American Left Linked to Islamic State
Editor’s Note: This Federal Bureau of Investigation Field Report was produced in 2017 and originally appeared in the appendices of Edward Klein’s All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump (Regnery Publishing, 2017).
Report to the Office of Director FBI And Field Offices
Office of Director and Field Offices Informational Report
Delivered July 11, 2017
Task force covered G-20 meeting in Hamburg studied intel from local authorities, Interpol and other assets, determined that as assumed U.S. based anarchist/radical groups had traveled to Germany and took part in the violence. There is also evidence of meetings between these individuals and associates of ISIS. There is clearly overwhelming evidence that there are growing ties between U.S. radials and the Islamic State as well as several offshoots and splinter group affiliates.
There is an urgent need to closely surveil the identified individuals.
While there has been military progress in Iraq against the Islamic State, their influence in Europe and throughout the world is clearly growing. Now that the bureau has determined they have followers in the radical U.S. resistance movement in the United States, it is clear there will be additional violence in the attacks on law enforcement and U.S. institutions including banks.
Ties between three key leaders of the Oakland group [names redacted] met in Hamburg with a leader of the AQAP [Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] and the AQIM [Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb]. The leader from AQAP is an Egyptian born male [name redacted] who is known to be in charge of finances and recruiting for the group.
There is evidence from informants that he is helping the Oakland group acquire the weapons they are seeking, primarily bomb making equipment and toxic chemicals and gases.
One of the men from Oakland traveled to Syria to meet with ISIS, the purpose was for training in tactics, but was thought to be primarily a bonding visit to discuss possible massive disruptive attacks on the U.S.
While in Hamburg several of the Oakland based criminals were photographed throwing Molotov cocktails and wielding iron bars, which have been their weapons of choice, though they are almost certainly on the verge of upping the caliber of their weaponry for use in the U.S.
Despite having their faces covered by masks, they were positively identified
This group and their connections with the radical Islamic groups must be disrupted and destroyed.
Action has been taken with the appropriate agencies to see that these named individuals will be identified when they return to the United States. It has not been determined if they will be detained or surveilled.
There have been a number of clashes where members of radical movement have travelled to Syria or Iraq with the goal of meeting with ISIS or its affiliates and never returned. The intelligence is not that they joined the group and stayed, but that they were executed.
It appears to be one of the rare instances where the group does not crow about its summary executions but keeps quiet. Again the intel from informers is that they don’t want the radicals—who are after all infidels–to be scared away.
Making some sort of common cause with Americans who are determined to commit violence against the U.S. makes them potentially very useful to radical Islam.
There is a body of evidence from chatter and informants that such a collaboration would not end well for the U.S. radicals. They would almost certainly be dispatched in the manner of the 9/11 hijackers, most not being aware until the end they were doomed.
It would not be in the Islamists best interests if the U.S. radicals who carried out a strike were captured and interrogated.
Numerous interviews have been carried out by associates of this group and have yielded some actionable intelligence, but the decision is to wait until the movement can be infiltrated and it is guaranteed that all criminal behavior can be identified and successfully prosecuted before any move is made.
Cooperation on this investigation with the University of California Berkeley has been less than agents would have liked. Obviously, it is a sensitive situation and has been handled with delicacy and strict adherence to bureau policy and the law.
It is clear that these individuals hide among the students and count on the fact that they will get protection from the academic community. They may not agree with the extreme violence that the radicals practice but they clearly agree with them on resistance to the current administration’s perceived polices and goals.
The universities across the country where the radicals operate are extremely useful for their goals. They use the school’s facilities to make posters to be distributed to resistance protesters. The college drama departments have been used in many cases to make masks and other disguises.
Electronic bulletin boards are used to quickly get word out to like-minded students about the dates and places of marches. These bulletin boards are often closed group meaning that only students can access them.
When they are injured in violent confrontations with police, they can seek treatment at student health facilities with reasonable assurance the incident will not be reported to police the way a public or private hospital or clinic would likely do in the wake of violent street clashes.
Nature of the Organization
The nature of the organization we are dealing with is that it is not organized. Much like worldwide radical Islam, the so-called members are only united by a common ideology and a love of inflicting violence upon those perceived as the enemy. They all agree that chaos and violence against the government and business institutions–particularly banking–is a positive good.
It’s not the kind of thing that needs to be written down or even much discussed.
There are no membership rolls, no rules and no hierarchy of leadership. The goal is simple and unstated: violent assaults with no warning or apparent reason. That is the nature of terror and the reason it is so terrifying.
The organization has no name, but it has hundreds of names. Often splinter groups on college campuses are formed into groups with innocuous names and benign purposes like the bird watchers, but most hid under pro environmental names.
The reason for organizing is that they apply for funding form the university, as well as the use of space to meet, hide their equipment and escape if they are on the run from law enforcement. We have information that there are numerous caches of weaponized tools and the ingredients to manufacture improvised explosive devices on college campuses across the country.
This is the greatest challenge to law enforcement since the Weather Underground and the Black Panther Party.
Universities have a rather unique status as sanctuaries for undocumented aliens and even criminal anarchists.
The hardest thing to predict is: When will the next assault occur?
The past few months have been relatively quiet. The chatter has been minimal. The best information is that there will be a major spike in violent activity when school is back in session in late August.