Ex-reservist Patrik Mathews and others deliberate violent revolution, U.S. prosecutors say


A former military reservist and two different alleged members of a violent neo-Nazi group mentioned “executing” a police officer to steal his weapons and “committing focused acts of violence” at Monday’s pro-gun rally in Virginia, based on paperwork filed Tuesday in a Maryland courtroom. 

Patrik Mathews — who went lacking for a number of months after police raided his residence in Beausejour, Man. — additionally made a video calling for violent revolution and the derailing of trains, expressed hopes of constructing a community for others with comparable views, and predicted an upcoming civil conflict, based on a sweeping doc filed by federal prosecutors. 

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The doc, which cites hidden digital camera footage, lays out arguments for protecting Mathews and the two different males behind bars. All three have been arrested final week. 

It additionally reveals the lengths Mathews, Brian Mark Lemley Jr., and 19-year-old William Garfield Bilbrough IV deliberate violence much like what was seen at a rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017, wherein one individual was killed and dozens others injured.

“We will not let Virginia go to waste, we simply cannot … Virginia will probably be our day,” Mathews said, based on the detention memo. 

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The conversations have been captured in December and January on a hidden digital camera and microphone put in by legislation enforcement within the house the place Mathews and Lemley, a 33-year-old former U.S. military cavalry scout, have been residing.

They have been put in after a Dec. 13 secret search of the house, wherein officers discovered flyers selling The Base, communication units, empty rifle instances and “go luggage” — with ready-to-eat meals, knives and the gadgets wanted to construct an assault rifle.

Additionally they discovered movies of Mathews speaking about his journey into the US, utilizing violent anti-Semitic and racist language. 

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Within the video, wherein Mathews wears a gasoline masks and has his voice distorted, Mathews says: “The time for discuss has ended … In the event you assume politics is an answer, you’re a rattling idiot … It’s the system that’s fomenting violent revolution, not us, and now they shall reap what they’ve sown.”

He goes on to say individuals can both put together for collapse or convey it.

“Derail some f-cking trains, kill some individuals and poison some water provides … If you would like the white race to outlive, you are going to need to do your f-cking half.”

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At one level, Mathews says he needs he had set explosive units for the RCMP group that raided his home and took his guns in August.

“In all honesty, I may actually want they f-cking all began looking my place, by chance journey a pin, and, increase, and the entire home goes increase. Boy, would not that be horrible, a bunch of f-cking RCMP search specialists obtained f-cking exploded,” he mentioned, based on courtroom paperwork. 

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Brian Lemley, second from the left, and William Bilbrough, kneeling, allegedly attended a Base coaching camp in Georgia in August 2019. (U.S. Lawyer detention memo)

Mathews and Lemley are facing a number of charges, together with transporting a firearm to commit a felony. Bilbrough is charged with “transporting and harbouring aliens.”

They have been all scheduled to seem in courtroom Wednesday for detention hearings, however Lemley has since waived his proper for a detention listening to. 

Mathews’ lawyer wouldn’t remark when requested if he was continuing with the listening to. Bilbrough’s lawyer mentioned they intend to proceed as deliberate.

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The newest doc fills in a number of the blanks of Mathews’ alleged actions since he disappeared from his residence in Beausejour, Man., on the finish of August 2019, shortly after he was first accused, by a reporter with the Winnipeg Free Press, of being a recruiter for The Base.

The doc says after illegally crossing the border close to Piney, Man., Mathews met Lemley and Bilbrough in southern Michigan. Police adopted their actions utilizing Google location information, cellular phone location information and recorded calls. 

In mid-September, Lemley drove Mathews to the property of a Base member in Georgia, recognized by an undercover FBI agent as a headquarters and coaching camp for the group. 

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Tuesday’s doc doesn’t title the home’s proprietor, however earlier courtroom filings state man presumed to be Mathews stayed at Luke Austin Lane’s property for months final 12 months.

Lane was amongst three Georgia men arrested last week, charged with conspiracy to commit homicide and being a part of a prison gang.

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Mathews, left, and Lemley purchased roughly 150 rounds of ammunition at a retailer in Delaware on Jan. 1. That is surveillance video from the shop. (U.S. Lawyer detention memo)

Throughout his time in Georgia, Mathews mentioned he “solely exists for the white revolution now,” based on the doc. He wished to stay a “ghost” and oversee protected homes for different Base members and, when there have been sufficient of them, begin committing assaults. 

Mathews additionally searched the web for details about Atomwaffen Division, one other neo-Nazi group; constructing AR-15 assault rifles; and tales about himself, prosecutors allege. 

Between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2, he was joined on the Georgia location by Lemley, Bilbrough, and different alleged Base members. Lemley and Bilbrough had purchased about 1,500 rounds of ammunition whereas they have been in Georgia. Separate affidavits have described a few dozen members of the group — together with an undercover FBI agent — attended this assembly, which included firearms coaching, medical coaching and a pagan ritual with the sacrifice of a goat. 

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On the finish of that gathering, the trio returned to Maryland. Lemley and Mathews rented an house in Newark, N.J.

Sooner or later earlier than their arrests, Lemley informed Mathews that “there can’t be no belief amongst a bunch of murderers,” courtroom paperwork say. 

“I can not belief you to maintain my murdering secrets and techniques. Not beneath risk of 30 years in jail and torture. Why ought to I belief you?” Lemley requested.

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Monday’s rally in Richmond, Va., attracted tens of hundreds of individuals and, though there was some tension between totally different teams, ended with out violence.

Army investigating

Mathews was launched from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) on the finish of August.

The Division of Nationwide Defence says it will probably’t touch upon particular instances, however mentioned in a press release that as of Dec. 5, 2019, investigations involving 15 CAF members have resulted in measures starting from counselling, warnings and probation to different disciplinary measures.

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Twenty-one members are not serving within the CAF; three have been launched due to hateful conduct. Different investigations are ongoing.

The navy ombudsman is presently reviewing racism and white supremacy within the CAF. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan mentioned Tuesday he is hoping for an replace on that overview quickly.

“The overwhelming majority of Canadian Armed Forces personnel are absolute professionals … who need to be sure that the group that they be part of, the uniform that they put on, upholds these values,” he mentioned. “They don’t seem to be going to permit the few to take that away from them.”

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Sajjan and Public Security Minister Invoice Blair have been in Winnipeg for Liberal cupboard conferences. Blair declined to say if Canadian authorities are additionally investigating The Base.

“I am not going to speak about any ongoing investigation or the sharing of intelligence info besides to substantiate that we do work very carefully with U.S. authorities and are very vigilant in addressing any potential dangers to Canadians,” he mentioned.

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Between March and June 2019, Lemley posted messages and pictures of Base propaganda to his Twitter account. (U.S. Lawyer detention memo)