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Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Trump administration labels white supremacist group as terrorists for first time

Russian nationalists, members of the Movement Against Illegal Migration, gesture as they march to mark May Day in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 1, 2011, with Russian imperial flags at the background. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian nationalists, members of the Movement Against Illegal Migration, gesture as they march to mark May Day in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 1, 2011, with Russian imperial flags at the background. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)(Alexander Zemlianichenko/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

A white supremacist group known as the Russian Imperial Movement was designated as a global terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department on Monday, marking the first time that the government has applied the label to a white-supremacist organization.
The Russian Imperial Movement, or RIM, operates a pair of facilities in St. Petersburg that offer paramilitary training to neo-Nazis and white supremacists, according to Nathan A. Sales, the State Department’s counterterrorism coordinator. RIM’s recruiting efforts focus specifically on Europeans, but they’ve also reportedly brought in Americans, too.
This move from the Trump administration will extend sanctions against RIM, targeting three of its leaders and giving the Treasury Department the authority to freeze any of their assets coming through the U.S. financial system. It will also allow Homeland Security to deny U.S. entry to people with ties to RIM.
The actions against RIM and these unprecedented sanctions for a white-supremacist group come after years of calls for President Trump to more forcefully condemn racist hate. The President has downplayed the threat of white nationalism in the past, but recent years have seen several horrific attacks motivated by that ideology, including the New Zealand mosque massacre, an anti-immigrant mass shooting in El Paso, and an anti-Semitic mass killing at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Authorities say that globalization and the increasing interconnectedness of the world have helped expand racist hate in new ways.
“We are starting to see racially motivated violent extremists connecting with like-minded individuals overseas online,” FBI Director Christopher Wray told the House Homeland Security Committee in November. “In some instances, we have seen some folks travel overseas to train.”

1 comment:

  1. What about AIPAC?? They are the the most dangerous terrorist group in this country. They threaten and bribe our politicians for Shitrael's benefit. They siphon billions of dollars from us and we get nothing but a knife in the back from these assholes. Israel attacked the USS Liberty and killed many of our sailors and then had Johnson cover it up. Then they tried to blame the attack on Egypt to get us to attack Egypt for them. It almost worked as the stupid US gov't had nuclear armed jets on the way to Egypt to start a nuclear war when the sailors on the Liberty finally got a antenna to work and were able to ID the real terrorists. They were one of the groups behind the 911 attacks and yet the guilty jews were allowed to go back to Shitrael. They stole nuclear materials from us to build their nukes. They have a nuclear hot spot right where their embassy is and they won't let us inspect it. AIPAC is the definition of a terrorist group.

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