James Mason

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James Nolan Mason (born 25 July 1952) is the author of the 1992 book Siege.


When he was 14 years old he began communicating with George Lincoln Rockwell's American Nazi Party and became a youth member until his 18th birthday when he was sworn into the renamed National Socialist White People's Party. In the 1970s he was associated with the National Socialist Liberation Front, although not officially a member.[1] In the early 1980s, following the advice of Charles Manson, Mason founded the Universal Order, which grew out of the National Socialist Liberation Front. Not only did Manson suggest the name, but he also designed the logo used by the group, a swastika superimposed over the scales of justice. As its leaders, Universal Order recognized a lineage of Adolf Hitler, George Lincoln Rockwell, Joseph Tommasi, and Charles Manson. It later focused on presenting a neo-National Socialist perspective on the paranormal. Mason had previously been affiliated with the Church of Satan, a satanist organization founded by the Jewish Anton LaVey.[2][3]

Mason edited, wrote, and published a newsletter titled Siege throughout the early to mid-1980s. Its contents were edited and published by Michael Moynihan in book form as Siege: The Collected Writings of James Mason. Mason advocated leaderless resistance. He arranged for his papers and political materials to go to the University of Kansas Library.

Mason was arrested in the spring of 1994 and charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Mason struck a plea bargain, and was convicted of weapons charges.

The Atomwaffen Division has been stated to have been influenced by Mason, Siege, and leaderless resistance.[4]

External link


  1. The Cultic Milieu: Oppositional Subcultures in an Age of Globalization, edited by Jeffrey Kaplan, Heléne Lööw, page 243
  2. James Mason with Peter Gilmore (Church of Satan)
  4. Vanilla ISIS: Turn Off the Lights And James Mason Will Glow