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At a tense House Judiciary Committee meeting on March 16, Democrats renewed their drive for an injection of domestic counterterrorism resources for the Justice Department, FBI, and Department of Homeland Security, with Republicans pushing back.
At the March 16 markup, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) praised the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2021, claiming that it is necessary to combat white supremacy.
“The Department of Justice has a variety of statutory authority to prosecute domestic terrorists, including white supremacists, but it is evident that the Department has not pursued a sufficient number of these cases,” Nadler stated.
“This bill would provide the Department of Justice with the tools it needs to track, identify, and prosecute domestic terrorist cases, as well as the data it needs to focus on the most serious threats.”
Nadler claimed that the House passed domestic counterterrorism legislation by voice vote in 2020, but that the bill “languished in the Senate.”
Republicans, for their part, were adamantly opposed to the law, questioning the necessity to give multibillion-dollar federal bureaucracy more power and resources.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) cautioned his Democratic colleagues that national security measures intended to combat terrorism are frequently utilized to oppress domestic populations instead.
“The gravest threat to our country, in my opinion, is the inward turning of those national security authorities that we had intended for terrorists in faraway regions against our own people.” And now that you’re in power, my friends, you’re attempting to weaponize these institutions against individuals who oppose your worldview,” Gaetz remarked.
“However, keep in mind that today, when the DOJ and FBI are both left-leaning, it may seem nice. They used to be right-leaning, though. He claimed that “the FBI used to be fundamentally a white nationalist institution.”
“With some of these same authority, they attacked Martin Luther King Jr., Marcus Garvey, and Malcolm X.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland’s decision in October to open an investigation into violence at school board meetings, according to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), is proof that the threat to his constituents is real.
Jordan pointed out that Garland’s decision was influenced by a letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA), which described protesting parents as domestic terrorist threats and urged the FBI to apply PATRIOT Act legislation. The National Basketball Association has now apologized and retracted the letter, but Garland has refused to recant his memo or stop the federal investigation.
“What these folks accomplished last fall will be placed in place by this bill,” Jordan added, referring to the school board debacle.
In response to Jordan, Nadler stated that the NSBA had apologized for the letter, and questioned why Republicans were discussing it.
“You’re making my case for me,” Jordan explained to the chairman, indicating that his issue is with Garland for continuing to undertake a federal probe.
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) offered an amendment to the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act to address Garland’s current investigation. The amendment would prevent the FBI from tracking incidents involving school board violence. The FBI has been documenting all of these cases with the internal tag EDUOFFICIALS, which functions similarly to a Twitter hashtag and indicates that law enforcement agencies are working together on several investigations.
Nadler voted against the proposed amendment, claiming that it was pointless to have a carveout in the measure for a single probe. Other Democrats emphasized the importance of looking into school board threats and other related issues.
Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) said one of the reasons he’s fighting for this bill is because a school in his district received a bomb threat last week. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-NY) accused Republicans of being “soft on terrorism” as long as terrorists are on their side.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) reacted by referencing John Cohen, the Department of Homeland Security’s counterterrorism chief, who told legislators last November that his agency had discovered no evidence of growing violence against educators.
“We contacted state and local law enforcement agencies.” At school board meetings and in educational facilities, there have been a few occasional incidents of violence. However, according to the information we got, state and local law enforcement were not seeing much activity,” Cohen said in November.
The markup was suspended around 1:30 p.m. to allow several legislators to attend a White House signing ceremony, and it was not resumed until the publishing of this article.
The U.S. government is covertly recruiting Google, which maintains access to swaths of Americans’ personal data and information, to surveil their web searches, a new report from Forbes suggests.
For years, the federal government has quietly demanded that the Big Tech search engine company hand over user data on anyone who conducts online searches using key terms. In 2017, a Minnesota judge OKed a warrant directing Google to expose user data for anyone in Edina who searched a certain fraud victim’s name. In a similar request in 2020, investigators demanded the Silicon Valley giant reveal information about “anyone who had searched for the address of an arson victim who was a witness in the government’s racketeering case against singer R Kelly.”
In the most recently publicized warrant, which was accidentally unsealed by the U.S. Department of Justice last month and then quickly resealed, the government reportedly demanded to see the personal account information and IP addresses of anyone who searched for a possible kidnapping and sexual assault victim’s name, “two spellings of her mother’s name and her address over 16 days across the year.” It is unclear just how many users, including innocent Americans, were included in the data Google unveiled to federal investigators.
Google defended its compliance in a statement but simply claimed that users’ private data is protected by the company only if law enforcement doesn’t request it.
“As with all law enforcement requests, we have a rigorous process that is designed to protect the privacy of our users while supporting the important work of law enforcement,” a Google representative told Forbes.
Google has also been a key player in the government’s plot to track down people present on Capitol grounds on Jan. 6. According to Wired, the federal government has sustained 45 criminal cases that use Google geolocation data “to place suspects inside the US Capitol on January 6.” Wired not only notes that Google’s participation in the FBI’s reliance on geolocation is “at a scale not publicly seen before,” but that there were “at least six [warrants] where the identity of the suspect appears to have been unknown to the FBI prior to the geofence warrant.”
“They also reveal that within days or weeks, the FBI had access to personal information about many of their owners, including at least the account name, email, and phone number. None of the legal experts WIRED spoke with had heard of another case where the personal data for devices in a geofence warrant had been unmasked at this scale,” Wired reported.
Google also complied when the FBI wanted other data related to Jan. 6, “including recovery numbers and emails, and dates on which the [Google] accounts were created and last accessed.” Obviously we can see that there is some good justice to be served when it comes to the power of technology, however it’s not such a good thing in light of the current political tension. Proverbs 22:16 says “Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty”. Concerned patriots of this country are being alienated and made to look like a threat while the masses sleep. Stay inquisitive in the word of God, and in the world around you.
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