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    Veteran Who Started Neo-Nazi Group Arrested Again, This Time for Targeting a Power Station

    Veteran Who Started Neo-Nazi Group Arrested Again, This Time for Targeting a Power Station

    A National Guard veteran and his girlfriend were arrested Friday for allegedly plotting to destroy an electrical substation in Maryland, according to federal prosecutors.

    Brandon Clint Russell, a former Guardsman and self-identified Nazi recently released from prison after a 2018 conviction for possessing explosives, and Sarah Clendaniel are accused of conspiring to carry out attacks to further “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremism,” according to the complaint.

    The arrests come on the heels of grid attacks that peppered East Coast stations in recent months and while experts warn of increased domestic terror plots, including ones that involve service members and veterans with ties to extremist ideologies.

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    “This planned attack threatened lives and would have left thousands of Marylanders in the cold and dark,” Erek Barron, a Maryland U.S. attorney, said in a press release.

    From at least the summer of 2022, Russell conspired to carry out attacks on critical infrastructure, according to prosecutors.

    This was not Russell's first run-in with the law related to his extremist views. In 2015, he announced the formation of the Atomwaffen Division, a notorious neo-Nazi group. Three years later, he was sentenced to five years in prison on charges related to explosives possession.

    “Brandon Russell played a central role in the formation of Atomwaffen…

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