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Politico reports that Proud Boy Christopher Worrell's attorney this week filed a brief arguing his client should be freed from pretrial detention after he came down with COVID-19.
Attorney Allen Orenberg argues that Worrell is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 due to his compromised immune system that has resulted from recent treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
"Given the pandemic and acute danger to Mr. Worrell, his continued detention amounts to impermissible pretrial punishment," Orenberg wrote. "The Government's interest in securing his appearance at trial does not outweigh his liberty interest in remaining alive and free from harm."
However, Judge Beryl Howell, the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, has questioned whether Worrell's risk from COVID-19 is as acute as he claims, as she noted that he attended the January 6th riots without wearing a mask at a time when the virus was spreading throughout the country like wildfire.
Secret Facebook pages for elite military members are full of QAnon conspiracies and calls to murder officials: report
Secret Facebook groups exclusively for special operations forces that were accessed by NBC News show members posting debunked claims about the 2020 election, racist rhetoric, and even QAnon conspiracy theories, NBC News reports.
One Facebook post in a forum shows a member of a special forces group complaining that several aides to former Vice President Mike Pence were part of a "Concerted effort by the thieves and pedophiles walking the hallowed halls of the peoples government" to undermine former President Donald Trump, according to NBC News.
"In a just world, they would have already been taken out behind the court house and shot," a member commented.
"Trump was sabotaged once again!" a member of US Special Forces Team Room wrote Jan. 7 about the Capitol riot, adding that "trying to get to the bottom of the obvious election fraud now looks like it doesn't have a chance."
Former Army Ranger and Green Beret says that the story of "radicalization in special operations is a story that needs to be told."
"It has shocked and horrified me to see what's happened to these guys in the last five or six years," he said.
Extremism in the military has been a closely watched phenomenon, especially after the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. But as NBC News points out, it's especially worrying to see such high levels of America's military being vulnerable to such corrosive ideologies.
According to former Green Beret Robert Wilson, members of these forums "are radicalizing themselves online, just like many of these lone-wolf ISIS terrorists did."
"It's a problem, and it's an internal threat to the United States," said Wilson, who was counterterrorism director on the National Security Council during the Obama and Trump administrations.
Read the full report over at NBC News.
'Screaming' Ohio woman went on a punching-and-biting rampage after being asked to wear a mask: police
A woman in Ohio this week went on a rampage at a local grocery store after being asked to wear a face mask.
Local news station Fox 19 reports that 38-year-old Christeena Carpenter was arrested and charged with four counts of assault this week after going on a punching-and-biting spree at Clifton Market in Cincinnati.
Clifton Market Marketing Manager Garrett Meadows tells Fox 19 that Carpenter immediately started "screaming" at him when he asked her to put a mask on while inside the store.
Not content to simply defy the store's mask policy, Meadows said that Carpenter then tried to light a cigarette in the store, which employees asked her not to do.
It was at this point that she became physically violent and began punching store employees.
Meadows tells Fox 19 that customer soon came over and tried to restrain Carpenter, only to get bitten while trying to hold her down.
Officers from the Cincinnati Police Department eventually arrived and arrested Carpenter, who is due to be arraigned in court next week.
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