We had to know this was coming — illogic seeks its illogical end. That’s how all terrorist groups form, and the white supremacist League of the South may be America’s first real lesson in the material costs of Right-Wing fascist “logic.” And before you roll your eyes accusing us of hyperbole — yes, this group could develop into the real deal.
Earlier this year, there was a Klan rally attended by U.S. Army and Navy veteran of 12 years, 43-year-old Floyd Eric Meadows of Rome, Georgia. Also known as “Eric Thorvaldsson” (a reference to Nordic warrior-explorer Eric the Red, who is said to have been the first white European to set foot in North America), the South’s own Viking King who proudly speaks of having “earned his red bootlaces.” Red shoe laces in steel-toed boots are a kind of merit badge for neo-nazis, representing blood on the boots for those who have committed acts of violence for the movement. Though inside protocol has long held that red laces are really only earned through murder.
Meadows posing with AR-15 and Confederate Battle Flag. “Folk” and “Nation” are references to white supremacists prison-origin gang “The Folk,” and Folk’s outside sponsors, the “Aryan Nation.”
At the LOS rally on “Southern Secession,” Meadows met with and formed a group calling themselves “The Indomitables,” which include only the most violent, extremist individuals among a much larger group of violent, extremist individuals.
If the name of Meadows’ paramilitary unit seems a bit…familiar…it may be because it brings to mind a similar group from WWII. Immortalized in Tarantino’s film of the same name, the Inglorious Basterds were a small group of ultra-violent guerrilla Nazi killers acting within enemy territory. The Right-Wing Indomitables, then, would be The Inglorious Basterds’ Nazi negative image, operating right here in America.
“But, obviously,” you’re probably saying with a smirk, “It’s not like they’re REALLY going to wage an all-out war against the U.S. and ‘take back the South.’ Just another impotent band of whiners…won’t amount to much. Hand me the popcorn.”
Ah…but you’re not thinking like an Inglorious Basterd. All-out war isn’t the point.
From an essay published on the LOS website by the Indomitables official commander Michael Hill:
“The primary targets will not be enemy soldiers; instead, they will be political leaders, members of the hostile media, cultural icons, bureaucrats, and other of the managerial elite without whom the engines of tyranny don’t run.” He finished the essay with “Blessed be the Lord my strength who teaches my hands to war and my fingers to fight.'”
The Basterds would approve.
Hill also posted this on Facebook:
If that sounds like Hill is addressing a fairly large group of people, then the inference may be correct. America’s newest potential terrorist organization has begun to organize itself fairly quickly. Hill posted this in June — note the “Chief of Staff,” or second-in-command.
(Screenshot edited minus some Nazi rhetoric to save space)
That “Chief of Staff,” Mike Tubbs, is chairman of the LOS’ Northeast Florida Chapter — incidentally headquartered not far from the Aryan Nation’s old Southeast Regional Headquarters and compound in Hog Valley, Florida. He’s also a chaplain to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and is heading the SCV’s “Flags Across Florida” campaign to put Confederate Battle Flags all along Florida’s highways.
All pretty standard neo-nazi resume stuff. Nothing serious. But wait…there’s more…
In his former life, Mike Tubbs was Sgt. First Class Tubbs, a Green Beret Demolitions expert who was one of the first special forces soldiers sent into Iraq. At least, he was until investigators found out that he’d been behind a 1987 robbery of two fellow soldiers at Ft. Bragg, during which he and fellow masked Knights of the New Order, carrying silenced assault rifles, robbed the soldiers of their M-16s and absconded with them. Their cry upon leaving?
“This is for the KKK!”
Tubbs was later named in a 16-count federal indictment, and authorities found a massive weapons cache at the Knights’ headquarters. It included 50-cal machine guns (at least one anti-aircraft gun), land mines, grenades, booby traps, 25 pounds of TNT and 45 pounds of C-4. Authorities believed all were stolen from Ft. Bragg.
You know…just for private collection purposes.
Tubbs served just four years in federal prison, and was released in 1995.
Michael Hill (left) and Mike Tubbs (right)
And even now we can hear you text-thinking “LOL…what, those guys?” They’re the ‘terrorist threat?'”
By 2001, Osama Bin Laden wasn’t exactly Specimen Supersoldier, either.
But he did have weapons. He had U.S. military training in guerrilla warfare and tactics, and a high degree of popularity among violent, religious fanatics. He was middle-aged, and still commanding death squads into his 50s. He had a poisonous, hateful, religious authoritarian right-wing ideology. He had adherents, people with nothing to lose, willing to die for him, and a burning hatred for the United States government. He had a fascistic world view, a long history of violence and membership in violent religious hate groups, and an experienced fetish for blowing things up in or around Iraq.
Also, he had a graying beard, which he regularly dyed using Just for Men.
So, indeed — no comparison to be drawn there, at all.
So, will The Indomitables become the guerrilla assassination wing of America’s Taliban, the leading edge of a Right-Wing killing spree to make their soul-brothers in ISIS proud? We’re not sure.
But we’re not popping popcorn just yet.