A man who described by police as a “neo-Nazi” was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Thursday after allegedly telling undercover agents that he planned to commit acts of terrorism.
“Conor Climo, 23, was charged on Friday with possession of unregistered bomb-making materials that he clandestinely discussed using to attack a synagogue,” according to Daily Mail. “FBI agents started tracking Climo when he was seen on local TV carrying an assualt [sic] rifle and wearing body armor – and discussed plans for a one-man neighborhood watch.”
When authorities stormed Climo’s home on August 8, they found “fireworks, fuses, wiring and other components for constructing timed explosive devices.” They also reportedly found a notebook containing hand-drawn bomb schematics and plans to attack a certain area of Las Vegas.
“His arrest stemmed from an investigation conducted by an FBI task force specializing in monitoring the activities and online communications of extremists and domestic terror groups,” the report said.
He confessed to the FBI that he belongs to a neo-Nazi group called the Atomwaffen Division, which specializes not only encourages attacks on racial minorities and LGBT groups, but also plots against the federal government.
Earlier this year, he discussed his plans to attack a Las Vegas synagogue with Molotov cocktails and other improvised explosive devices. He also allegedly scouted a gay bar to attack, and recruited a homeless man to surveillance of the premises. According to the report, the homeless man refused to partake in the scheme.
Climo, who was “very briefly” a member of the U.S. Army, faces 10 years in prison if convicted.
His arrest comes in the wake of a weekend of political violence.
A man who allegedly wrote a manifesto filled with anti-immigrant rhetoric shot up a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, last Saturday, killing 20 and inuring 26 more. Early last Sunday, just hours after the shooting in Texas, another man killed 9 and wounded several others when he attacked a nightclub in Dayton, Ohio. The latter perpetrator, who was killed during his attack, was a far leftist with a history of support for Antifa and left-wing news outlets like Right Wing Watch.
President Donald J. Trump this week denounced political violence totally.
“The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate,” Trump said in a Monday speech. “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy.”
He denounced the El Paso shooting hours after it occurred, though his critics blamed him for the heinous act all week.
“Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice. I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people,” he said. “Melania and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the great people of Texas.”
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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