The Consequences of Right-Wing Extremism on the Internet
Providing Guidance for Criminal Behavior
Beyond inspiring their readers to commit crimes,
propagandists on the far-right fringe have used the Internet to explain
exactly how to commit many crimes.
click of the mouse, extremist readers can learn about
marketing scams, or discover how to use "paper terrorism"
techniques such as filing specious liens. Significantly, extremists online
also teach each other how to engage in violent crime.
Instructions for making bombs and other terrorist
tools are readily available online to all types of extremists, and many
white supremacist Web sites have either posted bomb-making instructions or
linked to such material.
In 1999, British neo-Nazi David Copeland planted
nail bombs in a Black neighborhood, an Indian area, and a gay pub in
London, killing three and injuring more than a hundred. Copeland later
wrote, "I bombed the blacks, Pakiís [sic], [and] Degenerates,"
and he boasted, "I would of [sic] bombed the Jews as well if I got a
chance." A court handed Copeland six life sentences for his crimes.
He had learned how to build his bombs by visiting a cybercafe, where he
downloaded The Terrorist Handbook and How to Make Bombs: Book
Two from the Internet.
"Explosives are very effective in our
cause," writes "Death Dealer," the anonymous creator of the
racist skinhead site Better than Auschwitz. "They should be
deployed more." Better than Auschwitz includes pictures of
bombing victims and detailed bombmaking instructions.
Instructions for Weapons Use
In addition, Better than Auschwitz features
instructions for using knives and brass knuckles in fights against
minorities, as well as tips for hand-to-hand combat. A "Nigger
Baiting Made Easy" section describes "the various methods of
selecting muds and queers, and getting them to fight, or throw the first
punch." Such material resembles the instructions White Aryan
Resistance gave the skinheads of East Side White Pride before their
violent rampage in Portland.
Providing Hit Lists
Online, extremists may find guidance not
only on how to attack, but also who to attack. Anti-government sites
frequently post information about judges, law enforcement officers, and
other government officials. Alongside graphics dripping with blood and
links to sites calling the murder of abortion providers
"justifiable," the Nuremberg Files Web site supplies detailed
personal information about doctors who allegedly provide abortions,
including their social security numbers, license plate numbers, and home
addresses. The list of doctors reads like a list of targets for
assassination. Names listed in plain black lettering are still
"working"; those printed in "Greyed-out" letters are
"wounded"; and those names that are crossed out
("Strikethrough") indicate doctors who have been murdered
("fatality"). At the site, the name of Dr. Barnett Slepian, who
was murdered in his upstate New York home by a sniper in 1998, was
crossed-out within hours of his death, indicating that he had become a