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

U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang today sentenced two members of the racially motivated violent extremist group “The Base” each to nine year in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release for firearms and alien-related charges arising from federal charges in Maryland and Delaware.  Judge Chuang found that, based on additional evidence presented by the government at a hearing on October 25, 2021, the defendants committed these crimes with the intent to promote federal terrorism crimes.

Brian Mark Lemley, Jr., age 35, of Elkton, Maryland, and Newark, Delaware, previously pleaded guilty to the Maryland charges of conspiracy to transport certain aliens, to transporting certain aliens, to disposing of a firearm and ammunition to an illegal alien, and to transporting a firearm and ammunition in interstate commerce with intent to commit a felony; and for the Delaware charges of harboring certain aliens, aiding and abetting an alien in possession of a firearm, and obstruction of justice. 

Canadian national Patrik Jordan Mathews, age 29, recently of Newark, Delaware, previously pleaded guilty to the Maryland and Delaware charges of being an alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition; for the Maryland charge of transporting a firearm and ammunition in interstate commerce with intent to commit a felony; and for the Delaware charge of obstruction of justice. 

Read more: Department of Justice

Former Manitoba army reservist Patrik Mathews has been sentenced to nine years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for charges related to what the FBI has described as a neo-Nazi plot to instigate a race war in the United States. 

U.S. District Court Judge Theodore Chuang delivered the sentence Thursday in a Maryland courtroom. 

Upon learning his sentence, Mathews told the courtroom he got involved with the wrong people and regrets his decisions. 

"I'm not someone who hurts people. I'm not a mean person," he said. 

"I try to be people's friends. I picked the wrong set of friends to do that. It's one thing to be a friend, be a buddy. It's another to get involved in illegal activity. It's insane and all my fault."

He said he wants to go home to Canada and his family to make amends after he is released. 

Read more: CBC News (Canada)

A Capitol riot defendant with ties to the Proud Boys plans to plead guilty to one misdemeanor charge related to the insurrection, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Prosecutors allege Micajah Jackson, 25, was photographed walking with members of the far-right group outside the US Capitol on January 6 and was with the group when they broke through the first barriers. Jackson was also photographed wearing an orange arm band, which he told investigators was given to him by the Proud Boys of Arizona.

The Arizona veteran was arrested in May and currently faces criminal charges of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building and violent entry. He initially pleaded not guilty.

During a Wednesday hearing, Jackson's attorney told Judge Randolph Moss her client plans to accept the government's plea deal, according to The Arizona Republic. The proposed deal is similar to other pleas that rioters who aren't accused of violence have struck with prosecutors in recent months, CNN reported. Jackson could face up to six months for the sole charge.

Read more: MSN

Police officials have given the "all clear" after a reported bomb threat at the Department of Health and Human Services forced evacuations and street closures for several hours Wednesday. Investigators say they found no evidence of a bomb. 

According to HHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Sarah Lovenheim, a bomb threat was received at the Humphrey Building around 9:30 a.m. 

"Out of an abundance of caution, we evacuated the building and there is no reported incident," Lovenheim said. 

Numerous streets around the Capitol were closed, including portions of Independence Avenue, 3rd and 4th Streets and C and D Streets. HHS worked with Federal Protective Service and DC Police's Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit to monitor and evaluate the situation. 

Evacuees say they were able to return to buildings around 2 p.m., including Major Ann Fant who has only worked in D.C. for months and has already dealt with multiple building evacuations. 

Read more: WUSA 9

Attorneys for a disbarred Ephrata lawyer charged with driving to Washington, D.C., with guns, ammunition and a plan to kill Democratic U.S. senators want a federal judge to let him out of jail while he awaits trial.

A court filing earlier this month seeking Kenelm Shirk’s release suggests alcohol was partly to blame.

According to police and charging documents, Shirk, 72, had been arguing about the presidential election with his wife and left his home in Cornwall, Lebanon County, on Jan. 21 — the day after President Joe Biden’s inauguration. His wife sought an involuntary commitment and the police put out a bulletin.

Pennsylvania State Police arrested Shirk at a gas station near Shippensburg as he was on his way to Washington. Police said they found an AR-15 rifle, two handguns, ammunition, rope, gloves and about $5,000 in his Subaru Forester and briefcase.

Read more: Lancaster Online