New Jersey native Rinaldo Nazzaro is identified as head of The Base, a Nazi, white supremacist domestic terror group. The FBI has arrested 8 members in recent weeks.
Questions of Nazzaro’s ties to Russian & U.S. intelligence agencies remain unanswered
By Nate Thayer
January 25, 2020
The real identity of leader of the U.S. white supremacist terror group, The Base, has been identified as a New Jersey man currently living in Russia, according to the Guardian, the BBC Russian service, and confirmed by sources in the Base terror group. The FBI has arrested 8 members in recent weeks on charges related to domestic terrorism, including murder plots, desecrating houses of worship, plans to spark a violent race war, and assembling illegal automatic weapons.
Rinaldo Nazzaro, who uses the aliases ‘Norman Spear’ and ‘Roman Wolf’ on online encrypted discussion platforms frequented by the extremist right, is the founder and head of the high profile white supremacist, Nazi domestic terror group, The Base, and has been identified as the head of a Washington, D.C. and New York City incorporated entity “Omega Solutions International”, which is self described in incorporation documents as “a security consulting firm specializing in intelligence, counterterrorism, and counterinsurgency.”
Nazzaro is named as the “director” and “governor” of the Washington, D.C. and New York City incorported company. The company lists addresses in Washington and New York, at 244 Fifth avenue, suite N230, New York, New York and 1624 K street NW Suite 300 in Washington, D.C.. Both addresses on company incorporation documents registed in Washington, D.C. and New York, are postal mail drops.
Omega Solutions International highlights its “experience conducting intelligence analysis for government agencies, military organizations, and private businesses”, as well as “access to a network of seasoned security professionals with expertise in counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, homeland security, hostage rescue/negotiations, psychological operations, and more,” according to online company documents.
Nazzaro has had home addresses in Washington, D.C., suburban Virginia, New Jersey, Florida, and New York City, but currently resides in St. Petersburg, Russia according to multiple sources and documents.
Nazzaro, widely known on far right wing extremist social media under the pseudonym Norman Spear and, more recently Roman Wolf, has been a mysterious figure leading one of the most extremist Nazi, white supremacist terrorist groups in the U.S., The Base, since its founding in July 2018. The group is comprised of armed vigilantes who view themselves as defending the “European race” which they view as infected by Jews and multi-culturism. The creation of “The Base” appears to be an effort to shift Naziism from a largly online social media phenomana, such as the white supremacist, Nazi terror group Atomwaffen Division, to a real life group of domestic terrorists who meet and train for violent insurgency, including live-fire paramilitary excersizes that are known to have taken place in the U.S. Southeastern state of Georgia, in the upper midwest of Wisconsin, and extreme northern rural areas in Washington state, preparing to incite a “race war.”
The Base advocates the use of violence to overthrow the U.S. government and the existing social and political order, views non-white people and Jews as enemies, and attempts to spark an armed race war.
Delaware and Washington state documents show that Nazzaro also owns a company, Base Global LLC, registered in Delaware with contact addresses at a New Jersey residence owned by Nazzaro’s Russian born wife, Lyudmila V. Sergeyeva, who Nazzaro married in New York City in July, 2012, according to Delaware Incorporation documents and New York Ciry marriage records.
“Global Base LLC” purchased three tracts of rural land in far northeastern Washington state in December 2018, according to Floyd County, Washington tax records which name both Global Base LLC and Rinaldo Nazzaro as the current owners.
Nazzaro, through “Global Base LLC”, purchased the three 10 acre tracts of land in the incorporated town of Republic, Ferry County, Washington in December, 2018 for approxamately $10,000 each, according to Ferry County tax records. Rinaldo Nazzaro is named as the “managing member” for “Global Base LLC” in Ferry county, Washington state tax records dated December 21, 2018. The undeveloped tracts are said to have been slated as a training ground and remote safe haven for white supremacist terrorists advocating the armed overthrow of the U.S. government to launch a race war and targeting Jewish Americans.
Those properties were purchased by Base Global LLC, and cite a mailing address of 7855 Boulevard East, apartment 10C, in North Bergan, New Jersey. That property is owned by Rinaldo Nazzaro’s wife, Lyudmila V. Sergeyeva, 39, a dual Russian-U.S. Citizen. The couple married on July 14, 2012 in New York City, according to state marriage records.
Sources connected to the Base, including three former members, told this reporter that the group was planning a national gathering for a live fire paramilitary training excersizes in Washington state in August 2019, but the event was aborted when Pacific Northwest anti-fascist activists got wind of the event and publicized the upcoming gathering that month.
Similar Base live fire training excersizes are known to have taken place in July 2019 in Wisconsin and August and late October/early November, 2019 on a 71 acre tract of farm land in Silver Creek, Georgia, seven miles from the city of Rome, according to January 2020 federal court documents.
Base members are largely culled from isolated middle class white teenagers who communicate via computer and advocate violent chaos as a tactic to cause societal collapse with no specific strategy of an end-game other than an all-white ethno state emerging from the ashes.. Rinaldo Nazzaro described The Base as “kind of like a nationalist survivalist LinkedIn type of thing…There has to be more activism that occurs in real life to circumvent the censorship that is occurring online” in a 2019 social media post on a members-only encrypted online discussion platform where Base members communicate.
Nazzaro graduated from the Delbarton school, a private New Jersey Catholic high school, in 1991, and has donated funds to the school as late as 2019. Nazzaro later attended Villanova University outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
There is no record of him being employed formore than a decade afterwards until the formation of his security and intelligence company, Global Solutions International, in 2009.
According to the Guardian, whose reporter Jason Wilson broke the story revealing the real identity of the Base leader last week, Global Solutions International’s website was removed from the Internet some time after August 2019, when the U.S. Justice department launched a concerted arrest campaign against Base members resulting in at least 8 arrested in recent weeks.
Global Solutions International also has a Cage Code, an acronym for a “commercial and government entity”, which is a unique identifier assigned to suppliers to government or defense agencies. CAGE codes provide a standardized method of identifying a given facility at a specific location. It is an administrative requirement for military and government contractors.
FBI documents say The Base is a “racially motivated violent extremist group” that “seeks to accelerate the downfall of the United States government, incite a race war, and establish a white ethno-state”.
The Base openly advocates for launching a ‘race war’ on its social media sites, which have included the encrypted discussion sites of Telegram, Wire, Riot, and others. All of those social media encrypted discussion boards have been infiltrated by undercover FBI agents who met in person with Base members in at least three states–Georgia, Maryland, and Wisconsin–in 2019, according to federal court documents.
“Because space is compressed in cities, snipers may have to shoot from confined areas such as inside a vehicle like the D.C. snipers who made their shots from trunk of a sedan,’ reads one Base online posting in 2019 quoted in FBI criminal complaints to arrest three Base members in Maryland on January 17, 2020. “Advantage is as soon as sniper takes his shot, driver takes off & is miles away from the scene in minutes.” The post was accompanied by an image of a man aiming a rifle through a hole in a car trunk.
Other 2019 Base social media posts include: “The cost of one bomb equals 60 million leaflets (which the Movement could neither produce nor distribute). Terrorism is good economics . . . . The public is at once
informed & this information could not have been more cheaply spread or more quickly” and “A sincere pro-White movement in USA must necessarily be a secessionist movement. . . . It’s the only feasible option remaining for establishing the ethnostate. All legal aboveground activism should be focused on this ultimate goal concurrently with forming a clandestine military wing” and “Daily Reminder: Anyone who tells you that the 14 Words can be achieved peacefully is either a fool, a fraud, or a fed.”
The “14 words” is a referance to the Neo-Nazi, white supremacist icon and leader of the terror group “The Order” who died in prison after being convicted of murder and bank robbery charges in the 1990’s: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” Lane died in federal prison in 2007.
On January 16 and 17, the FBI arrested 7 base members for various domestic terrorism charges–3 in Goergia, 3 in Maryland, and one in Wisconsin.
Earlier, in November, 2019, the FBI arrested Base member Richard Tobin, 18, of New Jersey, and charged him with directing the desecration of Jewish synagogues in Michigan and Wisconsin. Tobin, according to various federal court records, is cooperating with federal authorities and named a number of Base members who were subsequently arrested.
Tobin’s information lead to the arrest of the seven members arrested this month. They are charged with a variety of offenses, including plotting a murder of anti-fascists, plotting to spark a race war using firearms at a Virginia pro-gun rally in Richmond on January 20th, and the desecration of Jewish sysnagogues in Wisconsin and Michigan on September 21 and 22, 2019.
Largely as a result of information provided by Tobin, on Januaty 16 and 17, 2020, the FBI arrested 7 Base members–three in Georgia, three in Maryland, and one in Wisconsin.
Tobin was a leader of the Base who is alleged to have ordered attacks on synagogues in Michigan and Wisconsin in September, 2019
Nazzaro, the founder and leader of the Base, is known to have moved to Russia sometime in 2018. He currently resides in St. Petersburg with his wife, Lyudmila Sergeyeva.
Nazzaro has advertised himself as currently an English teacher on Russian social media sites
In St. Petersburg, Nazzaro uses the alias “Robert” offering his English language skills. “Hello! My name is Robert. I am an American living in St. Petersburg. If you know the basics of English, I will help you overcome the language barrier and teach you how to communicate fluently. Conversational, business, specialized English. The first lesson is free.”
The phone number attached to the advert is registered to Nazzaro’s wife, Lyudmila Sergeyeva, who is a U.S. and Russian dual citizen.
According to the BBC, in 2019 Nazzaro was listed as a guest at a Russian government security exhibition in Moscow, which “focused on the demonstration of the results of state policy and achievements”. A video posted online in March 2019 shows Nazzaro in Russia wearing a t-shirt bearing an image of President Vladimir Putin along with the words “Russia, absolute power”.
A website for Omega Solutions International reads: “Our associates have worked with various government and military agencies, including multiple wartime deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan”.
One of the Base members arrested in Maryland, Patrik Matthews, is a Canadian army reservist, trained in explosives, who fled Canada in August 2019 and was smuggled across the border from Manitoba, Canada to Minnesota and later picked up by Base members and lived in hiding in Delaware, Georgia, and Maryland. Matthews was taken to live in hiding at a Georgia farm in Silver Creek, near Rome, Georgia. It was at Base member Luke Austin Lane’s 71 acre farm that live fire training excersizes were conducted in both August and late October/early November 2019 involving at least 12 armed members of the domestic terror group. Lane was arrested on January 16, 2020.
“On Sunday, September 15, 2019, at approximately 3:00 a.m., (Base member from Maryland Brian) Lemley and Mathews arrived in Georgia, and entered the other Base member’s (Georgia Base member Luke Austin Lane) property from a dirt path with surrounding woods, avoiding the main entrance of the property, which was accessible via road,” according to January 2020 Maryland federal court documents. “Approximately five hours later, Lemley departed and headed north and east toward Maryland, returning to his residence in Elkton, Maryland, on September 16, 2019. While residing in Georgia, Mathews stated that he ‘only exists for the White Revolution now.’ Matthews further stated that he wanted to remain a ‘ghost’ and oversee safe houses for Base members who need to disappear. Mathews stated that once there are a few ‘ghosts,’ they could begin doing ‘jobs,’ by which Matthews meant targeted violence or attacks,” reads the FBI criminal complaint requesting a judge’s approval to arrest the Canadian soldier. “Matthews also conducted Internet searches relevant to his ideology and plans, while he resided in Georgia. A sampling of some of the sites and searches include: Atomwaffen Division; Palmetto State Armory “Build your own AR-15”; “Complete AR-15 Firearms”; “Ten D&H 5.56 30rd Aluminum Magazines & Ten Magpul PMAG 5.56 30rd Magazines – Accessories”; 5.11 tactical “Tactec Plate Carrier”; James Mason “The Siege”; Ammunition News; Firearm News; and searches for articles related to himself.”
Under the heading “The October/November Training Camp in Georgia and Matthews’s Travel to Delaware On October 30, 2019,” the FBI wrote “Lemley picked up Bilbrough at his residence in Denton, Maryland, and drove south to Georgia to attend a training camp at another Base member’s property. Mathews, who already was residing at the property, also attended the training camp. While in Georgia, on November 2, 2019, Lemley and Bilbrough purchased $558.54 of approximately 1,550 rounds of 5.56 ammunition. Late in the evening on November 2, 2019, Lemley, Mathews, and Bilbrough traveled from Georgia en route to Maryland. Law enforcement agents surveilling the trio observed Bilbrough driving Lemley’s vehicle from Virginia, on the Maryland side of the Capital Beltway, and over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. After Bilbrough exited the vehicle at his Maryland residence, Lemley and Mathews travelled in the vehicle to the area of Elkton, Maryland.”
Matthews was taken to an apartment rented in nearby Newark, Delaware by Base member Brian Lemley, who was also arrested along with Matthews and Bilbrough, on January 17, the first two at the Delaware apartment and Bilbrough at his rural residence in Denton, Martyland.
The three Base members arrested in Maryland on January 17, 2020 are Canadian army reservist Patrik Matthews, who illegally crossed the border from Manitoba to the U.S. state of Minnesota on August 19, 2019, after he was publicly revealed by Winnepeg Free Press Reporter Ryan Thorpe, who infiltrated the Canadian Base cell; Brian Lemley of Maryland; and William Bilborough of Denton, Maryland. The latter two drove to Michigan to pick up Matthews and harbor him in Maryland and Delaware in late August 2019.
Prior to joining The Base, Lemley became a member of a different white nationalist organization, the League of the South, an Alabama-based white supremacist organization, according to former members of the League of the South interviewed this week by this reporter. Lemley was in direct contact with League of the South leader Michael Hill, of Alabama, and
attended the organization’s annual Christmas party in Tennessee in
2018, according to League sources and federal court documents.
Canada has no formal charges against Canadian army reservist Master Cpl. Patrik Mathews, who was an eight-year member of the Winnipeg-based 38 Canadian Brigade Group, and trained as an engineer, which includes training in the use and creation of explosive devices. The Canadian Department of National Defence said in August, in the days after Matthews was publicly outed as a member of the Base by Winnipeg Free Press reporter Ryan Thorpe and before Matthews fled across the border to the U.S., that it was investigating claims that Matthews was involved in a neo-Nazi group.
Matthews was outed by reporter Ryan Thorpe, of the Canadian Winnepeg Free Press, who infiltrated the Canadian cell of the Base in August 2019. Within days of the three-part newspaper stories, Matthews had slipped across the border from Manitoba to Minnesota into the United States.
On January 17, the official Base discussion board on the encrypted online platform, Telegram, released a statement signed by Nazzaro: “The recent arrests in Maryland and Delaware are the culmination of an unjust political witch hunt which began across the border in Canada several months ago. Unrelenting targeted harassment by the Liberal Globalist System against our comrades led to a series of events leading up to their eventual detention. What these men are actually being punished for is openly expressing desire for self-determination in the face of oppression. This is also an attempt at intimidation, with the aim of dissuading our People from taking any concrete steps towards resisting their growing dispossession and gradual extermination. We will not allow this to happen. Our existence is our resistance, and we will continue our struggle for survival undeterred. -Roman Wolf.”
Roman Wolf is a known alias for Nazzaro.
In early 2018, Lemley contacted Harold Covington, the founder
and leader of The Washington state based Northwest Front, which advocates for a separate all-white ethno state homeland in the Pacific Northwest. Covington, who died in July 2018, was a long time white supremacist leader and former member of the Ku Klux Klan from North Carolina, and a writer who had published several best selling novels. After the initial contact in April 2018, Lemley received approximately 75 e-mails from or pertaining to the Northwest Front, according to federal court documents.
The Base founder Rinaldo Nazzaro aka Norman Spears is known to have been a member of the Northwest Front prior to having created the Base in July 2018–the same month Covington died.
Nazzaro expressed his support for the Iranian government after the assasination of their top military general, Major General Qasem Soleimani, by the United States in Iraq earlier this month. Soleimani is known to have been behind the killing of 100’s of U.S. soldiers and other U.S. citizens in terror attacks around the world conducted over the last 30 years.
On February 28, 2019, Lemley made his initial contact with The Base, according to federal court records.. In that e-mail, Lemley identified himself as a “current member” of the League of the South for the previous “3 months (newbie). Been listening to Harold Covington (for) 2 years. Im a 2016 redpill.”
“Redpill” is a phrase used by white nationalists indicating when they became “racially aware” sethnic supremacists.
Nazzaro responded to Lemley in an email asking for more information and had the recruit fill out a questionaire. Lemley wrote answers to questions including regarding his “Ideology/political worldview.”
“I’ll summarize because this could be extremely long. I am a newbie NatSoc (National Socialist). This came to be out of seeing world Jewry destroy white nations and spread multiculturalism, white genocide and all manners of subversion. I have been watching South Africa/ European invasion closely. I expect there to be a civil war in the USA in the near future. Trump is a false prophet, Israel first fraud. He is just calming white anger while the agenda drives forward in the background behind him. I am looking at the economic miracle of the 3rd reich. Realizing that libertarianism is ideal but too easy to subvert by motivated forces. Something more extreme is
necessary. In the case of how infested America, the infestation has
become so bad only a flamethrower will do.”
In his application to join The Base, Lemley responded to the question “Why join the base?” with “I really expect the powder keg to just blow at some point and I want to have some like minded people to link up with and get my family the hell out of here. I wish that my resources and my goodwill go to a good cause in any special event. My manpower be used so that our
guys benefit. I am interested in training also. I could make this 20
pages but I think you get the point. The holocaust is fake news.”
Three additional members of The Base were arrested the day before Lemley on January 16 in Georgia for plotting to murder a married couple and their children who the Base suspected were activists for Antifa–anti-fascist activists who are dedicated to push back against white supremacists and Nazis in the U.S.
The group idolizes serial killers and mass shooters, such as Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof, and Pittsburgh synagogue shooter Rober Bowers, who they refer to as “the saints.”
“We have received credible intelligence from our law enforcement agencies of threats of violence surrounding the demonstration planned for Monday, January 20,” said Virginia governer Ralph Northram on the eve of a gun rights rally in the Virginia capitol. “This includes extremist rhetoric similar to what has been seen before major incidents, such as Charlottesville in 2017.”
The International Secretary of the political wing of Azov, the National Corps, defines itself as part of the “world conservative revolution,” aiming to “defend the white race,” according to thorough research by journalist Oleksiy Kuzmenko @kooleksiy published by Bellingcat.com in 2019.
Kuzmenko, in Bellingcat, wrote that in January 2016, Azov interviewed Andrew Oneschuk, a member of the violent American neo-Nazi organization Atomwaffen Division. Oneschuk was murdered by another Atomwaffen Division member in May 2017 in Tampa, Florida, and a subsequent law enforcement investigation discovered a bomb making factory at the Tampa residence, including radioactive isotopes, fuses, various chemicals known to be used in making explosives similar to those used in the Oklahoma City bombing and maps of Florida nuclear facilities and electrical power grids.
In another previously unreported case from the autumn of 2018, the political wing of Azov, the National Corps, supported an effort by Joachim Furholm, a Norwegian citizen and self-described “national socialist revolutionary,” to bring American right-wingers to Ukraine to fight against Russian aggression. The effort specifically framed participation in Ukraine’s war against Russian aggression as an opportunity for American right-wingers to acquire combat and other practical experience to be deployed later within the United States after returning home. Furholm also spoke at a political rally held by the National Corps in front of Ukraine’s Parliament in September 2018, according to the Bellingcat story.
Bellingcat uncovered numerous contacts between the Ukranian fascist National Corps and U.S. armed services members who were serving as mercenaries in Ukraine.
Alexander Luderman, a fascist from Ohio who has been active in recruiting U.S. neo-Nazis to join the Ukranian paramilitary organization “Misanthropic Division, acknowledged in an interview this week that he has been in contact with ‘Norman Spears’ aka Rinaldo Nazzaro, but declined to comment further. Mr. Luderman, who uses the online alias ‘Blake Lucca’ assisted American citizens to travel to Ukraine to fight with the neo-Nazi paramilitary group, the Azov Division, whose international political front group is called the “Misanthropic Division”, as recently as 2019. Mr. Luderman runs a podcast where Luberman interviewed Nazzaro in 2019. Also, an alleged U.S. Navy veteran, “Shawn Irwood,” is currently enlisted in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and maintains contact with the National Corps. Shawn had stated his intention to join the Azov Regiment online, and was linked to Norwegian Joachim Furholm prior to arrival in Ukraine in early 2018, according to Bellingcat.
The International Secretary of the National Corps, responsible for Azov’s global strategy, told Bellingcat that the movement sought “all potential sympathizers” and “potential lobbyists” in the U.S., and hoped to “establish contacts with the American military.”
The FBI is known to be focused on U.S. citizens who have volunteered to be mercenaries in the Ukranian Azov Division.
One of the Base members arrested in Maryland, William Garfield Bilbrough IV, 18, of Denton Maryland is known to have been attempting to recruit U.S white supremacists to join neo-Nazi paramilitary groups in the Ukraine.
Base member Bilbrough “has repeatedly expressed an interest in traveling to the Ukraine to fight with nationalists there. In a post-arrest interview, Bilbrough confirmed that he has friends in Ukraine and that he intended to go there for several months,” according to a January 21, 2020 federal criminal complaint submitted to Maryland federal court upon the arrest of the Denton, Maryland man. “Furthermore, Bilbrough attempted to recruit Lemley and Matthews to go to Ukraine with him. To that end, in November 2016, Bilbrough and Lemley discussed ways that Lemley could take his minor child from the child’s custodian, in order to bring the child to Ukraine while Lemley fought in or alongside the Ukrainian army. Bilbrough told Lemley, ‘I have pretty quick and easy access to stuff like coke, heroin, or whatever else,’ and suggested that Lemley drug the child’s custodian in order to get the child quickly while exacting untraceable revenge on the custodian for past grievances,” reads the criminal affidavit presented to the court by an FBI agent. The FBI had infiltrated an undercover agent into the Maryland Base cell, the court documents show. “In this conversation, when Lemley suggested that Bilbrough was being too hasty, Bilbrough stated, ‘I guess I just like breaking the law. Lol.’ At some point in late 2019, Bilbrough at least partially dissociated himself from The Base in order to focus his attention on preparing to travel abroad to fight in Ukraine, and to recruit other Base members to join him there. However, Bilbrough still remained in contact with full Base members, such as Lemley, Mathews, and others.”
On January 24, 2020, The Base’s Telegram channels appears to have been re-named “The Base is a Honeypot”, deleted all prior postings, and added 6 photoshopped images of leader Rinaldo Nazzaro in various humiliating photographs. according to extremist researcher Meghan Squire.
The terror group, The Base, shares ideology and members with the Atomwaffen Division, another violent U.S. white-supremacist neo-Nazi group.
Both subscribe to the writings of James N. Mason, a recently resurected fascist icon active in the American Nazi Party in the 1970’s and the author of “Siege,” a manual on establishing a white ethno-state.
The Atomwaffen Division have been linked to five murders in the United States since 2017, and Base members are currently charged with plotting violence, including murder, as well as illegally transporting weapons, and attempting to spark a “race war.”
The Base, while a white supremacist, European ethno-centric organization, also accepts tactical allies which might accelerate the collapse of the United States government and societal institutions and those of other European nation states.
On September 15, 2019, Base member Richard Tobin wrote: “Our whole purpose is gradual escalation and we’ve done absolutely fucking NOTHING. It’s time to stop fucking around and get serious. Between September 20-25 I want everyone who isn’t in a wheelchair to get out and act. Flyers, windows, and tires. Let’s take back our image of strength and cohesion.”
Nazzaro replied : “No point in random vandalizing … Much more effective if it’s targeted.”
Tobin responded: “Yes, obviously. Focus on broad anti-white elements for now, though. Nigger cars, jew businesses etc.”
Tobin called the September terror event “Kristallnacht”, after the Nazi’s 1938 rampage in Germany targeting Jewish homes homes, businesses, and their families.
After Tobin was arrested in September 2019, he has cooperated fully with federal law enforcement, including providing names of othe Base members, federal court documents show. Tobin tod the FBI that he directed members of the Base to vandalize properties throughout the country, naming his campaign “Operation Kristallnacht”, referencing 1938 Nazi pogram that burnt synagogues and Jewish owned properties and murdered hundreds of German Jews in vigilante violence. Tobin’s encrypted online messages from New Jersey told other members to “tag the shit” out of synagogues, specifically communicating with a Base cell in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota called the “Great Lakes cell.”
On Friday, January 17, 2019, the FBI arrested 22-year old Base member Yousef Omar Barasneh, of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, for desecrating a Racine, Wisconsin synagogue on September 21, 2019 with spray painted nazi swastikas, anti-semitic slogans, and other grafitti, including the symbol of the Base.
Mr. Barasneh comes from a devout Muslim middle class family outside Milwaukee with no known connections to Jihadi activism. His mother is a white woman born in Wisconsin married to a Jordanian immigrant who are both well-known members of the local Islamic community. The younger Barasneh, according to several interviews of people familiar with him and his family, was referred to as “a simpleton”, “not the brightest pencil in the box”, and “a follower.” Barasneh is neither white nor a Christian, according to records, which would seem incompatable to the ideology the Base espouses.
“The FBI has been investigating members of a criminal organization of a group called The Base, a neo Nazi group that aims to unify militant neo-Nazi groups around the globe and provide them with paramilitary training in preparation for a ‘race war,” reads a January federal Wisconsin arrest warrent for Yousef Barasneh. “In September 2019, he conspired with others to vandalize properties associated with Jewish citizens, and particpated in vandalizing property of a Jewish synagogue in Racine, Wisconsin” with “swastikas, symbols of The Base, and anti-Semitic words spray painted on the exterior of the building,” according to a January 2020 FBI criminal complaint in a Wisconsin federal district court.
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