About 4 months ago, it came to the attention of the staff here at ATS that a popular neo-fascist message board had begun to target other popular
message boards that allowed serious political and ideological discussions. A link to abovetopsecret.com appeared on a long list of "target sites".
The idea was to infiltrate many popular boards and introduce topics that were the best vehicles for their racist ideology.
For months their plan was known to us and even the different ways that these white supremacists would attempt to work. Once these moles had become
respected members, they could then privately approach others who may appear to be sympathetic to their cause and recruit them.
However, no discernable change in the general nature of posts on ATS was seen, so we put it down to a false alarm...that is until recently. Since the
new year, we've noticed a distinct rise in topics of a racist nature.
The last week has seen an influx of such posters and the proclamation of their ideals. Although we know many of the people who are involved in this,
some still are silent or passive, so not all are working to advance their goals yet. However there are also some members who are NOT involved in this
group and are just sympathetic to some of the views aired.
What can we do? If we name and ban these malcontents, then they will return under different aliases or send a fresh infestation from their
It appears the best action is education
Be aware that these people are around. In the last 24 hours there have been numerous threads deleted that proclaim their ideology of hate. More are
still here as they haven't broken any Terms and Conditions
. Its often the slant on an
article rather than explicit.
Please consider closely the agenda of other posters before reacting to their threads. Remember there are now people here for whom hate is an agenda,
in many forms. Eventually if members react against the posts the vermin will move on.
This is not a post to warn members not to post their thoughts, but to warn members about the agendas of some other posters. We have a very good idea
who these people are and want the board members to continue posting as normal, not to feel that they are going to be labeled "neo nazi".
We'd like to take this opportunity to remind all members here on ATS about a few points in our
Terms and Conditions
2.) You will not behave in an abusive and/or hateful manner, and will not harass, threaten, nor attack anyone.
3.) You will not post links to images or use avatars and signatures that are offensive, abusive, disruptive and/or hateful. You will not use avatars
or link to images hosted on domains that contain pornography or illegal content.
9.) You will not advertise or promote other discussion boards or websites on ATS without prior written permission from me (Simon Gray). Your will not
choose a username that is the same as website domain, sub domain, or URL for which you are associated. You will not use ATS to bash other boards or
engage in so-called "board wars".
12.) You agree not to cultivate the membership of the AboveTopSecret.com discussion boards for the sending of private messages (board U2U or e-mail)
for the purposes of marketing, mass mailing, or recruitment for other groups (offline or online) such as activist groups or other online discussion
board websites. You will not also seek to rally the membership of the AboveTopSecret.com discussion board for any cause without prior written
permission from the site owner.
Lastly, and most important, this is a privately owned discussion board community
. The administration and senior moderator staff reserve the right
to take action against any member who is deemed to be devoted purely to disruption or whose actions represent behavior contrary to community
building.. This action may include complete banning of your username and IP address.
The eyes of staff have been open to this for the last month, now it's time that the eyes of our members should be too.
Edit: Added some links for convienience.
[edit on 28-1-2005 by ZeddicusZulZorander]