Who is who in the Nazi zoo?

Joe Hildebrand opines:

White supremacists casting a black cloud

By JOE HILDEBRAND

December 20, 2005

HERE’S a thought to keep you up at night: Australia has a neo-Nazi problem.

As community leaders across the racial, cultural and political spectrum desperately plea for an end to the violence wracking Sydney, groups of extremists from either side are doing everything they can to make sure it continues.

One of the most disturbing developments of the past nine days is the emergence of handfuls of white supremacists suddenly invigorated by the prospect of a race war.

Until two Sundays ago, these people were rightly confined to the lunatic fringes of political thought. Their presence was largely ignored and their views – so far removed from modern and mainstream society – were considered laughable at best.

Now there’s a buzz in the bizarre world of white supremacy. They think their time has come.

It is a test of our nation’s – and our city’s – character as to whether they are proven right.

Many of the white pride groups who have been descending on Sydney’s beaches are out-of-towners.

There was a strong Newcastle presence at Cronulla on December 11 and a contingent of those who sought to cause trouble on Sunday night were from Wollongong.

It’s a dark irony: Those who preach hatred towards foreigners are themselves foreigners to this city.

Still, don’t hold your breath waiting for the realisation to dawn on them.

And plenty of those stirring up hatred are locals too, not just to Sydney but to the Sutherland Shire.

Police are still trying to track down the sources of a series of text messages inciting “Aussies” to “bash Lebs” at Cronulla – as well as a stream of SMSs calling on Lebanese to do the same to “skips” – a sinister example of how fast and tracelessly information can now travel.

One theory is that the perpetrators of at least some of the text messages used “anonymising” software to distribute them via a computer and disguise the origin of the messages.

Even though a source phone number can be identified, it could be a random number originating anywhere from Afghanistan to Zaire.

The internet on its own is also a hotbed for white supremacist activity, giving them instant access to their paltry and disparate fellow travellers across the country and overseas, offering the anonymity they crave.

One active local member, who goes by the moniker “Proud to be an Infidel”, has been a regular contributor to international white supremacist organisation Stormfront.

Via a series of electronic footprints, anti-Nazi campaigner Mat Henderson-Hau has linked “Infidel” to Engadine local Darrin Hodges.

Hodges, who runs a website for a sex toy distributor, yesterday admitted to being a member of the racist Australia First Party but denied being a member of any white nationalist groups or a contributor to Stormfront.

His alleged alter ego is not so shy.

“Friends, today was an historic day, the day Australians stood up against state-imposed multiculturalism,” he wrote on the night of the Cronulla riots.

Accompanying his posting is a series of photographs he took at Cronulla that day, including one of a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “wog free zone” and another of a sign offering free sausages to the crowd, with “no tabouli”.

Infidel also speaks of footage he filmed on the day which Henderson-Hau believes was used in a video released over the weekend that glorifies a mob of rioters bashing various non-whites at Cronulla.

Posted on Saturday, it had been downloaded around 400 times by yesterday afternoon.

It follows an earlier video credited to “White Nationalist TV” and dubbed “The Battle For Cronulla”, which was released on the Stormfront website on the night of the riots and has since been downloaded 1700 times.

After several minutes of footage showing skinheads emblazoned with the iron cross and three-bladed swastika taking part in the Cronulla “gathering”, the video finishes with the words “Not white, not welcome in Cronulla”.

If there was any doubt as to what Infidel and his ilk stand for, consider one of his earlier posts on Stormfront in which he states: “I’m more interested in the purer form of fascism … and while I don’t subscribe to the whole ‘worship Hitler’ thing, his comments on multiculturalism and politics in general are still just as relevant today as they were 70-odd years ago.”

The first video was posted by JN, whom Henderson-Hau believes to be a Central Coast man known as James Newton or James Mauser, although it is unclear if either is his real name.

While Infidel fits the profile of an isolated internet geek, JN or Newton is more your typical skinhead.

Photos obtained by The Daily Telegraph show him resplendent in paramilitary-style gear, complete with shaved noggin.

Many such people have been duped into embracing the simple-mindedness of white supremacy by the likes of former Nazi Jim Saleam.

Now they in turn are out in the broader community trying to hoodwink confused and angry white Australians to their cause.

Our society has truly failed if they succeed in this.

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