Report: Homeland security warned of ‘anarchist and militia extremists’ plan to storm MN Capitol and burn it

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Friday warned in a memo that “suspected anarchist extremists and militia extremists allegedly planned to storm and burn the Minnesota State Capitol,” Politico reported Monday.

The Pioneer Press was unable to independently confirm the warning, which cited FBI information and was contained in a Friday memo sent to law enforcement officials across the country, according to Politico.

Asked Monday evening about the reported memo and threat, Minnesota Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell neither confirmed nor denied it specifically, saying “Threats do exist … I can’t get into specifics.”

For days, a robust host of National Guard and law enforcement have been guarding the Capitol in St. Paul, although their numbers are unclear and often not visible from the outside.

The St. Paul information, according to Politico, was part of a wider warning that “domestic terrorist actors” might try to exploit First Amendment-protected demonstrations in response to George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died following actions by a white police officer, to launch attacks.

Parts of the memo quoted by Politico suggest the suspected threats come from both extremes of the political spectrum: anarchists are generally associated with ideologies of the left, while militia groups with the right. Both, however, see various parts of establishment as a threat.


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