August 8th, 2012
08:48 PM ET

Wis. shooter's racism was evident while in military

By Tom Cohen

When Wisconsin temple gunman Wade Michael Page arrived at Fort Bragg in 1995, the sprawling Army base in North Carolina already was home to a small number of white supremacists including three soldiers later convicted in the murder of an African-American couple.

The killings launched a military investigation that tightened regulations against extremist activity, but some say such influences persist in today's armed forces.

"Outside every major military installation, you will have at least two or three active neo-Nazi organizations actively trying to recruit on-duty personnel," said T.J. Leyden, a former white power skinhead in the U.S. Marines who now conducts anti-extremism training.

Page died in a shootout with police responding to his attack Sunday on a Sikh temple in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Hill that killed six people and wounded four, including a police officer.

He had ties to white supremacist groups and the FBI acknowledges it knew of him, though no formal investigation ever took place.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Oliver Chiapco

    Racism is deeply rooted in history. It is a malignant disease. The only hope for a lasting cure is education.

    August 9, 2012 at 10:27 am | Reply
  2. saira khan singh

    racist are found in every culture ..and some pple go beyond by showing there ignorence ..i am muslim pakistani married to sikh guy and trust me sikhs are most peacefull pple you can ever meet..God bless America

    August 9, 2012 at 9:33 am | Reply
  3. OffTheWorldPolitics

    Any commanding officer who witnesses this type of behavior should address it immanently. A man's personal views are his own, but they should never serve to foment hostility against his fellow soldiers. In other words, keep that sh!t to yourself.The man next to you may save your life one day...

    August 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply
    • Trevor

      I'm 15 years active duty USAF and I hope a person like this does "open his mouth" while on duty...if he doesn't it just keeps him in my military longer and may put others in a situation in which they will have to save his life or him to save theirs...not "desireable" either way.

      August 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
      • OffTheWorldPolitics

        Exactly, your in the air force, and you don't know what to do with these people. There are plenty of fun jobs for them in the infantry. Hell, they might even get straightened out when its all over.

        August 9, 2012 at 6:31 pm |

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