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February 13, 2014

Two Groups Attempt to Resurrect Neo-Nazi National Alliance

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Kevin Strom

Former members of the National Alliance (NA) are trying to resurrect the organization by claiming they are its rightful heirs.  The demise of the NA, once the largest neo-Nazi group in the U.S., has spurred two different factions to revive the memory and “brand” of Alliance founder William Pierce.  Both groups hope they can convince other white supremacists to join them in forming a revamped version of the NA.

One-time NA member Jim Ring emerged as the leader of one faction, the National Alliance Reform & Restoration Group (NARRG), which he founded in February 2014.  Ring left the NA in October 2012, after running its Sacramento, California unit for 22 years. He announced this month that NARRG is pursuing a civil lawsuit against NA board members and Erich Gliebe, who has headed the NA since Pierce’s death.  A statement on the NARRG website claims that the group is suing Gliebe and the others for financial damage done to the organization as well as “a myriad of instances of malfeasance, misfeasance, illegalities and irregularities.”  Ring wants the NARRG to focus on creating Pierce’s vision of a “white living space,” an area in the U.S that would be purged of all nonwhites.

Also trying to revive the NA is Kevin Strom, a former leader of the group. Gliebe kicked Strom out of the NA in 2005.  Strom then formed the National Vanguard, which lasted until authorities convicted him on child pornography charges in 2007. Strom and Will Williams, who once headed the NA’s North Carolina unit, claim to be building a new NA headquarters in the Appalachian Mountains. Strom has also re-launched American Dissident Voices (ADV), a shortwave radio show he and Pierce used to broadcast under the auspices of the NA, starting in the early 1990s. Strom’s most recent Internet radio ADV broadcast on February 8 was largely an updated rendition of Pierce’s anti-Semitic work, “Who Rules America?” which alleges that Jews control the media, government and financial industry in the U.S.

Both NARRG and Strom seem to be hoping for a nostalgic revival of an organization they belonged to in its prime. These groups no doubt would like to erase the last decade that led to the NA’s downfall. Since the death of Pierce in 2002, the organized neo-Nazi movement in the United States has been on the decline and shows no signs of rejuvenation.

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September 24, 2013

Neo-Nazi National Alliance No Longer Has Members

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Erich Gliebe

The National Alliance (NA), once the largest neo-Nazi group in the United States, has ceased to function as a membership organization. 

In a September 6, 2013 letter to members of the white supremacist group, NA chairman Erich Gliebe states that the organization will now be “supporter based.” Gliebe claims this decision comes after consulting with the organization’s board of directors and key members and supporters.

In reality, Gliebe, who took over the leadership of the NA in 2002 after the death of its founder William Pierce, has overseen a steady decline in the group’s membership.  The NA, which had about 1,500 members in 2002, has only a handful of active members today.

Gliebe’s lack of leadership skills and charisma, as well as his seeming poor judgment and apparent financial mismanagement, led to tremendous strife and disaffection within the NA. The group split into various factions in the mid-2000s and continued to lose members throughout Gliebe’s reign.  In addition, the NA stopped publishing magazines and ceased operations of its once-profitable white power music company, Resistance Records. 

The move to a “supporter-based” organization appears to be a face-saving device from Gliebe to detract from his many failures.  In his letter to members, Gliebe characterizes the move to a supporter-based organization as a “step forward for the organization,” which will lead “to a brighter future.”  Gliebe also optimistically requests his now-former membership to convert their membership dues into monthly donations of the same amount.

White supremacist Jim Ring, who resigned from the National Alliance in 2012, posted Gliebe’s letter on a website he created to oppose Gliebe. Ring also gave an interview in the September 2 edition on the American Free Press, an anti-Semitic conspiracy-oriented newspaper, in which he called Gliebe both incompetent and dishonest. Ring blamed Gliebe for the group’s demise and claimed Gliebe personally profited from the sale of Pierce’s gun collection and timber on the NA property.

Recently, Gliebe put the National Alliance’s property in West Virginia up for sale. Gliebe’s moves may well mark the endgame for the National Alliance.

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