Trove of Leaked FBI, Fusion Center and DHS Documents Provide Insight Into Antifa, Charlottesville, Political Bias, and the Erosion of Civil Liberties, by Eric Striker - The Unz Review
Both the FBI and to a lesser extent the
Department of Homeland Security are far more concerned with political ideology
and creating propaganda than upholding the law.
On June 22nd, a group of anarchist hackers called DDoSecrets dumped 270 gigabytes worth of internal documents
belonging to regional police fusion centers, the FBI and the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS).
The documents provide interesting insight into state surveillance
tactics, political bias and dynamics, and how “threats” are prioritized.
The files — dated from 2015 to
2020 in the sample National Justice looked at — show a massive
contradiction between the FBI’s ideologically selective priorities and the
actual intelligence being provided to them by regional police centers, which
often stress the role of “antifa” as instigators of violence.
Know Anarchist Extremists Always Instigate Violence At Rallies
Law enforcement is fully aware of who provokes the fighting and
rioting at riots: the left. The documents from fusion centers across the
country (intelligence provided by local police departments) repeatedly report
An intelligence assessment by the Northern California Regional
Intelligence Center regarding the Berkeley Riots of Spring 2017, where
anarchists and free speech activists faced off, painstakingly details the
various criminal tactics “antifa” groups used to disrupt and physically injure
lawful protesters and police officers.
The anarchist extremist groups in question continue to use the
same tactics to this day, yet rarely face any criminal charges. The FBI is
fully informed on the matter, including where the anarchists in California train
in paramilitary tactics, yet
refuses to investigate or prosecute any anarchist group for conspiring to
commit acts of violence.
The Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC)reported similar information in its investigation of
the Boston Free Speech Rally on August 19th, 2017. BRIC noted that the
nationalist and free speech demonstrators, about 60 of them in total, had a
permit for the event, while the anarchist groups that showed up to heckle-veto
them were there illegally.
The leftist rioters began attacking the protesters, and later,
began engaging in gratuitous yet apparently coordinated violence against police
officers attempting to intervene, causing multiple injuries.
The most interesting
document of all is an intelligence assessment by DHS in the run up to the now
famous Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, which starkly contradicts the
mainstream media and FBI’s narrative.
In a document dated August 9th, 2017, DHS wrote “We assess that anarchist extremists’ use of
violence as a means to oppose racism and white supremacist extremists’
preparations to counterattack anarchist extremists are the principal drivers of
violence at recent white supremacist rallies.”
In other words, the DHS accurately predicted, through its
intelligence gathering resources, that the nationalist groups in
Charlottesville would only engage in self-defense if attacked. The
Charlottesville Police Department, Mayor, and Governor were all warned in
advance that Unite the Right had the potential to be the most violent rally to
date, yet according to the Heaphy investigation, they — either through incompetence
but most likely through malice — enabled the carnage by ordering the police not
to intervene when the anarchists attacked the nationalists.
Ulterior Motive For Placing Russian Nationalist Group on Terror Watch List
Both the FBI and to a lesser
extent the Department of Homeland Security are far more concerned with
political ideology and creating propaganda than upholding the law.
A pair of documents outlining the rationale behind the seemingly
random designation of the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM) as an international
terrorist group demonstrates this.
According to a DHS internal release dated May 15th, 2020, adding RIM to
the list of global terrorists is more of a pilot program to test the ability of
nations to share intelligence on such groups and their willingness to engage in
surveillance against their own law-abiding citizens.
The federal government admits in between the lines that it is
breaking new ground in attempts to violate civil liberties of citizens using
counter-terrorism powers intended to combat Islamic extremism: “This is the
first ever US designation of RMVE (Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent
Extremist) terrorists and the United States joins a short but growing list of
Western countries who over the last year have applied counterterrorism
authorities to designate RMVEs and white supremacist extremists.
Such designations will enable formalized information sharing on
RIM affiliates and other RMVE actors through HSPD-6 and PCSC agreements,
dependent upon the foreign partner and their level of sharing. Information
sharing between counties on RMVE groups and identities is often difficult as
this issue is still in its infancy stages, so the designation provides an
opportunity to share and collect information on its leaders, thereby giving us
previously unknown insights as to its members and their associated networks.”
An earlier report on RIM from the National
Counterterrorism Center dated April 2020 shows that the Russian-based
organization’s designation is purely political.
In a section labeled “Threat to the Homeland and US Interests,”
the NCTC states that RIM does not pose any threat to the United States or its
interest abroad, but merely has in the past reached out to nationalists in
Europe and North America for ideological discussion. The document notes that
the groups who have had contact with RIM are generally not violent.
The sole instance of potential contact in recent memory between
Americans and RIM — which is an above ground ultraconservative organization
rather than a racialist one — is likely the 2015 International Russian Conservative Forum in St
Petersburg. The conference attracted numerous above-ground, mainstream
political parties, intellectuals and Christian organizations from around the
world, ranging from Marine Le Pen’s Front National to Jared Taylor. The RIM
terrorist designation is likely little more than an attempt to force right-wing
populists in Europe to stay loyal to Washington.
FBI Prioritizes Ideology Over Fighting
One particularly laughable bulletin from the FBI provided to regional police
departments is warnings about “incels” (men who are involuntarily celibate) and
something called “clowncels” (incels who are fans of the movie Joker).
In the memo, the FBI admits that it “has no information indicating
specific, credible threats to particular locations or venues,” yet commands
police departments to pay special attention to this community.
The FBI’s obsession with incels in lieu of any intelligence
regarding credible threats reveals that the FBI is allowing Jewish organizations like the Anti-Defamation
League to set its investigatory priorities. Last year the ADL arbitrarily declared men incapable of procuring
romantic partners a domestic terror threat.
Another document dated October 16th, 2018 on “voter
suppression” demonstrates the FBI’s lack of respect for free speech. The FBI
declared that it would begin investigating memes posted on Twitter intended to
satirize low civic education by telling people to vote for Hillary Clinton via
text message as a “Conspiracy Against Rights Provided by the Constitution and
Laws of the United States” — a federal crime written to prevent physical
violence or threats at the ballot box that can get a prosecuted person years in
As for tech censorship and surveillance, the NCTC released an outline of the various social media platforms that
should be watched. They distinguish between mainstream social media platforms
(Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Twitch, etc), chat apps (Telegram, Wire and
Discord) and alternative-audience platforms (Daily Stormer, Gab, 4chan, Fascist
Forge, 8Kun, and Stormfront).
In recent months, people have been reporting an explosion in the
presence of undercover federal agents and informants desperately trying to
entrap users on Telegram, Discord, Gab, the Chans and Fascist Forge.
For mainstream platforms, the NCTC notes that tech companies are
eager to pursue “terrorist activity online,” but often lack the resources to do
it completely: “Technology companies that are willing to counter terrorist
activity online but lack extensive resources to monitor content or automated
takedown mechanisms would probably benefit from expanded US Government and NGO
information-sharing to identify how RMVEs are using their platforms.”
The close working relationship
between mainstream social media companies, the FBI and “NGOs” (the ADL and
SPLC) is clear and assumed, adding a new layer of understanding when it comes
to tech censorship and the power of privately run organizations that are not
subject general ethics or government accountability.
Ideological uniformity is important in the FBI’s relationship with
local law enforcement, a flyer sent to law enforcement personnel in Texas
The event, hosted by the FBI for local cops, featured lectures on
“hate” (which is not a crime) from a former member of the Westboro Baptist
Church and the ex-lead singer of a skinhead rock band. The conference was
hosted in December 2017, so one can only imagine this indoctrination has gotten
more intense since then.
Ultimately, we can gather from these documents a climate of
incompetence, rejection of facts for political reasons, and a culture of
selective prosecution. Those who post memes making fun of the election are
treated as conspirators against the Constitutional rights of others, while
anarchists who actively conspire in the open to do the same are rarely
prosecuted by the FBI.
The most disturbing aspect of all this is how groups like the Anti-Defamation
League appear to have more sway over the FBI’s investigative priorities than
intelligence provided to them by local fusion centers.
It appears that in defense of their power, our elites are willing to do
away with all liberal pretenses and take on “emergency orders” that ultimately
punishes peaceful dissent while allowing real criminals to go free.