The U.S. continues to grapple with domestic terrorist violence that FBI Director Christopher Wray characterized last year as a problem “metastasizing around the country.” Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan sees it differently, claiming recently that 14 whistleblowers told him that “FBI employees were pressured to reclassify crimes as domestic terrorism.” Straight Arrow News contributor Ben Weingarten believes the expanded definition of “threats” is yet another example of “The Regime” making up facts and redefining the issues:
Would it shock you to learn the FBI was cooking the books about what it claims is the greatest threat to the homeland? That’s what Congressman Jim Jordan alleges. FBI whistleblowers told him they’re being pressured to reclassify investigations as domestic violent extremism when they shouldn’t be, and that they’re being rewarded for it. Which is to say, they’re inflating the threat our Ruling Class tells us is driven overwhelmingly by those who disagree with it to justify a sprawling War on Wrongthinkers.
The Ruling Class has equated dissent with danger, cast dissenters as domestic terrorists, and mobilized against them under America’s first ever National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism. Yet authorities have never substantiated their claims about the threat.
We’re just supposed to take their word for it—that The Deplorables endanger the republic, from the same agencies that brought us Russiagate, framing the Ultimate Deplorable as a traitor. What little evidence the security state has produced is lacking: It shows falling domestic terror arrest numbers, or cites a few attacks each year resulting in fewer casualties than we see in cities like Chicago every month. The big number they point to is a doubling in domestic terrorism investigations. Which brings us to Jordan’s revelations.
Recently he pressed Matthew Olsen, head of DOJ’s National Security Division on the allegations. Olsen said the growing terror threat used to justify the opening of a new DOJ domestic terror unit is primarily driven by those “motivated by racial or ethnic animus,” and others “hold[ing] anti-government or anti-authority views.”
So it created a broad and liberal definition that could cover tens of millions of people—namely conservatives, since their views are cast as “anti-government or anti-authority” and/or rooted in “racial or ethnic animus.”
This is threat inflation.