American Al Qaeda


A neo-Fascist group with crossover membership with the ultra-violent Atomwaffen Division, The Base—which translates to al Qaeda—was the product of a former American intelligence contractor and suspected present Russian intelligence asset, Rinaldo Nazzaro. Nazzaro went by multiple aliases, including “Norman Spear” and “Roman Wolf.” The Base recruited wayward young men, trained with weapons on land in Georgia, Wisconsin, and Washington, and was allegedy responsible for several acts of vandalism at synagogues throughtout the country.

Troublingly, The Base included international membership, including Patrik Mathews, a now-former Canadian armed forces member, who allegedly went absent and crossed illegally into the United States. There, prosecutors say, he met with several members of The Base, trained with firearms, and planned an attack at the Richmond, Virginia gun rights rally in January 2020. Another member of The Base, Richard Tobin, orchestrated attacks and vandalism at synagogues in the upper midwest, despite living in New Jersey. And a trio in Georgia is facing state charges for an alleged murder plot against two local activists. This cell was infiltrated by an undercover FBI employee.

Fortunately, these attacks were stopped before they could be carried out. But the cases show that American Nationalism is an international product, and that terrorism in the name of a white ethnostate is truly no different than terror served for any other fundamentalist goal.

Case Summary

USA v Lemley, et al (US District Court (Maryland) — 8:20-cr-00033-TDC)
Awaiting Trial
These alleged members of The Base, an accelerationist neo-Nazi organization, allegedly conspired to transport and harbor Patrik Mathews, a former Canadian Armed Forces member who allegedly crossed illegally into the United States. These individuals allegedly had plans to commit an attack at a gun rights rally in Virginia in 2020.
Brian Mark Lemley, Jr
a.k.a.
Brian Lemley
Suspected affiliations:
The Base
Conspiracy to transport certain aliens
8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(A)(v)(I) (United States Code)
Indicted Up to 10 years
Transporting certain aliens (2 counts)
8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(A)(ii) and (v)(II) (United States Code)
Indicted Up to 5 years
Conspiracy to transport and harbor certain aliens
8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(A)(v)(I) (United States Code)
Indicted Up to 10 years
Harboring certain aliens
8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) and (v)(II) (United States Code)
Indicted Up to 5 years
Transporting a machine gun in interstate commerce
18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(4) (United States Code)
Indicted Up to 5 years
Dispensing of firearm and ammunition to illegal alien (2 counts)
18 U.S.C. § 922(d)(5) (United States Code)
Indicted Up to 10 years
Alien in possession of firearm and ammunition (2 counts)
18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(5) and 2 (United States Code)
Indicted Up to 10 years
Transporting firearm and ammunition in interstate commerce with intent to commit felony (2 counts)
18 U.S.C. § 924(b) (United States Code)
Indicted Up to 10 years
Patrik Jordan Mathews
a.k.a.
Patrik Mathews
Suspected affiliations:
The Base
Alien in possession of firearm and ammunition (2 counts)
18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(5) and 2 (United States Code)
Indicted Up to 10 years
Transporting firearm and ammunition in interstate commerce with intent to commit felony (2 counts)
18 U.S.C. § 924(b) (United States Code)
Indicted Up to 10 years
William Garfield Bilbrough IV
a.k.a.
William Bilbrough
Suspected affiliations:
The Base
Conspiracy to transport certain aliens
8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(A)(v)(I) (United States Code)
Indicted Up to 10 years
Transporting certain aliens (2 counts)
8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(A)(ii) and (v)(II) (United States Code)
Indicted Up to 5 years
Conspiracy to transport and harbor certain aliens
8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(A)(v)(I) (United States Code)
Indicted Up to 10 years
Harboring certain aliens
8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) and (v)(II) (United States Code)
Indicted Up to 5 years
USA v Barasneh, Yousef O (US District Court (Eastern WI) — 2:20-cr-00026-PP-NJ)
Awaiting Trial
Yousef Barasneh allegedly vandalized a synagogue in Wisconsin as part of a neo-Nazi group's vandalism campaign, dubbed "Operation Kristallnacht". The campaign, allegedly orchestrated by Richard Tobin, was part of a nationwide campaign of racial terror performed by The Base. Barasneh allegdly traveled to train with firearms with members of the group, was allegedly involved in a goat sacrifice, and was part of a group that has seen eight arrests from late 2019 to early 2020.
Yousef Omar Barasneh
a.k.a.
Yousef Barasneh
Joseph Barasneh
Suspected affiliations:
The Base
Conspiracy against rights
18 U.S.C. § 241 (United States Code)
Indicted Up to 10 years
USA v Tobin, Richard (US District Court (NJ) — 1:19-mj-05644-KMW)
Awaiting Indictment
Richard Tobin is a suspected member of the accelerationist neo-Nazi group The Base. Tobin allegedly made threatening comments online and coordinated with other Base members to commit acts of vandalism at synagogues across the country. He allegedly once was at a mall with a machete in his car and wanted to "let loose" with the weapon because of the presence of Black shoppers. In January 2020, several of his fellow Base members were arrested on various charges, including in relation to his vandalism spree.
Richard Tobin
Suspected affiliations:
The Base
Conspiracy against rights
18 U.S.C. § 241 (United States Code)
Charged Up to 10 years

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