Friday Scoop - As part of the upcoming release of our book, Homegrown, (amazon.com/Homegrown-Alex…) I’ve been trying to close out leads I’ve been chasing & tell stories no one has before.

As such, a short thread about initial media coverage, guns, a former marine, drones, & Hamas
In May, a California man’s house was raided by the FBI. He was arrested at the state level for weapons charges.
It was big news locally, covered by the great media landscape in california.

losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/05/20/irv…

latimes.com/california/sto…

ktla.com/news/local-new…
The story always stuck with me. The amount of law enforcement for a weapons charged seemed off. So I wrote it down my objectively bland flip notepad with a note to go back to it.
Intial reporting said Jason Fong was a former marine. But @TaskandPurpose got additional info in their reporting. Fong was also “Marine reserves in 2014 and is currently a sergeant assigned to Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 4 at Camp Pendleton”

taskandpurpose.com/news/marine-we…
And here’s the kicker scoop, last week the case changed from state to federal. It was no longer weapons charges. The Feds charged Mr Fong with material support to Hamas.
Last week I wrote about return of five men from Pakistan. This week, Hamas, marines, & Unmanned. I’ll do a new story like this once a week till the book comes out. Next in the hopper: a Midwest family that died in Syria, a purported terrorist cell in a battleground state, & more
As always, my thanks to @gwupoe for the unwavering support to dive into rabbit holes and see what happens.
Also don’t be that person who files without a hattip. If you do, purchase two copies of book as penance.
Uploaded the court documents here.

courtlistener.com/docket/1851409…

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16 Oct
(Whispers) I’m worried lots of folks are missing a key point in recent arrests: increasing use of state level terrorism charges. As more & more States Attorney & DAs go down this route, it’ll have real policy, law enforcement, & incarceration consequences apnews.com/article/michig…
Some examples:
If you’re arrested & found guilty for terroristic charges in Arizona, you’re sentence is different than Michigan. Same w/ New Jersey. Or South Carolina. At least at the federal level there is sentencing guidelines for material support. (This is admitted a weak ex)
If you’re sentenced at the federal level and you are deemed to be an continuing threat, there’s communication monitor units, separation from general pop so as not to recruit others etc. Not so much at the state level. (Not saying state should go that way)
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