One of the largest and most prominent confederations in the US far-right militia movement has deposed its national leader and reorganized under a new name.
Chris Hill, aka General Blood Agent, head of the Georgia Security Force III% and de facto leader of the national coalition of state militia groups, shut down the Roll Call public Facebook group on Aug. 22. The page was an organizing platform for an upcoming Nov. 9 Second Amendment rally in northern Virginia and Washington DC that had attracted upwards of 5,300 members.
Skylar Steward, who had been the executive officer of Ohio Security Force III%, told Triad City Beat that his organization had been effectively kicked out of the coalition, and then several state organizations followed. Steward said the breakaway state organizations have formed a new coalition named American Constitutional Elites.
“I don’t know if he had a mental breakdown,” Steward said of Hill. “He’s done this kind of thing dozens of times. III% Security Force has dissolved.”
Steward said about a week ago he requested a “mass” — a meeting of state leaders — to address a concern about Hill’s leadership, and Hill retaliated by removing Ohio Security Force III%’s secure Zello channel — a voice app that allows members to communicate.
“When the dust settled, he has about 15 or 20 people,” said Steward, who called from a “field training exercise” with the sound of gunfire in the background. “The rest of the organization has formed under a new name.”
Steward said leaders of the constituent organizations had become increasingly concerned that Hill’s rhetoric about the planned Nov. 9 rally was becoming too provocative, and they were unsettled by statements that he was making about FBI monitoring of the group.
“Chris Hill got on [the Roll Call Facebook page] and posted, ‘FBI is watching; remove yourselves,” Steward said.
“He wants to be a martyr,” he added. “He wants to provoke someone to make him famous. He don’t care what it takes to become famous.”
On Aug. 24, Bill Hartwell, former head of Virginia Security Force III% and a key organizer of the Nov. 9 rally posted on his Facebook page: “I am no longer a standing member with 3% Security Force. This is a public declaration that I am no longer associated with Chris Hill and Security Force and no longer have any knowledge of their internal workings or operations.”
In response to a commenter who questioned the motives of Hartwell’s public declaration, a militia activist from Arizona named AC Lytle defended him, writing: “Situational awareness…. All members leaving are posting this uniform statement as public notice for legal reasons. He’s not trying to tear anyone down.”
Hill could not be reached for this story.
Josh Smith, who has organized with Hill and Georgia Security Force III%, said the III% Security Force no longer exists. But he defended Hill against accusations that he was overly provocative.
“The November 9th rally was strictly to present a redress of grievances,” Smith said in a Facebook message to TCB. “No physical war would ever come to the United States government until a redress of grievances was filed. And the war would not be immediate. Everything that Chris did was constitutionally allowable.”
Even within the far-right militia universe — widely known as the Three Percenter movement — the III% Security Force was considered extreme due to its violent rhetoric and its hostility towards Muslims, immigrants and other marginalized groups.
Another group — Three Percenters-Original — denounced the III% Security Force in a March 2018 statement, calling the group “anti-government in nature” and Hill “an anti-government extremist.” The Three Percenters-Original noted that Hill’s followers “have been seen on YouTube making racial gestures and destroying a replica of a mosque during a training exercise.” The statement went on to say that any member of Three Percenters-Original found to be associating with III% Security Force “will be immediately removed from our group permanently.”
III% Security Force has been repeatedly marred by an association with violence over the past three years. In 2016, three members of Kansas Security Force III who formed a more radical offshoot group were arrested for a plot to blow up a Muslim Somali apartment building, although Hill has publicly denied that his rhetoric contributed to the men’s actions. In 2017, a one-time member of Georgia Security Force III% named Alex Michael Ramos took part in the brutal beating of a young, black man named DeAndre Harris during the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. And during the 2018 election, Hill’s group put out a video that spliced footage of its members shooting guns with pictures of Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and the text “declaration of war against all domestic enemies.
In an interview with TCB, Steward acknowledged that the Abrams video was a bad look for III% Security Force.
“It was borderline,” he said. “None of that was approved through any of the other leadership. That was a rogue statement.”
From the launch of the organizing effort for the upcoming Nov. 9 rally, Hill’s violent rhetoric on Facebook has continued unabated.
Steward said he didn’t challenge violent, Islamophobic and anti-immigrant rhetoric because Hill outranked him, instead opting to not participate.
“If I’m on Facebook and something comes on that I disagree with,” he said, “I’m going to exit stage left.”
But in one Facebook Live video from March 2019 that has since been taken down, Steward escalated Hill’s rhetoric.
In the video, Hill recommended “dragging” an abortion doctor away from an operation, adding, “Take him outside and whup his ass.”
Steward contributed a text comment during the live video: “Fuck a foot in the ass. I bet a bullet in the head would pass a clear fucking message.”
Commenting to TCB on Aug. 24, Steward blamed his former leader, saying, “He drug me into the Chris Hill rhetoric.”
While insisting that he is not Islamophobic and recognizes the rights of Muslims to live in the United States and practice their religion freely, Steward equated “antifa” and Black Lives Matter to the Ku Klux Klan. Three Percenters and other far-right groups typically characterize any left-wing activists that oppose white supremacists as “antifa”; Black Lives Matter is a group that protests police violence against people of color. The Ku Klux Klan is an organization that historically waged a campaign of terror and violence against black people, at times enjoying cover, tacit support and even active involvement by local law enforcement and elected officials.
Steward said the newly formed American Constitutional Elites, or ACE, plans to move forward with plans for the Nov. 9 rally. He said an activist named Mike Rage has been tasked with organizing the rally, and the new group will have to re-apply for permits.
As part of the realignment of the Three Percenter movement, Steward has mended fences with a former adversary — and more importantly, an adversary of Chris Hill — named James Stachowiak, aka Johnny Infidel.
Stachowiak attended a rally with Heirs to the Confederacy at the former site of Silent Sam at UNC-Chapel Hill in December 2018. After discovering that one of the participants’ tires had been slashed, Stachowiak took to YouTube, calling for retaliation through “lone wolf” attacks. (The Heirs quickly fell out with Stachowiak, citing his “unruly, ungentlemanly behavior.”)
Stachowiak’s rhetoric is no less violent or Islamophobic than Hill’s. In an article published on his Freedom Fighter Radio website on Aug. 24, Stachowiak accuses “antifa and anti-Trumpers” of “claim[ing] Allah as their God” and “promot[ing] the teachings of a goat-humping illiterate desert nomad genocidal manic child rapist and false prophet aka Muhammad.”
Whatever the tenor of Stachowiak’s rhetoric against Muslims and other marginalized groups, Steward decided to publicly broadcast his rapprochement with his former adversary on a Facebook Live video made on Aug. 22.
“I will publicly apologize for the things that I have said in retaliation for the things that were said about me,” Steward said. “This shit’s gotta stop, guys.”
Stachowiak said he and Steward “have more in common than we have differences.” He went on to endorse the Nov. 9 rally while fretting that Hill’s “actions would demonize the patriot movement” and provide a pretext for “Deep State provocateurs to come in an initiate a false flag so they can push through their red flags [gun control laws].”
While characterizing the rapprochement with Stachowiak as a “ceasefire” as opposed to an alliance or friendship, Steward said, “The problem with the patriot movement right now and the reason why the left is currently winning is because patriots spend more time fighting amongst themselves, hating on each other than they do focusing on real issues at hand.”
After Stachowiak left the video, Steward publicly addressed his rupture with Chris Hill.
“Last night, how many of you pledged your allegiance to that man with everything that happened and said, ‘I stand with you, sir!’?” he asked. “And then 30 minutes later he come back on your channel and bombed the whole thing, abandoned ship and said, ‘Fuck all of you.’
“The new and improved organization that used to be founded by Chris Hill will continue to move forward,” Steward promised, “continue to do God’s work, continue to fight for the American way, the Constitution and American patriots.”