Last Friday FBI agents searched the house of Conor, Climo, a security guard after court orders of his arrest has been issued. Law enforcement found bomb-making materials and plans to attack a Las Vegas synagogue and a gay bar in downtown Las Vegas. Climo, 23 years old, was arrested after joint investigations from the FBI and the Terrorism Task Force. The Department of Justice press release mentions that
“Law enforcement discovered Climo had been in contact with members of the National Socialist Movement, a white supremacist organisation. Climo was also linked to Atomwaffen Division, a neo-Nazi terrorist network.”
What the investigations reveal so far
The FBI was able to gather encrypted chats from Climo where he “would frequently use racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs.” Climo also mentions in the chats attacking a Las Vegas synagogue. The FBI also discovered the Climo was trying to recruit people to help him execute his plans but he failed. Further investigations reveal that Climo discusses making Molotov Cocktails as well as other various explosive devices. Law enforcement was granted a search warrant on Thursday, and in Climo’s apartment, they found several hand-drawn schematics for an attack in the Las Vegas area as well as drawings of explosive devices.
This was not the first time the 23-year-old makes the news as he was previously reported in 2016 by KTNV walking around his neighbourhood with an assault rifle and a knife claiming to patrol and protect his neighbourhood from crime. Neighbours expressed concern, but Climo was not arrested at that time.
Who is Conor Climo?
A man who works as a security guard by day and quotes Adolf Hitler on online discussion platforms by night. During the investigation, it was discovered that he used Quora – a website where users post questions and answers on various topics- and his question was; “what are the downsides of multiculturalism?” “To quote a Nationalist,” he further wrote, “‘your most precious possession on this earth is your people!’” Clearly a quote from Adolf Hitler that is frequently used by extreme white supremacists. It is noteworthy to point out to the fact that Climo’s Quora profile picture was of AR-15-style rifle which resembles the gun he patrolled with back in 2016
In May 2019 an FBI informant was able to connect with Climo on an encrypted chatting platform. The informant mentions in the U.S attorney’s office statement that in his conversations with Climo he often “used “derogatory racial, anti-Semitic and homosexual slurs. He discussed attacking the synagogue, making improvised explosive devices and conducting surveillance on a bar he believed catered to the LGBTQ community.” If Climo is found guilty he can face up to 10 years in federal prison and fined $250,000.