When his tour of duty ended as a US Army sniper, another calling pulled at Joseph Moore. For ten years, the US Army veteran lived a secret double life in service for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to help expose members of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), only to discover that men in uniform had also participated in spreading hate.

The Ku Klux Klan is no stranger to Americans. Originating in 1865 during the wake of the American Civil War, the Klan has known to be one of the most extremist white supremacist terrorist hate groups in modern history. With White nationalism at its forefront, the KKK targets minorities such as African Americans, Jews, Latinos, Asian Americans, Muslims, and homosexuals, to name a few.

Joining the Ku Klux Klan

Joseph Moore looks out of a window at his home in Florida.(2021) (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted).

He was first approached by the FBI in 2007 when he was asked to join a KKK group called the United Northern and Southern Knights of the KKK in Florida. The FBI had wanted him to infiltrate the group to gain intelligence about their activities and expose law enforcement officers who were part of the extremist group.

Seeing that he could no longer take the hate, Moore worked for the FBI and joined the KKK as a double agent. He felt that he still could serve his country well by fighting domestic terrorists. In a way, he was continuing his passion for serving in a different and very clandestine manner. Yes, he participated in everything that the Klan would do.

He attended cross burnings and secret meetings and wore those white robes and hoods. To fit in with these people, he started adopting their mannerisms and words, except those that were insulting and had racial slurs in them, as he avoided adopting racist ideologies. Little did the Klan know that he was wearing something else—a wire for the FBI, sometimes recording his klansmen to stop hate crimes, mainly in North Florida. One of the problems undercover agents encounter is the tendency to get too close to the groups they have infiltrated and participate in illegal activities.

It was tough for him to see police officers who were Klan members engaging in hate activities that they were supposed to stop as law enforcement officers. Moore discovered that numerous LEOs were directly involved with the KKK, Often when they retired, they remained active in Klan activities.

Nobody knew about his double life, not even his wife or children. He had to keep it a secret as it would put his loved ones in danger if his family were to know. He didn’t want to lie to his family, but ultimately he had to. However, Moore didn’t do a perfect job at it as his wife became suspicious, and he had to own up to his spy work. More so, he took her to klan meetings and activities, putting her at risk. This was where the FBI would cut ties with him as he was considered compromised.

A Renewed Connection

Members of the Church of the American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan march around the Madison County Courthouse, 1999 (NBC News). Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/jewish-center-shootings/kansas-jewish-center-shootings-reveal-new-dangers-lone-wolves-n81331
Members of the Church of the American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan march around the Madison County Courthouse, 1999 (Rogelio Solis/AP/NBC News)

These severed ties wouldn’t last long as Joseph Moore would soon be called up again by the FBI to infiltrate another KKK group, the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Eventually, he would become a Grand Knight Hawk in 2013. Because of his build and military background, he became the security head of the group, which means that he was in charge of preventing someone like him from getting inside the Klan..