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Man Who Talked About 'Mexican Hitler' Arrested in Synagogue Plot

Authorities say Richard Holzer planned to bomb a Colorado synagogue

(Newser) - A 27-year-old Colorado man planned to bomb a synagogue in Pueblo, federal authorities say. Richard Holzer, 27, was arrested Friday after meeting with undercover agents, who brought along pipe bombs and dynamite that Holzer allegedly planned to use at Temple Emanuel, the Denver Post reports. During his conversations with the... More »

Charges Say Soldier Passed Bomb Instructions Online

Suspect reportedly mentioned Beto O'Rourke as a target

(Newser) - Federal authorities said Monday that they charged a US Army soldier with sharing bomb-making instructions online, and that he discussed bombing an unidentified media organization and killing left-leaning activists. Jarrett William Smith, 24, a private first class from South Carolina stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, was arrested Saturday, the AP... More »

Sen. McSally Out to Make Domestic Terror Punishable

It's not currently a punishable federal crime

(Newser) - "For too long we have allowed those who commit heinous acts of domestic terrorism to be charged with related crimes that don’t portray the full scope of their hateful actions," says GOP Sen. Martha McSally. And so on Wednesday she revealed she plans to do something about... More »

Texas Shooting Gets Official Designation

And an anti-immigrant screed has been linked to the shooter

(Newser) - A Justice Department official says the federal government is treating the El Paso shooting that killed 20 people as a "domestic terrorist" case, the AP reports. US Attorney John Bash said Sunday in El Paso that the feds are also investigating the attack at a shopping plaza with a... More »

Coast Guard Officer Accused of Plotting Terror Attack to Be Released

Christopher Hasson hasn't actually been charged with terrorism

(Newser) - A federal magistrate has agreed to the pre-trial release of a Coast Guard lieutenant accused of being a domestic terrorist , the AP reports. US Magistrate Judge Paul Day noted on Thursday that 50-year-old Christopher Hasson hasn't been charged with any terrorism related offenses. Hasson was arrested Feb. 15 and... More »

Coast Guard 'Threat' Program Flagged Weird Computer Use

That reportedly led to investigation into Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson

(Newser) - The charges filed against a Maryland Coast Guard officer "are the proverbial tip of the iceberg," per federal prosecutors—who were on Thursday given 14 days to come up with the rest of said iceberg. Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson has been hit with fairly minor illegal drug and... More »

Suspect Planned to Assassinate Top Democrats, Officials Say

Christopher Paul Hasson wanted to establish a 'white homeland,' court told

(Newser) - A lieutenant stationed at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, DC, planned to carry out terrorist attacks on Democratic politicians and journalists and use violence to "establish a white homeland," prosecutors say. Investigators found 15 guns and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition in the home of self-proclaimed... More »

Hunt for Mail Bomb Source Leads to Opa-locka

Investigators believe devices passed through Florida postal facility

(Newser) - A huge postal facility in south Florida was evacuated Thursday night as the search for the person who sent pipe bombs to leading Democrats and other critics of President Trump continued. Miami-Dade County police officers, K-9 units, and federal agents could be seen entering the Opa-locka mail sorting and distribution... More »

Suspect in Virginia Murder Denied Bond

Jeff Sessions calls the fatal car attack in Charlottesville 'domestic terrorism'

(Newser) - A judge in Charlottesville, Va., has denied bond for an Ohio man accused of plowing his car into a crowd at a white nationalist rally, reports the AP . Judge Robert Downer said during a bond hearing Monday he would appoint a lawyer for James Alex Fields Jr. The 20-year-old is... More »

Cops Hunt Armed Fugitive Who Sent Manifesto to Trump

Feds fear Wisconsin man might attack church

(Newser) - A fugitive in Wisconsin has more than a dozen guns and a deep-seated hatred of religion and government, authorities warn. Federal authorities say Joseph Jakubowski, 32, may be planning an act of mass violence against a church or religious group, ABC News reports. Jakubowski is believed to have stolen at... More »

Mom of 2, Iraq Vet Died in Planned Parenthood Attack

Gunman never made it into main clinic area

(Newser) - The two civilians killed in Friday's attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic have been identified as an Iraq War veteran and a mother of two, both of whom were at the Colorado Springs, Colo., clinic to support friends. Jennifer Markovsky, 35, was a stay-at-home mom who "lived for... More »

Cops: Flag Fanatic Bombed a Walmart

Tupelo, Miss., device didn't do much damage

(Newser) - A man outraged by attempts to get rid of the Mississippi state flag carried out an extremely short-lived terror campaign in Tupelo, police say. Marshall Leonard, 61, was arrested after a bomb was thrown into a Walmart in the Mississippi city at around 1:30am on Sunday, Tupelo's Daily ... More »

Florida 'Troll' Accused of 9/11 Bomb Plot

FBI says Joshua Goldberg posed as ISIS supporter

(Newser) - Posing as an ISIS supporter online could get Florida man Joshua Ryne Goldberg up to 20 years in prison. The FBI says the 20-year-old encouraged an informant to plant a pressure-cooker bomb at a 9/11 memorial event in Kansas City, Mo., this weekend, instructing them to coat nails in rat... More »

Convicted Eco-Terrorist Freed as FBI Admits Error

Eric McDavid is released after 9 years because prosecutors withheld evidence

(Newser) - A man handed a 19-year prison sentence for environmental terrorism is out after serving nine years—and he's no longer an eco-terrorist in the eyes of the law. Eric McDavid, convicted in 2007 of plotting to attack the Nimbus Dam, a US Forest Service lab, and cellphone towers near... More »

Right-Wing Terrorists: As Dangerous as Muslim Ones

They've killed more people since 9/11, Peter Bergen points out

(Newser) - The alleged killers in the Las Vegas massacre appear to have been motivated by right-wing ideology—they left a "Don't Tread on Me" flag at the scene of the crime—which sadly doesn't make them terribly unique. Since 9/11, right-wing extremists have killed 37 people in the... More »

Attack on Calif. Electric Grid Labeled Terrorism

Snipers expertly knocked out 17 transformers

(Newser) - A little-reported attack on a power substation in California last year wasn't vandalism, but the "most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred" in the US, according former top power regulator Jon Wellinghoff. In the assault in South San Jose last April, unknown... More »

FBI Thinks Americans Are Training for Terror in Syria

And it's watching them like a hawk

(Newser) - The FBI is keeping a close watch on Americans who have traveled to and returned from the war in Syria. The US believes that al-Qaeda affiliates in the war-torn country are actively attempting to recruit Americans there and train them to carry out attacks back home, senior intelligence and counterterror... More »

FBI Says It Busted Would-Be Terrorist in Raid

Guns, explosives found in Buford Rogers' home

(Newser) - The FBI believes it disrupted a terror attack that was still in its "planning stages" when it raided a mobile home in Minnesota, it announced today. Agents descended Friday on the abode of Buford Rogers, 24, and found guns, Molotov cocktails, and what looked like pipe bombs, the AP... More »

Man Busted for Plot to Bomb 48 Churches

Mentally ill man targeted Oklahoma churches

(Newser) - A 23-year-old from Illinois has been charged in connection with an alleged plot to blow up 48 churches in northeast Oklahoma. Gregory Weiler, who has a long history of mental illness, was arrested after motel workers in the town of Miami spotted suspicious items in a garbage bin, CNN reports.... More »

On FBI List, Most Domestic Terrorists Are Women

Five of seven on most-wanted list

(Newser) - Not all terrorists are foreigners, and not all terrorists are men. The FBI keeps a list of the most-wanted domestic terrorists, defined as "Americans attacking Americans based on US-based extremist ideologies." And five out of the seven people on the list are women, notes Business Insider . A sampling: More »

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