New evidence links Civil War reenactor to fake Antifa threats - 2020-04-16
A newly-unsealed FBI filing reveals further evidence that a Civil War reenactor in Virginia made violent threats against his own organization and then pinned them on Antifa, a loose collection of left-leaning militant anti-fascist groups.
In 2017 and 2018, a series of anonymous threats were made against the nonprofit Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation. The first threat came in the form of a pipe bomb, which was found unexploded on the grounds where the foundation holds its annual reenactment and led to its swift cancelation. The following year, the gathering was again canceled after someone sent several threatening letters to the foundation and its associates, promising to disrupt the reenactment with guns, explosives, poison, dog feces, and "cups of human urine." The sender wrote the letters on fake Antifa "letterhead"—which doesn't actually exist among the decentralized, independent factions—and mailed them in envelopes bearing phony Antifa logos.
The news of Antifa's involvement initially caused outrage among the far-right.