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The Department Of Justice Prepares To Step Up War On Domestic Extremists

Senior officials with the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced possible legal changes which could allow the government greater room to combat so-called “anti-government extremists”. 

On Thursday February 4, Reuters reported that John Carlin, the Justice Department’s chief of national security, and federal prosecutors are looking for new tools to deal with the rise of “domestic extremists.”

“Based on recent reports and the cases we are seeing, it seems like we’re in a heightened environment,” Carlin told Reuters. Reuters notes that the U.S. government is facing an increase in opposition from militia groups, “sovereign citizens,” and other “anti-government extremists.”

 

However, federal officials like Carlin claim they are impeded in their pursuit of violent domestic terrorists because, although there is currently a U.S. law that prohibits “material” support of internationally recognized terror groups, there is not such a law for domestic groups. Reuters reports:

Carlin and other Justice Department officials declined to say if they would ask Congress for a comparable domestic extremist statute, or comment on what other changes they might pursue to toughen the fight against anti-government extremists.

The U.S. State Department designates international terrorist organizations to which it is illegal to provide “material support.” No domestic groups have that designation, helping to create a disparity in charges faced by international extremist suspects compared to domestic ones.

Carlin told Reuters that his counter-terrorism team is taking a “thoughtful look at the nature and scope of the domestic terrorism threat” and looking for “potential legal improvements and enhancements to better combat those threats.” The Justice Department will identify cases being prosecuted at the state level that “could arguably meet the federal definition of domestic terrorism.”

Carlin and his team are not only remaining quiet about whether or not they are pursuing the legal changes but the entire team has not been revealed to the public. This means we have an unelected, secret team of people working on identifying which Americans should be deemed “domestic extremists.”

Will Freedom Activists be Targeted?

Carlin’s silence should alarm all activists who consider themselves opposed to the policies of the U.S. government. Not only are those who espouse anti-government or pro-freedom rhetoric likely to be targeted but the penalty for being a part of such a group, or supporting such a group could eventually mean years in prison. Current laws allow for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for Americans who support groups on the State Department list of designated terrorist organizations.

Under a 1994 law federal prosecutors could attempt to bring “material support” terrorism charges against people who are linked to groups not on the State Department’s list but this has only happened twice since the law was enacted. If the Justice Department creates a list of groups that are deemed extremist or terrorist this could lead to stifling of free speech and expression.

Part of the problem is the broad definition of “extremism” itself. As far as the pursuit and defense against “extremism” is concerned, the United States government has failed to adequately define the term, and by doing so, is allowing for perfectly legal behavior to become taboo or even criminalized. In June 2014, TruthInMedia’s Jay Syrmopoulos wrote about this trend:

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http://www.activistpost.com/2016/02/the-department-of-justice-prepares-to-step-up-war-on-domestic-extremists.html

I wonder if they were looking for a way to arrest people who made donations, etc. when the people were occupying the refuge. Here is another incremental usurpation of our rights. 

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We have known extremist Muslim training camps all over the U.S. And we have the Black Panthers who are allowed to do anything they want. So where will they begin? We know the answer to that. 

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1 hour ago, Rothbard said:

Flat earthers are #1!

I doubt you are very high on their list right now. Militia groups are who they have their sights on. At some point, though, any belief that doesn't conform with their system will be heresy to the government. 

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29 minutes ago, Rothbard said:

Flat earthers are #1!

Hahahahaha!!!! That's funny! Although I'll agree with the fact that anyone who's views don't fall into the official narrative is probably on a list. ? 

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They keep changing the meanings of words to start banning the first amendment and now they want anyone who still believes in the constitution and rule of law and the founding fathers... Oops banned term right there. Oh well there not shutting me up  I have a mouth like a sailor and will say whatever words that come to mind. 

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5 minutes ago, Lucy Barnable said:

According to their own laws the government should be arresting itself.

The New Legal Definition 
Of 'Domestic Terrorism'

http://rense.com/general16/thenewlegaldefinition.htm

That basically also says that if you bring your community together as real Americans and wake them up that your a domestic terrorist.

also judging by that most of the government needs to be arrested. 

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25 minutes ago, Groove said:

That basically also says that if you bring your community together as real Americans and wake them up that your a domestic terrorist.

also judging by that most of the government needs to be arrested. 

If you want the rule of law in this country, you are a domestic terrorist.  If you don't agree with crony capitalism and the mafia that run the country now, you are a domestic terrorist. If you encourage people to be self sufficient and to rely on themselves... This is so messed up. 1984. I loathe that book, it's too true! 

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