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October 30

Right-Wing Hack Claims Oakland Anarchists Linked to ISIS

After Charlottesville, both the far-Right and the State have pushed to link anarchists and antifascists with something that the majority of the population understands to be “bad.” For many, this is ISIS. Discredited far-Right hack Edward Klein in an upcoming book alleges that anarchists from Oakland, CA traveled to Germany to meet with ISIS and Al-Qaeda, but gives no evidence, claiming that the information comes from a July 2017 FBI field report which will be published in his new book, coming out in a few months.

Being that anarchists, antifascists, and revolutionaries are fighting and dying in the fight against ISIS alongside the YPG and YPJ, we find this insinuation insulting, and clearly simply a provocation by a washed up troll. Anarchists are just as opposed to the authoritarian Caliphate of ISIS as we are to neo-colonial capitalism, State socialism, or the fascism of the Alt-Right.

By Lynda Carlson

In a new book by right-wing extremist Edward Klein called, “All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump,” Klein alleges that the FBI is claiming that Oakland activists are linked to ISIS, and Al-Qaeda. Edward Klein is a former editor of the New York Times Magazine.

Klein alleges: “A secret FBI investigation of the violent ‘resistance’ movement on college campuses against President Trump has led to an alarming discovery—the collusion between American anarchists and foreign terrorists in the Islamic State and Al qaeda, according to a confidential ‘Informational Report’ by FBI field offices.

‘There is clearly overwhelming evidence that there are growing ties between U.S. radicals and the Islamic State, as well as several [ISIS] offshoots and splinter groups,’ stated the FBI field report, which was delivered to Acting Director Andrew McCabe on July 11, 2017.”

This type of right-wing hysteria is reminiscent of the 60s and 70s when the Oakland Police Department, Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, and the FBI, including the COINTELPRO program, were out to destroy the Black Panther Party, by any means necessary.

Klein further alleges: “The agents sent by the FBI paid particular attention to a group of anarchists from Oakland, a major port city that lies adjacent to the campus of the University of California at Berkeley, the scene of several violent protests.

‘While there has been military progress in Iraq against the Islamic State, their influence in Europe and throughout the world is clearly growing,’ the report said.

‘Now that the bureau has determined they have followers in the radical U.S. resistance movement in the United States, it is clear there will be additional violence in the attacks on law enforcement and U.S. institutions, including banks.

‘Ties between three key leaders of the Oakland group [names redacted] met in Hamburg with a leader of the AQAP [Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] and the AQIM [Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb],’ the report continued. ‘The leader from AQAP is an Egyptian-born male [name redacted] who is known to be in charge of finances and recruiting for the group.

The FBI field report was delivered [according to Klein, which he says will be published in his new book] to Acting Director Andrew McCabe in July.

‘There is evidence from informants that he is helping the Oakland group acquire the weapons they are seeking, primarily bomb making equipment and toxic chemicals and gasses,” according to Edward Klein.

In the background of this right-wing hysteria and the allegations being made by Edward Klein, they come at a time when the Oakland Police Department has recently been rocked by one scandal, after another.

This is also happening at a time when the FBI has been mired in deep controversy because of the actions of the madman residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, in Washington D.C.

Meanwhile, recently another large batch of documents pertaining to the assassination of John F. Kennedy have just been released in October, 2017.

Additionally, the allegations being made by Klein are occurring while it appears that the cops across the nation are on track to kill around 1,000 people with gunfire by the end of the year, according to a report by Reuters. Additionally, according to the Washington Post, over 800 people in the U.S. have already been killed by the cops this year.

Figures released by the Guardian (plus images) reveal that around 1,093 people in the U.S. were killed by the cops during 2016, and Mapping Police Violence reveals more details regarding the epidemic of police violence.

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