A flyer and CD that a Reddit user says was found at Fort Carson, Colo. (Via Reddit user jhb2wr)
A flyer that a Reddit user says was found at Fort Carson, Colo. (?Via Reddit user jhb2wr?)
White supremacists are recruiting at Fort Carson, Colorado.
Law enforcement officials at the post are investigating after propaganda flyers for Northwest Front, a self-described white separatist organization, were found on post and turned over to authorities, according to post spokesperson Dani Johnson.
The flyers, posted to Reddit early Tuesday, urge troops to join the group’s drive to create a “white nation” in the Pacific Northwest and “secure the existence of our people and a future for White children.”
“Ever wonder if you are fighting for the right side?” says one flyer, which accuses the Pentagon of targeting white men and Christians.
A Reddit user who describes himself as a paratrooper, jhb2wr, posted to Reddit saying he and some other paratroopers “found about a dozen sealed plastic bags blowing around Fort Carson with this flyer and a CD inside.”
Reddit users responded, urging the soldier to turn the flyers over to authorities and not to put the CD into a computer for fear of computer viruses.
Current and former members of the military have long been coveted by neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups for their tactical skills and ideological beliefs, and efforts to recruit them are nothing new, according to scholar Brian Levin.
“It’s like, do the Yankees want a great pitcher,” said Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University.
“Neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups are happy to have people commit acts of violence in the name of their ideology without being a card carrying member of their group — lone wolves,” Levin said.
What was unusual to Levin was the discovery of the flyers on the post rather than in the surrounding community, which suggests to him the flyers were distributed by a service member with ties to or leanings toward the group.
“This really needs to be investigated,” he said.
Just this week Barcroft TV reported that a Ku Klux Klan faction announced its plans to recruit troops exiting the military, drawing on their expertise as the organization engages in military-style training for an expected race war.
The last major case to link the military and white supremacy was in April, when Frazier Glenn Miller — a retired master sergeant who served in Army Special Forces — is accused of shooting and killing three people in Overland Park, Kansas. A New York Times opinion piece that followed, discussing veterans and white supremacy groups, angered veterans groups.
In August 2012, white supremacist and former soldier Wade Michael Page allegedly shot six people and wounded four others at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. He was killed in the incident.
Also in August 2012, it was reported that a former Missouri National Guard member provided combat training to a white supremacist group, a recently released court document shows. The guardsman later aided with prosecution of members of the group.