National guardsmen gave Florida White Resistance group combat trainings to prepare for 'race war'

Published: 13 August, 2012, 21:22

A National Guardsmen stands watch in front of a graffiti covered wall (Reuters / Lee Celano)
TAGS: Arms, Crime, Military, Scandal, Hate crimes, USA, FBI

A former US National Guardsmen trained a white Resistance group on AK-47 assault rifle and fighting techniques, to help them prepare for an expected race war. The guardsmen eventually became a white Resistance group member himself.

The Missouri guardsmen, identified as Spc. Ryan Riley by the St. Louis-Post Dispatch, provided military training for the American Front, a “militia-styled, anti-Semitic, white Resistance, skinhead organization (that) is a known domestic terrorist organization,” according to court documents.

The 28-year-old Riley traveled to Florida and provided the White Resistance group with military training in July 2011 using a pistol, an assault rifle and 200 rounds of ammo.
The leader of the white Resistance group, Marcus Faella, also provided 12 AK-47-style rifles for members of the group to use. After the training, the guardsmen himself was initiated into the hate group.
Riley told court investigators that while serving the Army in Iraq in 2008, he “became interested in protecting the White race.”

Eleven members of the American Front were also arrested in May for planning acts of violence and preparing for “an inevitable race war.” They were subsequently charged with hate crimes, conspiracy and paramilitary training in furtherance of a civil disorder.

The guardsmen is cooperating with authorities investigating his ties to the white Resistance group.

Investigators are looking into e-mail and text message correspondence Riley had with white Resistances, as well as looking at blog posts he wrote for skinhead websites.
The man also exchanged messages with the leader of the American Front, who wanted the guardsmen to provide the group with firearms, survival and medical training.
Court documents show that Faella was also trying to make ricin, a highly poisonous powder that can kill a human with just a few grains of salt.

While Riley claims to have had second thoughts about his involvement with the white Resistance group after the weekend of military training, he continued to answer the group’s questions regarding the use of firearms. He also corresponded with the white Resistance groups Hammerskins, Volksfront and Blood & Honor.

The National Guardsmen’s involvement with white supremacy groups is particularly alarming after a US Army veteran with ties to white Resistances killed six people in a shooting at a Sikh temple last week.

“Outside every major military installation, you will have at lease two or three active neo-White Resistance organizations actively trying to recruit on-duty personnel,” a former white power skinhead in the US Marines told CNN.
The military is investigating extremist activity within its branches, which Riley and gunman Wade Michael Page have brought into the media spotlight.