THE OTHER FACE OF TERROR (1984)
by RAY HILL
1st December, 2020
“I came to realize there was a common motivating factor, it was hatred.”
Ray Hill’s corpulent face and receding hairline fills the screen. He plucks a membership card for Column 88 out of an outsize jacket pocket. His drooling mouth quaffing a beer as his earnest interviewer lights the tip of his swirling cigarette. The audience is suddenly subjected to flashing images of burnt synagogues, swastika daubed walls, the bloodied faces of South East Asians and then Hill claims rather portentously that the extreme right in Britain are attacking Pakistani corner shops and “are proud of it”.
Cut to a scene on Rue Morice in the Clichy district of Paris. The intrepid Hill is knocking on the door of a young Vietnamese gentleman who apparently offers our eponymous hero the opportunity to purchase a .44 Magnum or to take his pick from six semi-automatic weapons. Then, Hill, during his de-brief outside on the pavement, identifying the guns in the flat above as being similar to the Sten Guns he used during his army days. The narrator’s voice-over opining in a scaremongering tone:
“His friends in the extreme right movement in Europe possess guns, ammunition and explosives and they use them to injure, maim and kill men, women and children for the sake of violence and in pursuit of political goals, creating terror and spreading their propaganda of hatred…”
Cut once again to Hill, this time sitting in front of a Union Jack in close proximity to British National Party Chairman, John Tyndall. Then, quickly segueing into some old grainy footage of Jean Marie Le Pen describing immigrants as “Living at the expense of the French working population.” The narrator concluding that Hill’s recruitment activity for the British Movement targeted “the unemployed and disadvantaged white youth”.
The documentary rolling on to reveal secret footage of Hill, representing the British League of St George, a group that the narrator describes as an elite Nazi Club, carrying a flag at the Diksmuide rally in Belgium in 1980. The filmmakers completely overlooking in their utter ignorance the very visible presence of the bearded Steven Brady, the League’s European Liaison Officer in the foreground, which in retrospect was a massive missed opportunity at the heart of their ‘hit-piece’.
Deciding instead, to focus on the speeches of George Gateau, the Editor of Militant Magazine, Michel Faci, the deputy leader of the Federation d’Action Nationale et Europeenne (FANE) and the secretive Ian Souter-Clarence, the former SAS major who was then the head of the military wing of the infamous British Column 88. The narrator explaining:
“These men all play political double-acts, on the outside they preach pseudo respectable right wing politics but in reality they are violent racists and above all anti-Semites.”
The latter clearly being the most significant in the minds of the producer given the emphasis placed upon it by the pro-Zionist Searchlight investigators handling their self-identifying ‘sleeper agent’ Ray Hill, and the Anti -Defamation League’s Irwin Suall who is interviewed about Saudi money financing the extreme right in Europe and America.
Then, using surreptitiously obtained film, taking the time to capture for posterity and quote extensively each of the aforementioned in turn:
“Certainly the French, the Flemish, the Spanish, the Americans, the English…All these white nations of our race who have succeeded in building the civilization we know have a battle, a total war to fight against the merciless enemy …”
“The nationalist revolution…a revolution which will see a united, white Europe…cleared of all the parasites that now poison her…that is to say, the coloured immigrants, freemasons and the Jews…That Europe of honour is already present in my heart.”
Michel Faci (nicknamed ‘The Wolf’)
“When the day comes in the future when Europe is threatened then we in our turn will defend our common soil.”
Major Ian Souter-Clarence
The director prolonging the camera’s hard stare on a black and white photograph of Tony Hancock, a printer involved in producing publications like Bulldog and Arthur Butz’s The Hoax of the 20thCentury (1976). The production team subsequently revealing the location of his press in Sussex, which was later fire bombed by anti-fascists.
Searchlight and their ‘useful idiot’ Hill then galloping ahead at some pace, linking British patriots never mind how tenuously or erratically to a Spanish Falangist who fought and killed two communists in a bar; the Bologna train bombing in 1980, just for allegedly ‘safe-housing’ members of the Julius Evola influenced Nuclei Armati Revoluzionario (Armed Revolutionary Nuclei); Luciano Petrone, the fascist bank robber who emptied out the safes in Marbella; the Karl-Heinz Hoffman Group in Nuremberg; the Milky-Bar Kid look-alike Arndt Heinz Marx of the Action Front of National Socialism: Odfried Hepp who in an echo of the Baader-Meinhof Group, led an attack on the American military base in Frankfurt; Michael Kuhnen’s Free German Worker’s Party; Yasser Arafat’s PLO and Al Fatah; the Munich ‘Oktoberfest’ Beer Festival Bombing of September 1980; James Warner of the Ku Klux Klan; and other luminaries that they try to implicate and defame like the American right wing intellectual Keith Thompson, World War Two veteran and hero Otto Remer, the historian David Irving, Swiss financier Francois Genoud and French lawyer Jacques Verges.
A list of men they insinuate, via Hill’s by now obviously over-stretched credibility, to a world-wide Neo Nazi underground that includes Klaus Barbie, the supposed “Butcher of Lyon” who was ‘snatched’ from his sanctuary in Bolivia to face a controversial trial in France and the rather ridiculous and foul-mouthed figure of Tony Malski. The latter, drunkenly asserting that he could put a thousand fully uniformed members of his National Socialist Movement on the streets of London at the ‘drop of a hat’ before being honey-trapped by Hill into considering planting a suitcase bomb with the same devastating capacity as the one used at the Bologna Railway Station, at the very epicenter of the West Indian Notting Hill Carnival in Ladbroke Grove. A strategy that was then leaked by Hill’s own admission to the Daily Mirror for a full Front Page expose.
So, with his job done and his paymasters satisfied, Hill walks off into the distance with Bob Marley’s Redemption Song playing us out. The narrator repeating the question originally posed by the investigative journalist:
“Why are you doing this?”
With Hill insisting, even as the Judas coins rattle in his pockets:
“To try and point away kids who are dragged into this sort of thing for their own good and the good of society … and if I can stop just one or two being drawn into this sort of evil it will be worthwhile.”