Violence at Islamic Center of Tucson Under Investigation

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Islamist & Anti-Muslim Extremism 

Violence at Islamic Center of Tucson Under Investigation

  • Violence broke out at the Islamic Center of Tucson (ICT) on Christmas morning, leaving a broken window and one man with a black eye.
  • Two members of the ICT were attacked while heading to morning prayers by a belligerent group of young men and women who attacked them before vandalizing the building.
  • Surveillance footage captured the incident outside the back entrance of the building.

Kentucky Man Faces 50 Years in Prison for Joining ISIS

  • A federal court charged Mirsad Hariz Adem Ramic, 31, a dual U.S.-Bosnian citizen living in Bowling Green, Ky. with providing material support to ISIS.
  • In June 2014, Ramic and two co-conspirators each departed the United States for Istanbul, Turkey to support ISIS.
  • Ramic attended an ISIS training camp where he received weapons and physical training and fired an AK-47.
  • Ramic faces a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison, a fine of $750,000 and term of supervised release up to life.

Alt-Right & Alt-Left Extremism

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Antisemitic Group Coordinates Multi-State Flyer Drop

  • Antisemitic fliers, claiming Jews are responsible for COVID-19, were found in at least eight states over the weekend.
  • The leaflets were part of a “coordinated flier drop,” by the antisemitic Goyim Defense League (GDL).
  • The GDL, founded by Jon Minadeo of Petaluma, Calif., frequently engage in antisemitic stunts to troll and harass Jews, including showing up at Jewish events in a van marked with swastikas and shouting profanities.

FBI Teams Inside Portland Protests

  • The FBI set up extensive surveillance operations inside Portland’s protest movement.
  • Federal teams were initially dispatched in July 2020 to protect the city’s federal courthouse after protesters lit fires, smashed windows and lobbed fireworks at law enforcement personnel in the area. 
  • Police officers made more than 1,000 arrests during the course of the protests, and more than 200 people ultimately faced criminal prosecution.

Hostile Foreign Influence Operations

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Defense Contractor Arrested for Attempted Espionage

  • Harvard University professor Dr. Charles Lieber was found guilty on all counts on charges that he concealed his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program.
  • Charges included two counts of filing false tax returns, two counts of making false statements and two counts of failing to file reports from a foreign bank account in China.
  • Lieber signed a contract with the Wuhan University of Technology for $50,000 a month and over $150,000 in living expenses.

Foreign Influence Response Center Delayed

  • In 2019, Congress directed the creation of a Foreign Malign Influence Response Center to lead efforts to stop election interference by foreign adversaries.
  • Two years later that center still is not close to opening, as the intelligence community and Congress remain divided over the center’s mission, budget and size.

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