Homeland Security – Organized Post-Election Violence Expected Mostly From the Left

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SPECIAL REPORT – With the 2020 presidential election still undecided, many U.S. cities have prepared for post-election violence. Businesses – mostly in Democrat-run jurisdictions – have boarded up shops and storefronts and even hired private security in anticipation of riots.

While much of the majority media incessantly and deceptively harps on white supremacists, or “right-wing militias,” credible bipartisan polls show 85% of Americans expect any post-election violence to come from the Left.

This is reinforced by what I have personally witnessed, and the intelligence I have seen as a security and risk consultant on this very issue. Most of the information I am seeing involves well-organized and funded left-wing groups with plans and structures in place for months.

These groups include Black Lives Matter (BLM) ShutDownDC, Protect the Results, and others. Meanwhile, though it cannot, and should not be discounted, and classified reports may exist to prove otherwise, I have not been able to find or document any similar specific information from any right-wing groups.

Elizabeth Neumann, former Assistant Homeland Security Secretary for Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention, said, according to Defense One that she believes a planned, organized, violent attack by an illegal militia or other domestic extremist group was a low-to-medium-likelihood event. But she provides no specific examples or substantiation.

McDaniel Wicker, vice president of strategy of the data analytics firm, Babel Street, said in Defense One, “On the right, you saw more of, ‘Go get your ammunition now, take up arms if necessary.’ He argues that right-wing groups have called on followers to arm themselves in anticipation of election-day violence, but not urged followers to actually instigate violence. rather to be willing to defend themselves if attacked.

The Left, on the other hand, appears far more organized and prepared. According to one news report:

Several leaked documents and Zoom call recordings described a loose but coordinated network of activists seeking to mobilize around the country, especially if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden loses or if President Trump contests the election results. The materials purportedly showed plans to shut down federal buildings, including the White House, and to meet members of Congress at public transportation portals when they’re scheduled to reconvene in Washington after the election.

The apparent goal: to continue the civil unrest from Election Day until at least later this week — and potentially until the presidential inauguration in January.

In D.C. on election night, almost all protestors and black-clad instigators I saw near the White House were Joe Biden supporters, BLM supporters, or otherwise on the Left. The few documented incidents of violence were launched by them against Trump supporters or others on the Right.

This included one man I witnessed being chased and assaulted near BLM Plaza, and later, multiple stabbings of supposed members of the right-wing ‘Proud Boys’ group a few blocks from the White House. I have seen no reports of any assaults against leftist or pro-Biden protesters in D.C.

One journalist from the conservative news site BlazeTV, reportedly had to take refuge in D.C., even with armed security provided by his employer, after being told by a liberal journalist that rioters wanted to ‘assassinate’ him.

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Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank. - paulcrespo.substack.com - PAULCRESPO.COM

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