US media is reporting that at least one US Congressman and the Attorney General of Texas were promoting the conspiracy theory that supporters of the so-called Antifa (anti-fascist) movement were involved in the recent violent demonstrations at the US capitol building. According to the New York Times report, the FBI has denied such involvement on the part of Antifa:
January 8, 2020 The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Friday that there was no evidence that supporters of the antifa movement — a loose collective of antifascist activists — had participated in the pro-Trump mob that breached the Capitol building on Wednesday. Steven D’Antuono, an assistant director at the agency, said in a call with reporters that there was “no indication” of the group’s involvement among the rioters who stormed the Capitol. Since Wednesday, far-right activists and allies of the president have made the claim, often while presenting easily disproved evidence, that the rioters were made up of antifa supporters, not backers of President Trump. Among those pushing the falsehood were Representative Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican, who said while objecting to the electoral votes for Mr. Biden that people in the mob were “in fact members of the violent terrorist group antifa.” Ken Paxton, the attorney general of Texas, also said antifa was involved.
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Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reporting on disinformation efforts by US government officials has included;
- In December, we reported on a speech by US President Donald Trump, generally described as containing wildly inaccurate claims about the US elections.
- In December, we reported that the head of the Republican Party in the US state of Arizona had posted a disinformation video titled “Dominion Exposed” in which she said that the video “should terrify every single American.”
- In October, we posted on an extensive report detailing what it described as the adoption by US President Trump and his allies of information warfare tactics normally associated with authoritarian regimes.
As noted in the GIOR FAQ:
The US is unique among democratic countries at this point in time because it is the only democratic country that is known to have its own government and/or a major political party conducting influence operations directed at its own citizens. This looks likely to continue for the foreseeable future.
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