March 31, 2021 – To anyone who has been paying attention in recent years to the excesses of the FBI, it should come as no surprise that yet another Proud Boys leader has been exposed as an FBI informant. Joe Biggs has admitted to working as an FBI informant, the implications of which appear to be lost on Kyle Cheney of Politico who reports about the disclosure:
A leader of the Proud Boys charged in an alleged conspiracy to attack the Capitol on Jan. 6 claims he has a longstanding relationship with the FBI, which he said regularly sought him out for information about ‘antifa networks’ in Florida and other parts of the United States.
Joseph Biggs, one of four Proud Boys organizers charged in one of the Justice Department’s biggest cases stemming from the Capitol siege, said the bureau regularly turned to him for advice on antifa — a loosely affiliated collection of violent leftists that the bureau has described as adherents to an ideology rather than part of an organized group.
‘In late July 2020, an FBI Special Agent out of the Daytona Beach area telephoned Biggs and asked Biggs to meet with him and another FBI agent at a local restaurant. Biggs agreed,’ according to a late Monday court filing issued by Biggs’ attorney in an effort to keep Biggs out of pretrial detention. ‘Biggs learned after he traveled to the restaurant that the purpose of the meeting was to determine if Biggs could share information about Antifa networks operating in Florida and elsewhere. They wanted to know what Biggs was ‘seeing on the ground.’’
Biggs’ claims, not immediately corroborated by the FBI, nevertheless are likely to sharpen concerns that law enforcement has tolerated violence by the Proud Boys, who have long styled themselves as allies of the police in a fight against leftists. Like Biggs, Proud Boys national chair Enrique Tarrio has said in media interviews that he had long proactively communicated with law enforcement about Proud Boys’ plans in various cities — plans that routinely led to violent confrontations with leftist protesters.
Trump-era intelligence agencies have faced criticism — long denied by top officials like FBI Director Christopher Wray — that they were pressured to inflate the threat of antifa while downplaying the threat posed by right-wing extremists. Invited to denounce the group during an October presidential debate, former President Donald Trump instead famously invited the Proud Boys to ‘Stand Back and Stand By,’ which the group interpreted as a rally cry and adopted as a motto. – Kyle Cheney, Politico
Because Kyle is a fervent leftist, he is hopelessly biased when it comes to reporting on these news stories. He misses the much broader implications of his own report. The Proud Boys group appears to have been created by the FBI to entrap conservatives.
It was claimed that the far left was bad, but so was the far right. Except, the “alt right” wasn’t engaging in violence, they simply had unpopular ideas. Without a group of conservatives showing up at left wing events to pick fights, using militant tactics, the far left suffered in the comparison. So, in the absence of a right wing version of Antifa, out of nowhere along comes the Proud Boys group, which appears to have been created purely to make a “right wing” version of Antifa. Proud Boys would even dress in black bloc.
Biggs’ attorney John Daniel Hull claims that Joe was in “regular contact” with an FBI agent. Hull states that Biggs maintained a relationship with the FBI since at least 2018, when he started to organize Proud Boys events, advertising them on social media, YouTube and the radio. It certainly appears as though Biggs was acting on behalf of the FBI.
This is cause for grave concern, because it appears the Proud Boys were some of the main actors participating in the “storming of the Capitol” on January 6, 2021. Did they do this at the behest of the FBI? During the time Biggs was working with the FBI, and setting up Proud Boys events, he often appears on Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN) and InfoWars.
Alex Jones of InfoWars has been a sort of agent provocateur, showing up at “stop the steal” events with grifter Ali Alexander with a bullhorn riling people up. Jones had been promoting the idea of a civil war happening, and encouraged people to “fight in the streets.” Another man, charged along with Biggs, Ethan Nordean submitted around 1,500 Telegram chat messages that demonstrates that most low level Proud Boys had no idea of any plans to commit crimes on the 6th at the U.S. Capitol.
Recall that Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys, pictured above with Joe Biggs, was also a “prolific” FBI informant.
Chris Menahan of Information Liberation published an article entitled “Fed-Run Opposition? Proud Boys Leader Enrique Tarrio, Top Organizer Of Capitol Protest, Was ‘Prolific’ FBI Informant“ about this very issue:
Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio, one of the lead organizers of the Capitol protest and a top ‘opposition’ leader who made headlines for the past two years, was a ‘prolific’ informant for the FBI and local law enforcement for years, according to a court transcript obtained by Reuters.
The FBI also appears to have run the ‘white supremacist neo-nazi domestic terrorist group’ known as The Base.
There’s no way that the FBI has not been fully aware for the past 2-3 years that Tarrio was an asset.
At the very least, the FBI has been sitting on this information for years.
There’s plenty of evidence he advanced the media and FBI’s narratives. The Proud Boys turned the face of the right into some gay activist street fighting group (that’s a link to when they flashed the media wearing kilts with ‘F**k antifa’ scrawled on their butts with Tarrio grinning from ear to ear in the center).
There were a lot of red flags.
Other than when they were being attacked by antifa, very few people wanted to defend them.
That said, I don’t doubt there was probably plenty of well meaning people who got caught up in the group because they didn’t understand what was going on and just liked the idea of people fighting back against antifa.
Folks, there’s almost no way this guy is not still an FBI informant.
I remember when he was arrested in DC thinking how bizarre it was he would bring two so-called ‘high capacity’ magazines into DC and then openly admit he intended to ‘sell’ them upon being arrested.
A lot of questions have been raised about whether John Sullivan, the phony ‘BLM activist’ who was seen encouraging people to destroy stuff while in the Capitol, was an informant or agent provocateur as well.
While the media is celebrating the outing of Tarrio, none of them are asking the most important question: what role did the FBI and their informants have in organizing the ‘storming’ of the Capitol? – Information Liberation
How many other Proud Boys were working for the FBI? I think this is a question the FBI needs to answer? Did they help arrange for any of the events that occurred on January 6? Who benefits from what happened that day? Certainly not conservatives who are now all being labeled “domestic extremists” and “terrorists.” The only people who appear to benefit are the Biden Administration and the U.S. Intelligence Community, including the FBI who is now getting its budget expanded.
Kurt Nimmo has written about some of the shady and questionable methods the FBI has employed to target certain people, “FBI Orchestrated Terror Plots to Frame Patsies as White Nationalist Terrorists“ explains:
Now that distrust of government narratives—the prime example being 9/11—make you a far rightwing white nationalist terrorist, according to the FBI, let’s look at what we can expect in the weeks and months ahead.
The FBI, America’s secret political police, is known for arranging fake terror attacks to alarm the public and keep the war on terror moving along and dominating headlines. Recall the case of Jerry Drake Varnell, a 23-year-old diagnosed schizophrenic, the FBI tried to turn into a rightwing terrorist back in 2017.
In a June meeting with the agent, according to FBI documents, Varnell described himself as a believer in ‘Three Percenter’ ideology, a right-wing group claiming to be committed to standing against and exposing corruption and injustice.
The plan was to replicate the Oklahoma City bombing and have the FBI rush in at the last minute and save the day. In order to do this, the patsy would be of diminished capacity.
Varnell’s family issued the following statement in August of 2017:
We as a family are extremely distraught about this situation with our son Jerry Drake Varnell, but what the public must understand is that he is a paranoid schizophrenic and is extremely susceptible to different types of ideology that normal people would deem immoral. Underneath his condition, he is a sweet-hearted person and we are extremely shocked that this event has happened. However, what truly has us flabbergasted is the fact that the FBI knew he was schizophrenic. The State of Oklahoma found him mentally incompetent and we, his parents have legal guardianship over him by the Court. These documents are sealed from the public, which is why no news media outlet has been able to obtain them. The FBI clearly knew that he was schizophrenic because they have gathered every ounce of information on him.
The fact Varnell is mentally ill and incapable of building a bomb was buried by screaming headlines praising the FBI for preventing a fake terror attack it engineered.
It’s obvious what we are seeing here. The ill-defined terms “white nationalist” and ‘conspiracy theorist’ are being equated with hatred and violence, thus a national security threat.
Because ‘white supremacist’ violence is minor when compared to the far larger danger of violence in Chicago and other American cities, scary news reports, exaggerated statistics, and the image of goose-stepping and torch-bearing Nazis are required, along with FBI entrapment operations, to get consensus on breaking down doors, planting evidence, dispatching informers, and instigating violence like it did during COINTELPRO some forty-odd years ago. – Kurt Nimmo
The American people have a right to know if the FBI is running another COINTELPRO style program to target, demonize and paint conservatives as “right wing extremists,” strictly in order justify the continued existence of the FBI.
The Last American Vagabond has also written about this particular case, noting that:
It’s become a near-weekly occurrence. Somewhere in some state, the FBI will announce that they’ve foiled yet another terrorist plot and saved lives. However, as the data shows, the majority of these cases involve psychologically diminished patsies who’ve been entirely groomed, armed, and entrapped by FBI agents. Simply put, the FBI manufactures terror threats and then takes credit for stopping them.
While many of these cases have garnered attention and been exposed in the alternative media, a recent case out of Oklahoma sets a new low for FBI and exposes how insidious these plots can be.
Through the hundreds of ‘foiled terror plots’ the FBI has ‘busted’ over the years, many of them have been focused on people of Middle Eastern descent or people associated with ISIS or al-Qaeda. This time, in the case of Jerry Drake Varnell, the 23-year-old diagnosed schizophrenic, accused of attempting to bomb a bank, the FBI fomented terror from a right wing dialogue. – TLAV
How many other plots have involved the FBI? It seems almost every case of so-called “right wing extremism” is somehow connected to the FBI, via an informant or undercover agent who appears to be directing things behind the scenes.
There were roughly 7,400 informants during the CRM. Ernest Withers is 1 of the most recognized photographers in the CRM & from 1958-1976 Withers produced a wide variety of intel for the FBI. He was paid $20,088 for his work ($150,000 in 2018 calculations) pic.twitter.com/DjgR9JLXfd
— Derrick Wilmore Jr. (@CoachWilmore_) February 4, 2021
Let’s not forget that COINTELPRO was initiated during the Civil Rights Movement. At that time, FBI agents tried to get Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to commit suicide, and orchestrated the assassination of a Black Panthers Party leader.
David Steele, a veteran U.S. Marine Corp Intelligence Officer, and one of the highest ranking in the civilian realm, has claimed that most of these plots are actually false flags.
In that regard, let’s not forget about the 2018 “Whitmer Kidnapping” plot, also involving FBI Informants, but was nevertheless used to demonize conservatives and “conspiracy theorists” as “dangerous.” The Federalist reports:
A recent thwarted plan to take Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hostage could have been an FBI entrapment, a defense attorney suggested Tuesday for one of six men charged with conspiracy to kidnap.
Scott Graham, who is representing 26-year-old Kaleb Franks, argued in court there was no real plan to capture Whitmer. Instead, he said the accused were merely acting as ‘militia wannabees’ who engaged in ‘big talk between crackpots,’ according to the Detroit Free Press. In other words, Graham said, those charged in a plot to kidnap Whitmer were ‘people who talk a lot … but are never going to do anything.’
‘Have you ever dealt with big talkers?” Graham asked an FBI Special Agent Richard Trask during cross examination. “There’s kind of a military-wanna-be theme that runs between militias.’
Graham specifically asked Trask about his testimony that 13 militia members were planning to steal Whitmer from her vacation home and leave her in the middle of Lake Michigan or try the governor for treason in a nearby state. Trask, the paper reported, said he couldn’t offer a specific answer but that there were audio recordings of the members discussing their plans.
Graham argued in court that it was the FBI’s own informant involved with this group that was actively encouraging the others to engage in illegal activity.
‘One of the most active leaders was your informant,’ Graham charged.
Gary Springstead, who is representing 24-year-old Ty Garbin, also said the use of an informant raised suspicions that without FBI involvement the ‘plot’ would never have gone anywhere. – The Federalist
Make no mistake. This is NOT a partisan issue. There is ample evidence that the FBI is doing the same thing to left wing groups and organizations, including Antifa and Black Lives Matter. Even a major “socialist” publication, Jacobin Magazine is telling its left wing audience that they should be wary about this so-called “kidnapping” plot. “We Shouldn’t Trust the FBI’s Narrative on the Gretchen Whitmer Kidnapping Scheme“
From its primordial days to its most recent history, the FBI has always mixed legitimate law enforcement activities with political repression, overwhelmingly targeted at the political Left. And while it may not seem like it at first glance, that fact is vitally important to keep in mind when we think about the most recent blockbuster case the bureau is involved in.
Since last week, the headlines have been lit up by a shocking story out of Michigan: the FBI had foiled a plot hatched by anti-lockdown protesters and right-wing militia members to kidnap and try for ‘treason’ Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer, who one of the ringleaders called a ‘tyrant bitch.’
According to a federal affidavit and court testimony, the plot involved surveilling Whitmer’s vacation home in Western Michigan and the surrounding area, procuring explosives and tactical gear to fight off police, taking part in armed training exercises, and even possibly blowing up a nearby bridge. The alleged plotters discussed using a fake pizza delivery to kidnap Whitmer, leaving Whitmer on a boat in the middle of Lake Michigan, and even kidnapping Virginia governor Ralph Northam, one of the ‘tyrants’ who, they believed, were abusing their power to order statewide lockdowns in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The plot, lurid with detail, is shocking precisely because it rings so true. Since at least as far back as the Bill Clinton era, domestic terrorism targeting people and not property has been almost exclusively the domain of the political right, with law-enforcement agencies themselves tending to cite anti-government extremism as a bigger terrorist threat than the Islamic extremism with which the political establishment this century has been so obsessed. A range of establishment entities, from the hawkish think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to the FBI itself, recognize that far-right terrorism is the country’s most imminent terrorist threat, a fact they’ve found it hard to get the Trump White House to take seriously, given that the president sees such extremists as core supporters.
Yet this is precisely what makes the matter, and this case specifically, so tricky. Far-right terrorism is a serious danger that must be eliminated, but at the same time, the press and the Left in particular need to be cautious not to adopt the mindset of the ‘war on terror’ that has been so ruinous to so many. And there are more than enough warning signs that, with this case, the FBI may be up to its old Obama-era tricks, helping manufacture the very terrorist plots it ends up thwarting and publicizing.
During the Obama era, the FBI built up something of a reputation: the Bureau would publicize its foiling of ambitious, frightening terror plots hatched by young, often poor Muslim men thanks to its use of paid informants and undercover agents. It would receive kudos for stopping the conspiracies, while reminding the public about the ever-present threat of terrorism in their lives. And, inevitably, details would emerge that the plot could never have come to fruition, or in some cases even be hatched in the first place, without FBI personnel guiding, cajoling, and supplying the alleged terrorists every step of the way.
There was, for instance, twenty-two-year-old Derrick Shareef, a broke, carless, and homeless Muslim video game store clerk taken in by a former crack dealer on the FBI’s payroll, whose job was to encourage the hapless Shareef’s fantasies of first ‘casing’ then blowing up a target in Rockford, Illinois. The bureau’s man didn’t just have to nudge Shareef into trying to act on his boasts, however: Shareef’s dire finances meant that when it came time to buy weapons from an arms dealer — in reality an undercover FBI agent introduced to Shareef by his new ‘friend’ — the informant had to broker a deal for the penniless Shareef to trade stereo speakers for grenades because he couldn’t afford the $100 price tag.
Or take twenty-five-year-old Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr, indicted in 2017 for planning to bomb a Kansas City train station, in a plot whose every detail — time, place, and type of attack — was devised by his two ISIS-member accomplices. Unfortunately for Hester, those ISIS members turned out to be undercover FBI agents who had contacted Hester to devise the plot after seeing some of his extremist social media posts.
Like Shareef, Hester was poor; at one meeting with what he thought were ISIS agents, he brought his kids because he didn’t have childcare. And like Shareef, the FBI not only provided him weapons and gave him the list of bomb-making supplies he needed to buy, but they gave him the $20 he needed to afford them, with Hester later promising the agents he would buy ammunition once he got his tax refund. At one point, an agent threatened Hester with a knife and reminded him that he knew where his family lived. This year, Hester was sentenced to nineteen years in prison. – Jacobin Magazine
Jacobin goes on to detail even more startling entrapment plots that the FBI enacted throughout the Obama administration. One cannot overstate how common this pattern of FBI abuse is. The article further details that the FBI would target poor, vulnerable or mentally ill (handicapped) Muslim men to set up as “Islamic extremists” or “terrorists,” innocent people to charge with crimes they would never be able to carry out themselves. Jacobin laments the fact that the left has not been treating these “far right extremism” and “terror plots” with the same skepticism they did the FBI entrapment schemes of left wing individuals, and minorities.
Indeed I suggest that conservatives be more skeptical when we see left wing protests turn to violence, looting and rioting. Who is steering these events toward violence? Is it the same FBI gang of informants and undercover agents, doing the same thing at conservative events?
By exaggerating the threat of violence and extremism in the U.S., coming into focus one can see forming, the goal of increasing already incredible Federal powers, all to serve burgeoning state sponsored political repression.
Of grave concern to both the left and the right, we have seen our freedoms diminished over time, to an increasingly authoritarian, repressive regime.