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Redwatch closes ranks but the threats continue

SEARCHLIGHT | 31.12.2003 08:19 | Repression | Sheffield

The net is beginning to close in on the men behind the notorious Redwatch internet site. The site, which reproduces pictures of anti-racists, and a closed email discussion group where participants plan and discuss violent attacks are now the subject of a police investigation.

Last month Searchlight exposed the men behind Redwatch and the vital part it plays in the British National Party campaign to silence its critics. Our revelations, together with the fact that several trade unions have taken up the case, are forcing the authorities to act.

Even the nazis at Redwatch are getting nervous. “We need to STOP posting the messages on this site about Reds,” posted Tony White, one of the three men behind Redwatch. “Its going to be a nail in the coffin for many people, these need to be held, selectively shared for security purposes of course but not shared with the opposition so they are alerted. What’s the point in warning them that they ARE KNOWN.”

A more furious response came from the man we could only identify as MIB. Fortunately several readers contacted Searchlight and provided his real name: Tony Foy.

Posting on the Redwatch guestbook, he wrote: “After a minor set back IE a jew sticking his big nose into our business, namely The Mole.Intelligence.Bureau, we have had to take effective action in other words the group has ceased to exist. Instead we have decided to move operations else where all the original intelligence on red scum from the mole has been filed to a new archive.

“The reds are now on a counter offensive 4 pages of lies to try and silence us or draw ZOG attention to our activities.”

Realising that their inner group had been infiltrated, White, Foy and the main person the website, Kevin Watmough, belatedly decided to throw out the majority of those registered on their secret Yahoo discussion group.

Several trade unions are demanding that the authorities take action. The Leeds branch of the National Union of Journalists has compiled a dossier, which it has sent on to the police. The union acted when two of its journalists were targeted after they wrote articles exposing the criminal nature of local nazis.

Now the TUC is beginning to take action after several of its members were featured on the site. One TUC official told Searchlight: “The Redwatch site is clearly designed to intimidate decent people from protesting against racism and fascism. This is unacceptable and it is time it got brought to an end.”

In Oldham, several anti-BNP activists have complained to police after Tony Wentworth, the BNP youth organiser, took pictures of them during the Failsworth by-election and promised to post them on the Redwatch site.

However, it is events in Liverpool that have been instrumental in forcing the authorities to look into Redwatch. In the past few weeks there have been two serious threats against an individual and a newspaper that highlights the role and purpose of Redwatch.

The first was a verbal threat left on the mobile telephone answer service of one leading Anti Nazi League activist. The mobile was a contact number for people wanting to get involved in the anti-BNP campaign.

Addressing the anti-fascist by his real name, the caller gave him a tirade of abuse and said: “This call is from the BNP and we stand for the white people of Great Britain. If you ever go to Liverpool city centre again we will cut you up.”

A week later, a new Liverpool section appeared on the Redwatch site, containing photographs and personal details of those behind the newly formed Merseyside United Against Racism and Fascism.

When the Liverpool Echo contacted the local BNP organiser for his comments, he had little to say. Literally hours later a letter was delivered to the offices of the local paper threatening to blow up the building if the paper continued to run anti-BNP stories.

For the local BNP organiser, this was personal. It was, after all, the Liverpool Echo that had put a picture of him on the front page in April with the headline: “Vote Scum”.

The letter was written in the name of the Aryan Martyrs Brigade. This is the same group that sent a threatening letter to a journalist from Wales on Sunday, whose crime had been to write an article about the BNP.

The group does not exist. Its name is just a cover for the Redwatch and BNP thugs who are setting out to silence media critics.

There is now a clamour for action. It is deplorable that so far the police have not moved against those behind Redwatch. Given the evidence that the perpetrators also discuss and plan violent assaults, it can only be hoped that action will finally be taken.

The Home Secretary, David Blunkett, is studying a dossier on Redwatch and several MPs have promised to take up the issue. But the matter must not be left there. Searchlight readers need to continue to write letters of complaint to their local MPs and support anti-racist campaigners, journalists and newspapers under attack.

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31.12.2003 14:53

I wouldn't trust Searchlight, either. Yes, Searchlight do attack fascist orgasnisations. However, this magazine is quite notorious for smearing anti-statists. Class War amongst others in the past have been smeared by these people. They, like most of the fascist organisations ( not much difference between the authoriuatarian left or right, anyway ), been infiltrated by Special Branch, MI5 etc. Suggest you do a search on the web for more details. I recall members of the Green Party using intelligence service slander through Searchlight as gossip to slag off green anarchists! Fucking liberals , eh? What do you get when you buy in the suits....

Marx destroyed socialism


31.12.2003 14:57

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Congratulations, Searchlight

02.01.2004 13:32

Congratulations Searchlight for continuing with the campaign against this Nazi 'Redwatch' site.

I hope this inspires others follow your example and get out to fight against the British Nazi Party and Combat 18 etc. You don't defeat Nazis by sitting on your arse.


Ref: Searchlight Article

14.03.2004 16:38

I have reviewed the Searchlight article in depth and have read other left leaning websites. I have also reviewed material on the Redwatch website.
Whilst I consider myself no supporter of Nazism, I certainly find Searchlight as abhorrent as Redwatch and the former is very much in support of left wing extremetism.
It is ironic that both organisations support similar agenda`s. That is to say they have a very narrow and extreme belief in their own view against that of moderation and enlightenment which most intelligent adults strive to achieve.
I would hate to live in a world ran by either extremists, as both ideologies suppress free speech, in the twisted belief that their views are better than other stand-points.
Mass immigration to this overcrowded island can only lead to civil unrest, and not peace and co-operation between the many races that inhabit this shrinking world.
Similarly, it is wrong to pick on another human being purely because of their race or sexuality unless they are using it as a weapon to cause harm to others.
If there was proper immigration control, the numbers arriving at this country would be more selective and in-tune with what the majority of the U.K population desires to see (both black & white), and more importantly what this country can actually support - look at the housing and road transport problems. They are only getting worse and certainly not for the better.
All that is now going to happen is that the extremist lobby will grow into a monster that will cause more civil unrest and worse - a voluntary apartheid that will see areas of the country divided on racial and secular issues. Where Redwatch does score in my view, is that they have published news items generally suppressed by the news media. If there are active supporters of paedophilia in any political party or public body, they should be exposed and villified. Yes, they are dangerous sick people. Equally, all racist incidents should be reported whether the offender or victim is either black or white, and those offenders prosecuted. You cannot maintain a free and open society when there is much suppression of news and facts. For example, Redwatch claim that there are two former Labour ministers who were caught by Operation Ore (the website paedophile enquiry), and yet I have not seen either prosecuted along with the 7,000 others so far detected. I am also drawn to assert the likelyhood that this information is probably correct as it seems very odd that Operation Ore has drawn in people that represent all other levels of British life. Most Peaedo`s don`t live in grubby little council flats, and many hold high positions of trust.
I certainly do not feel that I live in a free and just society, and the Orwellian nightmare of 1984 has finally arrived in the early 21st century. I am fed up reading any political `newspeak`, and the suggestion that if you are against mass immigration then you must be a racist. I have friends who are gay, black and even disabled. Yet they hold similar views to my own and believe in a commonsensical free society.
At the end of the day, we have all got to pull together or otherwise we will sink in anarchy and with all the horrors that it it brings. Yes I realise it is probably only a pipe dream, but no one can yet stop me doing that.....yet!
Perhaps I should start the `Enlightenment Party`. Who knows, hmmm?

Adrian Posner

wnp in sheffield

16.04.2004 14:59

members of the wnp have been going in a pub (dove and rainbow) in sheffield town centre, much to the bemusment of the locals. there is always a young kid who comes in first ( I assume to check out the place) then if there is olny a few (younger) people in, the others come in, in numbers and start pushing people around ?
any members of the AFA or ANL would be welcome with open arms as regular drinkers with us as its a bit daunting when there is two of us and five to ten of them. as they only seem to hunt in packs.....

john scott

Simon Sheppard Raided

16.05.2005 12:55

This was in the Sunday Mirror, and reposted at



May 1 2005

By James Harper

A BRITISH Nazi who set up an online hit list of anti-racist campaigners has been raided.

Simon Sheppard's Redwatch website publishes photos and personal details of leading left-wingers inluding singer Billy Bragg and comedian Mark Thomas to encourage attacks on them.

He was thought to be untouchable because the site was registered in the US. But police have swooped on the ex-BNP member's home in Hull and seized computers and books under legislation which outlaws incitement to racial hatred.

Redwatch's chilling message is: "Remember places, traitors' faces, they'll all pay for their crimes."

Addresses and phone numbers for Bragg, Thomas plus scores of journalists, trade unionists and teachers are listed.

Special Branch officers seized three computer hard drives and hate literature written by sinister Sheppard, a women-hater who is obsessed with cannibalism.