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Keyword: domestic extremist threats & trends

When Kaleb J. Cole landed at Chicago O’Hare International Airport after a trip to Europe last year, federal officials were waiting at the gate for a chance to question him. In his luggage was the trefoil flag of a neo-Nazi hate group. On his phone, a photo of two people posing at the site of the Auschwitz death camp.

The officials did not charge Mr. Cole with any crimes that day, or in the months to come, despite information that he was a leader of the Atomwaffen Division, one of the most violent extremist groups in the country. But last month, according to records provided by a prosecutor’s office Thursday, the authorities in Seattle moved to seize a cache of weapons from Mr. Cole, using a state law intended to prevent gun violence.

“This was an individual who had access to firearms and was preparing for a race war,” Kimberly Wyatt, a prosecutor in King County, Wash., said in an interview on Thursday.

Read more: New York Times

Dozens of Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday pressed the State Department to designate three white supremacist groups as foreign terrorist organizations, arguing that reclassification could help the U.S. seriously confront the escalating crisis of white extremist violence.

In a letter led by Rep. Max Rose (N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee's counterterrorism subpanel, the 39 lawmakers asked the State Department why they have not placed Ukraine's Azov Batalion, Finland's Nordic Resistance movement or the United Kingdom's National Action on the U.S. list of "foreign terrorist organizations" (FTOs).

Read more: The Hill

A Nampa man admitted last week to a terrorism charge as part of an agreement with prosecutors that allowed him to shed other counts.

Grant Stevenson pleaded guilty to felony terrorism after sending online messages to Nampa Police threatening to release a deadly nerve agent at a Nampa apartment complex and set off bombs around town in March.

Detectives quickly connected the threat to Stevenson, who had a history of calling in false bomb threats. He was arrested, and has been held in the Canyon County Jail on a $2 million bond since.

Authorities say Stevenson did not actually have access to sarin gas or explosives.

Read more: KTVB

A woman from Wimauma, Florida was arrested Thursday for making dozens of pipe bombs with the intent to hurt people.

Michelle Kolts, 27, was arrested on Thursday after her parents called the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, saying they were concerned about things they found in her room.

They found several pipe bombs, materials used to make bombs and weapons, according to HCSO.

Read more: NBC 2

The head of the FBI's Louisville headquarters says multiple mass shootings have been prevented in Kentucky, and he is calling on the public to send in tips that could prevent more.

"We have had some successful disruptions preventing mass shootings in Kentucky, working closely with our state and local partners," said James Robert Brown, special agent in charge of the FBI's Louisville Field Office.

Brown spoke to WLKY News on Wednesday as part of a roundtable discussion on new trends in domestic terrorism, which is increasingly being linked to hate crimes and mass shootings.

Extremism-related murders rose by 35 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to a report from the Anti-Defamation League.

While he is prohibited from discussing many specifics, Brown said the number of domestic terrorism arrests has risen in Kentucky, as it has across the nation.

Some of that rise could be credited to the FBI's creation of a Domestic Terrorism-Hate Crimes Fusion Cell, which brings together investigators and teams working in the two areas.

With the rise of social media, many domestic terrorists are being radicalized and committing acts of violence more quickly than ever before, Brown said.

And that has made it more important than ever before to report suspicious behavior, he said.

Read more: WLKY