FBI, DHS Officially Classify Antifa Activities As "Domestic Terrorist Violence"

Tyler Durden's picture

President Trump was crucified by the mainstream media a few weeks back after hosting an improvised press conference and saying there was "blame on both sides" for the violence in Charlottesville that resulted in the death of a counterprotester.  The comments resulted in most of Trump's advisory councils being disbanded, as CEO's around the country pounced on the opportunity to distance themselves from the administration, and heightened calls from CNN for impeachment proceedings.

The problem is that while Trump's delivery probably could have been a bit more artful, the underlying message seems to be proving more accurate with each passing day and each new outbreak of Antifa violence.

As Politico points out today, previously unreported FBI and Department of Homeland Security studies found that "anarchist extremist" group like Antifa have been the "primary instigators of violence at public rallies" going back to at least April 2016 when the reports were first published.

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.

Not surprisingly, law enforcement officials noted that the rise in Antifa violence overlapped perfectly with Trump's campaign as they made appearances at rally after rally to incite chaos...all the while making it seem as if violent, racist Trump supporters were to blame.

“It was in that period [as the Trump campaign emerged] that we really became aware of them,” said one senior law enforcement official tracking domestic extremists in a state that has become a front line in clashes between the groups. “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.”

 

Almost immediately, the right-wing targets of the antifa attacks began fighting back, bringing more and larger weapons and launching unprovoked attacks of their own, the documents and interviews show. And the extremists on both sides have been using the confrontations, especially since Charlottesville, to recruit unprecedented numbers of new members, raise money and threaten more confrontations, they say.

 

“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.”

Antifa

 

As you'll likely recall, one such event came in June 2016 when Antifa showed up at a rally in Sacramento and began violently attacking protestors with canes and knives.  Of course, with the whole thing caught on video, it's pretty clear who the instigators of violence were (see our post here).

Some of the DHS and FBI intelligence reports began flagging the antifa protesters before the election. In one from last September, portions of which were read to POLITICO, DHS studied “recent violent clashes … at lawfully organized white supremacist” events including a June 2016 rally at the California Capitol in Sacramento organized by the Traditionalist Workers Party and its affiliate, the Golden State Skinheads.

 

According to police, counter-protesters linked to antifa and affiliated groups like By Any Means Necessary attacked, causing a riot after which at least 10 people were hospitalized, some with stab wounds.

 

At the Sacramento rally, antifa protesters came looking for violence, and “engaged in several activities indicating proficiency in pre-operational planning, to include organizing carpools to travel from different locations, raising bail money in preparation for arrests, counter-surveilling law enforcement using three-man scout teams, using handheld radios for communication, and coordinating the event via social media,” the DHS report said.

 

Of course, it's not just California.  As the FBI and DHS note, the Antifa group operates much like terrorist cells with disconnected groups all over the country.

Even before Charlottesville, dozens and, in some cases, hundreds of people on both sides showed up at events in Texas, California, Oregon and elsewhere, carrying weapons and looking for a fight. In the Texas capital of Austin, armed antifa protesters attacked Trump supporters and white groups at several recent rallies, and then swarmed police in a successful effort to stop them from making arrests.

 

California has become another battleground, with violent confrontations in Berkeley, Sacramento and Orange County leading to numerous injuries. And antifa counter-protesters initiated attacks in two previous clashes in Charlottesville, according to the law enforcement reports and interviews.

More recently, the antifa groups, which some describe as the Anti-Fascist Action Network, have evolved out of the leftist anti-government groups like “Black bloc,” protesters clad in black and wearing masks that caused violence at events like the 1999 Seattle World Trade Organization protests. They claim to have no leader and no hierarchy, but authorities following them believe they are organized via decentralized networks of cells that coordinate with each other. Often, they spend weeks planning for violence at upcoming events, according to the April 2016 DHS and FBI report entitled “Baseline Comparison of US and Foreign Anarchist Extremist Movements.”

 

Dozens of armed anti-fascist groups have emerged, including Redneck Revolt and the Red Guards, according to the reports and interviews. One report from New Jersey authorities said self-described antifa groups have been established in cities including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco.

Meanwhile, even by the spring of 2016, the FBI had already grown concerned enough about Antifa that they began investigating overseas trips by activists out of concerns that they were coordinating with European anarchists to stage large bombings in the U.S.

By the spring of 2016, the anarchist groups had become so aggressive, including making armed attacks on individuals and small groups of perceived enemies, that federal officials launched a global investigation with the help of the U.S. intelligence community, according to the DHS and FBI assessment.

 

The purpose of the investigation, according to the April 2016 assessment: To determine whether the U.S.-based anarchists might start committing terrorist bombings like their counterparts in “foreign anarchist extremist movements” in Greece, Italy and Mexico, possibly at the Republican and Democratic conventions that summer.

 

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.

Alas, we suspect you'll hear precisely nothing about any of this on CNN.

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NoWayJose's picture

Please forward to Speaker Pablo Ryan from Wisconsin!

E.F. Mutton's picture

Be sure and tell him Nancy P says it's ok, otherwise he won't read it.

knukles's picture

Then prosecute under conspiracy to overthrow, sedition or treason

NugginFuts's picture

Perhaps this explains why the media and politicos were all disavowing them earlier this week. They knew this was coming and wanted to get ahead of it. 

Law enforcement now has carte blanche to wipe them off the street without mercy. 

The_Juggernaut's picture

They had to do a study to figure this out?  Wonder what that cost.

NoDebt's picture

I've said it many times before on here.  Get rid of Soros, half our problems go away overnight.  He's already persona non grata in many countries in Euorpe, he should be in the US as well.  Sure, he's a "US Citizen".  And I'm the Pope.

 

 

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

ANTIFA FLAG FROM 1932

 

Just goes to show there's always some dim bulbs out there...

Deathrips's picture

Antifa is antiamerican.... it doesnt stand for anti fascism as the media and dolts call it. It stands for anti first amendment.

 

Communists for the greater good enjoy mob rule.

 

RIPS

MagicHandPuppet's picture

One of these basement-dwelling losers waves a stick at me, and it will be their last moment among the living.

Meanwhile, these organized terrorists should be rounded up, charged and hanged if found guilty.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

So the Deep State public meme is being changed just afterTrump has been safely corralled. Interesting. And this now gives Trump the chance to save some face and pander to his base. Bannon was right. Think about this folks instead of triggering. Trump capitulated and now he has been given his media grandstand back. Notice the turning tide?

Troll Magnet's picture

Funded by Soros and led by a bunch of Mexicans: Antifa!

Kotzbomber747's picture

AntiFa are the semi-official brownshirts of The Establishment and the Democratic Party.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"AntiFa are the semi-official brownshirts of The Establishment and the Democratic Party."~

The best piece of writing I've seen in a month of Sundays.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/a-beating-in-berkeley/article/2009498

Hats off to Matt LaBash.

Manthong's picture

 

Now, just issue the “shoot to kill” and “wanted dead or alive” orders and we will be good to go.

 

MillionDollarButter's picture

Yes, antifa was actually the militant arm of the German communist party in 1932.  Their antics are one of the reasons Hitler came to power.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Yup. Nationalism is a direct response to Communism

solidtare's picture

"So the Deep State public meme is being changed"

A deal is a deal, if the deep state / Soros can so free and easily discard their pawns / useful idiots ( ISIS / Antifa ) then the deep state are fools.

A deal is a deal:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/apr/22/warcrimes.comment

In the 1980s Washington's secret services had assisted Saddam Hussein in his war against Iran. Then, in 1990, the US fought him in the Gulf. In both Afghanistan and the Gulf, the Pentagon had incurred debts to Islamist groups and their Middle Eastern sponsors. By 1993 these groups, many supported by Iran and Saudi Arabia, were anxious to help Bosnian Muslims fighting in the former Yugoslavia and called in their debts with the Americans. Bill Clinton and the Pentagon were keen to be seen as creditworthy and repaid in the form of an Iran-Contra style operation - in flagrant violation of the UN security council arms embargo against all combatants in the former Yugoslavia.

TeamDepends's picture

Spotlight on antifa now, but nothing will be done to stop them.  On the contrary, they will be given yet more busses, uniforms, signs, idiots....  The altercations will "naturally" escalate, eventually bullets fly (possibly/probably from agent provocateur) and voila!  MARTIAL LAW.

Giant Meteor's picture

It's classified ..

Point being, the deep state has their target enemies for everyone else to hate, while missing entirely the real game afoot, which is to say, ooooooh, look, squirrel! This all takes place with the new terrorist threat, ie, the domestic terrorist, so that law enforcement having been granted increases in shiny new military grade toys, budgets, and crime stopping junkets to Israel, so they shall be on the cutting edge in crime fightin and dealing with the NEW enemy, the citizen enemy, while of course also having created, manufactured the very same conflict, somewhat like a home team version of the whole ISIS thing ...

Set it up, fund and arm, then support both sides in the diversion, confusion so that the real master thieving, and all out debauchery can continue unabated, under cover of darkness , or even broad daylight for that matter  ..

Citizens cheer, the sacred Union is saved, all is well ..

The end ..

As a footnote in response to; a response to ..

shankster  knukles Sep 1, 2017 10:02 AM

Apply RICO laws

Totally ignored , passed over In that last little go round , ie, the "Global Financial Crisis" , among other possible yet ignored prescriptions and remedies, well, a bit late and self serving for all that I'm afraid .. ..

Look, squirrel; !

Bes's picture

ooogie booogie boo!

fuck antifa

they are pussies

----

the real threat is

1. the police state

2. civil asset forefeiture

3. and the war on CASH

TRUMP already announced his allegience to the first two and is eerily silent on the last

#maga

bluez's picture

It's not easy to tell if "Antifa" is an actual movement or just a brand name/label. The label seems to have been around since the German fascist era. But fascism is mostly just a special label for programmatic authoritarianism. There are legitimate anti-fascist movements, probably including the White Rose Society.

This "Antifa" thing has largely re-surfaced since circa 2015, so there is probably some money-bag behind it. If we had real journalists, they would be investigating this. Or perhaps real journalists today are what we call underground whistle-blowers. The success of this phenomenon really reflects the deep degradation of contemporary journalism.

HillaryOdor's picture

Did enough people sign a petition to get this designation?

HowdyDoody's picture

If Antifa is now a domestic terror organisation, what does that make the people who funded it?

Aug 20 - Antifa protesting that Soros pay them as agreed

If there is a petition about Soros, it should be updated to reflect this funding of terrorism.

 

 

 

fleur de lis's picture

The Deep State screwballs and the Swampites are turning on their Antifa pets because things are spinning out of control faster than they can react.

They underestimated the numbers of volunteer rioters and were astonished that once mobilized in large numbers they won't play the game.

They have gone rogue, the are now giving interviews, forming alliances in academia for credibility, and setting up their own little fiefdoms.

They made the fatal mistake of forgetting who is boss and who controls the money.

It would only have been a matter of time before they would organize into narcotics, slave and organ trafficking, meth labs, illegal immigration, car chop shops, the business opportunities are endless.

That would also put them in direct competition with their own DC employers.

Worse than that, an arrest might get them to sing and throw shade on the Swamp, as if there is an inch of room for more.

So they have to go.

They were only supposed to commit a few direct assaults, threaten people at random, and destroy property, because all of those are covered by tax and insurance money.

But the Antifa .gov employees started enjoying the free rampages too much and began to wander off the reservation by battling police.

Now they will have to be eliminated before the police get killed and the investigations lead back to the employers.

That would mean uncomfortable questions and maybe seizure of their vast array of assets, possibly even a visit from HR telling them to be more careful and stop making all of them look bad.

So the employers have to abandon their disobedient employees.

But never mind -- the DC Swamp and the Deep State screwballs already have a list of their best employees.

Rest assured that those lucky psychos have been identified and extracted, and are in some safe tax funded location for redeployment after the purge.

So once again, the taxpayers will foot the bill.

Tax payers will pay for the purge of unwanted Antifa employees and will have to house and feed them in jail, will have to pay their court fees, and provide them with parasitic lawyers should they issue such a request.

And all the while the most lethal of them will be trained and organized by our "leaders" for more trouble, but this time they will be more akin to wet workers.

They have proven to DC and Langley that they will obey without question.

Hell, they might even get cleaned up and put in fancy suits and given .gov jobs and badges.

So expect to see a former Antifa employee in some .gov postition telling the rest of us what to do.

 

 

 

 

Giant Meteor's picture

Indeed , and great comment.

solidtare's picture

Eventually, or sometimes, useful stooges wise up.

And maybe, they're just pretending to be useful and stupid.

Me thinks that this fine example of deep state political theater backfired and the puppeteers are worried.

Consider: https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1906/aug/29.htm

"The December events confirmed another of Marx’s profound propositions, which the opportunists have forgotten, namely, that insurrection is an art and that the principal rule of this art is the waging of a desperately bold and irrevocably determined offensive.[9] We have not sufficiently assimilated this truth. We ourselves have not sufficiently learned, nor have we taught the masses, this art, this rule to attack at all costs. We must make up for this omission with all our energy. It is not enough to take sides on the question of political slogans; it is also necessary to take sides on the question of an armed uprising. Those who are opposed to it, those who do not prepare for it, must be ruthlessly dismissed from the ranks of the supporters of the revolution, sent packing to its enemies, to the traitors or cowards; for the day is approaching when the force of events and the conditions of the struggle will compel us to distinguish between enemies and friends according to this principle. It is not passivity that we should preach, not mere “waiting” until the troops “come over”. No! We must proclaim from the house tops the need for a bold offensive and armed attack, the necessity at such times of exterminating the persons in command of the enemy, and of a most energetic fight for the wavering troops."

NiggaPleeze's picture

 

Lenin is perfect to bring up since ANTIFA are modern Bolsheviks.  They make a fuss about "freedom", just like the Bolshevik slogan was "liberty and equality", but in reality they are the agents that bring in the precise opposite:  a totalitarian police state.

In the 30s the Communists were also the "anti-fascists", not because they are opposed to socialism, and not because they are opposed to totalitarian government (even Stalin was "anti-fascist), but because they fighting for a GLOBAL TOTALITARIAN GOVERNMENT.  They want the world and they want it now.

Thus to ANTIFA and their ilk every nationalist is a "fascist".  They use the code words "fascist" and "white nationalist" to try to get sympathy from less extreme globalists, but their agenda is an armed uprising to form a global government.  Some may even genuinely believe they will achieve anarchy, but that is no way going to happen, and if the global oligarchy thought they could, they would have been crushed long ago.

On the other hand I cannot rejoice about them being labeled a terrorist organization - the police can handle them just fine (if they were permitted to).  The problem is the government will also label nationalist, anti-globalist groups "domestic terrorists" if there is any significant opposition against them driving us down the road to hell, and against those groups, the police will use the boot.  Despite the nationalists cheering "blue lives matter" and the ANTIFA bunch throwing urine and bottles on them.  That's the sad state of our gubernment.

Giant Meteor's picture

"On the other hand I cannot rejoice about them being labeled a terrorist organization - the police can handle them just fine (if they were permitted to).  The problem is the government will also label nationalist, anti-globalist groups "domestic terrorists""

The money shot ..

 

putaipan's picture

yup, and the self rightious reaction ofthe nationalists was the other reason .... (see coments above).

sheesh- they didn't have to change anything in their plan, not even the logo.

Anne_of_Green_Gables's picture

The KPD (German Communist party) HQ in Berlin in 1932. Note the "antifaschistische aktion" logo on the right of the building.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_Party_of_Germany#/media/File:Bun...

 

lil dirtball's picture

> Now, just issue the “shoot to kill” and “wanted dead or alive” orders and we will be good to go.

Yes, man ... domestic enemies. Just what we need.

Now all we need are some police with military gear and training.

~

... continual crisis ...

"You live in a theme park." - Joe Walsh

pynky01's picture

A bounty would be nice...

bh2's picture

You are absolutely right. Matt captures the spirit of the absurd as well as the violence of the mob mind in action.

New_Meat's picture

and we know how the Brown Shirts ended up.

Where are the Black Shirts?

Tarjan's picture

It is a good read. Thanks for posting the link.

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MagicHandPuppet's picture

I'm in constant agreement with Bannon so far.

But, there seems to always be give and take with these kinds of things.  There also seems to be capitulations on boths sides in the mini-battles (assuming it's not all just a big psyop, of course).  I doubt their hanky panky has elevated to more than a reach-around.  But, I agree that these could be troubling signs of a possible and horrible Trump/Deep State romance.

I reserve a little hope that this is not the case, but I'm only paying attention for prospective entertainment value at this point anyway... and to keep an eye on prospective wind changes that may indicate that the forthcoming tsunami of pain might be approaching - hopefully in time to reach higher ground before it hits.

Creative_Destruct's picture

"Trump capitulated and now he has been given his media grandstand back. Notice the turning tide?"

Yes. I've noticed it. In another post I noted how the media are now moderating their anti-Trump stance. I've heard several leftist elements, even a virulently anti-Trump BBC reporter, saying esstentially that in the eyes of the media Trump can do nothing right, even when he does things that other's would not be critcized for. And even some vehemently anti-Trump people in my social circles are saying the same.

Now, facts about Obama admin concerns about these violent anti-free speach Bolsheviks coming out will (hopefully) futher correct the MSM spin and the lies by implication that Antifa is somehow a benign opposition group.

"As Politico points out today, previously unreported FBI and Department of Homeland Security studies found that "anarchist extremist" group like Antifa have been the "primary instigators of violence at public rallies" going back to at least April 2016 when the reports were first published."

spastic_colon's picture

i didnt understand a word you just said........./s

Billy the Poet's picture

Trump appeared to capitulate when he launched missiles at Syria but then he met face to face with Putin, arranged a ceasefire and stopped support for the CIA's terrorist army in Syria.

Things are not necessarily as they seem no matter which side of seem you're on.

New_Meat's picture

pure poetry, that

"When strong, appear to be weak."

spastic_colon's picture

was actually thinking something along these lines recently just wasnt able to put into clear words; there does appear to be a sense of calm between trump/media...............it is  a bit unnerving to say the least.

Arnold's picture

Should I wear spikes or pumps to Houston?

chubbar's picture

Looks scripted to me. Pay a bunch of assholes to attack Trump supporters. Have the police sit back and do nothing, which provokes outrage against the do nothing cops, declare the group terrorists, next big event (upcoming coulter berkeley speech?) have the cops come in with their newly purchased military gear and crush the antifa, population cheers the cops, US is now indoctrinated into having cops crush dissent with military hardware. Operation overlord a success.

waycup's picture

Unfortunately, you may be correct.