The so-called Global War On Terror is still the global war on motorcycle clubs. This month the proofs of that are in a Dutch proposal to ban the Mongols and Hells Angels Motorcycle Clubs and in a series of deportations incidental to the Hells Angels’ World Run earlier this month near Rynia, Poland, about 25 miles from Warsaw.
Officials estimated that about 1,000 Angels from around the world attended the event. The Poles deployed 5,000 police. A significant but unknown member of American police representing the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms also attended the event. The Americans came with a list.
A source, speaking on condition of anonymity lest his name wind up on a list, said, “What’s new is that the Polish police were holding lists of mainly American names supplied by American Feds. When someone with a name on the list was identified at the airport or on the road somewhere they were hauled away, held for several days then basically extorted of several thousand dollars to pay for their deportation back to the United States. It wasn’t a blanket ban on Americans. There was a list. What’s interesting and worrying is that all of this included the so-called accused being nailed under some new kind of anti-terror legislation and then hit with a five year no fly ban within or to the Schengen countries.”
The Schengen Area, created by the Amsterdam Treaty of 1997, comprises a “common travel” area of 26 European nations. Visitors who are admitted to one Schengen country can travel to other Schengen countries without obtaining additional visas. Anyone banned from visiting any Schengen country is banned from visiting all Schengen countries. Hells Angels banned from visiting Poland will also be banned from visiting Bulgaria, Britain, Ireland, Sweden and Iceland, for example.
“What I do know,” the source continued, is “that nearly every name on the list might well be considered in the liberal wing of the club. Dialog and talk rather than blasting and action. COC reps…and like minded people.”
The Consolidated Terrorist Screening Database – the so-called terrorist watch list – was established in 2003 and is administered by an impenetrable bureaucracy called the Terrorist Screening Center. It is public knowledge that the database was enlarged and revised after a flurry of terrorist attacks in Paris last November. At least two of the Paris terrorists had posed as political refugees the month before and had been admitted to the Schengen Area through Greece.
What happened this month in Poland is not the first time federal police agencies and the State department have worked together to use laws and procedures intended to thwart Islamic terrorists against members of motorcycle clubs.
The Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation filed suit against Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas in August 2012 after the Departments of State and Homeland Security identified the Hells Angels as a “known criminal organization” along with “organizations like the Mafia, the Chinese Triads, the Yakuza, organized Salvadoran street gangs, and other biker gangs.” The administrative action made foreign members of the club “inadmissible to the United States solely based on their membership in the group.”
The HAMC sued on the grounds that the defendants misinterpreted the congressional intent of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The Hells Angels corporation withdrew its complaint in December 2012.