While we heard about the arrests of Neo-Nazis in Germany yesterday, there is reason to believe America is facing a similar threat.

Amid a long-running campaign by far-right communities threatening to attack the nation’s power grid, domestic extremists cheered when two still unattributed shootings at North Carolina substations plunged tens of thousands of people into darkness.

Beyond celebration, however, their comments called for more, bigger attacks targeting critical infrastructure on U.S. soil. Experts told Newsweek that the attack in Moore County, North Carolina, as well as in similar previous attacks across the country, may only be the start of a more destructive campaign.

Prior to Saturday’s attacks and in the leadup to the midterm election, Newsweek obtained documents demonstrating dozens of instances of radical groups and individuals sharing threats online against critical infrastructure sites across the nation, along with materials designed to advance such plots. Now, two new reports show how far-right communities, including neo-Nazis, reacted to the most recent sabotage.

The Moore County Sheriff’s Office has yet to establish a perpetrator or motive in the December 3 attack, but initial suspicion has centered on right-wing backlash toward a drag show set to be held that same day at the Sunrise Theater in the town of Southern Pines.

That event inspired protests involving armed individuals clad in military gear and the participation of groups such as Moore County Citizens for Freedom, whose director, former U.S. Army psychological operations officer Emily Grace Rainey, was questioned by the Moore County Sheriff’s Office after the attack.

Rainey, who was implicated in the January 6, 2021 storming of the Capitol by pro-President Donald Trump crowds seeking to overturn the presidential election, attributed the substation shootings to “God,” whom she said was “chastising Moore County” over the drag show.

Far-right chatter also drew a connection between the attacks and the drag show, which was ultimately held in spite of its detractors. One neo-Nazi Telegram post laden with slurs against the LGBT+ community and shared with Newsweek by the SITE Intelligence Group celebrated the “magnificent act of sabotage” as a “beautiful escalation” in a broader culture war.

Another neo-Nazi publication warned that “these attacks will only continue” unless such events are not held. A number of posts on message board 4Chan described specific tactics to cause further damage to the power grid, and others proposed conducting similar actions in larger cities such as New York and Washington, D.C. because they “are not majority white.”

Rita Katz, founder and executive director of the SITE Intelligence Group, told Newsweek that the Moore County attack is consistent with the neo-Nazi messaging promulgated online.

“The sabotage against the North Carolina substation aligns perfectly with directives and methods seen in accelerationist neo-Nazi communities,” she said, “which we at SITE have exhaustively reported on.”

“If this was indeed a far-right terrorist attack, my worry is that it will serve as a proof of concept for other far-right extremists,” Katz explained. “Immediately after the reports about the attacks, we at SITE saw such communities praise what happened in North Carolina and call for more, while sharing more directives about what to target and how to do so. Some have specifically suggested large cities.”

But Katz, who recently authored the book “Saints and Soldiers: Inside Internet-Age Terrorism, From Syria to the Capitol Siege” on the threat posed by saboteurs to digital infrastructure, explained how targeting infrastructure as “a key objective for accelerationist neo-Nazis, who care less about any distinct outcome and far more about sowing any kind of chaos.”

“It is these communities that have inspired mass shooters all over the world,” she stated. “Thus, if this act of sabotage was indeed inspired by these communities, it is yet more proof how dangerous these online spaces are, as I described in my recent book on Internet-age terrorism.”

A second report shared with Newsweek by the Middle East Media Research Institute’s (MEMRI) Domestic Terrorism Threat Monitor (DTTM) featured a neo-Nazi collective on Telegram calling for more attacks on substations and railways, as well as grocery stores and centers for the online megastore Amazon.

The same channel forwarded a video from another account that showed two men armed with rifles opening fire on what one describes as a “water plant.” The clip ends with the message “Kill Infrastructure” and is subtitled in English and Russian.