Fairfax/ Virginia (3 June). With the United States descending into mass riots, widespread arson, and shootings of police officers a few questions surface.
The most obvious one is, how come that U.S. domestic intelligence services, speak the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) again failed in providing preventive intelligence. But the rise of the extremists is not new. In 2017 the Atlantic warned about the rise of the Antifa was a clear signs of things to change.
One should have hoped the U.S. intelligence community have learned from the decade failures. Unfortunately the domestic services have been politicized by the Obama administration and the past years of anti-Trump implants the once revered Bureau of Hoover has not covered itself in much glory of warning the administration or understanding who are the rioters. The media quickly adopted the anger and race card, which is the ultimate default divide in U.S. politics.
Embroiled in the Comey and fake investigation into Russian allegations against the Trump officials the FBI seems dysfunctional, lack lateral thinking, full of hubris and once more, dropped the ball on critical intelligence matters. In an open letter the reform of the intelligence services again surfaced. In the open letter Dr Peter Pry called for radical reform. He wrote,
“Groupthink” Leftward Bias: “Groupthink” has a leftward analytical bias strongly reinforced by eight years of Obama Administration leadership that had a radical New Left worldview. Intelligence community leaders, managers, and analysts have been rewarded and promoted for “political correctness,” which is why the intelligence community worldview so closely conforms to that of the Democrat National Committee. Thus, “climate change” is supposedly a greater threat to the United States than the nuclear arsenals of Russia, China, and North Korea.
“Groupthink” and the coordination process give rise to another evil, a sin associated with all forms of collectivism: no sense of ownership or sense of responsibility for the product. Collectivism does not produce a sense of common responsibility for intelligence products. It breeds, instead, a sense of anonymity and a sense of helplessness among individuals that they can have an impact on whether the product is ultimately good or bad.
Underestimating threats is better than overestimating, as the former is cautious, prudent, and professional, whereas the latter is unprofessional and alarmist.
They should carefully read an essay by Torrey Froscher, one of the intelligence community’s best and brightest, “North Korea’s Nuclear Program: The Early Days, 1984-2002”. Froscher appears to agree with fellow intelligence officer Greg Treverton that politicization of intelligence is not much of a problem: “Greg Treverton has laid out a spectrum of politicization ranging from direct pressure from senior policy officials to a shared ‘mindset’ whereby intelligence and policy share strong predispositions. He points out that the first almost never happens, while the last is a ‘limiting case’ in that it may be self-imposed.”
Dr Pry summarize the performance of U.S. intelligence, “In short, the results are mediocrity.” The Trump administration has a point to depoliticize the intelligence apparatus and return to the business of protecting citizens.
Enter the Extremist Left: Antifa, Revolutionary Cells & the Black Block
The history of the Black Bloc and its messages are well documented. The Black Block Papers provide an insight on a wide diversity of “Green Bloc” or “Eco Bloc”, and other factions, such as the Revolutionary Cells. The Black Block papers quoted anarchists,
To us, these mainly provide outlets for symbolic action, while the greatest strength of Black Blocs, when used appropriately and organized effectively, is real direct action used to advance day to day class struggle, in the form of strikes, housing occupations, anti-fascist struggles, immigrants’ rights struggles, etc., all of which are fronts on which the Black Bloc tactic has already proven its efficiency and value.
For example, in an intercepted online Telegram message, extremists in Hong Kong provided links to the KGBs subversion program to be used in the riots. The methods copied from a KGB defector were widely read. The Black Block, Antifa and extremist left understands subversion, trains resistance, and prepares its small, but dedicated cells for the long war-struggle against the system.
The role of the Canadian Warrior publications on resistance training and tactics are widely circulated in the extremist’s leftist groups. So are the system collapse manuals from the Deep Green Resistance, Greenpeace tactics during the Gezi park demonstrations and the Institute for Insurgency dedicated to the extremist left. Gene Sharp or the 9 Thesis of insurgency, or calls to “Rebellion in times of curfew’ are just some of extremists literature.
Experts are extremely concerned about the manual’s language. “None of the teachings are peaceful”, says one expert, “Extremists manual teach “lethal overwatch”, “identifying crowd leaders & agitators” examining police and military tactics. The language in use and pictorial interpretation shows how to capture individuals. The manual reads, “leaders & agitators can be detained for questioning and punishment’.
“In the section snatch squad focus on singling out individuals are tactics seen in the United States and Hong Kong.”, adding an escalation of extremist violence against police officers should not come to a surprise. “
Attacks against police stations are well documented by a banned site called “Linksunten”. In an rare instance German officials banned the site as it promotes hate and extremist narratives, linked to Leninist ideology. Rioters increasingly combat dress reflects a combat identity.
“It is culture war against the government”, says Dr Wimmer, an expert on left-wing extremism and radical movements. “We must differentiate between the extremists and regular protestors but the political elites and media often has a relaxed attitude towards the leftist extremist movements.”
Intelligence is replaced with local Mayors going on wild assumptions, and guesswork rather than intelligence based public commentary. The ANTIFA, the Black Block, anarchists, and wanna-be revivalists from the extreme left until now escaped scrutiny.
In war the first victim is war. It seems in the current climate of renewed culture wars the facts are entirely replaced with emotional, unsupported, and populist agendas and narrative that only incite division in society. And like in the case of Hong Kong police officers are in the forefront of confronting the racially charged political climate. In the words of an extremist anarchists, “we are at war, you just don’t know it yet, that you are too.”
New York City last night
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 3, 2020
Examining the cities with riots a pattern of cities reviewed by the U.S. magazine Newsweek shows an Democratic lead cities emerge in the cities with a riot. Only three (!) cities with Republican mayors in San Diego (Republican), Ferguson (Republican), Omaha (Republican) are Republican, and only one (!) San Antonio (Independent). The rest such as New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Denver, St. Louis, Washington D.C., Minneapolis, San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento. Louisville, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Seattle, Phoenix, Charlotte (South Carolina), Detroit, Kansas City, Baltimore, Tampa Bay, Portland, Richmond, Virginia, Evansville, Indiana (Republican), Memphis, and Columbus, Ohio, are cities with Democratic mayors.
As of June 1st, over 400 cities across the globe are reported experiencing riots.
So why targeting police?
Like other politicized police departments, like in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and New York city seemingly U.S. officials and the political pundits fail to comprehend the extremist left has for long lived a shadowy existence in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The extremist left views the police as the public enemy.
The claim of “militarization of police” surfaced in Hong Kong, as it has in the United Kingdom and Germany. The patter and narrative are the same. So are claims of excessive police brutality and demands for accepting guilt and eventually financial compensation. In Hong Kong critical examination shows the journalist is part of leftist media outlet. A similar narrative emerged in the U.S. May Antifa riots.
Antifa, the Democratic party’s militant action wing?
The question to pose is the American left so desperate to use extremist to force a leftist agenda on the American public? The obvious answer is yes.
From the extremist’s perspective, it worked in Serbia, it worked in Egypt, it worked in Myanmar, it worked according to Gene Sharp doctrine in most countries with a dictatorship so why shouldn’t this strategy not applied in the United States. If Democratic leaders aim to trigger public unrest to destabilize society until the election in November the backlash should not come to a surprise.
Increasingly more and more radical voices emerge that support this notion. It worked in Hong Kong, only with the caveat of the radicals bred seven groups now considered terrorist groups, 76 individuals are considered facing terrorism charges and the democratic movement leaders arrested.
One of the suspects charged with assault for allegedly attacking two Marines in Philadelphia in November has ties with Washington D.C.’s radical Antifa leader Joseph “Jose” Alcoff, who’s advocated for violence and for the overthrow of the government.
Last night a retired police chief was shot and killed. The killer are at large.
Whereas peaceful protests must be welcome, the ANTIFA May 2020 riots are showing the deep division between social segments in the United States which are exploited by the extremist leftist groups. The rise of the extremist left is a result of failed political actions, the impeachment of president Trump miserably failed.
A coup by the intelligence and domestic security services backfired and increasingly looks like individuals involved will be facing legal action hence triggering domestic unrest would fit into the leftist power struggle.
Unfortunately, these social change narratives and playing with extremists has historically always backfired. The extremists on the left are not democratic and are not in pursuit of a democratic power-sharing.
From an anarchist perspective the socialist, anarchist struggle is a continuation of achieving the anarchist world vision. Many extremists see themselves as protector of democracy to fight the “Nazi”, racist policies of the Trump administration.
But like in 1986 in Germany the alignment with a more democratic, and moderate leftists eventually will result in loss of live and a splinter into extremist leftist splinters and formation who are willing to use violence as a mean to an end. In Germany protests killed 2 police officers and injured seven seriously before the government cracked down on Autonomes.
Once more. Antifa is not democratic. Antifa and the extremist left is racist, nihilistic and a threat to the stability to society. Any apologist explanation by the media fails to understand Marxist history and the propesity of violence.
Today the political landscape in the United States is divisive and deeply polarized is the consequence of decades of agitation by the political leadership that provide the critical oxygen to fuel the leftist extremist scene. Being left is hip, calling for revolution is chic.
It is convenient for the political opponents of President Trump to start the fires to challenge his re-election bid. How the cycle of violence will end in the United States is unclear, but the Summer of Fire, as leftist extremists called the riots in Hong Kong is likely to repeat itself in the United States. Anarchist social media is full of warnings.
And these warning are seemingly lost on the Democratic party, the FBI and intelligence officials failing to connect the dots. Here a small hint. Protests in France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and other places are connected. Here another hint, the extreme left are not democrats.
Democrats were literally arresting Americans for opening their businesses, but now are silent as protesters burn them down. You were fined for worshipping in your church, but now cheered for marching in screaming crowds.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) June 3, 2020
Despite referred as sympathy action they show the rising number of leftist groups operating as a loose collective. Marxist extremists are making a come-back. A variety of so-called experts are quickly rounded up by CNN and denying the role of the Black Block or Antifa. The media space, like the riots, are aiming to overload the system which is a Gene Sharp tactic.
But critical examination of the anarchist writing provided for long time warnings and suggestions of burning Babylon. Arson is a symbolic act of cleansing in the anarchist lingo and the resistance against Trump plays into the hands of the Antifa narrative. To ban the leftist extremist group is the right policy decision. To create anti-police, hate narrative was ongoing since July 2019.
Reports of NYPD police officers were doused with water buckets is a Gene Sharp tactic. It served a few purposes. First, to test the reaction. Extremists aim to get the police to use excessive force to react to “a joke” of throwing water. Second, the Kodak moment, extremists in each case “document” with video recording the incident. And last, to create a hate image to challenge authority. Slate wrote,
As they walk past, a young man upends a bucket of water over one officer’s head. The officers barely react. “Oh my God, they are laughing at them,” the woman recording the video says.
Shortly after the dousing the Radical Justice Unit, an NGO in New York was quick to serve as the apologists to the pranksters. The justice department declined to charge the assailant. From the anarchist’s perspective, the action proved the action concept linking the incident to race, police brutality and discrimination.
Leftist extremists’ leaders argue the recent protests in Hong Kong have caused a swing to the political opposition after nine months of rioting. But many in the Black Block/Antifa scene overlook the backlash from Beijing was swift introducing national security laws to quell the riots. In the United States a similar scenario has been building up steadily in the past years suggests a political strategy is in the works.
In 2019 in an interview with Frontline, Steve Bannon pointed out the rise of the extremist left.
The seriousness of the situation cannot be overstated. 28 states mobilized 17,000 National Guards to support the city and state police units, and the Rapid Deployment unit from the 82nd Airborne Division deployed to the capital.
Taken that over 400 cities shown protests the mobilization of the National Guard is a valid response. The Trump administration can apply what is known as the Insurrection Act of 1807 but first arrests under the 18 U.S. Code § 2101, Riots. Anarchists and activists fail to recognize the transnational nature of the law. The Secretary of Defense rejected the use of the law likely as a result of consultation with the intelligence.
The rioting law covers to incite a riot, or organize, promote, encourage, participate in, or carry on a riot, or commit any act of violence or abet others. If charged under U.S. federal laws the rioters will face up to five years. It is now up to the feds to live up to its reputation of being a prime law enforcement agency or just accountants with a badge.
The final question to ask is the uncomfortable truth. In war the truth is the first victim. So is it in this case.
Reports of the causes of the death are equally hotly debated. On one side, the bereaved family’s autopsy claimed asphyxiation and claims murder, but the official medical examiner made no mention of asphyxiation. The Medical Examiner found “no physical findings” to support “a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation”.
CNN reported that Hennepin County public release stated heart disease was an issue, as was fentanyl and methamphetamine were among significant conditions leading to the death.
Without doubt the arrests and heavy-handed arrest of three police officers leaning on the individual on the ground, contributed to stress levels that likely triggered Mr. Floyd death.
Regardless the outrage, the almost simultaneous outbreak of riots across the United States is remarkable, structured, and organized. And here is when the political calculi over ousting president gets complicated.
U.S. policy officials are recognizing the threat the new left presents. But the Antifa, Black Block is here to stay.