I read with interest Guy Rundle’s story (Wednesday, item 13) about the bomb-making neo-Nazi. Unfortunately, the case of the Burnley BNP Bombmaker is not one that is unique to the UK – worryingly, neither is the myopia on the part of law enforcement when it comes to white supremacist “terrorist” activities. A similar thing recently occured in Sydney involving a man called Peter Campbell. Well over a month ago, the anti-racist group FightDemBack (of which I am a representative) brought material which he had allegedly distributed to young Nazi skinheads to the attention of the police. The pamphlet in question had originally been published in England (The 5 writers were jailed for approximately 15 years between them) and glorified David Copeland’s bombing attacks. The pamphlet also included detailed instructions as to how one could build their own “David Copeland Special” and how to best disguise it for maximum carnage.
It soon became apparent to us that nothing was going to be done, so we contacted the media. The editors at The Oz eventually ran the story (after holding it over for a number of days) and suddenly the investigation was GO! GO! GO!
Nearly a month after the story was published, nothing has actually happened.
If this guy had been worshipping Allah he would have had his door kicked in as soon as the police were made aware. As it is, he worships Hitler, and it is now over a month since the bomb-making material which he distributed was given to the police. Why are the authorities so slow to act when the accused is white?
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Extremist Islamic activity is a problem, but no more than neo-Nazi activity. Both use the same methods of recruitment (take a disenfranchised kid, fill em up with hate, and point them at something) and the results can be equally as explosive: A bomb is a bomb, no matter who plants it. Why then was it up to private citizens to gather this information and hand it to the police? Why was Peter Campbell’s group not being monitored by the relevant authorities?
Since September 11, all of ASIO’s funding for domestic anti-terrorism has gone one way, at the expense of all other concerns. The threat posed to innocent civilians by neo-Nazi groups in Australia didn’t disappear when the planes hit the towers – it is still there, and it is not going to go away. One young racist told me this week, “Put an automatic weapon in my hands, and I’d go for it.” The bureaucrats distributing funding to Australian law enforcement need to take their heads out the sand, the blinkers off their eyes and their thumbs out of their a*ses.