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A former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence thinks there are some “problems” with President Donald Trump designating a domestic terrorism group.
MSNBC national security contributor Frank Figliuzzi negatively reacted to the president’s announcement on Twitter that the U.S. would designate antifa as a terrorist organization, pointing out a number of issues he had to host Stephanie Ruhle on Sunday.
“What has the president decided to do in a single tweet today? He’s decided to single out one group, antifa, that happens to be opposed to him, as a domestic terrorism organization,” Figliuzzi said, referring to the president’s tweet on Sunday about the anti-fascist movement in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 31, 2020
“The violence and vandalism is being led by Antifa and other radical left-wing groups who are terrorizing the innocent, destroying jobs, hurting businesses and burning down buildings…my administration will stop mob violence and we’ll stop it cold,” Trump said during a speech from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday.
Many protests have turned violent across U.S. cities following the death of Floyd, an unarmed black man who died last week after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest. Video of the incident went viral, sparking demonstrations and rioting as major cities across the country faced looting and arson.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr called out “groups of outside radicals and agitators” who are “exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate and violent agenda.”
“In many places, it appears the violence is planned, organized, and driven by anarchistic and far-left extremists, using Antifa-like tactics, many of whom travel from out of state to promote the violence,” Barr said Saturday during a press conference.
But Figliuzzi argued that there are “a couple of problems with this” designation by the federal government that Trump announced.
“Antifa is not an organized, centralized organization. There’s no antifa headquarters. There is no president or hierarchy, as you would see in ISIS or al Qaeda or any other foreign-based terrorist organization,” he told Ruhle.
“Number two, they are so loosely based and so diverse in their beliefs from global anarchy to simple anti-Trump to supporting Black Lives Matter that you cannot isolate a single body of political or ideological beliefs here,” he claimed.
“If we’re not careful, this is one small step away from the President of the United States designating his political opponents as enemies of the state, as terrorists,” Figliuzzi added in an over-dramatic warning.
“Think about the repercussions of this,” he continued.
“People may say what would such a designation look like. First, there is no domestic terrorism law on the books in the United States, so let’s deal with that first.,” he said. “Number two, there is no approved procedure by which you could designate a domestic terrorism group, just like there is for foreign terrorist organizations.”
Amid violent demonstrations in the nation’s cities, antifa-like elements referred to as “white nationalists” by the liberal media, continued to be part of the unrest.
‘Take his *ss!’: Real protesters detain Antifa-like thug turn him over to cops https://t.co/ylSauIYxsN
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 1, 2020
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