Thanks to the journalistic digging of The Nation, we now know that key players in the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) are utilizing high-tech surveillance of a classified nature to track who is talking to whom, and for what purpose. The U.S. Marshals Service is likewise dispatching personnel on the streets to perform ground-based operations.
Together, these two entities have reportedly made significant headway in determining who is behind both BLM and Antifa, which could possibly lead to an "October Surprise" where major revelations come to light.
A DHS official who spoke to The Nation explained that a colleague with expertise in electronic surveillance was recently deployed to Portland to extract "information from protesters' phones." While this individual was in Portland, an interagency task force involving both the DHS and the Department of Justice (DOJ) performed a sophisticated mobile phone cloning attack to intercept protesters' communications for intelligence purposes.
Cell phone cloning, by the way, involves stealing a mobile phone's unique identifier and copying it to another device in order to intercept a target's communications. Former intelligence officials have described it as a "Low Level Voice Intercept" operation, though further details about how it works have not been disclosed.
"You're getting an inside view into your targets, who they are, who they're talking to – the hierarchy," a former intelligence officer is quoted as saying, adding that many within the DHS believe that Antifa is hardly the "spontaneous, decentralized" movement that its supporters claim it is.
Instead, Antifa is an organized group with a very precise mission, federal agents claim. This would correspond with President Trump's apparent view, along with that of William Barr, his attorney general, who says that Antifa is a domestic terrorist organization, and one that is being supported financially by foreign actors.
Christopher Wray, on the other hand, the current head of the FBI, continues to claim, as does the mainstream media, that Antifa is not centrally organized. Like the left, Wray would have Americans believe that Antifa just appeared out of thin air one day and just so happened to form chapters all across the country that know just when to stage violent "protests," complete with banners, supplies, transportation and other logistics.
"It's not a group or an organization," Wray is quoted as saying, further claiming that Antifa is "a movement or an ideology" where "folks who subscribe or identify" as Antifa organize "regionally into small groups or nodes."
Those within the DHS would vehemently disagree, seeing as how they already possess strong evidence, it would appear, to suggest that Antifa and BLM are very well-organized groups with secret ties both to government and media.
"So the DHS and the FBI have been listening to Antifa and they know who in the media and in politics they have been talking to," notes Paul Goldberg, writing for NewsThud.
"You can tell by reading the report from The Nation, the left is getting real (sic) nervous about this because it is the number one report on their website as of the writing of this post."
So does this mean an October Surprise is soon coming our way? As usual, time will tell.
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