By effectively criminalizing dissent, this President, this FBI, and this Department of Justice are deliberately undermining one of the key pillars of our democratic republic – “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” That is language enshrined in the First Amendment to our Constitution. Tragically, it obviously means little to this administration and to those outside groups relying on the government to do their bidding.
Bob Barr | Posted: Oct 06, 2021 12:01 AM
When the U.S. House passed the USA PATRIOT Act in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks, privacy watchdogs, including myself, negotiated for a sunset clause to many of its provisions. We knew that as important as these powers were to quickly address the new threat of global terrorism, the longer they remained on the books the more likely they would be abused for non-terrorism purposes.
We were correct in our concern, but at the time none of us foresaw that such powerful tools would be used to thwart dissent at local PTA meetings. We now know otherwise.
Just last week, the National School Boards Association sent a letter to President Biden calling for a “joint collaboration among federal law enforcement agencies, state and local law enforcement,” to “examine appropriate enforceable actions against these crimes and acts of violence.”
4 Oct. 21 – FBI Admits It Doesn’t Track Antifa, BLM Violence
[Rep. Nancy ]Mace (R-SC) continued, asking”how many acts of violence or domestic terrorism has Antifa committed over the last two years?”
“Since we don’t categorize Antifa, nor do we calculate or collate information regarding Antifa, that movement, we don’t have that,” said [FBI Assistant Director of Counterterrorism Timothy Langan]
A… poll reveals that a majority of voters in the U.S. want Congress to carry out investigations into mass rioting in cities in the Summer of 2020 by BLM and Antifa groups, while significantly less are supportive of an investigation into the Capitol infiltration on January 6th 2021.