White supremacists and neo-Nazis are plotting to use COVID-19 to start biological warfare with saliva, a spray bottle or other laced items against police, Jews and all non-White people, according to an intelligence brief distributed by federal law enforcement, according to a Yahoo News report on March 21.
ABC News reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) New York office alerted law enforcement that “members of extremist groups are encouraging one another to spread the virus, if contracted, through bodily fluids and personal interactions.”
Titled “White Racially Motivated Violent Extremists Suggest Spreading the Coronavirus” and released on February 17, federal investigators note in the two-page brief that they came across such plans by monitoring the communications on the social networking app Telegram. “Violent extremists continue to make bioterrorism a popular topic among themselves. White Racially Motivated Violent Extremists have recently commented on the coronavirus stating that it is an ‘OBLIGATION’ to spread it should any of them contract the virus,” confirmed the intelligence report written by the Federal Protective Service (FPS).
Some of the suggested offenses include: spitting on elevator buttons and door handles, committing crimes and leaving behind COVID-19-infected items and spending as much time in public with the “enemy” as possible, among other things.
The FBI issued the below statement, as published by ABC News:
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See the briefing below, courtesy of FPS: