Video: "Irregular Army" at the Baltimore Radical Bookfair Pavilion 2012

Video: "Irregular Army" at the Baltimore Radical Bookfair Pavilion 2012

"Irregular Army" By: Matt Kennard
"Irregular Army" By: Matt Kennard

For the past five years Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse and The Baltimore Book Festival have partnered to bring you The Baltimore Radical Bookfair Pavilion, which seeks to inform and inspire "radical innovation and intervention". At this year's bookfest, among a host of other authors we heard from Matt Kennard, author of  Irregular Army: How the US Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members, and Criminals to Fight the War on Terror. The bookfair describes this book as:

Since the launch of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars—now the longest wars in American history—the US military has struggled to recruit troops. It has responded, as Matt Kennard’s explosive investigative report makes clear, by opening its doors to neo-Nazis, white supremacists, gang members, criminals of all stripes, the overweight, and the mentally ill. Based on several years of reporting, Irregular Army includes extensive interviews with extremist veterans and leaders of far-right hate groups—who spoke openly of their eagerness to have their followers acquire military training for a coming domestic race war. As a report commissioned by the Department of Defense itself put it, “Effectively, the military has a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy pertaining to extremism.”

We hope that you will enjoy video from this important discussion.