The Biden Administration just released a National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism. It should send a chill down the spine of anyone who rightly fears the abuse of state power to attack political enemies.
It is a plan to use our national security apparatus to criminalize conservatism. It is in no meaningful way a strategy aimed at Domestic Terrorism and the document reads more like a graduate thesis on Wokeness and Social Engineering. The term Orwellian is overused and often misused, but when you actually see a plan to use the full weight of the state to crush dissent, it is the only description that fits.
The “strategy” opens with some boilerplate from President Biden which the rest of the document then proves to be a lie.
“Americans hold a wide array of beliefs. That is part of what makes the United States such a diverse and extraordinary nation. Preserving and safeguarding constitutionally protected expression and freedom of association are national security priorities. Our rights and our historic liberties are an intrinsic part of what makes America strong. So this Strategy is narrowly tailored to focus specifically on addressing violence and the factors that lead to violence – violence that violates the law, threatens public safety, and infringes on the free expression of ideas.”
The strategy is narrowly tailored, but not on addressing violence. It’s aimed directly at taking away fundamental Constitutional rights by declaring them to be precursors to terrorist violence.
This is a perfect example of using the Alinsky Rules for Radicals which were devised for activist groups to use against their enemies. It’s even more horrifying to see them employed with the power and guns of the federal government backing them up.
Specifically, they are the following:
10. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.”
13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
The new government strategy is designed to put Constitutionally protected activities within the scope of terrorism investigations. It is chilling to watch them weave social engineering and Woke policies together with the no longer just implied threat of government intervention.
“These efforts speak to a broader priority: enhancing faith in government and addressing the extreme polarization, fueled by a crisis of disinformation and misinformation often channeled through social media platforms, which can tear Americans apart and lead some to violence.”
There went free speech. If they can decide what constitutes dis- and misinformation and team up officially with the tech tyrants who have a monopoly on our information space, free speech is dead.
“That means tackling racism in America. It means protecting Americans from gun violence and mass murders. It means ensuring that we provide early intervention and appropriate care for those who pose a danger to themselves or others. It means ensuring that Americans receive the type of civics education that promotes tolerance and respect for all and investing in policies and programs that foster civic engagement and inspire a shared commitment to American democracy, all the while acknowledging when racism and bigotry have meant that the country fell short of living up to its founding principles.”
There is a call for a full indoctrination into Wokeness for all Americans and the promise that a benevolent government will wrap its loving arms around you.
“Although the U.S. Government must do everything it can to address enduring challenges like racism and bigotry in America, the Federal Government alone cannot simply “solve” these challenges quickly or on its own. On the other hand, tackling the threat posed by domestic terrorism over the long term demands substantial efforts to confront the racism that feeds into aspects of that threat. We are, therefore, prioritizing efforts to ensure that every component of the government has a role to play in rooting out racism and advancing equity for under–served communities that have far too often been the targets of discrimination and violence. This approach must apply to our efforts to counter domestic terrorism by addressing underlying racism and bigotry.”
There are the marching orders to every element of state power about their role in this. That includes the Justice Department, Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. military, the Intelligence community, the IRS, Department of Education and every bureaucrat in every federal, state and local agency. Either you get on board with their antiracism agenda, or they will mow you down.
It’s worth asking the question “if they were actually trying to incite the most radical elements on the Right, what would they do differently”
They are proving correct every conspiracist who says the government is trying to take total control. It is a direct threat to punish anyone who does not get on board with the new Woke world. As always, they never let a crisis go to waste. Jan 6th was the excuse they needed to make all of this an issue of terrorism, not political differences.
The two main targets are ostensibly:
“racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists (principally those who promote the superiority of the white race) and militia violent extremists are assessed as presenting the most persistent and lethal threats.”
They give these acronyms to make them official as:
RMVE- Racially Motivated Violent Extremists
MVE- Militia Violent Extremists
They show their hand, and make sure to keep their Woke allies placated, by noting the only racial terrorism is White Supremacist. There is not a single reference, direct or oblique, to anyone but Whites as perpetrators of terror. Any other races and groups are only noted as potential victims.
“These actors have different motivations, but many focus their violence toward the same segment or segments of the American community, whether persons of color, immigrants, Jews, Muslims, other religious minorities, women and girls, LGBTQI+ individuals, or others. Their insistence on violence can, at times, be explicit. It also can, at times, be less explicit, lurking in ideologies rooted in a perception of the superiority of the white race that call for violence in furtherance of perverse and abhorrent notions of racial “purity” or “cleansing.”
The lack of any mention that a large amount of the violence against Jews and Asian-Americans has been conducted by Blacks is a major flaw from a threat assessment perspective. Nor is there a single reference to the year plus long spree of violence conducted by Black Lives Matter (BLM). Which while characterized as “mostly peaceful” caused $2B in damages, hundreds of police injured and dozens of people killed.
I cover this topic in depth in my new book Winning the Second Civil War: Without Firing a Shot. The very definition shows it is applicable to the BLM violence.
“Domestic terrorism: Violent, criminal acts committed by individuals and/or groups to further ideological goals stemming from domestic influences, such as those of a political, religious, social, racial, or environmental nature.”
BLM has successfully used actual violence and the threat of more to influence governments, businesses and individuals to achieve their policy objectives. But somehow none of this is worthy of the attention of the Biden Administration, quite obviously because they share the policy goals and are willing to excuse and obfuscate these activities.
The focus on White Supremacism while ignoring a massive wave of political violence to further the cause of another race is telling. It dovetails perfectly with the promotion of Critical Race Theory derived training for Federal agencies and the US military. These neoracist programs teach that there is systemic racism infecting all of America and all White people are complicit and therefore racist by benefitting.
The other main effort is against Militia Violent Extremists MVE and this includes the groups already accused of conspiracy regarding the Capitol Riot like the Oath Keepers, Three Percenters and Proud Boys. Aside from direct charges for criminal acts like assault and damage to property, the Biden team has stretched reality to include Constitutionally protected activities in the charges against these groups. I detailed this in a piece for Human Events called An Invented Insurrection.
“The government had to present their case to prove there was an insurrection planned for January 6th. Once this indictment saw the light of day, however, it was immediately apparent there was no insurrection and no conspiracy to commit illegal acts of any kind. In fact, the indictment has numerous instances of the so-called conspirators, members of a group known and the Oath Keepers and their associates, discussing the legality of certain actions, then specifically choosing to avoid violating the laws.
By the end of the three-hour riot at the Capitol, a number of actual crimes were committed, and those deserve punishment: such as destruction of government property and assaulting or impeding officers. But absent a conspiracy to commit an insurrection, and given a large amount of evidence that the intentions and most of the actions were entirely legal, what’s happening now is a massive injustice. Many of these people are being held without bail based more on their usefulness as pawns in this political play, than any actual ongoing threat. Even Members of Congress who according to DOJ, were the supposed targets of this have warned of prosecutorial overreach.
That is the extent of the government’s case. They caught this group of Oath Keepers and associates planning a trip to DC for a political rally, and used the actions of a few who on the spur of the moment broke into the Capitol to dub the whole thing a conspiracy.
The only conspiracy here is by the left to deprive their political opponents of their Constitutional rights.”
The Capitol Riot was not a planned attack on the Constitutional process or an insurrection. It was a political rally to petition the government for redress of grievances. It went overboard and the peaceable assembly turned violent. But there was no conspiracy of any pre-planned intent to physically attack or seize the Capitol building and the claims now in these indictments are an attempt to use this event to intimidate others on the political Right from exercising their rights.
There are even serious concerns that government informants and undercover operatives were involved in planning and even commanding and acting as some of those who stepped over the line and acted violently. Darren Beattie of Revolver News digs into the tell tale signs of this in the indictments.
“Revolver News is willing to address the matter directly in the following three questions:
• In the year leading up to 1/6 and during 1/6 itself, to what extent were the three primary militia groups (the Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys, and the Three Percenters) that the FBI, DOJ, Pentagon and network news have labeled most responsible for planning and executing a Capitol attack on 1/6 infiltrated by agencies of the federal government, or informants of said agencies?
• Exactly how many federal undercover agents or confidential informants were present at the Capitol or in the Capitol during the infamous “siege” and what roles did they play (merely passive informants or active instigators)?
• Finally, of all of the unindicted co-conspirators referenced in the charging documents of those indicted for crimes on 1/6, how many worked as a confidential informant or as an undercover operative for the federal government (FBI, Army Counterintelligence, etc.)?”
The Well Regulated Militia is a thorny topic that is woefully misunderstood by far too many people. In this policy, the Biden team seeks to subordinate the right guaranteed by the Second Amendment to its wishes and some state laws mostly designed to curb the Ku Klux Klan when it was in operation.
Sadly, the new Woke agenda would simply substitute in all who oppose their neoracist agenda for the Klan and be perfectly happy shutting down any group with any militia-like characteristics using these laws as the policy notes:
“such as how to make better use of laws that already exist in all fifty states prohibiting certain private “militia” activity, including state constitutional provisions requiring the subordination of the military to civil authorities, state statutes prohibiting groups of people from organizing as private military units without the authorization of the state government, and state statutes that criminalize certain paramilitary activity.”
There is a major Constitutional conflict inherent in this effort and it will involve the rock-solid evidence that the militia envisioned by the Second Amendment was specifically designed to be free of government control. This was another topic that got a deep dive in Winning the Second Civil War: Without Firing a Shot.
“THE MILITIA CALLS ITSELF UP
This is an area where the militia as described in the Second Amendment has a historical role. This topic was explored by Dr. Brad Patty in a piece for Security Studies Group called “A Theory of the Militia.” He considered the right of citizens to operate as a militia absent any call up from federal, state or local authorities. The well regulated militia in the Second Amendment is not beholden to any governmental control unless called up by a government entity. The citizens do have a right to essentially self-militia.
“Much more likely is when citizens come under attack by terrorists, insurrectionists, rioters, arsonists, or looters. In that case citizens are very likely to be the only force capable of responding in defense of the common peace and lawful order at least for a short time. In the recent crisis, however, we have seen several occasions when the police force vanished from afflicted areas of cities for the whole night or longer. Citizens who are left to themselves by a failure of state and local power have every right to defend the common peace and lawful order against those who would destroy it.”
They have the right to do so, but must accept the consequences of their actions when the government authorities eventually reassert control.
“Ordinary citizens who decide to call themselves or each other up as militia enjoy no immunity for their actions. They are formally held to the law. For those who suggest that police should be stripped of qualified immunity, the citizen-called militia thus offers an option which actually has a higher degree of legal accountability. They can be held strictly to ordinary law, even though they are likely to be acting in extraordinary circumstances.
Note that this may mean that citizens have to defend each other with the jury function. Ordinary self-defense law often does not permit the use of lethal force to defend property. When business owners are facing arsonists or looters and a police response is absent, however, more than private property is at stake.
Should a prosecutor fail to recognize that and bring charges against citizens who use their militia function in this way, other citizens as jurors have the duty to consider whether the state can rightly enforce its laws against the people who defended what the state abandoned. If jurors consider that their fellow citizens used good judgment and reasonable force in the face of the collapse of ordinary law, they should approve the action by acquitting the citizens.”
It is a painful day for this country when we are discussing insurrection and other forms of revolutionary activity as reality rather that hypotheticals. We risk these current skirmishes turning into large scales force on force violence unless we act smartly. How to channel that righteous anger into more productive channels is the main thrust of the rest of the book.”
The Biden team wants to use the federalist aspect of state laws which place restrictions on some paramilitary militia activity. This could allow them to build a counter to the Second Amendment by turning participation in any kind of a militia into a terrorist activity. If you don’t see gun grabbing as the inevitable follow up to that, you’re kidding yourself.
Many on the Right see the Second Amendment as the indispensable protector of all the others. Without arms to specifically enable a revolt against a potentially tyrannical government, the Constitution is just a bunch of high-falutin’ words on a dusty old parchment nobody reads any more.
This National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism is a clear declaration that the Biden Administration is going to sweep aside our Constitutionally protected liberties. They are using the cover of “terrorism” to aggregate state power in the most harmful way. They will use it to stop political dissent and opposition. There has not been a more harmful threat to America since the Civil War.