Fired FBI executive Andrew McCabe says America’s conservatives are as bad as Islamic terrorists and the federal government needs vastly increased powers to spy on them.
The stunning words from McCabe came during his recent speech at the University of Chicago, and were captured by a report in The Federalist about his comments on conservatives.
“I can tell you from my perspective of spending a lot of time focused on the radicalization of international terrorists and Islamic extremist and extremists of all stripes … is that this group shares many of the same characteristics of those groups that we’ve seen radicalized along entirely different ideological lines,” he said.
The report explained, “McCabe was fired as the deputy FBI director for leaking sensitive information about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation and then lying about it under oath. He also took part in spying on the Donald Trump campaign through a secret warrant granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court.”
McCabe was talking about “democracy,” but the report noted, “The dossier he used to obtain the surveillance warrant was funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and, in an ironic twist, was itself the product of Russian disinformation. McCabe and his allies in corporate mediate justified all sorts of similar illegal and undemocratic tactics to discredit and attempt to unseat President Trump.”
The report explained McCabe went to special effort to comment about conservatives, and to liken them “to members of the Islamic Caliphate.”
“According to McCabe a grandma who shares a Federalist article on Facebook and your uncle with a ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ coffee mug are in the same category as a jihadist who killed 49 people at an Orlando nightclub,” the report noted.
McCabe specifically went after parents who appear at local school board meetings – often in disagreement with the policies and practices those elected officials are demanding the community follow.
“Political violence [is] not just confined to the Capitol,” McCabe said. “It’s going on in school boards around the country. It’s going on in local elections. It’s happening, you know, even to health-care workers.”
Such issues, he explained, provide a “very diverse and challenging threat picture.”
“If you haven’t heard already, Democrats are branding parents who oppose child mask mandates and racist critical race theory indoctrination as ‘domestic terrorists,'” the Federal report said.
“McCabe said moms and dads who stand up for their children’s health and education at school board meetings in ways Democrats disagree with are very dangerous. So dangerous that it is actually ‘essential’ we have a ‘rapid and complete response by law enforcement at the state, local and federal level to this sort of political violence…,'” the report explained.
He explained that federal agencies must express the message that such disagreement should be “considered a threat to national security [that is] not tolerated.”
Obviously, then, he said, part of a solution is for more surveillance of those whose political opinions he doesn’t like.
“I’m fairly confident the FBI [and other agencies] have reallocated resources and repositioned some of their counterterrorism focus to increase their focus on right-wing extremism and domestic violent extremists. And I think that’s obviously a good idea,” he said.
But he warned that watching out for “fringe” elements simply isn’t enough.
“It’s entirely possible that when the intelligence community and the law enforcement community looks out across this mainstream, they didn’t assume [on January 6] that that group of people — business owners, white people from the suburbs, educated, employed — presented a threat of violence, and now we know very clearly that they do,” he said.
He said federal power should be expanded to impose more penalties for “domestic terrorism” against “‘extremists,’ a.k.a. conservatives,” the report said.
He said the government should have the authority to investigate “when folks are plotting or planning or organizing to use violence for the purpose of coercing the population or influencing government…”
“As McCabe said himself, to Democrats, the extreme right is the mainstream right,” the report said.
The report found:
Ironically, one of McCabe’s last remarks was a proclamation of equality under the law. “Whether you are a Trump supporter or a Biden supporter, right, left, or otherwise, we should all be able to agree on the principle that no one is above the law,” stated McCabe.
“… [F]rom the lowliest trespasser on January 6, up to the highest-ranking government officials who may have been aware of a plan that would ultimately lead to violence in the Capitol––those people should be held accountable, period,” he announced. “And if we can’t do that, that is just another sign that we are becoming a non-functioning democracy.”
Ironically, McCabe’s firing for repeatedly breaking the law was expunged from the record only because he settled with a partisan Biden Department of Justice. If no one is above the law, as McCabe claims to support, then he would be in jail. Of course, McCabe is above the law. Only dissenting conservatives, in his view, deserve the suspicion and wrath of unelected federal agencies.
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