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Racist Skinhead Leaders Arrested in Florida Conspiracy

By Mark Potok on May 7, 2012 - 12:21 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Racist Skinheads

Three Florida leaders of the American Front, a California-based group of racist skinheads known for its predilection for violence, have been arrested on conspiracy and hate crime charges, along with four other members of the gang.

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Two of the leaders — Marcus Faella and his wife Patricia Faella — were arrested on Friday, while the third, Mark McGowan, was picked up over the weekend, as were the four lower-ranking group members. The three leaders were charged with instructing another person in the use of firearms or explosives while knowing that they would be used “in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder in the United States.”

Officials in Florida initially offered few details of the arrests or the alleged conspiracy. But a source close to the investigation said they are, in effect, the second round in a major, ongoing investigation.

In late March, the Orange County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office in Orlando announced the arrests of six people who belonged to or were associated with the Outlaws motorcycle club or the 1st SS Kavallerie Brigade Motorcycle Division, a neo-Nazi gang started by former Aryan Nations official August Kreis III. A sheriff’s official said the group wanted to “blow up buildings and houses” and to kill rivals.

The details of the latest alleged plot, and the possible relationship of the American Front members to the SS Kavallerie Brigade and Outlaw groups remains murky. Other American Front members arrested today include Diane Stevens, Kent McLellan, Paul Jackson and Jennifer McGowan, the wife of Mark McGowan.

The American Front was started in the late 1980s. It became a well-known group in the early 1990s, but was associated with a large amount of violence, which may have accounted for its fading later in the decade as law enforcement brought several major cases. It saw a major resurgence around 2007 under David Lynch, a charismatic leader in Sacramento, Calif., who was one of the group’s original founders But Lynch was murdered by an unknown attacker in his home on March 2, 2011, and in California, at least, the group has shrunk significantly since that time. Now, most of its activities — and, apparently, most of its members — are in Florida.

The American Front is known to have been associated with the Confederate Hammerskins, another racist skinhead group known for its violence. In 1993, Marcus Faella was the director of the Melbourne, Fla., chapter of that group.

The American Front has a long association with criminal violence. In 1990, John Daly, a member who was secretly Jewish, was nearly killed after group members learned of his background and tried to drown him in the surf in Daytona Beach, Fla. The next year, according to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, police in Beaverton, Ore., found a hit list of Portland law enforcement officers targeted by the group. In 1993, the consortium said, American Front members were implicated in a series of bomb attacks on black, gay and Jewish people. At the time, prosecutors described the attacks as part of an attempt to ignite a race war.

The American Front is officially based in Sacramento, Calif., and last year had chapters in the Florida towns of Lynn Haven and St. Cloud, along with others in the New Jersey cities of Hackensack, Haledon and Roselle.

  • LeftCoastSailor

    The thing is that the powers that be or anyone who wants to bring someone down just need to call whoever theyre against a Nazi, and then youre done. Nazi has to be the worst thing anyone can be called nowadays. The JDL know how to use it to bring anyone down who doesn’t agree with them. I am not a Nazi. But Big Brother just needs to call me one and then my name is defamed forever. The governement spreads so much fear that freedom of speech is no longer tolerated even by liberals that should be fighting harder than anyone to be liberal, to be able to speak freely against a government gone awry. Who’s got the government in check who can smear anyone and stick em in Gitmo if they so choose without trial, without charges, without reason. Isn’t that the definition of behavior most people would associate with the “Nazi’s”???

    Open your minds and open your mouths before its too late!!

  • AnotherDay

    Meanwhile… millions of non-white gangmembers and their associates engage in criminal activities while the economy goes further into the toilet due to free trade, lack of securing national secrets to wield for a competitive economic advantage, massive immigration and the establishment of immigrant networks that blocked natural born citizens (of any race) out of 81% of all new jobs created in Texas and to a lesser extent many other states, etc… etc… etc.. Hope and change, what a joke.

  • Reagan

    Why does everyone get away with racism except for white people? Because white people are the original racists. They enslaved blacks, quarantined Japanese, exterminated Jews. White people invented the fucking term. And as punishment to creating such an ignorant way to judge people is the punishment. Sucks for all the decent white folks who are accused of racism for trivial things. It’s just history. Not saying it’s right, but it’s how it is.

  • ernesto

    why was they arrested and not the new black panthers for hit for hire on george zimmermann. it should be the same. any one that puts a life or death hit on someone should be arrested.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Reynardine,

    I think Josh wanted to corner the world power market, not OVERLOAD the current infrastructure!

  • Reynardine

    Josh and Aron: Why are you leaving out Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas?

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Well said, Josh.

  • Josh

    If Arizona, North Carolina, and Florida teamed up and somehow figured out how to convert idiocy into electricity, they could corner the world market.

  • A.D.M.

    Just so you know, Jason Smith, a socialist named Francois Hollande won the French presidential election. Wow, a socialist being the leader of a country. Scary, isn’t it?

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Nathan,

    You’re obviously referring to the NEW Black Panthers. Watch what you say. The OLD Black Panthers were legitimate. Don’t get them confuse.

    And the reason the New Black Panthers haven’t been arrested is because THEY HAVEN’T DONE ANYTHING ILLEGAL. Are they creeps and thugs? Absolutely. But are they criminals? No.

  • Reynardine

    I see the oligophrenisphere is active.

  • Nathan

    Why haven’t the black panthers been arrested?

  • Reynardine

    Indeed, Ithink, for your further address to Messieurs Goodwin and Stone, I am readying a couple more. Where do I ship them?

  • Reynardine

    Ithink, I never thought of describing the chenovipositing Jason Smith’s IQ in just such terms: I must hand you the palm (and, as I live in Florida, there’ll be plenty more where that came from, too).

  • Ithink

    Larry Goodwin said,
    on May 9th, 2012 at 9:49 am
    WHY HASN’T ERIC HOLDER LABELED THE “NEW BLACK PANTHER PARTY” A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION FOR PUBLICIZING ON NATIONAL TELEVISION A BOUNTY AND I QUOTE “WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE” ON FOX NEWS. IT’S A POLITICAL MOTIVATED SCHEME. BUT YET LET A WHITE MAN SAY THE SAME THINGS OR EVEN TRAIN TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AND THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS. MAKES ME SICK. EQUAL JUSTICE FOR ALL IS WHAT MY THOUGHTS ARE. A PROUD AMERICAN FROM TEXAS.

    ~Paranoid much Mr. David Duke Jr. without the Prozac? Please stop saying proud American from Texas lest everyone think those that live here are schizophrenic, idiotic rednecks of white male privilege and prejucdice not wothy of consideration. And since you seem deprived of any reading comprehension, the SPLC has already mentioned your complaint in three different posts recently here at Hate Watch on the Black Panthers. But its only capital punishment and arrest when a black guy does it right?

    Darin Stone said,
    on May 9th, 2012 at 10:15 am
    @ Larry Goodwin: Don’t you get it? Only white people are racist!
    ~No, not really…buts its the one prejudice and evil behavior that seems to be overhelmingly endorsed and justified by them. Only they can change that, because Lord knows enought of the world’s minorties have tried educating them over and over again as to how this ‘racism’ thing works…

    “Blacks can hang out with ax handles and intimidate voters at polling places.”
    ~Don’t recall when that ever happened or if it did, where the fire hoses, dogs and pepper spray wern’t used to ‘correct’ their civil disobedience. But its okay if the KKK and neo-nazis or their closest political allies of the Tea-publicans do the same with regularity? Typical Reich-Wing hypocrisy!

    “Let a white man do that and see how fast they swoop in to cuff him. This site is populated by commies who hate capitalism, white Christian males, and everything else that conservatives stand for.”
    ~If police actually DID arrest white people for the same crimes committed by all else at the same rates the demographics of prisons and death row would be dramatically different and not in their favor. You don’t REALLY want equal treatment do you. And no, we hate your dirty, underhanded ways and piss-poor logic, hate speech and tendency to fatal violence when you don’t get your way. Try actually being the morally upstanding person you claim to be and smearing actual good conservatives’ names. They have a conscience to keep them in check, try getting one sometime.

    “As a fellow Texan, I too am alert to the double standards that are so obvious to anyone watching. I only came in here to see the reaction to the arrests in Florida and to see if anyone brought up the black panthers. My hat is off you, sir.”
    ~Thank God we live in the same country and not the same plane of reality, I actually have to Pledge of Allegiance and show patriotism to a country I love but would rather not share with Mini-Hitlerites such as yourself…

  • Ithink

    Jason Smith said,
    on May 7th, 2012 at 12:33 pm
    “This is another story designed to link anyone who is a conservative with extremists. 18% of French voters voted for Le Pen. Does that mean that 18% of French are ‘violent skinheads’ or ‘Nazi extremists’? I think not. I could do the same thing. I could start a blog where I write only about stories that match my worldview, screen out the most extreme examples, and try to link them with anyone who is a liberal.”

    Gosh you’d be a lot less annoying if your wern’t so repetitive in your commentary, but for the record you DO essentially write/blog only fictional or at best, half-truth stories conforming to your worldview while utilizing the most extreme and exceptional examples.

    Trouble with the cognitively deficient such as yourself is that, your so called “news sources” are not interested in balance, fairness or objectivity whatsoever, but in making reactionary and fringe political positions seem like mainstream conservatism. There’s no need for you to begin your own hack-eyed, waste-of-cyberspace blog because Fox News, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, Breitbart’s ‘BIG’ sites, WorldnetDaily, The Blaze and a plethora of other wingnut know-nothing entities do it for millions of their helpless dittoheads already. You would be basically another pissed off ‘Pro-White’ parasite preaching to perhaps 10 or 20 others that share your School Zone speed limit I.Q. level when there are, dare I say it, more overblown and effective alternatives for the Reich-Wing persuaded.

    P.S.-YES, those 18% of Frech that voted for LePen and the National are probably are Neo-Nazis, Skinheads, or more likely, Anti-Immigrant Racists (albeit closeted) since that FAR RIGHT political party are merely the French equivalent of the idiocy regularly on display on the American political landscape. Just like when we had Jim Crow and institutionalized slavery and more than 50% of the U.S. ‘agreed’ with it’?; if 99% of people agree that killing and stealing is fine if their mad at someone, doesn’t make it right, either. False equivalency and strawman fallacy much? The mentally unstable appear to be as such…

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “@ Larry Goodwin: Don’t you get it? Only white people are racist! Blacks can hang out with ax handles and intimidate voters at polling places.”

    Please present verifiable evidence that even one white person was intimidated at the polls.

    ” Let a white man do that and see how fast they swoop in to cuff him.”

    No they don’t. Because the white men who do that are usually carrying the handcuffs.

    “This site is populated by commies who hate capitalism, white Christian males, and everything else that conservatives stand for.”

    Well as for the “commie” comment, I would have to say guilty as charged. But I’m a bit confused by your words. You very strongly imply that two things that conservatives stand for are capitalism and white Christian males. I thought you guys stood for all Americans, freedom, and all that. So you’re basically admitting that you conservatives favor white Christian males? I mean nobody else merited a mention by you. Not even white women. Interesting.

    ” As a fellow Texan, I too am alert to the double standards that are so obvious to anyone watching.”

    Ah Texas. Let’s see how much conservatism has done for Texas.

    Number 6 in the nation for STDs
    http://www.avert.org/std-statistics-america.htm

    http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm
    Number 20 for unemployment, not so bad….but…

    Number 3, yeah that’s THREE for teen pregnancy:
    http://health.usnews.com/healt.....state-rank

    Around 15 for crime(according to 2006 statistics)
    http://www.census.gov/statab/ranks/rank21.html

    Your state sucks, sir.

  • Reynardine

    Oscar, this is difficult. A lot of us in Central Florida have dealt with corrupt local police departments who refuse, for various reasons, to protect intended victims or intending perpetrators. Document. Keep a good smart phone handy. If you get a written or visual threat (e.g., graffitti or a noose), photograph it. If you are called, log it. If you are threatened while out, well, damme, this acerola just happened to stray within earshot while you were recording birdsong. Document, document, document, and have witnesses when you can. Go with what you have to an appropriate organization (this one, the ACLU, the National Lawyers’Guild, whatever applies), and to the US Attorney in Tampa or Orlando. Write here again, and be as specific as you can: under certain rules of evidence, that is admissible. Go stay with someone outside the jurisdiction if you must. Stay safe!!

  • oscar de pena

    I don’t feel safe in my neighborhood they are infiltrated even in the neighborhood crime watch who is controlled by the Clearwater Police Dept. Please give me some tips how to keep myself safe from them. Thank You

  • oscar de pena

    Yes I like to inform you to put a watch in Clearwater fl. near tampa fl this place is infested by this hate groups they follow me everywhere I go , I believe something bad can happen to me very soon, I have advised the police about this but they haven’t done anything unless somethin happens, this whole county Pinellas is infested right now. Please help us

  • Reynardine

    Mark, when white cattle meet black cattle, you don’t get race wars. You get Holsteins.

  • CM

    Darin,

    You didn’t look very hard. Try paging down to this post that ran on Hatewatch on April 9: “Militant Black Groups Plan Armed Rally, Call for Vigilantism.”

    To you and Larry in general: Bad behavior by people you dislike does not justify your own bad behavior. And neither does being Texan, though it might help explain it.

  • Reynardine

    Mr. Mitchman: as long as you are capable of thinking more clearly than you can write, spell, or compose, I don’t suppose you’ve got anything to worry about.

  • Mark

    Hate begets Hate. What if one race wiped out all other races entirely? Forever; zilch; gone; no more. What then? Satisfaction for the one race left? What is the reasoning behind eliminating a specific type of human race? I wonder if white cows would conspire to kill off all brown and black cows if they could – or vice-versa. Do conservatives believe in the Bible? Did God create ‘man’ in His image? If that’s true, what’s the justification for having a ‘race war’? We are all in “His” image then, if you believe that stuff which I thought Conservatives do and aptly use their beliefs to affect law against gay marriages. And, BTW didn’t Hitler try this race war thing already? Was he found to be certifiably insane? Is NC to gays what Hitler was to Jews? Bottomline: Hate begets Hate. Love begets Love. FACT! What this world needs is a lot less hate, politics, greed and religion, and a LOT more love, compassion, and tolerance of others. Oh, and education wouldn’t hurt either. Otherwise, humans will continue to devolve into mindless Texan bulls, Tarheel jackasses, and political heckling howler monkeys. Hate & Love Beget. What’s your choice?

  • Natusi

    Larry Goodwin and Darin Stone your comments are exactly why we are here today. It never ends! Do you think history, your attitude, and people with views like yours, have anything to do with the problem? Oh that’s how god intended.

  • Reynardine

    Goodwin & Stone: 100% predictable. Nothing new here.

  • mrmitchman

    Soo let me just dig into one of the charges, Paramilitary training….I was with blackwater USA shot and fought in Iraq and asskrakistan, and other paramilitary organizations training in paramilitary activities, does that make me a freekin terrorst now. first i get a medal then a firing squad i guess. And since im an instructor in these type activities that make me and the NRA enemies of the state im sure , right?

  • Anne

    People like these are cowards. They believe they are doing God a favor by their killing and racist acts on others. The Bible says in John 16:2-3, They shall put you out of the psynagogues, Yea the time cometh that he who killeth you will think he doeth God service. And these things they will do unto You, Because they have NOT known the FATHER nor ME. So, to all of the racist haters who want to kill those who were made by GOD, remember GOD will get vengeance.

  • Darin Stone

    @ Larry Goodwin: Don’t you get it? Only white people are racist! Blacks can hang out with ax handles and intimidate voters at polling places. Let a white man do that and see how fast they swoop in to cuff him. This site is populated by commies who hate capitalism, white Christian males, and everything else that conservatives stand for. As a fellow Texan, I too am alert to the double standards that are so obvious to anyone watching. I only came in here to see the reaction to the arrests in Florida and to see if anyone brought up the black panthers. My hat is off you, sir.

  • Larry Goodwin

    WHY HASN’T ERIC HOLDER LABELED THE “NEW BLACK PANTHER PARTY” A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION FOR PUBLICIZING ON NATIONAL TELEVISION A BOUNTY AND I QUOTE “WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE” ON FOX NEWS. IT’S A POLITICAL MOTIVATED SCHEME. BUT YET LET A WHITE MAN SAY THE SAME THINGS OR EVEN TRAIN TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AND THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS. MAKES ME SICK. EQUAL JUSTICE FOR ALL IS WHAT MY THOUGHTS ARE. A PROUD AMERICAN FROM TEXAS.

  • Luke Thomas

    These skinheads will go to Federal prison where they can enjoy free air conditioning and get all the tattoos they want and lift weights. It’s like a hotel for them and they can be away from their trailers.

  • CM

    What is it about all these loons that causes them to imagine that by doing something incredibly stupid and terrible, they can incite a “race war”? Anyone who’s into this kind of thinking is essentially acknowledging Charles Manson as their intellectual mentor – and we all know how that ended up.

    And not that Jason’s ravings are worth a response, but it’s sort of irresistible: Jason, you’re the only one who’s associating these criminal crazies with conservatism. Apparently in your fevered brain, it’s just wrong to make any suggestion that anyone on the political right has ever done anything bad.

    As for your idea of “a blog where I write only about stories that match my worldview,” I have a suggestion for a name: “Grim Fairy Tales.”

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Jason, perhaps in the future you could make your posts more uniform and efficient for the rest of us. Just copy and paste: “Derp da-derp de derp.” It’s pretty much the same thing.

  • Dan Zabetakis

    Also, Jason, the French who voted for Le Pen _are_ Nazi Extremists by definition. And I will consider them violent skinheads as well until proven otherwise.

    We’ve been through this before. There is nothing redeeming about Nazis or neo-Nazis. They are a violent, repugnant, nasty, and above all, failed political movement.

    You’re in bed with the enemy. You can’t be a Nazi hugger and love the USA at the same time.-

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Jason,

    You already made that exact comment earlier. Word for word.

    You were wrong then, and you’re wrong now.

    As if that’s any surprise…

  • Reynardine

    I see Jason is engaging in chenoviposition again. Exsartaginate, Jason, and you may even autoinfocate.

  • Mitch Beales

    Better watch out Jason. Hatewatch might do a piece on your group, the Aryan Hammer Foreskins.

  • Reynardine

    It’s good that these pismires were busted, but what about the talking heads and right-wing pundits and NewsCorpse types that are inciting to stochastc violence and *getting away with it*? They just skirt sedition; they just skirt incitement to riot; they just skirt treason. We are an inch away from another Timothy McVeigh or our very own Anders Breivik. We’ve already had Jared Loughner. And this stercus is being broadcast to our armed forces.

  • Jason Smith

    This is another story designed to link anyone who is a conservative with extremists. 18% of French voters voted for Le Pen. Does that mean that 18% of French are ‘violent skinheads’ or ‘Nazi extremists’? I think not. I could do the same thing. I could start a blog where I write only about stories that match my worldview, screen out the most extreme examples, and try to link them with anyone who is a liberal.