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FBI Releases Report on Lone Offender Terrorism

The FBI has released a report on lone offender terrorism, which is commonly referred to as lone wolf terrorism. The report examines lone offender attacks in the United States from 1972-2015. In the report, the authors analyze a collection of data about lone offenders including demographic information, ideological inclinations and radicalization timelines. The report can be read here and below.

Domestic Terrorism

Atomwaffen Division Member Pleads Guilty to Firearms Charge

Andrew Jon Thomasberg, a member of the white supremacist organization Attomwaffen Division, pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Virginia to possession of firearms while being an unlawful drug user and to making a false statement in order to illegally purchase a firearm. He faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison. The plea agreement and the criminal complaint are available below.

Domestic Terrorism

Affidavit Alleges Colorado Man Sought to Blow Up Synagogue

An affidavit written by F.B.I. special agent John W. Smith was unsealed on Nov. 4 that lays out facts supporting the arrest of Richard Holzer, a white supremacist who allegedly sought to blow up a Jewish synagogue in Colorado. The affidavit claims the evidence meets the definition of “domestic terrorism.” The document can be found here and below.

Domestic Terrorism

Addressing the National Security Threat of White Supremacist Terrorism

In 2018, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) tracked 50 extremist-related murders, 49 of which were committed by far-right extremists and the majority specifically perpetrated by white supremacists. In the past decade, far-right extremists were responsible for 73 percent of extremist-related murders in the U.S. The Aug. 3 shooting in El Paso took the lives of 22 people, making it the most violent white supremacist attack in 50 years.

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Armed Militias Are Taking Trump’s Civil War Tweets Seriously

Over the weekend, the president sent a tweet that seemed to warn of civil war if he were to be impeached and removed from office:

....If the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.” Pastor Robert Jeffress, @FoxNews

Domestic Terrorism

Proposed Bills Would Help Combat Domestic Terrorism

Following recent attacks in Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio, we have seen a renewed call for domestic terrorism laws to give federal law enforcement the same types of tools that are available to combat violent acts committed by international terrorists. Proposed bills in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate will help the FBI confront domestic terrorism on the terms it favors—left of boom.

Counterterrorism

Lawfare Resources on Right-Wing Extremism, Domestic Terrorism and De-platforming

On Aug. 4, in Dayton, Ohio, a gunman opened fire and killed nine people. The day before, another shooter killed 22 people in El Paso, Texas, apparently after posting a racist message to the anonymous online forum 8chan decrying an ostensible “Hispanic invasion of Texas.” Though there is no indication so far that the Dayton shooting was motivated by extremist political beliefs, the violence in El Paso is the third mass shooting in 2019 to be linked to 8chan and to some form of far-right extremism.

Congress

Document: New York Prosecutors Charge Man for Threatening to Kill Rep. Ilhan Omar

On Apr. 4, prosecutors in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York charged Pat Carlineo of New York with threatening to kill Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Mn.) in phone calls to her office. The complaint and supporting affidavit are available in full here and below.

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