This is interesting.
He was bragging about violence in text messages? Was he running his mouth in a Telegram chat to an FBI agent in a skull mask or had they tapped his phone?
“A Northern Virginia man arrested this week on gun charges is a neo-Nazi who has bragged about committing racially motivated violence, authorities said Friday.
At a detention hearing in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, FBI agent Shawn Matthews testified that Andrew Thomasberg, 21, joined Atomwaffen, a group that advocates racial holy war, after attending the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. He had previously been a member of Vanguard America, a somewhat less radical white nationalist group, Matthews said.
The agent said Thomasberg bragged in text messages about committing a racially motivated shooting in the past and using racial epithets against a group of African Americans he saw at a shopping mall. He said he would have gone “St. Roof” on them if they had stopped to confront him. That’s a laudatory reference to Dylann Roof, who shot and killed black churchgoers in South Carolina in 2015, according to Matthews, who investigates domestic terrorism for the bureau.
A judge ordered Thomasberg detained while he awaits trial on weapons charges. …”
Clearly, the FBI is identifying and rounding up known accelerationists and looking for the slightest pretext to lock them up. This has been going on at least since Jeffrey Clark (DC Bowl Gang) was arrested after Pittsburgh. Clark was also arrested on a gun charge with a red flag law.
UPDATE: The FBI tapped his phone.
“The affidavit was surfaced Thursday by freelance journalist and extremism expert Nick Martin.
The FBI tapped the phone of someone identified as “B.B.”, an associate of Thomasberg’s, and monitored text and phone conversations between the two men. In one group chat involving B.B., Thomasberg regularly discussed his weapons. “TFW you’re carrying enough gear and supplies to set the new high score, and wouldn’t want to have to explain that to a cop,” he texted his friends in June. …”
Moral of the story: being an idiot online or offline is a ticket to jail in the present political climate especially if you are LARPing as a terrorist.