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FBI Arrests Virginia-Based Subjects for Plots Related to White Supremacy Extremism

On November 8 2015 the FBI arrested Robert Curtis Doyle and Ronald Beasley Chaney III, for acquisition of firearms by prohibited persons, and Charles Daniel Halderman, for conspiracy to commit a Hobbs Act violation.

According to the FBI, he purpose of the conspiracy was, in part, to rob and kill a precious metals merchant. The illegal proceeds from the robbery were intended to facilitate the purchase of land in rural Virginia, which was to be used as a training ground in preparation for an upcoming race war that the subjects considered to be inevitable. The subjects allegedly discussed shooting or bombing occupants of African American churches and Jewish synagogues, as well as conducting acts of violence against persons of the Jewish faith and doing harm to a gun store owner in Oklahoma. The subjects had not identified specific targets or furthered their planning toward accomplishing these attacks.

According to DHS and the FBI, the alleged conspiracy highlights both the continued interest of white supremacy extremists in conducting criminal activities to further their ideology and the likelihood that these threats will be planned by lone offenders or small cells.† We assess these subjects had aspirational but not specific targets.

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