REPORT: White Supremacists Infiltrate The Police

A chilling report from The Intercept:

White supremacists and other extremists maintain an active presence in U.S. police departments and other law enforcement agencies. A striking reference to that conclusion, notable for its confidence and the policy prescriptions that accompany it, appears in a classified FBI Counterterrorism Policy Guide from April 2015, obtained by The Intercept.

The guide, which details the process by which the FBI enters individuals on a terrorism watchlist, the Known or Suspected Terrorist File, notes that “domestic terrorism investigations focused on militia extremists, white supremacist extremists, and sovereign citizen extremists often have identified active links to law enforcement officers,” and explains in some detail how bureau policies have been crafted to take this infiltration into account.

Although these right-wing extremists have posed a growing threat for years, federal investigators have been reluctant to publicly address that threat or to point out the movement’s longstanding strategy of infiltrating the law enforcement community.

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.

That’s just the opening. Hit the link for much more.

  • Blake J Butler
    • Michael R

      It helps if you have an intelligent adult human being making the Executive Orders who are actually working for the good on the country . This could never happen under Trump .

    • Max_1

      It’s not when you are Republican…

    • Friday

      So they said while filibustering absolutely everything even after they had lost all those *elections.*

  • liondon#pay4dawall

    Wow ..this is chilling. This makes me think what happens in a coup.

  • The Sentinel

    White supremacists have infiltrated the White House! So why not the Police?

  • The Milkman

    This is simply the result of efforts by the “alt-right” to make their white supremacist behavior more mainstream. We see it in Steve Bannon, in Breitbart, in the mocking of PC “snowflakes” (even when someone like Bill Maher is doing it), and in the term “alt-right” itself.

    We must not let the executive order shock-doctrine to blind us to this attempt to legitimize bigotry and hatred. Stay vigilant, stay loud.

    • Chitown Kev


      The FBI investigated this…The BUSH FBI

      This was a bit of an offshoot into the alleged KKK ties of former Chicago police torturer Jon Burge.

      • The Milkman

        I’m thinking more along the lines of a long term effort, not just the Trumpsters. The white supremacists have for years longed for the quasi-legitimacy they had a century ago.

      • Derrick Johns

        Hi, Kev:
        I saw a university professor make the comparison between modern police departments and the paddy-rollers who captured Blacks who tried to escape slavery, or they were just too late getting back to their owner’s property (on Saturday or Sunday nights). She was saying that modern police departments were modeled on these patrols–at least on how they treated Black folks . Everything was and is about control. It’s not about protecting the community.

  • The_Wretched

    I’m semi-amazed the PoC population doesn’t have an underground militia to hunt down and off the white supremacists. It would not be a good thing but populations that are oppressed and subject to extra-judicial killing on a regular basis tend to form such militias.

  • Boycott NC

    If it surprises you that police forces are a safe haven for white supremacists then YOU AREN’T FUCKING PAYING ATTENTION TO ANYTHING.

    • Gil


    • Elsewhere1010

      As I was thinking when reading the headline, this surprises… who, exactly?

    • Uncle Mark
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    • catherinecc

      And this isn’t just Bumfuck, Arkansas. Major cities like Portland, Oregon have neo nazis in their leadership. If you live in PDX, spend 20 minutes looking up stuff about Mark Kruger and how his career has progressed.

  • friendlynerd
  • bambinoitaliano

    As many death of police shooting of African Americans evidence had shown before this report.

    • FatNance

      Tell me, which police officers in any recent high-profile shooting are confirmed white supremacists. Names and perhaps a brief description of your evidence would be great.

      Thanks so much.

      • kareemachan

        Maybe the fact that the overwhelming number of people killed by cop are black might be construed as evidence.

        Just sayin’…

        • FatNance

          That sounds like an over generalization. We were recently involved in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of the insurgents killed by US troops were Muslim and most of the US troops were non-Muslim. So, by your logic, the US military is anti-Muslim.

          • CJAS

            Perhaps not the best analogy given that the report suggests that a significant percentage of white supremacists the FBI tracked have military training.

  • VodkaAndPolitics

    For us white folks, this is shocking…. For our African American and Latino/Hispanic Brothers and Sisters, the response, I’m sure, is little more than “Duh.” ….. Linda, You’re not listening. Linda, Honey.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      This is no surprise whatsoever to anyone who fights for social justice and has dealt with the cops.

    • Andrew Iverson

      I’m white, and i’m not surprised in the least, especially since i’ve been reading about them doing the same in the military since the 90s.

  • Lazycrockett

    I thought that was a prerequisite.

  • Mordred LeFey

    So they’ve been planning this for ages.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    This is shocking. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III will get right on top of this as soon as he’s confirmed. /s

    • Hue-Man

      To increase recruitment of KKK by police force!

    • JT

      Although not named Burnside, you can be sure this Beauregard would name his estate Peckerwood Plantation if he had one.

  • unsavedheathen

    In LA, anyone who has lived east of La Brea knew this a long time ago.

  • FAEN

    Not surprising. Not surprising at all.

  • Jay George

    Now I would like to see them do it in a very noisy manner.

    • billbear1961


  • Jay George
  • Lawerence Collins

    That people don’t know about these racist GOP thugs, makes me sad.

  • Max_1

    Black Lives Matter…

  • safari

    I’m just saying an organization is unhealthy when the chief of a small department only walks into his office only when the blinds are drawn during union negotiations. Just an observation from a small town force. That and a black acquaintance is the only one of my peers that got pulled over every few weeks in high school.

  • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    what about the orange supremacist in the Whine House?

    • AJayne

      Whine House – love it – you won’t mind if I steal it, will you?

      • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ


  • bambinoitaliano

    It’s almost like the FBI is intentionally drag out the reports after the fact. Hillary emails leak for naught nearing the days of election, Russian interfering the US election when it’s too late and now the infiltration of the police institution after how many black and other colored folks bodies being buried? How incompetent can the director be? More appropriately, how corrupted is James Comey on the scale of between Putin and the KKK?

    • Treant

      Comey is about 700 milliputins in terms of corruption.

      • billbear1961


        • Ragnar Lothbrok


          • Lantor

            A full putin?

    • ColdCountry

      Wasn’t there some report a few years back that said white supremacists were the greatest terrorist threat, and it got squashed?

  • AtticusP
  • WhiteJesus

    White Power!

    • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

      Line ’em up!

      Oh, you said ‘power,’ not ‘powder.’

      • WhiteJesus


  • if this is news to you, you should expand your reading habits. i mean, the fact that the fbi has been looking into it is certainly noteworthy. but i’m talking about the epidemic of murderous behavior on the part of white officers towards nonwhite citizens. i mean, we hardly even make note of the daily shootings that take place in this country. shootings that don’t have to be in the head or chest, but are. shootings that kill little boys with toys, mentally ill people who are lost in the streets, or teens joyriding, or…

    white supremacists have been in the ranks since the end of the civil war. what is different today is that drumpf is giving them an excuse to be really blatant about it. but the cops have not been the people to turn to if one is looking for racial justice since, well, always.

    • OdieDenCO

      absolute power does not corrupt. the corrupt are attracted to power.
      Frank Herbert Dune series

  • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

    If I were a subversive organization, police departments are one of the first things I’d infiltrate. Just sayin, it’s not rocket surgery, and nobody should be surprised.

  • safari

    An expected O/T: Donald is going to abandon medicare drug negotiations in favor of deregulation and tax cuts. (At least for now, who knows.)

  • denbear

    …and with all that hand-me-down military equipment…

  • bambinoitaliano

    O/T on the subject of wall we folks can look forward to.

    • safari

      I suppose I could spend a couple weeks a year volunteering for patrol.

      • Treant

        So could many other Americans and Mexicans. Relations would become amazingly friendly.

      • canoebum

        This could give new meaning the the expression “Minute Man”.

    • Treant

      I like the way she thinks.

    • billbear1961
      • Allan_in_SF

        Thanks! I needed that.

      • safari

        Nice choice. It fits quite well.

      • MB

        Good Day to you my furry friend !!!

        Thank goodness we have great music to distract us from the noise of xenophobia, fascism, ignorance, racism, fear and hatred. Unfortunately, we cannot fix stupidity.

        • billbear1961

          Hello, MB.


    • Derrick Johns

      LOL And I’ll be down there along the American side border, the Great Wall, just a waitin’–with my mouth open.

      Trump couldn’t have known that he may have revitalized my sex life.

      • bambinoitaliano

        As fas as my understanding the semen latte will not be subject to the proposed 20% tax imposed by cheetolini. 😛

  • billbear1961

    One must wonder how many of the border guards who are refusing to obey court orders staying some aspects of Trump’s Muslim ban, and who are asking detainees at the airports–and visitors trying to cross the border into the U.S. by automobile–how they feel about Herr Trump, are NAZIS.

  • Brooklyn Joe

    Well many people may have known or suspected this before – it’s good to get actual proof from FBI or other sources

  • Lazycrockett
    • Treant

      Undoubtedly to push it past the Supreme Court LIVE! LIVE! LIVE! announcement this evening at 5 PM.

      Fucking circus.

      • Lazycrockett

        5 pm sounds like a good time to turn off the telly and take a nap.

        • billbear1961

          To curl up into a fetal position.

        • OdieDenCO

          smoke a bowl, walk the dog, do a shot, clean the fire arm. my day is complete

    • billbear1961

      It is amazing–although that’s not really the right word–that they will probably make someone AG, the CHIEF law enforcement officer and chief lawyer of the United States government, whose OWN party thought him UNFIT for a federal judgeship several decades ago, because of his blatant RACISM.

      It is so obviously WRONG–so obviously.

      A sign of a country in decline, of absolute moral ROT. [edited]

      • charemor

        Everyone that Trump has picked or nominated for anything has been wrong and unqualified.

  • Cylux

    Then there’s the funny stories about undercover infiltrations of right wing white supremacists groups where an agency pulls the trigger to arrest only to find all the members of the group at that point were solely made up of law enforcement agents from different agencies, infiltrating to take down the cell from the inside.

    • grada3784

      Sounds like an episode of Law and Order.

  • geoffalnutt

    Bannon, Bannon, Bannon, Bannon, Bannon….

  • Earl

    They’ve been doing that since Jim Crow was first passed. For the same reasons too.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Earl


    • Oh, sah-NAP! Two wands up, Ms. Rowling!

    • Crow on a Top Hat

      I love that lady…😆

      • Jeffg166

        She didn’t forget how socialism helped save her in a bad period of her life. Now she’s got tons of money to tell them to piss off.

    • Todd20036

      Like pouring Starbucks coffee in the sewer after buying it.

    • ColdCountry

      What is this in reference to?

      Never mind! Google is my friend. 😉

  • Mike C

    Oh there’s a surprise….

  • Lazycrockett
    • safari

      Now that would lead to a constitutional crisis.

      • billbear1961

        Safari, we are there.

        I am sick with fear!

        I’m starting to cry.

        • safari

          I don’t think we’re at the same type of crisis as caused by Nixon yet. That is coming down the pike, I’m sure. I guess I’m just calming myself that now is not as bad as it is likely to get. And once we have an executive branch with leaders at top posts again, it’ll be easier to do something as we will no longer be in “transition”.

          • billbear1961

            I have never heard of federal marshals refusing to obey court orders, safari–NEVER.

            “They’ve been instructed to take orders from U.S. Atty.”

            What does that mean, US attorneys at the DoJ??

            Someone in the Executive is ordering them to defy the courts?!

            That is utterly, utterly UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!

            My hands are like blocks of ICE.

          • catherinecc

            > Someone in the Executive is ordering them to defy the courts?!

            And they are listening to them.

        • safari

          Btw, keep the music coming. I’m really getting into the post you made on the wall thread.

          • billbear1961

            I’m sorry, safari.

            I’ve got the shakes and will have to take a break.

          • safari

            I hope you feel better. We’ll all get through this, I’m mostly sure.

    • Tread

      Well, considering he unceremoniously fired her last night…

    • billbear1961

      This is what I was afraid of–that they would refuse. They have NO RIGHT to refuse to enforce court orders, NO RIGHT to refuse to obey the federal courts.

      I’m truly scared to death.

      The Rule of Law has been suspended, overthrown.

      People, THIS IS A COUP.

      The Democrats must act AT ONCE.

      This regime’s authority is now FORFEIT, for it is defying the CONSTITUTION.

      I never seriously thought I would see such a thing happen in this country, not really, although I’ve feared it for a long time.

      I am furious and TERRIFIED.

      We must RESIST!!

      This is not rebellion on OUR part–it is the Executive branch which is rebelling, against the Constitution.

      This is a FASCIST COUP.

      • catherinecc

        > The Rule of Law has been suspended, overthrown.

        That happened a while ago. The difference is that the police have merely made their position clear.

        Police aligning with the executive and ignoring the courts happens under all dictatorships.

  • Ninja0980

    And yet folks questions why groups like Black Lives Matter exists and why many blacks, latinos and LGBT folks don’t trust the police.

  • JaniceInToronto

    Really? People are surprised by this?

  • Ninja0980

    Don’t worry, they’ll trot out power hungry David Clarke to refute this very soon.

  • TheSeer

    “White Supremacists Infiltrate The Police”


  • boatboy_srq

    They needed a report for this? One televised interview with Sheriff Joe should be proof enough…

    • NowAnAgnostic

      Ex Sheriff Joe is also Ex/Retired FBI Agent Joe, isn’t he?

      • boatboy_srq

        I’m sure he thinks he is.

        • NowAnAgnostic

          Sorry. My mistake. It was the DEA. From Wikipedia: “During his 25-year tenure with the DEA, he was stationed in Argentina, Turkey and Mexico, and advanced through the ranks to the position of head of the DEA’s Arizona branch.”

          • boatboy_srq

            Given the history of the WoD, it makes sense for a DEA official with that kind of history to be a bigoted arsehole.

  • Silver Badger

    Gee Whiz! i wonder if this has anything to do with the high police body counts we see nationwide?

  • Xuuths

    But I was told this was just one or two bad apples? They wouldn’t have lied to me, right?

  • Dave Babler

    I believe it but there’s no way in hell I’m giving Greenwald a click.

  • Tempus Fuggit

    White supremacists and other extremists maintain an active presence in
    U.S. police departments and other law enforcement agencies.

    Raise your hand who’s surprised.


    • Gil

      Don’t shoot!

  • fuzzybits

    Not at all surprised. And there are quite a few homophobic cops.

  • Helen Damnation 🍑™

    You mean there are KKK-Cops? Living here in Louisiana, I’m fucking shocked, SHOCKED I’ll tell ya! SHOCKED and DISMAYED!

    • Having lived in southern Indiana, I am also shocked!

  • Jerry Kott

    This is just the tip of the Iceberg. But try to get a cop to talk about it. All the so called good cops are as spooked by these criminals in Cop Drag as you are.
    Know your rights! Who knows how far away the Police State is.

  • B Snow


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  • grada3784

    Is that why so many blacks have been executed by the police?

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    I would truly like to say I’m surprised by this, but that would be lying. What I am surprised by is their admission that they’ve even investigated this to begin with.

  • andrew

    If you think “White supremacists infiltrate the police” is a problem, check out the White House. Bannon has an office in the WHITE House.

  • JCF
  • Snarkaholic


  • lonbo

    Police forces are safe havens for white supremacists, just as the catholic church is a safe haven for pedophiles. The only thing new would be if these problems were effectively addressed.