I have not wished to spend much time on the internal politics of the National Socialist Movement (NSM), nor on the power struggle that seems to exist among the white supremacist factions in the post-National Alliance world.
However, the story of Dr. Jacques Pluss caught my eye, and I thought readers might gain some insight into our good friend Bill White.
Dr. Pluss was terminated from his post as an adjunct history professor at Farleigh Dickinson University in March 2005. The official reason cited was that Pluss had already "racked up 6 absences" in a 15-week semester, but many on campus suspected that the Nazi affiliation of the professor had something to do with his firing.
At any rate, NSM gained a measure of respectability by bringing an academic presence to its group.
The NSM community showered praise on the Nazi academic. NSM Commander Jeff Schoep said in February that the arrival of Pluss was "a move of Historical Proportions in our struggle, that a man with such credentials is stepping forth with such a sound and resonating message of Truth, beaming forth directly from the National Socialist Movement!"
An April post to the nukeisrael.com site described Pluss as "a newcomer to the NSM, Pluss unleashed a fiery oratory reminiscent of Hitler's speeches." A comparison with Der Führer certainly put Pluss in heady company in the world of neo-Nazis.
How quickly was the descent of Pluss from icon to anathema; after Pluss formally severed ties with NSM this week, Bill White began an intense character assassination campaign against the beleagured ex-professor:
Pluss has been taking psychiatric medicines and was extremely depressed prior to his break with NSM. Friends who new him told LSN he "seemed to be descending into his own world" before the break.
Not happy with merely questioning the sanity of Pluss, White felt that an attack on his personal life was also in order:
His girlfriend was recently refused admission to a very prestigious and hard to qualify for school which she had applied to. She blames the failure to gain admission on the NSM, though, frankly, it was more likely her grades, the fact she lives with one of her professors from her last school, and that the school is very exclusive and hard to get into.
Mr. White seems to be the master of disinformation, and I am amused - and a bit disturbed - by his attempts to engage in similar campaigns against me on Toledo boards. I am taking this opportunity to let him know that I am documenting this behavior, and that I will take every necessary step to protect my family and reputation.
Remember, too, Mr. White - you came to my city. I had not made any acquaintance - virtual or otherwise - with you until October 6. Moreover, I was perfectly content to focus on Toledo until you (or your minions) began a campaign to discredit and threaten me.
In short, Mr. White, I strongly urge you to call off the dogs before you or one of your band of merry men crosses the line into the realm of the illegal.