Former CBS News reporter Catherine Herridge revealed this week that she has come into possession of a leaked email from an official who used to be at the top of the Department of Homeland Security. Thanks to this email, we now know that the Trump administration has “overwhelming evidence” that the violence and riots in Portland have not just happened by chance. They haven’t simply been left-wing activists and Black Lives Matter sympathizers getting caught up in the moment. No, it seems that this violence has been meticulously planned and organized by Antifa.
Herridge tweeted out the letter on Monday. It was written in July by former Acting Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis Brian Murphy. At that time, Murphy said that the nightly chaos in Portland could no longer be fairly categorized as “opportunistic,” but rather appeared to be the result of top-down organization by individuals who subscribe to Violent Antifa/Anarchist Ideologies.
“We have overwhelming intelligence regarding the ideologies driving individuals towards violence and why the violence has continued,” Murphy wrote. “A core set of threat actors are organized, show up night after night, share common TTPs [tactics, techniques and procedures] and drawing on like minded individuals to their cause.”
The email continued: “I recognize we may not be able to attribute every individual as VAAI, however, we need to look at the totality of the intelligence both current and previous and recognize the motivation for the violence and why people have shown up to commit violence for about 60 days and why individuals are using social media to encourage the VAAI on the ground to carry out acts of violence.”
But…but…how is this possible if Antifa is just a “myth” propagated by the right-wingers, as Democrats have insisted? Indeed, what is Murphy even talking about? Riots? Acts of violence? We’ve been assured by the Democratic powers-that-be that none of this is happening, except where it is being egged on by white supremacists and shadowy Trump-affiliated mercenaries. So weird…
In an interview with Fox News at the end of August, DHS Secretary Chad Wolf said that officials are looking into the organizers of Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the individuals and groups that funnel money into these groups.
“Department of Justice is also targeting and investigating the head of these organizations, the individuals that are paying for these individuals to move across the country,” Wolf said. “What we know is that we have seen groups and individuals move from Portland to other parts of the country. We had about 175 arrests in Kenosha, almost 100 of them were from out of state. So, we know they are moving around. We have seen them in D.C., in Sacramento, and elsewhere. They are organized. We have seen similar tactics being used from Portland and other cities across the country as well. So, we know that there is organization. I know the Department of Justice is also looking at that as well.”
It’s time to bring some RICO charges against these groups and hold them accountable for the destruction they’re causing across the country.