What does the National Alliance want?
One of their goals is to have a "white living space." On their site, they state, "We will do whatever is necessary to achieve this White living space and to keep it White. We will not be deterred by the difficulty or temporary unpleasantness involved, because we realize that it is absolutely necessary for our racial survival." They dance around actually saying it, but this organization is known for plotting an armed overthrow of the U.S. government, as well as the mass murder of millions of people. They say, "The fact is that we need a strong, centralized government spanning several continents to coordinate many important tasks during the first few decades of a White world: the racial cleansing of the land, the rooting out of racially destructive institutions, and the reorganization of society on a new basis." They not only want to control the United States, but other continents as well. This group's goals are nothing short than global terrorism. They try to recruit the top people in society, from college professors, successful businessmen, and military and law enforcement personnel.
Where did they come from?
The National Alliance was founded in 1974 by a physics professor named Dr. William Pierce. He expanded on an existing neo-Nazi organization and expanded it into a paramilitary group. On their site, it says that "the programmatic emphasis had shifted from a superficial confrontation with the enemies of our people to the building of the necessary organizational foundation for a final victory over those enemies." They were no longer satisfied with merely plotting the deaths of the people they hated, but now the overthrow of the U.S. government in order to further their goals. William Pierce advocates violence in his radio addresses. He has stated, "We should be going from door to door with a list of names and slaying those who have engineered this assault on our people....And we know who the engineers are....They are, first and foremost, the media bosses and the other leaders of the Jews." He also spoke of the removal of white members of the government who are not racist by saying, "The feminized wimps need to be removed from our government, from our media, from our educational institutions, and replaced by real white men....That'll be a tough job....I don't really care how the job is done -- whether the wimps all get machine-gunned and bulldozed into giant lime pits or whether their thinking is eventually straightened out by a program of prolonged trauma and privation." He clearly stated his idea of government overthrow in the mid 1970's during one of his radio speeches where he said:
In 1975, when I began writing The Turner Diaries...I wanted to take all of the feminist agitators and propagandists and all of the race-mixing fanatics and all of the media bosses and all of the bureaucrats and politicians who were collaborating with them, and I wanted to put them up against a wall, in batches of a thousand or so at a time, and machine-gun them. And I still want to do that. I am convinced that one day we will have to do that before we can get our civilization back on track, and I look forward to the day.
Pierce also founded a sect of Christianity called the Cosmotheist Community Church in order to bring religious authority into his organization.
Who are they?
A short list of some of the members of this group can be found here. As stated previously, the National Alliance prefers to take the top members of society. They list a professor at Arkansas Tech, a middle-class working man, a mother and housewife, and a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. They have their roots in many universities, as well as law enforcement and other government offices. Their people are encouraged to participate in government and education as much as possible. One of their most notable followers was none other than Timothy McVeigh, and who drew inspiration for the Oklahoma City bombing from the National Alliance's book "The Turner Diaries."
The National Alliance and Terrorism
In the early 1980's, a group called "The Order" which was run by a man called Robert Matthews went on a crime spree in order to fund an aryan paramilitary organization. Matthews was a member of Pierce's organization, and had went on a spree of murder, robbery, counterfeiting, and the bombing of a synagogue.
Another group called the Aryan Republican Army committed 22 bank robberies and bombings across the Midwest between 1992 and 1996. They too claimed to be inspired by The Turner diaries and their members have ties to the National Alliance.
The Turner Diaries also inspired a group of white supremacists in East St. Louis, Illinois, who called themselves The New Order. In March 1998, three men in the group were arrested. They had planned to bomb the Anti-Defamation League's New York headquarters, the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. They had also talked of bombing state capitols and post offices and poisoning public water supplies with cyanide.
The National Alliance has ties to racist organizations in other nations as well. Pierce has been documented as meeting with the British National Party, a racist, anti-minority, neo-Fascist party in Great Britain, and the German National Democratic Party, an ultra-right-wing nationalist party in Germany. He also has ties to other groups in Greece, Portugal, Romania, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Austria and South Africa.
What should be done about the National Alliance?
Most racist speech is protected because the groups are mostly non-violent, no matter how despicable their words. The first amendment of the U.S. constitution does allow for free speech. However, Article 3 Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution lays out the foundation for treason and how this group may be guilty of crimes against the U.S. government.
Overt act of betrayal - This covers hate speech that calls for the violent overthrow of the U.S. government, as well as giving material aid or comfort to enemies of the United States. Furthering Nazi beliefs and policy could be considered aiding our enemy from World War II, but that may be subject to interpretation in a court of law. Their assistance of terrorist organizations in other countries may be another angle for the prosecution here.
Intent to Betray - This may be more difficult to prove, but the speeches given by members of the National Alliance may be used here as well.
Espionage - Members of the National Alliance are encouraged to participate in government, military, and law enforcement careers in order to further the goals of white supremacy. Since their allegiance is primarily to the National Alliance, there are likely cases where they have stolen classified information for them. There is no tangible proof of this yet, but it is likely that a search of Pierce's records would find evidence of this.
Insurrection - This group's members are often in paramilitary anti-Government groups. These groups train themselves to be ready for an armed overthrow of the U.S. government. While the National Alliance does not directly support one individual armed group, it does encourage its members to prepare themselves for armed insurrection.
Sedition - The National Alliance is clearly guilty of sedition. They actively recruit with the goal of building an army that can overthrow the U.S.
Syndicalism - By definition, this is the creation of a political group with the intent of overthrowing the government. The National Alliance is such an organization.
Terrorism - The National Alliance has been associated with many acts of terrorism, the most notable was the Oklahoma City bombing.
Counterfeiting - The National Alliance has been linked to counterfeiting rings, such as "The Order" which was mentioned previously.
There are many other crimes that this group has been a part of, so this list could become much larger over time.
Where do we go from here?
The United States has claimed to lead a war on global terrorism. So far, the only terrorist organization the U.S. government has focused on is al-Qaeda. However, there are many more groups that the U.S. is aware of, such as the National Alliance, who pose a much greater risk to Americans. The war on terrorism should be focused on terrorism in general, not reacting to only one terrorist group. It has been seven years since the Oklahoma City bombing, but smaller acts of terrorism by the National Alliance have been going on since then. While they may not have yet murdered thousands of people like al-Qaeda has, the potential and desire are there. If the government of the United States fails to act on domestic terrorism, then the war on terrorism will fail.