Although police admitted that Tobias Powell did not pose a threat to his community, the West Sussex man who used the name “Adolf Hitler” as his Apple ID and taught his dog the “Nazi salute” will nevertheless spend the next three years behind bars for “hate crime offences”:
Tobias Powell, 32, was jailed for three years at a sentencing hearing at Portsmouth Crown Court, the Press Association reported.
He was convicted last month following an investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing’s southeast force (CTPSE).
Powell was found guilty of four counts of hate crime offences after detectives searched his home in 2019 and uncovered white supremacist literature and hateful tweets from 2018.
He had shown his support for the proscribed group National Action, shared a picture of his Nazi tattoo and described murdered MP Joanne Cox as “an alleged open traitor”, CTPSE said.
He had also “called for a civil war to stop the ethnic suicide of white people,” the force also said.
The court was told that Powell had posted a photo of his dog with a raised paw and included the caption “sieg heil”, according to the PA.
Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, head of CTPSE, said evidence gathered during the probe revealed Powell had “some very unacceptable views.”
“We know there is a fine line between hate speech and terrorism. Showing support for terrorist organisations is not acceptable and if you do that, you should expect to be investigated by us,” she said.
Sussex Police’s Arun and Chichester district commander Jon Carter said the case “shows the importance of thorough investigation of any use of the Internet to spread hate and dangerous material.”
“The public can be reassured that there are systems in place to follow up all such reports, but it is also important to reassure local people that this was a very isolated matter for this area, and that however obnoxious Powell’s language was, there was no reference to or threat to the local community,” he added.
There actually isn’t a “fine line between hate speech and terrorism” — a heavily suppressed U.S. government report concluded that there was, in fact, no causal relationship between online “hate speech” and real-world violence.
Basically, like many others, Tobias Powell was convicted of a victimless crime — no one was harmed, no property was damaged — he didn’t incite Muslims to gang rape British girls — and by the police’s own admission, Powell was sent to jail for his “obnoxious” opinions.
But in the U.K., you don’t even have to be a “real” Nazi to be jailed — even if you’re an autistic teenager with psychological problems who merely pretends to be a “Nazi” online, you’ll spend even more time in prison than Tobias Powell.
In England, you can become a national treasure for singing hit songs on the radio proclaiming you’re “an anti-Christ” and advocate “anarchy in the U.K.” — or sing, “God save the Queen, she ain’t no human being” — but if you have an “offensive” tattoo or teach your dog to salute “like a Nazi,” you will spend three years in prison.
In England, it would seem that merely being “offensive” isn’t exactly the issue — it’s whom you “offend” that’s the problem — and since Jews have become the sole arbiters of what constitutes “hate speech” in the U.K., it’s not rocket science figuring out whom you are never allowed to offend.
And if you think that Powell’s three-year prison sentence is rather excessive, John Mann — the U.K.’s “Antisemitism Czar” — cynically admitted that Jews have had to “exaggerate” the actual level of antisemitism in order to justify such “harsh” punishments.