May 8, 2012
A raid conducted by federal authorities and local law enforcement in Florida is being used to portray anti-government sentiment as dangerous and potentially violent.
“Hate crime” suspects appear to have been produced by central casting at the FBI.
The FBI raided what it describes as a paramilitary camp in Osceola County over the weekend. Investigators told the media ten people were arrested on hate crime charges. The suspects are said to be members of the American Front, a white supremacist group. According to WFTV in Orlando, the group “is known as a domestic terrorist organization.”
“WFTV learned that investigators believe the group was involved in paramilitary training that included weapons like AK-47′s and they also trained in hand-to-hand combat for a coming race war,” the news station reports.
The group figures prominently in A Homeland Security Model for Assessing US Domestic Threats and is described by the ADL as a “racist skinhead group that is active in several states around the country.”
The federal government has a documented history of creating racist groups. In 1991, the FBI invented a group called the Veterans Aryan Movement. It was part of PATCON, the code-name for “Patriot Conspiracy,” a government operation that targeted not only racist groups but also “ultra-libertarian” and Second Amendment activists who “have found common cause in their suspicion and fear of the federal government,” according to J. M. Berger.
Under COINTELPRO, the FBI infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan, Minutemen, Nazis, and other racist groups. In the mid-1970s, the Senate’s Church Committee revealed that during the 1960s more than a quarter of all Klan members were FBI agents or informants and many of them acted as provocateurs and actively engaged in violence.
During the trial of the racist radio talk show host Hal Turner it was revealed that he was a prized “national security intelligence” asset who attempted to incite and goad others into racist and violent activity. His code name was “Valhalla” and “he received thousands of dollars from the FBI to report on such groups as the Aryan Nations and the white supremacist National Alliance, and even a member of the Blue Eyed Devils skinhead punk band,” according to The Record.
It is entirely possible American Front will be revealed as another government operation designed to demonize the growing patriot movement, Second Amendment activists, and “ultra-libertarians” calling for the federal government to follow and obey the Constitution.
The raid in Florida coincides with efforts by the government to exploit the Treyvon Martin case and inflame racial tensions as the election approaches. It also represents an escalation of the effort to characterize “right-wing extremists” as domestic terrorists.