“Hardcore leftist” arrested for inciting hatred of Trump supporters
The FBI arrested Florida man on suspicion of plotting to recruit and train like-minded individuals in furtherance of his Anti-Government or Anti-Authority Violent Extremist Ideology, the criminal complaint says.
The suspect was identified as Daniel Alan Baker, who calls himself a "hardcore leftist" on social media. According to the collected FBI evidence, Baker was targeting Trump supporters who participated in the storming of the Capitol building.
Daniel Alan Baker, an American who fought with the YPG in Syria (and was featured in a VICE documentary) has been arrested for trying to recruit people to commit acts of terrorism in Tallahassee. He's promoted killing cops and Turkish pilots in the U.S. https://t.co/nirNhzHTqV pic.twitter.com/Sly8OnEDCn— Michael Weiss (@michaeldweiss) January 15, 2021
The complaint contains claims that Baker was a genuine domestic terrorist who not only wished death for the Republicans, but anyone whose ideology was different from his, including US military officers.
“Baker has made multiple violent threats to those he claims are white supremacists, fascists, United States persons with different ideologies than his, and allies of the United States. In addition, Baker has promoted the killing of United States military officers,” FBI documents report.
The investigation identified Baker as a "dangerous extremist" who was a member of the People's Protection Units ("YPG"), a group fighting in Syria against ISIS and the Turkish Government.
“The YPG is a sub-affilliate of Kurdistan's Working Party (“PKK”), which has been designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization ("FTO") by the United States Govemment. Baker endorses himself on his social media as a trained sniper for the YPG,” the compliant says.
Later, Baker participated in the CHOP / CHAZ movement in Seattle, where heavily armed, trained fighters were spotted.
"The law-abiding public is safer now that he has been arrested. We are, and will remain, on high alert and will take all appropriate actions against credible threats," said Lawrence Keefe, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. "Extremists intent on violence from either end of the political and social spectrums must be stopped, and they will be stopped".
Baker faces a charge of transmission, in interstate commerce, of communication containing a threat to kidnap or to injure, The Blaze reports.
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