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Neo-Nazi Had Hit List of Jewish Leaders in Detroit

February 22, 2013 11:29 am 16 comments

Richard Schmidt. Photo: U.S. Dept. of Justice

A neo-Nazi sympathizer arrested in December by the FBI was plotting attacks against Jewish and African-American leaders in the Detroit area, according reports.

Richard Schmidt the owner of a sporting goods store in Bowling Green, Ohio, was originally reported to have been arrested by the FBI for trafficking counterfeit goods. But the case has become more worrying and bizarre since it was revealed that the former felon, who spent 13 years in Ohio state prison for a homicide after being convicted of killing a man and wounding two others in a shooting during a traffic stop, had a small arsenal at his disposal and a  hit-list of Jewish and African-American targets in the Motor City.

When FBI agents last December searched his home and store, they discovered a cache of 18 weapons that included AR-15 assault rifles, 9 mm Ruger and Sig Sauer pistols, shotguns, high-capacity magazines and more than 40,000 rounds of ammunition.

“The FBI averted a catastrophe in this case, there’s no doubt about it,” Steven M. Dettelbach, the U.S. attorney in Cleveland, said in an interview with NBC News.

Scott Kaufman, the executive director of the Jewish Federation of  Metropolitan Detroit, said agents showed him a page of Schmidt’s notebook showing his name and the names of others in leadership positions in his organization, as well as the names of tenants in his building and driving directions to his office.

“When I saw my name on a piece of paper along with information about our organization and our building written by an alleged neo-Nazi, it was certainly unnerving,” he told NBC News.

16 Comments

  • @Robin Rosenblatt: While I agree that Jews (along with everyone else) should arm themselves for self-defence, I don’t see how this case has anything to do with Islam. Indeed, a certain percentage of Neo-Nazi types hate Islam and Muslims.

  • As long as the kosher pizza is gluten free and there is no seperation anxiety when you have to go for a leak, who cares what deaf dumb unstable (sometimes hypochondriac) politicians get up to….let Wall street run and sell more toxic debt into the capitalist way of life so we can finally destroy it. Who invented greed?

  • I don’t understand why he’s referred to as a “Neo Nazi.” Nazis were left wing socialists who hated everyone except themselves.

    White supremacist would be more accurate in this guy’s case.

  • He looks like an actor in one of the older NCIS episodes who had to prove he wasn’t one of these types.

  • From the shirt that he was wearing, this pile of scum must not realize that Superman was a Jew!

  • There are so many fine, idealistic Americans who deplore covert investigations of various kinds as being unAmerican but fail to recognize that in a complex society that we have become, there are quite a large number of crazies out there. Should our economy sink to the level of the thirties, there is every chance that it will result in more extreme behaviors. Having worked in a maximum security prison as chief psych, I always found a cluster of folks that inevitably will be let out into society. Their own interactions are dangerous to us all.

  • Jews need to arm themselves because no one will protect you.

    • Jonathan Marchant

      Do not be discouraged. Things are not so absolute and grim as you may think. I am by birth a white=Anglo-Saxon-Protestant who will stand by you until the end.

  • Government leaders are Deaf, Dumb and Blind
    We are in an Islamic Cultural War. That has no Borders

    Islamic Culture must destroy Western Culture OR

    Western Culture must destroy Islamic Culture.

    Stealth Jihad will destroy America!

    It is a Genocidal War.

    Islamic Culture = Evil: Western Culture = Civilization

    Choose Freedom or Slavery
    This is a battle between Light and Darkness or Good and Evil or Knowledge and Slavery

    America decide which side you are on?

    • Well said Robin!! Max.

    • We are already at a disadvantage as most Western Government elite has been bought by Mid-Eastern oil money. It is the patriots who need to salvage this. Look at the smug MUGS of Pelosi. Barry Soetero, Cameron, etc. All living flush on insider trading info, oil money and what they collect in salary to do jobs they fail miserably at. Remember 1776. Max.

    • I thigk you mean Christian culture vs Jewish culture

    • Unfortunately these kind kind of comments only rev these people up more. Face to face on the battlefield is a more practical solution than all the faceless (and anonymous) comments which rant and rave, reflect only personal opinions which dont necessarily have any objective merit, and serves only to sow more seeds of hatred

    • Robin Rosenblatt
      You sound like a nut case.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Has “Liberal” Glenn Greenwald rushed to his legal defence in the name of ‘free speech’ yet.

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