Progressive Twitter and its counterparts in the mainstream media firmly secured their tin foil hats to spread a new conspiracy that a document from the Department of Homeland Security contains a covert Nazi code.
In February DHS sent out a press release with the title “We Must Secure The Border And Build The Wall To Make America Safe Again,” which checked off a list of arguments in favor of building the American border wall. “When it comes to stopping drugs and illegal aliens across our borders, border walls have proven to be extremely effective,” it spelled out.
This largely mundane document went under the radar until months later when some all-too-savvy Twitter users made the claim that the headline in the press release was a Nazi “dog whistle” slyly referencing the “14 words.”
And the Nazis almost got away with it, too.
The message that started the conspiracy theory was retweeted over 8,000 times (as of press).
This is an actual story on an official government website with a 14-word headline starting with "we must secure". This is not an accident. There are actual Nazis-who-call-themselves-Nazis at DHS. https://t.co/Q01TRRpNaI
— Laurie Voss (@seldo) June 28, 2018
The 14 words is a white supremacist credo used by Neo-Nazis that says: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”
“This is an actual story on an official government website with a 14-word headline starting with ‘we must secure,'” said Twitter participant Laurie Voss. “This is not an accident. There are actual Nazis-who-call-themselves-Nazis at DHS.”
But Voss was just getting warmed up; she also spotted that the document had “14 points” and claimed it had superfluous use of the number “88”, which is secret Nazi talk for HH or “Heil Hitler.”
“There are 14 points in the article, and the final point contains the number ’88’ for no good reason — 88 is also a Nazi dog whistle for ‘Heil Hitler.'”
Adding, “There is absolutely no doubt now that this article is intentionally a signal to Nazis.”
A few kooky tweets don’t really do much – unless of course it is picked up on and retweeted by journalists at BuzzFeed,HuffPost, The New York Times Magazine, The Daily Beast, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post. All of which actually happened.
“New DHS press release is also 14 words, and is titled: ‘We Must Secure The Border And Build The Wall To Make America Safe Again,'” crowed verified HuffPo reporter Christopher Mathias.
The "14 words" is a white supremacist slogan that goes "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children."
New DHS press release is also 14 words, and is titled: "We Must Secure The Border And Build The Wall To Make America Safe Again" https://t.co/1cXGUqlwPq
— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) June 28, 2018
This is really, really creepy https://t.co/ChqaPnllIf
— Joe Bernstein (@Bernstein) June 28, 2018
This is genuinely weird https://t.co/Q8KNjcalfm
— Bill Wasik (@billwasik) June 28, 2018
The legacy media hysteria didn’t end there, and soon spread to high level officials for liberal PAC’s such as American Bridge and EMILY’s List.
The random use of 88/14 is what clinches it. I've been in touch with people on the hill about this, and DHS better not stonewall us on this FOIA https://t.co/z83eWGgeJR
— Pat Dennis (@patdennis) June 28, 2018
Thread on some very disturbing signals being sent from DHS. Like the white power hand symbols and the "accidental" retweeting of white supremacist memes, these should always be called out. That they're coming from inside the government should scare us all. https://t.co/DL5NHEGBed
— Christina Reynolds (@creynoldsnc) June 28, 2018
Those who actually read the questionable “Nazi” memo, may have noticed it only contained 13 bullet points – not 14. Voss had an answer for that, noting the last paragraph makes an even 14. “Yeah, one point doesn’t have a bullet and is bolded instead. That’s not as obvious as the 88. Who uses “88” as an example of a fraction? Why not 100, or 50 or literally any round number?” she tweeted in horror.
The words that start the press release, “we must secure,” are used routinely by DHS including during the Obama years when addressing the lawful protection of the border. Janet Napolitano, Obama’s first DHS Secretary, even pinned it as one of her “five responsibilities.”
“We must guard against terrorism; we must secure our borders; we must enforce our immigration laws; we must improve our readiness for, response to, and recovery from disasters; and we must unify the Department so that we can even more effectively carry out our mission,” Napolitano outlined in a statement.
Given the new information, the highly credible truth-seekers at BuzzFeed, HuffPost, The New York Times Magazine, Daily Beast, The New Yorker, and Washington Post have yet to issue any regrets or clarifications.
feature image: NYT Mag editor Bill Wasik/YouTube