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Antifa Colluding With Islamic State?

Recent FBI field report warns of American leftist radical groups meeting and learning from Islamic terrorists.

Thomas Gallatin · Nov. 1, 2017

The former chief editor of the New York Times Magazine, Edward Klein, just released his book entitled, All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump. Klein references a recent FBI field report concluding that American radical leftist groups, like antifa, have been actively reaching out and communicating with the Islamic State in an effort to “resist” and overthrow President Donald Trump.

“There is clearly overwhelming evidence that there are growing ties between U.S. radicals and the Islamic State, as well as several [ISIS] offshoots and splinter groups,” a recent FBI field report states. In fact, the report continues, “This is the greatest challenge to law enforcement since the Weather Underground and the Black Panther Party.” According to the report, there is evidence that members of a leftist radical group from Oakland traveled this past summer to Germany and met with individuals associated with the Islamic State. “Ties between three key leaders in the Oakland group met in Hamburg with a leader of the AQAP [al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula] and the AQIM [al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb]. The leader from AQAP is an Egyptian-born male who is know to be in charge of finances and recruiting for the group. 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,” the report surmises. The field report then said, “This group and their connections with radical Islamic groups must be disrupted and destroyed.”

How did this growing radicalization remain under the radar for so long? Klein blames Barack Obama and his Justice Department’s misplaced focus on supposed threats posed by Tea Party “terrorists.” Klein writes, “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. … 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. 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.”

The radical Left in America today poses the greatest threat for the propagation of domestic acts of terror. Reports that these antifa groups are actively seeking out and associating with Islamic terrorists are highly concerning. Americans standing up for their constitutional rights are not the threat; rather it is those who preach that free speech equals violence and therefore must be silenced with violence. These groups are the true danger to Americans and our way of life.

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