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Antifa, YPG/PKK ties threaten national peace in West – Anadolu Agency

Posted: July 4, 2020 at 8:46 am


Many Western countries support the idea of backing the YPG/PKK in Syria but Turkish officials reject aiding a terror group to beat another, ISIS/Daesh.

A recent report released by the Turkish National Police Academy warned that countries of origin might face serious security challenges once foreign fighters in Syria return home.

The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terror group that has the blood of tens of thousands of Turkish citizens on its hands.

But warnings by Ankara have fallen on deaf ears and the YPG continues to recruit more and more foreign fighters.

The report written by academics Murat Tinas and Ahmet Demirden cautioned the international community against the possible tragic outcomes of the return of these foreign fighters.

Anti-racist demonstrations in the US following the death of an unarmed Black man George Floyd under police custody in the US in May, and related violent incidents could serve as a wake-up call for Western countries as citizens of some of them went to Syria to fight for the YPG, including affiliates of Antifa, a far-left group with sympathizers across the globe.

US President Donald Trump said on May 31 that Antifa would be designated a terror group after he accused it of inciting protesters who fueled violent confrontations between police and demonstrators.

Whether the presidents argument is true or not, there is an overt fact: Affiliates of far-left and right organizations have a presence in the Syrian conflict and they might pose a serious threat to national security systems once they return home with combat experience and traumatic disorders.

The 54-page report -- titled Foreign Terrorist Fighters in PKK/YPG in Syria: Violent Extremism Backfires -- shed light on how foreign fighters recruited by the terror group could cause significant backlash when they return home.

It said Trump's statement might sound like something new to Western audience but Middle East observers are not alien to the possible threat growing out of the return of foreign fighters.

According to the report, the PKK and its affiliates in Syria have recruited many individuals of far-left organizations, including Antifa groups operating in European countries along with the US, Canada and Australia.

"Some Antifa adherents have ideological similarities to the PKK and its offshoots in Syria -- PYD, YPG and YPJ. Since the rise of terrorist organization Daesh [ISIS] in Syria, there have been reports that many far-leftists including Antifa elements joined the YPG as foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs). Especially under the protection of the international coalition assisting the YPG on the pretext of fighting Daesh, these FTFs received significant training and combat experience in the conflict zone," it stated.

When the flow of FTFs was reversed and they became returnees in their home countries, the risk they pose also became more visible.

Regardless of their ideology or the groups they join, they can plan, direct or conduct terrorist attacks, create new terrorist organizations, radicalize and recruit new terrorists, according the report.

Potential to cause mass casualties due to actual combat experience

FTFs gain first-person combat experience and might witness a killing or themselves kill others amid clashes, according to the report.

And they may suffer severe traumatic conditions that pave the way for further radicalization in their cause, constituting a great risk for native countries.

Their numbers, combat experience and the offences that they commit in the war zone all remain mostly unknown; and therefore unmonitored.

In this regard, the potential risk that they pose to their countries of origin upon their return requires considerable attention, the report stated.

"The threat perception related to returnees is very high. Indeed, the involvement of returnees in terrorist attacks in their home countries is interestingly limited in numbers, yet even a small number of returnees have the potential to cause mass casualties because they have actual combat experience," it added.

One might assume the YPG/PKK terror group appeals only to far-leftist militants given the fact its ideology revolves around radical left perspective.

But the report argues that it is far from the truth as the YPG/PKK also recruits militants with far-right ideology by using persecution of Christians and other minorities by the Daesh/ISIS terror group as a pretext.

They utilize different narratives based on their ideologies, for instance, far-left terror groups create anti-fascist narratives whereas far-right groups craft anti-communist narratives, the report noted, adding the two groups could build unexpected allegiances and exploit the same tragic public event to promote their narratives, referring to the death of Floyd as a possible example.

The authors argued the foreign fighters presence in Syria did not just come out of the blue as international media outlets and states glorified the YPG/PKK fight against Daesh/ISIS, while ignoring the fact that its branch in Turkey is an internationally recognized terror organization.

Also, the PKK terror group can freely have a presence on social media and appeal to foreigners for further recruitment while depicting itself as freedom fighters in an attempt to justify their acts of terrorism.

"Another important factor for foreigners in the YPG is the glorification of YPG militancy in international media.

The act of volunteering with the YPG was not only perceived as harmless in international media but also framed as an act of bravery for various political reasons," it added.

The PKK has been prosecuting a terror campaign in Turkey for more than three decades and is responsible for the killing of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

It is designated a terror group by Turkey, the US and EU, however, the global community apparently does not adopt the same attitude toward the YPG which enjoyed support from the international coalition during the Syrian civil war.

The YPG/PKK today controls vast swathes of territories in northern Syria and controls a significant amount of oil fields.

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Gettysburg on July 4th: What we know about flag burning protest and Antifa rumors – The Evening Sun

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Union soldier reenactors of the 156th Battle of Gettysburg Anniversary impart their historical knowledge on Friday. The Evening Sun

Rumors of potential violence and discord -- flag burning, desecration of statues,counter-protests -- in Gettysburg on July 4 have been rampant on social media in recent weeks.

Here's what we know heading into the holiday weekend:

Left Behind USA was started on June 2, 2020, and created an event calling for a peaceful flag burning to resist police in Gettysburg on July 4.

The page and event were visible to the public throughJune 24.However, onJune 25, a message from Facebook appeared,stating that the content wasn't available and that "the link may have expired, or the page may only be visible to an audience that you aren't in."

The event had called for supporters to show up to the National Cemetery to protest police violence against unarmed black civilians and claimed that the U.S. flag, Confederate flag and Blue Lives Matter flagwould be burned. The post also stated that supporters would be legally armed and offered face-painting for children.

Many who shared the event on Facebook attributed it to Antifa members.

More: Facebook page behind 'flag burning' taken down; no permit for Gettysburg event

More: Gettysburg National Military Park provides free virtual battle tours

18. State of Maryland monument was dedicated in 1994 and depicts two wounded Marylanders, one Union and one Confederate, helping each other on the battlefield. A list the Maryland commands of both armies that fought at Gettysburg is presented on a tablet on the back of the monument. Location: Along Cyclorama Drive directly off of Taneytown Road. 39.816397, -77.232416(Photo: Dan Rainville, The Evening Sun)

A representative from Central PA Antifa denied involvement in the flag burning event.

Its a right wing hoax like last time (in 2017)," the group wrote in an email on July 1. "For whatever reason, they like to stir each other up for no reason. Everyone is looking for a war I guess. Last time, they shot themselves. Hopefully that happens again.

"We are not even remotely involved. Let them give each other COVID. We will be home with our families.

2017: Shippensburg man accidentally shoots himself in leg at Gettysburg National Military Park

2017: Gettysburg National Military Park remains calm despite protests

In response to the flag burning event and the subsequent social media furor around it, Gettysburg Borough Police Chief Robert Glenny Jr. issued the following statement:

We want to assure those we serve that we are taking all precautions at our disposal to maintain the safety of all residents and visitors to the area as well as the protection of property to include businesses, homes, monuments, churches and other historical treasures located in the greater Gettysburg area."

A statement on the Gettysburg National Military Park website indicatesstaff "continue to maintain open and frequent communications with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to stay up-to-date on the latest intelligence."

More recently, a lengthy post on Facebook indicated that Gettysburg police had confirmed an "Antifa plan" for July 4. Police wrote in another Facebook post that this was not true.

"This and similar posts are being analyzed by various intelligence sections in the law enforcement community.We asked that folks remain vigilant. Please contact the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction in your area to report any suspicious activity or things you feel are out of place."

More: Trump vows to issue executive order protecting statues, says it would 'reinforce' current law


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Park officials have received twopermit applications for July 4. Both are for groups of five to sixpeople, according to Jason Martz, the public affairs officer forGettysburg National Military Park.

One application is fora table to hand out literature on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The other group will be talking about the history of slavery. Both groups will have space set up in a field on what wasGen. Meade's headquarters on Taneytown Road, south of the National Cemetery.

More: Gettysburg park officials: Confederate monuments here to stay

More: Do Confederate monuments on the Gettysburg battlefield deserve scrutiny?

The National Guard has been activated to guard statues in D.C. and other cities, but Martz was not aware of that happening in Gettysburg this weekend.

Several requests were not answered, asking for comment fromthe White House and Department of Homeland Security.

Destination Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Area Recreation Authority will host Fourth of July Community Fireworksat 9:20 p.m. July 4at the Gettysburg Area Recreation Park onBreckenridge Street.

Those attending must wear masks and socially distance. Viewing the show is free, but onsite parking will be available for $2 per car.They will also be live-streaming the show on theDestination Gettysburg Facebook page.

Evening Sun photographer Dan Rainville contributed to this report.

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Your View: BLM and Antifa are enemies of the US attacking from within – Bristol Herald Courier

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America has always had enemies. In WW II it was Germany and Japan. In the 1950s it was North Korea. Then came the Cold War and the threat of the Soviet Union. Those enemies declared that they were our foes. Today however, our enemies are not overseas looking to invade, they are in our midst attempting to destroy us from within. Two of the main groups are BLM and Antifa. Both state their intentions openly. BLM: We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure ... We are a collective of liberators ... who believe we must move beyond the narrow Nationalism that is all too prevalent in Black communities. One of the co-founders of BLM recently said: We actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia are particularly trained organizers we are trained Marxists. Likewise, Antifa is a serious threat to our way of life. Antifa is a political movement that aims to achieve their objectives through the use of both nonviolent and violent direct action rather than through policy reform. This may involve property damage, physical violence and harassment ... Members hold anti-authoritarian and anti-capitalist views, subscribing to a range of left-wing ideologies such as Anarchism, Communism, Marxism and Socialism. (Wikipedia)

Scott Crow (former Antifa organizer) says, We go where they (right-wingers) go. We go to cause conflict ... We believe that property destruction does not equate to violence. According to the LA Times, they have engaged in mob violence, attacking a small showing of supporters of President Trump and others they accused, sometimes inaccurately, of being White Supremacists or Nazis. A noble cause (ending racism) is being used as a cover by these groups to destroy our nation. Wake up people!

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Indiana priest suspended after calling Black Lives Matter and antifa protesters ‘maggots,’ ‘parasites’ and ‘serpents in the garden’ – CNN

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The Trump campaign and Antifa | Opinion | journal-spectator.com – Wharton Journal Spectator

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Antifa is a fanatical and increasingly violent form of fascism growing on the streets of our country. Civil debate and free speech are out. Power on the streets is in. If that scares you, the fact that our countrys political, corporate and media leaders seem to be OK with this mob violence should scare you even more.

The spark that ignited our current unrest was the brutal murder of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, all caught on video. President Donald Trump, for all his skills, is unable to effectively lead at a time like this, especially on a sensitive issue like race. His talks have veered from awkward to unhelpful.

The pandemic and the subsequent spike in unemployment have left millions of young Americans with too much time on their hands and too little hope for economic advancement. As for Democrats and the media, they are all too happy to sow chaos in an election year if they think it may lead to Trumps removal. Big companies are, as usual, hoping to stay out of the fire and are willing to pay up to stay in the good graces of the left. And further left groups, like Antifa, are waiting in the wings to cause destruction at any opportunity.

Given all these dynamics at play, peaceful protests over the injustice of George Floyds murder have often turned to violence on our streets. Seattle currently contains an Antifa-run autonomous zone. Mobs are tearing down historic statues and lighting fires in cities across the country with complete impunity. Law enforcement officers the vast majority of whom are good people trying to do a difficult job manning the streets are under attack, and some have even been shot.

From the streets of D.C., Seattle and other cities, our Daily Caller reporters have covered the unrest better than anyone else Im aware of. In return for our reporters bravery on the front lines, not staying behind the police barricades as many other reporters chose to do, they got a firsthand look at what has been happening. They did not go in hoping to defend the protests at all costs, even as they turned violent, as many in the liberal media did. They also did not go in searching for any small example of violence to paint a peaceful protest as a riot as some on the right tried to do.

Our reporters paint a complicated picture. Initially, most protestors were peaceful, and many of them even tried to stop crimes and acts of violence as they began to develop. Our reporters told many of their stories. Often, things would get worse later at night. Burning buildings, looting and attacking police were all commonplace. Our reporters were not afraid to tell these stories as well.

In return for going in bravely and telling the truth, our reporters have been threatened, chased and even attacked. One protestor justified this by saying, You cant record us; its against our code. Not surprisingly, the press freedom groups, normally trigger-happy with any perceived slight against the press corps, remained largely silent as young journalists doing fair reporting were attacked.

The statue toppling started with Confederate monuments. Ive never understood Confederate monuments. Losers dont get to build monuments; winners do. And why build monuments to the greatest effort we have ever had to tear apart this great country? If I feel this way, I find it hard to imagine how Black Americans must feel about these monuments or the Confederate flag.

We have racists in our country. Every country and every race of people include racists. But America in 2020 is not a fundamentally and institutionally racist country. Monuments to Confederate leaders and flying the Confederate flag even still including it within the Mississippi state flag all make it harder to defend this argument. Many of these monuments were erected 100 years after the Civil War as a thumb in the eye to Civil Rights-era reforms. Some of these materials belong in museums for historic purposes, but I do not shed any tears about these statues coming down.

But the toppling hasnt stopped at Confederate monuments. Memorials to Americas Founding Fathers are also being destroyed. Even memorials to our young heroes from World War II the so-called greatest generation, who saved our country from the Nazis, the Imperial Japanese and later the Communists have been defaced and desecrated. Police officers have been killed, some in brutal, point-blank attacks.

Trump seems to be sliding in the polls. His response to the pandemic was uneven. His response to the protests, and later the riots, has been worse. And now, the ultimate irony, the left may be doing Trump the greatest favor of his entire presidency. Americans dont want our monuments shattered. Americans dont want our cities burned. We dont want anarchy. We dont want to defund our police departments. The never-Trump crowd should pay attention. All this may, in the end, lead to a second Trump term. It may even be the only thing that can.

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COLUMN: In the zone: CHAZ, Antifa and fascists – Colorado Springs Gazette

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When the Seattle police were finally allowed to do their job, the delusional criminals that called themselves the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) in Seattle, for all their bluster, folded like a tent. Under U.S. law, no group may establish an autonomous zone, declare itself a separate country or secede from the Union. (We fought the Civil War over that.) The Chazians had no right to trespass on or appropriate private or public property. Jenny Durkan, Seattles flower-child mayor, who called this dangerous, illegal farce a summer of love, ordered the police to stand down in dereliction of her duty for almost a month. Only after shootings that took the life of a 19-year-old Black man over the weekend and a 16-year-old Black boy on Monday, did Durkan wake up to reality and unleash the cops.

Raz Simone, a radical left-wing rapper and would-be Idi Amin, declared himself the Warlord-in-Chief of CHAZtopia, and issued a long list of unconditional demands: The Seattle Police Department and attached court system are beyond reform. We do not request reform, he declared, We demand abolitionThat means 100% of funding, including existing pensions for Seattle police. That was just for starters.

He also demanded a ban on the use of force by police to dislodge CHAZ, the destruction of the prison system, socialized health care and medicine for Seattle, citizenship for illegal immigrants and free college and public housing. (Sounds like he was channeling Bernie Sanders and AOC.) But Simone had no standing to demand anything.

Of course, Seattle was expected to pay for all this since CHAZtopia had no money. And what would Simone have done if his demands werent met? Declare war on Seattle? Burn his 6-square-block domain to the ground along with its inhabitants?

Domestic terrorists such as Simone and Antifa arent receptive to negotiation or reason. Theyre delusional revolutionaries who seek power and social upheaval with no practical replacement. Give them an inch and theyll take a mile. Appeasement of domestic terrorists, vandals and looters only encourages more of that, as weve seen in Seattle.

Regarding Antifa, shorthand for anti-fascist, its very name is a fraud. These are self-declared anarchists with no interest in pluralistic democracy. Antifas alignment with socialists directly contradicts its commitment to anarchy, which is the absence of government, whereas socialism is the embodiment of all-powerful government dominating peoples lives. For Antifa, this is a temporary marriage of convenience. The burgeoning socialist revolution in this country is where the action is, and thats what Antifa wants to exploit. It has no interest in the welfare state; it just revels in violent turmoil. While its credo of brutality is reminiscent of Hitlers Brownshirts and Mussolinis Blackshirts, thats a matter of tactics, not ideology.

Fascism, Nazism and communism are variations of the politics of the left. Mussolini, Hitler and Stalin were cut from the same cloth. In Nazi Germany, Hitler followed Mussolinis fascist model in Italy after World War I. Hitler was a national socialist (hence, the abbreviation Nazi) as compared to Marx and Lenin who were international socialists dedicated to the spread of this ideology worldwide. In the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, that ideology predictably evolved into a totalitarian dictatorship.

Safires Political Dictionary traces the root of the term fascism, to fascio, the Italian word for bundle or group. The McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Modern Economics defines it as A totalitarian, collective system of government in which central control is exercised over all economic, political and social activitiesentirely eliminating individualism and regarding the state as the highest expression of the will of the group...Private ownership of production is maintained, but extreme restrictions are imposed on private economic freedoms. Decisions on production, investment, prices and wages are all subject to arbitrary government control. This is what conservatives want less of in this country and its precisely what the left wants more of.

The intrusiveness and intolerance of fascist governments are essential parts of the vision of progressive Democrats and outright socialists such as Bernie Sanders and his ideological spawn AOC. The ruthless suppression of free speech subjectively deemed politically incorrect by radical left-wing students on college campuses, enforced by feckless college administrators who deny due process to those accused is fascism in action.

Its laughable when callow left-wing students, with scant understanding of the term fascism and its pedigree, hurl it at conservatives, when its their side thats better defined by that label. They wield the term as a meaningless slur, with the intellectual depth of a 4-year old calling another kid a doo-doo head.

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Fact check: Before Obama there was no Black Lives Matter, but there was ISIS and antifa – USA TODAY

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U.S. president Donald Trump announced ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a special operations raid. Here is a look at who he was. Wochit

A social media posttying together former President Barack Obama, ISIS, Black Lives Matter, antifa and a "war on police"is circulating virally online.

The post, uploaded by Facebook user Kathie Wilxox Gilmore on March 2, 2019, reads this: "Before Obama we had no ISIS! Before Obama we had no BLM! Before Obama we had no ANTIFA! Before Obama we had no war on cops!"

Gilmore did not return a request for comment.

Barack Obama was elected president in 2008. When did these groups or movements start?

ISIS, the Islamic State also known asISIL andDaesh, emerged as an offshoot of Osama bin Ladens al Qaeda Network in Iraq. It wasfounded by Abu Musab al Zarqawi in 2004, according to information fromHistory.com.

ISISfaded for several years after the surge of United States militarytroops to Iraq in 2007, according to he Wilson Center.It reemerged in 2011,and over the next few years, took advantage of growing instability in Iraq and Syria to carry out attacks and bolster its ranks.

In 2013, the terrorist group changed its name to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Black Lives Matter is an organized movement that advocates for nonviolent civil disobedience and protests againstpolice brutality towardsAfrican Americans. It wasfounded onJuly 13, 2013, byAlicia Garza,Patrisse Cullors andOpal Tometi.

The group was createdin response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, a white man accused of killing Trayvon Martin, a Black man, on Feb. 26, 2012. Trayvonwas targeted, pursued and shot dead by Zimmerman in a gated neighborhood in Sanford, Florida.

A Black Lives Matter Mural was painted at the intersection of W. Locust St. and N. Martin Luther King Drive on Friday, June 19, 2020 in Milwaukee.(Photo: Chelsey Lewis and James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY Network)

Antifa,an anti-fascist political movement in the United States anda defensive response to the growing presence of right-wing extremism, was founded in 1932, well before Obama was born on Aug. 4,1961.

After the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017led to violentclashesbetween white nationalists and counter-protesters, American awareness of that oppositionrose dramatically, TIME reported.

Antifa drewsupportfrom some and drew condemnation from others includingfrom President Donald Trump for what appearedto beviolent tactics. In March 2018, Merriam-Webster added antifa to the dictionary.

In July of 2016, a law enforcement advocacy group head lashed out at Obama in the wake of the Dallas shootings that left five police officers dead. He accused the president of carrying out a "war on cops."

I think (the Obama administration)continued appeasements at the federal level with the Department of Justice, their appeasement of violent criminals, their refusal to condemn movements like Black Lives Matter, actively calling for the death of police officers, that type of thing, all the while blaming police for the problems in this country has led directly to the climate that has made Dallas possible, said William Johnson, the executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations. "It's a war on cops."

Pallbearers lead the flag draped coffin of slain Dallas police officer Patrick Zamarripa into place for an honor guard ceremony at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, Saturday, July 16, 2016. Zamarripa was one of five officers killed last week by a lone gunman during a protest march in Dallas.(Photo: LM Otero, AP)

Obama quicklycondemned the Dallas shootings, which happened at the end of a protest about the killings of two Black men by police officers, calling it a "vicious, calculated and despicable attack."

"Let's be clear: There are no possible justifications for these attacks or any violence towards law enforcement," Obama said.

Also in 2016, New York Public Radio published a story that the idea of a "'War on Cops'doesn't bear out in data, at least numerically."

According tothe Officers Down Memorial Page, which tracks police deaths, the number of officers who have been intentionally killed on the job has fallen from 101 per year under President Ronald Reagan, to 90 per year under George H.W. Bush; to 81 per year under Bill Clinton; to 72 per year under George W. Bush; to 62 per year under Barack Obama a figure that doesn't change when accounting for the Dallas ambush.

Chuck Wexler, executive director of thePolice Executive Research Forum, says that when it comes to violence against police, America is doing much better than we think.

In the '60s and '70s, you did have a lot of police officers who were killed more so than today ambush and deliberately killed, he says. You had the Black Panther movement and the fight back and forth between the police from New York to Oakland....It was a difficult time then, much like it is now, but overall, the numbers have come down.

We rate this claim as PARTLY FALSE, based on our research. It is true that Black Lives Matter was established in 2013, during President Barack Obama's second term. But it is false to say ISIS, antifa and a "war on cops" also did not exist before the 44th president entered the White House.

Reach Natalie Neysa Alund at nalund@tennessean.com and follow her on Twitter @nataliealund.

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Fact vs Fiction: Police weigh in on online firestorm over 4th of July in Gettysburg – FOX43.com

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Gettysburg's Police Chief said law enforcement have not validated any of the posts circulating online, but cannot say with 100% certainty they are false

It's rare police ask people not to call with an issue.

But, Gettysburg Police Chief Robert W. Glenny, Jr is asking everyone who is flooding both the police station and 911 with calls alerting them of posts circulating online about July 4th weekend, to stop calling.

His message: police are already aware of the rumors of protests and violence.

"If you are calling to report one of these posts I can assure you that we already know and please don't call us about those," said Chief Glenny, who added, "with all these calls we're getting we're having a hard time accomplishing other things like the investigation of the posts."

Glenny said he still wants people to call if they see anything suspicious. But, he wants everyone to know the posts are already being investigated by experts on the local, state, and federal level.

"We have sent all these and other posts to intelligence sections both federally and statewide and then we have our own small intelligence person working on them," said Glenny.

Glenny spoke to FOX43 again Tuesday as new posts also arose that made claims of a police bulletin that warns of an ANTIFA plot. Glenny said the Gettysburg Police Department has not confirmed anything like that and, in fact, that so-called police bulletin is not from police.

"There's the rumor going around again on various social media platforms. Some people are getting it through messenger, Facebook, that the Gettysburg Police Department has confirmed this lengthy list of things or an ANTIFA plan," said Glenny. He later added, "my guess is whomever did it cut and pasted the Gettysburg Police Department and phone number."

Online posts also warn of people stockpiling fireworks for harm and planning violence in suburban neighborhoods. Additionally, the posts warn that people are setting off fireworks leading up the 4th of July as part of a bigger plot to throw off police on the actual day of the event.

"We can put no validity to any of the statements in there nor can we say they're false. But, we have certainly not validated any of the statements contained," said Glenny.

Glenny said claims that people are setting off more fireworks than usual leading up to the 4th of July are also not true in Gettysburg, Adams County.

"We have not had any more than the normal number of fireworks calls that we have leading up to the 4th of July. As a matter of fact, I think we've had less fireworks calls than we've seen in years before," said Glenny.

FOX43 previously asked Glenny about a flyer that warned of a flag burning in Gettysburg National Park. Read the police and the National Park's response to that rumor here: Gettysburg officials say they're aware of social media rumors of a flag burning at National Park JulyThe flyer promotes the alleged event as a peaceful. protest to abolish police nationwide. But, it also includes words on the flyer such as "children welcome" and "ANTIFA face painting"

"Again, I cannot confirm that it's real or deny that it's real. There are some things in there that if you look at it from a law enforcement perspective that don't fly," he said, later adding "ANTIFA is not in the habit of facepainting for children."

"I would love to be able to ensure everybody out there that these are trolling posts from folks that are just trying to get them upset and scared. I truly hope that is the case. But, I can't say that with 100% certainty," said Glenny.

Glenny said July 4th weekend law enforcement from across the area will be out in force including from the National Park Service.

"We are going to do our best to keep you safe. That's our job," said Glenny.

Statement from Gettysburg Borough Police Dept:

"We at the Gettysburg Police Department want to assure all those that we serve and have sworn to protect that we are aware of the lengthy post currently being circulated on various social media outlets. The Post claims that The Gettysburg Police has "CONFIRMED" an "antifa plan." There is NO TRUTH to that statement. We have no knowledge of the validity of the post's contentions. The Gettysburg Police Department is not aware of any "Law Enforcement Sensitive-Official Use Only" Bulletin. This and similar posts are being analyzed by various intelligence sections in the law enforcement community.

We asked that folks remain vigilant. Please contact the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction in your area to report suspicious activity or things you feel are out of place. However, please do not call to report the existence of this post. We are aware of it and are investigating its origins."

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In college, Elon Musk thought these 5 things would change the world – CNBC

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The internet

Musk believed the internet, nascent in the '90s, would "fundamentally change humanity," he said on the podcast.

"I would not regard this as a profound insight but rather an obvious one," Musk said.

He compared the internet to the human nervous system: "If you didn't have a nervous system, you wouldn't know what's going on. Your fingers wouldn't know what's going on. Your toes wouldn't know what's going on. You'd have to do it by diffusion," he said.

"The way information used to work was by diffusion. One human would have to call another human or write them in a letter. [That was] extremely slow diffusion. And if you wanted access to books, and you did not have a library, you don't have it. That's it."

He knew the internet could change all that.

And while Musk only had minimal access to the internet at the time (only to use it for his physics studies, he said), he knew the internet would be a "fundamental and profound change."

"Now, you have access to all books instantly, and you can be in a remote mountaintop location and have access to all of humanity's information if you got a link to the internet," he said on the podcast. "Now suddenly, human organisms anywhere would have access to all the information instantly."

Musk believed "making life multi-planetary and making consciousness multi-planetary" would change the world, he said on the podcast.

As a child, Musk was influenced by a variety of science fiction booksand he believed he'd one day "[build] spaceships to extend the human species's reach," according tothe book"Elon Musk." (Musk previously said that theseven-book "Foundation" science fiction series by scientist and author Isaac Asimov, for example, was "fundamental to the creation of his aerospace company, SpaceX.")

On May 30, SpaceXsuccessfully launched two NASA astronautsinto orbit for the first time. It was a milestone forhuman spaceflightand got Musk one step closer to achievinghis Mars ambitions.

Just as a character in the 1997 movie Gattaca undergoes genetic engineering to pursue his dream of space travel, according to Musk, when he was younger he believed being able to change human genetics could change the world.

And it's happening today, with technology like Crispr, Musk said on the podcast.

"It will become normal, I think, to change the human genome for getting rid of diseases or propensity to various diseases," he said. "That's going to be like the first thing you'd want headed out. If you've got a situation where you're definitely going to die of some cancer at age 55, you'd prefer to have that edited out."

"There's the Gattaca sort-of extreme thing where it's not really edited out but it's edited in for various enhancements and that kind of thing," he said, "which probably will come too."

"I'm not arguing for or against it," Musk said. "I'm just saying it's more likely to come than not down the road."

As a teenager, Musk felt a "personal obligation" for the fate of mankind and felt inspired to create "cleaner energy technology" one day, according to the book"Elon Musk."

So he believed that sustainable energy would change the future.

"Sustainability, actually, was something that I thought was important before the environmental implications became as obvious as they are," he said on the podcast. "If you mine and burn hydrocarbons[compounds that form the basis of natural gas, oil and coal], then you're going to run out of them. It's not like mining metals.... We will never run out of metals, but we will run out of hydrocarbons."

He said the future may bring a carbon taxthat would raisethe cost of burning fossil fuels to mitigate climate change, which is a "no brainer."

In 2004, Musk invested in and became a co-founder ofelectric car companyTesla.Hebecame CEO in 2008. On Wednesday, Tesla became the world's most valuable automakerwhen the electric vehicle company's market capitalization surpassed Toyota's for the first time.

"AI is a really major one" too, Musk said on the podcast.

In 2019,at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, Musk (who co-founded non-profit AI research lab OpenAIbut laterleft the company's board) said computers will "surpass us in every way," including scary things, likejob disruptionfrom robots or even apotentialAIracethatleadstoa third World War.

AI is "capable of vastly more than almost anyone knows and the rate of improvement is exponential," he saidhe said at the 2018 South by Southwest tech conference.

Musk also founded machine intelligence venture Neuralink, because he believes humans must merge with AI to avoid becoming irrelevant.

"We do want a close coupling between collective human intelligence and digital intelligence,"he said at the SXSW conference, "and Neuralink is trying to help in that regard by trying creating a high bandwidth interface between AI and the human brain."

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Is Elon Musk a Republican? – Fox Business

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that its time to break up Amazon, calling it a monopoly.

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk recently made headlines after tweeting, "Take the red pill" since the term "red pill" is sometimes used in reference to Republican politics.

His 36.5 million followers grew even more curious about the phrase's meaning after presidential adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump replied to the May 17 tweet saying, "Taken!"


Musk's tweet came after the engineer made statements on- and offline about his support for plans to start reopening the country amid the coronavirus pandemic and help get Americans back to work, thus aligning his stance with that of President Trump's.

The billionaire thanked the president on Twitter after Trump tweeted, "California should let Tesla &@elonmusk open the plant, NOW. It can be done Fast & Safely!"


But despite his cryptic tweet, it is unclear whether Musk would label himself as a Republican; in the past, the billionaire has described himself as an "independent" and"halfDemocrat, halfRepublican."

Tesla and SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk speaks during a round table discussion with President Donald Trump at Kennedy Space Center. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

"I am somewhere in the middle," Musk said at a 2011 tech conference hosted by The Atlantic and UC San Diego. "Socially liberal and fiscally conservative."

In a 2013interview with the Huffington Post, Musk said he donates heavily to both Democrats and Republicans.

"In order to have your voice be heard in Washington, you have to make some little contribution," Musk told the outlet. "But I have found Washington to be really I guess it depends on what your benchmark is but I havent found Washington to be as corrupt as a lot of people think it is, meaning its not as coin-operated as some people may assume, and Im very, actually, grateful for that, because if it were, we would have zero chance."


In a more recent 2018 tweet, Musk said he is a registered independent.

"To be clear, I am not a conservative. Am registered independent & politically moderate. Doesnt mean Im moderate about all issues. Humanitarian issues are extremely important to me & I dont understand why they are not important to everyone," Musk wrote.


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