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Defence contractor accused of Neo Nazi links.

By johnboy - 6 April 2009 74

The Age is running hard with the tale of Canberra’s Nicole Hanley in some strife having been connected to neo-Nazi groups online and in real life:

    According to the Wikileaks private message trail it is claimed that Hanley has published a detailed online diary of her travels to Europe last year, which included attending several neo-Nazi skinhead gatherings, visiting Adolf Hitler’s birthplace, placing flowers on his parents’ grave and collecting Nazi memorabilia.

    “Hearing/joining in with so many hundreds of people chanting Sieg Heil together is something that will stay with me forever,” she allegedly wrote.

    The online messages allegedly reveal that Hanley has also hosted international Blood & Honour activists at her house in Canberra and dated several neo-Nazi skinheads.

Hanley, a contractor through Thales to the Department of Defence, has been suspended.

For the curious, the Wikileaks page on this is available online.

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Defence contractor accused of Neo Nazi links.
peterh 4:49 pm 06 Apr 09

yeahright said :

Seems unrealistic for security checks (at fairly low clearance levels) to pick up every detail about ones personal life – but I would have thought that she would face penalties for not disclosing affiliations to this group when being vetted. Just a thought.

had you heard about a couple of DOD contractors that have been “removed” after their facebook pages made reference to exactly what they were doing in DOD?

that is a lot scarier than a skinhead wannabe.

JimT 4:46 pm 06 Apr 09

While I don’t condone the views of the group she associates with, what right does the employment agency/DOD have to suspend her for her views and what she does in private?

Especially when the details of which were obtained through hacking into a private message system on a forum.

If you were a member of a forum group that was into the odd consentual slap ‘n’ tickle, and had PM’d another member, only to have those messages passed on to your boss – who fired you for it – surely you would have grounds for unfair dismissal.

Unfortunatly, it doesn’t appear that the group is banned in Australia, as it is in Germany and Spain – so if she has not committed an offence, I will be interested to see how this pans out with her employer. It would suck to see someone with views like that benifit financially from the situation.

vg 4:45 pm 06 Apr 09

Hande hoch Englander

My best comic book German

deezagood 4:33 pm 06 Apr 09

Mein Gott

Mr Evil 4:24 pm 06 Apr 09

Yeah, dirty Russ made being a skinhead look fun. 🙂

Woody Mann-Caruso 4:14 pm 06 Apr 09

I blame Russell Crowe.

Cletus 2 4:12 pm 06 Apr 09

This shouldn’t be any more surprising or difficult to comprehend than, say, black power groups, or islamic (or other) religious fundamentalist groups etc. Presumably white people, including women, can have just the same “failings” as any other ethnic or religious group. It comes with being human (not to say all humans are like this, but in my opinion probably a very large majority would be capable if brought up or brainwashed in a particular way).

Clown Killer 4:00 pm 06 Apr 09

I think she’s part of the Selected Sub-Contractors (SS) Division.

Mr Evil 3:53 pm 06 Apr 09

Does she work in Thales Panzer division?

Skidbladnir 3:48 pm 06 Apr 09

The comment that they have selectively quoted is mostly about how she did not become a moderator because she was -not a B&H organiser throughout 2007, but admits she was keen to be more active in 2008-.

(There’s a reasonable amount of data up there if anybody is curious)

Hi Justin, Pete and Reuben, How are you all doing? I know that Graham has replied to Justin re this, but I wanted to send you guys a quick note as well to clarify a couple of things with you all. I have also copied Justin’s PM to me at the bottom of this message to put everything ‘in perspective’.
I was not considered and nor did I consider myself the moderator of the Australian section. As one of the admin team, we oversee the entire forum and take action where appropriate. The admin team discusses offline all issues that arise on the forum and decides what should be done, and this also occurred with the Patrick O’Sullivan post. Being Australian and knowing you guys, it was thought best that I deal with his post. However it could just as easily have been Graham or one of the other admins instead of me. I personally think appointing a moderator in addition to the admin team for the Australian section completely unnecessary and overkill, since it is so small. However I still fully supported your request when it was discussed within the Admin Team, and I would like to extend my congratulations to Reuben (although I suspect he will have very little to do!!!)
For a number of reasons I was fairly quiet during 2007, however I am now in a position to be able to do more during 2008. I would like to become more active in supporting B&H Australia, and I think that with my skills and background I would have a lot to offer.
Nothing would make me happier than to see B&H Australia become stronger and larger. I would also love to see the skinhead scene in Australia return back to the size and strength of the “glory days” of when I proudly wore my feathercut.
As I understand it, the next scheduled gig is actually going to be near my neck of the woods (tentatively Sydney in May). If I can be of any assistance in helping to organise this, please let me know. I hope you all had a great Chrissie and New Years and I look forward to catching up with you guys soon for a drink (or 10 😆 )
Cheers Nicole 🙂

yeahright 3:47 pm 06 Apr 09

Seems unrealistic for security checks (at fairly low clearance levels) to pick up every detail about ones personal life – but I would have thought that she would face penalties for not disclosing affiliations to this group when being vetted. Just a thought.

jessieduck 3:38 pm 06 Apr 09

Yuk yuk yuk! That’s just gross.

Granny 3:34 pm 06 Apr 09

It is so hard for me even to think with this. What possible appeal can these groups hold for anyone? What makes a person go, “Hey, this is cool”?

If the allegations are substantiated, it would be quite worrying that the security clearance procedures missed it.

Tempestas 3:34 pm 06 Apr 09

How will Godwins law work here.

Seems Defence can’t stay out of the news, although that is hardly their fault on this one. Makes you wonder though.

Mr Evil 3:29 pm 06 Apr 09

“Hearing/joining in with so many hundreds of people chanting Sieg Heil together is something that will stay with me forever,” she allegedly wrote.

What a bright little aryan-wannabe lass she is!

I hope she adds that comment to her CV when she goes looking for a new job.

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