Saw this thought-provoking comment posted on ZeroHedge:
The original article:"Black bloc" and "Antifa" are not Anarchists. They are government provocateurs.
I ran across these guys for the first time in the late '80s. One of them hung around a coffeeshop I managed at the time, trying to get people to commit pointless crimes of vandalism. I noted that when he urged violence, he wasn't caught up in his rhetoric, like most people are when they spout off. He was watching to see if people were buying it. He took an instant dislike to me, because I wasn't buying it.
I mentioned him to my parents, who had been active in protests against the Vietnam War. They immediately said, "Stay the hell away from that guy and get him out of your coffeeshop. He's an FBI provocateur. Watch the people who gravitate to him get arrested." They were right, that's what happened. Another guy I met once in that same circle ended up getting Malcolm X's mentally ill daughter to say the magic words to get arrested in a totally fabricated FBI "plot" to assassinate Louis Farrakhan, back when that clown was news.
These "Black Bloc/Antifa" guys are in place to justify the crackdown and orgy of State Violence that will be needed when the finance system completely implodes. That they're getting all this attention all of a sudden is very worrying. Must be coming soon. They've got Americans demanding it, they've got a feckless minor Oligarch in the figurehead position, they've got Generals poised to take over all actual positions of power; it's coming on quickly by the look of it.
ZeroHedge said:President Trump was crucified by the mainstream media a few weeks back after hosting an improvised press conference and saying there was "blame on both sides" for the violence in Charlottesville that resulted in the death of a counterprotester. The comments resulted in most of Trump's advisory councils being disbanded, as CEO's around the country pounced on the opportunity to distance themselves from the administration, and heightened calls from CNN for impeachment proceedings.
The problem is that while Trump's delivery probably could have been a bit more artful, the underlying message seems to be proving more accurate with each passing day and each new outbreak of Antifa violence.
As Politico points out today, previously unreported FBI and Department of Homeland Security studies found that "anarchist extremist" group like Antifa have been the "primary instigators of violence at public rallies" going back to at least April 2016 when the reports were first published.
Federal authorities have been warning state and local officials since early 2016 that leftist extremists known as “antifa” had become increasingly confrontational and dangerous, so much so that the Department of Homeland Security formally classified their activities as “domestic terrorist violence,” according to interviews and confidential law enforcement documents obtained by POLITICO.
Since well before the Aug. 12 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly, DHS has been issuing warnings about the growing likelihood of lethal violence between the left-wing anarchists and right-wing white supremacist and nationalist groups.
Previously unreported documents disclose that by April 2016, authorities believed that “anarchist extremists” were the primary instigators of violence at public rallies against a range of targets. They were blamed by authorities for attacks on the police, government and political institutions, along with symbols of “the capitalist system,” racism, social injustice and fascism, according to a confidential 2016 joint intelligence assessment by DHS and the FBI.
Not surprisingly, law enforcement officials noted that the rise in Antifa violence overlapped perfectly with Trump's campaign as they made appearances at rally after rally to incite chaos...all the while making it seem as if violent, racist Trump supporters were to blame.
“It was in that period [as the Trump campaign emerged] that we really became aware of them,” said one senior law enforcement official tracking domestic extremists in a state that has become a front line in clashes between the groups. “These antifa guys were showing up with weapons, shields and bike helmets and just beating the shit out of people. … They’re using Molotov cocktails, they’re starting fires, they’re throwing bombs and smashing windows.”
Almost immediately, the right-wing targets of the antifa attacks began fighting back, bringing more and larger weapons and launching unprovoked attacks of their own, the documents and interviews show. And the extremists on both sides have been using the confrontations, especially since Charlottesville, to recruit unprecedented numbers of new members, raise money and threaten more confrontations, they say.
“Everybody is wondering, 'What are we gonna do? How are we gonna deal with this?'” said the senior state law enforcement official. “Every time they have one of these protests where both sides are bringing guns, there are sphincters tightening in my world. Emotions get high, and fingers get twitchy on the trigger.”