The intelligence report, developed for law enforcement agencies several months before the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, in which the neo-Nazi murdered one demonstrator, seems to have endorsed the idea that the left demonstrators were "terrorists" and at least the same Responsible for street violence, as white nationalists, may find Guardian.
Report, Antifa / Anti-antifa: Street violence, was prepared by the Regional Information Center on Organized Crime (ROCIC) May 201
Experts say the report improperly characterizes the dynamics of street violence that arose at that time and mistakenly characterizes the white nationalist groups as "anti-Antifas", suggesting that they are acting in opposition to the left-wing groups or from the feeling of anarchism, rather than have their own political and enforced program.
ROCIC is one of six regional information exchange centers (RISS) throughout the country. RISS is a federally funded program designed to exchange information between federal, state and local agencies. ROCIC serves 14 southern states, including Virginia, the 2017 Unite the Right rally.
The documents accompanying Foia request indicate that the US secret service was among the agencies to which the report was submitted.
The framework of reports of political street violence in America as a uniform battle between "antifas", which is described as "an alliance between anarchists and communists, in order to withstand and defeat fascists and white riders by any means necessary" and "anti-antifa" free collection of white rule, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, Ku Klux Klanners, white identity groups and a group called alt-right. "
The report blames the two sides equally for violence, continuing: "Thus, the anarchists against the nationalists of the communists against the Nazis, the left-wing extremists against the extreme right and the confrontation are becoming more violent and destructive."
Michael Herman, a former FBI agent who infiltrated the group in the 1990s and a member of the Brennan Justice Center, said the wording of the report was wrong.
antagonist and anti-antifa were designed to withstand this, – he said. "It seems that this is what seems to completely bleed the history of white suprematist violence in this country." which "extreme right groups" use these public sights as a method of incitement to violence. And they come, knowing that this will attract the attention of the protest groups from the community. "
Such groups "deliberately go to places to provoke protesters to come out and they are armed for a real street fight," the German said. The report also reproduces the opinion of the member of the National Committee of the Republic of Seon Stal, a clash of Berkeley in February 2017, first published in the conservative Washington Times. The text reads: "The crowds of anti-terrorists who cruelly attacked [student union] were the same as declaring war on the ideology of a man for whom the building (Martin Luther King King) and its citizens were called. Left America sent a message: Violence is the answer. "
The report considers the description of anti-fascists "terrorists" at nominal value, with which many experts disagree.
Mark Bray, a teacher at Dartmouth College and author Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Directory, said that the anti-antiphasation of American extreme right groups is also potentially misleading.
the sense that this is the main source of their self-identification, "he said.
The report provides further statements about the relationships between groups that, according to experts, are not confirmed by the facts. At one point in the report, it says: "An antef can be considered left anarchism, and anti-antifa can be considered right anarchism."
Bray said: "It's stupid … most of these right-wing groups do not oppose the state, a form of social organization. Many of them are fascists of one sort or another and believe in a strong state. "
Shane Berley, author of fascism Today: What is this and how to deal with it, agreed, saying that "the idea that these are the right anarchists is not a phenomenon, it does not actually exist."
The report is heavily edited, but spends most of its unreported length discussing anti-fascist assumptions and sometimes implicitly accusing these groups of violence. At one point, it focuses, in particular, on the events in Sacramento in June 2016, which forced the FBI to open a controversial investigation on the left-wing group.
At that time, the groups, including "Any Means" (Bamn), organized a counter protest against the white apex, which included the members of the Traditional Party and the Golden State Squids, some of which had knives. Several people were shot at the incident, including at least seven protesters.
After this incident, California law enforcement agencies collaborated with neo-Nazis to identify counter-protesters, charged with protesters, including wounded victims and not
In February Guardian discovered that the FBI responded to the incident by inspecting and investigating Bamn.
The ROCIC report also does not discuss specific groups that are actively organizing the unification of the rally right shortly after the date of publication of the report. Non-confederative groups such as the League of the South; neo-Nazi and identity groups such as "Avant-garde America", "National Socialist Movement", "Raising the Movement" and "Identity of Europe"; and do not mention such street fighting groups as the Bratz Order of the Alto Knights and proud guys.
All these groups were involved in the Charlottesville demonstration, which ended in the murder of Heather Heer by James Alex Field,
. The report also widely disseminates information from conservative media and the right-wing advocacy group. It cites Glen Beck's "Blaze," quoted by the Washington Times, and the conservative website of Laura Ingraham, "LifeZette," along with more authoritative sources, including the Guardian.
Brey criticized the weakness of the sources of reports. "There are many literature on the nature of extreme right politics in Europe and the United States. It just sounds like someone got a job from Google, "he added.
Ryan Shapiro, executive director of Property of the People, who received documents, said: "American secret services have a long, sad story of targeting progressive. Movement as a Threat to American Security "
No ROCIC nor RISS did not respond to repeated requests for commentary on the report.