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Domestic Terrorism Bill Targets Patriot Groups and Citizen Militias
By Joe Jarvis - February 10, 2018

To authorize dedicated domestic terrorism offices within the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to analyze and monitor domestic terrorist activity and require the Federal Government to take steps to prevent domestic terrorism.

That’s the text of a bill introduced in Congress on February 2nd called the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2018.

The FBI defines domestic terrorism as “U.S.-based movements that espouse extremist ideologies of a political, religious, social, racial, or environmental nature.”

But what is an extremist ideology? It’s easy to see on one end of the spectrum, once violence happens. But the FBI sees the progression as “crossing the line from First Amendment protected rights to committing crimes to further their political agenda.”

It sounds like they are saying speaking out is a precursor to terrorism. Exercising rights is suspicious.

The bill makes repeated reference to “patriot” groups as well as “anti-government militias.”

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, in 2015, for the first time in 5 years, the number of hate groups in the United States rose by 14 percent. The increase included a more than twofold rise in the number of Ku Klux Klan chapters. The number of anti-government militias and “patriot” groups also grew by 14 percent in 2015.

The problem is that one government agency already targeted innocent people based on their affiliation to the word “patriot.” The IRS targeted Tea Party Patriots for scrutiny and intimidation by asking intrusive questions far out of the purview of tax collectors.

Now government policing agencies want to associate “patriots” and militias with the KKK and other racist groups. This bill throws out a large net, and innocent people are going to get caught up in it.

“Anti-government militias” and white supremacists should absolutely not be under the same label. They have entirely different motivations. The militias are defensive, seeking to protect themselves from government abuse. History has proven the need for a robust check on government military and policing power.

In fact without militia-like entities, Cliven Bundy and his family may be in prison or dead right now.

Yet Bundy was recently cleared after extensive corruption of the FBI and Bureau of Land Management was revealed in their attempts to prosecute Cliven Bundy. We know these agencies are politically motivated. We know they often have ulterior motives for targeting people.

The government pushes this bill as a response to 77 deaths by domestic extremists in the USA since September 11, 2001, and 255 deaths from right-wing extremists since 1993.

In 1993 alone the government killed 77 people in one incident during the Waco siege! Without Bundy’s “militia” they may have done the same to him and his family.

So-called “anti-government militias” seem like a better way to keep people safe than new powers for the Department of Homeland Security.

Antifa vs. White Supremacists

It shouldn’t be a problem that the bill targets white supremacists. They are after all responsible for violence, including the tragic killing spree carried out by Dyan Roof on a church congregation.

But “Trump supporter” is now synonymous with “white supremacist” to the mainstream media. How often do you hear people throw out the charge of “racism!” when something has nothing to do with race?

Antifa is a far-left group of fascists that call themselves anti-fascists. They ironically claim to be against fascism while destroying property and violently attacking anyone who disagrees with them. But all too often protesters are grouped in with these rioters.

The bill cites these two extremist caricatures. But they apply these monikers to much broader segments of the population than they actually encompass.

For example, a protest–protected free speech–may quickly be labeled an Antifa riot or a white supremacist rally because of the affiliation of 1% of the protesters.

These relatively tiny groups are being magnified by the media.

And it is difficult to get exact numbers on the movements.

But the Antifa facebook page has a worldwide following of under 282,000. With 2.2 billion active users, that is less than one-tenth of one percent of Facebook users that show support for Antifa.

As for white supremacists, according to ADL:

During the recent surge of right-wing extremist activity in the United States that began in 2009, white supremacists did not grow appreciably in numbers, as anti-government extremists did, but existing white supremacists did become more angry and agitated, with a consequent rise of serious white supremacist violence.

See what they did there?

While admitting that the white supremacist numbers haven’t grown, they associate “anti-government extremists” with racist hate groups. Given that they claim this right-wing extremism grew in 2009, they are likely referring to Tea Party groups. To them, being pro-limited government, and anti-government oppression equals “anti-government extremist.”

Government Incitement

Skeptics think the government actually created or radicalized Antifa and white supremacist groups. This allows them to associate peaceful protesters on the left and the right with actual violent extremists. By radicalizing tiny elements of groups who have good reason to protest the government, they create strawmen to argue against and use to justify bills like the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act.

They can’t outlaw peaceful protests. But they can insert violent extremists–or agent provocateurs–into every rally, and use that as an excuse to shoot tear gas and call in the riot police.

A 2014 report from Human Rights Watch found government agents are directly involved in most high profile US terror plots.

The FBI often targeted particularly vulnerable people, including those with intellectual and mental disabilities and the indigent. The government, often acting through informants, then actively developed the plot, persuading and sometimes pressuring the targets to participate, and provided the resources to carry it out…

The US has also made overly broad use of material support charges, punishing behavior that did not demonstrate an intent to support terrorism. The courts have accepted prosecutorial tactics that may violate fair trial rights, such as introducing evidence obtained by coercion, classified evidence that cannot be fairly contested, and inflammatory evidence about terrorism in which defendants played no part – and asserting government secrecy claims to limit challenges to surveillance warrants.

In one case, they charged a man with material support for providing military gear to terrorists because he had waterproof socks in his luggage.

Domestic Terrorism

A Huffington Post article draws concern about the increase in white supremacist domestic terrorism. In 2017 white supremacists murdered 18 people, while in 2016 white supremacists killed only 7.

Every one of those deaths is a tragedy. But with such small numbers, the statistics tell us nothing. Any given American has an effective 0.000006% chance of becoming the murder victim of a white supremacist.

Two victims in those statistics were the parents of the killer’s ex-girlfriend, who had convinced their daughter to break up with her racist boyfriend. Again, I am not minimizing the horror white supremacists inflict on those around them.

But it is misleading to classify that as a domestic terrorist attack. And it seems unlikely that a dedicated domestic terrorism office within the Department of Homeland security would have prevented it.

To be clear, I am not concerned about the government targeting white supremacists. The problem is labeling people white supremacists in order to monitor them. For instance, the bill uses right-wing extremist and white supremacist almost interchangeably. And then it throws in some “anti-government”.

Well, they might very well consider being against the government’s violence “anti-government.”

Comparatively, it is amazing that they are concerned about 387 people killed by domestic terrorists over the last decade (Note: this Huffington Post number is higher than government figures because it includes domestic attacks attributed to foreign movements like ISIS).

They left out the biggest domestic terrorist organization of all. Conveniently, no government organization tracks the number of people killed by the police. But the Washington Post has tracked American police killings since 2015.

In 2015-2017 American police killed a total of 2,945 people. It took only three years for police to kill more than seven times the number of people killed in all domestic terrorist attacks in the last ten years.

All Boiled Down:

The actual threat of domestic terrorism is greatly exaggerated. Federal law enforcement already engages in entrapment tactics, which would likely expand under the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act. The government’s propensity towards violence is actually a larger threat to Americans than domestic terrorism. Their targetting blurs the lines between peaceful activists/ concerned citizens and Antifa/ white supremacists.

To protect innocent people exercising free speech and freedom of expression from intrusive surveillance and targetting by dangerous government organizations, this bill should be rejected.

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  • ninefingersgrapes .

    Another ‘system’ to limit freedom’s, like the unquestioned, recently passed FISA bill. Does not congress look out for US common people’s? They sure as the devil look out for themselves(pensions, insider trading, etc) and their high-paying industrial contributors (these people get action as requested, while the populace get stiffed!!!)
    Time to remove all congress-?persons and be replaced with conservatives or similar beliefs

    • Don Duncan

      Replacing congress is treating the symptom, not the root cause, i.e., faith in force applied by an elite elected/appointed. The paradigm of using violence, threat thereof, and then lying to make it appear justified, is worldwide. And it fails everwhere.
      Anyone who advocates a new paradigm using reason, voluntary interaction, and force only in retaliation is characterized as advocating chaos. This is especially ironic since the present system is the chaotic one.

    • Poppo

      They “look out” for the “Ruling Elite”. Period.

    • excellent comment

  • Poppo

    Bottom Line: If you oppose the illegal and overreaching acts of the Federal Government in their pursuit of Socialism or One World Government you will be deemed guilty of terrorism. That includes any criticism of the Ruling Elite (i.e. The Clinton’s, The FBI, The CIA, The Democrats, Turncoat Rinos, or any collusion with or support of President Donald J. Trump.

  • 45clive

    This sort of thing will continue to be ratcheted up until the truth about 9/11 is accepted by government and the media. 9/11 did more to create a “them versus us” situation than perhaps anything in modern history. It certainly has shaped the modern world.

  • And why does the SPLC never mention Black lives Matter and ANTIFA as terror groups ?

    Realize this fact : during the same exact time frame as the Burns/Bundy group protest , Black Lives Matter was actually burning down cities, attacking many people and even a killed several. While at Burns the Bundy crew never destroyed any physical property at all, never threatened anybody, and never attacked not even one person for any reason. Yet the Black lives matter criminals were invited to the WH and treated as heros which gave them tacit approval to continue their insane rampages of extreme violence. In the end Finicum was murdered and all the Bundy crew were wrongly imprisoned and eventually all charges found to be bogus after years of imprisonment ? so who is bullshitting who in this zoo we call USA today ? The only crime the Bundy crew committed was in fact tresspass and how many crimes were committed by Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA during that same time frame ? In fact the Burns/Bundy event was simply a protest with zero violence except against them in spades by their own government that was enabling the real criminals at the same time in spades !

    http://www.downtoearththinking.com/the-nevada-kangaroo-court-of-injustice.html

    Wake the hell up people before you can’t !

    • Marten

      We are outnumbered, Patriots, by Imbeciles, non-readers and television Slaves…….” The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference”…Bess Myerson

    • Joe Jarvis

      Great points, thank you!

    • James Higginbotham

      your are 1000% RIGHT.
      all this HAS TO COME TO A HEAD SOONER RATHER THAN LATER.
      just because Congress passes some UNCONSTITUTIONAL BILL, WE THE PEOPLE DON’T HAVE TO OBEY IT OR THE GOVT.
      we the people are THE SOVEREIGN, NOT SOME OUTLAW GOVT OR IT’S AGENTS JUST BECAUSE OF SOME BILL CONGRESS PASSES.
      now if the President SIGNS THIS GARBAGE? THEN I AM DONE.

      • Let there be no doubt we are NOT obligated to follow any illegal order or law, ever ! In fact we are obligated by or own Constitution and Bill of Rights to not do such by any means necessary to us.

        If we do anything less we deserve exactly what we get and are little more than whipped dogs and quite worthless !

        • James Higginbotham

          as we said.

  • Jolly Roger

    “To be clear, I am not concerned about the government targeting white supremacists”

    Why not? They’re perfectly within their rights to feel as they do, and express those feelings, and when their rights are violated, yours are threatened, regardless of what you believe.

    Either we have a Bill of Rights or we don’t, and if the author is happy with the government infringing on some of our rights, where does it stop, and who makes that decision? If you think it’s acceptable for the government to target the free speech rights of white supremacists or anyone else, you should find yourself a communist country to live in. There’s no place for you in America.

    • SnakePlissken

      The author is simply saying that to protect himself from the PC Police. If he didn’t, people would accuse him (and the Bell) of supporting racism.

      • Qoquaq En Transic

        They do that anyway.

  • Good read and some common sense invoked. Something we are clearly short of here in USA today. But you did miss a greater point that I point out below and nobody seems to have realized it or pointed it out, except me ? Just saying there is more to the story and it is so incredibly obvious it is akin to letting the snake bite you because you did not see it because you had your eyes closed yet knew the snake was right in front of you and hissing his warning ?

  • SnakePlissken

    This is the same thing the gubmint did to suppress people involved in the civil rights struggle of the ’60s. They couldn’t arrest them for free speech, so they arrested them for pot or ‘terrorism’.

  • SnakePlissken

    Going after real terrorists takes a lot of work. Rounding up citizens who criticize the gubmint is easy and cheap, and it helps justify expanding budgets.

    • Paul_Morphy

      That’s why the benchmark for hate is whatever Southern Poverty Law says it is. In yet another breaking news story, lung cancer may be linked to cigarette smoking.

  • SnakePlissken

    Everybody has a right to their own beliefs, even if they’re wrong or stupid. Marxism tries to control people’s minds to ‘fix’ politically incorrect thought crime. White supremacists are too small a group to have any political power or real impact. The best thing to do is just ignore them. BUT, if you can label them ‘terrorists’, now you can get bigger budgets and build your own team and you’re that much closer to a corner office on the 10th floor.

  • Ingold Inglorion

    Oh let me guess….Antifa(g) and BLM will get a pass. Again.

    • NobodysaysBOO

      “KILL WHITE PEOPLE” is a real live threat and they will do it more every day until they get killed.

  • Joelg

    “In fact without militia-like entities, Cliven Bundy and his family may be in prison or dead right now.”

    That is probably the whole point of the legislation, to do on the domestic front preemptively what Bush II and Cheney did to Iraq based on weapons of mass destruction (that did not exist outside of intel fabrications) and what Hillary et al. did to Libya based on another set of intel fabrications of imminent massacres. They should rename the legislation: The Domestic Opposition Eradication Bill.

    “The FBI defines domestic terrorism as “U.S.-based movements that espouse extremist ideologies of a political, religious, social, racial, or environmental nature.” But what is an extremist ideology?”

    The top echelons of the FBI define extremist ideology as “Donald Trump,” and his so-called conspiracy in collusion with a foreign country to destroy USA democracy and elections. I think this bill is retroactive amnesty to the DNC/Deep State cabal to destroy Trump.

  • Joelg

    Germany’s Weimar Republic in the 1920s had similar legislation that allowed the German government to spy on and clamp down on both the left and the right. But it did not stop Hitler’s National Socialist extremist party from defeating the communist extremists. At that point, in the 1930s, the legal and police status apparatus of the Weimar Republic was beefed up and rebranded as the Gestapo. In short, this type of legislation has the longer term consequence of allowing whomever is in power to legally run the police state and impose their values on the rest of society. Would be far better to go the old biblical route and just have laws defining crimes based upon actions. Like murder, theft, destruction of property and drop all the ideological labels. What does it matter if you are murdered by a White supremacist, a Black Panther or Black Power supremacist, or a color-blind thief?

    • WinChll

      Do you not recall DHS under J. Napolitano labelled patriots, preppers, Constitutionalists, gun advocates as threats?

      Been posting for a while we’ve been in a Weimar state of mind.

      • Joelg

        Thank you for the reminder, Winchll. I had expelled that sack of garbage from my memory. Just the tip of the iceberg of the politicization of DHS, CIA, FBI, etc. under Obama and his band of Saul Alinsky activists, Neo-cons and cultural Marxists. Which is the reason to expel ideological labels like racial, gender, environmental justice and hate crimes and keep to real simple real crimes like murder, property destruction, etc. Of course, the whole intent of all the cultural Marxist PC conformity and hate crime baggage is to divide the USA into warring camps to fulfill their goals. I’ll say it again, it matters little whether you are vandalized or murdered by a White Supremacist, a Black Panther or Black Power extremist, or a color-blind thief. The end results such as property destruction and murder are the same and should be treated the same under the law.

  • ED.F

    Who wrote this bill is the first question.If Trump passes this then he is part and parcel of the NWO group.I will never vote again.
    Governments are getting way to big.Government it self is,are the enemy of the people period..Banksters as well.but I won’t get into that subject.
    Govt,s the world over are suppressing individuals rights in every manner they can get away with.U.S.,Germany,Venezuela,Sweden,Cypress,Greece,the countries go on and on.The reasons,terrorism,(funded by govt.s).refugees-(because govt.s like to start wars).$$$ because govt.s spend at will (hyperinflation).These reasons are the FAULTS of govt.s themselves!!
    So who’s the real terrorist here! Now wonder why people are tired of govt.
    Don’t even mention TAXES !
    Look at the hypocrisy in the U.S. alone with our govt. Russian collusion,how pathetic,the very PEOPLE who are supposed to uphold the LAWS,themselves are the criminal,s..DNC shot itself in both feet!..Bundy case was dispicable,So glad they beat the govt..that judge better be careful.These two examples are clear evidence of the corruption in govt. in the so called greatest nation in the world.
    I’m sure I’m on some watch list just for commenting on this site and the fact I own firearms.
    WAKE UP PEOPLES,turn the stupid tv OFF and educate yourselves.

    • James Higginbotham

      right you are.

    • Heretic Jones

      Appreciate your comment on voting. It’s tough to break free from all the propaganda about voting being a civic duty when all voting seems to do is get us more government. After all, voting is a state apparatus in that our choices are all but made for us.

  • Bad bills and rotten laws create purging revolutions with the masses doing other than their masters thought they were enabled and expected to do. To be a tool and fool in charge of a rabble is a recipe for disasters which will not see many corrupt and complicit leaders survive.

    Such missteps and misunderestimations are a madness confirmed in perverted systems with intelligence AWOL and/or MIA elsewhere .

  • Heretic Jones

    This slow-motion advancement to global socialism is occurring just as scripted by the cartel – the Fabians (with a turtle as their mascot and a wolf in sheeps clothing on their crest), the banksters and oiligarchs in CFR and their state puppets… The script reads right out of Orwell or the Report from Iron Mountain or some UN Agenda…

    What’s most incredible is how useful in advancing this agenda the people seem to be in their idiocy. Sad day when this bill is passed and those of us writing comments such as this are flagged and put on a DHS list. Maybe we’re already flagged…

  • NobodysaysBOO

    lock and load they are importing ALIENS for this!!!
    join your LOCAL Alien Removal Teams!!!
    or call terminex?

  • WinChll

    The nationalist President Trump may well fall under this anti-terror Bill. May he veto it

  • Danny338

    The government, federal especially but also states, has no business targeting anyone for anything unless they have committed a crime. AND by “crime,” I mean having violated someone else’s life, liberty, or property. The author of this article may not be concerned with the government targeting white supremacists or other people, but he should be. Once you have ratified the idea that it is acceptable for government to target a person because of their ideology, or to put it another way because of what they believe, then it is only a matter of time before the government targets you.

    • Heretic Jones

      Maybe it’s time to take seriously the current examples of stateless societies across the world and/or look further into the abundant literature on the relative merits of statist debt slavery versus a stateless society based on self-ownership, free association, and non-aggression.

      • Razedbywolvs

        I love the idea and i think it’s a grate goal to work towards. But the idea has some big problems.
        A state derives power from theft, so a stateless society cant ever gain enough recourses to defend against the theft of the state.
        Jim Bell came up with a solution to this problem called “Assassination markets”… so lets skip that idea.
        The only way to achieve a stateless society is to be so much of a pain in the ass that including you in that state is less of a benefit than excluding you.
        That would be easy if you would violate a principal to vote for a shitloard, but you wont. Even tho you violate your principals every time you pay sales tax.
        The NAP followers have pretty much isolated themselves to using only agorism as a solution. Grate idea if you want to be free in 300 years.
        At this point were all pretty much stuck hording unpasteurized milk waiting for the economic collapse.

  • TheShaft

    “Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories regarding the attacks of September 11..”,.. Because if, then what

    Or,..

    Today, everybody is that guy in a cave

    • Paul Patriot

      I tell folks that make ignorant statements about 9/11 being a conspiracy, to do more research into 9/11 before calling it “outrageous conspiracy theories”

  • Nobody

    I guess this means dhs will be arresting dea, fbi, atf, DAs, us attorneys, judges, police and sheriffs???

  • Funny, last time I looked the US Constitution recognizes the “militia” and supports it in several places…. Ever hear of the “militia clause”?

  • lewagner

    Too bad though that this site seems to believe that all the Reality News TV Show “Mass Killing” series episodes are actually real news.

  • Jeff Hill

    Anti-Government Militia. That, friends, is the classic definition oxymoron. Now, the first problem is that citizens forming up as defensive groups are just groups of people exercising their basic, natural right of defense. It is the manipulative media and ignorant liars like the SPLC that cannot comprehend what a “well regulated Militia” is. It IS part of the state government, commanded by the governor whose officers are appointed by the State. (see Article 1, Section 8, Clause 16) It IS “composed of the body of the people trained to arms.” (see section 13 of the 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights for the definition). The constitutional duties of the Militia may be found in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15 of the US Constitution. The best reason for its existence may be found by reading section 451 of Joseph Story’s Commentaries on the Constitution. An honest and objective reading of Article 1, Section 10, Clause 3 and Article 1, Section 8, Clause 12 will quickly disabuse one of the notion that 10 US Code Section 246 is congruent with the US Constitution. It is not. See the books by Dr Edwin Vieira Jr on the subject if one desires to shed their ignorance.

  • Legatus legionis

    This bill does not make sense because the Department of Homeland Security presently has the lawful authority to assess various organizations like ANTIFA for a finding of Domestic Terrorism.

  • russhenry

    Who wrote and sponsored the bill? We need names and phone numbers of Congressmen!

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