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A 63-year-old Signal Mountain resident and former Fourth District Congressional candidate charged with plotting the annihilation of a Muslim village in New York has entered into a plea agreement acknowledging his guilt.  Robert Rankin Doggart, of 183 Fern Mist Trail, Signal Mountain, is on federal bond awaiting sentencing in the case, which has drawn widespread attention in Upstate New York where the targeted community is located. He faces up to five years in federal prison.  The plea will be to a one-count bill of information charging him with interstate communication of threats. His attorneys are Bryan Hoss and Janie Parks Varnell.

Doggart “spoke on the phone with an individual in South Carolina as recently as April 9, 2015, regarding a plan to burn a mosque” in Islamberg, a small Muslim community near Hancock, NY, the affidavit reported.  Earlier, during a St. Patrick’s Day call, the former candidate for Congress “explicitly (said) the plan included burning down a school, a mosque and a cafeteria,” the complaint noted.

Source: The Chattanoogan

Sentencing is scheduled in federal court this morning for the Plano man convicted last year on charges that he attempted to blow up a natural-gas line with a homemade explosive.
 
Anson Chi, 36, pleaded guilty last June on the eve of his criminal trial to two felony counts: possessing a destructive device that was not registered as required by law and using that explosive device maliciously by igniting it in an attempt to destroy an Atmos Energy natural-gas pipeline in the 3600 block of West Parker Road in Plano.
 
The device exploded early, severely injuring Chi and causing minor damage to the above-ground pipeline.
 
Prosecutors are asking that a terrorism enhancement be applied and that Chi be sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.  But Chi, who is representing himself against the felony charges, has denied that he is a terrorist. Nor should his actions in the early morning hours of June 18, 2012, be considered a terrorist attack, he said in one of many handwritten court filings.
 

On the morning of April 19, 1995, a man parked a rental truck packed with explosives in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. At 9:02 a.m., the explosives detonated, killing 168 people, including 19 children. This wasn't the work of a foreign terrorist group. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, former U.S. Army soldiers, were convicted of the attack. McVeigh was executed in 2001, and Nichols is serving a life sentence.

Twenty years later, domestic terror threats range from white supremacists to eco-terrorists to anti-government extremists and radical separatist groups, according to the FBI. The FBI's goal, of course, is to prevent "homegrown attacks" before they happen. Unfortunately, this isn't always possible. When acts of domestic terror do occur, the FBI investigates and tries to catch those responsible. From McVeigh and Nichols to Eric Rudolph to Ted Kaczynski, the FBI is often successful, but every once in a while, the suspects get away.

These are the FBI's most-wanted domestic terrorist fugitives:

  • Donna Joan Borup
  • Cheri Laverne Dalton
  • Leo Frederick Burt
  • Joseph Mamoud Dibee
  • Josephine Sunshine Overaker
  • Elizabeth Anna Duke
  • William "Guillermo" Morales
  • Catherine Marie Kerkow

Read more: CNN

The bomb went off just after 3:30 a.m. in the heart of Times Square. It caused little damage and no injuries, but the 2008 explosion left an enduring mystery about who set it off, and why. The attack bore close similarities to two earlier bombings at high-profile Manhattan locations: All occurred around the same time of night, and in each case the assailant was seen biking from the scene, wearing a sweatshirt that hid his face.

There has not been a similar attack since, and for seven years, the bomber, as well as any possible accomplices, have remained at large. But on Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that progress had been made. Investigators said that "several persons of interest" had been identified in the 2008 bombing and that all three attacks were now believed to be linked. Now, investigators say they need the public's help to capitalize on the breakthrough.

Read more: New York Times

A 20-year-old Kansas man allegedly joined the U.S. Army last year so he could launch an ISIS-inspired attack on American soldiers like the deadly strike on Ft. Hood, Texas, in 2009, federal authorities announced today.  John T. Booker of Topeka, Kansas, was arrested after a lengthy FBI investigation and was charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, attempt to provide material support to ISIS, and attempt to destroy U.S. property, officials said.

Booker enlisted on Feb. 7, 2014, and was due to ship to basic training on April 7, 2014. However, his enlistment was terminated on March 24, 2014, at the request of the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Command because of Booker allegedly making statements that he intended to harm federal personnel.  Since then, he developed a plan to launch a car bomb attack on a military installation in Kansas, prosecutors allege.  He's the latest alleged ISIS sympathizer nabbed by the FBI following a string of arrests involving Americans allegedly plotting to join ISIS overseas or launch attacks on their behalf here in the U.S.

Read more:  ABC News