It’s Only Reich ‘n Roll But They Like It

A few times this year I’ve noted – and ridiculed – official statements made by Australia’s paramount spy agency that the nation is at grave risk of being overrun by violent, Swastika-saluting suburban garage Nazis. It’s funny because everyone knows how the farce started: for years, the Labor Party and various left-wing MPs have been trying to force intelligence bosses to offset their concern about Islamic terrorism – whose practitioners spring from a population the aforementioned politicos imported (and whose votes they crave) – with a new pseudo-concern about “right-wing” extremists. In other words, they want cover for their own culpability in fomenting social disintegration and terrorism. They want to be able to point to a romper-stomper and say, ‘ya-see, this is what happens when Alan Jones criticises lockdowns.’

 
Being more alert to nuanced blackmail than most, spy chiefs realise the ALP and its fellow-travellers will sooner or later control the Treasury Benches. In light of what intemperate hooligans in uniform have been doing in the rogue police state of Victoria and, indeed, elsewhere in the Commonwealth, the light-hearted reaction to all this will no longer do. An opportunistic coup of sorts is underway in this country; it is undermining the rule of law, habeas corpus, privacy, property rights, parliamentary oversight, assembly and free speech.

ASIO itself has been compromised, so to speak, and that’s certainly no laughing matter. This week it assured its overseers that citizens critical of state extremism in response to COVID-19 are under surveillance. By disturbing contrast, its Director-General told the same people in July that ASIO does not interfere with Black Lives Matter – a movement linked to multiple homicides in the US. On Tuesday, deadpanning the imminent threat of skip-Hitlers continued. Deputy Director-General Heather Cook told a parliamentary inquiry that “right-wing violent extremism now accounted for between 30 and 40 per cent of its current caseload in counter-terrorism work.” That isn’t a direct quote; it’s Fairfax’s Anthony Galloway. His employer is a keen promoter of what amounts to doxxing non-leftists using, first, regular police and now the same intelligence agency enlightened socialists used to fear and loathe. Galloway’s report opens with a false assertion:

Violent right-wing extremists are increasingly catching the attention of Australia’s domestic spy agency, with the threat now accounting for about a third of its counter-terrorism cases.

 
Not true. After months – getting on for years – of pressure from Labor, the ABC and Fairfax to find some Nazis, ASIO has boosted the ‘case-load’ attention it affords various oddballs who collect Third Reich memorabilia or rave on about the “white race” on internet forums. That sort of thing. There is zero evidence any of them have been planning something violent. Zero. Here’s Heather Cook – this is a direct quote (albeit one bumped down to paragraph 11 by Galloway):

I don’t think it would be accurate to say that everybody ASIO is currently looking at is about to carry out a terrorist attack.

 
That’s a Humphrey Appleby way of saying that nobody in the “right-wing” filing cabinet is about to carry out a terrorist attack. Not one person. If ASIO busted a genuine terror plot by fibro Berghof bogans, we would already know about it. And so would the courts. Here it’s worth emphasising what ASIO Director-General Mike Burgess told a parliamentary hearing in July when asked if BLM campaigners would ever be monitored: “The only time we get involved is if there’s acts of violence but protesters are fully supported.” Excuse me? If none of the “right-wing extremists” ASIO is currently “looking at” is about to commit acts of violence, why are they being ‘looked’ at – at all? The answer: they’ve been rounded up Louis Renault-like to placate the leftist establishment; this, in turn, firewalls ASIO’s budget and makes its thirst for increased powers more likely to be slaked. Spies are being used by the likes of Kristina Keneally as culture war skirmishers and they’re pretending to skirmish.

Shadow Home Affairs spokesman Keneally last year campaigned to ban British commentator Raheem Kassam from entering Australia to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference in Sydney because he criticised the Koran. That was mere pretense. The real agenda was to slime CPAC as something akin to the Nuremberg Rally. Her Labor colleague, Mark Dreyfus – another fanatical promoter of the war on phantom Nazis – ordered mates in the Canberra bureaucracy to force CPAC guest speaker Tony Abbott and conference organiser Andrew Cooper to register as agents of foreign influence. At about the same time, China’s most powerful spokesman in Australia – China Development Bank adviser Paul Keating – was demanding ASIO be liquidated for daring to keep its eyes on the espionage of his paymasters. Keating has never been asked to register. He hasn’t even been asked to explain himself for one of the most embarrassing geo-political blunders this century. A few months after defending China’s big-power ruthlessness, coronavirus sent the world into lockdown and Keating himself into Coventry. Possessed of a Talleyrand’s worldview but an alderman’s mindset, he has only emerged in recent weeks to bore the nation again about superannuation.

 
As they say in the classics: don’t get me wrong. If a right-wing extremist’s behaviour, access to weapons, online incitement and/or other genuine red flags of criminal intention come to the attention of ASIO, its agents should do whatever they’re empowered to do to stop him. Were another gutless animal like Brenton Tarrant to wander into their crosshairs, by all means open fire – figuratively or literally. But ASIO should not be used – nor allow itself to be used – for infantile own-the-cons gamesmanship or affirmative action threat generation. Not only is this very bad for our democracy and rule of law, it is also dangerous in the more immediate sense. If more than a third of ASIO’s time really is being spent on alleged Waffen wannabes (which I doubt), what are they missing in the mean time?

Trump’s intuitions about… foreign affairs have proven to be remarkable and historic. He makes Henry Kissinger look like Kevin Rudd.”

 
Finally: there has indeed been a huge change in the national security and terror ecosystem in recent years. We no longer hear about Al Qaeda or ISIS. Contrary to all ‘expert’ predictions, the Trump Administration’s effect on the bloody post-9/11 stand-off between Western culture and Islam has been astonishingly soothing. The US has again become not so much an apex predator but an apex discerner. Donald Trump’s intuitions about – and achievements in – foreign affairs have proven to be remarkable and historic. He makes Henry Kissinger look like Kevin Rudd. So too in the diaspora Islamic communities of Western Europe, Australia and elsewhere, there is a sense that the moment for mass casualty attacks has staled, if not passed. What has arisen in this vacuum is not “right-wing extremism” but violent leftism combined with – and largely facilitated by – near lawless police state conduct by governments or governments-in-exile like the bitter alumni of the Obama Administration. The rigged scare-mongering about Nazis is contemptible nonsense but it is no longer a joke.

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50 Responses to It’s Only Reich ‘n Roll But They Like It

  1. Gyro Cadiz

    Yeah, this is horseshit.

    I spent a number of years in the CT field (LEO not Asio) and at one point was the person doing the analysis on all the serious right wing nuts in my state.

    We had 16 of them. 16. And they all hated each other, it was real People’s Judean Liberation Front stuff. Mostly, they got into meth manufacture or distribution after a bit and we nabbed them on that or they blew themselves up or poisoned themselves. Red Phos method ain’t safe!

    We were tracking well over 1,000 Islamic terrorist supporting types, wannabes and financiers.

  2. Peter Smith

    Super stuff currencylad. I could not have put it better myself. In fact, if only I could put it nearly as well – with such unabashed flair and zeal. Well written!

  3. H B Bear

    Only the ALPBC lies awake at night worrying about right wing extremists in the suburbs. When they stop worrying about death threats from the IPA.

  4. PB

    So White people have finally learned why they need to become political, like everyone else seems permitted to be, but they get branded as “Terrorists”?

  5. Professor Fred Lenin

    They must mean the right wing lovers of that murdering socialist Hitler ,it surely couldnt be the lovers of that murdering socialist Stalin could it ?
    They still recruit ASIO agents from universities ? That would explain the obsession with “right wing extremist” , the libs and nats better be carefull they are right wing extremists arent they ? The meeja says so .
    As for Hansen Latham ,Bolt ,Alan Jomes etc .ber they are under close scrutiny .
    Never mind muslims ,antifa fsacists Chinese financed b.l.m fascists , they are peacefullpeople .

  6. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    nazis are socialists, but we have heard it many times, it’s not real socialism or communism. socialism is voluntary and not coercive….what a load of bull…shit

  7. Edwina

    Where does the right wing extremists” tag come from when referring to Nazis.
    Nazism is socialist, after all it is in their name, so therefore it can only be left wing!
    This has been the biggest fraud and rewriting of history of the 20th century IMO. It was fabricated to divert attention and blame away from the hundreds of millions of deaths caused by the communists Lenin, Stalin, Mao etc. The people the left make excuses for and support!
    A “Look Over There” no less!

  8. yarpos

    No mention then of that class of people who have planned terrorist acts, been convicted of same, scouted weak points of miltary bases, injured or killed police, court officials and fellow citizens?

    Yes its the far right groups that are the problem. Just just have to know its stupidity when you see Kenneally lined up on it.

  9. Rafe Champion

    Great work CL. Keep it coming!

  10. areff

    ASIO hears one Hans clapping

  11. Ellen of Tasmania

    If a right-wing extremist’s behaviour, access to weapons, online incitement and/or other genuine red flags of criminal intention come to the attention of ASIO

    Meanings are changing. I think anything right of far left is now ‘extreme right wing’ – so I guess they have about 40% of the entire population to watch.

    The Cat must take up at least one full time investigator. A hot-bed of nasty small government weirdos.

  12. notafan

    Bravo CL. The right wing terrorist meme is risible.

  13. Roger

    Well said, CL.

    He makes Henry Kissinger look like Kevin Rudd.

    Well, yes…Henry Kissinger has been on the wrong saide of history since 1971.

    “China will liberalise if we engage with it.”

    Western hubris. Thanks Henry.

  14. Paul

    I must commend our intelligence services for their great work in stopping numerous jihadi attempted attacks

    I have yet to see a story where a far right or extreme right attack has been foiled.

    My guess is that there are none to very few serious right wing attempts.

    It’s all political ruse.

  15. jo

    Having meet several of the high ups from our so called security services (talk about old men in grey coats) seemed more about the finer things in life.

  16. custard

    What Peter Smith said…
    Great work C.L.

  17. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    VenOztraliastan’s most evil Far-right wing extremist, according to the Silly Moaning Haemorrhoid …

  18. Rockdoctor

    Mention a few months back it had been years since I had even seen an actual skinhead. Even then they were ill disciplined thugs dealing in petty crime, hardly a threat that to cops couldn’t deal with. Same with Jack Van Tongran and his Aus Nationalists Movement.

    We are looking the wrong way, Jihadists who have returned and are free will be biding their time with the skills & SOP’s to be a credible threat. The next wave of attacks won’t be the clumsy attempts we have seen in the past, in fact the vehicle attacks we saw in Melbourne recently means they are already changing their tactics.

    Then there is the Chicom threat, how many of them are sleeper cells even at 0.1% of the 677,000 mainlanders in the last census that’s a battalion size of provetuers not including those who are press ganged into support under threat of family at home. Then include the students studying here in that figure.

    Pretty sobering but nah we’ll waste time on the right wing bogey man.

  19. Rockdoctor

    Wow moderated, for what I don’t know…

  20. one old bruce

    Very well argued CL. Top class commentary.

    I’d add that the wider world is becoming unpredictable and uncertain – all bets are off re China for one thing. And ASIO’s brief even in the Commo days was detecting *foreign* threats to our nation, including locals obeying or acting for foreign regimes.

    So if at some stage they decided the outside world doesn’t matter as much as a handful of homegrown nutters, they’ve gone off task. That area is already covered by police forces. It’s redundant doubling.

  21. Hay Stockard

    Looks like we’ll have to wear dark glasses ar Oktoberfest.

  22. one old bruce

    Need I add that when 2 appointed organs are working the same beat, it’s easy to blame the other one for any deficiencies? So, a cynic might say, piggy backing on the work of police forces (who actually have to deal face to face with violent threats) looks very much like faking it?

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  24. one old bruce

    S0-

    Are 40% of ASIO’s resources (as they say) now effectively back seat drivers?

    ‘I told you to take that turn!’.

    It’s a way to seem smart and important while doing very little if anything.

  25. Des Deskperson

    ‘Mark Dreyfus – another fanatical promoter of the war on phantom Nazis – ordered mates in the Canberra bureaucracy to force CPAC guest speaker Tony Abbott and conference organiser Andrew Cooper to register as agents of foreign influence.’

    I respect currencylad and I enjoy and learn from his posts but, as I have explained here before at length, this statement is unfair and inaccurate.

  26. H B Bear

    No wonder the Liars (but not the voters) love Bambi. She will stand in front of the camera and say anything.

  27. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Peter Smith at 3:45 pm:

    “Super stuff currencylad. I could not have put it better myself. In fact, if only I could put it nearly as well – with such unabashed flair and zeal. Well written!”

    Yes, yes and yes.

    “Trump’s intuitions about… foreign affairs have proven to be remarkable and historic. He makes Henry Kissinger look like Kevin Rudd.”

    … is a cracker – by the way, Kissinger did some things well mainly because Richard Nixon was good at employing the right people and letting them do their job. Henry did enjoy being Omar Sharif during those heady years.

    I enjoyed all the many accurate observations here about dullard Canberra clerks pretending to be Jason and Mrs Bourne, spending much of their day playing battleships.

    I see that big mouthed Yank Keneally, who thinks she is especially important for some reason, and I’m reminded she is not a politician. If she’s backing something you can bet it has nothing to do with sound policy or constituent needs.

    She’s good at turning tricks, in a political sense of course – of course, attracting the likes of inmate Godfather Eddie (who no doubt subscribed to Kissinger’s view that “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac”) for a leg over – ooops – leg up to whatever shiny jewellery takes her fancy. She was a bit like Comrade Dan as Premier – didn’t know nuffin’ about her Minister Macdonald gifting her mentor Obeid multi million dollar mining leases.

    Both blokes ended up in the slammer, and dumped by Labor for getting caught, and she gaily skipped off to lead Labor to a loss by 83 seats or 142 seats or something in its worst result since Cook’s First Fleet landed at Port Kembla.

    Now she is mid way through scratching and hair pulling her valued Senate colleague, Debbie O’Neill, over ALP NSW’s No 1 Senate pick. That Wong chap will be next and then the ditzy pretend blonde might have the time to notice she is becoming as lined, leathery and irrelevant as Dame Julie Bishop.

  28. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “Mick Gold Coast QLD
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    #3598493, posted on September 26, 2020 at 8:07 pm”

    How strange.

  29. jupes

    Superb CL.

    Deserves a much wider audience. Areff?

  30. Colonel Crispin Berka

    areff #3598313, posted on September 26, 2020 at 4:45 pm
    ASIO hears one Hans clapping

    Areff has won the internet for today.

  31. Sunbird

    It all depends on your definition.
    In my experience the left regards anyone who believes in individual gun rights as “violent right wing extremist”.

  32. Crossie

    Paul
    #3598372, posted on September 26, 2020 at 5:55 pm
    I must commend our intelligence services for their great work in stopping numerous jihadi attempted attacks

    I have yet to see a story where a far right or extreme right attack has been foiled.

    My guess is that there are none to very few serious right wing attempts.

    It’s all political ruse.

    These sort of pronouncements by the security services chiefs just trivialises the real dangers arrayed against us. We have had the skinheads for a while according to the Romper Stomper movie yet we were allowed to get on a plane without jumping through a lot of security hoops. Post Nine Eleven everything changed. Why is that?

  33. Crossie

    Steve
    #3598354, posted on September 26, 2020 at 5:39 pm
    This is a heck of a bombshell….

    https://canadafreepress.com/article/covid-vaccine-clinical-trials-doomed-to-fail-fatal-design-flaw-ny-times-opi

    It may be a bombshell but not unexpected. If it was simple to get a vaccine for a corona virus we would already have it for the common cold.

  34. Nob

    How did the NZ mass murderer BT, self-described “eco-fascist”, get the “right wing” tag anyway?

    Was he a supply-side enthusiast, or a student of Hayek?

    “Radical Green” would be more justifiable.

  35. Crossie

    So too in the diaspora Islamic communities of Western Europe, Australia and elsewhere, there is a sense that the moment for mass casualty attacks has staled, if not passed. What has arisen in this vacuum is not “right-wing extremism” but violent leftism combined with – and largely facilitated by – near lawless police state conduct by governments or governments-in-exile like the bitter alumni of the Obama Administration. The rigged scare-mongering about Nazis is contemptible nonsense but it is no longer a joke.

    Not that ScoMo and his government are nearly as effective as Trump they have still threatened KK’s and Labor’s chances with their imported voters. The Arab states treaties with Israel are a sure sign the caliphate is not coming back. The real danger to the whole world is now from the left thug organisations such as Antifa and BLM who funnily enough are the new protected species. It’s almost as if our politicians and bureaucrats always side with the enemies of civilisation.

    By writing the above I will probably ping some algorithm in ASIO as a right wing nut.

  36. How did the NZ mass murderer BT, self-described “eco-fascist”, get the “right wing” tag anyway?

    This.
    Besides, anyone who’s paying attention knows that BT is an MKUltra asset. Just as was seen in Dunblane,Port Arthur,et al.

  37. Bruce of Newcastle

    It emerged that one of the extreme right-wing groups that security orgs are tracking is the Turkish Grey Wolves…who are mu slims.

    So I suspect a lot of these “extreme right wing groups” may actually be the usual suspects who’ve been conveniently given the extreme-right tag. That fulfills the edicts of the lefty pollies, bureaucrats and the MSM to find a squirrel to distract from Antifa and the like, and to also cover over the fact that they are actually just more-of-the-same mu slim extremists.

  38. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Tailgunner at 6:30 am:

    “How did the NZ mass murderer BT, self-described “eco-fascist”, get the “right wing” tag anyway?

    This.
    Besides, anyone who’s paying attention knows that BT is an MKUltra asset. Just as was seen in Dunblane,Port Arthur,et al.”

    Spare me! I see there are plenty of other easily found soft headed noisy idiots for the ASIO and MI5 amateurs to use for target practice.

  39. Boambee John

    Bruce of N

    So I suspect a lot of these “extreme right wing groups” may actually be the usual suspects who’ve been conveniently given the extreme-right tag.

    A bit like references to ISIS as “extreme mu slim conservatives”, which (and similar words) I recall reading over the years.

  40. David

    The Z Man had an amusing take on this story in his latest podcast. ASIO are hunting leprechauns riding unicorns.

  41. HT

    Before retirement I worked in and around those agencies. ASIO is not the “paramount” Intel agency. It is the agency with the lead for Australian security though.

    Technically, I guess, the “paramount” agency would be the ONA, the all source intel agency set up by Frazer(?) because he didn’t trust the other agencies (which was really, I think simply an issue of each agency having a different role, and therefore different view of the world).

    In practice though, the big daddy of the agencies is ASD. It’s a monster, it’s even a Stuatory Authority these days…

  42. RJH

    “Possessed of a Talleyrand’s worldview but an alderman’s mindset, he has only emerged in recent weeks to bore the nation again about superannuation.” Simply masterful & insightful writing CL, the very best & most apt description yet of Alderman PK. Yet another labor incompetent leaving a $96B in National Debt in 1996 promoted well & truly above his abilities and who still can’t manage to get himself off a lifetime spent gorging himself on the public teat.

  43. jupes

    How did the NZ mass murderer BT, self-described “eco-fascist”, get the “right wing” tag anyway?

    Well the supposedly “right wing” prime minister of Australia claimed that he was.

    It would be interesting to hear SloMos answer to the question of what exactly made BT “right wing”?

  44. Not true. After months – getting on for years – of pressure from Labor, the ABC and Fairfax to find some Nazis, ASIO has boosted the ‘case-load’ attention it affords various oddballs who collect Third Reich memorabilia or rave on about the “white race” on internet forums. That sort of thing. There is zero evidence any of them have been planning something violent. Zero.

    Hmm. There was that one bloke from Grafton who visited Christchurch recently. You even mentioned his name, yet somehow you say there has been no violence from the white supremacist right? 51 is bigger than zero, Lad.

  45. Snoopy

    Hmm. There was that one bloke from Grafton who visited Christchurch recently. You even mentioned his name, yet somehow you say there has been no violence from the white supremacist right? 51 is bigger than zero, Lad.

    The self-described ‘eco-fascist’ Monts? That puts him squarely in the progressive left.

  46. Rockdoctor

    Just took a look at the Christchurch Mosque shooters excerpts from his Manifesto, dunno if it is legal is Aus but even with Brave & Duck duck go imagine the search would now be flagged by DSD. Meh.

    I never took time to read anything from this guy till mentioned above. Wow, what a nutjob. The style of writing is very much like a certain mustache wearing Austrian guy in his book last century. However I find it very hard to pigeon hole this guy as a right winger, the racial parts maybe but the rest borders on Communism. Sorry this guy is just another mixed up turd who actually was a “lone wolf” and is already yesterdays news.

  47. Kneel

    “…A bit like references to ISIS as “extreme mu slim conservatives”, …”

    See? Right wing.
    QED.

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