Above photo: Virginia 2nd Amendment Rally (2020 Jan).
Texas – A leaked September 29 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) intelligence report prepared by the Dallas, Texas, field office warns that leading up to the November election, “boogaloo adherents” and “militia violent extremists” are increasing “violent and criminal activity” in the Dallas area.
The assessment was made the same day President Donald Trump, in the first presidential debate with his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, refused to condemn white supremacists and militia groups, instead instructing the fascistic street gang the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.”
“Somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right-wing problem… this is a leftwing problem,” Trump added.
The intelligence document, leaked to the Nation ’s national security reporter Ken Klippenstein, confirms that the federal government continues to downplay the threat violent far-right groups pose to the general population. It also demonstrates that homicidal terrorist violence overwhelmingly emanates not from amorphous “Antifa” or “insurrectionary anarchist” groups, as the New York Times recently argued, but from far-right anti-communist and racist groups. These include the Proud Boys, “Boogaloo” and “back the blue” militia groups such as the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters (III).
A database published in July of this year by researchers at the Washington, DC think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) found that in the last 25 years there have been zero people killed in anti-fascist attacks. Conversely, the researchers linked 329 victims to right-wing violence since 1994.
Sourcing for the FBI report was based on social media activity, news reports, government surveillance of text communications and information provided by two well-placed “FBI human sources.” One of these, it appears, has been working with the agency for three years.
The unclassified report states: “Two human sources were critical to the key analytical judgments in the product. One of the sources has reported various threats since 2017, and some of the information reported has been corroborated.”
It continues: “Another human source with direct access provided context on the anti-government or anti-authority threat due to historically providing corroborated anti-government or anti-authority extremists reporting in the FBI Dallas AOR [Area of Responsibility].”
The report noted that in June 2020, one of the FBI sources had “direct access” to “self-identified boogaloo adherents” who had been seen in downtown Dallas at multiple protests. One of these adherents told the source they would “hunt anti-fascist anarchists and kill any Dallas looters.”
Approximately four months later, days before he was assassinated by US Marshals and local police, Michael Reinoehl expressed his fear that right-wing groups and the police were “hunting me.”
“There’s nightly posts of the hunt and where they’re going to be hunting,” he told an interviewer. “They made a post saying the deer are going to feel lucky this year because it’s open season on Michael right now.”
The level of police infiltration of far-right militia groups must not be underestimated or dismissed. Just over a month ago, two Boogaloo bois, Michael Solomon, 30, of New Brighton, Minnesota, and Benjamin Teeter, 22, of Hampstead, North Carolina, were indicted on federal charges of attempting to provide weapons to Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist fundamentalist group, in exchange for funding for their local “boojahideen.”
The “Hamas” contact was, in fact, a confidential informant, who arranged a hotel meeting on June 28 with Teeter, Solomon and an undercover FBI agent posing as a more senior member of Hamas. At the meeting, the pair agreed to supply silencers as well as unregistered gun parts to the informant/agent in exchange for money. In an affidavit, the US government alleges the four shared their “anti-US views” and Teeter and Solomon expressed their desire to become “mercenaries” for Hamas.
In subsequent meetings over the summer, Teeter and Solomon are alleged to have discussed targeting a county courthouse for destruction, as it was “a symbol of the unjust laws that America upholds.” On July 30, the pair allegedly delivered five suppressors to the undercover agent for $1,800. Both are facing federal charges for conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. They face 12-14 years in prison.
Fellow Boogaloo boi Air Force Staff Sergeant Steven Carrillo, 32, remains in custody awaiting to see if he will face the death penalty for his alleged role in the killing of Federal Protective Security Officer David Patrick Underwood, 53, on May 29, as well as Santa Cruz County Sheriff Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller on June 6. The day after Underwood was killed, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf called the shooting “an outright assault on our law-enforcement community,” while his deputy secretary, Ken Cuccinelli, called it an “act of domestic terrorism.”