Gun-toting militias are arming themselves across America as they fear a coming Civil War as Joe Biden prepares to become president.
Hundreds of far-right groups have sprung up across the U.S. and are ramping up recruitment in the fallout from the highly charged election and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Online forum My Militia, which promotes itself as an American Patriot Network has more than 20,000 users and has seen a flurry of activity in recent weeks.
The network claims there are 543 militias currently active in the U.S., carries instructions on how to make “explosives” and “improvised” weapons, survivalist tips, threads dedicated to conspiracy theories, and lists of names of members of Antifa.
Many of the self-appointed militiamen say they are preparing to ride out mass “civil unrest”, while others more dramatically predict an upcoming Civil War.
It comes after a string of violence over the summer with Trump blaming extreme left-wing groups for stoking mayhem.
Some groups are braced for attacks by Antifa who Trump-branded scum after clashes at a recent marches in Washington DC.
Dr. Rakid Ehsan, a research fellow from think tank the Henry Jackson Society, told The Sun Online the rise of these groups is deeply concerning for the U.S.
He warned the potential of these organizations clashing with extreme left-wing groups could turn the U.S. into a powder-keg.
Fears of civil unrest have been mounting following the election as the White House alleges the far-left is to blame for much of the bloodshed in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr has previously said the Justice Department is monitoring Antifa.
This country will never be the same. Bad s*** on the horizons here folks. Be Ready, warns a user named Ranger3%, from New Hampshire.
He has a picture of a man in combat fatigues and carrying a rifle on his profile, and identifies as a member of the known far-right group The Three Percenters.
Disturbing content is filed away on the resources section of the website, which includes sections such as intelligence, tactics, and munitions.
One post in the intelligence forum allegedly contains a list of names of members of Antifa in Portland, Oregon.
And a post also publishes the names of 650 people who were said to have counter protested the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017.
In the tactics section, one user shares a video which details how to use legal parts to create a homemade silencer and how to convert a rifle into a machine gun.
Under munitions, you can find links to documents such as the infamous Anarchist Cookbook, a manual that continues instructions on “how to make bombs”.
Threads even contain guides on how to construct homemade grenade launchers, mines, flamethrowers, anti-tank weapons, and even napalm.
Other posts detail “how to make Molotov cocktails” and “how to set boobytraps” like the ones used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.
Maiorana, 54, from Staten Island, is reported to have used the site as he called for pipe bombs to throw at mobs of potentially non-violent protesters.
Police found the sex offender had in his possession a semiautomatic pistol, a Taser, a crossbow, an expandable baton, the upper portion of an AR-15 assault rifle, and several rounds of ammunition.
Suspected mosque bomber Michael Hari, 49, is also reported to have used the site to try and organize his White Rabbit Militia.
Prosecutors say he attacked with Dar-ul-Farooq Islamic Center in Minneapolis as well attempting to bomb a women’s clinic in Champaign, Illinois.
He is reported to have used My Militia to attempt to call people to take up arms in his hometown of Clarence as he was on the cusp of being arrested by the FBI.
The militia groups can be seen as reacting to allegations of Antifa activity as tensions escalate across the country.
Antifa is an umbrella term for far-left militant groups that resist neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
The size of Antifa is not known, and it is believed not to have any leaders.
Donald Trump has blamed Democrats for enabling the movement, and Barr has said police in every city where there have been protests identified “Antifa” as the ramrod for the violence.
It comes as Donald Trump fired Chris Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, after he defied the President by not endorsing his claims of voter fraud.
The President and his team continue to dispute the results of the election with Rudy Giuliani holding a press conference in which he claimed there was a centralized Dem plot to steal the White House.
Trump’s rheotic has inspired Stop the Steal rallies across the U.S., and an event last weekend at Washington dubbed the Million MAGA March.
Despite his insistence he won, Joe Biden and his vice president Kamala Harris remain expected to be sworn in on 20 January.