Being drunk in a café is ‘terrorism’ in Spain


This 14 July 2017 Spanish language video is about a big demonstration in Pamplona (Basque language: Iruñea), demanding to free the young people Jokin, Adur and Oihan of Alsasua town.

Translated from Belgian (Roman Catholic pro-establishment) daily De Standaard today:

Eight Spanish youths who, after a night out, have hit members of the Guardia Civil, are on trial for terrorism and risk years of prison.

A café quarrel of national importance

By our editor Corry Hancké

What for eight young Spanish people started out as an ordinary, alcoholic quarrel with police, could end with a prison sentence of 12 to 62 years.

The facts. On an October evening in 2016, a lieutenant and sergeant of the Guardia Civil, together with their wives, go to the café in Alsasua. This town is located in a region in Navarre where sympathy exists for the Basque separatist movement ETA and where members of the Guardia Civil are often not popular.

At four o’clock in the morning a man comes in who quarrels with the police officers. According to his statements in retrospect, he was angry because he had been fined for traffic violations and for his participation in a demonstration for the release of ETA prisoners.

The young people in the bar come to assist the man and the words become more intense … When the law enforcement officers and their wives want to leave the bar, they have to pass a row of furious Basques and get beaten. …

Already the day after the incident, the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in a tweet expressed his support to the policemen who have been victims of ‘brutal aggression’. “There will be no impunity”, he writes.

At the beginning of this week the trial about the incident started.

Delicate

It is yet another extremely delicate matter for Spain, because -depending on the reading of the facts- it is either a banal café quarrel or radical young people who have threatened the police forces.

That last viewpoint is followed by the magistrate, Carmen Lamella. She is also the investigating judge at the Audiencia Nacional who thinks that the Catalan separatist government is guilty of ‘rebellion’ and thus risks 25 years in prison. That is why this case comes before the Audiencia Nacional, the court that deals with special crimes, including terrorism.

Vague definition

That the banal café quarrel goes all the way to the Audiencia Nacional is due to the changes in Article 573 of the Criminal Code, which now uses a very broad definition of terrorism. A too broad definition, says Amnesty International, the NGO that sounded the alarm at the time of the changes in the law in 2015. ‘The definition now includes so many crimes that they actually do not have any sense anymore‘, they said in the press release. “Some parts of the article are so vague that even a seasoned lawyer would have trouble knowing what a terrorist act is.”

Because they are under Article 573, three of the eight suspects have been held in custody in Madrid since November 2016, almost four hundred kilometers from their home in Navarre. They have limited visitor rights.

Textbook example

In the trial, the prosecutor argued that the suspects were guilty of ‘terrorist injuries’. He multiplied the 12.5 years of punishment by four, because there are four victims.

One of the young people is also being charged with terrorist threats because he had called for the policemen to be ‘treated like that’ every time they would show up at the café again. He risks 62.5 years in prison.

The café quarrel has in the meantime got national media attention because critics of the anti-terrorist law see in this case a textbook example of wrong policy. Amnesty International says that the terror accusation must be canceled. The investigative judge Baltasar Garzón [ex-Audiencia Nacional, where he prosecuted ETA members; sacked for political reasons, for investigating crimes of the Franco dictatorship] even writes in El País that the Spanish government has defined a number of laws so broadly that they can be used for political purposes.

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Self-styled conservative Texas bomber labeled ‘terrorist’ after all


This video from the USA says about itself:

Media Attempts To Normalize White Male Bomber Instead Of Calling Him A Terrorist

22 March 2018

The racism of the corporate media is shining brightly again this week, as accused Austin bomber Mark Conditt is being normalized by the national media, including The New York Times. Papers are calling him “nerdy and quiet”, while omitting the fact that the acts he committed would be considered “terrorism” had they been perpetrated by someone of a different race or religion. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

By Nina Golgowski in the USA:

03/29/2018 06:46 pm ET

Austin Bombings Suspect Labeled ‘Domestic Terrorist’ By City’s Police Chief

The distinction comes a week after the attacker was identified as 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt.

The recent deadly bombings across Austin, Texas, were acts of domestic terrorism, the city’s police chief said for the first time on Thursday.

“This is a distinction that I did want to make today”, interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at a panel discussion hosted by NPR station KUT. “I actually agree now that he was a domestic terrorist for what he did to us.”

Manley’s resolve came a little more than a week after authorities said the bombing suspect, 23-year-old Austin resident Mark Anthony Conditt, blew himself up amid a confrontation with police. By that time, two people had been killed and five others had been injured in explosions that had taken place over several weeks.

Manley said he was slow to designate Conditt as a terrorist because he didn’t want to misuse the word, which has a specific legal definition.

“Now that I have taken everything into consideration, his actions along with the impact that it had on this community, I have now changed my opinion and I do believe that he was a domestic terrorist”, he said.

U.S. code defines domestic terrorism as dangerous, illegal acts that appear intended to intimidate civilians, influence the government, or affect the conduct of government. …

The panel discussion also addressed race relations within the city. Three of the victims were either black or Hispanic, sparking fears that the attacks were racially motivated. Conditt was white.

Chas Moore, leader of the Austin Justice Coalition, a local group that works toward racial equality in the justice system, said Conditt’s race likely influenced Manley’s initial response to him. The interim police chief previously called the suspect a “challenged young man.”

“Because he was white, we gave him the benefit of being a human first,” Moore said, adding that he believes racial divides within Austin are getting worse.

“Because from my perspective, what I see, a lot of the overt attacks on people of color from the past are not institutionalized”, he said. “In the past, they used to move us [out of downtown] with the barrel of a gun. Today they move us with ordinances. It’s no different. They continue to move us out and destroy our neighborhoods.” …

Law enforcement officials have been accused of more quickly labeling cases as terrorism when a Muslim person appears to be the perpetrator. …

Three members of Congress spoke out last week in support of treating the attacks in Austin as domestic terrorism. They also took issue with similar attacks not being labeled the same way.

“For too long we have focused only on certain sources of terrorism and violence while ignoring others,” Democratic Reps. Bennie Thompson (Miss.), Cedric Richmond (La.) and Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas) said in a joint statement. “To be clear, these bombings must be classified as ongoing terrorist attacks and should be investigated as such.”

German extreme right terrorists convicted


This video says about itself:

7 March 2018

A court in Germany has found 8 people guilty of being members of a right-wing terror organization. The verdict was handed down Wednesday after a yearlong trial of members of the so-called “Freital Group”. The ringleader was sentenced to ten years, the others are also serving prison terms, the shortest being four years. The terror cell was founded in eastern Germany and has been accused of firebombing two refugee homes and an office and car belonging to the left-wing, pro immigration Die Linke party. The aim of the attacks was to “generate a climate of fear and repression”. More than one million asylum seekers and refugees arrived in Germany in 2015 alone, many of them fleeing war in Syria.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

German terrorist group convicted of attacks on asylum seekers and politicians

Today, 4:30 PM

Members of the German right-wing extremist ‘Gruppe Freital’ have been sentenced to long prison terms for a series of attacks on asylum seekers and political targets. The seven men and a woman have received sentences ranging from four to ten years, including for forming a terrorist association and attempted murder.

The convicts are responsible for five attacks, in Freital and nearby Dresden. The targets were two residences where asylum seekers lived, a car of a left-wing politician, a party bureau of the Left party and a left-wing residential group. Two people were wounded.

The members (aged between 20 and 40) met each other in 2015 at demonstrations against the arrival of asylum seekers. The region around Dresden, where Freital is close by, was at that time a center of resistance against Chancellor Merkel and her asylum policy. The group is said to have wanted to silence dissenters and would like asylum seekers to leave the country by creating a “climate of fear”.

In addition, according to the justice department, they took killing people for granted. “It is very good luck that no people have been killed by the actions of the group.”

There was a lot of criticism of the police and the judiciary in this case. Particularly because the police quickly found out about the group, but the justice department did not seem to see the seriousness of the case. The case is said to have been neglected for too long. And when the justice department did decide to prosecute the group, it was not for terrorism, but for lesser offenses. The federal public prosecutor, who deals with terror cases, then took over the case.

The justice department is still investigating ten other suspects, among them allegedly three partners of the individuals now sentenced and a politician of the extreme right NPD party.

He didn’t know it yet, but the bombing was the first attack of a small group of local thugs and Nazi sympathizers known as the Freital Group. According to prosecutors, what started out as a loose association of far-right activists, football hooligans, and hate-filled anti-migrant Facebook groups soon spawned a terror organization. Its goal was clear: to drive out the few hundred refugees who’d recently settled in town, many of them fleeing conflict in Syria and Afghanistan, at any cost: here.

Fascist terror threat in Britain


This video from Britain says about itself:

Many English Defence League (EDL) supporters have extreme views, and many have shown to support Nazism. Here is a compilation showing EDL supporters giving the Nazi salute.

By Sam Tobin in Britain:

Friday, March 2, 2018

Britain faces new fascist terror threat

FASCIST terror plots are a “surging threat” despite the collapse of longstanding far-right groups across Britain, a new report by Hope Not Hate warned yesterday.

The anti-racist group’s State of Hate report suggests a younger generation of extremists are successfully radicalising people online, pointing to the case of Finsbury Park terrorist Darren Osborne, who drove his van into worshippers outside a mosque last summer.

The report noted the British National Party, Britain First and English Defence League (EDL) were “mere shadows of their former selves”, while convictions had hit militant groups like the North West Infidels “very hard.”

But despite almost the entire fascist hooligan leadership being jailed following confrontations at Dover in 2016, it found that 28 people were arrested and/or convicted last year for far-right inspired terrorist or violent offences in 2017.

Hope Not Hate warned of a “surging threat from far-right terrorism and violent extremism” and said it was “vitally important” that the government crack down on “peddlers of hate.”

It said a coterie of younger fascists who are “tech savvy [and] avoid the stereotyped ‘look’ of the past” has been growing in size and influence.

The report highlighted the case of Mr Osborne, who told his murder trial that his target had been Labour leader Jeremy Corbynsmeared as a supporter of terrorism by the Daily Mail and Sun newspapers.

Mr Osborne “devoured” far-right media online in the weeks before his attack, including videos by EDL founder Tommy Robinson and Britain First’s Jayda Fransen.

Three of the world’s five most prominent far-right figures are British, the report adds, with ex-Breitbart columnist Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson of conspiracy website InfoWars and the EDL’s Tommy Robinson all commanding more than a million followers across their social media accounts.

Hope Not Hate also discovered members of National Action — which became the first far-right group to be proscribed by the government in December 2016 — was managing to get around the ban by simply operating under new front groups, three of which were set up in 2017 alone.

Even more alarmingly, the report found that extremists have been recruiting in Britain for the neonazi Azov Battalion fighting for the Ukrainian government against anti-fascists in the Donbass, with one National Action supporter, Mark Jones, visiting Azov‘s Ukrainian headquarters.

The report concludes that 2017 was a “significant year for the far right,” saying that while it was “organisationally weaker and politically more marginalised, it does pose a significant threat to the social fabric.”

Hope Not Hate chief executive Nick Lowles said: “Combined with burgeoning online hatred, directed particularly towards Muslims, we fear further violence from the extreme right in the months to come.”

He said the “rising terrorist threat” was a consequence of “increasingly confrontational” online far-right rhetoric, combined with the “almost universal extreme-right belief that a civil war between Islam and the West is coming”.

Mr Lowles warned that the collapse of the British National Party had “convinced some hard-liners that there is now no parliamentary route to fascism” which, combined with “a worsening public perception of British Muslims and Islam generally”, meant Britain “must be prepared for more terrorist plots and use of extreme violence from the far right for the foreseeable future.”

From CIA torture to terrorism


This video says about itself:

Blowback: How Torture Leads to Terror

12 February 2018

Does torture lead to terror? Has the decadeslong abuse of political prisoners across the Muslim-majority world — not to mention in CIA black sites, U.S. detention facilities in Iraq, and the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay — fueled radicalization and extremism? Or is it a coincidence that some of the major figures in the jihadi movement — Muslim Brotherhood ideologue Sayyid Qutb; Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri; Al Qaeda in Iraq founder Abu Musab al-Zarqawi — were all victims of horrific torture?

As Mehdi Hasan points out, torture is also a recruiting sergeant for terrorist groups. It allows them to act as a vehicle for angry and outraged young men and helps bolster their propaganda war against people in power. For example, Cherif Kouachi, one of the brothers who carried out the horrific attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris in 2015, said it was “everything I saw on the television, the torture at Abu Ghraib prison, all that which motivated me.”

Hosted by Mehdi Hasan, “How Torture Leads to Terror” is the fourth episode of a six-part Blowback series for The Intercept. Throughout this series, Mehdi Hasan examines key examples of blowback in greater detail and explores how foreign policy decisions by the U.S. and its allies often produce blowback and so-called unintended consequences.

‘Florida school massacre, white supremacist terrorism’


Nikolas Cruz after his arrest, AFP photo

So, it seems that the perpetrator of the school massacre in Florida, USA did not practice shooting only in his backyard and at a United States Army reserve officers training facility.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

‘Suspect of massacre at school in the USA trained with racist militia

Today, 18:44
Updated at 21:50

The 19-year-old American who was arrested for killing seventeen people at a school in Parkland has ties with a white nationalist group in Florida. The leader of that militia, Republic of Florida, has stated so.

The group wants Florida to become an independent country with only ethnic white inhabitants. The 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz is said to have participated in paramilitary training in Tallahassee city.

See also here. And here.

Trump posts inflammatory tweet appearing to blame Parkland mass shooting on shooter’s classmates: here.

An active duty U.S. Marine was found to have belonged to a white supremacist group that took part in last summer’s deadly Charlottesville, VA riot, ProPublica reported. Vasillios Pistolis, 18, who posted online under the name VasillistheGreek, was very proud of his work in Charlottesville— which killed three people and left dozens injured. Pistolis was a member of Atomwaffen Division, a secretive neo-Nazi organization whose members say they are preparing for a coming race war. The group espouses the overthrow of the U.S. government through acts of political violence: here.

Most United States murderous terrorism is nazi terrorism


Members of the National Socialist Movement (Neo-Nazis) during a 2010 march to the Phoenix Federal building (John Kittelsrud/Flickr)

From the Raw Story in the USA:

White supremacist terrorists killed more people in the US last year than any other extremist group: report

Noor Al-Sibai

17 Jan 2018 at 18:50 ET

A new report from the Anti-Defamation League shows that murders by white supremacists doubled in 2017 — and that they killed more people than Muslim extremists.

As the Huffington Post reported Wednesday, the ADL’s Center on Extremism found that 34 people were killed by extremists last year. Of those, 20 people (or 59 percent) “were killed by right-wing extremists, a designation that includes white supremacists, members of the so-called ‘alt-right’ and ‘alt-lite’, and members of the anti-government militia movement.”

Of those 34 people, 18 were killed by white supremacists, which marks a 157 percent rise from the seven people
killed by white supremacists in 2016.

The ADL’s study was published the same day as a report released by the Department of Justice and Homeland Security that appeared to intentionally skew data to overstate the number of people killed in the United States by “foreign-born” Muslim terrorists.

ONE NEO-NAZI GROUP. FIVE MURDERS IN EIGHT MONTHS. What you need to know about the Atomwaffen Division. [HuffPost]

England: A NAZI sympathiser who threatened to petrol bomb mosques after the Manchester Arena attack was jailed for eight years today. Hitler obsessive Liam Seabrook, 31, admitted to his probation officer that he planned to kill Muslims just four days after 22 people were murdered at the Ariana Grande concert in May last year: here.