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Please Stop Being Stupid Online

Being a moron online makes it harder for the rest of us and can land you in jail.

This was in the news around here because of an Indiana and Ohio connection….
Three young knuckleheads got tricked, presumably by some Feds online, into plotting to start a race war by shooting up some power stations.
 An Indiana man was among three men who pleaded guilty in conspiring to attack power grids throughout the United States in a plot Justice Department officials said was meant to sow hate, create chaos, and stoke division “all in the name of white supremacy.”

Jonathan Allen Frost, 24, of West Lafayette, Indiana, and Katy, Texas, joined Christopher Brenner Cook, 20, of Columbus, Ohio and Jackson Matthew Sawall, 22, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin in pleading guilty to one count of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.

“These individuals wanted to carry out such a plot because of their adherence to racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist views,” said Assistant Director Timothy Langan of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division. “When individuals move from espousing particular views to planning or committing acts of violence the FBI will investigate and take action to stop their plans.”
Notice that these guys are all relatively young, 20, 22 and 24. They were in an online chat apparently along with likely a ton of FBI glowies plotting to shoot up substations with “powerful rifles” including one identified in the article as an “AR-47”. Solid journalism here. The single count they pled guilty to of “conspiring to provide material support to terrorists” could land them in jail for a maximum of 15 years. They didn’t do any actual terrorism other than allegedly spray-painting swastikas in Columbus, Ohio, just talking about it and planning it and that could get them 15 years. 
The really concerning thing is that “conspiring to provide material support to terrorists” is awfully vague. Since “Domestic Terrorism” can include things like not liking how much you pay in taxes or protesting peacefully in public, material support is a pretty big umbrella. 
Ultimately these sound like three young guys who were likely egged on by Feds in online chats with people they didn’t know and were entrapped into stepping over the line from grumbling about the Great Replacement and into making statements that can be construed as legit threats. Don’t Fedpoast and for fuck sake stop chatting about illegal shit with anonymous people in online chats. 
Guys, you aren’t going to wake up White people and kick off the boogaloo if you are in prison because an obvious Fed plot ensnared you into saying stupid shit. The Feds are desperate for more arrests to “prove” how dangerous “domestic extremists” are. Don’t make their job easier please.


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