U.S. Army veteran Joseph Moore posed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan in northern Florida for nearly 10 years, in an effort with the FBI to expose members of the white supremacist group.

Moore wore a wire while attending meetings, cross burnings, and taking part in KKK operations around Florida. At one point, he says he was even part of a meeting in which members planned to kill a black man.

Moore had to take extreme precautions not to be exposed himself as a law enforcement asset.

“I had to realize that this man would shoot me in the face in a heartbeat,” Moore said.


The veteran and married father of four says he used breathing techniques he'd learned as an Army sniper to prepare himself to attend meetings undercover. His efforts led to the government foiling at least two murder plots conducted by the klan.

He was also an active informant when the FBI exposed klansmen working within Florida law enforcement, News4JAX reported.

The FBI first asked Moore to infiltrate a klan group called the United Northern and Southern Knights of the KKK in rural northern Florida in 2007.

“The FBI wanted me to gather as much information about these individuals and confirm their identities,” Moore said. “From where I sat, with the intelligence laid out, I can tell you that none of these agencies have any control over any of it. It is more prevalent and consequential than any of them are willing to admit.”

Moore says he discovered a link between several klansmen and Florida and Georgia law enforcement and prison guards.

“I was on track to uncover more activity in law enforcement, but the immediate threat to the public with the murder plot was a priority,” Moore said. “And I was only one person. There was only so much I could do.”

Moore was approached by Charles Newcomb, the “Exalted Cyclops” of his chapter, in 2014 and was asked to become involved in a plot to kill a black man who got into a fight with one of the klansmen who, at the time, was a corrections officer.

Moore was able to record top members discussing the murder plot during a meeting, which led to their eventual arrests.


After testifying against the men who he had called "brother" for nearly a decade, Moore's time undercover for the FBI came to an end. Now, he says he is worried that the klan will try to hunt down his family.

“We have had to change our names. We have tried to move. We have had our address placed in confidentiality. However, there are people that have investigative capacities that have tracked us — they’ve uncovered our names,” Moore said, adding that people connected with the klan have recently appeared at his house. He says he has contacted the FBI and filed a report with the local sheriff's office about the encounters.