January 19, 2021

FBI Arrests Antifa Anarchist Before Planned Capitol Riots  

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 By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief:

The FBI have arrested a man in Florida after he gave a “call to arms” online, hoping to gain supporters for a violent demonstration at the Florida State Capitol.  The man has a history of violent calls to action, is affiliated with Antifa, and is a self-proclaimed anarchist. Florida is one of many states who have called in the National Guard to brace for protests during the week of the inauguration. 

The Background:

The FBI have arrested Daniel Baker, an alleged Antifa member and self-proclaimed anarchist, after he issued violent calls to arms online. According to Fox, Baker was kicked out of the Army and has a pattern of making anti-government threats and attempting to recruit others to overthrow authority. He fought alongside a US-designated terrorist group in Syria after his dishonorable discharge from the Army, and is now facing penalties for violating federal statutes regarding threats of violence toward US citizens.  Baker has posted threats of hunting down the pro-Trump protestors who stormed the U.S. Capitol, offering money to those who could identify supporters from videos posted online. 

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has called for the National Guard to protect the Florida Capitol in the days leading up to the Presidential Inauguration. Fox reports that all fifty states have reported threats of riots at their state capitols. According to the Washington Post, the 25,000 National Guard troops deployed to the U.S. Capitol have been screened for “insider threats.” 

Notable Quotes:

"Extremists intent on violence from either end of the political and social spectrums must be stopped, and they will be stopped. The diligent work in this case by the FBI and other public safety organizations has averted a crisis with this arrest, and we will not stop in our efforts to detect, deter, and disrupt anyone else planning to incite or commit violence." - U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe

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