Ex-Congressional Candidate Plotted to 'Destroy' Muslims

But Robert Doggart only pleaded guilty to minor charge
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2015 3:35 PM CDT
Ex-Congressional Candidate Plotted to 'Destroy' Muslims

(Newser) – A former Congressional candidate in Tennessee has pleaded guilty after allegedly planning to assault a Muslim community known as "Islamaberg," court documents say. Robert Doggart, 63—who got just 6% of the vote as an Independent in 2014—was nabbed April 10 and hit with an array of charges for his apparent plan to firebomb and murder Muslims in Hancock, NY, reports the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin. But he only pleaded guilty to interstate communication of threats, which comes with a maximum five-year sentence. He's also out on a $30,000 bond, albeit under electronic surveillance, providing he stop getting drunk and using pain medication, the Chattanoogan reports. You can imagine, Muslims aren't too thrilled with the treatment he's getting.

"All would agree, if a Muslim did this, the perpetrator would be immediately identified as a terrorist then prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," says a rep for Muslims of America. The FBI's case paints a dark picture of Doggart, who allegedly posted on Facebook that the Hancock community should be "utterly destroyed" once his team burnt down a cafeteria, mosque, and a school there, the Daily News reports. "Those guys [ought or have] to be killed," he allegedly told an informant he considered to be an accomplice. "Their buildings need to be burnt down. If we can get in there and do that not losing a man, even the better." Muslims of America wants Doggart charged with hate crimes and attempting a terrorist act. (Read more terrorism stories.)

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