The U.S. government continues to insist that white supremacy and the patriot movement are the biggest threats facing the nation. This is despite the growing violence from groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter. Documents such as Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment, portray anyone of a right-wing leaning who supports the second amendment, opposes illegal immigration, or questions government in any way, as potential extremists. Much of the current rhetoric revolves around the January six capital riots as the FBI is now warning Qanon supporters could transition from being “digital soldiers to taking action in the real world” (CNN.com), whatever that means. There is speculation that the FBI played a part in infiltrating and even directing the events (Shiver, 2021) of January six. While this will likely be brushed off as wild conspiracy theory, the FBI has a long, documented history of targeting and infiltrating patriot groups under the illusions they pose a national security threat.
Does the FBI infiltrate different organizations to gather intelligence and/or orchestrate violent events? The term agent provocateur is often used to imply that a federal agent is behind the scenes encouraging acts of violence to make an arrest (Berger, 2012, p. 1). Militia/patriot groups have been in the crosshairs since 1991 when the FBI ran an operation known as PATCON, which was short for patriot conspiracy, from ’91 to ’93 (Berger, 2012, p. 2). The government used the term patriot to describe any group they deemed to be racist, militant, or anti-government (Berger, 2012, p. 2). There is a reasonable expectation that the government, according to Berger (p. 2), needs to investigate groups who espouse potentially violent beliefs and speech. Patriots, and the militia movement, have long been organizing under the beliefs that the government is waging a secret war against the values of the country (imagine that), and are working to strip citizens of their constitutionally protected rights (Berger, 2012, p. 4 ) to usher in global government. In response to this movement, the FBI created its own militia to infiltrate the three groups believed to be preparing for a violent revolution against the government. This group was called the Veterans Aaryan Movement (Berger, 2012, p. 2). While there was a substantial amount of chatter which led the FBI to believe there was a potential for violence, two years of investigations led to nothing that equated to more than first amendment implications (Berger, 2012, p. 4). In fact, later investigations into PATCON revealed that many speeches given by militia members were taken out of context to give the impression that there was an “explicit call to violence” (Berger, 2012, p. 4). This, of course, justified further spending and infiltration tactics, as the possibility of “theoretical crimes” based on speeches given by people the FBI themselves deemed as talkers and not doers, existed (Berger, 2012, p. 3).
The fact of FBI infiltration into the militia/patriot movement reinforced the belief of agent provocateurs. Berger (p. 21) claims that the idea “outstrips reality,” suggesting that it is ridiculous to assume, despite the evidence of infiltrations, that the agents involved would assist their targets in carrying out violent crimes. The result of PATCON was increased paranoia and suspicion of government. Berger (p. 21) claims the term gained popularity to shift blame from someone caught in the act to government agents as the last line of legal defense, which holds no weight. Many people believe that Timothy McVeigh was guided and assisted by agent provocateurs (Berger, 2012, p. 21) as he has a documented history of being in contact with the three groups initially targeted in the PATCON investigations.
Given this brief history of documented FBI infiltration, it stands to reason they may have played a role in the January six riots. There is evidence that the capital riots took on a similar demeanor to the alleged kidnapping of Governor Whitmer (D-MI) (Nal, 2021), as the same groups implicated in January, Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, and the Three Percenters, were involved in the plot to overthrow the Michigan state capital. According to Nal (2021), five of the fourteen people involved were FBI informants. This comes as no surprise as it was revealed in March that a Proud Boys leader by the name of Joe Biggs, who was involved in the January six event, was also an FBI informant (Verum, 2021). This is not the first time leaders of so-called right-wing movements would be exposed as provocateurs. Josh Kessler (WND), organizer of the 2017 Unite the Right rally attended by groups like The Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer, was exposed as being an Obama Supporter and an organizer of the Occupy Wallstreet protests. While there is no proof, this suggests he was possibly acting as an informant to discredit the patriot movement.
There are other instances of agent provocateur activity. For example, in 2017 the FBI recruited a developmentally disabled teenager from Oklahoma City, who allegedly identified as a member of the Three Percenters, and coaxed him into bombing a bank (Agorist, 2021). According to the boy’s parents, who took the story national, the FBI provided their son with everything he needed, including a fake bomb, to carry out what he believed to be, a legitimate bombing. In yet another instance, FBI agents were exposed posing as Militia members during the Oregon mining standoff (Vibes, 2016). These agents were seen harassing locals and hanging around the local armory in an attempt to discredit the patriot movement in the eyes of the public.
Government attempts to infiltrate patriot groups and implicating them in acts of terror have equated to nothing more than mistrust of government. Every time a mass shooting occurs, for example, it is believed the shooter was a proxy of some kind, and the event was staged to push the gun control agenda. This theory is not thought up by paranoid conspiracy nuts but by a documented history of the FBI staging attacks and arresting the people they groomed to commit them. An article by Peter Aldous, in Buzzfeed News, shows another instance of the FBI providing fake bombs and stinger missiles to a Muslim individual who was known to be a Jew-hater. Even the judge acknowledged this individual could not have carried out this plot without the FBI’s planning. Drawing on a correlation to Berger’s report, Aldous states this type of entrapment is legal provided there is a belief the individual is prone to committing these types of crimes. Berger (p.3) stated all that was needed to justify further infiltration was the belief that theoretical crimes could be committed in the future by the targeted groups. In other words, if the government doesn’t like a particular movement, it is legal for them to coax you into committing a crime if it is theoretically believed you are already inclined to commit one like it. U.S. code 645-entrapment, states that an individual’s willingness to participate in the activity offered by an undercover agent may be considered as a predisposition to committing the act without coercion, justifying the actions of undercover agents.
Government justifies the infiltration of patriot groups based on their own preconceived notions that they pose a threat to national security. Since the early ‘90s, militia groups have been targets of FBI efforts because of their belief that the government is attempting to dismantle the constitution and merge us into a global, communist government. These beliefs are enough to initiate investigations because it can be theorized they may commit a violent crime based on these beliefs. According to federal law, if the government believes an individual or a group is prone to committing a violent act, it is legally justifiable for them to coax you into carrying it out while providing the means to do so. The DHS report Rightwing Extremism:
Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment, labels everyone of a right-wing leaning as being “potentially radicalized.” Specifically, it mentions those who believe the government is working to dismantle the second amendment. The government is actively working to undermine gun rights. As the pro-2A movement grows in opposition to this agenda, the government has the manufactured justification, in the form of this report, to suspect that such groups may be prone to committing violent crimes. Based on the information presented in this article, it is justifiable in the eyes of the government, to coax any one of the groups listed in the DHS report into committing a crime because they are already viewed as being “potentially radicalized.” When it comes to the Capital riots and the Q phenomenon, there must be some consideration that it is a deliberately orchestrated plan to discredit the patriot movement in the eyes of the public. Patriotic Americans are the only thing standing in the way of the U.S. being completely absorbed into a global government. Presenting them as terrorists and white supremacists who are willing to storm the capital in defense of their racist president is certainly a way to achieve that.
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Agorist, M. (2017, August 17) Busted: Parents caught FBI in plot to force mentally ill son to be a rightwing terrorist. Freethoughtproject.com
Aldous, P. (2015, November 17) How the FBI invents terror plots to catch wannabe Jihadi’s. Buzzfeednews.com
Berger, J.M. (2012) The FBI’s secret war against the patriot movement, and how infiltration tactics relate to radicalizing influences. New America Foundation: National Security Studies Program Policy Paper
Read: FBI warning to lawmakers that Qanon conspiracy theorists may become more violent. (2021) CNN.com
Shiver, P. (2021, June 17) Tucker Carlson claims FBI agents almost certainly helped plot the January 6 capital siege. TheBlaze.com
Setup? Man behind white supremacist rally supported Obama. (2017) WND
Nal, R. (2021, June 17) Whitmer kidnapping plot crumbles; shocking January 6 parallels. Rairfoundation.com
Verum, R. (2021, March 31) Joe Biggs: Another Proud Boys leader exposed as FBI informant. Patriotsoapbox.com
Vibes, J. (2016, January 14) Oregon fire chief catches FBI agents posing as militia, quits his job in protest. Freethoughtproject.com