A neo-nazi 'angel of death'
Sarah Left uncovers a series of website posts apparently linking Jeff Weise to extreme rightwing politics
Tuesday March 22, 2005
Jeff Weise, the 17-year-old named in newspaper reports as the gunman in the Red Lake school shooting, may have been investigated last year in connection with a shooting threat to the school, according to posts made on a Nazi website.
Over a five-month period between March and August 2004, someone identifying himself as Weise posted numerous messages on a talkboard hosted by Nazi.org, the website of the Libertarian National Socialist Green party. The party promotes a Nazi philosophy of racial purity.
I'm sorry. Did she just say Libertarian National Socialist Green?! party? Extreme right wing politics? Am I missing something here? -jm
In March 2004, a chatroom participant tagged Todesengel ("angel of death") began a thread titled "Native American Nationalist?" and introduced himself as "Jeff Weise, a Native American from the Red Lake 'Indian' reservation in Minnesota". Todesengel expressed interest in joining the party and said he had done a great deal of research on Hitler, a man he much admired. Later in the thread, Todesengel changed his tag to NativeNazi.
"When I was growing up, I was taught (like others) that Nazi's were (are) evil and that Hitler was a very evil man, ect," wrote Todesengel, in a quote not corrected for spelling and grammar. "Of course, not for a second did I believe this. Upon reading up on his actions, the ideals and issues the German Third Reich adressed, I began to see how much of a lie had been painted about them. They truly were doing it for the better."
On April 19 2004, he posted to the talkboard: "By the way, I'm being blamed for a threat on the school I attend because someone said they were going to shoot up the school on 4/20, Hitlers birthday, and just because I claim being a National Socialist, guess whom they've pinned?"
By May 26 the incident seemed to have blown over, with Todesengel posting: "But the school threat passed and I was cleared as a suspect, I'm glad for that. I don't much care for jail, I've never been there and I don't plan on it."
The gun rampage through the remote northern Minnesota reservation yesterday left 10 people dead. Reports suggested that Weise took a shotgun and at least one handgun belonging to his grandfather, a veteran local police officer. He shot his grandparents, who later died, before moving on to Red Lake high school and killing five students, a teacher, a security guard and ultimately himself.
Today the Libertarian National Socialist Green party said incidents such as yesterday's shooting were to be expected when "thinking people are crammed into an unthinking, irrational modern society".
"We knew [Weise] briefly through 34 posts he made on the forum. He expressed himself well and was clearly highly intelligent and contemplative, especially for one so young," the site's administrator said in statement posted today on Nazi.org.
"Weise participated in the forum in part because, unlike 'white nationalist' or 'white power' movements, the LNSG embraces all races as part of its vision of world nationalism. His statements on the site reflected a frustration with the populist politics and materialistic arrogance of modern society," the statement continued.
In a July 13 post, NativeNazi expressed his concern that Native Americans had turned their backs on racial purity and were being weakened by "interracial mixing". He was particularly annoyed that young Native Americans were copying the culture of African Americans.
"Where I live less than 1% of all the people on the Reservation can speak their own language, and among the youth wanting to be black has run rampant. We have kids my age killing each other over things as simple as a fight, and it's because of the rap influence. Wannabe-gangsters everywhere, I can't go 5 feet without hearing someone blasting some rap song over their speakers," he complained.
He went on: "It's hard though, being a Native American National Socialist, people are so misinformed, ignorant, and close minded it makes your life a living hell."
I have a lot to say about this issue, and there are many levels on which I could discuss this post- but I'll leave it for the moment this is just another example of whoever controls what words mean controls history. In the words of the Guardian (not unexpected, I know) this boy's problem was not that he was a sociopath, the problem is that he's a rightwinger, with of course the added obligatory lie that Hitler was a Republican, although they never would dare use the word.....yet. This is probably the beginning of another op-ed, so I'll keep it short. But this keeps happening. And those of us not on the socialist fringe left are letting it happen. The left is redefining what reality is: its not that Republicans want to cut taxes because it stimulates the economy, its because they want to reward their rich oligarchical robopathic friends. Its not that Social Security is in trouble, its that Republicans want to starve Grandma and take away her retirement and give it to the rich. It wasn't that John Kerry was a traitor, its that the war was wrong. Its not that James Dobson objected to cartoon characters being used to introduce children to adult themed issues inappropriate to their age group without parental knowledge, its that he thinks Spongebob Squarepants is gay and is afraid of him.
We all laugh at how ridiculous Tony Foresta's idiot savant diatribes are, but he and people like him are remarkably effective at redefining term for our ADD society.
To the victor belongs the spoils.