Portland Police rolled up 13 Leftist Antifarioters who came to clash with ‘Patriot Prayer’ and ‘Proud Boys’ demonstrators at a planned demonstration by the right-wing groups on August 17th.
Before the August 17th event, which saw plenty of illegal and disgusting behavior by the Antifa protesters, Mayor Ted Wheeler condemned the right-wing groups, dismissing them as hateful outsiders who didn’t ‘belong here.’
He said nothing about the far Left Antifa, whose antics have cost Portlanders their safety as well as millions of dollars to clean up after them.
So feeble has been Wheeler’s response that he couldn’t even bring himself to ban Antifa’s masks, something that Police Chief Danielle Outlaw asked him to do.
Now what are Portland Police are reduced to? Asking for help to identify people with masks over their faces.
Sure, guys, we’ll get right on it.
Portland police also asked for help in identifying this person next to the guy in a mask:
This regular Antifa member was last seen spitting on Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson at the Cider Riot! clash. As I reported, Gibson was the one charged with riot for his behavior. Her assaultive behavior was never charged.
Nice ‘burqa,’ ‘lady.’
You may remember that in Michael Strickland’s case, eight of his ten “victims” who attacked him couldn’t be identified because they were masked. Nevertheless, the Multnomah County District Attorney counted them as victims anyway and issued two felonies each on behalf of each of Strickland’s victims. Charges that could have put the man in prison for 50 years. His conviction for drawing his legally concealed pistol at his attackers (no shots were fired) is on appeal. See a variety of the stories about him here,here, here,here, here,here,here,here, here, here, here, here, here,here,here, here, here, here,here, here,here,here, here, here, here, here,here … there are lots more. Just do a search on this site.
Now the police need help identifying these people … because Ted Wheeler won’t order them unmasked.
In a Portland courtroom today, videographer Mike Strickland was forced to defend his right to literally speak the namesof the people who conspired to get him thrown out of an Antifa & Black Lives Matter march and rally in 2016. This time the good guys won.
The people who conspired to get Strickland thrown out of a Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot Portland rally and march in 2016 set in motion two physical attacks on Strickland.
Here are two of his attackers. Nice stick ya got there.
When a group of thugs came back to finish off Strickland he drew his legally concealed pistol to back off them off. No shots were fired, but Strickland, not the thugs who attacked him, was prosecuted and jailed. His Antifa attackers were miraculously changed into ‘victims.’
You can call this ‘Portland Justice,’ where Leftist ‘protesters’ from Domestic Terrorists Earth First, anarchists, Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front to Black Bloc/Antifa are allowed to vandalize, disrupt, chase cars, ‘direct’ traffic and assault while the law abiding are expected to be their willing and complicit collateral damage. City Hall and institutional Portland are their willing stooges.
At trial, Molina believed Antifa’s lies about Strickland being a “white nationalist” (sound familiar?) and, without evidence of such an absurd notion, got a judge to add felony charges to the two misdemeanors. In February 2017 he was found guilty on all charges. Strickland stood to go to prison for 50 years. Antifa, with the help of Portland prosecutors and police, had successfully silenced him.
Strickland served 41 days in jail. His gun rights, ability to make a living, First Amendment and Second Amendment rights were stripped from the video journalist.
Today in court, the DA Kate Molina, the prosecutor with the magic beans who transfigured Antifa thugs into Strickland’s ‘victims,’ did Antifa’s bidding again by arguing that yet another First Amendment gag order be added to Strickland’s probation to shut him up about naming one of the conspirators against him: Ben Kerensa. The initial complaint also sought to get “third parties” to stop using Kerensa’s name. That would be me presumably.
‘He Who Shall Not Be Named’ is a multiple felon, having done multiple stretches in federal and state prisons, for, among other things, calling in a bomb threat on a major Silicon Valley confab in San Francisco, impersonating police and FBI officers, among other things.
He called in a bomb threat to the Moscone Convention Center. The entire place, including the thousands assembled for Oracle World as well as other conventioneers, were evacuated.
And it wasn’t a one-off. While San Francisco Police told me the reports from the incident were difficult to get their hands on, an article on the bomb threat at the time made clear that Kerensa was a pro at this.
Kerensa made threats to his former employer, the AMC 1000 Theater, the Moscone Center, a building at the UN Plaza, a federal building and the Navy vessel, the USS Cleveland. And he did it all from the mayoral candidate’s office [where he was ‘volunteering’ and living in the office space]…
Now after doing time and moving to Oregon and becoming part of the hacking and far Left protest culture, the felon and fabulist is believed by many protest watchers to be an informant to the Portland Police Bureau. When you’re pretending to be a police officer and FBI agent as Kerensa has, it stands to reason why he’d want to curry favor with officers. Maybe this is why Kerensa has found such a friend in Portland prosecutors.
Kerensa’s plea to keep Strickland from speaking his name fell short, however, as much as DDA Kate Molina tried to help her Antifa ally.
See how Multnomah Probation officials tried to get Strickland’s probation dependent upon “third parties” (me) to shut up about Ben Kerensa:
Shockingly, the same judge who convicted Strickland refused to grant Molina and Kerensa’s request to shut him up. Strickland still is not allowed to video or report on any of Portland’s protests, which provided his livelihood on his popular YouTube channel called “Laughing at Liberals.“
Strickland made this video after the proceeding. You’ll note that he doesn’t use Kerensa’s name so as not to inflame the political prosecutors and probationers who have eight more months to make his life a living hell.
Mike Strickland was summoned Wednesday to his Multnomah County Parole and Probation Officer (PO). As Strickland tells it, his PO demanded that the Portland man cease mentioning two people who were involved in the melee in July 2016, which resulted in Strickland drawing his legally possessed pistol to back off a converging crowd of Antifa and other protesters. Read about Strickland’s case here.
Strickland says that his PO gave him two choices, 1) Sign revised parole and probation conditions which forbid him from speaking about convicted hacker, police impersonator, bomb hoaxer, and conspirator against Strickland, Ben Kerensa, and self-described ‘peacemaker’ Malcolm Chaddock. Chaddock attempted to distract Strickland while the 400 pound Kerensa ran at him on the other side. Both men testified against Strickland at his trial.
Or, 2) Go before a Multnomah County judge and try to retain what’s left of his First Amendment rights.
Strickland once again will take his chances with a judge sometime in August.
But here’s the kicker. Strickland’s new gag order condition also included “third parties.” Since I’m the one who’s been chronicling his case since it happened, it appears that I’m the target of the PO’s ire. I can’t imagine that a document Strickland would sign would in any way extend to me. Good luck with getting me to shut up.
Here are some examples of Strickland talking about these two:
The PO told Strickland that this kind of talk represented “psychological abuse” of the two people. Strickland told me that on the list of psychologically abusive things was ‘using one’s size to intimidate and/or threaten another person.’ This is precisely what the two men attempted to do to Strickland.
Strickland would know something about what’s psychologically abusive. He was threatened with a 50 year prison sentence after being charged. That’s certainly “psychologically abusive.” Instead, he spent 41 days in jail – certainly “psychologically abusive.” His First and Second Amendment rights were stripped and therefore his ability to make a living. That’s “psychologically abusive.” His right to speak was eventually restored though he can’t video political events anymore which is most certainly “psychologically abusive.”
Strickland told me that his former PO said his behavior on Twitter did not rise to the level of intimidation of the two people. He has operated under those rules for the past two years. Now, with ten months left in his probation, Strickland is threatened with more punishment for using his freedom of speech.
Organizers of the anti-gun march and rally admitted at Strickland’s trial that they conspired to kick the videographer out of the rally, one of dozens that Strickland had covered in his role as an independent journalist.
His phalanx of attackers were magically transformed into ‘victims.’ Here are some of Strickland’s ‘victims’:
Only two of Strickland’s ‘victims’ were identified at trial because they were masked up or hid their faces.
The Oregonian reports this afternoon that criminal charges have been dropped against a man who continued to drive as Antifa protesters attempted to block his way.
Protesters moved out of the way as Mark Dickerson slowly drove through …
when one of the protesters came back and, like an intentional foul while dribbling in traffic, allowed himself to be ‘hit’ by Dickerson’s car.
Today, police released the dash cam video of the incident:
Prosecutors said the incident was Dickerson’s fault.
Dickerson’s incident took place after Antifa and Black Lives Matter ‘protesters’ blocked traffic in the aftermath of a police involved shooting and blocked another section of downtown Portland.
This above incident was done in full view of a flaccidly responding police officer, who watched from the safety of his motorcycle.
Antifa had also chased a man down the street and surrounded his car in a clash that made national news:
It’s precisely these attacks that give rise to charges that Antifa runs the streets of Portland.
And this is what the Antifa and Black Lives Matter ‘protesters’ said to drivers as they passed by:
“Yah, you little white little fucker! You’re a little whitey aren’t cha? … Just please turn right … You are a little whitey supremacist! … we don’t need your KKK … you fucking hit me right now, I’ll beat the shit out of you.
One upset driver told the ‘protesters,’ “Look, you don’t pay my bills, so shut the fuck up!” She drove where they wanted her to, however.
Prosecutors reportedly claimed that their star witness, identified as Arthuray Dudley, supposedly the brother of the man killed by police, would have sewn up their case against Dickerson, but he didn’t show up in court on Monday. Dickerson’s attorney said he would prove Antifa was responsible.
“My name is Michael Strickland” is how the Portland area citizen journalist began his story at the nationally prominent Gateway Pundit website.
Strickland’s speech was interrupted Tuesday night by a cow bell ringing, man-banned member of a Antifa/Anarchist group (they’re the same thing in Portland – just add a balaclava!) and his cadres, who are now full partners in Portland Professional Protesters, Inc.™ and who seem to receive full support of City Hall and Police Bureau.
As he wrote at Gateway Pundit, his planned speech was about how his First Amendment rights had been stripped away after being arrested for defending himself against Antifa in July of 2016:
On March 5th, 2019, The College Republicans invited me to Portland State University to speak about what happened to me on July 7th, 2016, when I was out filming a protest, exercising my right to freedom of the press.
As we mentioned here, Portland State University officials were asked to comment on how Campus Police did their jobs in allowing Antifa thugs to disrupt Strickland’s presentation.
The University issued a statement, which Strickland notes was full of inaccuracies and mischaracterizations:
Beyond the fluff and inaccuracies in that press release, what PSU’s head of public relations, Chris Broderick, can’t even get right is that my speech was not based around the 2nd Amendment. I believe my case is rooted in the 1st Amendment, and that’s what I was there to talk about. The name of the presentation was “How The 1st Amedment Was Invalidated.” The Republican club met with advisors and campus security the week prior to the event to discuss what the event was about. Broderick and his staff of 19 bureaucratic paper pushers are either incompetent, too lazy to do basic research and due diligence, or they are intentionally lying to the public.
Video of Strickland’s presentation, disrupted for more than an hour by Antifa/Anarchist protesters, one of whom we’ll just call Cow Bell Boy, was broadcast by many sources, including on Twitter by journalist Andy Ngo. It was picked up by The Daily Caller and featured prominently on the publication’s Facebook page. You’ll want to turn down the sound a bit if you’re at work:
Like a toddler who learns he can control Mom and Dad by throwing a wing ding, Cow Bell Boy rang his dingle dangle, shouted and made hiccup-like “yep!” sounds worthy of Dave Hester from “Storage Wars” to stop free speech in a public room. He later boasted, “I’ve been totally successful, I’ve shut this entire shit down all by myself.” He had two helpers with him, but basically, Cow Bell Boy was right. Police officers present did nothing.
During the dingle-dangle-wing-ding, videographer Nate Millsap said to him:
“I was just wondering if you had any balls to say what you are standing for or not standing for. You just shut people down and that is all that you know.”
Pondering his answer – or was he considering his balls? – as the diminutive man-bunned protester looked up at the six-foot-five, 280-pound boulder-sized Millsap, he creepily responded,
“Oooh, toxic masculinity!”
Millsap, who curates the YouTube channel Stumptown Matters, told VictoriaTaft.com that he laughed and responded:
“I’ve got all the masculinity you need and then some.”
If you know what “Toxic Masculinity” is you’re more informed than most. Or you’re a liberal arts intersectionality major at a university somewhere.
At a website called Tolerance (yes, really), invoking the latest made-up word in the feminist lexicon can be “tricky”:
“It’s a phrase that—misunderstood—can seem wildly insulting, even bigoted.”
Intolerant, insulting and bigoted? That’s quite a trifecta! (And, as an added bonus, if you were offended by the phrase then it would be your fault for ‘misunderstanding.’) We guess Cow Bell Boy thought he’d ‘trigger’ Millsap with his insult. That boy was barking up the wrong redwood.
Joey Gibson, the founder of “Patriot Prayer,” a pro-freedom, anti-Antifa group and who is all-too-familiar with Cow Bell Boy, gave VictoriaTaft.com his own definition of “Toxic Masculinity.”
Warning to Cow Bell Boy, you may be triggered:
“The term “toxic masculinity” is only used by boys who have tried their entire lives to be men but never figured out how. So instead they insult other men.”
Gibson, a former U.S. Senate candidate, told KGW-TV recently that America is getting soft and we need men and women to stand up for what’s right:
“We’re here to promote freedom and God and that’s about it. We’re the American Spirit where we stand up for our beliefs unapologetically and unafraid. Our country’s getting soft, it’s getting soft and we need leaders to step up.”
Meanwhile, back at Strickland’s presentus-interruptus, Cow Bell Boy only took his leave when he thought he’d burned enough of Strickland’s time to prevent him from giving his speech before the building curfew.
Cow Bell Boy, or one of his buddies, told VictoriaTaft.com via Twitter (more on that later) that he was never escorted out by police as I reported Wednesday. I can see by this angle of Andy Ngo’s video (above) that the Antifa protester was absolutely correct. Police response was even worse than I thought.
Coming to hear Strickland was a calculated act of bravery. Those gutsy enough to come to downtown Portland after dark to hear about Strickland’s case knew the cops wouldn’t have their back. They knew if they defended themselves or attempted to resume order in the room that they’d end up like Strickland: arrested, jailed, tried, convicted and deprived of their rights.
Strickland’s conviction is on appeal at the Oregon Appeals Court and is he represented by nationally known attorney Robert Barnes.
This post has been updated to indicate that Portland State Police did *not* escort out the Antifa/Anarchist free speech disruptors.
Before Ann Coulter, Milo and Ben Shapiro were met by the fire bombing mobs who would later become widely known as Antifa, there was Mike Strickland. In 2016, Strickland was arrested, charged and convicted in Portland for drawing his legally concealed weapon to stop a phalanx of Antifa protesters who conspired to beat the citizen journalist out of their Don’t Shoot Portland/Black Lives Matter protest in downtown. No shots were fired. No one was hurt.
As a result of the widely publicized incident, Portland State University and Portland Community College campuses banned Strickland for two years.
As I wrote this week, there was a simple reason why banning him was irresistible:
Though the incident didn’t occur near any of the campuses, Strickland was well known by campus administrators for reporting on the speeches, marches and antics of the University professors and protesters. Protesters included the Occupy, Antifa, IWW (Wobblies) and ISO, as well as the usual Portland Professional Protesters, Incorporated™ social justice, environmentalist, anti-Israel groups. Strickland’s reports on those campuses made national news. University and College administrators saw an opportunity to keep their well known antagonist off campus and took it.
Tuesday night, Strickland was back on campus in front of a group of College Republicans, live streaming cameras and citizens and tried to tell his compelling story (read many of my stories here). However, some Portland area Anarchist/Antifa antagonists were also there and had different plans.
Strickland was shouted off the stage several times by a man interrupting the speech with wild rantings, screaming and using the new anti-free speech weapon of the moment … a cowbell.
Strickland, Laughing at Liberals on YouTube, posted this video of the dingle dangler:
He dingle dangled his bell and spoke over Strickland, who kept a smile on his face for the 68 minutes it took cops to get rid of them. More on that in a minute.
The agent provocateur identified himself as “Sawyer” and silenced his cowbell only long enough to stand in front of Strickland’s projector, preventing the citizen journalist from showing video and supporting documents about his case.
The last time we saw “Sawyer” he was heckling a bunch of men with the Proud Boys in downtown Portland and one of his fellow Antifa mates got hit by a truck. Notice that “Sawyer” never stops talking into his megaphone:
This is Sawyer’s co-conspirator. Austin Goodrich is well known to some area folks for all the wrong reasons. This apparent Bernie Bro has allegedly harassed, stalked and threatened people in Hillsboro who displayed Trump for President signs in 2016.
He was back Tuesday night to apparently harass and intimidate Strickland and people there supporting him, such as 83-year-old Kay Bridges who is herself a citizen journalist and was live streaming the event on Facebook. View her video here:
When asked who the two main antagonizers were, this is what several said about Goodrich:
Austin later remarked over on my Facebook page that he wasn’t an Antifa member and scoffed at being called a Bernie Bro. Here’s Austin’s Facebook page:
“Creating action.” “Family First.” Gee, he seemed like such a nice guy I thought I’d ask him for a quote:
Those watching the spectacle saw the dramatic difference between the ‘protesters’ and the behavior of the man Antifa and company have lied about for going on three years, Mike Strickland.
“What a contrast between calm, cool, collected, courteous Mike Strickland, and a room full of out of control motor mouth kooks, with nothing better to do than shut down Mike’s privilege to speak.”
“If this is how they act when law enforcement was around, then we know how they acted when they surrounded and attacked you. They really are afraid of what Mike may have to say.”
“To bypass the one-man cowbell choir, Mike’s presentation begins at about 68:00 minutes into this video due to the Breach of Peace.”
“I wish people would remember this. This is America. Every citizen has the right of free speech. Even if you don’t like or agree with what that person is saying. They have the right to free speech. And yes even hate speech is free speech.”
“The first 45 minutes were the most telling I don’t know how Michael put up with all of that hate. The haters rang bell’s and screamed at him and talked over him and put them selves between him and the projector to make it impossible for him to give this lecture”
And Jack had an excellent question:
“Why the hell are the cops just standing there like zombies?”
Why the hell, indeed.
A real head scratcher, this.
As the cowbell and scream fest continued. Strickland was banished to the back of the room since he couldn’t speak over Antifa’s noise. But they found him and surrounded him again.
(The young woman (pictured above) claims to have been a reporter from the student newspaper, “The Vanguard,” but you wouldn’t know it from her behavior. She spoke over Strickland, clearly sided with Antifa protesters and treated Strickland with obvious disdain. She’ll be with the Washington Post any day now.)
The spectacle was all in view of the PSU cops.
Strickland told VictoriaTaft.com that he spoke with Sgt. Halliburton (pictured above) and asked him at what point would they consider the situation disorderly conduct and he replied, “I’ll decide when.”
For the attorneys in the audience, that was the wrong answer.
Jason Short, one of Strickland’s attorneys during his first trial and who was watching the livestream of the event, opined that it looked like disorderly conduct, but conceded college cops in Portland were unlikely to do anything.
James Buchal, attorney and the head of the Multnomah County Republican Party suggested to VictoriaTaft.com that it might have been Disorderly Conduct by the cowbell ringing pair:
1)A person commits the crime of disorderly conduct in the second degree if, with intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, the person:
(a)Engages in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior;
(b)Makes unreasonable noise;
(c)Disturbs any lawful assembly of persons without lawful authority;”
We have a winner!
Police escorted the duo out of the room only after Strickland implored them to do so saying he wanted to file a complaint.
After talking with the officers on site, the Antifa/Anarchist disruptors, including Cow Bell Boy, left.
That [Writing a report] apparently sounded like too much work for the officers and they escorted the two out of the room. No report was taken that VictoriaTaft.com was aware of as of publication.
Strickland was able to continue with his speech, but not before Antifa’s antics had burned up most of the College Republicans reserved time in the room.
Strickland’s case is under appeal at the Oregon Court of Appeals. A decision on his case is expected any time.
What are the stakes in the Mike Strickland versus Antifa case out of Portland, Oregon?
The City of Portland, prosecutors, police and judiciary have, so far, sided with Antifa protesters over Strickland, a videographer whose job it was to chronicle the radical mob which has preyed upon Portlanders for years.
“Before they chased old men in cars and canceled parades; before Ann Coulter, Ben Shapiro, Milo Yianoppolous and Charles Murray were silenced by mob violence; before Professional Paid Protesters, Incorporated™ screamed at Senators, overturned cars or set a ‘deplorable’s’ limo on fire; there was Michael Strickland.
Strickland is believed to be Antifa’s ‘victim zero.‘”
The videographer and concealed carry permit holder was covering a Don’t Shoot Portland/Black Lives Matter protest on July 7, 2016. Strickland was surrounded and beaten by the Antifa mob (read about their conspiracy to do so here) and when they couldn’t bully him out of the protest on public property, the mob came back to finish him off. I reported on the clash:
“Strickland drew his licensed concealed handgun that Antifa knew he had (I know, I asked), a Glock semi automatic pistol. Strickland, showing amazing trigger discipline – never allowing his finger to come close to the trigger – held off his attackers as he backed away from the mob. To be clear, Strickland was the only person hurt that day. No shots were ever fired.”
One question remains: Is the judiciary even aware of the violence and vandalism perpetrated by a group that the Department of Homeland Security has designated a domestic terrorist group?
Strickland’s attorney, Robert Barnes, worries that they have no clue, telling VictoriaTaft.com and others on Friday:
“The judges haven’t ‘got’ what’s happening – the Judiciary as a branch. The judicial branch hasn’t figured out – other than Justice Brett Kavanaugh experiencing it personally – the rest of the judicial branch hasn’t deduced what’s happening in the public arena, what’s happening in these protests, what’s happening at these social gatherings, what’s happening in these tactics – these mob tactics –that are being utilized.
The reason why the press is nervous about the use of the word ‘mob’ is because of how accurate it depicts their tactics and techniques over the past two years. Tactics they experimented a little bit with at Occupy Wall Street but that went sideways because everybody was busy assaulting everybody inside, so they’re going, returning, back to those roots and those are dangerous roots for political expression. It’s going back to the street violence of the 1920’s and 1930’s as a technique and a tactic and the court system doesn’t realize it’s happening.”
After arguments in the case of Oregon V Strickland held Friday in a Oregon Appeals Court tribunal, Barnes summed up the high stakes involved in the outcome of the case.
In a little noted story one year ago, Politico reported that Department of Homeland Security “confidential intelligence” documents showed that “antifascists,” known as “Antifa,” are now considered a domestic terror group.
Those who have observed the violence by Portland Professional Protester, Incorporated, Antifa edition, are not surprised by the recent domestic terrorism designation. In fact, most would probably say ‘what took you so long?’
The report, disseminated within DHS in April 2016, is an assessment of violent groups, and reveals that the Pacific Northwest region is a national ‘leader’ in Leftist violent extremism:
” … US extremist attacks noted in this study occurred in multiple states, the majority of incidents occurred in the Pacific Northwest.”
Portlanders have watched in disgust as the City ‘leaders’ have thrown their lot in with the protesters, leaving law-abiding citizens adrift without representation. The rule-of-law has become a two track system – one for Antifa and Portland Professional Protesters and the regular, tougher one for everyone else.
You’d think that after the nine-year-long blockbuster investigation of Oregon based eco and animal terrorists known as “The Family” that local leaders would catch a clue. Wrong.
Either in thrall of ACLU and Lawyers Guild attorneys, or out of fear for their own safety – or both – city officials have looked the other way all while making public pronouncements about the virtue of Antifa’s crusade. Maybe it’s the contact high outside City Hall that convinced them capitulation would keep the mob from their door.
Antifa has responded to Official Portland’s endorsement by bashing heads, detonating IEDs, setting fires, hitting people with ‘flag’ staffs, hurling fire works, menacing, attacking cops, blocking freeways and roads, conspiring against videographers (see Mike Strickland and Leo Stratton stories nearby), and deploying chemical sprays.
Official Protester Portland has given the mob its seal-of-approval because, after all, these virtuous, Black bloc, balaclava clad crusaders ridding the world of all things “fascist” are on the side of angels don’t ‘cha know.
Oregonians are wary of coming downtown, especially at night, because they’re afraid to discover they’ve been transmogrified into a Nazi and be ‘dealt’ with by Antifa.
Mayor Ted Wheeler has cheered the violent protesters on, offered them public support and ordered police to stand down during violent clashes except once, and that was only recently.
However, what is new is the seriousness with which at least federal law enforcement will potentially treat the violent political gang.
Note this from Politico:
“Previously unreported documents disclose that by April 2016, authorities believed that “anarchist extremists” were the primary instigators of violence at public rallies against a range of targets. They were blamed by authorities for attacks on the police, government and political institutions, along with symbols of “the capitalist system,” racism, social injustice and fascism, according to a confidential 2016 joint intelligence assessment by DHS and the FBI.”
The report, called the Baseline Comparison of US and Foreign Anarchist Extremist Movements, reported that during 2013 and 2014 things began to heat up in both Michigan and the PNW with violent groups.
A group then known as the Plockers, an outgrowth of 2011’s Occupy Portland, began to squat in foreclosed houses and refuse to leave. According to the report, there were multiple arsons committed by these activists in their anti-gentrification schemes.
As we’ve seen over the years and chronicled here and on my radio shows, the same people who were active in the “BushHitler” days, became Obamabots and Bernie Bros. Others on the fringes learned from the Seattle WTO conflagration and thus became a subset of these anarchists, wearing their Black bloc clothing and balaclavas.
Antifa derived from this group. Portland anarchists have told me they don’t share Antifa’s world view, but for most, it’s a distinction without a difference.
The report worries that “anarchist extremist” “antifascists” – come on guys, you can just call them Antifa – will become more violent in the U.S. and the world.
Read the report for yourself and note that the deep dive into Antifa ended in spring of 2016 as Antifa was getting absolutely triggered over the presidential election just months away.
Enter Mike Strickland.
In July of 2016, Portland Professional Protester members held a “Don’t Shoot PDX” Black Lives Matter march and rally and noticed videographer Mike Strickland in their midst. Strickland, the owner of the YouTube channel, “Laughing at Liberals,” often covered Portland’s Leftist rallies and marches. His material regularly made national news.
Organizer of the event, John Slaughter, admitted in court that he and others conspired to rough up Strickland and throw him out of their event, which was being held on a public street. They hit Strickland with their flag staffs, punched him and then, when they saw he had retreated to another spot at the rally, organized another rush at him whereupon he pulled his legal pistol and, while not even putting his finger near the trigger, held off the gang. No shots were fired.
Repeating. In Portland, Oregon the guy who was doing his job in what we thought was a free country, reporting on protesters on a public street whom he has covered many times before, was forced to pull his pistol to defend himself against a marauding band of thugs, one of whom, Benjamin Kerensa, was 400 pounds. And Strickland was jailed.
The chief reason why Strickland was treated like a criminal by the Multnomah County DA’s office? Slaughter claimed, without providing proof, that Strickland sent him racist text messages. Strickland text messages were never presented to buttress that claim because they didn’t exist. But the DA believed Slaughter and poured on the charges and bail for Strickland.
Within months of the Strickland assault, similar tactics were used to silence conservative speakers on college campuses.
The flaccid response by police and university officials, largely due to their endorsement of their Antifa heroes, gave rise to the right wing groups holding marches and rallies to draw out Antifa and respond to their violence with force of their own.
Here’s where we get to a crucial point about Portland and Antifa. Politico reported that federal officials believe Antifa is organized and connected with a national and international organization:
” … [A]uthorities following them believe they are organized via decentralized networks of cells that coordinate with each other. Often, they spend weeks planning for violence at upcoming events…
Dozens of armed anti-fascist groups have emerged, including Redneck Revolt and the Red Guards, according to the reports and interviews. One report from New Jersey authorities said self-described antifa groups have been established in cities including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco.
Some of the DHS and FBI intelligence reports began flagging the antifa protesters before the election.
That means that with federal law enforcement involved could be designated a continuing criminal enterprise and those in it charged with giving material support to a terrorist organization.
For real victims, that means that there is another avenue for justice outside the Leftist Multnomah County Courthouse. And that means the possibilities of civil rights violations charges against Antifa and the system of justice that rewards their violence with light sentences and low bail.
To sum up: Antifa is a violent, anarchistic group, with national and international ties, that uses violence and destruction as a weapon of terror. The Pacific Northwest is the biggest hotbed of this activity. If Portland, Oregon is ground zero, Mike Strickland was patient zero.