National Alliance leader Erich Gliebe
Let's see, many whitish Americans curse liberals and environmentalists, want to seal the (Southern) border, think torture and secret concentration camps are justifiable, pine for a theocracy, drink Coors beer, voted for the far-right Tea Party, believe Newt Gingrich and Patrick Buchanon have something to say, rail against the "Welfare State," support the CIA and its death squads in every Third World country, think Glenn Beck is right, write off the president of the United States as a native African, yawn at reports of American atrocities, honestly believe the media are "liberal," want Julian Assange assassinated, nod when Ann Coulter speaks, despise unions, wrap themselves in the flag and wax jingoistic when faced with fascist reality, bluster stupidly against "socialsim" (any expenditure that benefits the working class), etc., etc. ... yep. The little Nazi puke has a point ...
Erich Gliebe is the head of the National Alliance, a white separatist group that alleged would-be Spokane bomber Kevin William Harpham supposedly has ties to. He tells Seattle Weekly three things. First, Harpham is not a member; second, his group had nothing to do with the bombing; and third, "Most white Americans agree with our message."
Gliebe, a perpetually suit-and-tie wearing neo-Nazi who once boxed under the name "The Aryan Barbarian," is the current mouthpiece of the NA, a group said to have once commanded some 1,400 members and brought in $1 million per year through member dues and the group's record and book companies, Resistance Records and National Vanguard Books.
But its glory days were mainly when founder, former Oregon State University physicist William Luther Pierce, ran things. Since he died in 2002, the NA has dwindled to a handful of loosely connected pockets around the country.
Despite the loss in numbers, Gliebe says things are going swimmingly for the advancement of the white race.
The SPLC's Mark Potok says right-wing extremists pose a much larger threat than Muslims.
The SPLC is indeed standing by its analysis that Harpham was, until at least 2004, a member of the National Alliance. SPLC Director of the Intelligence Project Mark Potok tells Seattle Weekly that Gliebe "is lying" when he denies that Harpham was a member.
"He absolutely was a member in November of 2004," says Potok. "I don't know when he joined or when he left. Gliebe is lying when he says he wasn't."
Potok goes on to say that the attempted Spokane bombing is one more reason why it's right-wing militias and neo-Nazi groups that should be prompting Congressional hearings, not Islamic extremists.
Gliebe agrees that there is indeed a groundswell of support for the NA and like-minded groups, and that it's only intensified in the last two years under President Obama. He says, however, that it's what the majority of white people want, even if they won't admit it.
Who knew "White America" had its very own spokesman?