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- A report authored by multiple U.S. intelligence agencies documented The Base as a “domestic extremism concern.”
- The group is primarily aligned around white nationalist ideology.
A neo-Nazi group called The Base was recently noted as a “domestic extremism concern” in an unpublished report on domestic terrorism coauthored by several government agencies.
Reuters reports that a nonpublic version of the report said The Base, whose ethos is a white nationalist, anti-Semetic network that trains its members in paramilitary skills, documented the group’s trips to Ukraine to fight alongside pro-Russian forces against the elected Ukranian government.
The report was primarily compiled by the National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. It was released earlier in March.
The authoring agencies reportedly warn of threats issued by The Base and other extremist groups that detail mass-casualty attacks on civilians and a fight against the government.
Details about The Base itself are nebulous. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) describes the organization as being composed of small terroristic cells that support the rise of a white ethnostate and says it is not a mainstream organization.
Members reportedly meet in person to train with weapons, but they primarily operate via encrypted online networks.