March 29, 2017

SC man planned attack 'in the spirit of Dylann Roof'

17 February 2017, 12:42 | Leonard Manning

Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell

Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell

Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, 29, became known to federal agents after a series of Facebook posts were flagged in which he made threats and professed violent white supremacist ideologies, said Special Agent Grant Lowe of the FBI's office in Columbia. He continued: "If I could do something on a (expletive) big scale and write on the (expletive) building or whatever, 'In the spirit of Dylann Roof'".

'All they wanne do is stay loaded on drugs the Jews put here to destroy white man and they fest on the drugs (sic),' he wrote January 5, according to an arrest complaint. I want to do that s-'.

His plan ran into some other logistical problems along the way: his mother wouldn't let him use her cellphone, and he had to borrow money from his grandfather to buy a weapon from the undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent he thought was a member of the Aryan Nations.

McDowell met with the undercover agent on January 12th, believing the agent was someone who 'handled problems for the Aryan Nations.' Speaking in a hotel while carrying marijuana, McDowell told the agent he wanted to unleash a massacre on non-whites and walk away 'scot-free' because he feared going back to prison.

"I seen what Dylann Roof did and in my heart I reckon I got a little bit of hatred and I ..."

"Screaming "white power" was not getting the job done", the undercover agent told Lowe after talking to McDowell.

McDowell invoked the name of the Emanuel AME Church shooter in describing his desire to commit an attack on "non-whites" at an unknown location in another county, authorities said. Roof was sentenced to death for killing nine black worshippers in a Charleston church.

Trump team assesses legal options on travel ban
The administration has wavered when asked its next steps, and Miller said Sunday that all options are open. Recently, two cases of foreign nationals voting in USA elections in Texas made headlines.

McDowell was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and/or ammunition.

A S.C. Law Enforcement Division background check on McDowell indicates he received a suspended sentence and was put on probation in 2009 after a felony third degree burglary charge and a misdemeanor charge of attempted burglary.

Federal agents then arrested McDowell in the parking lot of a Hampton Inn.

McDowell, the complaint states, has established connections with white supremacist extremists that he gained while serving in prison, and has tattoos on his body that show his affiliation with those groups.

He went on to say that Jews were "here to destroy the white man".

McDowell allegedly told the undercover agent that he didn't want to be caught in an attack either and didn't want to go back to jail, according to the document. The prosecution requested a preliminary hearing and detention hearing by held at the same time, Tuesday, February 21 at 2:30 p.m. McDowell had not hired an attorney and was represented by a state-appointed attorney.

Other News

Trending Now

BEN AFFLECK 'Doesn't Want To Be BATMAN Anymore'
It probably didn't help when one of his kids said "Hey dad, did you ever see Christian Bale or Michael Keaton play Batman? ". Now, it has been alleged that Ben Affleck would no longer reprise his role as Batman in the upcoming movie spin-off.

Stars and royalty hit the red carpet for UK Academy Awards
La La Land is leading the nominations in 11 categories, followed by Arrival and Nocturnal Animals , which has nine nods each. The latter film, about female mathematicians working at Nasa, is up for best adapted screenplay at the Baftas.

New Jersey ranks 29th on list of number of structurally deficient bridges
Once again, Pennsylvania is among the nation's leaders in structurally deficient bridges, according to an annual report . The top three most traveled deficient bridges in the state are in Union and Essex Counties, according to the study.

Study Shows New Fathers Prone To Depression
The researchers found elevated symptoms of prenatal depression in 82 fathers, or 2.3 per cent of the total participants. Causes for depression can be different as well.

Germany picks Frank-Walter Steinmeier to be president
He is aware of the fact that the world is going through tough times, his democratic country will try to create stability. Two main parties in the coalition hold 923 seats in the assembly, which should assure Steinmeier's election.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (TEVA) Shares Sold by Loudon Investment Management LLC
It will pay an unchanged quarterly dividend of 34 cents per ordinary share and $17.50 per mandatory convertible preferred share. Revenue grew 33 percent to $6.5 billion, primarily due to the inclusion of $630 million from the Actavis acquisition.

Spieth in control at Pebble Beach with six-shot lead
A lot of other people did follow the entire round and so I want to make sure I sign for them, if I didn't get them out there. The Tour grad fought through the blustery conditions in round one to record a 1-under 70 at Monterey Peninsula CC.

Fatal shooting killed two in Chicago including toddler captured on Facebook live
On Monday, Patsy Holmes, the grandmother of Takiya Holmes, told ABC News that the 11-year-old was still "fighting for her life". As of late Tuesday, no one was in custody, but investigators believe the woman's boyfriend was the intended target.

Bayern Munich Star Robert Lewandowski Warns Arsenal Ahead of Champions League Clash
Germany's Bayern Munich will take on England's Arsenal in Round of 16 in UEFA Champions League on Wednesday evening in Munich. Neuer saved Sanchez's penalty, but the Chile global drilled home the rebound from a tight angle at the second attempt.

Reds trade away Brandon Phillips
Zach Buchanan of The Cincinnati Enquirer tweeted that Cincinnati will receive two minor league pitchers from Atlanta in return. He brings a solid combination of power and speed to the table with 197 home runs and 198 stolen bases in his career.