Wisconsin Killer Fed and Was Fueled by Hate-Driven Music

(…..) Mark Potok, a senior fellow at Southern Poverty Law Center, said Mr. Page had come to center’s attention a decade ago because of his affiliation with rock bands known for lyrics that push far past the boundaries of tolerance. “The music that comes from these bands is incredibly violent, it talks about murdering Jews, black people, gay people and a whole host of other enemies”, Mr. Potok said. He added that in 2000, Mr. Page tried to buy unspecified goods from the National Alliance, which Mr. Potok described as a neo-Nazi organization that at the time was one of the country’s best organized and best financed hate groups. But Mr. Potok said the center had not passed any information about Page to law enforcement. “We were not looking at this guy as anything special until today”, he said. “He was one of thousands. We were just keeping an eye on him.” Although little known among music fans, steady subculture of racist and anti-Semitic rock bands has existed on the margins of punk and heavy metal in Europe and United States since at least the 1970s. Hate groups sometimes use some of the bands and their record labels for fund-raising and recruiting, according to the law center and Anti-Defamation League. In an interview posted on the Web site of the record company Label56, Mr. Page mentioned going to Hammerfest, an annual white-supremacist festival well known to civil rights advocates. He also said he played in various neo-Nazi bands, including Blue Eyed Devils, whose song “White Victory” includes the lines: “Now I’ll fight for my race and nation/Sieg Heil!” The company removed the interview from its site on Monday. Analysts for the F.B.I. and Department of Homeland Security routinely monitor violent extremist Web sites of all kinds, including those attracting white supremacists, according to former officials of both agencies. But department’s work on the topic has been criticized. In 2009, conservatives in Congress strongly objected to a department report titled “Rightwing Extremism,” which speculated the recession and the election of a black president could increase threat from white supremacists. Janet Napolitano, the homeland security secretary, withdrew the report and apologized for what she called its flaws. Daryl Johnson, homeland security analyst who was the primary author of the report, said last year that after the flap, the number of analysts assigned to track non-Islamic militancy had been reduced sharply. The Homeland Security Department officials denied his assertion and said the department monitored violent extremism of every kind, without regard to its religious or political bent. J. M. Berger, an author and analyst on counterterrorism who runs the Intelwire Web site, said Mr. Page “clearly had a history with the white supremacist movement.” A song called “Welcome to the South” by Definite Hate, another band Page played in and that Mr. Berger found online, refers to “our race war” and asks, “What has happened to America/That was once so white and free?” Mr. Berger said the lyrics and album art of Definite Hate echo views and vocabulary of Hammerskins, or Hammerskin Nation, a white supremacist group founded in Dallas in 1988 (…..)

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/07/us/army-veteran-identified-as-suspect-in-wisconsin-shooting.html

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One Response to Wisconsin Killer Fed and Was Fueled by Hate-Driven Music

  1. Professor Uziel Nogueira says: Are the foreign religious wars in the Middle East — initiated by Dick Cheney/Bush — coming to be fought in US mainland? The strength of the US society in the past i.e,. peoples from all over the world may become a weakness and source of conflict in times of economic decline and intolerance. What next? Sikhs, Muslim, Latins and other minority groups going the US way and getting assault rifles to protect themselves?

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