This article actually intertwines with a previous article we posted about the four “Boogaloo Bois” who were charged with murder, inciting violence, distributing weopons, and other charges a few days ago. In this article, the previous extremist Teeter also bought gun silencers and conspired to do violent terrorist acts with the main culprit in this article, Michael Solomon. The controversy in this article is where both men conspired with, whom they thought was a Hamas member, to blow up government buildings and destroy a local courthouse.
Unfortunately for the young men, the Hamas member was actually an FBI agent monitoring their activities. When Solomon brought a suppressor device to a meeting with the FBI agent, he was apprehended and is now facing up to twenty years in prison.
According to the article, Teeter and Solomon felt that Hamas’ ideology “aligned with their own” and saw fit to actively become American terrorists.
But why would Boogaloo inspired ideas about the right to bare arms for self preservation against a tyrannical government be aligned with the supremacist movement to overthrow a society being ruled by a minority group of people? Boogaloo does not believe in eradicating a group of people because they are not the people of God. Boogaloo represents all religions, races, and genders to protect themselves against a government that means them harm. Hamas is a founded terrorist group that believes in murdering innocent people that they deem unfit to rule and unfit to exist. These ideologies do not align, are not the same, and diverge completely.
Again, extremist groups such as these get tied in with the name of Boogaloo, but do not define the true concept of Boogaloo. We need to be able to identify the difference.
A New Brighton man on Tuesday became the second member of the “Boogaloo Bois” extremist group to plead guilty in a 2020 plot to provide material support to a foreign terror organization.
Michael Robert Solomon, 31, sold silencers and other gun parts to an FBI agent he believed was a member of Hamas, according to an indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis last November.
A federal judge accepted Solomon’s guilty plea, but he has not yet been sentenced. He faces up to 20 years in prison.
An attorney for Solomon did not return a voice mail seeking comment.
Solomon and his co-defendant, 22-year-old Benjamin Ryan Teeter of Hampstead, N.C., who pleaded guilty in the case in December, first came to the attention of law enforcement in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in late May 2020.
Authorities began investigating the Boogaloo Bois, a loosely organized anti-government extremist group, after learning that some members were discussing violence and were armed during the unrest in Minneapolis.
In early June, the FBI received information about Teeter, Solomon and other Boogaloo Bois members through a confidential source, whom Solomon and Teeter believed to be a member of Hamas, a militant Palestinian organization.
In recorded conversations, the pair expressed that Hamas shares anti-U.S. government views that align with their own, court documents said. Teeter and Solomon also desired to be “mercenaries” for Hamas to generate funds for the Boogaloo Bois movement.
On June 14, Teeter met with the confidential source and proposed ways to assist Hamas, including using explosives to destroy U.S. government buildings, court documents said.
According to court documents, on June 19, Teeter and Solomon met with the source and discussed a plot to destroy a Minnesota courthouse.
Teeter and Solomon also produced and delivered five firearm suppressors to the source and an undercover FBI employee on July 30.
The two agreed to make additional suppressors for Hamas, court documents said.
On Aug. 29, Teeter and Solomon gave the undercover FBI employee a 3D printed “auto sear” device, believing it would be used by Hamas to convert semiautomatic rifles into fully automatic ones, court documents said.