Biden admin. announces plans to overhaul government’s approach to domestic terrorism, ordering intel agencies to conduct a “comprehensive threat assessment” into what officials say has become a pressing national security challenge.https://t.co/lzF7YuMs54— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 22, 2021
NEW: Press Sec. Psaki announces Biden admin. efforts to combat domestic violent extremism:— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 22, 2021
• DNI to oversee a “comprehensive threat assessment”
• “Build NSC capability” to counter extremism, disrupt extremist networks
• Coordination among federal depts. on evolving threats pic.twitter.com/yd7DQZgIMW
JUST IN: Pres. Biden asks Director of National Intelligence to prepare “comprehensive threat assessment,” in coordination with FBI and DHS, on domestic violent extremism following deadly Capitol siege, press sec. Jen Psaki says. https://t.co/g8lOCVhvFm pic.twitter.com/V4CMBQRrty— ABC News (@ABC) January 22, 2021
When asked if President Biden has anything to say about the recent riots in the PNW, @jrpsaki said she has not spoken with him about it and their national security team is “closely monitoring” the situation. pic.twitter.com/qAvZ7PioL5— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 22, 2021
I think Neoliberal Joe is making a huge political mistake here.
“WASHINGTON — In the wake of the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, President Joe Biden is directing the intelligence community to assess the threat of domestic violent extremism in the U.S. and explore new policies to confront extremist networks.
A three-pronged effort, unveiled Friday by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, includes tasking the Office of the Director of National Intelligence with leading a “comprehensive threat assessment” to help shape policies to address the rise of domestic violent extremism. The FBI and Department of Homeland Security will consult on the work.
“The Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol and the tragic deaths and destruction that occurred underscored what we have long known,” Psaki said. “The rise of domestic violent extremism is a serious and growing national security threat. The Biden administration will confront this threat with the necessary resources and resolve.” …”
Let’s count the ways:
1.) The lack of trust in the political establishment and the mainstream media and unpopular neoliberal policies is the cause of the proliferation of “extremism” and conspiracy theories. Will a domestic war on terror restore that lost trust or will it boomerang and accelerate radicalization?
2.) There is a huge difference between al-Qaeda and ISIS and “domestic extremism” namely that those people are American citizens protected by the Constitution. The “Far Right” is also extremely cynical about American politics and usually sits out elections. A domestic war on terror would be shortlived because it would galvanize the “Far Right” vote against the Democrats in the 2022 midterms.
3.) Is any of this constitutional and would it stand up to scrutiny at the Supreme Court? Would Republican AGs get involved and sue? How is this anything but a gift to the GOP?
4.) In spite of being labeled a “fascist,” Donald Trump never created a police state. The Blumpf threat was highly exaggerated. Do the Democrats want to run on establishing a dictatorship in 2022? Joe’s police state could also set a precedent that could be used against the Left.
5.) Is there anything more “fascist” and un-American than censorship and trying to criminalize your political opposition? Do we need a new Patriot Act or a domestic War on Terror to stop the QAnon Shaman or the MAGAs taking selfies in the Capitol?
6.) Is there any evidence that this is what voters are concerned about right now or is it another issue that only resonates with DILEs? Why is the Biden administration focused on issues like, say, transsexuals in women’s sports, open borders, amnesty for illegal aliens, climate change extremism, etc?
7.) More people died from COVID today alone than have died from “domestic violent extremism” in the last thirty years. Neoliberal Joe came out today and said that actually nothing can be done about the real issue. The threat of “far right terrorism” is being wildly exaggerated.
8.) Joe told us at his inauguration that “we’ve learned again that democracy is precious, democracy is fragile, and at this hour my friends, democracy has prevailed.” He called for “unity.” If you are treating American citizens like ISIS or al-Qaeda and creating a Green Zone in Washington, DC, can you honestly cast yourself as the defender of democracy? Are you better than Blumpf?
9.) Joe Biden was elected president because enough White men changed their minds about Trump to give him a chance. Would a domestic war on terror against White men alienate swing voters?
10.) Finally, the party in power usually loses midterm elections, Democrats are at a disadvantage due to redistricting and they are clinging to a 50/50 Senate and a razor thin House majority. The Democrats also lost House seats in the 2020 elections. Is this worth risking the narrow Democratic majority in Congress? Does establishing a dictatorship help or hurt moderate Democrats win elections?
The overwhelming majority of the people who hold these “extremist” views and who are disgruntled keep it to themselves. Even if every leader of the disaffected was arrested or sued into oblivion, those people would be incensed and it would lead to an enormous political backlash. This isn’t smart on any level. It is emotionally satisfying, however, to the most awful people in the country who are already disliked.
Note: This isn’t a comprehensive list of all the reasons why this is unwise and counterproductive. These are just my immediate thoughts.