Well over a decade ago, the FBI warned of the potential consequences — including bias — of white supremacist groups infiltrating local and state law enforcement, indicating it was a significant threat to national security.
According to (pbs.org), in a 2006 bulletin, the FBI detailed the threat of white nationalists and skinheads infiltrating police to disrupt investigations against fellow members and recruit other supremacists.
The bulletin was released during a period of scandal for many law enforcement agencies throughout the country, including a neo-Nazi gang formed by members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department who harassed black and Latino communities.
Similar investigations revealed officers and entire agencies with hate group ties in Illinois, Ohio, and Texas. (pbs.org).
To date, I know of no real plan which has been put in place to deal effectively with this dangerous scourge.
According to the (pbs.org) article, the bulletin, though heavily redacted, identified white supremacists in law enforcement as a concern, because of their access to both “restricted areas vulnerable to sabotage” and elected officials or people who could be seen as “potential targets for violence.” The memo also warned of “ghost skins,” hate group members who don’t overtly display their beliefs to “blend into society and covertly advance white supremacist causes.”
Since that report has been issued, countless people of color have been killed by American Police. The vast majority of those killed have been African-American, male though women are not exempt.
No one really knows the exact number of unarmed people who have been killed by so-called law enforcement because there are no requirements for law enforcement to give an accounting to the FBI when they have encounters with members of the public, which ends with fatalities.
Despite those warnings, the then FBI Director, James Comey, told police officers at a national conference that because of insufficient data on the use of force, “Americans actually have no idea” whether racial bias in policing is really an epidemic.
At the time Comey made those comments, a lot of things came full circle in my mind.
For years before Comey’s statements, I wondered, sometimes aloud, why African-Americans were delighted when the Feds took over an investigation into abuse of black people.
The FBI — COINTELPRO, comes to mind when I see Black leaders delight at the Feds, taking over an investigation. I never understood why.
Pointing to public outrage over police killings of African-Americans, Comey said “the absence of good information” and data has aided in the growing belief that police officers target particular communities.”
“That is the narrative,” he told attendees of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. “It is a narrative-driven by video images of real misconduct, possible misconduct, and perceived misconduct.”
In other words, the shocking video evidence which shocks our sensibilities over and over again, is not enough to prove that cops do target particular communities. Or, in other words, the black community.
Under Attorney General Eric Holder, the Obama Justice Department did what it could in the time they had to hold some of the police departments with the most egregious complaints against them accountable.
Under Trump, the Justice Department, headed by Jefferson Beauregard Sessions 111, walked back many, if not most, of those gains.
So it came as no surprise when we learned this.
Coast Guard officer arrested, was planning ‘to kill almost every last person on earth.
Prosecutors say Lt. Christopher Hasson, 49 aU.S. Coast Guard officer, an avowed white nationalist, and drug addict, has been arrested and charged with being a domestic terrorist intending to murder as many innocent civilians as possible.
According to a motion to detain him pending trial, agents of the FBI Baltimore Field Office and the Coast Guard Investigative Service on Friday, February 15, charged Hasson with firearms and drug charges.
Now, this guy is also a drug addict who authorities say is on the drug Tramadol. He allegedly dreams of killing everyone on earth but was quite willing to start with journalists like Chris Hayes and Ari Melber of (MSNBC)and Democrats he called traitors, including Virginia Senator Tim Kaine. Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and others. He also said he wanted to gather and stockpile guns, food, disguises, and survival supplies.
That was not just a fantasy; he actually gathered some of the things he said he wanted to gather, so we have to presume that he would have made good on his intentions if he was not stopped.
This brings us to the million-dollar question.
“If they are in the Sheriff’s departments and other police departments in the armed forces, what exactly is the level of threat they pose to the country.
What exactly is the threat level to people of color or people with whom they disagree politically or differ racially?
Literally every week, there is a mass shooting somewhere in the United States. The vast majority of those shootings are done by some white guy who has some beef with everybody else.
Never mind that, the emphasis is on ripping babies from their parents because those parents are running from violent death.
The emphasis is on criminalizing people for smoking or selling pot and deporting them.
Others are swept up in mass raids, criminalized, and their lives ruined anyway.
In the meantime, the mass hysteria created around Muslim people is still rampant to the point, even an elected US Representative is unable to speak out against Israel’s aggression against the Palestinian people it has under its bootheels, without being branded an anti-Semite. Who is paying attention to the threat posed by these white homegrown terrorists?
That’s the question.