In a plea agreement released to the public, a Tennessee man, and former extreme right-wing candidate for Congress, admitted to plotting to annihilate a Muslim community in upstate New York.
Read: Former 3rd District Congressional Candidate Admits Plotting Armed Militia Attack, Firebombing of Muslim Community in New York (The Chattanoogan)
Robert Doggart is on federal bond awaiting sentencing and could face up to five years in federal prison. Doggart posted some of his plans to attack the Muslim community of Islamberg, a hamlet of Hancock, New York on Facebook. These included burning down a school, a mosque and a cafeteria. According to its website, Islamberg is primarily made up of African American Muslims, who are indigenous Americans with Islamic roots spanning four generations.
This is not the first time Islamberg has been targeted by right wing groups. Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Project claimed in 2013 that the group had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and was a terrorist training camp, though local authorities found the claims baseless.
Doggart said he was working with a militia group that he identified only as “OAF,” saying the deadline for the attack was April 15. It is unclear if Doggart was referring to the group Operation American Freedom, which has spent a lot of time organizing against immigrants and President Obama. At one Operation American Freedom event, participants demanded to “evict the Negro from the White House.”