British elite soldier arrested for neonazi terrorism

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4 soldiers arrested on suspicion of terror part of neo-Nazi group

6 September 2017

“It’s going to put our communities on hightened alert, it’s very worrying” says Hanif Qadir, CEO of Active Change Foundation, as 4 soldiers are arrested on suspicion of terror, said to be in neo-Nazi group.

By Steve James in Britain:

British soldiers arrested for membership in banned fascist group

7 September 2017

Four soldiers in the British Army and one civilian have been arrested by West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Unit, on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism as members of the outlawed fascist group National Action.

Of the four, aged between 22 and 32, three are from England and one from Wales. The military personnel are from the Royal Anglian Regiment and the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. One of the soldiers was arrested by Royal Military police at the Dhekelia British Army base in Cyprus.

Reports describe one of those arrested as an “experienced soldier” at the Infantry Battle School (IBS) with responsibility for training and identifying private soldiers likely to have the “potential to be future leaders.”

This soldier is said to have met the others at a training course in Brecon, Mid-Wales. This is a centre used by the elite Special Forces regiment, the SAS, for training. The British Army’s web site boasts, “The commanders that lead them [armed forces overseas operations] are all trained at IBS, and the training they undertake is linked to current operations.” It adds, “[S]oldiers and officers are prepared for any operational situation they may face—conventional war, counter insurgency, security sector reform, peacekeeping or supporting civil authorities.”

The arrests, under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000, were described by an army spokesman as “the consequence of a Home Office police force-led operation supported by the army.” They were arrested “on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism…namely on suspicion of being a member of a proscribed organisation (National Action).”

The police said the operation was “pre-planned and intelligence led.” The Daily Mail reported that the military personnel were seized “after investigators uncovered ‘inflammatory’ far-Right material, including images and slogans, on encrypted social media site WhatsApp.” …

National Action was formed in 2013. Its members, often wearing masks and balaclavas, have carried out numerous acts of racist violence and organised anti-Semitic activities.

In 2014, one of their number told the Huffington Post that he admired Antonio Primo de Rivera (founder of the fascist Spanish Falange), 1930s British Union of Fascists leaders Oswald Mosley and Alexander Raven Thomson and right-wing author Wyndham Lewis.

From Wikipedia about Wyndham Lewis:

In 1931, after a visit to Berlin, Lewis published his book Hitler (1931), which presented Adolf Hitler as a “man of peace” whose party-members were threatened by communist street violence. …

Lewis’s novels have been criticised for their satirical and hostile portrayals of Jews, homosexuals, and other minorities.

The Steve James article continues:

The group appealed to “white youths between the ages of 15-29 who are looking to become racial activists,” promising “flyers, stickers and activities will be provided free of charge.” The same year, supporter Garron Helm from Liverpool was jailed for anti-Semitic tweets to Jewish Labour MP Luciana Berger.

In 2015, National Action member Zack Davies was given a life sentence in jail for the attempted murder of dentist Dr. Sarandev Bhambra, who was left with serious injuries after being attacked with a machete in a supermarket. Davies was reported shouting “white power” as he stabbed Dr. Bhambra. The same year, National Action organised a demonstration in Newcastle under a banner that included a large photo of the Nazi leader and read, “Refugees Not Welcome—Hitler was right.”

In 2016, photographs were posted on social media of National Action members performing fascist salutes in the Buchenwald death camp where 56,545 prisoners of the Nazis lost their lives during World War II. Members of the group also gathered outside York Minster to make Hitler salutes while holding the aforementioned banner.

The group’s leading figures have moved within a number of far-right groups. One of its leaders, Benjamin Raymond, was active in the New British Union, based on Mosley’s British Union of Fascists. A picture exists of Raymond—who said in an Internet post, “There are non-whites and Jews in my country who all need to be exterminated”—carrying a rifle. In the same post he added, “As a teenager, Mein Kampf changed my life. I am not ashamed to say I love Hitler.” Interviewed on BBC radio in 2015, Raymond said National Action supported Nazism and that Adolf Hitler was “absolutely” a role model.

The group has links with far-right forces internationally. Raymond described as a “hero” Anders Breivik, the Norwegian fascist who murdered 77 young people at a Norwegian Labour Party summer camp in 2011. Breivik’s act was the deadliest attack on civilians in Norway since World War II.

According to police figures, 22 members of National Action were arrested in 2016. It was proscribed in December of that year, following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by the fascist Thomas Mair.

Mair killed Cox, MP for the Batley and Spen constituency in West Yorkshire … by shooting and stabbing her repeatedly. When he was brought before a court, Mair stated his name as “death to traitors, freedom for Britain.” This was a statement that National Action subsequently took as their own slogan, using it prominently on their former web site. They informed their social media followers, “Don’t let this man’s sacrifice go in vain.”

The arrest of the soldiers poses questions regarding possible connections between Mair’s murderous assault and National Action. Another tweet emanating from National Action after Cox’s killing referred to democratically elected members of Parliament, stating there were “only 649 MPs to go.”

The proximity of the ban on National Action to Cox’s murder invites suspicion that more is known about Mair’s political connections than was revealed publicly.

Announcing the ban, Home Secretary Amber Rudd declared the group to be a terrorist organisation, membership of which was an offence carrying a prison sentence. Publicising, organising meetings for, wearing clothing or carrying articles indicating approval of the group was also made an offence.

National Action is the only British far-right organisation among 71 mostly international groups currently banned in Britain, although a number of Northern Ireland’s right-wing loyalist groups have been banned for many years.

The existence of a neo-Nazi cell operating in the British armed forces is a dangerous development and one with parallels in other countries. With the turn towards militarism by all the major capitalist powers, there is a growing concentration of far-right and fascist forces within the state apparatus.

In Germany, the existence of a far-right network [including military officers] allegedly involved in preparing attacks against high-profile politicians has been revealed. Those targeted included former President Joachim Gauck, Justice Minister Heiko Maas, and the [Left Party] president of Thuringia, Bodo Ramelow, as well as Jewish and Muslim organisations. Later reports confirmed that the suspected terrorist cell was part of much more widespread right-wing extremist networks in the Bundeswehr.

In Greece, members of the fascist Golden Dawn work closely with the security forces, often under their protection. In the June 2012 general elections, more than half of police officers reportedly voted for Golden Dawn, with many police officers, particularly within the riot control department, members of the far-right group.

Two out of the three Golden Dawn members of the European parliament are armed forces generals.

In Canada, five members of the fascistic Proud Boys organisation, who are members of the Canadian Armed Forces, disrupted a “sacred rite” ceremony by native Mi’kmaqs in July. The Proud Boys describe themselves as “Western chauvinists.” Following a military police investigation, last month the decision was taken by the Royal Canadian Navy not to punish the five.

Britain: Banned neo-Nazi terrorist groups still recruiting as aliases of National Action. Exclusive: Websites Scottish Dawn and NS131 remain online amid warnings over another possible front group: here.

17 thoughts on “British elite soldier arrested for neonazi terrorism

  1. Saturday 9th September 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    ANTI-FASCISTS will challenge the Scottish Defence League (SDL) with a counter-protest tomorrow in Perth where the racists are planning on holding a protest against a mosque.

    Unite Against Fascism (UAF) Scotland spokesman John McFadden said: “It is appalling that the hate-filled, sieg heil-saluting fascists of the SDL are threatening to impose themselves on the people of Perth in a brazen attempt to intimidate the Muslim community and whip up racial hatred.”

    Perth Against Racism member John O’Neill warned that “an attack on one part of our community is an attack upon us all.”

    Anti-fascist demonstrators will meet outside Perth railway station from 1pm tomorrow.


  2. Friday 22nd September 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    THREE men including two serving British soldiers appeared in court yesterday accused of joining a banned fascist organisation.

    Lance Corporal Mikko Vehvilainen, Private Mark Barrett and civilian Alexander Deaking appeared at the Central Criminal Court via videolink for a preliminary hearing.

    The trio are accused of being members of neonazi group National Action, which became the first far-right group to be banned in Britain due to its “racist, anti-semitic and homophobic” ideology.

    It is alleged they were part of a chat group where racist messages were exchanged, including plans for a white-only Britain and race war.

    Mr Vehvilainen is charged with possessing a document containing information likely to be useful for terrorism and publishing threatening, abusive or insulting material.

    Mr Barrett faces a single charge of membership of National Action, contrary to the Terrorism Act 2000.

    Judge Justice Holroyde ordered the men to appear at a plea hearing at Birmingham Crown Court in January 2018 with a provisional trial date set for March 5.


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  4. Thursday 28th September 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    ELEVEN men were arrested by counter-terrorism police yesterday in connection with illegal neonazi group National Action.

    Six men from the north-west of England, two from south Wales, two from West Yorkshire and one from Wiltshire were held on suspicion of offences including membership of a proscribed organisation. Eleven properties were also being searched.

    It follows two investigations and several other arrests earlier this month.

    The group was the first extreme right-wing group to be banned under terrorism laws in December. Membership or inviting support is a criminal offence carrying up to 10 years’ imprisonment.

    About a third of all suspected terrorist activity comes from the far right, according to campaign group Unite Against Fascism.

    Joint secretary Sabby Dhalu said: “Rather than demonising Muslims and contributing to Islamophobia, we call on politicians and the media to take the growing threat of far-right violence and terrorism as seriously as it does Isis-type terrorism.”


  5. Friday 29th September 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    Banned neonazi terror group National Action’s rebrands will also be proscribed from today.

    The Home Office will ban Scottish Dawn and NS131 (National Socialist Anti-Capitalist Action) after identifying them as aliases of the fascist grouplet.

    National Action was proscribed in December last year after praising Thomas Mair, the killer of Labour MP Jo Cox.

    Home Secretary Amber Rudd said she would not allow the “vile racist, homophobic and anti-semitic” group to “masquerade under different names.”

    And Met Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, head of Brtitain’s counter-terrorism policing, said the ban would “help us disrupt and tackle the growing threat from the extreme right-wing.

    “From tomorrow membership or encouraging support of these organisations will be a criminal offence.”


  6. Wednesday 11th October 2017

    With news that serving members of the armed forces have been arrested on suspicion of being members of a banned neonazi group, RICHARD RUDKIN calls for a full and thorough investigation

    FOLLOWING acts of terrorism claimed by Isis, Muslim communities up and down Britain are constantly told they must do more to prevent young people supporting terrorist groups.

    By contrast, there didn’t seem to be the same call for non-Muslims to do more when it was revealed that serving members of the armed forces were arrested on suspicion of being members of the banned neonazi group, National Action.

    On the contrary, as normal when the British army is not seen in a good light, it appeared to go into “denial mode” about the possible scale of the situation.

    The major problem facing the military now, which it has never had to previously address, is soldiers having access to the internet, in particular social media and the scale of influence it has.

    In recent history, any terrorist group that wanted to try to “turn” a soldier had to risk doing so face-to-face or through a third party. Now, with just a few clicks of a mouse or touch of a finger on a mobile phone, soldiers can talk to anyone supporting almost any organisation without even knowing whether the person they are communicating with is a terrorist.

    While the government is trying to find ways of policing the web, it is missing the fact that recruiting young people, including soldiers, into organisations like National Action, can be done by politicians, the tabloid press and social media through lack of thought and poor choice of words.

    Why weren’t the vans authorised by Theresa May as home secretary to drive around London with a poster stating: “Go home or face arrest” seen as inciting hatred? Didn’t “hate crime” rise?

    Despite all the talk about “fake news,” isn’t it likely that some people will be influenced by headlines like: “Migrants Rob Young Brits Jobs” (Daily Express), “Immigrants Bring More Crime” (Daily Mail) or “Brit Kids Forced To Eat Halal School Dinners” (Daily Star).

    With eye-catching front pages like these, is it any wonder that some impressionable people may see this as confirmation of what is being said online by groups like National Action?

    Moreover, the army also looks to recruit young impressionable people. Most, I expect, read newspapers. Could they not be influenced by sensationalist headlines like these too?

    In these dangerous times, isn’t there a responsibility for editors to check the wording used without silencing the voice of the writer?

    While the government is concerned over the use of the internet, its main worry appears to be directed at groups that can influence young Muslims to commit acts of terror, while side-stepping people like Katie Hopkins who has over 820,000 followers on Twitter and, through incendiary choice of words, could stir up hatred.

    Soon after the Manchester Arena terror attack, while the communities within the city were calling out for the people to unite, Hopkins was calling for a “final solution” on Twitter.

    The connotations of the phrase are well known and require no explaining from me.

    Although the tweet cost Hopkins her job at LBC radio, she has form for these sorts of comments.

    Writing in the Sun in 2015 about the plight of refugees making a hazardous crossing of the Mediterranean on overcrowded ill-equipped boats, Hopkins wrote: “These migrants are like cockroaches. They might look a bit like Bob Geldof’s Ethiopia circa 1984 but they are built to survive a nuclear bomb.”

    It is evident that people like Hopkins are opposed to Britain taking refugees and they must have the right to voice their concerns.

    However, as journalists we all have a responsibility to air our views by argument, reason and persuasion and not by equating any human being of any race or religion to a cockroach, thereby dehumanising them.

    Thankfully, the majority of service personnel reading opinions like these will feel as equally appalled as any civilian, but if just one or two are “turned” isn’t that one or two too many, bearing in mind what hardware and knowledge soldiers have access to?

    The Ministry of Defence needs to take the arrest of the soldiers very seriously but I’m not convinced it has. A senior military figure played down the situation, stating: “If a problem existed at all, it was a very tiny one that reflected the problems in society as a whole.”

    The first step in the process of fixing a problem is to acknowledge one exists. However, as the military statement began with the word “if,” I’m not convinced the message has got through.

    True, the army may reflect society as a whole. However civilian “bad apples” do not have free access to weapons and ammunition — hence the importance of removing those soldiers from all operational duty until a full investigation is carried out and they are completely cleared to continue their duties.

    If this painstaking work is done in the way it should be, I would be astonished if over the next few months there are not more arrests of soldiers in connection with banned or terrorist groups.

    Unfortunately, history does not read well when it comes to military investigations of crimes committed by serving soldiers and my scepticism as to such a thorough investigation taking place was confirmed when former soldier Colonel Richard Kemp in the Daily Telegraph said: “The army has a strong ethos of dealing with criminal activity, it is not just brushed under the carpet.”

    It appears Col Kemp has forgotten about the Ballymurphy Massacre, Bloody Sunday and other crimes that are still waiting to be investigated after over four decades.

    I hope I’m wrong, but if the army no longer brushes crimes under the carpet let’s hope it’s because they are actually going to deal with the situation and not because there is no room left under the carpet.

    Richard Rudkin served in Northern Ireland with the British army and is now a journalist.


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  8. Saturday 21st October 2017

    SABBY DHALU writes on worrying rise of fascism in Britain ahead of today’s Stand Up to Racism national conference

    AROUND 10,000 people joined the Football Lads Alliance (FLA) march in central London on October 7 and around 5,000 people attended another march earlier this year.

    The FLA is an organisation that was formed after the London Bridge attacks and claims it wishes to mobilise opposition to terrorism.

    However former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson’s presence on this demonstration shows the dangers of this movement and the real motives of some connected to it.

    Its demands on the demonstration were that all suspected terrorists who are non-British citizens should be permanently removed from the country or interned indefinitely, which prompted chants of “Out, out, out!” and “We want our country back.” But these demands reveal a weakness in the FLA’s opposition to terrorism and the real agenda of the FLA.

    Such demands would do nothing to prevent the majority of terrorist attacks that have taken place in Britain in the last 15 years.

    Whether far-right fascists or Isis-type extremists, the majority of the perpetrators were born in Britain. This was the case in the Westminster and Manchester attacks this year and the 7/7 bombings in 2005.

    Of course, these demands would not apply the Finsbury Park terrorist, Jo Cox murderer or serving army members that were arrested under the Terrorism Act for being members of banned neonazi group National Action, as though being white and British disqualifies people from being labelled terrorist or suspected terrorist.

    Similarly in the US, President Donald Trump and many others refused to describe the Las Vegas attack by Stephen Craig Paddock earlier this month as an act of terrorism, even though 59 people were killed and 500 others injured. Trump described it as “an act of pure evil.”

    The Clark County Sheriff Joe Lambardo, when asked if the attack was a terrorist attack, said: “No. Not at this point. We believe it’s a local individual. He resides here locally.” This implies that terrorism is “foreign” in nature, which is factually incorrect in the US and Britain.

    What the FLA’s demands do is link terrorism with immigration, which is dangerous in a period of falling living standards, high inflation and austerity.

    Indeed the numbers the FLA has attracted are already much higher than any English Defence League demonstration at its peak and it has only just started.

    History shows us where such movements in this economic context can lead to.

    The racism, Islamophobia and links to fascism have been exposed in this movement. On its recent march, one woman complained on camera how she has to put with hearing “Allahu Akhbar” in Bristol. This is straightforward Islamophobia and has nothing to do with opposing terrorism.

    On the same day of the FLA march in October several trade unionists who came to support the Stand Up to Racism event at Downing Street, includ

    ing a senior CWU postal workers rep, received racial abuse from some participants on the FLA demo.

    Stand Up to Racism activists leafleting were increasingly receiving abuse and physical threats from some on the FLA march. Anti-racist leaflets were snatched and thrown back into people’s faces and beer cans were hurled at people holding trade union and anti-racist banners.

    Terrorism must be rooted out of society. Counter-terrorism strategies such as Prevent need to be re-examined, as the Muslim community in particular has repeatedly warned. Muslims reported the Manchester attacker at least five times, including to the Prevent hotline.

    Hatred cannot be fought with hatred. But this has unfortunately been the response by some indicated by the Finsbury Park attack, the rise in acid attacks and recent figures showing a 29 per cent increase in hate crimes with 80 per cent racially motivated. There is a danger that the growth of the FLA will exacerbate this problem.

    The best response to terrorism is one that brings communities together. That is why we need a movement that opposes racism, Islamophobia, anti-semitism, division and hatred.

    British politics is very polarised with a principled anti-racist Jeremy Corbyn as leader of a Labour Party that performed strongly at the general election but also growing racism as hate crime figures show.

    There is a danger that the FLA could emerge as a right-wing counter street movement to the inspiring left-wing movement around Corbyn. This is one reason why Stand Up to Racism is crucial.

    Today’s conference is a timely opportunity to discuss what the FLA is, how we oppose it and how we build a mass movement against racism.

    Sabby Dhalu is Stand Up to Racism co-convenor.

    Stand Up to Racism’s national conference is held today from 9.30am to 4.30pm at The Light, Friends House, 173-177, Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ. Speakers include Diane Abbott, Kate Osamor, Dave Ward, Roger McKenzie, David Rosenberg. Kate Hudson and many more. For more information visit:


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  10. Saturday 28th October 2017

    posted by Lamiat Sabin in Britain

    Alleged leader of banned terror group accused of giving green light to murder Rosie Cooper

    THE alleged leader of the banned right-wing terror group National Action appeared in court yesterday accused of giving the go-ahead for a member to murder Labour MP Rosie Cooper with a machete.

    Christopher Lythgoe, 31, is charged with granting a 22-year-old man “permission” to carry out the attack on July 1.

    The younger man, who is from Lancashire, cannot be named for legal reasons.

    He is charged with intending to commit acts of terrorism contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006. The charge states that he bought a “gladius machete” for the purpose of murdering West Lancashire MP Ms Cooper between June 5 and July 3

    He is also accused of threatening to kill a female police officer on July 1.
    Alleged ringleader Mr Lythgoe, from Warrington in Cheshire, is charged with encouraging the 22-year-old to commit murder and both men are also charged with being members of National Action, which became the first far-right group to be banned under terrorism laws in December 2016.
    Being a member of or inviting support for the neonazi mob is a criminal offence carrying a sentence of up to 10 years’ imprisonment.

    The pair appeared in the dock at Westminster magistrates’ court alongside four other alleged members of the group: Garron Helm, 24, from Seaforth in Merseyside; Matthew Hankinson, 23, from Newton-le-Willows in Merseyside; Andrew Clarke, 33, of Warrington; and Michael Trubini, 35, also of Warrington.

    The six men are accused of continuing to be members of National Action after the group was banned until their arrest on September 27.

    They spoke to confirm their names, dates of birth and ages.Chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot remanded them in custody before a pre-trial hearing at the Old Bailey on Friday November 3.

    In a statement released on Thursday after the men were charged, Ms Cooper said: “I would like to thank everyone involved in this case, especially the counterterrorism police, for keeping me, my staff and the public safe.

    “There remains an ongoing criminal investigation so it would not be appropriate for me to comment further.”

    The entry for National Action in the official ban list calls it a “racist neonazi group” established in 2013 with branches across Britain that “conduct provocative street demonstrations and stunts aimed at intimidating local communities.”

    It also links National Action to the murder of Labour Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox in 2016. It said the group’s online propaganda material frequently features extremely violent imagery and language and cited tweets posted in connection with Ms Cox’s murder at the hands of fascist Thomas Mair.


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