US Soldier Charged With Plotting Deadly Attack on Own Unit – Voice of America

Posted By on June 24, 2020

A U.S. Army soldier has been charged with plotting a mass attack on his unit by sending sensitive military information to an occult-based white supremacist group, the Justice Department announced Monday.

Ethan Melzer, 22, allegedlysharedsensitive details about his unit, including information about its location, movements and security to members of the Order of Nine Angles, the Justice Departmentsaidin a release.

Melzer, whojoined theArmy in 2018 and the Order of Nine Anglesin 2019,relayedthe information to members of thegroupand a related group called RapeWaffenDivisionshortlyafter learning in April 2020 that his unit, based in Europe,was deployingto another foreign country, according toa 14-pageindictmentunsealed Monday.

Melzer and his co-conspirators planned what they referred to as ajihadi attackduring the deployment, with the objective of causing amass casualtyevent victimizing his fellow service members, the Justice Department said.

The FBI and the U.S. Army thwarted Melzers plot in late May.Melzer was arrestedin New York onJune 10.He faces six charges, including conspiracy to murder U.S. nationals, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

According to the indictment, during a May 30 interview with investigators, Melzer confessed to his role in the conspiracy, admitting that "he intended for the attack to resultin the deaths of as many of his fell servicemen as possible..."

The Order of Nine Angles, described by the Southern Poverty Law Center(SPLC)as an enigmatic Satanic occult group, is based in Britain with affiliates around the world.

The groups most extreme adherents promote human sacrifice, Nazism and Fascism and Aryan myths, and have been reported to praise Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden, according to the SPLC.

The groups spiritual leader, using the pseudonymAnton Long, is a notorious British neo-Nazi leader with a violent criminal history, according totheAnti-Defamation League.

In recent years, researchers have linked O9A to a violent neo-Nazi group calledAtomwaffenDivision.

According to ADL,Atomwaffendraws some of its influences from satanic ideas and beliefs and that its website, Siege Culture, promotes Longs book.

Thebook,Hostia: Secret Teachings of the Order of Nine Angles,encourages satanic novices toengineera personal transformation to achieve a more revolutionary mindset, according to ADL.

Suggestions include enlisting in a police force, championing heretical views, becoming a professional burglar and joining the armed forces (in wartime) to gain combat experience, the ADL said.

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