The Canadian government added more American neo-Nazis to its list of banned terrorist organizations on Friday, another sign that Canada has gone further than the United States in recognizing white supremacist extremists as a threat.
Add as follows Canada’s title to the proud boy And other U.S. far-right extremist organizations became terrorists in February.
The newly banned groups include:
- The Three Percenters is an anti-government militant organization in the United States, and its influence in Canada is growing. Group name, According to the Anti-Defamation League, Stems from a dubious historical claim that only 3% of American colonists fought against Britain in the War of Independence.at least Six members Members of the organization were charged in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Quoting materials provided to reporters at the press conference, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said The Canadian government referred to two members’ Plot kidnapping Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer last year.
- James Mason, a neo-Nazi in Colorado Promote solo attack Oppose the American government inciting the white revolution. Mason also shared tactical guidance on how to manage terrorist organizations and was the author of the 1980s manual, which was popular among extremists around the world.The Canadian government also noted Mason’s relationship with the violent neo-Nazi organization Atomwaffen Division, whose members have already Related to several homicides.
- Aryan Strikeforce is a white supremacist organization headquartered in the United Kingdom, with branches in Canada and the United States, advocating the use of violence to overthrow the government and launch racial wars.
- A subsidiary of ISIS in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair said in a statement. statement These names are an important tool to help the authorities keep up with changing threats and global trends.
Blair said: “Recent incidents should dispel any doubts about the serious threat posed by ideologically driven violent extremism.” “Intolerance and hatred have no place in our society, and the Canadian government will continue to do everything we can to protect it. Canadians are protected from all threats, including terrorism and violent extremism.”
According to Canadian federal law, designating a group or individual as a “terrorist entity” makes it illegal for people to join and cooperate with these groups. It also grants the government the power to freeze the assets of people associated with these groups and charge anyone who supports them financially or materially. It can also make it easier for authorities to delete online content posted by banned extremists.
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After the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, Canada declared four far-right or white supremacist groups as terrorist entities. This is the first time that Canada has included such groups on the list.These include the Atomwaffen Division, the neo-fascist street fighting organization Proud Boys, and the white supremacist Accelerationist Equipment base, and the Russian Empire movement of far-right nationalism. In the FBI’s investigation into the January 6th Capitol attack, about two dozen people associated with the proud boy were charged.
President Joe Biden once stated that white supremacist violent extremists pose the most urgent threat to the United States today, calling them “a stain on the American soul.”Earlier this month, the White House issued a plan Combating domestic terrorism requires strengthening the power of analysts, prosecutors, and agents, but it does not suggest that any new laws should be enacted to help.
One of the reasons why the United States has not designated the United States and foreign extremist groups as terrorist entities like Canada does is the lack of specific laws that outline domestic terrorism. Another reason is that the threshold for this designation is very high. The United States has classified only one extreme right-wing extremist organization, the Russian imperialist movement, as a terrorist organization.
Earlier this month, during a conference call with BuzzFeed News and other reporters, a senior official in the Biden administration said when talking about the background that discussions about any new domestic terrorism laws are still ongoing. No decision has been made before the release of the new plan.
The official said: “We have come to the conclusion that we have no evidence base to decide whether we want to move in this direction, or whether we have enough power, because it currently exists at the federal level.”