Joe Biden’s presidential administration is telling people that if they think their friends and family are becoming radicalized, to report them to the authorities. This comes after Biden’s Attorney General says that they will not go after people for things like “hate speech” which are protected by the first amendment.
But, Joe Biden’s Homeland Security is comparing this effort to that of the “if you see something say something” campaign used to have people on the lookout for radical Islamic terrorists. Now it appears, the government could be looking at anyone, including Trump supporters, in the same light, after January 6th.
If you aren’t breaking the law, but your friends or family think your politics are too radical, they could report you to the federal government, who will in turn be taking a look at your life situation. Yes, they claim they will not go after people for their political opinions if you are not espousing violence, which sounds like a good thing. But will people’s privacy be invaded simply because they attended a Trump rally, or have a flag on their truck, or free think about their political views?
What if your friends or family think that that podcast you listen to, or that person you retweeted on Twitter is radical, and therefor now thinks you are radical too, and “tips off” the government? Will your privacy be violated? We hope not. It’s unclear what extent the government plans to go to and if this is all really about keeping us safe or if the government is actively against certain political ideologies.
Breitbart reported in part:
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.”
The Biden administration said it would also work with large technology companies on “increased information sharing” to help combat radicalization.
“Any particular tech company often knows its own platform very well,” the official noted. “But the government sees things — actually, threats of violence — across platforms. They see the relationship between online recruitment, radicalization, and violence in the physical world.”
The Department of Homeland Security also plans to deploy “digital literacy” and “digital fitness” programs to help combat “malicious content online that bad actors deliberately try to disseminate.”
The official reassured reporters that the administration’s new strategies would remain “laser-focused” on stopping violent acts.
Many people who supported Donald Trump for president in 2016 and 2020, felt like they couldn’t speak out about their views, or they may lose friends and family. Some flew Trump flags, but did indeed lose friends. Some posted about pro-Trump views online and lost jobs. There is a chance that Trump could run in 2024 as well.
This is, in our view, why many politicians such as Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, and Chuck Schumer, the Democrat Senate Majority leader, want to continue investigating Donald Trump. They want to make sure he doesn’t run again because as of now he still can, and could win in theory.
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