The threat of hate-fueled violence is on the rise in the United States, and a recent arrest in Baltimore serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of extremist ideologies. Brandon Russell, 27, and Sarah Clendaniel, 34, were arrested and charged with conspiring to destroy an energy facility in Maryland, a plan that could have caused catastrophic damage to the power grid in the Baltimore area.

The pair had met while incarcerated in separate prisons and had been discussing their plan since the summer of 2021. Prosecutors allege that the two had planned to shoot five substations that serve the Baltimore area and that Clendaniel had stated that if they were successful, it would “completely lay this city to waste.”

The FBI believes that the plot was motivated by extremist views and that the two were “taking steps to fulfill their threats and further their extremist goals.”

This case is just one of many examples of white supremacists targeting the energy sector in recent years. Experts believe that such attacks are intended to trigger the collapse of American government and society.

Fortunately, federal, state, and local law enforcement were able to intervene in this case and stop the attack before it could be carried out. This serves as an important reminder that when we are united, hate cannot win.