How White Supremacists Prepared for Charlottesville:
Here’s ProPublica with a short analysis of recently leaked white supremacist Discord chats. These originally came from Unicorn Riot in a serious reporting scoop.
Taken collectively these provide insight on the mindset and tactics of major white supremacist groups in the months before Charlottesville. So what can we learn? (Points below are paraphrased from article:)
1. They were prepared to do violence, no surprise there
2. The rally involved an intense amount of planning. At least some participants were very tech-savvy. This fits with the levels of coordination, communication and logistics on display in Charlottesville.
3. Not only have they been closely tracking opponents using open-source intelligence and in-person surveillance, they even sent much of their compiled information to police.
( At minimum this raises serious questions about the relationship between police and white supremacist groups in Virginia and helps explain why they stood back and allowed attacks and gunshots to go unanswered. Recent reporting also shows that they ignored requests from the UVA student body for safety information, rebuffed offers for additional police from other universities, and focused on antifa as a threat to the exclusion of alt-right and white supremacist groups. No doubt all this suited “Unite the Right” perfectly.
Given that information on activists gathered by police departments also makes its way into federal intelligence databases like DHS, it further raises the question: could leftists who haven’t committed a crime be surveilled by federal intelligence agencies due to information obtained indirectly from Nazis?” It doesn’t seem out of the range of possibility at this point. – eds.)
4. Some members displayed a sophisticated knowledge of security culture and leftist tactics. So you should too. They went to some lengths to keep their plans from being uncovered, and did what they could to conduct surveillance on potential counter-protestors. High standards for digital and personal security are going to be important.
The full article is required reading for anyone who opposes fascism and white supremacy in the US. Now that Discord has shut down alt-right accounts, this is the closest we’re going to get to a definitive peek into the current tactics of white supremacists for a while.