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FBI Foils Alleged Plans by White Supremacists to Shoot Up, Bomb Church And Synagogues

fbi-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI said it has disrupted two men’s plans to shoot up or bomb churches and synagogues.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that FBI agents were posing as illegal arms dealers who received orders for guns and explosives from two men who were part of a white supremacy group.

The men, Robert C. Doyle, 34, of Chester, and Ronald Beasley Chaney III, 33, were charged  Monday in U.S. District Court in Richmond with attempting to buy the weapons from FBI agents.

“Doyle and Chaney and others known and unknown to the FBI, ascribe to a white supremacy extremist version of the Asatru faith (a pagan religion),” alleges a five-page affidavit from FBI Special Agent James R. Rudisill.

The agent said the plan was for Doyle and others to meet at Doyle’s house “to discuss acting out in furtherance of their extremist beliefs by shooting or bombing the occupants of black churches and Jewish synagogues, conducting acts of violence against persons of the Jewish faith, and doing harm to a gun store owner.”

Two Virginia Men Accused of Plotting Race War with Attacks on Black Churches, Synagogues

Robert Doyle and Ronald Beasely Chaney.

Robert Doyle and Ronald Beasely Chaney.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Virginia men who were arrested by the FBI for allegedly plotting bomb and shooting attacks on black churches and synagogues wanted to start a race war, New York Magazine reports. 

Federal court documents allege that Robert Doyle and Ronald Beasely Chaney planned to rob a jeweler store, gun shop and armored truck so they could purchase land and “stockpile weapons and train for the coming race war.”

But that plot was quickly dashed by an undercover FBI who took a delivery order for weapons.

The men were arrested and charged.

Bentley-Driving Preacher Convicted of Using Day Care Grants to Fuel Lavish Lifestyle

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal jury on Wednesday convicted a Bentley-driving preacher on 13 counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and lying to the FBI, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Herman Jackson, who once warned a federal judge about the “wrath of God,” was taken into immediate custody because of his previous behavior while out on bond.

The jury also convicted his wife, Janetta Faria, of all five fraud counts against her.

As the leader of the Ark of Safety Apostolic Faith Temple, Jackson, 39, submitted false documents to obtain state Child Care Assistance Program subsidy payments for three Chicago-area child care centers.

Jackson used the money to subsidize his lavish lifestyle.

Friend of Alleged Charleston Church Shooter Arrested by FBI

handcuffsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI on Thursday arrested a man who gave shelter to the accused Charleston church shooter, Dylann Roof, and then allegedly lied to investigators in an attempt to cover up for his friend.

The Washington Post reports that Joey Meek is expected to be arraigned today on charges of making false statements to federal officials and “misprision of a felony.”

“We knew it was going to happen,” his girlfriend told the Post, referring to the arrest, “but we don’t understand why it was happening.”

The FBI believes Roof stayed at Meek’s trailer in Lexington County in the weeks before the shooting.

Gov. Haley: FBI’s Background Check Failed to Raise Red Flags Before Gun Purchase

Dylann Roof

Dylann Roof

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The racist man accused of shooting nine people at Emanuel AME church in Charleston was barred from buying a firearm but still was able to make a purchase because the FBI’s background check raised no red flags, NBC News reports. 

FBI officials acknowledged that Dylann Roof should have been prevented from buying a gun because he acknowledged he had possessed drugs during a previous arrest.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley blamed the error on the FBI background checks.

“When the FBI called us, we were told that it was an FBI issue, that it was not a state issue,” she said.

Haley raised many questions.

“When someone has a charge filed against them, it should go into a database, and it should be shown immediately to anyone’s that looking at it,” she said. “I would be more interested in what went wrong. Why are they dealing with paperwork and not dealing with technology?”

FBI, ATF Join Investigation of Spate of Suspicious Fires at Black Churches

AME Church in Charleston, S.C.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and ATF are helping local authorities investigate a string of recent suspicious fires at black churches in the south.

The church fires broke out in four states, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Three of the four were determined to be arsons, and the other is under investigation, Buzzfeed.com reports.

“They’re being investigated to determine who is responsible and what motives are behind them,” said FBI spokesperson Paul Bresson. “I’m not sure there is any reason to link them together at this point.

Officials were investigating a fifth fire in Elyria, Ohio.

The fires follow the deadly, racially-motivated shooting by Dylann Roof at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Ex-FBI Criminal Profiler: Church Shooter Dylann Roof Was Paranoid, Narcissistic

Dylann Roof

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

What compels someone to open fire at a church, taking life after life?

In the case of Dylann Roof, the man accused of murdering nine churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, paranoia and narcism were the contributing factors, according to Joe Navarro, a former FBI criminal profiler and veteran counterterrorist agent.

“We don’t know a lot about him just yet,” Navarro told Business Insider. “But we definitely would put him first in the paranoia box.”

Roof also held extreme feelings of racism, which he expressed on an online manifesto.

“What happens is, with paranoid ideation, the only way they see how to fix things is through violence,” Navarro said.

The comes narcissism.

“I’m not talking about the narcissism that would make you label a hotel chain after yourself,” Navarro said. “I’m talking about narcissism where even though you lead a rather unfulfilled life you still see yourself as superior and somebody else as inferior.”

Justice Department Opens Hate Crime Investigation into Church Shooting

Dylann Roof

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department will investigate the motivations and facts behind the shooting that left nine dead at a historic black church in South Carolina.

Reuters reports that Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Thursday that the department has opened a hate-crime investigation.

“We will now be looking at all of the facts, all of the motivations all the things that led this individual – if he is in fact the shooter – to commit this crime. And we will determine which is the best ways in which to prosecute the case,” Lynch told reporters at a news conference in Washington.

It has not yet been determined whether the case will be a state or federal one.

The suspect, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, was arrested and accused in the shooting.