Far right network orchestrated synagogue attacks, FBI says

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Far right network orchestrated synagogue attacks, FBI says

Richard Tobin of New Jersey directed group’s members hundreds of miles away to deface synagogues in Michigan and Wisconsin

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/16/far-right-network-orchestrated-synagogue-attacks-fbi-says


Federal authorities allege that a member of a far right network orchestrated the vandalism of synagogues in Michigan and Wisconsin last September.

Richard Tobin, 18, of Brooklawn, New Jersey, allegedly led other members of the group to paint the synagogues with neo-Nazi slogans and insignia as part of what he called “Operation Kristallnacht”, in reference to the Nazi pogrom in Germany in 1938.

In a criminal complaint filed in Camden, New Jersey, last Tuesday, and unsealed Wednesday, an FBI agent stated that Tobin, from his home in New Jersey, directed members of the group’s “Great Lakes Cell”, hundreds of miles away, to deface synagogues with fascist and antisemitic propaganda.

A synagogue in Hancock, Michigan, was daubed with swastikas and SS symbols on 21 September. The next day, a synagogue in Racine, Wisconsin, was defaced with an antisemitic slogan and the runic insignia associated with a network known as The Base, which reproduces symbolism “adopted by Nazis after 1923 to memorialize members who died in Hitler’s failed Beer Hall Putsch”, according to the complaint.

The complaint further alleges that through “online platforms and encrypted online messaging applications and chat rooms”, the group had discussed “the recruitment of prospective members, the creation of a white ethno-state, acts of violence against minorities (including African-Americans and Jewish-Americans) … military training camps, and ways to make improvised explosive devices (‘IED’)”.

According to the complaint, under questioning Tobin admitted that he had organized the vandalism, his membership of the group, claimed that he had considered “suicide-by-cop” and suicide bombings, and had said that it would be “pretty straightforward” to carry out a bombing like Timothy McVeigh’s in Oklahoma City in 1995.

He also said that his antipathy to black people he saw in a mall had made him want to “let loose” with a machete. The complaint details Tobin’s alleged online interchanges with alleged co-conspirators in the midwest without naming them.

In the complaint, the organization is referred to only as “Group 1”, and described as “training to resist ‘our People’s extinction’, or the extinction of the white race”.

But the insignia and activities described identify it as The Base, a reportedly internationally networked extremist group which is recruiting and training, it says, to ultimately capitalize on, and even accelerate, an outbreak of a civil war.

For at least a year, The Base has been organizing principally online, recruiting members, and developing propaganda.

The group, founded by a man who goes by the alias “Norman Spear”, has also held paramilitary trainings in advance of what it believes will be a race war. According to reporting in Vice, by last year The Base had already attracted recruits from other far right and neo-Nazi organizations like Atomwaffen (AWD) and the Eco-fascist order.

The indictment of Tobin comes as activists, and federal and local authorities exert more pressure on The Base and kindred “accelerationist” groups like AWD.

Tobin’s prosecution is ongoing; he remains in custody in New Jersey awaiting a mental health evaluation, according to court documents.

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socalnolympia

Don't you think this op-ed is a little over-the-top?

One person, hundreds of miles away, "orchestrated" two other people to spray paint graffiti.

All those examples cited in the article have nothing to do with the story. Just another excuse to re-hash years old news.

In the neighborhood I used to live in, there was graffiti spray painted all over the place (it was almost like a plague that plagued the city).

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socalnolympia

"the Eco-fascist order"

who are they? Environmental nazis?

plenty of those in California.

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Rina

A vile man.

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Vada(10)

Kooks everywhere. We had some tree hugging eco people spray pink swastikas in our park and it turned out to be campers from Skokie, IL. Idiots everywhere.

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Rina

People who spray Nazi slogans and symbols on synagogies are not "kooks". They are scum.

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socalnolympia

In very bad taste, but this guy was arrested for going on the internet and encouraging people to spray paint synagogues?

And why would this be any worse than, say, someone spray painting satanic symbols on a church, or someone writing "Meat tastes good" on an Vegan Animal Rights headquarters?

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Ziemia(6a)

Operation Kristallnacht, for one.

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Rina

Not to understand that is not to understand anything about the Holocaust. This action implies approval of the gassing of millions of Jews, including especially babies, children and the old (they were selected first) and the enslavement of those who survived, often for a few months or weeks before they were gassed or died of starvation and overwork, or some other form of murder. It says: "Your great-gran was gassed? What a good thing!".

Edited for clarity.

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batyabeth

"a reportedly internationally networked extremist group which is
recruiting and training, it says, to ultimately capitalize on, and even
accelerate, an outbreak of a civil war."

hmmm. wonder of Bannon and his european training camps are involved.

Skokie IL is where I was born and raised. I remember the day the neo-nazis came to "march". I was there. And spray painting "meat is good" on a vegan place is not the same. One is annoying and rude, and probably illegal as defacing property. The other is a hate crime, as incitement to and encouragement of hate-based ethnic violence. Perhaps you believe the line between them is thin and vague. The law (which deals in vague lines between acts to differentiate legality and the charges that go with them) is clear on the difference.

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lurker111

Kids.

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dandyfopp

The article is not an op ed.


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Rina

Ah, Dandy, give 'em that one. It's an easy enough error. My fingers often type what they want to type.

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JodiK

The fact that the actual crime wasn't carried out by the group's alleged leader doesn't matter... he conspired to commit those crimes, and that's enough in legalese.

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