Bill Introduced to Designate Antifa as Domestic Terrorist Group

Bill Introduced to Designate Antifa as Domestic Terrorist Group

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has introduced a bill into the U.S. Senate that would designate Antifa a domestic terrorist group.

“Antifa are terrorists, violent masked bullies who ‘fight fascism' with actual Fascism, protected by Liberal privilege,” Cassidy said in a statement. “Bullies get their way until someone says no. Elected officials must have courage, not cowardice, to prevent terror.”

The anarcho-communist group has been responsible for violent attacks across the country. The masked members of Black Bloc which is part of Antifa attacks members of the opposition and even the press.

Earlier this month, A 69-year-old Antifa member launched a firebombing attack against an Immigrations and Customs facility in Tacoma Washington. He fired on police with an AR-15. Police shot and killed the attacker while he was trying to blow up a propane tank.

The attacker left behind a manifesto which he proudly claimed, “I am Antifa.”

Antifa from around the country took to social media to praise the attacker. They even went as far as to call him a martyr. Many sites including the Antifa propaganda site “It's Going Down” celebrated the member of the Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club death as a sacrifice in a battle against Fascism. Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club also praised the attacker.

“We find his actions inspiring. The vehicles outside the detention facility are used to forcibly remove people from their homes and deport them, often to situations where they will face severe danger or death. Those vehicles being destroyed is only a start of what is needed,” the Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club wrote in a post. “We wish the fires Will set had freed all the inmates and razed the entire Northwest Detention Center to the ground. And we miss our friend and wish from the bottom of our hearts that his action had not ended in his death.”

The manifesto referenced ICE holding facilities as “concentration camps” echoing the sentiment of Democratic-Socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Critics have slammed Ocasio-Cortez for exaggerating the conditions of the detention centers and inspiring violence.

Police were able to put a quick stop to the attack, but ICE officials said without the quick response there could have been a larger loss of life.

“We are extremely grateful to the officers of the Tacoma Police Department who reacted quickly to the incident that occurred outside the Northwest Detention Center this morning,” an ICE official told The Washington Post. “This incident could have resulted in the loss of many more lives, were it not for the brave actions of all the officers involved.”

In Portland Oregon journalist Andy Ngo was attacked and beaten by Antifa members. Antifa members stole Ngo's camera equipment and left him bloody and beaten. Portland police didn't help stop the violent protest due to a stand-down order issued by the mayor.

Ngo suffered a brain hemorrhage from the violent beating. Antifa groups including Rose City Antifa, the group responsible for the attack, once again took to social media to accept credit and praise for the attack. Antifa accused the gay Vietnamese journalist of being anti-immigration and anti-LGBT. Ngo denies these claims and thinks Antifa targeted him for reporting on their violence.

Sen. Cruz referenced the attack on Ngo and the doxing of ICE agents in his calls for the bill to be passed. The attack also inspired Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) to send a letter to Attorney General William P. Barr, asking him to designate Antifa groups as a domestic terrorist.

Although there is broad support for the bill on the conservative side, the bill does not have support from left-wing groups and leaders. The national security project at the American Civil Liberties Union has heavily criticized the proposal as an encroachment on Constitutional rights.

“It is dangerous and overly broad to use labels that are disconnected [from] actual individual conduct,” said Hina Shamsi, director of the national security project. “And as we've seen how ‘terrorism' has been used already in this country, any such scheme raises significant due process, equal protection and First Amendment constitutional concerns.”

By designating the group “domestic terrorist,” it would give law enforcement agencies more tools to deal with Antifa violence. It would allow law enforcement to investigate not only a suspect in a crime but the suspect's link with a domestic terrorist organization.

In addition to the bill, there is a petition to have President Trump designate Antifa as a domestic terrorist group. The petition is located at https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/demand-president-trump-label-antifa-domestic-terrorist-organization.