The Base (hate group)
|Motives||Overthrow of existing governments, Establishment of a white ethnostate|
|Ideology||Neo-Nazism, Accelerationism, White supremacism|
The Base is an accelerationist, neo-Nazi white separatist paramilitary hate group, formed in 2018 and active in at least the United States, Canada, Australia and South Africa. The group advocates the formation of white ethnostates, a goal which is to be achieved through terrorism and the violent overthrow of existing governments. It organizes "race war preppers" and operates "hate camps". The group was founded in June 2018 by Rinaldo Nazzaro, who uses the pseudonyms Norman Spear and Roman Wolf. Nazzaro is an owner of the Omega Solutions International LLC security contracting company, a white supremacist and a supporter of the Northwest Territorial Imperative which proposes the creation of "a separatist ethnostate in the Pacific north-west". Married to a Russian citizen, Nazzaro has reportedly resided in Saint Petersburg, Russia since 2018. The Base has recruited by using iFunny, a Russian meme website.
Richard Tobin and The Base have been linked to synagogue vandalism in Racine, Wisconsin and Hancock, Michigan, which occurred a day apart in September 2019. Court documents allege Tobin organized the vandalism, then named two members of The Base who actually vandalized the synagogues. Tobin called the event "Operation Kristallnacht".
On 16 August 2019, Canadian Armed Forces Reserve combat engineer master corporal Patrik Mathews (aka, Dave Arctorum or 'coincidence detector') was outed as organizing a terrorist cell for The Base and Atomwaffen in Manitoba via undercover reporting by the Winnipeg Free Press. He was also described as putting up posters to "intimidate and threaten local anti-fascist activists." Other posters in Manitoba stated "Save your Race, Join The Base" and "The Base: Learn Train Fight" and began appearing in July. Vice News also discovered he had participated in a training camp in Georgia. While not charging him, the RCMP searched his Beausejour, Manitoba home on August 19 and seized guns. The military had been alerted about Mathews in April and launched an investigation in July. By August 24, he had gone missing and was reported as being voluntarily released from the Forces.
Mathews' truck was found near the border in Piney, Manitoba, and it was assumed he had subsequently crossed illegally into the United States. It is possible Mathews was assisted by a Minnesota cell of The Base. Mathews was arrested in Maryland by the FBI in January 2020 along with two associates, Brian M. Lemley Jr., 33, and William G. Bilbrough IV, 19. The men are accused of building assault rifles and manufacturing DMT. They face a maximum sentence of 10 years for firearm offenses, including transporting a machine gun.
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The Base, a neo-Nazi group which aims to provide military and survivalist training to fellow white supremacists, has been ramping up its activities including a massive recruitment campaign and a planned "hate camp."
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Spear, who claims to be an Iraq and Afghan War veteran, is a self-proclaimed white nationalist with a significant online following. His latest act involves bringing neo-Nazis together, regardless of affiliation and ideology, into a militant fascist umbrella organization. His tool for doing this? A social network he calls “The Base,” which is already organizing across the US and abroad, specifically geared toward partaking in terrorism. Advertisement
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Investigators say Richard Tobin, 18, of Brooklawn, used the neo-Nazi social network The Base to recruit the perpetrators who carried out the September attacks on synagogues in Michigan and Wisconsin.
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Several Canadian military members have been accused of having ties to AWD, including Master Cpl. Patrik Matthews, a reservist who went missing in August after being relieved of his duties. It was suspected that Matthews was a recruiter for the neo-Nazi group.
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According to Manitoba RCMP, a missing person report was filed for Patrik Mathews on Monday. In a statement they provided to VICE, Manitoba RCMP said that the 26-year-old “was last seen by family members in Beausejour on the evening of August 24, 2019.”
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- "Missing Canadian Bomb Expert With Neo-Nazi Ties May Be in U.S." The Daily Beast. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
A survivalist-themed paramilitary group, The Base has factions across the U.S. and Canada. The group reportedly hosted multiple “hate camps” in northern U.S. states this year. Mathews claimed to have crossed the border multiple times to attend U.S.-based hate camps, the Free Press reported after an undercover investigation of the group. But he was reportedly turned away from the border during a trip to a hate camp this spring, prompting The Base to discourage international trips, while encouraging an increased presence in Canada.
- "Police Warn that Accused Neo-Nazi Canadian Soldier Could Have Fled to U.S. - VICE". vice. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
A former Canadian soldier who is accused of participation in a neo-Nazi terror group is suspected by Minnestoa police to have recently illegally entered the US by crossing into rural Minnesota, a state where an active cell of the group is believed to be present.
- "Virginia Capital on Edge as F.B.I. Arrests Suspected Neo-Nazis Before Gun Rally". New York Times. 16 January 2020. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
- "FBI arrests 3 neo-Nazi suspects with weapons planning to attend gun rally in Richmond". WSET-TV. January 16, 2020.