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I think this aspect deserves its own thread.

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WaPo: White supremacists pose as Antifa online, call for violence

“What did I tell you?” a voice cried out as the camera recording mayhem in downtown Pittsburgh settled on a white man, clad in all black, smashing the windows of a police vehicle.

“It is not black people,” the onlooker called to the crowd before addressing the vandal directly: “What are you doing?”

What he was doing, authorities later alleged, was inciting riots on Saturday as the city — like dozens of others across America — was swept up in sustained unrest over the death of a black man in police custody. Demonstrations have spread from Minneapolis, where a white police officer pinned his knee on the neck of George Floyd, to scores of cities, some of which have been looted and set ablaze.

Police identified Brian Jordan Bartels, 20, of Allison Park, Pa., as having “kicked off” the escalation in Pittsburgh, one of several examples of peaceful assemblies against police violence creating opportunities for pandemonium. While at heart the gatherings have been an appeal for racial justice, they also have attracted a diverse array of people with other grievances and agendas who have co-opted the moment, accelerating what has been a national unraveling as the country reels from a pandemic that has put more than 40 million people out of work.

In most American cities, people of all races appear to be participating in the violence, vandalism and looting, particularly in Minneapolis, where a crowd burned the police department’s 3rd Precinct building last week and vandals were seen smashing windows and stealing items from stores. Multiracial coalitions also have marched peacefully. But in some cities, local officials have noted that black protesters have struggled to maintain peaceful protests in the face of young white men joining the fray, seemingly determined to commit mayhem.
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CNN: White supremacists pose as Antifa online, call for violence
NBC News: White nationalist group posing as antifa called for violence on Twitter

Other misinformation and misleading claims spread across Twitter on Sunday night and into Monday related to the protests.
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Can you correct his name please?

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Bartels turned himself in this morning.
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Done, ty, Sug.
Sugar Magnolia wrote:
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Can you correct his name please?
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AndyinPA wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:14 pm
Bartels turned himself in this morning.
Do we know that he's a white supremacist, or do we just know that he's white?

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jmj wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:01 pm
AndyinPA wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:14 pm
Bartels turned himself in this morning.
Do we know that he's a white supremacist, or do we just know that he's white?
JJ was struggling with this. He was sporting Animal Liberation Front stuff. Wouldn’t be surprised if he’s a lone wolf type.

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jmj wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:01 pm
AndyinPA wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:14 pm
Bartels turned himself in this morning.
Do we know that he's a white supremacist, or do we just know that he's white?
I haven't heard anything yet to say one way or the other. The area he comes from is somewhat upscale, but that doesn't really tell me anything.
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Metro,co,uk: Black protesters form human shield around white officer separated from his unit



A group of protesters formed a human chain around a lone police officer after he got separated from his unit.

Pictures from the protest show several black men linking their arms to shield the white officer from a hostile crowd in Louisville, Kentucky.

The men stepped in after the officer was allegedly threatened by other protesters, and waited for his back-up to arrive.

According to local reports, the men had organised the protest for Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman who, according to a lawsuit, was shot dead by police officers who burst into her Louisville home and ‘blindly’ opened fire as she slept.

Anger and civil unrest has spread across the US following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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AndyinPA wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:10 pm
jmj wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:01 pm
AndyinPA wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:14 pm
Bartels turned himself in this morning.
Do we know that he's a white supremacist, or do we just know that he's white?
I haven't heard anything yet to say one way or the other. The area he comes from is somewhat upscale, but that doesn't really tell me anything.
I saw a report from WTAE-Pittsburgh that included a friend of his. She said he's very passionate with issues he cares about. One of those is Animal Liberation Front, which is extremist and has resorted to destruction in the name of their cause. Bartels is seen in photos of him on the news wearing a black bandanna with the ALF logo. Further, I think I saw an aerial photo of the damaged police cruiser that had the ALF logo spray painted on the hood.

How destroying a car at BLM rally furthers animal rights is beyond me. When he started vandalizing the car, a black femaie protester yelled at him to stop. He gave her 'the finger' and continued.

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neonzx wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:47 pm
How destroying a car at BLM rally furthers animal rights is beyond me. When he started vandalizing the car, a black female protester yelled at him to stop. He gave her 'the finger' and continued.
Violent extremist groups do have people with a large passion for their issues. Unfortunately, extremist groups, because of the violence, tend to also attract those who do not care about any issue but just want to see the world burn. IMO, given the limited information I have heard about him, he seems like one of the "burn it down" types.
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neonzx wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:47 pm

I saw a report from WTAE-Pittsburgh that included a friend of his. She said he's very passionate with issues he cares about. One of those is Animal Liberation Front, which is extremist and has resorted to destruction in the name of their cause. Bartels is seen in photos of him on the news wearing a black bandanna with the ALF logo. Further, I think I saw an aerial photo of the damaged police cruiser that had the ALF logo spray painted on the hood.

How destroying a car at BLM rally furthers animal rights is beyond me. When he started vandalizing the car, a black femaie protester yelled at him to stop. He gave her 'the finger' and continued.
He sounds like a singular example of the much fabled SJW the right warns us of so often. They appear to be slightly more common than unicorns.

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LGBTQ Nation: White vigilantes caught on video yelling about “fa***t energy” & attacking protestors

Armed with baseball bats, the white men were ignored by police as they roamed Philadelphia neighborhoods looking for a fight.
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CBS News: Twitter says fake "Antifa" account was run by white supremacists

Twitter has shut down multiple accounts that it says were operated by a white supremacist group posing as liberal groups encouraging violence.

Twitter said the white supremacist group Identity Evropa used one fake account, @Antifa_US, to call for violence in majority white suburbs, in the name of the Black Lives Matter movement. The account's removal was first reported by NBC News.

"This account violated our platform manipulation and spam policy, specifically the creation of fake accounts. We took action after the account sent a Tweet inciting violence and broke the Twitter Rules" the company said.

Twitter said it has also targeted other fake accounts run by Identity Evropa, but did not provide examples. The company said the accounts posted hateful tweets targeting race, religion and sexual orientation.

An Identity Evropa account purported to be associated with Antifa, a collection of loosely connected groups that organize against fascism. On Sunday, Attorney General William Barr said Antifa was associated with violence at recent protests. Officials have yet to show evidence to support this claim.

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CNN: White supremacists pose as Antifa online, call for violence ...

The phenomenon of people on the right creating fake Antifa accounts predates the current wave of protests. The takedown Monday is not the first time a fake Antifa account linked to white supremacists has been suspended by Twitter, the spokesperson confirmed.
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Is the FBI looking into this?

or are they stilll trying to blame the BLM movement?

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Chilidog wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:59 pm
Is the FBI looking into this?

or are they stilll trying to blame the BLM movement?
Let me ask the head of the DOJ...

Sorry... he can’t comment at the moment he is busy getting his next set of orders from the dear leader..

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Dave at Sea wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:30 pm
Chilidog wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:59 pm
Is the FBI looking into this?

or are they stilll trying to blame the BLM movement?
Let me ask the head of the DOJ...

Sorry... he can’t comment at the moment he is busy getting his next set of orders from the dear leader..
Sure hope he remembers to wipe his nose afterward.
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Northland10 wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:52 pm
Dave at Sea wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:30 pm
Chilidog wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:59 pm
Is the FBI looking into this?

or are they stilll trying to blame the BLM movement?
Let me ask the head of the DOJ...

Sorry... he can’t comment at the moment he is busy getting his next set of orders from the dear leader..
Sure hope he remembers to wipe his nose afterward.
I think Barr is driving the worst of the militarization. Will the bar associations please speak up?

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WaPo: Men wearing Hawaiian shirts and carrying guns add a volatile new element to protests ...


Late Monday, Twitter announced that it had suspended an account for a purported radical left-wing group, @ANTIFA_US. Those behind the recently created account, which had been suspended after tweeting calls for violence during the protests, had ties to a white nationalist group, Twitter said. The company also suspended another fake Antifa account, after a far-right group claimed it had created it to infiltrate the movement.

Researchers have struggled since these movements emerged online last year to determine whether they represent a gonzo, self-consciously ironic exaggeration of long-standing far-right ideologies — perhaps confined to mere online bravado — or something more dangerous. Their appearance at recent protests, often with weapons, have convinced those who study radical online groups that there is growing potential for real-world violence, as well as a knack for using events to spread incendiary ideas.

“There’s a violent spear tip of people who take this way beyond a joke,” said Joel Finkelstein, director of the Network Contagion Research Institute, which tracks the spread of online hate and published a report on the far-right groups on Tuesday. “There’s a ready made audience for the violent actors to get out of hand.” ...

His [Rubio] point fits with a range of recent research on far-right extremist movements, including Tuesday’s Network Contagion report, “Covid-19, Conspiracy and Contagious Sedition,” which detailed the rising prominence of such groups. It concluded that a constellation emerging in what the report called “the Milita-Sphere” are coalescing around gun rights, anti-government messages and threats of violent action, often infused with the false claims of conspiracy theorists such as QAnon. ...

Far-right groups also are using social media to exacerbate tensions between law enforcement and protesters, urging their members to hurl molotov cocktails and fire weapons as protesters gather to encourage a police counterattack. One Telegram group, Eco-Fascist Central, with about 2,500 subscribers, on Sunday called on members who encountered rioters to either attack them or “keep your mouth shut and start handing out pamphlets on how to make napalm, molotov cocktails, [and] slam bangs.”
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Daily Beast: The GOP Politician Spreading Terrifying BLM and Antifa Hoaxes

Amid surging national unrest over police violence, Virginia state senator and gubernatorial candidate Amanda Chase on Sunday shared a series of screenshots purporting to show violent plots against white people.

The first image, which Chase shared on Facebook, showed a user named “Blacklivess Matter” claiming that “we will be assassinating white families until justice is served!” The second showed a Twitter account called “Antifa America” threatening to “move into the residential areas … the white hoods … and take what’s ours.”

Both screenshots were bogus, one originating from a now-deleted account and another from a white supremacist organization. Nevertheless, Chase’s post, which shared the screenshots and implied readers should take up arms against the spectral threat, was still live on Tuesday.

Though Chase appeared to be the only elected official of any prominence sharing the Black Lives Matter hoax, her post joined a flurry of digital disinformation surrounding protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. While social media broadcast Floyd’s killing worldwide, a series of bad actors have used it to sow division in a country already on edge.
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Right Wing Watch: Federal Agencies Cast Doubt on Right-Wing’s ‘Antifa’ Catch-All ...

Rather than attempt to address the ​cause of protests across the nation, Trump and his allies ​turned to a tried-and-true boogeyman. On Sunday, Trump tweeted that the United States would designate “antifa” a terrorism organization, despite lacking the legal ability to do so and the fact that there is no formal antifa organization in existence​. Rather, antifa refers to pockets of local and hyper-local autonomous groups that follow an ideology that calls for resistance to fascist, bigoted and anti-democratic forces and groups. Politico reports that the president’s desire has been supported by his top officials, including Attorney General William Barr and national security adviser Robert O’Brien. Trump made a similar threat last year​, but nothing came of it.

New reports from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security deflate right-wing claims that the blame for civil unrest lies at the feet of anti​-fascist activists.

Ken Klippenstein, a reporter for The Nation, reported yesterday that the FBI’s Washington Field Office possessed “no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence” in the destruction of property that occurred in the capit​al city ​Sunday night. According to a​n​ FBI report exclusively obtained by The Nation, “based on CHS [Confidential Human Source] canvassing, open source/social media partner engagement, and liaison, FBI WFO has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence.” However, as Klippenstein reported, the agency memo did warn that members of a far-right social media group had called for attacking officers and using weapons against protesters.

Additionally, Reuters reporters reviewed an intelligence assessment of nationwide protests in which U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials said “most of the violence appears to have been driven by opportunists.” Although the portion of the document viewed by Reuters did note the possibility that anarchist antifascist activists may have contributed to the nationwide havoc, the portion reviewed reportedly “did not provide any specific evidence of extremist-driven violence, but noted that white supremacists were working online to increase tensions between protesters and law enforcement by calling for acts of violence against both groups.”

As the concept of anti​-fascism​ has become ​familiar to more Americans, the political right has expanded its working definition of “antifa” from a limited group of direct-action style protesters who have clashed with white supremacists and police to include large swaths of anti-Trump ​figures and social causes.

Right-wing politicians and media figures have stretched to substantiate baseless claims of anti​-fascist violence at protests following Floyd’s killing. ​Right-wing media outlet RedState and several right-wing social media ​accounts published and circulated violent rhetoric posted by a white nationalist group posing as an anti​-fascist source as if it were fact. ​(RedState corrected its story after Right Wing Watch reached out for comment yesterday.) Facebook reported it has been removing white supremacist accounts ​falsely posing as anti-fascist activists. As NBC News reporter Ben Collins noted on Twitter, Fox News published a story warning of anti-fascist riots heading into suburban areas—an unsubstantiated set of social media rumors ​furthered by right-wing politicians like Republican Virginia state Sen. Amanda Chase.
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White Nationalist Group Posed as VICE Reporters While Identifying D.C. Protesters

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The white nationalist non-profit VDARE hosted a livestream Tuesday in Washington, D.C., in which the group lied to antiracist demonstrators, saying they were reporters with “VICE Canada,” before urging them to say and spell out their names.

VDARE’s efforts to broadcast the names and faces of individual protesters who attended the demonstration comes on the heels of President Trump’s promises to designate antifa protesters as terrorists. Antifa is a loosely defined term used to depict a style of left-wing protest. VICE Canada is the Canadian edition of the news and culture website of the same name.

“Sir, would you like to say a few words? We’re VICE Canada,” the host of VDARE’s stream said to one demonstrator, as an example of the approach the group used to contact protesters.

The early afternoon livestream was hosted by two VDARE activists at the National Mall, where demonstrators gathered to protest police violence, racism and the Trump administration. VDARE has since removed the video, but Hatewatch viewed it live and documented it. Hatewatch was unable to immediately identify the VDARE activists who operated the stream. VDARE’s founder is Peter Brimelow. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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NBC News: Three men connected to 'boogaloo' movement tried to provoke violence at protests, feds say

NBC News reported last weekend that members of the "Boogaloo" movement were seen at protests in states including Minnesota and Texas, as well as in Philadelphia.


Federal prosecutors in Las Vegas have charged three men alleged to be members of the far-right extremist "Boogaloo" movement with multiple state and federal violations of conspiracy to cause destruction during protests in Las Vegas, as well as possession of Molotov cocktails.

Charging documents say Stephen T. Parshall, aka "Kiwi," 35; Andrew Lynam, 23; and William L. Loomis, 40, all of Las Vegas, were arrested Saturday on a state criminal complaint alleging conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism, material support for committing an act of terrorism and multiple explosives violations. The plot was foiled with help from an informant.

The "Boogaloo" movement, which federal prosecutors describe as a "term used by extremists to signify a coming civil war and/or collapse of society," has been linked to some online posts about protests over the death of George Floyd.

NBC News reported last weekend that members of the "Boogaloo" movement were seen at protests in states including Minnesota and Texas, as well as in Philadelphia.

The movement, which says it wants a second civil war organized around the word "boogaloo," includes groups on mainstream internet platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Reddit, as well as fringe websites including 4chan, according to a report released Tuesday night by the Network Contagion Research Institute, an independent nonprofit of scientists and engineers that tracks and reports on misinformation and hate speech across social media.
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Daily Beast: Antifa’ Is Literally Never Mentioned in the First Prosecutions of Protest Violence

Trump called them terrorists. Bill Barr claimed they are “instigating” violence at the protests. But antifa is not referenced in any of the 22 criminal cases from the protests.



For all the implications by President Trump and Attorney General William Barr that “antifa” “terrorists” have hijacked protests against institutional police racism, none of the 22 criminal complaints representing the first wave of protest charges mention antifa in any way.

One case references anarchism as a motivating ideology, not anti-fascism. Another high-profile one in Las Vegas references the so-called “Boogaloo” far-right trend of provoking a race or civil war.

But the early charges do not indicate that antifascist motivations have provoked the violent activity that the Trump administration and its allies have spent the better part of a week attributing to it. With Barr at the helm of the protest response, the administration has tasked the FBI’s counterterrorism partnerships with state and local police, known as Joint Terrorism Task Forces, with finding “extremists” and “agitators” within the protest movement.

“What it definitely demonstrates is that antifascism is not a driving force in the current protest violence,” said Mike German, a retired FBI special agent who worked with the Los Angeles JTTF.

In a press conference on Thursday, Barr continued to claim evidence existed that antifa, which he mistakenly called a “group,” was committing acts of violence at the protests. He was silent about the Boogaloo presence displayed in the early charging documents.

"We have evidence that Antifa and other similar extremist groups, as well as actors of a variety of different political persuasions, have been involved in instigating and participating in the violent activity,” Barr said.
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LA Times OpEd - Virginia Heffernan: When Trump cries 'antifa,' it's an excuse to teargas his enemies
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Family harassed in Forks after being accused of being members of Antifa
A multi-racial family of four from Spokane was accused of being members of Antifa, followed and prevented from leaving their campsite by trees felled to block the road, Clallam County Sheriff’s deputies said.

Four high school students cut the trees with chainsaws to allow the family to leave, said Sgt. Ed Anderson in a press release issued late Thursday.

The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office is actively conducting a criminal investigation into the incident and is seeking information regarding those involved, Anderson said.
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HOW FACEBOOK MISINFORMATION TURNED A WHITE SUPREMACIST CONSPIRACY INTO POLICE ACTION
A rumor about busloads of antifa protestors, sparked by a bogus Twitter account, spurred Chicago Police to shut down highways and send a helicopter to the Indiana border.
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The Verge: ‘Antifa bus’ hoaxes are spreading panic through small-town America

Mythical buses full of bloodthirsty antifa protestors are causing panic in rural counties throughout the country — even though there’s no evidence they exist. The Associated Press has catalogued at least five separate rural counties where locals have warned of imminent attacks, although none of the rumors have been substantiated. Notably, the rumors are often tailored to a specific local region, a “hyperlocal” approach sometime used to boost the spread of misinformation on social media platforms.

NBC News first reported on the recent surge of antifa-related misinformation, some of which was promoted by white nationalist groups posing as antifa accounts. But even after the rumors were debunked, they continue to spread on Facebook, often inspiring real-life confrontations and instances of violence.
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