by: JD Heyes
Monday, January 07, 2019
In 2016, when the FBI and Department of Homeland Security identified members of Antifa as engaging in acts of domestic terrorism, mostly via attacks on supporters of then-GOP presidential candidate and nominee Donald J. Trump, critics of the Obama administration were questioning why more wasn’t done to target members of the organization and shut it down.
The designation was clear and both agencies had been monitoring Antifa members for some time:
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.
According to federal law, specifically 18 U.S. Code, the term “domestic terrorism” is defined as activities that “involve acts dangerous to human life” and “appear to be intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping” within the jurisdiction of the United States.
It is clear that Antifa members have done one or all of these things. Yet not a single member of the group has been charged with domestic terrorism. And now the group is once again engaging in similar acts.
As Big League Politics reported in recent days, members of Antifa tested setting up “no-go zones” in Nashville over the New Year’s holiday, areas that were first mainstreamed by radical Muslim groups in Europe.
In a since-deleted Facebook post, Jam City Antifa attempted to establish so-called “Anti-fascist zones” over New Year’s, a term members often use to describe supporters of POTUS Trump and conservatives.