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Homeland Security News

A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: 2021

A Wisconsin man charged for his alleged role in the plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was arraigned Tuesday.

Brian Higgins is one of eight men to face state charges in the alleged elaborate Wolverine Watchmen militia plot that included putting her on trial for treason and possibly storming the state Capitol.

It is alleged that Higgins provided assistance in the plan to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer from her vacation home.  

Higgins, 51, of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin,  was arraigned in the Antrim County Jail this afternoon, according to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel's office.

He’s charged with providing material support of an act of terrorism, a 20-year felony.  Higgins was extradited from Wisconsin after withdrawing his extradition appeal.

Read more: Fox 2 Detroit

Rose City Antifa is one of the nation's oldest active antifa groups. Members rarely give interviews, but two who say they are part of antifa agreed to speak to "Nightline" as the situation in their city of Portland, Oregon, has become a prolonged and destructive stalemate.

Rose City Antifa members "Milo" and "Ace" use pseudonyms and they asked that their faces and voices be obscured for this report.

"The use of violence is a tactic of how we keep our communities safe," Milo said.

Much of the blame for the chaos, property damage and violence over the last year have landed on the self-described anti-racist, anti-fascist far left organizers. The black-clad coterie entrenched in the city's protest movement now find themselves in a tense showdown with city officials.

Read more: ABC News

A journalist who disappeared last month in Mali's northern city of Gao appeared in a video on Wednesday appealing to authorities to do everything they can to free him from Islamist militants holding him.

"I'm Olivier Dubois. I'm French. I'm a journalist. I was kidnapped in Gao on April 8 by the JNIM (al Qaeda North Africa).

"I'm speaking to my family, my friends and the French authorities for them to do everything in their power to free me," Dubois said in a 21-second video shared on social media.

French civilians have long been favoured targets for kidnapping by criminal and Islamist groups in West Africa's arid Sahel region, partly because of perceptions that the French government is prepared to pay ransoms to secure their release.

Read more: Reuters

A Minnesota man pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to provide material support and resources, namely property, services and weapons, to what he believed was Hamas, a designated foreign terrorist organization, for use against Israeli and U.S. military personnel overseas.

According to court documents, Michael Solomon, 31, of New Brighton, Minn., was a member of the “Boogaloo Bois,” a group of individuals who espouse violent anti-government sentiments. In late May 2020, the FBI initiated an investigation into Solomon and co-defendant Benjamin Ryan Teeter, both members of the “Boogaloo Bois,” and a sub-group called the “Boojahideen.”

According to court documents, on June 10, 2020, Solomon and Teeter met with a confidential human source (CHS), whom the defendants believed to be a member of Hamas. During this meeting, Solomon and Teeter proposed assisting Hamas as a means of furthering the goals of the Boogaloo Bois. Throughout the course of the conspiracy, Solomon used encrypted messaging applications to communicate with Teeter and the CHS about various aspects of the conspiracy.

Read more: Department of Justice

Law enforcement sources have identified the armed man who was shot outside Central Intelligence Agency headquarters Monday evening.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says Roy Gordon Cole died after being taken to a local hospital.

Sources told FOX 5's Tom Fitzgerald that Cole had a long history of mental illness, and was known to CIA security.

According to the FBI, Cole emerged from a vehicle with a weapon and was "engaged by law enforcement officers" around 6 p.m.

Read more: Fox 5 (DC)