Last month, a petition requesting that Congress classify ‘Antifa’ a terrorist organization hit Whitehouse.gov – a website where if a petition receives over 100,000 signatures, a response from the White House is technically required.
It didn’t take long for the petition to blow through the 100,000 threshold – then more than triple it!
While we’re waiting for the feds, the State of New Jersey’s office of Homeland Security took the lead:
— NJ Homeland Security (@NJOHSP) June 12, 2017
And while the aforementioned petition still has yet to receive its eventual official White House response – Antifa may be in hot water before they even act.
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.
And here’s the kicker: this is according to documents that disclose it was by April 2016 that the DHS believed “anarchist extremists” were the “primary instigators of violence at public rallies against a range of targets.”
Think about that – that means Barack Obama’s Department of Homeland Security knew that Antifa was behind the violence, while the President, Hillary, and the liberal media endlessly blamed “Trump supporters.”
Like most sane people, the DHS is apparently among those who think Antifa would better be described as “fascists against fascism.”
“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.”
“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.”
H/T: Zero Hedge
Perhaps part of their concern is attributable to the fact that even Obama and company were aware that the “alt-left” is a reality, and one that is going to drive people away from the Left. At least one study back in 2015 found that riots tend to make people more conservative.
The renowned leftist intellectual Noam Chomsky also called Antifa a “major gift to the right.”
The DHS has already internally been treating Antifa as a terrorist organization – it’s time the rest of the government does the same.
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