ATLANTA, GEORGIA – «I think the next 45 days will be filled with violence. But it will not start with us: we limit ourselves to training, accumulating ammunition and monitoring ».
Trump says radical antifa leftist groups will start the fire. The left, on the other hand, fears that you will be the right-wing paramilitary militias to attack if Biden wins.
“We are here to defend the Constitution, especially the Second and Fourth Amendments (those that sanction the freedom to arm oneself and the prohibition for the State to inspect homes and people except in extreme cases of serious danger, ed). If anyone violates the Law of the Land, the rebellion becomes a duty ».
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Blood Agent, the commander of Georgia Security Force III%, that is the paramilitary militia of the Three Percenters of this Southern State, in everyday life is called Chris Hill and is a chubby 46-year-old of average height, medium tattooed, thin hair and reddish beard, with a boring job (he doesn’t tell me more) in Morrow, a suburb of Atlanta. That’s where he meets me, in front of a nondescript office building on Jonesboro Road. He gets in the car, we go for a coffee in an outdoor bar. Those who put me in contact with him say that in the movement (300 groups of Three Percenters in the 50 states, for a total of about 15-20 thousand militiamen) some criticize him because he talks too much. Above all, aggressive claims on the net, since he has broken all ties with the American press. «I’m fed up», he explains, «of being called a violent racist. Let’s see if you foreigners manage to be more objective ».
Well, don’t you cultivate the myth of white supremacy?
“No. There are those who think so, but what matters to us is the defense of our freedoms. Among my men there are also Hispanics and African Americans ».
“Sure. The hardest part of my job is recruiting: in my militia, 350 men, I don’t accept neo-Nazis, people from the Ku Klux Klan or people who have served in white supremacy groups. And not even people who cannot hold weapons following criminal convictions. “
Don’t you even consider yourselves Trump’s militia? Wear your own bracelet. The president has invited you on TV to “stand back, stand by”: are you ready for action if he asks you?
“Don’t mix it all: I’m a Trump supporter like most of my men, but not all of them. I told you: we are not a political organization, we defend principles. We existed before Trump and will exist after. In that message he spoke to the Proud Boys that they are different: more politics, less ideals. And they also accept people with a rather dirty criminal record ».
Aren’t you involved in politics? Do the police at the rallies of Republican candidates in Georgia. Trump asked for surveillance at polling stations on Tuesday, Election Day. In Michigan, militias are preparing to preside over them. And you?
“Make a mess again. The ones who will move to Michigan are the Oath Keepers. We, here in Georgia, are not going to. Wasted time and resources, unless cases of abuse are reported. If they call us, we are ready to intervene. For the rest, yes, we are almost all Trumpians and we support its candidates, but not the conspiracy theories: those of the QAnon, for me, are bullshit ».
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In short, who are you? What’s the difference between you and the Oath Keepers given, moreover, that your founder – you were born in 2008 as a reaction to the Obama presidency – comes from that movement?
«I told you: we are people – especially veterans of various weapons and former policemen – who organize themselves in an almost military way to defend certain values. The Oath Keepers are similar only in appearance: they speak and march like a militia, but they have no military organization. ‘
What military experience did you have? And why did you join the Three Percenters (name linked to the erroneous belief that only 3 percent of American colonists engaged in the war of liberation from British rule)?
“I spent four years in the marines. Based in Okinawa, Hawaii and then Virginia as an instructor. I joined the militia in 2012. Nauseated by government corruption: an America increasingly unrecognizable ».
Obama hasn’t changed it radically. Couldn’t stand a black president?
“He threatened our right to arm us, he wanted to extend the sovereignty of the federal government, to make it enter local realities: we do not accept it, it is against Law of the Land».
Do you want to weaken the state? Anarchist temptations like those of the Boogaloo Bois, the movement, it seems, more agitated and dangerous?
«Here we go again: the Boogaloos are quite another stuff, not even politically labelable. I am not a militia and there is everything inside, from anarchists to neo-Nazis. We defend our freedoms, we reject the intrusiveness of the state. We recognize authority, but above all respect the local one: for us the sheriff is the true guarantor of the Law of the Land. Try to understand: there are states, like New York, that have introduced laws red flag: It means that a suspicious neighbor is all it takes and two FBI federal agents can come to your house and disarm you. Even if you haven’t committed some crime. It is enough for an old woman to say she feels threatened by you. ‘
Well if you run with semi-automatic weapons of war and a magazine with 45 bullets …
“It is not up to the government to decide which weapons can scare people and what capacity a magazine can have. The Constitution gives us unlimited freedom to arm ourselves precisely against the danger of the government becoming a tyrant. For us it is tyrannical if it does not fully respect the Second Amendment and considers illegal the behavior of citizens who, instead, respect it ”.
There are collective interests to be protected. As in the case of the coronavirus epidemic. I see you allergic to masks. Your ideological challenge too?
“At first I was frightened too: I gave my wife and the two boys the gas masks I had in my army. Then I realized that it’s all a hoax: an infectious disease a little more serious, nothing more. And who gives the alarm daily? Johns Hopkins. Who finances it? The Rockefellers: they are the ones who rule the world, they want to go back to globalization ».
Simplified schemes, sometimes based on unfounded theories, those of Chris: close to those of Trumpians opposed to multiculturalism and a world without barriers. They would like an America that is only Christian, abortion outlaw, immigrants only from Europe. The liberal left in power alongside the pc world, that is, the digital elite, is a nightmare scenario.
With Biden as president, will you and the other groups continue to train and show their weapons (also to break the monotony of post-military life) or will you rebel? Is there a risk of insurrection?
“We are individualists, it is impossible to coordinate between such different groups. I answer for my men: we are not violent, we need weapons to defend freedoms. But if they are violated, rebellion is not an option: it becomes a duty ».