{"184027":{"id":"184027","parent":"183908","time":"1610291482","url":"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2021\/01\/10\/the-boot-is-coming-down-hard-and-fast\/","category":"documentaires","title":"The Boot Is Coming Down Hard and Fast","image":"","hub":"newsnet","url-explicit":"the-boot-is-coming-down-hard-and-fast","admin":"newsnet","views":"16","priority":"2","length":"7404","lang":"en","content":"\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ci\u003EBy Caitlin JOHNSTONE\u003C\/i\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EA lot's been happening really fast. It's a white noise saturation day and it's impossible to keep track of everything going on, so I'm just going to post my thoughts on a few of the things that have happened.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E*\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EBiden \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/archive.is\/IxNz5\"\u003Ehas announced\u003C\/a\u003E plans to roll out new domestic terrorism laws in the wake of the Capitol Hill riot.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\"Mr. Biden has said he plans to make a priority of passing a law against domestic terrorism, and he has been urged to create a White House post overseeing the fight against ideologically inspired violent extremists and increasing funding to combat them,\" \u003Ci\u003EWall Street Journal\u003C\/i\u003E reports.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EDid you know that Biden \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.buzzfeednews.com\/article\/andrewkaczynski\/surveillance-joe\"\u003Ehas often boasted\u003C\/a\u003E about being the original author of the US Patriot Act?\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe first draft of the \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.aclu.org\/other\/myths-and-realities-about-patriot-act\"\u003Ecivil rights-eroding\u003C\/a\u003E USA PATRIOT Act was magically \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.preceden.com\/timelines\/50405-usa-patritot-act\"\u003Eintroduced one week after the 9\/11 attacks\u003C\/a\u003E. Legislators \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/sunlightfoundation.com\/2009\/03\/02\/congress-had-no-time-to-read-the-usa-patriot-act\"\u003Elater admitted\u003C\/a\u003E that they hadn't even had time to read through the hundreds of pages of the history-shaping bill before passing it the next month, yet somehow its authors were able to gather all the necessary information and write the whole entire thing in a week.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThis was because most of the work had already been done. CNET \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/ritholtz.com\/2011\/12\/the-core-of-the-patriot-act-was-drafted-in-1995-%E2%80%A6-by-joe-biden\"\u003Ereported the following\u003C\/a\u003E back in 2008:\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cblockquote\u003E\"Months before the Oklahoma City bombing took place, [then-Senator Joe] Biden introduced another bill called the \u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/thomas.loc.gov\/cgi-bin\/bdquery\/z?d104:s.00390:\"\u003EOmnibus Counterterrorism Act of 1995\u003C\/a\u003E. It previewed the 2001 Patriot Act by allowing secret evidence to be used in prosecutions, expanding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and wiretap laws, creating a new federal crime of 'terrorism'that could be invoked based on political beliefs, permitting the U.S. military to be used in civilian law enforcement, and allowing permanent detention of non-U.S. citizens without judicial review. The Center for National Security Studies \u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/w2.eff.org\/Legislation\/Bills_by_number\/s390_hr896_95_cnss.analysis\"\u003Esaid the bill would erode\u003C\/a\u003E 'constitutional and statutory due process protections'and would 'authorize the Justice Department to pick and choose crimes to investigate and prosecute based on political beliefs and associations.'\u003C\/blockquote\u003E\u003Cp\u003EBiden's bill \u003Cspan id=\"bt5dd968\"\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"togglebub('app__5dd968_wiki_call_https(ddot)(slash)(slash)en(dot)wikipedia(dot)org(slash)wiki(slash)Omnibus*Counterterrorism*Act*of*1995_1')\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-wiki2\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/en.wikipedia.org\/wiki\/Omnibus_Counterterrorism_Act_of_1995\"\u003Ewas never put to a vote\u003C\/a\u003E, but after 9\/11 then-Attorney General John Ashcroft reportedly credited his bill with the foundations of the USA PATRIOT Act.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\"Civil libertarians were opposed to it,\" Biden \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.buzzfeednews.com\/article\/andrewkaczynski\/surveillance-joe\"\u003Esaid in 2002\u003C\/a\u003E of his bill. \"Right after 1994, and you can ask the attorney general this, because I got a call when he introduced the Patriot Act. He said, 'Joe, I'm introducing the act basically as you wrote it in 1994.'\"\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"twit track\" id=\"1347559510357979138\"\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"nbp\"\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_card_RepSlotkin_');\" class=\"popbt\" title=\"@RepSlotkin\"\u003ERep. Elissa Slotkin\u003C\/a\u003E \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/RepSlotkin\/status\/1347559510357979138\" class=\"small\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-chain\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 08\/01\/2021 16:03:18\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1347559510357979138_rpl');\" title=\"answers\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-dialog\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"fav1347559510357979138\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-heart\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E3548\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"rtw1347559510357979138\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-repost\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E897\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-users\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 69863\/708\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('1347559510357979138_app___twit_recache_1347559510357979138');\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-reload\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"tog_jb('yndtwt57979138_yandex,calltw___1347559510357979138_fr-en','yndtwt57979138_twit,playtxt___1347559510357979138','bt460809')\" id=\"bt460809\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-language\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca href=\"plug\/twit\/1347559510357979138\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-url\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"panel\"\u003E\u003Cdiv id=\"yndtwt57979138\"\u003EThe post 9\/11 era is over. The single greatest national security threat right now is our internal division. The threat of domestic terrorism. The polarization that threatens our democracy. If we don't reconnect our two Americas, the threats will not have to come from the outside. \u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cp\u003EA recent \u003Ci\u003EMorning Joe\u003C\/i\u003E appearance by CIA analyst-turned House Representative Elissa Slotkin eagerly informed us that the real battle against terrorism is now inside America's borders.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\"The post 9\/11 era is over,\" Slotkin \u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1347559510357979138_tweet');\" class=\"txtx\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-tw\" style=\"font-size:16px;\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E tweeted\u003C\/a\u003E while sharing a clip of her appearance. \"The single greatest national security threat right now is our internal division. The threat of domestic terrorism. The polarization that threatens our democracy. If we don't reconnect our two Americas, the threats will not have to come from the outside.\"\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\"Before Congress, Elissa worked for the CIA and the Pentagon and helped destabilize the Middle East during the Bush and Obama admins,\" \u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1347647128538112000_tweet');\" class=\"txtx\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-tw\" style=\"font-size:16px;\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E tweeted\u003C\/a\u003E journalist Whitney Webb in response. \"What she says here is essentially an open announcement that the US has moved from the 'War on [foreign] terror'to the 'War on domestic terror'.\"\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E*\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIn response to \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/caitlinjohnstone.substack.com\/p\/msm-already-using-capitol-hill-riot\"\u003Epressures\u003C\/a\u003E from all directions including \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.theverge.com\/2021\/1\/8\/22221386\/twitter-employees-trump-ban-internal-letter-capitol-attack\"\u003Eits own staff\u003C\/a\u003E, Twitter has followed Facebook's lead and removed Donald Trump's account.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EAnd it wasn't just Trump. Accounts are vanishing quickly, including \u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1347730336155897858_tweet');\" class=\"txtx\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-tw\" style=\"font-size:16px;\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E some popular Trump supporter accounts\u003C\/a\u003E. I myself have lost hundreds of followers on Twitter in the last few hours, and I've seen people saying they lost a lot more.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIt also wasn't just Trump supporters; leftist accounts are \u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1347738646368149511_tweet');\" class=\"txtx\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-tw\" style=\"font-size:16px;\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E getting suspended too\u003C\/a\u003E. The online left is hopefully learning that cheering for Twitter \"banning fascists\" irrationally assumes that (A) their purges are only banning fascists and (B) they are limiting their bans to your personal definition of fascists. There is no basis whatsoever for either of these assumptions.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"twit track\" id=\"1347738646368149511\"\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"nbp\"\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_card_yopasta_');\" class=\"popbt\" title=\"@yopasta\"\u003ECraig Pasta Jardula\u003C\/a\u003E \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/yopasta\/status\/1347738646368149511\" class=\"small\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-chain\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 09\/01\/2021 03:55:07\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1347738646368149511_rpl');\" title=\"answers\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-dialog\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"fav1347738646368149511\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-heart\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E833\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"rtw1347738646368149511\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-repost\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E413\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-users\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 6538\/1501\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('1347738646368149511_app___twit_recache_1347738646368149511');\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-reload\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"tog_jb('yndtwt68149511_yandex,calltw___1347738646368149511_fr-en','yndtwt68149511_twit,playtxt___1347738646368149511','bt461274')\" id=\"bt461274\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-language\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca href=\"plug\/twit\/1347738646368149511\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-url\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"panel\"\u003E\u003Cdiv id=\"yndtwt68149511\"\u003EWow! These people hold rallies protesting the unjust evictions of poor people during the Covid. We have been telling you. They will come for the Progressives as well. That is why we must protect our freedom of speech and our civil liberties. \u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cp\u003EGoogle has ratcheted things up even further by \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.theverge.com\/2021\/1\/8\/22221648\/google-suspends-bans-parler-play-store\"\u003Eremoving Parler\u003C\/a\u003E from its app store, and Apple \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.buzzfeednews.com\/article\/ryanmac\/apple-threatens-ban-parler\"\u003Ewill likely soon follow\u003C\/a\u003E. This push to marginalize even the already fringey social media sites is making the libertarian\/shitlib argument of \"If you don't like censorship just go to another platform\" look pretty ridiculous.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThis is all happening just in time for the Biden administration, about which critics had \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/thegrayzone.com\/2020\/11\/11\/richard-stengel-propaganda-usagm-biden\"\u003Ealready been voicing grave concerns\u003C\/a\u003E regarding the future of internet censorship.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe censorship of a political faction at the hands of a few liberal Silicon Valley billionaires will do the exact opposite of eliminating right-wing paranoia and conspiracy theories, and everyone knows it. You're not trying to make things better, you're trying to make them worse. You're not trying to restore peace and order, you're trying to force a confrontation so your political enemies can be crushed. You're accelerationist.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EA Venn diagram of people who support the latest social media purges and people who secretly hope Trumpers freak out and attempt a violent uprising would look like the Japanese flag.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"twit track\" id=\"1347605377421090817\"\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"nbp\"\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_card_richimedhurst_');\" class=\"popbt\" title=\"@richimedhurst\"\u003ERichard Medhurst 🇸🇾🇵🇸\u003C\/a\u003E \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/richimedhurst\/status\/1347605377421090817\" class=\"small\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-chain\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 08\/01\/2021 19:05:33\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1347605377421090817_rpl');\" title=\"answers\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-dialog\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"fav1347605377421090817\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-heart\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E1421\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"rtw1347605377421090817\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-repost\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E573\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-users\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 53152\/447\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('1347605377421090817_app___twit_recache_1347605377421090817');\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-reload\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"tog_jb('yndtwt21090817_yandex,calltw___1347605377421090817_fr-en','yndtwt21090817_twit,playtxt___1347605377421090817','bt461674')\" id=\"bt461674\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-language\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca href=\"plug\/twit\/1347605377421090817\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-url\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"panel\"\u003E\u003Cdiv id=\"yndtwt21090817\"\u003E\"Domestic terrorists\"; \"coup\"; \"attacks on our democracy\"; welcome to the latest iteration of the War on Terror. \u003Cbr \/\u003E\nThe Boutique Left, in the blink of an eye, discards all talk of healthcare & stimulus checks to help lay the groundwork and usher in a new age of authoritarianism. \u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe correct response to a huge section of the citizenry doubting an electoral system we've known for years is garbage would have been more transparency, not shoving the process through and silencing people who voice doubts and making that entire faction more paranoid and crazy.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E*\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003ESupporting the censorship of online speech is to support the authority of monopolistic tech oligarchs to exert more and more global control over human communication. Regardless of your attitude toward whoever happens to be getting deplatformed today, supporting this is suicidal.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/caitlinjohnstone.com\/2021\/01\/09\/the-boot-is-coming-down-hard-and-fast\"\u003Ecaitlinjohnstone.com\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2021\/01\/10\/the-boot-is-coming-down-hard-and-fast\/\"\u003Estrategic-culture.org\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E"}}