FBI Investigating Antifa Plot to 'Stage Armed Rebellion' at US-Mexico Border
Alleged plot by 'anti-fascist activists' to purchase weapons from a Mexican drug cartel
The FBI is investigating "anti-fascist activists" who were allegedly plotting to buy weapons from a Mexican drug cartel in order to "stage an armed rebellion" at the US-Mexico border, according to reports.
According to documents obtained by the San Diego Union-Tribune, members of the violent left-wing group Antifa - Anti-Fascists - were planning sow renewed chaos at the United States Southern Border amid the ongoing crisis there.
The FBI document, dated December 2018, reveals the alleged plot and the government's subsequent investigation into members of the group.
The docs detail an alleged plot where Antifa activists plotted to purchase weapons from an alleged Mexican cartel gunman/arms dealer known as "Cobra Commander."
The plan was to "stage an armed rebellion at the border" in a bid to "disrupt U.S. law enforcement and military security operations at the US/Mexican border," according to the Union-Tribune.
FBI investigators learned of the plot while gathering intelligence on American journalists, activists, and lawyers working to help caravan migrants in the Tijuana region who were heading north from Central America.
The Union-Tribune says it received the unclassified FBI report from a source wishing to remain anonymous.
The paper confirmed with two additional law enforcement sources that the investigation is ongoing.
According to the Daily Wire, the investigation stems from a December 2018 scheme by the cartel to sell the weapons to activists.
The man at the center of the investigation is Ivan Riebeling, described in the report as a “Mexico-based cartel associate known as Cobra Commander.”
The report claimed the activists sought to “stage an armed rebellion at the border,” the paper reported.
These activists “planned to disrupt U.S. law enforcement and military security operations at the US/Mexican border,” according to the report.
The report, according to the Union-Tribune, stated that it was “an information report, not finally evaluated intelligence” and instructed agencies that received it “not to take action based on this raw reporting without prior coordination with the FBI.”
The report had been sent to numerous government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), CIA, NSA, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Riebeling told the Union-Tribune that the report was “absurd.”
“It doesn’t make any sense that someone from the United States would purchase guns in Mexico,” he said.
"And the Hondurans certainly didn’t bring money to buy guns. It doesn’t make any sense; in fact, it’s extremely absurd to say the Hondurans wanted to attack the United States at the border."
“I am not cartel. I don’t sell drugs. I don’t sell arms,” he added.
“I’m a revolutionary. A man who believes in his ideals, and I’m going to defend Mexico.”
Another man named in the report said he had never met Riebeling and would not have associated with such a person.
“We were warned to look out for [Riebeling],” the man said.
“We took the precaution to find out who he was and where he was, but we never had any contact with him.
"And we never saw him around the migrant caravan.”
The Union-Tribune reported that Riebeling is described as an “instigator” in the database and the other man’s name and picture were on file.
The report dropped just hours before CNN host Chris Cuomo called the anti-fascist group “a good cause,” as Neon Nettle previously reported.
Cuomo made the comments as two contributors pointed out the group is just the opposite.
“Chris, Antifa is not a good cause,” said CNN’s Steve Cortes.
"Antifa does not have good aims, Antifa wants power, wants political power, taken through force. That's what Antifa is all about."
The Daily Caller also reminded readers that former Vice President Joe Biden launched his presidential campaign in part by praising Antifa, referring to those who showed up in Charlottesville, VA, and engaged in a violent confrontation with white supremacists as “a courageous group of Americans.”