According to a recent article from Wired Magazine, antifa has a new secret weapon, an Elon University Computer Science Professor by the name of Megan Squire. According to the article, Squire manages a set of programs that monitors 400,000 accounts of alleged white nationalists on Facebook and other websites and she is helping members of antifa doxx them:
The article states:
Squire often feeds data to the SPLC, whose analysts might use it to provide information to police or to reveal white supremacists to their employers, seeking to get them fired. She also sent several high-profile names from the list to another contact, a left-wing activist who she knew might take more radical action—like posting their identities and photos online, for the public to do with what it would.
So in additional to feeding this data to the SPLC, a hyper-partisan watchdog organization whose loose application of their “hate group” designation resulted in a domestic terror attack; she is also sharing it with members of a violent extremist group with the full knowledge that it might be used to target people for physical violence.
So what criteria does Squire use to determine if someone is a far-right extremist? According to a recently published blog on her personal website, she uses 12 different far-right ideologies in her classification system. Included in her breakdown of each ideology are example keywords she uses to identify extremists, some of which are as vague as “anti-SJW”, “anti-Obama”, “No Sharia Law”, “rebel”, “patriot”, “kek” and others. With the inclusion of so many vague keywords I think it is fair to assume that not all 400,000 people on her list are bonafide “far-right extremists”. But for argument’s sake, let’s assume her database is 100% accurate and everyone on it is a racist, white nationalist, extremist. Is it ethical for her to share their personal information with a violent vigilante group that will try to get them fired from their jobs, publish their home addresses, and potentially physically assault them? Absolutely not.
The Wired article goes on to state:
Though Squire may be peaceful herself, among her strongest allies are “antifa” activists, the far-left antifascists. She doesn’t consider herself to be antifa and pushes digital activism instead of the group’s black-bloc tactics, in which bandanna-masked activists physically attack white supremacists. But she is sympathetic to antifa’s goal of silencing racist extremists and is unwilling to condemn their use of violence, describing it as the last resort of a “diversity of tactics.” She’s an intelligence operative of sorts in the battle against far-right extremism, passing along information to those who might put it to real-world use. Who might weaponize it.
Not only is she unwilling to condemn the targeted political violence of antifa but she is admittedly sympathetic to those engaging in it. The article also claims that Squire is sharing this data with the far-left militia organization, Redneck Revolt:
WHEN SQUIRE SENDS her data to actual citizens—not only antifa, but also groups like the gun-toting Redneck Revolt—it gets used in somewhat less official ways. Before a neo-Nazi rally in Boston this past November, Squire provided local antifa groups with a list of 94 probable white nationalist attendees that included their names, Facebook profiles, and group affiliations.
The people who are targeted and assaulted by far-left groups like antifa cover a wide political spectrum. Anyone framing this growing conflict as simply “antifascist vs. white supremacist” is uninformed at best and operating with malicious intent at worst. This article by Wired is a continuation of the ongoing media campaign to normalize and popularize political violence from the left.
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