Arizona White Supremacist Falsely Claims he is U.S. Army Combat Veteran
Domestic Terrorist says he is stockpiling weapons and ammunition to carry out mass shooting attacks: “I’m a Sleeper Cell Psycho Training Lads and Building Weapons”
By Nate Thayer
April 18, 2019
©Nate Thayer 2019
A new leader of the clandestine armed paramilitary Atomwaffen Division domestic terror group is a military imposter who never served in the U.S. Army, is not a combat veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is not currently serving in the Arizona Army National Guard–all claims he has detailed to his followers in recent years, according to U.S. Department of Defense and Arizona National Guard military records.
Cody William Moreash, 32, of Tempe, Arizona, a veteran leader of the extremist Neo-Nazi American white racist movement, fabricated a fictitious biography of a battle hardened U.S. Army combat veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has convinced other members of the paramilitary Atomwaffen Division terror group and their extremist allies he is a U.S. army trained infantry soldier and expert marksman skilled in military tactics and high-tech weaponry, according to interviews with former members of the terror group this week and chat logs of Moreash intercepted from private online servers where members of the terrorist group and other white supremacist extremists gather.
“I traveled the world and killed people in exotic countries. I think I was the first kid on my block to get a confirmed kill tbh,” he wrote on the discussion board of a white nationalist server hosted by the Discord online gaming platform that pays homage to South Carolina church shooter, convicted terrorist Dylan Roof, where extremists congregate by invitation only.
“My first tattoo made me ID’able (sic) as a white supremacist lol. I still got in the Army,” Moreash told members of the Atomwaffen Division and other sympathetic Neo-Nazis in January 2018. “War is Hell. I hate war. But it is all I want to go back to. I purposely joined the Army to die.”
“So you were a gunner?” another white supremacist asked Moreash on January 30 last year.
“I shot a belt fed machine gun at whoever moved. I used M4s too,” Moreash responded. “I have a high body count.”
“I’ve cleared lots of houses without entering them and went in and found just dead women and kids. It fucks with my head,” Moreash told a group of fellow extremists in February 2018. “Of my kills, probably 20% of them deserved it. It’s why I drink and smoke weed. I wont admit to shit to get diagnosed with PTSD, just other things. But seeing them dying sucks a little, screaming Afghans holding a dead kid then blasting them. I’m evil, but I feel bad about the shit like that.”
But if Mr. Moreash was the “first kid on my block to get a confirmed kill”, he did so while residing in the state of Arizona and not on behalf of the United States Army in war zones in the Middle East or South Asia.
U.S. military records show Moreash never served in the Army, or any other branch of the military, and other records, including work histories verified by his employers, show he has resided uninterrupted in the state of Arizona since graduating high school in 2005. These are among some of the findings of a several month investigation of the Neo-Nazi paramilitary Atomwaffen Division domestic terrorist group.
Both Arizona National Guard and a U.S. Department of Defense search through Pentagon data bases for Moreash’s military service records fail to produce any records that Moreash went to Ft Benning, Georgia infantry training school and was then deployed to war zones abroad, as he claims.
But not serving in the Armed Forces did not stop Moreash from telling many of his extremist associates that he did. “In combat we always were taught to fight to our rifle,” Moreash told another white supremacist in an online discussion forum last year. “My M249 killed more Afghans than I know.”
“Moreash is not a member of the Arizona Army National Guard,” U.S. Army Captain Aaron Thacker, a spokesman for the Arizona National Guard said this week in response to a media inquiry. Further, the Arizona National Guard said their military records do not show Moreash having ever served in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. “We have no record of any other military service prior to the AZNG for Cody William Moreash,” he said in a written statement.
Military records from the U.S. Department of Defense Manpower Data Center also confirm Moreash never has been a member of any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. U.S. government records from that data base were searched covering every year since Moreash graduated high school in 2005 and also produced no records of military service.
The DMDC is the official Department of Defense archive and data repository cataloguing the manpower, personnel, and training active duty history of all current and former military personnel since 1996. “Upon searching the data banks of the Department of Defense Manpower Data Center, based on the information that you provided” Cody Moreash never served in any “branch of the uniformed services (including the) Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, NOAA, Public Health, and Coast Guard” between his May 2005 high school graduation from Corona Del Sol high school in Tempe, Arizona and April 2019.
Moreash did attempt to enlist in The Arizona National Guard in December 2011, but was abruptly discharged less than a month later before undergoing any military training. “Our records show that Moreash joined the Arizona National Guard Dec. 6, 2011 and…was discharged approximately a month later on Jan. 12, 2012, prior to attending military training,” Arizona National Guard spokesman Captain Aaron Thacker said. “We do not consider anyone to have served in the National Guard who never went through any training.”
Because of U.S. privacy law restrictions, the reasons for Moreash’s abrupt discharge from the Arizona National Guard remain unknown. “I can’t release the characterization of his discharge without his written consent,” Thacker said.
In addition, except for short gaps of a few months between jobs, Moreash’s verified employment history show him to have been employed full-time in the state of Arizona from his 2005 high school graduation through April 2019.
From June 2006 until January 2012, according to Moreash’s LinkedIn page, copies of his other public résumé, and verified corporate employment records of the Lowe’s Home Improvement Corporation, Moreash completed 5 years and eight months full time employment as a salesman at a Lowe’s store in Phoenix in March 2012.
Moreash’s resumé on LinkedIn and elsewhere, as well as verified work records from his other employers, show that after leaving Lowe’s, he had a series of shorter periods of working as a horticulturist at the Phoenix Zoo where he “installed and maintained landscapes, including animal exhibits,” working at Whole Foods Market, as a Laboratory technician for Apex Lab Sciences, and Arizona State University in a chemistry science laboratory while he pursued a bachelors degree in chemical sciences, among other employers.
Lowe’s provided written verification Moreash was a full-time “Customer Service Associate” in one of their Phoenix, Arizona stores for five years and eight months from June 2006 after he graduated from Corona Del Sol high school in Tempe Arizona until April 2012. His other employers, including Whole Foods and Arizona State University in Tempe, also verified his employment in the period covering 2012 to the present.
In December 2011, Moreash attempted to enlist in the Arizona National Guard, but was discharged abruptly less than a month later. It was also in December 2011 the U.S. military completed the final withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
Given Moreash was employed full-time in Arizona by Lowe’s during the entire period from 2005 when he graduated from high school and when the U.S. military completed their final troop withdrawal from Iraq in December 2011, it is difficult to reconcile how Moreash could have been deployed as a U.S. Army combat infantryman in Iraq or Afghanistan, as Moreash claims, during the same period.
Moreash declined to provide a copy of a DD-214 military service record that all military veterans are issued which document the period of their military service, or answer several written inquiries for comment on his military service or activities as a member of extremist white supremacist organizations.
Further, Moreash makes no mention or claim of any military service in any branch of the Armed Forces on his personal resume’s where he documents his work and education history.
While several telephone, text and written email requests for comment were sent to Moreash this week were not returned, Moreash did retain the services of a prominent Neo-Nazi activist and attorney, Augustus Sol Invictus in an attempt to prevent publication of this investigation.
Invictus, whose name means “majestic unconquered sun” in Latin and was a featured speaker at the Unite the Right Neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, changed his name from his birth name of Austin Gillespie. When Mr. Invictus ran for the Florida U.S. Senate in 2016 the Libertarian Party chairman resigned in protest and accused Invictus of supporting eugenics, having been expelled from a religious cult, and “sadistically dismembering a goat in a ritualistic sacrifice.”
On April 18, Invictus wrote “on behalf of the person you contacted this morning (Cody Moreash) at [email protected] in regard to your series about the AtomWaffen Division, the person you contacted is not the head of the AtomWaffen. He is, therefore, absolutely not a public figure as you have claimed, and publication of the statements you have made in your email will expose you to liability for defamation. It will also make you liable for common law assault, among other things. The publication of information intended to bring physical harm to the subject of your writings is legally actionable, and you know full well that anyone accused of being the head of the AtomWaffen is ipso facto placed on the unwritten hit list of radical leftists. In publishing a knowing falsehood like this, no intent can be inferred but the intent to cause this person physical harm up to and including death.”
Also on April 18, after Moreash received a reporters request for comment on this article, he abruptly deleted his Atomwaffen Division and other social media accounts. Sources close to Atomwaffen Division said Mr. Moreash was very concerned about being publicly identified as a leader of the terror organization and has not been heard from or seen since Wednesday by people who are in close contact with him.
Who is Cody William Moreash?
“I’m a Sleeper Cell Psycho Training Lads and Building Weapons”
When Cody Moreash was a teenager, he was a model Boy Scout.
In March, 2004, while a high school student, then 15-year old Moreash was awarded the coveted Eagle Scout badge by the Boy Scouts of America Troop #697 in Tempe, Arizona , the Boy Scouts highest honor. He graduated from high school in 2005, after which Moreash claims to have enlisted in the U.S. Army, trained at Ft. Benning Georgia as an infantryman and then deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan where he saw combat as an infantryman.
“I’m a sleeper cell psycho trying to train the youth,” Moreash told other fascists on the Discord gaming platform server Bowl Patrol extremist discussion forum. “I am back being a good boy training lads and building weapons.”
In 2017, Unicorn Riot, an independent media nonprofit, obtained hundreds of thousands of messages from white supremacist and Neo-Nazi Discord chat servers after the deadly far right demonstration in Charlottesville, and made them available to the public. Some of the material in this article was gleaned from their searchable data base.
“At 5’9 I’m taller than most people on the planet. I’m genetically perfect,” Moreash said in January 2018. “I’m a smaller model of the master race designation.”
Bowl Patrol is an online gathering place on the dark web for Neo-Nazi sympathizers who glorify Dylan Roof, the 21-year-old who gunned down nine elderly African American parishioners at the Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015. The name references the distinct “bowl cut” hairstyle of Roof. On white supremacist controlled servers such as “Bowl Patrol”, extremists congregate and strategize to launch campaigns of violent mass terror targeting those who don’t fit their vision of a society populated only by those with pure Aryan bloodlines. Like a 21st century cyberspace version of “The Lord of the Flies,” the almost exclusively very young and male fraternity who share in common raw and unfocused rage, congregate on secret online discussion forums such as “Bowl Patrol” to spew hate and vent teenage angst, whipping themselves further into darker frenzies of hopelessness.
“My life needs extreme violence,” Moreash said last year. “I need to destroy something.”
Moreash has been stockpiling firearms and ammunition since at least 2018 in preparation for launching terrorist attacks, according to Moreash in conversations with other members of the Atomwaffen Division and other far right extremist groups, according to the logs of online chat forums.
“The only thing that gives me peace is working with weapons,” he said recently. “I’ve gotten about 1k rounds of extra ammo in the past few weeks,” he said in 2018. “I’m back up to about 6k rounds of ammo.”
“You guys need to focus on helping me build an Arizona army that’s EXTREMELY ARMED and we can flood California,” Moreash told a group of other Atomwaffen members in a Discord server in 2018.
He also gave advice to others on what kind of weapons they should equipp themselves with for urban warfare. “You are in a city. Standard engagement ranges. Don’t buy some sniper rifle if you don’t even have something for close quarters. Be deadly from 15m to 500m.”
Moreash speaks often of carrying out terror attacks using the arsenal he has amassed in his Tempe, Arizona home.
“It will be great with this new rifle being finished next week. Having 2 AR’s and an AK (semi-automatic weapons) and shotgun on me,” Moreash wrote, posting photographs of his arsenal from the bedroom of his Tempe, Arizona home. “This new rifle isn’t done but its going to be the biggest mother fucker–.308 AR with a bipod, 4×14 scope, 20rds of semiautomatic mamzer spotting,” he said.
Mamzer is a dismissive pejorative used by Neo-Nazi’s to describe non-whites to be eliminated as racial enemies of their ideal of a pure ethnic state cleansed of non-Aryan blood.
“I’m just glad I got my scope today. After I finish this build, I’m gonna go sight my rifles in again after the stuff is done,” Moreash said. “I’ve been practicing tracking it on cars going down the street and pedestrians.
“Wait until you see this new rifle built. This fucker has about $1600 in it and I am already hording ammo. It will be great, with this new rifle being finished next week, having 2 AR’s, an AK , and a shotgun on me,” Moreash told other Atomwaffen members, speaking of the arsenal of weapons and ammunition he was accumulating to be used in future terror attacks. ” I’ll have an AK for someone to use too. Better for people to be rifled up than not be. And I need friends to come to me so I can arm them and we can have an equipped squad lead.”
“It’s hard to argue about a high capacity semi auto 308 rifle,” he wrote before posting another photograph of an AK-47 semi-automatic rifle from his personal arsenal. “I do love that one as well. It’s what I’ll hand to my best unarmed friend on tDotB, as i’ll be using mine,” he said in January, 2018.
“tDotB” is a white supremacist slang acronym for “the Day of the Bowl”, referencing the “bowl cut” hair style of South Carolina church shooter Dylan Roof, who they celebrate as a martyr.
Posting a third photograph of weapons, Moreash added “I doubt I’ll go duel rifle. I’m likely to become .308 exclusive. I do love that one as well. I’ll have an AK for someone to use, too. Better for people to be rifled up than not be, and I need friends to come to me so I can arm them and we can have an equipped squad lead.”
Cody Moreash uses numerous aliases in white supremacist circles including Patrick Bowman, Akashic Wrecker, Frank Castlebowle, and Ilya, among others. He has not previously been publicly identified as a member of the Atomwaffen Division.
Since 2017, Moreash has headed the Arizona cell of Atomwaffen Division and was appointed to a national leadership position earlier in 2019, according to former members of the terror group interviewed in recent weeks.
Prior to joining Atomwaffen Division, Mr. Moreash was head of the Arizona chapter of the fascist Vanguard America organization. Both organizations have had members convicted in recent years of politically motivated murders and violent hate crimes. As a top national leader of Vanguard America, Moreash helped organize numerous neo-Nazi events nationwide. At the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017 that descended into deadly violence, James Fields, who deliberately drove his car through a group of counter protesters, killing 32-year old Heather Heyer and injuring nearly 40 others, was dressed in the Vanguard America uniform, carried their shield, and rallied with other members of the group. Vanguard America denied Fields was a member of the organization.
Partially as a result of the harsh public scrutiny of Vanguard America after the events of Charlottesville, many members left the organization and migrated to other extremist white nationalist groups, such as Atomwaffen Division and Patriot Front. It was after Charlottesville, that Mr. Moreash left Vanguard America and joined the Atomwaffen Division and became head of their clandestine Arizona cell.
A trained biochemist in charge of “handling hazardous chemicals”
Moreash is also a trained biochemist who helped run a science laboratory at Arizona State University in Tempe where, according to his University resume, he is a laboratory teaching assistant charged with “handling hazardous chemicals.”
“I have a large knowledge of biology, physics, general, organic, and biochemistry, physics, and genetics,” he writes on his LinkedIn page. “I instructed chemistry labs for general chemistry. I was responsible for safety, equipment maintenance, and handling hazardous chemicals.”
“This guy is very dangerous, if you ask me,” a former member of the Atomwaffen Division who spoke often with Moreash said in an interview this week. “He told me he runs a chemistry laboratory and talked to me all the time about blowing things up. And he told me he has serious PTSD from when he was in Iraq. From my conversations with him, I absolutely believe him.”
“I would be very worried about him,” he added.
“As far as military service, he said he was an 11B (the U.S. Army designation for a combat infantry specialist) in the Army and was deployed to Iraq. If you look at his CV, you will see he has all the equipment, training, and access to chemicals to make things that go Boom!” said the former member of the Atomwaffen Division who spoke with Moreash regularly. “Yeah, I would be very worried about him,” he repeated.
Atomwaffen Division Chatting about Stolen Valor
Nowhere on his own résumé does Moreash mention having served in any capacity in the Armed Forces.
But this didn’t stop him, on dozens of occasions, from telling other far right wing extremists of having been traumatized by his personal war experiences, according to chat logs of him in extremist online discussion groups obtained during this investigation, and in interviews with former members of the clandestine armed terror group.
When he was asked what kind of weapon he used while in the army, Moreash responded “Me? A m249b. I shot a belt fed machine gun at whoever moved. I used M4s too, but I have a high body count.”
“Are the m4s full auto or only burst?” asked one man who used the alias Woodchipperz on the extremist discussion forum “Bowl Patrol.”
“Full auto. M16s are 3rd burst. An M4 can flip to full,” answered Moreash.
“It makes sense I guess since the M4 is meant for closer ranges. You might want full auto when clearing a house,” said Woodchipper.
“I’ve cleared lots of houses without entering them and went in and found just dead women and kids. It fucks with my head. Of my kills, probably 20% of them deserved it,” replied Moreash. “I wont admit to shit to get diagnosed with PTSD, just other things. Otherwise I’m on another watch list.”
“Damn fam, sorry for bringing it up,” Woodchipper replied sympathetically.
“It’s why I drink and smoke weed. I wont admit to shit to get diagnosed with PTSD, just other things. Otherwise I’m on another watch list,” Moreash responded.
“If it helps any bro I honestly don’t believe that non-white people are human, so in my mind you killed a few animals,” added another white supremacist in the discussion group using the name Slayerworth Cuckington III.
“I know, but seeing them dying sucks a little, screaming Afghans holding a dead kid and then blasting them. I’m evil, but I feel bad about the shit like that,” Moreash responded.
“In combat we always were taught to fight to our rifle. My M249 killed more Afghans than I know,” said Moreash.
“I think most people in here would have a hard time with stuff like that,” said Woodchipperz.
It is part of what makes us human,” added Cuckington III.
In January 2018, another white supremacist leader, the then head of the Neo-Nazi, racial “identitarian” Identity Europa group, Elliot Kline, who uses the alias Eli Mosely, was exposed as having fraudulently claimed to be a U.S. Army combat veteran of the war in Iraq.
“Did you see that thing where it turns out Eli Mosley made up all that shit about being a combat vet? And the army verified it?” Moreash asked other members of Atomwaffen Division the day in January 2018 it became a national news story. “When you lie about combat deployments that genuinely gets me mad.”
“I used to be close friends with Eli Mosley and he always bragged about killing kids,” Moreash commented. “And I couldn’t take it. Don’t brag about killing unarmed women and children. idgaf if they are dune coons or not. Thats not fucking cool. I have PSTD bad. If he doesn’t, well, I already know he’s a total sociopath. He has bragged about killing children so many times on FB, discord, everywhere.”
“Racially motivated violence is the best feeling ever though,” interjected Andrew Dymock, who uses the alias Blitz and is a member of the British arm of Attomwaffen Division called the Sonnenkrieg Division.
“@Blitz let me know that when you realize you killed 4 or 5 unarmed kids under the age of 10,” responded Moreash.
Blitz is a British member of Atomwaffen, Andrew Dymock, 22, who was arrested in the United Kingdom later in 2018 on terrorism charges after threatening to assassinate Prince Harry in protest of his marriage to a biracial American woman. Dymock was arrested under section 58 of the British Terrorism Act 2000 – possession of material likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.
“Someone that brags about shit like that shouldn’t be in charge of anything,” offered Sammy Woodchipperz
“I know a dude who killed little sandnigger kids in Iraq and didn’t feel anything but slight amusement, then killed some Indo-Aryan blue eyed blond hair kids in Afghanistan and had a complete breakdown,” said Blitz.
“Because you need to lay suppressing fire until a suspected building” is secured, said Moreash.
“Dudes who brag about their time in the service and always try to make themselves seem like bad asses are typically the guys who didn’t do shit,” said another member of the Atomwaffen Division who uses the alias Need.
“I wonder if Mosley was one,” Cody Moreash said. “I have nightmares every night. I don’t care if they were muzzies or what.”
“I don’t think someone would make up killing children,” said Woodchipperz.
“Frank is just open about it to his bruders,” added Blitz, referring to Moreash’s Atomwaffen alias’s, Frank Castelbowle and Patrick Bowlman.
“Killing kids and defenseless women hurt me and its why I’m fucked up. If you kill a lot of them it gets to you,” said Moreash.
“Mud children don’t matter,” concluded a white supremacist using the name TacticalBowlCut, a reference to the convicted mass murderer Dylan Roof.
He asked another fascist on the Bowl Patrol discussion board “How many humans have you killed? When you are alone in the desert trying to sleep at night and killed little kids, your conscience gets to you.”
Cody Moreash and Satanic Fascism
Moreash, like many of the current leaders of Atomwaffen, is also an adherent of ‘Esoteric Hitlerism’ or ‘Occult Hitlerism” and advocate of an extreme sect of Satanism infused with Nazi and Satanic beliefs called the Order of Nine Angles which promotes the use of mass terror and violence to force a total collapse of the institutions of government and society.
“My first tattoo was a Valknut over my heart. I think that guarantees I will die in battle. You think my Valknut location guarantees my death in violence? Thats fucking Aryan EH power,” he wrote referring to “Esoteric Hitlerism”–a fusion of fascist and occult beliefs. The Valknut is a Norse mythological symbol of the cult of death and signifies the afterlife. “It basically summons death to you. Its what you wear before death and its on my heart so just think about it a little. I’ve had an extreme amount of experiences in life that were nearly fatal. I should have died and i somehow have not died in any the forces that have tried to kill me many times. Something else is protecting me,” he wrote. “I feel i am either cursed and being forced to live through death repeatedly for my tattoo or have some other powers preventing every attempt on my life for my final battle so to speak.”
Moreash posted photographs of “my Nazi and esoteric occultist book collection” he called his “Library of Doom” which is comprised of numerous Satanic Order of Nine Angles, Nazi, and white supremacist titles.
“I can only get hard by reading Bluebird, its like what they say about watching too much porn,” he wrote in February 2018. “My brain > Order of Nine Angles material > Bluebird > Iron Gates.” Bluebird and Iron Gates are two O9A books that are required reading for Atomwaffen members. They depict scenes of a post apocalyptic world where Aryan victors celebrate human suffering and engage in wanton child rape, torture, pedophilia, ethnic cleansing, and genocide. They are published and distributed by Jillian Scott Hoy, who runs the Satanic Martinet Press, and authored by her husband, Joshua Caleb Sutter, a current leader of the Atomwaffen Division and the leader of the South Carolina Satanic cult Tempel of Blood, an extremist offshoot of the already extremist Order of Nine Angles Satanic ideology.
Martinet Press publishes and distributes other tracts that are key ideological influencers and Satanic manuals and are required reading for Atomwaffen Division members, including Liber333, and other tracts that are restricted distribution only for approved, vetted members of the Tempel of Blood cult. Martinet Press is run from the single-wide trailer home of Sutter and Hoy hidden from public view in the woods of rural Lexington County, South Carolina, documents show. Their home is also the headquarters of the Tempel of Blood Satanic cult, and other extremist political and religious front organizations.
At least nine adherents to the Order of Nine Angles teachings of the Temple of Blood Satanic sect are currently in key leadership positions in the Atomwaffen Division. They include Atomwaffen members from Washington state, Colorado, Virginia, Texas, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Arizona, South Carolina, and elsewhere.
“Everyone has their own practices, but I find it to be one of the best books for making Golden Dawn,” Moreash says of Bluebird. Golden Dawn is a Satanic ritual of summoning demons that foreshadow an apocalypse.
“Oh Bluebird, yeah. I just got Hostia. I’m STOKED on it,” he said referring to two of the Tempel of Blood Satanic tracts. “Lol. I sent Rape a pic of half of these and he was like ‘lol!!! niiiiice!’.” ‘Rape’ is the alias of a former head of Atomwaffen Division, John Cameron Denton, of Montgomery and Conroe, Texas.
“Rape” is the alias for former Atomwaffen Division head and Tempel of Blood member John Cameron Denton who has been a Satanist since prior to the founding of Atomwaffen Division in 2015. Denton, aka ‘Rape’, became head of Atomwaffen Division after the May 2017 arrest of the Atomwaffen founder, Brandon Russell, of Tampa, Florida. Russell is serving five years in federal prison for possession of illegal explosives that Atomwaffen Division members say were to be used in a bombing campaign against Florida nuclear facilities and power grids.
On May 18, 2017, Atomwaffen Division member Devon Arthurs, 18, shot to death two other members of the terror group, Andrew Oneschuk, 18, and Jeremy Himmelman, 22, both from Massachusetts, in Russell’s Tampa, Florida condominium. All four men were living there together at the time.
Moments after the murders, Russell returned from training with the 53rd Combat Brigade of the Florida army National Guard and discovered the bodies only minutes before Tampa police arrived at the scene accompanied by Arthurs, who had been arrested in Tampa acting erratically and confessed to the murders.
A framed picture of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh sat on Brandon Russell’s bedroom dresser. A large flag of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea– North Korea–adorned the wall in the living room. An American flag was used as a doormat to the home. Near the bodies of the two Atomwaffen members who had been “shot multiple times at close range with a semi-automatic rifle” was the flag of Hitler’s elite SS paramilitary unit, the Schutzstaffel.
In the car garage attached to Russell’s condominium, authorities found a fully equipped bomb making factory–large quantities of bomb making components including two kinds of radioactive material–thorium and americium; ammonium nitrate and nitromethane, the chemical combination used by Timothy McVeigh to blow up the federal building in Oklahoma City; potassium chloride; red iron oxide; potassium nitrate; homemade bomb fuses; hollowed out large caliber bullets used to make bomb fuses; and two Geiger counters, among other bomb precursors and explosive materials.
In a cooler with Brandon Russell’s name written on it and duct taped shut was the peroxide-based explosive hexamethylene triperoxide diamine–or HMTD–an explosive commonly used by terrorists.
“The things that they’re planning were horrible. They’re planning bombings and stuff like that on countless people, they’re planning to kill civilian life,” Devon Arthurs told Tampa police investigators, adding the intended targets were “Power lines, nuclear reactors, synagogues, things like that.”
Investigators believe they narrowly thwarted a plan to blow up Florida power grids and launch explosives into the Turkey Point nuclear power plant near Miami using radioactive dirty bombs manufactured by Russell. Russell was a nuclear physics student at the University of South Florida at the time.
After Russell’s conviction for illegal possession of explosives, John Cameron Denton aka “Rape”, of Montgomery and Conroe, Texas, assumed leadership of the terror group. “Rape”, a self styled “death metal” musician had been a long time follower of the extremist Satanic sect, the Order of Nine Angles, and began to promote a less pure fascist vision for the group, moving it towards embracing an apocalyptic scenario of total societal collapse blending mass violence, as advocated by Charles Manson and “Occult Hitlerism”, itself a mixture of Satanic and fascist beliefs.
With Rape in charge, members of the extremist South Carolinian Satanic group, the Tempel of Blood, headed by Tempel of Blood founder and Atomwaffen Division leader Joshua Sutter, ascended in the leadership and membership of Atomwaffen, and their Satanic texts, most prominently the Tempel of Blood Iron Gates and Liber333, became required reading for Atomwaffen members. Although not naming a specific author beyond the Tempel of Blood itself, Iron Gates was written by Atomwaffen member and Tempel of Blood founder Joshua Caleb Sutter, a former leader of the white supremacist Aryan Nations who was convicted in 2003 of domestic terrorism charges related to a plot to use explosives against Pennsylvania abortion clinics. Sutter was sentenced to two years in federal prison and was released in November 2004.
The ascension of Satanic influence caused considerable turmoil among members of Atomwaffen and Rape was ousted from leadership in early 2019 after a dispute with other Atomwaffen leaders over the handling of funds funneled through the social media accounts controlled by the Atomwaffen leader. Rape has publicly argued that Charles Manson was superior to Hitler and openly supported the rise of Satanic influence in the group.
In January of this year Washington State Atomwaffen Division cell leader, Kaleb Cole, himself a long time Satanist and member of the Tempel of Blood Satanic cult, and Arizona cell leader Cody Moreash took control of the national leadership from Rape after bitter infighting. Cole, who uses the alias Khimaere, among others, has conducted live fire weapons training drills in the Pacific Northwest and the Nevada deserts which Atomwaffen calls “Hate Camps.” Cole took a leave from leadership of the terror group in late March, according to both current and former members of Atomwaffen “to attend to personal business” and the influence of Moreash increased in the leadership in the organization in recent weeks, according to three members of Atomwaffen Division in March and April interviews.
“Arguing with people far below my standard of what I consider my ‘people who I’d allow to live’ after the DOTR (Neo-Nazi acronym for ‘Day of the Rope’–or the start of the race war) just is a nuisance and waste of my time,” current Atomwaffen leader Moreash wrote in 2018 on an online forum. “I hate kikes and niggers, I am a believer in Universal Order, and believe in Global Utilitarianism as well calling for the genocide of the lowest 80% of the population of the planet, despite race.”
“Universal Order” is the dystopian ideology adopted by Atomwaffen Division which lionizes Adolf Hitler, the murderous cult leader Charles Manson, and the writings of 66 year-old veteran neo-Nazi ideologue and convicted pedophile James Mason, who currently provides guidance to members of Atomwaffen from his government subsidized apartment in Denver, Colorado. The term “Universal Order” was coined by Charles Manson, who also designed the logo for the group, and advocates total destruction using mass violence and terror tactics to achieve an apocalyptic collapse of the institutions of society and government they believe is neccesary for a pure Aryan-led society to rise from the ashes. “I am also for wiping out races completely… Plus, bruh, I lift (weights) and am obsessed with war,” Moreash added.
In May 2018, the imprisoned founder of Atomwaffen released an audiotape from his federal prison quoting Charles Manson and exhorting members to continue their fight, saying “A sword has been drawn. There is no turning back.”
“A lot has transpired since my incarceration since I have become a prisoner of war in this war against society. Much has been done and much has been said. To all my loyal comrades who have stuck around through thick and thin, I thank you for your courage and loyalty. To all who have come along since then, since the system has captured me, welcome aboard. To all of those who have abandoned ship since hitting rough waters, woe to you. Adolph Hitler once said ‘There is no room in this world for cowardly people’, so there is certainly no room for you in the Atomwaffen Division. The same goes to all the pathetic rumor spreaders, opportunistic parasites, and any other traitors. The last few years have seen the loss of Jake, Jeremy, Andrew, and Charles Manson. Let not their passing discourage you, but inspire you to not let their deaths to have been in vain and to distort their memory. For those wondering about me, they will never break my spirit. I am happy and doing quite alright. Charlie (Manson) once said ‘We are all in control of our own prisons, we are all our own wardens and we do our own time. Prison is in your minds. Can’t you see I am free?’ To all the outsiders who try to hinder our efforts, I say this to you: I created something beautiful. Beautiful things scare you people. You just don’t like it because it doesn’t like you! Night shall turn to day and spring forth brilliantly. A sword has been drawn. There is no turning back.”
In February 2018, the now newly appointed national leader Cody Moreash posted a self authored ode to convicted mass murder Dylan Roof, invoking the far right extremist movement’s slang reference to Roof’s ‘bowl cut’ hairstyle:
I don’t know where the bowl is going
but I do know where it’s been.
Hanging on the promises of the Day of the Bowl,
in churches of yesterday.
And I made up my mind, mamzers won’t take up my time,
but here I bowl again,
HERE I BOWL AGAIN!
Here I bowl again on my own,
Taking niggers to church the only way I’ve ever known.
SIEGE in hand I was made to walk alone,
and I’ve made up my mind,
it’s IRL plate carrier poasting time,
HERE I BOWL AGAIN!
“Dude, you have NO idea how many full bowl songs come in my head randomly, if i started writing them down,” he wrote to other Atomwaffen members. “Its like rape stories. It comes naturally.”
This is the second in a five part series of articles on the Atomwaffen Division domestic terror group. These stories are the result of a several month investigation which has uncovered new details on their organization, thinking, and plans, as well as the true identities of most of the key leaders and members of the clandestine organization, which until recently operated in at least 22 states, Canada, and Europe, and is considered one of the most dangerous domestic terror threats currently operating in the United States.
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