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September 20, 2012 1

Tattooed Shootout Suspect is White Supremacist

Alaskan Jason Bar­num has been charged with three counts of attempted mur­der fol­low­ing a mid-September shootout at an Anchor­age hotel in which Bar­num allegedly opened fire on police offi­cers inves­ti­gat­ing a string of bur­glar­ies (wound­ing one of them).

Fol­low­ing the mid-September arrest in Anchor­age, pho­tographs of Bar­num under­stand­ably went viral on the Inter­net.  Bar­num has many strik­ing tat­toos, espe­cially on his head, where a skin­less jaw is tat­tooed on the right side of his face.  Most notable of all is Barnum’s right eye­ball, which is itself tat­tooed black.

Now, ADL research has uncov­ered evi­dence that Bar­num is also a white supremacist.

Bar­num has at least two white suprema­cist tat­toos on his body:  a curved swastika and the white suprema­cist ver­sion of the Celtic Cross.  He has also worn white suprema­cist jew­elry, such as a neck­lace with a swastika super­im­posed on an Iron Cross, which appears on Bar­num in a pic­ture he posted to his Face­book pro­file in 2011.

In com­ments on other people’s Face­book pro­files, Bar­num has used com­mon white suprema­cist codes such as “1488” (the 14 stands for the “Four­teen Words” white suprema­cist slo­gan, while the 88 stands for “Heil Hitler”).  Bar­num also includes as one of his Face­book “likes” the Broth­er­hood Motor­cy­cle Club, while one of his Face­book friends is a rank­ing mem­ber of that group.  The “Broth­er­hood” is short for the Aryan Broth­er­hood and the group is actu­ally an off­shoot of the Indi­ana Aryan Broth­er­hood that is active in Indi­ana and Oregon. 

Some of Barnum’s other Face­book friends are also white suprema­cists.  An exam­i­na­tion of these indi­vid­u­als and their rela­tion­ships to Bar­num and each other reveals that most or all of them knew Bar­num from shared time spent at the max­i­mum secu­rity Spring Creek Cor­rec­tional Cen­ter in Alaska, where they seem to have com­posed a small white suprema­cist prison clique.

Last Jan­u­ary, Bar­num com­plained on his Face­book pro­file that “[too] many peo­ple like to look at me & all­ways [sic] think that im about to do them harm.  When on the real im a friendly guy.”

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September 20, 2012 6

One-Time Domestic Terrorist Now Leads White Supremacist Biker Gang

A wise man once said, “Old extrem­ists never die. They just change uniforms.”

That seems to be the case for long-time Illi­nois white suprema­cist Den­nis Michael McGif­fen.  In the 1990s, McGif­fen and other white suprema­cists (most asso­ci­ated with a Klan group or Aryan Nations) formed a group they dubbed The New Order, after the 1980s ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion known as The Order.  In 1998, McGif­fen and five other mem­bers were arrested by the FBI on weapons and explo­sives charges in con­nec­tion with alleged plots to rob banks and armored cars, poi­son pub­lic water sup­plies, and to attack blacks, Jews, and civil rights orga­ni­za­tions.  Five of the defen­dants, includ­ing McGif­fen, pleaded guilty, while a sixth was con­victed in court.  McGif­fen received a seven-year prison sentence.

Now McGif­fen, 50 years old and liv­ing in Wood River, Illi­nois, has once again found a lead­er­ship role in the world of white supremacy. McGif­fen is pres­i­dent of the Sadis­tic Souls Motor­cy­cle Club (SS-MC), a white suprema­cist biker gang that started in 2010. In July 2012, the SS-MC for­mally merged with the neo-Nazi group Aryan Nations, with which McGif­fen has had past ties. 

The Sadis­tic Souls are a small Illinois-based gang with approx­i­mately two dozen mem­bers and asso­ciates.  The bulk of the mem­ber­ship comes from small towns out­side of East Saint Louis, such as Wood River, Edwardsville, Brighton, God­frey, Alton, and Jer­seyville.  The gang’s “col­ors” (i.e., the emblems they put on their vests and jack­ets) include a Totenkopf death’s head and SS light­ning bolts.  Most mem­bers have added an Aryan Nations patch to their colors. 

Since the merger, Aryan Nations has heav­ily pro­moted McGif­fen and the SS-MC, even “donat­ing” one of its reg­is­tered Web sites for the use of SS-MC. On that site, the SS-MC dubs the rela­tion­ship “a new begin­ning.”  The site sells SS-MC mer­chan­dise and also pro­motes the McGiffen-owned Peck­er­woods Gym and Fight Club.  Mor­ris Gulett, the cur­rent leader of Aryan Nations, is clearly stak­ing much on this rela­tion­ship, per­haps because of recent defections.

In April of this year, McGif­fen and fel­low Sadis­tic Soul Ryan R. Duck­ett were arrested by the Madi­son County Sheriff’s Depart­ment and charged with felony mob action for an alleged assault at a bar in God­frey, Illi­nois.  Both posted bond and were released.

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