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Keyword: domestic extremist threats & trends

Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday he will reconstitute a long-defunct task force on domestic terrorism to try to expand efforts to stop violent attacks inside the U.S.  The task force the Justice Department is reviving was originally launched in the aftermath of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. It was scheduled to meet on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, but given the terror attacks of that day it didn't meet, and the group's work was quickly eclipsed by the response to those attacks and the effort to defeat al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere.

Now, Mr. Holder said in a statement, "we also must concern ourselves with the continued danger we face from individuals within our own borders who may be motivated by a variety of other causes, from antigovernment animus to racial prejudice.''  In April, a white supremacist was charged with shooting dead three people at Kansas City-area Jewish centers. Incidents like that one and a shooting that killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in 2012 have led officials to consider expanding efforts to detect and prevent hate-based violence, a Justice Department official said.

Read more: Wall Street Journal

A social media consultant hunted by police for three days due to suspicions he possessed explosives is in custody.  Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II, 42, was arrested on Monday, police said, after they found his car near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.  FBI agents told CBS News the arrest was made without incident, following reports he was seen drinking in a bar.

The manhunt began on Saturday after police spent 14 hours searching Mr Chamberlain's San Francisco apartment.  Police asked the public for help in finding Mr Chamberlain, who tweeted on Monday that police claims he was dangerous were false.  "Anyone who has the means, methods and access to make a bomb should be considered armed and dangerous,'' FBI spokesman Peter Lee had said before the arrest.

Read More:  BBC News

The FBI launched a nationwide manhunt Sunday for a man suspected of possessing explosives.  FBI spokesman Peter Lee said Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II, 42, of San Francisco, was last seen Sunday.  The agency said Chamberlain is considered armed and dangerous. He is believed to be traveling in a white 2008 Nissan Altima with Texas license plates.

Police and federal agents spent 14 hours searching Chamberlain's apartment in San Francisco's Russian Hill neighborhood Saturday.  "There were people all over the building in hazmat suits," said Jessica Schlenoff, who lives across the street from Chamberlain's building.  She said police on the scene told her they exploded some devices.

Read More:  USA Today

A man who pleaded guilty to sending letters dusted with the poison ricin to President Barack Obama and other officials was sentenced on Monday to 25 years in prison.  James Everett Dutschke was sentenced by Judge Sharion Aycock after saying he had changed his mind about wanting to withdraw his guilty plea.  He also was sentenced to five years of supervised release and remains in federal custody.

Read more:  The Guardian

An alleged supporter of foreign terrorists came within a whisker of bailing out of jail Wednesday before a Sacramento judge stayed the release order pending the government’s appeal.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Allison Claire ordered Nicholas Michael Teausant released on $200,000 bail under restrictive conditions. But then she granted the request of Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hitt to hold up the release while prosecutors take the matter to U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez.

That may come as early as Tuesday, when Teausant is scheduled to appear before Mendez for a status conference.  Teausant, a 20-year-old community college student and National Guard washout from Acampo, near Lodi, is charged in a one-count grand jury indictment with attempting to provide support and resources to a rebel group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Read more: Sacramento Bee