Former Pennsylvania Police Chief Mark Kessler admitted on the Alan Colmes Show Tuesday that his viral gun rights videos were created under a covert federal operation to attract and take down patriot groups across the country.
Kessler, who made headlines in 2013 after being fired for one such profanity-laced video, stated that the multi-agency operation was specifically used to target supporters of the Constitution.
“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,” Kessler said.”When I say groups, I’m talking about Second Amendment groups, patriot groups, alleged patriot groups, militia groups.”
According to Kessler, the operation was so secretive that he was barred from informing anyone within his department as federal agents handled his every move.
“I could not say a word to anyone about the operation,” Kessler said. “So again it was bigger than me. I’d seen an opportunity to advance my law enforcement career, and there was no way I was going to turn it down.”
Despite the government’s well documented history of fabricating well over 90 percent of disrupted terror plots, Kessler claims the operation was an attempt to prevent terrorist attacks from unfolding.
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Here is the interview transcript via Fox News:
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: They were put out by me and they were put out by the people that I worked for at the time.
COLMES: Were you not working for the police department of Gilberton PA?
KESSLER: No I wasn’t
COLMES: Were you working for the federal government?
KESSLER: Yes, I can’t say what agency.
KESSLER: I couldn’t tell anybody. I just couldn’t, it was complete deniability. I could not say a word to anyone about the operation. So again it was bigger than me. I’d seen an opportunity to advance my law enforcement career, and there was no way I was going to turn it down.
COLMES: Is this the first time you revealed this?
KESSLER: Yes absolutely, yep
COLMES: Were you promised a job by somebody in the federal government to do this?
KESSLER: No, it was volunteer work.
COLMES: What was in it for you?
KESSLER: I got to save a lot of lives, I can tell you that.
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.