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Should Antifa Be Designated a Domestic Terror Group?

antifa Berkeley ICE domestic terror groupAndy Ngo, a Portland, Oregon-based editor and photojournalist for the magazine Quillette, was assaulted and hospitalized by masked and hooded far-left Antifa extremists on June 29.

Ngo, who has extensively documented violence by Antifa, had written on Twitter a day earlier that he was nervous about the coming rally, noting that Antifa members had been “promising ‘physical confrontation’ & have singled me out to be assaulted.”

Following the assault, Ngo was hospitalized with multiple contusions, a black eye, and a torn earlobe; he also suffered a brain bleed that required overnight hospitalization. Ngo posted a video of himself moments after the attack, appearing shaken and covered in a white substance. Portland police later said that Antifa was mixing quick-drying cement into milkshakes to be thrown at those they targeted. It isn’t known if Ngo was hit with one of these mixtures.

Not only was Ngo viciously attacked, but his photo equipment was stolen as well.

Considering Ngo is a gay Asian reporter, one might expect that he would be the recipient of an outpouring of support from other reporters. But, instead, many in mainstream media aligned their sympathies with Antifa. This was highlighted in a Twitter thread that listed some of the many ugly comments from the media community.

Antifa’s Rise to Prominence

Antifa first rose to national prominence in 2017 during protests in Berkeley that targeted conservative speakers at University of California–Berkeley. After escalating clashes and increasing levels of violence, the city of Berkeley finally responded by issuing a series of rules that included banning items designated as weapons, along with the use of masks.

As Berkeley’s bulletin noted, protesters were routinely coming to rallies armed with “metal pipes, baseball bats, lengths of 2×4 lumber spiked with nails, bricks, pepper spray, mace, daggers, combat shields, poles, axe handles, hatchets, helmets, masks, and similar items.”

Portland, under the tenure of Mayor Ted Wheeler, has no such rules and most of the Antifa members were both hooded and masked.

Antifa members typically operate in packs, and attacks on others are generally perpetrated by multiple individuals employing a group-attack strategy. Masked, armored, and anonymous, Antifa members behave more as a national terror group than the anti-fascists they claim to be.

The Left Celebrates Antifa

But this behavior hasn’t stopped the left from often celebrating the actions of Antifa. Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden referred to Antifa activists as “courageous” in an April campaign video.

CNN’s Don Lemon defended Antifa and its tactics in August 2018, saying “no organization is perfect” while claiming that Antifa focused only on fighting against fascism. CNN’s Chris Cuomo also defended Antifa, noting that “all punches are not equal morally.” During a monologue, he stated, “[When] someone comes to call out bigots and it gets hot, even physical, are they equally wrong as the bigot they are fighting? I argue, no.”

Cuomo also appeared to draw comparisons between Antifa members and U.S. forces present at D-Day in an Aug. 16, 2017, “Let’s not forget” tweet that pictured the landing craft at Normandy, with the caption, “Anti-fascists disrupt a large gathering of white supremacists.”

Keith Ellison, former deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee and current attorney general for Minnesota, in a now-deleted tweet, sent out a picture of himself holding a copy of the book “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.” Ellison claimed that he had “just found the book that strike [sic] fear in the heart of @realDonaldTrump.”

Antifa’s History of Violence

This characterization of Antifa as social justice warriors, fighting bravely against hate and extremism, flies in the face of warnings issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as reported by Politico in September 2017:

“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.”

Politico noted that “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.”

In April 2019, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the FBI was investigating “anti-fascist groups” over an “alleged plan for activists to purchase guns from a “Mexico-based cartel associate known as Cobra Commander.” According to a December 2018 FBI document obtained by the Tribune, the group wanted to “stage an armed rebellion at the border.”

While news reports generally characterize Antifa’s opponents as “white supremacists,” “right-wing,” or “alt-right,” Antifa itself is rarely classified by the media as “left-wing,” “far-left,” or extremist.

Actually Against Fascism?

As its name implies, Antifa claims to be aligned against fascism. But it appears that many fail to understand what the term “fascism” really means.

Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, originally a socialist, referred to fascism as “everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.” Mussolini’s Fasci Italiani di Combattimento, or FIC, was an Italian “fascio organization” created in 1919 that employed squads of “Blackshirts,” who engaged in acts of violence against political opponents.

Fascists are inherently opposed to any form of democracy and believe in a totalitarian one-party state. Open and free elections, along with free speech, aren’t to be tolerated under fascist rule. Fascism eagerly employs the socialist trait of state control. As Canadian economist Philip Cross noted, “Fascism is best thought of as a nationalistic version of socialism.” Notably, the term Nazi came from the shortening of Hitler’s National Socialist party.

While fascism can allow for private ownership and enterprise, it also requires total government control and regulation.

So how is it that one could proceed from conservatism to libertarianism to fascism?

Conservatives favor smaller government, lower taxes, less regulation, and greater freedom. Libertarians take this process a step further and push for complete individual freedom–as long as one refrains from taking actions that hurt anyone else. Anarchists go even further. Anyone can do anything. Period.

In other words, the extreme right ends not with fascism but a complete absence of government.

In our current, heightened political climate, extremes are exactly that—extreme. Move too far in either direction and debate quickly becomes impossible. Only conflict lives at the outer boundaries—with anarchy and communism occupying a place of mutual strife and violence.

A place that is also occupied by Antifa.

Groups such as Antifa and their tendency toward violence pose a serious threat to society. It may be time to officially classify Antifa as the domestic terror threat that it is.

Reprinted with permission from - The Epoch Times - by Jeff Carlson

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Paul

Yes! Antifa is a Domestic Terrorist Group. They should be met with lethal force! There actions, are subversive and hostel. They need to be held accountable. Oregon, should have taken them out!

Ed Jackson

Antifa is filled with COWARDS, they only attack when they have a very large numerical advantage. They attack one isolated person or older persons whom they perceive as defenseless, so they themselves don’t get hurt.
They cover their faces so they can’t be identified later.
If any of their victims puts up even a small amount of a defense, they run away as fast as they can to go back and live in Mommy’s and Daddy’s basement, hiding until the heat clears.
But, yes they are a terrorist group. They need to be rounded up and locked away with prisoners who will appreciate having a young pretty boy toy in their cells, to do with what they want, when they want.

Mary

It should be labeled a terrorist group. Along with cair.

Penny

They are definitely a hate group. You could not go into a store or a bank wearing a mask & carrying any kind of weapon& not get arrested, so why are they allowed to roam our streets doing the same? They are not protesting, they are merely a bunch of thugs looking to cause chaos in the nation

Katherine Teissere

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck.

Frank S.

Absolutely Antifa should be declared a terrorist group and treated as such. But let’s be honest…they only strike when they are in areas where they can be fairly certain they will not be constrained by the police. They hide behind masks, and they only attack when their numbers give them a sense of security. Those of us in the know realized they are the real fascists a long time ago. As a retired military cop, I know that where the police fail to do their job, or are prevented from doing their job, things will only get worse. If the current trend continues, someone will die. It might very well be an Antifa member. Maybe that will scare some of these cowards to crawl back in the holes from whence they came. They are the Deplorables!

Charlie

Heck yeah they should be designated as a terrorist group. They bully, physically attack people, residences and businesses of people they disagree with.

Barbara Floyd

You ask the question but wish it had been a poll. If this group isn’t a terrorist group I don’t know what is. They’re hateful, violent, wear masks as to not be identified, are a genuine hate group, and are destructive. The answer is YES!!!!

Mark Jebe

We don’t need to call them terrorists to stop them. Simply arresting and prosecuting them for conspiracy to commit vandalism and assault would accomplish the same thing. The police can handle them easily, but Soros (who funds them) has manipulated the media and politicians into taking their side, so the police’s hands are tied.

Todd Taylor

Terrorism (def): In general, terrorism is classified as: the use of violence or of the threat of violence in the pursuit of political, religious, ideological or social objectives. acts committed by non-state actors (or by undercover personnel serving on the behalf of their respective governments. ANTIFA is a clear present threat to individuals with opposing ideals and to the Democracy itself. ANTIFA a liberal leftist movement that clearly fit the definition, they are a threat to the Republic; shut them down and seek out the individuals who are funding their movement and arrest them for Sedition. Prosecute those individuals belonging to ANTIFA leadership for the crime of promoting anarchy; the overthrow of the United States Government.

tunamister

THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO MAKE THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE – antifa – AS DOMESTIC TERRORISTS..!!! FUNDED BY soros & leftist organizations..!!.. THEN WE CAN DEAL WITH THEM..!!!

cheng and me

Domestic terrorism at its best, supported by most of the countries universities. How sad, The left wing hate in this country is out of control. Maybe H.G. Well’s (1984) is where we will be forced to end up in order to control the left wing extremism. Unfortunately their beliefs are if you are not with me then I want to destroy you!!!

Dee

Yes, it should be designated a Terrorist Group!!! They should be arrested when they start any level of violence against others and they should not be allowed to wear masks——they are terrorist cowards—–if they believe in their cause, then they should be brave enough to show their faces. Disgusting group!!!!

Daphana

Yes they should definitely be classified as a terrorist group! When you do terroristic actions that’s what you are!! They should be dealt with harshly as you would and criminal gang.

Arlene Galambos

Antifa is a terrorist group and should be listed as so. I agree with Paul they should be met with lethal force. There is no place in the United States for this kind of group.

Stephen Russell

Open season on Antifa & allies, nationwide

Karen Carter

They are a domestic terrorist group and should be labeled as such.

Rick J.

These goons, should have already been labeled domestic terrorists. Imagine if the left (democrats) win the 2020
election, these goons will grow in number and will be unleashed to stop all opposition.

Alexander Love

There are no doubts this terrorist group is working for a foreign radical regime.
They get paid and trained by an out of the country terrorist organization

Nell Williams

Absolutely they should. That’s what they are!