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VIDEO: An Inside Look At The Ideology Driving Some Veterans To Join Neo-Nazi Groups
As America stumbles out of yet another long, hot summer in which its racial tensions have turned violent, some veterans are in the thick of it, making news in all the wrong ways. There’s the self-styled “CEO” of a U.S.-based neo-Nazi hate group who, it turns out, was a Marine recruiter once. There’s the fellow racist who stood with that CEO’s organization in Charlottesville, hours before allegedly plowing his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one. He was in the Army, however briefly.
There’s an easy temptation for news media and other novices to see a trend here, a necessary connection between the categories “veteran” and “racist,” just as they like to occasionally connect “veteran” and “mass murderer.” That’s simply wrong, and most people know it. The Joint Chiefs of Staff wasted no time after Charlottesville in denouncing race hate and reminding white supremacists that there was no place for them in the ranks. Vets, individually and with virtually every service organization in the country, reminded everybody else that the U.S. military is 2-0 against enemy white supremacist regimes. Even the 82nd Airborne’s Twitter account spent some time dunking on neo-Nazis this month.
But… there’s something happening here. Take the case of Nathan Damigo: former Marine 0311, veteran of two Iraq deployments, convicted felon, and founder of Identity Evropa, a crew of haircut-coding Nazi hipsters (no, really, “nipsters” are a thing) whose “identitarian” shtick about Muslims and Jews watering down civilization probably sounded better in the original German.
As this Task & Purpose video shows, Damigo and Identity Evropa are actively cultivating contacts with fellow vets — and for some, the group’s authoritarian, minority-bashing ideology connects.
A few “fashy” eugenics enthusiasts do not represent even a speck next to the majority of American military veterans. But the increasing boldness of ex-military neo-fascists and white nationalists makes it worth asking: How do former service members get from defending the U.S. constitution to here? And just how many Nathan Damigos are there out there?
The admiral in charge of Navy special operators will decide whether to revoke the tridents for Eddie Gallagher and other SEALs involved in the Navy's failed attempt to prosecute Gallagher for murder, a defense official said Tuesday.
The New York Times' David Philipps first reported on Tuesday that the Navy could revoke the SEAL tridents for Gallagher as well as his former platoon commander Lt. Jacob Portier and two other SEALs: Lt. Cmdr. Robert Breisch and Lt. Thomas MacNeil.
The four SEALs will soon receive a letter that they have to appear before a board that will consider whether their tridents should be revoked, a defense official told Task & Purpose on condition of anonymity.
‘It’s Lt. Col. Vindman’ — Active-duty witness in Trump impeachment inquiry sharply corrects congressman
Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman made sure to take the time to correct a Congressman on Tuesday while testifying before Congress, requesting that he be addressed by his officer rank and not "Mr."
'What happens after that is out of their control' — Former military leaders and lawyers react to Trump's war crimes pardons
On Friday, President Donald Trump intervened in the cases of three U.S. service members accused of war crimes, granting pardons to two Army soldiers accused of murder in Afghanistan and restoring the rank of a Navy SEAL found guilty of wrongdoing in Iraq.
While the statements coming out of the Pentagon regarding Trump's actions have been understandably measured, comments from former military leaders and other knowledgable veterans help paint a picture as to why the president's Friday actions are so controversial.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. aircraft carrier strike group Abraham Lincoln sailed through the vital Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, U.S. officials told Reuters, amid simmering tensions between Iran and the United States.
Tensions in the Gulf have risen since attacks on oil tankers this summer, including off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, and a major assault on energy facilities in Saudi Arabia. Washington has blamed Iran, which has denied being behind the attacks on global energy infrastructure.
Iran continues to support the Taliban to counter U.S. influence in Afghanistan, a recent Defense Intelligence Agency report on Iran's military power says.
Iran's other goals in Afghanistan include combating ISIS-Khorasan and increasing its influence in any government that is formed as part of a political reconciliation of the warring sides, according to the report, which the Pentagon released on Tuesday.