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    Two British soldiers charged with terror offences for being members of banned neo-Nazi group

    12th September 2017

    Two British soldiers and a third man have been charged under anti-terror laws for being members of a banned neo-Nazi group.

    The men were identified as Mikko Vevhilainen, 32, originally from Finland, and Mark Barrett, 24, and Alex Deakin, 22, both serving soldiers in the British army.

    They were all accused of being part of the banned neo-Nazi group “National Action”, and two of the men allegedly possessed articles that could be used for terrorism.

    National Action was the first far-right group to be banned by the Home Office in 2016 after being described as “virulently racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic.”

    Anyone found to be a member could face up to 10 years in prison.

    It is thought National Action has around 100 members in the UK.

    Vevhilainen is also charged with possessing a document containing information likely to be useful for terrorism and publishing material which is threatening, abusive or insulting, by posting comments on a website intending to stir up racial hatred.

    The 32-year-old is also charged with possessing pepper spray.

    Barrett, who is based at Gaza Crescent in Dhekelia Garrison, Cyprus, faces a single charge of membership of National Action, contrary to the Terrorism Act 2000.

    Deakin, from Beacon Road, Great Barr in Birmingham, faces the same charges in addition to possessing documents likely to be useful to a person preparing to commit an act of terrorism, and distribution of a terrorist publication.

    The 22-year-old is also charged with inciting racial hatred after he allegedly posted National Action stickers at Aston University campus in Birmingham last July.


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    White terrorist convicted in plot to kill Muslims

    Upstate New York Man Convicted for his Role in Attempting to Develop Lethal Radiation Device, targeting Arab and Muslim Americans in a case of increasing domestic terrorism and violence by White Americans provoked to hatred by strident racist rhetoric. American racist hate refocusing on Arabs and Muslims

    In the wake of warnings from the U.S. Government of extremist militias planning violence against American Muslims and American Arabs, a jury in New York convicted Glendon Scott Crawford, 51, of planning to build and detonate a radioactive device to murder Muslims.

    In an ironic twist, Crawford was found guilty during a five-day trial on all counts of seeking to murder targets identified as “Muslim” because of his anger of Arab criticism of Israel. Identified as being a member of the Ku Klux Klan, which hates Jews as much as it hates Arabs and Muslims, Crawford was described as a fanatic acting on his own.

    But leaders of the Arab and Muslim community believe that Crawford is the tip of an iceberg of domestic violence brewing in cities across America that are planning violence against Muslims and Arabs. (Read about rightwing militias planning attacks against American Arabs and Muslims.)

    Much of the anti-Arab and anti-Muslim hysteria is being fed by the extremist rhetoric of many of the individuals running for national office who are expressing racist political views, stereotyping Arabs and Muslims as being part of an international terrorist conspiracy against Americans. The battle to prevent the signing of a nuclear agreement with Iran has been focused on building up racist hatred of Arabs and Islamophobia against Muslims in an effort to build public support against the deal, negotiated by President Barack Obama.
    A bulletin from the FBI recently cautioned that militias across the United States are planning violence against Muslims and Arabs.
    Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian of the Northern District of New York and Special Agent in Charge Andrew W. Vale of the FBI’s Albany, New York, Division made the announcement.

    Crawford was convicted of attempting to produce and use a radiological dispersal device and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Crawford was also convicted of distributing information relating to weapons of mass destruction, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. He also faces a $2 million fine on the attempting to produce and use a radiological dispersal device charge, and a fine of $250,000 on the other two charges.

    Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 15, 2015, before Chief U.S. District Judge Gary L. Sharpe of the Northern District of New York.

    Crawford is the first person to be found guilty of attempting to construct a radiological dispersal device, a statute Congress passed in 2004.

    “Glendon Scott Crawford, a self-professed member of the Ku Klux Klan, was convicted of offenses relating to his deadly plan to use a radiological dispersal device to target unsuspecting Muslim Americans with lethal doses of radiation,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin.

    “The National Security Division’s highest priority is counterterrorism, and we will continue to pursue justice against those who seek to perpetrate attacks on American soil.”

    In April 2012, the FBI received information that Crawford, who was employed as an industrial mechanic with General Electric in Schenectady, New York, had approached local Jewish organizations seeking people who might help him develop technology to be used against people whom he perceived to be enemies of Israel.
    During a 14-month investigation, the Albany FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force learned that Crawford was attempting to solicit funds to purchase, and then weaponize, a commercially available X-ray machine so that it could be used to injure or kill others by exposing them to lethal doses of radiation.

    “Crawford is a terrorist motivated by bigotry and hate who would have used a weapon of mass destruction to kill innocent Muslim members of our community were it not for the good judgment of citizens who quickly alerted law enforcement to his diabolical plan and the outstanding work of the Albany FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force,” said U.S. Attorney Hartunian.

    “This case illustrates how we must remain vigilant to protect our community from would-be terrorists.”
    During the investigation, Crawford, with help from co-conspirator Eric J. Feight, took steps to design, acquire the parts for, build and test a remote initiation device that could have activated the radiation machine, and acquired the X-ray machine that he planned to modify into a weapon of mass destruction. The X-ray device that he planned to use had been modified so that Crawford could not have used it to hurt anyone.

    “Today’s verdict is a testament to the tremendous efforts of our Joint Terrorism Task Force in uncovering Crawford’s plot and the dedication of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in bringing justice to an individual who sought to inflict terror and harm on our innocent citizens,” said Special Agent in Charge Vale.

    “This verdict is a victory for us all, but we must continue to remain observant; it is only with the assistance of our community members and law enforcement partners that we can be successful in thwarting these violent plots.”

    Feight pleaded guilty on Jan. 22, 2014, to providing material support to terrorists. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 17, 2015, by Chief Judge Sharpe and faces up to 15 years of imprisonment.

    Crawford, a self-professed member of the Ku Klux Klan, wanted to use the device against Muslims, and he scouted mosques in Albany and Schenectady and an Islamic community center and school in Schenectady as possible targets. Crawford also suggested the New York governor’s mansion as a potential target.

    With undercover agents, Crawford discussed placing the radiological device within a van or truck, parking the vehicle near the entrance to the target location, and then remotely activating the device so that it would direct lethal doses of radiation at people coming in and out of the target location.

    A central feature of Crawford’s completed X-ray device was that its targets would be exposed to dangerous and lethal doses of X-ray radiation without being aware of the exposure, the harmful effects of which would likely not be immediately apparent.

    This case was investigated by the Albany FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephen Green and Richard Belliss of the Northern District of New York, and Trial Attorney Joseph Kaster of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section. The Justice Department’s Criminal Division also provided assistance.



    You’re 7 Times More Likely To Be Killed By A Conservative Terrorist Than A Muslim Extremist

    If you’ve been listening to the vitriol spewed by the Right — and even if you haven’t — you’ve probably heard whispers that ISIS is sneaking terrorists into the country as Syrian refugees. While this is not in any way true, our conservative friends absolutely believe it, and their politicians — Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Carson, and the rest of the Clown Car™ — absolutely capitalize on the opportunity to demonize Muslims, all while completely ignoring the true terrorist threat: crazy white people.

    “We have no idea who these people are, we are the worst when it comes to paperwork,” Trump said of refugees from Syria who are fleeing ISIS in mid-November. “This could be one of the great Trojan horses.” The billionaire adamantly declared that “we cannot let them into this country, period,” because refugees represent a “problem.”

    This is a sentiment that has become quite popular with the Right — keep them out, they’re dangerous, they’re going to kill us. After all, we have more important problems — like Planned Parenthood, Benghazi, and whatever nonissue conservatives insist on pretending is an impending threat to America. One very real issue that conservatives all ignore is the threat the Right poses, a threat far greater than any Muslim — one that was very recently placed on full display by Robert Lewis Dear’s attack on a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado.

    Dear, a Christian conservative, killed three and injured nine in his terrifying attack, in which he set up propane tanks in the parking lot of the Planned Parenthood and went in shooting. Desperate conservatives, in an effort to shield their violent and hateful rhetoric from any blame, have concocted a story of a bank robbery gone wrong in which the terrorist ducked into Planned Parenthood to avoid the police, but that story has been disproved time and again. Some, like 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz, portray Dear as a “transgender leftist activist” because of a typographical error on his voter registration — another tale that is, of course, utter and complete bullshit. Perhaps conservatives are simply ignorant of literally everything — or maybe, just maybe, they don’t want you to realize that you are more than seven times more likely to be killed by a right-wing terrorist than one of their dreaded Muslims.

    Conservatives are right about one thing — the United States faces an unprecedented and growing terrorist threat. To understand the nature of this threat, you need only do one thing: look in the mirror…unless you’re not white; in that case, find a picture of a white person and look at it. There’s your terrorist.


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    White Firefighter Says Saving One Dog Is 'More Important' Than A Million Black People

    An Ohio fire department has suspended one of its volunteer firefighters for a racist Facebook post suggesting he'd prefer to save a dog in an emergency than a black person.

    Tyler Roysdon, a volunteer for Franklin Township, wrote that if he had to choose between saving a dog or a black man from a burning building, the dog would get priority, because "one dog is more important than a million n****rs."

    Roysdon has since removed the post from his Facebook page, but a screenshot appears below.

    Once township officials discovered the post, Roysdon was suspended indefinitely, according to local station WHIO-TV.

    The township will hold a disciplinary hearing for him on Sept. 27, the station reported.

    Because he is a volunteer, Roysdon is only paid when he is called to duty. Authorities said he will not be called while the suspension is in effect.

    Township officials released an official statement about Roysdon on Thursday, confirming that he was suspended until the township's board of trustees can meet to determine his fate:

    "Recently, a Franklin Township volunteer firefighter posted unacceptable remarks on social media. Upon gaining knowledge of this information, Fire Chief Steve Bishop immediately contacted the firefighter and directed the comments be removed. The firefighter was suspended without pay until the Board of Township Trustees could meet to determine a course of action. Chief Bishop does not have the authority to terminate employees. Termination of any township employee requires a vote by the Board of Trustees."

    HuffPost reached out to Roysdon, who did not immediately respond.

    A woman who identified herself as Joei Frame Roysdon told WXIX-TV that she was Roysdon's wife and said, "He admitted that he said things that were wrong and apologized."

    She added: "Everyone deserves a second chance and is also entitled to their own opinion."

    Meanwhile, Ryan Grubbs, who works as a volunteer firefighter with Roysdon, said his colleague's words go against the department's core values.

    "We don't pick and choose who needs us, we just go," Grubbs told WKEF-TV. "We're volunteers, we're doing this because we love the community."


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    FBI Reveals: Threat to U.S. Posed by White Supremacists Now Equals That of ISIS

    Independent data reportedly paints an even starker picture, putting the number of attacks planned by white nationalists as double those of jihadist movements

    The threat America faces from white nationalist violence is at least equal to that posed by radical Islamist group ISIS, FBI Director Chris Wray told a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee meeting on Wednesday.

    Wray told senators that "about 1000" cases of domestic terrorism were currently being investigated, and that that was approximately the same as the number of cases related to Islamic terrorism under investigation, The Hill has reported.

    According to the report however, independent data reveals that the number of attacks carried out and planned by white supremacists is almost double those undertaken by Islamists.

    The bureau director however, refused to rank either threat as being more pressing than the other.

    "We take both of them very, very seriously," he said. "Our focus is on violence and threats of violence against the people of this country. That’s our concern — it’s not ideology.”

    Some senators however, complained of a double standard in how the different threats are dealt with.

    According to Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, not a single committee meeting had been held on the threat posed by domestic terrorism, despite the fact that attacks carried out by white supremacists were "almost triple" those carried out by those who identify with a jihadist movement.

    While Democrat Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) called on the committee to launch an investigation into white nationalist extremism in the U.S., Wray argued that the issue was one the legislature would have to tackle.

    As there is not a domestic terrorism offense per se, a lot of cases are pursued on gun or explosive charges as opposed to charges of terrorism, as doing so would require proof of a link between the perpetrator and a foreign organization, Wray explained.

    Having such crimes designated as terrorism would allow for farther reaching investigative powers, and thus aid the agency in its fight against nationalist violence.


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    White American men are a bigger domestic terrorist threat than Muslim foreigners

    Since Trump took office, more Americans have been killed by white American men with no connection to Islam than by Muslim terrorists or foreigners.

    When President Donald Trump signed his since-revised executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, he claimed it was to protect Americans from “radical Islamic terrorists.”

    “We don’t want ‘em here,” Trump told reporters at the Pentagon, where he signed the order in January.

    But in the eight months since Trump took office, more Americans have been killed in attacks by white American men with no connection to Islam than by Muslim terrorists or foreigners.

    Radical Islamic terrorists inspired or directed by groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda do pose a clear threat to the US. There is no question about that. Before last night’s deadly shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history occurred in June 2016 when an ISIS-inspired man opened fire in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and wounding 53.

    And ISIS-linked militants have killed or injured dozens of people in countries like England, France, and Canada so far this year, including two women killed in a stabbing attack in Marseille, France, and several people injured in a car-ramming attack in Edmonton, Canada, just this weekend.

    But here at home, the bigger threat has come from a very different kind of attacker, one with no ties to religion generally or Islamist extremism specifically.

    Here are just a few of the attacks that have occurred in 2017:

    • Sunday night, a 64-year-old white man from Nevada opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing more than 50 and wounding more than 200.
    • In August, a 20-year-old white Nazi sympathizer from Ohio sped his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing a woman and injuring at least 19 others.
    • In June, a 66-year-old white man from Illinois shot at Republican Congress members during an early morning baseball practice, severely wounding several people including Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the House of Representatives Majority Whip.
    • In March 2017, a 28-year-old white man from Baltimore traveled to New York City with the explicit aim of killing black men. He stabbed 66-year-old Timothy Caughman to death and was charged with terrorism by New York state authorities.
    • In May, a 35-year-old white man from Oregon named Jeremy Joseph Christian began harassing Muslim teenagers on a train in Portland, telling them “We need Americans here!” Two men interceded; Christian then stabbed and killed them both.

    In fact, between 2001 and 2015, more Americans were killed by homegrown right-wing extremists than by Islamist terrorists, according to a study by New America, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, DC.

    A June 2017 study by Reveal and the Center for Investigative Reporting found a similar pattern:
    Even the “radical Islamic terrorists” are usually US citizens

    In Trump’s very first speech to Congress, he claimed that “the vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism and terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country.”

    But none of the perpetrators of the major US terrorist attacks carried out in the name of Islam in the past 15 years have come from the nations on Trump’s travel ban (either the original one or the new, revised version that was released late last month). In fact, the country home to the biggest number of terrorists who have carried out successful attacks inside the US is the US itself.

    The San Bernardino shooting that killed 14 people was carried out by an American-born US citizen of Pakistani descent and a lawful permanent US resident of Pakistani descent. The Orlando nightclub shooter who murdered 49 people was an American-born US citizen of Afghan descent. The Boston marathon bombers, who identified as ethnic Chechen, came to the US from Kyrgyzstan and grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before carrying out attacks that left three dead. Faisal Shahzad, the attempted Times Square bomber, was Pakistani-American. Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009, was born in Virginia to Palestinian parents.

    And as my colleague Zack Beauchamp has written, the average likelihood of an American being killed in a terrorist attack in which an immigrant participated in any given year is one in 3.6 million — even including the 9/11 deaths. The average American is more likely to die from their own clothing or a toddler with a gun than an immigrant terrorist. But we’re not banning guns and T-shirts from coming into the country.

    Adopting extremist views and committing horrendous acts of violence in the name of some "righteous" cause, be it religion or politics or just plain old hatred, isn't something that only Muslims, or Arabs, or immigrants, or any other group of people do. It's something humans do.


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    The ‘Patriots’ Of The Far Right Have Only One Real Principle: Opposing Muslims

    It’s surprising what you can get away with provided you stick to the script on ‘hating the other’. Michael Brull explains.

    The fringe movements of the far right basically don’t like Muslims. They claim various other values, but they’re mostly just a smoke screen. If you look at the kinds of mini celebrities among their ranks, you’ll find that whatever they claim, basically all they need to do is trash Muslims and Islam. The rest is basically flexible. Including the patriotism stuff.

    If you watch videos by the various racist and neo-fascist personalities of the far right, they typically begin with the salutation: “G’day patriots”. Ordinarily, one might think that Australian patriots would be Australian, Australia would be the only country they loved and were committed to, and they just wanted to protect their beloved country from foreigners (above all Muslims) who were going to wreck the place. But the thing is, the patriots seem flexible on what one might’ve thought were the fundamentals of patriotism.

    Take Senator Malcolm Roberts, from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party. It turns out, when he stood for election as a Senator for the most xenophobic party in parliament, he wasn’t just an Australian citizen. He was also an English citizen. The High Court judgment on his case makes for amusing reading.

    Firstly, Justice Patrick Keane establishes that Roberts spent the election trying to find out if he was a British citizen. In May 2016 he wrote an email to two (seemingly defunct) email addresses, asking them “Please advise whether or not I am still a British citizen? If I am a British citizen, how do I renounce it?”

    In June, he tried to renounce his British citizenship by sending another email which he hoped would be “effective immediately”. When his wife, Christine Roberts, found the correct office to get in contact with in September, Malcolm emailed them to find out “Am I a British citizen, national, subject or UK classification of any kind?” And if so, how could he renounce it?

    The United Kingdom Home Office corresponded with Roberts until he finally was able to register his renunciation on 5 December 2016. Remember: the election was held about 5 months earlier, in July.

    Here is the part that is a bit weird. To prove that he was entitled to be elected, and even to run as a Senator, Roberts needed to show that he was always just an Australian citizen, and nothing else. When being questioned in court, Roberts said “At the time of my nomination I considered myself Australian and only Australian. This is my sincere belief based upon having grown up in Australia, our family culture and the fact that I had always had an Australian and only an Australian passport.”

    Justice Keane seemed bemused by Robert’s theory that all it takes to be an Australian is the belief that one is Australian. Justice Keane observed that, “Senator Roberts referred on several occasions to this evidence as the foundation of his claim to be, and always to have been, an Australian and only an Australian.”

    He comments that “Senator Roberts equates feelings of Australian self-identification with citizenship, and so confuses notions of how a person sees oneself with an understanding of how one’s national community sees an individual who claims to be legally entitled to be accepted as a member of that community. The extent to which Senator Roberts’ subjective beliefs and objective reality diverge became apparent when Senator Roberts, pressed by Mr Lloyd SC as to whether ‘believing that you are an Australian citizen by reason of what is said amongst family members is actually the test for Australian citizenship’, answered: ‘Knowing my father I certainly do’.”

    I don’t think there’s any question that this would not be accepted by the “patriots” – or by One Nation’s leader – if stated by a Muslim. The citizenship of Muslims is constantly up for questioning and scrutiny, and those who fail various tests of proving commitment to Australia – “Australian values” and so on – are routinely invited to leave the country.

    Roberts was born in another country, broke the law set out in the Constitution, was a citizen of two countries when running for office – and is one of the leading exponents of Australia’s most patriotic elected party. It turns out to be Australian, all it takes is thinking you are Australian.

    All the stuff about Team Australia, Australian values and so on doesn’t really apply to patriots who hate Muslims. They can even get a pass for breaking the Constitution – the kind of document that patriots in other countries might hold sacred.

    Or take another patriot, Avi Yemini. Yemini is the son of Zephania Waks, and his brother is Manny, well known for exposing the sexual abuse of children in the Jewish community. It appears that Avi, who alleges his father was abusive, changed his last name to distance himself from his family.

    Moving along, Avi brags about serving in the Israeli army, and has a gym called IDF (Israeli Defence Force) Training. Again, it seems strange for an icon of the movement of patriots to have served in a foreign army, which he continues to glorify and encourages others to support.

    This seems like it would be relatively straightforward: Australian patriots are supposed to love and serve only one army – the Australian army. If Australia went to war with Israel, we might assume that patriots would serve on the Australian side. If a “patriot” would hesitate, or have doubts, or be unsure about which country to support – is that person really so patriotic?

    Or take another supporter of the patriots – the former Facebook group, Australian Jewish Communal Lobby. Seemingly coming from nowhere, it primarily posted anti-Muslim memes and diatribes, and offered to give free legal support to Reclaim Australia protest attendees. AJCL also supported the anti-Muslim political party, Australian Liberty Alliance.

    AJCL had no communal legitimacy, and every peak Jewish organisation distanced themselves from it. It soon found itself in legal trouble – despite its various alleged directors, it seemed to basically be a man called Jaron Chester and his Facebook page.

    Mr Chester was deeply upset at allegations of “fraud”, insisting that the “thought of any law being breached is preposterous”. Chester had claimed that certain individuals had consented to become directors – which they were unaware of – and had not obtained their signatures before claiming they were on board. This was, according to Chester, “clearly an unfortunate oversight”.

    In August this year, Mr Chester was arrested. It is alleged that he laundered vast sums of money for a “massive drug importation ring”. On one occasion, police allege, Mr Chester was asked to withdraw $200,000 from the Commonwealth Bank for Michael Ibrahim. Mr Chester allegedly only withdrew $170,000, attempting to embezzle $30,000 from Mr Ibrahim. The latter allegedly responded a few days later by shaving Chester’s head and plucking his eyebrows.

    It seems passing strange that the “President” of an imaginary organisation devoted primarily to complaining about Muslims should allegedly be part of a crime ring led by Muslims. Of course, this too may be a misunderstanding – Mr Chester’s lawyer claims that all of his actions occurred under duress.

    I want to stress: I’m proudly unpatriotic. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Malcolm Roberts being a dual citizen, Avi being proud of his heritage, or being passionately committed to another country. Serving in the country of an army with an egregious human rights record, of course, is another question. I think dual citizens should be able to serve in our Parliament. For people interested lucrative criminal activities, I don’t think they should abstain from working with people from other religious backgrounds. I just find it a bit weird that such people should identify primarily as patriots. The only thing they really seem to have in common is their views on Islam and Muslims.

    I favour internationalism over nationalism, love of peoples rather than one people, and devotion to what’s right rather than the country you’re born in. If Australia – hypothetically – were to invade another country unjustly, I would support the right of the invaded to resist the Australian army, and hope that Australia was defeated and fled.

    That might be unpatriotic. So be it. I am committed to universal ideals, not to pieces of earth with particular titles on maps.

    The patriots claim to have another set of ideals. To be Australian is to subscribe to Australian values. Asylum seekers have to follow our very strict rules of migration, or suffer the consequences. It seems those rules and their confusing details aren’t worth fussing about for “patriots”. Australians should get over where they came from, and become Australian before anything else. Unless you hate Muslims. Then you can proudly serve in and promote another country’s army, and that’s okay.

    Muslims who don’t respect our laws should go back to where they came from… and then we have the case of the allegations against Mr Chester, and the constitutional impropriety of “Senator” Roberts.

    Patriotism hasn’t ever really been my cup of tea. I will concede that patriotism can and does push some people to try to make Australia a better and fairer place. Yet the movement of far-right patriots is mostly flexible about all of the patriotism stuff they use against others.

    Whatever the sins of the patriots, they can seemingly get a pass for all of it, so long as they trash Islam and Muslims.


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    Make no mistake about it: the alt-right is a cult, and this is how its members lure people in

    They have created an esoteric private language with terms like cuck, red pill, deus vault. People are seduced by a combination of humour (everything is 'ironic' so it has plausible deniability) and a secret language

    The social media thrust of the “alt-right” is characterised by two approaches. One is the mobilisation of humour – sometimes laconic, sometimes sociopathic. The other is the resurrection and re-engineering of original imagery from the Third Reich.

    As a result, the alt-right is a moving target, able to tease, and able to deny the authenticity of their content because of its comedic packaging; in the words of Jason Wilson, “the alt-right have stormed mainstream consciousness by weaponising irony, and by using humour and ambiguity as tactics to wrongfoot their opponents” . It is rare that they advance a straight argument, or in fact any argument at all.

    But they are indeed a cult. Their power comes from a series of social media sites such as Elders of the Black Sun; Stop Degeneracy; Nazi Tinder; Art of the True Right; Strictly Ubermensch; Men Among the Ruins; Trumpenreich. The subcultural and cultist elements effectively disarm potential critics via their very oddity.

    There is a rhetoric and a ritual script. They have created an esoteric private language with terms like cuck, red pill, deus vault; and famously their brand logo of Pepe the Frog; not to mention their local hero, the assailant of Anti-fa protesters, “Based Stickman”, as well as their bizarre country, Kekistan.

    Left-wing and Anti-fa demonstrators are their special objects of loathing, and pictures of Nazis are always the balm after some image of liberal transgression. Vistas of a granite-faced Hitler abound. He is the constant point of reference and, over 70 years after his death, of hope (“How about a Fuhrer appreciation post?”).

    They feature Hitler in a baseball cap saying Make America Great Again, while the famous Hoffmann images of Hitler practicing oratorical gestures are turned into a brilliant laser-lit disco performance. Their memes are typically juvenile: “What women think men want – bikinis. What men really want – fascist salutes.”

    The sites of those who define themselves as “alt-right” are rabidly anti-Semitic and for them the Holocaust is a fiction. The first citizen of anti-Semite agitation is the “news” magazine Stormer, for whom Jews are “a true threat to all living things”. Grotesque caricatures of Jews are in effect its brand logo, and there is no question as to the source of its inspiration. Thus its headline of 20 April 2017 “Why free speech and free internet advocates must love Hitler”, accompanied by an image of Hitler with “banned” written over him (paralleling an NSDAP poster of the Weimar era).

    Islam is another enemy, of course, and a frequent image is of a frowning, bearded mullah scolding: “That’s haram!” The alt-right places supreme value on the European race or what Adolf Hitler himself called the Prometheus of mankind. The notion is of cultural displacement, that there is an existential threat to "white culture”. This occurs precisely at the point in American history where the nation is poised to lose its white majority, a critical juncture.

    African Americans are a particular target. One crime of a black person is the crime of all black people everywhere, a familiar Goebbels-style rhetorical trick. The alleged mannerisms and culture of African Americans are caricatured in parodies which are beyond crude. They also mock the aspirations of African Americans to their own heritage: “we wuz kangz (kings) and sh*t”.

    There is no kind of rhetorical uplift or vision for the alt-right cause, just sick jokes and depravity. Artfully contrived images of overweight, weepy leftist demonstrators – “fat f**k who cried”, “autistic screech” – contrast with grim- visaged Third Reich warriors.

    They are sadistic: the suicide of a transgender teen is greeted with “Good riddance”. We are told (on Elders of the Black Sun) that “Elder Zyklon” calculates 2,281 Jews a minute were exterminated (set against a picture of Auschwitz). Stop Degeneracy offers a picture of a “girls’ night out”, then followed by a “guys’ night out”, depicting Kristallnacht in 1938.

    Yet the alt-right is not an organisation but a disorganisation. The process is essentially crowd-sourced, originally via the message board 4Chan. Exactly like Isis propaganda, the hive mind produces it with weak or zero corporate control: readers are both producers and consumers, and it is open source.

    Here then is the gathered harvest of personal bitterness. Lonely individuals map onto these causes their own frustrations. Underlying it all is an appeal to solidarity, the community of shared views and values.

    In our online world there are feeble social ties, maybe replicating the actual and external world its activists inhabit, so there is great value in creating a shared enemy to enhance evanescent relationships. They find pleasure from numbers, the discovery of like-minded confederate. One effect is to make such views socially acceptable again, not least because memes leak into the world beyond and they legitimise bigotry.

    The common denominator is a hatred of American and European liberalism: the alt-right movement gathered momentum during the period of the Trump campaign and his presidency, which has emboldened such views. The movement has discovered a persuasive formula of great power, one that eschews direct confrontation. It seeks neither to harangue with argument nor beguile with rhetoric, but to ridicule, and to elude the scrutiny of conscience by virtue of its levity and lack of seriousness.

    Hitler’s derived lesson from World War One was that German failure was in essence a failure of propaganda. His supercharged propaganda script has had a fatal influence well beyond his era. The unthinkable has happened: fascism has found a modern voice, regenerated via the clever device of “weaponised irony” and original Nazi imagery.

    Ostensibly crusaders against political correctness, alt-right inspiration really derives from a regime that dissolved in the smoldering ruins of Berlin more than 70 years ago. It is a very old and dangerous message, restored for young voices.


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    IT’S STRANGE HOW some things really catch on and go viral and others don’t. These days, nothing quite makes a story blow up — no pun intended — like the president’s fixation with it. That’s why it’s so peculiar that what sure looks like an attempted terrorist attack was narrowly thwarted at an American airport this past Friday without so much as a peep from Donald Trump about it. No tweets. No nicknames for the alleged would-be-terrorist. Nothing. You’ll see why in a minute.

    This past Friday morning, at 12:39 a.m., security footage from the Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina showed a man walking through the front doors wearing black clothing and a black cap, while carrying a bag. “Based on a review of the video, the individual walked near the entrance to the terminal, went out of sight momentarily, and was then seen departing the area without the bag,” according to the criminal complaint.

    Following the Transportation Security Administration’s protocols, airport security allowed a bomb dog to sniff the bag for explosives and the dog signaled to the team the presence of dangerous materials in the bag. The concourse was then shut down. The street leading to the airport was shut down. And Asheville Regional Airport officials found themselves in a dangerous emergency situation.

    What investigators eventually found in the bag was AN/FO (Ammonium Nitrate/Fuel Oil) explosives that, according to the criminal complaint, have been used “in a number of terrorist-related incidents around the world. When AN/FO comes into contact with a flame or other ignition source it explodes violently. Nails or ball bearings are often items added to the device so as to increase the devastation inflicted by the explosion.”

    In fact, sharp nails and bullets were found in this improvised explosive device. Whoever built it designed the bomb to cause horrific bodily harm. Before disarming it, authorities discovered that the alarm attached to it was scheduled to go off at 6:00 a.m. that morning just as a fresh round of travelers was scheduled to arrive at the airport.

    The man who planted it, it turns out, openly admitted to authorities that he was “preparing to fight a war on U.S. soil” and that this bomb was but one part of that war.

    Little Fanfare

    I bet you never heard about it. I keep an eye on these types of incidents closely and I didn’t hear about it. Someone who follows me online who happens to live in Asheville sent me the story this morning — shocked that it hadn’t gotten any play at all beyond a few mentions in the local paper and some isolated pickup by a few national outlets.

    As soon as I clicked on the article, it all made perfect sense.

    The story didn’t go viral and Trump didn’t tweet about it because the bomb was not placed by an immigrant, or a Muslim, or a Mexican. It was placed there by a good ol’ white man, Michael Christopher Estes. Unlike the Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, whose motive is still hard to discern, Estes wanted to be very clear that his ultimate goal was to accelerate a war on American soil.

    Sorry if it sounds like you’ve heard this story before. I’m as tired of writing it as you are reading it, but you know good and well that if Estes was a young Muslim — hell, if he had ever even visited a mosque in the past 25 years — that Trump would be tweeting about him right this very moment to tout how essential a Muslim ban is for American safety.

    A Muslim attacker’s mugshot would become a meme across the conservative media. Mainstream American outlets would be covering the heroic bravery of those who thwarted the terrorist plot. We’d all be seeing footage of the perpetrator being walked from the police car to the jail and from the jail to the court room. Out loud, people would talk and tweet about the man’s family and friends and networks — wondering where he was radicalized, and if anyone else feels the way he does.

    In this case, though? Crickets. We hear nothing at all — almost exclusively because the man who planted an improvised explosive device, just like ones that have been used to murder and maim people all over the world, was white. His guilt starts and stops with him. His actions aren’t an indictment of his whole faith, political outlook, and race. White people aren’t, thanks to Estes, suddenly labeled terrorists or seen as a threat to American safety in the way that would almost certainly happen had it been anybody other than a white man.

    This isn’t me calling for all of those things that happen to Muslims and immigrants every single day to now happen to Estes and white people all over the country. It’s me saying that the fundamentally bigoted double standard by which it is done to virtually everyone except for Michael Christopher Estes and other white men has to stop.



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