Although not really covered in the mainstream media, the leaked memo demonstrating that the FBI now considers “conspiracy theorists” to be a domestic terror threat is a very frightening development.
In one example in the leaked memo, the FBI used language to suggest those that believe in a so-called “deep state” can be considered domestic terrorists. In other words, questioning the mainstream narrative and those who control it now makes you a terrorist.
But this isn’t just some label being slapped on people so they can be smeared. Instead, being designated a domestic terrorists greatly reduces the rights and protections one has against government intimidation and unwarranted investigations.
Much of this started with the so-called Patriot Act that was passed after the 9/11 attacks. Domestic terror was not added as a new crime, but instead, the designation allows government agencies huge freedom in investigating those who are deemed domestic terrorists or a domestic terror organization.
One example of this overreach being that once designated, any government agency or police force instantly can access someone’s financial and IRS information without first showing a cause or need. Of course, this is ripe for abuse and allows one to be targeted for harassment by government agencies.
Next is seizure of property. If a group or person is deemed a domestic terrorist or terrorist group, property and assets can be seized even if no crime is shown to have occurred. So now that certain conspiracy theories are deemed domestic terror threats, can people promoting and writing about those theories have their assets seized? According to the Patriot Act, the answer is a frightening YES. In these cases, no hearing is needed nor is any notice needed before the assets are seized.
Another aspect of being deemed involved in domestic terror is that it greatly reduces one’s 4th Amendment rights. For example, the need to show cause for a warrant is greatly reduced. Also, if warrants are issued, they can be what are called Single Jurisdiction Warrants. What this means is one single warrant can be used in different jurisdictions without the need for new warrants. So a warrant obtained in New York can be used in any state. However, the person who is the subject of that warrant can only fight it by appearing in the initial New York court, making it very hard to fight such warrants. As you can see, it can become very easy for someone to be caught in a trap of government harassment without much legal remedy.
With all this being said, many in the public may still be fine with this because they assume domestic terrorism involves violent acts. However, the law states that even “inciting” or “coercing” others can be considered domestic terrorism. So does that mean someone like Alex Jones could be deemed a domestic terrorist? It seems that yes, it absolutely does because all that needs to be shown is that Alex Jones intended to “coerce” a population by spreading misinformation.
So while this news hasn’t made many waves outside of conspiracy circles, it is a troubling development and one that shows the government is cracking down on those who dare challenge the official narrative.
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