A new resolution introduced by Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) would “properly identify” Antifa as “Domestic Terrorists.”
Introduced Thursday, the resolution defines Antifa as “a movement that intentionally combines violence with the group’s alt-left positions,” and “represents opposition to the democratic ideals of peaceful assembly and free speech for all.”
The measure then lists several examples of Antifa behavior, including:
- Assaulting conservative journalist Andy Ngo in February and June of 2019, putting him in the hospital.
- Doxxing ICE employees.
- Confronting an ICE officer when he went to pick up his daughter from summer camp, as well as plastering “his name and photo” on flyers outside his home labeling him as part of the “Gestapo.”
- Explicitly rejecting the authority of law enforcement to
- “protect free speech and stop acts of violence.”
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As noted by The Blaze, however, labeling Antifa as “Domestic Terrorists” may also require an entirely new law.
federal law does not have the same clear-cut designation for domestic terrorism organizations that it does for foreign terror organizations (FTOs), explained Andy McCarthy in a 2017 column at National Review.
“There are federal-law processes for designating foreign and international terrorism because defending against foreign threats to national security is primarily a federal responsibility,” McCarthy explained, because foreign operatives have fewer civil rights protections than American citizens and that the best weapon against domestic terror is local law enforcement, not federal. –The Blaze
Portland, meanwhile, is mulling a ban on wearing masks at protests in an effort to crack down on Antifa violence.