Subsidizing Hate: The FBI’s Role in Revitalizing the Aryan Nation

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Ken Silva

“When reading the recently released book on racist extremism, ‘A History of Hate in Ohio,’ I was struck by a statistic about the growth of the neo-Nazi group Aryan Nations between the time of the Waco massacre in 1993 and the Oklahoma City bombing two years later. ‘In 1993 Aryan Nations was present in only three states. … the Idaho-based group swept into 15 states, including Ohio, in 1994, and ended up in 30 states by 1995.’ … What could have accounted for the resurgence? … I asked historian Wendy Painting, author of the 2016 doctoral thesis-turned-book ‘Aberration in the Heartland of the Real: The Secret Lives of Timothy McVeigh.’ … Painting provided me with an excerpt of an interview she conducted with former Aryan Nations head of security John Bangerter, who explained that the FBI flooded the organization with cash in 1994, the year of its resurgence.” (07/28/22)