A soldier who was arrested and kicked out of the Army stated that he enlisted to improve his ability to kill Black people.
Killian Ryan, a former paratrooper, was apprehended and discharged from the military on August 26. According to reports, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force discovered Ryan’s ties to white supremacy and threats of violence against Black people on social media. He was charged with perjury on his security clearance application.
“I serve for combat experience so I can be more proficient in killing n—-s,” Ryan wrote on May 27, 2021, in a social media post.
According to federal prosecutors, Ryan used social media to communicate with “racially motivated extremists.” Before enlisting, his personal email address was “NaziAce1488,” a reference to Adolf Hitler and a common white supremacy symbol. When he was released from the Army last month, he was a fire support specialist with the rank of specialist. Ryan was in charge of gathering intelligence and enemy target locations to assist the service in determining where and how to deploy artillery. It necessitates a top-secret security clearance.
“It essentially states that service members are responsible for the content they publish on all personal and public internet domains, including social media sites, blogs, and websites.” “Liking or sharing a post that promotes extremist activity may now be prohibited,” a CNN official said. “Liking something with the intent to promote or endorse is against the policy.”
Authorities launched an investigation into Ryan’s social media activity after he allegedly stated on the app that he had not been in contact with his father, who was imprisoned for more than ten years for auto theft and drug charges. Investigators discovered that he had been communicating for the previous ten years and had an account with the username Sigurd, a German literary figure adopted by white supremacists.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, the number 1488 in Ryan’s email address is a combination of two popular white supremacist numeric symbols. According to the ADL, 14 stands for 14 words: “We must ensure the survival of our people and a future for white children.” Because H is the eighth letter of the alphabet, the number symbol 88 stands for “Heil Hitler.”
According to Pentagon press secretary John Kirby, the new policy “preserves a service member’s right of expression to the greatest extent possible, while also balancing the need for good order and discipline.”
According to military.com, Ryan was discharged from the Army for DUI offenses, despite the fact that drunk driving does not normally result in separation. An anonymous source told reporters that it was the simplest way to get rid of Ryan.
According to reports, after the January 2021 Capitol riot, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made combating extremism in the military a top priority. According to CNN, at least 95 of those charged in the riot were members of the military.
According to reports, Ryan was asked on the clearance questionnaire whether he had ever advocated for terrorist acts. The question was part of the Pentagon’s new vetting procedure. Ryan was assigned to Fort Bragg in December 2021 after completing basic training in May 2020. He was not called up.
The Pentagon updated its guidance, clarifying its definition of extremist activity, the same month Ryan began his post at Fort Bragg. It also included guidelines for social media activity.