Former FBI informant who thwarted KKK-law enforcement murder plots goes public for his own safety

By Peter Weber, The Week

From 2007 to 2018, Joseph Moore was an undercover informant for the FBI embedded in Florida chapters of the Ku Klux Klan, working to identify and expose law enforcement officials who moonlighted as Klansmen. After he testified against three state prison guards who had recruited him to murder a former inmate, Moore got a new name and moved with his family to a Florida subdivision, and he went public Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press, he said, in part because he believes the Klan has tracked him down and wants to harm him, his wife, and their four kids.

“Over the 10-year span of my operations, I uncovered people that were former military, current military, former law enforcement, current law enforcement — state, local, and county level” — and also members of the Klan, Moore told AP.

The FBI recruited Moore, an Army veteran, to infiltrate the United Northern and Southern Knights of the KKK in northern Florida in 2007, and he helped unmask a deputy of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and Fruitland Park Police Department and alerted the FBI to a KKK plot to murder a Latino truck driver, AP reports. When his FBI handler learned Moore had told his wife about his secret identity, he was dropped as an informant.


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  1. On his old radio show, the late G. Gordon Liddy liked to regale his audience with stories about the stupid guards he encountered while in prison.

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