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FTR #520 Update on Neo-Nazis & White Supremacists

Record­ed August 7, 2005
REALAUDIO [1]
NB: This stream con­tains both FTR #s 520 and 521 in sequence. Each is a 30 minute broad­cast.

As the title indi­cates, this broad­cast high­lights old and new sto­ries about white suprema­cists and neo-Nazis. Begin­ning with cov­er­age of the Atlanta child mur­ders that dom­i­nat­ed the news in 1980, the pro­gram sets forth infor­ma­tion sug­gest­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ty that Ku Klux Klans­men per­pe­trat­ed the killings, not Wayne Williams (the African-Amer­i­can con­vict­ed of the killings.) Fol­low­ing the dis­cus­sion of the Atlanta killings, the pro­gram dis­cuss­es Nazi and white suprema­cist par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Min­ute­man project, in which para­mil­i­tary right-wingers patrolled a por­tion of the Mexican/Arizona bor­der to block the entry of “ille­gal aliens.” Fur­ther devel­op­ing For the Record’s on-going cov­er­age of the Okla­homa City bomb­ing, the broad­cast sets forth the activ­i­ties of Dave Hol­loway, a for­mer Green Beret who assist­ed Okla­homa City bomber Tim­o­thy McVeigh in per­pe­trat­ing the act. Hol­loway was very active with a num­ber of white suprema­cist orga­ni­za­tions in the coun­try.

Pro­gram High­lights Include: Holloway’s links with alleged Okla­homa City bomb­ing mas­ter­mind Andreas Strass­meir; the par­tic­i­pa­tion of mem­bers of the Nation­al Alliance (pub­lish­er of The Turn­er Diaries) in the Min­ute­man oper­a­tion; Cal­i­for­nia Gov­er­nor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s endorse­ment of the Min­ute­man project; dis­cus­sion of the use of para­mil­i­tary right-wingers as fed­er­al deputies in the event of a dec­la­ra­tion of mar­tial law.

1. Revis­it­ing a news sto­ry that riv­et­ed the pub­lic atten­tion for a peri­od of time in 1980–1981, the broad­cast high­lights a recent new devel­op­ment in the case of the Atlanta child mur­ders. (In 1980, 24 African-Amer­i­can chil­dren were mur­dered in Atlanta Geor­gia. Even­tu­al­ly, Wayne Williams—an African-Amer­i­can man—was con­vict­ed of two of the killings on the basis of flim­sy evi­dence.) Renewed focus on the killings has focused on white suprema­cists, who may have com­mit­ted the crimes in order to pre­cip­i­tate a race war in Atlanta, and per­haps beyond. (In that regard, one should not fail to note that the killings took place dur­ing an elec­tion year, and race riots would have ben­e­fit­ed the Reagan/Bush tick­et, by mobi­liz­ing “white back­lash.”) For more on the Atlanta child mur­ders and the tape dis­cussed here, see FTR#164 [2]. “A white suprema­cist inves­ti­gat­ed for a child-killing spree that ter­ror­ized Atlanta’s black com­mu­ni­ty once praised the crimes in secret­ly record­ed con­ver­sa­tions obtained by The Asso­ci­at­ed Press. Although Charles T. Sanders did not claim respon­si­bil­i­ty for any of the deaths, lawyers for Wayne Williams, the black man con­vict­ed in two of the mur­ders and blamed for 22 oth­ers between 1979 and 1981, believe the evi­dence will help their bid for a new tri­al.”
(“Tapes May Link Ga. Killings, Suprema­cist” By Har­ry R. Weber [AP]; Yahoo.com; 8/5/06.) [3]

2. “Sanders — whose old­er broth­er, Don, was a reput­ed offi­cer of the Ku Klux Klan — told an infor­mant for the Geor­gia Bureau of Inves­ti­ga­tion in the 1981 record­ing that the killer had ‘wiped out a thou­sand future gen­er­a­tions of nig­gers.’ His only com­plaint was that the killings were prompt­ing police road blocks. Police dropped the probe into the Klan’s pos­si­ble involve­ment after sev­en weeks, when Sanders and two of his broth­ers passed lie-detec­tor tests, accord­ing to doc­u­ments released this week to the AP fol­low­ing an open-records request.” (Idem.)

3. “The 315 pages of doc­u­ments show the inves­ti­ga­tion start­ed after a source told police that Sanders said the KKK ‘was cre­at­ing an upris­ing among the blacks, that they were killing the chil­dren, that they are going to do one each month until things blow up.’ The source also told police that Sanders had threat­ened to stran­gle one of the chil­dren, Lubie Geter, because Geter ran into Sanders’ car with a go-cart. Geter was lat­er stran­gled, and Williams was blamed for his death though nev­er charged.” (Idem.)

4. “Williams has long con­tend­ed that he was framed and that Atlanta offi­cials cov­ered up evi­dence that the Klan was involved in the killings to avoid a race war in the city. His lawyers believe the mate­ri­als released to the AP and oth­er evi­dence they are seek­ing will help him get a new tri­al. They say the inves­ti­ga­tion into the Klan was with­held from Williams’ defense.” (Idem)

5. “‘There is no doubt that evi­dence in the hands of the defense and the jury would have at the very least cre­at­ed rea­son­able doubt at Wayne’s tri­al,’ said Williams lawyer Michael Lee Jack­son. Tran­scripts of mul­ti­ple wire­tapped con­ver­sa­tions involv­ing the Sanders fam­i­ly were not released, and author­i­ties won’t say if there were any admis­sions in those talks.” (Idem.)

6. “In May, the police chief in neigh­bor­ing DeKalb Coun­ty, who assist­ed with the orig­i­nal inves­ti­ga­tions, said he was reopen­ing the inves­ti­ga­tion of five of the deaths. Sanders, broth­ers Jer­ry and Don, and their father, Carl­ton Sanders, are dead, accord­ing to rel­a­tives. Reached by tele­phone Fri­day, anoth­er broth­er, Ricky Sanders, declined to com­ment.” (Idem)

7. Next, the pro­gram tack­les the issue of the “Min­ute­man Project”—a para­mil­i­tary oper­a­tion enlist­ing a vol­un­teer corps to patrol a sec­tion of the Mex­i­can-US bor­der against the entry of ille­gal immi­grants. Although the [large­ly favor­able] press cov­er­age of the event took denials of white suprema­cist par­tic­i­pa­tion by the event’s orga­niz­ers at face val­ue, in fact the Min­ute­men fea­tured sig­nif­i­cant Nazi and white suprema­cist par­tic­i­pa­tion. Per­haps most sig­nif­i­cant­ly, Cal­i­for­nia Gov­er­nor Arnold Schwarzeneg­ger endorsed the project. (For more about Schwarzenegger’s Nazi antecedents, see FTR#’s 421 [4], 422 [5], 434 [6], 436 [7], 492 [8].) Dur­ing the course of the sup­ple­men­tal dis­cus­sion, Mr. Emory notes that the mar­tial law con­tin­gency plans drawn up dur­ing the 1980’s by Ronald Reagan’s nation­al secu­ri­ty coun­cil entailed the dep­u­ta­tion of para­mil­i­tary right wingers and their use as fed­er­al agents in the event of a major cri­sis that the mil­i­tary didn’t have the resources to han­dle. (For more about those mar­tial law con­tin­gency plans, see—among oth­er pro­grams—RFA#32 [9], avail­able from Spit­fire.) With the mil­i­tary stretched to the break­ing point with the deploy­ments in Iraq and Afghanistan, the pos­si­bil­i­ty of the real­iza­tion of the deputation/martial law plans con­ceived by the Rea­gan admin­is­tra­tion should not be too read­i­ly dis­missed. “Mem­bers of the Min­ute­man Project—the armed group that patrolled a 23-mile strip of the Ari­zona-Mex­i­co bor­der through­out the month of April—have gone home, but they are promis­ing to return with ‘ten of thou­sands’ more bor­der vol­un­teers in Octo­ber. If they do return they may be car­ry­ing Cal­i­for­nia Gov­er­nor Arnold Schwarzeneg­ger’s endorse­ment with them. Last week the Gov­er­na­tor told a Los Ange­les radio sta­tion that the Min­ute­men had done a ‘ter­rif­ic job’ and that they were wel­come to come to Cal­i­for­nia.”
(“The Min­ute­men and the Media” By Bill Berkowitz; Online Jour­nal; 5/10/2005; p. 1.)

8. “Dur­ing the run-up to the month-long patrol, Lou Dobbs, the host of CNN’s ‘Lou Dobbs Tonight’ gave the Min­ute­men ‘mil­lions in free pub­lic­i­ty, plug­ging it for weeks and turn­ing over large seg­ments of his air time to direct­ly pro­mot­ing the project,’ Marc Coop­er, a con­tribut­ing edi­tor of The Nation and a colum­nist for LA. Week­ly, told Alter­Net. And a May 2 Chris­t­ian Sci­ence Mon­i­tor round-up piece on the Min­ute­man Project gave the group a gen­er­al­ly favor­able review, while ignor­ing the con­tro­ver­sial links of Min­ute­man Project par­tic­i­pants to rad­i­cal right wing orga­ni­za­tions.” (Idem)

9. “With dozens of tele­vi­sion reporters on hand and satel­lite trucks in tow, the media swarmed the area hunt­ing video that might knock the Michael Jack­son tri­al, the miss­ing wife-to-be case and/or any boy-down-the-well sto­ries out of the lead posi­tion on local and nation­al news­casts. Hun­dreds of armed white men hang­ing out in the desert wait­ing for Mex­i­can Immi­grants to cross the bor­der had ‘if it bleeds, it leads’ poten­tial.” (Idem)

10. Among the groups par­tic­i­pat­ing with the Min­ute­man project is the Nation­al Alliance, whose pub­lish­ing arm issued both The Turn­er Diaries and Serpent’s Walk. In both of those books, Nazi ele­ments asso­ci­at­ed with the Under­ground Reich gain con­trol of the Unit­ed States after the coun­try is dev­as­tat­ed by a series of ter­ror­ist inci­dents using weapons of mass destruc­tion. Mar­tial law is declared and the Nazis takeover what is left of Amer­i­ca. Of course, that’s just fic­tion. We know that noth­ing like that could ever hap­pen in real life, don’t we?! In that con­text, it is also impor­tant to know that the Third Reich mobi­lized local crim­i­nal ele­ments in order to han­dle the liq­ui­da­tions on the East­ern Front dur­ing World War II, as the use of reg­u­lar mil­i­tary units taxed the resources of the Wehrma­cht beyond its oper­a­tional lim­its. “Accord­ing to a South­ern Pover­ty Law Cen­ter report, on April 2, the Min­ute­man Project ‘held a protest across the street from the U.S. Bor­der Patrol head­quar­ters in Naco, Ariz. Promi­nent among the demon­stra­tors were two men who con­fid­ed that they were mem­bers of the Phoenix chap­ter of the Nation­al Alliance ... the largest neo-Nazi group in Amer­i­ca. One of the two, who sat in lawn chairs through­out, held a sign with arrows depict­ing invad­ing armies of peo­ple from Mexico—a sign iden­ti­cal to Nation­al Alliance bill­boards and pam­phlets, except with­out the Alliance logo.’” (Idem)

11. “Dur­ing the run-up to the demon­stra­tion, Shaun Walk­er, a Nation­al Alliance offi­cial told a reporter that they weren’t ‘going to show up as a group and say, ‘Hi, we’re the Nation­al Alliance.’ But we have mem­bers . . . that will par­tic­i­pate.’ In fact,’ the SPLC report­ed, ‘Nation­al Alliance pam­phlets were dis­trib­uted in Tomb­stone and [Naco], this pre­dom­i­nant­ly His­pan­ic com­mu­ni­ty just two days before the Min­ute­man Project got going. ‘Non-Whites are turn­ing Amer­i­ca into a Third World slum,’ they read. ‘They come for wel­fare or to take our jobs. Let’s send them home now.’’ (Ibid.; pp. 1–2.)

12. “But despite the pres­ence of known white suprema­cists, the main­stream media gen­er­al­ly gave the Project a pass. Work­ing­For­Change asked Mark Potok, the direc­tor of the Intel­li­gence Project, of the South­ern Pover­ty Law Cen­ter, an orga­ni­za­tion mon­i­tor­ing hate groups, about the media cov­er­age of the Min­ute­man Project, the group’s right wing con­nec­tions and Gov. Schwarzeneg­ger’s endorse­ment.” (Ibid.; p. 2.)

13. “WORKING FOR CHANGE: Could you give your gen­er­al assess­ment of the main­stream medi­a’s cov­er­age of the Min­ute­man Project.
MARK POTOK: As a gen­er­al mat­ter, the media did an exceed­ing­ly poor job of cov­er­ing the Min­ute­man Project. The orga­niz­ers said they were bring­ing in excess of 1,300 vol­un­teers to Ari­zona, but brought sig­nif­i­cant­ly few­er than 300. They claimed the vol­un­teers were being vet­ted for pos­si­ble white suprema­cists by the FBI—only to have the FBI com­plete­ly deny that this was the case. They said the only peo­ple who would car­ry guns would be those with con­ceal-car­ry per­mits. In fact, almost no one was checked for per­mits. Almost none of this was not­ed in most main­stream press accounts—accounts that in many cas­es were com­plete­ly uncrit­i­cal, even adu­la­to­ry, in their treat­ment of the Min­ute­men.” (Idem)

14. “Most impor­tant of all, the orga­niz­ers of the Min­ute­man Project claimed that they would be keep­ing out white suprema­cists and oth­er racists through their vet­ting process. In fact, there were at least six men par­tic­i­pat­ing who were mem­bers of the Nation­al Alliance, a neo-Nazi group whose mem­bers have been involved in crimes includ­ing assas­si­na­tion, shootouts with police, the machine-gun mur­der of a Jew­ish talk show host, bank rob­beries, plots to bomb Dis­ney World and more. At least two of these men actu­al­ly dis­cussed set­ting up sniper posi­tions along the bor­der some­time in the near future. In addi­tion, there was at least one mem­ber of the Aryan Nations, anoth­er major neo-Nazi group, par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Min­ute­man Project. No main­stream press account men­tioned any of this.” (Idem)

15. “Most press accounts ignored the big­ot­ed past state­ments of orga­niz­er Chris Sim­cox, and almost all uncrit­i­cal­ly accept­ed self-con­grat­u­la­to­ry and inac­cu­rate assess­ments from Sim­cox and co-orga­niz­er Jim Gilchrist. They also sug­gest­ed, in many cas­es, that the Project had ‘shut down’ some 20 miles of the bor­der to ille­gal immi­gra­tion; in fact, they only oper­at­ed along a stretch of some two miles. One press account also described Project vol­un­teer Jim McCutchen in flat­ter­ing terms in a lengthy pro­file; com­plete­ly ignored were McCutchen’s anti-Semi­tism and his con­tacts with the white suprema­cist hate group Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens, which has described blacks as a ‘ret­ro­grade species of human­i­ty.’ Over­all, I think the bland­ly pos­i­tive tone of the press cov­er­age has con­tributed to sim­i­lar efforts that are spring­ing up elsewhere—not to men­tion Cal­i­for­nia Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneg­ger’s descrip­tion of the Project as a great thing that should be emu­lat­ed.’ . . . .” (Ibid.; pp. 2–3.)

16. The broad­cast con­cludes with dis­cus­sion of a for­mer Green Beret who appears to have played a crit­i­cal role in the Okla­homa City bomb­ing. In addi­tion, Dave Hol­loway has been very active with oth­er domes­tic white suprema­cist groups. The stan­dard con­spir­acist inter­pre­ta­tion of this would be that Hol­loway was a gov­ern­ment agent out to betray the white suprema­cist move­ment. Anoth­er pos­si­bil­i­ty (one advo­cat­ed by Mr. Emory) is that Hol­loway may well be work­ing for the Under­ground Reich in order to facil­i­tate the takeover of the Unit­ed States by Nazi cadre. After the col­lapse of the Sovi­et Union, the racist right turned on the Unit­ed States. The racist ele­ments who have done so include ele­ments asso­ci­at­ed with the Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Estab­lish­ment. Exem­pli­fy­ing this dynam­ic is the late Dr. Lar­ry Ford, who viewed The Turn­er Diaries as his oper­a­tional blue­print. (For more about Ford, see—among oth­er programs—FTR#’s 317 [10], 456 [11].) (For more about the Okla­homa City bomb­ing, see—among oth­er programs—FTR#’s 88 [12], 97 [13], 109 [14], 228 [15], 373 [16], 380 [17], 386 [18], 405, 443 [19], 450 [20]. For more about the links between the Okla­homa City attack and the first World Trade Cen­ter attack, see, among oth­er pro­grams, FTR#’s 330 [21], 354 [22], 357 [23], 386 [18], 443 [19]. For more about the Okla­homa City bomb­ing and its links to 9/11, see FTR#’s 443 [19], 456 [11], 457 [24].) “An FBI report of inves­ti­ga­tion (FD 302) obtained by this news­pa­per con­tains nev­er-before-pub­lished infor­ma­tion and alle­ga­tions regard­ing links between a for­mer mem­ber of the Army’s elite spe­cial forces, Tim­o­thy McVeigh, and the 1995 Okla­homa City bomb­ing. The man at the cen­ter of these rev­e­la­tions is David Michael Alexan­der Holl­away, an indi­vid­ual whose life expe­ri­ences appear to be as unusu­al as they are con­flict­ed. Referred to as ‘Dave’ by his friends and busi­ness asso­ciates, the 48-year-old man who is the focus of the report served an 8‑year stint in the U.S. Army where Holl­away earned the right to wear the elite Green Berets. Also includ­ed in that same report of inves­ti­ga­tion are ref­er­ences to Holl­away’s lengthy ser­vice to Kirk Lyons, a Black Moun­tain, N.C., lawyer with a long his­to­ry of rep­re­sent­ing mem­bers of the Ku Klux Klan, the Branch David­i­ans and oth­er fringe ele­ments. And then there is Holl­away’s alleged role as a pilot for the CIA and his well-estab­lished rela­tion­ship with the FBI. How­ev­er, the most remark­able alle­ga­tions con­tained in the Feb. 25, 1997, FBI report, are those regard­ing Holl­away’s eerie admis­sions that McVeigh failed to park the bomb truck in the best loca­tion in front of the Okla­homa City fed­er­al build­ing that fate­ful April morn­ing in 1995.”
(“FBI Doc­u­ment Links For­mer Green Beret to McVeigh, Bomb­ing” By J.D. Cash and Lt. Col. Roger Charles, [U.S. Marine Corps, retired]; McCur­tain Dai­ly Gazette; 7/20/05; p. 1.) [25]

17. “The infor­ma­tion con­tained in the report was pro­vid­ed by a per­son whose name and rela­tion­ship to the FBI were redact­ed from the ‘302’ to pro­tect his iden­ti­ty. The state­ments and admis­sions attrib­uted to Holl­away are report­ed to have been made over a three-day peri­od dur­ing an under­wa­ter tech­nolo­gies con­ven­tion in Hous­ton, TX. The con­fi­den­tial source for the report was debriefed by a spe­cial agent for the FBI on Feb. 24 and 25, 1997. After eight years in the Army, Holl­away told the source that he flew an air­plane for the CIA for a peri­od of two years before set­tling down, mar­ry­ing his wife and form­ing an affil­i­a­tion with some of the most vir­u­lent and vio­lent mem­bers of the far right in this coun­try.” (Idem.)

18. “After the ser­vice, Holl­away said he worked for two years with the Cor­pus Christi police depart­ment as a div­er. The well-edu­cat­ed Holl­away is believed to have earned a B.S. in avi­a­tion engi­neer­ing and a B.S. in mol­e­c­u­lar biol­o­gy after his stint in the Army. So how did Holl­away become a nego­tia­tor for the gov­ern­ment in cas­es involv­ing the rad­i­cal right? And what brought Holl­away into con­tact with McVeigh?” (Idem)

19. “Cen­tral to the FBI’s report from their source are detailed alle­ga­tions con­cern­ing state­ments attrib­uted to Holl­away about his remark­ably detailed knowl­edge of explo­sives and his pre­cise knowl­edge of facts con­cern­ing the OKC bomb­ing. ‘While describ­ing the Okla­homa City bomb­ing, Holl­away was able to pro­vide tech­ni­cal details con­cern­ing the truck bomb and ANFO (ammo­ni­um nitrate/fuel oil) to include its blast over-pres­sure, frag­men­ta­tion dis­tances and defla­gra­tion with an alarm­ing degree of speci­fici­ty,’ the source told the FBI.” (Idem)

20. “Addi­tion­al­ly, changes in Holl­away’s body lan­guage while describ­ing the Okla­homa City bomb­ing, to include the rolling of his eyes when describ­ing the truck not being parked in a place to wreak max­i­mum destruc­tion, pro­vid­ed the indi­ca­tion that Holl­away was attempt­ing to indi­cate an involve­ment on his part in that bomb­ing with­out ver­bal­ly acknowl­edg­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion.’ (empha­sis added). An exact copy of the redact­ed FBI 302 about Holl­away may be found on this news­pa­per’s web­site at: http://www.mccurtain.com” (Ibid.; pp. 1–2.)

21. One of the white suprema­cists with whom Holl­away worked is Kirk Lyons. For more about Lyons, see the pro­grams about the Okla­homa City bomb­ing linked above. For more pre­cise loca­tion of infor­ma­tion about Holl­away, use the Spit­fire search func­tion [26]. “The FBI report notes that, ‘At one point dur­ing their dis­cus­sions, Holl­away admit­ted to have spo­ken to Tim­o­thy McVeigh on the tele­phone two days before the det­o­na­tion of the truck bomb out­side the Okla­homa City fed­er­al build­ing. In ref­er­ence to that par­tic­u­lar event, Holl­away stat­ed, ‘The f—ing truck was too far away,’ and indi­cat­ed it was not parked in the posi­tion which would inflict most dam­age on the build­ing.’ Asked for Holl­away’s reac­tion to the doc­u­ment, Holl­away’s attor­ney Kirk Lyons said Tues­day: ‘Holl­away has nev­er met or talked to McVeigh.’” (Ibid.; p. 2.)

22. Holl­away also worked very close­ly with Andreas Strass­meir, the son of Hel­mur Kohl’s for­mer chief of staff, Gun­ther. Gun­ther was the architecht of Ger­man reuni­fi­ca­tion and the son of one of the char­ter mem­bers of the Nazi par­ty under Hitler. For more about Andreas Strass­meir, alleged to be the mas­ter­mind of the Okla­homa City bomb­ing, see the pro­gram num­bers cit­ed above, in addi­tion to using the Spit­fire search func­tion [26]. Strass­meir is almost cer­tain­ly a mem­ber of the Under­ground Reich. “No stranger to OKBOMB saga, Holl­away has been a periph­er­al fig­ure whose name has come up a num­ber of times in news accounts focus­ing on the Okla­homa City bomb­ing and some of the lead­ing fig­ures asso­ci­at­ed with the inves­ti­ga­tion. This news­pa­per first report­ed in ear­ly 1996 that Holl­away was the man who spir­it­ed for­mer para­mil­i­tary instruc­tor at Elo­him City, Andreas Carl Strass­meir, also known as ‘Andy the Ger­man,’ out of the Unit­ed States to Berlin after the news­pa­per revealed Strass­meir’s links to McVeigh.” (Idem)

23. “Kirk Lyons is often referred to as the lawyer for Amer­i­can Klans­men. Among clients he has rep­re­sent­ed is Louis Beam, the for­mer Grand Drag­on the Texas KKK and a leg­endary fig­ure in the Aryan Nations move­ment. Once a per­son list­ed among the FBI’s ‘Top Ten Most Want­ed,’ Beam was cap­tured in the mid-SOS in Mex­i­co by a team of Mex­i­can police and FBI agents. The arrest was not with­out inci­dent. Beam’s young wife, Sheila, was arrest­ed in the melee for alleged­ly shoot­ing one of the Mex­i­can police­men. Beam was quick­ly whisked to the U.S. to stand tri­al for his alleged role in a wide-rang­ing con­spir­a­cy to over­throw the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment. His attrac­tive and youth­ful blonde wife remained behind in a dingy Mex­i­can jail, await­ing an uncer­tain future.” (Idem.)

24. “At the con­clu­sion of the much-pub­li­cized Fort Smith, Ark., sedi­tion tri­al, the nation was shocked when Beam and 13 code­fen­dants were found inno­cent of all counts against them. Lyons was Beam’s advi­sor at the tri­al. What is lit­tle recalled, though, was the remark­able project pu

lled off by Lyons’ asso­ciate, Dave Holl­away. Set forth in a FBI 302 dat­ed 8/13/96 (and con­firmed by Louis Beam to reporter J.D. Cash dur­ing an inter­view at Lake Tahoe, Nev. in April, 1996), it was Holl­away who con­vinced the Mex­i­can gov­ern­ment to release Sheila Beam and let her leave the coun­try with­out a tri­al. Also con­tained in the 8/13/96 FBI 302 are admis­sions by Holl­away to FBI agent Her­bert C. Hoover Jr. that he and for­mer room­mate Strass­meir claimed to have McVeigh’s mil­i­tary fatigue jack­et in their pos­ses­sion after the bomb­ing.” (Idem)

25. “Strass­meir and Holl­away shared an apart­ment in Texas in the late-1980s. While Holl­away was involved in the com­put­er busi­ness in Austin with Beam, Strass­meir — an ille­gal over­stay on his visa — joined an out­fit in Austin, Texas, called the Texas Light Infantry (TLI). The TLI was a para­mil­i­tary group set up orig­i­nal­ly by Lyons and Holl­away. The press was told TLI mem­bers were civ­il war rein-actors. The man in the shad­ows of the group was Klans­man Beam. By 1990, the FBI had enough proof of a crim­i­nal con­spir­a­cy involv­ing weapons vio­la­tions and bomb-mak­ing by mem­bers of the TLI that the agency went for­ward with a for­mal crim­i­nal inves­ti­ga­tion into the group. Con­tained in an unclas­si­fied tele­type from the FBI’s San Anto­nio office to the direc­tor of the FBI, the trans­mit­tal includes the fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion involv­ing the ‘Texas Light Infantry, AKA ‘The Order.’’ (Idem)

26. “Defin­ing the group’s mem­ber­ship as ‘... a white sep­a­ratist-sur­vival­ist group,’ the FBI report­ed to the direc­tor the agency had com­plet­ed an inspec­tion of a Texas ranch where some of the mem­bers had alleged­ly set off pipe bombs. Addi­tion­al­ly, the tele­type said, ‘Due to spe­cif­ic threats to FBI per­son­nel, and sub­jects’ con­tin­ued pos­ses­sions of weapons and explo­sives, sub­jects are con­sid­ered armed and dan­ger­ous. Full inves­ti­ga­tion autho­rized July 17, 1990, extend­ed to expire July 11, 1991.’ Two for­mer mem­bers of the TLI told this news­pa­per in 1996 that they fled Texas as a result of pres­sure this inves­ti­ga­tion pro­duced. Both men (inter­viewed sep­a­rate­ly) said they sus­pect­ed Strass­meir was the gov­ern­men­t’s source for the infor­ma­tion that caused them to aban­don the group and leave the state.” (Ibid.; pp. 2–3.)

27. “With Strass­meir ordered to leave the TLI by the har­ried rem­nants of the TLI, in August of 1992 the Bun­deswehr offi­cer with exten­sive train­ing from a Ger­man mil­i­tary acad­e­my was relo­cat­ed to Elo­him City by his Amer­i­can bene­fac­tors Lyons and Holl­away. Lyons had lived at Elo­him City dur­ing the Fort Smith sedi­tion tri­als. Holl­away had mar­ried one of the group’s young girls. With their rec­om­men­da­tions, Strass­meir was quick­ly accept­ed at the Chris­t­ian Iden­ti­ty com­pound. Soon Strass­meir would per­suade the faith­ful to sell their deer rifles and let him sup­ply them with cheap, Chi­nese- made assault weapons. An under­cov­er oper­a­tion con­duct­ed by a mem­ber of the Okla­homa TAC team said Strass­meir quick­ly began sup­ply­ing weapons and explo­sives to the group. By 1994 the offi­cer not­ed that Strass­meir was lead­ing groups of skin­heads from around the U.S. in para­mil­i­tary drills. . . .” (Ibid.; p. 3.)

28. “ . . . An infor­mant for the Bureau of Alco­hol, Tobac­co and Firearms (BATF), Car­ol Howe warned her supe­ri­ors pri­or to the bomb­ing that Strass­meir want­ed to bomb fed­er­al build­ings. In an appeal for con­tri­bu­tions, Lyons sent out the fol­low­ing descrip­tion of the events that led to Strass­meir’s flight from jus­tice. After blam­ing the McVeigh defense team and irre­spon­si­ble mem­bers of the media for stir­ring up trou­ble, Lyons wrote: ‘First, Strass­meir had to be spir­it­ed out of the coun­try before Jones and com­pa­ny could get their hands on him.’” (Idem)

29. “‘Also, there was the dan­ger the FBI might take Jones seri­ous­ly and it would be much eas­i­er to defend Strass­meir from Ger­many than from the inside of a fed­er­al facil­i­ty. This required a clan­des­tine and cir­cuitous route through Mex­i­co, Paris, Frank­furt and Berlin, with numer­ous inves­ti­ga­tors, agents and process servers one-step behind. ‘Next, Asso­ciate Direc­tor Dave Holl­away had to go with him; there were numer­ous obsta­cles which devel­oped and had to be over­come; lan­guage bar­ri­ers, entan­gle­ments with four coun­tries’ bor­der and immi­gra­tion ser­vices, secu­ri­ty, etc. At one point the Krim­i­nal Polizei and Bun­des Gren­schutz­grup­pen 9 (GSG‑9) were involved because of death threats against Strass­meir and his fam­i­ly passed to them through Inter­pol by the FBI. Holl­away thought the whole episode was right out of ‘Secret Agent Man,’ a campy 1960s tele­vi­sion spy series.’ . . .” (Idem)

30. In the con­text of under­cov­er agents and infil­tra­tors, it is impor­tant not to over­sim­pli­fy. A num­ber of under­cov­er oper­a­tives are sociopaths. They are not “on anybody’s side”—they are strict­ly out for “num­ber one.”