THIS WEEK IN SURVEILLANCE

THE CROWD-SOURCED INQUISITION. Not so long ago, The Intercept, led by Glenn Greenwald, made its reputation chronicling U.S. intelligence and military abuses, both foreign and domestic. Greenwald won a Pulitzer in 2014 reporting on Edward Snowden’s revelations about an extensive, illegal secret apparatus of domestic U.S. spying.

Greenwald cared just as much when spy agencies were concocting fake Russian narratives and using intelligence powers to undermine Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and hobble his presidency. But by 2020, The Intercept had morphed from digging into government abuses of power to actively promoting and assisting a “War On Terror 2.0,” aimed squarely at American citizens deemed “domestic terrorists,” and Greenwald was ousted from the investigative outlet he founded.

In a brilliant new piece, reporter Matt Taibbi details how not only formerly cutting-edge outlets, but old-guard media including CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post have become snooping lackeys of the Technocracy.

After perusing the history of the Internet age of surveillance post-2001, Taibbi sums up the sorry current state of media, now trolling through hacked GAB data for evidence of thought crimes of average citizens and covering for the latest Government abuses of power, including ICOP and other DHS domestic surveillance programs detailed in the Trends Journal.

Taibbi sums up the current state of affairs of the “War On Terror 2.0”:

“In the domestic sequel, the aim will be getting Americans to lose attachment to concepts like legal guilt or innocence. It won’t matter if you’ve actually committed or planned to commit a crime: if you check enough boxes, you may not be able to post on Internet platforms, fly a plane, use credit services, buy advertising, go on dating apps, work in your chosen profession (or at all), or do any of a dozen other things. A person’s quality of life might hang on whether or not someone—perhaps in the press—decides to publicly attach a name to a term like ‘white supremacist’ or ‘domestic terrorist…’

The press is taking the easy way out, pinning deputy badges to their chests and diving into the lives of ordinary people in search of secret sins. That’s not journalism, it’s a Crowdsourced Inquisition…”

Taibbi couldn’t be more on target.

THE FUTURE OF POLITICAL SURVEILLANCE IS BEING DECIDED NOW. Americans just hoping to breathe fresh air, meet with friends and family, and enjoy a semblance of normalcy in their daily lives aren’t focused on Committee hearings regarding 6 January. But they should be.

Democrats and corporate media are in overdrive cementing the “insurrection narrative” that is already being used to roll out a full-on domestic political surveillance – and retribution – apparatus.

Republican politicians cowed into accepting the widespread, in-your-face fraud of Joe Biden’s 80-million vote “victory” are showing some fight. At a Wednesday hearing of the House Oversight Committee, Representative Paul Gosar called out Biden administration officials for leveraging lies about the Washington, D.C. protest to ransack the rights of American citizens:

“Outright propaganda and lies are being used to unleash the national security state against law-abiding U.S. citizens, especially Trump voters. The FBI is fishing through homes of veterans and citizens with no criminal records and restricting the liberties of individuals who have never been accused of a crime. It was reported early, totally unconfirmed, that an armed insurrection beat a police officer to death with a fire extinguisher.”

Gosar confronted Jeffrey Rosen and Christopher Miller, who were head of DOJ and Defense at the time of the protest, for abetting false narratives regarding the protest. 

Rosen pointed out that the Justice Department confiscated no firearms from people who entered the Capitol on 6 January. Gosar also pointed out that the only person shot and killed at the Capitol that day was an unarmed female veteran, Ashli Babbitt.

“Who executed Ashli Babbitt?” Gosar asked Rosen. The former acting head of DOJ refused to answer.

The Public Police State

Representative Andrew Clyde also countered false government and media narratives about the Washington protest:

“The House floor was never breached and it was not an insurrection. This is the truth. There was an undisciplined mob, there were some rioters and some who committed acts of vandalism. But let me be clear. There was no insurrection, and to call it an insurrection, in my opinion, is a bald-faced lie.”

House Leader Nancy Pelosi said Clyde’s statement was in “denial, and in the range of sick.” But at the time of the protest, Pelosi fomented one of the biggest lies about it, claiming it was an “armed insurrection.” It was used as one of the excuses to encamp the nation’s Capitol for months with National Guard troops. 

While Americans personally affected by COVID restrictions and fundamental alterations to their daily lives have understandably focused much of their attention there. That siphoning of attention has been fully exploited to solidify an intelligence apparatus effectively criminalizing outspoken, politically incorrect dissent. 

Citizens who think regaining political power will be a simple matter of going to the polls in 2022 aren’t paying attention. The election of 2020 wasn’t only a historic instance of systemic technocrat control and fraud. It has marked the imposition of a non-clandestine, very public domestic technocratic police state that threatens the integrity of all future elections.

The Trends Journal has extensively covered the 6 January protest and the ways it has been used by the Biden administration to build new domestic surveillance programs and a regulatory and legalistic framework for this political police state. For readers who may want to catch up:

4 Comments
  1. Eric Swan 4 weeks ago

    If the insurrectionists did this in another country they would have been dealt with more harshly. When a group of people chant Hang someone, Its not a friendly assembly of people, and people were killed so sorry. I don’t agree. would you really like the country run by people who chant ‘Kill someone’? and then went and killed some people?

    • Jonathan Darnell 4 weeks ago

      They were chanting “hang someone”? I’ve never heard of an angry mob chanting “kill someone” I mean, did they have someone in particular in mind? Or was it just “kill someone”?

  2. George Threshman 4 weeks ago

    To quell the selective curtailment of free speech we must hit them where it hurts most..
    In the pocketbook. Refusing to buy or watch their products, voting them out of office, publishing the names of those who abhor freedom and naming those racists who want violence.

  3. a1achiropractic 3 weeks ago

    In my State it is realized that our one representative, a Republican, is a traitor to freedom loving Americans and will be voted out in the primaries if a decent candidate runs against him. Dusty Johnson you are disgrace and are going out!

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