A white supremacist who joined the United States Army did so because he wanted to “get better at killing black people”.
The shocking claim came from Killian Ryan, a paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Division.
He was arrested on August 26 after an investigation showed that he had ties to white nationalist groups and previously made threats of violence towards minorities on social media.
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Under the username “NaziAce1488”, he posted on social media: “I serve for combat experience so I'm more proficient in killing n*****s.”
The man was discharged from the army on the day of his arrest for “serious misconduct”, and was found to have been in direct contact with extremists.
It was during that contact when he made his motives clear.
According to CNN, his role required security clearance, as he was serving as a Fire Support Specialists gathering intelligence on enemy target positions.
Ryan had previously served in the 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery and the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment.
He was caught out for lying when he claimed that he hadn't spoken to his father for 10 years – information required on the security clearance form.
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But it quickly emerged that he had been using his anonymous accounts to do so many times during that period.
It was also claimed that he had "been in contact with numerous accounts associated with racially motivated extremism”.
Lawyer Mark Zaid, who is a lawyer and expert on cases such as this, told Rolling Stone magazine: “One of two things happened: either the government is taking a much stronger position on racist white nationalist extremists if they find them within the United States government, or something else happened where this individual really aggravated somebody personally.”
Ryan is now awaiting a court hearing date, and has been discharged from the army due to the federal charges being made.
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