Mass Shooting (01:38)
Gunman Robert Bowers enters Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue with an AR-15 assault rifle on Oct. 27, 2018 and guns down 11 worshipers. A.C. Thompson has seen white supremacist ideas migrate into the mainstream.”
Unite the Right Rally (03:27)
The white supremacist movement shocks the nation with a show of force in August 2017. A driver kills one protester and injures dozens more as he plows into a crowd. Among event participants is neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division.
James Mason Archive (02:39)
Thompson visits the University of Kansas which has an archive of Nazi leader James Mason’s Siege newsletters. Mason’s writing paints whites as victims and advocates attacks on Hollywood, media, and other institutions; Charles Manson is one of Mason’s heroes.
Atomwaffen Division (05:34)
A former member describes peers as a Nazi extremist group seeking to spread terror. Thompson visits Tampa, Florida where the group was founded in 2015. He investigates Devon Arthurs, a roommate of the group’s founder who made headlines for double murder; Arthurs warns of terrorist acts.
Oklahoma City Bombing (05:14)
Terrorist Timothy McVeigh, an idol of Atomwaffen founder Brandon Russell, detonates a truck bomb in front of the Oklahoma City federal building on April 19, 1995. Professor Kerry Myers discusses lone-wolf terrorism and examines photos of bomb-making materials from the Atomwaffen apartment. Police describe Russell’s arrest.
Predictions of Atomwaffen Violence (03:09)
Police interrogation footage shows Arthurs warning about threats within the group and plans to steal military gear. Thompson describes violent crimes that have been linked to the group.
Hate Camps (03:22)
Thompson investigates camps where Atomwaffen provides training in firearms and guerrilla tactics. He identifies the organizer of one camp as Michael Hubsky, a military contractor based in Las Vegas. Thompsonvisits Front Sight, a shooting rage Hubsky recommends to neo-Nazis.
Nazis in the U.S. Military (03:02)
Hubsky will not go on camera, but says he left Atomwaffen and renounced Nazism. Thompson finds a camp participant who agrees to talk. A veteran says many white supremacists secretly serve in the U.S. military; they learn insurgent tactics from fighting the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
Historical Context and Resistance (03:33)
Thompson interviews Professor Kathleen Belew who has researched the white power movement. There is always a correlation between the aftermath of warfare and white power violence. She explains leaderless resistance, a type of cell-style terrorism.
Suppressed Report on Extremists (01:56)
Thompson interviews Department of Homeland Security analyst Daryl Johnson who wrote a report drawing attention to the connection between right-wing terror groups and the military, prompting a backlash from conservatives.
Demand for Accountability (03:02)
Thompson talks with Congressman Keith Ellison who has demanded an accounting of efforts to rid the military of dangerous extremists. Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center describes the Pentagon’s response to Ellison as laughable.
Response Analysis (02:39)
Thompson presents the Pentagon’s response to Ellison to retired military prosecutor John Altenburg. He says the response appears thorough, but acknowledges there is a problem related to extremists obtaining military training.
Texas Atomwaffen Leader (03:03)
Russell issues a thinly-veiled threat to former Atomwaffen members in response to Thompson’s reporting. Thompson tracks down cell leader John Cameron Denton, aka Rape, at a black metal festival.
Prominent Neo-Nazi (04:22)
Thompson tracks Denton’s mentor, James Mason, to the Denver area. He describes James Fields and Timothy McVeigh as heroes. Mason blames Jews for conspiring to destroy the white race and finds hope in President Trump's election.
Tree of Life Aftermath (04:13)
Rants posted online by Robert Bowers echo Mason’s views. Thompson reconnects with Belew who adds context. He also talks to Brad Orsini, the director of security for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, about the massacre’s aftermath.
Credits: Documenting Hate: New American Nazis (01:02)
Credits: Documenting Hate: New American Nazis
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