As more details emerge about Wade Michael Page, the man who stormed a Wisconsin Sikh temple yesterday and killed six, it's increasingly evident that there was a racist motivation for his spree. The most basic of the information: he was 40, and an honorably discharged veteran Army sargeant who worked on psy-ops. He was born in Colorado, and used a semi-automatic 9mm pistol at the shooting, which he owned legally.
More ominous is the information that Page, who was killed by police at the scene, was an active white supremacist who in 2005 formed a neo-Nazi band called "End Apathy." According to the Southern Poverty Law Center:
Page told the website that he had been a part of the white power music scene since 2000, when he left his native Colorado on a motorcycle. He attended white power concerts in Georgia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Colorado. At various times, he said, he also played in the hate rock bands Youngland (2001-2003), Celtic Warrior, Radikahl, Max Resist, Intimidation One, Aggressive Force and Blue Eyed Devils. End Apathy, he said, included "Brent" on bass and "Ozzie" on drums; the men were former members of Definite Hate and another band, 13 Knots.
It's not too surprising that Page had ties to white supremacy; if the photo captioned "Wade" on End Apathy's MySpace page is in fact Page, he was covered in tattoos associated with neo-Nazi groups, including the number 14 atop a Celtic cross, which both utilizes common racist iconography and refers to a famous quote by a white supremacist. Meanwhile, Washington Monthly's Ed Kilgore wonders about the existence of "the white power music scene," but sadly, it's been in existence for a long time, a constant scourge of deep-digging punk record hunters hoping for gems and instead finding Skrewdriver albums to their disdain.
Thus far it seems Page may have acted alone, but the FBI is searching for a person of interest at the crime scene.
The FBI is referring to Page as a domestic terrorist. More updates as they become available.
AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd
Posted at August 6, 2012, 1:32pm