Does Biden administration want Americans to betray friends, family?

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Alarms are being raised by conservatives over what appears to be a suggestion by an unidentified senior administration official that Americans report family members, friends or co-workers to authorities if they express or exhibit behavior that might be considered extremist.

Conservative activists are raising questions and alarms over a new strategy to fight domestic terrorism that includes reporting family, friends or co-workers who they “have perceived to be radicalizing and potentially radicalizing towards violence.”

Writing at the Western Journal, Grant Atkinson observes, “Throughout former President Donald Trump’s tenure, his opponents on the left continually tried to paint him as a dictator. Many went as far as to compare him to Adolf Hitler, one of the evilest tyrants in the history of the world.

“It seems hypocritical, then,” he adds a few lines later, “that the establishment media would ignore a strategy from the Biden administration taken straight out of the playbook of Nazi Germany. And yet that is exactly what they are doing right now.”

Earlier this week, an unidentified White House official told reporters, “We will work to improve public awareness of federal resources to address concerning or threatening behavior before violence occurs.  And on that, I would just note that one of the things we’re talking about is the need to do something in this space, like the ‘See something’ — ‘If you see something, say something’ concept that has been promulgated previously by DHS. This involves creating contexts in which those who are family members or friends or co-workers know that there are pathways and avenues to raise concerns and seek help for those who they have perceived to be radicalizing and potentially radicalizing towards violence.”

It didn’t take long for these remarks to warp across social media. Writing at the Tennessee Star, Eric Lendrum noted in an Op-Ed this is “an unsettling development.”

Lendrum, who reports for American Greatness, wrote, “These declarations are indicative of the administration’s determination to double down on the debunked conspiracy theory that “far-right” and “White supremacist” domestic terrorism is the top security threat to the nation. Although Biden repeatedly made this false claim in his inaugural address, his first address to a joint session of Congress, and a press conference on June 1st, there is no evidence to back up this assertion. Many critics have instead described these claims as an attempt by the administration to justify cracking down on political opponents, namely supporters of President Donald Trump.”

The transcription of Monday’s teleconference may be read here. Readers can make up their own minds as to the intent of the Biden administration.

As noted by Breitbart, “Biden began his presidency with a stark warning in his inauguration speech about the ‘rise in political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.’ On June 1, Biden described the threat from ‘white supremacy’ as the “most lethal threat to the homeland today.”

However, it appears many people have growing concerns that another threat to the country is any suggestion that family, friends, co-workers and neighbors spy on one another.

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