Frazier Glenn Miller, the 73-year old white nationalist who opened fire at a Jewish community center before yelling “Heil Hitler” in Kansas City, Missouri yesterday, was close associates with Kevin William Harpham, the man arrested for the attempted bombing of a Martin Luther King Jr. unity march in Washington in 2011.
The site where Harpham shared his ideas with racist comrades, the Vanguard News Network (VNN), was created in 2000 by Alex Linder, a former National Alliance member. The VNN site motto is “No Jews, Just Right.” In addition to featuring racist and anti-Semitic blog articles, the site has become a virtual meeting place for nearly three thousand white nationalists. Linder runs the site from his Kirksville, Missouri home. He also publishes the crude racist tabloid, The Aryan Alternative, with fellow Missouri white nationalist Frazier Glenn Miller.
Miller thanked Harpham for a “gigantically large” donation of $500, according to a post on VNN in December 2006. The posting also noted that the contribution paid for nearly 7,000 copies of the tabloid and that Harpham was one of the top 5 or 6 donors from the site. Harpham also donated cash to Miller’s 2006 and 2010 congressional campaigns.
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On January 17, 2011, less than 12 hours after posting on VNN, Kevin William Harpham placed an improvised explosive device concealed in a backpack along a Martin Luther King parade route in Spokane Washington. The lead sinkers in the radio-detonated IED were coated with Warfarin rat poison, evidently intended to increase bleeding. Had the device functioned, dozens of men, women and children would have been killed or injured. Harpham also distributed The Aryan Alternative.
Miller has connections to other well-known and infamous white supremacists.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Miller was still posting on the Vanguard News Network forums as recently as Saturday, a day before the shooting. In his last post he reportedly wrote that he spoke with Craig Cobb.
The suspect, Frazier Glenn Miller, was a prolific poster under the screen name “Rounder” on a website called the Vanguard News Network, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The center, which tracks hate groups, flagged a thread Miller posted Saturday that described a phone conversation with Craig Cobb, a fugitive from Canada who tried to mold a tiny North Dakota town into an all-white enclave until he wound up in jail on charges of terrorizing residents.
If you go back a few years you’d find Republicans bleating about a Department of Homeland Security memo on the threat right wing domestic terrorists and veterans may pose, but there has been a pattern of incidents ever since vindicating everything said in it. Miller served in the army for 20 years. Harpham served in the army between 1996 and 1997.
In every sense of the word, these men are domestic terrorists.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has a comprehensive bio on Frazier Glenn Miller.
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