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Hundreds of Thousands Sign Petitions Urging the U.S. Government to Declare KKK a Terrorist Group

 EWAN PALMER
June 9th, 2020

Hundreds of thousands of people are demanding that the Ku Klux Klan be listed as a terrorist organization, with several online petitions rapidly gaining support.

A number of change.org petitions have gone viral this week demanding the white supremacist hate group be classified as terrorists, prompting them to be included among the top trends on Twitter.

One such petition calling for the KKK to be declared a terrorist organization reached 100,000 signatures before it closed.

Two more petitions have also attracted at least 79,000 and 86,000 signatures, with a fourth demanding the KKK be illegal reaching 125,000 signatures.

“Black Americans have suffered the most under this terror group. Terrorism is the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims,” a description on the Change KKK status into Terrorist Organization petition reads: “We ask if ISIS or ISIL is labeled a terrorist group for their acts, then surely the KKK fit the clear description of a terrorist.”

The now-closed Declare the KKK a Terrorist Organization petition adds: “What kind of message is the government spreading by allowing the KKK to function? That it’s okay to be racist?

“Think about the pain African Americans endure every single day for the color of their skin. Think about how hard it must be for them to know that they can be murdered by a cop no matter their innocence, but a group that is inherently violent and racist is allowed to exist.”

The petitions gained tens of thousands of signatures after news broke that a Virginia man who allegedly drove into a crowd of George Floyd protesters is a KKK leader.

Harry Rogers, 36, of Richmond, is accused of “driving recklessly” down a street in Henrico County before revving his engine and driving into a crowd of people demonstrating the death of the black Minneapolis man on Sunday.

“The accused, by his own admission and by a cursory glance at social media, is an admitted leader of the Ku Klux Klan and a propagandist for Confederate ideology,” Commonwealth Attorney Shannon Taylor said in a statement. “We are investigating whether hate crimes charges are appropriate.”

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump also said he intends to list the left-wing anarchist movement antifa as a terrorist organization—which legal experts say predict will be hard to implement.

Currently, the KKK is classed as a domestic extremist group rather than a terrorist organization.

Extremist groups such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda are labeled terrorists because they are international organizations that threaten the security of the U.S., meaning there is currently no grounds to label domestic far-right groups such as the KKK similarly.

People in the U.S. expressing far-right and white supremacists views can also be protected under the First Amendment, unlike those promoting international terrorist ideology.

Under current legislation, domestic terrorism is not a federal crime, meaning suspects linked to far-right attacks are charged under hate crime laws—as seen with KKK leader Rogers’s case in Virginia.

David Hickton, a former U.S. Attorney who directs the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security, previously described to Time the frustration of the loophole.

White supremacy is a greater threat than international terrorism right now,” he said. “I’d have to pursue a white supremacist with hate crimes, unless he interfaced with Al-Qaeda. Does that make any sense?”

In April, the Trump administration labeled a white supremacist group as a terrorist organization for the first time, although it is not U.S. based.

The Russian Imperialist Movement has been linked to neo-Nazi bombings across Sweden in 2016 and 2017, as well as providing military training for white supremacists.

Listing an organization a terrorist group will mean that Americans can be prosecuted for providing material or providing financial support to them. Their members can also be blocked from entering the U.S.

The State Department has been contacted for comment.

Bernie Sanders Talks About False Flags and Government Sponsored Terror

SourceThe Daily Sheeple

(Peter Hasson) Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders once floated a conspiracy theory about the U.S. government orchestrating domestic bombings for political purposes.

Sanders launched his 1976 campaign for Vermont governor by suggesting that government agencies were behind a string of attempted bombings across the country.

Sanders ran on the Liberty Union ticket — a Vermont political party he co-founded — alongside lieutenant governor candidate John Franco, who also lent credence to the conspiracy theory.

Sanders and Franco “coupled the announcement with a disavowal of terrorist bombings and a charge that many such incidents may be instigated by government agencies to undermine legitimate efforts to bring about change,” the Bennington Banner, a Vermont newspaper, reported at the time.

Two days prior to Sanders’s announcement, eight letter bombs were sent to seven corporations and a business executive across four different cities. Authorities arrested two men, Leon Cordell Horton and Ardis Odell Reed, in 1981 for sending the bombs in what prosecutors said was an attempt to extort money from corporations. Both men were later found guilty.

The Banner’s story made clear the letter bombs and similar domestic attacks were the attacks to which Sanders and Franco reportedly referred as potentially orchestrated by the U.S. government. (Time Magazine noted in 2016 that “protest bombings in America were commonplace” during the 1970s.)

The Banner’s story stated both candidates denounced the “wave of letter bombings aimed at large corporations.”

“Both men said such terrorism is counterproductive to changing the ‘system,’ and charged that government agencies like the CIA may in fact be responsible,” read the Banner’s article, which The Daily Caller News Foundation reviewed in an online newspaper archive.

“Anybody that thinks change is going to come because of bombings or terrorist activity is either extremely stupid, crazy or an agent of the U.S. government,” the paper quoted Sanders saying.

“While [President] Donald Trump raves about a deep state coup and routinely invokes violence when discussing his political opponents, Senator Sanders is proud to have always supported peaceful political change,” a Sanders campaign spokeswoman told TheDCNF in an email.

A request for comment emailed to Franco received an automatic response saying he was out of office.

Attacking intelligence agencies has been a constant feature of Sanders’s political career.

At a 1974 Senate debate — two years prior to his promotion of the false flag conspiracy theory — Sanders said the CIA might be capable of overthrowing the U.S. government, the Banner reported in a contemporaneous article also reviewed by TheDCNF.

“Sanders called the CIA ‘a dangerous institution that has got to go,’ saying the CIA is ‘responsible to nobody except a handful of right-wing lunatics and the big multinational corporate interests,’” the paper reported.

“Sanders said that the CIA has overthrown many foreign governments unfriendly to the U.S. corporations and that they might even be able to overthrow the U.S. government if they chose to,” the Banner’s story added, noting that “Sanders was cheered at one point when he called for immediately disbanding of the CIA.”

When asked about his previous support for abolishing the CIA in 2016, Sanders said he no longer holds that position.

As recently as 2014, Sanders said that the intelligence agencies were “out of control.”

“As you have heard from me, for years now, in my view the intelligence agencies in this country, the [National Security Agency], CIA, are out of control,” he said in an interview.

“We certainly need to know about the torture practiced under the Bush administration and the CIA has got to understand that they work for the American people and the U.S. Congress, they are not an independent entity that can do whatever they want to do,” the Vermont senator added.