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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/race/story...108566,00.html

    Website linked to far right hit list

    Home secretary under pressure to clamp down on fascist groups. Matthew Taylor on a campaign of violence via the internet

    Wednesday December 17, 2003
    The Guardian

    The home secretary, David Blunkett, is coming under increasing pressure to shut down an extreme rightwing website following the discovery of a secret hitlist of targets - including social workers, journalists and politicians.
    The Guardian has seen documents from a secure email network which show hardline fascists are planning a campaign of "violence and intimidation" and are swapping information on bomb-making and details of possible targets.

    The group is linked to the Redwatch website which carries hundreds of pictures and details of anti-fascists - many taken during protests against the British National Party - alongside the slogan "Remember places, traitors' faces, they'll all pay for their crimes."

    Only a handful of known neo-Nazis have access to the network which has been infiltrated for the first time by researchers at the anti-fascist organisation Searchlight.

    Many of those featured on Redwatch have already suffered threats, intimidation and physical assaults and campaigners fear the discovery of the new email group, nicknamed Mole Intelligence Bureau, signals a worrying escalation in far right violence.

    A dossier on the website has been compiled by the National Union of Journalists in Leeds and sent to the police and a local MP who passed it to the home secretary.

    A spokesman for the Home Office told the Guardian: "We are very aware of the anxiety caused by the presence of such material on the internet. The Home Office has had representations from many MPs about Redwatch and we will be responding to their concerns very soon."

    Unions, anti-fascist groups and MPs are looking at ways of closing the site and prosecuting those involved.

    "This email network is a very sinister development," said a spokesman for Searchlight. "There are explicit threats against people who have stood up to the far right and this is nothing more than political intimidation and classic fascism."

    Many of those featured on the site are people who have spoken out against the rise of the British National Party in the north of England. During anti-fascist meetings and protests in the runup to last year's local elections many BNP activists took pictures of anti-fascist campaigners which appeared on Redwatch.

    Next June the BNP, which has sought to position itself as a respectable, mainstream political party under the leadership of Nick Griffin, is expected to field a record number of candidates in the local and European elections. In many parts of the country all the seats on local councils are being contested following boundary changes and anti-fascists are predicting the biggest electoral push by the far right in recent British history.

    In the private email network fascists list names and addresses of targets and plan attacks on anti-racists in their homes or during public meetings.

    One subscriber, who calls himself MIB, wrote: "Redwatch has accumulated many names and addresses along with pictures of the targets, many of whom have had nothing done to them. Now's the time to start a proper campaign of violence and intimidation towards those who seek to see us silenced or imprisoned for our beliefs."

    The site has details of how to make plastic explosives and bomb designs.

    One of the targets of the Mole Intelligence Bureau has been Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Peter Lazenby, who has campaigned against racism and fascism in Yorkshire. He was singled out after an expose of the British National Party in the runup to last year's local elections.

    Numerous addresses for Mr Lazenby were posted on the site for members to "check out." One message read: "We need to find this reporter fast. If we can scare this cunt off then we might get an easier time instead of being slagged off and made to look a bunch of muppets."

    The National Union of Journalists said Mr Lazenby was one of many members who had suffered at the hands of Redwatch. "The site is about intimidation and it's intended to stop our members doing their job, particularly when they are exposing fascism. We have talked to our lawyers about trying to get this site closed down but it is very difficult legally."

    The MP for Reading West, Martin Salter, received a death threat from a BNP supporter this summer after speaking out against the far right, and believes it is crucial to tackle Redwatch.

    "There are sinister elements within the far right of British politics who are prepared to use violence and intimidation in order to silence and discourage their opponents. They are the new model army of fascism and Redwatch is at the centre of this evil."

    In Leeds last year two teachers, Sally Kincaid and Steve Johnson, had their car firebombed after their details - including photographs, address and car registration number - were posted on the site. Another target was an Anti-Nazi League activist from Halifax.

    A couple of months later a leaflet including the man's home address was distributed in his neighbourhood trying to link him and other local activists to the mass murderers Fred West and Dennis Nilson.

    In another message, posted by a BNP supporter from Batley, the people behind Redwatch are asked if they have any intention of attending an anti-racist meeting in Dewsbury in June. The event, which was addressed by Leon Greenman, a Holocaust survivor, was described as a "Holohoax meeting".

    One respondent advised: "The best place to attack the reds [is] just after the meeting finishes as they are walking to catch their buses or going for their cars." Police attended the meeting and ensured there was no trouble.

    In early August, a message on the Mole Intelligence bulletin board listed dozens of people in Yorkshire for further research, including the divisional police commanders for Dewsbury and Huddersfield, the chief executive of Kirklees Council, the director of a West Yorkshire health authority and housing officers.

    The Redwatch website, which also lists the home addresses of some MPs and councillors, was launched in 2001 and has more than 1,000 photographs. In most cases the pictures are unidentified but names, addresses, car registrations, phone numbers and even workplace details are linked to others.

    It operates under the auspices of Combat 18, the neo-Nazi group, and takes its name from a news sheet that C18 leaders in London produced in the early 1990s. Like now, it listed names and addresses of anti-racists and encouraged other rightwingers to ring them up or pay them a visit.

    To prevent internet attack and police action, Redwatch is hosted on three separate sites all based abroad. One is registered in the name of the National Front and the other two in the name of the White Nationalist Party which is thought to be the political wing of Combat 18.

    Alec McFadden, president of Merseyside TUC, appeared on the site with his name and address after being followed home last month.

    "In 1988 the fascists tried to kill me when my car was fire bombed," Mr McFadden told the Guardian.

    "Since then I have lived in secrecy and sometimes under police protection. But now they have got my details again I'm having to have CCTV installed and I have two children to think of. My wife, who has died, was a German Jew and I speak to her family about this and, as they say, it is classic fascist tactics and they know more than most that we mustn't give in to these people."

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    What rubbish. I've noticed that most leftists want far more government control than most right wingers. Even Nazi's want less government control than antis I've talked to. Calling them fascists is just namecalling. As far as posting names and addresses goes, isn't redwatch just taking a page from the commie handbook?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Reb
    What rubbish. I've noticed that most leftists want far more government control than most right wingers. Even Nazi's want less government control than antis I've talked to. Calling them fascists is just namecalling. As far as posting names and addresses goes, isn't redwatch just taking a page from the commie handbook?
    From the article: "Only a handful of known neo-Nazis have access to the network which has been infiltrated for the first time by researchers at the anti-fascist organisation Searchlight."

    For what it's worth, the reviewer excerps on the back or the paperback, The Turner Diaries, lists Searchlight as a "Jewish-leftist 'watchdog' publication in Britain."

    It all sounds like a put-up operation, and I bet the open part of the site linked from Redwatch is innocuous and that "MIB" is an anti-racist operative trying to tar the BNP by association.

    Unfortunately, you can always rope-a-dope, so they'll find a genuine racist to prove the intentions of the site, while the real instigators are just too clever to get caught.

    Of course it could all be genuine. People are getting fed up and I assume some are getting desperate to "do something."

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