FBI, Homeland Security warn of more ‘antifa’ attacks

Confidential documents call the anarchists that seek to counter white supremacists ‘domestic terrorists.’

Protesters are pictured. | POLITICO
Protesters in black, associated with Antifa, shown at a “No-To-Marxism” rally Aug. 27 in Berkeley, California. The rally had been canceled, but still attracted attendees and demonstrators to Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Park along with score of police in riot gear. | M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO

 

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.

Since well before the Aug. 12 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly, DHS has been issuing warnings about the growing likelihood of lethal violence between the left-wing anarchists and right-wing white supremacist and nationalist groups.

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.

After President Donald Trump’s election in November, the antifa activists locked onto another target — his supporters, especially those from white supremacist and nationalist groups suddenly turning out in droves to hail his victory, support crackdowns on immigrants and Muslims and to protest efforts to remove symbols of the Confederacy.

Those reports appear to bolster Trump’s insistence that extremists on the left bore some blame for the clashes in Charlottesville and represent a “problem” nationally. But they also reflect the extent that his own political movement has spurred the violent backlash.

 

“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.”

Almost immediately, the right-wing targets of the antifa attacks began fighting back, bringing more and larger weapons and launching unprovoked attacks of their own, the documents and interviews show. And the extremists on both sides have been using the confrontations, especially since Charlottesville, to recruit unprecedented numbers of new members, raise money and threaten more confrontations, they say.

“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.”

Even before Charlottesville, dozens and, in some cases, hundreds of people on both sides showed up at events in Texas, California, Oregon and elsewhere, carrying weapons and looking for a fight. In the Texas capital of Austin, armed antifa protesters attacked Trump supporters and white groups at several recent rallies, and then swarmed police in a successful effort to stop them from making arrests.

California has become another battleground, with violent confrontations in Berkeley, Sacramento and Orange County leading to numerous injuries. And antifa counter-protesters initiated attacks in two previous clashes in Charlottesville, according to the law enforcement reports and interviews.

Rallies are scheduled over the next few months across the country, including in Texas, Oregon, Missouri and Florida. Authorities are particularly concerned about those in states where virtually anyone, including activists under investigation for instigating violence, can brandish assault rifles in public.

Tensions have gotten so heated that after activists traded accusations after Charlottesville, a rumor circulated online that antifa would try and shut down the massive Sturgis, South Dakota, motorcycle rally because there were too many Confederate flags and Trump signs. It wasn’t true, but it prompted an outpouring of pleas by attendees for anti-fascists to come so they could assault them. One displayed a “Sturgis Survival Kit” for potential antifa protesters, complete with a tourniquet, morphine, body cast and defibrillator.

“Both the racists and a segment of violent antifa counter-protestors are amped for battle in an escalating arms race, where police departments are outmaneuvered, resulting in increasingly violent dangerous confrontations,” said former New York City police officer Brian Levin, who has been monitoring domestic militants for 31 years, now at the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. “It’s an orchestrated dance. The rallies spill over into social media and then even more people show up at the next rally primed for violent confrontation.”

In recent decades, authorities have focused almost exclusively on right-wing groups as the most likely instigators of domestic terrorist violence, especially since Timothy McVeigh blew up the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995, killing 168 people.

More recently, the antifa groups, which some describe as the Anti-Fascist Action Network, have evolved out of the leftist anti-government groups like “Black bloc,” protesters clad in black and wearing masks that caused violence at events like the 1999 Seattle World Trade Organization protests. They claim to have no leader and no hierarchy, but authorities following them believe they are organized via decentralized networks of cells that coordinate with each other. Often, they spend weeks planning for violence at upcoming events, according to the April 2016 DHS and FBI report entitled “Baseline Comparison of US and Foreign Anarchist Extremist Movements.”

Dozens of armed anti-fascist groups have emerged, including Redneck Revolt and the Red Guards, according to the reports and interviews. One report from New Jersey authorities said self-described antifa groups have been established in cities including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco.

Some of the DHS and FBI intelligence reports began flagging the antifa protesters before the election. In one from last September, portions of which were read to POLITICO, DHS studied “recent violent clashes … at lawfully organized white supremacist” events including a June 2016 rally at the California Capitol in Sacramento organized by the Traditionalist Workers Party and its affiliate, the Golden State Skinheads.

According to police, counter-protesters linked to antifa and affiliated groups like By Any Means Necessary attacked, causing a riot after which at least 10 people were hospitalized, some with stab wounds.

At the Sacramento rally, antifa protesters came looking for violence, and “engaged in several activities indicating proficiency in pre-operational planning, to include organizing carpools to travel from different locations, raising bail money in preparation for arrests, counter-surveilling law enforcement using three-man scout teams, using handheld radios for communication, and coordinating the event via social media,” the DHS report said.

The intelligence assessments focus less on guns than handmade weapons used by antifa, with photos of members brandishing ax handles and shields, often with industrial-sized bolts attached to create crude bayonets. A senior state law enforcement official said, “A whole bunch of them” have been deemed dangerous enough to be placed on U.S. terrorism watch lists.

The FBI and DHS had no comment on that, or on any aspect of the assessments, saying they were not intended to be made public.

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.

The purpose of the investigation, according to the April 2016 assessment: To determine whether the U.S.-based anarchists might start committing terrorist bombings like their counterparts in “foreign anarchist extremist movements” in Greece, Italy and Mexico, possibly at the Republican and Democratic conventions that summer.

and DHS reports confirm they are actively monitoring “conduct deemed potentially suspicious and indicative of terrorist activity” by antifa groups.

But one of the internal assessments acknowledged several significant “intelligence gaps,” including an inability to penetrate the groups’ “diffuse and decentralized organizational structure,” which made it difficult for law enforcement to identify violent groups and individuals. Authorities also “lack information to identify the travel patterns linking U.S. and foreign anarchist extremists,” the assessment said.

The two agencies also said in their April 2016 assessment that many of the activities the groups engaged in “are not within the purview of FBI and DHS collection” due to civil liberties and privacy protections, including participating in training camps, holding meetings and communicating online.

In another assessment this past August, DHS warned about the potential for unprecedented violence at Charlottesville. The agency also acknowledged gaps in its understanding of antifa, saying it had only “medium confidence” in its assessments regarding both the affiliations among the various groups and the motivation of attackers.

Said one senior New Jersey law enforcement official following the antifa groups: “There’s a lot more we don’t know about these groups than what we do know about them.”

Clayton man ‘duped’ into alleged home invasion

GLOUCESTER TWP. – Dante Robinson, shot in the back during a Gloucester Township home invasion Monday, was “duped” into driving a group to the Kay Lane house where an alleged assault and robbery took place, the man’s mother said.

“Dante is on the naive side,” his mother Anita Saunders told the Courier-Post on Thursday.

“He was asked by someone to take him somewhere to party.”

Robinson, 21, is accused of breaking into a residence on Kay Lane in Sicklerville at 12:30 a.m. Monday.

The Clayton man was hospitalized at Cooper University Hospital in Camden early Monday suffering a gunshot wound to the back, his mother confirmed. He is in stable condition.

Robinson is charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, burglary, theft, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child, the prosecutor’s office reported Wednesday.

When he is released from Cooper, he will be held at Camden County Jail.

“The only reason they’re giving him the charges is because he is the only one who was caught,” Saunders, of Clayton, said.

“I don’t know any of those kids. They duped him into taking them somewhere. They knew what they were going to do. (Dante) did not know. … I truly believe he did not know.”

Police continue to investigate the alleged assault and robbery, including how the Kay Lane residents and Robinson’s car pool were connected.

Thursday, a Gloucester Township Police cruiser was stationed at the corner of Kay Lane and Jarvis Road where an electronic police marquee warning of the Click It or Ticket campaign was placed.

Brian Judge told the Courier-Post his wife Traci Judge is recovering from Monday’s incident. Traci, her two sons, and disabled mother and uncle were in the home when the alleged assault and robbery occurred, Brian Judge said.

He would not describe the scene until the police investigation is complete and additional suspects are caught. But his wife noted the family has “no skeletons in our closet.”

“We come from a background of law enforcement, military and hard-working Americans,” Traci Judge said in a statement.

“Our two sons are excellent children and avid baseball players. Our sons are sweet and low key — don’t go out much because they’re too busy with baseball.”

Saunders was in shock hearing her son was charged in the alleged assault and that he had been shot.

In the five years since facing charges related to the slaying of a Clayton pre-teen, Robinson had made progress, his mother said. He obtained his high school diploma, worked at Amazon in Swedesboro for two years, and got himself a car, according to Saunders.

In 2012, Robinson and his brother Justin Robinson — then 17 and 15 — were charged with killing Autumn Pasquale, a borough 12-year-old.

Autumn was strangled in the basement of Saunders’ East Clayton Avenue home, the girl’s body relocated to a trash can on a vacant property next door, police determined.

Both brothers were charged with murder. Justin, now serving a 17-year sentence for aggravated manslaughter as part of a plea agreement, admitted to being the sole person responsible for luring the girl to their home and strangling her.

Dante Robinson pleaded guilty to fourth-degree obstruction in 2013 and was sentenced to six months in jail. He was released with time-served, having been held in the Camden County Youth Facility for nearly a year after Autumn’s body was discovered.

Saunders did not dispute something “definitely happened” at the Kay Lane house Monday.

“As far as the facts of it, we have to wait until the other boys are caught,” the mother said.

“I believe him, just like I believed he had nothing to do with Justin and Autumn.”

 

The mother of the Black men who murdered Autumn Pasquale made a Facebook post about her one son’s recent arrest.

Autumn Pasquale killing: Dante Robinson released from jail, pleads guilty to obstruction

Here is a case from 2013 that you have probably never heard about, but that needs to be spread to everyone:

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(LEFT) Image of Dante Robinson, 17, taken from Twitter. (RIGHT) Image of Justin Robinson, 15, taken from Facebook.
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Dante Robinson, initially charged in the death of Autumn Pasquale, was released from a youth correctional facility Tuesday, according to sources close to the case.

In afternoon court proceedings, Dante, of Clayton, pleaded to fourth-degree obstruction in Family Division Superior Court Judge Colleen Maier’s courtroom. The teen, who has been in the Camden County Youth Correction Facility since last fall, was sentenced to six months in jail and released with time served, according to a confidential source.

“Dante Robinson was released from custody today. He admitted no crime,” said Chris Hoffner, the teen’s attorney on behalf of the family. “This confirms what we always knew. Dante did not hurt the decedent and was not involved in her death or the moving of her body. People may not want to believe it, but the truth prevailed today, and Dante is home.”

Anita Saunders, Dante’s mother, was at home Tuesday night inside the East Clayton Avenue home where police claim 12-year-old Autumn was murdered. The family would not say if Dante was inside the house.

Dante and his brother Justin Robinson were 17 and 15 last October when arrested and charged in juvenile court with the girl’s killing.

Autumn’s disappearance in late October prompted a massive days-long search through Clayton and surrounding communities. Two days after she went missing, her remains were found in a blue recycling bin on an abandoned property next door to the Robinsons’ East Clayton Avenue home. The brothers were charged in her death.

Last month Justin Robinson, now 16, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter after taking sole responsibility for luring the pre-teen to his house and strangling her.

He was sentenced on Sept. 12 to serve 17 years in state prison of which 85 percent, or about 14 years, must be served before he is eligible for parole.

Tuesday night the borough was quiet. The Pasquales’ West High Street home, where Autumn was last seen on Oct. 20, was dark.

Autumn’s father Anthony Pasquale would not comment on Dante’s release.

“Mr. Pasquale respects the court’s order,” said Doug Long, Anthony Pasquale’s attorney who would not make additional comments about the obstruction plea or Dante’s release.

Man involved in Autumn Pasquale murder injured while committing home invasion, cops say

Dante Robinson, one of the brothers involved in the murder of 12-year-old Autumn Pasqaule in 2012, was arrested Monday and charged in a home invasion, prosecutors said. (file photo from Twitter)
Dante Robinson, one of the brothers involved in the murder of 12-year-old Autumn Pasqaule in 2012, was arrested Monday and charged in a home invasion, prosecutors said.

WINSLOW TWP. — Dante Robinson, one of the brothers involved with the murder of 12-year-old Autumn Pasqaule in 2012, has been arrested and charged in a home invasion that left him injured.

On Monday, Robinson was arrested just after midnight after breaking into a home near Kay Lane in Sicklerville, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. He is being charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, burglary, theft, aggravated assault and endangering a child, officials said.

Robinson, 21, is currently being treated in Cooper University Hospital for an injury he received during the burglary, the prosecutor’s office said. They said that once he is released from Cooper, he will be sent to Camden County jail pending the pretrial detention hearing in accordance with the New Jersey Bail Reform.

Under the recent Criminal Justice Reform rules, the court may order Robinson be detained without bail or released with conditions.

Autumn Pasquale (provided) 
Autumn Pasquale (provided)

 

Robinson was released from jail in September 2013 after pleading guilty to obstruction for his role in the murder of Autumn Pasquale who was found in a blue recycling bin two days after being reported missing in October 2012. The bin was located on an abandoned property next door to the Robinsons’ East Clayton Avenue home.

Robinson and his brother, Justin, were charged in her death. Justin pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and took sole responsibility for luring Autumn to his house and strangling her. He was sentenced on to serve 17 years in state prison of which 85 percent, or about 14 years, must be served before he is eligible for parole.

Did an Antifascist Group Put Up Anti-White Posters in Seattle?

http://www.snopes.com/2017/03/30/antifa-white-posters-seattle/

A photograph showing a ‘When You Date a White’ poster in Seattle is real, but Emerald City Antifa said that they were not responsible for the message.

 

On 5 December 2016, a photograph purportedly showing a poster warning against the “propagation of whites” was published to the web site Imgur. A few days later, University of Washington’s college newspaper reported that a similar poster had been taped to a pole near the campus bookstore:

This past Monday, Dec. 5, a friend of mine noticed and took a picture of this poster taped up near the UW Book Store. Addressed to those who choose to date white people, it warns that “propagation of whites” will “not be tolerated,” and that those who choose to date white people “have been warned.”

This is a crystal-clear threat against people of color in the Seattle community. I would argue that, implicitly, it is especially a threat against women of color. I know such women who felt shocked and afraid for their safety after seeing its toxic message, a message that is unequivocally a racist and violent threat.

On 6 December 2016, Emerald City Antifa posted to Facebook a message saying that they had nothing to do with either the creation or the distribution of the poster.  It also responded to several comments explaining that the message expressed on the poster was not in line with their views:

Another head’s up – we did not create or distribute this one either. This is not our message. This come across like what white supremacists tell each other about anti-fascists. Not very clever! Still, annoying.


Again, we did not post this sign. This isn’t even a thinly disguised political agenda by far right trolls… the language could be used as a recruiting technique to convince people that white people are under attack as a group, vs white supremacy is under attack as a systemic oppression.


Because so many people have been asking us again, here’s our response to these posters:

We did not make them. We did not put them up. This is not what we believe. The only people aware of what Antifa does and still thinks we’re anti-white are racists. Period.


We are much more ideologically sound and arty than that KKKrap. Promise.


Read the words of it. It’s exactly like their fantasy/nightmare of white genocide and anti-whiteness that the think anyone who hates racism believes in. We don’t have any actual evidence they did this, but this is the type of shit they do.


Date whoever you like.

It is unclear who was responsible for creating this poster, but it may have been an attempt to smear this particular group or divert attention from the people who actually put up the posters. Shortly after the image was posted, several messages encouraging people to spread a similar poster were posted to the web site 4chan:

You guys should spread these posters instead of the alt-right and white identity stuff. Go overboard with irony like Yuri described.


Tbf, this is the right way to redpill the population. They’re too dumb and sheepled to wake up when shown facts, so you have to go so far into fiction that they can’t suspend their belief any more. What will save the white race is not a new wave of brownshirts purifying ideology, it is an explosion of Antifa that then eats itself.


I wonder if I can get a printer to print these


I honestly can’t tell if this is actually an ANTIFA poster, or an alt-righter who posted this to stop racemixing.


Someone should start a low key effort to spread propaganda to make antifa look even dumber

The domain EmeraldCityAntifa.com does not belong to the anti-fascist group, but instead the is being used to promote a book by Milo Yiannopoulos, Breitbart’s former senior editor, who shared the image to his Facebook page on 28 March 2017.  The Global Antifa page claimed that Yiannopoulos was using “fake racist flyers” to create buzz for his book:

Milo Yiannopoulos is at it again! This time, he is using fake racist flyers to make Emerald City Antifa in Seattle look like bigots! If you see these flyers in Seattle, rip them down! ECA would never post garbage like this!

He has even created a fake ECA website that links people to his own websites and Breitbart articles. You’re all getting trolled by Milo:

It is unclear if Yiannopoulos created the poster or if he was simply capitalizing on the controversy. According to Who.is, the web site was not created until February 2017, more than two months after the poster started to circulate.

We have reached out to the group for more information.

Daryle Lamont Jenkins appearing live – Saturday, April 11 at 7:00pm

Daryle Lamont Jenkins of the One People’s Project is announcing that he will be attending a benefit concert at “The Factory” in Collingswood, New Jersey on Saturday, April 11 at 7:00pm. The address is 13 Fern Avenue, Collingswood, New Jersey 08108. Communist band “The Droogettes” will be playing. If you’re interested in calling “The Factory,” their phone number is 856-240-1584. Their Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/thefactorycolls

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