(Ken Silva, Headline USA) A transgender ex neo-Nazi, who is also a former government informant with connections to the Oklahoma City bombing, is pushing for the U.S. government to provide him with permanent facial hair removal – the latest development in the convicted terrorist’s ongoing lawsuit to receive a sex change.
Inmate Peter Langan, who resides in a female correctional facility and now goes by the first name Donna, initially sued the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons in September 2021, claiming that the government was “violating the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment by not providing gender confirmation surgery.”
The BOP responded to Langan’s lawsuit by agreeing to provide the biological male with a sex change. Prison officials put out a request for bids in September to find a surgeon to perform the task.
But a court filing on Dec. 20 uncovered by Headline USA reveals that the parties may be in disagreement over whether Langan’s sex change will include facial hair removal.
“Plaintiff has requested BOP provide permanent facial hair removal as a form of treatment for gender dysphoria. BOP has not yet determined its position with regard to that request,” the parties said in a joint status report.
The parties asked a federal judge to postpone the case for 90 days as the BOP decides whether facial hair removal will be included for Langan. Judge Dabney L. Friedrich granted the request, postponing a hearing on the matter until March 21. The judge ordered the parties to file another joint status report on or before March 14.
Langan has been a champion of sorts for the transgender movement in recent years, being featured in publications such as The Intercept for his litigation with the BOP over gender issues. He has reportedly disavowed his white supremacist past.
But as the former leader of the Aryan Republican Army – a neo-Nazi group of bank robbers who helped fund domestic terrorism with the proceeds of their crimes – Langan remains connected to the deadliest domestic terrorist attack in American history, the Oklahoma City bombing. These connections are thoroughly documented in court records, as well as by criminologist Mark Hamm in his 2001 book about the ARA, In Bad Company: America’s Terrorist Underground.
An avowed neo-Nazi by the early 1990s, Langan was imprisoned for armed robbery. But the U.S. Secret Service intervened to release him from prison to make him an informant, so that he could help track down a fellow neo-Nazi who had been plotting to kill President George H.W. Bush and incoming President Bill Clinton.
It was an offer Langan couldn’t refuse—except he did. When the Secret Service let Langan loose, he went rogue and disappeared with the man he was supposed to help apprehend.
Langan went on to declare war on the U.S. government and formed the ARA with the goal of robbing banks to fund the Aryan Nations and other neo-Nazi extremist groups. To that end, the ARA was one of the most prolific gangs of the twentieth century, robbing at least twenty-two banks in the mid-90s before its members were apprehended in 1996.
When he was arrested, Langan told authorities that his fellow ARA members were involved in the OKC bombing, which killed 168 people, including 19 children.
During his trial for his role in the bank robberies, Langan subpoenaed ARA associate Mark Thomas to testify about another ARA member’s connections to the OKC bombing.
“Thomas was prepared to take the stand and reveal that [fellow ARA member Kevin McCarthy] had assisted McVeigh,” Hamm wrote in In Bad Company.
“A week before Thomas was scheduled to testify, however, he was indicted in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, thus cancelling his appearance at the Langan trial. With that, Kevin McCarthy became a protected government asset, and the FBI abandoned the entire McVeigh-ARA connection.”
Langan was convicted of five bank robbery-related charges in 1997, and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. His cohorts received lighter sentences, including just five years for McCarthy (as part of a plea deal where he testified against Langan).
That didn’t stop Langan from trying to reveal the ARA-OKC connections about six years later, this time in the state trial of Terry Nichols, who helped McVeigh construct the Ryder Truck bomb but wasn’t in Oklahoma on the day of the attack.
Prosecutors objected to Nichols using Langan as a defense witness to testify about the ARA-OKC connections. At a hearing over the matter, FBI agent John Hersley testified that it was impossible for McCarthy to be involved in the bombing because he was in Iowa on April 19, 1995.
Langan tried once more to introduce evidence about the ARA’s connections to the OKC bombing by filing a sworn court statement in a lawsuit by Utah attorney Jesse Trentadue, who had been suing the FBI for records about the bombing. But Trentadue’s case, too, was dismissed in 2010.
In his book In Bad Company, Hamm explained the likely reason why the U.S. government has ignored Langan’s allegations about the OKC bombing.
“According to Pete, the government needed witnesses to nail the coffin shut on the Langan case. The government was therefore willing to overlook McCarthy’s involvement in the Oklahoma City bombing in order to make their case against Langan. As egotistical as this sounds, it cannot be denied that this is a common tactic of government prosecutors,” Hamm wrote.
“Yet the real problem for the government, Langan concluded, was the embarrassing fact that the Secret Service had sprung him from jail back in 1993; after that, of course, he went on to form the Aryan Republican Army. And the weight of the evidence suggests that the Aryan Republican Army did, in the final analysis, play a direct role in the plot to bomb the Oklahoma City federal building.”
Ken Silva is a staff writer at Headline USA. Follow him at twitter.com/jd_cashless.