One thing you can always count on. Times like this bring the nuts out of the closet, and this one is no exception. Intelligence gathered by the FBI is warning that neo-Nazis and other white supremacists are encouraging members who contract coronavirus to spread the virus to police and Jews.
ABC News obtained an alert in which the FBI’s New York field office reports that “members of extremist groups are encouraging one another to spread the virus, if contracted, through bodily fluids and personal interactions.”
Because hate doesn't break for a pandemic….
ABC News: White supremacists encouraging their members to spread coronavirus to cops, Jews, FBI says https://t.co/T3ISWmGo7Y
— Bill Ritter (@billritter7) March 22, 2020
The alert, which went out on Thursday, notified local police agencies that extremists are asking their followers to use spray bottles to spread bodily fluids to cops on the street.
Extremist groups are also directing followers to spread the disease to Jews by going to “any place they may be congregated, to include markets, political offices, businesses and places of worship.”
“Anti-government folks in America love to target law enforcement as a symbol of America’s authority,” said Don Mihalek, the executive vice president of the Federal Law enforcement Officers Association Foundation and an ABC News contributor.
“It’s just sad that’s their focus at a time of crisis in the nation.”
Meanwhile, there was a report last month in a weekly intelligence brief by the Federal Protective Service that said white supremacists had discussed plans to use the coronavirus as a bioweapon. The brief covered the week of February 17-24.
White supremacists want to weaponize #Coronavirus. 🤬
We need to start treating white supremacists like the terrorists they are and not wait for one of these members chuckleheads acting on the things they've been enthusiastically discussing for years now.https://t.co/EClQtYxwaP
— Economic Freefall Without a Parachute (@ljmontello) March 21, 2020
The brief said that violent extremists “continue to make bioterrorism a popular topic among themselves,” adding:
“White Racially Motivated Violent Extremists have recently commented on the coronavirus stating that it is an ‘OBLIGATION’ to spread it should any of them contract the virus.”
According to Yahoo News, white supremacists had used the secure messaging app Telegram to discuss plans to spread the virus, while suggesting that law enforcement agents and “nonwhite” people be targeted. They did however say the were open to targeting some “public places in general,” the brief said.
In order to carry out their plans, white supremacists floated ideas like leaving “saliva on door handles at local FBI offices, spitting on elevator buttons, spreading the virus in “nonwhite neighborhoods,” and being in public with their perceived enemies.
The discussion took place primarily in a Telegram channel devoted to neo-Nazi philosophy called “siege culture” which advocates for racial terrorism to spark a civil war, according to Yahoo News. Sounds a bit like Charles Manson and his “helter-skelter” scenario.
US law enforcement agencies have tried to shift more attention in recent months to combat the issue, for example the FBI last year zeroed in on conspiracy theories and identified them as a domestic terrorism threat.
“The FBI assesses anti-government, identity based, and fringe political conspiracy theories very likely motivate some domestic extremists, wholly or in part, to commit criminal and sometimes violent activity,” the document said.
“The FBI further assesses in some cases these conspiracy theories very likely encourage the targeting of specific people, places, and organizations, thereby increasing the likelihood of violence against these targets.”
At the same time, the Anti-Defamation League is reporting that some extremists have been pushing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories online which blames Jewish people for the spread of the coronavirus.
“From pushing the idea that Jews created the coronavirus to sell vaccines to encouraging infected followers to try to spread the illness to the Jewish community and law enforcement, as the coronavirus has spread, we have observed how white-supremacists, neo-Nazis and others have used this to drive their own conspiracy theories, spread disinformation and incite violence on their online platforms,” Michael Masters.
He heads the Secure Communities Network, a nonprofit that works to “serve the American Jewish community concerning matters of communal safety,” told ABC News.
“While the world faces a deadly pandemic, it’s a stark reminder that certain groups—notably the Jewish community and law enforcement—must also continue the battle against those who wish to hurt or kill them,” Masters said.
“As the economic situation remains fragile and civil society disrupted, the potential for the followers of hate to act becomes more likely…and more deadly.”
The report came to light as New York has seen a spike in coronavirus cases in recent weeks amid an international outbreak of the virus.
As of Sunday night, the state had nearly 16,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 117 deaths, centered primarily in the New York City area and parts of Westchester County, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.
Being knowledgeable and aware is one of the keys of conquering a pandemic. At Johns Hopkins University, they have an interactive map showing the world what is happening in real time. Visually stunning and extremely informative. Check it out:https://t.co/0pBvZD0Y0b pic.twitter.com/9YH1af03Cd
— Marc Mathyk🍁 (@Masterjune70) March 22, 2020
The ADL has reported an increase in anti-Jewish sentiment. On the social media site “Telegram,” here are a couple of posts:
“Finally! Science has discovered a cure for the most insidious disease of our time…Jewishness..” After posting that on the site, the same poster responded to a news report that three Israelis had been quarantined due to possible coronavirus, the same poster wrote, “3 down, 5,999,997 to go!”
We are asking our brothers and sisters in law enforcement, as well as our Jewish friends to remain vigilant.
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