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As US midterms approach, ‘socialism’ no longer a dirty word

October 31, 2018

In the US, ‘socialism’ has long been seen as a dirty word. But now, as they seek to push the Democratic Party further left in the run-up to the midterms, some progressive candidates are no longer afraid to campaign under its banner.

“Today, I saw something truly terrifying… I saw just how easy it would be, were I less involved and less certain of our nation’s founding and its history, to fall for the populist lines they were shouting from that stage.”

Those were the words of a reporter from the ultra-conservative website Daily Caller, covering a campaign rally by Democratic candidate for the House Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in New York in July this year.

Though the reporter’s words drip with skepticism, they are revealing: in a country where capitalism is king and where the word “socialism” has long been associated with the worst aspects of communism and the days of the USSR, the “s-word” is no longer taboo. So much so, that socialist ideals can now be spoken about at political rallies by mainstream Congressional candidates.

© Scott Eisen / Getty Images / AFP | Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at a rally to reject Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court on October 1, 2018, in Boston, Massachusetts

Gallup poll released in August found that, for the first time, Democrats have a better image of socialism than capitalism. A small increase in the number with a positive view of socialism (57 percent in 2018 compared to 53 percent in 2010) was compounded by a slightly larger decrease in the number with a positive view of capitalism (dropping from 53 percent eight years ago to 47 percent today).

This shift has already been in evidence at the ballot box, not least in Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning primary victory against the established party favourite Joseph Crowley back in June, catapulting her to star status as the darling of the Democratic left.

A disciple of Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez is openly socialist. A member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), she supports public healthcare for all, tuition-free higher education and the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

These are radical policies in a country where the young are often saddled with student debt and health insurance so expensive that many go without it.

Before Sanders, there was Occupy

There have been other surprise successes for leftist candidates at the primaries. In Michigan, Rashida Tlaib, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, is set to become the first Muslim woman elected to the House of Representatives. Tlaib has also been embraced by Sanders and the socialist wing of the Democrats. In Florida, candidate for governor Andrew Gillum, another Sanders disciple, won his primary with a promise to raise the minimum wage to $15 (€13) an hour (up from $8.25 currently).

Socialist candidates or those supported by the DSA have also been enjoying success in local elections. They include Julia Salazar in New York, Sara Innamorato in Pennsylvania and Gabriel Acevero in Maryland. In total, 50 DSA-backed candidates were victorious in the primaries.

To some it may appear that this phenomenon started with Sanders and his attention-grabbing but ultimately doomed bid to win the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential vote. Not so, says historian Maurice Isserman, a professor at Hamilton College and himself a member of the DSA.

“The origin can be dated to the 2008 financial crisis,” says Isserman. “In many ways, young people in the United States are still feeling the consequences of that crisis: student debt became an increasing problem, the kind of steady, well-paying jobs that previously might have allowed them to pay it off or get into the housing market for the first time are increasingly scarce.”

As a consequence, faith in “the durability and the benefits of the capitalist system” was shaken, particularly among the Millennial generation, says Isserman.

“Moreover, 20 years past the fall of the Soviet Union, and the old fears of socialism – that just a step towards communism was a step towards the gulag – have faded for the younger generation.”

In the wake of the financial crisis, new social movements sprang up, such as Occupy Wall Street in 2011 and Black Lives Matter two years later.

“There would have been no Bernie Sanders campaign without Occupy,” says Isserman. “Even though Occupy disappeared quickly, its issues, like income inequality, and its slogans – ‘the 1 percent versus the 99 percent’ – really did change the conversation politically.

“And so suddenly you have this guy walking around, describing himself as a democratic socialist [though not a member of the DSA]. Tens of thousands of people are Googling ‘democratic socialism’ to see what the heck that is. Because that was not a familiar term for many Americans.”

Many of those internet searches led to the curious stumbling upon the website of the DSA, says Isserman, and its membership numbers began to expand dramatically.

Founded in 1982 with around 5,000 to 6,000 members, the DSA had grown little by 2016, according to Isserman.

But today, it has 50,000 members. What’s more, this sudden growth has been fuelled mostly by the relatively young.

“Since the 2016 election, the average age has plummeted from around 65 to around 30,” says Chris Maisano, a DSA organiser based in New York. “I was usually the youngest person in the room, but now at age 36 I am something of a grey-hair!”

The Trump effect

But if Occupy and Sanders acted as the catalysts for the rehabilitation of socialism in America, there is only one man to thank for it becoming the coherent political movement it is today.

“Bernie primed the US public, particularly younger people who were anxious about their economic situation and their future prospects, for democratic socialism,” explains Maisano. “The shock of Trump’s election pushed them into political organisation.”

That was certainly the case for 28-year-old DSA activist Margaret McLaughlin, from Washington, DC. A Sanders supporter during the presidential primaries, she joined the movement on November 9, 2016 – the day after Trump’s election.

“I’ve always considered myself to the left of the establishment Democrats,” she says. “But it has only been in the past couple of years that the political binary has been disintegrating. And people in the USA feel that they can call themselves something other than Democrat or Republican.”

In the months following Ocasio-Cortez’s primary victory, McLaughlin has seen a big rise in membership at her local DSA branch.

“We have taken on about 400 new members since then. We now have about 1,600,” she says.

But while this new breed of American socialism has grown out of the Democratic Party and DSA candidates are running under the party’s banner in the midterms, it does not always sit easily within it. Some, like McLaughlin, feel uncertain the party will give the movement the space it needs to grow in the future. McLaughlin says that, in the long term, she would like to see the creation of a true “workers’ party”.

But not everyone is in agreement.

The DSA is a “big tent” covering a host of different factions, according to Isserman.

“The newer generation in the DSA is by no means united in its political perspective. Some of them have the traditional Harrington perspective, which is to be ‘the left of the possible’, meaning: ‘We should operate within the Democratic Party itself’,” he says, referring to the DSA’s founder Michael Harrington.

“There are also people who are very uncomfortable with the Democratic Party, they have one foot in, one foot out. They were very turned off by Hillary Clinton and hope eventually to see a third party, an explicitly socialist party.”

Maisano also recognises that there are “numerous internal threads” in the DSA, but points out that at its 2016 convention, the organisation defined three key priorities: supporting socialist and progressive candidates in election; working with the unions; and building a national movement for universal health insurance.

Within a population of 325 million Americans, 50,000 social democrats may not be a huge number. But socialist ideals seem to be permeating more and more into the policies of the wider Democratic Party. Leftist policies such as universal health insurance have been adopted by even the moderate wing of the Democrats.

“Diversity helps the party,” Christine Pelosi, a member of the Democratic National Committee who helps the party stay more connected to grass-roots activists, told the New York Times in April. “I welcome their constructive criticism.”

But other Democrats fear that openly socialist candidates, or policies seen as too radical, could put off moderate voters and make winning back power from the Republicans less likely.

The midterms on November 6, therefore, will be something of a testing ground for this new breed of Democrat and could well determine who the party chooses as their candidate – and the platform they stand on – to take on Trump in 2020.

This article was adapted from the original in French.

AFP

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Chicago Police deploys an extra 1,400 officers for Labor Day weekend

September 1, 2018

The Chicago Police Department is putting an extra 1,400 officers on the streets to try to reduce the number of shootings over the Labor Day weekend.

The deployment is part of a strategy the department employs over the three warm weather holiday weekends of Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day when the number of violent crimes typically increases.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that last year over the same holiday weekend, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson deployed an additional 1,300 officers. The weekend ended with seven people killed in shootings and another 35 wounded.

As the department has done just before previous holiday weekends, this year it teamed up with other law enforcement agencies to execute raids in which dozens of people were arrested and several guns were seized.
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Standing on the sidewalk outside the Englewood gas station store where he’s worked for the past six to seven years, the security guard held his phone in front of his mouth and asked it to remind him when the last shooting there had been.“Shooting at Citgo 59th and Halsted. Shooting at Citgo 59th and Halsted,” he repeated.

In June, a 24-year-old man was killed on the block. In July, an 18-year-old was shot in the forearm riding in a car near 59th and Halsted. But the most recent shooting employees could remember taking place at the gas station itself was in 2013, when a 21-year-old man was killed and another 21-year-old wounded.

Then, a few minutes before 11:30 p.m. Friday in the 800 block of West 59th Street, two people walked up to a 41-year-old man in the drivers’ seat of a car and opened fire, hitting him in both arms and legs. He drove to St. Bernard hospital, where he was in serious condition, police said.

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The security guard speculated that sooner or later, every car would end up at a gas station, making them common locations for shootings.

“Everybody’s gotta get gas,” he said.

However, he said he was surprised someone had been shot at the Citgo Friday, because there always seem to be police around.

As officers scanned the scene outside, where yellow tape had been tied around gas pumps on the southeast end of the parking lot, a gold sedan with two men inside, a driver and front-seat passenger, pulled up alongside the sidewalk in front of the store.

“What the [expletive] happened here, anyway?” one of them asked, eyeing the crime scene several yards away.

“Somebody got shot,” the security guard answered.

“Young kid?” the man asked.

“No, he grown,” the guard said.

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The guard didn’t see the man who’d been shot, but learned from police on scene. He was inside the store, where he works the night shift, when he heard gunshots. He estimated there were seven to 10. He got low, out of the way, and waited, emerging once police were there. It’s better not to see anything, he said.

As the guard ducked down, cashier Syed Rizwan dashed into an office at the southwest corner of the store and called 911. Rizwan, an employee since 2008, had been working behind the counter at the south end of the store when he heard the first of many gunshots, he said.

As Rizwan recounted previous shootings at the gas station — he said he knew the man killed there in 2013 as a regular customer— a pair of Chicago police officers walked in to the store and up to the counter, where they asked to see the business license. Another man behind the counter retrieved a binder and held it open to show them the laminated pages.

The same two officers later went to the hospital, where another crime scene had been constructed around the car the man was shot in. The battered old dark blue sedan, with metal hanging off the front right side and at least four bullet holes visible in the passenger side door, was parked facing west outside the Emergency Room entrance on the south side of the building.

As police shined flashlights in the car, they removed several items and set them in a cluster on the sidewalk: A plastic green grocery bag, a pale blue article of clothing, a dark red or purple car seat.

Back at the Citgo, yellow evidence markers had finally arrived, sprinkling the pavement in between the parking lot and street.Including the gas station, four people have died and eight people were wounded during shootings Friday and early Saturday in Chicago’s South and West sides.

In the most recent homicide, a shooter fired into a group of people gathered outside in an alley around 4:10 a.m. in the 700 block of North Central Avenue in South Austin, killing a 29-year-old woman. She was pronounced dead on scene. Police said they don’t know if she was the intended target.

About 20 minutes earlier, also in South Austin, one man was killed and another injured in a shooting around 3:50 a.m. in the 5100 block of West Maypole Avenue. They also were standing with a group outside when they were shot, police said. A masked shooter shot at the group, hitting a 32-year-old in the neck and a 23-year-old man in the wrist. The 32-year-old was pronounced dead at Stroger, while the younger man was at Loretto Hospital in good condition.

The 18-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk with a 27-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman about 2:40 p.m. in the 800 block of East 65th Street in the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood.

A gunman approached, firing shots that hit the 18-year-old in the chest and head. He later died, police said.

The 27-year-old, shot in the back, was critically hurt and taken to University of Chicago Medical Center. The 24-year-old woman’s condition had stabilized at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

An earlier fatal shooting happened about 8:50 a.m. in the 4300 block of W. West End Avenue in the West Garfield Park neighborhood.

There, a 21-year-old woman was shot in the head and taken to Norwegian American Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, and a man, between the ages of 18 and 24, suffered a gunshot wound to the arm, police said.

Around 8:45 p.m., a 31-year-old man was shot in his lower right thigh in the 4300 block of West Gladys Avenue in West Garfield Park. He was taken to a local hospital in good condition, police said. The circumstances of the shooting weren’t yet clear, police said.

Around 1:45 a.m., another man was shot, in the West Side neighborhood of Lawndale. The man, who is 37, was walking in the 4300 block of West Cermak Road when he heard gunshots and realized he’d been hit in the forearm and grazed in a finger, police said. He was uncooperative with police, who said the man showed up at Mount Sinai in good condition.

Most recently, around 2:45 a.m. in the West Side’s South Austin neighborhood, a 20-year-old man was shot in the abdomen in the 5200 block of West Lake Street, police said. He got himself to Mount Sinai Hospital, where police said he’d been stabilized. He was uncooperative with police and didn’t tell them any details about what happened, they said.

No further details were released.

No arrests have been made.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-violence-shootings-20180831-story.html

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Disgusted Cops in Chicago Asleep on the Job?

August 21, 2018

Two Chicago police officers are in hot water Monday after a picture of them sleeping on the job went viral.

The photo showed two cops in a Chicago Police 6111 vehicle slumped over and snoozing. Both were wearing black bullet-proof vests.

The picture was posted Saturday and has been shared more than 20,000 times on Facebook, including by mayoral candidate Ja’Mal Green.

Green, who has been active in the Black Lives Matter movement, blamed the sleeping situation on mandatory overtime ordered by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

“In light of all of the violence that happened last week, Rahm decided to deploy 600 MORE officers & make officers work overtime! This picture proves WHY this was a bad idea. Officers get fatigued which will prevent them from reacting to crime,” Green wrote on his Facebook page.

Former Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who is also running for mayor, called sleeping on the job “just inexcusable.”

“It’s a big deal,” he told WGN.

The Chicago Police Department pushed back on claims the dozing duo were overworked and burned out. “Office welfare, health and safety are among our highest priorities. The officers involved in this incident were not on an overtime initiative and worked minimal amounts of overtime since July 1 and didn’t work overtime this week or weekend.”

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the CPD became aware of the photo over the weekend and that the Bureaus of Patrol and Internal Affairs have opened an investigation.

“Officers will face discipline,” Gugliemi said.

The embarrassing picture comes at a time when crime in Chicago has been on the rise. Fifty-nine people were shot in the city over the weekend. Six died and 53 were wounded, including a 3-year-old boy who was shot in the leg.

On Saturday night, three people were shot at a back-to-school peace picnic held at a playground. A fourth person was beaten up at the event that was held to promote peace and community.

Commenting on the crime wave last week, Emanuel, a Democrat, said in part: “I know the power of what faith and family can do. … Our kids need that structure. … I am asking … that we also don’t shy away from a full discussion about the importance of family and faith helping to develop and nurture character, self-respect, a value system and a moral compass that allows kids to know good from bad and right from wrong.”

https://nypost.com/2018/08/20/cops-photographed-sleeping-in-car-after-violent-weekend-in-chicago/

The Millennial Socialists Are Coming

July 1, 2018

In May, three young progressive women running for the state Legislature in Pennsylvania, each endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America, won decisive primary victories over men heavily favored by the political establishment. Two of the women, Summer Lee, 30, and Sara Innamorato, 32, ousted incumbents, the distant cousins Dom Costa and Paul Costa, members of an iconic Pennsylvania political family.

Elizabeth Fiedler, 37, announced her run three months after giving birth to her second child, and she had a nursery in her Philadelphia campaign office so other parents could drop off their kids before canvassing shifts. Talking to voters, she spoke of depending on Medicaid and CHIP for her kids’ health insurance, and of the anxiety she felt during two weeks when their insurance lapsed.

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Lee was open about the more than $200,000 in student loans that have weighed on her since graduating from law school, which gave her a visceral sense, she told me, of the “need for free, quality education for everybody.” (An African-American woman running in a largely white district, she ended up with 68 percent of the vote.) Innamorato spoke about how her father’s opioid addiction had pushed her and her mother from the middle class. “I’ve lived the struggles of my district,” she told me.

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The New York Times

Their races were part of a grass-roots civic renewal that is happening across this country, something that is, for me, the sole source of optimism in this very dark time. Marinating in the news in New York City, I’m often sick with despair. An authoritarian president of dubious legitimacy and depraved character is poised to remake America for generations with a second Supreme Court pick. The federal government is a festival of kleptocratic impunity. Kids the same age as my own are ripped from their migrant parents.

 

Summer Lee defeated a longtime incumbent for a State Senate seat, in her neighborhood of Swissvale, Penn.Credit Mark Makela for The New York Times

But all over the nation, people, particularly women, are working with near supernatural energy to rebuild democracy from the ground up, finding ways to exercise political power however they can. For the middle-aged suburbanites who are the backbone of the anti-Trump resistance, that often means shoring up the Democratic Party. For younger people who see Donald Trump’s election as the apotheosis of a rotten political and economic system, it often means trying to remake that party as a vehicle for democratic socialism.

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Facebook Fraud: Australian linked to fake ‘Black Lives Matter’ Facebook page — fake page had almost 700,000 followers — fundraising campaigns brought in more than US$100,000

April 10, 2018

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SYDNEY (AFP) – A high-level Australian union official was suspended Tuesday amid claims he was involved in a fake “Black Lives Matter” Facebook page that raked in thousands of dollars in donations.Broadcaster CNN reported that the fake page had almost 700,000 followers — more than twice as many as the official Black Lives Matter page — before it was suspended.

It allegedly ran fundraising campaigns earning more than US$100,000, purportedly for Black Lives Matters causes in the United States.

CNN claimed that some of the money was transferred to Australian bank accounts, raising new questions about the integrity of Facebook’s platform and the content hosted there.

A senior Australia’s National Union of Workers figure — who is white — was linked to the fake page and other black rights websites by the broadcaster.

The union, which represents workers across various industries, said two people had been suspended.

“The NUW has launched an investigation into claims made by a CNN report and has suspended the relevant officials pending the outcome of an investigation,” National Secretary Tim Kennedy said in a statement.

“The NUW is not involved in and has not authorised any activities with reference to claims made in CNN’s story.”

Black Lives Matter is an activist organisation set up in the United States to campaign against violence and racism against black people.

A co-founder of the movement, Patrisse Cullors, tweeted that she had complained to Facebook and Twitter about numerous fake accounts.

“These fake BLM accounts and fake BLM people literally stealing money off of Black Death is so stomach churning I can’t even begin to explain,” she said.

“We told fb over and over again to shut that shit down. And it wouldn’t. Glad it’s down now.”

The revelations come with Facebook — used by two billion people — under huge pressure globally for massive lapses in protecting personal data.

Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg was testifying this week before the US Congress to explain how user privacy was compromised at the world’s biggest social network and how he intends to fix it.

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The largest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook is reportedly a fraud — run by a white man in Australia who used it to take in more than $100,000 in donations.

The page was simply called “Black Lives Matter” and had nearly 700,000 followers, compared with the 322,000 for the verified page of the same name, CNN reported Monday.

The bogus page has been suspended and online payment platforms PayPal, Patreon, Donorbox and Classy have stopped working with it.

Some of the money raised through the fake page reportedly went into a bank in Australia.

The page was tied to Ian Mackay, an official with the National Union of Workers in Australia. He has served as an organizer and branch vice president, CNN reported

He’s been suspended pending a union investigation.

“The NUW is not involved in, and has not authorized, any activities with reference to claims made in CNN’s story,” said union national secretary Tim Kennedy.

CNN reported that Mackay has registered dozens of Web sites, many of which claim to be tied to black-rights issues.

In April 2015, he registered blackpowerfist.com using his name, e-mail address and phone number.

Patrisse Cullors, a BLM co-founder, said she was troubled by the apparent scam.

“We rely on donors who believe in our work and our cause and that [the] money will be used in a way that is respectful,” Cullors said.

DeRay McKesson, another prominent BLM activist, said the fast rise of the movement has left it vulnerable to such schemes.

“It’s important to remember the movement was organic and no organizations started the protests that spread across the country,” McKesson said. “The consequences of that is it hasn’t been easy to think about authenticity in the digital space.”

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“Unarmed black man killed by police” — Words spoken too often — Police vehicle strikes protester at call for justice for Stephon Clark

April 1, 2018

Al Jazeera

The incident occurred as demonstrators marched to demand justice for unarmed black man killed by police.

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Protesters have held near-daily rallies since Clark was killed by police on March 18 [File: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP]
Protesters have held near-daily rallies since Clark was killed by police on March 18 [File: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP]

A sheriff’s vehicle in the US state of California has hit an activist as protesters continued their near-daily rallies, calling for justice for Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man killed by police.

Video of the incident shared on Twitter shows the police vehicle accelerating as a protester walks in front of the car. The protester is thrown to the ground.

Protester at Stephon Clark vigil in Sacramento hit by sheriff's vehicle

 

Emergency responders treat a woman who was struck by a Sacramento Sheriff’s Dept. vehicle at a rally and vigil for Stephon Clark. (Elijah Nouvelage / EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

 

The Sacramento Sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to Al Jazeera’s request for comment, but a deputy with the South Sacramento California Highway Patrol confirmed to local media that someone suffered minor injuries from the collision.

Local media also reported that the protester was hit after officers issued multiple warnings for those at the rally to disperse.

The incident occurred as demonstrators marched to demand justice for Clark, a 20-year-old father of two who was killed by police on March 18.

Police officers involved in the shooting death say they believed Clark was holding a gun as they shot at him more than 20 times in his grandmother’s backyard. It was later revealed that the young man was only holding a mobile phone.

His killing set off a wave of demonstrations from Sacramento to New York City, reigniting calls to end what many call the systemic racism among US police forces.

On Friday, it was revealed that Clark had been struck eight times, mostly in the back, by police, according to an independent autopsy, commissioned by Clark’s family.

‘Own your responsibility’

Member’s of Clark’s extended family spoke at Saturday’s rally, saying “nothing seems to change” when it comes to how police treat people of colour.

The “situation seems to happen quite often, that someone who looks like me isn’t going home,” Curtis Gordon, Clark’s uncle, told the rally, local media reported.

“You really can’t internalise that unless you live it,” he was quoted as saying, adding that the police officers involved in Clark’s killing “must become accountable”.

“You must own your responsibility,” he said.

Curtis Gordon speaks at a rally aimed at ensuring Clark’s memory and calling for police reform [Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo]

The killing of Clark comes amid years of national outrage over what activists and others call institutionalised racism among US police.

The Washington Post’s Fatal Force database counted more than 980 people police killings in 2017. The Guardian documented more than 1,090 police killings the previous year.

Nearly a quarter of those killed in 2016 were African Americans although the group accounts for roughly 12 percent of the total US population.

According to a watchdog group The Sentencing Project, African American men are six times more likely to be arrested than white men.

People of colour make up around 67 percent of the 2.2 million people held in US prisons and jails.

These disparities, particularly the killing of African Americans by police, has prompted the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, a popular civil rights movement aimed at ending police violence and dismantling structural racism.

On Friday, a white police officer who fatally shot Alton Sterling, a black man in the southern US state of Louisiana, in 2016 was fired, police said. The sacking came just days after the state’s district attorney said it would not be pressing charges against the two officers involved.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/stephon-clark-shooting-police-vehicle-strikes-protester-180401065607657.html

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Chicago’s deal with ACLU, Black Lives Matter changes political calculus for police reform

March 26, 2018

The Chicago Tribune

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On Tuesday, with public attention fixed on a primary election, attorneys filed a document in federal court detailing an agreement few had anticipated — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration had signed off on allowing groups including Black Lives Matter Chicago to consult on and seek to enforce a court agreement that will govern reforms in the troubled Chicago Police Department.

That was an about-face for an administration that previously had argued to dismiss litigation from those same groups seeking change in the police force. The city instead has been hammering out a court-backed slate of changes — known as a consent decree — with the office of Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who also sued the city to force change.

Now, the activists and advocacy groups will share influence in the process with city and state officials. Some of those activist groups take positions unlikely to appeal to the local political elite; Black Lives Matter Chicago, for example, advocates for de-funding the police and criminally prosecuting Emanuel, among others, in the alleged “cover-ups of the murders” of people by police.

While the news may have come as a surprise, the benefits of the deal to each party are clear — as are the risks the participants would have faced without the agreement.

For the city, the deal means that groups including the NAACP and ACLU of Illinois, and their army of lawyers, will suspend their lawsuits and join the negotiating process. If those lawsuits had continued, they might have dragged on through the 2019 mayoral election. Emanuel is seeking a third term and could face challengers who might seek to capitalize on some voters’ dissatisfaction with the police.

For the activists and advocacy groups, the agreement gives them influence they might not have won through their lawsuits. Their litigation could have failed, preventing them from forcing change in an agency that the U.S. Department of Justice found to be prone to misconduct and excessive force, often against minorities

The agreement, however, comes with political risks of its own, and it was immediately unpopular with some in law enforcement. A statement from Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham said the agreement would “go nowhere” without the support of rank-and-file cops. The FOP is in contract negotiations with the city, and Graham said police would “never give up (their) collective bargaining rights.”

Second City Cop, a blog catering to law enforcement, derided the agreement as a plan to “give terrorists a seat at the table.”

In a statement, Law Department spokesman Bill McCaffrey said the city “entered into these agreements to provide a formal process for these groups to share input and have productive conversations regarding the consent decree negotiations.”

“The agreements also suspend the ongoing litigation in the two pending cases and allow us to instead focus our time and resources on finalizing the consent decree with the Illinois attorney general and reforming the Chicago Police Department,” he wrote.

McCaffrey said the city had “offered the same process” to the police unions, though no similar arrangements had been reached.

FOP spokesman Martin Preib did not respond to a request for further comment beyond Graham’s statement.

The “memorandum of agreement” filed Tuesday codifies a deal between Madigan’s office, city officials and the plaintiffs from the two lawsuits, which include well-known organizations such as the ACLU of Illinois and Chicago Urban League, along with lesser known groups. Those groups had filed lawsuits complaining of police brutality and unfair treatment of African-Americans, Latinos and the mentally ill and disabled.

It was unclear why the court filing was made on primary election day, though releasing important information while the media and public are distracted is a common tactic among local political officials hoping to bury news. The agreement was announced in a press release from the ACLU of Illinois.

The agreement holds that the activists and advocacy groups will explain their grievances to representatives from the city and attorney general’s office and make proposals for the consent decree, and attorneys from the parties will meet to discuss the proposals and negotiate over them. Once a consent decree is written, the plaintiffs will get to see the document and give feedback.

The implementation of a consent decree is typically overseen by an appointed monitor, and the agreement holds that the yet-to-be-selected monitor who presides over Chicago’s consent decree will meet quarterly with the plaintiffs apart from the city and attorney general’s office.

The city and attorney general’s office also agreed not to contest the plaintiffs’ standing to seek court enforcement of the decree if the city fails to comply with it.

The plaintiffs, meanwhile, agreed to stay their lawsuits. One of the lawsuits includes the allegations of several individual plaintiffs, and their claims seeking money damages will not be stayed.

Sheila Bedi, a Northwestern University Law School professor and attorney who helped lead one of the lawsuits, said the agreement gives the activist groups real influence over changes to the Police Department.

“We can use the power of the federal court to try to ensure that the consent decree is really robust,” she said.

The agreement is the latest consequence of the political controversy sparked in late 2015 by the court-mandated release of video of white police Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times. The video touched off street protests fueled by long-standing complaints about the police, particularly among African-Americans and Latinos, and Emanuel weathered calls for his resignation.

Emanuel at first resisted the idea of a Justice Department investigation but reversed himself as it gained momentum among other political officials. The resulting investigation wrapped up in January 2017 with a report describing a broken Police Department in which poorly trained cops have engaged in brutality and misconduct with little to fear from either their supervisors or a largely toothless disciplinary system.

In the last days of an Obama administration that often sought to enforce reform in local police agencies, Emanuel supported a court-enforced consent decree to govern changes in Chicago. But he backed off after the Trump administration came into office and expressed opposition to consent decrees. Emanuel said he could bring meaningful reform to the department through an out-of-court agreement with the Trump administration involving a monitor.

Then, in August 2017, Madigan sued the city to force a consent decree, and Emanuel said he would negotiate toward one. Black Lives Matter Chicago and other groups had sued months before to force changes in the department; the ACLU of Illinois and other organizations sued in October 2017 to force reforms in the way police deal with the mentally ill and disabled.

The Emanuel administration started working with the attorney general’s office while moving for the dismissal of the other lawsuits. Judges had not ruled on those motions before Tuesday’s agreement.

The agreement holds that if the consent decree is not filed by Sept. 1 or entered by a judge by New Year’s Day 2019, the plaintiffs can move to lift the stays on their lawsuits. Those deadlines have extra meaning, given that Madigan is not seeking another term and will leave office in January 2019.

Many cities have been through the process of court-enforced police reform, but the new agreement in Chicago is unusual in that community groups and advocacy organizations are having their role formally recognized in a court document before the consent decree is finalized, said Christy Lopez, a former Justice Department lawyer who helped lead the investigations in Chicago and other cities.

Still, community groups and activists were involved with the reform cycles in other cities, said Lopez, who described the negotiation process between politically disparate parties as both difficult and rewarding.

“It’s very challenging, and there are reasons they haven’t come together in the past,” she said. “What you have to do, obviously, is find the areas in which they can agree, and really focus on those.”

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Russian Twitter Support for Trump Began Right After He Started Campaign

November 6, 2017

In three months after Mr. Trump announced his candidacy, tweets from Russian accounts offered far more praise for the businessman than criticism

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Kremlin-backed support for Donald Trump’s candidacy over social media began much earlier than previously known, a new analysis of Twitter data shows.

Russian Twitter accounts posing as Americans began lavishing praise on Mr. Trump and attacking his rivals within weeks after he announced his bid for the presidency in June 2015, according to the analysis by The Wall Street Journal.

A U.S. intelligence assessment released early this year concluded the Kremlin developed a “clear preference” for Mr. Trump over his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, but cited December 2015 as the earliest suspected time that Russian social-media accounts advocated for Mr. Trump.

The earlier starting point of pro-Trump tweets highlights the breadth of the Russian effort to manipulate social media during the 2016 election. Kremlin-paid actors sowed division among Americans with fake pages and accounts, inflammatory postings and thousands of paid ads aimed at both liberal and conservative audiences, according to testimony before Congress last week.

The Journal analyzed 159,000 deleted tweets from accounts that Twitter identified to congressional investigators as operated by the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency.

Twitter said it has suspended all 2,752 of the accounts, which removes their tweets from its platform. Congress released the names of the accounts on Nov. 1, during hearings on Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

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In the three months after Mr. Trump announced his presidential candidacy on June 16, 2015, tweets from Russian accounts reviewed by the Journal offered far more praise for the real-estate businessman than criticism—by nearly a 10-to-1 margin. At the same time, the accounts generally were hostile to Mrs. Clinton and the early GOP front-runner, Jeb Bush, by equal or greater margins.

The Journal pieced together the deleted tweets from data it has collected as well as that provided to the Journal by several researchers. The records contain at least one tweet from more than 2,000 of the accounts.

A Twitter Inc. spokeswoman declined to comment. In Senate testimony last week, a Twitter attorney said the company takes seriously “that the power of our service was misused by a foreign actor for the purpose of influencing the U.S. presidential election,” and said Twitter is beefing up its efforts to combat such activities.

Mr. Trump, a regular user of Twitter himself, has called claims that the Russians manipulated the 2016 election via social media “a hoax.”

“BOOM! DOWN GOES @jebbush,” wrote @DorothieBell, three weeks after Mr. Trump entered the race. The account, claiming to be run by an American “Conservative wife, mother” who wanted to “take this once great country back!!!,” linked to a Breitbart News article about Mr. Trump attacking Mr. Bush for being soft on immigration.

In August, @TamaFlan, claiming to be an American named Tamar Flanagan, tweeted: “#TrumpBecause It’s time for @BarackObama and @HillaryClinton to go quietly into the night #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.”

Other accounts criticized Mr. Bush for being a “RINO” (Republican in name only). One offered a succinct put-down: “@JebBush ewww.”

The numerous Russian Twitter attacks on Mrs. Clinton during this three-month period included a tweet comparing her treatment of the press to Adolf Hitler’s, adding: “Heil Hillary.” Another account tweeted links to an editorial—published months earlier—criticizing Mrs. Clinton’s “Culture of Corruption.”

Many political messages were sent out word-for word by multiple Russian-backed accounts, often within minutes of each other, suggesting a coordinated campaign.

Of the Russian-backed accounts that tweeted about Mr. Trump in the summer of 2015, at least 40 served up positive sentiment; just one account captured by the Journal data expressed strong negative opinions.

The exception was @Jenn_Abrams, an account that pretended to be run by an opinionated American blogger that eventually attracted 71,000 followers and many media mentions. “I’d rather join #ISIS than have Donald Trump as my president,” that account tweeted on the day Mr. Trump announced his candidacy.

It isn’t clear whether the Russian accounts truly backed Mr. Trump from the start, or viewed support for the upstart candidate as an opportunity to disrupt U.S. politics.

As the November 2016 election approached, the Kremlin preference for Mr. Trump became even more pronounced. Pro-Trump tweets—either favoring him or attacking his opponent—outnumbered those for Mrs. Clinton by a 30-to-1 ratio in the two weeks before the election, the Journal analysis found. There were about 236 pro-Trump or anti-Clinton tweets captured in the Journal data during those two weeks compared with seven that were pro-Clinton or anti-Trump.

Much of the Russian social-media disinformation campaign has been linked to the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, a shadowy, so-called troll farm that spread Russian propaganda across the Internet.

Twitter has said the 2,752 Internet Research Agency-operated accounts sent out 131,000 messages on its platform in a 2 1/2-month period around the November election. Messages from a much broader network of automated bot accounts were viewed about 288 million times in that period.

Nearly all of that activity has vanished, because Twitter removes all tweets from suspended or deleted accounts and requires its vendors to do the same. That makes it difficult to analyze past behavior; the tweets captured by the Journal represent only a slice of the messages sent out by the troll farm-operated accounts.

The Kremlin social-media operation didn’t always favor one U.S. political party, and spanned the ideological spectrum.

A Facebook account called Blacktivist claimed to push the Black Lives Matter movement, while an account called Heart of Texas agitated for that state’s secession.

The Russian-backed Twitter accounts were so successful at imitating Americans that they were frequently followed and retweeted by prominent people, including Trump campaign insiders, and quoted in mainstream media publications.

One such account, @Pamela_Moore13, which claimed to be operated by a Texan who was “Conservative. Pro God. Anti Racism,” amassed an impressive 70,000 followers—including retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and Fox News commentator Sean Hannity —before being suspended by Twitter in the purge of Russian accounts.

An attorney for Mr. Flynn and spokeswoman for Fox didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Before the election, at least 104 of the Russian-controlled accounts, including many of those with tens of thousands of followers, posted hashtags supporting Mr. Trump, including variations of the campaign catchphrase Make America Great Again. More than 90 accounts posted negative messages about Mrs. Clinton’s health, emails and alleged corruption. The accounts posted a handful of pro-Clinton hashtags.

For the GOP debate on Dec. 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, dozens of the accounts live-tweeted using the hashtag #VegasGOPDebate. Many showed a clear preference for Mr. Trump.

“Trump is a real leader, I believe debates will help to see it,” six of the accounts wrote.

“Only Trump can deal with #ISIS,” wrote @MarissaImStrong to its 413 followers.

One, @Cheese_Monay, disagreed, tweeting: “We need real debates not this clown show on #Fox.”

On Election Day, the accounts warned of rigged voting machines and called for an indictment of Mrs. Clinton.

As voting wound down that day, @JacquelinIsBest tweeted to its 2,100 followers: “I can’t believe I was able to experience our potential president speak at his very last rally. #HillaryForPrison2016 #TrumpForPresident.”

Write to Mark Maremont at mark.maremont@wsj.com and Rob Barry at rob.barry@wsj.com

Russian-Backed Facebook Accounts Organized Events on All Sides of Polarizing Issues

October 30, 2017

They publicized or financed at least 60 events before and after the 2016 election

Russian-linked Facebook accounts helped organize and fund real-life events around the most polarizing issues in the U.S., including a 2016 demonstration near Minneapolis, above, in response to the shooting of motorist Philando Castile by a St. Anthony, Minn., police officer.
Russian-linked Facebook accounts helped organize and fund real-life events around the most polarizing issues in the U.S., including a 2016 demonstration near Minneapolis, above, in response to the shooting of motorist Philando Castile by a St. Anthony, Minn., police officer. PHOTO: JEFF WHEELER/STAR TRIBUNE/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Workers behind Russian-linked Facebook Inc. FB 4.25% accounts helped organize or finance real-life events before and after the 2016 election, often working directly with U.S. activists and playing both sides of the same hot-button issue—even on the same day.

In July 2016, as outrage swelled over fatal shootings in Dallas and Minneapolis, alleged social-media agitators tied to Russia worked quickly to capitalize on the emotionally charged atmosphere.

Workers linked to a Russia-based firm organized two gatherings, both for July 10: In Dallas, a “Blue Lives Matter” rally honored the five police officers slain there on July 7; and near Minneapolis, nearly 300 people rallied in support of Philando Castile, a man fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop.

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The events show that the Russian-linked account activity went far beyond paying for polarizing ads dropped into Facebook members’ news feeds. At least 60 rallies, protests and marches were publicized or financed by eight Russia-backed Facebook accounts from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., according to a review by The Wall Street Journal, which looked at archived versions of now-deleted Facebook posts and interviewed activists, attendees and others familiar with the events, most of which were posted on Facebook.

Facebook said in September that it had found 470 such accounts that it says belonged to Russians and that sought to exploit social divisions in the U.S. through provocative issue ads. The eight accounts the Journal examined are among those Facebook unearthed, according to people familiar with the matter. Facebook said it closed the accounts.

Much of the scrutiny of the Russian accounts so far has focused on their online activity, but the live events demonstrate how the alleged use of social media by Russian forces served as a launchpad for deeper infiltration into the American democratic process. Many rallies were sparsely attended, but some attracted news coverage, helping the accounts seem legitimate, add followers and enlist activists to plan future events.

People representing “Black Matters US,” one of the Russia-backed accounts, pressured Los Angeles activist Nolan Hack to plan events that would raise the account’s visibility. “They’d say, we need to continue to up the protest numbers. We need to continue to get more people to know about us,” Mr. Hack said. “I would say—who cares about that? We’re not trying to win a reality show here.”

At least 22 of the 60 events actually took place, such as a May 2016 protest of an Islamic center in Houston planned by “Heart of Texas”, a Russia-created page that supported Texas secession and posted the “Blue Lives Matter” rally in Dallas two months later. On June 25, 2016, following the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla, “LGBT United” organized a candlelight vigil, where one of the victim’s brothers spoke. Both were covered by local media and attracted a dozen or more attendees.

It is unclear if the other 40 or so events occurred as publicized. Collectively, the eight accounts analyzed by the Journal were “liked” nearly two million times, archived websites show.

“Getting someone to physically show up somewhere is huge,” said Sarah Oates, a political communications professor at the University of Maryland. “That is a level of political commitment that is a whole degree stronger than getting someone to comment.”

This week, executives from Facebook, Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google are scheduled to appear before Congress to answer questions about Russian activity found on their platforms by congressional investigators examining alleged Russian interference in the U.S. democratic process. Russia has denied any interference in the election.

“We take this very seriously and that’s why we’re taking strong action to improve security on Facebook by investing in new technology and hiring more people,” a Facebook spokesman said, when asked about the events.

Disclosures by Facebook about covert Russian influence on its platform around the election have centered on 3,000 ads bought by accounts connected to pro-Kremlin firm Internet Research Agency. The Russian actors also, however, churned out free posts, including event listings. Facebook has estimated that the ads were seen by 10 million people, but academic researchers believe the content, such as free posts and event listings, could have reached many times that.

Russian entities likely promoted events because the Kremlin believes protests destabilize democracies, according to Ms. Oates, who studies Russian propaganda. Event listings show how Russia-backed pages organized protests for and against the same issues. The page “Born Patriotic” planned 17 pro-Trump rallies on the same day in August 2016 while “Black Matters” hosted anti-Trump rallies after the election.

The Russia-backed pages often contacted U.S. activists over Messenger, a free messaging service from Facebook, or by phone to ask for help organizing events, according to activists. In other cases, activists reached out after seeing a Facebook event, such as the planned protest in Minneapolis following Mr. Castile’s death by an account named “Don’t Shoot.”

Some of the organizers say they spoke to people with British, South African and other non-U.S. accents who said they represented the accounts.

The pages covered some event costs, like travel and equipment rental, and sent funds to activists through bank cards or money-transfer services like MoneyGram, activists said. But the people behind the accounts were also hasty planners and often failed at basic logistics, such as securing permits—and appeared eager for their events to provoke reactions or make headlines, said activists who worked with them.

Representatives from the Facebook page “United Muslims of America” asked Mike Ghouse, an interfaith activist, to speak at a Sept. 3, 2016 event in Washington, D.C. billed as “a peaceful rally, to make mosques and their neighborhood safe!”

The group sent Mr. Ghouse placards they intended to use that included anti-Trump messages, causing him to back out, he said. “I said they should be more pluralistic, more inclusive because there’s no need to attack Trump,” Mr. Ghouse said. “They wouldn’t, so I didn’t go.”

Some events stoked public discord. At the rally in front of the Islamic center in Houston, about a dozen protesters gathered, some waving confederate flags or holding a sign that said “#WhiteLivesMatter,” according to video footage.

Across the street, about 60 counter protesters assembled in an effort that didn’t appear to have any Russian ties. Some of them held a banner with Adolf Hitler’s photo and the words, “Follow your leader: kill yourself.”

Photos and videos from Houston and some of the other events later appeared on Facebook, Google’s YouTube, as well as Twitter and its live-streaming video service Periscope.

Write to Deepa Seetharaman at Deepa.Seetharaman@wsj.com

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Book “All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump” — “Left-wing groups met with Al-Qaeda and ISIS to plot Trump’s destruction” — Radical Left are joining forces in an attempted coup d’tat to overturn the will of the people.”

October 30, 2017
 – The Washington Times – Sunday, October 29, 2017

Monday will be noisy as more details on the Russia collusion probe emerge. But wait. “All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump” by veteran investigative journalist Edward Kleinalso arrives Monday, making a detailed case that the notorious “deep state” is indeed up and running against President Trump and his administration.

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“In America, you are entitled to your own opinion. But you are not entitled to overthrow the democratically elected president of the United States and inflict irreparable damage on our country. That, however, is what Donald Trump’s enemies on the Left and Right are doing. Through a variety of underhanded tactics — lies, leaks, obstruction, and violence — they are working to delegitimize President Trump and drive him from office before he can drain the swamp and take away their power,” writes Mr. Klein, former editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine.

This is his 14th book, following “Guilty As Sin” and “Unlikable: The Problem with Hillary” — one centered on Hillary Clinton’s email woes, the other on her failed 2016 campaign. Now the author dwells upon Mr. Trump’s challenges, which appear to be unprecedented.

“With ferocity not seen since the Civil War, the Washington establishment and the radical Left are joining forces in an attempted coup d’tat to overturn the will of the people and return power to the political and media elites who have never been more unhinged,” says publisher Regnery Books, adding the new book reveals that “left-wing groups met with Al-Qaeda and ISIS to plot Trump’s destruction,” this according to an FBI investigation. Find the book here

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Klein says U.S. radicals traveled overseas to meet with representatives of the Islamic State in their effort to end Trump’s presidency….

 

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US left wing groups travelled to Germany for the G20 Summit last July to meet with Al qaeda and ISIS leaders and plot the destruction of President Trump, secret FBI investigation reveals

  • Bestselling author Edward Klein is set to release his latest book All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump
  • Klein makes the shocking revelation that an FBI investigation discovered collusion between American anarchists and ISIS and Al-Qaeda 
  • ‘This is the greatest challenge to law enforcement since the Weather Underground and the Black Panther Party,’ the FBI report declared
  • It reveals the FBI sent a task force to Germany to report on radical groups that planned to protest President Trump’s attendance at this year’s G20 Summit
  • The investigation determined that U.S.-backed anarchist/radical groups had traveled to Germany and took part in the violence 
  • There was also evidence that three key leaders of an Oakland group met in Hamburg with a leader of the Al-Qaeda 
  • The foreign terrorists were helping them acquire the weapons they are seeking, primarily bomb-making equipment and toxic chemicals and gasses

Edward Klein is the former editor in chief of the New York Times Magazine and the author of numerous bestsellers including his fourth book on the Clintons, Guilty as Sin, in 2016. His latest book is All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump will be released October 30, 2017

A secret FBI investigation of the violent ‘resistance’ movement on college campuses against President Trump has led to an alarming discovery—the collusion between American anarchists and foreign terrorists in the Islamic State and Al qaeda, according to a confidential ‘Informational Report’ by FBI field offices.

‘There is clearly overwhelming evidence that there are growing ties between All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trumpand the Islamic State, as well as several [ISIS] offshoots and splinter groups,’ stated the FBI field report, which was delivered to Acting Director Andrew McCabe on July 11, 2017, and which is being published for the first time in my new book All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump.

The FBI report on efforts by Islamic terrorists to recruit followers among violent U.S. groups like Antifa corroborates President Trump’s controversial claim, following last summer’s deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left-wing anarchist groups are just as dangerous as right-wing white supremacists.

A secret FBI investigation of the violent 'resistance' movement on college campuses against President Trump has led to an alarming discovery—the collusion between American anarchists and foreign terrorists in the Islamic State and Al Qaeda (Pictured above are the protests in Charlottesville, VA) 

A secret FBI investigation of the violent ‘resistance’ movement on college campuses against President Trump has led to an alarming discovery—the collusion between American anarchists and foreign terrorists in the Islamic State and Al Qaeda (Pictured above are the protests in Charlottesville, VA)

‘This is the greatest challenge to law enforcement since the Weather Underground and the Black Panther Party,’ the FBI report declared.

Last summer, the FBI dispatched a task force to Europe to report on massive demonstrations planned by radical groups, such as the German contingent Antifaschistische Aktion, to protest President Trump’s attendance at a meeting of leaders and central bank governors of the G20 group of major industrialized countries

‘Task force covered G20 meeting in Hamburg, studied intel from local authorities, Interpol, and other assets, determined that as assumed U.S.-backed anarchist/radical groups had traveled to Germany and took place in the violence,’ the FBI’s summary stated.

‘There is also evidence of meetings between these individuals and associates of ISIS. There is an urgent need to closely surveil the identified individuals.’

The agents sent by the FBI paid particular attention to a group of anarchists from Oakland, a major port city that lies adjacent to the campus of the University of California at Berkeley, the scene of several violent protests.

It reveals the FBI sent a task force to Germany to report on radical groups that planned to protest President Trump's attendance at this year's G20 Summit (pictured) and found U.S.-backed anarchist/radical groups had traveled to Germany and met with terrorists

It reveals the FBI sent a task force to Germany to report on radical groups that planned to protest President Trump’s attendance at this year’s G20 Summit (pictured) and found U.S.-backed anarchist/radical groups had traveled to Germany and met with terrorists

‘While there has been military progress in Iraq against the Islamic State, their influence in Europe and throughout the world is clearly growing,’ the report said.

‘Now that the bureau has determined they have followers in the radical U.S. resistance movement in the United States, it is clear there will be additional violence in the attacks on law enforcement and U.S. institutions, including banks.

‘Ties between three key leaders of the Oakland group [names redacted] met in Hamburg with a leader of the AQAP [Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] and the AQIM [Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb],’ the report continued. ‘The leader from AQAP is an Egyptian-born male [name redacted] who is known to be in charge of finances and recruiting for the group.

The FBI field report was delivered to Acting Director Andrew McCabe in July

The FBI field report was delivered to Acting Director Andrew McCabe in July

‘There is evidence from informants that he is helping the Oakland group acquire the weapons they are seeking, primarily bomb making equipment and toxic chemicals and gasses.

‘One of the men from Oakland traveled to Syria to meet with ISIS; the purpose was for training in tactics, but was thought to be primarily a bonding visit to discuss possible massive disruptive attacks in the U.S.

‘While in Hamburg, several of the Oakland-based criminals were photographed throwing Molotov cocktails and wielding iron bars, which have been their weapons of choice, though they are almost certainly on the verge of upping the caliber of their weaponry for use in the U.S.

‘Despite having their faces covered by masks, they were positively identified.

‘This group and their connections with the radical Islamic groups must be disrupted and destroyed.

The FBI dispatched a task force to Europe to report on massive demonstrations planned by radical groups, such as the German contingent Antifaschistische Aktion

The FBI dispatched a task force to Europe to report on massive demonstrations planned by radical groups, such as the German contingent Antifaschistische Aktion

Mounted policemen ride through a group of protesters sitting on the ground, in Hamburg, Germany, during the G20 Summit in July 

Mounted policemen ride through a group of protesters sitting on the ground, in Hamburg, Germany, during the G20 Summit in July

‘Action has been taken with the appropriate agencies to see that these named individuals will be identified when they return to the United States. It has not been determined if they will be detained or surveilled.…

‘Making some sort of common cause with Americans who are determined to commit violence against the U.S. makes them potentially very useful to radical Islam.’

Ed Klein's latest book is All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump will be released October 30, 2017

Ed Klein’s latest book is All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump will be released October 30, 2017

Before he was fired as director of the FBI, James Comey collected intelligence on the connections between Middle Eastern jihadis, European radicals, and the American anarchists who are part of the anti-Trump ‘resistance’ movement.

‘The Americans communicate with the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations on websites, and they use those websites to download instructions on making weapons,’ said an FBI source who had access to Comey’s intelligence reports.

‘As the Trump administration has demonstrated it’s serious about destroying the Islamic State, and depriving ISIS of territory in Iraq and Syria, the alliance between the American radicals and ISIS has grown even closer. The Internet chatter between the Americans and the Islamists is astronomical.

‘The FBI is really playing catchup ball, because the Obama administration refused to give the bureau the resources it needed to effectively infiltrate and surveil the radical groups on college campuses,’ the source continued.

‘Any talk of a connection between radical Islam—a phrase the Obama people wouldn’t even use—and American extremists was pretty much laughed off. [Former Attorney General] Loretta Lynch would have blown a gasket if she heard that the FBI was surveilling so-called college political organizations.

‘All that has changed under the Trump administration. Everyone’s aware that the resistance movement, with its effort to get rid of Trump by any means necessary, has created fertile soil for ISIS and al Qaeda to establish a beachhead in America.’

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