Last week, Jill Sanborn, assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, told lawmakers that James Hodgkinson “intended for the shooting to be his final act on Earth,” when he attacked Republican lawmakers on June 14, 2017, nearly killing Rep. Steve Scalise. According to Sanborn, Hodgkinson knew “he would likely be killed,” a tacit acknowledgement that the FBI had indeed classified the attack as “suicide by cop,” not an act of terrorism.
“I am not aware of the rationale,” Sanborn told lawmakers. “I was not in my seat at the time, so I would have to get back to you on the specifics of what the rationale was.” In the seat of acting FBI director at the time was Andrew McCabe, a Clinton crony and major player in the Russia hoax. McCabe did not testify about the rationale for calling the attack suicide by cop.
“If it were to happen today, we would open it as a domestic terrorism case,” Sanborn testified. DOJ assistant attorney general Brad Wiegmann told legislators that James Hodgkinson was a domestic terrorist, nearly four years after the FBI failed to do so. All told, it was quite a performance from the FBI-DOJ duo.
Hodgkinson, a supporter of Bernie Sanders, carried a list of Republican lawmakers and belonged to a Facebook group called “Terminate the Republican Party.” Hodgkinson purchased an SKS rifle, a Russian or Chinese made precursor to the AK-47, and practiced his marksmanship. Hodgkinson also recorded a video of the field where Republican lawmakers played baseball.
On June 14, 2017, as the Republicans practiced, Hodgkinson opened fire, seriously wounding Rep. Steve Scalise and Zack Barth, an aide to Rep. Roger Williams. The Sanders supporter then engaged the Capitol Police in a gun battle, not what one would expect from someone out to commit suicide by cop. That absurd designation recalls an episode from the composite character president David Garrow described in Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama.
On his watch, FBI director Robert Mueller purged hundreds of counter-terrorism training materials of any hint that Islamic terrorists might pose a security problem. As Lessons from Fort Hood confirms, the FBI knew Maj. Nidal Hasan, a self-described “soldier of Allah,” was communicating with terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki about killing Americans. The Washington office of the FBI dropped the case and Hasan murdered 13 Americans and wounded more than 30 others at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009. The administration of the composite character president called it “workplace violence,” not terrorism or even “gun violence.”
In similar style, Russian intelligence warned the FBI that Tamerlan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev were dangerous but the FBI’s investigation found no links to terrorism. On April 15, 2013, the Tsarnaev brothers planted bombs at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and wounded at least 264.
In 2015, the FBI failed to prevent Muslim terrorists Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik from murdering 14 American public health workers in San Bernardino, California. The victims included African Americans, immigrants, and Hispanics, but the mass murder was not designated as a racist hate crime. For the composite character and his vice president Joe Biden, the real terrorists were conservative, patriotic Americans, smeared as rightwing extremists.
In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security, then under Janet Napolitano, released
Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic And Political Climate Fueling Resurgence In Radicalization And Recruitment. This document warns of “white supremacist” types that are “hate-oriented” or “rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority.” The white supremacists may also be “dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration,” but as Napolitano declared, “we do not – nor will we ever – monitor ideology or political beliefs. We take seriously our responsibility to protect the civil rights and liberties of the American people.”
Consider also Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Far-Right from the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point in 2013. Author Arie Perliger charted groups that “espouse strong convictions regarding the federal government, believing it to be corrupt and tyrannical, with a natural tendency to intrude on individuals’ civil and constitutional rights. Finally, they support civil activism, individual freedoms, and self-government.” As Mark Tapson noted, “that pretty much describes every conservative I know.” Joe Biden’s campaign against “domestic terrorism” targets the same people.
Current FBI boss Christopher Wray denied that the bureau had spied on candidate and President Trump. Wray is a hawk on “domestic terrorism” but a Hodgkinson-style attack on conservatives, Trump supporters and such might escape that designation. For a stronger possibility, recall the Ruby Ridge standoff of 1992.
FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi shot Vicki Weaver through the head as she held her infant child. Snipers are trained carefully to “acquire” their target, so chances the killing was accidental range from slim to none. Attorney General William Barr spent two weeks organizing former attorney generals to defend Horiuchi, who already had government lawyers working on his behalf.
Nearly 30 years later, the Department of Justice has become the pro-bono law firm of the deep state. More than an American KGB, the FBI has become the Federal Biden Inquisitors. To paraphrase Milan Kundera, the struggle against domestic oppression is the struggle of memory against forgetting.
Meanwhile, September 11, 2021, will mark 20 years since the deadliest Islamic terrorist attack on America. For all its power and resources, the vaunted FBI failed to stop it. Sen. Joe Bidenclaimed he predicted the attack but that turned out to be untrue.
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