President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr have been pilloried for making frequent reference to "Antifa" as a terrorist threat that was involved in much of the violence that accompanied the protests over the killing of George Floyd. The problem is that there is a genuine growing terrorist threat, Antifa is one manifestation of the threat, and too few people are looking deep enough to see what is actually happening.
The mass protests that exploded following the death of George Floyd provided the perfect opportunity for a long-established network of terrorists to exploit the opportunity to foment violence. Unlike the past where there were clear lines of distinction between "left" and "right" the New Violence 2.0 is less focused on ideology or outcomes and more focused on accelerating chaos. There is a movement and an ideology that promotes the use of violence. Antifa is one group name they have adopted. Bugaloo Bois is another monacle, which openly promotes violent action to instigate a civil war in the United States. The mass killer in Christchurch, New Zealand, Brenton Tarrants, openly spoke in his Manifesto about seeking to provoke civil war in the United States.
These different groups have mastered the digital revolution as a means of coordinating among seemingly isolated "lone" operatives and small decentralized groups. How did the vast Western intelligence services miss the telltale warning signs that preceded the emergence of the Islamic State (ISIS)? Simple answer: They ignored the sophisticated social media recruitment efforts that ran on a global scale.
A starting point for understanding this new phenomenon is to look back at the 1999 and 2001 riots in Seattle and Genoa around the G-8 events. A traveling network of highly trained provocateurs showed up at both locations. At that time, one of the key funders was the late Teddy Goldsmith, a wealthy proponent of the
"Green Revolution" who bankrolled travel and set up purportedly non-violent training camps in preparation for the mass protests. Similar financiers and structures exist today on an even more sophisticated, digitally-enabled scale.
There is a need for competent counterintelligence to, in effect, crack the egg and isolate and take action against the hardcore network of trained provocateurs who have the capacity to hijack genuine protest to further their goal: Chaos and civil conflict as the endgame.