American Terror

January 18, 1996

Peter Kevin Langan, the pseudonymous “Commander Pedro” who leads the underground Aryan Republican Army, is arrested after a shootout with the FBI in Ohio. Along with six other suspects arrested around the same time, Langan is charged in connection with a string of 22 bank robberies in seven Midwestern states between 1994 and 1996. After pleading guilty and agreeing to testify, co-conspirator Richard Guthrie commits suicide in his cell. Two others, Kevin McCarthy and Scott Stedeford, enter plea bargains and do testify against their co-conspirators. Eventually, Mark Thomas, a leading neo-Nazi in Pennsylvania, pleads guilty for his role in helping organize the robberies and agrees to testify against Langan and other gang members. Shawn Kenny, another suspect, becomes a federal informant. Langan is sentenced to a life term in one case, plus 55 years in another. McCarthy is released from prison in 2007, while Stedeford’s release date is set in 2022. Thomas receives eight years and is released in early 2004.

January 18, 2003

Washington James D. Brailey, a convicted felon who once was selected as “governor” of the state of Washington by the antigovernment Washington Jural Society, is arrested after a raid on his home turns up a machine gun, an assault rifle and several handguns. One informant tells the FBI that Brailey was plotting to assassinate Gov. Gary Locke, both because Locke was the state’s real governor and because he was Chinese-American. A second informant says that Brailey actually went on a “dry run” to Olympia, carrying several guns into the state Capitol building to test security. Eventually, Brailey pleads guilty to weapons charges and is sentenced to serve 15 months in prison. He is released in 2004.

The Second Wave: Return of the Militias
Southern Poverty Law Center Special Report


2 Responses

  1. You cite the SPLC’s report as your expert source, but you neglect to mention their proviso:

    “Listing here does not imply that the groups themselves advocate or engage in violence or other criminal activities, or are racist.”

    Not violent, not criminal, not racist. But the SPLC feels compelled to “track” them anyhow. Why?

    Because it looks good in their fund-raising propaganda. Once you follow the money trail back to its source you begin to understand how the SPLC operates.

    I doubt you’ll post this, but at least you will know the truth.

    Richard Keefe


  2. My point is simpler than you may make it out to be. For years the U.S. has been wagging its considerable finger at the rest of the world and screeching about how evil lives there, all the while pretending the U.S. is clean and without the faults that lead men to commit acts of terror. It ain’t so.

    As for what the listings imply or don’t imply, these groups aren’t Sunday school meetups, and their rhetoric, in the common sense, enables and encourages violence. Spew enough hatred and sooner or later someone, a Jared Loughner perhaps, will act. Whatever SPLC may or may not be, it does air some of the nation’s dirtiest laundry.


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