Where does it stop?
Another day in paradise and the emergence of another Australian based Neo-Nazi group. This one is named Battalion 88. I have written before as to why these groups use numbers such as 88 and 14 in their names. Some combine the two and get additional “bang for their buck” by having avatars that finish with 1488. So here is a brief explanation. It must also be said that the 88 can refer to the 88 precepts by David Lane. (More of him below)
The 8th letter of the alphabet is “H”. So, having 88 will mean that they have the letters HH. And, of course, HH are the initials of “Heil Hitler”. 14 are the fourteen words of the phrase “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children”. In more recent years that phrase has been adapted to read as follows: “Because the beauty of the White Aryan woman must not perish from the earth”.
Both of those slogans were coined by David Lane. Mr Lane was a convicted member of the white supremacist terrorist organisation called “The Order”. From Wikipedia comes the following:
“David Eden Lane (November 2, 1938 – May 28, 2007) was an American white supremacist leader and convicted felon. A founding member of The Order, he was convicted and sentenced to 190 years in prison for racketeering, conspiracy, and for violating the civil rights of Alan Berg, a Jewish radio talk show host, who was murdered on June 18, 1984. He died while incarcerated in the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.
And further: “Lane met Robert Jay Mathews in July 1983 at the Aryan Nations world congress. On September 22, 1983, Lane was among the nine founding members to be sworn into The Order, a group which dedicated itself to delivering “our people from the Jew and bring(ing) total victory to the Aryan race.” The Order was accused of stealing over $4.1 million in armored car hijackings, killing three people (one of whom was Order member Walter E. West), detonating bombs, counterfeiting money, organizing militaristic training camps and carrying out numerous other crimes with the ultimate goal of overthrowing the “Zionist occupational government” they deemed in control of the United States and to “liberate the Pacific Northwest as a homeland for whites” in the process.
For his role in The Order’s crimes, Lane was sentenced to consecutive sentences totaling 190 years, including 20 years for racketeering, 20 years for conspiracy, both under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and 150 years for violating the civil rights of Alan Berg, a Jewish radio talk show host, who was murdered on June 18, 1984. Berg was shot and killed in the driveway of his Denver home by three members of The Order. David Lane was the getaway driver. Lane was arrested on the evening of March 30, 1985 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “
Before any of you submit to me that this is stuff that happens in America and is therefore of no relevance to us here in Australia, let me give you one bit of information that may change your view.
When David Lane died in 2007 his ashes were spread around the world to a few places. One place that took one part of his ashes was here in Perth. These ashes are now housed in a tabernacle where the members of one Neo Nazi group, Combat 18 gather on weekends to commemorate the teachings of this racist terrorist. And members of Combat 18 were arrested and charged in regard to the shooting of a Southern Suburbs Mosque here in Perth.
There are other similar groups here in Perth. We have, over the years seen and found Ku Klux Klan outfits in Mirrabooka and in the South West of WA. In 2009 Johnny Lee Clary confirmed that the Klan had certainly infiltrated parts of WA.
“Disturbingly his latest report of KKK activity had come from children when visiting a school in Rockingham about a week ago. “I said `How many in here have ever met somebody from the Ku Klux Klan?’ and three kids have raised their hands,” he said. His previous experiences and research about the KKK in WA convinced him the children were serious. Mr Clary, 49, who was Grand Imperial Wizard, or national boss, of the militant White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan before he quit, said WA should take very seriously the threat of having local Klan members. “People who join the Klan are prone to commit violence,” said Mr Clary, who during an interview with talk-show host Andrew Denton in 2005, admitted burning an African- American priest’s church. “Almost everyone in the Klan threatens and intimidates people.”
Mr Clary said the Klan’s violent activities were not limited to the US. “I was told by police that Klansmen were involved in Cronulla,” he said. “They got out there and rallied the people, and got them out there fighting. “That’s the sort of thing you in WA should worry about.”
Why am I writing about these groups?
Because the Online Hate Prevention Institute has just reported on the shut- down of yet another group’s Facebook page. Its report on Facebook reads as follows:
“A Facebook page promoting a new Australian based Neo-Nazi group, Battalion88 (page id: 452209554976265), was created two weeks ago an experiencing rapid growth. While claiming to be Australian, the page sought to transport American white supremacy to Australia and there were significant doubts about ti being locally run. Over the weekend OHPI documented, analysed, reported, and ultimately had this page removed and the associated account suspended by Facebook. As part of our effort in transparency and in raising awareness of harmful online content, the briefing documents some of the pages content.
We thank Facebook for their action removing this page and urge those who see online hate to keep reporting it both to the platform concerned and to our FightAgainstHate.com tool. This allows us to monitor the reported content and track the responses by social media platforms. This provides public transparency as outlined in our recent report “Measuring the Hate: The State of Antisemitism in Social Media“. This is particular important as the problem of online hate continues to rise rapidly, as we discussed with the BBC in December.
– See more here:
Interestingly one of the posts on that page made reference to the Presidential elections/nominations in America and lauded the fact that “we” (Trump’s side) were winning!
“Then there is their post about Donald Trump where they write “the Enemy is scared that we are winning”, clearly aligning themselves as part of the Trump camp. Australians may have an opinion on the US primaries, but we aren’t part of the electorate. SPK’s buy-in seems to be that of a local.”
There is much more on the Website referred to above. The OHPI has documented a long history of the Battalion 88 group. I urge you to read those pages in detail.
Another reason for my raising these issues is to highlight the danger of these groups. More often than not we laugh at the antics of the Blair Cotterell’s, Dennis Huts (See this webpage here: for Dennis’s antics here at Fiona Stanley Hospital), Shermon Burges’s and other similarly inclined people. Stormfront Downunder gives me a great deal of comedy material to work with. But all of these groups are designed around hate and anger and some form of retribution.
So it is a warning that whilst these groups amaze us by their complete lack of social skills, inability to reason logical arguments and their sheer sense of hatred and deluded sense of self importance, the underlying fact is that they are fairly dangerous people. They have delusions of competence and they often will rely on violence and confrontation to achieve what they want.
The Online Hate Prevention Institute is the best place for any decisive action to be taken. The OHPI is a very effective group and I would urge people to subscribe to their Facebook page and get updates on what they do.