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Florida white supremacists trained for ‘race war’ near Disney World

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 11:20 EDT
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A group of 10 white supremacists allegedly trained for a “race war” near Disney World in Orlando before being arrested by authorities this week, according to published reports.

The arrests came after a confidential informant told authorities that the American Front, a skinhead group, was planning “to kill Jews, immigrants and other minorities,” according to an arrest warrant obtained by The Associated Press.

The group’s training facilities were just 11 miles from Disney World, the document added.

The American Front was reportedly modeled after Britain’s white supremacist group National Front, AP noted, but it faded from significance in the ’90s after a string of violent episodes that culminated with the murder of skinhead leader David Lynch in 2011.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups in the U.S., said that American Front has chapters operating in Florida, California and New Jersey.

The Florida group’s arrested leader, 39-year-old Marcus Faella, was allegedly researching how to develop the toxic biological weapon ricin before being taken into police custody.

Photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler / Shutterstock.com.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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