Active members of the neo-confederate group associated with politics and the military say they just like history and are not racist

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Current service members, elected officials, and a national security expert who claims to have a Department of Defense security clearance are among the members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) neo-confederate group, leaked data shows.

The Guardian, who spread the news of the leak, said the membership details were provided by a “hacktivist” whose identity is shielding the point of sale, and the information includes the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of almost 59,000 former and present club members. The anonymous hacker said he noticed that the website was misconfigured so that membership lists, recruiting dates, and other information became public.

An activist with a Confederate flag gathers at Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on July 1, 2017. The US Park Service granted protest permits to three groups, including Sons of Confederate Veterans and Real 3% Risen, on the 154th anniversary of the battle. (Photo by Mark Makela / Getty Images)

The data includes 91 people who have given addresses of government agencies as their contact email address and 74 people who have used addresses associated with various branches of the U.S. military.

According to The Guardian, active members of the group were included in those listing addresses of government agencies and military personnel. Atlanta Antifa, previously reported the data, saying Georgia lawmakers were listed as current members of the group.

SCV, a group for the male descendants of Confederate veterans, is headquartered in Tennessee. According to the website, the organization is “strictly patriotic, historical, educational, fraternal, benevolent, apolitical, non-racist and non-sectarian” and “does not advocate acts or ideologies of racial and religious bigotry.” Members of the group have campaigned for monuments of the Confederate will not be demolished.

High-profile members of the group include Scott Wyatt, who hails from the 97th Ward of the Virginia House of Delegates, which represents the counties north of the former Confederate capital, Richmond.

Duane AJ Probst, a Missouri County Medical Examiner and former Lieutenant Colonel in the National Guard, is also on the group. He told The Guardian that he joined the organization four or five years ago after finding out that a relative fought as a Confederate soldier in the Civil War and that the group is “a friendly organization that does not advocate white supremacy.”

Also on the group is Danny Davis, a professor at Texas A&M University and training advisor to the US Army Reserve. In a public résumé, Davis promoted his “Department of Defense Secret Security Clearance,” referring to his 20-year military career.

He told the Guardian that he had “three great-grandfathers” who were Confederate soldiers and expressed his disapproval of the removal of Confederate statues. Davis said the men in the war fought for what they believed in, which he believed included slavery, but said the outcome of the civil war was correct.

“I’m not a white racist,” Davis said, adding that he believes most of the people in the group are just people who like history.

Some members of the group are also affiliated with other explicitly racist organizations. For example, active member and lawyer Harold Crews from North Carolina marched in 2017 with the League of the South (LoS) at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. At least one other North Carolina man and one other Virginian are also active members who marched with the LoS at the rally.

Inactive member Chester Doles is a former Klansman and member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance who marched with a white power gang at the rally.

Regarding the potential for extremists in the group, Probst said: “I am not surprised. There are militant members in every organization. “



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