According to a memo received from the Washington Post, Attorney General William Barr has set up a task force to combat "anti-government extremists" who have "committed unacceptable acts of violence to undermine public order," a response to "violence" that has sometimes led to nationwide protests against police brutality and racism. "
"In addition to other lawless behaviors, these extremists have violently attacked police officers and other government officials, destroyed public and private property, and threatened innocent people," Barr wrote. “Although these extremists profess a variety of ideologies, they are united in their opposition to the constitutional core values of a legally regulated democratic society. . . . Some pretend to profess a message of freedom and progress, but they are actually forces of anarchy, destruction, and coercion. "
The memo is not too specific, although Barr picked out the right-wing group "Boogaloo" and its supporters, as well as "those who identify themselves as Antifa" – or antifacists – an organization that actually doesn't exist. Barr wrote: "Some of these violent extremists could also be reinforced by foreign units that want to sow chaos and disorder in our country."
“The ultimate goal of the task force will not only be to persecute extremists who participate in violence, but also to understand these groups so well that we can stop this violence before it occurs, and ultimately as Rule of law can eliminate threats to public security and security, ”wrote Barr.
The new task force will be headed by Craig Carpenito, the U.S. attorney for New Jersey, and Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas. This includes FBI representatives and prosecutors.