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5 Jun
#THREAD #PSA Got word this morning this SF Bay Area Telegram chat was compromised by fascists who flooded it with racist shit. Example pictured below.

An activist source gave me some advice to pass along about what Telegram is useful for and what it isn't.
A link posted in the channel was to a private vetting group where folks have to give the admin two of their social media accounts or contact details for an organizer to vouch for them. That might be legit or not. But if far-right trolls wanted to do a honeypot, that's how.
"If anybody asks you for credentials, it's OK to test their knowledge," source said. "Ask them *open-ended* questions that only an established organizer would know the answer to. Ex: Could you name some organizing spaces in [your location]?" Gage answers accordingly
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3 Jun
NEW MEXICO HOMIES MY MAN @iambeale SAID FUCK THE ABQ REPORT THE PUBLISHER REPOSTS THREEPER PROPAGANDA & COVID DISINFO AND GLORIFIES POLICE VIOLENCE
Here’s the publisher of ABQ Report glorifying the 1968 police riot at the Democratic National Convention
Here is the Publisher of ABQ Report spreading bullshit conspiracy theories about doctors getting paid to inflate Covid numbers
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31 May
#THREAD LCRW is LIVE at the MF HOME DEPOT in Emeryville tonight!

Just heard a flash bang go off. Walking towards the noise to report now
It’s beautiful here at dusk at the uh....home depot
Guys I found the bricks George Soros sent us lololololololol
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27 May
#THREAD: Boogaloo boys are watching the protests in Minneapolis right now from their secret chatrooms.

And they want to co-opt Black Lives Matter to start a second civil war.

Here's what they're saying on private chats just leaked to LCRW.
"Boogaloo" is a slang for "Civil War 2 (Electric Boogaloo)." The very online militia-like 'boog' crowd often interchange it with similar-sounding phrases "Big Igloo" and "Big Luau." They like wearing Hawaiian shirts and plate carriers to protests to signify this.
You might ask why right-wingers are showing up in support of a BLM protest. Boog boys aren't old school militia/Patriot Movement types who love local cops & sheriffs. They hate cops full stop. They want to provoke shootouts. They've got their own martyrs. thedailybeast.com/anti-lockdown-…
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1 May
Alright LCRW readers, you voted and I’m on my way to Sacramento to cover this fuckin’ rally. I’ve got a face mask for my allergies and the longest lens I own with me. Let’s see how it goes!
And if you’re feeling generous and want to help cover my expenses driving out, getting food etc, here’s my cash account and if you’d like to support my journalism going forward here’s my Patreon too! Thanks to everyone who’s contributed so far! It really helps!!!
Already seeing roadblocks blocks away from the capitol and tons of cars coming through.
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6 Apr
NEW #THREAD: A few days ago I analyzed a thread on 8kun where online fascists were talking about the future of their movement.

The thread continued on. There's some interesting stuff in it I'll cover here.

Original thread here:
The thread started with original poster (OP) complaining the alt-right had fizzled out after Unite the Right in 2017 that caused a backlash of fascists being de-platformed, fired, arrested, outed. The OP was mostly complaining about online censorship and less ability to outreach.
The Base, a terrorist network OP thought promising, was taken down. OP wasn't impressed with the alt-right's continuation through Nick Fuentes & his "Groyper Army" & wondered aloud what's next. Someone replied "lol the only option is to start blowing up buildings but whatever"
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3 Apr
#THREAD "Fast forward three years after Unite the Right and it seems that everything that we had in 2017 and prior is gone."

INCREDIBLY revealing fascist conversation on 8kun.

It's also the 1st time I've *ever* seen chan posters explicitly mention 4th Generation Warfare.
Some notes:

Slurs are blacked out.

Thread is from 8kun's /pnd/ (politics, news and debate)

Here's an archive of the thread if you want the primary source. Every kind of content warning applies obviously. archive.is/wYCRQ
For this thread, I'm summarizing and analyzing the highlights. The point of this exercise is to take the temperature of the fascist movement. They are speaking candidly here. How do they see themselves and the conflict they're fighting? Where do they think it's going?
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20 Jan
#THREAD The #LobbyDay militia rally tomorrow in Richmond already had one planned terrorist attack foiled and is awash in disinfo.

It's a little late to do so, but here's my preview thread for what's going on.
What the hell *is* this event that might pop off tomorrow? Here's the tl;dr from @IwriteOK's newest article for @bellingcat, which I'll be discussing and linking to later in this thread.
The broad right wing militia/patriot movement, particularly in the United States, is the conjoined twin brother of the white nationalist movement. That doesn't mean they have the same ideas about race. This article provides some important background. itsgoingdown.org/ammon-bundy-th…
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17 Oct 19
I’m at a talk at UC Berkeley by Andrew Marantz, author of the book in the link. The Chancellor of the school let him embed with them during 2017 and with social media companies as well. I’ll tweet if there’s anything interesting penguinrandomhouse.com/books/562022/a…
People next to me are pretty impressed that he spent time with a bunch of alt-right/alt-lite types. One of the people next to me said β€œwow.” I don’t know why I’m writing this.
He’s talking about a guy in the OC who made memes about Hillary looking sickly and subliminally associating her w/disease
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