WARSAW, Ind. (WANE) - ATF agents have been tight-lipped about the reason they raidedthe Warsaw home of local white supremacist Tom Metzger; but Metzgerhad plenty to say to NewsChannel 15 about the incident.
Agents with The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, andExplosives searched Metzger's home early Thursday. Friday, he spokeexclusively to NewsChannel 15 about what happened.
"Very little catches me by surprise," said Metzger.
As cars gathered outside his home in Warsaw, Metzger says heknew something was up.
"A fellow said, we're here to do a search warrant."
The ATF isn't saying what was in that search warrant, but we doknow they spent several hours inside Metzger's home.
Metzger and his wife were allowed to leave during the search andreturn when it was done.
He tells NewsChannel 15 agents seized CD's, tapes, address booksand his computers.
"I live that kind of a life," explained Metzger. "I expect atanytime of the day to have the door kicked in, cause we're livingin a country like that."
Because of the controversial life Metzger's lived, this is notthe first time something like this has happened.
He's been involved with the white supremacist movement for morethan 30 years. He's served as a former leader of the KKK, and wasalso the founder of neo-Nazi group the "White AryanResistance."
Metzger says, "I've been through this before. What they'relooking for is something to connect you to something else."
Metzger believes that something else is a case from Illinois. OnThursday, Metzger's friends Dennis and Danny Mahon were arrested inthat case on a number of weapons charges and the bombing of anArizona diversity office back in 2004.
"We've been friends for years so they probably really want tolook at my stuff and see whether we were conspiring," he toldNewsChannel 15.
Metzger was not arrested.
The search warrant and other documents relating to the raid havebeen sealed.
Click on the video tab to the left to watch an extended clip ofMetzger's interview.
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