Posted BY: Conservative Treehouse
Republicans created the Patriot Act, the Dept of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). The same agencies that Barack Obama later weaponized with the creation of the Dept of Justice National Security Division (DOJ-NSD).
The root issue around domestic surveillance and ultimately power & control, underlines Washington DC’s united opposition to Donald Trump.
Barack Obama and Eric Holder did not create a weaponized DOJ and FBI; the institutions were already weaponized by the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act turned the surveillance radar from pointing outwardly, to pointing inwardly, monitoring activity inside our nation. We The People were now the threat being monitored.
What President Obama and AG Eric Holder did was take the preexisting system and retool it, so the weapons of government conducting surveillance only targeted one side of the political continuum. Domestic terrorists were now defined through the prism of political opposition.
Ultimately this retooled system surfaces in 2022 with the FBI saying domestic terror threats from right-wing extremists are the biggest national security threat. This is why the Biden administration says, without pause, that Trump voters are a “threat to democracy.” The origin of that surveillance inflection point explains where we are today.
In the era shortly after 9/11 the DC national security apparatus, instructed by Vice President Dick Cheney, was constructed to preserve continuity of government and simultaneously view all Americans as potential threats. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) were created specifically for this purpose.
After 9/11/01 the electronic surveillance system that was originally created to monitor threats from abroad was retooled to monitor threats inside our country. That is when all of our electronic ‘metadata’ came under federal surveillance. That inflection point, and the process that followed, was exactly what Edward Snowden pointed out, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper initially tried to deny.
We see the fully evolving system today with the merge of federal intelligence agencies and social media (big tech) collaborating. Disinformation panels etc, are yet again an outcome of this political surveillance continuum. Now we see that ordinary discussion of information, newly defined as against the interest of the regime, has evolved to become targeting material. Speech is now controlled from the same viewpoint as ‘terror threats.’
When Barack Obama and Eric Holder arrived in January of 2009, what they did refine the internal targeting mechanisms so that only their political opposition became the target of this new national security apparatus that was built before their arrival.