Three supporters of the supreme race of the white race pleaded guilty to plotting an attack on the power grid to provoke a national racial war
- The justice ministry has arrested three men they say are planning to attack electrical systems with machine guns in a bid to sow racial strife.
- The men began devising the plan in the fall of 2019 after Frost presented the idea to Cook and others he had met online.
- They admitted that they were preparing the attack in “continuing the ideology of the white race … to harm the economy and inflame division,” a prosecutor said.
- The conspirators agreed to wear “suicide necklaces” containing fentanyl pills, which they agreed to swallow if caught by police
- Christopher Brenner Cook, 20, Jonathan Alan Frost, 24, and 22-year-old Jackson Matthew Sawol are now 15 years behind bars for the scheme
Federal prosecutors have caught a trio of white leaders planning to attack power grids in a bizarre attempt to incite racial division, which includes fentanyl-filled suicide necklaces and machine guns.
Christopher Brenner Cook, 20, of Columbus, Ohio; Jonathan Alan Frost, 24, of West Lafayette, Indiana; and 22-year-old Jackson Matthew Sawol of Oshkosh, Wisconsinpleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.
The men began to come up with the scheme in the fall of 2019, after Frost presented the idea to Cook and others he had met online. Within weeks, they had recruited others to join them when Cook began distributing a book of recommended reading on neo-Nazism, the Justice Department said.
By the end of the same year, Sawall, Cook’s friend, had joined the scheme and started working on it. The plan called for separate substations in the United States to be attacked with rifles, prosecutors said.
Three men pleaded guilty Wednesday to planning an attack on US energy networks in an attempt to incite racial divisions. An electrical substation in San Francisco, California is pictured on January 26, 2022
As they discussed their plan, the men rejoiced at how their actions could cost the government millions and cause mass unrest in the affected regions. They also discussed how their attack could provoke racial war or other depression.
“These three defendants have admitted to participating in an embarrassing conspiracy in support of white ideology to attack energy facilities, damage the economy and inflame divisions in our country,” said Assistant Attorney General Matthew Mr. Olson.
Timothy Langan of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division added that their motives were “adherence to racially or ethically motivated extremist views.”
Jackson Matthew Sawol of Oshkosh, Wisconsin and his accomplices now face 15 years in prison for the planned scheme
Sawol took a fentanyl pill in an attempt to end his life after being stopped by police
They began training for the attack in February 2020, when they met in Columbus, Ohio, and Frost equipped Cook with an AR-47, prosecutors said. Together, they headed to a shooting range to train.
In another strange twist, Frost gave his conspirators “suicide necklaces” during their meeting in Ohio. The men were instructed to swallow the fentanyl contained in the necklaces after being captured by police.
Also in Columbus, men spray-painted a swastika flag under a bridge in the park that read “join the front.”
Before they got a chance to carry out other “propaganda plans” in Ohio, they were stopped during a traffic stop.
Their failed plans caused Saul to swallow his suicide pill, but he survived.
The accomplices face a maximum sentence of 15 years behind bars.
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