Antifa: US security agencies label group 'domestic terrorists'

  • Posted on: 4 September 2017
  • By: thecollective

From The Independent (UK)

Department of Homeland Security has reportedly been warning about growing threat of violence between left-wing anarchists and right-wing nationalists since early 2016

US security officials have classified the left-wing group Antifa as "domestic terrorists", confidential documents have revealed.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has reportedly been warning about the growing threat of violence between left-wing anarchists and right-wing nationalists since 2016, amid claims Antifa's activity has become more confrontational, according to documents seen by Politico.

A confidential intelligence report by the DHS and the FBI accused the "anarchist extremists" of attacks on police, government and political institutions, along with any other symbols of the "capitalist system" or displays of racism, social injustice or fascism.

It described some of their activities as "domestic terrorist violence".

Antifa, shorthand for anti-fascist organisations, refers to a loose coalition of decentralised, grassroots groups opposed to the many guises of the extreme right.

The group has come under growing scrutiny in the past weeks after Donald Trump blamed the "alt-left" for the deadly violence between white supremacists and counter protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.

But law enforcement officials said that the US President helped spur the backlash through his own divisive rhetoric.

“It was in that period [as the Trump campaign emerged] that we really became aware of them,” one senior law enforcement official said.

“These antifa guys were showing up with weapons, shields and bike helmets and just beating the shit out of people ... they’re using Molotov cocktails, they’re starting fires, they’re throwing bombs and smashing windows.”

Officials are now warning of an escalation of violence as white supremacist and far-right groups grow stronger and more militant.

“Everybody is wondering, 'What are we gonna do? How are we gonna deal with this?'” said the senior state law enforcement official.

“Every time they have one of these protests where both sides are bringing guns, there are sphincters tightening in my world. Emotions get high, and fingers get twitchy on the trigger.”

In their April 2016 assessment, the DHS and FBI said the Antifa could become more dangerous 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 comes as close to 350,000 people signed a petition calling on Mr Trump to “formally recognise” anti-fascists as terrorists.

The petition, which was created following the Virginia violence, urged the federal government to declare Antifa a terror group out of “principle, integrity, morality and safety”.

Mr Trump came under heavy criticism after he claimed there had been violence “on both sides” in the wake of the rally, which left one person dead after a white supremacist allegedly drove his car into a group of counter-protesters.

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Exactly part of what I had predicted. Antifa tit-for-tat street-fighting would almost certainly get you there under an admin that's so heavily backed by the Far Right. Now it's happening.

Fedbook Leftist antifascists are soon to realize they should have listened to what we've been saying for years about social media activism. You've been recorded, and they can track down you and your friends. This time around they might not even need snitches like during the Green Scare. They got the tools of the NSA at their disposal, and everyone's got a pocket snitch.

Some of us are already accustomed to being "of interest" to police, we don't use social media as much.

But I know there's been also this bunch of idiots with high self-assurance who've been doing this for a long, long time and unwillingly snitching comrades and friends alike with their cool-ass social media antics.

Yeah, nothing short of electro-shock therapy will stop some addicts from compulsively taking selfies. It's the new terrain, just have to deal ... Unfortunately.

Ruh roh

lol

Oh no! What do we do now, Scoob?

This article references a 2016 research report that someone from DHS wrote. This isnt anything new, and the government hasnt declared antifa to be terrorist, though some states are debating that and the potentiap gang classification. The title of the article is misleading, and was probably some editor trying to spice it up, but the only actual reference to antifa in the article is that the 2016 report mentions that some of the actions may be terrorist violence. Hardly an official decree labeling the antifa as terrorist. In short, this isnt new and it isnt news.

And the CIA were after Timothy Leary in the 60s for preaching love and not war. That's still the present context.

That's not the reason why they were after Leary (who was cryptically pushing LSD for super-rich drug dealers... for as you know '60s hippies were not famous for their critical thinking). CIA in the '60s was also still a bunch of ex-Nazis and their supporters.

But the Cointelpro thing was for real, and yes it was targeting pacifists. But tat was the FBI, who unlike the CIA had jurisdiction in the continental USA.

Most of Dylan's song's lyrics were were written after all night sessions discussing Foucault and the social power accumulated by authority. I think the hippies had excess critical thinking for their time but their vocabulary was inadequate in expressing it other than in folksy sentimental or chaotic psychedelic music, massive street protests and amoral lovins.

Yes, oh yes! What we need in order to avoid the pitfall of noun-and-verb Western speech is a RELATIONAL LANGUAGE!

Only actual reference to antifa *being associated with terrorism*
Sorry... typo

Best quote regarding this was in that IGD interview with the person from RAM.

Paraphrasing -

Q: "What do you think about the talk of classifying Antifa as a gang?"
A: "Who cares? Welcome to what it's like to not be white!"

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