U.S. Terrorists Getting Training in Ukraine
June 2, 2022 (EIRNS)—It may not be politically correct to do so, but someone in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) actually posed the question, whether the “racially-motivated white extremists” working with Ukraine’s neo-Nazi militia are learning new methods and techniques to be brought home to the U.S. The Grayzone published a May 31 story by Alexander Rubinstein, based upon a DHS document obtained via a FOIA request by “Property of the People.” The DHS categorizes them as “RMVE-WS,” or “racially-motivated violent extremists—white supremacy.” The details sound like a crazy movie script.
First, Rubinstein notes that “Property of the People” shared the DHS document with Politico, but the latter downplayed and/or discredited the material, including their preface that “critics say” the DHS material “echoes one of the Kremlin’s top propaganda points.” That is, it might be true, but it is one of those truths that civilized people have learned to ignore.
One learns that there are about 30 Americans attached to a Ukrainian militia group entitled the “Georgian National Legion (GNL), assumedly due to the role of Georgian warlord Mamuka Mamulashvili in heading the unit. They are a not insignificant component in the weapons pipeline into non-standard military units in Ukraine. One figure, Paul Gray, who spent two months with GNL, had served several tours in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division. He’s been a member of various violent racist groups—the “American Vanguard,” “Atomwaffen Division,” and “Patriot Front.” The last was founded by Thomas Rousseau, after his previous group, “Vanguard,” was involved in violence at Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. (The car that plowed into the protesters, killing one, was driven by a Vanguard member.) Gray followed Rousseau into first one, then the other of his groups. In early 2021, Gray opened a gym in Kyiv, attracting martial arts enthusiasts, and trained Ukrainian volunteers in U.S. military techniques. Later, Gray and his associate Manus McCaffery “worked together as a team targeting Russian tanks and vehicles with U.S.-made Javelin anti-tank missiles.” Gray appeared on several Fox broadcasts as a nameless patriotic American, volunteering to confront the Russkis, until his identity was made known.
Rubinstein describes how three different members of Atomwaffen—arguably the most overtly Nazi of the groups here—have been involved in various murders. He claims that GNL’s founder, Mamulashvili, was sent to Ukraine reportedly by the perennial Western agent, former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. Of particular note, his GNL legion executed Russian POWs just five miles from Bucha on March 30. That is, if true, 48 hours before the Bucha bodies are “discovered” to the world, the wild GNL gang was in the area at the time, and possibly responsible for some executions. Recall that Russian POWs had been executed near Kharkiv by an Azov-related group just a couple of days earlier.
Another GNL member is Craig Lang, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. (He is known to have been unstable, having—among other things—attempted to kill his wife, by surrounding her condominium with land mines.) He joined Ukraine’s Right Sector militia in 2015, and reportedly recruited other Westerners. Lang’s Right Sector work included allegedly taking noncombatants as prisoners, then variously beating, kicking, stoning, and/or drowning them. One video shows Lang beating and drowning a girl, as part of his Right Sector activities. Lang has been indicted by the Department of Justice in the murder of a Florida couple, but somehow it has not impeded his work in Ukraine.
Some may dismiss the problem, repeating that “such material echoes one of the Kremlin’s top propaganda points.” In that case, one can only pray that Putin doesn’t endorse clean water and fresh air.