Jade Helm “Watchdog” Leader Gets Exposed for Racist, Violent Facebook Posts (Images)

pete-lanteriNormally I probably wouldn’t even write this article, but it supports my belief that many of these radical right-wing conspiracy nuts are completely unstable and often extremely racist.

By now you’ve probably heard about the ridiculous Jade Helm nonsense where quite a few anti-government crazies believe a military exercise being carried out in the southwest is some secret government plot by the Obama administration to invade Texas, declare martial law and confiscate guns.

Now, most of us would have never heard about any of this because these sorts of crazy people have been around forever, they’ve just been mostly ignored. That was until Texas Gov. Greg Abbott added legitimacy to the insanity by ordering the Texas Guard to monitor the activity of the U.S. military as it conducts their maneuvers in various parts of Texas.

As the exercise officially kicked off, a group known as “Operation Counter Jade Helm” decided to dedicate itself to shadowing the military to make sure nothing nefarious was taking place. This group, consisting of a few hundred people, is led by an Arizona man by the name of Pete Lanteri.

Well, Mr. Lanteri soon made headlines when a comment he had posted on his Facebook page caught the nation’s eye. In it, he declared his desire to kill thousands of “useless Americans,” a comment he told Fox News’ Alan Colmes meant nothing because he’s just a “hothead” who lost his temper. Which made me pose the question: Should someone who’s a self-described “hothead,” who lashes out in tirades about his desire to kill thousands of Americans, be legally allowed to own guns?

But that’s a topic for another day.

Though as it turns out, Lanteri’s outburst wasn’t just an isolated moment of hate-filled idiocy. After some people began digging through his Facebook profile, screenshots of some of the violent, bigoted and racist things he’s allegedly posted began circulating.

Here’s one from just a couple of weeks ago declaring his hope that by this time next year the United States will be in an all-out violent revolution:

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And here he is advocating that anyone who doesn’t agree with him, or those like him, should have their Constitutional rights violated by being rounded up and tried for treason:

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Then there’s this gem about Pope Francis:

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Here he is boasting about Mike Brown is death:

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Then there’s this:

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And this:

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Let me remind you that this is someone who’s legally allowed to own firearms. Now, in a world where Republicans only want to blame gun violence on mental illness, what sane or rational person can read these comments from a man in charge of a group that thinks President Obama might be planning to invade Texas, and say he’s mentally stable?

Again, this is a guy who has:

  • Organized hundreds under the belief that the military could be planning to invade parts of the southwest.
  • Professed his desire to kill thousands of “useless Americans.”
  • Described himself as a “hothead.”
  • Publicly said he hopes a revolution will break out in the United States by July 4, 2016.
  • Called for American citizens with which he disagrees to be rounded up, arrested and charged with treason – a crime punishable by death.
  • Mocked the death of African-Americans.

Yet he can stroll into any gun store in this country and walk out with practically any gun he wants.

Let me put it this way: If he were Muslim and posting comments on Facebook about hoping the country is embroiled in all-out war within a year; that he wants to kill thousands of Americans; and wants anyone he disagrees with rounded up and charged with treason – wouldn’t most consider him a prime candidate for being a possible domestic terrorist? Wouldn’t Fox News and the conservative media be losing their minds over the rhetoric being spewed by this jackass?

But because he’s white, and aligns with the beliefs held by many batcrap crazy conservatives, they really don’t have much of a problem with him. It’s funny how that works.

So, while Pete Lanteri seems to believe that people need to be watching the U.S. military, I think our law enforcement agencies should be watching him. He’s the one who’s been publicly advocating for violent revolutions and the executions of thousands of people he deems “useless.”

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • John

    This is horrifying.

    Quite frankly, anyone who still supports him after this is a monster just like him. There’s no excuse.

    That being said, anyone who thinks the whole Jade Helm conspiracy nonsense isn’t too bright to begin with…

  • Shocking. We thought he would be an even-tempered man who was not paranoid or hateful…

  • Eg Kbbs

    This guy keeps looking worse and worse.

    OTOH – while his statement about lining up liberals and killing them wasn’t unexpected, I still am stuck at him asserting that he hates conspiracy theorists and wants to kill them. Is he going to be first in line ?

  • amersham46

    all we can hope for is he goes one on one with a Navy Seal

    • jdman

      A Navy Seal is overkill. An average man or woman is all that it would take.

  • Maria Smith

    Welcome to the new America.

  • BobJThompson

    Give this man a gun. Heck forget giving him that, let’s give him a couple hundred armed whackos with persecution complexes along with an arsenal of guns!

  • dMark Spencer

    You can bet that this guy is on somebody’s radar

    • DAV

      It is easy to understand the whole “someone who places value on his second amendment rights is so willing to violate the first amendment rights of others or vice versa” when you place it in context. To people like Lanteri others don’t have rights. He and people just like him are the only ones with rights and anyone who isn’t in their clique is one of “them” and wrong, and therefore not entitled to any rights. Yeah, sounds like a typical high school bully (and I’d be willing to bet that Lanteri was) but now they have guns.

  • Field Grade

    His rantings are protected by the First Ammendment, even if he is a ‘nut job’.

    • The Cosmic Avenger

      OK….do you want to point out where anyone said that the government should silence him, which would make it a relevant First Amendment issue? Or where anyone said he doesn’t have the right to say certain things? The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech without prior government restraint, not freedom from consequences.

      • Field Grade

        Are you kidding me? The theme of the article is ‘crazy nut job’ like this shouldn’t be allowed to purchase firearms. If you support arbitrarily denying someone’s their Constitutional liberties based on disgusting statements I move to strip you of your right to vote based on your horrible choice of avatar. Clearly, you must be a left-wing nut job and as such can’t be trusted to reasonably exercise your right to vote.

      • The Cosmic Avenger

        Oh, see, you should have started out with the ad hominem attack (my taste, which has nothing to do with the issues), or let me know that you would be moving the goalposts (first claiming it’s a First Amendment issue, then switching to arguing a Second Amendment issue, the scope of which could also be debated, when I pointed out the ginormous hole in your 1st Amendment argument). If I had known you were just trolling from the beginning, I would have responded much more appropriately:

        I know you are, but what am I?

      • Field Grade

        Dude, the article implies government action, denying or allowing someone to purchase a firearm, should be based at least in part on what opinions people publically state. I agree, this guys is despicable, but the government cannot take action on someone solely on the exercise of their First Amendment rights. You’re ignorant of Constitutional law if you believe the First Amendment solely concerns the government’s inability to exercise prior restraint on published material. Have you never heard of the Church and Pike Committees investigation of the government’s abuses of domestic intelligence collection against anti-war groups solely on their protests against the Vietnam War? If their First Amendment rights only concerned the government’s ability or inability to exercise prior restraint on their anti-war pamphlets it would have been no harm, no foul.

      • DAV

        So someone who publicly advocates the murder of Americans, expresses pleasure at the death of Americans, describes himself as a “hothead” who can’t control his temper and says that he hopes Americans are killing each other soon is just a normal guy exercising his right to free speech? Sorry – not going to buy your BS. Anyone who expresses the desire to kill lots of other people for disagreeing with him is threat to the safety of those around him. People who are a clear threat to those around them, especially those who publicly admit that they are unable to control their temper, should not be allowed to own guns. The whole point of the Constitution is to provide for the public good and ensure order. Violent, mentally ill people with guns are a danger to themselves and others.

      • Field Grade

        DAV, you clearly don’t know how the First Amendment or the Constitution as a whole works. Anwar Al Awlaki enjoyed First Amendment protections and could not be targeted as a member of Al Qaeda while he was just realising videos. When he crossed the line to being a leader then he could be targeted. As long as this guy is just venting his political positions he cannot be targeted by the government or denied his civil liberties as this would be a violation of his due process among other things. If you really feel he shouldn’t enjoy Constitutional protections do you feel the same way about those who advocate anyone who believes in 9/11 being a conspiracy, a GOP War on Women, or that police officers are engaging in a systematic conspiracy to murder African Americans losing Constitutional protections? All of these beliefs are just as nonsensical as Pete Lenteri’s positions.

      • Field Grade

        Additionally, anyone who has ever mentioned the Republicans’ alleged ‘War on Women’ is a ‘left-wing nut job’. Because they’re left-wing nuts they already don’t have guns so we should advocated taking away their privacy interests because they have amassed a large following and we need to know who their supporters are because they could do bad things with their right to privacy. Do you see how asinine this article seems now?

  • paisano57

    And we’re terrified about ISIS attacking us when we have nutjobs like this dolt in our own backyard.

  • Dorothy Thomas

    Why isn’t he being investigated as a domestic terrorist. Crackpots like this should be a priority for the FBI.

    • nanoot

      How do you know he’s not being investigated? Does the FBI have a duty to let us know what they are doing?

  • Janrpoole

    ^^^^^Get It Now.o-r-w-a-d-p-r-g-r-e-s-i-v-e