by Idavox / The States
A legal brief related to the case against members of the neo-Nazi Aryan Strikeforce (ASF), whose top officers are facing federal weapons and drug charges, reveal that they once discussed the possibility of one of their members being a suicide bomber for them to kill protesters at one of their events in Harrisburg two years ago, which would likely have been the Nov. 5, 2016 rally sponsored by the Nationalist Front, a coalition of neo-Nazi organizations that included the group.
According to news reports, the allegation, contained in a legal brief assistant U.S. Attorney George J. Rocktashel filed Friday in U.S. Middle District Court in support of the charges against reputed ASF member Justin Daniel Lough, notes that in 2016 the FBI determined ASF members regularly traveled to the property of the organization’s then president Ronald Pulcher for among other things weapons training, and at one of those gatherings, according to cooperating witnesses, a plan was discussed to conceal a bomb inside the oxygen bottle of a member who was terminally ill and willing to blow himself up.
Pulcher was arrested months later on weapons and drug charges on Oct. 26, 2016, just days before the Nationalist Front rally outside the Pennsylvania State House that the ASF attended, pled guilty to the offenses last year and is currently serving a prison sentence in the State Correctional Institution in Camp Hill, PA. The Harrisburg rally was the only public event in Harrisburg that ASF participated in that, and it brought out hundreds of community members and Antifa to oppose the paltry 30 participants that turned out to join the Nationalist Front. It is not known at this time who the terminally ill ASF member would have been or if they had participated in the rally.
Six members of ASF, including founder Josh Steever are currently awaiting trial in federal court on weapons, drugs and racketeering charges. Their case has been continued and has a court date for May 8.
The information about the discussed bombing was among a number of instances revealed by Rocktashel to show the violent nature of ASF and to explain the way evidence was gathered against them, saying their illegal activities posed a serious risk to public safety. Other incidents included Pulcher suggesting a prospective member hospitalize a female who threatened ASF members as a form of initiation, Steever and the current president of ASF Henry Baird, who is also one of the defendants, getting into a fight with African American men outside a bar in Easton, PA and a discussion last year of obtaining guns which also included one about almost shooting a person.