Inside the (Pin) Heads of White Supremacists

Patrik Mathews (left) and Brian Lemley at a store in Delaware where they purchased 150 rounds for target practice.

by James A. Bacon

Remember those three white supremacists the FBI arrested four days before the big gun-rights rally? They referred to themselves as “The Base,” peddled their vile ideology online, discussed committing acts of violence, engaged in para-military training, and assembled a “functioning assault rifle.” The FBI, which had been closely monitoring the group, scooped up the three men when they were holed up in Delaware before they could descend upon the Richmond rally and afflict violence.

The Washington Post, New York Times, and other publications ran articles highlighting fears that the Richmond rally might turn into another Charlottesville, and Governor Ralph Northam imposed a state of emergency, stating, “I took this action to protect Virginians from credible threats of violence. These threats are real — as evidenced by reports of neo-Nazis arrested this morning after discussing plans to head to Richmond with firearms.”

Fortunately, most neo-Nazis and white supremacists are not only losers, they’re morons. (I hope I’m not offending anyone with my “ablist” nomenclature.) Federal documents relating to Brian Mark Lemley J., Patrik Jordan Mathews, and William Garfield Bilbrough IV, detail not only their odious views and evolving plans but their malign stupidity.

According to motion for detention pending trial:

On December 23, 2019, Lemley and Mathews again discussed Virginia and committing targeted acts of violence. Lemley discussed using a thermal imaging scope affixed to his rifle to conduct ambush attacks, including attacks against unsuspecting civilians and police offers. Lemley stated, “I literally need, I need to claim my first victim.” … Mathews stated, “we could essentially like be literally hunting people. Um. You could provide overwatch while I get close to do what needs to be done to certain things.” … Mathews soon after stated, “you know we got this situation in Virginia where this is going to be, that opportunity is boundless and thing is you’ve got tons of guys who are just in theory should be radicalized enough to know that all you gotta do is start making things go wrong and if Virginia can spiral out to fucking full blown civil war.”

Three days later they discussed derailing trains and sabotaging power lines to trigger economic collapse. Two days after that, Lemley and Mathews compared to the upcoming event to the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

When speaking about Virginia, Mathews stated, “we can’t let Virginia go to waste, we just can’t.” Mathews also stated, “you know what, Virginia will be our day.” Lemley replied, “put this as another feather in my cap, he look how active we are. We are actually in fucking Virginia, you know what I mean.”

And on December 30, Mathews stated, “now the end goal is this, is to incite leftist violence prior to January 20th in Virginia. We want the left in America to become violent. We have three weeks to do it.” The next day, they discussed how the next Civil War would be in Virginia, and how they could ignite violence and civil disorder by throwing or sling-shotting fireworks into the crowd to “cause shooting to go off.”

On Jan. 3, the FBI recorded a lengthy statement by Lemley in their Delaware residence:

So this, so like, this plan of mine. It was like, this is like an Adderall idea…. it really didn’t click until I took an Adderall, and then I was like, “Oh, shit, I gotta plan.” Uh, so this is what I’m thinking… instead of going to Richmond. Why don’t we like, take a look a the map and we’ll find like a gun range that’s in like one of the outer counties and a campground, and we will spend the weekend training and campaign, while we uh, pay close attention to the news and live streams and uh that way, if it’s go time, you know we’re already in position and we can then link up with our whatever MS (National Socialist) forces happen to be in the area. Because there will be some. Like there is… they probably will not be like, premier groups that we would like to be with but it would be little hodgepodge, you know, three or four guys there, you know, maybe another ten guys from the [different white supremacist organization], I don’t know. We’ll be able to fund them, um, and we can, kind of link up and then, kind of get in the tent and start talking about what we want to do. And if there’s a um, you know if there’s like, if there are like rolling skirmished through the countryside, it’ll be pretty easy to get in and get some action you know and then retreat a little bit, come back and get a little more like hit and run you know. We’re bound to run into some of our guys … Anyways, so between now and then, I’d like to finish the truck, finish our loadout, and make sure that everything is basically good to go.

In response to a question from Mathews, Lemley added:

Yeah, we’re loading the truck for the war …. essentially … but we’re not going into a place where we’re going to get arrested. We’re gonna stay on the outskirts, we’re gonna go to the campground and the gun range  that’s gonna be, it might be a few counties outside, where we’re withing a reasonable distance, we’re not in the fuckin’ quarantine zone where they’re lookin to arrest people like us you know, but we would be in a Second Amendment sanctuary, so we shouldn’t have any trouble from local police, especially given the nature of the environment, where there is just angry gun owners just streaming in from all over the country.

Photo of gun training by an unknown member of “The Base” in Georgia.

And this the following day:

Imagine this scenario, right? There’s a running skirmish of MAGAtards, liberty militias, and libertarians, like basically like trying, they’re like shooting their way out of the city essentially, alright. We happen upon this scene, and we find a woodline, get in the woodline, and take cover. I pop the fucking record button on the thermal, and I drop like, I drop like, I drop like ten nasty girls on video.

Over the next couple of days, they loaded up with food and supplies, and acquired 1,500 more rounds of ammunition. They also practiced shooting in a Maryland gun range. Early in the morning, federal agents executed federal arrest warrants in the Delaware residence.

Bacon’s bottom line: A number of observations.

  • It’s scary that these idiots saw Second Amendment sanctuaries as havens for their terrorist activities. Sanctuary advocates might want to think about that one.
  • These guys are nitwits. Their thinking is incoherent, their plans shift by the day. They are ill disciplined and show no security savvy beyond buying burner phones. If these pinheads are typical, white supremacists are easily easily infiltrated by the FBI, and their movements easily tracked.
  • Reassuringly, these retards had no contacts with white supremacist elements in Virginia — hopefully an indication that no such “organized” elements exist here. Their “plan,” such as it was, was to hook up with other neo-Nazi/white supremacist groups who had descended upon the state.
  • It does not appear that these idiots were a clear-and-present danger on the day they were arrested. They had decided to sit on the fringes, observe from afar, and fantasize about the glorious deeds they would perform should real trouble break out. The FBI was amply justified in arresting them, though, because their thinking was so disordered that there was no assurance that they wouldn’t change their minds and actually decide to act out their fantasies. Better safe than sorry.

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17 responses to “Inside the (Pin) Heads of White Supremacists”

  1. LarrytheG Avatar

    Doesn’t this get to the essence of the idea of “depriving law-abiding citizens of their 2nd amendment rights”?

    So a serious question. Would you keep these folks from buying guns – at least legally?

    Are there any circumstances where it could be justified for
    folks like this?

    or do they have the legitimate and legally right to stock up on arms and ammo and “dream”?

    1. As was made clear in the article, these guys are not law abiding citizens.

      And unlike certain governors [and others] here in Virginia, I think that once they are convicted of violent felonies, they should not be eligible to own guns.

      With that said, though, whether we keep them from buying guns or not, they are apparently willing to build their own – which probably means they are willing to find other means to obtain firearms. These guys help make the case that no amount of restrictions on law-abiding people’s gun rights is going to keep bad guys from arming themselves. The only thing we can do is be ready and able to defend ourselves against them.

      1. LarrytheG Avatar

        so how come the bad guys can’t usually get their hot little hands on a fully auto machine gun? How come that restriction seems to be effective?

        1. In my opinion, it is because a fully automatic “machine gun” is a lot less useful to a criminal than a handgun or a semi-automatic rifle.

          For one thing, they are very expensive to operate and maintain, and for another, most people lack the skills necessary to actually use one effectively.

          I will admit, they are a lot of fun to shoot, but they are just about useless in any situation apart from full-blown combat.

  2. “It’s scary that these idiots saw Second Amendment sanctuaries as havens for their terrorist activities. Sanctuary advocates might want to think about that one.”

    Why? It’s analogous to telling Muslims they should “think about that one” if a group of deluded radical-Islamic terrorists sees mosques in America as havens for their terrorist activities.

    Neither assumption is even remotely true, and anyone stupid enough to believe otherwise does not warrant more than a derisive dismissal.

    The bottom line is, I am not responsible for, and will not allow myself to be held responsible for, someone else’s delusional beliefs.

    I agree with you about one thing though, these idiots presented no real danger to the people at VCDL’s lobby day rally. They’d have been ridiculed if they’d come there espousing their ignorant beliefs and they’d have been in for a rude surprise if they had started any trouble.

  3. LarrytheG Avatar

    So these gun “sanctuaries” might become havens for White Supremacists and other loons and bad guys?


    1. No. They won’t.

      1. LarrytheG Avatar

        They’d probably become places where gun stores locate, no?

        1. By what ridiculous logic are you linking gun stores with white supremacists?

          1. LarrytheG Avatar

            Not linking. Pointing out that places that advertise themselves as gun sanctuaries may well attract both individuals, groups, and businesses who desire a more “gun friendly” environment.

            Is that bad logic?

          2. I guess I have to reply to myself since the site won’t let me reply directly to your post:

            Okay. I agree that the overwhelming majority of localities in the Commonwealth are gun friendly.

  4. LarrytheG Avatar

    re: gun friendly – yep.

    but are the announced “sanctuary” cities/counties MORE gun friendly and will attract people that desire MORE gun-friendly policies?

  5. I don’t know. Since about 94% of the localities in Virginia have symbolically declared themselves 2nd Amendment sanctuaries in some way, shape or form it’s a moot point.

  6. LarrytheG Avatar

    94% ? got data? 😉

    All I’m saying is that if some localities profess themselves as now saying they are not following the exact law on guns – would it affect who might choose to live there versus places that are more strict?

    are you saying that virtually all of Virginia has now said that they are not going to follow the law on guns?

  7. You may very well scoff at my source, but vcdl has been tracking the various measures passed by localities. Their web site is (scroll down the page a bit and you’ll find a map and a link to a list).

    At last count it was 91 counties, 15 cities and 30 towns.

    I do apologize, though, I ‘misspoke’ on the percentage. I used the term “localities” which obviously includes towns and counties. My “about 94%” number was the percentage of counties. Please forgive me, though, I am very county-centric. I live in a county that has no incorporated towns or cities.

    I also apologize for not knowing how to post a “clickable” link.

    1. @ Larry

      PS – I did not say, or even imply, that any localities/counties have declared they will not follow the law. Despite my mistake in using the word “locality” instead of “county”, my inclusion of the word “symbolic” was quite intentional.

    2. LarrytheG Avatar

      I thought there was a total of 133 localities in Virginia!

      The “list” would be more convincing if there was a date beside each, the date the BOS voted and their vote total. Otherwise, it’s more of a “take my word for it” list.

      I do not see Fredericksburg nor Colonial Beach on the list and they ARE two of the 133 localities in Virginia.

      And perhaps I am ignorant of the “sanctuary” effort. It was my impression that it professed to refuse to honor new, more restrictive laws on gun rights.

      Not true? Just “symbolic” but those counties will, in fact, carry out the laws as enacted by the GA?

      I probably misunderstood or perhaps the movement shifted from earlier remarks or some in the movement actually want localities to ignore laws while others just want the symbolic.

      My view was similar to some counties and towns that are known as “speed traps” – uber enforcement and I interpreted this movement to be for guns – but the opposite, i.e. they would have a more tolerant view towards folks with guns who violated state law they did not agree with.

      not true?

      so,it’s really “symbolic sanctuary” ?

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