A white supremacist took a page out of the ISIS playbook in Charlottesville last week when he drove his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, but the latest violence came from one of the so-called “anti-racists.”
The events that unfolded in Charlottesville led to a renewed call for the removal of Confederate statues; yet while some cities decided to do so, others saw their monuments removed by force — as crowds of vigilantes dismembered them.
While it’s easy to understand how such statues could be viewed unfavorably, you’d think if one wanted to fight racism, inanimate objects would be low on a list of the priorities. But apparently not for one young man; like last week’s white supremacist terrorist, he followed an plan that belongs in a jihadist’s playbook.
Breaking 9/11 reports:
A 25-year-old man has been taken into custody for attempting to ‘maliciously damage or destroy property receiving federal financial assistance,’ announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. The charges come after the FBI and ATF raided a home in Houston Sunday.
According to the complaint, on the evening of Aug. 19, 2017, a Houston park ranger observed Schneck kneeling among the bushes in front of the General Dowling Monument located in Hermann Park in Houston. Schneck was allegedly holding two small boxes with various items inside to include what appeared to be duct tape and wires.
After placing the boxes on the ground per the ranger’s request, Schneck then allegedly took a drink from plastic bottle but immediately spit it on the ground. The ranger then noticed a timer and wires in the box and notified the Houston Police Department (HPD), according to the complaint.
The clear liquid was field tested as was a white powdery substance found in a small, black aluminum tube which revealed they were most likely nitroglycerin and hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD), respectively, according to the charges. HMTD is a high explosive organic compound used as an initiating, or primary explosive. Nitroglycerin has been used as an active ingredient in the manufacture of explosives.
ln its pure form, nitroglycerin is a contact explosive, with physical shock causing it to explode, which degrades over time to even more unstable forms. Nitroglycerin is highly dangerous to transport or use. ln its undiluted form, it is one of the world’s most powerful explosives.
Authorities believe the items in Schneck’s possession on Aug. 19 were capable to produce a viable explosive device, according to the charges. The complaint further alleges that Schneck conducts “chemistry experiments” at his Houston residence.
Andrew Schneck, 25, is in custody & charged for attempting to maliciously damage or destroy property receiving federal financial assistance. If convicted, Schneck faces a minimum of five and up to 40 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.
The FBI is conducting the investigation, and tweeted out the following regarding the incident:
Andrew Schneck, 25, is in custody & charged for attempting to maliciously damage or destroy property receiving federal financial assistance
— FBI Houston (@FBIHouston) August 21, 2017
Back in 2014, Schneck received five years of probation after pleading guilty to a charge of improper storage of explosive materials.
His probation officer ain’t going to be happy about this …