Last week, my friend Mike Shelby of Forward Observer/GrayZone Activity put out a thread detailing the indictment of 61 far left activists for their activity at the Cop City protests. While many cheered on what seemed to be a far-overdue indictment against ANTIFA, what the indictment reveals are significant risks to those of us involved in preparedness, and rather than cheering on State overreach, we should be sounding alarm bells. Reminder: If the State abuses its authority against those you oppose, it will also abuse its authority against you. Let me explain, but first, some Tactical Wisdom:
…if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head. Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves.
A couple of years ago, in a DHS Bulletin, the FBI and DHS listed preparedness and a desire to be “be ready” as indicators of potential extremism. It went so far as to list interest in canning and food preservation (yes, really) as signs of extremism and as a response, Facebook began issuing warnings to people inside canning groups on Facebook that they might have been exposed to extremist content. Yes, this all happened. Why is it important? Because the FBI also calls ANTIFA extremists, and they listed many things that we do every day as preparedness-minded people as signs of engaging in criminal extremism.
Most of us involved in preparedness are concerned about our personal security and privacy. We use apps like Signal and Telegram to communicate. According to the Cop City indictment, using Signal, Telegram, and Tor to avoid government surveillance is a sign of extremism. I teach Bible studies and we use Signal because the men in my studies need to know that the personal issues we discuss are safe and secure from prying eyes, not because it’s extreme.