Along with the plastic pipe full of metal nuts, police also found smokeless powder, often used in pipe bombs, as well as aluminum power, which is used for enhancing explosives.
Officers also found batteries, wires and switches that had been configured and modified and could have been used in an improvised explosive device, the affidavit states.
On office walls, police found pictures of Jeffrey Dahmer and Charles Manson.
Also found was a funeral photo of Stamford officer Marcia Stella’s casket with a note reading, “Just keeping score… RIH.” When asked about the picture, Saturno said Stella had him arrested, costing him $7,000. He told police that RIH meant whatever they wanted it to mean, the affidavit said.
Saturno admitted to being in the process of making Thermite — which is used frequently in incendiary bombs — but told police he was using it for welding applications, the affidavit said. Strewn around the home were numerous martial arts weapons and literature about the chemistry of explosives and Neo-Nazi propaganda and literature.
While talking to an FBI agent assigned to the organization’s Joint Terrorism Task Force’s Domestic Terrorism Squad and Bomb Squad officer Erin Trew, Saturno would not tell them what he thought of the Klu Klux Klan or the Neo-Nazi movement and was cautions when asked about any groups he belonged to, the affidavit said.
“Donald openly and repeatedly stated that he believed the economy was leading to the end of the world and advised that he was planning for the end of the world,” the affidavit said. He said he was stockpiling items for the end of the world and portrayed the survivalist approach of someone not happy with the economy and the state of domestic affairs in the United States, it said.
During this conversation he said the plastic pipe filled with hex nuts was being made to help break up a large rock in his back yard. But Trew said because the device contained shrapnel it is strictly used as an anti-personnel weapon for causing injury and death and not for mining, the affidavit said
When Wade Michael Page strode into a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and began to kill, it was the culmination of more than a decade in the neo-Nazi movement. The best evidence suggests that Page came to his racist beliefs while serving at a North Carolina Army base that was then a hotbed of white supremacist activity — beliefs that were further honed by years on the white power music scene.
The Southern Poverty Law Center today released the latest issue of its investigative magazine Intelligence Report, and its cover story analyzes the background and ideological development of Page, who murdered six people and wounded four others last August before putting a bullet in his own head. An accompanying sidebar details the modern history of right-wing extremism in the American military, and a related editorial traces the growth of political violence aimed at Muslims.
‘Wade saw the military as a transformational time in his life,’ one expert who was also a personal acquaintance of Wade told the Intelligence Report. ‘He always said, ‘If you don’t go in the military a racist, you’re sure to leave as one.”
This week on 60 Minutes Overtime, we speak with video journalist Julie Platner about her year-long experience embedded with America’s growing neo-Nazi movement.
Platner had become interested in white supremacy when she covered the 2004 presidential election, and she wanted to explore life within the movement. Jeff Hall, a leader in the so-called National Socialist Movement (NSM) in California, invited her in.
Steve Smith, a longtime racist activist with a history of violence and top-level ties to numerous white nationalist hate groups, has been elected to a 4-year term on the Republican Party’s county committee for Luzerne County, Penn., One People’s Project reports.
Recruited into the neo-Nazi movement while he was stationed at Fort Bragg in the 1990s, Smith, of Pittston, Penn., has been active in an extraordinary array of white nationalist, skinhead, and neo-Nazi groups, including American Third Position, Keystone United (formerly Keystone State Skinheads), and the Council of Conservative Citizens. He is a former Aryan Nations member and former leader of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of White People, which was created by former Klan leader David Duke but is no longer associated with him. Smith also belongs to a Pennsylvania-based group called the European American Action Coalition (EAAC), which according to its website was formed in fall 2011 “by a few well known White activists in the great and historic state of Pennsylvania.”
In a January letter published in the Wilkes-Barr Times Leader, Smith wrote, “Many experts predict that, if current trends continue, whites will be a minority in the United States by 2050; some predict it can happen sooner. If this prediction comes true, it will be catastrophic to our country and well-being. The European American Action Coalition is committed to reversing this anti-white trend. The coalition is an organization dedicated to educating, advancing and defending our culture, rights and heritage.”
Smith’s ties to the racist right stretch far beyond the political. In 2001, he co-founded a racist skinhead group now known as Keystone United (which was until 2009 known as the Keystone State Skinheads, or KSS), one of the largest and most active single-state racist skinhead crews in the country. In March 2003, he and two other KSS members were arrested in Scranton for beating up Antoni Williams, a black man, using stones and chunks of pavement. Smith pleaded guilty to terrorist threats and ethnic intimidation and received a 60-day sentence and probation.
Prague - There are some 4000 militant neo-Nazis in the Czech Republic, including a 400-strong hard core, and a part of them pose a latent risk of switching to terrorism, experts focusing on extremism say in a study worked out for the Interior Ministry and released on the its website today.
The neo-Nazi scene poses a permanent threat in terms of crime, including violent crime. The number of individual attacks on Romanies is expected to rise in the country in the next five years, says the study completed by a team led by political scientist Miroslav Mares.
The 50-page study mainly focuses on the threats the neo-Nazi movement poses to the integration of foreigners in the Czech Republic.
The study describes the history, development and present of the neo-Nazi scene, as well as potential risks, new streams in the movement, its ideological basis and symbols.
The experts also recommend methods with which to prevent neo-Nazism. For example, the work with young people at schools still needs to improve in this respect, they write.
In the area of repression, it is necessary to better translate information from developments on the neo-Nazi scene into pieces of evidence that can be used in criminal proceedings, the experts write.