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Concerns are surfacing over Joe Biden’s new war on terror plan that looks inward on the home front of America.

The president-elect slammed protesters who breached the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday as “insurrectionists” and “domestic terrorists,” blaming President Donald Trump for inciting the violence that unfolded as Congress met to certify the election results. But some see the red flags in Biden’s pledge to pass a law against domestic terrorism, warning that it could be the beginning of repressive policies aimed at silencing opposing views.

“There’s absolutely a new War on Terror being initiated — it’d been lurking for awhile, but it’s accelerating now for obvious reasons,” journalist and best-selling author Glenn Greenwald wrote on Twitter Friday.

“This new one is aimed inward, domestically. It entails many of the same frameworks,” he added, citing a new report in The Wall Street Journal. “They’re saying it explicitly.”

Biden attacked Trump over the violence which he called “one of the darkest days in the history of our nation,” accusing the president of having “unleashed an all-out assault on our institutions of democracy.”

Not only has the Democrat promised to make a domestic terrorism law a priority, but he has also been “urged to create a White House post overseeing the fight against ideologically inspired violent extremists and increasing funding to combat them,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

Greenwald raised the concern over decisions being made in the wake of significant events.

“If the last few decades teach anything, it should be that making weighty decisions at times of high and intense emotions, closely following an event that unifies most everyone to the point that any deviations or questioning are treated like treason or heresy, is extremely unwise,” Greenwald tweeted.

“From the Cold War to the War on Terror: the harms from authoritarian ‘solutions’ are often greater than the threats they are ostensibly designed to combat,” he wrote on Twitter Thursday.

“One need not engage in denialism or minimization of a threat to rationally resist fear-driven fanaticism,” he added.

There have already been retaliations to the events that unfolded on Wednesday, from social media platforms outright blocking the president’s accounts, to the calls for lawmakers to resign if they were supportive of the challenges to the election results.

Democrats even suggested putting Americans involved in the protests to be placed on a no-fly list normally reserved for terrorists.

The warnings were echoed on the left as well.

“Whatever Joe Biden does to strengthen state responses to “domestic terrorism” will inevitably be used to repress all other mobilizations and resistances,” Zoé Samudzi, a doctoral candidate in Medical Sociology at the University of California, tweeted.

Greenwald sees a replay of “tactics” forming again.

“I spent the first decade of my journalism career devoted to exposing and denouncing the excesses of the first War on Terror, and I see exactly the same tactics forming,” he wrote. “If you question or are concerned about these new powers, you’ll be branded as sympathetic to the terrorists.”

Plenty of Twitter users agreed with the warnings:

Frieda Powers


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