LEARNING ABOUT EXTREMISTS: news & analysis, Part II

    My first thread on topic is here and in the 75 comments posted from Sept. 3 to Nov. 9, 2020, has plenty of content that is still quite useful

    [LEARNING ABOUT EXTREMISTS] DOH! EXCUSE ME, MR. NANCE

    I'll start the new thread in comments.

    Comments


    Expert JJ MacNabb retweeted this contrarian commentary on the above story:



    "Very fine people on both sides" ...?



    OIC, the above is part of promotion of their new book:



    Tech companies under pressure to ban far-right forum used for militia organizing

    MyMilitia users have posted threats against protesters and lawmakers, and experts say it’s a dangerous recruitment tool

    By Kari Paul @ TheGuardian.com, Nov. 13

    Pressure is mounting on tech companies to ban MyMilitia, a website used by far-right extremists and armed groups to organize, after it was linked to threats of violence against US protesters and lawmakers this week.

    On Tuesday, police arrested Brian Maiorana after he allegedly posted online threats targeting Chuck Schumer, the Democratic minority leader in the US Senate, and threatened to “blow up” the FBI. Maiorana is also alleged to have used MyMilitia, as well as an unnamed mainstream social media platform, to make threats to kill protesters and discussed building his own weapons, according to the complaint. Maiorana, a registered sex offender, is barred from legally purchasing firearms.

    The arrest has put more pressure on internet companies that control the infrastructure supporting MyMilitia, including GoDaddy and Cloudflare to ban the platform from their services.

    “This is a very dangerous game they are playing, giving people the ability to recruit extremist militias during a perilous political time in our country,” said Matt Rivitz, the co-founder of the online activism and anti-bigotry group Sleeping Giants. “It is shocking to see these companies not only supporting but actively monetizing themselves off of it.”

    MyMilitia was first registered with GoDaddy in 2016 by Ohio conservative Chad Embrey, according to internet hosting records reviewed by the Guardian. The website is one of several domains Embrey has bought related to the militia movement. Embrey’s expressed goals for the website include changing the “negative perception” of militias and assisting communities “from all threats foreign or domestic”.

    The site further rose to prominence after a man named Michael Hari and other members of his Illinois-based militia allegedly bombed a mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota, and appealed on MyMilitia for others around the country to rally to their defense.

    As of early October, the site had at least 20,000 users organizing more than 530 militia groups in the US, according to a report from Vice. It’s also becoming more popular. The site totaled 69,461 visits in October 2020, up 322.6% from October 2019 at 16,437, according to web traffic analytics firm SimilarWeb [....]


    Anarchist groups plan to confront 'Million MAGA March' in DC https://t.co/Bsfqbwiks2 via @MailOnline

    — JJ MacNab (@jjmacnab) November 13, 2020

     


    My brothers gave up "playing army" once they were in junior high school:


    (retweeted by Lincoln Project's Reed Galen)



    thread:


    More playing army, real guns, both sides:



    by historian Oliver Bateman & Malcolm Kyeyune:



    Latest Comments