If you had to choose, what would you say is the worst aspect of the Biden administration?
In my view, it is the assault on civil liberties by the political establishment, the redefinition of justice as social justice and the inconsistent way in which the law is being applied now as a weapon to repress the Right. There is little difference now between DHS and the FBI and the Stasi.
“The Biden administration may soon recruit an army of private snoops to conduct surveillance that would be illegal if done by federal agents. As part of its war on extremism, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may exploit a “legal work-around” to spy on and potentially entrap Americans who are “perpetuating the ‘narratives’ of concern,” CNN reported last week. But federal informant programs routinely degenerate into “dollars for collars” schemes that reward scoundrels for fabricating crimes that destroy the lives of innocent Americans. The DHS plan would “allow the department to circumvent [constitutional and legal] limits” on surveillance of private citizens and groups. Federal agencies are prohibited from targeting individuals solely for First Amendment-protected speech and activities. But federal hirelings would be under no such restraint. Private informants could create false identities that would be problematic if done by federal agents.
DHS will be ramping up a war against an enemy which the feds have never clearly or competently defined. According to a March report by Biden’s office of the Director of National Intelligence, “domestic violent extremists” include individuals who “take overt steps to violently resist or facilitate the overthrow of the U.S. government in support of their belief that the U.S. government is purposely exceeding its Constitutional authority.” Perhaps like setting up a private informant scheme to evade constitutional restrictions on warrantless surveillance? …”
“WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security has begun implementing a strategy to gather and analyze intelligence about security threats from public social media posts, DHS officials said.
The goal is to build a warning system to detect the sort of posts that appeared to predict an attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 but were missed or ignored by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, the officials said.
The focus is not on the identity of the posters but rather on gleaning insights about potential security threats based on emerging narratives and grievances. So far, DHS is using human beings, not computer algorithms, to make sense of the data, the officials said. …”
This is a quote for history books.
John Cohen, assistant secretary of homeland security for counterterrorism, says that the Deep State is doing IS NOT policing thought and speech.
“Officials say they are taking a careful approach.
“Our job is not to police thought and speech — our job is to prevent acts of violence,” Cohen told lawmakers. …”
What should you think about a government that perceives you as a “domestic extremist” and treats you like a “domestic terrorist” and national security threat on the basis of your political and cultural views? What about a government that turns a blind eye to certain social classes that flagrantly break the law while using the same law as a weapon to trample on the rights of other social classes?