UK Adds ‘Base’ to List of Banned Terrorists
British government on Friday added The Base, a white supremacist militant organization primarily based in the United States, on its list of banned terrorists.
The group, formed in 2018, shares many of its goals and ideologies with the Atomwaffen Division (AWD) and its aka National Socialist Order, organizations listed by UK earlier this year, the UK government said earlier this week, when the move was announced. The Base is the fifth far-right terrorist group outlawed in the UK and the third listed in the last year, according to the UK government.
“We continue to take strong action against wicked white supremacist groups, who target vulnerable people across the world to join in their hateful ideologies and their unhealthy promotion of violence,” said the British Minister of Justice. Interior, Priti Patel.
Canada listed La Base in February, along with a number of other extremist groups. The base called for the use of violence in an attempt to establish a fascist white ethno-state through “race war,” and the members engaged in weapons and explosives training, according to the report. British government.
Far-right terrorism is a significant threat to the UK, Ken McCallum, chief executive of MI5, said in a speech this week. One in five anti-terrorism investigations in the UK concern right-wing extremism, and around a third of the 29 late-stage attack plots interrupted in the UK over the past four years have involved right-wing extremists, a- he added.
Base founder Rinaldo Nazzaro has posted a series of videos under a pseudonym, covering topics such as “lone wolf” activity and advocating guerrilla warfare and leaderless resistance, the UK said. In a response via Telegram under his pseudonym Roman Wolf, Nazzaro said the British designation is “totally unwarranted”, saying The Base is a survival and self-defense network for nationalists, not a neo-Nazi group or organization terrorist.
“We are not involved in political advocacy or activism and therefore we do not promote any particular ideology,” the group said in April on a separate Telegram channel. “We are training and preparing for a hypothetical period in the future when law and order will collapse to such an extreme degree (whether due to civil unrest, a natural disaster, or a combination of the two). ) that the authorities cannot or do not want to restore it.
Two members of The Base were arrested last year for their alleged role in the plot to kidnap the governor of Michigan in the United States, and in January a number of members were arrested for allegedly plotting to denigrate anti-fascist activists and other costs.
Nazzaro ran The Base from Russia, the BBC reported in January 2020. Prior to his move, Nazzaro ran a New York-registered company that provided access to security professionals with expertise in intelligence, counterterrorism, counterinsurgency and psychological operations, according to the report. BBC.
He denied working with the country’s security services during an interview on Russian television, having already made similar denials to other media. Secret recordings obtained by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, show that the group was recruiting people with military expertise in the United States and Canada, according to media reports.
Nazzarro posted a digital currency address on Telegram to receive bitcoin donations, but later I took it off without receiving funding, according to an analysis by Kharon.
As of May 2021, The Base remained operational and actively recruiting members in 26 states and eight countries, according to a report released last week by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). In the United States, The Base was responsible for five incidents, two vandalism and three foiled plots, according to the CSIS report, adding that other incidents involving the group did not meet the criteria of “terrorism” of its base. threat data.
According to Nazzaro, some members of The Base were involved in the January 6 uprising at the United States Capitol, say they weren’t arrested despite a media report saying as much.
Nazzaro is staying in Russia this month, according to the Telegram account under his pseudonym, claiming he moved there because he “didn’t want to [his] children growing up with a white guilt complex.
“I feel for European-Americans who are unable to escape this hellhole,” he said.