Biden administration finds new ‘domestic terrorists’.
My August 18, 2021 article, Biden’s Afghanistan Catastrophe Increases Terror Threat in US: Biden administration, meanwhile, focuses solely on “domestic extremists”, was published just a few weeks before the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 and was predicated on the August 13, 2021 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) press release titled, DHS Issues New National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin.
It was more than a bit disconcerting that the DHS press release focused entirely on the threats posed by domestic (American) extremists while blithely ignoring the threats posed by foreign terrorists.
Clearly the Biden administration views American citizens as more dangerous than foreign criminals or even international terrorist organizations who are likely flooding into the United States along our borders that Biden refuses to secure against the illegal and unvetted entry of hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens from countries from around the world each and every month.
Now, in a further outrageous expansion of this administration’s antipathy and indeed open hostility towards American citizens, on October 5, 2021 the Associated Press published a report,
Garland says authorities will target school board threats that began with this excerpt:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday directed federal authorities to hold strategy sessions in the next 30 days with law enforcement to address the increasing threats targeting school board members, teachers and other employees in the nation’s public schools.
In a memorandum, Garland said there has been “a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff who participate in the vital work of running our nation’s public schools.”
To address the rising problem, Garland said the FBI would work with U.S. attorneys and federal, state, local, territorial and tribal authorities in each district to develop strategies against the threats.
“While spirited debate about policy matters is protected under our Constitution, that protection does not extend to threats of violence or efforts to intimidate individuals based on their views,” he said.
This newest development is alarming on a number of levels.
To begin with, the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
While violence and the threat of violence is certainly not protected by the First Amendment and is unacceptable and illegal, the notion that the FBI would insert itself into situation’s where teachers or school board members felt intimidated is worrying. What constitutes intimidation?
Could parents threatening to vote out members of the school board or speaking loudly at a school board meeting be considered acts of intimation that could result in a visit from the FBI?
Also- while we are on the topic of intimidation, there is no mention that parents or students who felt intimated by actions or statements by teachers or school boards would be protected by the FBI or Mr. Garland. Indeed, who will protect American parents from the clear intimidation by Mr. Garland and the Biden administration?
The other part of this issue is that while Garland and Biden threaten to sic the FBI on parents who demonstrate understandable concerns about the the education and indoctrination of their own children, the overwhelmed FBI which already lacks adequate resources to conduct vital investigations into possible terror plots in the United States and rampant espionage committed by China and other adversarial nations will now how to prioritize the investigation of irate Americans who take their parenting responsibilities seriously.
America’s vulnerability to terror attacks have increased as I noted I’m recent article, Biden’s Catastrophic Policies: Immigration and Afghanistan: Shocking and dangerous parallels, Biden’s abruptly withdrawal of our military forces from Afghanistan before removing American civilians and Afghanis who had aided America for 20 years placed these vulnerable people in harm’s way. Coupled with Biden’s failure to remove or destroy tens of billions of dollars of American military hardware allowed some of our best military equipment to now fall into the hands of the Taliban and hence terrorist organizations and also provide our adversaries with access to our equipment so that they would be able to better understand our how weapons are made and to assess their strengths and weaknesses.
Biden also facilitated the release of more than 5,000 battle-hardened terrorists in Afghansitan who are back on the battle field and now pose an immediate threat to America and our allies.
Finally, Afghanistan is now a sanctuary for various international terrorist organizations thereby rolling back all of the hard-fought successes of America’s efforts over the past 20 years.
Meanwhile Biden’s refusal to secure America’s southern border or enforce our immigration laws from within the interior of the United States violates our laws, commonsense and the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 commission that came to equate border security with national security.
To understand how all of these issues overwhelm America’s capabilities to protect our nation and our citizens it is helpful to consider my May 7, 2019 article, Jihad At The Border: How the border crisis facilitates the entry of terrorists. in which I included the following excerpts:
Thus the ability of the already beleaguered U.S. Border Patrol to secure our porous and dangerous southern border has been diminished by 40%.
Those who study history, specifically World War II know that “D-Day,” also known as “Operation Overlord” was only successful because of a diversion created by the Allies known as the “Calais Deception” that was officially labeled “Operation Fortitude.”
General George Patton was put in charge of a phantom division that consisted of inflatable tanks and trucks that from the air, created the elaborate but false illusion of a large contingent of soldiers preparing to attack Germany at the Pas-de-Calais rather than at Normandy where the attack would actually be mounted.
The Germans were thus conned into splitting up their defensive forces, leaving Normandy vulnerable to the Allies on June 6, 1944.
Today our Border Patrol and, indeed, the entire immigration system, is being inundated by huge numbers of illegal aliens forcing the Border Patrol to deploy many of its agents to assignment that remove them from the primary mission of securing vast stretches of unsecured border.
Consequently, stretches of our southern border suffer a lack of resources to prevent the un-inspected entry of aliens and like narcotics and other contraband, including potentially weapons.
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On April 17, 2018 the House Committee on Homeland Security, Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee, conducted a hearing on the topic, “State Sponsors Of Terrorism: An Examination Of Iran’s Global Terrorism Network.”
The prepared testimony of one of the witnesses, Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, included this alarming excerpt:
In recent years, Hezbollah’s Latin American networks have also increasingly cooperated with violent drug cartels and criminal syndicates, often with the assistance of local corrupt political elites….
This toxic crime-terror nexus is fueling both the rising threat of global jihadism and the collapse of law and order across Latin America that is helping drive drugs and people northward into the United States. It is sustaining Hezbollah’s growing financial needs. It is helping Iran and Hezbollah consolidate a local constituency in multiple countries across Latin America. It is thus facilitating their efforts to build safe havens for terrorists and a continent-wide terror infrastructure that they could use to strike U.S. targets.
That article was published during the Trump administration as caravans of tens of thousands of aspiring illegal aliens were traveling up through Latin America, into Mexico and onward to the U.S/Mexican border.
My dad used to say that “Nothing is so bad it could not get worse or be so good it could not be made better. Since my articles that I reference above were published, Biden has, incredibly, found was to make things worse- far, far worse!
Now we could almost look back at those caravans with nostalgia as the Biden administration has, through words, deeds and executive orders, encouraged, aided and abetted a human tsunami of individuals from all over the world including aliens who are ill, have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and may be motivated to enter the United States for far more nefarious reasons that seeking economic opportunities. This would include fugitives from justice, members of the drug cartels and pernicious transnational gangs and terrorists.
On October 6, 2021 The Washington Times published a worrying report, Iran smuggling high-tech drones to militant allies, opposition group says. With the chaotic situation on the U.S./Mexican border, it is entirely possible that in addition to recored quantities of deadly narcotics flowing into the United States, weapons such as Iranian drones may also be entering the United States along with sleeper agents who would be trained and prepared to use those drones within American borders.
Additionally, the Biden administration now seeks to double the funding of the IRS and have enhanced authority to gain access to the banking records of American citizens even as it encourages illegal aliens to make a mockery of our borders and our immigration laws. This was the focus of my earlier article, Biden Administration Ramps Up IRS Enforcement: While encouraging massive immigration law violations.
In the days, months and even years after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 member of the political establishment from both sides of the aisle demanded to known, “Why didn’t anyone connect the dots” to prevent the deadly terror attacks.
The dots were connected though a series of Congressional hearings and the 9/11 Commission reports.
Yet today it would almost appear that for reasons I cannot begin to fathom, the Biden administration is doing whatever it can to operate in direct opposition to the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. Today, because of all of Biden’s actions- including the disaster in Afghanistan, in my judgement, America and Americans face an unparalleled vulnerability to international terror attacks even as the administration aggressively scrutinizes American citizens.
Our adversaries are thus emboldened and encouraged and our allies are gravely concerned. Biden’s approval ratings are sinking almost as fast as our ability to defend our own nation and our fellow Americans even as Americans may be interviewed by the FBI and asked, “Do you now, or have you ever in the past, belonged to the Parents’ Association?”
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