Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) has exposed the Biden administration’s plans to spy on Americans.
In a piece for Fox News, Stewart explained that the Biden administration could ratchet up the Obama administration’s abuses to eleven. Where President Obama used the intelligence community to target foreign threats, the Biden administration is planning to turn the spotlight on the American people.
What’s more worrying is that few individuals are warning of the danger that Biden poses to our civil liberties outside of Stewart.
“With the White House now suggesting they will turn the resources of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) inward to conduct domestic surveillance, they seek the power to covertly target and retaliate against political opponents, potentially silencing dissent. Given the way Obama operatives created a Russian collusion conspiracy out of whole cloth to serve their political agenda, Americans should be more than just leery of the administration’s justifications for this expanded surveillance. They should be terrified,” the congressman wrote.
Weaponizing the intelligence community
The Biden administration has asked the Director of National Intelligence to lead an inquiry into domestic terrorism, CNBC reported. In the words of Stewart, this move was unprecedented and breaks the “impenetrable wall between the powers of U.S. intelligence agencies and any U.S. citizen.”
The move was announced by White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who said, “The Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol and the tragic deaths and destruction that occurred underscored what we all know: The rise of domestic violent extremism is a serious and growing national security threat.”
Psaki continued by reassuring the American people the intelligence community would maintain “respect for constitutionally protected free speech and political activities.”
However, as Stewart pointed out, the American people have no reason to trust the intelligence community after what happened in 2016. The intelligence community has been politicized and, as such, cannot be trusted.
Biden’s Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said during her confirmation hearings that she would “support their work and look at connections,” but also that investigating homegrown threats lies with the FBI and the DHS. It will be interesting to see if Haines sticks to her promise now that she has been confirmed.
Stewart concluded his piece, writing, “Republicans will conduct rigorous oversight to ensure the IC does not exceed its authorities as it engages in the comprehensive domestic terrorism review tasked by President Biden. We hope that our Democrat colleagues will join us. We must protect our constitutional rights. The frightening powers of the IC, intended to combat foreign adversaries, must never be used against U.S. citizens.”
If Biden intends to use the intelligence community’s powers to spy on American citizens, he will be held accountable. Nonetheless, Americans should still be terrified about what is happening in Washington, D.C.
Americans should not have to live in constant fear that the latest administration will weaponize the expansive intelligence community to violate their civil rights. Perhaps the conversation should shift from keeping the intelligence community’s power pointed in the right direction to cutting down on the power of the intelligence community entirely.