FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force informant & leader of the most incendiary U.S. Ku Klux Klan group protected by FBI even after jailed this month for attempted murder
By Nate Thayer
December 15, 2016
If anyone else had lived the life of Imperial Wizard of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Christopher Eugene Barker, they would have been shunned by the rules of polite society and locked up years ago by the rules of law.
But when you are the leader of the most extremist KKK faction in the U.S. while working as an informant for the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, there are different rules.
Barker was arrested December 3 on charges of aiding and abetting felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury—the North Carolina equivalent of attempted murder. On December 13, a North Carolina grand jury indicted Barker on those charges saying he “did aid and abet William Ernest Hagen in unlawfully, willfully, and feloniously assaulting Richard Dillon with a fixed blade hunting type knife, a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflict serious injury.”
It was not the first time Barker has been on the wrong side of the law.
The attempted murder charge earlier this month came four years after the Klan leader was arrested by federal law enforcement after being implicated in a conspiracy to build a nuclear weapon of mass destruction that caught the attention of the FBI in late July 2012.
That is when Barker began working for the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and came under their considerable powers of protection.
Six days after his August 7, 2012 arrest, Christopher Barker was released from jail into the custody of the FBI JTTF, to whom Barker offered a deal they chose not to refuse—to work as a FBI JTTF undercover informant to avoid a mandatory ten years federal prison sentence on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. At the request of the government, a Middle District Court of North Carolina federal judge immediately sealed court records and released him into the custody of the FBI.
On August 13, 2012, the same day Barker was released from a Forsyth County, NC jail where he was held as a “federal inmate”, Barker was equipped with audio recording devices by the FBI, and placed a call to Crawford inviting him down to North Carolina.
Christopher Barker did exactly six days in a county lockup on federal charges that carry a mandatory 10 years in federal prison.
The FBI’s ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card for Chris Barker
Ever since then, Imperial Wizard Christopher Barker has had a seemingly revolving ‘Get out of Jail Free’ card.
At the request of the government, “the defendant is ordered released upon procession August 23, 2012,” wrote U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina Jo Elizabeth Peake.
That same day or the following day, Barker met Crawford, who had driven down from New York state, at an Eden North Carolina restaurant to further discuss plans to build a weapon of mass destruction, according to FBI documents. Barker is “a CW (confidential witness), who is involved in the second branch of the investigation, (and) is a high-ranking member of the Ku Klux Klan (“KKK”),” reads a FBI affidavit from 2013. “On August 23, 2012, Crawford met with CW (Barker) in a small town in North Carolina and described the radiation emitting device he wanted to acquire. During the conversation, Crawford solicited financial support for acquiring the device, and requested that the CW meet with other KKK groups and officials to solicit them to acquire financial assistance to build his device.”
Five days later, Barker sent an email to Crawford on August 28, 2012: “Everything went well hope things are good on your end… great plan,” Barker wrote. ” Would love to see this once great nation in our hands again. Back in the hands of White Christian Americans just like our founding fathers planned it to be. Take care Brother keep in touch Hail Victory.”
In the following weeks, Barker recorded multiple conversations with Crawford, and then arranged for Crawford to meet with two men he said were wealthy KKK members who wanted to finance the nuclear weapons plot, but in fact were undercover FBI agents. In the following months the agents provided cash, bought components, and even constructed a fake terror device, according to court documents.
KLAN LEADER CHRIS BARKER AND THE LAW
Thirty-seven year-old Christopher Barker has been arrested over 50 times on an extravagant plethora of charges in recent years, but has never been to prison. These charges have included several assaults, innumerable alcohol related offenses, malicious arson, making threatening phone calls, aggravated assault, several arrests for beating up his wife, illegal purchase or possession of firearms, larceny, burglary—forcible entry, possessing stolen goods, threats/intimidation, and numerous other charges.
Since he began work for the FBI in 2012, he has been arrested many more times, and violated numerous conditions of the supervised federal probation imposed by the court on Barker.
“The defendant violated supervised release conditions requiring that he not (1) commit another federal, state, or local crime, (2) associate with or be in the company of any gang members/security threat group member, including but not limited to the Ku Klux Klan (the “KKK”), (3) frequent any locations where gangs/security threat groups congregate or meet, or (4) wear, display, use, or possess any clothing or accessories which has any gang or security threat group significance,” wrote a federal judge on June 23, 2016. “IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED…that the oral Motion for Detention by the United States is GRANTED. The defendant is committed to the custody of the United States Attorney General or his designated representative for confinement in a corrections facility..”
While the court agreed with Barker’s probation officer in June 2016 that Barker’s probation should be revoked and he be imprisoned as “a danger to society”, the U.S. Assistant Attorney from the Department of Justice–which represents the FBI–argued that Barker should not be incarcerated. Instead, he was, given another slap on the wrist, released from a local county jail after a few days incarceration, given three months of additional punishment of home confinement wearing an ankle bracelet, and his existing three-year supervised federal probation had another year tacked on to it.
Three months later Chris Barker was arrested for his involvement in an assault and stabbing that took place in the dining room of his residence during a national gathering of his KKK faction. On December 13, Barker was formally indicted on charges of “aiding and abetting felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill serious injury” in Caswell County, North Carolina.
But even since Barker was arrested on the attempted murder related charges on December 3, the federal government has refused to revoke his supervised probation, despite the felony charges relating to attempted murder at a Klan gathering at Barker’s house where he was presiding over organizing a “Trump Victory Parade” scheduled for the following morning, to be followed by a cross burning and initiation of new members into his KKK faction at his residence—all violations of the conditions of his federal parole.
“As of today, nothing has been filed,” said Supervisory U.S. Probation Officer Edward Cameron of the Middle District of North Carolina federal court in an interview December 13, referring to whether there been a move to revoke Barker’s federal probation and remand him to jail.
Both the Caswell County District Court Clerk and the Caswell County Sheriff Department confirmed that Barker was free to be released from county jail, where he is awaiting court appearances on the attempted murder related charges, if he is able to raise the money for his bail. “If he is able to raise bond, he has the right to be released and, yes, it is a possibility he will be released,” said Caswell County Sheriff’s Department Captain Michael Adkins in an interview. “There has been no request by federal authorities or anyone else to revoke his bond or probation, as far as I know.”
LWK ON VERGE OF COLLAPSE
But what the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and the U.S. Attorney’s Office have refused to do, many members of the Loyal White Knights have decided to do themselves.
The Klan group has seen mass resignations since the stabbing incident earlier this month. “I have counted 97 resignations of members since December 3,” said one former LWK Grand Dragon—or state leader—in a series of telephone interviews. Interviews with 11 members of the LWK who were present in North Carolina all confirmed that the Grand Dragons—or state leaders—of their most active state chapters had formally resigned from the LWK in the wake of the stabbing incident. “Enough is enough. This is not the first time that Barker has been drunk and aggressive and acted unacceptably at a LWK gathering,” said one Grand Dragon.
Loyal White Knights total active national membership was estimated at between 150-200 before the December 3 high-profile arrest of Barker. Several ranking LWK officers estimate more than half of total membership formally resigned in protest of Barker’s conduct and leadership since early this month.
“I’m very upset that a member from one of my states can’t go to a rally amongst his fellow Klan brothers and sisters without fear for his life! Probate oath says I will treat every Klansmen as a brother or sister to me. Is this the way we treat family?” Paul Peck, the LWK Grand Dragon for the Midwest responsible for 11 states, wrote in a December 6 email to Barker’s wife, Amanda:
“The rules also say no alcohol at functions, but what’s the common thing every time there is a disaster–it’s because of drinking! Chris hitting people at Stone Mountain Georgia-drinking. Chris trashing the motel room at a rally-drinking. Chris getting drunk and beating on you multiple times-drinking. Chris calling me at 4:00 in the morning drunk on his ass looking for you-drinking. Chris and his DUI’s-drinking. This weekend-drinking,” wrote Peck three days after the stabbing incident.
Peck resigned from the LWK in the wake of the stabbing and assault incident and the arrest of Barker. “After the stabbing, they contacted me to ask what my intentions were–if I was resigning. I asked them ‘What the Hell do you think my intentions are? You tried to kill a member from one of my states!'”
“This was a premeditated attempt to kill Richard–I know that for a fact, 200%,” said Peck in an interview. “I know of others members who were approached to kill Richard. There is no doubt in my mind that if Richard’s friend wasn’t there, no one would have seen Richard again.”
“What happened to Richard (Dillon) could have been any one of us,” said another LWK Grand Dragon who resigned this month. “This was something that was planned out beforehand.”
After the stabbing and assault in North Carolina “Barker and Hagen showed up at 4:00 o’clock in the morning at the Days Inn in Yanceyville, North Carolina, where a lot of us were staying, very drunk, covered in blood, and banging on doors. They kept on drinking until they passed out and woke up at around 9:00 am,” said one LWK member who witnessed the scene. “There were children and families there. Enough is enough.”
The LWK state leaders of Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and the Grand Dragon responsible for 11 states in the Midwest have all submitted their resignation in protest of the December LWK kerfuffle surrounding the assault and arrest of Barker, say three ranking officers of the Loyal White Knights who themselves resigned in the wake of the December 3 stabbing and assault.
Even before then, the LWK had seen a spike in top officers leaving.
James ‘JT’ Moore, whose real name is James Seay, the Virginia Grand Dragon, who also served as the Klan groups “Imperial Kludd”—or preacher– left the LWK in November over disagreements with Barker. Seay was widely viewed as Barker’s most active and influential loyalist. “I just couldn’t work with Chris anymore,” he said in a December 2nd interview. Moore officially joined the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement and plans to “start my own church. I have in no way changed my political views.”
The Florida and South Carolina Grand Dragons also left the LWK in recent months, and arrested with Barker was James Ernest Hagen, the California Grand Dragon and “West Coast King Kleagle”—or chief recruiter responsible for 13 western states. But, prior to the stabbing, his California chapter was down to only two members after a spate of resignations.
The LWK members-only discussion forum, or chat room, on their website had all its secret access codes and permissions changed on Tuesday December 12. The access pass codes to a conference call meeting held 4 times a week where members from across the country could call in and listen to Barker and others, take instruction from Barker, and discuss strategy were also changed that day. Members who called in were asked to identify themselves and told to contact their state chapter officers for the new pass code. Barker’s wife sent an email to the entire LWK mailing list December 12th:
Sent: 12/12/2016 11:29:02 A.M.
Subj: New Klass Number and Code
KIGY (Klansman I Greet You) EVERYONE, WE WILL BE USING A NEW KLASS NUMBER AND CODE STARTING TODAY FOR KLASS. PLEASE EMAIL ME YOUR FULL NAME AND STATE FOR THE INFORMATION. IF YOU ARE GETTING THIS EMAIL AND YOU ARE NOT LWK REPLY SO I CAN REMOVE YOU OFF LIST.
EVERYONE HAVE A GREAT WHITE WEEK.
KLASP (Klannish Loyalty, A Sacred Principle.)
IK (Imperial Kommander) AMANDA
Law enforcement has asked some LWK members who have contacted the police with information on the assault to not resign from the LWK, now in disarray and reportedly crumbling, in order to facilitate monitoring from within the extremist group.
But law enforcement intelligence units have long closely monitored the group. One plainclothes North Carolina agent who was interviewing LWK members at the Caswell County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Department a few hours after the stabbing incident mentioned that there had been “five turkeys and two hams” served at Barker’s house at a dinner gathering held hours earlier for several dozen LWK members who had arrived in town on Friday evening for Saturdays public rally. “That guy knew everything,” said Richard Dillon, the LWK member who was stabbed and assaulted by Barker and his lieutenants. “He knew what we ate for dinner last night.” When another senior LWK officer who was also at the Friday event was asked what was served at the buffet at Chris Barker’s house, he said, “Hold on a second. Let me ask my wife. She helped prepare the meal. ‘Honey, how many turkeys and hams were at dinner Friday night?’ In the background a woman’s voice said “five turkeys and two hams.”
Chris Barker and his complicated relationship with the law
After Barker pled guilty to the 2012 federal arrest for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, the government gave Barker a sweetheart deal of two months imprisonment and three years supervised probation that included specific “special” conditions.
Although it remains unclear if Barker ever was required to spend any more than a few days in a local county lock-up because the federal court records remain sealed at the request of the government, it is very clear Barker has not been required to abide by the conditions of his parole.
These conditions include that Barker can “not associate with or be in the company of gang member/ security threat group member, including but not limited to the Ku Klux Klan” and “not frequent any locations where gangs/security threat groups congregate or meet” or “wear or display, use or possess any clothing or accessories which have any gang or security threat group significance.”
In addition, the federal court wrote Barker can “not commit another local, state, or federal crime”; “shall abstain from any use of alcoholic beverages”; “shall not leave the judicial district without the permission of the court or probation officer”; “shall work regularly at a lawful occupation”; “shall notify the probation officer within 72 hours of being arrested or questioned by a law enforcement officer”; and “not enter into any kind of agreement to act as an informer or special agent of a law enforcement agency without the permission of the court.”
Barker has violated each one of these conditions numerous times–cumulatively on more than a hundred occasions– according to data and documents compiled in this investigation.
Court documents indicate it is the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which represents the FBI, that is opposed to revoking Barker’s status as a free man–not the Federal Probation Office, which reports independently to the federal court. “We have had ongoing discussions with the Assistant United States Attorney in this case and have had some differences of opinion regarding the interpretation of the special condition wording and what is a violation,” wrote James Long, Barker’s probation officer in an April 2016 petition to the court requesting Barker’s probation status be revoked and he be jailed. “Due to the differences of interpretation between our office and the government” over how to define “Klan activity”, Long wrote, “All allegations that have been reported to our office have been evaluated with the special conditions wording in mind. Specifically, the condition does not limit speech or advocacy, it only restricts known association and display of clothing, materials, and accessories.”
“In our role as independent investigators, we have reported the allegations of violations we believe to be most likely provable under the conditions of his release as currently worded,” Long told the court.
Barker’s arrests while on federal probation.
Since he began his role as an informant for the FBI JTTF in 2012, Barker has been charged or arrested at least a dozen times.
Barker was even arrested twice the same day in separate incidents, by two different law enforcement agencies on charges related to drunk driving, after the sheriff’s office responded to another call to Barker’s home from his wife early the same morning that Barker was assaulting her.
In an August 5th 2015 message sent at 10:57 pm by Barker to this reporter, he responded to an article detailing his work as an informant for the FBI. “Once again if I Chris Barker Imperial Wizard of the Loyal White Knights worked for the FBI would I not be allowed to go to every rally to collect names and try to set members up? …This man and his token nigger Daryl Davis can continue their lies FOR THE Z.O.G (Zionist Occupied Government) along with the prick who wrote this article.”
A few hours later, in the early morning hours of August 6, 2015, Barker’s wife, Amanda, called 911.
“On August 6, 2015 at 5:18 am, Ms. Barker called 911 and reported that Mr. Barker had assaulted her and was in his truck trying to ram her vehicle,” according to his federal probation officer and local Caswell County, NC Sheriff incident reports. “Officers with the Caswell County Sheriff Department responded to investigate and, upon their arrival, officers were advised that Mr. Barker had left the residence and was driving his truck. Ms. Barker reported that Mr. Barker had hit her on the forehead, and she was instructed by law enforcement to speak with a magistrate to seek charges of Assault on a Female. Ms. Barker did not pursue any charges against Mr. Barker.”
The Caswell County Sheriff’s Department began a search for Barker, and Sheriff Deputy J Dickerson “spotted Mr. Barker and initiated a traffic stop on Highway 86. Deputy Dickerson reported a strong odor of alcohol as he approached the truck and Mr. Barker appeared intoxicated. Mr. Barker was detained and he gave permission for the Deputy to search the truck for weapons. Deputy Dickerson noticed a wet spot in the floorboard where Mr. Barker had spilled or poured out the liquor. An empty liquor bottle and an aluminum baseball bat were also in the cab of the truck. Mr. Barker refused to blow into the Breathalyzer and was taken into custody.” Barker “was released to his father’s custody at about 9:53 am.”
Less than an hour later, at 10:42 am, Barker was seen “operating his 1979 Ford truck on NC Highway 700, by North Carolina Highway Patrol Officer B. Myers. According to the arrest report, Barker drove past “Myers and pulled into the parking lot of the ABC store. Mr. Barker had red and glassy eyes, his speech was slurred, and he had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Mr. Barker again refused to provide a breath sample for testing. Mr. Barker was placed under arrest and was later released on $10,000 bond,” according to documents submitted in April 2016 to the federal District Court of Middle North Carolina.
Barker never spent a night in jail.
Barker has been charged with assaulting his wife on at least six other previous occasions. Eden, North Carolina police charged Barker with “assault with a deadly weapon, a rifle by putting the gun to her head while threatening to kill her. The defendant also assaulted her by hitting her on the shoulder knocking her to the floor causing her to hit her head,” according to police incident reports obtained in this investigation.
Barker was later arrested for threats and intimidation “when he did threaten to physically injure the person of Joey Belton by writing him a letter stating that the next time he sees him he would blow his head off.”
Barker was also arrested when he tried to “sell or trade a rifle for a fifth of liquor.” Barker first told the police “the rifle was not his to begin with. He then changed the story and said his wife Amanda brought the gun.” She was contacted and denied her husband’s story. “Once again Mr. Barker changed his story, saying he got the rifle” from a third person. That person was contacted and said “he traded the rifle to Barker for a shotgun.”
In another incident Barker was arrested for “unlawfully willfully and feloniously owning a 7.7 millimeter Japanese WWII rifle which is a firearm. The defendant had previously been convicted of a felony.”
Later Barker was arrested and charged with “maliciously burning the dwelling house inhabited by” a neighbor.
On Christmas Eve 2008, Barker was arrested for burning down the house of a man he apparently thought was having an affair with his wife. “We found his electronic discount card—the kind you swipe at the cash register at Wal-Mart each time you buy something—at the fire scene, which traced back to Barker,” said Rockingham County Fire Marshal Robert Cardwell. “When we went to talk to him, he was so drunk we couldn’t understand half of what he was saying. He was drinking beer through the whole interview.”
“I think Mr. Barker has a problem with alcohol,” he added.
On April 3, 2014, Barker was charged with Assault on a Female—his wife, Amanda– in Rockingham County, NC, but the County District Attorney dismissed the case on April 22, 2014, because she refused to cooperate or attend court hearings.
Later that same year, on December 12, 2014, law enforcement responded to a 911 call from Barker’s wife to the Barker’s home. The Caswell County North Carolina Sheriff’s Department reported that when a sheriff deputy arrived “he spoke with Amanda Barker who reported that Mr. Barker had assaulted her by pulling her hair…She further reported that Mr. Barker had gone outside and jerked the exhaust pipe off their wood stove and threatened to burn down their house” but Amanda Barker did not file charges.
“We have long been aware of Chris Barker,” said Craig Blitzer, the Rockingham County, North Carolina, District Attorney, in earlier interviews. “We have charged Barker over the years with forgery, assault with a deadly weapon, making threats, an arson charge, an assault on a female in 2011 and again in 2014, DWI in ’07 and ’09 and ’04, possession of stolen goods, larceny, two charges of possession of a stolen weapon, and an open container charge last month. And that is just in Rockingham County.”
BARKER AND THE ‘BUCK ROGERS’ RADIOACTIVE RAY GUN PLOT
According to federal court documents and FBI affidavits, New York state resident Glendon Scott Crawford joined Barker’s Loyal White Knights in June and “between July and August 2012, sought the assistance of” Barker and “presented his plan to weaponize an industrial strength X-ray system to his Klan group in the hope that his Klan organization would provide him the funding necessary” in a “plan to kill human beings by insidiously poisoning them with lethal doses of radiation….”
On July 2, Crawford, who worked as an engineer for General Electric, was invited by Barker to attend two upcoming Klan events in Maryland and North Carolina. On July 19, Crawford sent a reply email to Barker writing he would be unable to attend either “get together, but if possible, may I visit you and share the things I wanted to at the meeting?” according to copies of the email exchange later discovered by the FBI and obtained by this reporter. On July 25 Barker replied to Crawford’s email, writing, “call me”, and listed two of his private cell phone numbers.
Barker and Crawford spoke by phone in the following days. At the time, the FBI was still unaware of the collaboration—until at 6:55 pm July 27 Crawford messaged an undercover FBI agent, who had infiltrated into Crawford’s circle in New York state, suggesting the undercover FBI agent call Barker, according to emails obtained from now unsealed Northern District of New York federal court records. “Get a hold of (Chris Barker) of the Loyal White Knights, 1-336-xxx-xxxx. The Knights [Barker’s group] may have the resources to invest and bring the project to fulfillment,” wrote Crawford. At the time, Crawford had been in contact with Barker “unbeknownst to the government,” according to FBI documents.
Within two days, on July 30, 2012, a 2011 indictment against Barker for illegal weapons possession was activated and the next day, July 31, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Barker. On August 7, 2012, Barker was arrested by the United States Marshall Service on federal charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Three days later he called up the FBI from jail and he made the FBI an offer they did not refuse. Three days after that, on August 13, Chris Barker was released from jail into the custody of the FBI after they intervened with the Federal Middle District Court of North Carolina. Later that same day, the FBI attached audio recording devices to Barker when he called up Crawford and invited him down to North Carolina to pursue his plot to construct a mobile radioactive ray-gun to target Muslim mosques in the United States.
At the instruction of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, Barker organized personal meeting with Crawford who travelled to North Carolina on August 23rd and met Barker at a local Eden, North Carolina restaurant and again on October 4, 2012 in a Greensboro, North Carolina hotel room, this time joined by two FBI JTTF agents posing as wealthy KKK members who wanted to finance Crawford’s radioactive weapon plot, according to FBI and U.S. federal court documents. The hotel room was equipped with cameras and the meeting was videotaped and later presented in federal court where Crawford was convicted of attempting to construct a weapon of mass destruction.
Barker’s North Carolina federal court case from August 2012 was immediately ordered sealed upon his 2012 arrest at the request of the United States Department of Justice Attorney General’s Office—the same federal agency that the FBI reports to.
On August 22, 2012, U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina Jo Elizabeth Peake ordered Barker to be released into “the custody of Jody Fitzpatrick of Eden, North Carolina”.
But Eden, North Carolina records show no “Jodi Fitzgerald” as ever having lived there. “I have never heard of anyone named Jodi Fitzgerald,” said Eden Police Department Detective Lieutenant Clinton Simpson, who has followed Chris Barker for more than a decade. “Fitzgerald is not a common name around here.”
Because Barker’s federal court records on the 2012 possession of a firearm by a felon arrest remain sealed, the details of the courtroom discussions and arguments to the judge by the U.S. Attorney’s Office on behalf of Barker remain somewhat opaque. However, court records suggest Barker never was incarcerated in a federal facility—or anywhere else beyond a few days.
Barker’s “Date of Original Sentence” of “2 months imprisonment followed by three (3) years supervised release” for “Possession of a Firearm by a Felon” was imposed on August 27, 2013. Federal Middle District of North Carolina court records show Barker was ordered to surrender at 2:00pm on October 18, 2013. “Upon release from imprisonment, the defendant shall be on supervised release for a term of three (3) years.”
But records from the same court show that Barker’s term of supervised probation “commenced (on) October 27, 2013”, 9 days later. Court and federal probation office reports show his probation officer visited him at his home on October 30, 2013—three days later—indicating Barker, in fact, had never served any more than a few days in a North Carolina county lockup. This is confirmed by federal Probation office documents that show Barker’s three-year probation “supervision expires (on) October 26, 2016.”
In the August of this year petition to the court by the U.S. Probation Office to revoke Barker’s supervised probation and send him to jail, the court rejected the recommendation of the probation officer and attached on a one year extension of supervised probation to Barker’s original sentence, and stated it would begin upon the conclusion of his original probation term–which was October 2016.
BARKER RUNS THE LOYAL WHITE KNIGHTS KLAN WHILE ON FEDERAL PROBATION
On November 12, 2012 only weeks after Barker’s meeting with Crawford and undercover FBI agents in the Greensboro hotel room on October 4, Barker’s Loyal White Knights held a demonstration on the downtown Charlotte, North Carolina courthouse steps. The official permit to hold the rally was issued in the name of Barker’s wife, Amanda. They invited the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement, who praised Barker and their alliance with his KKK group. “NSM members, supporters, and our friends from the Loyal White Knights of the KKK gathered in Charlotte,” wrote the NSM on their website, adding “Thank you and a Salute to the men and ladies from the Loyal White Knights for the solidarity. You are all truly dedicated, and it was an honor to work with The LWK once again.”
Throughout the period Barker has been on federal probation until he was arrested on aiding and abetting attempted murder on December 3, 2016, Barker and his wife, Amanda, have run the Loyal White Knights from their homes, first in Eden, Rockingham County and then in Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina, where they have registered their Klan web sites, held four-times-a-week national conference calls, operated at least five telephone numbers used for KKK recruitment and organizing, maintain a P.O Box in the small village of Pelham to receive membership dues and other required and suggested payments that go directly to the Barker’s, held cross burnings, organized public rallies and private cross burnings and gatherings in at least eleven states, ordered coordinated nationwide leaflet drops under the cover of darkness which often targeted black and immigrant neighborhoods, conducted scores of media interviews, and convened national gatherings of LWK members and recruits—all using their home residence as the headquarters of the Loyal White Knights.
On April 9, 2014, Barker conducted a nine-minute interview, using his real name and identifying himself as the Imperial Wizard of the LWK Klan, with the FOX News radio show host Alan Colmes.
On July 15, 2014, a story by North Carolina WTVD Channel 11 aired regarding leaflet drops promoting the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and a rally scheduled for High Point, NC on August 9, 2014. The reporter interviewed Barker, who identified himself as the Imperial Wizard of the Loyal White Knights of the KKK, for the TV story.
On April 26, 2014, the LWK held a gathering of nearly 40 members who travelled from a number of states at Mountwood Park in Parkersburg, West Virginia, for a Klan meeting presided over by Chris Barker, who gave speeches dressed in full Klan robes and hoods.
“”We’ve organized training in survival, firearms, and unarmed combat to prepare for the war that is coming,” said Barker. “We’re going to arm and train in hand-to-hand-combat for the upcoming battle.. The women might not like it, but we are going to use live animals…”
Chris Barker also presided at a cross burning that day.
On July 21, 2014, Barker’s probation officer “became aware that the Loyal White Knights of the KKK had applied to have a protest at the Montgomery County courthouse, located in Troy, NC,” wrote the federal probation officer in the petition to revoke Barker’s supervised probation to the federal judge. “The probation officer learned that Ms. Barker had applied for the paperwork to conduct the protest.”
On August 1, 2014, the probation officer saw a televised interview on Al Jazeera News showing two KKK members wearing their robes and hoods at the Pelham, NC post office, where the Loyal White Knights have their P.O. Box mailing address. The two Klan members took the reporter “to a remote nearby location beside a pond and tobacco field” and “the lead KKK member expressed his displeasure with the immigration of individuals from other countries to the United States,” according to a U.S. federal probation office investigative report. The interview was with Chris Barker, who actually called for the murder of illegal immigrants “to send a message.”
In the interview Barker called for shooting the children of those trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico. “They are breaking the law when they come here. If we can’t turn them back, I think if we pop a couple of them off and leave their corpses laying on the border, maybe they will see we are serious about stopping immigration,” Barker told the film crew in the July 2014 interview.
“It should be noted that the vehicle that appeared in the video was a Chevrolet sedan, which was dark blue in color with a Tri-city license tag on its front bumper. The vehicle was a car known to belong to Mr. Barker at that time. The probation officer identified Mr. Barker by the sound of his voice and by a circular tattoo on his wrist,” wrote the probation officer.
In 2015, the 150-200 “active members” of the LWK were operating in at least 15 states, and there were at least 43 incidents of leaflets and public and private rallies, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
Despite being forbidden from leaving North Carolina without permission from his probation officer, Barker has attended at least three LWK Klan organized events in Georgia in 2015 and 2016, one in Florida in January 2015, one in Mississippi, two in Alabama in 2015 and 2016, one in South Carolina in July 2015, one in Indiana in May of 2014, one in Illinois in August 2015, one in Arkansas in 2015, one in West Virginia on April 26, 2014, as well as others in Virginia and other locales. In addition, he has presided over at least a dozen public rallies, Klan national meetings, cross burnings, and “naturalization”—or initiation of new members–ceremonies in North Carolina and throughout the U.S.
“In May of 2014, I was with Chris and Amanda in Indiana at a LWK event,” said then LWK Grand Dragon Paul Pike in an interview. “Chris said he would be in a world of problem if anyone found out he was here because his probation didn’t allow him to leave North Carolina or be uninvolved in Klan activity.”
In January 2015, Barker travelled to Florida to a gathering of the LWK in that state. “He was stumbling around drunk, berating other LWK members saying the Klan was a big joke, and left without paying for his hotel or food bills,” said one LWK Grand Dragon in an interview. “Several people left the LWK in disgust after that. And the same thing has happened before that and since then.”
Caswell County Sheriff’s Department Detective Hudson contacted Barker’s federal probation officer on February 19, 2015 to report that they had investigated a cross burning at the Barker’s residence on January 31, 2015, according to federal court documents.
In May 2016, Barker went to Georgia for a public demonstration the LWK and the National Socialist Movement jointly organized at Stone Mountain and another event in Rome, Georgia. “Barker showed up drunk at Stone Mountain. He was running around exposing himself,” said one LWK leader who was at the events. “It is the same story at every event he is at.”
“In Rome, he trashed the motel room, punched holes in the wall, broke the bed and furniture, and beat the Hell out of his wife,” said Paul Pike, the Grand Dragon responsible for 11 mid-western states.
“I picked Barker up at his home in North Carolina and I drove him to Georgia,” said Richard Dillon, the Klan member from Indiana who was stabbed in Barker’s house in early December, in an interview on December 12. “We picked up two members from Georgia and drove to another rally in Alabama. Barker was drunk the whole time. He never slept. Quite a few people were upset because he was leaving liquor bottles on the podium and alter, using foul language, and exposing himself and peeing wherever he wanted to. There were family and kids around,” said Dillon.
Perhaps the most public of Barker’s Klan organizing efforts while under supervised federal probation was the public demonstration he organized at the South Carolina state capitol building on July 18, 2015 days after the mass murder by a white supremacist of nine black parishioners in a South Carolina church.
Barker organized the incendiary demonstration, intentionally designed to fan the flames of racial strife, after Dylann Roof executed 9 church parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina in June. “The KKK would like to say hail victory to the young warrior in South Carolina, Dylann S. Roof, who decided to do what the Bible told him,” Barker said in a voice recording on his 800 number Klan “hotline” shortly after the South Carolina church shooting. “If we had 10,000 more men like this young man, America would not be in the shape that it is in now.”
Barker posted a public appeal on the white nationalist Internet website “Stormfront” just after midnight on July 9 for supporters to gather in South Carolina for the LWK sponsored demonstration. “Greetings all. We have the permit to rally July 18 2015 in South Carolina state house…We are having a dinner and cross lighting at dark. If you are interested in standing up for our white heritage, contact us at the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Home or call us at 336-432-0386. WHITE POWER!!! SAVE OUR LAND JOIN THE KLAN.”
The official permit to hold the rally was issued by the state of South Carolina to the name of Barker’s wife, Amanda, and listed their North Carolina address and phone numbers as contacts. “We will be at the statehouse in Columbia, S.C. standing up for all who died against federal tyranny!” said Barker, who was working as an informant for the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force at the time.
The South Carolina rally gained international media attention, drawing thousands of press, counter demonstrators and law enforcement from numerous states and Washington.
Jeff Schoep, the leader of the National Socialist Movement, the largest Nazi party in the United States, was the featured speaker at the South Carolina demonstration, which drew thousands of law enforcement, media, and counter-protestors. “We were invited by Chris Barker of the Loyal White Knights. We stand with him in defense of American values, ” said NSM spokesman Brian Culpepper in an interview at the time.
“Part of my federal parole is I can not be involved in any Klan work,” said Barker in an interview July 16—two days before the event.” I haven’t attended a (Klan) rally in two years.”
But, in fact, while Barker himself did not appear publicly at the demonstration, he was checked in to a hotel nearby in Columbia, and attended a Klan event held on the property of a Klan member later that same night, according to several LWK members who were present.
On October 8, 2015, Chris Barker commented under his long held account “Barker1866” on the white nationalist “Stormfront” internet discussion website, “The jews control the media and radio and also they crawl inside our white movement. Many attacks have been bought up against our Klan by Kikes with in the White movement who work with jews outside. It as you can see is all lies which truthfully has made our group stronger… I let members come and hang out with us. We are doing well sorry have not been here in a while been busy. Trying to get the next rally ready have one more week to go cross lighting at dark. Unlike most Klans we are always out to do something some where. We in the Loyal White Knights KKK thank you for your support Hail Victory….. O.R.I.O.N 14/88 Bark!k!k!er Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan”
On February 12, 2016, Barker’s probation officer and his supervisor met Barker and his wife at the McDonald’s in Yanceyville, NC where they were told that the probation office was going to do a home inspection “and we followed the Barker’s to their residence. On the rear window of the Barker’s Dodge Durango, there was a bumper sticker which displayed a known KKK symbol and the words 100% American.”
When asked about his KKK activities, “Barker typically responds by denying or passing responsibility to his wife, Amanda Barker, who is considered to be active with the group,” wrote the probation office.
Efforts to revoke Barker’s probation
On June 2, 2016, Barker’s probation officer petitioned the court asking that his probation be revoked and he be sent to prison. “It is recommended that Mr. Barker’s supervised release be revoked and that he be sentenced to the high-end of the range of the Chapter 7 policy statements. The recommendation is based on his continued association and involvement with the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and his putting the general public at risk by his driving while impaired,” wrote U.S. Probation Officer James W. Long and his Supervisory U.S. Probation Officer Bradley G. Whitely in a petition to the federal judge in North Carolina.
The court responded on June 23, 2016 that Barker “violated supervised release conditions requiring that he not (1) commit another federal, state, or local crime, (2) associate with or be in the company of any gang members/security threat group member, including but not limited to the Ku Klux Klan (the “KKK”), (3) frequent any locations where gangs/security threat groups congregate or meet, or (4) wear, display, use, or possess any clothing or accessories which has any gang or security threat group significance” wrote the judge when he ordered Barker’s probation revoked, concluding Barker “poses a danger to the community” and “the Court lacks a clear and convincing basis to conclude that, if released, the defendant would not pose a danger to the community.”
A week later, the Associated Press quoted Barker in a nationally released article. “Most Klan groups I talk to could hold a meeting in the bathroom in McDonald’s,” said Chris Barker, imperial wizard of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Eden, North Carolina. As for his Klavern, he said, “Right now, I’m close to 3,800 members in my group alone.”
The court issued an arrest warrant and Barker was held in a local North Carolina county lockup until a court hearing was held. The U.S. Attorney’s office, representing the government, argued against revoking Barker’s probation in court sessions ordered sealed by the court at the request of the government. When Barker’s court hearing convened on August 8, his probation was not revoked, but rather amended to “three months home detention” and extending his supervised probation for an additional one year. Barker was released from county lockup on August 8, 2016. The Court ruled for “continuing the defendant on supervised release, modifying the terms of supervised release to include three months of home confinement, and adding an additional supervised release term of one year (to run at the expiration of the defendant’s current supervised release term),” according to the Federal District Court in the Middle District of North Carolina.
Less than four months later, Barker was arrested for aiding and abetting the attempted murder of a fellow Klansman.
While he remains in Caswell County jail awaiting trial on North Carolina state charges of “felony assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to kill serious injury”, there has been no attempt to revoke his federal probation status as of December 15, according to the Federal Probation Office in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.