FBI Raids “Domestic Terrorist” Camp in Florida
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.
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.