Police: Suspected white supremacist’s hit list includes deputy, officer

David Kasanof had a hit list of 20 people that included the names of two law enforcement officers, a Fort Lauderdale Police Department detective said in Broward County court Friday. Officer Jack DiCristofalo said Kasanof, 50, included the names of a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy and a Fort Lauderdale Police Department officer in a hit list that he had referenced to on Facebook. “His friend has said that he has become involved in white supremacy,” DiCristofalo said, adding that “the friend is a black man, and he had the conversation that when the race war comes, they will be on opposite sides.”

via local10: Police: Suspected white supremacist’s hit list includes deputy, officer

siehe auch: Suspected white supremacist arrested after allegedly compiling ‘hit list’ of 20 people. A suspected white supremacist has been arrested in Plantation after he allegedly threatened to kill more than a dozen people, including law enforcement officers. David Kasanof, 50, made an appearance in court wearing a khaki jumpsuit, Friday. Detectives placed Kasanof under arrest after, they said, he compiled a “hit list” of 20 people. Names of law enforcement officers that Kasanof allegedly wanted to kill were among those that appeared on the list, detectives said. Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Jack DiCristofalo discussed the case in a Broward County courtroom. “The tip involved threats against the lives of two police officers: one a [Broward Sheriff’s Office] deputy and one of our detectives,” DiCristofalo said. The investigation before the arrest was a joint effort between BSO and Fort Lauderdale Police. “We were able to gather some more evidence, Facebook posts — that sort of thing,” DiCristofalo said. In one Facebook post, Kasanof wrote, “I am very, very angry. I have no interest in committing random acts of violence in schools, or malls, or movie theaters against children, against women. I also have a hit list. Once you are on it, you never come off, until the end.” Court documents also showed detectives learned of the case from Kasanof’s friend, a U.S. Army sergeant who works at U.S. Southern Command. That friend talked to his supervisors and believed Kasanof had white supremacist leanings and saw himself as a potential hero in a race war. “His friend has said that he has become involved in white supremacy,” DiCristofalo said. “The friend is a black man, and he had the conversation that when the race war comes, they will be on opposite sides, but they will meet in the middle and shake hands, but then the fight will be on.”

Fahrzeuge der #AfD abgebrannt

Im sächsischen Meißen haben auf einem Grundstück Fahrzeuge gebrannt, die auch für den AfD-Wahlkampf genutzt wurden. Der Staatsschutz ermittelt. In Meißen sind in der Nacht zum Samstag mehrere Fahrzeuge der AfD durch ein Feuer zerstört worden, wie die Partei mitteilte. Von der Polizeidirektion Dresden heißt es, dass zunächst ein Lkw gebrannt habe. Dann griff das Feuer auf dem Grundstück den Angaben zufolge auf weitere Fahrzeuge über, sodass ein Linienbus, ein VW Crafter, ein Smart, ein Suzuki Jimny sowie zwei Anhänger beschädigt wurden. Da mindestens eines der Fahrzeuge im Rahmen des Wahlkampfes der AfD genutzt wurde, schließen die Ermittler eine politische Motivation der Täter nicht aus.

via zeit: Fahrzeuge der AfD abgebrannt

CSU weist AfD-Attacken als „Nazi-Jargon“ zurück

Die CSU-Spitze hat die Attacken von AfD-Landeschef Martin Sichert auf die CSU und andere Parteien scharf zurückgewiesen. „Das ist Nazi-Jargon: Menschen verächtlich machen und den politischen Gegner aufs Übelste verunglimpfen. Damit ist klar: Die AfD ist eine zutiefst antibürgerliche Partei“, sagte CSU-Generalsekretär Markus Blume am Samstag. „Heute sind die letzten Sicherungen geflogen. Mit der ungeheuerlichen verbalen Entgleisung hat die AfD den demokratischen Diskurs endgültig verlassen.“ Blume kritisierte: „Auf eine widerwärtige Weise offenbart die AfD, dass sie Hass und Rücksichtslosigkeit in die Gesellschaft tragen will.“ Das sei „der Ton einer radikalen Partei“. Über Sicherts Äußerungen sagte Blume: „Und wenn das schon die sogenannten Gemäßigten sein sollen, dann schaudert es einen vor dem Rest.“

via donaukurier: CSU weist AfD-Attacken als „Nazi-Jargon“ zurück

siehe auch: Bayerns AfD-Chef attackiert Söder und andere Parteien. Unmittelbar vor der Neuwahl des bayerischen AfD-Landesvorstands hat der amtierende Landesvorsitzende Martin Sichert Union, SPD und Grüne heftig attackiert – und insbesondere CSU-Chef Markus Söder. Zum Auftakt des AfD-Landesparteitags am Samstag im mittelfränkischen Greding warf Sichert den anderen Parteien unter anderem “ideologischen Wahnsinn”, “linke ökopopulistische Politik”, Hysterie und einen “Hype” um den Klimaschutz vor. Und Söder sei “Vorturner des grünen Wahns”. Sichert griff auch Bundespräsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier direkt an. Dieser schimpfe ebenso wie Kanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) und andere Spitzenpolitiker etwa der Grünen immer auf Rassismus. “Dabei betreiben sie selbst eine zutiefst rassistische Politik gegen die eigenen Mitbürger.” Über die anderen Parteien sagte Sichert: “Sie geben sich cool und sie predigen Vielfalt und Toleranz, wollen aber per Sprachpolizei und Political Correctness alle gleichschalten.”

Una Mullally: How YouTube can suck you into an extremist swamp

Recommendation algorithm can lead online viewers up the radicalisation pathway. YouTube: increasingly the ideas we are consuming are not chosen by us but for us, and often by algorithms that know more about what we will find compelling than our own minds do. YouTube: increasingly the ideas we are consuming are not chosen by us but for us, and often by algorithms that know more about what we will find compelling than our own minds do. In her recent quarterly letter, Susan Wojcicki, the chief executive of YouTube wrote: “A commitment to openness is not easy. It sometimes means leaving up content that is outside the mainstream, controversial or even offensive. But I believe that hearing a broad range of perspectives ultimately makes us a stronger and more informed society, even if we disagree with some of those views.” These pronouncements from YouTube often seem to shirk the consequences of the content. It’s not just about the rights and wrongs of what material is on the platform, it’s also about what happens when that content is consumed. When Wojcicki talks about a “broad range of perspectives”, it is as if people browsing videos on YouTube are encountering a wide range of differing opinions from every political persuasion, rather than a wide range of opinions within a particular political world view. YouTube is the filter bubble, weaponised. A paper published last month by researchers at universities in Brazil, Switzerland and the US, titled Auditing Radicalisation Pathways on YouTube, offers a compelling insight into the idea that people exploring the thin end of the wedge of certain content can be nudged towards more extreme material. “Non-profits and the media claim there is a radicalisation pipeline on YouTube,” the study’s authors wrote, “Its content creators would sponsor fringe ideas, and its recommender system would steer users towards edgier content. Yet, the supporting evidence for this claim is mostly anecdotal, and there are no proper measurements of the influence of YouTube’s recommender system. In this work, we conduct a large-scale audit of user radicalisation on YouTube.” The study analysed 331,849 videos on 360 channels and processed 79 million comments, with an additional focus on YouTube’s recommendation algorithm, examining two million recommendations between May and July 2019.

via irish times: Una Mullally: How YouTube can suck you into an extremist swamp

Neonazi soll 20-Jährigem in der S-Bahn in den Rücken getreten haben

Ein 20-Jähriger ist am Donnerstagabend in einer S-Bahn plötzlich angegriffen worden. Der Tatverdächtige soll vorher Teil einer Nazi-Demo gewesen sein. Eine Sonderkommission ermittelt. Zwischen Katharinentreppe und Hauptbahnhof hat die Partei Die Rechte am Donnerstagabend eine Kundgebung abgehalten. Ein 20-jähriger Dortmunder war als Gegenprotestant vor Ort und wurde bei der Abreise in der S-Bahn unvermittelt angegriffen. Der 20-Jährige gab gegenüber der Polizei an, mit der S-Bahn zunächst in Richtung Westen gefahren zu sein, ehe er diese gegen 20.50 Uhr in Dorstfeld verließ, um umzusteigen. Beim Betreten der anderen Bahn erkannte er eine Gruppe von etwa vier Personen, die er bereits zuvor als Teilnehmer bei der Neonazi-Versammlung gesehen hatte. „Aus dieser Gruppe heraus ging ein Mann auf den 20-Jährigen zu und griff ihn mit einem Faustschlag sowie einem Tritt in den Rücken an“, so die Polizei in einer Pressemitteilung: „Der Dortmunder konnte sich jedoch wehren und aus der Bahnhofsstation flüchten.“ Er erlitt bei dem Angriff leichte Verletzungen.Nachdem er den Vorfall der Polizei gemeldet hatte, nahmen Beamte den Tatverdächtigen am Wilhelmplatz in Dorstfeld fest. Es handelt sich um einen 28-Jährigen ohne festen Wohnsitz.

via ruhrnachrichten: Neonazi soll 20-Jährigem in der S-Bahn in den Rücken getreten haben

Neo-Nazis are using #Telegram to incite #terrorism – and it’s worse than you think

The messaging app is home to the internet’s most hardcore white supremacist communities. An anonymous activist compiled a list of 367 neo-Nazi and white supremacist Telegram channels to illustrate how the secure messaging platform is now home to the internet’s most hardcore far-right communities. The extensive list, which was posted to PrivateBin, includes URLs for hundreds of openly accessible and active channels where users can be found glorifying or advocating for violence and spreading white supremacist ideas. Extremist groups, from Islamic State jihadists to militant Nazi dissidents, have been using Telegram to organize themselves online for years. The communication app was founded by two Russian brothers in 2013 and recently became a safe haven for controversial pro-Trump right-wing internet personalities, such as former Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos and activist Laura Loomer, in the wake of permanent bans from the likes of YouTube and Twitter.
Controversial and often-sexist sports blog Barstool, with its seven million Instagram followers, announced this week that it would start a Telegram community to post content Instagram was censoring. Just as personalities can use the platform to continue to connect with supporters and to solicit donations, nefarious far-right organizations use the platform’s to openly share their ideology and propagate hate.Investigating dozens of the channel links from the PrivateBin dump, many with hundreds of followers, the Daily Dot found users praising domestic terrorists like New Zealand mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant, U.S. mass shooter Dylann Roof, and Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik. In many of the extremist channels, killers like these are referred to as “the saints” and “heroes.” (…) A Southern Poverty Law Center analysis of Telegram in June concluded that the app’s public and private chat facility was part of its appeal since “extremists can connect in channels that post publicly facing propaganda and then organize privately on the same app by using its encrypted chat feature.”Gaming chat platform Discord came under fire in 2017, after it was revealed white supremacist groups used it to organize ahead of the violent Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Responding to the revelations, Discord company executives issued a statement condemning the far-right and warning that they would “act swiftly to take servers down and ban individual users” who violate community standards.

via dailydot: Neo-Nazis are using Telegram to incite terrorism—and it’s worse than you think

Vincent #Fuller: White #supremacist car park stabbing ‘#terrorist act’

A white supremacist who stabbed a teenager in what a judge described as a “terrorist act” has been jailed for more than 18 years. Vincent Fuller, 50, attacked Bulgarian Dimitar Mihaylov in Stanwell, Surrey, a day after a gunman attacked mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Kingston Crown Court heard Fuller, who admitted attempted murder, had set out to kill Muslims. Fuller denied a terrorist motive but Judge Peter Lodder QC rejected this. On the night of 16 March, Fuller “roamed the streets” in a violent rage “looking for a target”, the court heard. He initially armed himself with a Chelsea FC-branded baseball bat and went on the rampage. During the spree he tried to force his way into a house, swung the bat at cars and was heard shouting racist abuse. After the bat broke in half, Fuller returned home and armed himself with a knife. He then approached 19-year-old Mr Mihaylov, who was parked outside a branch of Tesco with his friend, and stabbed him through the open window.
The court heard Fuller had twice shouted “You’re going to die” and plunged a large kitchen knife towards his victim’s neck. Mr Mihaylov suffered defensive wounds to his hands, and the knife clipped his neck, the court heard. “It was only by chance he was not killed,” said Judge Lodder.
Image copyright PA Media Image caption Fuller posted on Facebook immediately before launching his attack Several witnesses heard Fuller screaming abuse during his “rampage”, including one who reported him saying: “All Muslims should die. White supremacists rule. I’m going to murder a Muslim.”

via bbc: Vincent Fuller: White supremacist car park stabbing ‘terrorist act’

Man With White Supremacist Material and Weapons Is Arrested, Police Say

The suspect in New Jersey also sent a photo of his ex-girlfriend wearing parts of a Nazi uniform to her employer. Prosecutors accused Michael V. Zaremski of forcing his girlfriend to pose for a photograph wearing Nazi paraphernalia. CreditCreditThe New Jersey Herald The police in a small New Jersey town called a 25-year-old man into their headquarters in June after they began investigating a report that he had sent a photo of his ex-girlfriend wearing parts of a Nazi uniform to her employer, officials said. After he arrived, the police said they discovered that the man, Michael V. Zaremski, was carrying a loaded handgun in his jacket. Concerned, officers were sent that same day to search his home, where they found a cache of assault-style rifles, ammunition and a trove of white-supremacist paraphernalia, literature and images, officials said. Mr. Zaremski was arrested by the Franklin Borough police and eventually indicted on 39 separate criminal counts in August, according to the Sussex County prosecutor’s office. His case, the second involving stockpiled weapons and Nazi paraphernalia in Sussex in two months, highlighted how a resurgent white supremacist threat associated with violent and deadly incidents has taken root in communities across the United States.“Every county in the country has to be concerned about this — every jurisdiction,” said Greg Mueller, an assistant prosecutor in Sussex County. Mr. Zaremski was being held in the Sussex County jail without bail. If convicted of all charges — which include harassment of his ex-girlfriend and multiple counts of illegally possessing firearms and unlawfully manufacturing them — he faces up to 179 years in prison, the police said. (…) The woman’s bosses, who were not identified, were Jewish, which led prosecutors to bring the bias intimidation charges.“That act of sending a photograph to an employer that was known to be of a Jewish heritage and descent — our allegation is that was designed to be a threat,” Mr. Mueller said. The police investigating the case found a massive amount of material related to white supremacist ideologies — much of it anti-Semitic in nature — on Mr. Zaremski’s phone and computer, Mr. Mueller said. Investigators believed that Mr. Zaremski came to harbor white nationalist views, and that his beliefs were shaped by social media. They were still examining specific communities that he may have engaged with.

via nytimes: Man With White Supremacist Material and Weapons Is Arrested, Police Say

#Edmonton #LGBTQ gym closes, says it was doxed by far right group – #terror

An Edmonton LGBTQ gym has temporarily closed its doors due to safety and security concerns after a member of a far-right group posted names and photos of gym members and trainers online, as well as links to their Facebook accounts. It’s what appears to be the latest escalation in a feud that’s been going on for months. Queerflex posted a statement on Facebook Thursday and their website forwarded to a landing page that said the gym was temporarily closed, effective Wednesday. The Facebook statement said members of the Queerflex team and the gym itself were victims of doxxing, which is when personal information about individuals is posted online with malicious intent. “QUEERFLEX takes any threats — direct or implied — to our members, contractors, volunteers, and anyone affiliated with our gym seriously … Although we have been assured by multiple channels that this small group has not been known to show themselves in person, we do not want to take any chances with anyone’s safety,” the statement reads. Queerflex says it has met with the Edmonton police hate crimes unit, is working to increase the security of its building and is suspending all memberships to avoid any financial issues during the temporary closure. “Incidents like these highlight not only the need for safe spaces for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community but the need to band together and support one another,” the statement reads. “We want to thank those who have been by our side, especially in the last few months, and we will keep our membership updated on our reopening.” Edmonton police confirmed they are investigating the incident.

via the star: Edmonton LGBTQ gym closes, says it was doxed by far right group

#AfD-#Lehrerpranger: #Datenschützer schreitet ein – Partei kündigt Widerstand an – #denunziantenpartei #stasijünger #pinocchiopartei

Das Lehrer-Meldeportal der AfD in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern muss vom Netz – der Landesdatenschutzbeauftragte hat ein Verbot verhängt. Er fürchtet „Einschüchterung“ von Lehrern. Das umstrittene AfD-Meldeportal „Neutrale Schule“ ist in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern verboten worden. Die dort veröffentlichten Textpassagen, in denen Schüler zur Meldung angeblicher Verstöße von Lehrern gegen das Neutralitätsgebot aufgefordert werden, müssen bis zum 20. September entfernt werden, wie der Landesdatenschutzbeauftragte Heinz Müller am Freitag in Schwerin mitteilte. Er drohte mit der Verhängung eines Zwangsgeldes, sollte die Anweisung nicht befolgt werden. Die AfD kündigte Widerspruch beim Verwaltungsgericht Schwerin an. Die Frist dafür beträgt vier Wochen.
AfD-Meldeportal in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern verboten – „Lehrer eingeschüchtert“ Der Landesdatenschutzbeauftragte sagte: „Es darf nicht sein, dass Lehrer durch so ein Portal in ihrer Unterrichtstätigkeit eingeschüchtert werden.“ Der AfD-Landesverband erhebe in seinem Portal nicht nur personenbezogene Daten von Schülern, die eine Meldung verfassen, sondern sammele gezielt auch die politischen Meinungen der gemeldeten Lehrer. Als spezielle Kategorie personenbezogener Daten stehe die politische Meinung jedoch unter besonderem rechtlichen Schutz. Nach der Datenschutzgrundverordnung sei die Verarbeitung von Daten, aus denen die politische Meinung hervorgehe, grundsätzlich untersagt. Mit Blick auf die Rechte der Betroffenen wies Müller darauf hin, dass jeder von der AfD Auskunft darüber verlangen könne, ob ihn betreffende Daten verarbeitet wurden. „Ein formloses Schreiben genügt.“ Der AfD-Landesverband hatte das Meldeportal Anfang September gestartet, das es in ähnlicher Form auch in anderen Bundesländern gibt, darunter in Hamburg, Brandenburg und Berlin.

via nordkurier: AfD-Lehrerpranger: Datenschützer schreitet ein – Partei kündigt Widerstand an