First, the Canadian military discovered the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen within their ranks. Next, they downplayed the extent of its infiltration.
A groundbreaking report released by Canadian military intelligence shows an overwhelming connection between Canadian soldiers and a plethora of white supremacist organizations, including the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division, classified as an American domestic terror organization.
Since 2013, 53 Canadian Armed Force (CAF) members were found to be connected to hate groups or hate incidents. Of those members, nine still remain in the CAF. But despite these findings, the CAF does not believe they have a “real” problem.
The report states that “hate groups do not pose a significant threat to the CAF/Department of National defence.”
Yet, the report also states that white supremacist groups knowingly use the CAF for their own military advancement:
“Many white supremacist groups tend to be paramilitary in nature … Drawing on their training and deployment experience, current and former military members find that their skills are valued by these groups. Further they provide structure to these organizations therefore affording them ability to gain positions of leadership.”
Since the report was published, many have found the government’s response unacceptable. They have objected to the fact that the government has no plans to deal with the issue even after it was appraised of the fact that these extremist organizations are purposefully penetrating Canada’s military ranks.
The Canadian Anti-Hate Network was critical of the government’s dismissive attitude and sent an open letter to Minister of Defense Harjit Sajjan stating, “It only takes one person with the hateful will and intent to cause havoc.”
In the U.S., two police officers in Virginia were recently fired for alleged ties to white supremacist organizations.