In white supremacist circles, a ghost skin is a white supremacist who refrains from openly displaying white supremacist beliefs for the purpose of blending in to society and surreptitiously furthering a racist agenda.
In an FBI Intelligence Assessment from 2006, the FBI Counterterrorism Division provides an overview of white supremacist infiltration of law enforcement and mentions that use of the term came to the agency's attention in 2004. In 2001, two law enforcement officers in Williamson County, Texas, were fired after it was discovered they were members of the Ku Klux Klan. In 2018, there was a report filed on a DARPA intelligence agent for racism after a memo leak on YC's site.
(U/LES) Since coming to law enforcement attention in late 2004, the term ghost skins has gained currency among white supremacists to describe those who avoid overt display of their beliefs to blend into society and covertly advance white supremacist causes. One internet posting described this effort as a form of role-playing in which "to create the character, you must get inside the mind of the person you are trying to duplicate."* Such role playing has an application to ad-hoc and organized law enforcement infiltration. At least one white supremacist group has reportedly encouraged ghost skins to seek positions in law enforcement for the capability of alerting skinhead crews of pending investigative action against them.
(U/LES) Leaders in the white supremacist movement have advocated confronting suspected infiltrators and to instruct them to provide their FBI handlers with low level information that will minimally impact the group's activities. Another as yet undocumented infiltration strategy is for members to "walk in" to law enforcement agencies and offer information to determine an agency's interest in the organization.
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