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.
The UK group Hope Not Hate, in its annual State of Hate report, cited O9A as a major influence on Nazi terror groups both in the United States and Europe.
“O9A seeks to harness supernatural forces and overthrow the alleged ‘Nazarene/Magian’ (Jewish) influence on society, reduce the population of ‘mundanes’ through acts of extreme barbarism, and usher in a new imperial aeon (age) ruled by a race of Satanic supermen who would colonise the solar system,” the group wrote in this year’s report.
Melzer, joined the hate group in 2019, the year after he joined the Army. Before he began plotting the attack, the Louisville, Kentucky, resident had been reading and gathering propaganda from a variety of extremist groups like O9A and ISIS, the criminal complaint and indictment read. One of the ISIS documents the FBI seized from Melzer’s iCloud account described attacks and killings of U.S. personnel believed to have been carried out in April. Read more