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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Apr 9, 2021

Cameron Shea, 25, a leader of the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division, pled guilty earlier today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington to federal conspiracy and hate crime charges for threatening journalists and advocates who worked to expose anti-Semitism, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman.

Shea pled guilty to one count of conspiring to commit three offenses against the United States:  interference with federally-protected activities because of religion, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 245; mailing threatening communications, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 876; and cyberstalking, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2261A.  He also pled guilty to one count of interfering with a federally protected activity because of religion, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 245.

Read more: Department of Justice

Acting United States Attorney W. Anders Folk today announced a federal criminal complaint charging MICHAEL PAUL DAHLAGER, 27, of St. Cloud, Minnesota, with illegal possession of a machine gun. DAHLAGER, who was taken into custody early this morning, made his initial appearance today before Magistrate Judge Becky Thorson in U.S. District Court. DAHLAGER was ordered to remain in custody pending a formal detention hearing, which is scheduled for April 9, 2021.

According to the allegations in the criminal complaint, in November of 2020, the FBI initiated an investigation into DAHLAGER, a self-proclaimed member of the “Boogaloo Bois,” a loosely connected group of individuals who espouse violent anti-government sentiments. The term “Boogaloo” itself references an impending second civil war in the United States and is associated with violent uprisings against the government. In November 2020, the FBI learned through a confidential human source (“CHS”) that DAHLAGER was discussing his willingness to kill members of law enforcement. The FBI also learned that DAHLAGER was in possession of a 3D-printed “drop in auto sear” and a homemade firearm suppressor. An “auto sear” is a part designed and intended for use in converting a semi-automatic weapon to shoot automatically by a single pull of the trigger and is a machine gun under federal law.

Read more: Department of Justice

A Michigan man challenged the constitutionality of the government’s so-called no-fly list in a lawsuit on Tuesday, accusing the F.B.I. of violating his due process rights by barring him from air travel and giving him no meaningful opportunity to challenge their decision.

The case, developed by the American Civil Liberties Union, opens a new front in a still-unresolved clash between the scope of individual rights and collective security measures after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001: the government’s practice of placing people on watch lists based on suspicions of links to terrorism.

Including people in such databases can lead to increased scrutiny at airports and during encounters with the police, deny them government benefits or contracts, and — in the case of the no-fly list — bar them from boarding aircraft or traveling through American airspace on planes that took off abroad.

Read more: New York Times

Twelve people, possibly foreigners, were found beheaded following an attack claimed by Islamic State on the northern Mozambique town of Palma, a local police commander told the state broadcaster.

Commander Pedro da Silva told journalists visiting the town, near natural gas projects worth $60 billion, that he could not be sure of the nationalities of the 12 people, but he believed they were foreigners because they were white.

“They were tied up and beheaded here,” he said in footage broadcast on TVM on Wednesday, as he pointed to areas of disturbed earth where he said he buried the bodies himself.

Read more: Reuters

Overnight investigators tracked down and detained a suspect in connection with detonating an unknown explosive device near a drainage culvert that shut down a bridge in Bedford on April 7.

It happened on Forest Ridge Drive just north of Texas 183 near Bedford Road.

Federal agencies conducted the initial investigation. During that process, a suspicious item was located near the initial scene, which was later destroyed via a controlled detonation via the Northeast Fire Department Association Explosive Response Team, around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

Read more: CBS Dallas Ft. Worth