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User: newstrust Topic: US
Category: National Security :: Domestic Terrorism
Last updated: Apr 19 2018 11:42 IST RSS 2.0
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What if armed, far-right groups go to the polls? Some plan to 11.10.2020 L.A. Times - World News

Armed right-wing groups are registering poll watchers and planning to monitor voting places during the presidential election.

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Facebook Groups Sent Armed Vigilantes to Kenosha. Your Polling Place Could Be Next. 24.9.2020 Mother Jones
Three months after the 2016 election, in which Facebook facilitated the spread of fake news stories and disinformation from Russia, the company announced a pivot. Under pressure, Facebook laid out plans to “build a safe community that prevents harm” and “helps during crises,” with “common understanding” and increased civic engagement. The company said the path to […]
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Anti-lockdown protests ‘could get us to violence very quickly’: Ex-FBI official 21.4.2020 Raw Story
On Monday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House,” former FBI counterintelligence official Frank Figliuzzi sharply criticized President Donald Trump for his support of anti-lockdown protests. “What are we seeing now? Desperate search for a scapegoat, and we’re seeing a president, as he ramps up toward an election and his poll numbers are down, is going […]
White supremacist killed in shootout with FBI agents planned to bomb Missouri hospital during coronavirus pandemic 26.3.2020 Raw Story
Media outlets are reporting that an admirer of racist terror groups like The Order was —according to the FBI — planning to bomb a Missouri hospital during the coronavirus pandemic. Timothy R. Wilson, the New York Times’ Adam Goldman is reporting, was killed during a shootout with FBI agents on Tuesday, March 24 in Belton, […]
‘Where is the FBI?’ Former agent who spent years infiltrating white supremacist groups has some pointed questions 4.9.2019 Raw Story
Late in 2017, ProPublica began writing about a California white supremacist group called the Rise Above Movement. Its members had been involved in violent clashes at rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, and several cities in California. They were proud of their violent handiwork, sharing videos on the internet and recruiting more members. Our first article was […]
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Leaked documents show FBI targeted post-Ferguson ‘black identity extremists’ over white supremacists 14.8.2019 Raw Story
The FBI ranked black nationalists and animal rights activists as bigger threats than white supremacists and terror groups like al-Qaida among their official counterterrorism priorities, according to leaked FBI documents obtained by The Young Turks. The documents show that the FBI’s official Consolidated Strategy Guide, which lists the bureau’s counterterrorism priorities, continues to focus on […]
A Former FBI Whistleblower Explains Why the Federal Government Is Failing on Domestic Terrorism—And How to Fix it 8.8.2019 Mother Jones
A little more than a week before a shooter intent on attacking “as many Mexicans as possible” killed 22 people and wounded dozens in El Paso, Texas, FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Senate that most domestic terrorist arrests in 2019 have involved some form of white supremacy. He noted that such acts of violence […]
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FBI Report: Conspiracy Theorists Are Domestic Terrorist Threats 1.8.2019 Crooks Liars
Most domestic terrorists come from the white supremacist, anti-abortion, anti-government, and militia movements. Now the FBI is recognizing "conspiracy theorists" as new domestic terrorist threat. We've seen the insane nut-baggery cause real harm since Trump began his run for office. Yahoo! News broke the story: The FBI for the first time has identified fringe conspiracy theories as a domestic terrorist threat, according to a previously unpublicized document obtained by Yahoo News. (Read the document below.) The FBI intelligence bulletin from the bureau’s Phoenix field office, dated May 30, 2019, describes “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists,” as a growing threat, and notes that it is the first such report to do so. It lists a number of arrests, including some that haven’t been publicized, related to violent incidents motivated by fringe beliefs. The document specifically mentions QAnon, a shadowy network that believes in a deep state conspiracy against President Trump, and Pizzagate, the ...
Three Kansas militiamen who plotted to bomb Muslims are found guilty on terrorism charges 19.4.2018 Washington Post
The men spent months plotting to bomb an apartment building housing Somali refugees and a mosque in Garden City, Kan.
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The Daily 202: The corrosion of support for First Amendment principles started before Trump. He’s supercharged it. 23.10.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Chilling poll numbers point to a civic crisis.
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Exploring the Shadows of the US Security State: How I Learned Not to Love Big Brother 24.8.2017 Truthout.com
(Photo: Gorodenkoff / iStock / Getty Images Plus) This piece has been adapted and expanded from the introduction to Alfred W. McCoy's new book, In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power . In the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks, Washington pursued its elusive enemies across the landscapes of Asia and Africa, thanks in part to a massive expansion of its intelligence infrastructure, particularly of the emerging technologies for digital surveillance, agile drones, and biometric identification. In 2010, almost a decade into this secret war with its voracious appetite for information, the Washington Post reported that the national security state had swelled into a "fourth branch" of the federal government -- with 854,000 vetted officials, 263 security organizations, and over 3,000 intelligence units, issuing 50,000 special reports every year. Though stunning, these statistics only skimmed the visible surface of what had become history's largest and most lethal ...
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Anti-government extremist arrested in Oklahoma bomb plot 15.8.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Philando Castile's killers secretly tried to order Facebook to let them spy on Castile's girlfriend 25.6.2017 Boing Boing
After shooting Philando Castile dead during a traffic stop -- a killing that was livestreamed on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds -- the police obtained a secret warrant for Reynolds's Facebook account, including her private messages and deleted messages, accompanied by a gag order that banned Facebook from every discussing the warrant's existence. ...
Gentleman's first electric skateboard ride earns him a $600 ticket 13.6.2017 Boing Boing
Boosted Boards got a big push thanks to enthusiast Casey Neistat , whose reviews of V2 prompted many to buy one. Daniel Dahlberg's joy quickly turned to dismay when Vancouver cops pulled him over and fined him $600 for riding it on the street. ...
Anti-Muslim incidents rose 57% last year, according to a new report 10.5.2017 LA Times: Nation

The number of anti-Muslim incidents and crimes in the U.S. surged last year to some of the highest levels seen in recent times, according to a new report from a prominent Muslim civil rights organization.

The report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations documented a 57% increase in anti-Muslim...

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What happens when all we have left is the Pentagon? 5.2.2017 Le Monde Diplomatique

At over $600 billion a year and counting, the Pentagon already receives significantly more than its fair share of federal funds. If President Donald Trump has his way, though, that will prove a sum for pikers and misers. He and his team are now promising that spending on defense and homeland security will increase dramatically in the years to come, even as domestic programs are slashed and entire civilian agencies shuttered. The new administration is reportedly considering a plan — modeled (...)

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What Happens When All We Have Left Is the Pentagon? Trump's Vision of a Militarized US 2.2.2017 Truthout - All Articles
(Photo: David B. Gleason ; Edited: LW / TO) At over $600 billion a year and counting, the Pentagon already receives significantly more than its fair share of federal funds. If President Donald Trump has his way, though, that will prove a sum for pikers and misers. He and his team are now promising that spending on defense and homeland security will increase dramatically in the years to come, even as domestic programs are slashed and entire civilian agencies shuttered. The new administration is reportedly considering a plan -- modeled on proposals from the military-industrial-complex-backed Heritage Foundation -- that would cut a staggering $10.5 trillion in federal spending over the next decade. The Departments of Energy, Commerce, Transportation, and State might see their budgets slashed to the bone; the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized; and (though the money involved would amount to chicken feed) the National Endowments for the Arts and for the Humanities would be eliminated ...
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Feds Charge Kansas Militia Members With Plotting to Bomb Somali Immigrants 15.10.2016 Mother Jones
The Department of Justice announced today that it had prevented members of a Kansas militia group called the Crusaders from targeting Somali immigrants with homemade bombs. Three men were charged with domestic terrorism following an eight-month investigation in which a paid FBI informant gained access to their meetings, where they allegedly plotted attacks on Muslims. According to the criminal complaint , the men stockpiled firearms, ammunition—nearly 2,000 pounds of it—and explosive components. They reportedly believed the attack, planned for November 9, the day after the election, would "wake people up." Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright, and Patrick Stein allegedly contemplated murder, kidnapping, rape, and arson before settling on a different plan: They would obtain four vehicles, pack them with explosives, and set them off at the four corners of an apartment complex in Garden City, Kansas, that housed a mosque and 120 Somali refugees. According to the complaint, the group referred to Muslims as ...
Think like the neighbour 23.1.2016 Hindu: Lead
It is time to ask whether the Indian establishment has been playing to the Pakistani national security doctrine all these decades instead of scripting its own
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Iran’s post-sanctions windfall may not benefit Hamas 31.8.2015 Washington Post: World
GAZA CITY — In the congressional battle being waged over the Iran nuclear deal, critics point to a likely windfall of cash and weapons that could flow from Tehran to terror groups, including the Islamist militant movement Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel.Read full article ...
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