Antifa and the Police State

Kurt Nimmo

In a tweet posted on Wednesday, I compared Antifa to the Red Brigades.

Not simply for their pseudo-marxism, but also because it appears the group is a classic FBI operation right out of the pages of the COINTELPRO playbook.

In 1999 it was revealed the Red Brigades were infiltrated by Italian intelligence and operatives were the masterminds behind the murder of the former prime minister Aldo Moro in 1978. Alberto Franceschini, an imprisoned former member of the terrorist group, told L’Espresso news magazine Italian intelligence “used the Red Brigades to block Moro’s attempt to bring the Communist Party into a government of national unity.”

This is a classic example of Operation Gladio and the strategy of tension in action.

We know the CIA, MI6, NATO, and Italian intelligence were responsible for Gladio operations in Italy. This was revealed in 1984 during an investigation by Italian judge Felice Casson. After he reopened the case of a car bomb in Peteano in 1972, Casson discovered the attack was the work of the military secret service Servizio Informazioni Difesa in conjunction with Ordine Nuovo, a fascist group. The attack was blamed on the Red Brigades.

Italy was the first target after the inception of the CIA in 1947. The NSC 10/2 directive of 1948 allowed the CIA to conduct covert actions anywhere in the world.

During the trial of Vincenzo Vinciguerra it was learned that instead of a “stay behind army” to resist a Soviet invasion, Gladio was used primarily to conduct false flag terror events to be blamed on leftists and communists. Vinciguerra said the idea was to “destabilize to stabilize” and move the people toward accepting a repressive police state.

The FBI’s COINTELPRO relied on intimidation, harassment, discrediting, snitch jacketing, and infiltration of targeted political groups in the United States. Agents provocateurs exploited ideological divisions within target groups, promoted enmity with other groups, and repeatedly urged and initiated violent acts, including forceful disruptions of meetings and demonstrations, attacks on police, and bombings.

The FBI followed the advice of Tsarist police director TC Zubatov: “We shall provoke you to acts of terror and then crush you.”

The CIA also did this with its Operation CHAOS, which directly violated it charter, for what it is worth.

“In 1968, the CIA’s various domestic programs were consolidated and expanded under the name Operation CHAOS,” writes Mark Zepezauer. “When Richard Nixon became president the following year, his administration drafted the Huston Plan, which called for even greater operations against ‘subversives,’ including wiretapping, break-ins, mail-opening, no-knock searches and ‘selective assassinations.’ Bureaucratic infighting tabled the plan, but much of it was implemented in other forms, not only by the CIA but also by the FBI and the Secret Service.”

As we now know, the FBI is engaged in creating terror plots and using them to frame patsies, amounting to “a form of pre-emptory prosecution where vulnerable individuals are targeted and manipulated not for any criminal acts they have committed but rather for the bad political views they have expressed,” according to Glenn Greenwald.

It’s in the state’s best interest to stir up trouble between the so-called alt-right and its opponents on the left, especially violence-prone groups on its periphery. As the violence escalates, the state will move to further enable law enforcement to go after nonviolent and legitimate protesters and provide a rationalization for further expansion of its high-tech surveillance apparatus.

It took a formal investigation to uncover the dirty secrets of Operation Gladio. If not for activists taking files from a Philadelphia FBI office in 1971, we would not know about COINTELPRO.

So far, there is little if any solid evidence Antifa is run by the FBI or the CIA. There is, however, precedent. In the 1990s, an Antifa group was infiltrated by the British police. Additionally, the group was further radicalized by the revelations of the so-called “Grant Bristow Affair” in Canada.

The Grant Bristol Affair, according to the leftist publisher Kersplebdeb, “provides a stark example of even anti-state, anti-capitalist comrades being infiltrated and manipulated by the police—and it would be ridiculous to assume that ‘Officer A’ [from a secretive unit of the Metropolitan police] in England did not have his parallels in North America. While there is no way to guarantee that one will not be targeted and neutralized by such ‘deep cover’ agents, their open existence should put to rest naive ideas of ‘working with the police’ (hate crimes units, etc.) against the fascists. If the capitalist state is ‘anti-fascist’, its antifascism is of a completely different sort than out own, and stands in direct opposition to us. Any cooperation simply increased our vulnerability.”

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