DHS looks into FBI E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

According to the research wing of the Department of Homeland Security, allegations have surfaced that a domestic terrorist group in the 1970’s may have been funded by the FBI. According to multiple reports, there is an interesting entry at the website for the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses for Terrorism (known by the acronym START), which is run by the Department of Homeland Security and is based at the University of Maryland.

DHS describes START is one of their “centers of excellence,” an academic center sponsored by the DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate.

The webpage concerns the “Terrorist Organization Profile” for the Secret Army Organization — a right-wing terrorist group in the early 1970s. START writes that organization was “possibly funded by the FBI.”

According to the website, “The Secret Army Organization (SAO), a right-wing militant group based in San Diego, was active from 1969 to 1972.

The group targeted individuals and groups who spoke out against the Vietnam War, especially those who organized public demonstrations and distributed anti-war literature.”

In June of 1975, TNew York Times published an article entitled, “A.C.L.U. Says F.B.I. Funded ‘Army’ to Terrorize Antiwar Protesters.”

This was shortly after the FBI claimed they had stopped their Cointelpro program of disruption of activists of all stripes.

From START’s SAO webpage:   

“The report also stated that the SAO planned to kidnap and murder protestors of the 1972 Republican National Convention, which was to be held in San Diego before being relocated to Miami Beach. An assassination attempt of Dr. Peter Bohmer, professor at San Diego State University, and Paula Tharp, reporter for the San Diego Street Journal, brought about the arrests of several SAO members who later acknowledge an FBI connection. During the investigation, the gun used in the assassination attempt was found in the home of FBI agent Steven Christiansen, who was subsequently identified as a SAO contact.

"In 1973, Godfrey, testifying as an FBI informant, claimed he received up to $20,000 in weapons and a $250 per month income from the FBI to recruit new SAO members and provide information to agents. He also testified to the criminal acts of several SAO operatives, including fellow leader Jerry Lynn Davis. Official statements from the FBI claimed no involvement with the SAO, and no agents were prosecuted."


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