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Antifa Labeled as “Terrorist” Group by DHS – Why Portland’s Strickland Attack Was Canary in Coalmine

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.

Oh, look, someone’s at the door.

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?

The mob.

Antifa storms Portland City Hall to protest police stopping their violence at Patriot Prayer ‘free speech’ rally.

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.

Strickland was arrested, charged and put on trial, jailed and his case will be heard on appeal next month.

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.

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New & Updated! Strickland’s ‘Victim’, Benjamin Kerensa: Hacker, Anarchist, Fabulist, Dangerous Man

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One of the supposedly key witnesses in the trial of Michael Strickland was Benjamin Kerensa.

San Francisco Police

The multiple federal and state felon  was caught in several lies on the stand in his testimony as a ‘victim’ of Strickland’s.

Strickland defended himself against the same kind of the violent “anti-fascist” “protesters” who shouted down and threatened violence against Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopolous at Berkleley.

In Strickland’s case, however,  the Black Bloc kindred in Portland succeeded in assaulting him once and were coming back to do it again at a Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX march and rally in Portland, Oregon on July 7, 2016.

Strickland is a videographer who records Portland events under the YouTube moniker “Laughing at Liberals.” As I’ve explained previously, anarchists, protesters and the rest of them didn’t like Strickland because he made them look stupid. Strickland’s stories have made national news.

Laughing at Liberals

On that day last July, Strickland drew his weapon to stop a phalanx of black bloc outfitted protesters. He drew his weapon once. His finger was never on the trigger. His actions may have saved his life or, at the very least, great bodily injury. (Please see an explanation by police officers who have claimed that what Strickland did was legal and prudent.)

Police cited him on two misdemeanors and let him go after processing. But when the judge –whose daughter is a frequent protester (more on that in another post)– arraigned him a few days later, suddenly the assaulters became ‘victims’ and Strickland was charged with ten felonies and eleven misdemeanors. Strickland spent ten days in jail while friends struggled to come up with bond that would cover a now ridiculous $250,000.00 bail.

But back to our fluffy fabulist.

Kerensa testified to a conspiracy in court to throw Strickland out of the protest and I independently confirmed this. It might have been the only truthful thing he said on the stand.

Here are the whoppers Kerensa told on the stand:

He testified that he was not an anarchist, a provable lie.
He testified that he saw the videographer unholster his gun up to five times, a provable lie.
He testified he wanted Strickland thrown out of the event to protect ‘the children,’ a laughable lie.
He testified Strickland was a racist, a trope to, in his mind, justify violence against him, but is without evidence.
He testified he never harmed Strickland, a provable lie on Strickland’s own video recording and first hand account.
He testified that Strickland looked “unstable” to justify his assaults.

One of the interesting things about the nearly 400 pound Kerensa is that he has an odd way of simply showing up and becoming part of stories.

After the incident last July, he gleefully bounded up to a friend and fellow anarchist who was recording the event to tell him that he made Strickland draw his weapon.

As I’ve recounted before, according to news accounts and court records, Kerensa did time in FEDERAL PRISON for making bomb threats to a former employer and to the tech confab known as Oracle World in the Bay Area. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate the event from Moscone Center.

Police say his former employer was a movie theater which had to be evacuated.

And Kerensa made the bomb threat phone calls from the offices of  man running for mayor of San Francisco where Kerensa ‘volunteered.’ Volunteers recalled in a news account that the rotund young man sat around, eating the free food and trolling the internet.  Sometimes he spent the night in the office.

Police called Kerensa an “anti establishment”  hacker. Authorities probably characterized him this way because of his attempted take over of a company called Nationhost and engaged in alleged fraud and other activities. From SF Gate:

“He has a background as a computer hacker and apparently was upset with the establishment as a whole,” said police Inspector Rich Moses. “He was taking it out on the establishment with these false threats.”

Kerensa was charged Tuesday under a federal law against “maliciously conveying false information” through telephonic bomb threats.

Less than five years after that Oracle World federal prison stint,  Kerensa was out and slithered up to Oregon. He was caught in several counties in Oregon doing illegal activities over a period of time, but he then he settled in on making fraudulent phone calls again — sound familiar?

According to federal sentencing documents, Kerensa pretended to be “Special (FBI) Agent in Charge Richard Ellis.” He called for a SWAT team to surround a Salem hospital and other illegal mischief that could have gotten someone killed. He particularly loved to make fake 911 calls.

He moved to Portland where at some point he got into the protest scene.

He got himself a nice camera and called himself a photographer.

Here’s a recent photo of him at (what else) a protest in Portland in January 2018.

BUT WAIT, WAIT, WAIT.

CUE EDITOR’S NOTE:

EDITOR’S NOTE 3/24/18: THIS PHOTO TAKEN BY BEN KERENSA AND GIVEN TO THE OREGONIAN OF POLICE INVESTIGATING THE PIPE BOMB ODDLY WITNESSED BY PREVIOUS BOMB HOAXER BEN KERENSA HAS BEEN REMOVED AND REPLACED WITH THE SCREEN SHOT OF THE OREGONIAN STORY OF THE SAME INFORMATION. THIS HAS BEEN DONE AT THE BEHEST OF BEN KERENSA TO THE HOST OF THIS WEBSITE.

HERE’S THE REQUEST:

Ben Kerensa complaint to host of this website.

KERENSA CLAIMED THAT BY SHARING HIS PHOTO IN THE OREGONIAN AND ON HIS FLICKR PAGE THAT HE (ERRONEOUSLY) HELD THE RIGHTS.

The photo Ben Kerensa took when he was a witness at the discovery of a pipe bomb in 2013. But we can’t show you the photo he took because he thinks he owns the rights after putting it on his Flickr page and giving it to the media.

Here’s the Oregonian’s explanation of the photo:

Members of the Metro bomb squad detonated a small improvised explosive device outside the Montavilla United Methodist Church, located at 232 Southeast 80th Avenue, Tuesday morning. The ATF and FBI, along with arson investigators with the Portland Fire Bureau, are investigating. Photos by Benjamin Kerensa

 

The man who went to prison for bomb threats and pretending to Special Agent in Charge Richard Ellis, suddenly became a witness at the discovery of a pipe bomb at a Portland church in 2013. The Oregonian reported:

A witness, Benjamin Kerensa, said an officer told him the device was a pipe bomb.
Kerensa said he saw agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI take away at least 10 bags of evidence from the scene.

Kerensa tried to remake himself as an open source hero and techie. He joined a “collective” of supposed open source acolytes and now fancies himself a tech blogger. He writes frequent comments on tech blogs in an attempt to assert his ‘credentials.’

And it’s in this capacity that a Portland newspaper quoted Kerensa — now identified as a “web developer” — as finding a problem in the state of Oregon’s website. The Portland Tribune reported:

“For approximately a month, the state has been assessing the impact that an update would have on people with old web browsers. Benjamin Kerensa, a web developer in Portland, contacted the Department of Administrative Services Feb. 6 and told staff he had noticed encryption protocols were outdated. Richards said Kerensa’s calls and emails caused the Department of Administrative Services to look into the issue, but it was also his understanding employees at the state data center were already aware of the outdated encryption on some websites and were working on a solution.”

Imagine that, the hacker found a problem in 2015. I wonder if the State of Oregon hired him to fix it?

Kerensa’s wild stories and fabulist psychological issues could put a man in prison.

Michael Strickland will be sentenced tomorrow for defending himself against this very, very dangerous man.