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Southern Poverty Law Center has directly tied Wade Page, the Oak Creek Sikh temple killer, to the neo-Nazi National Alliance, from which he attempted to purchase goods in 2000.

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Oak Creek killer Wade Page

As has been widely reported, Page was expelled from the military in 1998 with a less than honorable discharge, though the reasons for that discharge have not yet been made public.  He fairly quickly gravitated into what the SPLC calls the "hate rock" music scene, skinhead bands whose lyrics preach white superiority.  In 2005, Page began writing music for his own band, End Apathy, which finally began recording music only a couple of years ago.

In 2010, Page gave an interview to Label 56, which SPLC identifies as a white supremacist website.  The SPLC link to the interview is broken, but it is probably this interview reprinted on the Uprise Direct blog, which also appears to be a white supremacist site.

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One of the killer's record covers

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Another of the killer's record covers

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  •  FOAD? (7+ / 0-)

    WTF is that?

    Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 08:43:23 AM PDT

  •  Wow... the SPLC has been tracking (10+ / 0-)

    this pathetic guy for years.

    readily puts to rest the feeble excuse put forth by our security agencies: "We cannot stop these guys".


    if the SPLC with their limited resources can track these bigots-- then WHY can't DHS? an the other security agencies that we are spending Billions per year on?

    where is the security?


    please read my recent diary regarding how/why we must work harder on preempting/stopping these absurd and unacceptable rampage killings.

    "A civilization which does not provide young people with a way to earn a living is pretty poor". Eleanor Roosevelt

    by Superpole on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 08:49:42 AM PDT

  •  It looks like he is also probably a tea-bagger (9+ / 0-)

    who buys into all of the conspiracy theories regarding the federal reserve.  It appears that he posted this comment on the "The Economist's global debt clock web page.

    The debt is secondary to the manipulations of the printers/The Federal Reserve Bank. the moneylenders MUST be stopped if we are to even begin to heal our economy. There is nothing "Federal" about the Federal Reserve Bank. It is merely a group of rich investors who tricked Woodrow Wilson into handing over the right to print America's money and to charge interest. Now we cannot even audit this crooked organization!!!! Until we run the FED out and put the in jail, we don't stand a chance of even beginning to get a handle on the crippling debt we are suffering under.
    Doesn't that sound like a typical tea-bagger's view on the federal reserve?

    We have nothing to fear but fear itself

    by bhouston79 on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 09:07:27 AM PDT

  •  well, knock me over with a teabag (6+ / 0-)

    Colorado has a much higher GDP than Utah because it is culturally superior

    by memofromturner on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 09:59:33 AM PDT

  •  It is good to know that the SPLC (2+ / 0-)
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    is keeping track of these kinds of white supremacist groups like the Neo-Nazi National Alliance.  The hair on the back of my neck stood up briefly at the mention of that particular group and the reason is that just late last summer (around Labor Day, I think) there was a neo-nazi group that held a "rally" or "parade" (not sure exactly what it was billed as) in downtown West Allis, WI.  West Allis is another Milwaukee suburb as is Oak Creek is and they're pretty close together.  My niece lives in Oak Creek but works in West Allis.  She told us that the City of West Allis government was very worried at that time about a group holding this parade there out of fear of violence and vandalism.  It apparently went off OK because we heard nothing further, but I have to wonder what the heck there was about West Allis that these folks chose there to have their parade.  

    I just tried to check out the SPLC website to see what I could find out about this Neo-Nazi National Alliance and if that was the group that came to West Allis,  and the website is down right now-----probably got slammed (maybe?) by news orgs and others looking for info on Page?

    We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. Louis D. Brandeis

    by 3goldens on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 11:05:50 AM PDT

    •  I was able to access SPLC just now (1+ / 0-)
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      without any problems.  There's a recent article there by Mark Potok on the National Alliance, in which he calls them "a joke."

      Ten years after the death of founder William Pierce — a former university physics professor and radical intellectual with a major following both here and in Europe — the Alliance has been transformed from the nation’s radical-right powerhouse into a tiny band of small-time propagandists, criminal thugs and attention-seeking losers. Recruitment and income are dismal, and the group rarely makes the news. Its leader, fresh from a withering divorce from his stripper wife, is widely disrespected by his followers and does not even live at the group’s West Virginia headquarters.

      Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
      ¡Boycott Arizona!

      by litho on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 11:11:44 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks, litho----I did get on the SPLC site (1+ / 0-)
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        for just a few minutes but it's down again now.  I did read enough to see that there are a couple of neo-Nazi groups in/around Milwaukee and it appears that whoever was behind that 2011 parade in West Allis, it doesn't appear to be National Alliance.  I saw that same article you quoted----seems like they've become an absolute joke.  According to SPLC, Wisconsin has a total of 8 hate groups they're aware of.  That site is quite valuable----I've bookmarked it for future reference.  The work SPLC does is simply incredible in keeping people informed as well as helping to teach tolerance.

        We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. Louis D. Brandeis

        by 3goldens on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 11:19:42 AM PDT

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    •  West Allis (1+ / 0-)
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      West Allis is a mostly white, working class Milwaukee suburb. It's one of those places in which a high percentage of the people listen to Rush Limbaugh and hurt their own economic interests by voting for Scott Walker. Most of the folks there are fine and reasonable people, but there's enough racism and economic trouble there for the Nazis to conclude they had a chance there. They didn't. West Allis might be more conservative than they should be based on the average income there, but they're not Nazis. Mostly. Incidentally, Cudahy, where the shooter lived, has a lot in common demographically with West Allis.

      The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

      by Korkenzieher on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 11:28:57 AM PDT

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  •  Did we miss the Goldilocks Moment again? (0+ / 0-)

    I remember yesterday folks making the common sense assertion that the killer might very well turn out to be someone bearing a startling resemblance to Wade Page were being scolded about "rushing to judgment" and "let's wait until the facts are in, mmmkay?"

    Now that the coward has been identified, it's probably "too late" to do anything constructive, and once again the Goldilocks Moment, when it would have been ju-u-u-u-st right to propose or take action, has passed us by.

    Oh well, better luck next massacre.

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