A violent, neo-Nazi group called The Base is recruiting current and former U.S. soldiers — and is planning a military response to what it believes will be the collapse of society, according to a new report.
“Our mission’s very, very simple. It is training and networking, preparing for collapse,” the white supremacist group’s leader, Rinaldo Nazzaro, was taped telling prospective recruits in an audio recording obtained by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“We want to be in a position where we’re ready, we’re prepared enough, ready enough that we can take advantage of whatever chaos, power vacuum, that might emerge,” he tells the prospects, NBC News reports of the SPLC’s chilling tapes.
“We want to try and fill that power vacuum and take advantage of the chaos.”
The SPLC, which monitors hate groups, has amassed 80 hours of tapes involving the white supremacist group and its leader, Nazzaro, NBC says.
On the tapes, the U.S.-born Nazzaro says he runs