National Socialist Movement Stormtrooper Vito Lombardi, whose real name is Thomas Coletto, and who had previously proclaimed fervent and undying loyalty to the Cause in this Stormfront thread, has suddenly denounced the organization and departed its ranks, according to a story posted on the Phoenix New Times. A comment posted under the name of Thomas Coletto confirms this story:
Thomas Coletto says:
Thank you very much for meeting with me and giving me a chance to change my ways and separate myself from hate groups, and racist groups forever. I hope people can realize or understand, I never hated anyone, or wish harm on anyone. I want to move on with my life now. I appologize to anyone who I have offended or hurt with my small appearance with the National Socialist Movement. I was in bed with the devil, satanism is real, satanism has a large following in the National Socialist Movement. If you are young like me reading this, please learn from my many mistakes.
Posted On: Tuesday, Jun. 9 2009 @ 3:34PM
It appears that parental disapproval pushed him over the edge. After a May 2nd rally in Phoenix in which Coletto played a prominent role, and which he discussed on this other Stormfront thread under a different nickname, Coletto's parents, who apparently have dispproved of his pro-White activities for quite a while, finally gave him an ultimatum: End his affair with the swastika or hit the bricks. He chose the mean streets of Phoenix, and, with temperatures now topping 100F+ every day, that lasted all of 24 hours. "It was the biggest wakeup call," Coletto explained. "When you hit rock bottom, you wake up." So he bailed.
But not without taking some parting shots. In a letter posted on Stephen Lemon's Feathered Bastard blog apologizing to the greater Phoenix community for his actions, Coletto alleges that his former superior, NSM Arizona unit leader Scott Hume (alias, "Shawn Hughes," alias "Kevin James") attempted to "push Satanism" on him and asked Coletto to "accept a Nazi demon," during some late night chat sessions. Coletto also states in the letter that Hume has "a satanic symbol tattooed on his upper back."
Lemons called Hume and sent him e-mails, to which he didn't reply. However, the next day, national NSM Commander Jeff Schoep e-mailed Lemons, informing Lemons that "NSM members have been advised not to answer your questions," and that Coletto had signed some sort of non-disclosure agreement with NSM. The NSM has posted no official reaction on either their national site or on the NSM Arizona site.
Coletto also attempts to dismiss NSM Arizona as being ineffectual, claiming they were little more than "20 guys that go to bars". But more disturbingly, during one of his conversations with Stephen Lemons, Coletto attempted to out a local White activist he once met at a white power BBQ who claimed to work in the Maricopa County Attorney's Office as a clerk or secretary. While Coletto couldn't remember the guy's name, he described the activist as thin, with a pony tail and glasses.
The latter is serious business. If Coletto wants to bail out of the Cause, that's one thing. But if he intends to out activists, then that is completely unacceptable. This guy is clearly poison and all White activists need to avoid him. It should also be noted that Coletto has yet to mature into a completely responsible adult and has an unstable past. In 2008, Coletto pleaded guilty to criminal damage in a 2007 incident that involved swiping chemicals from his high school such as ammonium nitrate, the same compound used by Timothy McVeigh in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, although the presence of other bombs in the Murrah Building reinforce the notion that McVeigh was used as a patsy. Cops and journos said Coletto and his pals were plotting a Columbine-type attack on Desert Mountain High School. Coletto contends it was all juvenile hijinks misinterpreted by authorities.
But Thomas Coletto should not be considered representative of the NSM. More typical is the example of the NSM Springfield Unit, which is running an Adopt-A-Highway program in their hometown. In addition, the NSM mounted one of their best rallies yet in St. Louis on April 18th in commemoration of their 35th anniversary, although the presence of the controversial Cliff Herrington attracted some criticism. Jeff Schoep considers religion a personal matter for individual NSM members, so undoubtedly a few might be Satanists. It is not considered a problem as long as it doesn't interfere with their activism and bring discredit upon the organization. Coletto appears to be too unstable of an individual to provide a truly credible picture of the NSM.