Twenty-three suspects have been charged with domestic terrorism in Atlanta for allegedly attacking both police officers and the construction site of a new police training center with rocks, bricks, fireworks and Molotov cocktails and destroying multiple pieces of construction equipment with fire and vandalism. They are accused of using a peaceful protest as cover to sneak away, put on black clothing, and launch the attack, a typical Antifa tactic.
One leftist group trying to raise bail money for them declared on the Internet that “listening to music is not illegal. Peaceful protest is not illegal.” Maybe so, but I’m pretty sure assaulting cops and committing arson are illegal. I’m sure these same people believe we should put Trump supporters in jail for life just for walking past the Capitol on January 6th.
The suspects’ mug shots are at that link, and I daresay that what they look like under their black masks will not surprise you. It looks like the Young Democratic Socialists Club page from the Brown University Yearbook. It’s also not surprising that almost all of them were from somewhere other than Georgia (two from other countries), so they traveled a long way just to foment violence and anti-police feelings in Atlanta.
But there was one interesting surprise among the arrestees: Thomas Webb Jurgen, identified in his now-deleted Linked-In profile as a former legal intern in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida, a former assistant public defender, and currently an employee of the Southern Poverty Law Center. I often refer to the far-left SPLC as America’s most successful hate group, since they make a fat living off of donations and consultant fees through identifying other people as “hate groups,” including smearing mainstream conservative and Christian groups whose views they disagree with.
If I were writing a piece of political theater, I’d probably reject the idea of an actual SPLC employee being caught wearing an Antifa mask and committing domestic terrorism by torching a police training center as being too on-the-nose to be believable. Yet, here we are. I’m now waiting for the SPLC to add itself to its list of organizations tied to domestic terrorism. But I’m not holding my breath while I wait.