According to intelligence gathered by the FBI, white supremacist groups are encouraging members who have the coronavirus to spread it to cops and Jews.
The FBI’s New York branch reported that “members of extremist groups are encouraging one another to spread the virus, if contracted, through bodily fluids and personal interactions.”
The FBI informed local police agencies that extremists are planning to have their followers use spray bottles to spread bodily fluids to cops on the street. According to the FBI, the extremists are also directing followers to spread the disease to Jews by going “any place they may be congregated, to include markets, political offices, businesses and places of worship.”
“Anti-government folks in America love to target law enforcement as a symbol of America’s authority,” said Don Mihalek, the executive vice president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation and an ABC News contributor. “It’s just sad that that’s their focus at a time of crisis in the nation.”
Organizations monitoring the internet for white supremacist’s messages say they have been seeing chatter online for weeks that blames Jews and Jewish leaders for the coronavirus outbreak and the global response.
“From pushing the idea that Jews created the coronavirus virus to sell vaccines to encouraging infected followers to try to spread the illness to the Jewish community and law enforcement, as the coronavirus has spread, we have observed how white-supremacists, neo-Nazis and others have used this to drive their own conspiracy theories, spread disinformation and incite violence on their online platforms,” said Michael Masters, the head of Secure Communities Network, an umbrella group that coordinates security for Jewish organizations and synagogues around the country.