By Duncan Smith

Members of the loose-knit Left-wing domestic terrorist group Antifa began planning massive insurgency-like activities months ago as the 2020 presidential election cycle began in earnest, the Washington Times reported exclusively Thursday.

The report comes as Attorney General William Barr noted during a press conference later in the day that Antifa and other far-Left extremists were behind a lot of the rioting and looting that is occurring in major cities all over the country — including “foreign actors.”

The Times reports:

Activists of the far-left Antifa movement began planning to foment a nationwide anti-government insurgency as early as November as the U.S. presidential campaign season kicked off in earnest, according to a law enforcement official with access to intelligence behind the shadowy group.

The radical movement has emerged as a key focus for investigators in the wake of violent protests and looting across the country after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, according to U.S. law enforcement officials and private security experts.

The law enforcement official would not speak on the record about Antifa's plans as the election season heats up, but longtime analysts of the group say such a move would be entirely in character.

'Antifa's actions represent a hard break with the long tradition of a peaceful political process in the United States,' said former National Security Council staff member Rich Higgins, the Times reported. 'Their Marxist ideology seeks not only to influence elections in the short term but to destroy the use of elections as the determining factor in political legitimacy.'

Joe Myers, a former Defense Intelligence Agency official and counterinsurgency expert. added, 'President Trump's election and revitalization of America are a threat to Antifa's nihilist goals. They are fomenting this violence to create havoc, despair, and to target the Trump campaign for defeat in 2020.'

The Times noted further:

More generally, senior Trump administration officials and private analysts are warning that the radicals have rushed to exploit recent anti-police protests to set into motion a program of widespread civil unrest, a program that involves using the protests for looting and burning inner cities with the help of criminals and street gangs.

Far from a centrally organized movement, Antifa is a shadowy 'anti-fascist' political front of loosely organized, quasi-underground activists known for wearing black-clad outfits and masks who see destructive street violence as a political tool.

The report comes days after President Trump designated Antifa a terrorist organization.

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