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New #Arizona FBI memo to LEOs references IGD articles + alleges "anarchists extremists" within the #AbolishICE movement pose a "lethal threat" while amplifying conspiracy theory that protesters are buying weapons from cartels to engage in violence. Thread. itsgoingdown.org/fbi-wants-cops…
Today we were quoted in an article by @hunterw who reported on an FBI memo out of the Phoenix offices that argues that "anarchists extremists" are a "lethal threat." This memo was sent out to law enforcement around the country. news.yahoo.com/exclusive-docu…
@hunterw "Almost all of the evidence...in the report involved nonviolent protest activity. The intelligence collected, dated May 2019, is worrisome to activists + civil rights advocates who say that the government is classifying legitimate government opposition...as...domestic terrorism."
@hunterw "...The note showed that, at least in Arizona, the bureau is tracking border protest groups and labeling them a source of potential violence."
@hunterw The report writes: "…Arizona-based AEs [Anarchist Extremists] likely are increasingly arming themselves and using lethal force to further their goals and in confrontations with ideologically opposed groups.”
@hunterw The evidence? Quotes from two IGD articles, (one a zine on anti-ICE activity in Arizona + a broad analysis on the border), social media posts from one antifascist activist several states away, and a self-defense workshop hosted at the Táala Hooghan Infoshop in Flagstaff.
@hunterw Also: "…Received...a public tip...about Redneck Revolt...The FBI said the tipster noted that the group has raised money “for firearms purchases” and has offered to “act as armed security for various protests.” No actual evidence of violent or illegal activity.
@hunterw Central to the memo's argument was a Facebook group, "the Border Liberation Front...linked to alleged planning efforts to disrupt U.S. border security operations and the building of [the] wall...identified as being “most critical” to the FBI’s conclusion..."
@hunterw According to even the FBI memo, the BLF "group" simply showcased "largely nonviolent" activities and Yahoo News reported that it contained no "indications of violent activity."
@hunterw Activists stated that the surveillance did not surprise them, as many of them had already been placed on a list along with journalists and humanitarian aid workers in 2018 when troops were deployed to the US and Mexico border before the 2018 midterms. nbcsandiego.com/investigations…
@hunterw Those on the list, which "include journalists....an...attorney, and 48 people from the U.S. and other countries, labeled as organizers, instigators....[including] advocates from organizations like Border Angels and Pueblo Sin Fronteras."
@hunterw As reported by @theintercept, this was a joint operation between both the US and Mexican States in order to hinder legal and community aid to those within the migrant caravans who were attempting to apply for asylum. theintercept.com/2019/05/17/bor…
@hunterw @theintercept The Phoenix memo goes on to state that the "Border Liberation Front" was involved in “camps in Texas and Arizona to serve as staging platforms for on-site armed support of the migrant caravans” and “intended to purchase firearms from a Mexico-based cartel associate.”
@hunterw @theintercept These conspiracy theories erupted in April, a month before the Phoenix memo was written, after an article reported on another FBI memo from late 2018, claiming an informant reported that migrant activists were attempting to buy arms from drug cartels. sandiegouniontribune.com/news/border-ba…
@hunterw @theintercept The 2018 memo, which was also sent out to LEOs across the country, claimed that activists were attempting to buy arms from a cartel connected man named "Cobra Commander" and were planning to “stage an armed rebellion at the border." Far-Right news media quickly ran with this.
@hunterw @theintercept To date, there have been no arrests on this matter, no evidence to support these claims + activists interviewed on the subject dismissed such claims as ludicrous and false. Conspiracy theories involving cartels have been a central theme on the far-Right for years.
@hunterw @theintercept Months later, Proud Boys adjacent social media grifter Andy Ngo would advance a similar conspiracy theory of an 'antifa terror camp' in El Paso, Texas, which was also picked up by a variety of far-Right media outlets. nationalobserver.com/2019/08/03/ana…
@hunterw @theintercept The dumbest thing in a conspiracy revolving around drug cartels and migrant solidarity groups is the idea that the two want anything to do with each other. In Mexico, the narcos are deeply tied to the State and in no way back any sort of liberatory, anti-capitalist politics.
@hunterw @theintercept This reality can be seen in the collusion between the State and narco groups in the case of the missing Ayotzinapa students and in the numerous towns who have declared autonomy from the State and also expelled organized crime. vice.com/en_us/article/…
@hunterw @theintercept Perhaps most ironic about the FBI reports on grassroots movements at the border is the fact that while the FBI is manufacturing ghosts, the region is a hotbed of far-Right, militia + white nationalist activity that physically has and does engage in violence against the public.
@hunterw @theintercept Several years ago in Phoenix, former low level GOP official JT Ready turned into a full blown neo-Nazi and militia organizer, only to murder his entire family. Some speculate he may have been an FBI informant. phoenixnewtimes.com/news/arizona-d…
@hunterw @theintercept Militias continue to operate in Arizona and the surrounding area, including the Three Percenters, who have been tied to a string of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim bombings. splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019…
@hunterw @theintercept In near by New Mexico, the leader of the United Constitutional Patriots, who made headlines for holding up migrants at gun point after being exposed by anarchists and antifascists, was arrested on gun charges. thedailybeast.com/fbi-arrests-la…
@hunterw @theintercept Members of the Patriot Movement AZ have also been linked to harassment and vandalizing of a mosque and also menacing a group of migrants taking shelter in a local church while armed. splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019…
@hunterw @theintercept This is not to mention years of far-Right murder, racist attacks, harassment, and intimidation - along with vandalism of people's homes and places of worship. azdailysun.com/news/downtown-…
@hunterw @theintercept On top of this, large amounts of local police have also been shown to be sympathetic to racist and far-Right movements and ideas and there are numerous examples of cross over between the far-Right and local established GOP politics. abc15.com/news/region-ph…
@hunterw @theintercept Centrists and liberals ask the same question over and over again: why isn't the State doing more to stop the tide of far-Right violence? Yet, they fail to investigate the degree in which the State is much more concerned with policing autonomous social movements and struggles.
@hunterw @theintercept As former FBI agent Mike German has pointed out, the State remains primarily concerned with movements from below which have the potential to threaten the power of capital and the State, while ignoring violent far-Right groups which seek to uphold it. democracynow.org/2019/8/5/white…
@hunterw @theintercept Recently leaked FBI reports as well as the memos we've discussed, only confirm this reality. The State targets social movements not because they threaten the public, but instead business as usual - which is currently pushing us all towards collapse. newsweek.com/fbi-leak-black…
@hunterw @theintercept This reality is also coupled with the fact that the fossil fuel industry and other powerful corporate lobbies have successfully pushed the State to pass repressive laws targeting activists as "terrorists." commondreams.org/news/2019/08/2…
@hunterw @theintercept Meanwhile, the DOJ is actively suppressing reports of rising far-Right and white nationalist violence. This isn't by accident, but by design. salon.com/2019/08/09/tru…
@hunterw @theintercept Meanwhile on the border + in detention facilities, families are ripped apart, more + more people are dying, and thousands of children are reporting abuse, molestation, and sexual assault. This is real violence that the State is facilitating - not stopping. usatoday.com/story/news/pol…
@hunterw @theintercept The targeting of grassroots movements by the State shouldn't surprise us - these institutions arise out of slave patrols, Native genocide, counter-insurgency, and the suppression of strikes, riots, and protests. Repression is what they are designed to do.
@hunterw @theintercept As both parties push for new laws that would designate resistance movements + those who support them as “domestic terrorism” under the guise of fighting white nationalist violence, we need to be clear in opposing false solutions offered to us by the State. justsecurity.org/65998/domestic…
@hunterw @theintercept As always, you can stand behind autonomous media like IGD and ensure that we can grow and expand into the future. itsgoingdown.org/product/recurr…
@hunterw @theintercept Also check out our resources on how to deal with and confront surveillance and repression at the end of this essay. itsgoingdown.org/fbi-wants-cops…
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