Homeland Security Warned of Antifa ‘Terrorist’ Attacks

Federal authorities have reportedly warned local and state officials that the “antifa”—the label for anarchist groups that have been countering white supremacists—has become increasingly confrontational, referring to members’ actions as “domestic terrorist violence,” Politico reports. The Department of Homeland Security issued warnings to other law enforcement agencies on the increasing likelihood that confrontations between right-wing white-supremacist groups and the left-wing anarchists would turn lethal. As early as April 2016, authorities described the group’s members as “anarchist extremists” in previously unreported, confidential documents from DHS and the FBI. “It was in that period [as the Trump campaign emerged] that we really became aware of them,” said one senior official. “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.”