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RISE OF THE FAR RIGHT IS A GLOBAL SECURITY THREAT

By jazz_music follow jazz_music   2019 Jul 8, 1:26pm 396 views   13 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


When Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz was elected in 2017 on an anti-immigrant, anti-Islam, nationalist platform, many observers (including yours truly) feared that the new government would empower right-wing extremists; those fears were confirmed a few months later when the far-right Freedom Party joined Kurz’s coalition. The party took control of several key ministries, while its leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, became Kurz’s vice-chancellor.

On Tuesday, the New York Times published a disturbing story on what the Freedom Party has been up to since then. Shortly after the party came to power, the Interior Ministry asked the anti-extremism unit of the domestic intelligence service to hand over the names of informants who had infiltrated the far-right community; the leader of that unit refused, and a few weeks later, “armed police burst into her office and carted away years’ worth of domestic files as well as intelligence from allied nations.”
This bears repeating: A government ministry demanded that a domestic intelligence agency expose the identities of its informants in violent extremist groups to officials sympathetic to those groups and, when rebuffed, proceeded to seize files from the agency by force in an illegal police raid.

It may be hard to fathom this kind of thing happening in a European democracy in 2018, but there is no reason whatsoever to find this surprising. The Freedom Party has well-documented links to extremist groups including the far-right youth movement Generation Identity. An Austrian nonprofit found that extremists have been employed by four of the ministries the party now controls, including the foreign, defense, and interior ministries. A party official recently published a poem “likening migrants to rats,” the Times reports.

The far-right infiltration of the Austrian government has gotten so bad that other countries, including the U.S., U.K., Netherlands, and Germany, are becoming wary of sharing intelligence with Austria for fear that it will end up in the wrong hands: namely, Russian hands, as the Freedom Party is simpatico with Russian president Vladimir Putin and has a cooperation agreement with his United Russia party. Kurz, predictably, has defended his decision to bring the party into his government and downplayed his partners’ ties to Russia, as well as the political motivations of the raid on the domestic intelligence service.

The Freedom Party has been in government before, from 2000 to 2005, at which time the European Union sanctioned Austria over its inclusion. Since that time, it has undergone the same kind of sanitizing as other European far-right parties to improve its mainstream palatability, disavowing or at least soft-pedaling its Nazi origins and casting itself as an ordinary conservative-libertarian party that just wants to Make Austria Great Again. At the same time, it has benefited from the growing public opposition to immigration from Muslim countries and has doubled down on its nationalist, anti-immigrant rhetoric, couched in the language of the white-supremacist conspiracy theory of “replacement.”

Unfortunately, Austria is hardly the only place where right-wing extremism has moved from the fringes to the mainstream, and the Freedom Party’s ideological kin in other European countries are following similar strategies, seeking control of key security and intelligence institutions as soon as they obtain any measure of power. Interior, defense, and foreign ministries are the ideal branches of government for these parties to enact their core agendas; they also happen to be the ministries an extremist minority would want to capture if they wanted to turn law enforcement, the intelligence apparatus, and the military into vehicles for their ideology and undermine the rule of law.

In Italy, for example, deputy prime minister and minister of interior Matteo Salvini, head of the right-wing League party, has been using his position to authoritarian ends. Salvini has filed a defamation suit against author Roberto Saviano, one of his harshest critics, and threatened to take away Saviano’s police protection (due to Mafia death threats) in an act of retaliation disguised as cost cutting. He has also bulldozed refugee camps, abolished protections for migrants, and pushed for transparently racist policies like a curfew on “little ethnic shops.”

What’s new and terrifying about the events in Austria, however, is that the right-wing party is using its powers in government to protect violent organizations it counts as its allies. In most European countries, the far right has yet to garner enough power to act quite so brazenly. Germany’s chief of domestic intelligence Hans-Georg Maassen was removed from his position last year after expressing sympathy with far-right demonstrators and calling into question his agency’s ability to monitor and crack down on neo-Nazis. Other nationalist governments in Europe have quietly embraced or marched alongside extremist groups, but most have avoided actively boosting them.

Where can we find another example of a government actively undermining the detection and suppression of far-right extremist movements? Right here in the U.S., as a matter of fact.

White-supremacist violence has been rising steadily over the past three years, and extremism watchers like the Anti-Defamation League make no bones about the fact that this is directly linked to the election of President Donald Trump. Not only has Trump downplayed the threat of white-supremacist terrorism and failed to convincingly distance himself from the neo-Nazi fringes of his base, his administration has taken concrete steps to shift government resources away from addressing the threat these extremist groups pose.

The Trump administration has gutted the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Community Partnerships and the interagency task force on countering violent extremism. Meanwhile, former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka’s wife Katharine, who plays a shady advisory role at DHS, has worked to refocus its counter-extremism efforts exclusively on Muslims (Gorka, like her husband, regularly promotes anti-Muslim conspiracy theories). DHS recently disbanded a team of intelligence analysts who focused on domestic terrorism, while the FBI’s new classification system for domestic terrorism lumps white-supremacist violence into a more nebulous category of “racially-motivated violent extremism.” This despite the fact that homegrown, white-supremacist terrorism is responsible for the vast majority of extremist murders in the U.S.

Just like in Austria, it seems the Trump administration is refusing to treat white supremacists as a top security threat because the administration, like the Republican Party in general, has become increasingly dependent on their support. White supremacism has been seeping into the GOP base through the conservative movement, the tea party, and the Evangelical community for many years now; with Trump at the helm, the ruling party’s link to far-right extremists has become quite apparent. Twitter can’t crack down on white-supremacist propaganda, it claims, because doing so would require it to censor and ban Republican politicians.

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/05/rise-of-the-far-right-is-a-global-security-threat.html

1   jazz_music   ignore (14)   2019 Jul 8, 1:26pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

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Radical white-supremacist terrorists have already carried out and will inevitably continue to attempt mass murders of Jews, Muslims, Latinos, immigrants, and other “undesirables,” both here and in other countries. The administration is turning a blind eye to this scourge, to say nothing of Trump’s bashing of security and intelligence agencies and his embrace of “deep state” conspiracy theories, which have politicized the work of those agencies and made it harder for them to combat threats from extremists whose views align with the president’s. This malign neglect will surely contribute to more avoidable deaths in the years to come.

So don’t look at what’s happening in Austria and say it couldn’t happen here; it already is.
2   Shaman   ignore (3)   2019 Jul 8, 1:32pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

jazz_music says
don’t look at what’s happening in Austria and say it couldn’t happen here; it already is.


I hope you’re right.
3   rd6B   ignore (1)   2019 Jul 8, 2:20pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

jazz_music says
Radical white-supremacist terrorists have already carried out and will inevitably continue to attempt mass murders of Jews, Muslims, Latinos, immigrants, and other “undesirables,” both here and in other countries.

Muslims most certainly win in body count by a huge margin. Why does no one in collective Left (or very, very few - with exception of may be Bill Maher) say much about that?
4   jazz_music   ignore (14)   2019 Jul 8, 3:06pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

d6rB says
Muslims most certainly win in body count by a huge margin. Why does no one in collective Left (or very, very few - with exception of may be Bill Maher) say much about that?
I don't need to comment on EVERY subject.

AND I do not represent any group, as much as enemies here constantly claim that I do when they have no logical argument to back up their ignorant comments.
5   rd6B   ignore (1)   2019 Jul 8, 3:20pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

jazz_music says
I don't need to comment on EVERY subject.

That is true - but the lesson I have learned is that most important subjects are more worth discussing. In this case body count is probably good approximation for importance.
Also, I have observed that while majority (not all) of the collective Right distance themselves from KKK etc, very few in collective left distance themselves from Islamic terror and their breeders, Antifa, etc.
6   jazz_music   ignore (14)   2019 Jul 8, 3:41pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

ANTIFA is resisting the corporate capture of our government but all you hear about them is that someone got hurt at a demonstration.

That is a subject change.

When union organizers took to the streets, the owners hired thugs to make brawls so there was an excuse to call police to stop the demonstration.

This is the oldest trick the Fascists have.

I'm glad to see someone resist the loss of democracy in my country.
7   jazz_music   ignore (14)   2019 Jul 8, 3:42pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Muslims are a closed subject: either you believe they exist to take over the world or you believe they are like everybody else.

There's nothing to say on the subject.
8   WookieMan   ignore (4)   2019 Jul 8, 3:50pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

jazz_music says
So don’t look at what’s happening in Austria and say it couldn’t happen here; it already is.


You been to Austria recently? I've got family over there. This article is the definition of sensationalist journalism. Pure BS.
9   rd6B   ignore (1)   2019 Jul 8, 4:07pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

jazz_music says
ANTIFA is resisting the corporate capture of our government but all you hear about them is that someone got hurt at a demonstration.

They try to resist corporate takeover, but they are idiots who do it in a counterproductive, violent way. If I'd be a conspiracy theorist, I'd say that the best way how to get left-wing ideas discredited is by Antifa-type behavior...the correct way would perhaps be to devolve power to states, cities, and communities, and to let megacorporations go broke as opposed to bailing them out (hello, Bush and Obama), and to make corporate debt more expensive so that zombie corporations would disappear...hitting someone in face because of an ideological disagreement will have the opposite effect of positive.

jazz_music says
Muslims are a closed subject: either you believe they exist to take over the world or you believe they are like everybody else.

There is another possibility: Muslims are mostly good people whose minds have been poisoned by a violent, early Middle ages-type ideology. Perhaps they should be informed that worshiping a book which encourages murder of non-believers is not a good idea in 21st century.
10   WineHorror1   ignore (1)   2019 Jul 8, 8:36pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Jazz,

More crybaby stuff? How come white nations are the only ones being invaded and then being called racists for not wanting to allow open borders?

Smart "woke" people aren't buying what you're selling.
11   jazz_music   ignore (14)   2019 Jul 8, 9:08pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

WineHorror1 says
Jazz,

More crybaby stuff? How come white nations are the only ones being invaded and then being called racists for not wanting to allow open borders?

Smart "woke" people aren't buying what you're selling.
But it’s you crying here.

... as ambassador for “white nations” too.

Is “woke” the latest 4chan lingo for what? A good follower? No matter. I’m not the subject here.

The subject is the global stink of right wing retards.

Had you read the link you would see that the problem came before the refugees.

Project much on crying? If you don’t like the post, have nothing grownup to contribute you are perfectly free to FUCK OFF.

LOL

And cry to someone who GIVES A FUCK.
12   mell   ignore (4)   2019 Jul 8, 9:12pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

jazz_music says
Had you read the link you would see that the problem came before the refugees.


The raping and stabbing certainly came with the rapefugees. The statistics are clear on this.
13   NoCoupForYou   ignore (4)   2019 Jul 9, 12:11am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

When you chart the links between Leftist Propaganda Groups (SPLC), Journalists, and Antifa - and there are many - twitter bans you:

https://humanevents.com/2019/05/29/twitter-bans-analyst-who-revealed-journalists-antifa-connections/

Imagine if just one person at Infowars.com had several links to the KKK. Media would be on it like white on rice.

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