Joe Biden's Department of Homeland Security just issued a terror threat advisory which is raising some eyebrows.
Listen, as Lester Holt and Pete Williams describe how the “terror threat advisory” isn't based on any actual threats or plots, but just a lot of “anti-government rhetoric” that includes things like “opposition to COVID measures” like masks and vaccine measures.
MUST WATCH: Homeland Security hasn't based the new "Terror Threat Alert" off of actual threats or plots… just "anti-government rhetoric" that includes "opposition to COVID measures" … aka FREE SPEECH.
Protesting your school board's mask mandates = terror threat. pic.twitter.com/ugmxMT0wBx
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) August 14, 2021
“Extremists may seek to exploit the emergence of Covid-19 variants by viewing the potential re-establishment of public health restrictions across the United States as a rationale to conduct attacks,” the DHS advisory said, adding that “pandemic-related stressors… may contribute to more violence this year.”
So, if there aren't any actual plots or threats, what they're really doing is demonizing free speech, as Tim Young observes, or criticism of government action. That's a dangerous route to go down. It also suggests that the DHS is surveilling people to some degree on this subject, another troubling thought, and definitely a slippery slope to go down.
They're also continuing to demonize Trump supporters again, by including them in the advisory that isn't based on any actual threats, with “claims of election fraud, belief Trump can be reinstated.”
Whether you agree or disagree with those thoughts on Trump or on COVID, you're allowed those thoughts in our allegedly free society under our Constitution. Are they really classifying being critical of the government as a terrorist threat now? Is dissent now terrorism?
Notice in this CNN take that it isn't criminal actions but “false narratives” that are mentioned as “dangerous.”
The bulletin is part of a concerted effort by DHS to address the issues that led up to January 6 and the beginning of an effort by the department to educate the public about how these false narratives and conspiracy theories “are not just confusing but dangerous,” according to a source familiar.
You're not allowed to have those thoughts.
Then the NBC piece notes there are concerns about the 9/11 anniversary and “religious holidays,” without defining what “religious holidays” we're talking about here. What they're looking at here, without NBC saying it, I think, is radical Islamic terrorism. That's what the Yahoo News article on the advisory suggests.
But NBC just didn't want to put that in the graphic. So, it leaves you wondering: are religious holidays now considered a threat as well?
Meanwhile, notice what's missing from that list? Actual Antifa terrorism, with actual attacks on federal and other government buildings and police.
But hey, at least Joe Biden loves his vacation time and his ice cream, right? All praise the Leader!