A U.S. Army veteran who spent 10 years in secret at the Ku Klux Klan said authorities needed to eradicate members of domestic terrorist organizations from law enforcement agencies.
Joseph Moore Said The Associated Press revealed his efforts to infiltrate two clan organizations in North Florida, where he helped thwart two murder plans and recruited members for law enforcement positions. Moore was able to help the FBI identify Clansman, a law enforcement officer in Florida and Georgia.
“If you want to know why people don’t trust the Police, it’s because there are relatives and friends who happen to be targeted by militants who have badges and guns, and I’m this. I know what happened as a fact. I stopped the law enforcement officer’s murder plan, “Moore told The Associated Press.
In his efforts, Moore stopped the plot to kill a black man by three members of the Florida branch of the Ku Klux Klan’s Traditional American Knights. The three men were current and former prison officers, among other groups of prison officers at the Reception and Medical Center in Lake Butler, Florida.
When Moore attended the Clan Conference, he often wore wires, sometimes captured videos, and kept a record of license plate numbers registered with the law enforcement officers in attendance.
Moore said he had found dozens of police officers, prison officers, deputy sheriffs, and other law enforcement officers involved in the Clan and outlaw motorcycle clubs. Moore identified a detainee to Wayne Kirschner of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office while infiltrating the United Knights of the North and South of the KKK in North Florida.
Kirschner, who had worked in a Gainesville prison for four years, confirmed that he was a member of the clan when investigated by investigators. He admitted to writing on the KKK blog and defended it as a faith-based organization, FOX News reported. Moore also stopped the plot by members of the chapter to kill Hispanic men.
“Neither of these institutions can control it because the intelligence is deployed from where I was sitting. It’s more general and consequential than any of them are trying to admit. “Moore said.
According to the FBI, domestic terrorism is “performed by individuals and / or groups to further enhance the idealistic goals that result from domestic influences, such as the effects of political, religious, social, racial, or environmental qualities. It is a violent criminal act.
The FBI has a page recording some of its activities in the fight against violence by the KKK dating back to 1915.
“The white supremacist group has historically engaged in strategic efforts to infiltrate and hire law enforcement agencies,” the FBI writes. Authorities said some law enforcement agencies are volunteering for “expert resources for the cause of the white supremacists they sympathize with.”
Moore said he had never adopted the racist ideology of the clan while masking. He said he refrained from using racial slurs. The AP confirmed that while reviewing the FBI’s records, he had never heard Moore use derogatory terms.
The Florida Correctional Bureau has denied allegations of broader ties and systematic issues with white supremacist groups. The department’s spokeswoman, Michelle Grady, said all allegations of misconduct were being investigated by an inspector general of the authorities.
“Every day, more than 18,000 prison officers work as civil servants throughout the state, working to secure the Florida community. They are honored by the isolated actions of three people who committed abominable misconduct a few years ago. Should not be damaged, “said an email statement to the Associated Press.
Moore said the department’s statement was inaccurate, based on the number of active clan members he identified and the number of members applying to the agency.
The FBI has warned for more than a decade that white supremacist groups are trying to saturate law enforcement. In a 2006 bulletin, federal agencies warned of hating “ghost skins,” or group members who didn’t openly show their beliefs in order to “blend into society and secretly advance the cause of white supremacists.” Did.
Moore repeatedly said he was afraid of his life while masking. Since the end of the FBI’s operations, he and his family have adopted new names and have lived a secret life to protect them.
He is afraid that the clan may one day retaliate against him. He told AP that people associated with the clan have appeared in his house in recent months. He has increased security at home and has a gun wherever he goes.
Moore, who already has mental health problems, said he must also deal with the psychological sacrifices of his encounter during Operation Clan.
“We had to change the name. We tried to move, we kept our address secret. But there are people who have the investigative ability to track us. First, they revealed our name, “Moore said.
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