6 July 2015

FBI catch terrorist planning attack, federal judge releases him

Ordained Christian Minister of the Christian National (Congregational) Church Robert Rankin Doggart was arrested in April after planning to carry out a massacre in upstate New York.

Those guys [have] to be killed. Their buildings need to be burnt down. If we can get in there and do that not losing a man, even the better.

The guys in question: Muslims. Doggart, who ran for office in Tennessee last year, planned to burn down a Mosque and a Muslim school, and shoot anyone who tried to stop him:

When we meet in this state, the people we seek will know who we are. We will be cruel to them. And we will burn down their buildings [and] if anyone attempts to, uh, harm us in any way, our standoff gunner will take them down from 350 yards away.

He was caught by the FBI, who arranged a meetup with a “cooperating source” (CS):

« The defendant traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, on March 17, 2015, and met with the CS. At that time, the defendant showed to the CS a map of Islamberg. On that map the defendant identified the buildings he intended to destroy. Also, the defendant carried firearms with him to Nashville, including an M-4 type weapon as well as a shotgun. »

So, he had a map, an M4 carbine assault rifle, a shotgun, ammo, a plan of action, motives… He also attempted to recruit others. Open and shut case, right?

Well, authorities decided to turn a blind eye to the planned terrorism and let him enter a guilty plea for mere interstate communication of threats — i.e. posting recruitment messages on Facebook. The maximum sentence for that is 5 years. But even that was considered too harsh a sentence for a white Christian would-be terrorist:

« Federal Judge Curtis Collier has directed attorneys who worked out a plea deal for a Signal Mountain man who admitted plotting to kill Muslims in a town in Upstate New York to show that it was “a true threat.”

And, Federal Magistrate Susan K. Lee has reversed her earlier ruling and allowed 63-year-old Robert Rankin Doggart to go free pending disposition of the case. »

He’s not even under house arrest.

White privilege. Is there anything it can’t do?

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