CRIME: A Neo-Nazi Leader Was Sentenced To Prison For A Plot To Target Journalists And Advocates

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A Washington man was sentenced to 84 six months or seven years in prison today for his part in a plot that threatened and intimidated journalists and advocates working to expose anti-Semitism.

Kaleb Cole, , a leader of the Neo Nazi group Atomwaffen Division was convicted today by a federal jury of the Western District of Washington of one charge of interfering in a federally protected activities because of religion. He also faces three counts of sending threatening communications and one count of conspiring to commit three crimes against the United States: interference with federally-protected activity due to religion, mail threatening communications and cyberstalking

” Threats motivated by religious intolerance, especially when they seek to intimidate journalists or other people who work to expose racism in America’s society, are antithetical American values.” stated Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “The defendant was part of a multi-state plot to intimidate and threaten journalists and advocates working to expose anti-Semitism in the United States. These hateful acts .”

Kaleb Colle led a violent, national neo-Nazi organization,’” stated U.S. attorney Nick Brown of the Western District. He promoted violence, accumulated weapons and organized hate camps. Today, the community and Mr. Cole’s co-conspirators are standing up to declare that hate is not allowed in this place. He attempted to intimidate journalists and advocates by posting hateful and threatening signs and trying to increase their fear. They confronted him in court, and they were rewarded with a federal prison sentence .”

The defendant tried to intimidate journalists and advocates who work to expose antisemitism. But that effort failed,” stated Assistant Director Timothy Langan from the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division. “Cole’s intended victims fought back, but not with threats or violence; they fought back at a court of law. The FBI will continue to investigate cases involving violence threats .”

Mr. “Cole displayed through his actions that he believed more than he said,” stated Donald Voiret, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Seattle Field Office. “No doubt, Cole’s targets were prevented from becoming victims .”

The evidence presented at trial revealed that Cole and other members Atomwaffen planned to intimidate journalists by sending them threatening posters or attaching the posters to their homes. This group primarily targeted journalists of color and Jews. Cole designed the posters that warned recipients that they had been “visited by your local Nazis.” They featured threatening images such as a hooded man preparing to throw Molotov cocktails at a house. The threatening posters were sent to homes in January 2020.

The victims of the posters described their reactions to them at trial. Some victims moved out of their homes temporarily or set up security systems. One person purchased a firearm, and another took a firearm safety class. One woman started to open her mailbox using a stick because she was afraid of what might be in it. One quit her job as journalist.

Three other conspirators, Johnny Roman Garza and Cameron Shea, were also convicted and sentenced.

The case was investigated and prosecuted by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces of Seattle, Tampa, Houston and Phoenix with the assistance of the Seattle Police Department.

The case was handled by the Assistant U.S. Attorney. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Songer prosecuted the case. The Western District of Washington’s Attorneys Thomas Woods, Seth Wilkinson, and Civil Rights Division Trial attorney Michael J. Songer provided valuable assistance to Trial Attorney David Smith of National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section, as well as U.S. Attorneys Offices in the Middle District of Florida and Southern District of Texas, District of Arizona and Central District of California.

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