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On SecurityMar 3, 2020 | 15:54 GMT
'The Turner Diaries,' by National Alliance leader William Pierce, provides a blueprint for conducting terrorist operations as an underground organization.
The Right-Wing Extremist Threat in Context: External Extremist Actors
Last week I had the opportunity to speak with someone in the process of setting up a protective intelligence program at a large corporation. During our conversation about various concerns and threats, the topic of the current wave of right-wing extremist attacks arose. We discussed how that threat manifested itself differently when the actor was an outsider versus an insider, as well as steps the company could take to protect itself against these threats. After thinking about that conversation for some days, it occurred to me that there might be broader interest in the topic, and that it might be worth writing on it to place the threat posed by right-wing extremism into context. With that in mind, I have decided to address external right-wing extremist actors and insider extremists.
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Contributor PerspectivesAug 30, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
A young Georgian, right, wears a T-shirt with the Stormfront logo and the number 14/88 during a September 2016 rally. The number 14 denotes David Lane’s 14-word white supremacist mantra while 88, as the eighth letter of the alphabet, signifies HH, which stands for Heil Hitler.
In Georgia, It's Open Season for the Far-Right
With authorities often turning a blind eye to far-right and neo-Nazi activities and an increasingly unpopular government opening the way for more ultraconservative groupings to enter Parliament and spread their views, Georgia stands on the verge of a shift much further to the right.
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On SecurityAug 27, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
Members of an antifa group march as the Alt-Right movement gathers for a "Demand Free Speech" rally in July 6, 2019, Washington.
Examining Whether the Terrorism Label Applies to Antifa
In 2017, Oxford Dictionaries shortlisted it as one of its words of the year, and since then, the term has become arguably even more prominent. Indeed, antifa (Anti-Fascist Action) seems to be everywhere these days. The violence of some of its supporters notwithstanding, is antifa a terrorist organization? The short answer is no -- if for no other reason that antifa isn't really a group or organization to begin with. That, however, doesn't mean that some who have adopted the ideological mantle of anti-fascism do not engage in terrorist or militant activity -- something that could have profound implications for anyone caught in the middle of a battle between antifa and the far-right.
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On SecurityMar 26, 2019 | 05:30 GMT
A Ku Klux Klan march Aug. 19, 1925, on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington.
What White Supremacism and Jihadism Have in Common
In last week's On Security about the Christchurch attack, I noted that white supremacists adopted the leaderless resistance model of terrorism before jihadists did. A knowledgeable reader subsequently asked about the similarities between white supremacist and jihadist terrorism. Like jihadism, the various ideologies driving white supremacism are not going away any time soon, and comparing the two can provide valuable lessons for understanding the ongoing threat.
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On SecurityMar 19, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she would be looking for answers from Facebook and other social media firms about how an attack was livestreamed on their platforms.
What the New Zealand Attack Tells Us About the State of Terrorism
A 28-year-old Australian citizen (who I will consciously refuse to name) livestreamed a video of himself opening fire on two different mosques March 15 in Christchurch, New Zealand -- taking the lives of approximately 49 civilians. The assailant behind the deadly shootings had been plotting an attack for two years, which underlines that terrorist attacks do not occur in a vacuum -- rather, they are the result of a methodical process, which makes perpetrators vulnerable to detection each step of the way. Because of this, it is important to focus on indications that attacks are being planned regardless of the actor's race, ethnicity or ideological bent in an effort to prevent future atrocities.
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On SecurityApr 30, 2018 | 20:31 GMT
This photo shows the van that Alek Minassian, 25, reputedly drove down a street in Toronto, Canada, on April 23, 2018.
Why It Does -- yet Doesn't -- Matter That the Toronto Attacker Is a Terrorist
On April 23 in Toronto, Canada, 25-year-old Alek Minassian stomped on the gas pedal of a rented Ryder van, jumped a curb and steered the vehicle down a wide sidewalk running along Yonge Street. He charged down the sidewalk for over a mile, swerving to hit as many pedestrians as he could. He struck 24 of them, 10 fatally, before he turned the van down Poyntz Avenue, parked and exited it. When he was confronted by an armed police officer, Minassian repeatedly mimicked that he had a gun, eventually screaming for the officer to shoot him. Instead, the officer took him to the ground and handcuffed him, bringing an end to his bloody rampage.
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Contributor PerspectivesSep 27, 2017 | 09:00 GMT
A disassembled election billboard of Martin Schulz, leader of Germany's Social Democratic Party. The SPD won only 20 percent of the vote in Germany's Sept. 24 federal elections.
Clouds Gather on the Horizon of Germany's New Political Landscape
This weekend, Angela Merkel won a fourth term as Germany's chancellor. Entering into her 13th year in the position, she is now one of the longest-serving leaders in postwar German and European history. The anticipated victory of her party, the Christian Democratic Union, and its Bavarian ally, the Christian Social Union, reflects the steadiness and predictability that the German electorate has traditionally prized. But the elections' results are more unsettling for those who view Germany as a beacon of the cautious, progressive conservatism that has characterized Merkel's rule for over a decade.
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Contributor PerspectivesSep 10, 2017 | 13:12 GMT
Omar al-Shishani, often dubbed the Islamic State's "minister of war."
Georgia Tackles the Thorny Problem of Radicalization
Levan Tokhosashvili, also known as "Al Bara Pankisi," died fighting for the Islamic State in Syria. At least, that's what Georgian media reported on Aug. 28. But at the beginning of September, those claims came under scrutiny when Tokhosashvili's friends and relatives in Georgia insisted he was still alive. As Joanna Paraszczuk, a researcher tracking Russian-speaking foreign fighters in Syria, noted on her blog at the time, the confusion summed up just how problematic verifying information from conflict zones can be. She might also have added that the same holds true for understanding the extent of the threat of Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs) from the South Caucasus and radicalization in Georgia. Though some research into the subject has been done, hard numbers are tough to come by, and the push and pull factors behind the recruitment of these fighters are still open to much debate.
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On SecurityDec 22, 2016 | 08:15 GMT
Islamic State propaganda such as Dabiq magazine often features images of children who have been radicalized by the group.
The Stray Cubs of the Caliphate
The use of child soldiers is a practice that is as old as the history of warfare itself. Since its founding, the Islamic State has embraced the tactic, but has added a modern twist with the use of social media to gather young recruits into the radical jihadist movement. And as international pressure has squeezed the group on the battlefield, it has increasingly used the children under its sway to carry out combat operations -- even suicide bombings. The latest case of a child persuaded by jihadists to attempt an attack in the West comes from Germany, where a 12-year-old boy was arrested after apparently trying and failing to set off a nail-packed bomb near a Christmas market in Ludwigshafen. He had been radicalized, police say, by an Islamic State recruiter who communicated with him over the instant-messenger app Telegram.
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On SecurityDec 15, 2016 | 08:00 GMT
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (L) introduces Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in August. Many have accused Russia of trying to damage Clinton's campaign to give her opponent, Donald Trump, a leg up.
What Washington's Rivals Stand to Gain From Hacking the Presidential Campaign
Earlier this month, U.S. President Barack Obama ordered the intelligence community to conduct a full review of the presidential election before Donald Trump is inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017. The move came amid growing suspicions that Russian intelligence agencies were behind the recent hacking of email accounts belonging to members of the Democratic National Committee and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, John Podesta. Though many people's computers have been compromised before, the fact that the attack targeted prominent political figures during a presidential campaign -- and that tens of thousands of emails gained in the process were subsequently posted to WikiLeaks, an organization with clear connections to Russian intelligence -- has caused an uproar. Regardless of what information authorities find, one thing is for certain: Their conclusions will never satisfy everyone. Instead the issue will continue to cause controversy and contention that, to many U.S. rivals -- including Russia --
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On SecuritySep 29, 2016 | 08:00 GMT
Smartphones and social media have proved to be highly effective tools for recruiting new terrorists, but they come with risks for the groups that use them.
The Terrorist Networks at Our Fingertips
Two teenage girls were arrested in Nice, France, on Sept. 25 for conspiring to conduct terrorist attacks on behalf of the Islamic State. During the interrogation, the young women admitted to authorities that they had been in contact with Rashid Kassim, a 29-year-old French jihadist affiliated with the Islamic State who has been active on Telegram, an instant messaging service. The girls' arrest came 11 days after a 15-year-old Parisian boy was detained for hatching plots at Kassim's behest. French authorities believe Kassim is responsible for directing a number of grassroots jihadist attacks across the country. Some of the cases he is suspected of being linked to are the June 13 stabbing of a policeman and his partner at their Magnanville home, the July 26 murder of a priest in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray and the botched Sept. 7 car bombing near Notre Dame. The spate of assaults Kassim managed to incite demonstrates the
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AssessmentsOct 28, 2015 | 09:15 GMT
The Islamic State Weighs in on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Islamic State is ramping up its public support for the Palestinian cause, and security services around the world are bracing themselves for the fallout. Last week, the group released a series of videos praising the recent spate of attacks against Israel's Jewish citizens and calling for further assaults, promising that "not one Jew will be left in Jerusalem." The videos, issued amid already heightened tensions between Israelis and Palestinians, threaten to increase the risk of lone wolf attacks against Jewish targets outside of Israel in the coming weeks.
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On SecurityOct 22, 2015 | 08:00 GMT
The Coming Age of Cyberterrorism
A wide range of radical groups from anarchist hacktivists to neo-Nazis are pursuing cyberterrorism programs. This universe of malefactors almost ensures that by skill or by chance, one of them eventually will manage to cross the Rubicon and conduct a hack that actually kills people, causes damage and produces panic and terror, ushering in the age of cyberterrorism. But I expect that deadly cyberterrorism attacks will remain few and far between.
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