According to reports in The Australian (Jewish groups want hate crimes squad, Richard Kerbaj, March 11, 2008; Police target Jewish attacks, Richard Kerbaj, March 13, 2008), Victoria Police has bowed to pressure from Jewish lobbyists and agreed to devote more resources to investigating anti-Semitic attacks. Naturally, this fact has sparked outrage on the part of local anti-Semites on Stormfront.
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Re: Jewish groups want hate crimes squad
The Victorian Police need an Einsatzgruppen Unit not a Mossad Unit.
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How dare the Goyim.Look at what we’ve done for them.
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Re: Jewish groups want hate crimes squad
Jews are the biggest shylock criminals of them all, they should arrest themselves for ‘hate crimes’ to the gentiles.
Stormfront itself has a rather chequered history, at least recently. Formerly moderated by Emma Peterson, she and her partner David Innes were kicked off the Forum (July 2007) following a falling out with its owner, former Ku Klux Klown and KKKonvikted KKKriminal (he tried to launch a coup!) Don Black. Following their departure, the reins were passed on to a teenaged Novocastrian, Rhys McLean. Rhys resigned from the position following his exposure (January 10, 2008) in an article in The Daily Telegraph. Now the position of Moderator is being fulfilled by Paul Innes, David Innes’ beanie-wearing brother. How long his tenure will last is anyone’s guess.
Other key members of the SFDU Forum who have left the ship over recent weeks and months are:
- a tennis-playing, penis-wielding John Drew;
Darrin Hodges (formerly a confessed admirer of Hitler’s and currently the Anglo-Australian National Community Council);
members of the unashamedly, late and unlamented neo-Nazi White Pride Coalition of Australia (Peter Campbell and Jim Perren);
Dr James Saleam (Australia First Party fuehrer and also a convicted criminal);
and over a longer period of months and even years, a sprinkling of other members of far right organisations, including:
Sue Bateman (losing One Nation candidate);
a cancerous Luke Connors (Patriotik Yoof League);
Welf Herfurth (a former member of the German NPD, Holocaust denialist and New Right ideologue);
Benjamin ‘Getaway Driver’ Weerheym (‘White Devils’);
and — most recently — a real estate agent from Newcastle called Nathan Clarke.
At this stage, it appears that Nathan (‘nafe’) remains on stage, but despite the continued presence of Nathan and others (such as Martin Fletcher, the Administrator of Downunder Newslinks, and ‘Reverend’ Patrick O’Sullivan) the number of SFDU members appears to have decreased significantly in recent times, with an equally significant number leaving it for the Australia New Nation Forum, expertly-administered by the useful Kiwi idiot Alex Fogerty. On the sunny side, former resident Nazi Dävid Palmer (Imperial Wizard of the Australian Ku Klux Klan, National Socialist Defence of Australian People) has been ably replaced by Carl D. Thompson, an odd fellow who boasts a love for Hitler, a desire to assault teenagers, and is a member of both SFDU and ANN.
The public exposure of a number of these individuals has largely been carried out by Australasian anti-racist network FightDemBack!. So too, the creation of chronic dysfunction within associated groups. For example, the WPCA is, sadly, no longer with us, but while it lasted it comprised members of Jack Van Tongeren’s Australian Nationalists Movement (“Simple! Erect! Severe! Austere! Sublime!”), the World Church of the Creator, the Imperial Klans of Australia, the New Zealand National Front, the National Socialist Party of Australia and assorted other “Patriots”. It also left behind a really neat archive of nutty materials.
- Note that Java Jack’s ANM was founded on Hitler’s birthday (April 20), 1985; whereas Dr James Saleam‘s National Action was founded on Anzac Day, 1982.
One of the better things about the WPCA was its republishing The Nationalist, a madcap look at the madcap world of the far right. On the subject of Welf Herfurth, for example, reviewing the state-of-play in 2001, an ‘anonymous’ thinker writes:
Mr. Wolf played at being the hard bastard and informed and sabotaged his way “into the scene” with all the grace of a bull in a china shop. Needless to say, you could fit his fan club into a phone box and still have room for The Mormon Tabernacle Choir! The sooner he f**ks off back to dear ol’ Deutschland and cops his lumps from some former colleagues in the Nationalist Movement the better for us real people in Oz!
Oh yeah, a later addition to the WPCA mob was the Australian Patriots, who surely had one of the best call-to-arms produced by the WPCA, viz: “Death to tree hugging greenie, homo, bleeding heart, commie, socio-parasitic, democratic, race-mixing, cosmopolitan, globalist, pseudo-intellectual, pinko, trendy yuppie scum!”
Anyway, on a still slightly cr|ack|ed, but more serious note, the following is an extract from Jack Van Tongeren’s autobiography, detailing events 20 years ago in Perth, and the manner in which he and his comrades succeeded in destroying a student-based anti-racist campaign that emerged in response to the ANM. Aside from the local Asian community and anti-racist activists, the main victim of the ANM was David Locke. Accused of being an informer, in 1989, ANM member Wayne Robert Napier used a concrete pole to beat Locke to death.
However, towards the end of 1988 we began to have problems with the posters being painted over. This had been going on for a month or two and, unlike earlier campaigns by the enemy to counter our posters, this one was continuing and it was far better organized. We had tracked down one team operating from a house in Victoria Park, not far from our Victoria Park staging point. This took a fair bit of patient waiting at certain signs we knew would eventually be painted over. It also involved tapping into the services of a bunch of street kids staying at a nearby foster home. They staked out the whole general area of Victoria Park where the posters were being painted over. They reported to us the description of people they saw doing the painting and they gave us a description of a number of the vehicles including the registration numbers of the vehicles these people were using in their painting operations.
This information was vital in tracking down the address from where they operated from. Through certain well placed people in various positions in the system we were able to pinpoint the exact house where the nest of Commos operated from. A bit more personal surveillance on foot, where we sneaked into the place and actually listened into them talking about their plans and operations against our posters fully verified all our intelligence. We now knew one place to strike at. But we had to strike at the main organizer first.
Tracking down the main organizer of the painting up campaign was a more difficult task. Initial intelligence told us about the home address of a certain Jew who was the main organizer of a lot of the typical Commo street actions, like demonstrations in support of the ANC etc. We kept a careful eye on his house for a while, and followed his movements. In due course he led us to the place where the main organizer met the people in the teams who painted over the posters. So far so good.
The next step was to infiltrate the whole Commo organization to find out everything we could about them and the enemy in general. We wanted to know enough to be able to effectively neutralize the whole organization in one quick series of strikes. The actual infiltration was done by John Bain and Peter Rhodes. Both of them were totally unknown to the enemy. We supplied Peter with enough background information for him to pass himself off as a “lefty” leaning anti-Australian. We also supplied Peter with a good enough story to as to how he learned about where to contact them.
John and I had actually already done an earlier reconnaissance on the Commo Headquarters. We had seriously thought about breaking into the place, stealing their records, then burning the place, to cover up the stolen records and generally destroy the enemy’s ability to counter our poster campaign. We decided against it because the building was also occupied by a number of other businesses who were quite innocent of the enemy in their midst, and did not deserve to suffer in case the whole damn building burnt down. There was every chance the old building would burn down. Anyway we knew a fair bit about the place where Peter would meet the main organizer.
We were quite well aware that the Commos in general do not get all that much real support from people. They are hard put trying to merely maintain the bit of support they already have. We expected that they would be suspicious of new people joining up with them with the express intention of painting over ANM posters. We were quite prepared to take our time and play whatever game that was necessary to properly infiltrate them, then destroy their ability to counter our posters. The overall plan was to knock them out of action just before the new 1989 poster campaign began. In due course we did pretty well do just that.
I rehearsed with Peter just where to meet the Commos and where I would be hiding and observing his movements by telescope, just in case he got into trouble. I also showed him where the rendezvous spot would be if he did not do any good and had to leave soon, as well as the rendezvous spot to meet him just before the last train left Perth Railway station.
The first attempt to meet the main organizer was not successful, however, he knew where to meet a certain Nick the next night. This Nick fellow seemed to know more about painting over ANM posters than anybody else. There was a coffee shop in the same building as the Commo Headquarters; this was on William Street, just north of the Perth railway station.
So far our special surveillance team was performing well. Now they got top priority to support Peter, then later on John Bain to infiltrate the Commos. If need be we could specially poster up certain areas so that when the Commos were actually painting over them we could observe them and our people with them. In due course we did just that. We were quite well aware that even when the entire Commo organization was actually destroyed, another could well take its place and thus it was most important to learn about the internal operations, strengths and weaknesses of such organizations and groups so that we could smash up any further opposition far sooner and far more effectively. Luckily the special surveillance team was kept secret from most of the members and activists. Their identities remained secret, even after the mass arrests, when they quietly went underground again when we gave them the word to do so from the jails. History is full of dramatic twists and turns of fate and fortune, for the Goddess of Fortune is a fickle bitch indeed, uniquely feminine in testing for strength and determination and only rewarding the strong with success. And always in any sort of conflict, the old saying in the Infantry is so true: “Time spent on reconnaissance is time never wasted.”
John and I would meet up with the various people involved in the operation at different times at different locations to receive information and pass on instructions. We needed a false address for Peter and John Bain to operate from and if necessary, entertain the main Commo organizer so that Peter and John were not the only people listening in to him. In due course we did just that.
The next afternoon we took Peter into town. We parked at the first rendezvous place, then we observed him by telescope as he made his way into the coffee shop. When he actually met Nick he quietly gave us the signal. So far so good. For the rest of us our job that night was to simply wait and watch. Peter’s job was to win the confidence of the enemy. That was all he had to do this night. The time came and went for the early rendezvous, then he quietly gave us the signal that all was going well. Not long after that he went upstairs into the Commo Headquarters. So far so good. This would mean a midnight rendezvous at the Perth railway station.
Come midnight and there was Peter wandering around the near deserted Perth railway station. I quietly called out to him from the shadows and we slunk away from the place without being seen. On the way back to the Headquarters we had an immediate debrief. Long ago in action in Vietnam I had learned that the sooner the debrief the better. It is amazing just how much you can easily forget in a very short time, while trivial details you only remember for a short time can sometimes prove to be very important in the grander intelligence gathering operation. I had already prepared my own set of points to be answered. These were all written down. I got Peter to fill in the answers as we talked about them. This was very important. There were also other points that he remembered as well, that proved to be significant in the grander scheme of the developing radical propaganda campaign. There were other aspects about the enemy that we simply had no idea of.
One of them was just how pathetically badly organized they really were. Their general level of morale was very low. Their tenacity of purpose was near non-existent, and their discipline and planning was something out of a Monty Python movie. Their overall efficiency in relation to the amount of money and material they received was what you would expect from a bunch of rank amateurs. Their method of putting up their own posters was just plain primitive. It was little wonder that they put so few of their own posters up and that those posters simply fell off in the first lot of rain. We estimated that just one of our poster teams could put up in one all night poster run, the entire output of the entire Commo opposition for a whole month. However, in two areas they were reasonably efficient. One was the way that they had some people who kept an eye out for recently postered up areas and passed that information on to the Commo Headquarters. The other was the way that they simply spray painted over our posters rather than trying to scrape them off. They also received money from the Multicultural office for the paint. Thus they were tapped into a pretty formidable source of money.
Another aspect about their operations was this. They were only reacting to our operations. They had no sense whatsoever of ever taking the initiative and then embarking on a new campaign of their own. They had a total lack of imagination here. Because of this our special surveillance team could easily set trails for them to follow, for them to be jumped on later. They had no overall long term objectives of their own. They were committing the most cardinal mistake of any combatant in any conflict situation. They were ignoring the most basic rule of conflict: HE WHO MERELY DEFENDS WILL ULTIMATELY LOSE.
We now channelled the enemy into painting over our posters in certain areas where we had the support of gangs of street kids who then supplied us with information on the movements, actions, methods of operation, numbers involved, vehicles and vehicle registration numbers. Bit by bit the special surveillance team was putting the picture together. In one incident where the street kids were waiting for the Commos to turn up to paint over the posters, things got a bit nasty. The street kids decided to get a bit violent and physically stop them from painting over our posters. One of the kids actually had an axe in his hand when he came running out towards the Commos. The Commos then promptly took to their heels and ran. This particular incident was the cause of another somewhat amusing incident later on during the undercover operation. Mind you things often got rough for our people out on the streets as well. Our people often encountered physical violence out on the streets as we postered up. Early in 1987 a group of Skinheads were attacked by a large screaming mob of Asians wielding machetes and a Samurai sword. The Skinheads were outnumbered by about 20 to 3, so about all they could do was flee. The mob of Asians then broke into the Skinheads house and ransacked the place, chopping the television in two and smashing up other furniture as well.
The next lot of sessions Peter spent with Nick he found out more about the Commos. He also managed to get John Bain introduced to them and accepted by them as another anti?Australian Commo, hell bent on painting over ANM posters. So the next logical step for them was to go painting over our posters with the Commos. Well there was no great problem here. The special surveillance team simply postered up some sections of town that were ridiculously close to the Commo Headquarters. This was done so that even these slack characters had no excuse to not bother about painting them over. It was only a few minutes drive away from the coffee shop where they would be actually talking about the new batch of ANM posters which they could not have avoided seeing on their way to the coffee shop. Peter and John made it their business to get Nick, themselves, and the rest of them out painting over ANM posters. This they did; quite convincingly.
The next step was a bit more difficult. By this stage Nick was freely talking to Peter and John about more and more of their operations and a lot of other subjects as well. It was somewhere along the line here that Peter and John found out about Nick being a drug pusher who also had an illegal handgun in his house. Having handguns in the house should be everyone’s basic right as far as Nationalists are concerned, the only thing that concerned us here was that we would not be able to confront Nick in his house without risking getting a bullet through our heads. He had to be confronted away from his house. The more our people found out about Nick the lower our opinion became of him. He being a Commo of course, that did not surprise us one bit.
We next set up a bogus address for Peter and John to bring Nick back to after a painting out session, when they had completely won over the confidence of Nick. This they did one night. In the meantime Peter was actually caught by the Police in the act of painting over our posters. This was quite bizarre, when you consider that the same Peter came close to getting caught by the Police when he was out plastering up posters with our teams earlier on, before he was selected for the undercover operation against the Commos. Luckily he was not charged that night. Anyway it all looked pretty convincing to Nick. The story that Peter and John told the Commos was that they had only recently arrived from Queensland, and as such they were staying at a caravan park. That caravan park, of course, just happened to be in Kelmscott, not too far away from our Headquarters. This was very convenient.
In all intelligence gathering operations, patience, persistence and a certain degree of intuition is essential. In due course Nick was lured to the caravan park one night and spent the greater part of the night telling Peter and John just about everything he should never have told them. We were getting a clearer and clearer picture of the nature of the radical Commo opposition ? the only opposition that could become a real threat to our street campaign if it was ever utilized effectively. At this point in time the special surveillance team were seeking out the personal background information of Nick himself. We had to find out his strengths and weaknesses in order to be able to most effectively neutralize his activities against us. We would only get one chance at this, and it had to be good. In all political activities effects and results are what counts…
In due course the special surveillance team uncovered the personal background and address of Nick. His name was [NS]. His whole character and general makeup was so typical of the sort of low down characters who are actively destroying Australia. He was a typical upper middle class pampered brat, who had never suffered or known privation or struggled against a hostile environment. Until he started to actively paint over ANM posters, he was the typical lazy long haired selfish, inconsiderate bum who hardly ever did any productive work, but instead just lay around in bed until midday before going off to get bombed on drugs again. He was also a drug pusher to boot. This was also verified by some of the children he sold hard drugs to. The whole general setup also utterly sickened us all for another very good reason.
The money for our street campaign came mostly from the hard up struggling workers, who really could not afford the money that they so generously, so faithfully donated, week in, week out, month in, month out, year in, year out. These open faced good hearted Aussies are the muscle and bone and sinew of our Aussie Nation. They are already being bled white by the Zionist parasites running the banks and multinationals, now another parasite was trying to prevent them achieving natural justice. This selfish pampered brat was deliberately going out of his way to make their hard lives even harder. The rank injustice of it all galled us all. It was not enough for this selfish overgrown pampered brat to poison the children of good hearted Aussies with hard drugs, he had to go out of his way to prevent those children from having any sort of chance for a decent future. It was our hard honest labour versus his wanton destruction. Our people, through their hard honest toil produced the wealth, while parasites like [NS] only destroy and steal, and sicken.
We now knew pretty well all that we needed to know about the Commos painting over our posters. The next step was to neutralize their activities, and do this at the very time that our new 1989 campaign began. This would give us a clear run on the streets again. So we waited while 1988 ended and 1989 began. Peter and John kept in pretty regular contact with Nick during this time. We also let the nest of Commos in Victoria Park have a pretty easy run while they dropped their guard. We now knew that we would only have to strike against Nick and the nest of Commos in Victoria Park to effectively neutralize the opposition to the poster campaign.
Meanwhile we printed up the next lot of posters for 1989 (2742 AR). We also prepared for the 1989 State Election campaign, where I would be contesting the seat of Helena. This was deliberately done because it was the electorate of Gordon Hill, the Minister for Ethnic Affairs. He was one of our committed enemies. The election would certainly cause a controversy.
Early in 1989 we struck at the Commos and effectively neutralized their campaign to counter the ANM posters.
The plan was this: First off the special surveillance team postered up the general area around [NS’s] house and the surrounding suburb of Kardinya. Then we rehearsed the operation with John Bain. As well as this we got hold of some artificial blood from an amusement shop. This was to be used on John Bain to make him look all bloodied up after I had gone through the motions of giving him a good and proper hiding.
The actual operation would be in two quick actions, within days of each other. The first action would be to physically catch [NS] in the act of painting over our posters, then give him a good and proper hiding so that he would not feel like painting over posters again. Within days of this we would fire bomb the car of the main organizer of the Victoria Park Commo nest. The delay between the two actions was so that the second group would have learned about what had happened to [NS] when he got caught painting out posters. That way when the fire bomb was hurled, they would all know exactly why this happened. Just in case they did not already know, we had some street kids to quietly tell them why.
These two actions were all that was required to neutralize the anti?ANM poster campaign. All the rest of the various people were far too disorganized to be any real threat to our poster campaign. As well as this when word got to them about what had happened to [NS] and the nest in Victoria Park, they would have second thoughts about going out onto the streets themselves. The Commo opposition are NOT brave or determined, and certainly not totally committed.
On a warm summer night early in 1989 we assembled the team together. They were John Bain, John Van [Blitterswyk], Chris [Bartle], Russell Willey, Justin and myself.
The first action [January 13, 1989] was carried out in this manner. John Bain rang up Nick and told him about the posters plastered up around Kardinya. Then he talked Nick into going out and painting over the ANM posters. He said that he would be dropping into Nick’s house with the paint to do so. Talking Nick into going out painting out the posters was somewhat difficult for John for the simple reason that Nick was engaging in his usual favourite pastime ? getting bombed out of his evil selfish little brain on acid. Politics always came a very lousy second to the general drug scene as far as Nick was concerned. We had two cars, which were in CB radio contact with each other. We drove up to Nick’s place and dropped John Bain off.
One car was parked only a 100 metres away from Nick’s house and carefully watched John go into Nick’s house then watched and waited for John and Nick to walk out together to go painting over our posters. The other car was parked a few streets away. We had to wait around for about an hour before John and Nick came walking out, then we followed them in the cars, taking it in turn, so that the same car would not be seen all the time. We managed this by keeping in contact with the CB radios. There was already one unforseen factor we now had to contend with. Nick had his dog with him. That dog could well get savage, and would have to be dealt with. I told Chris to take a stick along with him to wallop the dog with, should the need arise. John Bain was doing his job well. We silently followed their progress as they painted out the posters along the main road leading into the main Kardinya shopping centre. John was luring Nick right into the shadows behind the shopping centre. We then parked the cars in the car park, put on our balaclavas, then quietly followed them on foot. Sure enough, when we caught up with the two of them behind the shopping centre, the dog stood snarling between them and us. It was my job to make a dive at John Bain and tackle him to the ground, however, the snarling dog stood between John Bain and I. So up came Chris with his stick and gave poor old Fido a good hard wallop. Being a typical cowardly Commo dog, old Fido gave a heart rending howl and ran away.
Then it was on.
I tackled John Bain and brought him to the ground, just out of hearing distance from the rest of them who tackled the real target ? Nick. The first part of the action was for me to go through a pretty convincing show of bashing John Bain to the ground. This I did. Then while the two of us were out of hearing distance, I handed him the artificial blood, which he then splashed all over his face and on his shirt as well. This being done, we carried out the next step; John Bain broke away and ran. This was done with plenty of noise, so that Nick could actually see what had happened. This now left me free to join the rest, and have a few harsh words with Nick. Of course, all that John Bain did was hide in the shadows and watch proceedings, just in case he had to team up with Nick again and show Nick his “bloodied up” face.
While I was on my way to join the rest with Nick, Chris lost his cool a bit and bonked Nick on the head with the same stick that he walloped the dog with, in an effort to shut him up. Then John did manage to shut him up. By this stage Nick had copped quite a few blows and was thoroughly frightened, then Russell Willey did an utterly stupid thing. He dragged out a hunting knife, which he took along with him against our instructions, and threatened Nick with it. I promptly told him to put the knife away and stop being stupid. It was then that we told Nick that he copped the hiding because he was painting over ANM posters, and he could expect further hidings should he go out painting over any more posters. As it turned out that one good hiding put an end to Nick painting over ANM posters. Somewhere along the line while we were telling Nick what was what, we were suddenly caught in the headlights of a car, and the driver obviously saw what was going on. So we all had to clear out in a big hurry.
Somehow, in that mad rush to get back to the cars and get away, John and I were left behind in the Kardinya shopping centre when they drove off. This was real nice for John and I, because by this stage the Police would have been told about what had happened. As if that was not bad enough, John and I then lost contact with each other. Then sure enough, along came the police car cruising around looking for us. Oh hell! Both John and I were wearing the same clothes that we were seen in; the balaclavas we had already hidden. John slipped out of the shopping centre and walked far enough away from the scene to catch a taxi, then head home. Meanwhile I hid in the shadows while the police car cruised around, torchlights flashing around looking for us. I then noticed another car cruising slowly around. I reasoned that it could well be Chris’s car returning to the scene when they realized that John and I were missing. It was. I leaped out of the shadows in front of his car, jumped into his car and drove off, just moments ahead of the police car. Then we had to look for John.
That proved to be both time consuming and potentially dangerous, for now the Police were out looking for us, in the shopping centre and now the nearby streets. So we cruised around looking for him. We even followed a police van back to the Fremantle Police Station just to make sure that John was not in the back of that police van. After an hour of this we reasoned that John must have made it back to his home by taxi. Later on that night we did confirm this and were very relieved to discover this.
So much for the first action.
The second action was a lot easier. Chris took John Bain and another young activist around to the Commo nest in Victoria Park at night. They did one last reconnaissance of the place to make sure that the particular car was parked out in front of the place. It was. Chris then parked his own car in the shadows in a nearby street. The other two then slipped through the shadows to the house, lit the molotov cocktail and hurled it at the car. Once again the old familiar “Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh, whoosh…. WHOOMP!” reverberated around the still air of the warm summer night, and another bunch of anti?Australian Commo scumbags got the message loud and clear to let Aussie Patriots carry out their work unhindered. The team cruised past the burning car to make sure that the target had been lit, then headed back to the Headquarters for the debrief.
The streets of Perth were now clear for the 1989 poster campaign and State Election.
~ Jack Van Tongeren, The A.N.M. Story: The Pre-Revolutionary Years: 1970–1989, Chapter 25: Strike Back, 1991
After being found guilty of various crimes associated with his campaign to foment a race war in WA, and following a three-month long trial in August–October 1990, the following sentences were handed out to Java Jack & Co.:
- Jack van Tongeren – 19 years & 9 months
John van Blitterswyck – 15 years & 9 months
Wayne van Blitterswyck – 11 years & 9 months
Chris Bartle – 8 years & 9 months
John Bain – 6 years
Mark Ferguson – 3 years
Judi Lyons – 3 years probation
Of course, it wasn’t long after his release (September 2002) that Jack got himself into trouble again, partly as a result of meddling kids. Thus it was in 2004 that Jim Kelly reported on ‘Mad Jack’ (Sunday Times, August 1, 2004):
CONVICTED race-hate terrorist Jack van Tongeren – wanted by police – yesterday broke his silence to claim he feared for his life. The Australian Nationalists Movement leader remained in hiding yesterday but contacted Channel 7 by phone to deny any involvement with recent racist campaigns targeting Asian and Jewish communities.
Reading a prepared statement, he said “monstrous” allegations were being made against him as an excuse for police to kill him. “Making this statement puts my own liberty and life in danger,” he said. “This present media hype is a police and media massive beat-up to engineer an excuse for ASIO to jail Australian Nationalists Workers Union members and kill me by using the ASIO Bill. There never was and never is any so-called paramilitary (unit). Those who know me well know than I am not a violent man.”
Attorney-General Jim McGinty yesterday said police had evidence linking Mr van Tongeren with the recent race attacks, including the firebombing of Chinese restaurants in February. Police charged four men aged between 17 and 21 with the attacks but at the time ruled out any link with Mr van Tongeren’s ultra right-wing movement.
“It now appears there may have been more to that story,” Mr McGinty said yesterday. “The trouble with Jack is that he manages to get people to do the stupidest things.”
Mr van Tongeren remained in hiding yesterday after it was revealed that police wanted to talk to him about a loosely planned terror campaign targeting Perth’s Asian community and public figures. Mr McGinty cut short a ministerial trip to Adelaide this week and flew back to Perth after police warned him about an alleged ANM plan to harm him.
Officers involved in the hunt for Mr van Tongeren raided a house in Gingin on Thursday and questioned his close associate Judith Lyons.
A gang response taskforce is also trying to locate a former ANM deputy and a present senior member. Yesterday, referring to the Gingin raid, Mr van Tongeren said: “Our once great Australia is fast becoming a Stalinist police state where an innocent defenceless woman just selling books is dragged away by shotgun-wielding guards. What is going on? Where are the death threats here? And yes, I called for those MPs committing treason against Australia to face a proper trial. But again, where are the death threats here?”
The threat against the Attorney-General was allegedly part of a wider ANM plot which was to culminate in the firebombing of Asian restaurants – a trademark of the organisation’s 1980s race-hate campaign.
Two years ago The Sunday Times revealed details of a threatening letter sent to Mr McGinty by former van Tongeren confidant Chris Bartle who warned that Mr van Tongeren was a trained gunman who knew Mr McGinty’s address and weak points.
The letter was sent shortly before Mr van Tongeren was released from prison after serving 12 years for masterminding the racist attacks two decades ago. “Jack van Tongeren was trained to shoot in the Royal Australian Army, he has been in actual combat, he has been shot at, he has used his rifle to kill the enemy he was ordered to kill,” Mr Bartle told Mr McGinty in the letter. “You must make certain that he does not feel threatened or give him any reason to go underground and declare war against you and your government.”
In reality, those responsible for the renewed acts of vandalism which occurred after Jack’s release were juvenile delinquents and members of the ‘White Devils’ gang, a number of whom (Damon Paul Blaxall, Daniel Tyrone Klavins, Frank James Lemin, Shannon Mark Post and Ben Weerheym), were later (December 2005) convicted of these crimes. Facing charges in relation to the antics of the young Vandals, Jack himself went on the lam in February 2006, only to be recaptured in April. As a result of apparent ill-health, both mental and physical, and a guilty plea tendered to the court in November 2006, Jack was released back into the public domain — on condition he leave WA. Eventually Jack found his way to Inverloch, where his paintings won approval at the local art show (Race hate fanatic tracked to sleepy town, Geoff Wilkinson, Herald Sun, March 30, 2007). For more on Jack, see the FDB! archive of articles, especially Notorious anti-Asian hate movement bites the dust, Cam Smith, Crikey, May 28, 2007.
Finally, note that there’s been a minor resurgence of neo-Nazi activism in Perth, both political and musical. On the political side of things, more later; recently, The Homicides gladly shared a stage with Murray Holmes (ex-Quick & The Dead, Skrewdriver), who’d previously travelled to Melbourne (last year) to perform at the Melbourne Croatia Social Club with a handful of other neo-Nazi bands. Curiously, The Homicides are planning a split release later this year with Sydney’s T.H.U.G., the vocalist for which (Chumley) and drummer (Simon) played in another seminal Australian RAC band called White Lightning (est.1988). T.H.U.G. still perform the White Lightning song ‘We Rule’, which was the title of their only official release (subsequently re-recorded and released as ‘Destiny’ on French RAC label Rebelles Européens (1987–1994) in 1990, RE332190). Although apparently collapsing in 1994, in 1995 Rebelles Européens made a short-lived recovery assisted by an Australian label, White League. White League released a handful of CD recordings before it too dissolved. In the meantime, T.H.U.G. will be playing with Sham 69 (minus Jimmy Pursey) Sin City and Toe to Toe @ The Corner on ANZAC Day (April 25).
Simon, Out of Order (Dutch RAC zine), 2000:
What is your best memory of White Lightning?
Best memory was playing a gig in Melbourne, in some pub, can’t remember which, full swing into it and about 30 Maoris drinking in the front bar… I’m sure you can picture what happened. Bedlam. We managed to protect all our gear however. Mic stands make magnificent clubs.
Chumley, The Stormtroop (Australian RAC zine), 1988:
Do you have any opinion on the current crisis in the West Bank between the Jews and the Palestinians?
As everyone can see the ever troublesome Jews are up to their old tricks by causing mass disorder. So we think that the Palestinians should wipe the Jews out and take back Palestine, then we should go in and wipe the Arabs off the face of the Earth.
What do you think of the Australian Nationalists Movement?
It makes a lot of sense.