Someone goes by the handle “Anti-data” has uploaded what appears to be the entire SQL database of Iron March, a former fascist forum where the terrorist organization of the Atomwaffen Division (AWD) would have first organized-To Internet archives Wednesday.
The dump contains database information associated with forum users, some of whom appear to have registered with identifiable email addresses. The other information in the dump ranges from messages and forum posts to IP addresses. According to open source Bellingcat journalism site, a quick review of the initial data shows a “number of users who have identified themselves as active members of the military in Western countries, particularly the United States,” with users compiling information about these users on a google spreadsheet.
“Be careful if you’re deployed with those fucking sand [deleted] and the Jews, ”one member, who claimed to be on active duty in the Navy, told another user who said he enlisted in the Marines. “It’s all a bunch of slippery shit washing your face in puddles of rain in the dirt on the floor. We’re too good at interacting with these people, maybe Trump will at least relax ROEs [rules of engagement] so these pieces of shit can be sent back to allah and the jews and everything in between. “
“Combat units … are predominantly white,” wrote another user. “While the army itself may be 70% to 75% white, combat units, especially infantry,tend to be over 85-95% white, depending on where you classify Caucasoid Hispanics … They are one of the last places in our system of government where it’s still okay to be publicly sexist, racist and discriminatory as you wish (as long as a non-combatant officer can’t hear you!).
“A good way for the military to find other rightists is to simply wear a shirt with an obscure fascist logo,” the user added. “I met my good friend at a brigade lunch when he noticed the Totenkopf on my shirt. On most bases, you can see the occasional right symbol. Sun wheel over there, 88 here, Mussolini’s face over there, a tattooed Templar cross. Symbols of SS units are particularly common, even on such public objects as cars, flags and helmets … There are a lot of fascists in the military. But only in some parts and almost always in secret.
According to the Guardian, Iron March was founded in 2011 by Russian extremist Alexander “Slavros” Mukhitdinov, who is said to have authorized bomb-making instructions spreading around the site and writing manifestos calling for the installation of fascism around the world through campaigns of murder and terrorism. The site disappeared from the web without warning in November 2017, months after AWD member and Iron March poster Devon Arthurs. murdered two roommates, fellow AWD members, in Tampa, Florida. Another roommate, Brandon Russell, a member of the Florida Army National Guard, received a five years in prison after investigators discovered their garage was full of explosives.
AWD has been linked to three other murders, one Terrorist plot in Las Vegas, and violence at a notorious white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017, which resulted in the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer and dozens of injuries. More recently, a YouTube user who was either a member or supporter of the group reportedly posted a video calling for the murder of journalists he believes to be members of anti-fascist movements, apparently based in part on a series of articles led by the right-wing Quillette site. Members of Vanguard America, whose supporter James Alex Fields led the attack at the rally, also have ties to Iron March, the Guardian wrote.
The newspaper noted that Iron March influenced the development of the so-called “accelerationist” neo-Nazi ideology, which advocates the destabilization of democratic governance by demonstrating its inability to respond effectively to mass violence, and helped popularize the American neo-Nazis. that of James Mason Siege culture work calling for independent terrorist cells to start a race war.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which previously pulled data from Iron March, wrote that the site was “ultimately affiliated with or offered support to at least nine fascist groups in nine different countries” of varying size or influence at the time of his demise. These include Serbia Action in Serbia, Casa Pound from Italy, Golden Dawn from Greece, Antipodean Resistance from Australia, Skydas from Lithuania and Azov Battalion from Ukraine, the SPLC wrote, as well as Vanguard America and Patriot Front in the States.
Golden Dawn exploded in Greek politics, controlling seven percent of parliament at its peak in 2012, but later imploded; the ultranationalist Azov battalion is one of the several extreme right groups fight in the Ukrainian War in Donbass. (The group is allied with Ukraine, although white supremacists fought there for both Ukraine and Separatist movements supported by Russia.)
By ZDNet, Iron March’s disappearance from the internet has never been fully explained, with theories ranging from a shutdown to avoid law enforcement attention to some type of hacking. Now that the Iron March archives have been released, Bellingcat users hope to identify more forum members and encourage “journalists and investigators to follow some [of the] tracks that can be found in these datasets.