Two years ago, the Intelligence Report revealed that alarming numbers of neo-Nazi skinheads and other white supremacist extremists were taking advantage of lowered armed services recruiting standards and lax enforcement of anti-extremist military regulations by infiltrating the U.S. armed forces in order to receive combat training and gain access to weapons and explosives.
Forty members of Congress urged then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to launch a full-scale investigation and implement a zero-tolerance policy toward white supremacists in the military. "Military extremists present an elevated threat to both their fellow service members and the public," U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican, wrote in a separate open letter to Rumsfeld. "We witnessed with Timothy McVeigh that today's racist extremist may become tomorrow's domestic terrorist."
But neither Rumsfeld nor his successor, Robert Gates, launched any sort of systemic investigation or crackdown. Military and Defense Department officials seem to have made no sustained effort to prevent active white supremacists from joining the armed forces or to weed out those already in uniform. [my ems]
Of course not. They need every able-bodied asshole they can get. Basically, you have to have a swastika tattooed on your forehead to be denied enlistment, especially if you're willing to take a combat arms specialty.
It doesn't worry me that a buncha drunks get together in the woods on weekends, shoot their guns, and yammer on about how they're the foot soldiers of the white race. They're more a danger to themselves than anyone else.
What does bug me is these same assholes are getting advanced weapons and explosives training, and then bringing that knowledge home to their butt buddies. It's bad enough they figure this shit out for themselves.
This will be a problem in the future (if you think Islamic terrorism is the big worry, wait) along with all the guys coming home from the Big Catbox with some screws loose. You think we got problems now?
Add this to the list of everything else the Rethugs have fucked up in the past 8 years. The 'New American Century' my ass. It's the End of the American Era and as soon as we get that through our heads, the better.