Terrorist Plot Foiled When White Supremacist Blows Own Leg Off (VIDEO)

Michael O’Neill, a former Niagara County, New York corrections officer, apparently tried to use a hot glue gun to seal the fuse on one of several bombs he was building in his stepfather’s garage, when something went terribly awry.

Police believe that the fuse on the improvised explosive device (IED) “may have caught fire,” and that O’Neill “may have tried to stomp-out” the burning fuse, when the bomb exploded, blowing his foot off. He was transported by life flight to a local hospital, where his leg was later amputated as a result of his injuries.

Along with seven homemade bombs, police found an array of white supremacist propaganda, including materials distributed by the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis.

One of O’Neill’s homemade bombs was labeled “Powder w/Nails.” An x-ray of the IED showed that the bomb was packed with nails.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul told WIVB:

“What makes this case note-worthy is the fact that the explosive devices appeared, at least in one instance, to have shrapnel and there doesn’t seem to be many reasons why.”

Other items found at the scene included flash powder, potassium perchlorate, 36 shotgun shells reloaded with fragments inside, a plastic bottle of triple seven powder, a box of triple seven pellets and a plastic bottle labeled as triple seven powder.

What may be the most disturbing part of all of this is that prosecutors are NOT pursuing terrorism charges against O’Neill.

“We are not calling this particular investigation a terrorist investigation,” Hochul said. “What we do have, we believe, is serious enough possession manufacturing of explosive devices.”

To recap, a white supremacist is caught red-handed building a bunch of bombs in his garage. At least one of the homemade bombs is packed with nails. The U.S. Attorney’s Office acknowledges that “there aren’t many reason why” someone might need to build a bunch of bombs and then pack them with sharp objects.

Also found at the scene are bullets adapted to cause the greatest amount of bodily injury, and materials suggesting a link to known, terrorist organizations such as the Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. But authorities are NOT investigating this as a terrorist plot.

There are several possible reasons why this case is not being investigated as terrorism.

  • The suspect is a white male.
  • The suspect is a former police officer.
  • The suspect is the stepson of a Niagra County legislator.

In any case, it’s clear that sympathy for white, male KKKristian terrorists runs high in the U.S. That’s apparently not only in the case of O’Neill, but also in the case of Robert Lewis Dear, who recently killed three people and wounded 12 others, during an attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado.

We also saw it in vivid detail following the Charleston, South Carolina AME church shooting. Dylan Roof, a 21-year-old white supremacist brutally murdered nine people during a church prayer service. Following the shooting, Charleston County Magistrate James B. Gosnell expressed sympathy for the family of the killer, even as the families of the people Roof killed stood grieving in the courtroom.

In reality, many right-wing fanatics have moved past the point of just sympathizing with terrorists like O’Neill, Dear and Roof. They openly support and promote the use of violence in furtherance of their political and religious ideology, which is the very definition of terrorism.

Anti-abortion fanatics cheered after the Planned Parenthood shooting, and Christian extremists called on their followers to initiate additional terror attacks across the country. White supremacists openly call for the execution of minorities, while radicalized Christians call for the killing of Muslims on a daily basis.

Donald Trump, the leading republican candidate for president, called for killing of Muslim extremist family members, while republican leaders like Paul Ryan and Rand Paul propose “nuking” entire countries, so the bloodthirsty Christians can stop the bloodthirsty Muslims.

The drums of war and calls for violence from the right wing never cease. Religious and political leaders advocate killing gays, Muslims, minorities and liberals in furtherance of their political agenda.

It’s time we wake up and realize that a good portion of the American public can now be defined as terrorists and terrorist sympathizers, whether they realize it or not.

Knowing that, it should come as no surprise that bomb-making white supremacists aren’t labelled terrorists, in spite of the obvious violent intent behind their actions.

It should come as no surprise that a mass murderer like Dylan Roof would be described as a “sweet kid” by the media, while terrorists like Robert Lewis Dear are portrayed as “mentally ill.”

At the same time, it should come as no surprise that Syed Farook, the Colorado Springs killer, is also portrayed as “the product of a murderous, violent religion,” so entirely unlike right-wing Christianity.

O’Neill is scheduled to appear in court on December 23. He’s charged with illegal possession of a firearm and possession of an explosive device. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison.

Here’s more on this story from WIVB.

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