It appears that the hard-left activist organization known as Antifa is planning to ramp up their activities.
According to Politico, a recently-released 2016 report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security indicates that the organization is becoming more dangerous. The report states, “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.”
Over the past year, we have seen numerous instances where Antifa has assaulted individuals who espouse views contrary to their own. Politico indicates that federal agencies have been warning state and local governments about the increasingly violent group. It was only after the incident in Charlottesville, VA that Antifa has garnered widespread attention from the news media. Their violent tactics have grown to the point that DHS classified Antifa’s activities as “domestic terrorist violence.”
The report acknowledges that the group has been responsible for instigating violence at political rallies. The types of events at which Antifa has used physical force include white supremacist events as well as rallies being held by normal conservative participants who have no ties to hate groups.
Although Antifa claims to fight fascist and racist groups, the reality is that they are indiscriminate in their attacks. They will target any right-wing group who dares to publicly express their political views.
Brian Levin, a former New York City police officer and the head of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino has been monitoring radical domestic groups for over 30 years. He states,
“Both the racists and a segment of violent Antifa counter-protestors are amped for battle in an escalating arms race, where police departments are outmaneuvered, resulting in increasingly violent dangerous confrontations.”
Antifa claims that they have no leader or organizational structure. Politico indicates that they are made up of decentralized cells that collaborate with each other. Terrorist groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda have operated in a similar fashion. Their activities are not spontaneous; indeed, they are often planned out for weeks before the event they plan their attacks.
The report states that at a rally in Sacramento. Antifa activists, “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-surveillance law enforcement using three-man scout teams, using handheld radios for communication, and coordinating the event via social media.”
Authorities have been investigating Antifa since 2016 because they are concerned at the level of escalation the group has shown. The investigation is intended to determine if the group will adopt more lethal tactics such as bombings. The fact that members of the organization have traveled overseas to train with other anarchist organizations is a point of concern for DHS.
The hard left is increasingly becoming more willing to use violence to push their leftist views on other Americans. They have the support of many in the establishment media which have whitewashed the group’s activities.
Under the guise of opposing fascism, Antifa is attempting to use physical force to silence any opinion with which they disagree. If America is going to remain a free society, we must take action against the threats of groups such as these.