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Supremacist’s home in Warsaw raided

Federal agents early Thursday raided the home of a vocal white supremacist living in Kosciusko County.

Agents served a search warrant on the Warsaw home of Thomas Metzger, according to Special Agent Kim Riddell with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The search warrant was executed without incident and no one was arrested. Riddell declined to comment further, and neither would the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana.

A longtime leader in the white supremacist movement and founder of the White Aryan Resistance group, Metzger manages a racist Web site and has been affiliated with a number of hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and the Christian Identity movement, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

On his Web site, the self-described racist Metzger praises James Von Brunn, the anti-Semite who shot and killed a guard at the United States Holocaust Museum earlier this month. Metzger offers a link to Von Brunn’s book, “Kill All the Best Gentiles.” Metzger also declared the month of June “James Von Brunn” month.

A sound file linked to his site, under the banner “Tom Metzger, messenger of hate,” contains an interview in which Metzger describes his work to get the races to live separately.

A phone number for Metzger was not available. But a recorded message left on a hotline Metzger maintains detailed Thursday’s events, including his reaction to the federal and local law enforcement officers who knocked on his door about 9 a.m. to search his house.

“Now why would anybody want to search my house?” he said. “I’m the most peaceful guy you ever wanna know.”

The recorded message went on to describe how he has a few guns for protection, dogs that wouldn’t bite and the general demeanor of the agents.

“They weren’t as rude as I’ve seen them in the past,” he said.

As the agents searched his house, Metzger said he went out for breakfast with his “lady” and then spent some time on an area beach, according to the recorded message.

“The house was in surprisingly good shape,” he said.

The agents took Metzger’s three computers – which prevented him from doing his daily radio show – some books and some address books, according to his hotline recording.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, Metzger relocated from California to northern Indiana in 2007.

Since his arrival in Kosciusko County, Metzger has continued to push a brand of racist activism characterized as “lone wolf” or “leaderless resistance,” which favors individual or small-cell activity.

“Leaderless resistance dovetails with Metzger’s oft-expressed advice never to answer questions posed by law enforcement,” according to the Anti-Defamation league. “He has instructed followers to solely use the five-word phrase ‘I have nothing to say’ when questioned.”

rgreen@jg.net

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