Far right and extremist groups are targeting military veterans for recruitment. Does the ADF owe them a duty of care?

Sat, 16 Oct 2021 05:42:11 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Even before extremist group activity in Australia’s 2021 anti-lockdown
protests was exposed, concern about right-wing extremism in Australia was on
the rise.

ASIO and the US annual threat estimate have noted right-wing extremism in
Australia is on an upward trend. Ideological extremism now makes up 40% of the
ASIO caseload.

Our research at the University of Canberra’s National Security Hub is
investigating online influence operations targeting Australia, including its
veteran community. This is a global problem and was one of many issues noted at
this year’s International Terrorism and Social Media Conference in the UK.

For researchers like us, who focus on the wellness of veterans – particularly
during the fallout from the military withdrawal from Afghanistan – such
extremist groups present a complicated and dangerous threat to the community."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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