Phoenix, AZ, September 10, 2004…The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) confirmed that a self-admitted neo-Nazi is leading a recruiting effort for armed volunteers to join a new "Arizona Guard" militia to patrol the Arizona/Mexico border from a compound in Douglas, AZ.
On its Web site, the "Arizona Guard" proclaims to be "an Organized Militia dedicated to the defense of American Patriotism and to help local ranchers and citizens defend property from illegal alien activity and drug running operations." It asks for volunteers to carry firearms on missions.
"These recent developments validate our warnings that extreme anti-immigrant groups, such as Ranch Rescue, have historically attracted white supremacist and other extremist support," said Bill Straus, ADL Arizona Regional Director. "That, in turn, poses a threat to people living and traveling along our border, including law enforcement. It is a hate-filled and hate-fueled environment. And who better to spread the message of hate than neo-Nazis and white supremacists?"
The recruiting effort is being led by Kalen Riddle, a self-proclaimed Nazi and white supremacist. On his Web site, Riddle, pictured toting a rifle and dressed in a Nazi uniform complete with swastika armbands, claims that two of his favorite things are "ethnic cleansing and weapon making." Riddle's occupation is listed as "National Socialist." In addition Riddle requests that "any WN [White Nationalist] volunteer is asked to keep WP [White Power] or Third Reich imagry (sic) to a minimum and not to talk to any press."
Aiding Riddle is convicted felon Casey Nethercott. Nethercott was arrested in Arizona in March 2004 on a warrant from Texas. Recently, he was given a five-year prison sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm, and is awaiting trial on charges of allegedly pistol-whipping an undocumented immigrant in Texas in 2003. The former bounty hunter has served time in the past for false imprisonment and assault because he wrongly apprehended the chief of police's son in Riverside, California. In addition to those felony convictions, Nethercott has also been convicted of numerous misdemeanor gun violations.
Both Riddle and Nethercott are members of Ranch Rescue, a border vigilante group documented in ADL's 2003 report, Border Disputes: Armed Vigilantes in Arizona, as an extremist organization that encourages people to take the law into their own hands.