So let’s take a look at this new warning from the .dotgov. Here’s the summary:
The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin due to a heightened threat environment across the United States, which DHS believes will persist in the weeks following the successful Presidential Inauguration. Information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence.
What interests me about this diktat is not that it’s spurious bullshit (it is), but in terms of this language it could have been equally applicable after Trump was elected President. Let’s parse the thing, to get the parallels to 2017.
- “Some ideologically-motivated violent extremists” — Antifa? Most definitely.
- “Objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition” — Anyone remember the Washington D.C. riots during and after Trump’s inauguration?
- “Other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives” — that would be the completely false Russian “involvement” of 2017.
All these and more could have been good reasons for Trump to invoke this very kind of action, back in early 2017.
But he didn’t.
Yet because a couple hundred idiots invaded the Capitol, walked off with Nancy Pelosi’s lectern and sat behind her desk, now it’s Defcon-3 and BOLOs for “terrorists”? Just a reminder: the “insurgents” who broke into the Capitol weren’t carrying weapons, didn’t throw Molotov cocktails around in the streets or public places, didn’t burn and pillage shops and office buildings, and didn’t beat up innocent people in the streets. Even the ones arrested were released within hours, and if any effort was made to identify and charge the instigators of said riots, I don’t remember it and nothing ever came of it if there was such an effort.
Also, I don’t recall any of the 2021 “ringleaders” actually saying things like Black Lives Matter’s co-founder Patrisse Cullors, who said in 2015 that she and her fellow organizers are “trained Marxists”.
So which group is more likely to want to violently overthrow our republican form of government: the “Proud Boys” / Trumpist conservatives or BLM / Antifa?
Anyone who suggests the conservatives, I would suggest, is the enemy of the United States and should be the ones targeted by the National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin of January 27, 2021 — because if ever there is a “false narrative”, it’s the one contained in the bulletin’s summary at the top of this post.
It’s an age-old tactic of the Left: accuse your opponents of doing what you’re doing, or plan to do.