FBI and DHS warn about antifa violence
The federal government has been warning state and local governments for more than a year that, according to this Politico piece, antifa was a problem, prone to extreme violence. The feds' verdict? Antifa groups were using terrorist tactic. And more attacks are likely to come:
Federal authorities have been warning state and local officials since early 2016 that leftist extremists known as “antifa” had become increasingly confrontational and dangerous, so much so that the Department of Homeland Security formally classified their activities as “domestic terrorist violence,” according to interviews and confidential law enforcement documents obtained by POLITICO.
Since well before the Aug. 12 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly, DHS has been issuing warnings about the growing likelihood of lethal violence between the left-wing anarchists and right-wing white supremacist and nationalist groups.
Previously unreported documents disclose that by April 2016, authorities believed that “anarchist extremists” were the primary instigators of violence at public rallies against a range of targets. They were blamed by authorities for attacks on the police, government and political institutions, along with symbols of “the capitalist system,” racism, social injustice and fascism, according to a confidential 2016 joint intelligence assessment by DHS and the FBI.
After President Donald Trump’s election in November, the antifa activists locked onto another target — his supporters, especially those from white supremacist and nationalist groups suddenly turning out in droves to hail his victory, support crackdowns on immigrants and Muslims and to protest efforts to remove symbols of the Confederacy.
Those reports appear to bolster Trump’s insistence that extremists on the left bore some blame for the clashes in Charlottesville and represent a “problem” nationally. But they also reflect the extent that his own political movement has spurred the violent backlash.
Just who is "the enemy" at any given time seems to be up for grabs.
But we do know this:
Some of the antifa activists have gone overseas to train and fight with fellow anarchist organizations, including two Turkey-based groups fighting the Islamic State, according to interviews and internet postings.
In their April 2016 assessment, the DHS and FBI said the anarchist groups would likely become more lethal if “fascist, nationalist, racist or anti-immigrant parties obtain greater prominence or local political power in the United States, leading to anti-racist violent backlash from anarchist extremists.”
The assessment also said the anarchist groups could become more aggressive if they seek to “retaliate violently to a violent act by a white supremacist extremist or group,” they acquire more powerful weapons or they obtain the financial means to travel abroad and learn more violent tactics.
Several state law enforcement officials said that all of those accelerating factors have come to pass. And recent FBI and DHS reports confirm they are actively monitoring “conduct deemed potentially suspicious and indicative of terrorist activity” by antifa groups.
And this seems to be a good time to recall our review of "Liberal Fascism":
When it was first issued, Goldberg's book was viewed as a tonic by conservatives who had long been called "fascist" for advocating free markets, free peoples, and freedom of thought. Those ideas are directly opposed to fascism, in all its forms, and conservatives knew it. But they had trouble explaining it. Goldberg gave them the explanation -- and rebuttal -- they long sought.
Liberals, naturally, took offense that anything they hold dear could, in any way, be linked to, let alone called, fascist. But for that, as he shows, it is once again the progressives -- earnest, vocal, insistent, and often creepy -- who are to blame. Progressivism is the modern liberal's original, fascistic, sin. They refuse to admit it, and denounce anyone who says otherwise...which gives away the game.