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Trump: Antifa Will Be Designated As A Terrorist Organization

The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020
The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020

Think! 31.May.2020 17:17

Eli

"Minnesota public safety commissioner speculates riots related to 'white supremacist organizers.'"
 https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/minnesota-public-safety-commissioner-speculates-riots-related-to-white-supremacist-organizers

This should make anyone stop and think. We're likely being manipulated to riot so we give Trump and his extremist, alt-right pals an excuse to get heavy handed with us. Acting with out thinking is bad form. If you can't see how your actions could be manipulated by these people, you can't win this. These people are snakes. They set people up by manipulating them. They will use your herd instinct and naivety to lead you into helping their agenda. You need to think long term to beat them. The Dead Kennedy's song "Riot" explains why rioting isn't always a good idea:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa4S1_v-YJ4

Minneapolis local news reporting "hidden accelerant bottles" 31.May.2020 22:27

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KSTP5 just did their sign off with unsettling (paranoia-mongering?...) reports of "water/plastic bottles hidden in bushes, behind trees with gasoline and fire accelerant liquids inside of them" around the Twin Cities metro area and that if a person was to see or find them, they "should call 911".

Again, zero mention of who is leaving these bottles, how they got there, who prepared them etc.

Minnesota DPS Commissioner: "caches of Molotov cocktails", stolen vehicles 01.Jun.2020 03:40

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In the Sunday 5/31 press conference, MN DPS Commissioner John Harrington said that they had found a bunch of hidden caches of Molotov cocktails hidden in grassy areas near locations where protests were to be conducted later that evening. He also said that people were using stolen cars with their license plates removed, to transport these fire bombs throughout the city.

Pittsburgh, PA police scanners on Saturday night, 5/30 "brick pallets" 01.Jun.2020 03:48

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Pittsburgh Police officers were overheard Saturday night May 30th on the radio channels for crews to come remove a pallet here, a pallet there of bricks as they were found. Usually in the middle of a street. Mostly they would tell the dispatcher where the pallet was, and wait there for a City truck to come remove it.

Full pallets of bricks are difficult to transport using a standard pickup truck and hand labor alone; a larger flatbed truck, along with a forklift, is needed.

Not an organization 01.Jun.2020 06:05

Mike Novack

This has come up before so there is plenty of court precedent.

Leaving aside the issue of domestic organizations (whether they can be sanctioned) is the more basic question, is it an organization in any case, or just a tendency/shared beliefs. The legal concept is "personality", is there anything there that could sue or be sued, have a writ served upon, etc.

This is different from a "secret organization" where an organization exists, just don't know who or where. Quite probably there are entities of the type organization that could be said to be "in" antifa << meaning they share ideology >>. But "antifa" itself is just a movement, ideology, not an organization.

Do understand that because of their own ideologies, many believe there MUST be an organization. Thus somebody like Trump is probably sincere in his belief that "antifa" is an organization << because in his mind, people simply can't organize/coordinate activities in such anarchistic fashion, MUST have formal structure/defined leadership/etc. >>

Pallets of masonry bricks, pavers, fire accelerants pre-planted on location 01.Jun.2020 08:59

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On social media, users participating in the protests have reported large stashes of bricks randomly appearing at rallying sites.

The discovery of the piles of bricks and rocks have prompted a number of theories online about their origin, with some believing them to have been planted by police so rioters could be issued more severe charges, to outside agitators attempting to stir up more trouble.

Hundreds have been arrested nationwide and cities are braced for more protests. But booking information from the county jail in Minneapolis, for example, showed that out of 59 protest-related arrests, 47 people had a home address in Minnesota, with the majority coming from the Twin Cities.

Before protests began in New York City, organizers of anarchist groups began raising money for bail, recruited medical teams to deploy for violent interactions with police and planned how to target high-end stores, said John Miller, the NYPD's deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism.

Scouts on bicycles would also move ahead of the groups to report where the police would be and then direct small breakaway groups to areas where they could torch police cars or throw Molotov cocktails, Miller said.

The NYPD has arrested 786 people related to protests since May 28 and 1 in 7 of them were not from New York City, he said.

In a statement, Miller said the NYPD has a 'high degree of confidence anarchist groups planned violent interactions and vandalism.

'Complex network of scouts were in place to direct breakaway groups to commit vandalism with rocks and accelerants,' he said.

Videos continue to surface showing protesters stumbling upon pallets of bricks or pavers in areas with no construction taking place.

In Dallas, Instagram user RuebenGotSoul documented a large pile of bricks stacked up in front of the city's courthouse. 'The Dallas protest was a lot of things. But I was very disappointed to see this RANDOM stack of bricks in front of the courthouse. #setup,' he remarked.
 https://twitter.com/reubengotsoul/status/1266745230625255424

Police in Kansas City said in a tweet Sunday that they had discovered large piles of bricks and rocks in and around the Country Club Plaza and Westport that had been placed strategically to 'be used in the riot'.

'If you see anything like this, you can text 911 and let us know so we can remove them. This keeps everyone safe and allows your voice to continue to be heard,' the Kansas City Police Department wrote.

Similarly, in New York City, video captured the moment rioters in Manhattan chanced upon a cache of bricks between St. Marks Place and Seventh Street on Sunday evening, though no construction site appeared to be nearby.

The account that uploaded the clip remarked that 'videos continue to surface showing protesters stumbling upon pallets of bricks or pavers in areas with no construction taking place.'

In Dallas, Instagram user RuebenGotSoul documented a large pile of bricks stacked up in front of the city's courthouse.

'The Dallas protest was a lot of things. But I was very disappointed to see this RANDOM stack of bricks in front of the courthouse. #setup,' he remarked.

The discovery of the piles of bricks and rocks have prompted a number of theories online about their origin, with some believing them to have been planted by police so rioters could be issued more severe charges, to outside agitators attempting to stir up more trouble.

'Looks like a set up to me,' tweeted protest supporter ICE T, who has often spoken out against police brutality. 'There's ALWAYS more than meets the eye,' he continued.

Protesters point out random brick pallet outside Dallas courthouse
Protesters point out random brick pallet outside Dallas courthouse