#FacesAgainstRacism

#facesagainstracismThere’s a new movement on social media. #FacesAgainstRacism is an invitation to publish selfies alongside the ubiquitous hashtag to show your opposition to odious groups like Britain First. It’s laudable, it’s courageous, it’s an idea full of integrity and mutual support. It’s also dangerous.

So far as we can tell it began in response to taunts from neonazis who, tired of trying and failing to identify anti-fascists have adopted a different tack. They taunt people into revealing themselves. The fact that many of the people taunting us to reveal ourselves do so from fake accounts is ironic but that’s not the point of this post. This is a warning.

We don’t want to tell people what to do but we do believe in making informed choices. It’s too late to lock the stable after the horse has bolted.

Every member of the team at Exposing Britain First is anonymous. We use psuedonyms to conceal our true identities. There’s a very good reason for that. Britain First, the English Defence League, the National Front, the North West Infidels, the British National Party, the Pie and Mash Squad, Knights Templar International, English and Proud, Combat 18 and the rest are desperate to know who their opponents are. They aren’t interested in having discussions about the rights and wrongs of neonazism. They want to know who you are so that they can hurt you.

BF security identitiesIt’s true that the likes of Jayda “Dutchy” Fransen and Paul “Folding” Golding have created a very public presence for themselves. But there are a few other things to consider too…

Golding and Fransen, thanks to the donations of their followers and their wealthy backer, Jim Dowson have been able to afford a bunch of violent thugs as bodyguards. Can you do that?

Golding and Fransen have aligned themselves with the violent against the peaceful. Would you do that?

Golding and Fransen are well aware that those who oppose them tend to oppose violence so their risk is minimal. You oppose those who use violence as a routine way to get what they want. Are you prepared to deal with that?

Some very vocal antifa like the veteran John McKnight have repeatedly spoken out against Britain First without reprisal. That’s true but the likes of McKnight are ex-military and more than capable of looking after themselves in a scrap. Can you do that?

We’ve had more messages than we know what to do with reporting intimidation, violence, threats, spurious complaints to employers, trumped up legal letters and abuse of relatives from those anti-fascists who were unfortunate enough to end up on the fascists’ radar.

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We’ve witnessed many innocent people face intimidation and abuse simply because Britain First and their ilk have mistaken them for our own team members. Some of our followers have reported needing formal police protection as a result of being ‘outed’ across far right networks. Known anti-fascist protestors can find themselves featured on a number of social media platforms such as RedWatch, sites that exist only to publish photographs and contact details of people who the neonazis think deserve a good kicking – or worse. Trust us – there is nothing straightforward about outing yourself to the far right. These people are vicious and they do act upon the information that they receive.

It may feel good to out yourself but please don’t do so lightly. These people are desperate to identify the main players in the antifa movement. Remember – they’re neonazis. Neonazis are just like the old nazis of the last century. They crush opposition whenever they get the chance.

Outing yourself through #FacesAgainstRacism is a gift we’d strongly advise you not to give them.

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When politics goes bad

We’ve all heard about political dirty tricks.

We’ve all been scandalised by reports of underhand attempts by tin-pot fascists in banana republics to silence political opponents. We’ve all become used to the principles of representative democracy in which people of all political persuasions are able to get their message out to let the public decide.

In a democracy it doesn’t matter that we disagree – we still have to respect the right of other people to say their piece. Of course there are limits to that. We’re not allowed to incite racial or religious hatred, for example but we can still say what we mean.

Imagine what it would be like if a British political party ignored those hard-won British democratic values and tried to silence their political opponents. Imagine if they did so covertly as though they were some sort of quasi-military intelligence unit conducting ‘black ops’. How would that fit with traditional British values of fair play?

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Over the last ten years or so British citizens have changed the way they participate in politics. No longer do we sit passively in front of our TVs or quietly accept newspaper editorials as though they somehow have a monopoly on political thinking. We use social media. This generation, more than any other before it has the ability to discuss, to dissent, to promote and to debate across the political spectrum. And our political opportunities are so much the better as a result.

Imagine if a political party took it upon itself to decide who should or should not have access to social media. To decide who can and who cannot be heard in British democracy. There’d be an outcry – and rightly so.

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But, of course – that could never happen here…. or could it?

Well – actually, yes. There is a registered political party operating in Britain that’s trying to do just that. And they’re doing it by underhand means. They even give their covert activities the feel of a military operation, dressing up their dishonest attempts to subvert the freedom of expression of British citizens with terms like ‘intelligence’ or ‘operation’.

Even more hypocritically, they are setting up false accounts intended to complain about other, genuinely legitimate activists whom they falsely accuse of having created false accounts. They even issued instructions to their ‘operatives’ on how to create seemingly plausible fake accounts, known as ‘sock puppets’. The fact that these instructions are laughably superficial and would result in obviously fake accounts isn’t the point. The intention is clear.

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And it’s not hard to understand why they’re doing this. They’ve tried silencing their political opponents in other ways already and although they’ve had some success it’s really not been very effective. As much as anything else their attempts to make people ‘go away’ through face to face intimidation or via Email and postal threats have just made them a laughing stock. This ‘political party’ is now understood by all but its most blinkered supporters to be nothing more than a bunch of thugs trying to mask their white supremacist agenda behind real politics. They promote a bizarre definition of ‘Britishness’ that none but the most racist nationalists recognize at all.

So they’re trying a different tack – one that they naively suppose might be more subtle than out and out, in your face aggression. But once again, they’ve got it wrong. Once again they’re just showing themselves up for the undemocratic, unBritish, unpatriotic, unreasonable and uneducated buffoons they really are.

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What would you think of a registered political party that so ignored traditional British values of democracy and free expression? What would you say about such a party if it tried to convince you that it was concerned about preserving British values? What would you think of a political organisation that just tries to silence political opposition rather than debate with its detractors?

We know how we’d describe them.

We’d describe them as ‘Fascists’.

They describe themselves as ‘Britain First’!

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Hat tip…

EBF gratefully acknowledges the HM Armed Forces past and present that do not like Britain First community for bringing this ‘intelligence’ fiasco to our attention. That’s what happens when real servicemen and women take an interest in tin pot Nazis who merely  dream of playing soldiers on social media. There really isn’t any contest.

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It’s truly impressive for a paramilitary style intelligence organisation to find itself infiltrated on its first weekend of operations, isn’t it?

No?

We didn’t think so either.