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January 26, 2016

Failed White Supremacist Leaders Form New Christian Identity Group

Two leaders of the white supremacist movement, Paul Mullet of Bainbridge, Ohio, and Billy Roper of Mountain View, Arkansas, have joined forces to form a new group, Divine Truth Ministries and its “political arm,” the Nation of True Israel.  Both men have struggled for years to establish themselves in the movement and to recruit followers.

Mullet and Roper practice Christian Identity, a virulently racist and anti-Semitic religion. They believe not only that whites of European descent can be traced back to the “Lost Tribes of Israel,” but that Jews descended from a union between Eve and Satan. In addition to their Christian Identity beliefs, both men have embraced neo-Nazi ideology.

Symbol of Divine Truth Ministries, left, and Aryan Nations, right

Symbol of Divine Truth Ministries, left, and Aryan Nations, right

A late December press release by Roper announced they were “carrying forward the ideals and values of Aryan Nations under a new banner.” In the 1990s, Aryan Nations was one of the largest and most active neo-Nazi groups in the country, as well as a major Christian Identity group.

Presumably Mullet and Roper hope to capitalize on the small void left by the recent dissolution of Morris Gulett’s Louisiana-based faction of Aryan Nations. Gulett’s group was one of a number of factions that formed after the 2004 death of Richard Butler, the founder of Aryan Nations.

It is no surprise that Mullet and Roper’s first course of business has been to demonize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Earlier this month, just days before the federal holiday marking Dr. King’s birthday, they sponsored a “Day of Education,” which encouraged all “white nationalists” to distribute anti-King flyers and literature alleging that King, among other things, was a plagiarist and communist.

They are also organizing an April march at Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park to protest legislation that would allow changes to existing Confederate displays and monuments, as well as a plan by the Stone Mountain Memorial Association to install a monument in King’s honor. Following the march, they are also planning a white power music event at a different venue.

Despite their ideological beginnings with prominent neo-Nazi groups, Mullet and Roper, just a year apart in age, have struggled to make their mark in the white supremacist world. Mullet started with Richard Butler’s Aryan Nations, while Roper, who came from a family of Klansmen, got his start with William Pierce and the National Alliance. In the early 2000s, Butler and Pierce died, leaving the neo-Nazi movement in disarray and both Mullet and Roper untethered.

Shortly after Pierce’s death, Roper, forced out by the remaining leaders of the National Alliance, started his own neo-Nazi group, White Revolution. Despite years of effort, White Revolution never amounted to anything more than a tiny propaganda group and Roper shut it down in 2011. For the last several years, Roper was active with Thomas Robb’s Arkansas-based Klan group, the Knights Party.

Mullet also experienced failures as he attempted to start several neo-Nazi and Christian Identity groups in the years following Butler’s death. His worst loss came in 2011 when Morris Gulett usurped a faction of the Aryan Nations that Mullet had founded in 2009. In 2011, Mullet attempted a comeback with the American National Socialist Party, but it also failed.

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October 16, 2013

Former White Supremacist Terror Cell Members Arrested In Arizona

atf-agents-raid-kehoe property

ATF agents at raid on Kehoe property
(Source: ATF)

On October 14, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) launched a raid on a remote piece of land outside Ash Fork, Arizona, to arrest white supremacist Kirby Kehoe and his son, Cheyne, on weapons charges. 

The two Kehoes, both convicted felons, allegedly possessed around 20-30 firearms, including assault weapons, rifles, and handguns, as well as thousands of rounds of ammunition. Cheyne Kehoe was also allegedly in possession of body armor, also prohibited.

The Kehoes were among the most notorious of the white supremacist terrorists of the 1990s. In the late 1990s, both Kirby and Cheyne Kehoe were members of a domestic terror cell led by Chevie Kehoe, the eldest son of Kirby. While pursuing the grandiose dream of creating an “Aryan People’s Republic,” the Kehoes and other cell members murdered five people, including an eight-year-old girl, engaged in shootouts with police, committed armed robberies, and allegedly planted a bomb at the city hall building of Spokane, Washington.  

Chevie Kehoe eventually received multiple life sentences for his role in the violent acts, while another member, Daniel Lee, received a death sentence. Cheyne Kehoe received a 24-year sentence that was later reduced to 11 years for cooperation, while Kirby Kehoe received a 51-month sentence. 

Kirby Kehoe, who lived in the Pacific Northwest in the 1990s, purchased land in Arizona in early 2013, to which he and some other members of his large family moved. The ATF investigation stemmed from an earlier encounter between Cheyne Kehoe and local law enforcement officers in early September.  In this incident, authorities arrested Cheyne on charges of domestic violence-related unlawful imprisonment, possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, impersonating a police officer, and assault/touching (knowingly touching another person with the intent to injure, insult or provoke such person). 

The investigation is ongoing and further arrests are possible.

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February 15, 2012

American White Supremacists Embrace South Africa…Sort Of

Monica Stone speaking at 2011 Aryan Nations World Congress

A coterie of American white supremacists is working to organize “nationwide” protests for February 27, 2012, as part of an effort dubbed the South Africa Project (SAP). This “project” has as its stated goal stopping the alleged “genocide of Whites” in South Africa. Participants and organizers include representatives from all five of the major white supremacist movements in the United States (neo-Nazis, racist skinheads, “traditional” white supremacists, Christian Identity adherents, and racist prison gangs). In particular, adherents of the racist and anti-Semitic religious sect Christian

Identity are involved with the protests.
According to SAP organizers, events are planned at or near 13 state capitols around the country. Several organizers have already obtained permits to rally or completed notices of public assembly as required by local ordinances; others plan to hold sidewalk protests and demonstrations. Targeted states include Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas.

The protests got their start in 2011 thanks to Monica Stone, a long-time member of the Louisiana-based white supremacist Christian Defense League and immigrant from South Africa. In September 2011, she spoke of the alleged plight of white South Africans at Morris Gulett’s Aryan Nations World Congress event in Louisiana. In fact, SAP uses Gulett’s Louisiana mailing address, while several protests are being organized by members of Gulett’s Aryan Nations. For example, Robert Radyn is organizing the Albany, New York, protest, and Ryan Mullins, the “Imperial Wizard” of the Gulett-associated Aryan Nation Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, is organizing the Nashville, Tennessee, event.

White supremacists from other groups are also involved with SAP events. California-based Mike Myers, SAP’s “Chief Coordinator,” is organizing the rally at Sacramento. Myers is a racist skinhead who claims membership in the Golden State Skinheads and the white supremacist American Third Position.

The Austin, Texas, march is being organized by David McGlumphy of Dallas. McGlumphy, a member of the Texas-based street/prison gang White Knights of America (WKOA), was released from prison in early 2010. His wife, Anna, is the Texas contact person for SAP.

Billy Roper, the former leader of the Arkansas-based White Revolution, is organizing the rally scheduled in Little Rock. In September 2011, Roper joined Thomas Robb’s Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Robb and his daughter, Rachel Pendergraft, are scheduled to attend the rally. Also attending is Allen Truitt of Missouri, the leader of the Aryan Nations Prison Ministry.

Ronnie Carr, a member of the neo-Nazi group Volksfront, is organizing a SAP event in Greenville, Tennessee, “for the people in East TN, West NC, and Southwest VA who can’t make it to their respective state capital protests.” Donald Palmer, also affiliated with Volksfront, is organizing the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, event.

In an effort to disguise themselves as civil rights activists, SAP organizers have attempted to discourage would-be attendees from wearing white supremacist shirts, Klan robes, or neo-Nazi uniforms. Billy Roper directed one racist skinhead to cover his white supremacist cranial tattoos with a hat during the protest. Though attendance overall is expected to be low, some of the events are better organized than others.

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