The FBI Claims Free Speech Prevented Warning of Capitol Violence

Since the incident at the US Capitol last week, Joe Biden, his fellow Democrats, and many Republicans have made it clear that they view those who stormed the building as “domestic terrorists.”

The label raises fears of new legislation that targets domestic terror or even a Patriot Act 2.0. And it seems that US intelligence agencies, along with their stenographers in the media, are priming us for just that.

A story published by NBC News on Tuesday cites anonymous FBI officials who say they were unable to share intelligence that violence was expected at the Capitol on January 6th due to one factor — that it would violate free speech.

The report reads: “FBI intelligence analysts gathered information about possible violence involving the US Capitol on Jan. 6., but the FBI never distributed a formal intelligence bulletin, in part because of concerns that doing so might have run afoul of free speech protections.”

The authors go on to explain: “Because Al Qaeda and ISIS are designated terrorist organizations under the law, the FBI feels more free to disseminate intelligence about Americans linked to them in any way. There are no designations for domestic terrorist groups.”

One nameless FBI official “confirmed” with NBC that they had indications violence would happen but “felt constrained from sharing some of the information because of First Amendment concerns.”

So the FBI wants us to believe that if it wasn’t for that pesky First Amendment, everything could have been avoided. Nothing a little legislation can’t fix.

The fearless adversarial journalists at NBC go on to say: “Some experts say the lack of a domestic terrorism statute constrains the FBI from treating far-right and far-left groups the same as Americans who are radicalized to violence by Al Qaeda or ISIS ideology.”

Notably, but not surprisingly, one of the co-authors of the NBC piece, Ken Dilanian, is a known CIA asset. FOIA documents published by The Intercept in 2014 show Dilanian communicating with one of his CIA handlers, making sure the agency is pleased with how he reports CIA drone strikes.

Domestic terrorism legislation has been introduced in Congress before. In 2019 and 2020 bills were introduced that would enable the creation of domestic terror offices within the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the FBI. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) sponsored and introduced one of the bills and says he’s ready to do it again in the wake of the Capitol incident.

Joe Biden’s team is reportedly working on domestic terror laws. A bill from Biden, the author of the infamous 1994 Crime Bill who has taken credit for drafting the Patriot Act, would likely go much further than creating new offices in a few government agencies.

Now, the intelligence agencies are warning of impending political violence on January 20th. Any Trump supporters considering political violence that day will only be playing into the hands of the deep state they have learned to despise over these past four years. And the left-wingers calling for the “insurrectionists” to be locked up should be cautious. Any new Patriot Act will be turned right around on them.

8 thoughts on “The FBI Claims Free Speech Prevented Warning of Capitol Violence”

  1. ya right ! Every year the US says it votes to Keep/ condone the glorification of Nazis , at the UN meeting, because the Nazis have the right to free Speech – BWWWWWAaaaa – Now the fbi is using it against the populace. That little nasty city inside the USA called Washington, has the judicial systems and printing press – in their pocket , while the rest of the country – fades away.

  2. I don’t understand this logic…

    From NBC:
    “While threatening violence isn’t protected speech under the First Amendment, the line between protected speech and threats can be hard to discern. Because Al Qaeda and ISIS are designated terrorist organizations under the law, the FBI feels more free to disseminate intelligence about Americans linked to them in any way. There are no designations for domestic terrorist groups.”

    Aren’t they tasked with the following?
    1) FBI, using its discretion (not that I trust them), is certainly permitted to monitor anything said in public political meetings — which includes the public conversations among Trump rally participants in advance of Jan 6.
    2) If violence is threatened, and only then, FBI informs police, continues monitoring, and meanwhile police prepare for possible violence and possible police action.
    3) If violence occurs, and only then, police act, because they had prepared to act.

    What is complicated here?

    1. Nothing. It’s like saying they couldn’t move in on a gang even though they overhead the gang’s plans. The only way this statement can be true would be if the chatter overheard were ambiguous: things like, “today’s the day” or “it’s gonna be yuge” as opposed to “bring yer guns and plenty of ammo, and other gear ’cause we’re gonna need it to kidnap Mike Pence”. Whatever the meaning behind this, it’s deceitful and despicable. They may be covering their asses for failing to have sifted through the chatter to find actionble intelligence in a reasonable amount of time (there was plenty of it), in addition to this attack on 1A.

  3. now I understand 9/11; it occurred because US unintelligence orgs only accept lies–cheap speech

  4. 300,000 angry people with legitimate grievances over election fraud. What did they expect? You didn’t need a roadmap. Plus, we’ve been watching rioters getting away with it on TV all year.

  5. According to the FBI, Domestic Terrorism is legal because of the First Amendment, it doesn’t apply to the Media because it would give them the right to reveal the terrorists plans.

  6. The federal bureau of instigation can ask the Lakota Sioux about being deemed “domestic terrorists ” by federal law enforcement agencies at Wounded Knee in 1973.

    The FBI are nothing more than the political police (America’s KGB) that does the bidding of the ADL and SPLC in the twenty first century. They are federal the intimidation and enforcement arm of Big Brother.

    January 20th has come and gone without even a muffler backfiring during Biden’s inauguration. FBI, DHS, and the corporate media whores were telling us about “credible threats and extremists chatter online.” Oops!

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