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Category: Americas

January 25, 2019

By Giancarlo Fiorella

Bogotá Car Bomb: What We Know

All times appear as local UTC-5. On January 17, 2019, at 9:32 AM, an SUV loaded with 80 kilograms of pentolite exploded inside the Escuela de Cadetes de Policía “General Francisco de Paula Santander (General Francisco de Paula Santander Police Cadet School, ECSAN), the Colombian National Police academy located in southern Bogotá, killing 21 people…

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December 22, 2018

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Identifying Aircraft in the Canaima Operation in Venezuela

All times are shown as UTC-4 local time. On December 8, 2018, reports appeared on Twitter claiming that YV2030—an airplane used by President Nicolás Maduro’s nephews during their failed drug trafficking career—was taking part in a military operation in Canaima, a remote town located in Venezuela’s Bolivar state. The news came via a journalist named…

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October 31, 2018

By Robert Evans

How the MAGAbomber and the Synagogue Shooter Were Likely Radicalized

During the week of October 21-27, 2018, the United States suffered three separate far-right terrorist attacks. Robert Bowers, the Tree of Life Synagogue shooter, and Cesar Sayoc, the so-called “MAGAbomber,” both left substantial social media footprints on Facebook, Gab and Twitter. Bellingcat has combed through as much as we’ve been able to find in order…

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October 30, 2018

By Aric Toler

The Unintelligent Design of SureFire Intelligence

On October 30th, the far-right site Gateway Pundit published documents alleging that Robert Mueller, who is heading up the investigation into foreign interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, sexually assaulted a woman in 2010. The firm that produced this “investigation” was quickly revealed to be SureFire Intelligence, which has a tiny digital footprint prior…

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October 11, 2018

By Robert Evans

From Memes to Infowars: How 75 Fascist Activists Were “Red-Pilled”

The vast majority of domestic terror attacks in the U.S. are carried out by white supremacist organizations. Atomwaffen, a neo-Nazi death squad with five killings to their name, is probably the deadliest fascist group to have arisen since 2016. One member of Atomwaffen, Vasillios Pistolis, was an active duty U.S. marine when he marched at…

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August 17, 2018

By Robert Evans

Fascist Activists Have Spent The Last Year Trying to Win Over Police

On 4 August 2018, hundreds of far-right activists with Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys convened in Portland, Oregon. The rally was in support of Senate candidate Joey Gibson, the founder of Patriot Prayer. This demonstration acted as a sort of sequel to Patriot Prayer’s June 30th “Freedom and Courage” rally earlier this year, which…

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August 7, 2018

By Nick Waters

Did Drones Attack Maduro in Caracas?

On the 4th August, President Maduro of Venezuela gave a speech in Caracas, celebrating the 81st anniversary of the National Guard. However, Maduro never finished this speech, as part-way through two explosions rocked the area. He was quickly hustled off stage by his security detail. Claims rapidly spread on social media that the event had been targeted by drone-borne IEDs (BDIED), which were later supported by official statements by the Venezuelan government.

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