Biden DOJ Forming Domestic Terror Unit to Target Americans
President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Tuesday that it will create a new unit to address domestic terrorism.
Testifying at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Assistant Attorney General for National Security Matthew Olsen revealed the change during his opening statement before the Committee.
“The number of FBI investigations over the past two years since March 2020 has more than doubled.”
“The attacks in recent years underscore the threat that domestic terrorism continues to pose to our citizens, to law enforcement officers, to public officials, and to our democratic institutions,” Olsen continued. “Based on the assessment of the intelligence community, we face an elevated threat from domestic violent extremists.”
The announcement leads to concerns about the definition of a domestic terrorist in a turbulent year following the events of Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C.
A key question is how the new domestic terror unit will define a domestic terrorist. The Biden administration has sought to label many Trump supporters as domestic terrorists who were part of the crowd on Jan. 6 but had no part in entering the Capitol building or other illegal actions.
In addition, Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a letter last year that addressed parents voicing views at school board meetings as potential domestic terror threats, a controversial move that received much push back from conservatives and other Americans.
Many Americans are concerned the new domestic terror unit will make it easy for the government to classify anyone who disagrees with it as an enemy of the state. For example, the Department of Homeland Security’s list of “categories of domestic violent extremists” include a group called “anti-government/anti-authority violent extremists.”
This alleged group includes those with an “opposition to perceived economic, social, or racial hierarches; or perceived government overreach, negligence, or illegitimacy.” This definition could include anyone who opposes vaccine mandates, the results of an election, or an unjust law.
It wouldn’t take much to apply this vaguely worded definition to those who refuse a vaccine or even oppose the teaching of critical race theory in public schools. You, too, could soon be a “domestic terrorist” just for voicing your beliefs as an American.
The line between freedom and tyranny continues to be blurred as the left increasingly redefines any opposition as hate and even crime. Even some of the views of the nation’s founding fathers could now be defined as extremist rather than the views of liberty.
The problem is clear, but the answer is not. Simply supporting new candidates may not be enough. Instead, Americans concerned about this country will need to get involved in various areas of life where change can be made in practical ways, from education to business to the military and more, to show that those who hold to conservative American values are not extremists, but are the best way forward for the future of the nation.