Right-Wing Investigations

Regional News • Americas • United States
FBI arrest six men over plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Credit: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy University of Michigan (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Six people were arrested Thursday morning in a raid over the alleged plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan. According to the FBI, the group had been planning the plot since June.

They had surveilled Whitmer's vacation home in August and September, and according to the FBI, they indicated that they wanted to take her hostage before the presidential election in November.

Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, Brandon Caserta, and Ty Garbin were taken into custody in a raid on a house in suburban Detroit on Thursday morning

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Potential right-wing terrorist detained in Poland
Representative image of police forces
Representative image of police forces Credit: unsplash.com / ev

According to the Polish counterintelligence agency ABW, a German man was arrested last week in Poland. The suspect apparently has a right-wing background and a history of online hate speech. He was charged with possession of weapons and explosives. A further investigation is underway.

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Judgment against members of the "Free Comradeship Dresden"

The verdicts have now been pronounced against three members of the right-wing comradeship. The background was violent attacks on a refugee shelter and on an alternative housing project.

The defendants were sentenced to imprisonment or suspended sentences.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Neo-Nazi group "Nordadler" has been banned in Germany
Neo-Nazi group "Nordadler" has been banned in Germany
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The neo-nazi group "Nordadler" has been banned by Horst Seehofer, the German minister of the Interior, Building and Community. This is the third ban of a right-wing extremist group in 2020, following raids of group members in four different federal German states. The ministry has stated that the group had formed plans to create a community of right-wing extremists in rural areas and that they had pledged allegiance to Adolf Hitler.

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United Kingdom: Former "Miss Hitler" contestant sentenced to prison over membership in banned terrorist far-right group
Alice Cutter and her partner Mark Jones
Alice Cutter and her partner Mark Jones Credit: West Midland Police (Reproduction)

Alice Cutter and her ex-partner Mark Hones have been sentenced to prison for being members of the banned terrorist far-right organization "National Action" in the United Kingdom. Cutter had previously entered a beauty contest called "Miss Hitler" under the name "Miss Buchenwald" and made jokes about gassing synagogues and other things. She has been sentenced to three years in prison, while her ex-partner has been sentenced to five and a half years.

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German Police classify more people as right-wing extremists

The Federal Government announced on Wednesday that 13 right-wing potential threats have been added since January 2020. This increases the total number to 65 potential right-wing terrorists in Germany, a five-fold increase since the start of the registration in 2012.

However, the number is viewed with skepticism by critics: individual politicians are more likely to assume that the number is around 15,000 violent right-wing extremists.

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German Police officers investigated for unauthorized use of police computers

Two police officers and former members of the Uniter association, which is monitored by the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, are being investigated for unauthorized data queries from police computers.

The association is suspected of having formed a network of elite soldiers, military personnel, employees from security agencies and the private security industry. It is said that paramilitary training allegedly has been offered by the group.

Uniter is also repeatedly associated with right-wing terrorist groups such as "Nordkreuz", which are preparing for a coup and day X.