Eric Holder Announces Task Force To Focus On "Domestic Terrorists"

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

It’s been obvious for quite some time that the so-called “war on terror” is nothing more than a fear-mongering induced power grab; a convenient excuse to strip the citizenry of its civil liberties and humanity. Many commentators, including myself, have predicted for years that the entire counter-terror juggernaut that has been constructed post-9/11 would be ultimately redirected upon the domestic population.

Snowden’s heroic whistleblowing has already proven without a doubt that the government spy apparatus (along with tech company complicity) has been zeroed in on the domestic population for quite some time, but is the situation about to escalate? Are the feds so fearful of their own people, they are about to focus all their counter-terror energy on U.S. citizens? It appears so.

I warned about this development back in 2011 in my post: The War on Freedom. In it I stated:

This whole charade shouldn’t be called “The War on Terror.”  It is actually all about keeping the citizenry terrified.  The government loves keeping you in a state of fear so that then they can do anything they want to the little sheep.  It should be called “The War on Freedom.”  Your freedom.

Before I get to the main topic of this article, I think it’s important to read excerpts from yesterday’s powerful and timely op-ed by Noam Chomsky titled: Edward Snowden, the World’s “Most Wanted Criminal. Discussing the Snowden revelations, he writes:

These exposures lead us to inquire into state policy more generally and the factors that drive it. The received standard version is that the primary goal of policy is security and defense against enemies.

 

The doctrine at once suggests a few questions: security for whom, and defense against which enemies? The answers are highlighted dramatically by the Snowden revelations.

To defend state power and private economic power from the domestic enemy, those two entities must be concealed – while in sharp contrast, the enemy must be fully exposed to state authority.

 

The principle was lucidly explained by the policy intellectual Samuel P. Huntington, who instructed us that “Power remains strong when it remains in the dark; exposed to the sunlight it begins to evaporate.”

 

Huntington added a crucial illustration. In his words, “you may have to sell [intervention or other military action] in such a way as to create the misimpression that it is the Soviet Union that you are fighting. That is what the United States has been doing ever since the Truman Doctrine” at the outset of the Cold War.

 

Policy must assure the security of state authority and concentrations of domestic power, defending them from a frightening enemy: the domestic population, which can become a great danger if not controlled.

 

From that day forward, in order to carry out violence and subversion abroad, or repression and violation of fundamental rights at home, state power has regularly sought to create the misimpression that it is terrorists that we are fighting, though there are other options: drug lords, mad mullahs seeking nuclear weapons, and other ogres said to be seeking to attack and destroy us.

 

Throughout, the basic principle remains: Power must not be exposed to the sunlight. Edward Snowden has become the most wanted criminal in the world for failing to comprehend this essential maxim.

 

In brief, there must be complete transparency for the population, but none for the powers that must defend themselves from this fearsome internal enemy.

The concept of the U.S. government viewing the population as the true enemy has been a theme on this site for many years. For some background, I suggest reading the following:

Rep. Steve Cohen Calls Tea Party Republicans “Domestic Enemies” on MSNBC

It’s Official: The FBI Classifies Peaceful American Protestors as “Terrorists”

The reason I chose to highlight these two articles, is that in one case it is the “tea party” being demonized, and in the other it is Occupy Wall Street. It doesn’t matter if the dissent is seen as emanating from the “right” or the “left,” it is dissent in general which is increasingly being demonized as “domestic terrorism.”

With all of that in mind, here is what Eric Holder’s “Justice” Department is up to. From the LA Times:

Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder, Jr. on Monday announced the creation of a task force within the Justice Department to combat an “escalating danger” from “homegrown” terrorists within the United States.

 

The task force will chiefly comprise leaders from the FBI, the Justice Department’s National Security Division and U.S. Attorneys. Called the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee, it is a recreation of a task force formed by former Atty. Gen. Janet Reno after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The task force fell into disuse after 9/11.

 

Though the original task force, which was little known, focused mainly on right-wing zealots, Holder’s version is aimed at U.S. citizens or visitors radicalized via the Internet. Holder said the government will continue to fight terrorists abroad.

Oh the internet! That dangerous place where the citizenry engages in thoughtcrime and can actually perform real journalism without the censorship of mainstream propaganda media.

“But we also must concern ourselves with a different type of threat. We face an escalating danger from self-radicalized individuals within our own borders,” he said.

 

“Now — as the nature of the threat we face evolves to include the possibility of individual radicalization via the Internet — it is critical that we return our focus to potential extremists here at home,” Holder said.

NPR adds that:

“The threat from al-Qaida is much more diffuse after Sept. 11, and the threats posed by a single horribly misguided citizen or permanent legal resident in the U.S. is in a sense as great as what core al-Qaida posed before Sept. 11,” says Neil MacBride, a former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

There you have it. It’s no longer al-Qaeda, it’s now supposedly your friends and neighbors. This is the prevailing meme of every tyrannical fascist regime in history.

The state’s war on the citizenry is becoming overt. Don’t be fooled, this is real and it is very dangerous.

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Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:26 | 4821959 Deathrips
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Let me be first to say.

 

YOU CAN SUCK MY DICK HOLDER!!!

 

Cordially,

 

RIPS

 

 

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:29 | 4821965 dryam
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I thought we've already been down this path with Joseph McCarthy witch hunts?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCarthyism

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:33 | 4821972 Deathrips
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Hes one of em.

 

 

"Ignorance of the "LAW" is no excuse."

 

Rips

 

EDIT. Im not the first, nor last.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:34 | 4821986 Four chan
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dear mr holder please start your search at the fed, the tbtf's, irs, cia, fbi, fema, dhs, and the oval office. and report back.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:42 | 4822016 BLOTTO
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Us independent thinkers are now the enemy to 'them'...always was.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:44 | 4822022 Muppet Pimp
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They don't like Muppet Pimp, this is my fault guys. Holder is bascially facing eternal damnation for his failure to repent from his sins. But he rebuked god and chose evil over goodness. He is gonna face his maker just like the rest of us.

- Eric, it is not too late to turn brother, the jig is up. Get right with your maker and stop all this evil.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:58 | 4822189 Pinto Currency
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re. Domestic Terrorist Task Force

 

Finally someone is going to investigate the Federal Reserve.

There is no better way to terrorize a country than to destroy its currency.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:01 | 4823207 PrintemDano
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Eric, it is not too late to turn brother, the jig is up. 

You said Jig.   RAAAAAAAACCCCCCCCCCISTTTTTTTTT.

Now I feel better. //Sarc

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:17 | 4823696 Monty Burns
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"the jig is up"

 

Oh dear!  You could get in big trouble with Mr. Holder for a phrase like that!

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:06 | 4822080 WillyGroper
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When it comes to independent thinkers in this country, we're out gunned on 2 fronts.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:44 | 4822175 boogerbently
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"Eric Holder Announces Task Force To Focus On "Domestic Terrorists". Known to them as "conservatives". 
Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:56 | 4822203 putaipan
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yeah. 'cause we know how many conservatives they had in their snipers' sight during occupy.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:03 | 4823219 PrintemDano
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I seem to recall the Democratic Party cheering the occupy crowd.  

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 06:10 | 4822408 Anasteus
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Domestic terrorists are all those unveiling the criminal nature of the government and the hidden forces behind it. All those who'd like to prevent the self-appointed oligarchy from grabbing all the wealth and the power from the people while exploiting existing law and ignoring the constitution. Those who point out the frightened puppets and servants in official bodies deliberately acting to dismantle the liberties for 30 silver pieces while betraying their electorate and the very spirit of liberty the US were founded on, on daily basis. All those who point out the overall deterioration of basic human qualities when ignorance, corruption, greed, theft, lying, mongering of all kinds and impunity of few chosen have become a norm. And mainly those who would like to shed light on all that should remain hidden in the dark.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:35 | 4822599 False Capital
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It's a standard operating procedure for the state. Provoke some actor [state or individual] into action then use the inevitable consequences to 'crack down' and consolidate power.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:00 | 4823872 NidStyles
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It's so bad that ZH writers use Chomsky in their articles. Talk about pretending to have a clue...

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 20:21 | 4900384 wanderintheland
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Don't be dissin Chomski...

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:52 | 4822037 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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Any intelligent person who's paying attention should be radical as hell right now. Only retards, slobs, and those on mild altering drugs (either street OR prescription) behave "normally" when their state has effectively turned against them.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 09:12 | 4822747 11b40
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When you add .gov employees to your list, you get the vast majority. 

We are toast.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 09:44 | 4822888 Truthseeker2
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This is about one thing --->   D I V E R S I O N

 

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From this:

Comet-Planet Identified, Orbital Trajectory Verified by Renowned Astronomer
Wed, 06/04/2014 - 10:29 | 4823101 Overfed
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If it were close enough to photograph, we would ALL be able to see it. There is no Herculobus or Nibiru.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:02 | 4823879 NidStyles
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I wonder how it will take thos idiots to figure out that Nibiru is a planet from a Star Trek novel...

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:43 | 4822015 Muppet Pimp
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.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:04 | 4822075 Ignatius
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And what of HSBC, Holder?  You fucking cunt.

Admitted drug and terrorist financing; the facts were never in dispute.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:35 | 4822154 g'kar
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They probably paid their DNC dues.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 03:38 | 4822388 CuttingEdge
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And they aint French?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 07:53 | 4822517 mvsjcl
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Do Not Convict dues?

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:54 | 4822046 AlaricBalth
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Terrorism is defined as the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.

The current regime in Washington can clearly be described as domestic terrorists.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 07:08 | 4822476 Theosebes Goodfellow
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Dammit Alaric, how many times have I told you? Don't obscure the issue with facts!

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:32 | 4821976 nmewn
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That was a path having actual witches to hunt.

This is everyone, brought to you by..."progressives" ;-)

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:36 | 4821996 Soul Glow
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The women doing ergot are going to corrupt this country!

- Men who were threatened by open minds, also threatened by Jimi Hendrix

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:43 | 4822006 LetThemEatRand
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"This is everyone, brought to you by..."progressives" ;-)"

Brought to you by oligarchs.   The oligarchs fear us.  They know that if we could ever get our shit together they would be toast.  The progressive meme is part of how they use the people to fight each other instead of them.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:47 | 4822025 nmewn
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When I say "progessive" I mean socialist.

WTF do you think a socialist is? Someone who sponges off the government, they can be rich or poor Rand, look around you.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:48 | 4822031 LetThemEatRand
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Just say fascist and you and I can agree.  I'm pretty sure these guys are not advocating for the ownership of the means of production by the people, which is a tenet of socialism.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:58 | 4822038 nmewn
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Fascism is socialism Rand...you're the one who's going to have to come to grips with it...not me.

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Oh, we got three (so far) commies who don't believe it?

"We are socialists, we are enemies of today's capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions."...who said it?

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:11 | 4822089 Ignatius
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Fabian Socialist symbol:  Wolf in sheeps clothing.

Kill 'em with 'kindness'.

Think about it, nmewn.

One main point of EBT is control.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:11 | 4822092 LetThemEatRand
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ZH points out that the system is fucked up and geared towards oligarchs.  Does that make ZH socialist or Marxist?  

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:29 | 4822126 nmewn
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Who said it Rand?

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It was Gregor Strasser, look him up.

Goodnight, comrade ;-)

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 00:09 | 4822224 silverserfer
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I dont think the socialism/capatalist argument has much relevance now. Our money supply is debauched. With the shadow banking and writeoffs, the meirts and perils of both are out the door guys. Quote whoever from whenever. This global digital banking network is a whole new ballgame. A lot of old fundamentals(not all) need to be thrown out the window for the time being.

Without sound money neither of them can exist by their definition.  

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 06:55 | 4822464 nmewn
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I think it still has all the relevance in the world, the Fed was started by fascists (socialists with nationalist intentions) under the rubric of "law" and it is the alliance of the state with "private" industry (banks) and it benefits them both.

Somehow people confuse wealth with whether or not one can be truly called a socialist or fascist or communist. Not so, not so at all.

Buffet & Soros are wealthy almost beyond measure and so are the oligarchs who sprung up inside the former Soviet Union. Only the dim would consider them capitalists, they would be nothing without state protection favoring them.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:04 | 4822525 Uncle Remus
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Freedom's just another word for noting left to take. - Apologies to Janis.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 09:18 | 4822766 FeralSerf
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Who do you think is NOT a "socialist"? The Koch Bros? Ted Turner? The media moguls? Lloyd Blankfein and/or his ilk? The Waltons?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 09:28 | 4822806 t0mmyBerg
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the alliance of the state with "private" industry

this is such an important issue and many seemingly rational people simply do not see it.  I once watched an interview by Maria Bartiromo with the then just ex-governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm.  Granholm was going on about public-private partnerships and Bartiromo was like "yeah, what a great idea".  And I was like all "NO FING WAY IDIOTS".  Yes, in all caps too. 

When they look back 100 years from now on what brought the American Empire down low, one of the things they will say is that the founders fucked up by not making it more clear that public-private "partnerships were to be disallowed.

Another manifestation of this same problem with a slightly different twist is the issue of preferential tax treatment for locating your business in a state to create "jobs".  Umm, a bedrock principle of America (the idea, not the political reality), is that there is law and it applies equally to all and is enforced equally for all.  That is the very essence of Justice.  Differential treatment of businesses by the states pisses all over this idea.  Simply amazing that it is not considered illegal as hell. 

Anyway rant off

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 03:16 | 4822380 Bizaro World
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Good night Nmewn,

Always nice to see your edifying posts. I weep for the republic but intelligence gives me hope.

Interesting times,
BW

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 03:19 | 4822381 Bizaro World
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Good night Nmewn,

Always nice to see your edifying posts. I weep for the republic but intelligence gives me hope.

Interesting times,
BW

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 06:01 | 4822439 BeansMcGreens
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And just a side note of history, Joseph Goebbels was the main disciple of Gregor Strasser before going over to Adolf Hitler.

 If you ever have a chance read Gobbels' diary.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:17 | 4822112 The_Prisoner
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nmewn I would argue that Socialism is Fascism, as the state and corporations become one at the top.

Jesse has an interesting chart in this blog in which he posits both become the same at the extreme: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cVh0vkHqy7Q/UrnIhklPTNI/AAAAAAAAwY8/yqXL8mFsDDE/s1600/continuumsocial2013.PNG

Perhaps we are arguing the same point.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 00:54 | 4822282 Nick Jihad
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Why even pretend that this is a legitimate question?  The _only_ people insisting that there is some distinction between fascism and socialism, are the socialists. And that is simply because, they have spent the last fifty years calling everyone they don't like a fascist. There really is nothing more to this debate.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 02:43 | 4822364 The_Prisoner
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+1

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 07:05 | 4822474 Cloud9.5
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In both systems the free thinkers wind up on their knees in front of a ditch with a gun to the back of their head.  The only difference to the poor SOB on his knees is whether the bullet is going to be a 9mm or a 30 caliber Nagant.  The end result is the same.

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