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1 May
From memes to race war:
How extremists use popular culture to lure recruits

The 6min video, distributed on gaming platforms and social media is a recruiting tool for far-right extremists that draws viewers in with “They’re coming for your guns” & “They’re opening your borders” then hits them with “They’re humiliating your race” and “Defend your race.”
The far-right groups that emerged during Trump’s occupation created enduring communities

They soft-pedal their political goals & focus on entertaining potential recruits with tools of pop culture, according to current and former members and those who study the new extremism.
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1 May
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Federal agents served a search warrant at a boutique resort in Homer, Alaska, saying they were looking for a laptop stolen from Pelosi’s office during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, one of the Homer Inn and Spa owners said.

Agents on Wednesday confiscated laptop computers and a cellphone, owner Marilyn Hueper said. A cellphone belonging to her husband, Paul Hueper, was also forensically audited by agents but not confiscated, she said.
Marilyn Hueper said agents also claimed there was photographic evidence that she was inside the Capitol during the riot; something she denies.

The couple attended Trump’s rally in Washington on the day of the insurrection but denied entering the Capitol.
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29 Apr
Federal agencies investigating at least two possible incidents on US soil, including one near the White House in November 2020, that appear similar to mysterious, invisible attacks that have led to debilitating symptoms for dozens of US personnel abroad. cnn.com/2021/04/29/pol…
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21 Apr
It started with CIJA pretending to be a Russian spy. It ended with a pro-Assad academic’s mapping out an entire network of a Kremlin-coordinated disinformation scheme on Douma. newlinesmag.com/reportage/how-…
During a 3mo correspondence with someone he thought was a Russian intelligence officer, a British academic unmasked a global network of Russian diplomats & conspiracy theorists seeking to undermine OPCW, the Hague-based watchdog investigating chemical weapons in Syria.
Paul McKeigue, a professor of genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics at the University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine, sent over 300 emails to a contact known only as “Ivan,” who approached McKeigue with an offer to help him “get to (the) truth” about Syria.
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20 Apr
All three counts. #ChauvinIsGuiltyAF
Count One
Second-Degree Murder
Up to 40 years
Count Two
Third-Degree Murder
Up to 25 years
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18 Apr
Two Hispanic females & one Black male pronounced dead. All adults. Per police briefing.
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18 Apr
3 dead, 2 hurt in shooting at Kenosha, Wisconsin bar - CBS News cbsnews.com/news/kenosha-s…
'Person of interest' in custody in Wisconsin bar shooting that left 3 dead

Police said 6 shooting victims confirmed, with “at least one possible unknown shooting victim,” 3 are dead and 3 injured / hospitalized.

Victims were still being identified Sunday evening, including their names and ages.

“I don’t know if the gunman was known to the victims, but I currently believe that the gunman knew who the victims were,” Sheriff said. “Whether the victims knew the gunman, I don’t know that.”
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18 Apr
Months after the inauguration, OAN, available to ~35M households, continues to broadcast dangerous election #disinformation

16 of 18 current & former employees interviewed said OAN has broadcast reports they consider misleading, inaccurate or untrue.

If you only watch OAN’s reporting, you’d think a transfer of power never took place.

Into April, articles on the OAN website consistently referred to Trump as “President Trump” & President Biden as just “Joe Biden” or “Biden.”
Herring Networks, OAN’s parent company, was founded by tech entrepreneur ROBERT HERRING, 79, who runs OAN with his sons, CHARLES HERRING and ROBERT HERRING Jr.

Charles, president of Herring Networks, defended OAN’s disinformation casting doubt on the election.
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17 Apr
Marjorie Taylor Greene abandoning plan to launch #AmericaFirstCaucus after the publication of a 7-page platform vowing to protect “Anglo-Saxon political traditions” by Punchbowl News, her spokesperson told Forbes.

“She’s not planning on launching it at this time,” the spokesperson said, adding that it was “in the early planning stages” but that the publication of the document by Punchbowl “[blew] it all up.”
Gosar (R-Ariz.), who was reported to be planning the group with Greene, claimed in a statement to have first learned of the platform “by reading about it in the news yesterday, like everyone else,” adding, “Let me be perfectly clear, I did not author this paper.”
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17 Apr
⚠️Be situationally aware between now & April 25 (bc dates below fall on weekdays)

big for antigovt extremists
1. Waco anniversary (1993)
2. Oklahoma City (1995 retaliation for Waco)

4/20 🔑 date:
Hitler’s bday

(ht @brooklynmarie for the reminder)
Reminder: DHS issued a terrorism bulletin in January that runs until April 30
In a separate DHS BRIEF:
DHS warns that, to further their own agendas, extremists:
- "may attempt to exploit activities & events surrounding the legal proceeding" of Chauvin's murder trial &
- "more likely following the outcome of the trials”
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17 Apr
Wray: Racially motivated American extremists have engaged with like-minded activists overseas and traveled abroad to meet with them apple.news/An2R8wSV0Q2izF…
FBI considers racially motivated militants in the US to be the domestic extremists with the most extensive international ties who had established social media connectivity across borders.
Reuters reported that the non-public report said Americans had traveled to Ukraine to fight with pro-Russian forces against the country’s elected government.
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16 Apr
Indianapolis FedEx shooter, who killed himself, identified as 19 yo Brandon Scott Hole of Indiana
A “significant” number of employees are members of the Sikh community

Sikh Coalition confirmed members were among the wounded and killed. Bias is possibility
“There was no confrontation with anyone that was there,” he said. “There was no disturbance, there was no argument. He just appeared to randomly start shooting."
McCartt said four people were killed outside the building and another four inside. Several people were also wounded, including five who were taken to the hospital.

The carnage took just a couple of minutes. “It did not last very long,” he said.
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14 Apr
The Daily Beast has obtained several documents showing that Greenberg made more than 150 Venmo payments to dozens of young women, one who was 17 at the time.
The payment from Greenberg, an accused sex trafficker, to the 17-year-old took place in June 2017. It was for $300 and, according to the memo field, was for “Food.” (Pig)
It was one of at least 16 Venmo payments to 12 different women listed as being for “School.”

Typically, the payments were for around $500, but also went higher than $1,000 in the transactions obtained by The Daily Beast.
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14 Apr
“...the risks of a U.S. withdrawal outweigh the benefits of leaving.”
by @ColinPClarke
“Once the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan, the Taliban is likely to take control of large swaths of the country by force. This will lead to renewed repression of the Afghan population, with the Taliban reverting to draconian Islamic rule in the areas it controls...”
“But given the Taliban’s longstanding ties to Al Qaeda, Afghanistan will also once again become a country where transnational terrorist organizations can organize as they plot to strike the West.”
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14 Apr
Violent Extremism in America: Interviews with Former Extremists and Their Families on Radicalization and Deradicalization rand.org/pubs/research_… via @RANDCorporation
Exposure to online propaganda, in music & in books / literature was present in more than 2/3 of the sample.

Formal, top-down recruitment occurred for 3 Islamic extremists

📍the majority of white supremacists *actively sought out participation in extremist organizations*
🎯Among 26 who exited (20) or were in process (6), 22 mentioned that a person or group intervened to help them by providing diverse cultural and demographic exposures, emotional support, financial stability, or domestic stability.
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8 Apr
BRYAN, Texas - There is an active police situation off FM 2818 off Stone City Drive. Bryan police confirm that a shooting occurred at Kent Moore Cabinets

Police say multiple people shot
The suspect is not in custody. kbtx.com/2021/04/08/act…
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22 Mar
Belarusians want democracy. Lukashenko’s police respond by raping & beating them.

Belarusian officers raped Andrey with a police baton to make him unlock his phone for names of his fellow protesters.

"It's not just police anger —
they train to do this.” cnn.com/2021/03/22/eur…
Anya, a teen, was seriously injured by Lukashenko’s police from their stun grenades—one fragment still lodged in her thigh.

In hospital, she was next to a man who was stomped by police until his hip broke

Doctors prioritized a blood alcohol test then told police where she was
The teen feared for her safety, left w her mom.

Her phone rang. Lukashenko’s police threatened to come for her.

“And if they take me..then I can say goodbye to my limbs... I was worried they would torture me on my injuries."

Young Anya left Belarus shortly afterwards.
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19 Mar
Russian National Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Introduce Malware into a U.S. Company's Computer Network justice.gov/opa/pr/russian…
from 7/15-8/22 Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, 27, conspired with others to recruit an employee of a large US company to transmit malware provided by conspirators into co’s computer network.
Once installed, Kriuchkov and his co-conspirators would use the installed malware to exfiltrate data from the company’s computer network and then extort the company by threatening to disclose the data.
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18 Mar
BREVARD, NC 64yo Terry Lee Barham facing terrorism charges after incendiary devices found at multiple buildings, including a church

Officers searched the area and found multiple devices which had detonated at the Transylvania County Community Services Building and the American Legion Lodge.

The devices left superficial damage, Brevard Police said.
64-year-old Terry Lee Barham was arrested Tuesday afternoon and has been charged with
—3 counts of terrorism
—possession of WMD
—transportation of WMD
—manufacturing WMD...
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