Caleb Cole, 25, was convicted of threatening Jewish journalists and activists and sentenced to 7 years in prison, NBC News reports. The former leader of the neo-Nazi Atomofen squad, Cole and his group mailed threatening posters of their targets, and in one case, plastered one on their window.
“Today the community and those targeted by Mr. Cole and his co-conspirators have stood up to say that hate has no place here,” said US Attorney Nick Brown. One co-conspirator in the plot, Cameron Shea, 25, another Atomwaven squad leader, was sentenced to three years in prison in August, the Justice Department said. Officials said two other people in the plot were convicted after they pleaded guilty and have since renounced their neo-Nazi views.
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Atomwaffen defends attacks on the United States federal government, minorities, gays, and Jews, burns copies of the United States Constitution, and puts a flag in its propaganda videos. The Atomwaffen Division was implicated in numerous mass murder plots, planning to cripple public water systems and destroy parts of the United States’ continental power transmission network. Atomofen was also accused of plotting to blow up nuclear power plants. The organization’s goal is to violently overthrow the federal government of the United States through terrorism and guerrilla tactics. Since 2017, the organization has been linked to eight murders in the United States and numerous violent hate crimes, including assault, rape, and multiple cases of kidnapping and torture.