SCHOOL SHOOTING — ETHNO-STATE— CYBERWAR
How “lone wolves activists” are used for political goals. More on neo-Nazis, militia and white supremacists and why you should pay attention:
- Organizational structure
- Movement structure
- Backers and financial supporters
- International networks.
Nikolas Cruz, 19, who killed 17 people and injured 14 at a school in Fort Lauderdale, was a recently orphaned youth with the history of psychological issues. He also attended paramilitary training conducted by the Republic of Florida, a “white civil rights organization fighting for white identitarian politics” seeking to create a “white ethnostate” in Florida. According to ABC News, three Cruz’s classmates confirmed that “Cruz was part of the group,” “marched with the group frequently and was often seen with [Jordan] Jereb.”
Note/Update: this link has now disappeared of Internet and the leader of the group “backed up” his statement but here is the screenshot of the “non-existing” ABC link:
Here are the links to the actual names of the classmates from Daily Beast interview (before it disappears):
Jereb, the leader of the group, said that Cruz belonged to a Republic of Florida Clearwater “cell ”and drove up with members to Tallahassee to do paramilitary training.
If you think that we are dealing with a bunch of deranged juvenile delinquents, think twice.
Individuals like Cruz are vulnerable and make easy targets for recruitment. A fast research shows that group leaders apply techniques similar to the Bolshevik agitation and recruitment, using “cells.”
This tactic can be effective. Here are just a few mentions of the latest murders by neo-Nazis “lone wolf activists”: Atomwaffen Division, an American Nazi organization, is behind the alleged murderer of a Jewish college student, Blaze Bernstein, in California and other murders. A 17-year-old young white supremacist William Atchison killed two students at a high school in New Mexico before killing himself. This list is incomplete.
In addition to alt-right, neo-Nazi and militia, there are also pro-Russian paramilitary “boot camps” in California, Washington and Oregon.
“One of the local Orthodox parishes in Sacramento announced that they would take in those wishing to undergo a kind of “young fighter’s course” that includes handling small arms, a sports bow and throwing knives, as well as drills and patriotic training. Similar youth training camps under clearly Russian names like “Scythian” or “Rusichi” have spread widely throughout the United States. Militarized musters are regularly held in the states of Washington and Oregon. In neighboring California, a “sports-patriotic camp dedicated to the Paratrooper’s Day, a Russian military holiday” had been organized from 2012 to 2015.
2. INTENTIONS: VIOLENCE
The groups have clear intentions. Ten minutes of browsing 4chan and reddit boards leave no illusions.
3. “UNITE THE RIGHT”
Alt-right and neo-Nazi leaders plan ahead and have a vision in addition to the mission. Jordan Jereb and Matthew Heimbach, one of the leading neo-Nazis in the USA, met to discuss uniting “dozens if not hundreds of organizations” of neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
I strongly recommend watching the video.
Note the Russian Orthodox Cross that Heimbach is wearing. “The deranged” are not alone.
Heimbach, a Russian Orthodox Christian with strong ties to Russian ideologists and admiration for Trump and Putin, is also a member of the World National Conservative Movement, a product of the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM), which describes its ideology as “Christian Orthodox imperial nationalism” and does not hide its ties to the Kremlin. According to Anton Shekhovtsov, a researcher of European far-right movements, the Russian Imperial Movement arose in part from the efforts of a Russian political party founded by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and a close ally of Putin. The group’s stated goals are similar to those pursued by the Kremlin, including the neutralization of the EU and NATO.
Neo-Nazis make no secrets of their affiliations and predilections. Their proclamation of love for Putin is all over the Internet.
READ HERE ABOUT THE RUSSIAN CONNECTIONS OF THE NEO-NAZI AND ALT-RIGHT GROUPS.
5. INTERNATIONAL NETWORK
In the video, Heimbach talks to Jereb about Golden Dawn, Greek neo-Nazi organization. Previously, in his interview to Vice, Heimbach said that in terms of the organization tactics, “we follow the European example of Golden Dawn,” one of “the vanguard nationalist organization in the world.”
In 2015, Aleksander Dugin — a neo-fascist philosopher, who has ties to virtually every American white supremacist leader in one way or another, hosted a lecture, via Skype, at the Traditionalist Worker Party founded by Heimbach.
READ HERE ABOUT THE RUSSIAN CONNECTIONS OF THE THE NEO-NAZI LEADERS.
6. SEPARATISTS MOVEMENTS TIES
Dugin, nicknamed “Putin’s brain,” is an inspiration for many international ultra-right movements leaders and separatists. It’s no wonder as the world-old principle “Divide and Conquer” is at the core of Dugin’s “doctrine.” Here are some quotes:
“It is important to provoke all forms of instability in the US.”
“It is especially important to introduce geopolitical disorder into internal American activity, encouraging all kinds of separatism and ethnic, social and racial conflicts, actively supporting all dissident movements — extremist, racist, and sectarian groups, thus destabilizing internal political processes in the US. It would also make sense simultaneously to support isolationist tendencies in American politics.”
And here are some photos of American separatists in Russia.
A referendum, from Crimea to the UK to Catalonia, became one of the favorite tools of the Kremlin. Back to the Republic of Florida — and “Slavonic Tribute to US Secession Movement.”
7. FINANCIAL SPONSORSHIP
Russian right-wing nationalist Konstantin Malofeev, the founder of Marshall Capital, one of the leading Russian investment groups, allegedly sponsors Dugin’s projects, like Katehon and “Orthodox TV channel” Tsargrad.
Malofeev is connected with Russian Orthodox Church and Patriarch Kirill, a former KGB officer. Malofeev is one of the chief financiers of Russian mercenaries fighting against the Ukrainian government.
Curiously enough, Katehon website also covered Carter Page’s visit to Moscow. Is Carter Page a Russian Orthodox?
8. DEFLECTION AND DISINFORMATION: CYBERWAR STRATEGIES
- School shootings, terrorist attacks and natural disasters are often created or used to distract the public attention from the unwanted discoveries in media. Read about this propaganda tactic here.
According to Wired, “in the wake of Wednesday’s Parkland, Florida school shooting… troll and bot-tracking sites reported an immediate uptick in related tweets from political propaganda bots and Russia-linked Twitter accounts. Hamilton 68, a website created by Alliance for Securing Democracy, tracks Twitter activity from accounts it has identified as linked to Russian influence campaigns. As of morning, shooting-related terms dominated the site’s trending hashtags and topics, including Parkland, guncontrolnow, Florida, guncontrol, and Nikolas Cruz, the name of the alleged shooter. Popular trending topics among the bot network include shooter, NRA, shooting, Nikolas, Florida, and teacher.
“On RoBhat Labs’ Botcheck.me, a website created by two Berkeley students to track 1500 political propaganda bots, all of the top two-word phrases used in the last 24 hours — excluding President Trump’s name — are related to the tragedy: School shooting, gun control, high school, Florida school.”
One of the stories that Russia tried hard to bury this week was the expose of the ties between Paul Manafort, Oleg Deripaska and the Kremlin. In Russia, YouTube and Instagram were threatened to be closed over this story.
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2. “Smear campaigns” strategies are used to create the image of internal enemy and “scape goats.” Since Charlottesville, such campaigns against Antifa, some more successful than others, became a compulsory exercise for alt-right, Kremlin trolls and bots. Disinformation is an important tool in cyberwar. I had once caught a bot red-handed retweeting my article about Antifa campaign. You can see the results here.
If we fail to see the big picture, we will be consumed. I grieve for the loss of lives. I don’t do prayers. Think we must. Act we must.
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