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Saturday, March 16, 2019

As Trump's World Turns: Why Disavow Growing White Supremacy

Why Deny Growing White Nationalism?

Image result for US racist killers  Robert Bowers, Pittsburgh synagogue killer. White supremacist.

Image result for US racist killers James Fields, Charlottesville murder/ white supremacist and one of Trump's "fine people on both sides."

Image result for US racist killers Dylann Roof - Wikipedia, Charleston, SC. church invader and killer of nine black members of a prayer group. Image result for dylann roof

Image result for US racist killers Gregory Bush, White Supremacist Shooting in Louisville, KY

Why would Trump so brazenly decry and deny the existence of growing white nationalism? 

It is important to recognize and accept bigotry and racism are the product of one's early life and imprinting via patents siblings and social interaction (including schools). Once we accept the genesis and development network of people who grow to full-fledged bigots and racist, we only need a modicum of validity via the reality of Trump's upbringing. Reports of Trumps father as a Ku Klux Klan sympathizer swings back and forth depending on one's source of information.  

Snopes ran a review of Fred Trump as a KKK sympathizer; the result was a "mixture." Plausible deniability, right?  Isn't that often the case with all matters Trump?

Yet we have facts regarding the Trump family. One set of facts relates to a settlement of a federal housing discrimination lawsuit filed against Trump properties. 

The New York Times, August 2016'No Vacancies' for Blacks: How Donald Trump Got His Start, and Was ...

NPR, September 2016
Donald Trump's Housing Discrimination Case Still Chases Him ... - NPR

Politico, February 2017
FBI releases files on Trump apartments' race discrimination probe in ...
No matter which of the articles you chose if you chose either the fact is the existential reality of non-racists landowners or renters do not find themselves of dockets in federal housing discrimination lawsuits.

We ask again: "Why would Trump so brazenly decry and deny the existence of growing white nationalism?"  
While Trump ran with a denial of white nationalism/supremacy as a growing scourge on humankind, a few credible organizations offer a more realistic perspective.  

ProPublica offers a read on how such groups use the internet to promulgate.

Despite Crackdowns, White Supremacist and Neo-Nazi Videos Take Stubborn Root on YouTube

In his 74-page manifesto, Brenton Tarrant, the alleged gunman responsible for the massacres at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, lays out a hyper-extreme worldview animated by racist and fascist thought.

While the authorities say Tarrant posted his treatise on 8chan — a relatively obscure web forum that attracts trolls, hackers and hardcore white supremacists — the ideas in the document are also circulating on many of the world’s most popular social media platforms.

Over the past four months, for instance, a YouTube user known as Third Positionist posted over 100 videos espousing extremist ideas that closely resemble what the authorities have identified as Tarrant’s writings. The user’s videos — full of racist, anti-Semitic and Islamophobic views — have attracted more than a half-million views.

YouTube said on Friday that it had terminated the Third Positionist account after being alerted to it by ProPublica and HuffPost. It said it had found no evidence that the account belonged to the accused New Zealand gunman.

Social media giants have long struggled to moderate extremist content, and most have waged periodic crackdowns. But in recent months, YouTube has emerged as something of a flourishing option for white supremacist and neo-Nazi videos.

The material posted by the user named Third Positionist — mirroring much of the hateful content subscribed to and promoted by the gunman in New Zealand — is but one example. Third Positionism is a variant of fascism that blends elements of the extreme right and left.

Tarrant’s online writings praised Sir Oswald Mosley, a mid-20th-century British fascist leader who supported Adolf Hitler and fiercely opposed immigration. At least two speeches by Mosley are featured in Third Positionist videos. The symbol used as the logo for Third Positionist’s YouTube channel — nine interlocking crosses — was also drawn on one of the gunman’s rifles. The graphic on the front page of Tarrant’s treatise also appears repeatedly in Third Positionist videos, albeit in a slightly altered form.

A recent video posted to the Third Positionist channel featured a discussion about the merits of Nazi Germany and the need to remove all Jews from “positions of power. Another, uploaded late last year, argued that the U.S. fought on the wrong side during World War II. On March 11, 2019, the channel posted an interview with Thomas Rousseau, one of the organizers of the 2017 white power rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and leader of Patriot Front, a right-wing extremist group that uses the Nazi slogan “Blood and Soil.” Rousseau said the group is focused on “reclaiming America” for white men.

White supremacist YouTube channels have been online for years, but many appear to have launched — or relaunched — in the past few months. Banned videos seem to reappear regularly, sometimes with new titles, confounding the efforts of content moderators.

“It’s a war of attrition against those who keep coming back, keep coming back and posting,” said Oren Segal, director of the Center on Extremism at the Anti-Defamation League. White supremacist content “is a huge challenge” for social media platforms. “They don’t have the technology to assure that once you’re banned you can’t come back.”

Much of the material on the Third Positionist channel is drawn from podcasts and livestreams originally posted by Mike “Enoch” Peinovich, a New York City-based white nationalist and anti-Semite.

Peinovich, who helms a racist media micro-empire called The Right Stuff, maintains a YouTube channel, as well. “The muslims are in the process of conquering Europe through migration and birth rates,” wrote one commenter on the TRS Radio page. “Something needs to be done about this above all else.” Another added: “It’s time to become Vikings and wipe these people out.”

A media organization calling itself Vanguard Streaming Network is typical of the recent activity on YouTube. The network has created an array of channels on YouTube over the past year, many of them featuring the same content in an apparent attempt to elude censors. The network is quite open about its beliefs: Its logo features the SS insignia used by the Nazis, and one of the hosts calls himself Goebbels.

One Vanguard video features a cross-Atlantic conversation between Richard Spencer, the American white nationalist, and Mark Collett, a longtime racial extremist in England. Some of the videos include links to Streamlabs, a streaming service that white nationalists have been using to collect donations. Streamlabs has taken some action against racist material, recently shutting down two Vanguard channels.

Carla Hill, a senior investigative researcher at the Anti-Defamation League, said she’d heard of the Vanguard Streaming Network through Augustus Sol Invictus, a far-right attorney who attended the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville and defends white supremacists. “He is collectively working with these other individuals to form these media outlets for podcasting, which is the new way for white supremacists to get their messages out,” she said.

Invictus, which is his legal name, didn’t respond to a request for comment.

One relatively new show on the Vanguard Streaming Network is called “Goy Talk” co-hosted by a masked man calling himself “Dino.” Prominent white supremacist and neo-Nazi figures have appeared on the show, including Christopher Cantwell and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

As reported by the anti-racist blog Angry White Men, in November, a “Goy Talk” host wore a large rubber nose and pretended to be a Jewish man named “Finky Heebstein,” talking in a nasal voice about the “caravan of love” moving through Mexico. The skit was meant to promote the anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Jews are hastening immigration to the U.S. as a way to replace white people. It’s the same conspiracy theory that prosecutors say motivated Robert Bowers to massacre 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh in October, only a few weeks before the episode of “Goy Talk” aired.

Both the Third Positionist and Vanguard Streaming channels share followers with The Red Elephants, a channel that predominantly features controversial political commentary from the channel’s owner, Vincent James, and livestreams of anti-Muslim and pro-Trump rallies and protests. At times, James has been a vocal supporter of the Rise Above Movement, a white power gang.

James livestreamed an event billed as the “March Against Sharia” in San Bernardino, California, in June 2017. In his video, streamed to his Facebook page and later published on the Red Elephants YouTube channel, James bantered with Rise Above Movement leader Robert Rundo. On camera, James asked Rundo to “say the 14 words,” a reference to a neo-Nazi slogan about preserving the white race. Rundo responded by saying, “I’m a big fan of the 14 words.”

Later in the video, James filmed Rundo and fellow RAM member Ben Daley running through the crowd, boasting that they had “physically removed” counterprotesters. Rundo added, “We chased ’em down the block, smashed up their car.”

Late last year, Rundo, Daley and six other members or associates of RAM were jailed on federal rioting charges. Rundo and Daley have pleaded not guilty and are currently incarcerated while awaiting trial. Two of their co-defendants have already admitted their guilt and taken plea deals.
Segal, of the Anti-Defamation League, credited YouTube and other major platforms with having become more aggressive about policing white supremacist content. Still, he noted, “It’s pretty easy still to find anti-Semitic and white supremacist videos online.”

Becca Lewis, of Data and Society, a New York-based research center, said YouTube has historically taken a “hands-off, laissez faire” approach to white supremacist content, focusing mostly on eradicating “explicit slurs or threats to violence” from the platform. But white supremacists, she said, have become “extremely adept at masking use of slurs and the inherent violence in their discourse.”

“There are certain white supremacist channels that have been running for upwards of 10 years on YouTube,” said Lewis, an affiliate researcher with the center.

YouTube did not respond to a request for comment on its efforts over the years to deal hateful content. It did promise to investigate the channels brought to its attention by ProPublica and HuffPost.

The killings in Christchurch are part of an international pattern of attacks on Muslims, which seem to have increased over the past two years. In January 2017, a man entered a mosque in Quebec City and shot and killed six people. He was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison this year. The killer followedand right-wing commentators online, and he was fixated on Muslims and immigrants. He was a fan of President Donald Trump and his Muslim ban.
Since 2016, at least three U.S. mosques have been set afire, and at least three other Islamic institutions across the country have targeted for terrorist attacks.

YouTube is owned by Google, which is a ProPublica Donor.
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The Southen Poverty Law Center offers point-on data which repudiates Trump's denial. Tae a look at the last three years of the Obama Administration. Also, note the annual incline trends starting in 2016.

A bit more from the SPLC, linked here.

How about a case of an Australian senator who on camera blamed Muslims for the mass killing?
Rather than occupy more of your time with examples of growing international white supremacy, let's end with the recurring question.

Why is Donald Trump running interference (excuse the sports vernacular) for white supremacists? Everything we do as human beings is accomplished with a motive (good or bad motives.); it is how we exist.  To illustrate the point and alleviate shallow efforts to refute the various perspective of motive let's do this:  when we seek to drink water, we seek to alleviate thirst and to maintain a healthy body Motive.

Why is the nations 45th President openly obtuse about a dangerous international social disease?


Thursday, February 21, 2019

US Terrorist Arrested (Didn't Cross The Southern Border)

The image below is not from a US Army Infantry squad. It is that of a US Terrorist

In 2009, mere weeks after President Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States, his Justice Department partnered in published a national intelligence assessment. The report was published by The Office on Intelligence Analysis and was labeled an assessment.  Herewith is a link to the PDF report.

The report included text related to extremist groups would possibly work to attract veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  Why extremist groups.  Re-read the first sentence of the paragraph just above?  Needless to say, but to ward off the tendency of some to resort to silliness in the form of rhetorical questions, Barack Obama was the nations first African-American President.  

Page 2 of the report is covered with Key Findings.

Page 2 of 9 
(U) Key Findings (U//LES) The DHS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has no specific information that domestic rightwing* terrorists are currently planning acts of violence, but rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues. The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment. 
— (U//LES) Threats from white supremacist and violent antigovernment groups during 2009 have been largely rhetorical and have not indicated plans to carry out violent acts. Nevertheless, the consequences of a prolonged economic downturn—including real estate foreclosures, unemployment, and an inability to obtain credit—could create a fertile recruiting environment for rightwing extremists and even result in confrontations between such groups and government authorities similar to those in the past.  
— (U//LES) Rightwing extremists have capitalized on the election of the first African American president, and are focusing their efforts to recruit new members, mobilize existing supporters, and broaden their scope and appeal through propaganda, but they have not yet turned to attack planning. (U//FOUO) The current economic and political climate has some similarities to the 1990s when rightwing extremism experienced a resurgence fueled largely by an economic recession, criticism about the outsourcing of jobs, and the perceived threat to U.S. power and sovereignty by other foreign powers.  
— (U//FOUO) During the 1990s, these issues contributed to the growth in the number of domestic rightwing terrorist and extremist groups and an increase in violent acts targeting government facilities, law enforcement officers, banks, and infrastructure sectors. 
— (U//FOUO) Growth of these groups subsided in reaction to increased government scrutiny as a result of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and disrupted plots, improvements in the economy, and the continued U.S. standing as the preeminent world power. (U//FOUO) The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks. * (U) Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration. 

The Director of Homeland Security at the time, Janet NMapolitano, caught significant flack for aspects of the report. After and in response to, the flack Napolitano apologized for specific lines of the report. I knew when she apologized the words were offered based on flack from the Right (including the American Legion). Napolitano flat nailed the coming reality of growing white extremism, especially after a black man took his seat in the Oval Office. Moreover, she nailed it without pre-knowledge of the eventual election of a person who appears to have an affinity for white nationalism.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) published a piece within the past few hours with verbiage hate groups are up 30 percent over the past few years. 

Here is a link to an NPR piece updated this afternoon just after 2:00PM.

The SPLC piece and its NPR post are particularly critical as law enforcement last Friday arrested an active duty Coast Guard officer who is being charged as a homegrown terrorist.

CNN Tonight's Don Lemon along with other late night media is reporting on the arrest of a person considered a terrorist who didn't cross the Southern border and he is not a person of color.

It is sad to look back at the warnings from 2009 with full-blown (February 2019) evidence of an active duty member of the US military armed as a terrorist with a spreadsheet of potential targets. His targets include Democrat Party politicians and certain members of the so-called progressive, liberal or non-conservative media.

UPDATE: NPR linked here.


Friday, December 28, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: Polls, Polls, Polls

Image result for trump polls memeIt appears Donald Trump has again generated a polling approval rating below 40 percent. Not only has his ratings dipped, again, it seems something about Trumpism has also droop his wife's approval rating to 43 percent. Her ratings dropped 11 points since October of this year.  Oh, the wonderment of it all. 

Before we move to Trump's recent dip below 40 percent approval, that unanswered question of "eu tu Melania" floats like a case of bad flatulence. 

Fortune's article regarding the NPR, PBS and Marist poll reflects growing disenchantment with Trump in the Oval Office.  
December 12, 2018
Only 28% of those polled answered that the border wall should be an immediate priority, while 19% replied it shouldn’t be an immediate priority, and 50% said it shouldn’t be a priority at all.

Of those polled, a vast majority of Democrats—91%—said they didn’t think the wall was an immediate priority or said it was not a priority at all, while 35% of Republicans held that view. Sixty-three percent of Republicans thought the wall was of immediate concern compared to 7% of Democrats.
MSNBC's Ipsos Poll also shows polling results which point a finger directly at the person who proclaimed he would proudly shut down the Government.
One minute in US history.


CNN is reporting Trump' disapproval rating is soaring.  What follows was this past November.

Last November, yesterday, today, there is a common thread: Trump's metaphorical ship is sinking.


Monday, July 16, 2018

Trump And Putin: Four Minutes And Full Transcript

If you missed this morning's public statements from Trump and his idol Putin, you missed a historic exhibition of presidential disgust. Trump isn't a president of the US, he is an operative with a mission. Unfortunately, we don't yet know the exact impetus for his love and cherishing of Putin.

Herewith is a sample. I encourage you to visit the full video but be cautioned: If you love the US and expect the nation to have an elected official in the Oval Office whose first focus is the nation and his constituents, you will not find it in the presser.  Only the heavens know what he agreed to in the plus one-hour private session.

Keith Boykin Twitter (CNN):
Just a sample......

NPR offers the full presser transcript. Linked here.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: America...Kids In Cages

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The United States is a nation of immigrants back as far as the late 1400s. White immigrants invaded the land of native non-white people, eventually practiced a policy of Manifest Destiny (literal genocide accompanied by land grabbing for East to West), forced slave immigration of Africans, and all while promulgating a policy of modern-day colonialism through-out its history. 

During World War II the Federal government interned Japanese citizens who lived on the West Coast in internment camps.

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Approximately one month ago Jeff Sessions and Trump's chief Whtie House enforcer appeared publicly to speak about a new policy of separating refugee (immigrant if you prefer) Children for their parents. The practice is active and disgusting even as refugees present themselves on the southern border in accordance with current guidelines.  


Kelly on NPR

When asked about the policy and practice as cruel, Kelly responded well outside the realm of past American psyche and policy.
Excerpt (Business Insider)

"I wouldn't put it quite that way," Kelly said. "The children will be taken care of — put into foster care or whatever. But the big point is they elected to come illegally into the United States and this is a technique that no one hopes will be used extensively or for very long."

In the interview, Kelly also acknowledged that most immigrants who cross the border illegally are neither criminals nor members of the MS-13 street gang. He added that he sympathized with their reasons for attempting to come to the US but that he believed they wouldn't "easily assimilate into the United States."
"They're overwhelmingly rural people," Kelly said. "In the countries they come from, fourth-, fifth-, sixth-grade educations are kind of the norm. They don't speak English — obviously that's a big thing. They don't speak English. They don't integrate well. They don't have skills."
When Trump chose John Keely, former four-star Marine General, as Chief of Staff, did you deceived yourself in it believing he would usher-in even modicum of decency to the White House. If you believed such, you was naive to the point of dagerous. Kelly would have to pass a litmus test (quite a few) and his inner core seems to well fit Trump's Paleozoic Era regressivism (and other associated "isms"). I will also suggest you have never served in the US military.

And that leads to this.... 

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Waiting to be taken from their parents or take and caged like an animal.  

If you were aware of such images from a country in Europe which practices caging immgrants from a white nation, do you think you might find the practice abhorrent? I serioulsy hope your first thought was "yes, it is disguting". As I frequently state, if you do not find the pracitce abhrorrent and well outside waht we once knew as Americana consider clinking off this page.

Here is more from last night's MSNBC, ALL- IN With Chris Hayes.

Trump ad Trumpism is a major problem for humankind. we as a nation are already on a path to irreversible horrors (socially, economically and internationally), Humankind suffers when America suffers.

America is suffering like never before in US History.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

NPR: Trump's 1027 Financial Disclosure

Quick Hit NPR Post.....


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Atomwaffen: Neo-Nazi Group Linked To 3 Accused Killers

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.
If the nation doesn't stop growing white nationalist and white supremacy you might find yourself in the midst of a sinking ship.
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NPR recently published a piece about killings across the country which have resulted in the arrest of neo-Nazi white supremacists. No matter your political lean, the nascent manifestation of overt white supremacy directly coincides with the proliferation of Donald Trump. We are not positing Trump is a white supremacist despite a history which indicates inclination of personal racism which spans well beyond common American bigotry.  

After the following video of a recent white supremacist rally (tiny crowd) in Michigan, we offer a Propublica piece with evidence of growing hate based killings perpetrated by American white supremacists. The aforementioned NPR piece immediately follows the video.

WGNO (ABC News affiliate)

NPR (lede paragraphs)
At first glance, five killings in three states since last May appeared to be unrelated, isolated cases. 
But a common thread is emerging. Three young men have been charged, and all appear to have links to the same white supremacist group: the Atomwaffen Division. 
Read more here before entering a ProPublica piece about Atomwaffen.

Pro Publica

Atomwaffen, Extremist Group Whose Members Have Been Charged in Five Murders, Loses Some of Its Platforms

At least four technology companies have taken steps to bar Atomwaffen Division, a violent neo-Nazi organization, from using their online services and platforms to spread its message or fund its operations.

The action comes after ProPublica reports detailing the organization’s terrorist ambitions and revealing that the California man charged with murdering Blaze Bernstein, a 19-year-old college student found buried in an Orange County park earlier this year, was an Atomwaffen member.

Activists and journalists with other media outlets have criticized the tech firms — among them chat services, web merchants, social media channels and gaming platforms — for enabling the outfit, which has members in 23 states and Canada, records show.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s happened since ProPublica reported on Feb. 23 that chat logs used by Atomwaffen showed members celebrating Bernstein’s murder. Bernstein was gay and Jewish, and Atomwaffen members took to calling his accused killer, Samuel Woodward, a “one man gay Jew wrecking crew.”

Discord was designed to allow video gamers to communicate with one another while immersed in multiplayer online games, but over the past year it has been co-opted by white supremacists who have used it to share bomb-making manuals, plot the violent confrontations in Charlottesville, Virginia, and, in the case of Atomwaffen, revel in the killing of Bernstein.

Scattered across the country, Atomwaffen members relied on Discord to disseminate confidential information and make organizational plans.

After ProPublica obtained more than 250,000 Discord messages posted by Atomwaffen members and reprinted excerpts of those messages as part of our Feb. 23 article, Discord quickly shut down the group’s server.

Discord’s terms of service “specifically prohibit harassment, threatening messages, or calls to violence,” the company said in an emailed statement to ProPublica. “There were a handful of servers that violated these ToS recently and were swiftly removed from the platform. We will continue to be aggressive to ensure that Discord exists for the community we set out to support — gamers."

YouTube and Steam
Atomwaffen had long posted its propaganda videos, which are full of violent imagery and racist messaging, on YouTube, where the group had its own channel. Then Motherboard, the Daily Beast, and the Anti-Defamation League took on the video-sharing giant.

As the Daily Beast noted, Atomwaffen seemed to be in clear violation of YouTube’s policy on hate speech, which bans videos made with “the primary purpose of inciting hatred against individuals or groups based on certain attributes, such as: race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, sexual orientation/gender identity.”

At first, YouTube balked at pulling down the videos, which call for “race war now” and the mass murder of Jews. But on Feb. 28, the company reversed its position and terminated the Atomwaffen channel.

Still, a second channel maintained by the group, SIEGEtv, which promotes Nazi ideology, is online and active.

Motherboard, an arm of Vice Media, also discovered that there was an Atomwaffen group on the community discussion board of Steam, a gaming platform.

“The group only has 17 members, but their accounts are a disturbing grab bag of Nazi imagery and Atomwaffen-style propaganda,” Motherboard reported. “The group’s description section clearly states its racist worldview. One member has used the screen name ‘PURE ARYAN 100%,’ and uses a photo of South Carolina mass murderer Dylann Roof as his avatar.”

Valve, the parent company of Steam, has deleted the group.

Until recently, Atomwaffen used Inktale, an online t-shirt retailer, to fund its operations through the sale of Nazi-themed t-shirts. Shirt designs celebrated figures like Charles Manson and Atomwaffen’s ideological inspiration, longtime Nazi James Mason. (The t-shirt with Mason’s image read “Give hate a chance.”)

On Feb. 24, Twitter users began confronting the company.
The next day Inktale quit selling the shirts.

The company told ProPublica that “Inktale reserves the right to review, and if necessary remove, any content from the site.“

“In this case, the user in question violated part 3 of the Acceptable Content Policy (, thus their profile and products were deleted.”

The on-demand t-shirt printer said it has systems in place to keep organizations like Atomwaffen from using its services, “but we also appreciate anyone reporting inappropriate content to our team from the outside, and we take such claims very seriously.”

The San Francisco-based company provides anti-hack protection to two Atomwaffen websites: and As part of that protection, Cloudflare obscures the name of the hosting company providing Atomwaffen with space on the internet.

Cloudflare, which sells services to some 7 million websites, said it has no control over the content on those sites and doesn’t plan to stop doing business with Atomwaffen. From the company’s perspective, it’s up to the web hosts, domain registrars and ISPs to decide if they want to yank Atomwaffen’s sites, said Cloudflare general counsel Doug Kramer.

“We don’t want to be put in the position of being judge and jury on our own,” said Kramer, noting the struggles of much larger outfits like YouTube and Facebook to identify unacceptable content. “We’ve seen that we get some legitimate complaints and we get some that aren’t on the up-and-up — that are people going after other people with whom they disagree.”
However, on at least one occasion, Cloudflare has cut ties with a Nazi site: In August 2017, days after the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, the company ousted The Daily Stormer, an avowedly racist and anti-Semitic news site.

“Earlier today, Cloudflare terminated the account of the Daily Stormer,” wrote CEO Matthew Prince on the company’s blog at the time. “Our terms of service reserve the right for us to terminate users of our network at our sole discretion. The tipping point for us making this decision was that the team behind Daily Stormer made the claim that we were secretly supporters of their ideology.”

Kramer stressed that members of the public concerned about Atomwaffen’s websites can use Cloudflare’s abuse form to anonymously report the sites, and that Cloudflare will notify the owners or web hosts.

That system was reformed last May in the wake of a ProPublica report revealing that people were being harassed and threatened after complaining to Cloudflare about hate sites, including The Daily Stormer. At the time, the company was sharing the personal information of the complainants with the racist sites.

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Will the United States follow other historic examples of over the top nationalism laced with genocidal racism in some cases?