rights lawyers and were obtained by Asa and the Electronic Intifada. And basically, the Israeli Defense Ministry has refused to deny shipping weapons to the Azov Battalion. The reason that they have kind of some plausible deniability about directing weapons to neo-Nazis is that the Azov Battalion has been incorporated into Ukraines National Guard through the Interior Ministry, which is run by an ultra-right nationalist named Arsen Avakov. So Israel is basically just sending weapons to the Ukrainian military, which is now filled with hardcore neo-Nazi ideologues. But theres no disputing the truth of the headline to Asa Winstanleys article. Israel is arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine. The self-proclaimed Jewish state is literally arming neo-Nazis. And that should shock everyone, but at the same time its not shocking given Israels history, which I can kind of briefly explain. BEN NORTON: Yeah, well talk more about that in a moment. But first lets talk more about the Azov Battalion. We mentioned that this is a neo-Nazi, an avowedly neo-Nazi militia. It uses the [wolfsangel], which is a Nazi symbol, and many of its members have SS tattoos and white supremacist tattoos. Can you talk more about what the Azov Battalion is, and also specifically its founder, Andriy Biletsky? MAX BLUMENTHAL: Well, the Azov Battalion grows out of the Patriot of Ukraine, which was a violent racist militia. That was sort of the street wing of the, or the military wing of the Social National Party, founded after the end of the Cold War by Andriy Parubiy and Oleh Tyahnybok, two politicians who remain extremely influential in Ukraine. Azov has been the shock troops, function as the shock troops of the Ukrainian military in eastern Ukraine in the fight against pro-Russian separatists around the Donbass. They operate training camps in the country not just for potential soldiers but for children, and they function as fascist indoctrination centers. Theyve been visited by Western media, and USA Today sent a reporter to one of these camps, spoke to a drill sergeant who said, kind of laughingly, that no more than half of his men are hardcore neo-Nazis. There are Nazi symbols all over their uniforms. Another sort of spokesman, someone more higher up, someone higher up in the eyes of the Battalion, told the Guardian that actually only 10 to 20 percent of the Battalion consists of ideologically hardcore neo-Nazis. Gregor Monteux is one of the foreign fighters who has come to assist the Azov Battalion, and was arrested on his way to attack mosques and synagogues in France with an incredible arsenal of explosives and advanced weapons after training with Azov. And they believe in this ideology of the Reconquista, or the reconquest of Europe. Their leader Andriy Biletsky has sworn, after he was elected to Parliament, that he would eventually dissolve Parliament and that his ultranationalist forces would take power. And they started to kind of make some moves in that direction. Besides attacking Roma camps all over the country and menacing religious minorities, they have deployed a national corps to Kiev to supposedly restore order. And as part of their ideologic-. As part of their, you know, sort of their, one of their ideological goals or political goals is to discredit what they see as a corrupt technocratic government thats foreign-run and initiate the Reconquista from Ukraine, and spread it outwards to the, and restore order in the other white nations. So their mission extends well beyond Ukraine. So this is the group that Israel is now arming. And I should also mention that, you know, we had reported earlier that the U.S. was arming the Azov Battalion. They sent us officers to meet with Azov officers in the field to discuss logistics. Thats probably, possibly no longer taking place because of the congressional prohibition. But Canada recently sent its military attache Colonel Brian Irwin to meet with Azov officers. And Canada has had to actually defend this meeting in an official statement to Asa Winstanley. And they said that, I mean, this is absolutely pathetic. They said-. Im not quoting directly, Im paraphrasing. That they aim to encourage diversity and tolerance in Ukraine through these person to person contacts. So you know, theres nothing like arming neo-Nazis to encourage tolerance, is there. It actually speaks to the ideological tendencies of the foreign minister of Ukraine, Im sorry, of Canada, who is a Canadian Ukranian, Chrystia Freeland, whose grandfather was a Nazi. Grandfather was a Ukrainian Nazi collaborator, a hardcore Nazi ideologue, who was welcomed into the West as so many other former Ukrainian Nazi collaborators were. And when he was exposed as such by Russian diplomats in Canada, Justin Trudeau responded by expelling those diplomats rather than, you know, punishing Freeland for lying publicly lying about this fact. So whats going on here is that the U.S., this is what I think is going on, the U.S. is unable to arm Azov, and it makes it harder for them to arm the Ukrainian military, because Azov is incorporated into the National Guard. So they are turning to their allies. And one of the allies that the U.S. has always relied on is kind of this back channel to arm fascist death squads during the Cold War, was Israel. BEN NORTON: Yeah. And we saw this in the war in Guatemala. The Guatemalan civil war, where Israel, along with the U.S., helped arm Rios Montt, who was a genocidal dictator; carried out [inaudible]. But really quickly getting back to Israel and Ukraine here, Ill just note that Andriy Biletsky, who is the founder of the Azov Battalion, hes now a lawmaker in the Ukrainian Parliament. And Asa Winstanley quotes him in his article, and notes that Biletsky has, quote, pledged to restore the honor of the white race. And he has also proposed laws forbidding so-called race mixing. But before we [inaudible] here, Max, Im wondering if you could briefly talk about why you werent surprised to hear that, that Israel today is arming Nazis in Ukraine, given its history. MAX BLUMENTHAL: Because of what you just explained, which is Israels history of working as a kind of proxy for the U.S. to arm forces that are committing human rights abuses, or that are fascistic. And, you know, to give the U.S. some kind of distance. During the 1980s, I think it was in 84, in one of the rare periods where there was intelligence reform and Congress actually put the brakes on some of the excesses of the so-called intelligence community, the Congress passed the Boland amendment, which required the executive, the president, to put his signature on any covert action that took place. And this was to slow down the arms to the, to the Contras in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and the fascist forces in Guatemala. And so the U.S. turned to Israel and Guatemala. Efraim Rios Montt, this right-wing dictator, genocidal dictator, who you mentioned actually said that our soldiers are, you know, reflect the Israeli spirit. And he openly praised Israel for not just supplying them with weapons, but training them. So I think this scenario is in play again. And the U.S. can easily turn to Canada, as well. It doesnt seem like Canada has particularly ashamed of the fact that it just held these high-level military meetings with a neo-Nazi battalion. BEN NORTON: Well have to end our discussion there. I was joined by the journalist Max Blumenthal, who has reported extensively on the neo-Nazis who have embedded themselves in different government institutions in Ukraine, which is a close Western ally, and an ally of NATO. And we were discussing a shocking recent report by Asa Winstanley in The Electronic Intifada about how Israel is arming the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion in Ukraine. As always, Max, thanks for joining us. MAX BLUMENTHAL: Thanks for having me. BEN NORTON: For The Real News, Im Ben Norton.

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Neo-Nazi charged with terrorism in attempt to wreck Amtrak …

Taylor Michael Wilson, 26, of St. Charles, Missouri, was first arrested back in October on state charges after he entered a secure area of an Amtrak passenger train in rural Nebraska, the complaint states. He allegedly played with the controls and applied the emergency brakes, causing the train to stop with intent to harm those aboard, the complaint states. Wilson, who had a fully loaded weapon on him, was charged with use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and felony criminal mischief, both state charges. He was released on a partially secured bond on December 11, court documents state. But a further search warrant and investigation from the FBI led to the discovery of a stash of firearms at his residence and several connections to what the complaint describes as white supremacist groups. He was arrested again on December 23 and he was ordered detained on January 2, according to the complaint. Investigators found an arsenal of weapons, ammunition and a hand-made shield at his residence and learned that he had told his roommate he was interested in killing black people, according to the criminal complaint. Investigators also learned that Wilson had been involved in neo-Nazi groups, and that he was once suspected of pointing a firearm at a black woman in a road rage incident, the complaint states. Jerry Sena, Wilson’s attorney, said Wilson plans to plead not guilty to the charges. Sena added that Wilson does not have any history of mental illness, no history of drug abuse and little or no criminal history. Wilson faces up to life in prison if convicted on the terrorism charges. Attempted train takeover Wilson boarded the Amtrak train in Sacramento, California, and was traveling to Missouri when he entered a secure area and triggered an emergency stop on October 22, according to the complaint. Two Amtrak conductors told the FBI that Wilson continually egged them on as they attempted to detain him, saying “What are you going to do, shoot me?” Wilson also went through drastic mood swings and “would start saying crazy things about going to the moon,” one conductor said. The train engineer and Amtrak personnel detained him, and he was arrested when police arrived, the complaint states. A deputy with the Furnas County Sheriff’s Office found a fully loaded handgun in his waistband and a fully loaded speed-loader, the complaint states. In addition, a backpack belonging to Wilson contained three more loaded speed-loaders, a box of ammo, a fixed blade knife, a gas mask and other items. Connections to white supremacy When he was booked at the Furnas County Sheriff’s Office, Wilson was in possession of a business card for the National Socialist Movement, a neo-Nazi party, according to the complaint. He also had a card for the Alabama preacher William Davidson of The Covenant Nation Church, a church based on the belief that “White people are part of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel,” according to the complaint. A search warrant for his cell phone showed that he had a banner with the annotation “‘Hands up don’t shoot’ is Anti-white fake news — Altright'” over an unknown highway, the complaint states. Later, the FBI interviewed Wilson’s cousin and roommate, who said Wilson had joined an “alt-right” group that Wilson had found researching white supremacy forums online, the complaint states. Wilson also traveled with what the complaint describes as a neo-Nazi group to the “Unite the Right” protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, that became violent, according to his cousin. The cousin said he wasn’t sure if Wilson brought anything other than a shield and a bulletproof vest, but he said that Wilson had about 20 to 25 firearms and normally carried a firearm on him. Wilson also made statements that the cousin interpreted to mean that Wilson and his group were behind “Whites Only” signs that were placed on businesses, the complaint states. The “alt-right” generally refers to the right-wing movement that strictly opposes immigration and argues that white people are under attack in society. White supremacist groups believe that the white race is better than other races and should therefore dominate society, while the term neo-Nazis generally refers to white supremacists who support genocide or ethnic cleansing. The complaint states that investigators conducted a search warrant of his residence and located a hidden compartment behind his fridge that contained a large amount of weaponry: a tactical vest, scores of ammunition magazines and a handmade shield as well as white supremacy documents and paperwork. Wilson’s father, Michael Wilson, provided investigators with his son’s firearms, ammo and tactical body armor. One of the firearms was a fully automatic rifle, and another was converted to a short rifle, both possible federal crimes, the complaint states. Road rage Wilson had no evident criminal history, but investigators discovered that he was a suspect in a road rage incident in which he allegedly pointed a handgun at a black woman in St. Charles, the complaint states. The woman told police the license plate number of the man’s vehicle, which was then traced to Wilson. But police were later unable to locate her, so the case was placed in inactive status, the complaint says. Wilson told his cousin about an incident in which he pointed a gun at somebody while driving, according to the complaint, a story that the complaint says fits the description of the road rage incident in St. Charles. CNN’s Carma Hassan, Deanna Hackney and Pierre Meilhan contributed to this report.

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