Police Report That White Supremacists Are Attacking Cell Phone Towers

According to The Intercept, conspiracy theorists and far-right white supremacist groups are increasingly targeting cellphone towers and other critical infrastructure “to incite fear, disrupt essential services, and cause economic damage with the United States and abroad.” The Hill summarizes the findings: In more than one case, they’ve succeeded in interrupting resources for law enforcement and emergency services personnel, according to the report [by the New York Police Department], which lists several recent cases. One involved a neo-Nazi chat group whose “members strongly supported exploiting civil unrest in the United States by attacking the country’s infrastructure,” The Intercept reported, while another was tied to the 5G conspiracy theory, which claims without evidence that the electromagnetic waves put out by 5G towers are harming peoples’ immune systems and are responsible for the coronavirus pandemic.

The NYPD has not publicly commented on the report, which mentions attacks in other states as well, including a bombing in Nashville in December. The Intercept also obtained a document from the Department of Homeland Security that revealed three intelligence reports about vandals targeting cell towers in New York, West Virginia and Tennessee on the day of and before the insurrection on the United States Capitol in January.