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White Supremacists Planning to Weaponize Coronavirus

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Medical workers, police and other officials gather outside of the Brooklyn Hospital Center where testing for coronavirus began March 19, 2020 in Brooklyn, NY (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Medical workers, police and other officials gather outside of the Brooklyn Hospital Center where testing for coronavirus began March 19, 2020 in Brooklyn, NY (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

White supremacists discussed plans to weaponize coronavirus, targeting law enforcement officers, “nonwhite” people and Jews.

Federal investigators monitoring their communications on the messaging app Telegram in February picked up their communications with each other.

An intelligence brief, marked for official use only but obtained by ABC News, stated that the white supremacists “suggested targeting … law enforcement and minority communities, with some mention of public places in general.”

A number of strategies were discussed, from spending time in public with  their enemies, leaving saliva on door handles at local FBI offices, spitting on elevator buttons and spreading coronavirus germs in nonwhite neighborhoods.

They also encouraged members to use spray bottles filled with infectious body fluids to attack police and told members to target “any place [Jews] may be congregated, to include markets, political offices, businesses and places of worship.”

“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,” noted World Jewish Congress president and philanthropist Ronald Lauder, after reading the briefing.

“We’ve learned from the FBI that neo-Nazis and white nationalists are roaming the streets of New York and surrounding communities looking to infect Jews and policemen with the potentially lethal coronavirus by spitting on their faces. This grotesque tactic is a stark reminder that though this pandemic is new, antisemitism — history’s oldest disease — is not,” Lauder added.

White supremacists that frequent Telegram ascribe to the “siege culture” philosophies of neo-Nazi author James Mason and the principle of “accelerationism.”

Writing in the 1980s, Mason told his followers to commit acts of terrorism against minorities to force a race war in the country to accelerate the breakdown of society.

Mason’s writings have become popular among members of the violent neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division and its offshoots.

Meanwhile in Missouri, a man who had ties to two active neo-Nazi groups was killed during a confrontation with the FBI in Belton, a suburb of Kansas City. According to the FBI, Timothy Wilson was planning to use a vehicle bomb to blow up a hospital in Missouri that was treating corona patients.

Reports note that he called the coronavirus an “excuse to destroy our people,” however, it remains unclear how he intended to counteract that by destroying corona patients with a bomb.

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