The FBI’s war on civil liberties and political dissent is kicking up a notch.
National Justice interviewed Shandon Simpson, an Ohio-based member of the National Guard currently being discharged who was humiliated, threatened and tortured by federal agents. He was never charged for a crime.
A parallel military investigation found that, while initially his identity was withheld (he wasn’t charged with anything), the FBI later leaked it to Christopher Schiano of the “antifa” group Unicorn Riot.
Simpson was then ordered to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) in hopes he would stay silent about what he was subjected to. Simpson having his rights violated has compelled him to speak out anyway.
Simpson’s ordeal should be considered within the context of the FBI’s crack down on “white domestic terrorists.” Multiple sources across the country have told National Justice that the FBI has harassed them, usually relating to political and social discussions held on the free speech messaging app Telegram.
Federal agents appear to be heavily infiltrated in Telegram chatrooms and are aggressively grasping at straws in hopes of netting a white villain they can parade for the cameras. The political goal is to take attention off the killing and rioting by anarchists and black groups going largely unpunished across the country right now.
The interview is as follows.
Eric Striker: So how did this all start?
Shandon Simpson: I received a call on my phone from an FBI agent asking where I was. I was at the time serving in the National Guard and deployed at Lafayette Park as a deterrent to defend against more rioting from leftists and black lives matter.
ES: What happened then?
Simpson: I was approached by about seven FBI agents from the counter-terrorism unit, two members of the CIA, and a military intelligence officer, who pulled me out in front of my unit.
They then began asking me if I was Zoltanous HN on Youtube and Telegram, where I have promoted the ideas of nationalism and third positionism. I had previously made it known that I was serving in the military through these channels and an undercover federal agent in the chat room sprung into action.
I never said anything illegal. They were asking me about a single out of context comment where I said my unit was being deployed with live ammo.
The FBI agents then began aggressively needling me about my political beliefs. They asked me about my personal views, whether I engaged in activism, if I was at Charlottesville, and whether I was a member of any nationalist organization, they named a few like Patriot Front and Vanguard America.
They also asked if I knew various journalists and political commentators, like you (Eric Striker) because they saw your telegram channel on my phone, and whether Richard Spencer was affiliated with any terror networks.
It was clear that their information on dissidents is being fed to them by very prejudiced second hand sources outside of law enforcement, like the SPLC or ADL. It was clear they were shooting in the dark and asking ridiculous questions that a person with even superficial knowledge of the nationalist movement would not have to ask. They were very desperate.
ES: I heard something about them threatening you with violence during the interrogation. What exactly did they say and why didn’t you get a lawyer?
Simpson: I was unable to get a lawyer because my superior officer gave me an order to talk to them.
At one point, one of the agents became frustrated at the fact that I wasn’t doing anything wrong and began to threaten me. He started asking me why I supported “losing causes” and told me he was going to wrap me in a Swastika flag and march me through the crowds of violent “antifa” rioters nearby. He never did it, but behavior this unprofessional really reveals how Christopher Wray’s claim that the FBI does not investigate and persecute ideology is a brazen lie.
When all was said and done they realized that I hadn’t done anything they could credibly charge me with.
ES: How did your information get leaked to the media if you weren’t even charged?
Simpson: Soon after talking to the intelligence agents, Ohio Governor Mark DeWine called my unit back from its Washington mission, citing information from the FBI claiming a person who had expressed “white supremacist ideology” on the internet prior to the deployment was in it.
An anarchist group affiliated with “antifa” days later published my personal information and the supposed offending screenshots from my telegram account that the FBI had obtained.
According to a parallel military investigation, the FBI leaked this material from their investigation to Christopher Schiano of Unicorn Riot, who published it on June 9th.
Shortly after this publication, my family began receiving harassment and I was sent death threats from anarchist groups.
ES: How did your military investigation go?
Simpson: When I returned back to Ohio, I was placed in solitary confinement for a week by the military, who said they were pressured to do it by the FBI.
I was not charged with any crimes. My lawyer told me he has never seen something like this happen before. Holding a person in jail for more than 72 hours with no charges is illegal, yet they brazenly did it anyway.
I am being discharged from the National Guard for bringing “shame” to my unit. This personal damage was inflicted entirely by the FBI through their illegal leaks to antifa. The fact that the most powerful law enforcement agency in this country has such a close working relationship with the same groups terrorizing the public right now should make everyone nervous.
ES: Did the FBI cease harassing your for your beliefs when you finally got home?
Simpson: No. I got another visit from them at home. My grandfather was there and they ordered him back inside the house.
They asked me more questions, mostly nonsense, and even began to grill me on intimate questions about my sex life by demanding to know if I was an “incel.”
ES: So I hear they made you sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) about your experience. It is brave of you to speak with us on the record. I have never heard of law enforcement of any kind engaging in something meant to cover up sexual harassment or trade secrets. I guess that is by design. Why did you sign that?
Simpson: I was ordered by my superior officer to sign the NDA. I feared trouble for insubordination.
ES: How are you holding up?
Simpson: My family and I are still in shock at everything that just happened. An elderly relative of mine is particularly confused as to why they did this to me, while real criminals and terrorists on the left are allowed to act with impunity.
I’m sure the FBI is doing this to countless other people too afraid to speak out, but I’m not. It’s so important for those of us with dissident ideas to find legal support networks to defend our rights. The FBI would never treat any other class of citizen like this. They act like this because they assume we don’t have decent and aggressive legal counsel. Nobody’s life should be altered like this just because they disagree with the powerful.
Editor’s Note: The original piece had misunderstood the speaker and referred to his Ohio National Guard unit as a “regiment.” There are no regiments in the National guard and this error was corrected.