The admission to murder conspiracy and three counts of terrorism heads off what was to be a jury trial early next month. An Army paratrooper with ties to a neo-Nazi occult group pleaded guilty Friday to charges that he aimed to ignite a race war beginning with a plot to massacre fellow U.S. soldiers in his platoon. Ethan Melzer was arrested in June 2020 after sending sensitive information about the location, movements and security measures of his regiment in encrypted messages to members of a group called Order of Nine Angles. The Counter Extremism Project says the Order of Nine Angles is full of neo-Nazi-Satanists whose nihilistic ideology “supports violent jihadist terrorism, in line with its accelerationist philosophy to support the destruction of the current world order.” Facing possible life imprisonment on eight counts., the 24-year-old Army private from Louisville, Kentucky, was set to go to a jury trial after the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Melzer had pleaded not guilty in 2020 but changed his tune Friday afternoon, offering guilty pleas on three counts in connection with leaking his Army unit’s overseas location to an occultist fascist group that has deep ties to neo-Nazism, with the intention to facilitate a “mass-casualty” attack against his comrades. The three counts to which Melzer pleaded guilty are attempting to murder U.S. service members, providing and attempting to provide material support to terrorists, and illegally transmitting national defense information. Melzer’s indictment says he communicated with members of his neo-Nazi group through the Rapewaffen Division Channel on the encrypted messaging service Telegram, plotting an attack on U.S. soldiers in the 173rd Airborne Brigade when it was set for deployment from Camp Ederle in Vicenza, Italy, to a base in Turkey.

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siehe auch: The Rapewaffen Telegram Channel. An American soldier Ethan Phelan Melzer was indicted yesterday over a plot to collaborate with neo-Nazi Satanist group Order of Nine Angles (O9A) to murder “as many of his fellow service members as possible”. Melzer engaged with a group active on Telegram calling itself “RapeWaffen”. In our annual ‘State of Hate’ report published earlier this year, we covered the channel and called for action from Telegram and from the authorities. After the indictment of Melzer, the channel announced that it would disband, but this should be treated cautiously as the group has disappeared before only to later return after a short period. RapeWaffen is one of the channels on Telegram that most clearly identifies itself as a part of O9A. As the name suggests, the group actively promotes rape and sexual violence, alongside general calls for brutality more common among Terrorgram channels (a set of channels on Telegram that promotes terrorism). The group represents some of the most extreme content on Telegram, putting its calls for violence in recognisable O9A terms, and expressing sadism, amorality and the “need to dehumanize themselves and face the bloodshed”. Another post says: “by the Order of The 9 Angels [sic] I will do my best to fulfill the prophecy of the Rape War, heil Rape”. (…) Notably, the channel’s founder has also repeatedly claimed that RapeWaffen is a splinter group of the American nazi terror group Atomwaffen Division (AWD), but he has made AWD’s support for O9A and sexual violence more explicit, thereby finding a way to make it even more abominable. In a message in another far-right chat group, he also described how he attempted to spread his ideas to existing far-right terror groups, saying that he had “slowly been Rapepilling the FKD”, referring to the now disbanded Feuerkrieg Division.