Just in case you weren’t nervous enough about the dangers of this baworld, NBC brings us a scary story about a 2014 report by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on attempts by outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMGs) to recruit former and active duty members of the military into their criminal enterprises. The report, first obtained by The Intercept, warns that “The OMG community continues to spread its tentacles throughout all facets of government,” and has some nice overheated language suggesting that someone at ATF really dreams of writing for the New York Post:
Which is not to say that the problem isn’t serious, I know, I know, it’s really serious. You don’t want criminal organizations infiltrating the military and law enforcement, and the report includes details on roughly 100 cases of people who shouldn’t be in violent criminal gangs like the Hells Angels, Mongols, Bandidos, and other groups like the ones that shot up the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, earlier this month. The Interceptnotes that one of the bikers arrested in that incident was a retired detective from the San Antonio Police Department.
In a battle of the consultants, The Interceptinterviewed Edward Winterhalder, a “former high-ranking member of the Bandidos who left the club in 2003,” who downplayed the participation of active-duty military and law-enforcement members in violent gangs, and noted that there are also many motorcycle clubs that explicitly reject criminality.
is a testament to how seriously law enforcement takes the issue of outlaw motorcycle gangs, detailing extensive surveillance; the document includes copies of military or government identification photos, some gained from traffic stops, and information from what appears to be close monitoring of military and government officials who attend the groups’ gatherings and activities across the country.