FBI Director admits agency investigating “violent anarchists” inspired by Antifa ideology

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WASHINGTON, DC- While most Americans would guess that Antifa is in fact a domestic terrorist organization, law enforcement assets seem to have been slow to investigate it as such. That may be changing. A few months back, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) denied that Antifa even exists. He may want to talk to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

Wray told the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday that the FBI is currently conducting “quite a number” of “domestic terrorism investigations,” targeting “violent anarchists” who are inspired by the Antifa ideology.

“Antifa is a real thing,” Wray told the committee, although he stressed it is more an ideology than an actual specific organization.

Wray said:

“We look at Antifa as more of an ideology or a movement than an organization. To be clear, we do have quite a number of properly predicated domestic terrorism investigations into violent anarchist extremists, any number of whom self-identify with the Antifa movement.

And that’s part of this broader group of domestic violent extremists that I’m talking about, but it’s just one part of it. We also have racially motivated violent extremists…militia types and others.”

According to Wray, most of the bureau’s racially motivated extremism cases are made up of white supremacist groups, however he did acknowledge that there are also “cases involving African American defendants who have pursued violence against, say, law enforcement.”

Say Black Lives Matter?

Wray said that he didn’t know if the cases regarding targeted attacks on law enforcement by “racially motivated extremism” were linked to Black Lives Matter, which he did describe as an organization.

Wray said that racially motivated extremism cases accounted for a majority of the FBI’s work against domestic terrorist threats.

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While FBI domestic terrorism investigations typically number around 1,000 annually, Wray said that the number this year is higher, which is understandable given the temperature of the country since the George Floyd death in custody of the Minneapolis Police Department.

Wray said that the bureau had made some 120 arrests for domestic terrorism this year, which he said involved “everything from racially motivated violent extremists to violent anarchist extremists, militia types, sovereign citizens, you name it,” he said.

Wray admitted that the FBI has not identified BLM as a violent extremist group, saying that he doesn’t know if anyone aligned with the group has engaged in violent activities during the recent riots and demonstrations.

He told the legislators:

“I can’t, sitting here right now, speak to specific cases. I know that we have had a wide range of domestic violent extremists in midst of the current protest activity engaging in violence or destruction of property, and whether in any of those cases someone may have aligned themselves or associated themselves with [BLM], sitting here right now I can’t think of one, but I don’t know for sure.”

Of course in the past, BLM has actively called for the murder of police officers.

Wray said the FBI still believes that racially motivated extremism is at the top of the list where it concerns terror threats facing the US.

“Of the domestic terrorism threats, we last year elevated racially motivated…extremism to be a national threat priority commensurate with homegrown violent extremists. That’s’ the jihadist-inspired people here and with ISIS [Islamic State],” he added.

If you go back over the last few years, it’s been the racially motivated violent extremists that had the most lethal attacks in the homeland,” Wray said.

Wray said that so-called lone-wolf actors, those who act alone based upon ideology gained online, which includes both homegrown jihadis and violent domestic extremists, pose the “most dangerous threat to the homeland.”

In the lead up to the November election, the FBI is becoming increasingly concerned about violent clashes between both right and left-wing extremists, Wray said.

Numerous authorities in the United States government, among them Attorney General William Barr have linked Antifa to the violence and riots that have exploded across Democrat-run cities to an overwhelming degree. That assessment is also embraced by journalist Andy Ngo, who has been on the front line of the violent riots in Portland.

Earlier this year according to CBS News, Wray told the House Judiciary Committee that the FBI had elevated its assessment of the threat posed by racially-motivated extremists to a “national threat priority” for this year. He told the committee that the FBI placed the risk “on the same footing” as threats posed by foreign terrorist organizations.

Last November, Wray told a House committee that racially motivated or ethnically motivated violent extremists made up a “huge chunk” of the FBI’s domestic terrorism investigations, with a majority of attacks “fueled by some type of white supremacy.”

Wray noted that racially motivated violent extremists were primarily responsible for ideological violence in 2018 and 2019.

Clearly, all of this occurred prior to the outcry over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It will be interesting to see what happens when this year’s statistics are examined in the rear-view mirror.

In the meantime, Attorney General William Barr has reportedly designated the three U.S. cities as “anarchist jurisdictions”.

The cities, which are all controlled by Democrats, will now reportedly be targeted to be defunded by the federal government for failing to stop violent rioters and for defunding law enforcement departments.

The New York Post reported that Barr has officially signed off on designating New York City, Portland, and Seattle as “anarchist jurisdictions.”

“When state and local leaders impede their own law-enforcement officers and agencies from doing their jobs, it endangers innocent citizens who deserve to be protected, including those who are trying to peacefully assemble and protest,” Barr will reportedly say in a statement on Monday.

“We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance. It is my hope that the cities identified by the Department of Justice today will reverse course and become serious about performing the basic function of government and start protecting their own citizens.”

Late Wednesday, President Trump tweeted about the same topic:

“My Administration will do everything in its power to prevent weak mayors and lawless cities from taking Federal dollars while they let anarchists harm people, burn buildings, and ruin lives and businesses.  We’re putting them on notice today.”

Earlier in the week, The New York Post said President Trump was targeting New York City, Portland, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

The Post reported:

Trump on Wednesday signed a five-page memo ordering all federal agencies to send reports to the White House Office of Management and Budget that detail funds that can be redirected.

New York City, Washington, DC, Seattle and Portland are initial targets as Trump makes “law and order” a centerpiece of his reelection campaign after months of unrest and violence following the May killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police.

According to the memo:

“My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones.

To ensure that Federal funds are neither unduly wasted nor spent in a manner that directly violates our Government’s promise to protect life, liberty, and property, it is imperative that the Federal Government review the use of Federal funds by jurisdictions that permit anarchy, violence, and destruction in America’s cities.”

When word got out about the potential targeting, the Democrat mayors who run Seattle, Portland and New York City expressed outrage – to the point where comments from at least one of them may be viewed as a direct threat against President Trump.

Governor Andrew Cuomo shared some not too wise words on September 2nd when commenting on the recent order President Donald Trump signed off on that requested federal agencies to review possible funds that can be redirected away from cities that have left rioters essentially unchecked.

New York City is one of those cities mentioned in the memo signed off by the president.

And in response, Governor Cuomo threatened that President Trump would need “an army” if he ever showed his face in New York ever again.

The President’s five-page memo cited New York City, Washington, DC, Seattle and Portland as the cities to be reviewed by federal agencies to determine if certain funding can be redirected elsewhere, as President Trump feels as though officials in these areas have not exerted enough due diligence to quell the ongoing riots.

According to the memo, the following is noted by the president:

“My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones.”

President Trump’s memo implied that if cities are going to essentially promote “anarchy,” then there will be a scrutinous review of how federal dollars are directed toward those very cities:

“To ensure that Federal funds are neither unduly wasted nor spent in a manner that directly violates our Government’s promise to protect life, liberty, and property, it is imperative that the Federal Government review the use of Federal funds by jurisdictions that permit anarchy, violence, and destruction in America’s cities.”

Considering that New York City was singled out in the memo and mentioned Mayor Bill de Blasio twice, Governor Cuomo seemed to have quite the reaction shortly after the review was approved:

“[President Trump] better have an army if he thinks he’s gonna walk down the street in New York. New Yorkers don’t want to have anything to do with him.”

Governor Cuomo reiterated that sentiment again, adding the following:

“He can’t have enough bodyguards to walk through New York City. People don’t want to have anything to do with him.”

The state governor continued from there, implying that there likely isn’t any way that the president could redirect any funding from cities based upon the notion that elected officials might be not countering riots as adamantly as they should be:

“It is more of the same from him. It’s political, it is gratuitous. And it’s illegal. But it is another attempt to kill New York City…President Ford said drop dead. President Trump has been actively trying to kill New York City since he’s been elected.”

Governor Cuomo further added that New Yorkers have always “rejected” President Trump, saying that those within the state think of him as a “clown” and that he’s never taken “seriously.”

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Whether or not there’s anything illegal at potentially redirecting certain funds away from riotous cities isn’t clear, the governor is certainly implying that there is.

Later on, Governor Cuomo slightly walked-back his threats regarding President Trump needing an “army” to be able to walk safely down the streets of New York:

“My comment about the president and bodyguards in New York City, all I’m saying is that he is persona non grata in New York City. And I think he knows that. And he’ll never come back to New York, because New Yorkers will never forget how gratuitously mean he has been to New Yorkers and how many times he’s tried to kill the city that gave him his start and birthed him. That’s what I meant about the bodyguards.”

Governor Cuomo claims that saying that President Trump would need bodyguards within New York was his way of saying that he’s an unwelcome person in the state, and not meant as a threat.

However, there’s certainly better ways to express someone not having a welcome mat within a state rather than suggesting they’ll need to be protected at all times.

Furthermore, President Trump is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces – so one could reasonably say that he does have an army. 

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Droney: How is Antifa getting away with it? They were already prepared with a Soros-backed army of lawyers (op-ed)

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The Bernie bros—otherwise known as Antifa—are gearing up in the event President Trump wins re-election.

As we’ve already seen, all it took was a spark—in this case, the death of George Floyd—to give the far-left an excuse to tear stuff down. Many people wonder how these Antifa thugs keep getting away with murder…figuratively and literally.

Thank a group called the National Lawyers Guild.

After Trump’s initial win in 2016, the number of people signing on to the group skyrocketed, and people who are affiliated with the Sanders presidential campaign are predicting an explosion of street violence should the president win again, according to a commentary in The Tennessee Star from March.

The writer was clearly a prophet as we have seen since the Floyd death.

Antifa seems to riot with impunity. Clearly the far-left loons in Antifa are unafraid of legal consequences and it appears that the group had a legal team in place to handle whatever legal problems arose prior to these intense riots.

Initially, as the column states, it was thought that the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee would be a near carbon-copy of the infamous convention in Chicago in 1968, with numerous attacks on police. That was of course pre-Covid.

Now, Biden will barely leave his basement and the convention in Milwaukee is going to be pretty much a virtual event. And although Sanders was once again cut off at the knees by the Democratic establishment, Biden’s camp has embraced a number of Sanders’ far-left Socialist platform initiatives, enough to satiate the lunatic left of Antifa.

So, who exactly is the National Lawyers Guild? The group is made up of thousands of far-left lawyers, which are spread out among 150 chapters nationally. This number does not include over 100 student chapters.

And who might one think has his venom all over this group? None other than George Soros, along with the Ford Foundation.

The Star commentary notes that the Guild “explicitly and openly coordinates legal action and public relations in support of the Antifa movement.” So, despite ignoramus’s such as New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), claiming that Antifa does not exist, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

In particular, one NLG chapter states on its website that NLG lawyers “understand that legal support is critical in the planning and aftermath of any action,” and “can usually mobilize NLG volunteer lawyers to handle initial court appearances, and…often continue to defend activists pro bono.”

Cloward and Piven…a strategy meaning “overwhelm the system, essentially creating a crisis. That is exactly what Antifa is doing.

Antifa websites prominently display NLG chapters’ contact details and telephone helplines, while also posting the same information on their social media pages. NLG attorneys also advertise their services on Antifa podcasts and blogs, such as “It’s Going Down.”

In fact, in 2018 during Antifa’s armed attack on a “No to Marxism” rally in Berkeley, California, law enforcement officials said that 21 of the activists who had been arrested called NLG for help, with most of those who called admitting to being Antifa affiliated.

Do you want to know why Antifa has been emboldened? Do you want to know why Antifa’s extremist tactics and in-your-face violence continues? Blame the criminal justice system, which had (as of March) only seen two—that’s correct, two—Antifa thugs actually receiving prison time.

So, who is enabling these lunatics? A weak-kneed criminal justice system emasculated by far-left prosecutors put in place by George Soros, and NLG, which the Star piece refers to as “Antifa’s most important enablers.”

Is any of this a surprise? Absolutely not. When you see some of the leading law schools (with Columbia and Harvard immediately identifiable) pushing a far-left agenda with Marxist ideology, it is no wonder young lawyers are jumping on the Antifa bandwagon.

Just look at the two attorneys arrested in New York City for the firebombing of a NYPD vehicle for evidence of that ideology in action.

In fact, NLG doesn’t even try to hide its open embrace of Antifa, spouting Antifa talking points and slogans on their website and throughout the media. The two organizations are virtually tied at the hip as far as their far-left ideology and beliefs.

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Example: In 2017 NLG officials submitted an op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle in which they stated how the group’s attorneys counseled Antifa members in order to save Americans from “fascists and white supremacists seek[ing] to take power in the streets and halls of government. They said that the American people “cannot depend on the government to meaningfully intervene and prevent the rise of fascism,” continuing that is “up to us.”

The NLG claimed that police cannot be relied upon to quell these alleged “takeover threats” because, according to them, the police have “sympathy toward the ideas being espoused at alt-right rallies,” therefore they are not an “effective solution.”

The NLG and Antifa are truly legends in their own mind. They believe as espoused in the op-ed that they are the white knights that will swoop in and save America.

If you don’t understand the connection between Antifa and Black Lives Matter, read on.

“People of color,” according to the guild’s lawyers, are “in vulnerable legal positions and “cannot participate in confrontations [with fascism] for their own safety.”

In other words, the lily-white Antifa movement allows people of color to “benefit from the risks taken by those with more privilege.”

Indeed, famed blogger Andy Ngo, who has documented the violence of Antifa repeatedly, has noted Antifa’s overly white makeup, as well as the overrepresentation among LGBTQs.

NLG is nothing new. They have a long and storied history going back to the 1940’s and 1950’s where members of the organization defended people such as Alger Hiss, Judith Socolov and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, in addition to members of the Communist Hollywood 10. At the time, the House Un-American Activities Committee labeled the group the “legal bulwark of the Communist Party.”

The group was a supporter of extremist movements such as the Black Panthers, the American Indian Movement, and the Puerto Rican Independence Movement. In other words, the NLG has a long history of throwing down with the revolution and today is no different.

The NLG is committed to Antifa’s anti-American program, including the groups use of terror tactics. When President Trump declared Antifa to be a terror organization, he was in the right ballpark, and perhaps he might want to take a look at NLG as well.

“Taking militant and confrontational direct action…are a crucial part of the fight against fascism.”

In addition, NLG credited Antifa for:

“…ensur[ing] that the virulent white nationalism sweeping the country is met with militant resistance,” as well as for “directly confront[ing] fascism by shutting down far-right demonstrations.”

When one sees what this group believes in and supports, it is disturbing. One would think that as legal scholars, they would have a grasp of and support matters such as the Bill of Rights, democracy, and the rule of law.

Many of these zealots could at some point in time be judges, government lawyers or lawmakers. As an example of that, current far-left whack job member of Congress, Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is an NLG member. That is really all you need to know about where this could all lead.

What else has NLG been involved in? Here is a brief rundown:

NLG also likes to sue police, and in fact the group brags that it has been able to affect policing in Portland, Oregon where police in 2018 had a significantly “hands-off” approach on protests and as the group says “deploy[ed] significantly fewer crowd control weapons than the previous year.”

NLG is not alone in enabling Antifa’s terror campaign. A Los Angeles based group, By Any Means Necessary is a regular defender of Antifa, doing so on either a pro bono or low-cost basis.

In fact, that group successfully defended five Antifa members who were found not guilty by a Berkeley jury despite police witnessing them punching and kicking a 50-year-old man at a 2018 rally supporting President Trump. To add insult to injury, Antifa then distributed 100 leaflets throughout the victim’s neighborhood entitled, “Safety Alert: Fascist Living in Your Neighborhood.”

Yet another law firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher also provided pro bono legal representation to a protester accused in 2017 at an inauguration protest of committing a felony. Other legal groups have also represented Antifa.

While President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr have concerned themselves with Antifa, maybe they should take a long hard look at NLG. It’s legitimate to ask if Antifa would have the apparent power they still have had the NLG not been at their beck and call.

It is also worthwhile to ask exactly how these attorneys, who are supposedly well-versed in the Constitution and the rule of law became so radicalized? Clearly this is an indictment of our universities and law schools. This should concern anyone who believes in the founding documents and our country’s legal principles.

It is time to defund our universities, law schools, and more importantly Antifa. They are evil and a threat to our American way of life and must be taken seriously.

You hear that, Jerry Nadler?

 

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