Once upon a time the left worried about a surveillance state in America. Liberal judges ruled against the FBI monitoring or maintaining files on left wing subversive groups. But now, after these same subversive groups have taken control of the media and the intelligence agencies, a Democratic Congressman, in charge of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, is monitoring conservatives and (evidently) maintaining files on them. (See https://www.scribd.com/book/438107041.)
We might summarize what has happened since 2016 in the following way: The Democratic Party, in pursuit of power and political advantage, has weaponized U.S. intelligence and the House Intelligence Committee, to spy on a conservative President, a conservative congressman (Nunes), a journalist — and even to log the private phone calls of the president’s lawyer (Rudy Giuliani).
This we learn from reading the Schiff Report (see previous blog post). The arrogance of the report is only matched by its hypocrisy. The report ignores the principles of law used (in decades past) to neuter the counterintelligence functions of the FBI and CIA. Now the Democrats, who once loathed counterintelligence, move to reinstate it with a vengeance; only now the counterintelligence function will bear down on the opponents and critics of the left.
There can be no question, as of this moment, that the left is employing a strategy of intimidation. It openly uses the technical surveillance capabilities of the state to threaten conservatives, to allege secret crimes and conspiracies arising from the Republican side of the aisle, to allege collusion with hostile foreign powers, to attempt entrapment, to portray legal activities as illegal. Every Republican politician has been warned: — Your phone calls are recorded, your secret deals will be used against you. Resistance is futile. We can frame you for crimes on circumstantial evidence. We will call witnesses from our own ranks, suppress witnesses in your favor and — to top it off — we will try you in the media, make your guilt an accepted public fact, and reduce you to the status of a traitor or criminal.
Today the so-called liberals raise no protest against these abuses of power. It is now apparent that our left-of-center civil libertarians were not really interested in liberty. Their past arguments against the CIA and FBI only held while these organizations were fighting communism. Now that these institutions are under leftist management, they are openly weaponized against the conservatives.
Since conservatives are evil, and communists are good, the left has no qualms about violating a conservative’s right to privacy. It was never okay to ask a communist, under oath, whether he was a member of the party. But today it is the left’s position that conservatives are the enemies of the planet. Any or all measures, however extraordinary, must be employed to criminalize their political activity, to cripple their means of self-protection, and eliminate them from the country’s political life.
That is the meaning of what we see today. The left has reached the conviction that they are not only right but righteous; that those who disagree with them should have no rights, no voice, no share in power. The events of today are a warning. The left is not going to be constrained by principle, by law, or decency. It has no regard for the truth. There are individuals on the left who may be principled, law abiding and decent; but the political powers of the left, which dominate our media and our government, have a totalitarian coloration.
The hypocrisy of what we are seeing is beyond anything we could have anticipated. How could Americans go along with this? How could they not see what has happened?
Whatever party you think you belong to, it’s time to open your eyes. The enemy is inside the gate. The totalitarian countries, under the leadership of Russia and China, are building their forces for the coming war. The threads of external danger are woven together with threads of internal subversion.
Though it does not appear likely to the casual observer, all these threads belong to communism — an ideology which has shape-shifted, taking up various disguises; yet its revolutionary core remains the same. This serves to explain the totalitarian essence of the left’s practices, narratives and aspirations.
The U.S. surveillance state and its operatives, now under the left, can only be understood if we view the whole process underway — in the growing fleets and armies of Russia and China, in the sly questioning of America’s role in Europe, in Beijing’s warnings to Australia, and the media’s unwillingness to address the sudden reappearance of a renewed communist bloc, with many new member-states around the globe.