Disgraced former FBI deputy director McCabe says feds need to target “mainstream conservatives”

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CHICAGO, IL- This is the best laugh we’ve had in a while.

Disgraced former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe trying to “protect democracy” from evil conservatives by…advocating for more surveillance of so-called “mainstream conservatives.”

Oh, and he also thinks having the Department of Justice target parents for being concerned about their children’s education is also a swell idea.

You remember McCabe, don’t you? He was the one who leaked sensitive information about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation and then lied about it under oath.

Oh, he also was an active participant in the Russia collusion hoax that attempted to take down then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, partially through a bogus warrant granted through the FISA court based on false information.

Yeah, that Andrew McCabe.

Last week, McCabe and a bunch of other partisan hacks were guests at the University of Chicago to serve on a panel to discuss the “Great (non) Insurrection of 2021,” according to The Federalist.

Who better would know about targeting our institutions than someone who actually did so?

One might think that “protecting Democracy” would include acting with honesty and integrity.

How ironic was it then that McCabe was invited to speak at the university about honoring the integrity of our “democracy” after he used Russian disinformation in a phony dossier provided by a disgraced former British spy and paid for by Trump’s opposition, the Clinton campaign.

Honesty and integrity right there.

As The Federalist noted, while McCabe’s invitation to speak was shocking in and of itself, what he had to say was even more galling. The outlet noted four of McCabe’s more outrageous statements and proposals at the university event.

First of all, McCabe compared conservatives to Islamic terrorists.

This of course plays off a statement made last week at the ridiculous display at the US Capitol on January 6, when Kamala Harris made what has to be the stupidest statement from a political official in years—that the January 6, 2021, siege at the Capitol should be held with the same reverence as the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

We might remind you that on September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 Americans were killed, with thousands more dying afterward with 9/11-related illness from working on the debris field at the World Trade Center.

“I can tell you from my perspective of spending a lot of time focused on the radicalization of international terrorists and Islamic extremist and extremists of all stripes…is that this group shares many of the same characteristics of those groups that we’ve seen radicalized along entirely different ideological lines,” McCabe said.

We are curious what McCabe thinks about the terrorists who ran roughshod across American cities in 2020, all in the name of “ideology.” Oh, that doesn’t fit the desired narrative.

McCabe described the rise of the Islamic caliphate in Syria, and said those extremists were radicalized across socioeconomic, educational, and racial lines, and compared that to the so-called “mass radicalization” of the political right.

In other words, McCabe believes someone who might fly a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag or who has a bumper sticker supporting the police is akin to a jihadist to shoots up an Army base.

McCabe then claimed that “political violence [is] not just confined to the Capitol,” but rather also takes place at “school boards around the country. It’s going on in local elections. It’s happening, you know, even to health-care workers.”

Nice hyperbole McCabe. When was the last time a school board, a local election or health care workers were subjected to a terrorist attack by angry white people? We’ll wait.

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While parents have shown up at school board meetings, out of concern for what their children are being taught, overwhelmingly other than some shouting, these meetings have been nowhere near violent. To our knowledge, not one school board member has been assaulted.

Meanwhile, show up to a pro-life rally, and see what the counter-protesters do. Violence? It usually comes from the other side—see Antifa and Black Lives Matter.

McCabe inferred that parents who stand up at school board meetings are dangerous, and said it was therefore “essential” that there is a “rapid and complete response by law enforcement at the state, local and federal level to this sort of political violence…” That is a quote.

Not only that, but McCabe thinks the response needs to go beyond merely making parents “accountable.” McCabe said federal agencies need to put “out that message that this sort of conduct that both horribly victimizes individuals, but also serves to undermine our democratic process,” and claims it is a “threat to national security [that is] not tolerated.”

Do you get that parents? If you show up at a school board, where you exercise your First Amendment right to free speech and redress of grievances, McCabe thinks you are a “threat to national security.” These people are truly unhinged.

That’s not all. McCabe applauds the fact “[that] the FBI [and other agencies] have reallocated resources and repositioned some of their counterterrorism focus to increase their focus on right-wing extremism and domestic violent extremists. And I think that’s obviously a good idea.”

That, however, is not enough for Lyin’ Andy. He said that federal law enforcement resources must change their focus from the “fringes of the right-wing movement” in order to “catch this threat” of the “right.”

“Are you going to catch this threat if your focus is only on the traditional, right-wing extremist, those groups that we know about , the quote-unquote, fringes of the right-wing movement?” McCabe asked. “And I think the answer to that is no.”

Our question…where was McCabe when left-wing extremists were wreaking havoc, causing billions of dollars in damage, actually killing people, and attacking law enforcement, with not scores of officers injured but thousands of officers injured?

McCabe said, addressing the intelligence and law enforcement communities, “didn’t assume [on January 6] that that group of people—business owners, white people from the suburbs, educated, employed—presented a threat of violence, and now we know very clearly that they do.”

Back when the PATRIOT Act was passed in 2001, a number of people warned that while the act was “intended” to address foreign terrorists, the language contained within also allowed the government to address so-called “domestic terrorists.”

Now, McCabe wants to use that apparatus to give feds more power to spy on and punish so-called “domestic extremists,” is through the use of federal penalties against “domestic terrorism.”

Under such an arrangement, domestic agencies would be able to use the assets of the National Counterterrorism Center, which is in place for international terrorism.

McCabe said by utilizing the NCC< it would “give investigators the ability to begin investigating when folks are plotting or planning or organizing to use violence for the purpose of coercing the population or influencing government.”

McCabe isn’t the only one to make such a suggestion, according to The Federalist. In 2019, Biden’s advisor on “countering domestic violent extremism” offered the same solution before a subcommittee of the House Oversight Committee.

The advisor, Joshua Geltzer suggested that we need to “polic[e] [tech company] platforms to remove not just incitement to violence, but also, the ideological foundations that spawn such violence.”

There is of course that pesky little document called the United States Constitution and the First Amendment.

McCabe said such federal laws against domestic terrorism can be implemented without causing Constitutional issues, however Geltzer’s suggestion of government oversight of social media might prove problematic.

However based on McCabe’s own statement, Biden and the Democrats are not interested in going after the real violent domestic terrorists, but rather people such as parents speaking at school board meetings.

As The Federalist notes, to McCabe and the Democrats, “the extreme right is the mainstream right.”

McCabe’s final suggestion, and he apparently said this with a straight face was the following:

“Whether you are a Trump supporter, or a Biden supporter, right, left, or otherwise, we should all be able to agree on the principle that no one is above the law.” [emphasis added]

“No one is above the law.” Except McCabe, Black Lives Matter, Antifa and Hunter Biden apparently.

McCabe then channeled a statement given by Attorney General Merrick Garland last week, so apparently everyone’s been given the desired talking points:

“…[F]rom the lowliest trespasser on January 6, up to the highest-ranking government officials who may have been aware of a plan that would ultimately lead to violence in the Capitol—those people should be held accountable, period,” McCabe said. “And if we can’t do that, that is just another sign that we are becoming a non-functioning democracy.”

McCabe’s claim that no one is above the law is laughable, especially coming from him. McCabe was fired for repeatedly lying, and as The Federalist notes, the only reason the matter was expunged from his record was because he settled with Biden’s partisan Department of Justice.

If in fact no one is above the law, McCabe should be in prison.

Having McCabe speak to college students about unleashing the intelligence and law enforcement apparatus and receiving no pushback tells you all you need to know about how college students have been indoctrinated.

In the 1960s and 1970s (and probably beyond), college students were told to “question authority.”

Now, they seem to have no problem with having the full force of the United States government unleashed on people, as long as it is people with whom they disagree.

Universities were a place for debate, exploration of ideas and welcoming opposing viewpoints. No longer.

Now, as The Federalist notes, “America’s universities are now indoctrination machines that shape the minds of the next generation. Academia openly exploits its power and rewrite history to serve their illiberal agenda.”

The article cited was originally published in the Chicago Thinker.

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