…even if you’re “not doing anything wrong”. I hear it over and over again…”Yea, I know the NSA’s reading my e-mails and text messages, but as long as I’m not doing anything illegal, what difference does it make?”
The newly announced war on
conservatives domestic terrorism is a prime example.
WH source: The NRA, Turning Point USA & Patriot Guard Riders are three of many non-militia groups on the list CID / FBI are using to cross reference in vetting for potential “extremists”
Although it’s obviously baseless to claim that either the NRA or TPUSA are “extremist”, the one that really shocked me is the Patriot Guard Riders.
The Patriot Guard was formed in direct response to Fred Phelp’s cult of extremists (whom, I note, are not on the list) who were loudly picketing and disrupting the funerals of fallen service members. The group was not allowed onto the cemetery grounds, so they typically parked themselves across the street with bullhorns and noisemakers.
The Patriot Guard is a group of bikers, mostly ex-military, who, ONLY at the request of the family of the fallen, would attend the funerals and ride our bikes up and down the street in between the cult fanatics and the cemetery, drowning them out. The families had to endure the loud droning of dozens…sometimes hundreds…of motorcycles running up and down the street, but at least thy couldn’t hear the Phelps freaks slandering and demonizing their loved one.
We were so effective that the Phelps crew started monitoring the web site and when the Patriot Guard planned a mission for a funeral, they just stopped bothering to show up. The news stories were all about the Patriot Guard, and not where they wanted the focus…on them and their hatefulness.
The Patriot Guard ended up becoming basically an escort and honor guard. The organization still exists and still attends funerals when invited, but now it’s primarily just a show of respect and honor.
So…that is “extremist” how exactly?
The answer is that it doesn’t matter. It isn’t about extremism. It’s about dissent. The common denominator of those organizations are that they are widely recognized as “conservative” although two of them (the NRA and the Patriot Guard) would accept members of any political stripe, as long as you support the mission, and all three organizations either implicitly or explicitly support Trump.
It doesn’t matter any more whether you do or say anything illegal, or even controversial. All that matters is whether you toe the party line. If you engage in wrongthink, you are a target and I would advise you to take some precautions: Get off of any of the big social media sites you still have accounts on. Start using secure communication methods like Signal SMS messaging and PGP encryption for e-mail, and stay ready…this is just the beginning.