The frenzy of White Supremacist violence is running amok. The situation is beyond the capacity of Democratic institutions to bring under control.
Excerpted from New York Times 8.10.2019
Authorities arrested a Las Vegas man who discussed attacking a local synagogue and charged him on Friday in connection with bomb-making materials found in his home, officials said.
A study by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry said the number of major violent anti-Semitic incidents rose 13 percent to 387 in 2018. The study, which was released in May, said the United States had the highest number of cases, with more than 100, followed by the United Kingdom with 68.
The study found that a feeling of insecurity was prevalent among Jews who said that they sometimes sensed they were facing a state of emergency.
The man, Conor Climo, was charged on Thursday with one count of possession of an unregistered firearm, namely, the component parts of a destructive device, the Department of Justice said in a statement.
Prosecutors said that Mr. Climo, 23, had communicated with people who identify with a white supremacist extremist organization, and had encrypted online conversations in which he regularly used derogatory racial, anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs.
He discussed attacking a Las Vegas synagogue, making Molotov cocktails and improvising explosive devices, officials said. Mr. Climo also discussed conducting surveillance on a bar he believed served the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in downtown Las Vegas.
During the execution of a search warrant on Thursday, the authorities seized a notebook with hand-drawn schematics for a potential Las Vegas-area attack. Also inside the notebook were drawings of timed explosive devices, the statement said.