Civil Liberties

Feds Reanimate the Janet Reno–Era 'Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee'

A new focus on the home front


Attorney General Eric Holder has made an announcement:

[T]he threat posed by Islamic extremist satellite groups—from al Qaeda affiliates in Yemen, to al-Shabaab in Somalia—and individuals inspired by their violent ideology remains a significant concern. We must remain vigilant against this threat both here and around the world.

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But we also must concern ourselves with the continued danger we face from individuals within our own borders who may be motivated by a variety of other causes from anti-government animus to racial prejudice. To that end, I am announcing today that the Department of Justice is reconstituting a committee on domestic terrorism that was first established nearly 20 years ago under my predecessor, Attorney General Janet Reno, in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing….The revived group—known as the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee—will be comprised of leaders from components within the Department of Justice, and co-chaired by a member of the U.S. Attorney community, the National Security Division, and the FBI.

This committee will coordinate closely with U.S. Attorneys and other key public safety officials across the country to promote information-sharing and ensure an effective, responsive, and organized joint effort.

Contrary to at least one early report, the revived committee's purview will not include incidents like last year's Boston Marathon bombing, since the men accused of that crime appear to have been influenced by foreign groups. The focus will be on purely homegrown activities, according to a spokesman for the Justice Department.

In other words, Washington's terror-hunting apparatus intends to focus more attention on the domestic front. What exactly that will mean in practice remains to be seen, but civil libertarians are wary. Gabriel Rottman, the American Civil Liberties Union's legislative counsel on the First Amendment, has already condemned the committee. "Given the already lenient standards for when the government can launch an investigation," he tells me, "the announced task force is both unnecessary and an invitation to investigate Americans because of the beliefs they hold, not because of any wrongdoing."

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  1. No trigger warning with that pic?

    1. I know. That tranny is seriously ugly.

      1. T_Slur, PLEASE

    2. I thought it was Diana Moon Glompers.

      1. Or Mr. Gompers

        1. Excuse me, I meant Mr. Chompers.

  2. "We also must concern ourselves with the continued danger we face from individuals within our own borders who may be motivated by... anti-government animus..."

    - Earl of Dartmouth, Secretary of State for the American Colonies, 1772-1775

  3. Of course! Another Waco will distract people from this VA and ACA mess! That's Obama's administration, always thinking.

    1. Nah. He already has his rescue of the american hero held hostage by the taliban to distract from those. That plan went off without a hitch.

  4. One even numbered days of the month counter terrorism doctrine says that there is no real distinction between international, domestic terrorist organizations and transnational criminal organizations. They all work together and benefit from one anther's activities when it is convenient. The feds love to point to that doctrine when they are using terrorism laws against drug smugglers and other ordinary criminals.

    Now on odd numbered days of the month, Holder is telling us we can exclusively focus on "homegrown terrorism". Every time I think Holder can't get more disingenuous, he proves me wrong. What difference does it make if someone is inspired by Islam or because they think the mother ship from Zeta Retigula is coming next week? The acts of political violence is the same.

    This is nothing but a start chamber for Holder to fuck with Obama's enemies. It is all part of criminalizing dissent.

    1. "...criminalizing dissent."


  5. What instances of 'anti-government terrorism' have occurred that warrant this sort of thing, exactly?

    Protests against the NSA?

    1. The occutards that tried to blow up the bridge in Cleveland. Bill Ayers. I can't think of many other examples.

      1. The FBI was caught red handed setting those "occutards" up. Remember the Somali guy in Oregon who tried to blow something up? And the Christmas 2009 "underwear bomber"? The FBI set those guys up, too.

        Government is desperate to be seen as the "hero" when it can't catch any real terrorists, but it is not a hero in any sense of the word.

        The only true terrorist in this world is the United States government. The U.S. military is the invader. Wherever it goes, it breeds the terrorism it claims to fight.

    2. Criticizing the Bergdahl exchange.

      1. Blaming Obamacare for your health insurance being canceled.

    3. You didn't think that Harry Reid was going to just let that who Bundy Ranch thing go did you?

    4. Eric Holder - "who may be motivated by a variety of other causes from anti-government animus to racial prejudice."

      Gilmore - "What instances of 'anti-government terrorism' have occurred that warrant this sort of thing, exactly?"

      I'm going with Tea Party protests. Apparently the Administrations attempt to use the IRS to shut them down hasn't been successful.

  6. So we'll soon have even dumber agents provocateur posting here, then?

    1. I think shreek and T o n y can "up their game"!

  7. Apparently, the IRS harassment isn't effective enough.

    1. That and the IRS kind of has to go on the down low until after the 2016 elections.

  8. "...motivated by a variety of other causes from anti-government animus to racial prejudice."

    And environmental hysteria and panics about income inequality. Those groups are going to get a good looking into from this committee, right?

  9. Did you miss me?

    Fuck no. Piss off, hag.

  10. So, they'll start by investigating the NSA, TSA, FBI, CIA, DoJ, EPA, BATF and the Forest Service, right?


    Sometimes I crack myself up!

    No WAY this goes bad. No. WAY.

  11. "And we will never waiver in our continuing effort to ensure that anyone who seeks to harm this nation, its people, or its vital interests will be brought to justice and held accountable for their actions -- to the fullest extent of the law."

    *** meekly raises hand ***

    What exactly do you mean by "its vital interests" and "the law"?

    1. Is this in reference to Hex' precious precious tranny feelings?

      1. from anti-government animus to racial prejudice and use of the T-slur.

        1. I just making sure I get into the re-education camps in the first wave...don't want to miss out on all the fun.

          1. I just making sure I get into the re-education camps in the first wave...


    2. Dissenter! Grab that guy! Cuff 'im n stuff 'im! He wants to know what our meaningless words mean! LOL

  12. Newspeak lives!

  13. D.T.E.C. Has a nice facist ring to it. I give this thing 5 years before it has it's own militarized police force, and 5 more before it has its own Waco-scale massacre.

    1. You meant *months*, right?

  14. But we also must concern ourselves with the continued danger we face from individuals within our own borders who may be motivated by a variety of other causes from anti-government animus to racial prejudice.

    Those Ron Paul bumper stickers are like magnets.

  15. "anti-government animus"....Might as well jail folks who complain about criminals, theft, and being extorted. The state does just that. Hmm, weren't many folks threatened, jailed, and killed for speaking out about their governments throughout history? Didn't the Nazi SS encourage folks to tell them about those opposed to the whole Nazi regime?

    So minarchists, how can you even justify a state (government), saying it should be kept limited and "small" when there was already such an experiment, which has failed right here at home?

    Just like a fire, the state continually consumes. Unchecked it grows ever larger until there is nothing left. Over just a short history from 1776, with a standing army and a police force that is the arm of the state, there is little chance to restore liberty. It has come to the point where individuals that support freedom and liberty, instead of the violent state after so many examples of the failure to secure liberty, will be further subjected to threats, intonation, and so on.

    1. Just for shits and giggles, check out pages 32-47 of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute publication on "Extremism."

      Keep in mind that this is a government publication intended for military training, and yet it defines extremism as "A person who advocates the use of force or violence; . . . or otherwise engages to illegally deprive individuals or groups of their civil rights."

      Their lack of self-awareness boggles the mind.

  16. ^* intimidation (not intonation lol)

    1. Good. For a moment I thought they were going to start employing the Stewie Griffin high pitched voice technique on us.

    2. I was incensed by this description on page 45:

      Nowadays, instead of dressing in sheets or publicly espousing hate messages, many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states' rights, and how to make the world a better place.

      I am a little uncomfortable with this definition of "extremist". I guess making the world a better place and valuing the rights of individuals doesn't fit in with their plans. Good to know.

  17. "from anti-government animus to racial prejudice"

    No mention of the only real domestic terrorist threat: left-wing eco-lunatics who think that the human race needs to be cut down to size before it destroys the planet, and there are a LOT of them.

    Instead we'll get another Democrat-run bureaucracy weaponized to attack the left's political opposition.

  18. The major problem, with the re-establishment of this 'committee', is that it will focus on the groups that the current 'administration' considers to be problematic, ie; returning Veterans, Christians, Third Party voters, civil libertarians, legal gun owners and anyone with political leanings that are opposed to the continued Socialization of the United States of America and the retention of our Constitutional Rights! In other words, 'Normal American Citizens'!

    note; A 'Community Organizer' is also known as a 'Communist Agitator'. If you doubt this, read what author of the 'community organizer' handbook, 'Rules for Radicals', Saul (the 'Red') Alinski, advises his erstwhile 'students' to do, in attempting to achieve their 'ends'.

  19. Now you know why all those government agencies are buying up allllll that ammunition.

    1. PS--Can't wait to see the snazzy all-black uniforms of this here new American SS.

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