In a bizarre new case in central Florida, 10 white supremacists who have allegedly been stockpiling weapons in preparation for a "coming race war" were recently rounded up by authorities. The group, which has been training with AK-47s and hunkering down in a home base of sorts, was reportedly ready and willing to invoke violence.
According to authorities, those individuals arrested were planning to kill minorities, immigrants and Jews. The group, the St. Cloud, Florida, chapter American Front, was laying the groundwork to re-launch its activities and was even considering planning a purported assault on Orlando City Hall in hopes of attracting new adherents.
Additionally, members allegedly planned to counter-protest during a local May Day event, using makeshift weapons that doubled as signs (it is unclear whether they actually attended the event as planned). The Daily Mail reports that they were even considering using ricin, a deadly tool that the U.S. government deems a weapon of mass destruction (WMD).
The Anti-Defamation League provides more information about the American Front:
The American Front is a racist skinhead group that is active in several states around the country. The group espouses an anti-Semitic, white supremacist ideology and disseminates its message in public events that demonize Jews, immigrants, and other minorities. Before the current leader took the helm of the group in 2002, American Front was unusual in that it espoused “Third Positionist” beliefs, a peculiar blend of right-wing extremism that rejects both capitalism and communism in favor of an ill-defined “third way.”
The group had apparently been holding "mandatory" practice sessions at its home base (a secluded home owned by Marcus, 39, and Patricia Faella, 36, the so-called leaders of the skinhead group). The home is allegedly five miles from the nearest paved road, which allowed members to train with weapons and to do so without being noticed.
Marcus purportedly told trainees to picture the heads of African Americans when they stared at gun targets. The central tenet of his beliefs -- and the group's for that matter -- is that a race war is coming. Thus, the men and women were working diligently to be prepared. The Daily Mail continues:
Faella believed there was an inevitable race war coming and he saw American Front as being the protectors of the 'white race.' And he wanted to be ready.
He fortified his compound with railroad timbers, cement pilings and barbed wire. He cut gun-ports in the sides of his trailer so he and others stick their rifles through. He and the other members stockpiled weapons and ammunition and military MREs -- 'meals ready-to-eat.'
Some of his followers carried sharpened screwdrivers as weapons -- deadly in a fight, but wouldn't get them arrested if they were stopped by the police, according to authorities.
Faella believed he and his white-power followers had been too quiet for too long and they were planning to recapture headlines and leap back into public attention.
The Orlando Sentinel provides some of the other startling accusations being waged against the group:
- In November 2010, Marcus Faella "began intently expressing his vision to create an 'Aryan Compound' where all the AF members could live when the United States government fails."
- On Feb. 28, during one of several "mandatory" firearms-training sessions detailed in the affidavit, Faella "started planning to cause a disturbance at City Hall in Orlando." He allegedly explained that the group had been "dormant" for too long and wanted to attract media attention for recruiting.
- On March 17, a member was tasked with infiltrating another skinhead group that opposes racial prejudice. Faella also discussed targeting members of that group for an ambush.
So far, 10 members of the organization have been arrested on charges of criminal conspiracy and committing hate crimes. Prosecutors maintain that the American front is a "domestic terror group" and that its activities must be contained.
The Daily Mail provides a detailed list of the additional charges that some of the members are facing.
(H/T: Gateway Pundit)