Former Aryan Nations aide arrested with two other men

By Michael Ko and Maureen O'Hagan
Seattle Times staff reporters

The FBI's Domestic Terrorism Squad and other federal agents arrested three men this morning in three separate raids, including Keith Gilbert, a former aide to the late Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler.

Gilbert, 65, and William D. Heinrich, 50, were arrested in Seattle's Roosevelt neighborhood, near Roosevelt High School. They live a few blocks apart. The other man, 44-year-old John P. Hejna, was arrested in Aberdeen.

The three men know each other and are known to be involved with white supremacist activities, said FBI spokeswoman Robbie Burroughs.

"Gilbert has made no secret of the fact that he's in a long association with the Aryan Nations," Burroughs said. "He's been around a long time."

The men are being investigated on charges of possessing illegal weapons and explosives and being felons in possession of weapons, Burroughs said.

Gilbert is charged in U.S. District Court with possession of machine guns. Because of prior felony convictions, he is barred by law from possessing firearms. According to the charging papers, Gilbert is alleged to have sold a confidential informant two automatic weapons.

Heinrich is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Hejna is charged with conspiracy to transfer plastic explosives. According to charging papers, he was involved in selling a small amount of plastic explosives to the same confidential informant.

Also charged in the plastic explosives conspiracy are Barton L. Carter and Alen J. Long. Burroughs said they remain at large.

The investigation was a year-long effort, Burroughs said. Several more arrests are expected.

The men will make a first court appearance this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Seattle.


Rachel Donadio (FORWARD) 23 Nov 01

From a racist church in Illinois to a neo-Nazi Web site to a Muslim weekly newspaper in New York, domestic white supremacist and Islamic extremist groups have been finding common cause since September 11 in anti-Jewish invective, hate-group monitors are warning.

In recent weeks, opinion essays by white supremacists such as David Duke and William Pierce have cropped up in Islamic publications and Web sites in the United States and abroad. At the same time, several American neo-Nazi Web sites offer links to Islamic sites. On these sites, the rhetoric ranges from harsh criticism of Israel to tirades against "jews" (with a lowercase J). Anti-Jewish conspiracy theories also abound.

Organizations that track hate groups are debating the degree to which the shared anti- Jewish views of Islamic extremists and neo-Nazi groups indicate organizational collusion or just rhetorical affinities. Yet they agree that the invective has grown increasingly worrisome since the September terrorist attacks and note that law enforcement officials have been investigating possible ties.

"They're making common cause," said Mark Potok, a spokesman for the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that tracks hate groups. "That's a different thing than to say they're working hand in glove, shoulder to shoulder."

Some Muslim groups are also tracking the issue. "We have always been courted by white supremacists," said Mazin Qumsiyeh, a professor of genetics at Yale University who moderates the two-year-old listserv of Al- Awda, the Palestinian Right to Return Coalition, which has 12,000 subscribers. "We unsubscribe many people who try to post things that are objectionable and anti-Semitic," he said.

In the past year there have been concrete signs of coordination. European and American neo-Nazis organized a Holocaust denial conference that was to have taken place in Beirut in late March. The conference, "Zionism and Revisionism," was billed as an opportunity for Western extremists to meet their counterparts in the Islamic world.

The Lebanese government called off the event under pressure from American diplomats and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Los Angeles-based organization that monitors anti-Semitism. A scaled-down conference took place in April in Jordan.

The coordination and money that went into the conference "means that there are relationships that already exist and that can deepen," said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, a dean at the Wiesenthal Center.

This week, the Wiesenthal Center published a new study of hate sites, "9/11 Digital Lies: A Survey of Online Apologists for Global Terrorism.'' Available on its Web site, the center's report concludes that "the Internet is a new staging ground for a new type of war. We ignore it at our own peril."

Abroad, essays by Mr. Duke, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and founder of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, have cropped up on, an extremist Web site based in Pakistan.

In addition, the on-line "Syria Times" reprinted an article called "Anthrax Terrorists May be Zionists," by Hector Carreon, head of the "Nation of Aztlan," which Jewish groups called "a fringe California-based Hispanic nationalist organization."

Radio speeches by Mr. Pierce, the leader of the National Alliance, have been broadcast several times on Iranian radio since September 11. Mr. Pierce told the Forward via email that his weekly broadcasts "reach the whole world, including the Arab world, via short-wave radio and via the Internet."

Mr. Pierce is the author of "The Turner Diaries," a widely circulated anti- government novel that Timothy McVeigh said inspired him to blow up a federal building in Oklahoma in 1995. The National Alliance Web site features images of blonde children and warns that multiculturalism is a "disease."

In New York, Muslims, a Queens-based English-language weekly newspaper, has recently printed opinion pieces by Mr. Duke and Mr. Pierce, although neither was identified in the newspaper as a white supremacist.

Anver Saad, a contributing writer at Muslims, said that the editors had found the articles by Mr. Pierce and Mr. Duke on the Internet and didn't know the writers' "exact background."

They decided to stop publishing the two after "a lot of African-American brothers complained," Mr. Saad said.

The two-year-old weekly is distributed in local mosques, shops and restaurants. Muslims's founding editor, Jawed Anwar, did not return repeated calls for comment.

Meanwhile, under the heading "Let's stop being human shields for Israel," the World Church of the Creator in East Peoria, Ill., quotes Osama bin Laden on its Web site. "So we tell the Americans... If they value their lives and the lives of their children, to find a nationalistic government that will look after their interests and not the interests of the Jews."

A Florida-based neo-Nazi group, Aryan Action, features an Arabic inscription on its Web site alongside the English message: "Support Taliban, Smash ZOG," or Zionist Occupied Government, a common reference in neo-Nazi circles to the supposed Jewish control over world affairs. "It's your choice, comrades," the site reads. "Either you're fighting with the jews [sic] against al Qaeda, or you support al Qaeda fighting against the jews."

According to Mr. Potok, groups like the National Alliance viewed the September 11 attacks with "slack-jawed admiration."
"They watched the towers fall and were blind with envy," he said. Indeed, Billy Roper, a leader of the National Alliance, expressed his awe in a members-only chat room monitored by the Southern Poverty Law Center. "The enemy of our enemy is, for now, our friend," Mr. Roper wrote, referring to extremist Muslims.

"We may not want them marrying our daughters, just as they wouldn't want us marrying theirs.... But anyone who's willing to drive a plane into a building to kill jews is alright [sic] by me. I wish our members had half as much testicular fortitude," he wrote.

While they may agree about Israel and Jews, by and large radical Muslim groups and white supremacists still dislike one another.

"The fact that most Muslims and I are in agreement on the issue of U.S. support for Israel has nothing whatsoever to do with multiculturalism," Mr. Pierce told the Forward in an email message. "I neither like nor dislike Muslims, as long they stay in the Middle East. I believe that we can agree on Israel without living together in the same country."

According to Mr. Potok, there isn't "any big organizational bridge" between Muslims and domestic American extremists. "There are obviously a few contacts, but I don't think it's well developed."

However, Mr. Potok said, "That kind of connection is pretty well developed in Europe."

Such connections came to the fore last spring, when the Beirut Holocaust denial conference was cancelled. The event was co-organized by the Institute for Historic Review, a California-based Holocaust denial outfit, and VeritEet Justice, a Swiss neo-Nazi group.

The Swiss group is headed by Jurgen Graf, who fled to Iran after a Swiss court charged him with Holocaust denial in 1988. Speakers on the program included Muslim academics, journalists and political activists.

The conference piqued the interest of law enforcement, said the Wiesenthal Center's Rabbi Cooper. "It set off alarm bells everywhere," he said.

More recently, some press reports have indicated that authorities are looking into a possible domestic source for last month's anthrax attacks. Investigators, however, are tight-lipped about whether they're tracing threads between white supremacists and radical Islamist groups.


From: "Dr.Lohr"
>Subject: Help!!!
>Date: Mon, 9 Aug 1999 06:26:01 -0400
Just thought I would drop a line to say hello to the human sponges. We at Aryan Nations wish to thank you for waking up more of our kindred.
>Dr. Hans Alexander Lohr Aryan Nations
>PH: 208-772-2408

TEXT OF SECOND EMAIL: Can you just imagine what a pathectic handful of Kikes can do against an "awakened" Aryan people? I guess you Jews better find another Moses to save the day. It's only a matter of time before all you Jews are deported to your rock of a "homeland" where the only people you will screw are yourselves!!! History has a tendency to run in circles.

TEXT OF THIRD EMAIL: It's been a long hot summer and we are looking for some relief in a little humor. Would you please send us a portfolio of Jewish jokes to share with Pastor Butler and myself? You know, things like: fresh air themes, cooking in a hot oven, sponging, blood-sucking and the like. Richard is feeling much better and we would like to keep his spirits up. Thank you so much for your understanding.


name: Dr. Hans Alexander Lohr
addr: P.O. Box 362,
city: Hayden Lake
state: ID
zip: 83835
country: USA
hfone: 208-772-2408
height: 6-4
weight: 257
hair: Blonde
eyes: Blue
languages: English/German


When asked how he felt about the Los Angeles incident, the 81 year old leader of the group paused for a few moments. "I sometimes wonder," he said. "The media made a big fuss about it....They can order the murder of 20 young children in Waco, Texas....the murder of Palestinians ...of thousands in Yugoslavia. With all this going on ... it's hard for me to get real concemed about five wounded Jews in Los Angeles."

Pastor Butler said his group does not advocate violence. "It's not our policy," he said. He added that it was "in the realm of possibility" that the messages sent to the JDO came from a member of Aryan Nations,"but I rather doubt it," he said. Pastor Butler also said he did not know if his group's computer records listed anyone with the name included with the messages, Dr. Hans Alexander Lohr. But he added that he thought he had heard of the name before. "It sounds like a pen name," Pastor Butler said. "I think he's written an email or two to me."

Pastor Butler was reached at the phone number given on the messages; the number is that of the Aryan Nations office in Hayden Lake, Idaho. A man who answered the phone at that number earlier said he has no knowledge of anyone named Lohr at Aryan Nations, and he believed that a wrong number had been reached. A woman who later took the phone said the organization had received faxes purportedly from someone with that name, but that she, too, had no idea who he was.

A directory assistance operator said there was no listing for anyone with the name Hans Alexander Lohr anywhere near Hayden Lake. The three messages sent to the JDO contained time stamps suggesting that they were sent early Monday morning, the day before the violence erupted at the North Valley Jewish Community Center. In the first message and "an 'awakened' Aryan people" in the second resembled the language used by W. Furrow when he turned himself in to authorities. Mr. Furrow is reported to have told officials that the attack was meant as "a wakeup call to America to kill Jews." A third message said, "Richard[Butler] is feeling much better and we would like to keep his spirits up." The pastor acknowledged to the Forward that he had been feeling "tired" recently as the result of a "cold," and, as the message said, was feeling better now.

"Normally we are prepared to fight the Nazi pigs in a language they understand" said JDO National Director Mordechai Levy. "But the fact that these emails from Furrow's own neo-nazi buddies is a serious threat that we will deal with accordingly".

Observers who are not in the JDO and read the e mails do not believe in "coincidences" but believe Furrow like an earlier Nazi gunmen Smith out of Chicago is in contact with his fellow Nazis and let them know what he was planning. The JDO believes that Aryan Nations supplied Furrow with a list of targets. Where did Furrow hear about the the Skirball Museum or the University of Judaism? From someone who studied Jewish Links on the internet, someone like the Nazi pig,"Dr." Hans Lohr, Minister of Lies of Aryan Nations. When the Jewish newspaper the Forward questioned "Pastor" Butler, head of Aryan Nations, about the E-Mail he gave several different accounts of his relationship with Lohr, first he denied knowing him, then he said Lohr wrote to Aryan Nations under a different name etc. etc. When the FBI questioned JDO about these emails, they indicated that they believed there was a relationship between them and the attack, but needed something more specific,like threats against Jewish children.

BUFORD FURROW lived with the Nazi widow of Robert Mathews head of the Order a Nazi underground that struck at Jews several years ago and took the FBI 3 years to catch. The JDO Intelligence Unit came up with proof Furrow is linked to other Nazi Underground groups like Phineas Brotherhood.



October 10, 1996...The three men arrested and charged with bank robbery, auto theft and the use of bombs in connection with two bank robberies and three bombings in Spokane, Washington earlier this year have ties to white supremacists.The three accused men, Charles Barbee, Robert Berry and Jay Merrell, have been linked to the anti-Semitic and racist Christian Identity movement. Christian Identity is a pseudo-religion that preaches that white Europeans are the true chosen people and that Jews are descendants of Satan. Identity also regards blacks and other non-whites as sub-human.

Letters left at the scene of the April robbery contained Identity propaganda as well as diatribes against the banking system. They were signed with the symbol of the "Phineas Priesthood,"a violent credo of vengeance that has gained some popularity among white supremacists and other extremists in recent years. The Phineas Priesthood has been used as a calling card by the perpetrators of several violent crimes. According the the ADL,headed by the appeaser and nazi defender, ABE FOXMAN, "there is little evidence of organized activity among its adherents." This is what Jews pay FOXMAN $300,000.00 a year for? He should befired!!

So-called "Phineas Priests" are guided by Identity leader Richard Kelly Hoskins' book, Vigilantes of Christendom: The Story of the Phineas Priesthood (1990). This lengthy manifesto perverts passages of the Bible to justify racist and anti- Semitic acts of violence. The Phineas symbol used by the Spokane robbers is depicted in a book put out by theAnti-Demonstration League (ADL) entitled Vigilantes.

Another book written by Hoskins,
WAR CYCLES, PEACE CYCLES was published by NOONTIDE PRESS, which is closely connected withSPOTLIGHT MAGAZINE, which sponsors the INSTITUTE FOR HISTORICALREVIEW. HOSKINS has his own publishing firm: VIRGINIA PUBLISHING PO Box 997, Lynchburg, Virginia 24505 804-384-3261.

The "Phineas Priests" are a product of theChristian Identity movement, a very radical fringe of NAZISM. Identityfollowers claim to be the true decedents of Abraham, and some even go as far as to say only the Anglo-Saxons decended from Adam. Identity supports its claim with"secular," non-Biblical history, psuedo-archeology, lies, misrepresentations,speculations, false premisses, personal opinions, misused Scriptural words with uniquely Identitymeanings, verses wrested from their Scriptural context, the Apocrypha (giving it equalauthority with the 66 books — particularly first and second Maccabees), Josephus(giving him equal authority with Scripture), allegories, superficial word studies, misused and misapplied parables, and very vivid imaginations. Mostadherents go as far as claiming to be the true Hebrews of Scripture. (Some even refuse to be called by the name, Christian, saying that the average Christian is known for his lawlessness, i.e., despite for the Commandments of G-D.) Claiming to be the true Hebrews of Scripture, some Identity adherents literally keep all the rites andrituals of the old Hebrew nation, even the ceremonial laws done away with by Christianity.

Charles Barbee, Robert Berry and Jay Merrell who were charged by the civil authority with "lawless" actions have used as their defense Numbers 25:1-15.Their claim is that since they, as White, Anglo-Saxons, are the true, literal, physical decedents of Abraham and Jacob (who was the true Biblical Hebrew/Israelite), and because they have a zeal to see G-D's laws against social wickedness enforced, they are the legalheirs before G-D to the office and promise of the covenant of an everlasting priesthoodgiven to Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, vv. 11-13. (Cf. Ps.106:30.)


Their defense for taking violent action against the social wickedness that the civil government refuses to take is that being the proper decendants of Phinehas and his covenant, they have the G-D-given right to violently act as did Phinehas against obvious social evils. Keep in mind what they identify as social evils worthy of"judgment."

This growing group within the"Christian Identity" (also identified with the "Aryan Nation")movement believes G-D has uniquely chosen a few people to violently execute His wrath andjudgment against the unG-Dly. This group believes that when the civil authority fails to execute righteous judgment — that is, uphold Biblical Law — G-D has given them authority to execute that judgment. Advocating outright taking the lives of the unG-Dly, their writings strongly imply that such action by select private individuals is authorized by the Lord G-D Himself. They trace their supposed authority to the actions of Phinehas against the wicked deed of Zimri andCozbi. (Num. 25.) They call themselves members of the "Phinehas Priesthood".(Note that Phinehas is spelled differently by different authors: Phinehas and Phineas.)



Larry Wayne Harris is a "lieutenant-colonel" in the Aryan Nations, a white supremacist group, and a follower of Christian Identity, an anti-Semitic and anti-black movement. William Leavitt, 40, owns labs in Nevada and Frankfurt, Germany. In court papers, the Lancaster, Ohio, native is quoted as proposing in 1997 to spread bubonic plague through the New York subway to wreck the economy, surprise the military and kill hundreds of thousands of people. When Harris sent a probe into an area where cattle who had died with anthrax were buried 30 years ago, he was unable to come up with a live strain of anthrax. Instead, this disease on humanity, was going to attempt to alter a non-lethal form of anthrax that was easily obtainable and convert it into a lethal form. If you believe that he had peaceful purposes you are a fool! What do you expect him to say? That was he was planning to wipe out 100,000 men, women and children? This guy is a Nazi sickness. White Separatists should be forced to registerunder the Foreign Agents Registration Act because by their own definition, they are not part of America. As the for the FBI, if they expended half of the energy they focused on the anti-Vietnam War Movement,the Nazis couldn't sneeze out the window without the Bureau knowing. Will it take a horrible bloodspilling calamity, like a biological or chemical weapons attack on New York City's subways to wake law enforcement in America? Larry Wayne Harris was not only was a member of the Aryan Nations,but reached out to Nazis of all stripes through the publication of the anti-Semitic extremist organization, the Liberty Lobby. Harris last advertised in the February 16 issue of The Spotlight, offering a free cassette entitled "Wake Up America". The ad, which listed an 800 number, said, "Bacteria is Here. Chemical Warfare. You Can Protect Yourself. Learn how." Harris listed himself as "Reg. Microbiologist, Ex CIA."