According to a article written in the NY Times, by John Kifner: A decade after the Pentagon declared a zero-tolerance policy for racist hate groups, recruiting shortfalls caused by the war in Iraq have allowed large numbers of neo-Nazi's and skinhead extremists to infiltrate the military according to a watchdog organization, "The Southern Poverty Law Center."
This organization tracks racist and white-wing militia groups, estimating that the numbers could run into the thousands. The group is quoted as saying, "We've got Aryan Nations" graffiti in Baghdad."
A report also indicates that neo-Nazi groups like the "National Alliance," whose founder William Pierce, wrote the "Turner Diaries," the novel that was the blueprint for Timothy McVeigh's bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building, had sought to enroll followers in the Army to get training for a race war.
Sources disclose, "They don't want to make a big deal again about neo-Nazi's in the military because then parents who are already worried about their kids signing up and dying in Iraq are going to be even more reluctant about their kids enlisting if they feel they'll be exposed to gangs and white supremacists."
THREE WHITE SOLDIERS KILL BLACK COUPLE:
Three white soldiers from Fort Bragg were charged in the killing of an African-American couple in 1995. Cops say, the men were on an outing, to find blacks to harass.
Investigators state, the murdered man and woman were two innocent people walking down the street. Michael James, 36, and Jackie Burden, 27, were shot at least five times in the head at close range.
Pvt. James Norman Burmeister II, 20, and Pvt. Malcolm Wright, 21, (pictured above) have been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths and held without bond.
Burmeister and Wright were arrested in a trailer where police found a 9-mm semiautomatic pistol, white supremacist pamphletes, a Nazi flag, Hitler pamphlets and a magazine called "Resistance."
Police said another man named Meadows (not pictured )was driving the car the three men were cruising in. Burmeister and Wright apparently got out of the car and approached the victims on foot.
The suspects had apparently discussed and planned the attack, following an evening of drinking. Police did not reveal which soldier was suspected to have pulled the trigger.
"As far as we know, the soldiers had no history of prior contact with the individuals. "We believe it was an random shooting."
A source adds, "I served 27 years with an Airborne unit, including a tour of Vietnam. "A military base is a breeding ground for hate groups. "Timothy McVeigh, went through the Special Forces training program at Fort Bragg. He was taught on how to make explosives."
"Also, Paratroopers were arrested and had to move off base because of arguments with other soldiers when they attempted to display their Klan and Nazi paraphernalia in their barracks. "That should have been a signal right then that there was something terribly wrong. The officers in charge should have seen it and taken prompt action. Instead, they allowed the soldiers to move into off-base housing, "out of sight, out of mind." It turned out that the owner of the trailer park is a member of the White Supremacist Party who displays Nazi paraphernalia in his trailer."
In 1985, "The Southern Poverty Law Center," sued the North Carolina White Patriot Party. During the trial, a soldier testified that he had sold $50,000 worth of weaponry stolen from a military base to the White Patriot Party, including 13 LAW anti-tank missiles, rifles, C-s anti-riot gas, TNT, C-4 explosives and 13,991 rounds of ammunition.
Sources: CNN, John Kifner @ the NY Times and Tim Wheeler