Is France showing us what America’s next civil war will look like?

Is France showing us what America’s next civil war will look like? | Will Bunch

 

It’s October 2021. America is in a state of turmoil – so much so that the ongoing felony trial of disgraced former president Donald Trump seems only a footnote. The chaos of the 2020 election has meant no honeymoon for Beto O’Rourke, the 47th president, whose narrow win over the GOP’s Nikki Haley (the Republican convention in Charlotte having rejected President Pence) had only enraged both the right and an increasingly angry left, which was still insisting that Democrats had cheated Bernie Sanders out of the nomination at their divided, brokered convention.

Still, President O’Rourke had small Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, and – after a summer of record heat waves had left more than 250 dead in the Los Angeles wildfires and seen Hurricane Gigi swamp many of the same New Orleans neighborhoods that had been inundated by Katrina – the charismatic, Kennedyesque chief executive had convinced Congress to pass, by exactly one vote in each chamber, a 40-cent-a-gallon gas tax to promote solar and wind power and subsidize electric cars.


 

Within hours, angry truckers had parked their rigs across the entrance to every tunnel on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In small towns across America, protesters – encouraged by Sean Hannity on Fox News and by fake stories on Facebook that the O’Rourke administration planned to reopen Trump’s Texas detention camps for immigrants and use them to imprison tax resisters – gathered at gas stations. Many of their rallies were infiltrated by the political fringes – neo-Nazis of the right and Black Bloc anarchists of the left – and there were scattered reports of violence. In Charleston, S.C., a CNN reporter was reporting from a full-blown riot when gunfire was heard in the distance, just a cannonball shot away from historic Fort Sumter.

Demonstrators gather around a burning barricade during clashes with riot police in Paris on Saturday.
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Demonstrators gather around a burning barricade during clashes with riot police in Paris on Saturday.

You’d think the rapid decline of Western civilization would get more news coverage in America – normally, flaming barricades in the shadow of the iconic Arc de Triomphe and hundreds fleeing tear gas in the heart of the French capital might be considered must-see TV, especially when the other option is a panel of aging Watergate prosecutors – but the latest chess moves in the Trump-Russia scandal and the embattled White House continue to trump most other headlines.

Still, Saturday’s news out of the City of Light, now illuminated by the glow of flaming cars, was both shocking and yet somewhat familiar, as the protests engulfing France raged into a fourth weekend with no immediate end in sight. This go-round, a massive police presence – an army, really – of some 89,000 officers turned Paris into a police state, with most tourist attractions and high-end stores boarded shut at the height of the holiday season. The law officers sought to put a lid on the so-called “Yellow Vests,” or gilets jaunes, before things got out of hand. Tear gas and water cannons were deployed early and often and 1,400 were arrested in an effort to limit damage from the casseurs – young (mostly) men out for violence.

The protests continued even though French president Emmanuel Macron has promised to roll back the fuel tax – part of the government’s response to climate change – with plans to address the nation on Monday in a televised plea to end the unrest. I imagine one reason the mayhem in Paris hasn’t been viewed with much alarm here in the United States is the notion of French Exceptionalism, that those crazy Gauls have always gone off the deep end with their protests – remember 1789? – and this is just one more.

Perhaps. But everything I’ve seen so far out of France is singing loudly that, yes, it’s a small world, after all – and that what’s happening on the barricades is both a reflection of what’s going on in much of the developed world and a screaming alarm for what could come next. You don’t need Google Translate to see the casseurs as their versions of our own torch-bearing white supremacists or black-scarfed antifa, while the gilets jaunes – heavily male and middle-aged, from the “forgotten towns” far from chic Paris, dependent on their cars and affordable gas for jobs that allow them to barely scrape by – sound very much like America’s Fox News demographic, finally rousted from their couches and out into the street.

“We don’t agree with the current system anymore; it doesn’t represent us,” an electrician named Julien Lezer who drove all night from his town near the Mediterranean to protest in Paris told the New York Times. “It’s not in the regions that things change. It’s in Paris. It’s when the people from the regions go to Paris that the politicians listen.”

It doesn’t take much imagination to see the connection between Lezer and other “Yellow Vests” I’ve seen quoted and the American Tea Party movement of 2009 or the kind of protests that likely would have been stirred up by Fox News or talk radio if Hillary Clinton had been elected on Nov. 8, 2016, instead of Donald Trump. Indeed, Trump’s so vain, he actually thinks the riots are about him (although it should be noted that the protests had nothing to do with the Paris climate accord and not one soul chanted “We want Trump!”).

That said…yes, it can happen here. Here’s three key reason why we should be paying closer attention to France, even with the American presidency imploding.

Economic inequality and rural resentment. Western elites breathed a sigh of relief last year when French voters rejected the candidates of the far-right and the far-left to hand their presidency to the young, charismatic, centrist – and grossly inexperienced – Macron and his just-invented political party of like-minded neophytes. But any era of good feeling was almost guaranteed to be short-lived.

Macron’s policies – tough on middle-class workers while rolling back France’s historically high taxes on the wealthy – have caused his presidency to post approval ratings that make Donald Trump’s numbers look Lincolnesque. The gasoline tax caused those tensions to boil over because, according to the French rank-and-file, pampered Paris elites don’t understand how rural workers must drive long distances just to eek out a living wage.

That’s hardly a uniquely French complaint. Similar tensions between cosmopolitan, urban elites and the “forgotten people” in the countryside have led far-right, anti-immigrant parties in Germany (never a good thing) to gain strength as the Angela Merkel era winds down and to England’s rolling turmoil over Brexit.

Here in the United States, that same conflict didn’t only give us Trump but underlies antidemocratic moves in states like Wisconsin (where a top GOP lawmaker suggests that votes from urban Milwaukee and Madison shouldn’t count). And moves like Amazon bringing even more six-figure jobs to New York and D.C are exacerbating these cross-currents. Paris is a guide to how things could go south.

“Fake news” on social media is getting worse. Although most media coverage has focused on the gas tax, there’s been some mystery about where the completely leaderless “Yellow Vest” movement came from and how it grew so quickly. The answer, as a BuzzFeed News report revealed, traces back to social media – mainly Facebook – and a disturbing web of conspiracy theories rooted in outright fictions and backed by various forms of prejudice or ignorance.

“The Yellow Jackets communicate almost entirely on small, decentralized Facebook pages,” reported BuzzFeed’s Ryan Broderick. “They coordinate via memes and viral videos. Whatever gets shared the most becomes part of their platform.” But many of France’s so-called “Anger Groups” on Facebook are highly conspiratorial – stating that France’s problems are caused by a Masonic cabal of “global bankers” – and linked closely to other out-there beliefs like chemtrails or anti-vaxxers.

It all sounds remarkably similar to the QAnon wackiness that has flourished in Donald Trump’s America — with the only difference that right now the “Q”-believers are more motivated to attend Trump rallies than to protest in the streets …for now.

Demonstrators stand behind a burning barricade during clashes Saturday in Marseille, southern France. The rumble of armored police trucks and the hiss of tear gas filled central Paris on Saturday, as French riot police fought to contain thousands of yellow-vested protesters venting their anger against the government in a movement that has grown more violent by the week.
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Demonstrators stand behind a burning barricade during clashes Saturday in Marseille, southern France. The rumble of armored police trucks and the hiss of tear gas filled central Paris on Saturday, as French riot police fought to contain thousands of yellow-vested protesters venting their anger against the government in a movement that has grown more violent by the week.

Climate change is hard and going to get harder. The raft of new scientific evidence — including the latest report from our own federal government — and yet another long, hot summer in 2018 of deadly wildfires and 1,000-year floods have made it clear that immediate and more drastic action is needed to combat climate change, to stop a global catastrophe as we get deeper into the 21st century.

The middle-class isn’t on board with this – not in America, where consumer demand for less-fuel-efficient SUVs and small trucks is a key factor behind the General Motors layoffs at its smaller-car factories, and clearly not in France. And we know now that the federal government will do nothing of substance on climate change during the next two years, with Republicans controlling the White House and the Senate.

What that means is that, even if Democrats who’ve pledged to address climate change do regain control in 2021, their proposed remedies will need to be even more dramatic to have an impact. The route initially taken by Macron – placing the burden on the working class and not the rich – seems a nonstarter. But what, at this point, could reconcile younger, more progressive Americans who demand a Green New Deal with older conservatives still convinced by Fox News or on Facebook that the whole thing is a hoax?

The black smoke rising from the streets of Paris can be seen as a warning cry, but also as a guide for what not to do going forward. The tragedy of the Trump presidency isn’t just a criminal wack-a-do occupying the Oval Office but that the current crisis is preventing America from doing the things it needs to be doing. That means policies to address income inequality – universal health care, forgiving college debt and a meaningful minimum wage – as well as climate change, and rebuilding journalism and the information infrastructure to blunt the impact of fake news. The best way to stop another civil war tomorrow is to start making sense today.

Glenside man charged for assaulting Philly cop at ‘We the People’ rally

Brian Glantz
504 Lindley Road
Glenside PA 19038-2802

Male, Age 23

Relatives: Robert Glantz • Debra Glantz

Locations: Glenside, PA

 

Hundreds turned out in Old City to protest a rally organized by the Proud Boys, but innocent bystanders and a cop were attacked instead.

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Police and hundreds of protesters squared off Nov. 17 at Independence Mall, where the protesters were opposing a tiny conservative rally called ‘We the People.’ One protester faces federal charges of assault for punching a Philly cop. (Getty Images)

 

Philly protesters showed up in force to oppose what was touted on social media as an alleged white-nationalist rally in Philadelphia purportedly organized by the “Proud Boys.” Now, some of them are fundraising to support a Jewish man who was misidentified as a “Nazi” and beaten up during the event, at which only two so-called Proud Boys were spotted.

The “We the People” rally in Old City on Nov. 17 only had two dozen actual participants, but hundreds of protesters were also at Independence Mall – separated from the rally by Philly police – denouncing the rally-goers as “Proud Boys” and Nazis.

The protesters included a cross-section of politically involved Philadelphians, ranging Philly Socialists, Antifa, the IRA, and a socialist, Antifa-leaning group calling themselves the “Fellow Worker Gritty Coalition,” in honor of viral Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty.

According to Philadelphia police, four of the protesters were detained during the protest and counter-protest, which netted national headlines. All four got “code violation notices” (CVNs), aka court summonses, and none were formally charged by local authorities. But one of the four, Brian Glantz, 23, was arrested for assault on a police captain and now faces federal charges.

The captain was transported to Hahnemann Hospital, but did not require medical attention. Glantz, of Glenside, Pa., was detained by U.S. Park Rangers on Saturday, and on Monday, after a Magistrate Court hearing, was released on bond pending charges of assault and aggravated assault on an officer in the performance of duties.

“Assaulting a law enforcement agent – whether a federal, state, or local officer – is a crime that I take very seriously,” U.S. Attorney William McSwain said in a statement. “There is no excuse for it. No matter who you are, if you assault an officer and there is federal jurisdiction, I will bring the full weight of my office down upon you.”

According to a press release from McSwain’s office, as the “We the People” group “waved flags and made speeches, approximately 500 protesters gathered, “yelling obscenities at both the permitted group and at state, local, and federal law enforcement officers. As officers kept the two groups separate, Glantz allegedly “pushed back at the officers and, while on Park property, punched a Philadelphia Police Department officer in the side of his face as he was in the performance of his duties; the defendant continued to resist the officers’ efforts to arrest him, kicking his legs and wrestling with the officers and park rangers.” Glantz or his attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment.

Additionally, a 31-year-old Asian female was detained for disorderly conduct by U.S. Park Rangers; and a 35-year-old and 26-year-old white male were both detained for failure to disperse at 5th and Market streets. The 26-year-old got a second citation for marijuana found in his possession.

The rally was hyped up on social media as an event organized by the “Proud Boys,” a semi-militant far-right organization which has been described as white nationalist/supremacist by their opponents and calls themselves “Western chauvinists.” Several of their members were arrested in October in New York City after a violent clash with left-wing protesters outside the Metropolitan Republican Club in Manhattan after their founder Gavin McInnes had given a speech. Documents from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in Vancouver, Washington posted online on Nov. 19 state that the FBI has categorized the Proud Boys as an “extremist group with ties to white nationalism,'” a designation the FBI has not officially confirmed or commented on publicly.

While two of the Proud Boys from New York were reportedly spotted at the Philadelphia event, the actual permit for the event was obtained at Independence Mall by the “Sports, Politics and Beer II” Facebook group. The organizers posted live-streaming videos from the rally corralled off in the middle of Indepence Mall, at which speakers denounced fascism, racism and the media, and discussed the U.S. Constitution, their support for President Trump, and debated Libertarianism versus the Republican party.

Meanwhile, outside the rally, things got violent when a 34-year-old Jewish man from Philadelphia was mis-identified as a “Nazi” and “Proud Boy.”

The victim was attacked, hid his face under his jacket as he tried to escape, then got head-butted by one of the protesters.

According to BillyPenn.com, who interviewed the victim, he said he had spoken to people near the “We the People” rally, then noticed he was being filmed by a protester, and things quickly escalated, with protesters allegedly yelling, “This guy’s a Nazi! This guy’s a Proud Boy!” and attacking him before he was head-butted. He made it into a cab and fled, and did not require medical attention.

The Fellow Worker Gritty Coalition (FWGC) has since started a GoFundMe for the victim, who they call “an unaffiliated protester [who] was misidentified as a Proud Boy.”

“Leftist orgs in Philly are working towards an accountability process between the unidentified instigators with antifa flags and the person who was assaulted during the We The People rally,” FWGC said. “We understand there will be questions about ‘antifa attacking a Jewish man.’ Our official statement is we do not know who the instigators are because of the numerous amount of out of towners participating in the rallies. We are working to identify them within our organizations, and we would like to express our condolences to the person who was attacked. As a community of anti-fascists, we work to collaborate against far-right organizations and to uplift our comrades, especially in instances of strife.”

Marines Testify About the “Antifa Mob” They Say Attacked Them in Philly

“I could have died that day,” one of the marines told the court on Thursday morning.

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Nearly one month after we told you that two U.S. Marines Corps reservists said they were attacked in Old City on November 17th near the controversial “We the People” rally, the two suspects and their accusers appeared in a Philadelphia courtroom on Thursday morning.

The marines, Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres, both testified in uniform about the incident, while three marine officers, including their commanding officer, stood in the gallery. The suspects, Thomas Massey and Tom Keenan, who have been linked to antifa on websites and social media, sat together with their individual lawyers and did not speak.

The marines, who are not from the Philadelphia area, said that they had traveled to the city with other members of their helicopter unit, headquartered at Fort Dix, to attend a Marine event that night at a local hotel ballroom. They said that they had no knowledge of the nearby rally, which drew members of the alt-right as well as a large number of counter-protestors, Keenan and Massey reportedly among them.

According to the marines’ testimony, they were touring historical landmarks near Front and Chestnut streets when suspect Thomas Keenan approached them. Godinez testified that Keenan asked them “Are you proud?,” to which Godinez remembers responding “We are Marines.” Torres said that he remembers Keenan asking “Are you Proud Boys?,” an allusion to one of the alt-right groups behind the rally, and one that Torres said he didn’t understand. “I didn’t know what Proud Boys meant,” he said.

Whatever Keenan said, both marines testified that Keenan, Massey, and approximately ten other people — men and women, some masked and some unmasked — then began attacking them with mace, punches, and kicks, and calling them “nazis” and “white supremacists.”

On the stand, Godinez said that he was “bewildered” by being called a white supremacist and immediately cried out, “I’m Mexican!” After that, as the attack continued, both men said that members of the group, including Keenan, repeatedly used ethnic slurs, including “spic” and “wetback,” against the marines. (There was no testimony that Massey used any such language).

Godinez testified that he was maced at least six times, hit in the head, and kicked in the ribs, and he said that while he was being “stomped,” members of the group, which the judge and the district attorney’s office have both referred to as a “mob,” chanted “fuck him up” over and over again.

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“The best way I can describe it is the sound of people chanting in a soccer stadium,” Godinez told the court, also adding that Keenan was “laughing, smiling, and having a good time, while I could have died that day.”

Torres testified that Massey punched him “full force” repeatedly while he held his hands up above his face to protect himself, and the prosecutor used the opportunity to make it clear that while both Torres and Godinez are marines, the suspects are significantly larger in both height and weight than the two of them.

In a statement previously released to Philly Mag, Godinez identified the group as an “antifa mob” and said “we were outnumbered … there were two Marines against 10 to 12 assailants.”

On the stand, Godinez explained that he tried to call 911 once the group had fled but that he couldn’t operate his phone because of the mace. Torres called 911, and an ambulance transported both men to Jefferson Hospital, where Godinez was treated. He said that his sight is still affected by what happened that day — he was noticeably blinking throughout the court proceeding — and that he continues to have discomfort from some of his other injuries. He testified that he might require surgery. Torres did not seek medical treatment.

At one point in the hearing, Keenan’s attorney referred to the incident as a “tussle.” Shortly thereafter, the judge told the lawyer, “This isn’t like kids at a playground.”

After Godinez and Torres testified and the defense lawyers made brief arguments, the judge ruled that both men would be held for trial on aggravated assault and conspiracy charges — both felonies — as well as several misdemeanors. The judge also added a felony charge of ethnic intimidation against Keenan. Their next court date is December 27th.

The lawyers for the suspects declined to comment for this story.

Jury recommends over 400 years’ prison time for ‘Unite the Right’ killer

As expected, the so-called Judicial System has failed and James Alex Fields Jr.’s life was thrown away. This young man was sentenced to over 419 years in prison, but could also face the death penalty if they pursue the federal charges. If you have watched the news and witnessed the lunatics on the left riot, attack people and damage vehicles and property, you know how easily it would be to panic if you were the driver of a car that was being attacked by them. What was his other choice? To sit inside the car as it’s being hit with weapons and eventually be beaten or killed? Alex Fields Jr has also been treated for bipolar and schizoid personality disorder since childhood, yet he was still sacrificed to make a point. I do not believe Heather Heyer was killed by James Fields Jr, she was morbidly obese and I believe the real source of any incident were the leftist terrorists attacking vehicles, without that occurring, she may very well still be alive.

img_2633-1.jpgThis is a picture of Heather Heyer that the fake news will not show, clearly pointing out exactly how obese she was when she suffered her fatal heart attack.

The government, Republicans and Democrats, have successfully removed the 1st amendment and there is no longer freedom of speech. Alex Fields Jr’s life has thrown away to make an example of what will happen when any White person dares question their power.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE — James Alex Fields Jr. was diagnosed as having bipolar disorder at 6 and had been admitted to a psychiatric hospital twice by the time he was 10, according to a forensic psychology expert.

Fields on Friday was found guilty of first-degree murder, eight wounding charges and one count of hit and run in the Aug. 12, 2017, car attack that killed Heather Heyer and injured 35 others. He faces the possibility of multiple life sentences.

After nearly two hours of deliberations, jurors asked to end for the day around 5 p.m. They will resume at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The jury will recommend a sentence this week, and a judge will formally sentence Fields in the coming months.

In addition to first-degree murder, which carries a sentencing guideline of 20 years to life in prison, Fields faces 20 years to life for each of the five aggravated malicious wounding convictions, five to 20 years for each of the three malicious wounding convictions and zero to 10 years for the hit and run conviction.

Despite his early diagnosis and a history of angry and violent outbursts, said psychologist Daniel Murrie of the University of Virginia, Fields did not meet the legal standard to be declared insane at the time he rammed his car into a group of anti-racist protesters after the Unite the Right rally had been declared an unlawful assembly.

“In order to meet the legal definition of insanity, the individual has to not understand the nature of what they’re doing,” Murrie said in Charlottesville Circuit Court. “Though it’s ultimately a legal question, I do not think Mr. Fields meets the requirements.”

Murrie testified Monday afternoon just before the jury retired to deliberate on a sentencing recommendation.

Wearing one of two sweaters he has alternated between during the course of the trial and with a new haircut resembling the one popularized by white supremacist Richard Spencer, Fields watched the testimony with a flat expression.

According to Murrie, Fields has shown non-typical behaviors his whole life and was medicated shortly after he was first diagnosed as bipolar.

The disparity between the “explosive” angry outbursts of Fields’ childhood and his “flat,” emotionless demeanor led several mental health experts to diagnose him as having bipolar disorder, Murrie said.

Fields had few friends, and most of his social interactions were with his mother, which led to him being diagnosed as having schizoid personality disorder, according to testimony. The disorder is characterized by isolation and limited social interactions.

Fields quit taking his medications against his doctors’ advice when he learned that the drugs would prevent him from joining the military. Ultimately, physical limitations and disillusionment with the armed forces kept him out of the military.

By Aug. 12, 2017, Fields had been off his medication for two years, Murrie said.

In court earlier Monday, Susan Bro, Heyer’s mother, read a victim impact statement to the jury.

Fighting back tears, she said her daughter’s death had been “like an explosion” in her family. Since Heyer’s death, Bro said she has taken up her daughter’s cause.

“Heather was full of love, justice and fairness. Mr. Fields tried to silence her,” she said. “I refuse to allow that.”

Bro’s testimony was joined by that of three survivors of the attack, including Star Peterson, who suffered extensive leg injuries.

Peterson said she has been unable to work since the car attack and has had five surgeries to deal with infections caused by the metal plates in her legs. She will have a sixth surgery in the spring.

Not only has she been left physically battered and traumatized by the event, Peterson said, but her young child also has suffered emotional trauma.

“A 7-year-old shouldn’t have to understand that there is so much evil in the world that someone would intentionally drive into us with a car,” she said, holding back tears.

Wednesday Bowie, who was hit by Fields’ vehicle as he backed up after ramming the crowd, said despite Fields’ best efforts to kill the counter-protesters, he’d made the community stronger.

“Mr. Fields wanted to destroy us that day,” Bowie said. “We are, in his words, the enemy, just for standing up against racism that day.”

Following the testimony, the attorneys were given one last opportunity to speak to the jury.

Denise Lunsford, one of Fields’ attorneys, asked jurors to consider his mental illness as they decide on a sentence recommendation. Fields’ illness does not excuse his actions, Lunsford said, but sheds light on his frame of mind.

“Does it excuse what happened? Absolutely not,” she said. “But on Aug. 12 he was a compromised individual.”

Joe Platania, Charlottesville commonwealth’s attorney, urged the jury to look at the impact on the victims and the physical and emotional scars the attack inflicted.

“So much of today has focused on Mr. Fields,” Platania said. “Now is the point in the process when you get to go back and talk to the victims.”

Platania pointed to a phone call Fields made to his mother from prison in which he said Heyer’s death didn’t “f—ing matter.”

“Despite what Mr. Fields may think, her death did matter,” Platania said.

 

ADL Opposes Security Grants for Synagogues

The ADL has become another parasitic lefty organization exploiting a Jewish brand.

Earlier this year, the House successfully passed the Securing American Non-Profit Organizations Against Terrorism Act, which for the first time legalizes federal grants for the target hardening of religious spaces. That bill advanced in light of a slew of high-profile bomb threats against Jewish centers, and before the massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue.

The ADL is none too happy with the idea of securing synagogues with grant money instead of shoveling the grant money into the maw of its political allies to “track” hate groups.

On the other hand, the Anti-Defamation League is cautioning Congress to focus instead on federal tracking of extremist threats – especially those arising from a growing movement of white supremacism nationwide.

ADL supports passage of the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, a bill authored by Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, which would require federal law enforcement agencies to regularly assess the threat and train state and local police to spot potential cells. But it does not support directing taxpayer dollars in the form of government grants to religious institutions for any purpose, including for security purposes, said one official with the organization.

That official expressed “constitutional and policy concerns” about the implications of such grants, and said that ADL would continue to oppose direct grants to religious institutions “without necessary constitutional and antidiscrimination safeguards.”

Another reminder that the ADL is not there for the Jewish community. It’s there for its own agenda.

About Daniel Greenfield

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.

ADL invites police forces to train in Israel, and Northampton says, No thanks

Fake “civil rights” groups such as the Anti-Defamation League (they make those pathetic NO PLACE FOR HATE yard signs) and the Southern Poverty Law Center have infiltrated the local city governments and police stations around the country and it is great to see a few resisting their false agenda and lies!

This past week something unprecedented occurred in two locations in the Northeast.  Both the Vermont State police and the Northampton, MA police department pulled out of an Anti-Defamation League-sponsored “counter-terrorism seminar” to be held in Israel from December 2 through December 12.  After initially agreeing to participate, both police departments were lobbied by local social justice activists, with the Western Massachusetts chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace taking the lead in Northampton, and in response decided to withdraw from the 15-member New England delegation.  This is the first case of withdrawal from the program in its 20-year history.

(For more on what happened see Ha’aretz, the JVP blog, and the first 22 minutes of this radio show, a talk show in Northampton.  The latter features the lead JVP local organizer on this, Rachel Weber, and also the renowned scholar and activist Vijay Prashad.)

For the last couple of years, Jewish Voice for Peace has been running a national campaign they call “End the Deadly Exchange”.  For the past 20 years or so, law enforcement agencies from the US – municipal and state police forces, as well as federal law enforcement agencies, including ICE – have been traveling to Israel to learn from Israeli security agencies how they deal with the threat of terrorism.  Of course since so much of what Israel considers “counter-terrorism” consists of the mechanics of oppression and repression – tactics also employed in our inner cities by local police departments – no good can come of such “exchanges”.

What is especially insidious about this partnership between Israeli security agencies and American law enforcement agencies is that much of it is financed by private mainstream Jewish organizations that take lobbying on behalf of Israel as essential to their mission.  In particular, this New England junket has been organized by the ADL and they are paying all the officers’ expenses.  This is quite an inducement for cash-strapped municipalities – free training.

It’s interesting to see how this political moment unfolded.  I know more about what happened in Northampton than Vermont as I am a member of JVP Western Mass (though I personally had little to do with the organizing on this).  We had been talking in our meetings for some time about how we might be involved in the Deadly Exchange program and decided we needed to find out whether or not there was local involvement.  Blessed with two attorneys in the group, we filed public records requests with some 25 or 30 agencies.  You see, most of these trips are kept secret, and you have to dig to find out about them.

Early on in our endeavor we discovered that the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department (the county Springfield, MA is in) was invited by the ADL to join an upcoming trip in December and had declined.  This was the first news that the national JVP had that there even was a New England-centered trip being planned.  Even the University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Department was invited (I am a faculty member there), but they declined.  The only local agency we discovered that agreed to go was the Northampton Police Department. Their chief, Jody Kasper, was given leave by the mayor, David Narkewicz, to go.

As soon as this was discovered, an action plan was formulated, contacts were made with other social justice groups in the area and with sympathetic city councilors, and a meeting with the mayor and police chief was quickly arranged.  After the initial meeting with the mayor and police chief, which went quite well, thirty or so individuals from the area, many quite prominent, wrote personal emails to the mayor urging him to withdraw.

The plan was to follow up with public pressure if they didn’t agree to withdraw, putting an ad in the local paper and organizing a large protest outside their offices.  However,in response to this well-orchestrated community outcry against the trip the mayor and police chief quite graciously agreed not to go.  This was democratic (with a small “d”, for sure) politics working exactly as it should.  Note that the ADL worked hard behind the scenes to undermine us, and continues to misrepresent the purpose of the trip and to demonize those of us who insist on democratic control over our policing agencies.  Our victory represents another chink in “the Lobby’s” armor.

Of course if I weren’t a pro-Palestinian activist, relations between US agencies and Israel wouldn’t be that salient to me and I might not be so outraged by the program.  Knowing as I do that racial profiling, suppression of dissent, and abuses such as torture, collective punishment, and unlimited administrative detention are standard tools of the Israeli occupation, it is especially appalling to think of our own police forces – which already have too much of a repressive character in many places – learning from such trainers.

Furthermore, while the ostensible target of this training for US police forces are so-called “lone wolf” terrorists, which are almost all connected to white supremacist groups, it’s especially ironic that they should be receiving training from Israel, which by and large can only see threats from the left, especially if they support Palestinians in any way.  Notice that when Trump went to Pittsburgh after the Tree of Life massacre, the only official to meet him was the Israeli ambassador.

Israeli government spokespeople went to great lengths to exonerate Trump from any responsibility for the rise in anti-Semitic incidents, including the horrific shooting in Pittsburgh, and just blamed pro-Palestinian activists.  (Of course British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was maligned again.  Neo-Nazis shoot Jews and so who else to blame but left-wing social justice activists?). Are these the people that should be training our police forces in how to respond to domestic white supremacist violence?

But even if one abstracts from the concern about Israeli practices of repression, I find it odd, to say the least, that more people aren’t concerned just about the idea that private, well-funded interest groups in the US should have any role in training public law enforcement agencies.  Of course part of what made this seem so benign to many was the involvement of the ADL, since it is an organization set up to promote human rights and fight bigotry of all kinds, but especially anti-Semitism.  So why not have a human rights organization provide training to our police – isn’t this what we want more of?

But the ADL isn’t Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch.  While they do still speak out against and fight genuine hate and bigotry, a good part of their mission is to promote the interests of Israel and fight organizations that are critical of Israeli policy.  For instance, they prominently highlight their fight against BDS (the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign) on their web page.  BDS advocates target the State of Israel, not Jews, and so to treat BDS advocates as just another hate group is a deeply political act (not to mention completely unfounded and disgusting). How can one allow one side of a political debate, one that demonizes the other side, to then influence law enforcement agencies that could very well be called upon to back up this demonization with force?

No private organization with a political mission should be allowed to play a role in training those agencies that are authorized to use force to enforce the law.  As has been understood since the dawn of modern political theory, the power of the state, which consists in its maintaining a monopoly on force, though necessary to ensure domestic tranquility (of course anarchists disagree), must be tightly constrained by democratic control.  Allowing police forces to go off and train at the expense of a private organization that acts outside democratic control is antithetical to that idea and a very dangerous precedent.

Tim Cook’s message to hatemongers: ‘You have no place on our platforms’

Remember when the United States had a constitution and something called FREEDOM OF SPEECH? Those days are long over. Just remember, no matter what your beliefs are, if ONE person does not have freedom of speech, no one does. And for those that think it’s ok for “some folks not to have the 1st Amendment” the left will eventually get to removing YOUR speech as well, they will never stop.

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during the 2018 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Center on June 4, 2018 in San Jose, California.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during the 2018 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Center on June 4, 2018 in San Jose, California.

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered a message to white supremacists in a speech in front of the Anti-Defamation League: “You have no place on our platforms.”

Cook delivered the speech while accepting the Courage Against Hate award Monday. As Apple CEO, Cook has taken action to combat hate speech on the company’s platforms. The company was the first of a wave of tech companies to remove content by Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who has spewed inaccurate theories such as that the Sandy Hook school shooting massacre was a hoax.

“At Apple, we believe that technology needs to have a clear point of view on this challenge,” Cook said, referring to how to handle the influx of hate on tech platforms. “There is no time to get tied up in knots. That’s why we only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division and violence: You have no place on our platforms.”

Since the early days of iTunes, Cook said, Apple has banned music that promotes messages of white supremacy. and the company is still willing to prohibit conspiracy theorists. In the past, Cook has been a vocal critic of tech peers like Facebook, which has been criticized for being slow to remove misinformation on its platform. When asked in an interview about how he would deal with Facebook’s data privacy issues if he were in CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s shoes, Cook infamously said, “I wouldn’t be in this situation.”

“If we can’t be clear on moral questions like these, then we’ve got big problems,” Cook said in his ADL speech. “At Apple, we are not afraid to say that our values drive our curation decisions. And why should we be? Doing what’s right, creating experiences free from violence and hate, experiences that value creativity and new ideas is what our customers want us to do.”

 

College student faces hate crime charges for racist graffiti

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – A black student blamed his “bottled up anger” for racist, threatening graffiti he admitted to scrawling in a bathroom on a Maryland college campus, according to a police report.

Baltimore County police on Monday filed hate crime charges against 21-year-old Fynn Arthur, a Brunswick, Maine, resident who was enrolled as a student at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.

Police arrested Arthur last Thursday on misdemeanor charges of malicious destruction of property. He was released from custody after a court hearing last Friday. State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said his office subsequently recommended the additional charges, which also are misdemeanors.

“We felt that with the message that was involved, there was sufficient evidence that the motive behind the message was race-related,” he told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Arthur told investigators he was responsible for the bathroom graffiti of a backward swastika and a death threat that included a racial slur against blacks and the numbers of dorm rooms belonging to black students, including himself, the police report says.

“When asked why he would do something like that, he replied that he has a lot of built up anger with no way to vent it on campus,” the report says.

Arthur, who was a member of the Goucher College men’s lacrosse team, has been banned from campus pending disciplinary proceedings, college officials said in a statement. The officials said they were “shocked and saddened that these acts were committed by a member of our own College community.”

“These acts of hate have consumed our community, and we feel strongly that the suspect should receive the strongest charges, which reflect the seriousness of these crimes,” said their statement, dated last Friday.

Shellenberger said he doesn’t know if Arthur has an attorney. Efforts to reach Arthur weren’t immediately successful Tuesday.

The new charges that Arthur faces make it a crime to damage property because of a person or group’s race, religious, sexual orientation or national origin.

Police began investigating after a student found the threatening graffiti written in black marker in a bathroom stall and on a bathroom wall on Nov. 14. Police interviewed Arthur that day since his room number had been in the message. He said he was “shocked that someone would target him in that manner because of his race,” the report says.

More racist graffiti, including the initials “KKK,” was found last Thursday in a different bathroom on another floor in the same building. Investigators provided questionnaires to students named in the graffiti incident, and Arthur’s handwriting was “consistent” with the writing in both bathrooms, police said.

Arthur had scanned his ID to enter the building shortly before the graffiti was discovered last Thursday, according to the report. He also had scanned his ID at several residential buildings just before similar “bias-related graffiti” was discovered there in March 2017, the report says.

Arthur “blamed his bottled up anger for the first incident on (Nov. 14),” the report says. “When asked what caused him to commit the second graffiti incident, he replied he had been drinking and ‘just did something dumb.’”

Rand Paul under fire for blocking Israel bills

Rand Paul

In various statements to the press, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has said he supports Israel but that in the long run the country should become self-sufficient. | John Shinkle/POLITICO

Rand Paul under fire for blocking Israel bills

Sen. Rand Paul is infuriating Republicans and Democrats alike by blocking a pair of Israel-related bills, including one authorizing tens of billions of dollars in military aid for the country.

Some advocacy groups are so mad at Paul they’re running ads against the Kentucky Republican, who insists that his long-term goal is actually to help Israel.

The dust-up is the latest example of how Paul is willing to throw a wrench into routine legislation to uphold his libertarian instincts, which make him skeptical of foreign aid. It also could hurt his already-testy ties to President Donald Trump, who sees the U.S.-Israel relationship as near-sacrosanct.

The main bill Paul is blocking puts into law an agreement reached under former President Barack Obama that gives Israel $38 billion in military assistance over 10 years. The measure has broad bipartisan support in Congress. Various versions of the bill have easily passed the Senate and the House in recent months, but the Senate still needs to pass a final version.

Using his Senate privileges, Paul placed a hold on the bill on Oct. 11, surprising other lawmakers, according to Hill staffers.

Rubio’s office repeatedly reached out to Paul’s office over the next several weeks, asking for an explanation of Paul’s objections in hopes of finding a resolution, according to people familiar with the negotiations. Paul’s office offered little by way of answers, they said. (A Paul spokesman denied that, saying “our office has always been responsive.”)

On Monday, Paul’s office told Rubio’s office that Paul would lift the hold if lawmakers could find ways to offset at least $3 billion in the funding, including by possibly rescinding some money for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Paul’s critics say his request is confounding because the bill in question merely authorizes spending. It doesn’t technically appropriate funds.

In various statements to the press, Paul has said he supports Israel, but that in the long run the country should become self-sufficient. He adds that he’d prefer to fund Israel by cutting assistance to less-deserving countries and entities, such as the Palestinian Authority and Pakistan.

The senator plans to introduce a measure next week that adjusts foreign aid funding to his preference.

“If we are going to send aid to Israel it should be limited in time and scope so we aren’t doing it forever, and it should be paid for by cutting the aid to people who hate Israel and America,” Paul said in a statement to POLITICO.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment. Pro-Israel advocates, meanwhile, are not sold on Paul’s argument.

Some worry that completely defunding the Palestinian Authority — including its security services — could further de-stabilize an already tense situation on the ground. There’s also a fear that if the U.S. cuts funds to other countries, that could breed more international resentment against Israel.

The Trump administration already has taken separate moves to halt significant amounts of financial aid to Pakistan and the Palestinians, but Paul appears to want the aid stoppage to be formally put into law.

Just this week, Paul placed a hold on a bill that is designed to counter the “boycott, divestment and sanctions” movement, congressional staffers confirmed. That movement urges companies and countries to penalize Israel through boycotts and other means over its treatment of the Palestinians. Rubio is also a lead sponsor of that legislation, which has plenty of bipartisan backing.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed an executive order in mid-November that bars state agencies from contracting with companies that boycott Israel.

The federal bill has a number of elements, including essentially condoning state and local government laws that penalize people and companies who back isolating Israel over the Palestinian issue.

Paul’s office said he has concerns that the anti-“boycott” bill could infringe on Americans’ First Amendment rights — a concern other opponents of such measures share. In any case, his hold has further upset pro-Israel groups already steamed about his efforts to stop the aid package.

One such organization, Christians United for Israel, has spent $100,000 on a digital and cable news ad buy across Kentucky to pressure Paul to allow the military aid bill’s passage. That’s on top of its purchase of print advertisements in major Kentucky newspapers.

“As rockets rain down on our ally Israel, will Rand Paul stand with Israel, or will he stand in the way?” one version of the digital ad asks.

CUFI Action Fund Chairwoman Sandra Parker said her organization was “deeply troubled” by Paul’s actions on both Israel bills.

“Sen. Paul’s actions are contrary to the values of the voters he is supposed to be representing in Washington,” Parker said in a statement.

Reports that Paul was trying to block the anti-“boycott” legislation even drew chiding from Mark Kirk, the former Republican senator from Illinois who was the original author of the measure.

“I encourage the senator to speak with Governor Bevin and Kentucky voters if he doesn’t understand the anti-Semitism behind the BDS movement,” Kirk said in a statement.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee also has taken out digital ads and is urging its supporters to contact Paul’s office to demand he lift his hold on the military aid bill.

“Given the growing threats to Israel’s security from Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas, it is absolutely critical that Congress complete bipartisan legislation that will provide essential security assistance to America’s closest ally in the region,” AIPAC spokesman Marshall Wittmann said in a statement.

PayPal Cuts Off Proud Boys, Gavin McInnes, Antifa Groups

Paypal, Ebay, Google, Youtube, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook and the rest of the social media and tech giants continue their one-sided attack on Whites, while protecting and continuing to provide services for violent terrorist organizations such as Antifa. The Southern Povery Law Center, a corrupt fake “civil rights” group, which amounts to nothing more than a cash grabbing machine, has weaseled their way into to these companies offering “advice and terms of service adjustments for terminations,” in other words continuing their attacks into anything that is not lefist dogma. The Department Of Justice and DHS should investigate Morris Dees and the rest of the SPLC crooks.

At this time, anyone involved with pro-American groups such as the “Proud Boys” are finding their social media and payment processing accounts terminated, while militant bed-wetters that live in their parents’ basements (Antifa) continue to use their pages to “doxx” mostly innocent people with their lies and attacks rarely have anything done to their highly illegal and libelous accounts.

The payment company cited hate and violence by both sides, leading one anti-fascist organization to call the move ‘ridiculous false equivalence.’

PayPal has cancelled two accounts associated with a right-wing hate group, and three associated with anti-fascist groups.

On Friday, the digital payment company cut ties with the violent ultranationalist group the Proud Boys, and their founder Gavin McInnes. PayPal also cancelled accounts belonging to three anti-fascist organizations: Atlanta Antifa, Antifa Sacramento, and the Anti-Fascist Network. The cancellations, first reported by BuzzFeed’s Blake Montgomery, are the latest casualties in a campaign by far-left and far-right groups to deplatform their opponents.

Proud Boys and anti-fascists often clash with each other online, and in the streets, most recently leading to arrest warrants for nine Proud Boys and three anti-fascists in New York City. But a statement by PayPal described both groups in the same terms.

“Striking the necessary balance between upholding free expression and open dialogue and protecting principles of tolerance, diversity and respect for all people is a challenge that many companies are grappling with today,” the company told The Daily Beast. “We work hard to achieve the right balance and to ensure that our decisions are values-driven and not political. We carefully review accounts and take action as appropriate. We do not allow PayPal services to be used to promote hate, violence, or other forms of intolerance that is discriminatory.”

PayPal added that it has previously cancelled accounts for Antifa Philadelphia, Antifa Arkansas, Belfast Antifa, and Rose City Antifa.

A spokesperson could not comment on how the groups had violated the terms. One group banned Friday, Atlanta Antifa, disputed the bans as “ridiculous false equivalence. This is where liberal ‘both sides’ discourse leads.”

“Our track record has been one of monitoring & protesting the far-Right. Proud Boys engage in indiscriminate beat-downs against anyone who they perceive as leftist or enemy of some other sort,” Atlanta Antifa told The Daily Beast via Twitter direct message.

Trumps Warns of Violent Backlash from “the Opposition to Antifa”

Following a protest at the home of Fox News host Tucker Carlson last week by the liberal activist group Smash Racism D.C., The Daily Caller, a news outlet co-founded by Carlson, interviewed the president about the situation. Rather than ask why Carlson was targeted in the first place, The Caller asked the president how law enforcement should engage with Antifa protesters. Trump’s answer wasn’t great:

They better hope that the opposition to Antifa decides not to mobilize. These people, like the Antifa—they better hope that the other side doesn’t mobilize. Because if they do, they’re much tougher. Much stronger. Potentially much more violent. And Antifa’s going to be in big trouble. […] Because if you look, the other side, it’s the military. It’s the police. It’s a lot of very strong, a lot of very tough people. Tougher than them. And smarter than them. They’re sitting back and watching and they’re getting angrier and angrier.

With this statement, Trump encourages the same behavior he’s condemning, essentially making vague mob boss threats. The hate for media and opposing parties only grows as the president tacitly encourages his citizens to meet discourse with violence. Specifically, he suggests that Antifa’s opposition—fascists—will strike back even harder.

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NEW: We asked @POTUS about the attack on @TuckerCarlson‘s residence and ANTIFA generally: “They better hope that the opposition to Antifa decides not to mobilize. Because if they do, they’re much tougher. Much stronger. Potentially much more violent.” https://dailycaller.com/2018/11/14/trump-antifa-opposition-mobilize/ 

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Each Time Patriot Prayer Rallies to Fight Antifa, It Can Cost Portland Police $100,000

In 2018, 74 percent of police resources spent on protests has come from Patriot Prayer events and counter-protests.
A Portland police officer stands watch at an Aug. 4 protest. (Sam Gehrke)

Police presence at protests has cost the City of Portland more than $3 million since 2016, with overtime and other costs topping $2 million in 2017 alone.

Portland police detailed how much the bureau had spent on protests in a response to questions posed by City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, in anticipation of a vote on a controversial ordinance that would have expanded the power of the police commissioner to restrict some protests. The ordinance failed 3-2 on Nov. 14. 

According to records obtained by WW through a public records request, the Aug. 4 protest was the most expensive this year—and when Patriot Prayer rallies draw large crowds of counter-protesters, they often cost the city more than $100,000.

 

(Portland Police Bureau)
(Portland Police Bureau)

Portland police spent $158,098 policing the Aug. 4 Patriot Prayer rally that attracted hundreds of right-wing demonstrators and Proud Boys from out-of-state.

That event ended in a clash between officers and left-wing counter-demonstrators that seriously injured several protesters. The Police Bureau spent $10,431 on materials—including food and water for officers, and pepper spray, rubber bullets and flash-bangs—and the rest of the costs came from overtime pay and compensated time, which officers can either later use as paid time-off or cash in.

(Portland Police Bureau)
(Portland Police Bureau)

Portland police previously released its overtime costs for several Patriot Prayer events that took place in 2017, but those totals do not include material costs. The data recently released for Aug. 6, 2017, through Aug. 4, 2018, includes material costs and overtime pay. Portland police combined data for Aug. 6 and Sept. 10, two protests that erupted into violent brawls last year.

In 2018, 74 percent of police resources spent on protests has gone to policing Patriot Prayer events and counter-protests, according to the data released by Portland police.

(Liz Allan)
(Liz Allan)

Patriot Prayer supporters plan to return to Portland on Nov. 17 for a “Him Too” rally, which aims to discredit and mock the Me Too movement.

Here is how much PPB says it spent on Patriot Prayer protests in the past year:

 

Aug. 6, 2017 and Sept. 10, 2017, combined: $199,516 

Dec. 9, 2017: $18,336 

Dec. 23, 2017: $22,792 

Jan. 20, 2018: $150,693 

Jan. 21, 2018: $3,262 

June 3, 2018: $39,415 

June 30, 2018: $73,657 

Aug. 4, 2018: $158,098

Antifa group chants outside, vandalizes Fox commentator Tucker Carlson’s home

Tucker Carlson speaks onstage during Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 21, 2018.

Tucker Carlson speaks onstage during Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 21, 2018.

 

Antifa protesters chanted outside of Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson’s Washington, D.C., house and vandalized his driveway Wednesday night while his wife was inside, leading to condemnation from his own network as well as media personalities from rival networks.

The group Smash Racism DC, which calls itself an anti-fascist (Antifa) group, posted a video of several people gathered outside of a house.

“Tucker Carlson, we are outside your home to protest. … Your policies promote hate, and we want you to know we know where you sleep at night,” someone yelled into a bullhorn.

“We know where you sleep at night,” the group chanted.

The video has since been removed from Facebook, and it appears that Smash Racism’s Twitter account has been suspended.

Carlson wasn’t home at the time, but his wife was and reported that she heard loud banging on her door, according to a report from the Metropolitan Police Department. Carlson told the Washington Post that the protesters also cracked his front door.

The report said about 20 people were part of the group, who were chanting loudly and using bullhorns. An anarchy symbol was spray painted on the driveway, and signs with political messages were left on vehicles in the driveway and on the front door, according to police.

Carlson is a staunch defender of President Donald Trump.

“The incident that took place at Tucker’s home last night was reprehensible. The violent threats and intimidation tactics toward him and his family are completely unacceptable,” said a statement from Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott and Fox News President Jay Wallace. “We as a nation have become far too intolerant of different points of view. … Those of us in the media and in politics bear a special obligation to all Americans, to find common ground.”

“Something @CNN and @foxnews can agree on: it’s completely unacceptable to threaten a TV host and his/her family,” said a tweet from CNN’s communications team.

Members of the media expressed the same sentiment.

“Fighting Tucker Carlson’s ideas is an American right. Targeting his home and terrorizing his family is an act of monstrous cowardice. Obviously don’t do this, but also, take no pleasure in it happening. Feeding monsters just makes more monsters,” CBS late night host Stephen Colbert wrote on Twitter.

“The ‘group’ that staged this action call themselves anti-fascist. Do they understand how fascist is it to attack a family home like this?,” wrote NPR’s Scott Simon. “Denounce him on Twitter.. Boycott his sponsors. Not this.”

Second Man Arrested in Philly Marine Attack Wanted “More Violence” at Trump Inauguration

Thomas Massey has been charged with criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, and theft in connection with the November 17th incident. The Washington Post once quoted his lament that he hadn’t been able to “punch a Nazi.”

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Earlier this week, we told you that police had arrested 33-year-year old Mt. Airy resident and reputed antifa activist Tom Keenan in connection with an attack on two Marine Corps reservists in Philadelphia on November 17th near the “We the People” rally. Now, Philly Mag has learned that a second Philadelphia man is under arrest for that incident: 33-year-old West Philadelphia resident Thomas Massey.

According to the Philadelphia Police Department, Massey surrendered to investigators at 9th District headquarters on Wednesday morning around 10 a.m. Court records indicate that Massey, like Keenan, was charged with two counts each of criminal conspiracy and aggravated assault. He was also charged with theft and other offenses.

Police say that a mob of men and women assaulted two people around 3:20 p.m. on November 17th near the “We the People” rally. According to an incident report provided by police, the mob allegedly maced and punched the victims and called them “Nazis” and “white supremacists.” Police also say that one of the members of the mob robbed one of the victims of a cell phone.

This is not Massey’s first arrest. According to a report in the Washington Post from January 2017, Massey was one of more than 230 protestors arrested in Washington, D.C., on Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day after crowds caused property damage and other forms of chaos. (Philly Mag was unable to determine the exact charges against Massey or the disposition of that case, and we were unable to reach him for comment.)

“I think there should have been more violence yesterday,” the newspaper reported Massey as saying. “There were some rocks thrown.” According to Post, Massey added that he hoped the next demonstration would get to be “more successful. I’ll get to punch a Nazi. I didn’t get to do that yesterday. The police stopped me.”

Massey, who is out on bail, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on December 13th.

Second alleged Antifa member is charged with assaulting U.S. Marine reservists in Philly

Another suspect surrenders to Philly police to face charges of assaulting U.S. military reservists at a rally earlier this month.

Thomas Massey, a second alleged Philly Antifa member is facing charges for an alleged assault on Marine reservists during the Nov. 17 ‘We the People’ rally in Old City. (PPD)

Another Philadelphia man who is believed to be active in the Antifa movement has turned themselves in to face charges related to an alleged assault and robbery near the ‘We the People’ rally in Old City on Nov. 17.

Thomas Massey, 32, of West Philadelphia, surrendered on Nov. 28 to face charges for the alleged incident on the 100 block of Chestnut Street, in which a group of U.S. Marine reservists some blocks from the rally they were assaulted by a group of men and women calling them “Nazis” and “white supremacists.” One complainant said their phone was stolen.

The incident happened blocks away from the “We the People” rally – a tiny event organized by a local conservative Facebook group, that attracted hundreds of leftist-aligned protesters after rumors spread that the event was organized by the controversial, conservative, Trump-supporting “Proud Boys.”

Massey is now charged with two counts each of criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault and terroristic threats for the incident. He was freed on bail of $10,000 after posting 10 percent, according to court records.

Last week, Thomas Keenan, 32, surrendered to face charges for the same incident. They are two of three white males identified in surveillance video as participating in the alleged assault, according to Philadelphia police.

Thomas Keenan mugshot Credit PPD

Thomas Keenan is also charged in the alleged incident (PPD)

Both Keenan and Massey are mentioned frequently online on conservative, right-wing and white supremacists websites as members of Antifa. Some lists have Keenan and Massey’s names marked with an asterisk, allegedly indicating Antifa members who these groups consider dangerous. They are also listed online as members of Philly “ARA” (Anti-Racist Action).

On Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C., Massey was among 230 protesters arrested and charged with rioting for protests at President Donald Trump’s inauguration, according to the Washington Post.

“I think there should have been more violence yesterday,” Massey told the Post in a Jan. 21 on-the-record interview. Massey reportedly acknowledged the protest was violent, saying, “There were some rocks thrown, ” and added that he hoped future protests would be be “more successful. I’ll get to punch a Nazi. I didn’t get to do that yesterday. The police stopped me.” (Felony charges of rioting filed against most protesters arrested at the inauguration were later dropped. Massey’s court records could not immediately be obtained.)

Keenan’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 6, Massey’s is set for Dec. 13.

No further details have been released about the incident in which U.S. Marine reservists were allegedly attacked and robbed around 3:20 p.m. on Nov. 17 on Front Street near Chestnut, just a few blocks from the “We the People” rally and protest. Police have not identified how many victims were attacked and robbed or released any other information about the complainants.

According to the police report, on Nov. 19, the victims alleged that they “were approached by numerous males and females. The group of suspects called the complainants ‘Nazis,’ and ‘white supremacists.’ The suspects then maced the complainants, and then proceeded to punch and kick them. During the assault, one of the complainants had his cell phone stolen from him by one of the male suspects. The offenders then fled.”

No attorney could be reached for either defendant and the Philly Antifa chapter did not respond to requests for comment.

A third suspect remains unidentified and wanted by police.

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