The American Bear


Prior to departing for his tour in Iraq, Fogarty signed up with the Hammerskin Nation, ‘described by the Anti-Defamation League as the “the most violent and best-organised neo-Nazi skinhead group in the United States”’. Although his girlfriend attempted to thwart his deployment by submitting - to his military superiors - photographs of Fogarty at neo-Nazi rallies and performances of his Nazi rock band, he quickly persevered in front of the military committee assigned to scrutinise the circumstances: ‘I just denied it and said my girlfriend was a spiteful bitch, which is true’. Belén Fernández, Neo-Nazis, gangs and criminals in the US military