Batshit Crazy Failed Congressional Candidate Robert Doggart Pleads Guilty in Plot to Massacre Muslims in New York State

Robert Doggart

Robert Doggart

By Elaine Magliaro

Yesterday, WBGN in Binghamton reported that last month FBI officials had “arrested and charged former congressional candidate Robert R. Doggart in connection with a plot to kill residents and destroy the school and mosque of the Muslim village of Islamberg in Hancock.” According to WBGN, Doggart, a resident of Signal Mountain TN, was arrested on April 10th.


The previously sealed criminal complaint filed in federal court on April 13th shows Doggart planned to commit mass murder using an M4 rifle, explosives, machete and snipers.

He warned that those who joined his team should prepare for hand-to-hand combat with any residents encountered in his pursuit.

Travis Gettys of Raw Story said that Doggart, an ordained minister, “admitted to plotting the annihilation of a Muslim village identified by Sean Hannity and other conservatives as a terrorist training camp” located in the United States. Gettys said that the former congressional candidate “tried to recruit ‘expert Gunners’ on social media to help him burn down a mosque, school, and other buildings in Hancock, New York – where law enforcement officials are frequently called to investigate right-wing rumors.”

According to Gettys, Doggart had been “recorded speaking to a South Carolina militia member about the plot, which the failed Tennessee congressional candidate feared could turn deadly.” Doggart told the militia member, “If there’s a gun fight, well there’s a gun fight, and I want to come home because I love my family and I want to see my kids again…I also understand that if it’s necessary to die, then that’s a good way to die.”

Doggart also told an informant that he planned to bring a machete—saying, “If it gets down to the machete, we will cut them to shreds.”

Last week, Doggart pled guilty “to one count of interstate communication of threats.” He remains free on bond until his sentencing. Gettys said the ordained minister could face up to five years in prison.


Prosecutors said Doggart gathered an M4 rifle, explosives, and light armor piercing bullets in connection with the plot, and investigators said he was recruiting snipers through social media and by telephone.

During a recordrd call, Doggart told a woman, “When we meet in this state, the people we seek will know who we are. We will be cruel to them, and we will burn down their buildings. If anyone attempts to harm us in any way, our stand gunner will take them down from 350 yards away.” Doggart claimed that he would be the “standoff gunner.”

Doggart also told an FBI informant “that he believed the plot would succeed because the town employs only four police officers, and the volunteer fire department would take 35 minutes to respond.” He added, “We’ll be long gone by then.”

In a Facebook post, Doggart wrote: “Our small group will soon be faced with the fight of our lives. 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.”

Gettys said that Doggart had met with the informant in Nashville and had “discussed using Molotov cocktails to firebomb buildings in the Muslim community, which was founded by African-Americans who had converted to Islam from Christianity.”

Andrew Dys (The Herald) said that residents of a Muslim community outside York were worried and were scheduled “to meet with federal, state and local law enforcement as early as Monday” after Doggart pled guilty “to threatening to blow up a similar Muslim community in Upstate New York.”


More than 200 Muslims – mainly African-Americans born in the United States – have lived at Holy Islamville for more than three decades since The Muslims of America started the enclave as a place to live peacefully. Islamberg, a similar community started by Muslims of America, was the target of Robert R. Doggart, 63, of Tennessee, federal court documents show.

Islamville residents are meeting with police to let them know of suspicious activity they have seen, and to express general concerns for safety against attacks from those who plot to kill Muslims.

“We are worried that this is just the tip of the iceberg, and we want to make sure we are safe,” said Ali Rashid, an elder at Holy Islamville and one of its founders.

Gettys said that a federal judge had granted Doggart’s “release on bond over the government’s objections as long as Doggart agreed not to use alcohol or pain medication and to undergo psychiatric evaluation for depression and an unspecified personality disorder.”

Muhammad Matthew Gardner, a spokesman for The Muslims of America—the group which operates Islamberg—called for the stiffest possible penalty for Doggart.” Gardner said, “This man plotted to mercilessly kill us, kill our children, and blow up our mosque and our school. 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.”

Zaid Jilani of AlterNet said that Doggart was released on $30,000 bond to home confinement. Jilani said what he found particularly unusual about this case was that “the FBI chose not to publicize it and that no terror charges were brought”—and that “despite expressing intent to commit terrorism,” Doggart had been let out on bail.


Can we imagine the FBI treating a would-be Muslim terrorist the same way?

Do you think the FBI would have treated “a would-be Muslim terrorist the same way?”



Failed congressional candidate pleads guilty in plot to massacre Muslims: ‘We will be cruel to them’ (Raw Story)

Former congressional candidate arrested, charged in attempt to commit mass murder (WBNG)

Former Congressional Candidate And Minister Arrested For Plotting To Attack Muslim Community In New York, But Let Out On Bail (AlterNet)

York’s Holy Islamville terrified after threats to kill NY Muslims (The Herald)


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15 Responses to Batshit Crazy Failed Congressional Candidate Robert Doggart Pleads Guilty in Plot to Massacre Muslims in New York State

  1. “But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” -Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782.

    And Jefferson wept . . .

    That high pitched whine is him turning over in his grave.

    Speaking of crazy . . .

    “He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, Aphorism 146 (1886). This is one of the less crazy things Friedrich Nietzsche said shortly before syphilis ate his brain, but apparently this lesson is one that some people never learn.

  2. To the legal point, this reeks of double standard in enforcement. This plan indicates he is a terrorist by definition (a person who uses terrorism in the pursuit of political aims) using the tactic of terrorism (the unofficial or unauthorized use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims). To treat him otherwise is simply wrong.

  3. bigfatmike says:

    “To the legal point, this reeks of double standard in enforcement. ”

    There really is the suggestion that if this group had been Muslim the FBI would be crowing about taking down long-wolf terrorists in our midst.

    The biggest differences, aside from religion, between this guy and some of the FBI’s greatest successes is that this guy managed to arm himself and had a plan that might have caused real damage. How different from some of the other FBI efforts that provided the fake explosives and the lame plan to the would-be terrorists.

    Some of us believe terrorism can and should be defined in a way that can be applied to all groups regardless of their religious or political goals (roughly the use of force or threat of force to further political or social goals).

    The handling of this case gives credibility to the claim that terrorism is a political label to be applied what ever group is currently on the ‘outs’ with federal LE.

  4. bettykath says:

    If I lived in Islamville, I’d be worried. This man is unlikely to respect the home confinement, and as the leader, he can still direct the rest. He should not be released on bail.

  5. bigfatmike says:

    ” He should not be released on bail.”

    Can anyone think of any Muslim ‘lone wolf’ terrorists rounded up by the FBI that were released on bail?

  6. randyjet says:

    It seems like the FBI and judge don’t really want to stop this kind of thing.

  7. American Pride says:

    Why has President Obama, not responded to this extreme act of terrorism. Doggart is literally a symbol of homegrown terrorism here in America. Lets not let our country go to ruins because of people who want to harm innocent Americans. Muslim’s and Christians should be able to live together in harmony under the laws of our creator. I am waiting patiently for the president of the United States’s response to this recent event.

    -American Pride

  8. Mike Spindell says:

    Doggart is not guilty of terrorism because he is a White Christian. In the minds of many White Christians they aren’t terrorists, they’re “God’s heroes”. Apparently there are people at various levels of power that believe that as well. The Timothy McVey’s seem to only be caught in the aftermath of their terrorism.

  9. pete says:

    “Why has President Obama, not responded to this extreme act of terrorism. ”

    Because, as a Muslim, he can’t publicly disavow terrorism.

    doncha know

  10. bettykath says:

    bfm, “Can anyone think of any Muslim ‘lone wolf’ terrorists rounded up by the FBI that were released on bail?”

    No, but I can think of several that have been incarcerated and tortured for years without charges.

    • bigfatmike says:

      ” I can think of several that have been incarcerated and tortured for years without charges.”

      The war on terror has presented us with a knot of problems including torture and indefinite detention.

      It seems to me the best we can make of the situation is that, so far as we know, domestic terrorists have not been treated with the same techniques as terrorists in other countries. So far as we know terrorists in the civilian criminal justice system have not been disappeared off the streets, have not been tortured, have been allowed access to lawyers and their families.

      I would say that it is a plus that, for the most part, domestic terrorists have been accorded the rights of the criminal justice system. But it seems to me that anyone who can look beyond the headlines should be able to see the clear outlines of the police state. I don’t doubt that we face real threats from very dangerous people. I do question which LE techniques are necessary and effective.

  11. bron98 says:

    he isn’t worried about Muslims, just black ones. he is just a racist POS.

    whack him on the head and throw him to the pigs. they can judge him. if they don’t eat him, grant him a pardon.

    I wonder if Hammurabi did that?

  12. po says:

    This, as others have said, is a great example of the double standard in labeling and prosecuting “terrorism”. And the silence of the FBI regarding this matter is one of those things that further confirms muslim suspicion that the FBI is out to get them.
    Also, something bad is bound to happen, spurred by the relentless demonization of the other that butters fox news’ bread…I just hope that when it happens, we hold the like of Hannity partially responsible for these crimes, as we held Al Awlaki responsible for the actions of Major Nassan.

  13. “I wonder if Hammurabi did that?”

    No, but some of the punishments in the Code of Hammurabi are nearly that creative.

  14. swarthmoremom says: “But there’s one element of this story buried in the piece. The supporting role of Fox News. Not long after the terror attacks in Paris at the beginning of the year, Fox News went on a tear about no-go zones in Paris, Birmingham and other places – a run of fabrications so extreme that the station was compelled to issue one of the only retractions and apologies the network has ever issued.

    One of the guests who was part of this was Ryan Mauro, head of the ‘Clarion Project’, an anti-Muslim group best known for producing lurid anti-jihadist movies which are distributed to voters in the run-ups to US elections. Mauro told Fox that the FBI considered the Muslims of America community in Hancock to be a threat and he had videos of them “engaging in guerrilla warfare training.”

    It’s a reminder of the study I mentioned over the weekend on various studies about the engineered ignorance of viewers of Fox News.”

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