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Judge, Investigators in American Front Case Receive Threats

By Ryan Lenz on June 11, 2012 - 2:26 pm, Posted in Antigovernment

The racist right has responded to a crackdown on the white supremacist American Front with vicious threats and demands for the immediate release of more than a dozen members picked up last month in Florida.

The threats, all of which have been anonymous, have so far targeted Orange-Osceola State Attorney Lawson Lamar and members of his family, Circuit Judge Walter Komanski and Kelly Boaz, an agent assigned to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. They were posted on the websites of the Anti-Defamation League, the website Virtual Jerusalem, white supremacist blogs and in the comments section of at least one Yahoo news article.

“We are at your houses, we are at your kids [sic] houses we are your grandkids [sic] houses and we are sitting outside their schools,” one threat that included what appeared to be unlisted addresses said. “Don’t believe me? Here you are pigs. … [W]e are going to CUT THEIR … HEADS OFF and leave them in A COOLER OUTSIDE YOUR OFFICE.”

The FBI says it is taking the threats seriously. “There is an active federal investigation,” spokesman Dave Couvertier last week told the Orlando Sentinel.

Members of American Front – a well-armed, militia-style white supremacist faction – were planning acts of violence and preparing for “an inevitable race war” when the arrests began, according to court documents. Investigators also said that American Front members received paramilitary training at a compound near St. Cloud, Fla., from a group member who was a U.S. military reservist.

The arrests of American Front members began on May 4 after a two-year undercover investigation into allegations of antigovernment paramilitary training in a remote area of eastern Osceola County. According to court documents, the group’s plan was to turn 10 acres that belonged to group leader Marcus Faella, 39, into an “Aryan compound where all the AF members could live when the United States Government fails.”

The group’s activities in Florida date back to the 1980s when its late founder, David Lynch, lived in the state. Lynch, who moved to California and led a major resurgence of the group about five years ago, was murdered in his Sacramento home in March 2011. His murder remains unsolved.

  • Tiffany

    @ Micheal Parker…..Does the Black Panthers sound familiar? Well They just recently threatened George Zimmermans life. And did it publicly. Why where they not arrested? It seems to me that White America is too scared to go againist Non-Whites for their shanigans

  • Reynardine

    Justina, there is a lot stronger intermesh between the groups you mention than appears at first blush. They are all high social-dominance-oriented and high-Machiavellian types who believe in their absolute right to use deceit and violence to get their way, and they’ll lie about who they are, what they believe, and what they want any time it suits them.

  • Justina

    “It is sick how the radical christian right” excuse me? these guys aren’t Christian except for maybe some Christian Identity types. And the founder was not David Lynch but a couple of satanists in San Francisco back in the 1980s, though they played that down.

    Before and a bit after 9-11 this Third Position group was pushing for an allegiance with radical Islam incl. Bin Laden by name, and networking a little online apparently, to overthrow the shared enemy, the US govt.

  • Joseph

    “…support and defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic”. They’re domestic I tell ya’ – domestic enemas (sic).

    That’s not very nice…

  • Michael Parker

    This group is as dangerous as the terrorist the US is fighting outside the country and need to be destroyed. If our government can destroy Black organizations like they did in the 1960′s that was less threatening, why can’t they destroy these White organizations that are more dangerous. Is it because these white organizations have local or state officials in them?

  • ModerateMike

    It is good to see that the FBI is confronting this kind of behavior and refusing to be bullied. And you’re right, Reynardine, 18 USC Section 115(a)(1) makes it a federal crime to threaten to assault, kidnap, or murder a family member of any Federal employee as of April 24, 1996.

    I need to get out more, don’t I?

  • Linnea

    Ah, yes, threaten law enforcement. That’ll make them go away, right, AF’ers? (NOT!)

    These idiots are just shooting themselves in the foot. While threatening public officials isn’t funny, it is entertaining to see the Neanderthals calling attention to themselves, and then try to hide behind whatever excuses they’ll come up with after they find themselves in deep you-know-what with the law.

  • Reynardine

    Actually, Dan, although I am not about to dig out my 18 USC at this time of night, I promise you that making threats like that to courts, jurors, and law officers is a felony with serious consequences. It should be. We can’t get any kind of impartial justice if this is allowed to happen.

  • Jose

    It is sick how the radical christian right in inflicting untold pain into our national political system, and it is wrong for them to use violence, towards inflicting radical social change, they should use peaceful methods such as activism, blogs, occupying, and non-violent protests. We should stop their hateful speech because it is wrong.

  • Shadow Wolf

    Our soon-to-be Octogenarian (80 years old) lawman over at the corrupt MCSO. Has investigated “death threats” made against him via the internet. He sent Deputies (outside of its jurisdiction) to Google’s headquarters in Cali to trace the IP addresses of those making the threats. They arrested 2 that made national headlines. The one from Knoxville, TN recently escaped and may be heading to Arizona to off with our racist Shurf.

    Given to the incompetence of our Shurf’s Office, if they can trace and nab internet threats against their hero at the MCSO.
    Then I’m pretty confident the FBI can trace most (if not, then all) of the same threats against them.

    I don’t think anyone can really hide behind the internet these days.

  • Dan Zabetakis

    My analysis is that these threats have nothing to do with the case and are being made by web-only trolls. They were only posted to comments sections on web pages.

    Surely no one facing actual charges (or their supporters) would call for 100 additional FBI agents to be assigned to the case. Specially since the original charges are not that serious.

  • Ithink

    Incredible how the those on the fruitcake fringes of the Radical Right are all about absolute personal freedom, responsibility and uncensored free speech until they resort to violent opposition with their otherwise more mild-mannered and alleged enemy targets.

    If our F.B.I spent as much time eyeing and rounding up these and similar terrorist clowns that look like everyday Americans (i.e. you & me) instead of the imaginary, supposedly pervasive presence of ‘Sharia Law’ fundamentalists, only Lord knows what sort of peace and sanctimony the country would be in now.

    Can’t wait to hear what the know-nothing committe of Negative I.Q. miscreants known as Jason Smith, has to comment on this! I’m sure it’ll be a retort of breathless solipistic fantasy and rhetorical fallacy as usual…

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    They are our ‘grandchildren’s houses?’ Either they need to learn how to write, or this case just became as bizarre as anything from David Lynch.

    *rimshot*

  • Reynardine

    Maybe Lynch was lynched, but his tradition of lynching keeps on keeping on.

    As someone who lived here most of the last five and a half decades…damn, this joint gets hot!