Note: the reporting on a nazi group being flooded with pics of socks is incorrect. In fact, this involves a parody group. For a for complete statement, with corrections, please see Jaakko’s feedback in the comments section of this article (scroll way down). This article will remain otherwise unchanged, as we think it contains commentary on the opportunist nature of how the political aftermath of the Turku incident is playing out. As always, please let us know about factual problems in our writing.
Turku, Finland’s sixth largest and oldest city, experienced a deadly, Islamism-related act of terrorism last week. You might ask yourself what this has to do with socks and a Facebook hate group. Let’s find out.
Sadly, regressive thinkers across Finnish society are playing straight into the hands of Turku’s knife-wielding assclown and his totalitarian ideology. On the interweb, people are inciting violence against “immigrants” (presumably anyone who isn’t melanin challenged).
Political opportunists in all ranks of government are falling over themselves cackling hysterically for the case of internet mass surveillance, which Finland might be facing due to a dangerous bill.
Internet nazis and their jihadi brethren
Violence against immigrants is nothing new, and vitriol against non-xenophobics is on the rise on social media. The Turku attack appears to have been targeting women. But curiously enough, Finnish women on the internet are getting threatened by Finnish men. You’d be excused for seeing curious parallels between Islamism and Western “white nationalism”.
In the following tweet, outspoken podcast host and feminist Iris Flinkkilä lists conspicuously Finnish sounding names. These are people who’ve sent her death threats following anti-racist remarks regarding the Turku attack’s aftermath.
As reported by Helsingin Sanomat, one of these guys got particularly excited and started the Facebook group “Social movement against terrorism” and… “socks” (Terrorismin ja sukkien vastainen kansanliikeryhmä).
Unfortunately for him, he misspelled the Finnish neologism suvakki, a shortened slur for suvaitsevainen, literally “tolerant person”. The real implication being, that only bad people believe in basic human rights and working against structural oppression.
Don’t diss the spelling, diss the hate
Suffice to say, this edgelord got his social media phenomenon alright. But presumably, he didn’t expect resistant floods of tongue-in-cheek hate speech against socks, sukkia in Finnish.
Shaming people for misspellings is a form of ableism. Spelling mistakes is a common symptom of dyslexia, a thing we, as professional writers, shouldn’t heckle people for.
Likewise, implying that racism necessarily is a symptom of “low intelligence” is extremely rude to loving and caring individuals born with severe cognitive disabilities. So, we’re just going to sit back and be analytical here, without additional puns. Seriously though, screw this human asswipe and his hate group.
Authoritarian response to authoritarian attacks
With regard to the Turku attack, we have some additonal thoughts. As is customary with contemporary Islamist terrorism in the West, the threats were known by authorities. With more resources spent on, at a minimum, solid policework, counterintelligence/counterterrorism, with boring, human sources, this, and future attacks could perhaps be avoided.
Internet mass surveillance, on the other hand, is expensive and generates lots of false positives, particularly if the purpose is to do real time monitoring of terror threats. It’s deeply disingenuous to hype internet SIGINT, Signals Intelligence, as a silver bullet for catching terrorists in the making.
SIGINT is not what it seems
Surveillance is also a danger to democracy. Present day internet surveillance technology offers draconian tools that Stasi could only have dreamed of. In fact, these tools, sometimes using Finnish technology, are in use today in countries like Iran and Saudi-Arabia to oppress citizens
The real use for internet mass surveillance is to build long-term dossiers on known individuals and to try and understand how other state actors work. Finland is becoming a nexus of internet traffic entering and leaving Russia, Finland’s beloved neighbor with it’s taiga equivalence of Saddam Hussein at the throne.
This includes Russian companies, like Yandex, building data centers in Finland, thanks to stable conditions and less sucky infrastructure.
We invite competent data scientists to correct us on our assumptions about the efficiency of mass surveillance for terrorist spotting.
When Western demographies adopt mass surveillance, citizens better sit down to think long and hard about how many paragraphs really protect us from slipping towards a model of China’s insane public-private partnership for “social credit”. The program combines government surveillance with commercial internet tracking. All in the name of national security, obviously.
Sock the police?
Finnish police officers sure are granted immunity for petty ethnic profiling. The police are also mandated by law to engage in destructive nonsense like enforcing drug criminalization. Suffice to say that this writer is highly skeptical of glorification of the police.
However, Finnish persons of color enjoy the dubious “privilege” of at least not getting shot for ”offences” like Driving While Black. In fact, the Finnish police force appears well trained, and is known for avoiding deadly force, which is impressing for a country with plenty of alcohol, guns plus military conscripts trained to use them.
In this case in particular, police displayed competence: The Turku assailant was stopped by a quick shot in the leg, mere minutes after starting his stabbing spree. During a press conference following the spree, police were careful about disclosing investigative findings prematurely.
But Minister of the Interior, Mrs. Paula Risikko immediately blurted out that the suspect was “foreign looking”. Nice.