So basically the data viewed by Newsweek shows the FBI is putting those who do not have leftist views on the same level as Timothy McVeigh, an actual domestic terrorist.
Newsweek reported that the FBI is targeting supporters of President Donald Trump as threats to the 2024 election.
The FBI’s duties include domestic terrorism. You know, like those rowdy, insane parents at school board meetings! Or even traditional Catholics!
But what is domestic terrorism? Timothy McVeigh is a domestic terrorist. The Weather Underground was a terrorist group. There were a lot of domestic terrorist groups in the 1970s.
Well, the agency isn’t supposed to specifically target a political party, but the info Newsweek received, showed the majority of targets are Trump supporters:
In a joint report to Congress this June, the Bureau and the Department of Homeland Security say that “Threats from…DVEs [domestic violent extremists] have increased in the last two years, and any further increases in threats likely will correspond to potential flashpoints, such as high-profile elections and campaigns or contentious current events.”
The FBI and DHS report concludes: “Sociopolitical developments—such as narratives of fraud in the recent general election, the emboldening impact of the violent breach of the U.S. Capitol, conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and conspiracy theories promoting violence—will almost certainly spur some domestic terrorists to try to engage in violence.”
The threats listed in that paragraph are all clearly associated with America’s right and in particular with Trump’s MAGA supporters. Right after January 6, the FBI co-authored a restricted report (“Domestic Violent Extremists Emboldened in Aftermath of Capitol Breach, Elevated Domestic Terrorism Threat of Violence Likely Amid Political Transitions and Beyond”) in which it shifted the definition of AGAAVE (“anti-government, anti-authority violent extremism”) from “furtherance of ideological agendas” to “furtherance of political and/or social agendas.” For the first time, such groups could be so labeled because of their politics.
They’re treating those not on the left (because who are we kidding..you know it’s anyone who does not share the left’s views) on the same level as McVeigh:
“The FBI is in an almost impossible position,” says a current FBI official, who requested anonymity to discuss highly sensitive internal matters. The official said that the FBI is intent on stopping domestic terrorism and any repeat of the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. But the Bureau must also preserve the Constitutional right of all Americans to campaign, speak freely and protest the government. By focusing on former president Trump and his MAGA (Make America Great Again) supporters, the official said, the Bureau runs the risk of provoking the very anti-government activists that the terrorism agencies hope to counter.
“Especially at a time when the White House is facing Congressional Republican opposition claiming that the Biden administration has ‘weaponized’ the Bureau against the right wing, it has to tread very carefully,” says the official.
Well, the FBI is not treading carefully. Director Christopher Wray said domestic terrorism threats similar to the Capitol Hill Riot are “not going away anytime soon.”
I guess I’m a domestic terrorist since I’m an anarchist and traditional Catholic.
In October 2022, the FBI added “AGAAVE-Other” as a subcategory. People who do not fit the agency’s definition of “anarchist, militia or Sovereign Citizen groups” get shoved into the subcategory.
The definition: “domestic violent extremists who cite anti-government or anti-authority motivations for violence or criminal activity not otherwise defined, such as individuals motivated by a desire to commit violence against those with a real or perceived association with a specific political party or faction of a specific political party.”
The data showed AGAAVEs make up 31% of the FBI’s investigations. Cases marked as AGAAVE and civil unrest make up 60% of investigations.
Notice how they overuse the words “violent” and “violence.” How do they define those words?
Experts know we live in a partisan country right now, but some don’t think the FBI should approach the problems as “terrorism.”
Top expert Brian Michael Jenkins: “The current political environment is not something that the FBI is necessarily responsible for, nor should it be.”
The FBI is trying to justify everything:
In a statement to Newsweek, the FBI said: “The threat posed by domestic violent extremists is persistent, evolving, and deadly. The FBI’s goal is to detect and stop terrorist attacks, and our focus is on potential criminal violations, violence and threats of violence. Anti-government or anti-authority violent extremism is one category of domestic terrorism, as well as one of the FBI’s top threat priorities.” The FBI further said, “We are committed to protecting the safety and constitutional rights of all Americans and will never open an investigation based solely on First Amendment protected activity, including a person’s political beliefs or affiliations.”
One FBI agent said Trump and his supporters are a threat, but:
Another senior intelligence official who requested anonymity told Newsweek, “We’ve crossed the Rubicon.” In emailed responses to questions, he said, “Trump’s army constitutes the greatest threat of violence domestically…politically…that’s the reality and the problem set. That’s what the FBI, as a law enforcement agency, has to deal with. But whether Trump and his supporters are a threat to national security, to the country, whether they represent a threat of civil war? That’s a trickier question. And that’s for the country to deal with, not the FBI.”
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