The (Likely) Coming Expansion Of The Surveillance State

Last week, a group of about 30 Democrats wrote to House leadership to demand the creation of a 9/11 style commission to study domestic terrorism.

Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal (& Biden supporter), who headed the Joint Special Operations Command in Iraq and the commanded the war in Afghanistan, went even further by making the outrageous claim that the MAGA crowd is basically like Al-Qaeda.

McChrystal told Yahoo News:

“I did see a similar dynamic in the evolution of al-Qaida in Iraq, where a whole generation of angry Arab youth with very poor prospects followed a powerful leader who promised to take them back in time to a better place, and he led them to embrace an ideology that justified their violence. This is now happening in America….I think we’re much further along in this radicalization process, and facing a much deeper problem as a country, than most Americans realize.”

Bottom line, they want to use the events of January 6th to expand the surveillance state.

Glenn Greenwald writes:

“Media and political elites have placed as many Americans as they can — and it is a lot — into full-blown fear and panic mode, and when that happens, people are willing to acquiesce to anything claimed necessary to stop that threat, as the first War on Terror, still going strong twenty years later, decisively proved…
The first War on Terror ended up being wielded primarily on foreign soil but it has increasingly been imported onto domestic soil against Americans. This New War on Terror —one that is domestic in name from the start and carries the explicit purpose of fighting “extremists” and “domestic terrorists” among American citizens on U.S. soil — presents the whole slew of historically familiar dangers when governments, exploiting media-generated fear and dangers, arm themselves with the power to control information, debate, opinion, activism and protests.
That a new War on Terror is coming is not a question of speculation and it is not in doubt. Those who now wield power are saying it explicitly. The only thing that is in doubt is how much opposition they will encounter from those who value basic civic rights more than the fears of one another being deliberately cultivated within us.”