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

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.”

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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.

Comments

NumbersUsa Sep 3, 2017 1:21 AM Permalink

The jewish ANTIFA was originally a creation of Leon Trotsky the marxist jew supremacist that was responsible for the wholesale slaughter of millions of Christians in Russia & Ukraine. Known as the Holodomor, was the extermination of millions of Ukranians at the hands of their self appointed murderous jewish supremacists.The almost wholly exagerated and patently false claims of the holocaust is just that- a jew extremist inspired propaganda lie, that the jew historians, media & hollywood has cast over the world. A pure delusion created to cover their own factual genocide of millions and millions of white Christians.Just try to get a book published through the jew owned publishing houses that actually tell the documented truth (regarding the jew supremacist influence) about the history of the past one hundred years. The jew wont allow it. Small (non-jew) private publishing houses have thank God been publishing the works but the jew supremacist owned press will not mention them, amazon bans them, critics ignore them, so they are pushed to the margin. The public at large are never aware that they even exist.The supremacist ethnocentric jew is the problem-Period. In history they have been removed from place after place because of their ethnocentric "to hell with the goyim" ways. Claudius Ceasar threw them out of Rome, King Ferdinhand & Queen Isabella threw them out of Spain, King Edward I threw them out of England. There are 106 other well documented cases of these pernicious anti-societal jew supremacists being expelled-all for very legitimate reasons.  Thank God for Men & Women Authors of extremely courageous hearts such as Ernst Zundel, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, Revilio P. Oliver, David Irving, E. Michael Jones, Andrew Carrington Hitchcock, Alison Weir, Arthur A. Butz, Benton L. Bradberry, M.S. King and many, many, many, others.Some like David Irving, Ernst Zundel & Alexandr Solzhenitsyn paid dearly for speaking the truth. They were hunted down like dogs around the world, (Zundel's house was fire bombed by the jwc thugs) and imprisoned by none other than the jew supremacists- for speaking the unadultuarated TRUTH. The jew supremacists cry out in pain at the TRUTH. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hneVEmzg36E https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBoQ7_yDBq4

south40_dreams Sep 2, 2017 6:14 PM Permalink

The grand master plan had America under control of a central committee in Brussels by now. No wonder the democrats and RINOs are so disoriented, this was never supposed to happen

hopefulbutwary Sep 2, 2017 5:43 PM Permalink

To me, something seems fishy. All of a sudden both DHS and the FBI knew about the terrorist nature of ANTIFA even before Trump was elected? Tyler's, would you be trying to rewrite history?

Montana Cowboy Sep 2, 2017 3:28 PM Permalink

No firm position here. I'm just curious ....As a legal defense, what if Antifa claims they are merely using arms to accomplish the objectives of the 2nd Amendment? After all, the republic has become fascist. 2A isn't just to possess arms, and you can't actually use arms without violence. If we are to respect 2A, can we deem Antifa to be automatically wrong just because of their violence - presuming they are going after true enemies of the republic?There is no use for the 2nd Amendment unless you have a line in the sand you are willing to enforce with deadly force. Perhaps Antifa's manifesto isn't popular enough to justify their actions or perhaps they are hitting the wrong targets. But there is something we can learn from them and appreciate. Too many 2A advocates are happy to wear their NRA hat, drinking beer and cleaning their guns at the kitchen table, basking in the glory of the 2nd Amendment. I suspect most of them would run to the basement with the women and children if things got hot. And about that line in the sand, wouldn't your founding fathers tell you it has been crossed many times and long ago? You bet they would!

finnzero Sep 2, 2017 2:07 PM Permalink

I got beat up by our local Antifa-wannabes here at Finland. I really hope our politicians and police wakes some day to this problem.But there's just one problem. If Finland declares Antifa as terrorist organization, Finland has to disassemble one of our radical left-wing parties. I wouldn't mind that though!

nevertheless Sep 2, 2017 11:45 AM Permalink

You can tell it's the weekend, this site is infested with Zionist trolls, mindless comments, paid for by AIPAC and Sheldon Adleson.  On here we see the lie that Trump is "anti-establishment", all the while breaking campaign promise after campaign promise.And on so called "liberal sites", such as Huffington Post and Slate, these same Zionists paid posters glorify Clinton and Obama, devoid of the evil they did. The goal is to divide and conquer, thus we get filth like Clinton and Trump as our only options, disgusting. 

SeaMonkeys Sep 2, 2017 11:24 AM Permalink

It is interesting that some ANTIFA's are fighting ISIS, and the group in its early form was protesting the WTO, which is globalization central. Maybe ANTIFA wants some of the same things all Americans want. ANTIFA and White Supremecist groups are giving the status quo a reason to not focus on de-financializing the economy. As long as we engage in a war of Red against Blue, the swamp wins.

nevertheless Sep 2, 2017 11:14 AM Permalink

Three kinds of people blog:People who, even in the face of being fooled again and again, still buy into the media narratives: "Trump is an America firster". Those pushing a narrative, paid Zionist trolls who work out of hasbara centers, who support the narrative "Trump is an American firster".Then, an ever growing number of Americans who know, that like Clinton and Obama, Trump is a Zionist whore.  Antifa is a NON EXISTENT group, the minute the ZioMoney stops flowing to the organization it disappears. The point is to push the idea of "domestic terrorism", so they can further justify the destruction of our civil rights. This is a war against OUR RIGHTS, and they know how to play on our emotions.  

Honest Sam Sep 2, 2017 11:12 AM Permalink

Talk is cheap. It's what politicians do when they sense a change in the wind that they must get behind, or in front of or lose out.Doing something to stop Antifa, physically,  by democrats, isn't going to happen.  

moneybots Sep 2, 2017 11:06 AM Permalink

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" Trump was right and the American people knew he was. The American people saw that the media was lying to the American people. The media are worse than used car salesmen.

nevertheless moneybots Sep 2, 2017 11:41 AM Permalink

Oh drop the BS, Trump may talk the talk, but the media is his best friend. Without the media, the American public would see that Trump's actions are pure Zionist. He has broken promise after promise, but to Isreal, 100% loyalty.  Right after getting elected he cracked down on Muslim migration but totally ignored the mass Latino invasion, WHY HE WAS ELECTED!He has INCREASED our wars for Isreal, and sold weapons to Saudi Arabia, Isreal's best friend, while bombing the shit our of Yemen and Syria, why, they are NO threat to us? 

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not so fast Sep 2, 2017 11:05 AM Permalink

I'd love to see one of these so called anarchists destroy their own iphone and leave everybody else's property alone.  Anarchists in matching costumes, I don't buy it.  

Nostradumbass Sep 2, 2017 10:57 AM Permalink

And yet the Federal Reserve, Trojan Horse jewery are given a pass to stay here and destroy our nation and our People.FBI and DHS are enemy agents swatting at flies while feeding the tiger roaming among us.

JoseyWalesTheOutlaw Sep 2, 2017 8:35 AM Permalink

The USA is so fuked. Then again a country so fuking stupid to have elected obama twice has no hope. None,Nada,Zip,ZeroThe next time you people feel guilty then go to the Humane Shelter and adopt a black dog.

nevertheless JoseyWalesTheOutlaw Sep 2, 2017 8:44 AM Permalink

WHAT, sure stupid America voted in barry twice, and are you the smart one who sees Trump as another Zionist/Corporate asset, or a moron who believes that Zionist piece of shit, is actually an "American firster", and he is only "acting" like a Zionist firster because someone else is controlling the White House? You don't need to go back to the Obama administration to find stupidity, if you support Clinton or Trump, your pretty much brain dead as well (or an Isreal firster too).

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nevertheless Sep 2, 2017 8:30 AM Permalink

So, the FBI is taking a break from training mentaly ill people to launch false flag terrorist attacks, they can SOMETIMES thwart, sometimes not... It may be that they need a little PR, Trump is President now, and while he is as controlled as Obama, by our Zionist masters, he can appear to be as controlled.  Growing up has meant one thing for me in the way I see THE governemnt, it is anti American. Nothing the Zionist/Corporate controlled governemnt does is for US, quite to the contrary. What is so disappointing is people still fall for the puppets they install, Clinton, Bush, Obama Trump, no one gets into the White House unless they desire it, OBVIOUSLY! Cue the paid Zionist trolls who patrol ZH and attack anyone who questions their current most important lie, "Trump is anti-establishment". They have worked hard to build this lie, harder than when they painted Barry a "liberal", all the while bailing out banks, assassinating extra-judicially, and stealing Americans freedoms...all "liberal priorities", so the Zionist NYTimes tells us. 

nevertheless Sep 2, 2017 8:18 AM Permalink

If the FBI is doing this, there is a reason beyond what would be obvious.  We all know the police sat by and let these paid terrorists assault legal protesters (of course on both sides were planted agents, pushing them to extremes).  The only thing we know for sure is its not because they want to enforce the law, it's always something else.   

nevertheless THORAX Sep 2, 2017 8:32 AM Permalink

your either stupid or a paid troll meant to push the meme that Trump is on our side, even though everything he does (not says) is exactly what barry obama was doing... This is all to distract from Trump supporting the "dreamers", something he said he would end.  Trump is a Zionist whore, just like barry. 

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Honest Sam nevertheless Sep 2, 2017 11:03 AM Permalink

You completely ignore the mass media, Hollywood, both coasts' liberal elite, the bureaucrazy, the pundits, the forecasters, pollsters, and 63,000,000 human beans who voted for and assured us that hilary clinton was going to be the next POTUs and that Trump didn't stand a chance. If Trump is a zionist, then what is clinton and all those who banked on a democratic party win?The lesser of two evils was our only choice to overcome the mountain of clinton support.   

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Last of the Mi… Sep 2, 2017 7:58 AM Permalink

FBI and DHS on my side now. Wow I feel MUCH better. Of course no questions will be asked about how this organization was formed, operated in the US with impunity with the full support of the MSM, or the damage, personal and otherwise they have done. And there will damn sure be no answers forthcoming. You can bet your ass on that.

John McCloy Sep 2, 2017 7:46 AM Permalink

YOU ARE PRESIDENT of the United States...have thre DOJ finally bring sedition charges against George Soros...End of story and sends a message to all other who are fermenting terrorism domestically.

nevertheless John McCloy Sep 2, 2017 8:38 AM Permalink

Come on, America has NO Presidents, only puppets. Sheldon Adleson and Peter Thiel were Trump's biggest supporters, after getting elected Trump flew to Isreal to kiss the wall and give Isreal's strong men, the Saudi's billions in weapons THE DEAL OBAMA HAD SET UP! So, the notion that "Trump is a man of the people", because the ZIOMEDIA (the same lying media that sold us on Obama as a "liberal") tells us he is "anti-establishment", and you believe it, even in the face that he has done nothing but the establishment's bidding since in office, is pretty outrageous. 

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Jo A-S Sep 2, 2017 7:00 AM Permalink

One of the answers to the ANTIFA mob, who are usually wearing face veils etc to hide their identities, is an initial (after a dispersal warning over loudspeaker) dowsing with high-pressure water cannon - the water containing an indelible dye.  The protesters then being arrested at a later date.