Capitol Riot

Don't Give Domestic Extremists the 'Post-9/11 Treatment'

Government responses to Capitol rioters must be research-based and not just emotional reactions.

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You may remember the Walmart shooting in El Paso, Texas, that killed 23 people in August 2019. This "deadliest attack to target Latinos in modern American history" was obviously extreme, but so was the response to it. 

A flurry of opinion-makers demanded for the federal government to give domestic terrorism what I call the "post-9/11 treatment." The Stanford political science professor Michael McFaul recommended after the El Paso attack in a now-deleted tweet for America to "start a war on terrorism at home." The Atlantic staff writer and Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum agreed that our government should employ a "similar response" to "domestic white supremacist terrorism" as "foreign jihadi terrorism." The Daily Beast echoed, "Now, before it grows any stronger, should be the time to move against it with the same kind of concerted international focus of attention and resources that were trained on Osama bin Laden. Now is the time for a global war on white nationalist terrorism." In the primaries, Democratic presidential candidate (and veteran) Pete Buttigieg told audiences that he "learned a lot [in Afghanistan] that sadly will be applicable here at home, too."

Former CIA and FBI practitioners likewise specified all sorts of ways the post-9/11 global war on terror can be applied to fighting white-nationalist terrorists, from tracing the networks of extremists "just like we did against other terrorist groups" after 9/11 to changing our laws for us to "fight domestic terror groups…the way we treat foreign ones." Six former senior directors for counterterrorism at the White House's National Security Council released a joint statement calling on the government to go after the Timothy McVeighs as ferociously as the Osama bin Ladens.

The January 6 attack on the Capitol has recommenced calls to give right-wing extremists in America the post-9/11 treatment. Elizabeth Neumann, who served for three years under President Donald Trump in the Department of Homeland Security, said that "We have to go after the[se] people…with the same intensity that we did with Al Qaeda." And we must treat Trump like Osama bin Laden for inciting the violence, as he was the "spokesperson that rallied the troops." Gen. Stanley McChrystal claimed that right-wing extremists are following "the evolution of al-Qaida in Iraq," which led to ISIS. Alex Stamos of the Stanford Internet Observatory recommended that we treat white nationalists at home like ISIS by monitoring and restricting their social media. The New York Times noted the growing push for a "9/11 Commission" for domestic extremism. Already, President Joe Biden is looking to add domestic terrorism specialists to the newly formed National Security Council. As Richard Hanania points out, the Program on Extremism at George Washington University calls for expanding terrorism statutes to cover homegrown ideologies in order to "bring moral equivalency" between foreign and domestic violent extremists. And Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling on the FBI to place all Capitol riot participants on the federal no-fly list.

But the post-9/11 treatment is hardly worth emulating. The war on terror has cost $6.4 trillion and 801,000 lives according to one estimate, created a massively expanded security state, and actually helped Al Qaeda to grow in Iraq, Libya, and Syria by generating the sorts of power vacuums that are ideal for terrorists to thrive.

Counterterrorism is admittedly difficult. The main challenge is to eliminate existing terrorists without generating new ones in the process. To thread this needle, law enforcement must distinguish between two types of "extremists"—those who employ extreme tactics versus those who merely harbor what may be regarded as extreme political preferences. Law enforcement should go after the former but not the latter. That is, it should punish those guilty of committing attacks like those against the Capitol or against shoppers at Walmart without assuming the role of the thought police.

Former CIA Director John Brennan exemplifies how not to conduct counterterrorism. In a recent interview on MSNBC, deservedly mocked on social media, he claimed that law enforcement is moving "in laserlike fashion" to combat an "unholy alliance" of "authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, even libertarians." Notably, Brennan did not distinguish between those who use extreme tactics and those with whom he disagrees politically. For Brennan, both are enemies worthy not only of contempt, but action or at least government scrutiny.

For many reasons, this wide-net approach risks breeding more terrorists.

For starters, terrorists thrive on grievances. And the far right in particular has historically been fueled by perceived injustices. Timothy McVeigh attacked the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City to avenge government abuses at Ruby Ridge and Waco. A common narrative after the Capitol attack was that it would spur recruitment for the far right. The New York Times, for example, ran a piece titled "Capitol Attack Could Fuel Extremist Recruitment for Years, Experts Warn." And yet far-right violence has historically eroded support for far-right movements, whereas government abuses have increased it. For this reason, many terrorists actually hope to elicit government overreactions in order to increase membership rosters.

As some scholarship suggests, such overreactions give people an incentive to become terrorists—not only by creating grievances but also by reducing the relative risks of turning to violence. A standard assumption in political science is that terrorists are rational actors. Many people decide against becoming terrorists because they know that the costs to them will be severe. But if the government is going to treat innocent people like terrorists anyway, then no additional risk is incurred. Unsurprisingly, terrorists thrive in the most illiberal countries, where governments fail to distinguish between terrorists and political dissidents.  

Big tech has been working with the government to combat extremism, often in counterproductive ways. A common approach is to "deplatform" leaders seen as extreme, including Trump. Some commentators say that the logic is the same as killing the leaders of terrorist groups to make them less extreme. In reality, the research indicates the opposite. As I have shown in multiple studies, taking out the leaders of terrorist groups tends to make them even more extreme by empowering subordinates less restrained from using terrorism.  

Government responses to the far right must be research-based and not just emotional reactions. Otherwise, they will make our country worse—and make the far-right threat worse, too.

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  2. The government victimizes people every day.

    They should really stop doing that before they go on another crusade.

    1. Who could have foreseen that the party openly calling everyone a fascist, inciting cancel culture, against free speech…. would be authoritarian.

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    2. The commies at unreason bring in a commie to call people protesting the election fraud “extremists”?

      Democrats started civil war 2.0 and are already scared at the resistance.

      Poor el presidente Biden cannot gain any legitimacy no matter how the lialrs in the media try.

    3. I agree. Intelligent minds(not Max Abrahms) understand that very few white supremacists exist in the USA, that the January 6th episode was a false flag created largely by government officials to take out President Trump, and that we no longer are a constitutional republic. The Democrat Party with the help of many Republicans fraudulently cheated in the 2020 Presidential election. We know that fact, and U.S. politicians should hang their heads in shame. We will remember those individuals who decided that personal greed and corruption was more important than serving their country. We will never forget.

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  3. These people are trying to create a new internal security apparatus, modeled on the Stasi Gestapo.

    I wouldn’t want to be accused of Godwinning.

    1. yeah, and libertarians got called out by name as being part of the extremist threat to America.

      Oh, and this needs to be re-re-re-posted in every thread for the next six months.

      The Justice Department has walked back a previous claim that rioters sought “to capture and assassinate” lawmakers when they violently breached the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

      “We don’t have any direct evidence of kill capture teams,” Michael Sherwin, the acting U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C., told reporters during a Friday press conference, according to Reuters.

      1. yeah, and libertarians got called out by name as being part of the extremist threat to America.

        It’s nice to be noticed.

        1. John Brennan fears me. lol.

          that is one fugly dude. did he reproduce?

          1. John Brennan needs to go to jail for a very, very long time. The shit he pulled makes Watergate look like jaywalking.

            1. absolutely. I also like to make fun of his rock face because he revels in being on tv. dude looks like Thing

      2. that rioters sought “to assassinate”

        With what? Flag poles and MAGA hats?
        Maybe a noose made out of dreaded zip ties?

        1. AOC has cried every night since the day she almost died. This was way more traumatic than while city blocks burning, having mobs assault you in restaurants, etc. She almost died.

          1. After her near death experience with the garbage disposal, she is one lucky duckling.

          2. I heard her hands were trembling so much that she made herself a daquiri afterwards, and just shook it in the glass.

          3. Well, at least there were no actual bullets fired at her a foreign runway.

        2. Shoes. On. The. Desk.
          Most heinous crime ever.

          1. Dude got white nationalist cooties all over Nancy’s chair.

            1. Imagine you’re a drunken vicious old monarch imbued with an enormous amount of political power, and some debased canaille sits on your throne and touches your things.
              The rage she must feel right now.

              1. Puts a smile on your face, don’t it?

      3. “We don’t have any direct evidence of kill capture teams,” Michael Sherwin, the acting U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C., told reporters

        But that’s not going to stop us from implying.

      4. So when do they go to jail for lying to the American people about really really official national security important stuff?

      5. They had to walk back the notion that there were Capture Teams because that would imply pre-planning. Hard to win an incitement charge if there is evidence that everything was pre-planned as it was. Needed the Reichstag Fire to take everything over.

    2. Also because the Stasi had a better internal security apparatus.

      Block wardens.

  4. “domestic white supremacist terrorism” as “foreign jihadi terrorism.” The Daily Beast echoed, “Now, before it grows any stronger, should be the time to move against it with the same kind of concerted international focus of attention and resources that were trained on Osama bin Laden.

    Democrats: Hellfire missiles into America’s neighborhoods!

    1. Only in the 90% (+/-) of counties that went for Trump

      1. Bluer-than-blue King County increased its Trump support to 50,000 voters in 2020. To the dismay of the Seattle Times, this occurred in poor and minority areas.

      2. Just fly over and nuke fly over country. Problem solved.

    2. Rename the missiles BLM. just as many fires and buildings burned down.

    3. This gave me an erection.

    4. I seem to recall quite a few Democrats worrying about the War on Terror’s assault on civil liberties during the Bush years. Now they love it.

    5. Hellfire X – no longer just for Iranians, now available in America!

  5. Pete Buttigieg told audiences that he “learned a lot [in Afghanistan] that sadly will be applicable here at home, too.”

    In South Bend, you can’t suck a dick on a street corner. It’s just like Kabul.

    1. He learned all about the Bacha bazi, and that he was a little too old to pass as one.

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  6. The big lie sitting behind this article is that 200 unarmed protesters who meandered through the Capitol building after the barricades were removed and the doors were open for them by the armed, 2000-man-strong Capitol police, was an attack by right wing extremists.

    1. It wasn’t quite the insurrection they claim, but it wasn’t an unguided tour, either.

      1. It kinda was.

  7. laughing in the face of people who call that a riot has been the best tack so far.

    1. “In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offence. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called.”

      1. nobody younger than me read that.

        1. Orwell was an actual time traveler from the future.

          1. I would believe this.

            1. How about my theory that dinosaurs are from the future and moving backward through time? Man grew taller over the millenia, but lizards and birds have gotten smaller? I don’t think so.

              Those fossils that are millions of years old? They’re from dinosaurs that haven’t been born yet. It makes perfect sense.

              1. +1 “Turn me on dead man”.

                For you young kids that’s what you hear when you spin “number 9” backwards on a record player.
                And if you don’t know what record player is, ask grandpa.

                1. They don’t talk to grandpa anymore because he won’t say he’s a feminist.

              2. or, alternately, there might have been some truth to the ark story.

                Noah: “I HAVE to bring two dinosaurs?!? Very well…” *grabs smallest lizard he can find*

              3. I love this.

  8. Ayers participated in the Days of Rage riot in Chicago in October 1969, and in December was at the “War Council” meeting in Flint, Michigan. Two major decisions came out of the “War Council”. The first was to immediately begin a violent, armed struggle (e.g., bombings and armed robberies) against the state without attempting to organize or mobilize a broad swath of the public. The second was to create underground collectives in major cities throughout the country.[17] Larry Grathwohl, a Federal Bureau of Investigation informant in the Weathermen group from the fall of 1969 to the spring of 1970, stated that “Ayers, along with Bernardine Dohrn, probably had the most authority within the Weathermen”.[18]

    Ayers participated in the bombings of New York City Police Department headquarters in 1970, the United States Capitol building in 1971, and the Pentagon in 1972, as he noted in his 2001 book, Fugitive Days. Ayers writes:

    Although the bomb that rocked the Pentagon was itsy-bitsy—weighing close to two pounds—it caused ‘tens of thousands of dollars’ of damage. The operation cost under $500, and no one was killed or even hurt.[19]

    Bill Ayers is a respected resident of Chicago, celebrated by acolytes of 60s radicalism.

    Some q-anon conspiracy theorist breaks a window and puts his feet up on Nancy Pelosi’s desk, and we need to have an Osama Bin Laden type reaction within America’s neighborhoods.

    If the Democrats don’t scare the living fuck out of you, then you don’t have any historical perspective and your education failed you.

    1. Just remember an Osama Bin Laden type reaction culminates in shooting an unarmed person in their home.

    2. It’s only Terrorism when it’s done for the wrong reasons.

  9. lol meanwhile antifa/BLM rioters will be given more billions of dollars, yet again

    rules are only for Republicans

    Vice President-elect Kamala Harris encouraged her millions of Twitter followers to donate to a Minnesota crowd-funding effort that paid bail for accused rioters. So, too, did more than a dozen Joe Biden campaign staffers. The Minnesota Freedom Fund raked in more than $35 million in donations with their help.

    After six days of violent anarchy, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced at a news conference that an “agreement” had been reached, though he didn’t spill the details. By Tuesday, some of the barricades had come down, allowing vehicular traffic through for the first time in a week.

    The Kinneys, however, denied that an agreement had been reached. They said they will continue to occupy the property, even though a viral GoFundMe campaign for the family has already raised more than $308,000 — far more than what it would cost to buy the red house (and remember, they own a house nearby, as well).”

    1. Boom.

      “I had plenty of motivation to create the Black Lives Matter Foundation and the people who were doing Black Lives Matter weren’t interested in a foundation,” he says. “They never created it. Now all of the sudden they’re interested in it.”

      Barnes confirmed to BuzzFeed that he has neither spoken to nor met with any representative of the larger BLM group.

      While the diffuse nature of a grassroots movement might naturally see multiple organizations popping up in various locations, all trying to participate in the cause, Barnes’ group seems to have an altogether different mission from the Black Lives Matter Global Network.

      “Our whole thing is having unity with the police department,” Barnes told BuzzFeed.

      He says he will be putting the money toward “prototypes for community and police bonding” and throwing parties or coffee-and-doughnuts mixers where residents and police could hang out together, among other plans.

    2. How have cities not sued BLM for the damages.

      1. Because the cities encouraged and gave BLM material support so as not to appear racist. They can’t reverse that position.

  10. How about first stop calling anyone who mildly disagrees with you an extremist?

    1. See my post below.

      Shit is getting real.

    2. Wanting free and fair elections is now an extreme position.

      1. And not believing what you’re told!

        1. After Bush was elected, the dissent was patriotic.
          And then when Obama was elected, dissent became racist.
          And when Trump won, resistance was not just patriotic, but compulsory.
          Now dissent is racist again and resistance is treason.

          Do try to keep up.

    3. That sounds like something an extremist would say…

  11. “Government responses to Capitol rioters must be research-based and not just emotional reactions.”

    If the response to the Capitol rioters is unjust, unconstitutional, or wrong for other reasons, being “research based” won’t make it otherwise.

    Oh, and Biden is already using a “research based” approach to crushing dissent.

    “WASHINGTON—President Biden has directed the intelligence community to assess the threat of domestic extremism and develop ways to identify and counter networks that promote it, the White House said Friday.

    . . . .

    A comprehensive threat assessment will be made by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, coordinated with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security and can draw on nongovernmental organizations, Ms. Psaki said. The National Security Council has also been directed to develop ways to identify threats, share information and disrupt networks, she said, adding that free-speech rights would be respected.”

    —-Wall Street Journal (less than an hour ago)

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/biden-orders-analysis-of-domestic-violent-extremism-following-capitol-riot-11611341727?

    Don’t worry about the FBI and Homeland Security looking at everything you say under the guise of a threat assessment. Your free speech rights will be respected?!

    Fuck you.

    Remember the good ol’ days when Bush and Obama would use the NSA to sift through our emails and text messages in secret–with Al Qaeda as an excuse? Snowden released the documentation to tell us about it because we wouldn’t have known about it otherwise. Well, those days are over. They don’t need to do it in secret anymore. They don’t need Al Qaeda as an excuse either. Nowadays, the Biden administration just releases a plan to violate our Fourth Amendment rights and crush dissent–as a press release!

    Are Reason staff still not sorry that President Trump lost the election?

    1. Tell me, which NGOs, specifically, are they looking to work with in their threat assessments?

      Are the FBI and Homeland Security now taking orders from the Anti-Defamation League?

        1. One of the most astounding things that happened in my lifetime was when the torture photos out of Abu Ghraib hit the news. At the time, I didn’t think it was possible to create sympathy for terrorists, but by torturing terrorists, the Bush administration was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and make the terrorists somehow the good guys–in the minds of much of the world! Whatever we gained from torturing terrorists wasn’t worth what we lost, around the world, when we lost the moral high ground–especially among those who might not have rallied to join or support Al Qaeda until Bush stupidly threw away our moral advantage for no good reason.

          Here I was thinking that right wing extremists were the most unsympathetic, hated, marginalized group of people in America. As much as they’re despised, it really is possible for the stupidity of the Biden administration to turn them into recruiting tools for the extremists. People who never even would have paid attention to the extremists in the past may be looking at them with a sympathetic eye in the near future. That is what happened with Ruby Ridge and Waco. There never would have been a militia movement in the 90s, quite like there was, if it hadn’t been for the profound stupidity of the ATF and Janet Reno’s Justice Department.

          And this fight against extremism turning into an attack on our Second Amendment rights is about as predictable as the sunrise.

          1. Come on man! Shoes on the desk. Enough is enough. No more Mr. nice guy.

            1. Die Schläge werden nun fortgesetzt, bis sich die Moral verbessert.

      1. “Tell me, which NGOs, specifically, are they looking to work with in their threat assessments?”

        I know this is a dead thread, but CAIR, the ADL and the SPLC.

    2. +10000

    3. They don’t need a warrant as long as both sides of the conversation are in America.

      1. Nice, Paul. I laughed.

        (Then cried, a little.)

    4. President Biden has directed the intelligence community to assess the threat of domestic extremism and develop ways to identify and counter networks that promote it, the White House said Friday.

      . . . .

      “A comprehensive threat assessment will be made by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, coordinated with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security and can draw on nongovernmental organizations, Ms. Psaki said. The National Security Council has also been directed to develop ways to identify threats, share information and disrupt networks, she said, adding that free-speech rights would be respected…”

      Told you guys. Obama wasn’t shy about making partisan, formerly neutral areas of government, and he didn’t get punished for doing so. Now the full weight of the very well-funded national security apparatus is going to be dropped on anyone looking like a ‘domestic terrorist.’ And by God, they’ll find some. Even if they need to help matters along.

      The United States has spent the last, oh, 80 years or so, building up a pretty terrifying defense organization, and Biden’s now just about ready to turn it onto his own countrymen. Bill of Rights and Posse Comitatus be damned. If the Right wants to stop this, they’re going to need to get off their ass in a hurry. Two years of the Alphabet boys cracking down, and the Right won’t be able to stop it, even if they want to.

    5. So slapping a veneer of “science” and academe on it to give it false credibility. Just like all the rest of the BS. Wonderful…

  12. If they’re going to do the full 9/11 treatment, does that mean they’ll be doing joint prayer meetings with Trump supporters and law-abiding white nationalists?

    1. After all, they had prayer meetings with “moderate” Muslims.

      1. Muslims aren’t religious fascists who believe their god is the one true god and want to prohibit women from driving or wearing sexy clothes.
        Haven’t you ever watched the Handmaid’s Tale?

        1. Come on now it’s not like their paragon of virtue is a murdering slave owning pedofile

      2. So here’s the problem – they were willing to say there was a difference between jihadists and certain purported “moderate” Muslims (even if the moderate credentials of these individuals were sketchy in some cases). They reached out into the Muslim community in an attempt to find and catch the extremists who used violence.

        Some people used 9/11 as an excuse to tar all Muslims with the same brush, but the establishment constantly distanced itself from these “Islamophobes.”

        Given that the violent Trumpists are a *tiny* minority of Trump supporters (much smaller as a proportion of Trumpists than jihadis are as a proportion of Muslims), one might think that the authorities would work with the peaceful Trumpists to track down the violent ones.

        That’s what we’d expect if they were genuinely opposed to violence as such and trying in good faith to fight actual crime.

  13. “Government responses to Capitol rioters must be research-based and not just emotional reactions.”

    You misspelled “protesters”.

  14. Sure, just make sure you apply the same bullshit to the antifa and blm rioters and “insurrectionists”.

    1. I don’t think you understand how these things work.

  15. Brennan voted for a communist…let me say that again…he voted as an adult for a communist…an ideology that killed at least 100M people…that alone should disqualify him for any govt position at any time. We have a funny double standard in the US…the left sees “white surpremacy” everywhere yet I don’t see one govt official who is for ending the Bill of Rights of anyone who isn’t white…seriously where are these people? And yet we have massive numbers of communists, bolsheviks, and authoritarians in positions of power in govt, the media, academia, big tech, banking….they have engaged in a decades propaganda war attacking Americans of Irish, Italian, German, Polish and so ansestry. Once you dig a little into this you realize it is cultural marxists…and when you attack and demonize “tribes” extremists are bred and it becomes a self fulfilled realization. The left needs to tone it down…when you attack people some of them who are unbalanced tend to attack back..

    1. CNN and MSNBC having people like John Brennan, James Comey, and James Clapper on as ‘experts’ is like if the networks in 1973-74 had Haldeman and Ehrlichman on to pontificate about Watergate.

    2. “when you attack people some of them who are unbalanced tend to attack back..” which is what the left need. More bodies to justify taking down their bogeyman with the iron boot of force to attack and entire group over the homicidal act of a tiny minority of delusional fringe mad men. They exist on both sides.

  16. boy I think if I was a small business owner who had his business burned to the ground by the antifa boys and govt didn’t do anything about it, I might classify antifa and govt as domestic terrorists…

  17. Hank Aaron passed away.

    I was a big baseball fan as a kiddo. We all were. So my dad took me to the game in Cincinnati. Braves Vs Reds. I brought my mitt just in case. He hit the home run that day at his first at bat to tie the record on April 4, 1974. I was there.

    I still remember watching that ball sail over like it was yesterday. Our Cincinnati crowd just standing up and cheering as he ran the bases.

      1. Don’t understand.

        1. Sad that Hank Aaron died I’m guessing.

        2. This inability to read emotion will help you during the struggle session. Use that.

      2. Aha sad that he passed away.

        1. Yes, RIP.

  18. Found it. Sometimes the internet is a good thing. That day in Cincinnati Ohio.

    https://youtu.be/uCxe_NeNZFI

  19. The ‘rioters’ got the correct treatment already.
    Some were arrested, all were dispersed.
    The voting was completed, and the fascists are now in charge.
    Nothing to see here, move along.
    I SAID DISPERSE!!!!

  20. Giving domestic terrorists the 9/11 Treatment will not work. I agree with the writer of this article. The Patriot Act decreased our freedoms and ‘The War On Terror” is not really a war on terror, it is a war to cause more terror. Bush lied about Iraq, Obama lied about Libya and Trump and Netanyahu lied about Iran. Trump also lied about the rioters at the Capitol.

    1. What lie did they say about Iran? That they are a state that sponsors terrorism? That killing their head terrorist wasn’t going to start ww3? Also what lie did they say about the protesters?

      1. You in 2003: There totally are WMDs in Iraq.

  21. Gray_Jay, up there, is correct. The FBI has been spying on “right wing” folks for a long time. In the 1980s, FOI documents revealed that the FBI had an informer in, or close to, the Libertarian National Committee. I pity the poor agent who had to read the minutes of those meetings and intra-party feuds and petty crapola.

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  24. The obvious and vital fact that too many refuse to see is that the Trumpanzee Insurrection was an attack by government, not an attack on government. The Executive Branch, from Trump down to those cops among the rioters, attacked voters, through their proxies who were acknowledging their votes. The Government is seeking to use its own crimes against citizens as yet another excuse to commit more crimes against citizens.

    “No government knows any limits to its power except the endurance of the people.”
    ~ Lysander Spooner

    1. Here is exhibit number 11,779 why Trump’s too cozy relationship with government employees and their unions always made we libertarians so queasy:

      “Fraternal Order of Police president John Catanzara defended the pro-Trump protest that turned into a riot, with supporters storming the Capitol Wednesday and trashing the sacred halls of democracy.”

      https://abc7chicago.com/chicago-police-union-president-john-catanzara-donald-trump-riot/9448446/

      1. “Here is exhibit number 11,779 why Trump’s too cozy relationship with government employees and their unions always made we libertarians so queasy:”
        There are those who suggest TDS is not a real issue then a fucking TDS-addled shit like this shows up to prove them all wrong.

    2. “…the Trumpanzee Insurrection…”
      There are those who suggest TDS is not a real issue then a fucking TDS-addled shit like this shows up to prove them all wrong.

  25. Question to the author: What are “Extremist tactics” that should be targeted? Speech? Protest? Or are you talking about Timothy McVeigh type tactics? This is the problem when undefined terms are used in a story. Please define these tactics.

  26. They are demanding a commission now and have unofficially named it the 1/6 Commission. They are still looking to fill the Torquemada roll. I wonder who will be appointed to head this commission.

  27. Who are the terrorists? Who are the violent extremists?

    Are we starting with those whose terrorist activities were allowed, supported, and cheered for a year? Those who actually used violence and destruction (and murder) to achieve their desired results? Or is that going to be continually ignored because gun owners “attempted to overthrow the government” but left their guns at home?

    Is Biden still the “libertarian” god at Reason? Harris?

  28. I don’t know if it would send the right message if we all of a sudden started caring about terrorist rights the moment the white guys are the terrorists.

    Lucky for them being white and native means there are no such laws. What a fun game it would be if Democrats could use only Republican rhetoric from 2002 to argue for new laws to protect us from the evil-doers. The Cheneys wouldn’t know what to do with themselves.

    1. Because 9/11 and 1/6 were exactly the same.

      I really want to know, Tony… how do lefty shit heads excuse this past summer?

      1. Is this where we have to agree that some street crime is the end of civilization while a global pandemic is to be dismissed because of the letter after the name of the guy who bungled it to the tune of a half a million dead Americans?

        Offer me an alternative to lefty shits, not something a million times worse.

        1. LOL. Half a million dead americans. And Trump did it. You’re stupid. And it shows.

  29. One part of me is concerned about these developments. The other part of me is buying guns and ammo.

  30. All of the events that took place inside the Capitol Building were staged. There’s no way the Senate would have reconvened less than two hours after the “rioters” were cleared. The Secret Service would’ve had to search the place top to bottom for bombs, poison, etc. Not to mention the whole building would’ve been a crime scene.

  31. Wow, an entire article on the arriving War on Almost Non-Existent Domestic Terror without mentioning civil liberties once.

    Congratulations Reason, that’s a new low.

  32. Total insanity.

    Left wing terror sweeps across the country and is dismissed as “mostly peaceful” protests.

    One riot with a handful of minimally armed nutjobs only made possible due to grossly incompetent intelligence and crowd control/security causes a hysteria about “white supremacy” and “right wing domestic terror.”

  33. There will NOT be any dissent on the election! You people who think massive 90% favors are too wild to be believable will be termed “domestic extremists”!!!

    The #1 rule of “peacefully” invading the USA and installing a “Revolutionary Plan” of Democratic National Socialism requires that ALL patriotic dissent be eliminated by military force if necessary.

    The Obama Administration made exactly the same orders. The FBI was instructed to put anyone who discusses the U.S. Constitution on a Domestic Terrorist watch list. It was right there on the FBI website.

  34. The sceptics movement would need to understand the talking heads conspiracy theory of 9/11 repeated on loop on T.V in light of the laws of physics of the empirical evidence played on loop on T.V to get it.
    ‘The New Pearl Harbor’ was a wish in the Neo-Con Project For A New American Century’s year 2000 manifesto ‘Rebuilding Americas Defences’ on 9/11 their wish came true with G.B Jnr as POTUS. (1)
    The unconstitutional Patriot Act was good to go in 2000. Joe Biden has bragged that he wrote it (3), that might put some context into why G.B Jnr’s homie Obama chose Joe as V.P & why the language of terrorism is the universal mantra of the D.C Uniparty.
    It also puts into context Pt2 of the GOP Uniparty’s Patriot Act, the Dem Uniparty’s unconstitutional ‘For The People’ act that will cement 1 & 1/2 parties in D.C now that the Covid19 fear has rationalised structural ballot fraud.
    1: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NiHeCjZlkr8
    2: 9/01/2000 Rebuilding Americas Defences Pg 51: “Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.”
    https://archive.org/details/RebuildingAmericasDefenses
    (3) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iDBbUkHBRms

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