Hatchet Speed, Navy reservist, charged in Jan. 6 riot

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

Hatchet M. Speed, who until recently worked with a US cyber defense and intelligence operations contractor based in nearby Vienna, posed an ‘alarming’ threat to public safety, prosecutors said in papers judicial unsealed on Thursday.

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

U.S. prosecutors haven’t asked to jail Speed, but they’ve asked a judge to hold him until law enforcement can find and remove weapons that weren’t seized during the search of his home. home and warehouse when he was arrested. An FBI search found 13 firearms, seven silencers, evidence of three other unrecovered suppressors and 25 firearms belonging to roommates, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexis J. Loeb wrote.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui ordered that Speed ​​be held in house arrest at a motel for the time being, pursuant to a standard release condition that the defendants do not possess firearms.

A spokesperson for Speed’s deputy federal defenders, Brooke Rupert and Courtney Dixon, declined to comment after his initial appearance Thursday in federal court in Washington on charges of misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct in the restricted Capitol building. Speed ​​is not charged with violence, has no criminal history and retains Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance, the government said.

In charging documents, however, the FBI said Speed ​​privately praised the writings of Eric Rudolph, the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park suicide bomber in Atlanta, and “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, a mathematician who became an active National Terrorist from 1978 to 1995, while criticizing their attacks. and the efforts of national armed groups as ineffective.

Speed ​​endorsed efforts by ‘jihadists’, or Islamist militants, to ‘annihilate’ the opposition, referring to the Jewish people, and called Adolf Hitler ‘one of the finest people who has ever been on this earth. said the FBI. He added that he “really wanted[s] someone like Hitler to stand up and say, “We’re going to oppose 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 Chantilly National Reconnaissance Office, which is part of the US intelligence community, according to court documents. He previously worked as a software developer for Novetta Solutions, a cyber analytics firm licensed for classified work for the Pentagon and other federal agencies, the FBI said.

In a charging affidavit, 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 January 6 and was recorded by cameras inside. In several meetings in March and April, Speed ​​allegedly told the employee, identified as “UCE-1,” that he had gone to the Capitol with friends who were members of the Proud Boys and accused the police and the so-called leftists for instigating the violence.

In an agent statement asking for conditions on Speed’s release, the FBI alleged that his comments indicated 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 used to consider himself a good patriot working for the government, but that he no longer saw it that way and had come to believe that he was “paying [his] competence undermined.

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


Washington

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