Story at a glance
- A new report details that an Ohio teen with ties to white supremacist ideologies planned a power outage in 2021 following the outcome of the 2020 Presidential election.
- One Wisconsin man said: “I can say with absolute certainty that I will die for this effort. I swear it on my life.”
An erroneously unsealed affidavit from the FBI reveals a plan devised by white supremacists to attack various power stations across the southeastern part of the U.S., according to a report by The Associated Press (AP).
The report also documented an Ohio teenager involved in the plot, who said that he wanted his group to be “operational” and have its agenda expedited if outgoing President Trump lost the election.
Initially, the plan was for the group to launch by 2024, when Trump would potentially have served two consecutive terms and a Democrat could be elected President.
An informant also confirmed to investigating agents that the Ohio ringleader “definitely wanted to be operational for violence, but also activism.”
To achieve this, the plan centered around creating a widespread power outage by shooting rifle ammunition into power stations in the southeastern U.S.
The foiled operation was called “Light’s Out” and was planned for the summer of 2021.
An investigation complete with undercover federal agents helped establish the group’s ideological ties to white supremacy. The affidavit reportedly reveals communication over encrypted messages and features recommending reading of white supremacist literature, creating a uniform and manufacturing weapons.
The affidavit also claims the unnamed Ohio teen had Nazi flags in his bedroom until his mother made him remove them.
Other group members reportedly pledged absolute fealty to the cause, with one Wisconsin man saying: “I can say with absolute certainty that I will die for this effort. I swear it on my life.”
Charges have yet to be publicly filed. Federal prosecutors in Ohio will reportedly spearhead charges resulting from the case.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of Ohio said that the plot is considered inactive, and that “we want to emphasize that there is no imminent public safety threat related to this matter.”