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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Feb 12, 2021

The Justice Department unsealed conspiracy charges against five people associated with the Proud Boys on Thursday in the latest and largest move against the far-right group's coordinated role in the insurrection last month.

In a criminal complaint, an FBI agent described how the group "moved closely to each other" inside the Capitol on January 6 and wore pieces of fluorescent orange tape affixed to their clothing or gear.
Some are accused of leading crowds of rioters as they pushed through multiple police lines and made their way through the Capitol grounds. They all wore tactical-style gear, including helmets and gloves. One had a wooden club or ax handle that was initially disguised as a flag.

Read more: CNN

The Justice Department announced the arrest of two militia members Thursday associated with the violent anti-government "Boogaloo Bois" movement, including one who they allege sought to incite a riot in Louisville, Kentucky, "contemporaneous with the Capitol riots" on Jan. 6.

The suspects who were arrested by the FBI Thursday are John Subleski, 32, and Adam Turner, 35, of Louisville.

Subleski is charged with inciting a riot and committing an act of violence to encourage a riot in downtown Louisville "through the use of social media and other electronic communications," according to a statement from the DOJ.

Read more: ABC News

Google's YouTube is still recommending extremist and white supremacist videos to viewers already susceptible to racial hatred a new report found.

Though the nation's most popular social media platform has removed large amounts of extremist content under political pressure, exposure to harmful videos is still common, and users who view extremist videos are still being recommended new clips in the same vein, according to a national study that ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) released Friday, an advance copy of which was shared exclusively with USA TODAY.

One in 10 study participants viewed at least one video from an extremist channel and 2 in 10 viewed at least one video from an “alternative” channel, according to the study, which examined the viewing habits of 915 respondents. The study's authors defined extremist and alternative by drawing from published research on online radicalization.

Read more: USA Today

The suspect in the Tuesday shooting at a Minnesota health clinic that killed one person and wounded four others was charged with murder on Thursday. In a criminal complaint that detailed the gruesome attack, authorities said Gregory Ulrich, 67, also detonated two explosive devices.

Ulrich was charged with second-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder, and one count each of felony use of an explosive device and carrying a pistol without a permit.

According to the criminal complaint, Ulrich entered the clinic just before 11 a.m., pulled out a semi automatic handgun, and began threatening the staff. He then allegedly entered the reception area and shot two victims, before moving to the interior of the clinic and shooting three more. 

Read more: CBS News

There is a "very credible case" that the Chinese government is carrying out the crime of genocide against the Uighur people, according to a formal legal opinion newly published in the UK.

It concludes there is evidence of state-mandated behaviour showing an intent to destroy the largely Muslim minority in north-western China.

This includes the deliberate infliction of harm on Uighurs in detention, measures to prevent women giving birth - including sterilisation and abortion - and the forcible transfer of Uighur children out of their community.

And, significantly, it says there is a credible case that Chinese President Xi Jinping is himself responsible for these crimes against humanity. It states "the close involvement of Xi Jinping" in the targeting of Uighurs would support a "plausible" case of genocide against him.

Read more: BBC News