The Biden administration focused the intelligence-gathering powers of the state inwards.
The Department of Homeland security lacks the authority to spy on right-wing dissidents, but the Biden administration has reportedly found a workaround: using third-party researchers to snoop on so-called “domestic terrorists.”
In the aftermath of the pro-Trump riot on Capitol Hill in January, the Biden administration, with the support of sympathetic media outlets and pundits, focused the intelligence-gathering powers of the state inwards.
Biden added members to a domestic extremism team on the National Security Council, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declared homegrown“extremists”a“national priority area,”the FBIcalled forexpanded domestic surveillance, and a top Justice Department official last weekaskedCongress for new powers to prosecute so-called“extremists.”In all cases, the same targets are identified: right-wing dissidents – including militia groups like the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys – who took…
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