I’m stepping outside the normal topics in this column to thank law enforcement for their work in charging alleged members of a group known as The Base.
The three men were identified as a Canadian national who had fled that nation, a man from Denton, MD; and an individual residing in Elkton and Newark, The Canadian national had served as an Army Reservist, while another charged had been a U.S. Army Cavalry Scout.
They were arraigned last week in Greenbelt, MD on charges that included transportation of a machine gun and buying 1,600 rounds of ammunition. Three other members of the group were arrested at about the same time in Georgia.
According to the complaint, the men were linked to the group’s encrypted chat rooms where discussions were held on recruitment, creating a white ethno-state, committing acts of violence against minority communities (including African-Americans and Jewish-Americans), military-style training camps, and ways to make improvised explosives.
Since November, two of the men were residing in a Newark apartment where they were, among other things, attempting to produce a synthetic drug, officials stated.
It is possible the men were planning to attend a gun rights rally in Richmond, VA. The trio had been under surveillance and the arrest was made before the rally.
The investigation involved the FBI Baltimore Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, as well as U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and U.S. District Attorneys for both Maryland and Delaware.
At times, the FBI and other agencies have come under criticism. As this case demonstrates they remain a key line of defense in the battle against foreign and domestic threats.
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