SC Militia ‘Commander’ Implicated in Plot Against NY Muslims


A South Carolina resident faces charges in connection with a Tennessee man’s plot to attack Islamberg, a Muslim community in New York’s Catskill Mountains, reports the Watershed Post. Robert R. Doggart, a 63-year-old former congressional candidate, was arrested April 10 for plotting to burn down buildings and attack the inhabitants of Islamberg, a community of about 200 black Muslims in Hancock, N.Y. A federal grand jury in Knoxville, Tenn., charged Doggart this week with solicitation for recruiting another person to help him burn down Islamberg's mosque, school and cafeteria.

Federal court documents do not name that accomplice, but they state that a South Carolina resident who had wiretapped conversations with Doggart faces federal charges. Residents of Islamberg have been on high alert since the news of Doggart’s arrest broke in May. Tahirah H. Clark, a lawyer for Islamberg, asked the court this week to release more information about the South Carolina accomplice. The criminal complaint against Doggart described how he and a person he referred to as the “commander” of “the South Carolina militia” planned to attack Islamberg.

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