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Re: Former MCpl Patrik Mathews: accused of being a White Supremacist.
« Reply #125 on: September 05, 2019, 15:21:15 »
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It was racist materials found in former MCp. Patrik Mathews’ truck, discovered by border agents during a stop at the Canada-U.S. border, which alerted Canada’s national security radar and triggered an intelligence investigation, sources tell Global News.

That was also the tripwire which drew federal officials and police from Manitoba to the United States as the search for Mathews — who was reported missing last week — continues.

Mathews was discharged from the military on Aug. 30.

National security sources tell Global News that Mathews made “frequent trips” to the United States, driving across the border.

It remains unclear what Mathews was doing in the U.S., and who, if anyone, he was meeting with.

It was on one of those trips, sometime in the spring, that Canadian officials conducted a random search of his truck and located racist material which they say was so concerning, they contacted the intelligence unit of the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA).

As a result, the CBSA notified the RCMP and the military, triggering a covert military intelligence investigation ...
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Re: Former MCpl Patrik Mathews: accused of being a White Supremacist.
« Reply #126 on: September 05, 2019, 19:05:48 »
Walk across the border and have a fellow traveler pick him up. He could be any wehere in the US by now.
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Re: Former MCpl Patrik Mathews: accused of being a White Supremacist.
« Reply #127 on: September 05, 2019, 19:09:00 »
I have to ask this:

Don't you find it ironic this neo Nazi group named itself "The Base"?

Al Qaeda is Arabic for "The Base" is it not?
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Re: Former MCpl Patrik Mathews: accused of being a White Supremacist.
« Reply #128 on: September 05, 2019, 19:24:56 »
More about "The Base" from last November,

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The creation of a new social networking platform called “The Base” appears to be an effort to shift Naziism from a divided digital space to physical, violent insurgency.
https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/a3mexp/neo-nazis-are-organizing-secretive-paramilitary-training-across-america

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Re: Former MCpl Patrik Mathews: accused of being a White Supremacist.
« Reply #129 on: September 05, 2019, 19:28:54 »
Being picked up by Minnesota media now here and here.

Belatedly, this, from the RCMP:
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Update - Beausejour RCMP seeking assistance in locating missing male
September 3, 2019
Beausejour, Manitoba


On September 2, 2019, at approximately 3:55 pm, officers from the Sprague RCMP detachment received a report of an abandoned vehicle located on a rural property in the RM of Piney, located off of Highway 12 near Road 81E.

Officers attended the location and confirmed the vehicle as belonging to Patrik Mathews. A search of the immediate area did not locate him.

The vehicle is believed to have been parked at this location for approximately a week.

The Manitoba RCMP continues to search for Patrik Mathews.

The RCMP believe Mr. Mathews may be under a significant amount of pressure due to this ongoing investigation and the extensive media coverage it has garnered. Anyone who sees him is asked to call police immediately and to avoid engaging with him.

Anyone having information in relation to this investigation can contact the Beausejour RCMP at 204-268-1234 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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On Monday, August 26, 2019, Beausejour RCMP received a report of a missing 26-year-old male from Beausejour.

Patrik Mathews, 26, was last seen by family members in Beausejour on the evening of August 24, 2019. Efforts to contact and locate him by family and police have been unsuccessful since the report was received.

Patrik is described as 5'10", 180 pounds, with blue eyes and blond hair.

He is believed to be driving a red 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT with Manitoba licence plate number: HXJ 806.

This is a missing person investigation, there is no warrant for arrest and there are no charges pending against the individual.

Family members are concerned for his well-being and are asking Patrik to contact them or the RCMP immediately.

Anyone who may know the whereabouts of Patrik can call the Beausejour RCMP at 204-268-1234 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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Re: Former MCpl Patrik Mathews: accused of being a White Supremacist.
« Reply #130 on: October 28, 2019, 19:15:19 »
Bumped with the latest ...
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A Manitoba army reservist accused of being a neo-Nazi remains unaccounted for two months after he was first reported missing, sparking concerns the police and military are not treating the case with the requisite urgency.

Master Cpl. Patrik Mathews, a combat engineer with the 38 Canadian Brigade Group in Winnipeg, disappeared at the end of August as he was being fast-tracked out of the military for his alleged links to a right-wing extremist group.

His truck was found abandoned on a rural property in Piney, in southern Manitoba near the U.S. border, prompting speculation the 26-year-old had entered the United States.

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 On Monday, RCMP spokesman Sgt. Paul Manaigre said officers were continuing their search here and have been in touch with U.S. counterparts.

Manaigre would not comment on any investigation into Mathews, but noted police have not issued an arrest warrant and that his disappearance is being treated like any other missing-persons case.

"He's not wanted by the RCMP right now, he's missing," Manaigre said. "Our American counterparts obviously are very aware of what we are doing and we've also provided them with information."

The Department of National Defence referred questions back to the police ...
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Re: Former MCpl Patrik Mathews: accused of being a White Supremacist.
« Reply #131 on: October 28, 2019, 20:42:21 »
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sparking concerns the police and military are not treating the case with the requisite urgency.

Sparking concerns from who, CTV?

In 2015 there were some 70,000 reported missing people in Canada.
Same year the US had 634,908.

They haven't found one guy after 2 months and the police and military aren't taking it seriously?
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Re: Former MCpl Patrik Mathews: accused of being a White Supremacist.
« Reply #132 on: October 28, 2019, 20:48:44 »
He’s an adult who isn’t charged with any offences, and while there is likely some risk from him, I would also guess there are no clear indications of same, either to himself or to others. There’s not a great deal police can do, and a ton of other stuff on their plate. There may also be stuff they know that hasn’t been released. Potentially they could have indications he successfully crossed into the US.

He’ll surface eventually. If he had intended any harm to himself, that probably already happened months ago.

Obviously if they get anything fresh that changes the threat picture, that’s another matter. In the meantime there’s a ton of other work to do and far too few Mounties to do it.
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Re: Former MCpl Patrik Mathews: accused of being a White Supremacist.
« Reply #133 on: October 28, 2019, 21:20:26 »
I can imagine police don't have the man power to search for someone who doesn't want to be found who hasn't been convicted of anything. I'd rather see police searching for missing children and teens.
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Re: Former MCpl Patrik Mathews: accused of being a White Supremacist.
« Reply #134 on: October 28, 2019, 21:27:38 »
Sparking concerns from who, CTV?
From later in the article ...
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...  The fact Mathews is still missing didn't sit well with Bernie Farber, chairman of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, who has raised alarms about the presence of neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists in the military.

"He seemed to slip right through their fingers and he's -- poof -- gone," Farber said Monday, adding if Mathews had been suspected of links to the Islamic State group instead of neo-Nazis, "I think this would have been resolved in the space of 15 minutes." ...
Are the concerns zero?  No. 
Are they widespread?  CTV hasn't shown that to be even close to the case @ this point.
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Re: Former MCpl Patrik Mathews: accused of being a White Supremacist.
« Reply #135 on: October 28, 2019, 21:33:49 »
Thanks brother. Totally missed that!

Pretty shitty of him to suggest police are unprofessional and biased like that.
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Re: Former MCpl Patrik Mathews: accused of being a White Supremacist.
« Reply #136 on: October 28, 2019, 21:50:53 »
Pretty shitty of him to suggest police are unprofessional and biased like that.
That's why folks like that are "clip-or-quote-able" - for better or worse.
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Re: Former MCpl Patrik Mathews: accused of being a White Supremacist.
« Reply #137 on: October 29, 2019, 17:44:12 »
Maybe Bernie Farber can strap on a utility belt, and spend some time playing MANTRACKER.  It's easy to sit on the sidelines and write articles and issue statements.

I'd want the police focusing on a known ISIS supporter/operative over the former PRes MCpl (given what I know about him);  weak argument IMO.
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Re: Former MCpl Patrik Mathews: accused of being a White Supremacist.
« Reply #139 on: January 16, 2020, 12:50:52 »
More from the NY Times ...
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The F.B.I. has arrested three men suspected of being members of a neo-Nazi hate group, including a former reservist in the Canadian Army, who had weapons and discussed traveling to a pro-gun rally next week in Richmond, Va., in anticipation of a possible race war.

The men were taken into custody on Thursday morning as part of a long-running investigation into the group, known as The Base. The men were charged with various federal crimes in Maryland, according to the Justice Department. They were scheduled to appear in federal court before a judge on Thursday afternoon.

One of the men, Patrik Jordan Mathews, 27, a main recruiter for the group, entered the United States illegally from Canada, according to the officials. He was arrested along with Brian M. Lemley Jr., 33, and William G. Bilbrough IV, 19. Mr. Mathews was trained as a combat engineer and considered an expert in explosives. He was dismissed from the Canadian Army after his ties to white supremacists surfaced. Mr. Lemley previously served as a cavalry soldier in the United States Army ...
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As usual, presumed innocent until due process proves otherwise.
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Re: Former MCpl Patrik Mathews: accused of being a White Supremacist.
« Reply #140 on: January 16, 2020, 13:26:04 »
And a bit more from U.S. DOJ:
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Three Alleged Members of the Violent Extremist Group “The Base” Facing Federal Firearms and Alien-Related Charges

Greenbelt, Maryland – A federal criminal complaint has been filed charging three alleged members of the racially motivated violent extremist group “The Base” with firearms and alien-related charges.  The complaint charges Brian Mark Lemley, Jr., age 33, of Elkton, Maryland, and Newark, Delaware, and William Garfield Bilbrough IV, age 19, of Denton, Maryland, with transporting and harboring aliens and conspiring to do so.  Lemley is also charged with transporting a machine gun and disposing of a firearm and ammunition to an alien unlawfully present in the United States.  Further, the complaint charges Lemley and Canadian national Patrik Jordan Mathews, age 27, currently of Newark, Delaware, with transporting a firearm and ammunition with intent to commit a felony.  The complaint also charges Mathews with being an alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  The complaint was filed January 14, 2020, and was unsealed today upon their arrests by the FBI.

The defendants are expected to have initial appearances beginning at 2:45 p.m. today in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, 6400 Cherrywood Lane, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles B. Day. 

The criminal complaint was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; United States Attorney for the District of Delaware David C. Weiss; Special Agent in Charge Jennifer C. Boone of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Special Agent in Charge Rob Cekada of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division.

According to the criminal complaint, within The Base’s encrypted chat rooms, members have discussed, among other things, recruitment, creating a white ethno-state, committing acts of violence against minority communities (including African-Americans and Jewish-Americans), the organization’s military-style training camps, and ways to make improvised explosive devices.  Lemley previously served as a Cavalry Scout in the United States Army, and as of August 2019, Mathews, a Canadian citizen in the United States illegally, was a combat engineer in the Canadian Army Reserve.

The affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint alleges that on August 19, 2019, Mathews unlawfully crossed from Canada into the United States near the Manitoba/Minnesota border.  On August 30, 2019, Lemley and Bilbrough allegedly drove from Maryland to Michigan in order to pick up Mathews, and all three men returned to Maryland on August 31, 2019.

As detailed in the criminal complaint, on November 3, 2019, the three men drove from Virginia to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where Bilbrough resided.  Lemley and Mathews then continued to the area of Elkton, Maryland, where Lemley obtained a motel room for Mathews.  The following day, Lemley drove Mathews to Delaware, where Lemley rented an apartment in which the two have resided since that time.

According to the affidavit, during December 2019, Lemley and Mathews used an upper receiver ordered by Lemley, as well as other firearms parts, to make a functioning assault rifle.  Also in December, Lemley, Mathews, and Bilbrough allegedly attempted to manufacture a controlled substance, DMT, at Lemley and Mathews’s apartment.  Furthermore, Lemley, Mathews, and Bilbrough discussed The Base’s activities and spoke about other members of the organization.  Mathews also allegedly showed the assault rifle to Bilbrough, who examined the assault rifle and returned it to Mathews.

In January 2020, according to the affidavit, that Lemley and Mathews purchased approximately 1,650 rounds of 5.56mm and 6.5mm ammunition; traveled from Delaware to a gun range in Maryland, where they shot the assault rifle; and retrieved plate carriers (to support body armor) and at least some of the purchased ammunition from Lemley’s prior residence in Maryland.

If convicted, Lemley and Bilbrough each face a maximum sentence of five years for transporting and harboring certain aliens, and 10 years for conspiracy to do so.  Lemley also faces a maximum of five years in prison for transporting a machine gun in interstate commerce, and a maximum of 10 years in federal prison for disposing of a firearm and ammunition to an illegal alien.  Lemley and Mathews each face a maximum of 10 years in federal prison for transporting a firearm and ammunition in interstate commerce with intent to commit a felony offense.  Finally, Mathews faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison for being an alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

A criminal complaint is not a finding of guilt.  An individual charged by criminal complaint is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

United States Attorneys Robert K. Hur and David C. Weiss commended the FBI Baltimore Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and ATF for their work in the investigation, and thanked U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland State Police, and the Delaware State Police for their assistance.  Mr. Hur and Mr. Weiss thanked their offices’ national security prosecutors, who are handling the case.

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As usual, presumed innocent until due process proves otherwise.
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Re: Former MCpl Patrik Mathews: accused of being a White Supremacist.
« Reply #141 on: January 16, 2020, 13:31:37 »
Rough timeline according to court docs quoted in MSM ...
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... The affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint alleges a series of events:

• On Aug. 19, 2019, Mathews unlawfully crossed from Manitoba into Minnesota.

• On Aug. 30, 2019, Lemley and Bilbrough picked up Mathews in Michigan.

• On Aug. 31, 2019, Lemley and Bilbrough returned with Mathews to their homes in Maryland.

• On Nov. 3, 2019, Lemley obtained a motel room for Mathews in the area of Elkton, Maryland.

• On Nov. 4, 2019, Lemley drove Mathews to Delaware and the two moved into an apartment rented by Lemley.

• During December 2019, Lemley and Mathews make a functioning assault rifle from firearm parts ordered by Lemley.

• In January 2020, Lemley and Mathews purchased 5.56 mm and 6.5 mm ammunition and tested the assault rifle at a gun range in Maryland ...
As usual, presumed innocent until due process proves otherwise.

Edited to add:  Love 'em or hate 'em, Vice had a bit of this last month as well.
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Re: Former MCpl Patrik Mathews: accused of being a White Supremacist.
« Reply #142 on: January 16, 2020, 20:13:59 »
And finally, the complaint filed in January - as usual, presumed innocent until due process proves otherwise.
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Re: Former MCpl Patrik Mathews: accused of being a White Supremacist.
« Reply #144 on: January 18, 2020, 08:13:42 »
https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/fbi-arrests-reveal-shocking-details-in-case-against-former-canadian-reservist-patrik-mathews/ar-BBZ58qE

Explosives expert Patrik Mathews described as incompetent, stupid and lazy. Former Nazi Base buddies thought about killing him. Guess they should have read his PERs before inviting him on down to star in a race war.
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Re: Former MCpl Patrik Mathews: accused of being a White Supremacist.
« Reply #145 on: January 18, 2020, 08:35:44 »
https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/fbi-arrests-reveal-shocking-details-in-case-against-former-canadian-reservist-patrik-mathews/ar-BBZ58qE

Explosives expert Patrik Mathews described as incompetent, stupid and lazy. Former Nazi Base buddies thought about killing him. Guess they should have read his PERs before inviting him on down to star in a race war.
Ooopsie ....

More details in the attached affadavit for the latest three rounded up (source).
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Re: Former MCpl Patrik Mathews: accused of being a White Supremacist.
« Reply #146 on: January 18, 2020, 08:55:13 »
Ooopsie ....

More details in the attached affadavit for the latest three rounded up (source).

Those mug shots, yikes.

If these guys are a
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violent extremist group that sought to “accelerate the downfall of the United States government, incite a race war and establish a white ethno-state.”

Shouldn't trying to bring down the USA government and start a race war mean they're hit with more charges than conspiricy to commit murder and participation in a criminal street gang?

I assumed there would be some kind of terrorism charges
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Re: Former MCpl Patrik Mathews: accused of being a White Supremacist.
« Reply #147 on: January 18, 2020, 09:53:32 »
Those mug shots, yikes.

If these guys are a
Shouldn't trying to bring down the USA government and start a race war mean they're hit with more charges than conspiricy to commit murder and participation in a criminal street gang?

I assumed there would be some kind of terrorism charges

I just read through the affidavit- scary stuff. Sounds like they were legitimately ready to go.

The affiant is a county cop, so charges at present are likely under state criminal law. This affidavit was for the arrest warrants, and really just needed enough for the same purpose. At the end it references a sealing order until all arrests and associated search warrants are executed, so I've no doubt some doors got kicked, a bunch of computers seized, and all kinds of other stuff. Statements will have been attempted from the suspects... Lots of investigation still to happen once the arrest is made. I would be surprised if there were not further charges. I would also not be surprised if there are federal terrorism and/or hate crime charges added.

Counter terrorism work is a tough balance of intelligence and enforcement. As much as possible law enforcement is trying to learn about these groups, the individual players, and so on. In this case it looks like a plotted attack was imminent and it was necessary to act to stop it. There's a tough balance to be struck between acting to disrupt real threats or dangers, and keeping the intelligence flowing in.

In any case- it doesn't sound like The Base was too impressed with our boy. I suspect we'll see him back in Canada before too great a time has passed, as it doesn't sound like he was central to much. When *these* individuals are calling you 'incompetent' and 'a liability', that's gotta sting.
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Re: Former MCpl Patrik Mathews: accused of being a White Supremacist.
« Reply #148 on: January 18, 2020, 11:29:47 »
I just read through the affidavit- scary stuff. Sounds like they were legitimately ready to go.

Yup. I'm really starting to understand your views on why this stuff is such a big deal. I think you're definitely right about how dangerous these home grown terrorists are.

I've commented before about being able to pick your own gender, race and species (not even being sarcastic) but you can't decide you're a terrorist unless someone else approves it.

If these guys want to be big bad homeland terrorists, racists and anti-government I say let their charges reflect it. I know that's not how it works, but it would be nice.

Of course looking at their pictures I think they may not feel as bad *** in prison.
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Re: Former MCpl Patrik Mathews: accused of being a White Supremacist.
« Reply #149 on: January 18, 2020, 11:36:56 »
Yup. I'm really starting to understand your views on why this stuff is such a big deal. I think you're definitely right about how dangerous these home grown terrorists are.

I've commented before about being able to pick your own gender, race and species (not even being sarcastic) but you can't decide you're a terrorist unless someone else approves it.

If these guys want to be big bad homeland terrorists, racists and anti-government I say let their charges reflect it. I know that's not how it works, but it would be nice.

Of course looking at their pictures I think they may not feel as bad *** in prison.

Bar in mind, it looks like we got lucky in this one. This got busted by an undercover. They were able to run a UC play on the online recruitment, get a guy inside the network, and build a file on it which ultimately became not just actionable, but actually an imminent threat. They were using layered levels of access to what was ultimately a very small cell. They were using encrypted comms. It doesn't take much to make communications very difficult for intelligence and law enforcement to penetrate. There was real OPSEC awareness, and they even identified that their greatest vulnerability would be either an infiltrator or an inside who couldn't STFU. As much as these individuals were amateurish in some ways, they had at least a reasonable level of sophistication. They recognized their plan wasn't sufficiently developed, they did a live recce, and they had measures planned to counter forensic investigation.

It's a hell of a lot less resource intensive to safeguard against law enforcement action than it is for law enforcement to successfully investigate something like this. UC plays are planning and resource intensive. As soon as you're dealing with digital evidence that has encryption, that's difficult. If comms are encrypted, the utility of wiretaps / digital intercepts can diminish.

This is a huge uphill battle.
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