FBI: Two Virginia men planned to incite a 'race war' by bombing black churches


FBI Foils Alleged Plot by White Supremacists in Virginia
FBI Foils Alleged Plot by White Supremacists in Virginia

Yet another attempt to spark a "race war" was foiled on Sunday, when the FBI arrested two white supremacists who allegedly planned on bombing black churches and synagogues in Virginia.

Federal court documents obtained by CBS 6 detail Robert Doyle and Ronald Beasley Chaney's apparent plot: Along with several friends who believe in a white-supremacist version of the Ásatrú faith — a neopagan amalgam of Norse mythology and race "science" — Doyle and Chaney allegedly discussed bombing local black churches and synagogues, then robbing a local jeweler, an armored truck, and a gun store, according to the documents. The men would use the jewelry to purchase land, where they could "stockpile weapons and train for the coming race war."

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That plan unraveled on October 25, when Doyle and Chaney tried to buy "an automatic weapon, explosives, and a pistol with a silencer" from an undercover FBI agent, according to local station WWBT.

Doyle and Chaney were arrested two weeks later, after attempting to collect the merchandise they ordered. A third suspect, Charles Daniel Halderman, was also arrested for conspiring to aid in the murder and subsequent robbery of a jewelry-store owner.

The threat of white-supremacist terrorism has received heightened attention in the wake of last summer's massacre at the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. According to a count by the New America Foundation, more people have been killed on American soil by white extremists than by Muslim jihadists in the 14 years since 9/11.

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