Navy Reservist Hatchet Speed ​​Charged in January 6 Riot

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A Navy reservist described by prosecutors as a heavily armed Nazi sympathizer with a high-level security clearance from the US government was arrested Wednesday in McLean, Va., and charged with violating the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, with the extreme right-wing extremist group. the Proud Boys, according to court documents.

Hatchet M. Speed, who until recently worked with a US cyber defense and intelligence contractor based in nearby Vienna, posed an “alarming” threat to public safety, prosecutors said in court documents released on Thursday.

They cited his alleged statements to an undercover FBI official in which he “espoused the use of violence to further his anti-government and anti-Semitic ideologies” and his firearms-related purchases totaling more than $50,000 after the Capitol Hill attack in a “panic” attack that included a dozen pistols, revolvers, shotguns and rifles.

US prosecutors have not asked to arrest Speed, but have asked a judge to detain him until judicial authorities can find and remove weapons that were not seized in a search of his home and storage unit when he was arrested. An FBI search found 13 firearms, seven silencers, evidence of three more unrecovered suppressors and 25 firearms belonging to residents, Assistant District Attorney Alexis J. Loeb wrote.

Judge Zia M. Faruqui, a US magistrate, ordered Speed ​​to be held in house detention at a motel for the time being, under the standard release condition that the defendants did not possess firearms.

A spokesperson for Speed’s assistant federal defenders Brooke Rupert and Courtney Dixon declined to comment after his initial appearance Thursday in federal court in Washington on charges of trespass and disorderly conduct in the restricted Capitol building. Speed ​​is not accused of violence, has no criminal record and maintains top secret/sensitive compartmentalized information (TS/SCI) authorization, the government said.

In prosecution documents, however, the FBI said Speed ​​in particular praised the writings of Eric Rudolph, the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bomber in Atlanta, and “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, a mathematician-turned-terrorist. active domestic from 1978 to 1995, while criticizing their attacks. and the efforts of domestic armed groups as ineffective.

Speed ​​approved of “jihadist” efforts, or Islamic militants, to “eliminate” opposition, referring to the Jewish people, and called Adolf Hitler “one of the finest people who ever lived on this earth,” the FBI said. He added that he “really wants[s] someone like Hitler to stand up and say, ‘Let’s take a stand against this moral incineration that we’re seeing in the Western world,’” the FBI said.

Speed, a Petty Officer First Class, is assigned to the Naval Warfare Space Field Activity at the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, part of the US intelligence community, according to court documents. Previously, he worked as a software developer for Novetta Solutions, a cyber analysis firm authorized to do confidential work for the Pentagon and other federal agencies, the FBI said.

In an indictment statement, the FBI said it sent an undercover employee to befriend Speed ​​”as a like-minded individual” after his phone was identified inside the Capitol on Jan. inside. At several meetings in March and April, Speed ​​allegedly told the official, identified as “UCE-1”, that he went to Capitol Hill with friends who were members of the Proud Boys and blamed the police and alleged leftists for sparking the violence.

In a statement from an agent seeking conditions for Speed’s release, the FBI claimed that his comments indicated that he had “developed an anti-government ideology.”

Speed ​​recently quit his job after working for the government his entire career, he told UCE-1 in March, according to the FBI agent, who wrote: “Speed ​​​​commented that he previously considered himself a good patriot for working for the government, but he no longer saw it that way and came to believe he was ‘borrowing [his] skill set for evil.’”

The agent said that Speed ​​commented in a conversation in April: “[B]because we live in the DC area, so actually… a lot of these… enemies that show up because that’s where the government headquarters is… So we have an advantage… Everybody’s here.

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