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Targeting MAGA? DOJ Opens ‘Domestic Terror’ Task Force with No Federal ‘Domestic Terror’ Statute

With no guard rails, this slope has just gotten a lot more slippery.

In the mainstream media, it is becoming very apparent that an effort to equate the MAGA Movement with “domestic terrorism” is underway, and has been for well over a year.

This is yet another avenue of attack that the liberals are using to demonize their Republican counterparts ahead of the 2022 midterm election – a contest that looks more and more like the GOP’s to lose with every passing week.

Now, as the far-right continues to bear the weight of this new media-bred moniker, the Justice Department is getting serious about tackling “domestic terror”.

The Justice Department is establishing a specialized unit focused on domestic terrorism, the department’s top national security official told lawmakers Tuesday as he described an “elevated” threat from violent extremists in the United States.

Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen, testifying just days after the nation observed the one-year anniversary of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, said the number of FBI investigations into suspected domestic violent extremists has more than doubled since the spring of 2020.

“We have seen a growing threat from those who are motivated by racial animus, as well as those who ascribe to extremist anti-government and anti-authority ideologies,” Olsen said.

But there appears to be one major problem:

But the issue remains politically freighted and divisive, in part because the absence of a federal domestic terrorism statute has created ambiguities as to precisely what sort of violence meets that definition. The U.S. criminal code defines domestic terrorism as violence intended to coerce or intimidate a civilian population and to influence government policy, but there is no standalone domestic terrorism charge, meaning prosecutors have to rely on other statutes.

With no clear-cut definition of how to proceed, there are fears that the DOJ could be making this up as they go.  And, given that they are working under a Democratic administration who’s already worked to vilify the MAGA masses, there’s no telling what sort of policies could be adopted in the coming months.

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