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Keyword: domestic extremist threats & trends

A 64-year-old man who allegedly planted a bomb outside a Nederland police station to avenge the vigilante murder of a fellow member of a hippie gang will be arraigned Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Denver.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Nina Wang will read David Michael Ansberry his rights and advise him of the charge against him.

Ansberry was indicted on one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, according to a news release by Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for Acting U.S. Attorney Robert Troyer.  He faces penalties of up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Read more: Denver Post

Something about the request just didn’t feel right to Miles Evans.  Over the summer, the state commander of the Kansas Flatlanders Militia had been contacted by two men who wanted to join his group. Evans had run into the two at militia training events. But they belonged to another group, he said, and it seemed odd that they wanted to hook up with his militia, clear across the state from their southwest Kansas communities.

“They contacted me through Facebook,” said Evans, who lives in Wichita. “... I remembered exactly who they were. So I went to my second-in-command and spoke with him. He basically said all we can do is vet them, see what their outlook is and see what their intentions are.”

Read more: Kansas City Star

A second New Jersey man has been convicted of terrorism charges after vandalizing and firebombing Jewish temples and a rabbi's home.  Aakash Dalal, 24, of Lodi, was also convicted on Tuesday of attempted arson and bias intimidation in the 2012 attacks, The Record reports (http://bit.ly/2e1aKhq). Dalal faces up to life in prison at his December sentencing.

The attack in Rutherford ignited a fire in the bedroom of a rabbi's residence. The rabbi, his wife, five children and his parents were sleeping at the time. No one was injured.  The case was the first to employ the state's anti-terrorism law, which took effect a few months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The law requires a finding that five or more people were terrorized by the crime or that the acts were carried out to promote terror.

Defense attorney Brian Neary said Dalal plans an appeal to challenge whether the terrorism law was properly used.

Read more: ABC News

On Wednesday a right-wing extremist in a Bavarian town opened fire during a police raid on his home, which left four officers injured.

During a police raid in Georgensgmünd, Bavaria, a member of a right-wing extremist movement immediately opened fire and injured four police officers, two of them seriously.

The 49-year-old shooter is reportedly part of a "Reichsbürger" movement - people who do not recognize the Federal Republic of Germany as a legitimate state, and who tend to believe the true borders of Germany are those that existed prior to the Second World War.

Read more: The Local.de

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case of a bomb left at a Colorado police station.  It was around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when an employee brought in a backpack that was placed outside the Nederland Police Department and Boulder County Sheriff’s Sub Station.

“They initially brought it inside because they thought it was a piece of abandoned or lost property. When they looked inside the bag they identified items that were consistent with possibly and explosive device,” said Nederland’s Marshal Paul Carriall.  The Boulder County Bomb Squad and nearly a dozen other agencies responded.

Read more: CBS Denver