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Infiltrating The Base: Inside a terror network right here in Canada

Last Updated Aug 21, 2019 at 10:16 am EDT

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces march during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Friday, July 8, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

In today’s Big Story podcast, they call themselves The Base. They are white supremacists who don’t think the alt-right goes far enough. And they recently began looking for new members in Winnipeg. This isn’t a group planning protests and marches. They are actively planning to start a violent race war.

So when posters went up in Winnipeg looking for new would-be terrorists, Winnipeg Free Press reporter Ryan Thorpe went undercover. Over the course of a month, he went through the vetting process, convinced the group he was legit, and met with their man in Winnipeg in person. That man was a member of the Canadian Army Reserves. He was allegedly taken into custody this week, after Thorpe’s investigation was published.

This is what it’s like to infiltrate a terrorist organization in your own backyard.

GUEST: Ryan Thorpe, Winnipeg Free Press (Read Ryan’s feature report, Homegrown Hate, right here.)

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