February 9, 2017

THE JIHADI IN OUR MIDST:

When the Government Really Did Fear a Bowling Green Massacre -- Organized by a White Supremacist : Assault rifles, body armor, a possible kill list, but not much attention when feds arrested a white man they said was bent on "race war." (A.C. Thompson, 2/09/17, Pacific Standard)



The year was 2012. The place was Bowling Green, Ohio. A federal raid had uncovered what the authorities feared were the makings of a massacre. There were 18 firearms, among them two AR-15 assault rifles, an AR-10 assault rifle and a Remington Model 700 sniper rifle. There was body armor, too, and the authorities counted some 40,000 rounds of ammunition. An extremist had been arrested, and prosecutors suspected that he had been aiming to carry out a wide assortment of killings.

"This defendant, quite simply, was a well-funded, well-armed and focused one-man army of racial and religious hate," prosecutors said in a court filing.

The man arrested and charged was Richard Schmidt, a middle-aged owner of a sports-memorabilia business at a mall in town. Prosecutors would later call him a white supremacist. His planned targets, federal authorities said, had been African Americans and Jews. They'd found a list with the names and addresses of those to be assassinated, including the leaders of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapters in Michigan and Ohio.

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