Muslim Brotherhood Groups Trying to Revive Islamophobia Bill
- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), identified by the Justice Department as an “entity” of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, along with other Islamist organizations is trying to revive the Combating International Islamophobia Act.
- Critics of the bill, introduced by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), claim that the bill disables criticism of Islamist activities both abroad and in the United States.
- Both CAIR officials and Rep. Omar have a long history of antisemitic bigotry. Read More
Iran Claims It is Already Capable of Building a Nuclear Bomb
- An adviser close to Iran’s leadership claims that Iran already has the “technical ability to build a nuclear bomb,” but has not yet made a decision to do so. Read More
Alt-Right & Alt-Left Extremism
Antifa Group Faces Off Against Oregon Bikers
- Individuals affiliated with Antifa were confronted by members of various motorcycle clubs after they tried to shut down the Honky Tonk Bar in Salem, Ore.
- Video of the incident shows the Antifa group pepper-spraying bikers as they ran away.
- Antifa accounts on Twitter claimed that one of their members had to go to the hospital for treatment. Read More
Idaho Patriot Front Members’ Trial Begins
- Six of the 31 members of the group Patriot Front, who were arrested after being caught planning to riot at a Pride event in Idaho, appeared in court.
- The individuals pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of conspiracy to riot. Read More
More News From the Alt-Right
- Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson began his trial in Multnomah County, Ore. Gibson and two other people are facing felony riot charges from the May Day demonstration in 2019. Read More
More News From the Alt-Left
- Noah Whitefield Madrano, a radio producer and co-host at a self-described Antifa Portland radio station, was arrested for trafficking and raping a Canadian child. Read More
- Payton Gendron, 19, of Conklin, N.Y. was indicted on federal hate crimes by a federal grand jury after opening fire at the Tops grocery store in Buffalo, N.Y. Read More
Hostile Foreign Influence Operations
Foreign Hackers Pose as Journalists
- A new cyber security study reveals that hackers from China, Iran and Turkey are using new tactics, including posing as Twitter employees and journalists, in their latest attempts to breach victims’ devices. Read More
Chinese Drone Maker Lobbies Congress
- The Chinese drone manufacturer DJI hired two lobbying firms to persuade members of Congress not to back the American Security Drone Act, which forbids the government from buying drones from Chinese firms. Read More
Research & Trends in Extremism
Ideological Nihilism as a Source of Mass Violence
- The July 4 Highland Park shooting has highlighted a new and emerging source of violence – ideological nihilism.
- Ideological nihilism is associated with apocalyptic thinking and “doomerism,” and has led to the emergence of dozens if not hundreds of online antisocial subcultures which actively promote the aesthetic of nihilism and violence. Read More
Europol’s Annual Terrorism Report Shows Decrease in Number of Attacks in 2021
- An annual Europol terrorism report shows a decrease in the number of terror attacks in Europe in 2021. The report notes that of the four completed attacks in 2021, three were jihadist terrorist attacks that were carried out in France, Spain and Germany, and one was a left-wing terrorist attack in Germany. Read More