White supremacists are trying to join the ranks of law enforcement and the military so they can ‘terrorize minorities’ and ‘initiate a collapse of society’, the FBI has warned.
The agency’s San Antonio branch said right-wing extremists sought to join the two in an effort to ‘further’ their ideologies.
Their findings were based on investigations from 2016 to 2020 and were first reported by ABC who had access to a leaked copy of the report.
The report says white supremacists would ‘very likely seek affiliation with military and law enforcement entities in furtherance of’ their ideas.
White supremacists are targeting the military and law enforcement to learn how to terrorize minorities and ‘to prepare for and initiate a collapse of society, the FBI has warned in a leaked document. FBI Director Christopher Wray last week labeled the January riot at the U.S. Capitol, pictured, as ‘domestic terrorism’
The February 25 report, which was handed out in Texas and across the US, focuses on white-supremacist publication ‘Siege’.
It reads: ‘In the long term, FBI San Antonio assesses [racially motivated violent extremists] successfully entering military and law enforcement careers almost certainly will gain access to non-public tradecraft and information, enabling them to enhance operational security and develop new tactics in and beyond the FBI San Antonio.’
The report’s authors say their findings are ‘based on evidence [extremists] expressed a desire to join the military and law enforcement primarily to obtain tradecraft to prepare for and initiate a collapse of society, specifically by engaging in violence against the US government and specified racial and ethnic groups.
‘Online peers encouraged them to seek these careers and [extremists] built relationships with associates seeking military employment, focusing on the associates’ current and future martial skills.’
A man waves a Confederate flag in Graham, N.C. in November last year. The FBI’s San Antonio branch said right-wing extremists sought to join law enforcement and the military in an effort to ‘further’ their ideologies
The FBI findings were based on investigations from 2016 to 2020 and were first reported by ABC who had access to a leaked copy of the report. The Ku Klux Klan protests on July 8, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia
FBI Director Christopher Wray last week labeled the January riot at the U.S. Capitol as ‘domestic terrorism’.
Wray said the number of arrests of white supremacists and other racially motivated extremists has almost tripled.
A Pentagon report released last Tuesday said domestic extremist groups pose a serious threat to the military by seeking to recruit service members into their ranks and, in some cases, joining the military to acquire combat experience.
‘Military members are highly prized by these groups as they bring legitimacy to their causes and enhance their ability to carry out attacks,’ the report said.
‘In addition to potential violence, white supremacy and white nationalism pose a threat to the good order and discipline within the military.’
Rep. Jamie Raskin said the report shows how the ‘FBI’s failure to level with the American people about organized racist infiltration of law enforcement is having dangerous and deadly consequences’.
He added: ‘When we asked the FBI last year to testify about white supremacists executing plans to infiltrate law enforcement entities across America, the bureau refused and told us it had no evidence that racist infiltration was a problem.
‘Now, the January insurrection – and the growing evidence of off-duty law enforcement officers being involved in the attack on Congress – and this newly leaked report confirm in my mind that the FBI’s failure to level with the American people about organized racist infiltration of law enforcement is having dangerous and deadly consequences.’
A Pentagon report released last Tuesday said domestic extremist groups pose a serious threat to the military by seeking to recruit service members into their ranks and, in some cases, joining the military to acquire combat experience. The Capitol riot is pictured
Raskin, who is the chairman of the House Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, said: ‘We are continuing to press the FBI for information about how it plans to counteract the contagion of white supremacist infiltration of law enforcement bodies.
‘The FBI must answer specifically for what it is doing to combat white supremacist infiltration of law enforcement. It must work to root out officers who seek state power to terrorize our communities under color of law.’
An FBI spokesperson did not comment on the contents of the report but said in a statement: ‘FBI field offices routinely share information with their local law enforcement partners to assist in protecting the communities they serve.’
Jessica Watkins, 38, leader of far-right ‘Oath Leaders’ group charged with conspiring to storm the Capitol claims she was in Washington D.C. on January 6 to provide security for the Trump rally before the riot
A leader of the far-right ‘Oath Keepers’ group and an Afghanistan war veteran who was charged in the Capitol riots said she was in Washington, D.C. last month to provide security at the Trump rally and meet with Secret Service agents.
Jessica Watkins, a 38-year-old transgender woman, is one of nine associates of the far-right anti-government group charged for conspiring to storm the Capitol to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s election victory.
She has been detained since mid-January.
Court filings revealed Saturday that Watkins is claiming she was only in D.C. on January 6 to help with security for speakers at the Trump rally that took place right before the Capitol storming.
She is also claiming the United States Secret Service was aware of her assisting in security efforts near the White House that day.
Prosecutors allege Watkins, an Afghanistan war veteran, entered the Capitol building illegally.
The ‘Oath Keeper’ leader pleaded not guilty to the conspiracy charges.
According to the indictment, Watkins arrived at the Capitol with communication devices, reinforced vests, camouflage helmets and goggles. Prosecutors claim she forcibly entered the Capitol ‘with a line of individuals wearing Oath Keeper clothing, patches, and insignia.’
Then on Sunday it was reported a member of the far-right group Proud Boys was in contact with an associate of the Trump White House in the days leading up to the MAGA riot at the United States Capitol on January 6, it has been claimed.
A law enforcement official said to be familiar with the details of the investigation told The New York Times that the contacts were uncovered thanks to cell phone records and location data.
Watkins (pictured here during the Capitol siege last month, is one of the nine ‘Oath Keepers’ charged with planning the attack. She claims Secret Service were aware of her helping with security at the Trump rally before the riots