Alt-Observer Weekly Summary for 02 February 2018

The Alt-Observer Weekly Summary highlights activities from revolutionary communist, radical anarchist, fascist and other ‘alternative’ political groups that fulfill our intelligence requirements for both the Alt-Left and Alt-Right groups. This report is available for Alt-Observer subscribers.


Priority Intelligence Requirements

  • PIR1: What indicators describe the Alt-Left movement’s strength, capabilities, sentiment, and capabilities?
  • PIR2: What indicators describe the Alt-Right movement’s strength, capabilities, sentiment, and capabilities?
  • PIR3: What are the new indicators of future politically-related violence?
  • PIR4: What is the current threat index score for the Alt-Left movement?
  • Culture War Roll-Up

PIR1: What indicators describe the Alt-Left movement’s strength, capabilities, sentiment, initiatives, and infighting?

National

Facebook: An anarchist Facebook account posted a list of reasons why antifascists and anarchists wear masks at protests. The list is comprised of seven reasons why they wear masks and each reason is accompanied with an explanation as to why wearing a face covering is essential for protecting oneself. The following is the list of seven reasons why protestors should wear masks:

  1. State surveillance
  2. Blacklists
  3. Grand Jury witch hunts
  4. Infiltration
  5. Harassment
  6. Media exposure
  7. Physical safety

(Source: https://www.facebook.com/AnarchistLife/posts/1578209002232611)

 

East Coast

 

 

New York: Antifa member and John Jay College professor Michael Isaacson, who has repeatedly displayed anti-police sentiments on live television and social media, has reportedly been fired from the university for his recent statements. In regards to his firing the university released a statement: “Mr. Isaacson is no longer teaching at John Jay.  In regard to expressions of hate or intimidation, please review our previous statement, http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/news/statement-john-jay-college-president-karol-v-mason.” (Source: https://pjmedia.com/trending/cop-hating-antifa-professor-finally-terminated-john-jay-college/)

West Virginia: An AMTRAK train carrying members of Congress to a Republican retreat in Greenbrier, West Virginia was involved in a crash earlier today after colliding with a truck. One fatality has been confirmed, however the members of Congress who were on board, as well as their staff and family have reportedly been unharmed. Authorities have not yet determined if the crash was an accident or an intentional terror attack on the train and it’s passengers, however this train crash has occurred just weeks after antifascist and anarchist groups have claimed responsibility for previously targeting AMTRAK trains and have openly discussed their plans for targeting more in the future. (Source: http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/31/train-carrying-republicans-wreck-photos-video/)

Philadelphia: (Also appeared in last week’s report, though still current.) Anarchist and Anti-fascist groups in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania are using the Eagles’ return to the Super Bowl as an excuse to cause social disruption and chaos. In an article on It’s Going Down, Antifascists discussed how they essentially hijacked the celebration of the Eagles’ win over the Minnesota Vikings on January 21st, “We took this opportunity to begin chants such as “Fuck the Patriots” and “Fuck Tom Brady” which many didn’t notice quickly became abbreviated to “FTP” and “Fuck 12” (Brady’s number). The crowd began to swell, with people leaving and even more left their homes to join the party and follow what soon became an autonomous, spontaneous anti police demonstration.” After this the celebration soon turned from a celebration of victory, to a violent, anti-police riot, “We continued to throw projectiles, light things on fire, and paint the walls with many other folks, most of whom we had never struggled against domination with, but whom we certainly hope to have at the barricades with us in the future.” (Analyst Comment: The Eagles fans celebrating were not originally anti-police. According to the authors, the fans were becoming increasingly rowdy, which led to the police attempting to shut down the celebration and threatening people with noise violations. It was not until members of Antifa began rioting and chanting anti-police chants that the group as a whole became increasingly anti-police and disruptive.) The article ended with a proclamation that they “hope to see y’all in the streets February 4th,” which is the date of Super Bowl LII. (Analyst Comment: Given this statement and what happened when the Eagles won the NFC Championship game, it’s reasonable to assume that rioting will ensue in Philadelphia if the Eagles win or lose the Super Bowl.) (Source: https://anarchistnews.org/content/report-back-eagles-riots-chance-solidarity-more-importantly-chance-joy)

Antifa: Steven Crowder and Jared Monroe appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast to discuss their recent infiltration into Antifa, which according to Jared was quite easy. Jared claimed that Antifa openly discusses where they’re meeting on their social media pages, which are also easy to infiltrate. Jared recorded his first meeting with Antifa, where they proceeded to give him a knife, discuss upcoming protests and their acquisition of firearms such as two AK-47’s and a sawed-off shotgun. When Crowder and Jared attempted to provide the information they gathered to the media and FBI, the news media outlets did not want to cover the story and the FBI was more interested in Antifa’s function/organization and Jared’s communication with Antifa members via an encrypted app. (Source: https://www.louderwithcrowder.com/crowder-takes-joe-rogan-behind-scenes-infiltrating-antifa/)

 

 

Midwest

Minnesota: Black Lives Matter and Antifa have vowed to target Super Bowl LII on Sunday in Minnesota. The groups dropped banners on Monday at the Super Bowl LII media event that said “#WeReadyWeComin”, and hundreds of protestors marched outside in the streets blocking traffic. According to one of their Facebook pages, nineteen different leftist organizations are uniting to protest the Super Bowl every day leading up to the event and that “Their plans will culminate on Sunday, February 4, with a 3pm rally at Peavey Park (Franklin & Chicago Ave), followed by a march to US Bank Stadium.” So far 3,000 people have marked themselves as interested in attending the protest. In response to this threat, the FBI has stated that they are preparing for a potential terror attack organized by Antifa and BLM at the event. (Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/237330220140466/) (Source: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/01/black-lives-matter-antifa-vow-target-super-bowl-lii/)(Source: http://www.theneonnettle.com/news/3691-fbi-antifa-preparing-a-massive-terrorist-attack-at-sunday-s-super-bowl-event)

 

Southeast

Nothing Significant to Report

 

West Coast

 

Washington: An Antifa member was caught on video harassing and becoming increasingly aggressive with a group of elderly women who were protesting Planned Parenthood outside of one of it’s facilities in Olympia, Washington. (Source: https://www.facebook.com/tiny.toese/videos/175428956562691/)

West Virginia/Washington: In light of the recent AMTRAK train that carried Republican members of Congress crashing, Antifa has since deleted articles that were posted on one of it’s websites that openly discussed targeting AMTRAK trains. (Source: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/12/hiding-something-antifa-website-deletes-article-sabotaging-train-tracks-concrete-washington-state-derailment/)

California: Antifascists in the Bay Area tore down and burned a banner that was hung on an overpass that said, “DANGER! Sanctuary City ahead!” The banner was created and hung by the white nationalist group Identity Evropa. (Source: https://enoughisenough14.org/2018/02/02/bay-area-antifascists-removed-and-burned-banner-of-white-nationalists/)

 

Southwest

Dallas: An upcoming court case could be the first prosecution of a Black Identity Extremist. Christopher Daniels was arrested in his home on December 12th, 2017 after two years of FBI surveillance. The FBI had been investigating Daniels, who is known in the Dallas black community as “Rakem Balogun,” for possible terrorist threats due to his “Black Idenity Extremist” views. Inside Daniels’ apartment was a Taurus Protector Poly 38 Special and a Norinco AK-style assault rifle, which are illegal for him to possess due to a past misdemeanor conviction. The FBI also confiscated a book called Negroes With Guns, by Robert F. Williams, who is a civil rights leader and an advocate of an armed uprising against the perceived racial oppression of blacks in America by whites. According to the FBI, Daniels has been under investigation since appearing at an anti-police/pro-second amendment rally in Austin. Footage of the rally depicts protestors open carrying firearms and chanting things like “the only good pig is a dead pig.” Daniels is a co-founder of Guerrilla Mainframe, which is a community based political organization that offers weapon training programs, group fitness, food, clothing and shelter, community unification programs. Perhaps the biggest red flag that indicates his radicalization is that on his Facebook page, Daniels shared an article by the Dallas Morning News about how the July 7th killing of 5 Dallas police officers by Micah X Johnson was the result of “America’s failure to address racism,” with the caption, “LMAO they deserve what they got.” In another Facebook post, which was posted on the one year anniversary of the Dallas shootings, Daniels said,“Today, one year ago, one black man brought the Dallas Pig Department to their knees. #77.” Friends and family of Daniels, civil rights advocates, and other members of the black community have expressed concerns that this investigation will set a “precedent of targeting African-Americans, like Daniels, for their political activism, and using broad categories anchored in race to potentially criminalize speech and political activity.” (Source: https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/01/30/is-a-court-case-in-texas-the-first-prosecution-of-a-black-identity-extremist/)(Source: https://www.guerrillamainframe.org)

 


PIR2: What indicators describe the Alt-Right movement’s strength, capabilities, sentiment, initiatives, and infighting?

Charlottesville: Yet another attendee of the August 12th Unite the Right Rally has been arrested. Tyler Watkins Davis, an alleged white supremacist, was arrested for his connection to an assault on a counter-protetsor named DeAndre Harris, who was hospitalized after the attack. Davis is the fourth person to be arrested in connection with the incident and has been charged with malicious wounding. (Source: http://idavox.com/index.php/2018/01/25/next-on-the-white-power-chopping-block-tyler-watkins-davis/)

California: Samuel Woodford, an alleged neo-Nazi, is accused of killing a 19-year-old, gay, Jewish, University of Pennsylvania student. Woodford is reportedly a member of the Atomwaffen Division, which is an armed fascist group. (Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/california-murder-suspect-said-to-have-trained-with-extremist-hate-group/ar-BBIhKi7)

California: Antifascists in the Bay Area tore down and burned a banner that was hung on an overpass that said, “DANGER! Sanctuary City ahead!” The banner was created and hung by the white nationalist group Identity Evropa. (Source: https://enoughisenough14.org/2018/02/02/bay-area-antifascists-removed-and-burned-banner-of-white-nationalists/)


PIR3: What are the new indicators of future politically-related violence?

28 JAN-04 FEB: Minneapolis Black Lives Matter to hold a week-long protest against Super Bowl 52

03 FEB: San Diego – Protect Chicano Park from White Supremacists 

05-12 FEB: International solidarity campaign with repressed Russian anarchists

08 FEB: Protest against offshore drilling at BOEM public hearing in Sacramento

09 FEB: United: A Black History Month Celebration in Austin, Texas

03 MAR: Black Lives Matter Houston: March For Black Women celebrating black sisterhood

05 MAR: Alt-Right leader Richard Spencer scheduled to speak at Michigan State

16-18 MAR: MAGACON 2018

17 MAR: CopWatch Orientation hosted by Black Lives Matter Sacramento

TBA – Richard Spencer speech at University of Cincinnati

TBA – Richard Spencer speech at University of Michigan

TBA – Lawsuits or threats of lawsuits still pending to allow Richard Spencer to speak at Penn State, Ohio State, and Kent State


PIR4: What is the current threat index score for the Alt-Left movement?

Indicators of Revolutionary Activity

Strong Indications: 7

Weak Indications: 5

No/Negligible Indications: 8

We remain at 12/20 total indicators, and there’s been no change in the last week.


Culture War Roll-Up

California: In a rant caught on video, a California high school teacher was seen slandering members of the military. In the video the teacher is heard saying things like, “Think about the people you know who are over there. Your freakin’ stupid Uncle Louie or whatever. They’re dumb s – – – s. They’re not high-level bankers. They’re not academic people. They’re not intellectual people. They’re the freakin’ lowest of our low.” In response to the now viral video, the superintendent of the school district said that the teacher would be disciplined. (Source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/01/28/california-teacher-slams-military-members-as-lowest-low-in-classroom-rant-caught-on-video.html)

 

Samuel Culper is a former Intelligence NCO and contractor. Iraq(x1)/Afghanistan(x2). He now studies intelligence and warfare.

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