A United States military news source, Early Bird Brief, disclosed that a CD and a flyer with the Northwest Front logo and web address was circulating at Fort Carson, an Army base south of Colorado Springs, in the southeast corner of Colorado. The flyer asks readers, “ever wonder if you are fighting for the right side?”
The Northwest Front is a small white nationalist organization that urges the creation of a whites-only republic in the states of the Northwest—a dream that has circulated among Aryanists since the formation of The Order robbed banks, murdered a half-dozen folks and set up a clandestine structure in the mid-1980s.
“Everyone agrees the 2nd American Revolution is far overdue. We have waited to [sic] long and been to [sic] timid in the defense of liberty and justice, both now gone, we witness the horror of the unfolding police state. The daily injustices only furthers our resolve to take action, the stage is being set, our rage will become a fury upon them,” wrote Brent Douglas Cole in September 2013. Less than a year later, he found himself in a gun battle with state and federal law enforcement officials.
Cole, a racist, anti-Semitic, self-described “sovereign citizen” camping in the northern California woods has been accused of shooting a California Highway Patrol officer and a Bureau of Land Management ranger during a confrontation on June 15.
A law enforcement officer is in the hospital after being shot in the leg and a "sovereign citizen" is dead in Georgia after what could have been an even worse act of domestic terror.
The “European right-wing comes of age,” triumphantly declared one of the largest white nationalist groups in the United States, the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), after an announcement of the results of the 2014 European elections.
Like the Council of Conservative Citizens, many on the American far right, from the Tea Party to hardened white nationalists, paid close attention to the European results. Looking at these votes for nationalist, anti-immigrant, racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-European Union political parties—the American hard right saw hope for the future here at home.
Two weeks after the deadly shootings at the Jewish Community Center and the Shalom Center in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas, the arrest of a well-known white nationalist has raised new and difficult questions. Three people are now dead; one of them was 15 years old. The alleged shooter, who has been best known as Frazier Glenn Miller, is a national socialist—a confirmed neo-Nazi. He shouted “Heil Hitler” at the time of his arrest. None of the dead were Jewish, however. Unless Miller falls fatally ill to a major disease, or succeeds in killing himself, we can expect him to go to trial and then, hopefully, be convicted. This story does not end there, however.
For years, white nationalists found themselves on the outside looking in, faces pressed against the glass to get a glimpse at the movement happenings at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). But the times they are a changing. Not since Pat Buchanan’s racially-tinged insurgent campaign at the 1992 conference have white nationalists found a more hospitable environment in the halls of CPAC.
With the rise of the Tea Party, the doors to CPAC flew open wide in 2010. The same year that CPAC gave the “Ronald Reagan Award” to the Tea Party movement, the far-right John Birch Society, a group kept outside for decades, was allowed to co-sponsor the event for the first time. Others on the far-right were welcomed into the fold, and racist rhetoric about president Obama was allowed center stage. Just like that, CPAC became a white nationalist friendly zone.
Despite a more tightly controlled platform this year, the annual conservative confab did little to disabuse white nationalists of the notion that they were at home, particularly when leaders expressed racially-charged rhetoric and calls for nativist “death squads” were met with raucous cheers from the floor.