Wieambilla shooting, Qld: Family rights extremism on the rise

Inquiries into the horrific killings of three people have raised concerns about the level of extremism in Australia as more is found out about the radical beliefs of the shooters.

Responsible for the “relentless, reckless” killings of two police officers and an innocent neighbor, Nathaniel, Gareth and Stacey Train ambushed the group dispatched Monday to investigate a missing person’s report.

Constable Rachel McCrow, 29, and Constable Matthew Arnold, 26, were killed by a rain of bullets from a trio of gunmen while two others, Constable Randall Kirk and Constable Keely Brough, managed to escape.

Neighbor Alan Dare was also killed after venturing onto the property after hearing how the incident unfolded.

As the investigation into the murders unfolds, more information comes to light that highlights the group’s belief in conspiracy theories and links to far-right thought.

An account in the name of Gareth Train has posted radical conspiracy theories online, including claims that the 1996 Port Arthur massacre was a “false flag” operation and a “state psy-op massacre” aimed at killing the Stripping Australians of their gun rights.

The account also contained chilling news about the police, even though officers had ventured into private property.

“I have for the last 20 years instructed law enforcement to leave my premises for no reason or reasons, and at times have also asked them to take their hands off their guns or draw their pistols and whistle Dixie,” the report wrote.

“Luckily for me, they were all cowards. Our country has come to a point where even cowards are dangerous because they are unpredictable in groups; Turn around and you might find yourself cold on the floor with law enforcement dancing on your head.

According to Melbourne University digital media lecturer Dr. Philip Pond, experts have been eyeing the threat of right-wing violent extremism and terrorism for several years.

“ASIO has been warning online about the threat of right-wing and extremist ideologies since 2019-2020, but we first noticed them in our data around 2015 or 2016,” he said.

“They would kind of take on those extremist tropes and culture war themes in the Australian context.”

The chief of Australia’s national security agency, ASIO, has highlighted the growing threat that such past forms of extremism pose to the nation, warning that “angry and alienated Australians” could commit acts of violence, particularly as the internet is a “powerful hotbed of violence.” Extremism”.

“Social media platforms, chat rooms and algorithms are designed to bring people together who share the same views and bring them material they ‘like’. It’s like being in an echo chamber where the echo gets louder and louder, creating cycles of exposure and amplification,” Mike Burgess said in a February 2022 speech.

According to Mr Burgess, the increase in this type of extremism has exploded during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Online radicalization is nothing new, but Covid-19 has kicked it into high gear. Isolated individuals spent more time online and were exposed to extremist news, misinformation and conspiracy theories,” he said.

dr Pond said his research found many extremists were talking about “the authoritarian state, the loss of freedom and the overpowering pandemic lords” post-lockdown.

Stacy Train, formerly head of curriculum at Tara Shire State School, left the Queensland Department of Education after refusing to receive a Covid-19 vaccination, a former colleague told The Daily Telegraph.

The conspiracy report, believed to be linked to Gareth Train, also expressed anti-vaccination views as well as concerns about drones and surveillance planes he believed were monitoring their property in 2020.

“An unknown helicopter followed and hovered several hundred meters above the vehicle. Followed by a motorcycle with a passenger, several attempts to get alongside …” he posted.

People involved with far-right ideology are increasingly being referred to support programs such as B. the NSW Government’s Engagement and Support Scheme (ESP), where case managers and senior psychologists work to dissuade people from extremist paths.

The ESP program’s caseload has gone from 80 percent Islamist extremists to 20 percent right-wing extremists when it was first launched in 2019, to a 50-50 split between the two radical beliefs.

“The scales are tipping; Right now we are seeing a rise in right-wing extremism,” said program spokeswoman Rebecca Shaw.

With 17 clients currently progressing through the program, Ms. Shaw says demand for the department’s services is increasing.

“It’s growing exponentially; We’re frantically recruiting more staff,” she said.

ESP mostly serves clients who fit similar descriptions as the Train brothers, with 94 percent of the program’s participants being male, a third are over 30, half are from rural areas, and a large proportion have mental health issues.

Both brothers had lived much of their lives in rural Australia and there are reports of Nathaniel Train’s deteriorating mental health following a heart attack and a cheating scandal at a school he ran.

According to Lise Waldek, associate professor of criminology at Macquarie University, far-right groups are always on the lookout for events to use for sinister purposes.

“Violent extremist organizations are opportunistic; Covid opened up avenues for groups and individuals to expose themselves to other things,” she said.

“There are parallels and therefore opportunities for right-wing extremists to network with people in other conspiratorial communities.”

dr Pond says it could take time before the impact of the horrific incident on extremist communities is appreciated.

“You see a lot of activity after events like this; there is a lot of talk about them. Some neighborhoods celebrate, others repackage them and use them in other ways, or fold them into conspiracies elsewhere,” he said.

“You have to see after six months to a year how much of that chatter has been picked up and used by those groups.”

Those who believe someone close to them may be involved in extremism are urged to contact authorities or programs such as the NSW Government’s StepTogether programme.

“Early intervention is just crucial, which is another reason people need to know what ESP is doing. Usually, people who are close to those people will be the ones who ultimately initiate the intervention,” Ms. Shaw said.

“There is no end to what we will be doing to help our clients stay on track in terms of their retreat progress…a big sign of retreat is when they are ready to have their tattoos removed because it.” is really painful.

“You know, like Adolf Hitler, they have swastikas all over the back of their legs, and we’re going to pay for their tattoo removal.”

Originally posted as right-wing extremism related to the Train family on the rise

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