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Iranian Plot to Abduct American Citizen Foiled

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Islamist & Anti-Muslim Extremism 

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Latest Islamist Attacks & Investigations

  • A plot by the Iranian regime to abduct an American citizen in Brooklyn was foiled. The Justice Department announced charges against four Iranian intelligence officers in Iran and an Iranian agent living in California. The target of the plot was Masih Alinejad, an Iranian-American journalist and prominent opponent of the theocratic regime.
  • Justice Department audit of 12 prisons discovered that four of them had religious services regularly led by terrorist inmates. The four included members of ISIS, Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabaab (Al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia). One facility had two terrorists leading services. 
  • In New Jersey, the imam of the Islamic Center of Union City preached antisemitism, characterizing the Jewish people as a corrupting influence on the world and that Muslims “will erase this filth called Israel.” Shockingly, Imam Mohammad Abbasi’s social media indicates he is a faculty member of CUNY and a previous faculty member of Rutgers University.
  • In Maryland, the imam of Al-Falaah Masjid preached in favor of theocratic Sharia Law, specifically the punishment of severing hands of those who thieve. He also taught that the “elite” is promoting hatred and racism in order to pressure American Jews into moving to Israel.
  • In Texas, a judge ordered a woman seeking to divorce her Muslim husband to handle the matter with an Islamic tribunal affiliated with the Islamic Association of North Texas. She argues that she was tricked into signing the Islamic marriage agreement and that the Sharia tribunal won’t give her a fair hearing.
  • In Arkansas, a Yemeni citizen pled guilty to giving aid to Al-Qaeda in his home country during a three-month stay there in 2014. He was able to travel in and out of the U.S. because his father bought a fraudulent visa and used it to get a passport.
  • In Staten Island, a Muslim extremist was arrested for throwing fireworks at a Jewish woman attending a pro-Israel rally in New York City, causing burn injuries. He committed two other antisemitic attacks during the rally and has a criminal history that includes domestic violence. 

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Latest Anti-Muslim Attacks & Investigations

  • In Ontario, Canada, a man was arrested for threatening to kill a Muslim mother and daughter after he almost hit them with his car. The victims fled into a bush as he made anti-Muslim remarks. He fled after bystanders intervened to protect them.

Alt-Right & Alt-Left Extremism

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Latest Alt-Left Attacks & Investigations

  • Two anarchists in Portland were arrested for impeding police officers responding to an emergency call, including scratching one officer and harassing a black police officer with racially insensitive comments. One of the offenders was arrested four times last year for her involvement in riots.
  • The District Attorney in Portland declined to press charges against a police officer after a pro-Antifa journalist claimed to be a victim of police brutality. The review found that the journalist’s account was “demonstrably inaccurate” and that he had attempted to punch the officer. 
  • In Wisconsin, four men were indicted for their involvement in riots in Kenosha last year, including looting, arson and illegally possessing ammunition used in a shooting.
  • The Utah chapter of Black Lives Matter stated that whoever flies the American flag is “racist” and, “When we see this flag, we question your intelligence. We know to avoid you. It is a symbol of hatred.”
  • The exodus of police officers continues to accelerate. The level of retirements increased by 45 percent and resignations increased by 18 percent over the last year. The department in Asheville, N.C. had over one-third of the force quit. Rising anti-police bigotry is cited as the biggest factor. 

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Latest Alt-Right Attacks & Investigations

  • In Florida, a white supremacist who was among the first to enter the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6 pled guilty. He is a member of the Unforgiven gang and has neo-Nazi tattoos.
  • A member of the Oath Keepers militia was arrested in Fort Myers, Fla. for his participation in the Jan. 6 riot. At least 17 Oath Keepers have been arrested for involvement in the attack. 
  • An internal chat involving 81 members of a Georgia-based militia called the “Three Percenters’ Security Force” leaked. The communications showed members’ paramilitary training in multiple states and eagerness for civil war with perceived enemies, including Muslims, Black Lives Matter, Antifa and police officers enforcing gun control laws.
  • In Virginia, a man who dressed like a member of Antifa when he participated in the Jan. 6 riot was arrested. Under the guise of “Bible study,” he met with co-conspirators to build a violent secessionist militia and discuss their intelligence-gathering for future attacks, which included surveillance of the Capitol building after the riot in order to identify gaps in security. An AK-47 and five boxes of materials for Molotov cocktails were found in his home.
  • In Pennsylvania, a white supremacist from Leighton was sentenced for making a social media post depicting himself aiming an AR-15 at Jews praying in a synagogue shortly after the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in 2018, where 11 were killed and six wounded. He also posted pictures showing he had vandalized a synagogue in Maryland and expressed his intent to kill Jews, black people and Muslims.
  • In Michigan, a man was sentenced for attacking black teenagers at a park because of their race. He seriously injured one teen with a bike lock, fracturing his jaw. 
  • Three people from Missouri, Texas and Louisiana involved with the Aryan Circle prison gang pled guilty to charges related to drug trafficking and assaulting a colleague in the gang who wanted to join a different gang.
  • A case against neo-Nazi terrorists for modifying and trafficking firearms has expanded, increasing to five defendants in Idaho, North Carolina and New Jersey. The evidence includes video showing their paramilitary training in Idaho and professed support for the Atomwaffen terrorist group. Two are former Marines, one is a current Marine and one is in the Army National Guard.
  • In Arkansas, a search warrant was unsealed, revealing that an active-duty Marine is under investigation for plotting with two other extremists to kill Democratic Party employees, a black Arkansas state representative, minorities and drug users. One co-conspirator is part of the Atomwaffen neo-Nazi terrorist group.

Hostile Foreign Influence

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INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Former Congressmen Now on Payroll of Chinese Companies

  • new study found that a dozen former members of Congress, including several who were staunchly against Communist China while in office, are now paid lobbyists for Chinese companies. The politicians include Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) and others from both political parties.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Rudy Giuliani Under Investigation for Lobbying for Turkey

  • Rudy Giuliani is reportedly under investigation for lobbying for the Turkish government, including assisting an Iranian businessman in Turkey who is accused of helping the Iranian regime to evade sanctions. Giuliani and his supporters argue that the federal investigations of him are politically motivated.

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Russian Influence Operation Exposed

  • A new study exposed a Russian government influence operation that began on November 5 to promote inflammatory political content on social media platforms.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Equipment for Weapons of Mass Destruction Shipped to Russia

  • In New Hampshire, the FBI is investigating a company that is believed to have illegally sent equipment for weapons of mass destruction programs to Russia. 

Other Ideological Extremism

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Moorish Extremist Movement in the Headlines

  • In Virginia, a man in Newsport News was convicted of tax fraud. His current name, Karl Burden-El Bey, is a strong indication that he is involved with the extremist Moorish movement that doesn’t recognize the authority of the U.S. government. 
  • Eleven heavily-armed members of a Moorish group were recently arrested after a tense standoff with police in Massachusetts. 
  • Shortly before that, a Moorish member from Los Angeles was arrested in New Jersey after he entered a woman’s home in Newark, declared it to be part of the Moors’ empire, and refused to leave. 
  • Other recent crimes involving Moors include a murder in Pennsylvania, takeovers of homes in Washington state, over $14 million in fraud involving Covid relief by Moors in Texas and Oregon, theft of a vaccine vial in Minnesota and a long list of violent crimes with a sharp uptick in attacks on police and terrorist plots targeting law enforcement since 2016.

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