The leader of a national white supremacist organization runs a “hate camp” in Michigan. One of his associates was accused of multiple crimes on Thursday because extremist organizations continue to fall under the radar of the FBI across the country. Inside.
The latest suspects were arrested at their homes at 6 am on Thursday because they were suspected of participating in the incident in Dexter in December 2019. The police said the husband, wife and baby were terrorist attacks by two white supremacists. They Appeared in the middle porch. That night, I took pictures of their house, thinking that someone was living there.
The police said the suspects targeted podcasts critical of the neo-Nazi movement and expressed concern about the rise of white supremacy in the United States.
The police identified the suspects as 25-year-old Justin Watkins of Bad Axe and 35-year-old Alfred Gorman of Taylor, both of whom are members of The Base’s supreme organization, The Base, which publicly advocates violence against the United States. And criminal acts and claimed to receive training. A race war to establish white rule in the United States, including the Upper Peninsula.
Attorney General Dana Nessel charged them with felony, including gang members, which would result in up to 20 years in prison.
Their arrest came three weeks after 14 other anti-government personnel were charged with inciting but frustrating conspiracy to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Five days before the kidnapping suspect was arrested, a Madison Heights man was killed in an official shootout with the FBI. At the time they expressed their hatred for the police and prepared for the uprising.
The suspects arrested on Thursday were not part of the kidnapping case, although their neo-Nazi organization has been under increasing scrutiny in the past year, if there are any signs of arrest.
In January, three members of the base were arrested on federal charges in Maryland and Delaware. The next day, three additional members of the same group were charged in Georgia.
Authorities said that in the Michigan case, Watkins and Gorman used online chat rooms to encourage members to meet in person and participate in military training in preparation for rebelling against the government. Their group also dabbled in Nazi ideology and extreme anti-Semitism, and once asked its members to read neo-Nazi books to urge the collapse of Western civilization.
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Watkins claimed to have been appointed as the leader of the base and allegedly organized a “hate camp” by members of the organization, where he led tactics and gun training for participants with the aim of violently overthrowing the government be prepared.
According to the affidavit of the case, the following are the reasons for the arrest on Thursday:
At 11:30 pm on December 11, 2019, the husband, wife and their baby were in Dexter’s house. They saw two men in dark clothes walking around, flashing lights in their rooms and in front of them. Gallery to take pictures.
The couple contacted the police, and the police learned that the people on the couple’s porch were neo-Nazis and they mistakenly took their home as the home of the podcast they were targeting.
Specifically, these people targeted the Dexter address in an online campaign because people mistakenly believed that the house belonged to Daniel Harper (Daniel Harper), who hosted the title “I don’t speak German” podcast. The podcast was critical of the neo-Nazi movement and expressed concern about the rise of white supremacy in the United States.
At the same time, a stranger on the Dexter porch took a photo, which has been uploaded to the “The Base” channel of the social media platform Telegram. In the photo, Watkins is wearing a black skull mask, Totenkopf shirt, camouflage pants and a tactical board carrier with a rifle magazine. The logo patch of The Base can be seen on the front of the vest. The title read: “The base greets the Antifa podcast “I don’t speak German”.
According to the affidavit, the base has a common goal: to establish a white people in the Pacific Northwest or the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
In order to recognize each other, the members wore three white Runic Eihwaz symbols, as shown in the picture on the right. Watkins was appointed as the leader of the ethnic group after a nationwide crackdown in early 2020 resulted in the arrest of multiple members of the base.
Watkins was initially identified as a member of the organization in November 2019. He recruited, produced promotional materials for the organization, and opened a “hate camp” for members of Bad Axe, where he led the members’ tactics and gun training. The training was documented in The Base’s recruitment and promotion video.
In addition, the affidavit stated that earlier this year, Watkins submitted a declaration to many of his Instagram users concerning the status of The Base, which was also shared on The Base social media public channels. On the list, Watkins declared: “I will train guns, explosives, knives, Ryder trucks, and everything I must destroy to destroy the lethality system of my people.”
He finally ended with a violent appeal: “To win pure wild violence, victory!
Watkins and Gorman were charged with:
- Gang member, felony for 20 years.
- Illegal posting of information, two years of felony and/or fine of $5,000.
- Using a computer to commit a crime is punishable by a four-year felony and/or a fine of $5,000.
Watkins and Gorman were detained and transferred to a Washington, DC prison. Their arraignment is pending.
Nessel said: “The use of intimidation to incite fear and violence constitutes a crime.” “We cannot allow dangerous activities to achieve their goal of inflicting violence and harm on the public.”
The Michigan Democratic Jewish Group praised these allegations and pointed out that these allegations came one year after members of the base destroyed a synagogue on the Upper Peninsula.
MDJC Chairman Noah Arbit said in a statement: “The threat of anti-Semitic, extreme-right extremist groups against Michigan, especially Jewish Michigan, has been going on for too long.” In the past four In the middle of the year, Jews exploded in Michigan and across the country, and the Jews of Michigan are worth more than leaders who are constantly beating their feet with such dangerous dog whistles and conspiracies.
Tresa Baldas is an award-winning court and legal journalist, and was named Richard Milliman “Michigan” Journalist of the Year 2020 by the Michigan Press Association. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or follow her on Twitter @Tbaldas.
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