Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Anti-Racist Activist T.J. Leyden Discusses So-Called "Obama Assassination Plot", Obsessed With Skinheads

On October 29th, 2008, KSL Channel 5 aired a report on T.J. Leyden, a former skinhead who turned anti-racist after his then-three year old child uttered a racist remark. According to KUER-FM 90.1, who interviewed him on October 22nd, Leyden, who lives in Southern Utah, was visiting the Salt Lake area in conjunction with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, held between October 22-25, and gave a speech on the 25th. Additional discussion of T.J. Leyden on and the Vanguard News Network Forum.

Leyden was discussing with KSL the so-called "assassination plot" embarked upon by two "skinheads" down South. Twenty-year-old Daniel Cowart of Bells, TN and 18-year-old Paul Schlesselman of West Helena, AR are being held without bond. The two are suspected to have hatched a plot to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama by doing a drive-by shooting with high-powered rifles, while dressed in white tuxedos.

In addition, Cowart and Schlesselman allegedly discussed shooting 88 African-Americans to death and decapitating 14 others in a killing spree across the country. The two allegedly chose the numbers 88 and 14 because of their special significance within the white nationalist community. More background on this follow-up ABC News report. Specific legal documents associated with the case below:

- ATF agent's affidavit of complaint against Cowart and Schlesselman viewable HERE.
- Criminal complaint against Cowart and Schlesselman viewable HERE.

But while T.J. Leyden admits that it's unlikely they would have been able to carry out the plan, he claims there's still reason for everyone to be concerned. He believes that deep racism still exists in America. He says that today's white nationalists are more sophisticated and use the Internet extensively.

Leyden spoke of his own earlier involvement in the scene. Behind the parties, the punk rock and the burning swastikas, it was hatred that motivated Leyden to live the skinhead lifestyle. He was jailed a number of times for various crimes; assaults, stabbings, attempted murder. Leyden's leftover tattoos tell the story. But everything began to change when his child made a racist comment for the first time.

"I asked myself a question: ‘Am I ready to sacrifice my child for this belief?' The weird thing was in my head it was no, and if I'm not willing to sacrifice them, than what's wrong with my belief?" Leyden explained.

Leyden is now a public speaker. He's written a book called "Skinhead Confessions" and has worked with federal and local law enforcement agencies. He's also a consultant to the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He hopes to open a nonprofit program here in Utah. His primary website is HERE, and his personal blog HERE.

What T.J. Leyden won't tell you is that Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman are not typical of the white nationalist community. In fact, looking at their case, there are many things that don't add up. First, these two incorporated nearly every popular stereotype about white nationalism. Second, the vehicle they were driving had a swastika on it. Either this was a false flag operation or these two were incredibly stupid.

More typical of the white nationalist community is the case of Florida House District 46 candidate John Ubele, who also serves as the Operations Manager of the Nationalist Coalition.

Look at him. Clean cut, missionary haircut, conservatively dressed, no tattoos, no swastikas, none of this "Rahowa" nonsense. A productive citizen who merely seeks to compete in the free marketplace of ideas.

But anti-racist extremists like the ADL and the SPLC are not interested in the John Ubeles, because they can extract only limited propaganda value from them. Instead, they score their biggest propaganda points from people like Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman (as well as Curtis Allgier here in Utah), because they present the worst examples as typical for the sake of organizational self-perpetuation and to keep the donation spigot cranked wide open. And people like T.J. Leyden have sold themselves to these groups.


Andy said...

Are you owning your views as a white nationalist, then? I hope you would, because what's the point of having a deeply-held belief and not fessing up to it? Also, don't assume I am demonizing you simply for sympathizing with or even actively participating in a struggle for separatism and racial pride. I understand all of that. I just hope that you'll identify yourself as an adherent of white nationalism, so that we readers of your page can have an understanding of where you are coming from.

Andy said...

I must apologize, after going back through older posts on your blog and looking more carefully through your links, I guess you are owning your association with NS and the NA. Sorry I somehow missed that. You'd think I would have picked up on it just from the comments about "forced multiculturalism." Everything about your blog makes a lot more sense now. You should put that up there in the header of your page. Come on, wear it loud and proud!

Andy said...

Holy nuts! It is in your header! Aww, shucks. I totally missed that one, and now I'm laughing at myself. All right, I'm going to bed now. Have a good night, Dawg.

Deseret Dawg said...

And a good night to you, Andy. As long as the NAACP, La Raza, and the ADL exist, I will continue to represent white nationalism. I don't affiliate with an particular group; I am strictly independent.

Shut down the other groups, get the Blacks, Latinos, and Jews to act like Americans FIRST, and maybe I'll reconsider. Why should we be the only group without racial representation?

steel68 said...

Another happy ending with T.J. Leyden!A man who was a victim of the darkness of racism,who emancipated himself,and is now here to help us out by telling us how he did it and how he can help us avoid the same fate.

Thanks T.J.!I would never want you to stand erect as an Olympian God,away from the Crowd,and face all of the lies and deception weaved before your eyes to form the Matrix.No,no T.J.!Your better off helping us Others understand any current and future plots of "racially motivated assassinations".Thanks T.J.!You da man!