US soldier plotted with Satanic neo-Nazis to ambush his own unit overseas, feds say

A U.S. soldier assigned to an installation in Europe has been charged with trying to plan a deadly ambush on members of his own unit during an upcoming deployment with the help of an occult-based neo-Nazi group known as the Order of the Nine Angles, according to an indictment unsealed Monday.

Pvt. Ethan P. Melzer, 22, confessed to plotting what he intended to be a mass casualty attack during an interview with U.S. agents on May 30, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Melzer was arrested on June 10 by the FBI. During the interview, Melzer called himself a traitor against the United States and admitted that he intended to cause as many deaths among his fellow service members as possible, according to the indictment.

Melzer enlisted as an infantryman through the Army delayed entry program in December 2018 and started his active duty service in June 2019, said Army spokesman Lt. Col. Emanuel Ortizcruz.

Melzer was stationed in Vicenza, Italy, and was slotted to deploy to Turkey. The staff judge advocate from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, also based in Vicenza, helped investigate Melzer, and a picture included in his now unsealed criminal complaint indicates he was a paratrooper in the same brigade.

Melzer’s unit was notified in April 2020 that it would soon deploy to guard another U.S. base in a foreign country. After Melzer learned of the assignment, he used an encrypted messaging application to contact members of the Order of the Nine Angles and a related group known as the RapeWaffen Division.

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