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October 11, 2013 0

Missouri White Supremacist Wounds Two Deputies in Shootout

Shawn Keith Nims

Shawn Keith Nims

Deputies with the Jef­fer­son County Sher­iff ‘s Depart­ment in Cedar Hills, Mis­souri, shot and killed white suprema­cist Shawn Keith Nims, 40, on Octo­ber 11, fol­low­ing a seven-hour manhunt.

The inci­dent began when a deputy, respond­ing to a 911 hang-up emer­gency call, went to the home where the call was placed.  Peo­ple in the home report­edly told the deputies the call had been a mis­take. Deputy Nina Sims later returned to the home with another deputy, Michael Toombs. After being given per­mis­sion to enter the home, the deputies began descend­ing the base­ment stairs when they were allegedly ambushed by Nims and a shootout ensued.  Both deputies suf­fered non-life threat­en­ing gun­shot wounds and Nims fled the scene.

Mem­bers from mul­ti­ple law enforce­ment agen­cies began to search for Nims and found him seven hours later as he attempted to jump from a win­dow of a nearby home.  Accord­ing to police, Nims was armed with an assault-style weapon.  The pur­su­ing deputies fired at Nims after he allegedly refused to drop the weapon, fatally wound­ing him.

Nims had sev­eral neo-Nazi tat­toos includ­ing an eagle clutch­ing a swastika on his chest and a large swastika on his right shin. He also had a crim­i­nal his­tory that included drug and theft charges.

This is the lat­est instance of a shootout between domes­tic extrem­ists and law enforce­ment. Just since 2009, 39 shootouts have taken place between law enforce­ment offi­cers and domes­tic extremists—including right-wing anti-government extrem­ists, white suprema­cists, domes­tic Mus­lim extrem­ists and oth­ers.  In those vio­lent encoun­ters, extrem­ists have shot 37 police offi­cers, 12 fatally.

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October 11, 2013 7

Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party Expands Presence in U.S.

Amer­i­can mem­bers of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party of Greece have cre­ated two new chap­ters in the United States since estab­lish­ing a New York chap­ter about a year ago. One new chap­ter is in Los Ange­les and the other calls itself the Regional League of the West­ern States USA.

Members of the Golden Dawn-New York chapter

Mem­bers of the Golden Dawn-New York chapter

The chap­ters are part of Golden Dawn North Amer­ica, which “sup­ports the ideas and goals of the Golden Dawn Party in Greece.”  In Sep­tem­ber, the Greek gov­ern­ment arrested a num­ber of lead­ers of the anti-Semitic, racist and anti-immigrant Golden Dawn party in Greece.  The arrests came after an indi­vid­ual believed to be a mem­ber of the group allegedly killed an anti-racist rapper.

Golden Dawn’s New York Divi­sion appears to be the most active chap­ter and the only one in the U.S. that posts mate­r­ial on its blog in Eng­lish.  A sec­tion of the blog asks sym­pa­thiz­ers to donate food and gift cards to help “Greek babies.”

The chap­ter has also posted arti­cles attack­ing Jews, includ­ing one on Octo­ber 10 about the rela­tion­ship between Greece and Israel. The arti­cle claims that “Jews were so com­fort­able in recent decades with the cor­rupt polit­i­cal sys­tem and it served their inter­ests per­fectly.  Now they have begun to trem­ble in fear because of the rapid rise of Golden Dawn.”   The arti­cle ref­er­ences ear­lier pieces that accuse “Amer­i­can Zion­ists” of exploit­ing Greece and its energy sources.

Some Amer­i­can neo-Nazis and other white suprema­cists have expressed sup­port for Golden Dawn. Rocky Suhayda of the tiny Amer­i­can Nazi Party claims to be in touch with Golden Dawn rep­re­sen­ta­tives. The web­site of the National Social­ist Move­ment, another neo-Nazi group, directs peo­ple to the blog of the New York Divi­sion of Golden Dawn.

Craig Cobb, a white suprema­cist who is try­ing to set up a white enclave in Leith, North Dakota by buy­ing up plots of land, has report­edly said that he would offer one of those plots to Golden Dawn.

Many Greek-Americans are appalled by Golden Dawn.  The over­whelm­ing major­ity of the Greek-American com­mu­nity does not sup­port the party or its Amer­i­can off­shoots. The DC-based Amer­i­can Hel­lenic Edu­ca­tional Pro­gres­sive Asso­ci­a­tion (AHEPA), a lead­ing grass­roots Greek-American mem­ber­ship orga­ni­za­tion, recently praised the Greek gov­ern­ment for its crack­down on Golden Dawn in Greece.

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September 24, 2013 0

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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