Breaking Extremely Bad

Twenty-four-year-old US Army Private Ethan Melzer, aka Etil Reggard, has pled guilty to planning an attack on his unit during a scheduled deployment to Turkey. He, while assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade, was found to be working with members of the Order of the Nine Angles terrorist organization. Melzer had been planning on offering a defense stating that the murderous plan was only “an internet fantasy” but offered a guilty plea shortly before he was due to stand trial last week.

Members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade during a training exercise. Image Credit: skysoldiers.army.mil

According to documents released by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the ex-soldier specifically pled guilty to “attempting to murder US service members, providing and attempting to provide material support to terrorists, and illegally transmitting national defense information.” Melzer planned a Jihadist attack on the days of their deployment to Turkey. He had also transmitted details of the location, movement, and security aspects of that his to the extremist organization Order of the Nine Angles, or O9A, a neo-Nazi, occult-oriented white supremacist group.

The main symbol of O9A. Image Credit: displate.com

Regarding the disturbing case, US Attorney Damian Williams said:

“As he admitted in court today, Ethan Melzer attempted to orchestrate a murderous ambush on his own unit by unlawfully disclosing its location, strength, and armaments to a neo-Nazi, anarchist, white supremacist group.  The defendant believed he could force the U.S. into prolonged armed conflict while causing the deaths of as many soldiers as possible.  MELZER’s traitorous conduct was a betrayal of his storied unit and nothing short of an attack against the most essential American values.  Thanks to the incredible work of the FBI and the U.S. Army, MELZER’s duplicity was revealed and his murderous attack thwarted.”