Well, things have been pretty quiet on the international front for a while (although the freed captives of Gitmo might change that soon), so our never-shrinking, always-growing federal government has decided to revive an internal intelligence group designed to fight domestic terrorism:
The group will coordinate cases that involve Americans who may be spurred to violence for political or prejudicial reasons.
It will include representatives of the FBI, the National Security Division of the Justice Department and the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, which includes representatives of federal prosecutors.
Great. US Attorney General Eric “Fast and Furious” Holder is supposed to release details on the reconstituted group today, but I imagine very little actual details will be released.
Why is this news? First off, because the American Intelligence community has earned nothing but our distrust over the last few years. And if this particular group has been inactive for the last few years, that has probably been a good thing. If you really want to, you can credit the intelligence community for the relatively small amount of international terrorist attacks since 9/11. But don’t even bother giving credit for the basic non-existence of domestic terrorism in that time. They weren’t even on the job.
Which makes me wonder how much all their efforts really do in stopping international terrorism. It seems like, generally speaking, they have done very little other than intrude into our private lives and waste billions of dollars.
Further, this group fights domestic terrorism. That means you and me. And notice the wording: “. . . coordinate cases that involve Americans who may be spurred to violence for political or prejudicial reasons.” Oh my. May be? Who are they—the Thought Police? Yes. More than likely they are.
This should give you pause. While ostensibly fighting international terrorism, the NSA et al did more damage to your civil rights than has ever been done. Imagine what kind of damage they’ll be doing when they are tasked specifically to fight domestic terrorism. Did I mention that means you and me? God help us.