Secret recordings of The Base 'show the group actively recruiting members of the military'

Secret recordings of neo-Nazi terror network The Base are said to show the group actively recruiting former and current members of the military. 

The Base, a collective of hardcore neo-Nazis that operate as a paramilitary organization, wants people with military expertise for what they predict is the ‘collapse’ of society, according to a new podcast

Since November 2018, a total of 83 hours of recordings from more than 100 prospective recruits have been collected, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The clips are said to show that 20 percent of those approached were active-duty military members or veterans. 

Included in the tapes is also said to be alleged leader Rinaldo Nazzaro. He says: ‘We want things to accelerate, we want things to get worse in the United States.

‘And from that point by virtue of the chaos that ensues, that would naturally present some opportunities for us … law and order starts breaking down, power vacuums start emerging…for those who are organized and ready, to take advantage of those.’

The FBI has previously said The Base, a collective of hardcore neo-Nazis that operate as a paramilitary organization, has proclaimed war against minority communities within the United States and abroad.  

The Base is collective of hardcore neo-Nazis operating as a paramilitary group. They want people with military expertise for 'the collapse of society'

The Base is collective of hardcore neo-Nazis operating as a paramilitary group. They want people with military expertise for ‘the collapse of society’

Unlike other extremist groups, it’s not focused on promulgating propaganda — instead the group aims to bring together highly skilled members to train them for acts of violence. 

For 80 percent of the tapes those featured are said discuss guns and the collapse of America. One 20-year-old identified as a potential recruit says: ‘A lot of our guys, we have just a pure hatred for modern civilization and industrialization.

‘We wish to liberate ourselves, our fellow whites and animals from that system. Through economic sabotage such as bombings, arson.’

The FBI has previously said The Base, a collective of hardcore neo-Nazis that operate as a paramilitary organization, has proclaimed war against minority communities within the United States and abroad.

The FBI has previously said The Base, a collective of hardcore neo-Nazis that operate as a paramilitary organization, has proclaimed war against minority communities within the United States and abroad.

He adds: ‘Growing up in California, I was surrounded by mostly, like, Filipinos, Asians, Mexicans, Blacks and just watching how they behave … and watching, like, I don’t know, occasionally, like, white women intermingle with them. It just disgusted me.’

Others brag about practicing with their AR-15s.  

Senior intelligence analyst Mollie Saltskog said: ‘Extremely lethal and dangerous operations that believe in an impending race war like The Base or Atomwaffen make a concerted effort to recruit people with military experience.

‘Having these types of people in these types of organizations increases their operational capabilities to commit acts of terrorism.’ 

Included in the tapes is said to be alleged leader Rinaldo Nazzaro. He says: 'We want things to accelerate, we want things to get worse in the United States'

Included in the tapes is said to be alleged leader Rinaldo Nazzaro. He says: ‘We want things to accelerate, we want things to get worse in the United States’

Organizers of The Base recruit fellow white supremacists online — particularly seeking out veterans because of their military training — using encrypted chat rooms and training members in military-style camps in the woods, according to experts who track extremist groups.

The group, which has the motto ‘learn, train, fight,’ brings together white supremacists with varying ideologies. 

In January The Guardian identified Nazzaro, 46, as the real name of the ringleader who launched the group in 2018, and who also goes by the aliases Norman Spear and Roman Wolf.

The outlet reported that Nazzaro previously lived in Midtown Manhattan and New Jersey, but is currently believed to be in Russia, living with his Russian wife that he married in 2012 in New York City. 

The man identified as Nazzaro says in the tapes: ‘We are survivalism, a self-defense network. Our mission’s very, very simple. It is training and networking, preparing for collapse. 

‘We want to be in a position where we’re ready, we’re prepared enough, ready enough that we can take advantage of whatever chaos, power vacuum, that might emerge. 

‘We want to try and fill that power vacuum and take advantage of the chaos.’

He adds: ‘What people decide to do outside The Base with that training and contacts they make is their business. We don’t really need to know about it. I mean, sure, it’s kind of better that we don’t for everyone’s sake and for everyone’s success.’         

In encrypted chat rooms, members of The Base have discussed committing acts of violence against blacks and Jews, ways to make improvised explosive devices and their desire to create a white ‘ethno-state,’ the FBI has said in court papers.

An undercover FBI agent infiltrated the group and participated in shooting drills in the mountains of northern Georgia, according to a police affidavit obtained by the AP. 

The drills were being done in preparation for what they believe is an impending collapse of the United States and ensuing race war. 

At the end of the firearms training, the Georgia men wore tactical gear and balaclava hoods that expose only part of the face while posing for photos with the undercover agent and the photos were later used in the group’s propaganda, the affidavit says.  

Since November 2018, a total of 83 hours of recordings from more than 100 prospective recruits have been collected, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The clips show that 20 percent of those approached were active-duty military members or veterans

Since November 2018, a total of 83 hours of recordings from more than 100 prospective recruits have been collected, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The clips show that 20 percent of those approached were active-duty military members or veterans

Organizers of The Base recruit fellow white supremacists online — particularly seeking out veterans because of their military training — using encrypted chat rooms and training members in military-style camps in the woods, according to experts who track extremist groups

Organizers of The Base recruit fellow white supremacists online — particularly seeking out veterans because of their military training — using encrypted chat rooms and training members in military-style camps in the woods, according to experts who track extremist groups

While other extremist groups are focused on getting people together to produce propaganda and make a name for themselves around a specific ideology, The Base is focused on action, the experts say. 

They are interested in training their members to use firearms and explosives.

‘To have that kind of broad tent, that’s incredibly dangerous,’ said Joshua Fisher-Birch, a researcher with the Counter Extremism Project, a policy group formed to combat online extremist ideologies.

Members of The Base also believe in an extreme form of survivalism and preparation, offering real-life survivalist training to resist the ‘extinction’ of the Caucasian race, the FBI has said.

‘I think what marks The Base as a particular concern is that it is very blatant about its embrace of accelerationist ideas. This concept that societal collapse is not only imminent, but that they have a role to play in furthering it – so that we can have a race war in this country,’ Oren Segal, vice president of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism said.

‘There are many groups active online that have an on-the-ground presence, but it’s the sub-culture that the base is embracing is so vividly militant,’ he said. ‘It’s so blatantly hateful it’s going to attract a certain type of extremist, one who is looking for action.’

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