“Tuesday on The Alan Colmes Show, former police chief Mark Kessler made one of the most shocking revelations Alan had ever heard, and Kessler said he was exposing it for the first time anywhere,” radio.foxnews.com reports. “Kessler, who infamously made online videos insulting liberals and firing his gun, claimed that the federal government put him up to making the videos in order to attract ‘the worst of the worst’ and said the videos even led to arrests of ‘lone wolf’ terrorists. No it’s not April 1st. And no Chief Kessler isn’t winding-up Fox’s pet liberal. He’s serious. Or seriously mentally challenged. Check this out . . .
KESSLER: I signed up with those agencies, several different agencies and began an operation where I was just a magnet. I was sent out there to attract the worst of the worst and frankly it worked.
COLMES: You were sent out by whom?
KESSLER: I was sent out for, well I can’t really say exactly who but, I was sent out by agencies to go out and attract and investigate, whatever I can do to find out who’s who and what’s what among these groups. When I say groups, I’m talking about Second Amendment groups, patriot groups, alleged patriot groups, militia groups . . .
KESSLER: I’m happy to say that we took down several plotted attacks that didn’t go through, we took down a group in Georgia. We took down a group in Texas.
COLMES: Can you name any of the groups you took down?
KESSLER: The Triple X Minutemen is one group.
COLMES: Who are they?
KESSLER: They are from the Georgia area, and they were planning to blow up a federal building.
COLMES: Any other groups you can cite that you took down?
KESSLER: We took some lone wolves down in Texas that were militia guys, I should’t say militia, they were wanna be terrorists.
Well there’s no news story on Google about arrested Triple X Minutemen. However, TTAG reader John in Ohio unearthed this:
The computer that I’m using right now is too slow to open more windows to investigate timelines and I didn’t want to lose these links and quotes. Could this be the same group? If not, could this be where the Chief cooked up his tale?
“Three Face Charges in Alleged Georgia Militia Plot”
Cannon invited the CHS to join “a private Facebook chat where plans were being made.”
But a participant in one of the chats – “a person using the moniker ‘Chief’” – said he had been “arguing with myself on what level of violence or what level of damage is acceptable.”
“I do not want to kill or injure fellow Americans,” Chief said. “So, at least for the guys with me we will restrain the violence toward people and target infrastructure. Then respond to violence with reciprocal violence.”
“FBI Arrests Georgia Militia Terrorists Attempting to Buy Bombs to Attack Feds (Updated)”
“Georgia Men Used Facebook To Plot Anti-Government Militia Uprising, Prosecutors Say”
One of the FBI’s cooperating sources, who has no prior convictions or felony charges but has been paid by the FBI, was supposed to meet with Peace in Memphis on Feb. 5, but that meeting was scrapped. Instead, the FBI informant talked with Peace over a secured chat website. There, a person using the moniker “Chief” said the group would try to “restrain the violence toward people” and instead would “target infrastructure.”
Given the context of this revelation – after numerous ATF “stings” and the Fast and Furious operation – I believe Kessler’s telling the truth. Look out for my editorial on the subject tomorrow (Thurday).