President Obama is keen to introduce tough new laws which will force the KKK and other extreme right-wing groups to disclose the identities of their members, Daily Mail Online can disclose.
The President discussed the possibility of the new measures when he telephoned Charleston mayor Joe Riley following last week’s massacre.
Riley, who is into his 40th year as mayor of the city where nine people were murdered by a self-proclaimed white supremacist down in the AME church massacre, said he and the President talked about how best to set up a national council to act as a watchdog to monitor and report on race hate.
Among the ideas being looked at is legislation forcing extreme right wings groups and violent organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan to provide identities of supporters and members.
Riley, in an exclusive interview with Daily Mail online, said: ‘I have spoken with the President and the Vice President about this. And I have talked to the White House too.
‘One of the things we need to do is for the national government to give resources to expose these hate groups.
‘In America we worship the first amendment and any body can say anything they want.
‘But we need to shine the spotlight on them (racist organizations), so at least we know where they are among the public.
‘Neighbors should be able to know that the person living next to them is an absolute bigot. So there is a lot of work to do.’
He said many self styled racists such as alleged gunman Dylann Roof built their evil beliefs after ‘being fed by the internet’ and new legislation to marshal racial material on the web is set to be brought in.