Government officials are warning Americans of imminent terror attacks, but it’s not who you might think it is. While ISIS is very much a real threat in our country, the FBI has a very different group in mind, and they can be found in every corner of our nation. ANTIFA has grown by leaps and bounds since President Trump was elected back in November. They first burst onto the scene earlier this year when Milo Yiannopolis had a planned speech at Berkeley. They quickly shut down the “Free Speech” rally, and their legend was born.
Since that time, their numbers have steadily increased across the country, and they have added chapters to several different states. At first, no one paid them much attention; that is until people saw their propensity for violence. Charlottesville was a turning point for ANTIFA, and after that moment people began to take them very seriously. During the Charlottesville fiasco, reports indicated that ANTIFA members were throwing urine bottles at right-wingers, and were physically attacking them.
Now, Federal authorities are warning people that ANTIFA is becoming increasingly more violent 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.
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.
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.
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.
ANTIFA is a genuine threat to our nation, and if they have it their way, every right-winger would be eradicated. Since they first stepped onto the scene, ANTIFA has become more aggressive and seem unwavering in their fight to suppress Trump and his supporters.
It took long enough, but thankfully, the FBI and other government organizations have finally recognized the danger that ANTIFA represents. These attacks are only the beginning, and if something is not done soon, ANTIFA may end up gaining more support than they need. We must stay vigilant and stand up to the bullies because that’s all that ANTIFA is– just a bunch of bullies.