Conspiracy theorists and white supremacists want to ‘incite fear’ by targeting cell towers

A cell is upgraded to handle 5G signals in Orem, Utah. | Photo by GEORGE FREY/AFP via Getty Images

Cellphone towers are being increasingly targeted by conspiracy theorists, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists who wish to “incite fear, disrupt essential services, and cause economic damage,” according to an internal New York Police Department report seen by The Intercept.

The report, issued on January 20th by the NYPD Intelligence Bureau, cites a number of recent attacks on US telecoms infrastructure, including individuals severing fiber-optic cables and removing back-up batteries from wireless sites. The sections of the report shared by The Intercept do not explicitly ascribe political motivations to these attacks.

The most high-profile attack cited in the report is the case of Anthony Quinn Warner, who set off a bomb outside an AT&T…

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