Purported leader of neo-Nazi group #Atomwaffen wants out of detention in SeaTac; feds oppose release – #terror #awd

Kaleb Cole, the purported hate-spewing leader of the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division, is asking a federal magistrate judge to reconsider his detention on charges alleging he and others conspired to threaten Jews, Blacks and journalists in Western Washington and elsewhere, claiming he poses no real risk to the community and that his views, while unpopular, are protected speech. Federal prosecutors, in a response, revealed new details of the investigation into the 26-year-old Cole and Atomwaffen — German for “Atomic Weapon” — including the revelation that the group had been infiltrated by an undercover officer who says that Cole greeted him in full Knights of the Ku Klux Klan regalia — including the notorious pointed hood — when he answered the door during a meeting in January. The document also contains photographs purported to be of Cole with neo-Nazi extremists in Europe and posing in skull masks outside the gates of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, where millions of Jews were killed as part of Hitler’s “Final Solution” in Europe. The document reveals that Cole, who was raised in Everett and has family in Arlington, has been permanently banned from Canada, where officials have determined he was a “member of an organization that might engage in terrorism.” It alleges he has diversified his assets, stockpiled weapons and owns machinery that can be used to manufacture guns. (…) Cole and three other purported members of the Atomwaffen Division (AWD) were charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in February for allegedly mounting a campaign of fear and intimidation against at least one Seattle television journalist and two local activists associated with the Anti-Defamation League, as well as activists and journalists in other states. Posters containing swastikas, skulls and threats like “We know where you live” were sent to some of their home addresses. Cole also faces a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm in King County after he was arrested in February in Texas while the passenger in a car driven by an alleged fellow AWD member that had an AK-47-style rifle in the trunk, along with ammunition. This occurred after Seattle police late last year seized five assault-style rifles, a sawed-off shotgun and three semi-automatic handguns from Cole’s home as part of a “Red Flag” Extreme Risk Protection Order finding Cole posed an imminent risk to public safety.

via seattletimes: Purported leader of neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen wants out of detention in SeaTac; feds oppose release