In the wake of Donald Trump’s shocking election, “white supremacists and other domestic extremists” have been joining law enforcement agencies across the United States, according to a classified FBI counterterrorism document obtained by The Intercept.
According to the report, the FBI’s domestic terrorism task force is focused on “militia extremists, white supremacist extremists, and sovereign citizen extremists” who have been identified as active links to law enforcement officers.
The FBI’s document acknowledges that “despite the evident threat posed by these right-wing extremists, law enforcement has failed to develop proper ways to combat, or even address the systemic issue.”
“No centralized recruitment process or set of national standards exists for the 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States, many of which have deep historical connections to racist ideologies. As a result, state and local police, as well as sheriff’s departments present ample opportunities for white supremacists and other right-wing extremists looking to expand their power base,” The Intercept wrote.
A heavily redacted memo released by the FBI reveals that white supremacy groups have a history intending to infiltrate law enforcement agencies. The memo contained many redactions, but noted “ghost skins,” or individuals who mask their personal beliefs in order to integrate with society, while still secretly advancing their ideologies.
“In at least one case, the FBI learned of a skinhead group encouraging ghost skins to seek employment with law enforcement agencies in order to warn crews of any investigations,” The Intercept reported.
The report came about after widespread instances of abuse, including a local sheriff’s department that formed a neo-Nazi gang that consistently terrorized black and latino communities, and a police detective in Chicago rumored to be a KKK member that tortured at least 120 black men throughout his career, to name a few.
The inclusion of self-described white supremacist Steve Bannon to the highest levels of the government has fueled speculation that a white supremacist agenda could be in the works.