Deadly Far-Right Extremism in USA

A scathing new report by the Capitol Police’s internal watchdog reveals officials knew Congress was the target of the deadly January 6 insurrection, yet officers were instructed to refrain from deploying more aggressive measures that could have helped “push back the rioters.” Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports domestic terrorism incidents surged to a record high in 2020, fueled by white supremacist, anti-Muslim and anti-government extremists on the far right. The Post found that, since 2015, right-wing extremists have been involved in 267 plots or attacks, leading to 91 deaths. Reporter A.C. Thompson, who explores the threat of far-right extremism in the new PBS “Frontline” documentary “American Insurrection,” says there was a “massive pool of radicalized individuals” ahead of the January 6 attack who were being pushed toward violence by “an abundance of lies by the former president, by this entire conspiratorial right-wing media and social media ecosystem.”

the concern that I have at this point is that we may see an act of mass casualty terrorism sometime in the relatively near future, because we have a massive pool of radicalized individuals who have been fed an abundance of lies by the former president, by this entire conspiratorial right-wing media and social media ecosystem. And that is the concern I have.

For us, the film traces sort of what happens from Charlottesville with the white power movement, which was emboldened and catalyzed by former President Trump, up to now, where we see the sort of white supremacists fading and these groups we saw on January 6th coming out, the street fighters, like the Proud Boys, the militias, the boogaloo bois. And that’s sort of the arc that we’re tracing here. We expect trouble from those groups in the future.

— source democracynow.org | Apr 14, 2021

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How Real Nazis Came to the Americas: the Recruitment of Klaus Barbie

By the time Klaus Barbie went on the payroll of an American intelligence organization in 1947, he had lived several lifetimes of human vileness. Barbie sought out opponents of the Nazis in Holland, chasing them down with dogs. He had worked for the Nazi mobile death squads on the Eastern Front, massacring Slavs and Jews. He’d put in two years heading the Gestapo in Lyons, France, torturing to death Jews and French Resistance fighters (among them the head of the Resistance, Jean Moulin.) After the liberation of France, Barbie participated in the final Nazi killing frenzy before the Allies moved into Germany.

Yet the career of this heinous war criminal scarcely skipped a beat before he found himself securing entered on the US payroll in postwar Germany. The Barbie was shipped out of Europe by his new paymasters along the “ratline’ to Bolivia. There he began a new life remarkably similar to his old one: working for the secret police, doing the bidding of drug lords and engaging in arms trafficking across South America. Soon, his old skills as a torturer became in high demand.

By the early 1960s, Barbie was once again working with the CIA to put a US-backed thug in power. In the years that followed, the old Nazi became a central player in the US-inspired Condor Program, aimed at suppressing popular insurgencies and keeping US-controlled dictators in power throughout Latin America. Barbie helped organize the so-

— source counterpunch.org | Jeffrey St. Clair | Feb 26, 2021

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Fighting Fascism, then and now

It was the International Brigades’ Memorial Day in Jubilee Park beside the Thames in London. It was a hot day with no breeze, “a Spanish day”, one of the Brigaders said. Like the others, all in their eighties and older, he took shelter in the shade and rested on his walking stick. He wore his red beret. Twenty yards away, tourists waiting to board the London Eye, the great ferris wheel built for the Milennium, looked bemused at the elderly men in their berets, and the rest of us, without knowing who we were, what the men had done and why we were celebrating them.

Between 1936 and 1939, the International Brigade fought in Spain on the side of the Republican government against the fascist forces of General Franco. There were British, Americans, Irish, Canadians, Australians and others. They were very young and all volunteers, determined to stop fascism in its tracks. They made a difference.

Although the government eventually fell, in February 1937, the 600-strong British

— source johnpilger.com | john pilger | 19 Jul 2005

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Secret Neo-Nazi Group Uncovered After Teen Suicide in Colorado

The suicide of a teenager in Colorado exposed the existence of a neo-Nazi Facebook group whose members talked about killing Blacks and Jews and recruited in high schools across the state. The racist Facebook group was called the “4th Reich’s Official Group Chat” since its members believed that they were the ideological descendants of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich, the Nazi regime in Germany from 1936 to 1945 that killed 11 million people, including six million Jews—two-thirds of the Jewish population in Europe.

According to police, the existence of the group was known after their leader killed himself on Sept. 21 “to show his allegiance to the Nazi party and the killing of Jewish people,” said a police report.

— source telesurtv.net | 2016-10-13

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Businessman launches Hindu-supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party in Sri Lanka

A press conference held in the Jaffna Media Center on Saturday, March 6, announced the formation of the “Sri Lanka Bharatiya Janata Party” (SLBJP), a party aiming to work with India’s violently anti-communist and anti-Muslim, Hindu-supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The formation of this party is a warning that factions within the Sri Lankan bourgeoisie are preparing an escalation of communal and political violence aimed at the working class. The SLBJP was formed after the Indian government called for the formation of precisely such a party. In February, Tripura Chief Minister, Biplab Deb said Indian Home Minister Amit Shah would form BJP governments not only in India but also in neighboring countries like Sri Lanka and Nepal.

— source wsws.org | 12 Mar 2021

hitler did same thing to expand germany for living space (Lebensraum). we know what happened that. world nations united to defeat hitler. but millions of ordinary germans got killed. women and children. india also moving in that direction. we are in the same economic situation as 1920. capitalism need another world war. this time india is the guinea pig .

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John Pilger hails the Brigaders

We gathered, the other day, at the International Brigades Memorial in Jubilee Gardens beside the Thames in London. It was warm with no breeze, “a Spanish day”, one of the Brigaders said. Like the others, all in their eighties and older, he took shelter in the shade and rested on his walking stick. He wore his red beret. Twenty yards away, tourists waiting to board the London Eye looked bemused at the elderly men in their berets and the rest of us, without knowing who we were, what the men had done and why we were celebrating them.

Between 1936 and 1939, the International Brigade fought in Spain on the side of the Republican government against the fascist forces of General Franco. They were very young and volunteers, determined to stop fascism in its tracks. Although the Republican government eventually fell, in February 1937 the 600-strong British Battalion of the XVth International Brigade stopped Franco’s advance on Madrid. Four hundred were killed, wounded or captured in four days of bloody battle.

There were many battles like that. Sam Russell, a Brigader, described eloquently how on the Sierra de Pandols, “there was not enough soil to bury the dead, so we covered them with stones”. The poet Martin

— source johnpilger.com | john pilger | 8 Aug 2005

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Applauding a military refusenik

Malcolm Kendall-Smith is the first British officer to face criminal charges for challenging the legality of the invasion and occupation.
He is not a conscientious objector; he has completed two tours in Iraq. When he came home the last time, he studied the reasons given for attacking Iraq and concluded he was breaking the law. His position is supported by international lawyers all over the world, not least by Kofi Annan, the UN secretary general, who said in September last year: “The US-led invasion of Iraq was an illegal act that contravened the UN Charter.”

The question of legality deeply concerns the British military brass, who sought Tony Blair’s assurance on the eve of the invasion, got it and, as they now know, were lied to. They are right to worry; Britain is a signatory to the treaty that set up the International Criminal Court, which draws its codes from the Geneva Conventions and the 1945 Nuremberg Charter. The latter is clear: “To initiate a war of aggression . . . is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”

At the Nuremberg trial of the Nazi leadership, counts one and two, “Conspiracy to wage aggressive war and waging aggressive war”, refer to “the common plan or conspiracy”. These are defined in the indictment as “the planning, preparation, initiation and waging of wars of aggression, which were also wars in violation of international treaties, agreements and assurances”. A wealth of evidence is now available that George Bush, Blair and their advisers did just that. The leaked minutes from the

— source johnpilger.com | 31 Oct 2005

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Coup Attempt Hit Closer to Centers of Power Than Hitler’s 1923 Putsch

Even as the Biden administration takes the reins of power, the fact remains that authoritarianism and a fascist strain of political thinking have taken firm root on U.S. soil among a large proportion of its citizens. This utterly disturbing development will, according to Noam Chomsky in this exclusive interview for Truthout, be hard to contain. A recent poll shows that the overwhelming majority of Republicans continues to give a thumbs up to Donald Trump, even after the storming of the Capitol. In the wake of the attempted coup, and on the cusp of a new administration, what do the current political currents mean for the future?

C.J. Polychroniou: Noam, you had been warning all along of a potential coup in the event that Trump would lose the 2020 election. In this context, are you surprised at all by what took place on Capitol Hill on the Electoral College vote count?

Noam Chomsky: Surprised, yes. I’d expected a strong reaction from Trump’s voting base, raised to a fever pitch by his latest antics. But hadn’t expected the attempted coup to reach this level of violence, and I suspect most of the participants didn’t either. Many seemed to have been caught up in the excitement of the moment when the leaders of the crowd surged into the hated Capitol to drive out the demons who were not just “stealing the election” but “stealing” their country from them: their white Christian country.

— source chomsky.info | Jan 19, 2021

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