Racist extremist groups, such as neo-Nazis and other white supremacists, are planning to contract coronavirus disease to spread cops and Jews, according to intelligence gathered by the FBI.
Obtained by ABC News, the FBI’s New York office reports that "members of extremist groups are encouraging one another to spread the virus, if contracted, through bodily fluids and personal interactions."
The FBI have told local police agencies that extremists want their followers to try to use spray bottles to spread bodily fluids to cops on the street. The extremists also want their 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. "It’s just sad that that's their focus at a time of crisis in the nation."
Agencies that have been monitoring the internet for white supremacist messaging have been seeing activity for weeks that blames Jews and Jewish leaders for the coronavirus and the global response, i.e. the shut down of all but essential government functions in New York, New Jersey and California.
"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.
"While the world faces a deadly pandemic, it’s a stark reminder that certain groups – notably the Jewish community and law enforcement – must also continue the battle against those who wish to hurt or kill them," Masters continued. "As the economic situation remains fragile and civil society disrupted, the potential for the followers of hate to act becomes more likely ... and more deadly."