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Pittsburgh Couple Indicted for Disrupting Michael Knowles Event May Have Ties to ‘Anarchist Extremists’

Pittsburgh Couple Indicted for Disrupting Michael Knowles Event May Have Ties to ‘Anarchist Extremists’

The ‘group of anarchist extremists’ allegedly meet on Thursdays at a local ‘radical’ bookstore.

A Pittsburgh couple indicted on federal charges for allegedly disrupting a talk by Michael Knowles may have ties to “a group of anarchist extremists,” according to an application for a search warrant of their property.

Special Agent Grant Polson of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force submitted the application, which suggests a link between Brian and Krystal DiPippa of Pittsburgh and the extremist group.

Journalist Andy Ngo shared the warrant application on Twitter:

According to the application, surveillance of a local bookstore where “anarchist extremists meet on Thursday evenings” led to the identification of Brian DiPippa, who was allegedly seen leaving the bookstore on a Thursday days before the Knowles event.

The bookstore bills itself as “an anarchist collective that provides space for exploring radical ideas and putting them into action.” The collective “practices anticapitalist, nonbinary, antioppressive, and intersectional values and promote[s] them through books, events, and conversations.”

The application lays out the DiPippas’ alleged criminal conduct that formed the basis for the warrant application: Brian DiPippa, accompanied by Krystal DiPippa, ignited a smoke bomb and “roll[ed] it under a police barricade” before igniting another and tossing it “toward officers and the speaking event attendees.”

According to the application, Brian DiPippa, with Krystal DiPippa shielding him, then ignited an explosive device, which Brian DiPippa then tossed into a group of “approximately twelve (12) officers,” causing injuries (picture above):

The device struck one officer, fell to the ground and then exploded into flames and debris. The flames and debris can be viewed on camera launching approximately three to four stories into the air and outwards into a crowd of people. As a result of the explosion, multiple police officers sustained injuries, to include burns, bruises, hearing loss, and possible concussions.

Knowles, commenting on Ngo’s post, expressed his surprise at the revelations, noting he was previously unaware of the extent of efforts to disrupt his talk:

Brian and Krystal DiPippa have been indicted on charges of conspiracy and obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder. Brian DiPippa has also been indicted on a charge of using an explosive to commit a federal felony.

The conspiracy and obstruction charge each carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. The use of explosives charge carries a maximum penalty of a $250,000 fine and ten years imprisonment for a first offense or 20 years imprisonment for a subsequent offense.

Counsel for Brian DiPippa declined to comment.

The warrant application:

The indictment:


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I love Andy Ngo, but, he’s being far too charitable by using the moniker “militants” to describe these reprobates. They are properly and fairly characterized as Dumb-o-crat terrorists.

    Danny in reply to guyjones. | July 18, 2023 at 1:03 am

    Media has used the term militant and terrorist interchangeably for over 30 years.

      guyjones in reply to Danny. | July 19, 2023 at 2:20 pm

      I don’t disagree, but, “militant” is arguably the softer, less pejorative term. As an example, look at how Arab Muslim “Palestinian” terrorists are often characterized as alleged “militants” by the Israel-vilifying/hating mainstream media. The invoking of “militants” is an obvious attempt to whitewash and downplay what is fairly and accurately characterized as terrorist activity and motivation.

    pst314 in reply to guyjones. | July 18, 2023 at 7:49 pm

    Seems likely that Ngo is being careful in the language he uses because he wants to be seen as a reliable reporter of facts rather than a polemicist.

      4fun in reply to pst314. | July 18, 2023 at 10:02 pm

      Like the left isn’t all in on trying to shut Ngo up and have even attacked him physically. The only care he needs to use is not go over the edge in libel.

        pst314 in reply to 4fun. | July 19, 2023 at 8:52 am

        No, forget about the left which will try to twist anything he says.
        Instead, think about the normal and decent people he wants to persuade. The language he uses and the care with which he presents evidence are important factors in persuading those people.

      guyjones in reply to pst314. | July 19, 2023 at 2:18 pm

      Fair enough, but, in this case, the facts fairly support characterizing a man who throws an explosive device at police officers as a “terrorist.”

I guess even the FBI can’t shield all of their masters’ minions.

    Ghostrider in reply to alaskabob. | July 17, 2023 at 9:10 pm

    Not so fast, Ke-mo sah-bee. Could the fact that Brian and Krystal DiPippa are white make the charging indictment a no-brainer and a perfect, white supremacy fit?

    Danny in reply to alaskabob. | July 18, 2023 at 1:05 am

    In this case actually they could, very easily.

    Go over a list of these crimes happening, and list how many resulted in prosecution and does the answer to that imply this couldn’t have been protected?

    The FBI does need disbanding or reforming into a different organization with the same name, one good deed doesn’t change that.

    However without coercion and with no incentive to do so the FBI actually did the right thing and we should all acknowledge that and hope it continues to do so.

How long before the Soros funded, Harris led bailout begins?

It’s surprising to see leftists treated as criminals.

BierceAmbrose | July 17, 2023 at 7:41 pm

I look forward to the filing of terrorism and conspiracy charges, and whatever support / enablement charges apply to the bookstore. I also look forwared to Wray’s “They’re bad people; keep an eye on them.” memo, and a new category tag for these folks in the federal Central Scrutinizer system.

Prison time will wipe the smile off their foolish fair faces.

Serious question. Can anyone here name at least one historical or contemporary American anarchist group? There’s got to be a few.

retiredcantbefired | July 18, 2023 at 8:45 am

Antifa was only there to protect people from the Proud Boys. /s

    Suburban Farm Guy in reply to retiredcantbefired. | July 18, 2023 at 9:03 am

    How dare the FBI interrupt the noble work those two are doing? They are literally saving the planet from Nazis! And capitalism and The Patriarchy! They should be getting medals, not getting arrested!

    / s

It would be nice to just leave off the ‘far’ Left. Just use Left. A “radical bookstore”. I wonder if their business license has that written on it. Shades of the Weather Underground. The past returns.

Toss a skunk through the door of that book store on a Thursday evening and watch the fun. They’ll never get the perfume out of it!

E Howard Hunt | July 18, 2023 at 10:33 am

The ACLU will probably argue cruel and unusual punishment if they can’t obtain their favored espressos and organic veggies in prison.