Chats, audio and video obtained by the Guardian give a rare insight into the workings of a disturbing white supremacist group. The Base, a US-based white supremacist “social network” that has recently been targeted by the FBI in raids leading to the arrest of several members, was active, growing and continuing to prepare for large-scale violence. The Guardian has obtained chat records, audio recordings and videos provided by an anti-fascist whistleblower who spent more than a year charting the inside workings of the Base. The same infiltrator took control of The Base’s telegram channel in the early hours of Saturday morning, US time, and posted multiple memes mocking the group’s founder, Rinaldo Nazzaro. The Guardian studied leaked materials relayed by the whistleblower and pursued other lines of inquiry to exclusively reveal the real identity of the Base’s secretive leader as Nazzaro, 46, from New Jersey. Nazzaro is currently living in Russia with his Russian wife. Until the Guardian’s exposé little was known about his background and he was only known by the alias “Norman Spear”. The exclusive materials show how the group has planned terror campaigns; vandalized synagogues; organised armed training camps; and recruited new members who extolled an ideology of all-out race war. The cache of documents and recordings gives a rare insight into how such neo-Nazi terror groups operate. The Base – an approximate English translation of “al-Qaida” – began recruiting in late 2018 and pushing for both the collapse of society and a race war. Members of the group stand accused of federal hate crimes, murder plots and firearms offenses, and have harbored international fugitives in recent months. (…) The Guardian’s source, an anti-Nazi activist, rose to a position of trust within the group, which allowed him to take thousands of screenshots in chatrooms used by the Base since 2018. In November 2018, those chats were infiltrated by antifa activists, and members were outed, or “doxxed”, amid early media reporting. At this point, the Base tightened up vetting processes and moved their chats to an encrypted platform called Wire. Under the motto “there is no political solution” the group embraces an “accelerationist” ideology, which holds that acts of violence and terror are required to push liberal democracy towards collapse, preparing the way for white supremacists to seize power and establish an ethno-state. (…) Some members of the Base were also involved with the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division, whose members have been involved in several murders. Included in the materials obtained by the Guardian is a record of members signaling their intention to commit hate crimes and terrorize their victims. One such involved Richard Tobin, 18, whose handle inside the Base was “landser”. He claimed to also be a member of Atomwaffen Division. Tobin is currently in federal custody, awaiting trial for an alleged conspiracy he organized inside the Base’s chatrooms. Writing on 15 September last year in the Base’s chatroom Tobin wrote: “Our whole purpose is gradual escalation and we’ve done absolutely fucking NOTHING. It’s time to stop fucking around and get serious. Between September 20-25 I want everyone who isn’t in a wheelchair to get out and act. Flyers, windows, and tires. Let’s take back our image of strength and cohesion.” Tobin set out tactics for the vandalism, including instructions to “wear gloves, cover your faces at all times, shoe covers if you can manage it”. The Base’s founder Nazzaro, AKA “Norman Spear”, advised: “No point in random vandalizing … Much more effective if it’s targeted.”

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siehe auch: Guardian investigation reveals neo-Nazi leader owns land in Ferry County. A new report from the Guardian indicated the leader of an American neo-Nazi terror group owns land in north-central Washington. According to the report by Jason Wilson, the leader and founder of “The Base” was identified as US-born Rinaldo Nazzaro, who has worked under several aliases like “Norman Spear” and “Roman Wolf.” Rumors about the Base’s presence in the Inland Northwest began spreading in August when a left-wing activist group, Eugene Antifa, posted online saying members of the group were flying to Spokane from across the country to hold an event. Eugene Antifa’s Tweet warned that members of The Base were planning to build a hate camp somewhere in Stevens County. Through public records requests, the Guardian was able to obtain emails from the Stevens County Sheriff’s Brad Manke, in which he is found contacting the FBI and the Southern Poverty Law Center asking for advice on the group.