Juggalos march in Washington to protest FBI gang classification (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Juggalos march in Washington to protest FBI gang classification (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
Juggalos are holding a mass march in Washington, D.C. to protest their designation by the FBI as a gang.

‘Juggalos’ is the the collective term for fans of Detroit hip-hop duo the Insane Clown Posse. Juggalos can be easily identified by their distinctive black and white face paint and numerous tattoos.

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Most of the signs at the  stick to their rallying call: FBI de-list them as a criminal gang

However in 2011 fans of the group were designated a “loosely organized hybrid gang” in the FBI’s 2011 Gang Task Force report. Juggalos claim that since then they have been “subjected to various forms of discrimination, harassment, and profiling simply for identifying as a Juggalo.”

Thousands of Juggalos are expected to travel from all over the country for Saturday’s march, meeting outside the Lincoln Memorial from 1pm. Scheduled until 2am, the event will feature guest speeches and musical performances, most notably by Insane Clown Posse’s Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope themselves.

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The organizers have laid down a series of strict rules for ‘Juggalo Family’ members to abide by on Saturday, including, no littering, no vandalism, no weapons (or anything that could be construed as a weapon), no alcohol, marijuana or drugs, no vehicles of any kind and no signs or flags that promote violence or threats.

FBI, DHS warned of increasingly violent Antifa clashes in 2016, documents show

Well before the deadly Aug. 12 rally in Charlottesville and the ongoing violent clashes with white supremacists and other groups, federal authorities warned local officials the actions of left-wing extremists were becoming increasingly confrontational and dangerous.

Federal agencies warned of the growing likelihood of lethal violence between left-wing anarchists and right-wing white supremacists.

Some even classified their activities as “domestic terrorist violence.”

In previously unreported documents dating back to April 2016 and viewed by Fox News, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security wrote that “anarchist extremists” and Antifa groups were the primary instigators of violence at public rallies. They blamed these groups for attacks on police, government and political institutions, racists, fascists and “symbols of capitalism.”

The agencies warned the rise of fascist, nationalist, racist or anti-immigrant groups in U.S. political discourse could lead to violent backlash from these “anarchist extremists.”

The FBI and DHS had no comment on the assessments, saying they were not intended to be made public.

POLITCO was the first to report on the documents Friday.

Brian Levin, a former New York City police officer who monitors domestic militants at the Center for Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, cautioned calling all members of the Antifa movement “domestic terrorists,” and said not all tolerate the use of violence while protesting.

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“People in this movement allow for confronting, jostling, committing low-level types of offenses, but there has been for some time a core that have tipped the movement to confrontational violence,” he told Fox News on Friday. “The hardest edge in the Antifa spectrum comes under that category…not all Antifa are busting heads”

He added the same could be said for members of the alt-right, some of whom tolerate and justify the use of violence.

In recent decades, authorities have focused almost exclusively on right-wing groups as the most likely instigators of domestic terrorist violence, especially after Timothy McVeigh blew up the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995, killing 168 people.

But groups such as Antifa, which is short for anti-fascist, have been growing in numbers and becoming more tolerant about using violence.

The violent clashes in Charlottesville on Aug. 12 that left one woman dead was only one recent event that drew dozens — and in some cases hundreds — of people on both sides, many of whom were armed and looking for a fight.

Some DHS and FBI intelligence reports began flagging protesters before the election, POLITICO reported.

“The socio-political landscape has changed,” Levin said. “The same way white nationalists used Obama as a figure to rally about…now Antifa and anarchists see in Trump a broad-base [enemy] that has united them.”

He added: “There is a sense that we are getting divided.”

Some law enforcement officials told POLITICO Trump’s election in November also gave Antifa activists a new target, separate from white nationalist groups: Trump supporters.

“It was in that period [as the Trump campaign emerged] that we really became aware of them,” a senior law enforcement official tracking domestic extremists told POLITICO. “These Antifa guys were showing up with weapons, shields and bike helmets and just beating the s— out of people…They’re using Molotov cocktails, they’re starting fires, they’re throwing bombs and smashing windows.”

Specifically, the target became those from white supremacist and nationalist groups who came out in droves hailing Trump’s win and calling for further crackdowns on illegal immigrants and other groups. Those forces — along with more traditional and less controversial demonstrators — have also turned out to protest the removal of Confederate statues, which is what spurred the rally in Virginia.

Law enforcement officials said Trump’s rhetoric and policies further fueled motivations on both sides.

“Every time they have one of these protests where both sides are bringing guns, there are sphincters tightening in my world. Emotions get high, and fingers get twitchy on the trigger,” one official told POLITICO.

Levin called it “an escalating arms race” that spill onto social media and then back onto the streets with more people.

POLITICO reported recent FBI and DHS reports confirm they are actively monitoring “conduct deemed potentially suspicious and indicative of terrorist activity” by Antifa groups.

But one report acknowledged several significant “intelligence gaps,” including an inability to penetrate the groups’ “diffuse and decentralized organizational structure.” They said this makes it harder for law enforcement to identify violent groups and individuals.

“There’s a lot more we don’t know about these groups than what we do know about them,” one New Jersey law enforcement official told POLITICO.

Levin said it’s hard to forecast what will happen in the future, calling it a “fluid situation,” but to expect clashes to continue — and grow larger and more frequent.

“[Antifa’s] list of what is fascist has grown far beyond the loathsome, Swastika-carrying white nationalists, to controversial conservatives, speakers, the police, journalists and random people who get in their way,” he said.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang is a Reporter for FoxNews.com.

Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

Courtesy, Fox News

FBI raids former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s home

FBI agents have seized documents from the home of Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, his spokesman confirmed. The raid was part of an ongoing probe into Russian interference in the US election.

Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort

Federal agents carried out a predawn raid at one of the homes belonging to Paul Manafort, US President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Manafort’s spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.

US President Donald Trump and former campaign head Paul ManafortManafort served as Trump’s campaign manager from June to August 2016

“FBI agents executed a search warrant at one of Mr. Manafort’s residences,” spokesman Jason Maloni said in a statement, confirming a Washington Post report on Wednesday which claims the raid took place in late July.

“Mr. Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well,” Maloni said.

He did not, however, comment on when the search occurred or which property was raided. Manafort owns homes in Florida, New York City, Long Island and Virginia.

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Documents reportedly seized

The Post, which was the first to report on the FBI search, said that the predawn raid was conducted as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Citing unidentified sources close to the probe, The Post said the raid took place without advance warning on July 26 at Manafort’s home in Alexandria, Virginia – which is located outside of Washington D.C.

At approximately the same time the raid took place, Trump tweeted about removing acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe – who has been serving as head of the FBI after Trump dismissed his predecessor, James Comey. In two tweets, Trump appeared to question McCabe’s impartiality over his wife’s alleged ties to Hillary Clinton.

Why didn’t A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation but got….

…big dollars ($700,000) for his wife’s political run from Hillary Clinton and her representatives. Drain the Swamp!

Citing a person briefed on the Manafort incident, The New York Times reported that investigators were searching his home for foreign banking records and tax documents. According to The Post, FBI agents ended up seizing several documents and other materials during the search.

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Key figure in federal probes

The raid reportedly came one day after Manafort met with the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss a meeting he attended along with Donald Trump Jr., Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and a Russian lawyer tied to the Kremlin in June 2016.

US President Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr.Manafort reportedly took part in a meeting with Trump Jr. and a Kremlin-connected lawyer last June

In emails released last month by the eldest Trump son, the meeting was described – at least by the man who wanted to set it up – as part of a Russian government effort to assist the Trump campaign by delivering potentially damaging information on rival candidate Hillary Clinton.

The former Trump campaign manager has denied any wrongdoing and has cooperated with congressional committees investigating alleged Russian interference. He has handed over documents to the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees.

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Manafort headed Trump’s presidential campaign from June to August 2016, but stepped down after allegations surfaced that he received large payments linked to Ukraine’s former pro-Russian government.

Besides being a key figure in Special Counsel Mueller’s probe into the 2016 election, Manafort is also the subject of a longstanding FBI investigation into his work for former Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovych and his dealings in the country.

Last week, Mueller convened a grand jury in the Russia investigation.

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‘The simplest things’: Ex-Russian Ambassador Kislyak opens up on what he discussed with Flynn

Now-retired Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak said that the main topic of his conversation with former US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was counter-terrorism. The talks were transparent and never touched upon sanctions, he added.

“I do not comment on our daily contacts with our colleagues. Secondly, I had instructions not to discuss sanctions. We never discussed sanctions with anybody. And I assure you, I have honestly followed the instructions,” Kislyak told Rossiya-24.

“Sanctions aren’t our thing,” the retired diplomat said. “We don’t discuss or bargain about sanctions, because we believe they were implemented in an illegal, politically aggressive way to begin with.”

‘American exceptionalism is the problem’

While it would be difficult to lift the newly-imposed restrictive measures, Kislyak does not believe the US and Russia are back to the Cold War.

“No, it’s not the Cold War,” he said. “The problem in our relations, as I have tried to say, is in the sense of absolute exceptionalism of the Americans and their purported right to tell everyone else what is good and what is bad.”

The former Russian envoy to Washington blasted the sanctions, which he believes are aimed at impeding normal economic cooperation between Russia and the US.

“The economic sanctions, which we have been lately discussing a lot, were designed so that it will be very difficult to cancel them under the current conditions in America,” Kislyak said.

“The whole mechanism is made so that the US law would not give the opportunity to develop normality in economic relations with our country,” he added.

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‘No secrets on our part’

Commenting on his conversation with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Kislyak said they were openly discussing “the simplest things.”

“We spoke about the simplest things… But the communication was completely specific, quiet, absolutely transparent. There were no secrets, at least on our part,” he stated.

After Flynn’s resignation in February, media outlets speculated over the content and consequences of his phone call with the Russian ambassador, which he had failed to report. Some claimed the main topic of the conversation was economic sanctions against Russia, though Flynn did not confirm it.

Kislyak declined to comment on the resignation, saying it is an American domestic issue.

The US never invited Kislyak to speak in front of a grand jury investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Kislyak called the procedure “far-fetched” and said that the US government has “jumped at a litigation built around false information,” wasting time that could be used on issues that really matter to Americans.

Meeting foreign officials is what diplomats do

While the Trump election campaign team has been repeatedly accused of having links with Russia, Hillary Clinton’s representatives refused to meet with the Russian ambassador.

“I can give you a long list of those from Clinton’s team who I wanted to visit, and they shied away from it. It’s quite a big list,” Kislyak said.

He added that, like any professional diplomat, he used every opportunity to build normal bilateral relations, trying to meet with different people, including those from the Democratic Party.

Near the end of Kislyak’s tenure in the US, he faced allegations of working for Russian intelligence and was even called a “top spy and recruiter of spies” by CNN. The diplomat believes that even implying such things shames the US.

“I believe that all the talks about the fact that I, the ambassador of the Russian Federation, am a spy, are shameful for a country like America,”Kislyak said.

“What has become normal to talk about now – how the Russian ambassador is wiretapped, how bugs were installed into his phone – it is becoming normal for America. It is an unhealthy society,” he said, adding that the FBI finally acknowledged that he was a diplomat, not a spy.

A heavy distrust of all things Russian is contributing to the paranoid atmosphere around the Kislyak-Flynn meeting, according to Russia author and historian Martin McCauley.

“The problem is that in Washington there’s a very, very strong anti-Russia caucus from the Democrat side, sometimes from the Republicans, and the liberal press. They will literally not accept anything that’s positive about Russia. If the Russians say something, they don’t believe it, and if President Trump says something positive about Russia they say ‘that’s treasonous, you shouldn’t be saying that! Russia is our enemy,’” McCauley told RT.

“Unfortunately, in Washington now you have an impasse. On the one side, President Trump and his people, they would like to improve relations with Russia and get things going and so on. But Congress is doing its best to ensure that relations with Russia deteriorate.”

Courtesy, RT

FBI arrests ‘WannaCry’ ransomware thwarter Marcus Hutchins on hacking charges

The cyber researcher widely heralded with derailing the worldwide “WannaCry” ransomware attack has been arrested in the US. British national Marcus Hutchins was detained after attending hacking conferences in Las Vegas.

UK Marcus Hutchins a.k.a. MalwareTech (picture-alliance/AP Photo/F. Augstein)

Court documents unsealed Thursday showed Hutchins, who is known under the online alias “Malware Tech,” was indicted on charges of creating malware to attack banks.

Hutchins gained international renown for detecting a “kill switch” which effectively shut down the WannaCry global ransomware attack in May. He was detained by the FBI in the US state of Nevada on charges unrelated to WannaCry.

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An indictment filed on July 12 in a Wisconsin court accused him and another individual of making, advertising, distributing and profiting from a malware code known as the Kronos Trojan between July 2014 and 2015. Kronos malware is used to steal online banking and credit card data which could be used to steal money from bank accounts.

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The arrest, originally reported on the security website Motherboard, occurred as Hutchins was preparing to fly back to the UK after attending the major Def Con and Black Hat hacker security conferences, which were held in Las Vegas last week.

His Twitter feed indicated he was at an airport Wednesday preparing to fly home.  A court hearing was scheduled for him in Las Vegas for Thursday afternoon, Reuters reported.

US digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation said it was “deeply concerned” about Hutchins’ arrest and was attempting to reach him.

EFF is deeply concerned about security researcher Marcus Hutchins’ arrest. We are looking into the matter, and reaching out to Hutchins.

Several other members of the hacking community were also expressing their concern via Twitter. It was unclear whether Hutchins had a lawyer.

Hutchins became famous in the cyber security community for his apparent role in thwarting WannaCry, which infected hundreds of thousands of computers in 150 countries, causing disruptions at factories, hospitals, shops and schools.

 

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Senate panel questions Lynch over ‘political interference’ in Clinton probe

The Senate Judiciary Committee has formally asked ex-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and others to respond to allegations of “political interference” in the FBI’s Hillary Clinton email probe, according to a letter released Friday.

The inquiry was prompted, in part, by a series of media reports raising questions about whether Lynch tried to stifle the investigation into former Secretary of State Clinton’s use of a private email server. Fired FBI Director James Comey also suggested in recent Senate testimony that Lynch sought to downplay the investigation.

“The reports come amidst numerous allegations of political inference in controversial and high-profile investigations spanning the current and previous administrations,” Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s office said in a statement.

While Democrats have questioned whether President Trump tried to interfere in the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign, Republicans have countered by stepping up scrutiny of Lynch’s actions.

The letters released Friday, though, were bipartisan. Grassley, R-Iowa; ranking Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., penned letters to Lynch and others seeking documentation and other details.

Graham already had expressed interest in Lynch testifying before the committee in the wake of Comey’s testimony.

In the latest letters, the senators sought information that might determine the veracity of media reports suggesting Lynch may have offered assurances to the Clinton campaign about the probe.

Those articles are based on hacked documents whose authenticity has not been confirmed.

The letter cited an April New York Times article about a batch of hacked files obtained by the FBI, including one reportedly authored by a Democratic operative who voiced confidence Lynch would keep the Clinton probe from going too far.

Lynch and others who received the committee’s letters have until July 6 to comply with the request.

The senators also refer to concerns stemming from Comey’s testimony about being uncomfortable with Lynch’s tarmac meeting last summer with Bill Clinton.

Comey also told Congress “the attorney general directed me not to call it an investigation and call it a matter — which confused me.”

Judicial Watch seeking documents ‘unlawfully removed’ by Comey

Brooke Singman

Conservative watchdog Judicial Watch is calling on Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to recover and release federal records and memos it claims were “unlawfully” removed by former Director James Comey, threatening the FBI with a lawsuit should the bureau not comply.

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, penned a letter to McCabe on June 14 warning of a potential violation of the Federal Records Act, which is the basis for the federal government’s policies regarding the “creating, maintaining, and disposing” of federal records.

“As you may be aware, the Federal Records Act imposes a direct responsibility on you to take steps to recover any records unlawfully removed from the FBI,” Fitton wrote in the letter, claiming Comey unlawfully removed memos that could contain contents regarding the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. “Upon learning that records have been unlawfully removed from the FBI, you then are required to initiate action through the Attorney General for the recovery of records.”

The FBI told Fox News that they have no comment on the letter from Fitton.

“We’re looking to get action on the records that Comey unlawfully took from the FBI, and we know initially there are memos, but depending on what the nature of the documents are, there could be liabilities for Mr. Comey,” Fitton told Fox News.

The “memos” in question were written by Comey himself, leaving unclear how the FBI or the courts would view them; Judicial Watch insists they are official records.

Earlier this month, Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he gave one of his memos regarding a meeting with President Trump to a friend, Columbia University Professor Daniel Richman, who then leaked the contents of the memo to the New York Times.

“I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter—I thought that might prompt the appointment of special counsel,” Comey said in his testimony.

Fitton said that the case of Comey removing documents from the FBI is “the Hillary Clinton email scandal all over again.”

But retired FBI special agent and former national FBI spokesman, John Iannarelli, told Fox News that he didn’t see “the case.”

“The things Comey allegedly took are not classified,” Iannarelli said. “The issue is not him taking documents, but the matter of how he released them—classified or not, there is a procedure in doing that which he did not follow.”

But Fitton insisted Comey’s memos and other related documents he may have were federal records which the Justice Department and FBI are “obligated” to get back.

“The former FBI director isn’t above the law and current leadership of the FBI should stop protecting him and take action,” he said.

The letter said that if McCabe and the FBI do not respond by June 26, Judicial Watch will file a lawsuit in federal district court “seeking that you be compelled to comply with the law.”

Brooke Singman is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @brookefoxnews.

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