The government's propaganda unit is given a secret mission to infiltrate neo-Nazis linked to murders and terrorist attacks around the world
- Intelligence chiefs are concerned about the threat posed by far-right terrorism
- Undercover agents have been ordered to infiltrate the Order of Nine Angles movement
- The British neo-Nazi network has been linked to murders and extremist conspiracies
A government propaganda unit has been clandestinely working to dismantle a British neo-Nazi network linked to murders and extremist conspiracies around the world, The Mail was able to show on Sunday.
Undercover agents from the Research, Information and Communications (RICU) division of the Security Service have been ordered to infiltrate the movement of the far-right Order of the Nine Angles (ONA).
Intelligence chiefs are increasingly concerned about the threat of right-wing terrorism.
Jonathan Hall QC, the UK's independent terrorism legislation auditor, warned last week that the increasing terrorist threat comes from ideologies spreading among young men over the internet.
Undercover agents have been ordered to infiltrate a British neo-Nazi network, Order of Nine Angles, linked to murders and extremist conspiracies around the world. Pictured: paraphernalia of the extremist group Order of the Nine Angles
New MI5 chief Ken McCallum recently said 30 percent of the major late-stage terrorist attacks foiled by security services since 2017 have been linked to right-wing extremism, while Scotland Yard deputy commissioner Neil Basu identified ten of the twelve sub- The 18-year-olds arrested for terrorism in 2019 were inspired by the far-right ideology.
According to Whitehall sources, the RICU operation was set up to come up with a case for banning ONA, which some consider to be the most extreme far-right network in the world.
ONA was founded in the UK in the 1960s and, according to a leaked report by the US National Counterterrorism Center last month, suspected ONA had "exacerbated" conflicts between racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists.
New MI5 chief Ken McCallum (pictured) recently said that 30 percent of the major late-stage terrorist attacks foiled by security services since 2017 have been linked to right-wing extremism
Two years ago, a 16-year-old boy became the youngest person in Britain to be convicted of conspiracy in a terrorist attack, which prosecutors say was partly inspired by ONA.
Nick Lowles, executive director of anti-extremism group Hope Not Hate, said, “In the online world, you earn your spurs by being more extreme.
“There is nothing more extreme than ONA material.
"You have successfully used social media and the growth of extremist online forums to spread ideas about terrorism, Nazism and sexual violence."
According to one source, RICU agents infiltrated secret chat rooms, adding, “The dark web is no longer as dark as some terrorists and pedophiles believe.
"Far right terrorism is a real threat, and this is an attempt to get it down to its roots."
A spokesman for the interior ministry, which oversees the RICU, said: "The government is taking a number of measures against groups promoting right-wing extremist views."
A 37-year-old Briton and two Germans suspected of right-wing extremist connections were arrested in Spain after the seizure of explosives, 160 cannons and, according to reports, portraits of Hitler.
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