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DHS Issues a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin

Editor’s Note: Alongside the contested 2020 election and prevailing narrative attached to the January 6th events at the US Capitol, upon which federal prosecutions are presently going forward, this appears to be a signal move toward criminalizing thought in the US.

One might ask, “Why is there no similar attention by the new administration toward the potential threat of two million Chinese Communist Party members who’ve reportedly infiltrated governments and corporations throughout the West, not to mention their ‘fellow travelers'”?

US Department of Homeland Security
January 27, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin today after consultation with the intelligence community and law enforcement partners. There is currently a heightened threat environment across the United States that is likely to persist over the coming weeks. DHS does not have any information to indicate a specific, credible plot; however, violent riots have continued in recent days and we remain concerned that individuals frustrated with the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances and ideological causes fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize a broad range of ideologically-motivated actors to incite or commit violence.

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‘Anti-Government Conspiracy Theorist’ Imprisoned Over YouTube Video

By James F. Tracy

Defining Domestic Lone Wolf Terrorism

Section 802 of PATRIOT Act and “Domestic Terrorism”

Radicalization via “conspiracy theories” have inevitably led to violence and signal potential acts of domestic terrorism. This is how Google, Interpol and the Las Vegas police have interpreted the social media activities of 24-year-old Bryce Cuellar. 

The Las Vegas Sun reports:

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Political Extremism in the Technocratic Order

“Extremists have taken over and they’re the ones who run the foreign policy and have convinced us to go along with all these wars.”—Congressman Ron Paul[1]

The alleged bogey of “extremism” has become a prominent element of public discourse particularly since the mid-1990s. The assumed terroristic tendencies of ordinary Americans is a preoccupation of many mainstream and liberal intellectuals apparently more concerned with moral guardianship than the growing police state and continued wartime economy. These conditions underline a campaign to promote paranoia that only intensified following September 11, 2001. As the specter of deviant commoners helps validate accelerated repressive measures, the state’s genuine extremism of illegal wars and evisceration of most civil liberties falls from public purview.

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The Paranoid Style of American Governance

In 1964 Harper‘s magazine published the now famous essay, “The Paranoid Style of American Politics,” by historian and public intellectual Richard Hofstadter. Appearing in the wake of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater’s Republican presidential nomination, the tract remains emblematic of liberal anxiety toward serious and in many cases unresolved questions regarding the forces behind American governance. “The Paranoid Style” overall helped establish the term “conspiracy theory” as perhaps the most powerful epithet in the American political lexicon.  “American politics has often been an arena for angry minds,” Hofstadter wrote.

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