173rd Airborne Brigade soldier charged in Satanic neo-Nazi terror plot

Jack Murphy
June 23, 2020 - 10:02 am
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Ethan Melzer, 22 is a private assigned to 1st Battalion, 503rd Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade stationed in Vicenza, Italy and has now been charged with plotting a Neo-Nazi Satanic terrorist plot with the neo-pagan Order of the Nine Angels.

The Department of Justice accuses him in the unsealed indictment of, "sending sensitive details about the unit – including information about its location, movements, and security – to members of an extremist organization named Order of the Nine Angles (O9A), an occult-based neo-Nazi and white supremacist group."

Melzer allegedly passed on these details that violated his unit's operational security, in order to send his fellow soldiers into an ambush, creating a mass casualty "jihad" style attack. 

“As the indictment lays out, Ethan Melzer plotted a deadly ambush on his fellow soldiers in the service of a diabolical cocktail of ideologies laced with hate and violence,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers.

When taken into custody this month, Melzer allegedly told the FBI that he had committed acts of treason. 

“Melzer declared himself to be a traitor against the United States and described his own conduct as tantamount to treason. We agree. He turned his back on his county and his unit while aligning himself with members of the neo-Nazi group O9A,” said FBI Assistant Director the New York Office William F. Sweeney Jr.

Melzer allegedly consumed propaganda from a number of sources including ISIS -- the FBI recovered a document on his iCloud account titled "Harvest the Soldiers" about attacking the military. He is also accused of communicating with Al Qaeda. 

Using an encrypted messenger app, Melzer communicated with the Order of the Nine Angels (O9A), "and a related group known as the 'RapeWaffen Division,' including communications regarding Melzer’s commitment to O9A and sensitive information related to his unit’s anticipated deployment such as locations, movements, and security, for purposes of facilitating an attack on Melzer’s unit," the indictment says.

In one of those messages Melzer wrote, "who gives a (expletive) ... it would be another war ... I would’ve died successfully ... cause another 10-year war in the Middle East would definitely leave a mark." This would imply that Melzer is an accelerationist, someone who may or may not follow any specific ideology, and seeks to speed up what they see as the inevitable destruction of society.   

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