US Soldier Planned Attack on Members of Unit, Gave Classified Info to Neo-Nazi Group: Prosecutors
The Army Private allegedly gave intel regarding the location, movement and security of members of his own unit to a violent “occult neo-Nazi” group with plans for a “mass casualty,” “jihadi” attack against the troops
A U.S. Army soldier is facing a slew of terrorism charges after allegedly giving classified military information to a white supremacist group with Satanic leanings as part of a deadly plot against members of his own unit, prosecutors said.
The charges announced Monday in Manhattan Federal Court allege that Army Private Ethan Melzer gave information about U.S. troops stationed overseas — including whereabouts, movement and security details — to the Order of the Nine Angles (O9A). The intel supplied by Melzer was to be used as a way to carry out a “mass casualty” incident, according to the criminal complaint and indictment.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has described O9A as an “occult neo-Nazi” organization, and British lawmakers have called for the group, which was founded there, to be banned. Prosecutors called the group an “neo-Nazi and racially motivated violent extremist group,” which has praised some of history’s most notorious figures such as Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden. Members and associates of the group have carried out acts of violence and murders in the past, prosecutors said. Read more