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

The U.S. attorney’s office in Maryland is creating a new civil rights unit that will focus on the rising number of bias-based crimes and acts of domestic terrorism in the state — and ensure federal prosecutors approach the cases comprehensively when the two overlap.

The unit, announced Thursday by acting U.S. attorney Jonathan F. Lenzner, will be staffed by assistant U.S. attorneys experienced in the civil and criminal federal statutes that deal with civil rights.

Lenzner said he expects the unit to look “holistically” at cases “so we can make sure we are getting under the surface to address discrimination wherever it lies.”

Read more: The Washington Post

The United States on Wednesday blacklisted two Islamist extremist groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique as foreign terrorist organizations over accusations of links to Islamic State (ISIS).

The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Congo and its leader Seka Musa Baluku and Mozambique’s Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jama and its leader Abu Yasir Hassan were also named “specially designated global terrorists.”

The designations prevent travel by members to the United States, freeze any U.S.-related assets, ban Americans from doing business with them and make it a crime to provide support or resources to the movements.

The United States dubbed the groups ISIS-DRC and ISIS-Mozambique.

Read more: Reuters

Federal officials charged an Ohio man in connection with an explosion in Carroll County in October.

The story involves a pipe bomb explosion, role play video game and unrequited love, and it takes place in a small Carroll County town.

It was an event that had frightened many around here, back in October when someone sent a package to this house and it ended up exploding when a person inside opened it, now federal agents arrested a man in Ohio with ties to the victim and his girlfriend.

The house looks a lot different as construction workers put on the finishing touches.

At the time after the explosion, 11 News spoke with the victim's grandmother.

Read more: WBAL

A Marine Corps veteran charged in the Capitol riot once served as a crew chief for the presidential helicopter squadron, a highly restrictive unit that requires a top-secret security clearance, officials said Wednesday.

John Daniel Andries, 35, of Piney Point, Md., was arrested last month and charged with two felonies, including violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds. He pleaded not guilty, WUSA9 reported. His attorney did not immediately return a request for comment.

Andries, who enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2004, joined Marine Helicopter Squadron One in 2006, officials said. His duties included aircraft maintenance as a presidential helicopter crew chief.

Read more: Washington Post

Local 4 Defenders have given viewers exclusive looks at key evidence in the case against the men accused of wanting to kidnap or kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and launch politically-motivated domestic terror attacks.

A lot of the evidence in the trial was provided by key FBI informants.

The informants infiltrated the group, made videos, recorded conversations, took screen captures of secret texts.

The FBI has named one of their key informants as Steven Robeson from Wisconsin. He has also indicted for possessing a .50 caliber rifle as a felon. By naming him, his past has been dug up.

Read more: WDIV (Detroit)