Tactics employed by right-wing extremist groups are now being used by extremists on the left, report finds
The authors wrote that tactics employed by right-wing extremist groups, such as the use of memes and codewords to share ideas and organize offline activity, are also being used by extremist groups on the left.
But there is now evidence to support that anarchist and socialist militant groups have also used internet platforms to plan and coordinate real-world attacks, the authors of the NCRI report write. Notably, researchers say leftist extremist networks organized and coordinated a campaign on July 25 in cities including Seattle and Portland, where riots and property damage were later reported.
Though the report’s findings are preliminary, the researchers warn that the proliferation of extremist rhetoric on the left is also something that policymakers and authorities need to pay attention to.
“This is a structure that has been operating in plain sight,” Joel Finkelstein, director of NCRI and the report’s corresponding author, told CNN. “We don’t know