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February 13, 2014

Two Groups Attempt to Resurrect Neo-Nazi National Alliance

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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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December 20, 2013

Pennsylvania White Supremacist Loses Fifth Child To State

Just days after the November 11 birth, Pennsylvania authorities took into custody the newborn child of white supremacist Isidore Heath Campbell and his fiancée Bethanie Rose Zito, both of Bangor. The infant, named Eva Braun after the mistress and eventual wife of Adolf Hitler, is the most recent child of Campbell’s to be taken away by family service agencies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.heath-campbell-NSM-rally

Campbell, a heavily tattooed neo-Nazi with a penchant for wearing Nazi-themed clothing, gained international notoriety in 2008 after a New Jersey grocery store refused to personalize a birthday cake for one of his children, named Adolf Hitler, from his earlier marriage with Deborah Lynn Campbell. 

Heath and Deborah had named their other children together JoyceLynn Aryan Nations (to honor a notorious neo-Nazi group), Honzlynn Hinler Jeannie (in an attempt to honor infamous Nazi Heinrich Himmler) and Hons Heinrich (also a nod to Himmler). 

In 2009, New Jersey authorities took custody of those children as a result of alleged evidence of abuse or neglect due to prior domestic violence as well as a determination that the parents did not have the psychological capacity to properly care for the children.  Heath Campbell has insisted that the children were taken by the state only because he gave his children white supremacist names. 

Campbell, the father of eight children from four different mothers, does not have custody of any of his children.  In June 2013 a New Jersey judge denied Campbell’s attempt to regain custody of the children he had with Deborah.  Campbell and Zito appeared at the hearing wearing Nazi clothing and regalia.

Campbell has had the support of some of the local white supremacists in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, who have been posting updates from him on his family situation in which he labeled the authorities’ actions a “kidnapping” and claimed that “they are taking only white children [and are] now trying to classify us as slaves.”  Campbell has urged people to fly Nazi flags and burn “Jewish flags” in support of him.

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December 20, 2013

Virginia Neo-Nazi Indicted On Threat Charges

On December 11, a federal grand jury in Orlando, Florida, indicted Virginia white supremacist William “Bill” White on charges of threatening a Florida judge, a former state attorney, and a law enforcement officer. The six count indictment includes five counts of making threats over the Internet and one count of unlawful use of identification information.bill-white-threat

The charges stem from e-mails allegedly sent by White to the victims and from posts allegedly made by White on the comments sections of several webpages, including one belonging to the Anti-Defamation League.  The communications followed on the heels of the May 2012 arrests of 14 members of the racist skinhead group American Front on conspiracy and other charges—the victims all had some involvement in that case.  Ironically, almost all of the charges against the American Front members would later be dropped.

The communications alleged to have been sent by White threatened to kidnap, torture, rape, and kill the recipients, their spouses, and their children and grandchildren.  Some of the communications made public the home addresses of the victim.

In the threatening comment made on the Anti-Defamation League’s Extremism & Terrorism blog, the poster (identifying himself as “Joe Tomassi, Charles Manson and Son of Sam”) wrote that “we are at your house, we are at your kids houses we are at your grandkids houses and we are sitting outside their schools” (punctuation as in original).  The message then provided the home addresses of the victims.  It demanded that authorities release the arrested white supremacists “or we will be sending you a message written in blood.”

White is currently in custody in Virginia serving a sentence for a 2011 federal conviction on threat charges.  He also awaits sentencing on a more recent conviction of threatening his estranged wife. White also previously served two years in federal prison following a 2009 conviction on threat and witness intimidation charges.  In that case, White used his website to encourage violence against the foreman of a jury in Chicago that convicted Matt Hale, a prominent white supremacist, of soliciting the murder of a federal judge.

White, a long time white supremacist, is the for­mer head of the now-defunct Amer­i­can National Social­ist Work­ers Party, a small neo-Nazi group; prior to that, he was a member of the neo-Nazi National Social­ist Move­ment.

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