(eng) ANTIFA INFO-BULLETIN, Cybernazis

Tom Burghardt (tburghardt@igc.apc.org)
Wed, 15 May 1996 12:27:04 +0200


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RESEARCH SUPPLEMENT

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{Editor's Note: The post below is from an antifascist active in
the continuing battle against cybernazis. His analysis of Nazi
disinformation is salient today, given the long history of
manipulation of communications media by fascists, both in and out
of power. Since the deadly effects of Nazi propaganda are not
historical artifacts, the Internet like the street, is a terrain
that will also be contested by anti-racists. The fact is, Nazis
_kill_; but before they do so, they objectify and dehumanize
their victims; the "Big Lie" is predicated by a series of "small
lies" unchallenged. Those today who peddle the "Protocols of the
Elders of Zion," "Hunter," the "NS-Kampfruf" or the anti-abortion
"Army of God" terror manual, do so in preparation for their role
as executioners tomorrow. We should have no illusions that the
corporate State will "defend" us from attacks by these pit-bulls
(just ask the German Autonome Antifa (M) for evidence of the
State's "good" intentions!). Nor should we cultivate illusions
that "banning" the Nazis from the Internet will miraculously
cause fascism to disappear; hitting the "delete" key won't make
them go away. "Whenever injustice is concerned, the proper form
of politeness is attack."}

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Date: Sun, 12 May 1996 13:14:56 GMT
From: tallpaul@nyc.pipeline.com (tallpaul)

PATTERNS OF PAST NAZI PROPAGANDA AND THEIR RELEVANCE FOR
TODAY'S INTERNET

by tallpaul@nyc.pipeline.com

Cybernazi campaigns for "rec.music.white-power" and against
"soc.politics.marxism" saw many examples of disinformation occur.
Some, like that from "Skipper's Hammer" came from individuals.
Others were reports, widely spread, of "thousands" of illegal
spams by antifascists. Many people who were new to politics (and
the history of fascism) were confused by these actions. Their
understanding was made more difficult by the ahistoricism to
antihistoricism of right wing forces on the internet.

The cybernazis have announced they are not giving up or even
reducing their activities in cyberspace. It is thus beneficial
for antifascists to have at least a brief understanding of past
fascist patterns of disinformation to better understand how
fascist propaganda and dirty tricks function today.

THE REICHSTAG FIRE

The Nazis, with a minority of the popular vote, convince
German President Hindenburg to appoint Hitler to form a
government. The German Reichstag [Parliament] building burns and
Hitler accuses the German Communist Party of arson as a signal to
start a communist revolution. During the manufactured hysteria
Hitler gains dictatorial powers.

CRYSTAL NIGHT

The Nazis begin the next stage of their anti-Jewish campaign
by mobilizing their thugs to smash Jewish shops in a campaign
known as Crystal Night from the broken glass left in the streets.
The shopkeepers, reasonably, file insurance claims. The Jews are
then accused of smashing their own shops in order to "defraud"
German businesses. The Jews, collectively, are accessed a
penalty of one billion Deutsche Marks to reimburse the insurance
companies.

_NACHT UND NEBEL_ (NIGHT AND FOG)

The Nazis secretly decide that major opponents of their
regime are not to be formally arrested and formally tried in any
way that would permit a legal defense and the mobilization of
popular resistance. Instead, in a decision that preceded the
Latin and South American death squads of today, the Nazi
opponents were simply to "disappear" into the night and fog.

SEXUAL MOLESTATION IN THE DANZIG CORRIDOR

Shortly before the Nazi invasion of Poland, the German
newspapers ran hysterical stories. As Toland put it, "...
Ribbentrop warned Warsaw that Polish outrages against the German
minority were becoming intolerable. This pronouncement was
followed by a press campaign with Goering's newspaper, _Die
Zeitung_, charging that German women and children were being
molested in Polish streets...." (Of course Nazis aren't the only
group to use "molestation" as a political issue; the recent
C.D.A. featured the need to control the internet to prevent
"kiddie porn.")

ARSON IN THE DANZIG CORRIDOR

Immediately before the Nazi invasion the German newspapers
ran headlines on how the Poles had torched German houses in the
Danzig Corridor. (This is of special interest to internet people
who read "news.groups" where many of the arguments on
"rec.music.white-power" occurred. To observers in the Danzig
Corridor, the Nazi journalists who wrote the arson stories must
have appeared "clueless." So also the "news.groups" observers
who saw the cybernazi propaganda developed and similarly
pronounced the writers "clueless." Both groups would have missed
the fact that the propaganda was not written for either set of
observers who knew the truth, but for people *outside* the
Corridor and the news group who did not.)

THE LAST DAY OF AUGUST, 1939

The immediate Nazi disinformation campaign that formally
"started" WW II is of such interest as to let Toland describe it
himself.

"At 4 PM the executive order to begin the invasion was
confirmed; troops and equipment began moving up to forward
positions near the frontier. Simultaneously special orders were
transmitted to a secret German unit on the Polish border by the
chief of the SS Security Service. Reinhard Heydrich had
concocted a diabolical scheme -- Operation Himmler -- to give
Hitler a perfect excuse for launching his attack. SD detachments
disguised as Polish soldiers and guerrillas would create
incidents along the border the night before the invasion. In
exactly four hours they were to attack a forestry station,
destroy a German customs building, and, most important, briefly
occupy the German radio station at Gleiwitz. After shouting
anti-German slogans into the microphone the `Poles' would
retreat, leaving behind a number of dead bodies as proof that a
fight had taken place. The bodies presented no problem.
Heydrich had already selected the victims -- they were called
`canned goods' -- from concentration camps." [pp. 776-777]

SUMMARY

Nazi disinformation techniques thus served three roles:

1) They mobilized Nazi and proto-Nazi support;

2) They provided conservative non-Nazis with a motive to
support Nazi activity. ("I hate war but I'm supporting the Nazi
invasion of Poland to teach the Poles not to attack other
countries." "I'd never vote for `rec.music.white-power' but I'm
voting for it to teach antinazi spammers they can't manipulate
me.")

3) They paralyzed center political elements. ("Are the
accounts of atrocities against the Jews true stories or Jewish
propaganda to get the U.S. involved in the war? We really don't
know and until we do we shouldn't do anything." "Was the Joe
Fraud spam against `rec.music.white-power' a nazi spam or an
antinazi spam? We can't do anything until we figure it out.")
While the paralyzed liberals discussed, the Nazis acted.

Frequently point three was the most important for furthering
Nazi ends. That was true in Europe in 1939 and it is true on the
internet today.

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