2 Charged in Alleged Plot to Attack Synagogues, Churches

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2 Virginia men arrested for plot to attack Jews and blacks.

RICHMOND, Va. They were supposed to discuss, authorities alleged in an affidavit, “shooting or bombing the occupants of black churches and Jewish synagogues” and “conducting acts of violence against persons of the Jewish faith.” The FBI, though, was watching the men and soon connected them with an undercover agent.

Robert Curtis Doyle and Ronald Beasley Chaney III were arrested on Sunday for plotting to launch attacks against synagogues and African-American churches in Oklahoma and Virginia, ABC News reported.—Two men described by authorities as white supremacists have been charged in Virginia with trying to illegally buy weapons and explosives to use in attacks on synagogues and black churches. According to the account of an FBI agent, Doyle and Chaney were adherents of a white supremacist version of Asatru, a religion based on pagan northern European beliefs. The FBI discovered Doyle and Chaney’s plans after receiving a tip late in September that the two men would be meeting the following week to discuss plans to attack worshippers inside the houses of worship, federal court documents revealed. The FBI then conducted a sting mission in which an undercover agent met with Chaney and Doyle posing as an illegal arms dealer, according to ABC News.

One of the men said in a conversation apparently recorded by authorities that he wanted to use the proceeds to “purchase land, stockpile weapons and train for the coming race war.” Robert C. Chaney III, 34, of Highland Springs, Va., attempted to buy automatic weapon, explosives and a pistol with a silencer from three undercover agents, said the FBI. Halderman, is being accused of plotting to rob a jeweler and use the money to help Doyle buy weapons for an “impending race war,” the FBI affidavit.

Halderman, 30, of Richmond — was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, although it is unclear to what extent, if any, authorities think that race or religion motivated him. In a telephone interview, FBI agent Michael Schuler in Richmond declined to say whether authorities believe attacks were imminent before the men were arrested.

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