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Thu Oct 29, 2020, 10:58 AM

FBI arrests white supremacy leader in extremism crackdown in Michigan

Source: Detroit News

Federal agents on Thursday arrested two men, including the self-proclaimed leader of the Base, a violent, white supremacist group, as part of a continuing crackdown on extremism in Michigan three weeks after the FBI said it thwarted a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

A team of FBI agents arrested Justen Watkins, 25, of Bad Axe, the self-proclaimed leader of the Base, and Alfred Gorman, 35, of Taylor, during a pair of raids across Michigan, a source told The Detroit News.

They are linked to a December 2019 incident in Dexter in which a local family was terrorized by the men, who tried to intimidate a husband and wife and shared their address with members of the Base, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement.

Her office charged the men with several felonies, including gang membership, a 20-year felony, using a computer to commit a crime and unlawful posting of a message. The charges were filed in Washtenaw County District Court, the location of the alleged Dexter incident.

Read more: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/10/29/fbi-arrests-accused-neo-nazis-michigan-crackdown-extremism/6067038002/

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Reply FBI arrests white supremacy leader in extremism crackdown in Michigan (Original post)
catbyte Oct 29 OP
soothsayer Oct 29 #1
catbyte Oct 29 #7
MsLeopard Oct 29 #2
BComplex Oct 29 #4
Traildogbob Oct 29 #8
central scrutinizer Oct 29 #3
nycbos Oct 29 #5
keithbvadu2 Oct 29 #14
BadGimp Oct 29 #6
maddogesq Oct 29 #11
bucolic_frolic Oct 29 #9
Illumination Oct 29 #10
dalton99a Oct 29 #12
klook Oct 29 #13
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Oct 29 #15

Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 11:01 AM

1. Good

Bad Axe is a heckuva name for a town

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 12:13 PM

7. It's in the middle of nowhere; I guess there's not much to do but stir sh*t up.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 11:02 AM

2. How long before Barr steps in

and makes it all go away for these thugs.....

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Response to MsLeopard (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 11:07 AM

4. I'm wondering how long before they finally ARREST Barr.

He's performing traitorous acts as we speak, and he's messing with our elections.

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Response to MsLeopard (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 01:02 PM

8. Right before committing

Vanilla ISIS terror acts they shout, Allahu AkBARR!
Trump is great.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 11:06 AM

3. Al Qaeda translates as "the base"

Seems so appropriate.

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Response to central scrutinizer (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 11:27 AM

5. Indeed.

Malcolm Nance calls them Vanilla ISIS

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Response to central scrutinizer (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 03:48 PM

14. From the Arabic word al-qa'ida, literally, the base

Origin of al-Qaeda

From the Arabic word al-qa'ida, literally, the base

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/al--qaeda

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 11:33 AM

6. Bad Axe, Michigan is a hella remote place.

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Response to BadGimp (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 01:26 PM

11. But yunno, it's only 145 miles from Hell...

which will freeze over in a few weeks.😎

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 01:12 PM

9. Still amazed we have a functioning FBI

I guess these are states' AG, and not the federal DOJ?

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 01:23 PM

10. These criminals think they're so tough! They're NOT! I personally saw a take down of my

terrorist neighbors. These kids are throwing their lives away!... Protest peacefully but please don't do this!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 01:55 PM

12. 200 BLM protesters came to Bad Axe on June 5

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 02:09 PM

13. Southern Poverty Law Center has some info on The Base:

https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/group/base

The profile doesn't mention either of these yahoos, although they could be regional leaders affiliated with the Wash. State group (or maybe "self-proclaimed leader" is all this Bad Axe twerp is).

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 08:01 PM

15. Good

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