Christian Terrorist Gets Easy Plea Deal

Robert Doggart is a Christian terrorist. The FBI has recordings of him plotting to blow up a mosque, a school and other buildings in a predominately Muslim town in New York in concert with a militia looking to spark a new civil war. And he’s been allowed to plea down to a minor charge with a maximum of 5 years in prison.

Former Tennessee congressional candidate Robert Doggart didn’t think it would take much to attack a Muslim community in upstate New York: a small group of gunmen with assault rifles, some Molotov cocktails or a demolitions expert and, just in case, a machete.

“If it gets down to the machete, we will cut them to shreds,” Doggart said on a call intercepted by the FBI, according to a criminal complaint…

From March through April, Doggart allegedly discussed his plans to burn down a mosque, a school and a cafeteria in Islamberg with other individuals in Texas and South Carolina both in person and by phone, according to the complaint. Court documents showed Doggart discussed employing a variety of weapons in the attack, including M-4 military-style rifles, pistols, Molotov cocktails, explosives and the aforementioned machete.

He also allegedly attempted to recruit people to participate in the attack through Facebook, referring to Islamberg as “Target 3.”

“The Operation in mind requires but <20 expert gunners,” one post read, according to the complaint. “Target 3 is vulnerable from many approaches, and must be utterly destroyed in order to get the attention of the American People. If you are volunteering, and can show for a face-to-face meeting of these patriots, then we would welcome your skill set.”

The complaint showed that Doggart’s communications were often full of such fiery, soaring rhetoric.

“Our small group will soon be faced with the fight of our lives,” Doggart wrote in another Facebook post. “We will offer those lives as collateral to prove our commitment to our God. We shall be Warriors who will inflict horrible numbers of casualties upon the enemies of our Nation and World Peace.”

The complaint also referenced an intercepted phone call in which Doggart told a woman: “When we meet with this state, the people that we will seek will know who we are. We will be cruel to them. And we will burn down their buildings.”

Doggart allegedly mentioned to a confidential FBI source that he’d set a deadline of April 15 to carry out the attack in accordance with the plans of a private militia group he’d been working with, according to information in the plea agreement. Doggart said that on that date, the militia, identified only as “OAF,” was “gonna start a civil war.”

If he were a Muslim, he’d be facing terrorism charges and life in the Florence Supermax. But he’s a white Christian, so:

Doggart is currently awaiting sentencing under house arrest. He faces up to five years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and three years probation.

Apparently it’s only terrorism if done by Muslims, not to Muslims.

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  • D. C. Sessions

    If he were a Muslim, he’d be facing terrorism charges and life in the Florence Supermax. But he’s a white Christian, so:

    It’s good to see that, contrary to the overheated rhetoric from the Republicans, civilian courts can in fact deal with terrorists.

  • Modusoperandi

    I was on the Titanic when it hit an islamberg.

  • cervantes

    Well no, you can’t get life just for talking about doing something. It may be a relatively light sentence but let’s not exaggerate.

  • Area Man

    Does anyone else remember when conservatives raised a huge stink over Homeland Security putting out a report on violent right-wing extremists, because it was persecution to suggest that patriotic right-wingers might ever commit terrorism?

  • raym

    #3 How does your argument fit with this?

    They, too, had only talked about doing something. Their big problem, though, was being black. And Muslim.

  • daved

    I like the part about how they were going to kill a bunch of people because those people were enemies of “World Peace.” Because nothing says “I’m for peace” like killing lots of people.

  • Area Man

    Well no, you can’t get life just for talking about doing something.

    A conspiracy to commit murder charge can in fact get one life imprisonment. Not to mention all the other conspiracy charges he should have had.

    Of course, people of Doggart’s political bent would prefer that we get around that pesky rule-of-law stuff and just toss him in Gitmo and forget about it.

  • cptdoom

    Well no, you can’t get life just for talking about doing something. It may be a relatively light sentence but let’s not exaggerate.

    A better example then? There is a meme going around the internet noting that Eric Rudolph, who actually set off more bombs than the Boston Marathon bombers, but killed the same number of people and also included a major sporting event in his reign of terror (along with two women’s clinics and a lesbian bar) got life in prison, while Tsarnaev got the death penalty.

  • cervantes

    No folks, in the Bronx terrorism plot they ,a href=””>actually took action — “The men placed fake bombs wired to cell phones in three separate cars outside the Riverdale Temple and nearby Riverdale Jewish Center, both in the Riverdale community of Bronx. New York City Police Department Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said one of the suspects placed explosives, while the other three suspects served as lookouts.[2][11]

    The men were returning to their vehicle and heading to attack aircraft at the Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York, with the fake Stinger missiles when law enforcement stopped them.[11][18] ”

    There was an argument of entrapment, but the judge didn’t buy it. They got 25 years.

  • busterggi

    “If he were a Muslim, he’d be facing terrorism charges and life in the Florence Supermax. But he’s a white Christian, so:”

    If he was black he’d have been shot in the back while attacking a cop by now.

  • llewelly

    In 2009 bronx terrorism case, FBI people bought the accused a gun, gave them some money, suggested plans, and supplied the fake bombs that were planted, and the fake stinger missiles that were never used. 2 judges agreed there was evidence of preexisting intent, one judge did not.

    Would the preexisting intent, if it actually existed, have resulted in action without FBI help? This question is hardly addressed at all. We are expected to assume that with little in the way of ideas or materials, “something” would have happened anyway.

    Conveniently, we are allowed to ignore the reasons why the FBI uses these tactics all the time when dealing with perceived Muslims, and rarely uses them when dealing with perceived Christians.

  • Joseph Sexton

    The deal does smell, but it is the fragrance of cheese. You use cheese to attract rats. This is how the game is played in federal court. They find someone who they can charge with enough charges, or serious enough charges, to threaten them with a very long prison term. Then they pressure them to turn on someone higher up the food chain, in exchange for a light sentence. Just another day at the office for the feds.

    My guess is that the militia leaders were the real targets, and the feds sized this guy up as someone who would fold when they started talking about decades in prison.

  • teele

    This leads in nicely to the next post — “Graham Thinks Christians Aren’t Allowed to Identify Themselves Publicly.” I hope Mr. Graham is proud that Mr. Doggart has been publicly identified as a Christian. And not JUST a Christian, but a bona fide Warrior For Christ! A REAL Christian, a man of action and courage, not just flappin’ his gums like a certain MegaPreacher Junior who shall remain nameless (at least as long as the memory of his old man lives on).

  • timgueguen

    daved@6, I’m guessing these morons believe the old slogan “Peace through superior firepower.”

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden


    Well no, you can’t get life just for talking about doing something. It may be a relatively light sentence but let’s not exaggerate.

    Exactly what passage is addressed by this quote of yours?

    You can’t get any sentence for “just” talking about doing something*1. However an overt act in furtherance is an overt act in furtherance…whether the conspiracy is to murder, to commit terrorism, or to shoplift a pack of bubblegum. If they had an overt act in furtherance here, the nature of the underlying conspiracy sure sounds like a terrorism conspiracy to me.

    18 USC 2331 (Definitions):

    (5) the term “domestic terrorism” means activities that—

    (A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State;

    (B) appear to be intended—

    (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;

    (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or

    (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and

    (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

    But let’s get real here.

    If Robert Doggart was muslim, the threats he’s making are so overt and the actual accomplishments of his conspiracy so small that the US could have afforded to wait until he was traveling and then killed him with a hellfire off a US drone.

    Sentencing wouldn’t enter into it.


    *1: “Just” in the legal sense…of course we recognize that the individual sentenced on conspiracy charges doesn’t need to be the individual who took the overt act.

  • theDukedog7 .

    I agree. The punishment is ridiculously lenient. If he were a Muslim, the sentence would have been much more severe.

    People who plan such things should go to prison for life.

  • left0ver1under

    This isn’t the first sweetheart deal given to christian terrorists. James Kopp was on the run in France, and the death penalty was a possible punishment. Normally, France (like several other countries) refuses to extradite suspects if the death penalty is possible, but the French didn’t even have to ask before John Ashcroft took it off the table. The death penalty wasn’t even considered as a punishment for Scott Roeder despite being on the books in Kansas.

    And when have “Operation Rescue” ever been lured into a sting the way the Bronx plotters were? Unlike those in New York, Operation Rescue have deliberately incited people to violence and have long been suspected of partaking in bombings and shootings and/or funding those who do (e.g. Eric Rudolph).