In Charlottesville, in which a neo-Nazi killed one protester by driving a car into a crowd, appeared to endorse a view that leftist demonstrators were " The report, Antifa / Anti-antifa: Violence on the Streets, which was produced by the Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC) in […] May 2017. It was obtained with a request from the not-for-profit transparency group Property of the People. Antifa is the name given to groups of leftwing protests who confront white nationalists, often violently.
Experts say the report mischaracterizes the dynamics of the street violence that is emerging at that time, and is mistaken in characterizing white nationalist groups as "anti -antifa "ROCIC is one of six Regional Intelligence Sharing Systems (RISS) Centers throughout the country.
ROCIC is one of six Regional Intelligence Sharing System (RISS) Centers throughout the country. RISS is a federally funded program designed to share intelligence between federal, state and local agencies. ROCIC serves 14 southern states, including Virginia, the site of the 2017 Unite the Right Rally.
The report frames political street violence in America as in an evenly-poised battle between "antifa's", described as "an alliance between anarchists and communists to confront and defeat fascists and white supremacists by whatever means necessary" and "anti-antifa, a loose collection of white supremacists, neo-nazis, white nationalists, Ku Klux Klanners, white identity groups and a group called the old-right. "
The report blames the two sides equally for the violence, continuing:" So it's the anarchists versus the nationalists , the communists versus the nazis, the extremist extremists versus the rightwing extremists and the confrontations are becoming more violent and destructive. "
Michael German, a former FBI agent who was infiltrated in the 1990s, and a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, said the report's "framing was wrong"
"Somehow they have this set up almost like antifa is the antagonist, and anti-antifa has developed to resist it, "he said." What it seems to do is whitewash the history of white supremacist violence in this country. "
which "far-right groups use public spectacles as the method to incite violence.
Search groups "intentionally go to places to provoke protesters to come out," they said.
The Shawn Steel, on clashes at UC Berkeley in February 2017, first published in the conservative Washington Times. The excerpted text reads "The mob of antifa terrorists that violently attacked the [student union] … were as much declaring was on the ideology of the man for whom the building is named (Martin Luther King) and its citizens.
The report takes the description of anti-fascists as "terrorists" at face value, something many experts disagree with.
Mark Bray, a lecturer at Dartmouth College and author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, said the "anti-antifa" designation for American far right groups is potentially misleading.
"I do not get The sense that that is the main source of their self-identification, he said.
The report makes further assertions about the relationship between the groups that experts say are unsupported by facts. At one point, the report says: "The antifa can be considered anarchism and the anti-antifa can be considered rightwing anarchism."
Bray said: "That's ludicrous … most of these rightwing groups are not opposed to the state as A form of social organization.
Shane Burley, the author of Fascism Today: "What it is and how to fight it, agreed that it was rightwing anarchists
The report is heavily redacted, but spends much of its unredacted length discussing alleged antifascist violence, and sometimes implicitly blames those groups for violence At one point, it focuses on an event in Sacramento in June 2016, which led to a controversial investigation on a leftwing group.
At that time, groups including By Any Means Necessary (Bamn) organized a counter-protest against a white supremacist rally which included members of the Traditionalist Workers party and the Golden State Skinheads, some of whom were wielding knives. Several people were stabbed at the event, including at least seven counter-protesters.
Following this event, California law enforcement cooperated with neo-Nazis to identify counter-protesters, pursuing charges against counter-protesters, including stabbing victims and did not prosecute neo-Nazis over the stabbings.
In February, the Guardian revealed that the FBI had responded to the case by surveying and investigating Bamn.
In the ROCIC report there is no discussion of the specific groups actively organizing the Unite the Right rally not long after the report's publication date. Neo-confederate groups search the League of the South; neo-Nazi and Identitarian groups such as Vanguard America, the National Socialist Movement, the Rise Above Movement and Identity Evropa;
Charlottesville, which is culminating in the killing of Heather Heyer by James Alex Fields, who was involved in the demonstration marched with Vanguard America.
The report thus extensively sources information from conservative media and rightwing advocacy groups. Glenn Beck's the Blaze, which cites the Washington Times, and Laura Ingraham's conservative lifestyle website LifeZette, by the Guardian.
Bray criticized the thinness of the report's sourcing. There is a wealth of literature about the nature of far-right politics in Europe and the United States. It's been sounding like this, "he added.
Ryan Shapiro, the executive director of Property of the People, who sourced the documents, said," US intelligence agencies have a long history of targeting progressive movements as threats to American security "
Neither ROCIC nor RISS replied to repeated requests for comment on the report.