Neo Nazi Skinheads Arrested Near Disney World and Sen. Paula Dockery's Speech at USF Polytech Commencement05/09/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll discuss the recent arrest of neo-Nazis near Orlando and Republican state Senator Paula Dockery's commencement speech this past Monday at USF Polytech in Lakeland.
But first one listener comment about yesterday's discussion about Paul Ryan, Ayn Rand and objectivism.
Reuters is reporting that: "Ten alleged members of a white supremacist group training near Orlando and Disney World for a "race war" have been rounded up in a series of arrests in central Florida that authorities say began last Friday..
The arrests were based on evidence from a confidential informant who infiltrated the neo-Nazi organization known as the American Front 17 months ago, according to an arrest affidavit.
It said the group's alleged local ringleader, Marcus Faella, 39, had been "planning and preparing the AF for what he believes to be an inevitable race war" and had stated "his intent ... to kill Jews, immigrants and other minorities."
Faella operated a heavily fortified paramilitary training center for the AF on his isolated property in St. Cloud, Florida, 11 miles from the Walt Disney World theme parks, according to the affidavit.
It said he recently had been plotting a disturbance at Orlando City Hall and a confrontation against a rival skinhead group in coastal Melbourne in a bid to garner media attention, but had also been experimenting with the potential manufacture of the biological toxin ricin."
We're joined now by Mark Potok who is a staffer at the Southern Poverty Law Center a group which monitors right-wing hate groups.
Now we'll listen to a portion of the commencement speech by given by Republican state Senator Paula Dockery to the commencement class at USF Polytech in Lakeland this past Monday. Dockery's speech was about good leadership and some viewed it as a veiled commentary over the controversy to create a separate, independent university on the Lakeland campus.