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A trio of right-wing extremists with military backgrounds have been busted for plotting riots at George Floyd protests in Las Vegas — part of a plan to overthrow the government, according to federal prosecutors.

Army reservist Andrew T. Lynam Jr., 23, former Navy man Stephen T. Parshall, 35, and former Air Force man William L. Loomis, 40, were being held on $1 million bond each on terrorism-related charges.

The trio were part of the “boogaloo” movement, “a term used by extremists to signify coming civil war and/or fall of civilization,” prosecutors said in a release.

They initially planned to hijack coronavirus lockdown rallies, with an armed Lynam telling an informant they “wanted to violently overthrow the United States government,” a criminal complaint says.

The group then focused on mass protests over Floyd’s death during his arrest in Minneapolis, saying they wanted to “incite chaos and possibly a riot,” the complaint says.

Loomis even bragged about plans to firebomb a power substation “to hopefully create civil unrest and rioting throughout Las Vegas,” the documents say.

They were arrested Saturday as they headed to a Black Lives Matter rally — armed with gas cans, fireworks and Molotov cocktails, the feds said.
 

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Joint Terrorism Task Force Charges Three Men Who Allegedly Sought To Exploit Protests In Las Vegas And Incite Violence


LAS VEGAS, Nev. — U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson, Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse for the FBI, and Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced today that three alleged members of the “Boogaloo” movement — a term used by extremists to signify a coming civil war and/or collapse of society — have been charged with violations of federal and state law for conspiracy to cause destruction during protests in Las Vegas, and possession of an unregistered destructive device (specifically, an improvised incendiary device commonly known as a Molotov cocktail).

“Violent instigators have hijacked peaceful protests and demonstrations across the country, including Nevada, exploiting the real and legitimate outrage over Mr. Floyd’s death for their own radical agendas,” said U.S. Attorney Trutanich. “Law enforcement is focused on keeping violence and destruction from interfering with free public expression and threatening lives.”

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson stated: “My office is committed to aggressively prosecuting those who make it their mission to create chaos and destruction with total disregard for the safety and well-being of our citizens and the law enforcement officers sworn to protect and serve our community. This type of planning and intent on causing mayhem is terroristic and will not be tolerated. Thankfully, the Joint Terrorism Task Force is able to identify and stop such actions. Now it’s my job to hold these men accountable.”

“This quick and decisive action by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force underscores the exceptional partnership and professionalism of our diverse membership,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse. “Federal, state, and local agencies committed to stopping acts of terrorism before they can occur. Citizens of Nevada can take comfort that the law enforcement partnerships in this state continue to work together every day to protect them no matter the circumstances.”

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Captain Chris Tomaino said: “The LVMPD worked together daily in the Joint Terrorism Task Force with the FBI, U.S. Attorney's Office, and Clark County District Attorney's Office in this investigation that helped protect Southern Nevada's citizens and officers from individuals looking to harm citizens for their own political ends.”

Stephen T. Parshall, aka “Kiwi,” 35, Andrew Lynam, 23, and William L. Loomis, 40, all of Las Vegas, were each charged in a federal criminal complaint with (a) one count of conspiracy to damage and destroy by fire and explosive; and (b) one count of possession of unregistered firearms, that is, a destructive device. A criminal complaint is a formal accusation of criminal conduct for purposes of establishing probable cause, not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

If convicted of federal charges, Parshall, Lynam, and Loomis each face a statutory maximum sentence of (a) 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for conspiracy to damage and destroy by fire and explosive; and (b) ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine for possession of unregistered firearms. The maximum statutory sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only. If convicted of any federal offense, the sentencing of a defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Parshall, Lynam, and Loomis were all arrested in Las Vegas on May 30, 2020, and are currently in state custody. In addition to the federal charges listed above, the Clark County District Attorney’s office has filed a state criminal complaint charging the defendants with (a) one count Assist, Solicit or Conspire Conspiracy to Commit an Act of Terrorism (potential sentence of ten years to life in prison with the possibility of parole); (b) one count of Provide Material Support for use in the Commission of an Act of Terrorism (potential sentence of ten years to life in prison with the possibility of parole); (c) one count of Conspiracy to Damage or Destroy a Building by Means of Explosives (potential sentence of two to ten years in prison); and (d) one count of Possession of Component of Explosive or Incendiary Device with Intent to Manufacture Explosive Incendiary Device (potential sentence of one to six years in prison).

The charges stem from an investigation led by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in Las Vegas, which includes the FBI, LVMPD, ATF, North Las Vegas Police Department, and the U.S. National Park Service. Each regional FBI JTTF brings together highly skilled investigators from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to investigate and stop terrorism. As directed by Attorney General William P. Barr, law enforcement is using the existing network of 56 regional FBI JTTFs to identify and prosecute the violent criminal organizers and instigators who have taken over peaceful protests.

U.S. Attorney Nicholas D. Dickinson is prosecuting the federal case. Deputy District Attorney Michael Dickerson, who is the primary counter-terrorism prosecutor for the Clark County District Attorney’s office, is prosecuting the state’s case.
 

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My guess is they never watched fight club :flipoff2:
 

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I wouldn't mind seeing a whole bunch more arrests and charges brought against folks specifically aiming to hijack protests for riots. there are plenty of people to choose from.
 

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“Boogaloo” movement


Never just boog when you can also loo


And as far ad I know there is nothing right wing about them, just pro constitution dorks who like guns and dislike big government. But if your not liberal you are right wing according to the media.
 

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Never just boog when you can also loo


And as far ad I know there is nothing right wing about them, just pro constitution dorks who like guns and dislike big government. But if your not liberal you are right wing according to the media.

You're either with them or you're an enemy that must be destroyed.

If they liked guns, then obviously they're automatically the latter.
 

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Every single person and group that is trying to foment chaos and break Society needs to be found and charged. Left or right or even somewhere in the middle.

Personally I think the whole Boog fad disrespects the Second Amendment and our other means of dissent that must proceed any efforts of physical change of government. That thought must be treated with grave respect of a last resort.

I am disappointed that "law-abiding"Firearms owners would even conceive of hiding in protests and use others to forward their beliefs. What chicken shits.
 

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Funny how these "right wing" guys are arrested for planning to riot when left wing guys who are rioting don't get arrested. If they do get arrested, they are out the next day. I don't think it's a million dollar bail.
 

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Every single person and group that is trying to foment chaos and break Society needs to be found and charged. Left or right or even somewhere in the middle.

Personally I think the whole Boog fad disrespects the Second Amendment and our other means of dissent that must proceed any efforts of physical change of government. That thought must be treated with grave respect of a last resort.

I am disappointed that "law-abiding"Firearms owners would even conceive of hiding in protests and use others to forward their beliefs. What chicken shits.

you will be happy to know that those fuckers aren't law abiding firearms owners :lmao: I don't support the terrorist label, but sounds like they were seeking to actively incite violence and directly partake.

again, i would like to see equal application of the law. these people owning guns doesn't make them any worse than anybody else throwing or making a firebomb or looting a store
 

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you will be happy to know that those fuckers aren't law abiding firearms owners :lmao: I don't support the terrorist label, but sounds like they were seeking to actively incite violence and directly partake.

again, i would like to see equal application of the law. these people owning guns doesn't make them any worse than anybody else throwing or making a firebomb or looting a store

That is why it is in quotes:flipoff2:

Equal application for sure. I just hope this is a preamble to a host of lefty charges. My extremely liberal MIL told me Anitfa didnt exist last night. That there was no such organization. After I picked my jaw off the floor I said "yeah, cause they operate in cells to avoid scrutiny much like other terrorist groups".

I may not be getting a xmas present this year...:evil:
 
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