An Intelligence Report, prepared for law enforcement authorities in the months before the "Join Right" meeting in Charlottesville, where a neo-Nazi killed a protester by driving a car in a crowd, seems to support the view that the left-wing demonstrators are "terrorists" and at least as responsible for street violence as white nationalists, the Guardian may reveal.
The Anti-Anti-Trafficking Report: Street Violence was prepared by the Regional Information Center on Organized Crime (ROCIC) in May 201
Experts say the report misinterprets the dynamics of street violence that is occurring at the time, and mistakes in characterizing white nationalist groups as "anti-Antitifa", suggesting they act as opposed to left-wing groups or feeling anarchism instead of having their own political and violent program.
ROCIC is one of the six regional intelligence exchange systems (RISS) across the country. RISS is a federally funded program designed to share intelligence between federal, state and local agencies. ROCIC serves 14 southern states, including Virginia, the Unite of the Rally for 2017
Documents accompanying Foia's request show that the US secret services are among the agencies to which a report is submitted. political street violence in America as a evenly-ordered battle between the "antifa" described as "an alliance between anarchists and communists to resist and defeat fascists and white supremaces in any way whatsoever", and "anti-antifactor, free collection from white "supremacists, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, Ku Klux Klanners, white groups of identity and a group called alt-right.
The report blames the two sides equally for violence, continuing: "So the anarchists against the nationalist Communists against the Nazis, the left-wing extremists against right-wing extremists and the confrontations are becoming more and more cruel and destructive.
Michael German, a former FBI agent who penetrated the far right groups in the 1990s, and a fellow at the Brennan Justice Center, said the report was wrong.
The antagonist and anti-antipath has evolved to resist it, he says. "What seems to be, is that it is completely overwhelmed with the history of the White Superior Violence in this country. "Extreme right-wing groups use these public performances as a method of incitement to violence. And they come, knowing they will attract protest groups from the community.
Such groups "deliberately go to places to provoke protesters to go out and go to weapons for a real street struggle," German said. The report also replicates a statement from a member of the Republican National Committee, Shawn Steel, on the clashes at UC Berkeley in February 2017, first published in the conservative Washington Times. The text of the detachment states that "the crowd of attacking terrorists [student union] … was such a proclamation war on the ideology of the man called the building (Martin Luther King) and his citizens. The left of America sent a message: Violence is the answer. "
The report describes anti-fascists as" terrorists "of nominal value, which many experts disagree with.
Mark Bray, a Dartmouth college lecturer and author of Antifas: The anti-fascist leadership, said the "anti-antifa" designation for the American far-right groups is also potentially misleading.
the sense that this is the main source of their self-identification, "he said.
The report makes further allegations of the link between the groups, which according to experts are not supported by facts. At one point the report says, "The antiphath can be considered left anarchism, and the anti-antifat can be considered right anarchism."
Bray says, "This is ridiculous … most of these right-wing groups do not oppose of the state as a form of social organization. Many are fascists of some kind and believe in a strong state. "
Shane Burley, the author of fascism today: what is and how to fight, agree, saying that" this idea of being an anarchist right is not a phenomenon, it is not something that actually exists. "
The report is highly edited, but spends much of its unreacted length, discussing alleged anti-fascist violence, and sometimes implicitly accuses these groups of visiting violence
At one point, it focuses in particular on a Sacramento event June 2016, which led the FBI to find a controversial leftist group investigation. A counter-protest against a white meeting that included members of the Traditional Work Party and the Goldsmiths of the Golden State, some of whom had knives. Several people were stabbed during the event, including at least seven counter-protesters.
After this event, California law enforcement authorities co-operated with the Neo-Nazis to identify counter-protesters, prosecute charges against counter-protesters, including perishing victims and not
In February, the Guardian revealed that the FBI had reacted of the event by observing and investigating Bhamn. Join the rally shortly after the date of publication of the report. Non-confederation groups such as the Southwest League; neo-Nazi and identifying groups such as Avangard America, National Socialist Movement, Movement on Movement and Identity Europe; and no street combat groups are mentioned, such as the brotherly order of Alt Knights and the proud boys.
The report also comprehensively retrieves information from conservative media and right-wing advocacy groups. It cites a Blaise report by Glenn Beck, who cites the Washington Times, and Laura Ingraham's "LifeZette" conservative lifestyle site along with more reputable sources, including the Guardian.
Bray criticized the weakness of the source of the report. "There is a lot of literature about the nature of extreme right politics in Europe and the United States. It just sounds like someone who has been assigned to hire it on Google, "he added. movements as a threat to US security "
Neither ROCIC nor RISS responded to repeated requests for comment on the report.