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    Kybartai, Lithuania (CNN)Having a neighbor like Russia at the end of the street means 59-year-old Vytas Grudzinskas doesn't get much rest. "I can see the soldiers best at night," he says, pointing to a patch of green behind his neighbor's garden. "They have a shooting range they use over there behind that field. In the afternoon, you can hear the guns," he said.Grudzinskas has his own weapon, a machine gun, which he keeps locked in a cupboard, close at hand -- although his guard dog, a Maltese terrier, might be less effective in battle.The small city of Kybartai where Grudzinska lives lies inside both NATO and the European Union but also along one of the world's hottest borders -- the Suwalki corridor. This tract of land, about 60 miles wide, is sandwiched between Russia's heavily fortified, nuclear-armed, Baltic bolthole of Kaliningrad and its ally, Belarus. The pass -- viewed by many analysts as a weak point within NATO -- is caught in a pincer grip between Kremlin troops. The fear is that if Ukraine fell, Russia would advance through it...
    The second member of the far-right Wolverine Watchmen militia group has agreed to plead guilty, and will testify against four co-conspirators who plotted to kidnap and harm Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in the fall of 2020.  Kaleb Franks, 27, of Waterford Township, about 40 miles from Detroit, is scheduled  on Wednesday to plead guilty to kidnapping conspiracy in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids. The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.  Franks was one of six Wolverine Watchmen members arrested on October 8, 2020 for allegedly hatching the plot to snatch Whitmer because they were upset with Michigan's COVID-19 restrictions.   Others include Adam Fox of Potterville, 40 - the alleged ringleader - truck driver Barry Croft of Bear, Delaware, 44; Daniel Harris of Lake Orion, 24; Brandon Caserta of Canton, 33; and Ty Gerard Garbin of Hartland Township, 25. Garbin was the first of the men to plead guilty to the plot in January of 2021, and has since been the 'star witness' in the trial against the holdout members of the group, which is scheduled to begin on March 8....
    At least 20 current members of the US military signed up for the anti-government Oath Keepers militia at some point since its founding in 2009 - with 14 of them using their official military emails - despite Defense Department rules against participating in 'extremist activities.' Overall, 81 people signed up for the Oath Keepers while in uniform, according to a USA Today analysis of a list released last fall by the nonprofit whistleblower collective DDoSecrets. The Defense Department has known of members' involvement in extremist groups for decades, but it has relied on a policy that only banned them from actively advocating for them. The rules were beefed up in December in response to the January 6 Capitol riot. Some say they signed up for the group at gun shows or other events without knowing what it stood for. Others touted their military training, such as shooting and recruiting, in case the group had to defend the Constitution against an attack. In all, 19 members or associates of the Oath Keepers face charges of corruptly obstructing an official proceeding by traveling to...
    More On: Gretchen Whitmer Whitmer should be punished for COVID hypocrisy, jailed restaurant owner says Michigan Gov. Whitmer caught violating her own public health guidelines Michigan gov used unauthorized company for Florida charter flight Plot to kidnap Michigan gov. included ‘weapons of mass destruction’ plan, feds say The men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last September claim they were set up by the FBI because of their conservative political views. There were at least 12 FBI informants involved in the investigation to thwart the alleged scheme by a militia group known as the “Wolverine Watchmen” — but the agents actually took an active part in it right from its inception, according to court filings, evidence and dozens of interviews reviewed by BuzzFeed News — and now some members of the group are accusing the feds of entrapment. One informant from Wisconsin allegedly helped organize meetings where the first inklings of the plot surfaced, even paying for hotel rooms and food to entice people to attend, Buzzfeed News reported. Another undercover agent allegedly advised the group on...
    A Capitol rioter allegedly set up a militia group under the guise of a 'Bible study' that discussed freeing fellow January 6 suspects from jail and preparing for a second civil war.  Fi Duong, 27, aka 'Monkey King' or 'Jim,' was seen in videos of the January 6 insurrection wearing a white mask with a wide grin.  He's believed to be the one who yelled: 'We're coming for you, Nancy,' according to court documents unsealed this week.  Unbeknownst to him, he met an undercover cop when he stormed the Capitol who later introduced Duong to an undercover FBI agent.  They gathered intel on Duong's plans, 'Bible study' group and weapons cache before he was arrested, according to his indictment, which was unsealed this week.  He told the undercover FBI agent that they 'can't be out in the open' and he's part of a militia group that's a 'little bit more cloak and dagger' that is 'building resistances ... for what will inevitably come,' the indictment says.  The militia recruited 'like-mind' guys local to the Alexandria, Virginia area to 'build a more...
    Dozens of women in Feroz Koh, the capital city of Afghanistan’s central Ghor province, took up arms and marched on Sunday to show their defiance against the advancing Taliban. The women said they would support “public mobilization” militias standing up even as Afghan army units surrender without a fight or flee before the Taliban onslaught. “They are standing by their brothers and are supporting the system, the people, and the country’s sovereignty,” an admiring resident of Ghor told Afghanistan’s Tolo News as the women marched through the provincial capital, some of them toting heavy weapons and rocket grenades. The Afghan central government appears torn between supporting the growing militia movement as much-needed reinforcements for underperforming security forces and worrying about “bad consequences” from heavily-armed, unregulated irregulars taking the field. “A situation that will later create bad consequences will not be allowed. They will first support us and then they will be included in the police, army, or the local NDS forces,” Afghan interior minister Gen. Abdul Sattar Mirzakawal warned. NDS is Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security, the primary government...
    OAKLAND — In the weeks before a gunman allegedly killed two officers in separate shootings last year, prosecutors say he and other members of an extremist militia known as the Grizzly Scouts held firearms trainings, scouted protests, and laid out terms of “war” against police. In recent court filings, federal prosecutors in the Bay Area have revealed the most extensive details yet on the investigation into the May 29 fatal shooting of Federal Protective Service Officer Dave Patrick Underwood in Oakland, and the June 6 killing of Santa Cruz Sheriff Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller in an ambush in Ben Lomond. The documents paint a picture of the alleged shooter, Steven Carrillo, not as a lone actor but a member of a Northern California-based anti-government organization that — in its rhetoric and actions — was preparing for deadly attacks on law enforcement. The Grizzly Scouts — most of whom are still at large — identify with a loosely-affiliated, nationwide militia movement that uses the name “Boogaloo” and favors Hawaiian shirts and violent rhetoric, but the Scouts’ activities appear to be more carefully...
    Security in Washington D.C. is being beefed up even further after Capitol police received intelligence that militia group the Three Percenters could be plotting to breach the Capitol this Thursday, March 4. Cop sources told FOX 5 that Capitol officers were issued with an intelligence bulletin on Tuesday warning of a militia plot that specifically mentioned the far-right group. Members of the Three Percenters are among those accuse of breaking the Capitol on January 6 following a Trump rally. This Thursday is predicted by followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory to be the day that the former president will take power again. It emerged as a new source of hope for QAnon loyalists after the original theory that Trump would win the 2020 election fell apart. Members of the National Guard are seen at the US Capitol Building on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Security in D.C. has been beefed up as intelligence emerged of a threat from the militia group the Three Percenters, who may be planning to breach the Capitol on Thursday Members of the National Guard...
    The White House's strike on Iranian-backed militias in Syria was the right move but Congress didn’t have much time to process it, Senate Intelligence Committee chair Mark Warner, D-Va., told "Fox News Sunday." "I wish the Biden team would’ve given Congress greater knowledge and greater warning," he said. "We got a head’s up about 15 minutes before the attack took place." Regardless of timing, the senator said he backs Biden’s decision to launch the attack in order to protect U.S. troops and set the tone for the new administration. US LAUNCHES AIRSTRIKE AGAINST IRANIAN-BACKED FORCES IN SYRIA "When Iranian proxies are putting our troops in Iraq in harm’s way, there needs to be punitive actions taken," he said. "And I think the Biden missile launch was that appropriate pushback." VideoWarner said the administration is capable of creating a "dual track" in foreign relations by protecting our military and potentially "reopening conversation" with the Iranians at the same time. ILHAN OMAR, OTHER PROGRESSIVES QUESTION BIDEN'S 'LEGAL RATIONALE' FOR SYRIA AIRSTRIKE The senator mentioned that the short window of communication between White House and...
    Militia groups linked to the Jan. 6 riots want to “blow up” the Capitol building and “kill as many members as possible” on the day President Joe Biden addresses Congress. During a House hearing on Thursday regarding the Jan. 6 insurrection, Yogananda Pittman, acting chief of the United States Capitol Police, told lawmakers about threats from militia groups threatening violence when Biden delivers his State of the Union address, Fox News reports.  “We know that members of the militia groups that were present on Jan. 6 have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible with a direct nexus to the State of the Union, which we know that date has not been identified,” Pittman said before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch.  Read More: Biden marks COVID-19 vaccination milestone, zeros in on Black communities “We know that the insurrectionists that attacked the Capitol weren’t only interested in attacking members of Congress and officers: they wanted to send a symbolic message to the nation as to who was...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A chilling threat from militia groups to "blow up the Capitol" is now on the table even as federal law enforcement agencies are still trying to identify and arrest several hundred suspects in the first attack on the heart of American government that occurred January 6.The revelation that authorities have knowledge of a new bombing plot targeting the Capitol came during testimony from acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman.The same insurrectionists responsible for the January 6 attack now want to "kill as many members as possible" during President Joe Biden's upcoming State of the Union address to a joint session of the Senate and House. While a date for that speech hasn't been announced, Pittman said the bombing scheme is why a razor wire perimeter, heavily armed security officers and other fortifying enhancements around the Capitol building have not been removed even though the takeover attack occurred more than seven weeks ago."We know that members of the militia groups that were present on January 6 have stated their desires that they want to blow up the...
    By Zachary Cohen, Marshall Cohen and Whitney Wild | CNN Acting US Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman warned Thursday that militia groups involved in the January 6 insurrection want to “blow up the Capitol” and “kill as many members as possible” when President Joe Biden addresses Congress. Pressed by House lawmakers to provide a timeline for removing the razorwire fencing and other enhanced security measures installed after the US Capitol attack, Pittman said law enforcement remains concerned about threats by known militia groups “with a direct nexus to the State of the Union” address. “We know that members of the militia groups that were present on January 6 have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible with a direct nexus to the State of the Union, which we know that date has not been identified,” she told House lawmakers during Thursday’s hearing on security failures related to January 6. “We know that the insurrectionists that attacked the Capitol weren’t only interested in attacking members of Congress and officers,” she...
    Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman revealed Thursday that certain militia groups present during the Jan. 6 Capitol attack later discussed plans to “blow up” the building during the State of the Union. “We know that members of the militia groups that were present on Jan. 6 have stated their desire that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible, with a direct nexus to the State of the Union,” Pittman said during her testimony to a House Appropriations subcommittee. “Based on that information, we think it’s prudent that Capitol Police maintain its enhanced security posture until we address those issues going forward.” Pittman stressed that news of potential future attacks have prompted the Capitol Police to maintain a increased presence near and around the building, adding that the security will decrease once the remaining threats pass. Pittman also noted that existing intelligence has failed to highlight the fact that rioters who stormed the Capitol were not exclusively targeting politicians and officers, further stressing the need for heighten security in Washington D.C. “They wanted to...
    Armed protesters descended on a Washington hospital last month when the daughter of a 74-year-old patient called for back up from Ammon Bundy's anti-government militia network after claiming her mother was being held 'hostage' for refusing to take a COVID-19 test.  The Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver was forced into lockdown on January 29 after protesters - who belong to the People's Rights group founded by Bundy - gathered outside and demanded staff discharge Gayle Meyer. Her 49-year-old daughter Satin Meyers, who is a member of People's Rights, summoned the protesters to help her stage a demonstration outside the hospital, claiming the facility was refusing to let her see her mother. Authorities say the patient declined to take a COVID-19 test when she was admitted and was placed in a 24-hour quarantine while undergoing treatment. That quarantine meant her daughter, who hospital staff say refused to wear a mask, was not allowed to see her mother.   The call-to-arms is evidence of the group's aim to create an Uber-like response system that can mobilize militia and demonstrators at any given moment. The group is believed...
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea Clinton have teamed up to produce their first scripted TV series. The Clinton’s production company Hidden Light Productions have acquired the rights to “The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice,” according to an article published Monday by The Hollywood Reporter. .@HillaryClinton and @ChelseaClinton have optioned author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon’s ‘The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice’ for the small screenhttps://t.co/CsgbwOJpmG — The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 25, 2021 The book is based off the story of an all-female Kurdish militia that took on ISIS in Northern Syria. The militia won with the support of U.S. Special Operations Forces. (RELATED: Hillary And Chelsea Clinton Are Starting A Production Company) “The Daughters of Kobani is an extraordinary account of brave, defiant women fighting for justice and equality,” Clinton said, according to the outlet. “We created HiddenLight to celebrate heroes — sung and unsung alike — whose courage is too often overlooked, and we could not be more thrilled to bring this inspiring story...
    National Guardsmen and police shut down most traffic around the U.S. Capitol on Sunday. All of the various right-wing “Million”-themed marches that have been organized over the past several years (such as December’s “Million MAGA March”) have fallen well short of the million people they claimed to rally—usually, they number at best in the tens of thousands. But Sunday’s planned “Million Militia March” was a failure of truly epic proportions: It seems no one showed up to march. Not a soul. Similarly, worries about marches on various states’ Capitols around the nation turned out to be groundless when only tiny smatterings of armed militiamen showed up at a few of the events that pro-Donald Trump “Patriots” said they were planning in places such as Columbus, Ohio, and Salem, Oregon. Both failures suggest that the American radical right is now in utter disarray, at least for the time being. The plans for the Washington march, coming on the heels of the January 6 insurrection attempt at the Capitol by the same crowd of violent far-right Trump supporters, were supposed to represent...
    CAIRO - A rocket attack by pro-Iranian militia appeared to target the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad's Green Zone overnight. The attack has ratcheted up tensions between the U.S. and Iraq, just as the two countries announced the withdrawal of 500 more U.S. soldiers from Iraq.     Iraqi media reported that seven Katyousha rockets were fired at Baghdad's fortified Green Zone and that they were apparently aimed at the U.S. Embassy compound.     No U.S. casualties were reported, but Iraqi military officials say one child was killed and five civilians wounded by several stray projectiles.   A pro-Iranian militia group says it fired the rockets at the embassy in retaliation for what it alleged was the U.S. arrest of three of its members in the city of Falluja, west of Baghdad. VOA could not independently confirm the claim.   A spokesman for the main pro-Iranian Kataib Hezbollah militia denied responsibility for the attack, saying in a tweet that his group was observing a "unilateral truce to allow a complete U.S. withdrawal from Iraq."   Iraqi Prime Minister...
    Five states could be hotbeds for militia groups to protest and carry out violent demonstrations leading up to Election Day, a new research study shows.  THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION COMES DOWN TO THESE 9 STATES These states -- Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Oregon-- were deemed "high-risk locations" ahead of the elections because there have been massive anti-coronavirus lockdown protests in the past, and researchers also believe militias might have perceptions of "‘leftist coup’ activities," according to a new report by ACLED, a crisis-mapping project, and the research group MilitiaWatch.  The report focused on right-wing organizations across the country and mapped the locations that were most likely to have pockets of extremism surrounding the elections.  Regions, where militias have set up recruitment drives or held training for its members, are also at a heightened risk, the report said. Just weeks ago, the FBI foiled a plan by members of an extremist group called the Wolverine Watchmen to storm Michigan’s state Capitol building and kidnap government officials, including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. MAN CHARGED IN WHITMER KIDNAPPING PLOT RELEASED ON BAIL Authorities later linked several of the alleged kidnappers with previous demonstrations...
    GRETCHEN Whitmer’s would be kidnappers planned to use an 800,000 volt taser to subdue to Gretchen Whitmer, newly released evidence shows. Member of the anti-government extremist Wolverine Watchmen militia also intended to blow up a bridge to halt any attempts by the cops to capture them once they had seized Michigan governor Whitmer. 6Adam Fox smiling as he tests the taser to be used on Whitmer 6Members of the militia carrying out drills Credit: Fox News 6Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer was the target of the alleged plotCredit: The Mega Agency Chilling video released by the US attorney’s office show the alleged leader, Adam Fox, 37, smiling as he tests the taser they intended to use on Whitmer. The footage also shows several of the men facing federal charges carrying out what appeared to be a tactical training exercise, involving PT Cruiser and shooting at an unseen target. Prosecutors say a photo shows Fox drawing a map of the lake near Whitmer's vacation home and listing the mileage of the nearest police departments and the estimated response times. The evidence released...
    By Brian Fung | CNN Facebook made an “operational mistake” this week in failing to remove a page that encouraged armed Americans to take to the streets of Kenosha, Wisc., CEO Mark Zuckerberg said. The page clearly violated Facebook’s rules against violent militias, Zuckerberg acknowledged in a video posted Friday to his Facebook profile, and that “a bunch of people” had even reported the page prior to the killing of two protesters, Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber. Just last week, Facebook announced it would crack down on militia organizations that advocated for violence or spoke about the potential for violence. But in its first week of implementation, the policy’s lack of enforcement led to the spread of violent messages on the platform directly linked to the events in Kenosha, where protests erupted after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. “What’s going on in Kenosha … is really deeply troubling,” Zuckerberg said in the video. A Facebook investigation of the militia page turned up no evidence that the page or the event it promoted had any connection to the 17-year-old...
    Heated and near violent confrontations between armed right-wing militia members and black-masked counter-demonstrators had been captured on video Saturday at Stone Mountain Accomplice Memorial in Georgia. Rows of neatly black clad Antifa protesters lined up versus proper wing militia in camo overalls. “Motherf–king Nazi!” yelled one militia member to a member of what gave the impression to be the Atlanta Antifascists, who vowed forward of time to counter-protest. “I’ll eat your balls for breakfast!” screamed one other on a Periscope livestream. “He informed me to return to Africa!” mentioned one African-American man. As pepper spray streamed by the air, the verbal warfare was intense. “Separating individuals by races isn’t an answer,” a younger man, who gave the impression to be with the Antifa motion, mentioned. “It’s not 1864, motherf—ker!” mentioned one other. Though native police insisted to the Put up at 12:30 p.m. that it was a “peaceable protest,” cops in riot gear confirmed up 20 minutes later, simply earlier than 1 p.m. They yelled by megaphones for the gang to disperse or face arrest. The memorial — which...
    Heated and close to violent confrontations between armed right-wing militia members and black-masked counter-demonstrators were captured on video Saturday at Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial in Georgia. Rows of neatly black clad Antifa protesters lined up versus right wing militia in camo overalls. “Motherf–king Nazi!” yelled one militia member to a member of what appeared to be the Atlanta Antifascists, who vowed ahead of time to counter-protest. “I’ll eat your balls for breakfast!” screamed another on a Periscope livestream. “He told me to go back to Africa!” said one African-American man. As pepper spray streamed through the air, the verbal warfare was intense. “Separating people by races is never a solution,” a young man, who appeared to be with the Antifa movement, said. “It’s not 1864, motherf—ker!” said another. Although local police insisted to the Post at 12:30 p.m. that it was a “peaceful protest,” cops in riot gear showed up 20 minutes later, just before 1 p.m. They yelled through megaphones for the crowd to disperse or face arrest. Part 2: Armed Confederate Activists Face Off With Armed Antifa At...
    Austin police are bracing for chaos as heavily-armed activists from rival groups face off in the city one week after a Black Lives Matter protester was shot dead.  On Saturday evening, a group of gun-toting men were seen protecting demonstrators at a makeshift memorial for Garrett Foster - the 28-year-old who was killed during a BLM march last weekend.  Across the street, camouflage clad members of the far-right paramilitary group Three Percenters stood watching on, brandishing semiautomatic weapons in an intimidating manner.  Police have bolstered their forces amid fears tensions between the two groups could explode.   Witnesses say Garrett Foster (left) died trying to protect his wheelchair-bound fiancee Whitney Mitchell (right) after a car drove at them during a Black Lives Matter protest in Austin The Austin Police Department released saying they have called in extra cops to help protect both people and property should things go awry.  'We are bringing in the necessary staff, and have partnered with other local law enforcement agencies as we have done throughout the past few months, to allow for those peacefully and...
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